So last night Keen and I went to Denver and Boulder to buy software. Not just any software, but Battlefield 1942, the bestest game by Electronic Arts. It’s normally $44.95 a pop, but CompUSA was selling them for $19.99 … when you’re buying 25 copies, that adds up really fast. So instead of waiting around and buying them at the high price, we decided to buy them at the low price. The local CompUSA only had 4 copies … after talking to the manager there, David Pierce (props!), we pointed us to the Aurora/Denver store, and then to the Boulder store. So we drove up to the Aurora store, which is right off of 225 & Alameda and bought 12 copies there … which isn’t enough. We left there at 8:15pm and made a mad dash to Boulder to get them there … showed up at like 3 minutes till closing — all the employees knew who we were and that we were coming 😉 … we purchased our final 9 copies there, ate some good food at Siamese Plate To Go, picked up some beer and then headed home, with a short stop to Paris on the Platte in Denver, which, I might add, is a very awesome coffee shop / cybercafe place. I wish we had something like it here. I spoke with Mr. Case at length today on AIM. Talk about being quite the pimped out MOFO. He get props on Too Short’s latest CD, went to Vegas and met Aria Giovanni, drives a Benz, has a mad job at MCI … just wow. He has pics to back it all up too. I think he is one of the most successful people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. There is a new openssh exploit out there running around and it affects everything currently out there, including all OSs(open/freebsd, all linuxes, *all of them*). The patch is like 4 lines … [L=http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/src/crypto/openssh/buffer.c.diff?r1=18.104.22.168&r2=22.214.171.124&f=h]Here is the diff[/L] between the old and new buffer.c … just replace, recompile and install. Also, nmap 3.45 is out today and it’s freaking awesome. Get it at [L=http://www.insecure.org/nmap]http://www.insecure.org/nmap[/L] Quick Update – just realized that my [L]ink parser was broken so I fixed it … you can use & and ? without fear now.
I took a bunch of pictures of the store, feel free to take a look and ask me any questions: [L=http://cos.everlan.com/gallery.php?gid=1]EverLAN Gaming Centers Pre-Opening Photos[/L] I was talking to Janina the other day, who is [b]W[/b]hitney (who formerly was dating [b]M[/b]ichael)’s roommate. She tells me that she’s engaged and happy and yada yada yada. She then proceeds to tell me that she’s really sad that I never asked her out or showed a lot of interest. I did have interest, still do … just that she’d been seeing this Travis guy, and I wasn’t about to compete, but honestly, I should I have grown a pair and asked her out. I told her that although I’m male, I’m not blind and that she should have dropped a few more clues that *she* was interested. She agreed to this, and then it seemed like we both agreed that we should have gone out together. And then I added (mentally) that she shouldn’t be engaged. Went out and got lit up on Friday night and paid for it on Saturday. I also went and got a haircut on Saturday, and gave my number to this nice girl Leah … I seriously doubt she’ll call me to go out and get a beer, but hey, I can hope. I figure that if I blanket the city’s population of women with my number, at least one or two will call me. [b]Update – Quote of the night[/b]: (overheard at Tony’s Bar) – “In every relationship there is a bull and a cow. I am the bull and you are the cow. Now show me your udders.”
Shit, I got about 4 lines into this post and I realized that I had alread posted info about the beer expo and such. Well shit. I got my first WeberStreet Networks, LLC paycheck today. Man, that was such a rush. Seriously, carrying the sliver of paper that entitled me to lots of moolah was rather thrilling. Let’s hope to god there are a lot more of those coming to me down the road, you know? Honestly though, it’s all been worth it. Even if the big bucks are still a ways off, just knowing that it’s coming soon (Sept 26th, maybe???) is a big upper. Oh, FYI, there is an informercial page at [L=http://www.weberstreet.net/everlan]http://www.weberstreet.net/everlan[/L]. Please let me know what you think of the design & content. And yes, I know that the pictures link does not work. Thanks. (I just realized that I think we’re going to run into an IP crunch. Oof) I had some women withdrawals (sp?) today. I got to thinking, get this, not about Janelle, but about some other fantabulous ladies I know and I felt bad that I totally puss’d out and didn’t attempt anything. That’s a bummer. More inspiration to actually give the meeting girls thing a try? Maybe. I don’t know how much damage my bruised, overworked, tired ego can withstand …. I do hear that chicks totally dig guys who own their own business, though …. 😉 I finished [i]Cryptonomicon[/i] by Neil Stephenson tonight. It’s been a loooong time in finishing, but man, that tome of a book was totally worth it. Honestly one of the best fiction books I’ve ever read – I highly recommend it. In fact, I’m so enchanted by the quality of the writing that I picked up another Stephenson book, [i]Snowcrash[/i] – I’ll let ya’ll know how that one goes. I replaced the starter on my truck yesterday. $54 and about 45 minutes later, which includes trying to rinse that orange pumice lava rock cleaner stuff out of my eyes (the memories bring back the pain! aghhghgsgh!), my truck now starts on the first crank every time. I still need my exhaust to be fixed up. I am once again seriously considering a motorcycle. Maybe as an additional vehicle? I haven’t talked about HPI in a long time, so I will now. HPI is doing super, barring internal personality conflicts. Seriously, it’s pretty fucked up … I start prepping myself for the inevitable “bail on HPI” move, and all of a sudden HPI starts doing well. This throws my long term plans into a blender … I need to think on what I’m going to do long term. The wireless out in Falcon is going really well – we have installs every day of the week, and so far we’ve only hit a few roadstops. Our Co-Location program is going really really well with new, big $ customers coming in a lot more often than they were. Today, I began our migration to a FreeBSD anti-spam gateway setup, as detailed in [L=http://www.hpi.net/whitepapers/]the whitepaper[/L]. I also got to enjoy climbing around on buildings and transitting antennas all over down. As enjoyable as things are, it seems like HPI is rife with indecision and lacks cohesion. I don’t know where this will end up.
