August 25th, 2002

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Wow. That... was painless.

dvorak just got home from the maintenance from hell, which turned out not to be so hellacious. DizzyDog called at about 12:30 to say that the news server was packed up and ready to be transported, so dvorak took off to meet them on site. The box was reassembled and brought back up without any fuss, much less the disasters we had imagined. Now, all we have to do is deal with the fallout of dvorak having moved his sleep schedule up to even more unrealistic times. :)
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Ships passing in the morning.

dvorak came to bed just as I was waking up this morning. This is going to be amusing. Actually, he has to get up early tomorrow (well, "early") because it's Monday, and we generally go to the office on Mondays. This should be entertaining.

I am waiting for coyote to wake up. We have tentative plans to go and get our nails done and get some lunch. Then, I will come home and do battle with the bookshelves. I lead an interesting and exciting life. (Seriously, though, I am blessed to have some wonderful friends. Awww.)
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Hrm. Change in plans.

coyote, the poor dear, is beat, and needs to catch up on her sleep. So, we will not be going out to get manicures done. I think that I will, instead, be going out to lunch with Nazgul at La Madeline. Just enough to get me out of the house for a while and put off bookshelf madness until dvorak wakes up. Yay!
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Livejournal & Opera question.

Are there any other Opera users out there? If so, do you have custom security levels set? If so, do they work with your Opera?

I am running WinXP, Opera 6.04, and AdSubtract. I have no problems logging in or updating my journal or whatnot, unless I want to set a custom security level. When I am using IE (which I only do for sites that aren't Opera-friendly), when I select "Custom..." under Security Level, I get little checkboxes next to the different security groups I've defined. But, when I do this in Opera, nothing happens. I am not given the choice to select a group. I've tried turning off and then disabling AdSubtract, to no avail.

I can't imagine this is specific to me, but I haven't had any luck finding an answer to the problem.

Any ideas?
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Ahem. Yeah. Ok. Making my first attempts to make this look burly-mango-y. Egads, this is going to be an interesting process. Please bear with me while I figure things out.
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Friday Five.

(So what if it's Sunday? Leave me alone.)

Taken from
  1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?

    I am a Technical Coordinator for a largish ISP. The title is really meaningless. We had to come up with a new title to justify a pay grade since my company insisted that they already knew what to pay project managers and technical writers. (Long, long story.) Really, I do anything that requires organization skills for our group. Combination system administrator, project manager, technical writer, and administrative assistant. I don't really like my job, but I'm good at it. I would rather have a more documentation- or web-development-oriented job. Or something with libraries and the web. Making information accessible to people over
    the internet. Preferably cool information.

  2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?

    Hrm. A large part of me wants to cop out and say professional student." I'm not saying that other people who answered this were copping out. Rather, it would not be a completely accurate answer for me. While I would love to be in a situation where I could be perpetually learning whatever I wanted to, I suck at the whole school experiene. I am not good at being at certain places at certain times, and doing homework (though I like homework, it's just the scheduling that throws me off). I would, again,
    like to find a way to put neat information online in usable and accessible formats. With first-class travel and photography included. And something cute. Hee.

  3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?

    My parents have both done an interesting variety of things. Throughout his life, my father has worked on a farm, worked as a mechanic, been a military grunt, taught, been a military / electronics engineer, worked as a machinist for a tool & die shop, been an electrician, and hustled pool. My mother has been a cop, a seamstress, and interpreter, an artist, a farm worker, a flower shop manager, a sushi chef, a business owner, a busboy, a caterer, a bar hostess, and something else I'm forgetting.

    I think that at least, in part, watching my parents at their more physically gruelling jobs made me realize that I didn't want to have that sort of job. I got my love of order and science and accuracy from both of them. I used to want to be a teacher, which I got at least in part from my father, my mother (who used to have separate classes for me outside of the school system when I was little), and my grandmother (who was a teacher).

  4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?

    Nope. Of course, I've never wanted to have kids, so that might have something to do with it.

  5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?

    I can't really answer that. I mean, there are things that I find trivially easy that other people find very difficult (which is one of the reasons I have the job I have). Many of my good friends are astonishingly good at thing that I have spent years trying to wrap my brain around to no avail. Who's to say what's easy and what's hard? Are jobs that require physical strength but no real mental aptitude easy? Jobs that require no formal education bot lots of on-the-job training? Jobs that require lots of mental exertion but no physical exertion?

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Funny how things work out.

It's probably a good thing coyote and I didn't go get our nails done today, since my bookshelf assembly process (which is not yet complete) has already broken two of them. I would have been peeved if I had paid to get my nails done and then they got all frumpled by working around the apartment. Perhaps I can lure Nyarla over to do some nail painting later this week.
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Should I be concerned ...

... that the brand-new, bought-just-for-comics bookshelf that I just assembled today is ... mostly full? Is it wrong that I am seriously considering replacing all of the bookshelves in my apartment? And that the only things that are slowing me down on this front are that 1) I would feel vaguely foolish, since I just did this this spring, and 2) I would have to find someone to take the displaced huge bookshelves?

There's nothing wrong with me. Really.
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