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15 October 2008 @ 11:46 am
My most recent project has been fixing up the old greenbriar freespirit bike that my mom gave me. Here's a picture of what one looks like. Mine is in a bit rougher condition, but has a back rack for carrying shit. Ironically, bullsworth also gave me one. I'm thinking I'll probably work on that one over winter break, and then give it back? I don't really need two bikes. If your paying really close attention, you'll notice that it's the men's version of the bike I had back in high school. We're not going to talk about what happened to that one.

I've got the thing ridable, which is something to be said for a ~25 year old bike. When I first hopped on it, it made some intermittent clicking noises, and some different and very angry clicking noises in anything but gears 1,2, and 3. It wouldn't shift onto the large gear in the front. The intermittent noises were made both the rear derailleur cable rubbing aga.inst the spokes and the chain, and the back rack missing a screw. Both were easy enough to fix. The angry noises were made by the chain grating against the front derailleur!

This was surprisingly easy to fix. On the top of the front derailleur, there are two screws with springs under them. All I had to do was fiddle with these until the derailleur wasn't grating on the chain or dropping the chain off either side of the front gears. The hard part was testing. I ended up stacking an old computer case on top of our porch microwave, and propping the edge of the bike frame on the corner of this. I could then pedal and test.

It's got some rust still. I got a large amount of it off with Barkeeper's Friend, but there's still some to go. Also, the seat is torn in two places. I have no clue how to fix this, and am considering calling it a "theft prevention feature".

My other project right now is the Mac LC. Now that I have the PowerMac, I believe I can format floppy disks to work with it. All I need now is floppy disks and time to actually download and install the operating system. It powers on, makes the happy mac noise, shows a messed up grey background and picture of a floppy with a question mark. I'm wondering if the messed up monitor output is due to using the projector as a monitor, or if it's actually the hardware that's screwing up. I should attach another monitor and find out, but again - time.
22 September 2008 @ 07:06 pm
"To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the thread of external indecision. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflicts than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity.

Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment muted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
04 September 2008 @ 11:02 am
I won a Nintendo Wii!

ZOMG hax

1. Set to MSC under usb mode.
2. Drag and Drop to add music.
3. To delete:
( rename the sansa if it has a space in the name )
cd /Volume/Sansa_name
sudo rm -rf .Trashes
4. ???
5. Profit
19 August 2008 @ 04:11 pm
The Post-Dispatch published something with some thought behind it.

Batman for president? Not a good idea
09 May 2008 @ 01:12 pm
I got an A in statistics!

I have a "guaranteed" B in discrete math, but I'm going to take the final on wednesday. I'm not thinking that it will help, but it can't hurt.

I have to check on my CS 53 grade, but I think that I can opt out of that final.

That leaves my computer engineering final... which of course is on Friday... grr... So I guess I'm staying in Rolla and working all week.

Sometime next week, I need to go look for barns for Drezden. There's three of them I'm going to look at. I get my house on June 1st, and should me moving in that day. I'm hoping to have everything in order that I could move Drez that weekend too. ( I hope mom and my sister decide what they're going to do with Ramius by then! ) I also have to get some things for Ticky-kitty 'cause she's moving with me! Cats are significantly easier to move than horses. ^.^

I'm trying to decide if I want to go home for a few weeks or if I want to say with my aunt in Cuba. If I stay in Cuba, I'll get extra money, which is good because I owe my mom lot. But if I go home, I'll have time to pack, and I'll be able to be home. ( Which I won't be for pretty much the rest of the summer. :( ) Maybe I can split it: go home for a week and work for a week.

I need to hit up the thrift store for cheap furniture and kitchen stuff, and call my riding instructor back about the mattresses she wants to get rid of. I also need to get back to Chewy girl about the dryer, but I have to be sure that there's indeed a hookup on our side of the basement. I have to build a frame for the futon that Jen is giving me. ( I would just throw it on the floor, but it's going in the basement and it's a little leaky there. ) The guys who were living there are leaving me a loft, so I don't have to worry about a bed.

The Queen emailed me wanting to know if I wanted to work for the summer. I told her I had to work here over the summer, and take a class. I miss my slacker job, but I'd rather not have to take Linear Algebra on top of Numerical Methods in the fall, otherwise I'd be tempted. Also, the Boss-man might kill me. We're moving, upgrading, renaming the cluster, and trying to phase out Torque this summer.

It's kinda weird to think that I won't be living with Rachel next semester, even if she is kinda gross. : P
21 April 2008 @ 08:09 pm

The parts don't fit!
06 March 2008 @ 10:05 am
I've learned the secret to dealing with people. Ten small words to simplify my life.

"It's not my problem, and I'm staying out of it."

Now, this is not the same:

"It's not my problem, and I don't care."

I'm not being apathetic. Quite the opposite, I care too much. I devote too much of my time and energy to situations that are basically emotional black holes. I'm not going to fix them. I don't think it's possible for me to fix them. What ever energy I throw at them won't come back, and in my experience will most likely make the problem worse.

I'm not even particularly good at fixing situations. I'd say that I'm spectacularly bad at it. I can't at the moment think of an attempt that was successful, or for that matter didn't come around to bite me in the ass.

You have a problem with me, come talk to me. Otherwise, shut up. You need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. I'm here for you. But once we've done that I expect you, you strong adult person, to get up and do something about what ever had you so upset.

Furthermore, if you ask for advice and I give it to you, don't come back and whine to me about how terrible the situation is/has become since the last time we talked if you haven't tried my advice. I'm not going to put up with that anymore. I mean, feel free to ignore my advice. It's usually kinda crappy, but it's the best that I can do. But don't come back to me and whine. I gave you the best advice that I could. There's nothing else that I can do for you.

So to sum up. I care, but am no longer going to feel that anyone else's happiness is my responsibility.

( Seriously, I'm bad enough at taking care of my own life. I can't deal with yours too. )
31 December 2007 @ 05:33 pm
Happy New Year!