May 8th, 2001



Ugh, I feel like crap. I dunno if I can make it to work today like this. I'll get ready and see how I feel after a shower, but if I don't feel better I may just have to take a sick day.

(This is an unusual thing for me. I miss plenty of days due to my kids being sick, or other things like that, but because of that I generally don't take off due to sickness if at all humanly possible. Right now, though, I seriously don't know if I could make it through the day.)

Sickness checklist:

  • stuffed head (depending on how you define it, this could count even when I'm not sick.)

  • stiff, aching muscles

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • tiredness

  • slightly queasy stomach (it really is slight)

I can't think of anything else, I think that pretty much covers it. It's not the worst one ever, definitely, but I do feel kinda like I've been worked over with a baseball bat. Joy.
  • Current Music
    Miranda Sex Garden - distance

Quick comment

For anyone who still doesn't get it, that post with the comments in italics at the end was a bit of sarcastic humor. I used html tags to express my hatred of html... and while I can (look there's another one!) be rather dense at times I'm not quite that dense.

I am, however, a sarcastic bastard.

Be warned.

P.S. (Yep, I made it into work, and yeah, I'm feeling like crap although not quite as bad as before. We'll see how the day goes.)

P.P.S. (I actually am opposed to the abuse of html tags in a post. Embed is RIGHT OUT! So are any browser-specific tags, any weird textual formatting other than the basics... I think a, i, b, ul, li, cite, code, and a few others should be allowed, and the rest should be stripped. They aren't needed, and just get in the way of reading stuff. I ALSO think that anyone who posts a very long post, or includes multiple pictures, should use the handy-dandy <lj-cut> feature or have their fingers cut off, one per offense.)


Ok, so I've been using screen recently. Screen is a nifty little utility in unix that lets you have multiple command lines in one window. I'm not going to attempt to explain it, if you want to know more, go look it up.

The whole reason I've been using screen recently is because we have a crappy network connection to our cage, so every time our T1 dies all of my ssh sessions into the cage die as well. With screen, I just have one ssh session into the cage, and it then "blossoms" into several more which connect to each of the machines.

If I lose connectivity, I ssh back in, re-attach to my screen session, and all of my work is still there, easily accessible. Nice. Right?

Well, the problem is, screen periodically terminates while I'm switching between screen windows. So it kills all of those precious connections I was using screen to attempt to preserve. Nice. I use screen in multi-user (multi-view?) mode... screen -x. This is really nice for what I'm doing, but again, if it's going to die periodically, robs it of a lot of its point.




Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.

Yeep. Thank God for coca-cola.

Update: My sinuses are now clear. Other than a short headache, no negative side-effects have been noticed.


I think once, just so I can say I've done it, I'm going to eat a solid blob of wasabi.

After I get out of the hospital I'll get an award or medal or commendation or something, I'm sure of it.


...maybe not such a short-lived headache. My head is still hurting a bit from that.

It's interesting, the way different spicy foods affect you.

Wasabi is sharp, like having a knife stuck in your head. A lot of 'spicy' foods have a warm, burning feeling. Hot peppers (and everything made from them and their derivatives, esp. the oil from them) do the whole burning thing.

Is anything else sharp like wasabi? I can't think of it if there is. It's almost like an ice cream headache, actually. (And it's not going away, damnit.)

I enjoy spicy foods sometimes, but I never understood why some people seem to live for that hot stuff. My brother, for instance, and my father, are both really into eating hot stuff. They live and die for it. My brother, especially, was mildly psychotic about it when he was younger. I remember him being brought to tears by something he was eating once. After a minute or two of wincing and drinking juice and the like, he wiped off his face a bit, and then dove right back in.

Does anyone else think that's just... a bit... weird...?

The thing is, I've known a lot of people who seem to derive great pleasure from the epicureal equivalent of drinking a bottle of lighter fluid and swallowing a lit match. Can someone explain this concept to me? I don't get it, I really don't.


