Thursday, November 01, 2012

Another Year, Another Post

It’s November. NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). Based on past history, I’m better off not making any grandiose promises about how I will somehow, miraculously, post to my blog everyday for the entire month of November. Especially considering that the last posting I made here was, oh let’s see, mid-November of last year!


Due to a number of factors – not the least of which is my typically using Facebook as a “micro-blog” to dump the rant-of-the-moment, having another blog that I am also trying to keep up on (yes I’ve been two-timing on you Blogger, get the hell over it!), and general laziness – I am not going to commit to a daily posting.

I will, however, strive to at least post more often than once a year.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The PXE

What a weekend! So much going on, and I’m exhausted. I’ll give you a synopsis: 

The Good. Saturday morning, Patti and I went to the open house at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, in Waltham, MA. This was the school I was accepted into a couple of years ago, but issues with financial prevented my from attending. After a 9-month stint with the Art Institutes online division, I realized that online classes were not going to work well for me – I learn best in a hands-on, real classroom environment. So I re-applied to CDIA – here’s hoping that all works out this time!

Also good: choir and chorale rehearsals today. I love working with our “small but mighty” church choir, and singing with the Montachusett Chorale is so much fun! 

The Bad. Working on the weekend. I have never hidden the fact that I hate working in the computer industry with all the red-hot intensity of a thousand suns, but there is something about having to go in during the weekend in order to satisfy the ever-present product schedules (only made worse by my need to be able to focus on just one task at a time). But I will leave that well-enough alone for now and play nice, since I still need to be able to pay the overabundance of bills.

Also bad: coming down with a nasty, achy, head-coldy kinda thing that is just making me feel generally crappy (and knowing that taking a much-needed sick day is probably not a good idea anytime in the next week or so). 

The PXE. My first question was, “what the heck is PXE?” Turns out, that it stands for “Preboot Execution Environment” – it’s basically a way for a system to boot with the assistance of another system over a network connection. It’s also something I needed to putz around with over the weekend for some tests I needed to run. I also discovered that PXE could also stand for “Pretty eXasperating Experience”.

Also PXE: A little something called gPXE, which the the GNU flavor of PXE (basically the freeware version of PXE, and the version I was actually using).

So, how was your weekend?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Blogging Haiku

Writing blogs is fun,
but not so drawing a blank.
Too many brain-farts.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Ramblings Of The Uninspired

Here I sit, in bed with the laptop awaiting my next keystrokes so that I might inflict my next blog entry. Though I am feeling somewhat uninspired at the moment. I do have a list of possible blog topics, but none of them are doing much for me this evening.

And now Her Royal Meowjesty hops up onto the bed as well, saunters up next to me purring loudly, and then proceeds to climb up onto my belly and starts kneading (apparently soft and round equates to “pincushion” in her mind). Thankfully my sweatshirt is taking the brunt of it – this cat is in serious need of a manicure. That is a task best left for the professionals (or at least the masochists);

I’ve once tried trimming the claws of our previous cat, Skooter, some number of years ago … once. She then made it abundantly clear to me that she likes her claws just the way they are, thank you very much. To this day, in the right light, you can still see the vestiges of the scar on my arm that resulted from that error in judgment on my part.

Anyhow, where was I? Oh right – I was trying to think of something to blog about tonight.

Perhaps something will come to me tomorrow.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Announcement: Montachusett Chorale Annual Holiday Benefit Concert

Patti and I are members of the Montachusett Chorale, an area choral group who raises funds for various local charitable organizations.

This year’s holiday concert will benefit the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, whose aim is to provide transitional housing and support for homeless families with children. It will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 2pm in the Tata Auditorium of Leominster City Hall, 25 West Street, Leominster, MA. Advance tickets are $12, and $15 at the door (under 18 is free).

If you happen to be in the North-Central Massachusetts area at that time, c’mon over and enjoy an afternoon of great music and help a worthy cause!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Just Checking In

Had a long day today, culminating in having to go into work (ugh). Plus I have to be up early tomorrow morning.

I’m calling it a night, but not without posting – ha!

Friday, November 04, 2011

I Only Read It For the Articles

I got the Winter 2012 B&H Catalog in the mail a few days ago, and am I a happy camper! For those who may not know B&H is a suppler of photographic, video and pro audio supplies.

So many camera items, lenses, and lighting equipment! Complete drool-fest.

It’s just like Playboy… expect for the smutty pictures.

And the staples.