Thursday, May 24, 2012

News: Braaaaiiiiiinssssss

Thought for the day: Stupidity must be contagious because teh st00p1d I've been dealing with has been killing my brain cells. Well, if not directly, then because it's driven me to drink more.

All of which leads to...

funny cat pictures - Mama needs  a cocktail.
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... except with the kittens as co-irkers.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Knittin' Crap: The World's Most Dangerous Hobby

A web search seems to think the world's most dangerous hobby is cave diving or base jumping, but the warning label1 on the new DPNs2 I got for finger puppets3 might make one think otherwise.

Well, That's No Fun

Or maybe they're not worried about accidental injury to the knitter, but rather by the knitter to the annoying clods she has to deal with on a daily basis so she can get paid and buy more yarn. Speaking hypothetically, of course.

1I'm pretty sure this is the first set of knitting needles I've purchased with a warning label about something other than knitting gauge.
2Double Point Needles
3The old 6" bamboo size US4s I'd been using had an annoying habit of gripping the Berroco Comfort DK too much. These 5" metal needles should move more smoothly and quickly.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Whiteboard Jungle: The Offer

Last week at work, I masqueraded as an event planner, making arrangements for the local presence of the corporate hacking event. Dammit, Jim, I'm an engineer, not an event planner! And, because I had misread the on-call calendar, I was also on-call. Oh, and my damn work Mac didn't shut down gracefully one night, so when I got a page at 7AM the next morning, it refused to configure the network properly because something had gotten corrupted, so I couldn't use the VPN system and had to get it reimaged. Oh, and I forgot my RSA token the next night. I was also pretty sleep deprived by the end of the week, and generally less warm'n'fuzzy than normal. Yeah, who would have thought that possible?

Saturday, I sent this email to my group:
In appreciation of putting up with me in the chaos of event prep stuff, I am making the following offer: I will make each of you a Star Trek finger puppet of your choice. Please note the following:

1. You can choose any character from Star Trek (The Original Series only). If you ask for Jean-Luc Picard, I will take that as an opt-out. If you ask for the Zoe Saldana version of Uhura, I will take that as an opt-out. If you ask for Princess Leia in the metal bikini, I will pretend you don't even exist. (The anonymous Red Shirt is a valid option.) If you're not sure if it's a ST:TOS valid character, check or ask someone you trust with your shameful secret.

2. You will get your finger puppet when you get it. Unless [my manager] is going to give me a week where my only Sprint task is knitting them, they'll have to jostle for time along with everything else. Asking if your puppet is done yet will get it moved to the bottom of the list. Asking more than once will be considered, you guessed it, an opt-out.

Request #2: Geordi LaForge. face->palm

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Knittin' Crap: Team Minecraft 2012!

Team Minecraft 2012 Yes, time is fast approaching for Ravelympics 2012, Ravelry's fiber-y answer to the Olympics. This year I've organized (to use the word loosely) Team Minecraft. We plan to dominate the events! Well, we plan to knit and crochet a lot, anyway.

Some of you may recall (but probably not), I managed to finish two sweaters for myself during Winter Ravelympics 2010. Of course, I was unemployed at the time. This year I have a somewhat challenging Japanese pattern picked out, but I need to swatch the yarn I have for it to make sure it will work. I'll be lucky to finish this time around. Of course, I do have a good bit of vacation time saved up...

Friday, May 4, 2012

News: WTF Fridays!

  • job fails - Never Noticed That...
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  • job fails - Way Too Much Effort On Wednesday
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    Actually, I probably peak on Thursdays, so I can flake off on Friday. Uh, if my manager reads this, I was totally joking. No, really.

  • funny facebook fails - Failbook: The #1 Reason to Delete Your Account
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    Totally true. Especially on Thursdays, when I'm actually doing work.

  • mobile phone texting autocorrect - Autocowrecks: The Attention Deficit Decade
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  • funny cat pictures - I think, therefore I am  consequently much smarter than you.
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    Totally true. Especially on Thursdays, when I'm actually doing work, or at least trying to, and, excuse me, you opened a security bug against my servers, setting a deadline when, what's this, you haven't even released the patch yet? Excuse me?