Saw T today, he came back to visit. He's the senior sys admin that left a few weeks ago, the reason they hired me. He's a nice guy. Bought us all keychains from his time in Thailand. (He also went to China and Taiwan, lucky bastard.) We chatted for a moment before I left to get my lunch.

Lunch was, if you hadn't guessed, sushi. Specifically inari sushi, because I'm just not into raw fish. I could eat it, I suppose, but I have no desire to eat it. I do rather enjoy inari, though. For those of you not familiar with it, it's a packet of fried dofu (bean curd, also known as tofu), stuffed with rice, and marinated (pre-stuffing) in a sweet sauce at least partially based off soy. It's a bit hard to describe, but I really love 'em. I think I could eat it every day and not have too much of it. It also makes a wonderful counterpoint - to the soy/wasabi that you dip it in. Very, very nice. The problem is that, like all sushi, it's expensive. 80 cents a piece, which means that my lunch today was a good $5.60 plus soda and tax and everything ($7.01 total). That's a lot of money to pay for rice and bean curd, even if it is damn good. Of course, to get 7 pieces of any other type of sushi would cost 8 or 10 bucks plus the soda at most places, so I can't complain that much. Daikichi is pretty cool, though, it's really cheap compared to most sushi places, and it's still decent (not great) quality. It's basically a fast-food sushi place, if that makes any sense. Kinda nifty. Too pricey to eat there every day.

On bad advice.

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it SO MUCH when people ask questions in public (mailing lists, LJ communities, where-ever) and people give stupid, useless answers. A privately asked question is one thing, or a group discussion where everyone is invited to contribute, but sometimes people come off as "official" and end up turning people off and giving them the wrong impression. I've just seen a lot of bad advice recently on a lot of technical forums, and it's pissing me off.

I'm on the various Netsaint mailing lists, for instance. I regularly see people ask simple questions with simple answers, and people give them stupid answers. For instance, people apparently are illiterate and can't read basic documentation. For instance, people seem incapable of running any of the plugins with the --help option to get docs spewed onto the screen. check_http users are notorious for this, I don't know why.

check_http is a very nice plugin. It allows you to check webservers on any port, any ip, using virtual hosts, checks http or https (secure servers), can do several forms of pattern matching against the reply it gets, and lets you choose how it should respond to redirects and lets you set timeouts. It's basically all you need to check 99% of the websites out there.

But, as I mentioned, people are illiterate, and/or too lazy to read the docs, so they ask us stupid questions like "how do I check another port" or "how do I search for a string" or whatever. Now, the correct answer is "read the docs - there's a flag that you can specify that allows you to do that". Another correct answer is "-p lets you set the port, or "-[insert any of the regex functions] [regex] allows you to search for text". The problem is, other similarly illiterate idiots come on and say things like "Well, you can write a script that will parse out the output and..." at which point those of us who are literate and not lazy asses have to come on and explain that it already has that functionality built-in and it's not the half-assed product that the aforementioned illiterate, lazy ass described it as. There's no need to write a script to do that, there's no need to do funky crap, it already has the functionality available to anyone who can read and type (not even at the same time).

Similar things happen in other places. For instance, it seems to happen a lot in places like lj_dev or the support section and other (semi-)technical areas like that on LJ.

Now, I admit, I'm not a rocket scientist, there's a lot I don't know, but I also try to temper my responses accordingly. I double-check things before I talk about them. If I know I'm not sure about something, I state it. When I can, I back things up with links or specific instructions. I still make mistakes, but I try my best to avoid it, and I make sure I've done at least a little homework before shooting off at the mouth. It's not that hard, and it makes you look much less like an incompetent, stupid, illiterate, lazy ass when everything is said and done.

Is it that hard...?
  • Current Music
    Miranda Sex Garden - my funny valentine


Some asshole near my apartment smokes pot every night and I can smell it if I open my window. Fucker. I hate the smell of pot. When I first got to NYC it made me nauseous smelling it... now it just bothers me, although an up-close whiff of it still makes me sick.

Yeah, I know, I'm weird, whatever.
  • Current Music
    Yo-Yo Ma - A Love Before Time (English)