ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
2014-01-08 09:54 pm

The State of The Bird

Unemployed, but at least I qualify for unemployment, which will cover the mortgage for six months. I just need to come up with the other $3000/month operating expenses, including COBRA at over $1200/mo. I will have to liquidate my stock in my old company, but I won't lose money on the deal. If I didn't have that reserve, I'd be terrified right now. As it is, I'm quietly panicking - I'm 52, and Silicon Valley is ageist as hell. Datapard hasn't even been able to get temp work for over 4 years.

I have had phone screens and interviews since the day after I was let go. Unfortunately, it's still an employers market (thank you, GOP) and they want the usual laundry list of every specific little program in their environment. Some of them even call me about contract opportunities at my previous employer!

Fighting the winter unemployed blues, but doing OK if I remember to take my supplements, especially vitamin D3.

I still need to put the new power supply in my Linux desktop (the original blew last July) and unload the half dozen or so blog posts and stories that are trying to burst out of my brain. I can't do them on my laptop because it would aggravate my RSIs too much. I may need to take the Windoze netbook and see if it will run Dragon Dictate or something.

My health is okay, but I really need to get a new neuro to get an updated sleep study and script for Imitrex.

Because I have had high (as in above $600) utility bills, I did qualify for zero down solar. Considering how much the PG&E rates have been ratcheting up in the last few years, locking in my rate increases on half my utility costs to 2.9%/year is a good deal - it flattens my cost curve a lot. Plus, if I overproduce, I can sell to the grid, which actually helps stabilize the grid on hot days. I had said when I owned this place I wanted solar, now it's going to happen. Still need $$$ to do painting and other repairs. If I get work in the new two months, I can use the liquidated stock for house repairs.
ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
2013-07-28 09:50 pm

Respecting People's Schedules

You know, I really try to respect other folks plans and schedules. I will cut stuff short so I can be where I need to be to allow for other people's arrangements, and try to be as flexible as I can. But some others can't be bothered to extend the same courtesy to me. Read more... )
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
2013-05-31 11:34 pm

Finally!

After much 'round and 'round, we are all signed, sealed and delivered and paper shuffle completed. I start paying mortgage on *my* house July 1. *phew*
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
2011-09-13 08:12 pm
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Well, fuck...

So, the cops have cordoned off my block, and the bomb squad has detonated at least two bombs, and they've found about 4 more, according to what my roomie has heard. Part of the block has been evacuated, but they're letting my roomies stay in the house, at least.

I'm still at work, and staying until they leave, because otherwise I have to seek even more reduced parking several blocks away, then walk in and be escorted to my own house. Did I mention that I am mobility impaired?

Yeah, suckage. All because some asshole decided to play amateur chemist.

Final update: The cops finally let us in at around 11:30 pm. I got to hear the last "Kaboom"
ravan: (runtyOMG)
2009-09-17 12:03 pm
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Squeeeee!!!

Kittens!!

So, as you might remember, the feral momma that we haven't been able to trap yet had yet another litter. Well, this time she had it in the downstairs portion of the back building.

Last night, [community profile] raindrops and [profile] vflig caught three of the kittens without a trap. This morning, [profile] vflig and I caught number four. Two grey tabbies and two solid grey (possibly dilute torties). So now we have 4 of the cutest little kittens, and the trap again set for mama.

In other news, I'm now officially part of the idle poor underclass. I drank a bottle of raspberry wine before noon. It was my severeal servings of fruit for the day, don'cha know...
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
2009-02-20 01:34 pm
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Introducing [profile] householding

OK, I made a community, and called it Householding. Feel free to join, regardless of whether you are living in a communal or group setting now or not.

I will repost my last entry there as a first, intro piece.

I think I need a simple house icon as the community icon.

Enjoy.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
2009-02-20 11:04 am
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On Households

This post is public, because it's an important concept. Read more... )
ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
2006-06-13 06:46 pm
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Fucking Cable Idiots

So, these jerks at Comcast "lease" me a brand new cable modem for $3 a month. But the stupid thing won't work with a router/firewall - IOTW, it doesn't really work. So Fuzzy, who's been dealing with them since he's home during the day when their "support" idiots are available, says we have to transfer his account into my name, and then "merge" them by physically going to a Comcast office, so we can use his cable modem which does work with a router.

Excuse me? What the fuck kind of lame shit is that? I'm not connecting jack diddly squat to a public network without multiple layers of protection. No firewall, no go. Yeah, my Windoze box has "ZoneAlarm", but that's a back stop. My goddamn printer is a network printer. If I just use a switch, that means any fucking idiot downstream of the neighborhood router can print to it! No Goddamn way!

So, I'll either end up doing the "merge accounts" bullshit, or buy my own damn cable modem that actually works.

The idea of a cable modem that doesn't work with a router downstream is insane. It's a way of making life easier for script kiddies to assemble botnets, and spammers to use your PC as a spew source. I wonder how much the spam kings paid Motorola to do this.

I am seriously and severely pissed off, at both Comtrash *and* Fuzzy, because of the complete fubarred mess that this has become. I signed up for service nearly two months ago, and am still suffering with flakey, slow, and intermittent DSL.

EDIT I tried it, instead of Fuzzy, with the proper reboot of the modem and then a release and renew of the router, and it worked just fine. Pissed Fuzzy off. I guess that's why I get paid for this, and he doesn't.

Comtrash is still lame, because they didn't know jack about it, but at least I don't have to make a useless pilgrimage to comcast. Sheesh.
ravan: by Ravan (ooh pickme - by shantidove)
2006-06-06 06:42 pm
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San Jose Fanification

So, we moved in to this nice mixed neighborhood in San Jose, just south of Japantown. Well, it lacks one thing: other fans! Please, give me some fannish neighbors!

The apartment complex next door has a two bedroom apartment up for rent. While the people in there are not the quietest people on earth by a long shot, the people in the victorian next door are. I don't know how much they want for rent, but it can't be too much - it has no pool or other frippery. If you like trains it's a plus!

The coolest thing is that this location is about halfway between the DoubleTree Hotel and the San Jose Convention Center. It's only a 5 block walk (short blocks at that) to the Japantown light rail station, and there is sushi within walking distance too.

Are you interested? Call (408) 294-3210 - they have a message machine, so leave a message.