Saturday, March 26, 2011

Relevant Knowledge was the culprit!

I don't know where I picked up the stupid data-mining program, but it was on my list to deal with later since it wasn't affecting anything, just giving me annoying pop-ups at odd times.

So I made a new profile and still couldn't see any websites with Firefox. I finally found the instructions on how to run it in safe mode and walla! websites again! Pulled up my old profile, ran in safe mode, and huzzah! websites again! So one of the add-ons is the culprit.

So I see my list and find an add-on for Relevant Knowledge!!! Okay this bitch must die now.

There are various instructions on how to do this by hand and be sure it is gone. While still operating under Windows XP, I had no problems running Revo Uninstaller, so to be sure it will run on Windows 7, I downloaded the 30-day free trial for the Pro version. Zap and Relevant Knowledge is all gone. Firefox works out of safe mode and I am a happy camper again. I have a spare profile should I need it, and now I'm updated to Firefox 4.0 and I have to get used to the new layout.

Next on the list: finish the Triangulation entry and start laundry.

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The BookWorm

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One thing after another

I think March is going to go down as the month I'd rather forget as soon as possible.

Commuting fun, budget fun, updating programs at the paying job fun, trying to finish the story for a deadline fun; I get home and Firefox can only come up with 500 Internal Server Errors for EVERY website I try to go to. Move over the IE and the websites are fine.

So far the only consistant solution I have found is to create a new Firefox profile because the one I have been using has probably gotten corrupted. Guess who's ready to crawl into bed the minute she gets home and doesn't want to deal with it.

I'm heading to bed now. I think I can drop writing from my morning chores at home because I have an hour and a half before I'm on the clock at the paying job with the 5:15am leave time and it fit in there nicely this morning. However I am a zombie by the time I get home.

And if there is anything else that can cause the 500 Internal Server Error in Firefox besides a corrupted profile let me know so I can try it as well. This weekend, probably.

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The BookWorm

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Not a happy camper

The commute has stopped being a pass through Purgatory and has now moved into Hell.

I went looking for current images, but there doesn't seem to be any. Usually, I would provide my own but it's a trade off between driving and photography, so probably won't happen. Geaux Wider has an interactive map showing where the issues are. I take the I-12 corridor since it is the most direct route between my house and the paying job.

Yesterday, it took me two hours to reach the paying job and the day never recovered after that. Plus dodging out of the way when a semi decided to cross the yellow line into my lane once I was past the construction zone mess and should have been free and clear. Today it took an hour. I'm used to the evening commute taking that long but the morning commute has always been lighter and finished around 45 minutes, provided there are no accidents. So clearly now everyone is getting up with me to beat the awful construction traffic and they are slowing down to watch the work.

I finally got a schedule that works for me and now I have to adjust it AGAIN. And during daylight savings time when it is nearly impossible to go to sleep because it's not dark enough outside! Annoyed doesn't come close to describing it.

Options: I don't have many. If I leave later to avoid the traffic snarls, that means I need to change what time I start the paying job and when I leave the paying job. I'm saving that headache for shifting to a 4-10s schedule. (A day without driving! Setting a leaving hour late enough to miss the crappy evening commute!)

After filing the above under "not likely to happen unless the state government shift to open for four days a week in an effort to save money," I'm left with leaving home earlier. Right now, I'm aiming between 5:45am and 6am. So if I move it up by thirty minutes, that means leaving between 5:15am and 5:30am.

*GLARES at the daily schedule*

Doing that without changing my wake-up or bedtimes effectively wipes out my entire reason for getting up so goddamn early in the morning: doing the frakking chores while I still have energy to do them.

Shifting everything up so I don't have to remove anything from the schedule, I need to wake-up at 3:09am and goto bed at 7pm.

*headdesk* Great I already have no social life and no television show watching time because I turn into a pumpkin at 8pm. IT ISN'T EVEN DARK YET AT 7 P.M.!!!!!!!!!!!!

I asked about going to 4-10s. Won't fly, our division is too short-staffed right now. *headdesk*

No money for a housekeeper. And no time for chores. Clearly I need a TARDIS for my commute. That would solve everything. And apparently would stop attracting other vehicles to my front grill. I took the surface streets to avoid most of the snarled-up Interstate and a dude started driving his bicycle straight at me! And he wasn't wearing a helmet! He dodged because I had the right away and collusion was avoided but STILL. The last thing I need right now is a wreck.

