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Archive for February, 2005

T-minus 9 days

February 28, 2005 By: bio Category: General

We’re just 9 days away from fillet of me.

I spent most of the morning at the hospital going through the whole pre-surgical routine. They drew blood, made me pee in a jar, check my oxygen levels, drew blood, took my blood pressure, weighed me, measured me, drew blood, and asked me questions (on… and drew one last thing of blood).

Good times there!

On the website front:
I’ve been working on the whole “floating footer” issue I’ve been having. I can now get the CSS and xml to validate for the most part… it’s still pissy about the java script I have running… but I’ve tried removing it and that makes no difference. There was a suggestion to either A) shorten the sidebar (aka: the right side of the screen) or B) set a minimum height to the same.

I’m probably going to look at modifying the php to create a select box for archives (click the down arrow, pick a month of archives). That should shorten the sidebar enough that it will no longer be an issue.

Caffeine, the 100% natural replacement for sleep

February 25, 2005 By: bio Category: General

I’m currently running on just a few hours of sleep in the past 48 hours, so if this comes out fuzzy, you’ll understand.

After getting off work this morning (I worked a full day yesterday and then the graveyard shift last night), I stopped by the motorcycle dealer to check the status on my wife’s bike.

For those who aren’t following along: we purchased a Suzuki Intruder 1400 (now known as the Boulevard S83) for her last July. During the winter, we’d start it and my motorcycle up once a week and let them run for about 10 minutes. At some point, her bike must have gotten very, VERY hot, because the first 6″ of her forward cylinder exhaust pipe turned the ugliest blue you’ve ever seen.

We took it to the dealer to see what they could do. The ran it through every test they could think of… checking the carbs, doing a compression test (to check for a stuck valve), checking oil pressure throughout the system, etc.. They couldn’t find anything wrong with it so they called Suzuki to see if they could warranty out the pipe.

Suzuki said “no”.

Suzuki did, however, suggest a product that would remove the bluing from the pipe (I didn’t catch the name) and the dealer went to the local Harley shop to get it (I guess this is a big Harley issue). They totally cleaned the pipe up and aren’t charging us a dime.

<insert love here>

I decided it would probably be a good idea to pick up the extended warranty and paid them the $630 for an additional 3 years (which kicks in when the factory 1 year warranty expires). This will keep the bike covered till July of ’08.

Other News:
There is no other news. My life is but a shallow puddle of viscous fluid. It smells bad too.

Upgrade a go-go

February 25, 2005 By: bio Category: General

I’ve been an upgrading fool this week.

First I upgraded all the forums on my server to the latest and greatest build (so we didn’t have a repeat of this crap), then I decided to get to work on the ol’ blog.

WordPress released a new version of this bad boy and I was ready to brave the waters and attempt an upgrade.

Oh man… do I have work ahead of me!

Apparently, I need to heavily modify my CCS from the old site (as you can see the right column isn’t to the right… it’s at the bottom of the page). I also had to rewrite my Load-Dump blocker (this makes it much harder for a spammer to automate the process of filling my blog with his/her special blend of shit).

Ugh… I’ll keep on it.

The days of honor are over

February 23, 2005 By: bio Category: General

I’ve purchased a lot of stuff at BestBuy over the years, but those days are over.

After having a couple of issues with them in the past, then watching two friends get screwed over by them, I think it best to part ways.

I present to you: Exhibit A, Exhibit B.

It used to be that when you purchased a product from a company, they stood behind it. Now, that only seems to be the case if you pay them for an extended warranty (and in the case of Exhibit A, that won’t even help).

If you’re looking for computer parts, shop newegg. If you’re looking for a whole computer and don’t feel like ordering the parts and building it yourself, call Dell.

At least they stand behind what they sell, and you don’t have to pay them extra to do it.

My VD gift arrived!!!

February 17, 2005 By: bio Category: General

My wife presented me with my Valentines Day gift last night.

She had ordered it a while ago but it apparently took some time to come in. It was very much so worth the wait!

sexy AND dangerous!
Kuryakyn steletto tips for my metric ISO grips.

Damn sexy! Dangerous too (I guess dumping the bike and landing on my handlebar is now out).

Of course, the second I opened my present, I immediately ran to the garage, grabbed my tools, and got to installing (apparently, that was the right reaction).

Yay!! 🙂