So yeah, I'm looking for a slightly used TARDIS. Hyper-active Time Lord doesn't have to be included but of course I wouldn't send him away either.

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The BookWorm

Friday, March 18, 2011

How to Help Japan

The Daily Dish: How to Help Japan: this post reminded me of a worthy organization that I nearly never think about, Doctors Without Borders.

And I just heard in this morning's news that Japan bumped their continuing crisis up the international crisis scale from a 4 to a 5. I didn't even know there was an international crisis scale but it only goes up to 7.

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The BookWorm

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Murphy is a rat bastard

Yesterday started off deceptively well. Got enough sleep, got up nearly on time, worked on Mealte's language, balanced the checkbook, and left the house mostly on time. The worse thing I was considering was the possibility of raiding my savings for a fill-up before the next paycheck, but the budget was holding steady and I would have savings available to do that rather than go into red.

Then my engine noise changed and it sounded like I was dragging something just as I started across the I-12 bridge over the Amite River. My first thought was I had picked up something in the construction zone. The battery dashboard light turned on and I got off at the next exit.

Everything looked normal under the hood. But I found a dangling belt under the car, no bigger than the cord to the computer mouse, but frayed and broken and had descended from the engine. No real surprise because I was told exactly what Rizzo needed back in December and belts were on the list, but I was putting it off until the money looked better. I called into work and left a message, then back tracked to the mechanics in Denham Springs.

The good news: while waiting on my car, I finally reached creating adjective and adverbs. They were able to replace my serpentine belt and its tension pulley because most of it was missing (and probably what i heard dragging under the car on the Interstate).

The bad news: paying for the repair has put me in the red by at least $157.

So I crossed my fingers that I can borrow the difference until my next paycheck to avoid overdraft fees, at lunch, dealt with the monthly aggravation and went to work. Where the computer decided not to log me in. It's been a to-and-fro job for the new guy in I.T. because he didn't know and didn't ask me about the special issues with my computer. :p

I finally was able to work at 3:00. I ended up not leaving until 4:30 to finish the biggest batch. Dad loaned me the money, and I got to work on time today. And two of my coworker's computer come up with the same issue I had yesterday.

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The BookWorm

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ash Wednesday

The day started off so well, ran a bit late, but no biggie, until I got to work.


I'm not getting into details to spare the guilty. But of us who are here and sloughing through correcting MIA coworker's mistakes are all really thankful it is a short week.

Now I have to get back to creating names in Atsejhk.

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The BookWorm

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hail Zulu! Hail Rex! Happy Mardi Gras!


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The BookWorm

Monday, March 07, 2011

Automatic Timer and Me

Due to my ability to sleep through noise, I put a lamp on an automatic timer to turn on to reinforce wake-up time. This morning, it went off first and I don't know how it managed that. This is the second timer I've tried and now it's off-sync with the other clocks too. The first timer wouldn't always turn on when it was supposed to as well as getting out-of-sync.

Is it because the outlet is upside down? Whatever the reason, it worked in my favor this morning. I got through my whole morning scheduled routine!

I wish I could say the same thing about the weekend. I finally got home after 8pm (didn't leave work until 6pm, nasty weather, ate supper, nasty traffic) and what greets me at the door besides Mustard?

[Pic of kitchen ceiling and floor]

Water from the sink to the fridge following the gap in the ceiling. It reminded me of a water balloon fight without the plastic bits. My roof leak has expanded. The back bedroom got wetter than normal too. The buckets I have set up where halfway full and a splash zone of nearly a foot and half surrounded them.

Aside from the fact that I have no money for a roof, I don't want to put a roof on to tear it off when I rebuild the back half of the house. But I can't keep letting water in.

Tarp time? My fear is like with all the sealant we've put on the roof the water will still get past the barrier. *HEADDESK* I don't even know if the blue tarp people are still in business. Is there such a thing as a temporary roof?

Saturday was spent watching the kitchen leak (which didn't leak again), making pretty graphics, and budget number crunching because my income tax refund came in sooner than I had anticipated. Sad to say my splurge was to buy WinZip. Sunday I finally got to the Triangulation entry story. I think I have the transition now, but I still need to clean it up and make sure I make all the points I need to. This morning I finally got back to language creation. Hopefully I can work during lunch, but so far the day has been swamped.

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The BookWorm