I have determined that the headlines above are an utter waste of time and effort, simply because I cannot aptly describe this post before I write it, and it invariably does not do the post justice, and as such, is usually a haphazardly attempt at being clever, witty or apathetic, none of which I am good at. Did I mention I bought a new waterbed mattress? It is amazing. I sleep like a baby. No, seriously, it really is that good. I should take a picture of it so you can see how majestic it really is. I even bought new sheets for it. So take that! Unh! I went to the Beer Expo on Sunday with Keen and Tony. It was a lot of beer, and it was all oh-so-tasty. I realized that when it comes to alcohol, I can slam down the hard stuff with the best of them, but when it comes to guzzling down pint after pint of the sudsy stuff I cannot hold my liquor at all. There are new photos of the [L=http://rand0m.org/images/endofsummer2k3/index2.php]End of Summer 2k3 party[/L]. Also, the original post is updated to reflect the new pictures, as is the birthday post. So I was talking to Corey today and he mentions that some day I will find the right girl and I think that “man, she would make a good mom / wife / whatever-long-term-thing”. That sort of freaked me out because what if I have already found her, but it will not work out? What if my love life is already condemned and I do not even know it? “Holy Shit!” I thought, and then I realized that I am only 21. So Huzzah! Maybe there is still hope. On the same vein, though, I made him realize that it is super-duper to have a nice cuddly female around to help be an emotional crutch for us emotion-bearing-but-denying it manly-men … I think his kids are his make-my-day tool, whereas mine (and most youngins) is just girls in general. I wonder if girls like having a manly man around to make them feel good, and if so, why the hell are they not battering down my door in an attempt to have manly affection showered upon them? The universe will never know. *ha* This post brought to you by the complete lack of contractions. [b]Update[/b] – I totally forgot to mention that Manny is no longer with us. After attending a short party, Keen, Tony and I all took Manny over to his place and dropped him off and said goodbye. He is being reassigned to Boston with a month long vacation to Amsterdam. Cheers to Manny for being neato – I hope we get to see you again sometime 😀
Work has been nuts. I don’t like it when things are really busy and such. I’ve been doing like 10 hours days forever, and then there’s the store thing, too. Oof. Just feeling stressed out. Nick Bailey, a friend from junior high (7-8 years ago?) came in to HPI and colocated his server today. We sat and chatted for an hour or so. It was good to catch up. I actually have a whole lot to say about that, but I do not feel like typing that in. In other news, Tony has not been the talkative sort around the house. In fact, he has been totally anti-conversation — very unusual for him. It might have something to do with the labor day weekend race he attended, at which he (apparently) broke his rear bicycle rim. Nevertheless, he came through like a trooper and scanned in a shitload of photos: [L=http://rand0m.org/images/endofsummer2k3]End Of Summer 2k3[/L] [L=http://rand0m.org/images/21stbday]21st BDay Pics[/L] My truck’s starter stopped working rather unexpectedly while I was running an errand. I had to call Keen and get him to bring me a hammer. This is a bad sign. I bought a new bed. It’s a Hibernation Series Premium 90% waveless mattress. It is so amazingly comfortable. Everybody should definitely take time out of their schedule to come lay on it.
I went out with Keen tonight. We went to Phantom Canyon, played pool and got drunk. Tatum, the waitress chick who is a junior (Economics) @ UCCS is the shit. Too bad she’s a waitress and probably hates men / meeting men on the job. Also, I ran into Jennifer Berkbigler (sp?) from highschool. (Thanks for the name, Tore! God, I abuse him when it comes to me getting people’s names …) She is fine-ass, and doing well to boot. Regardless, we played pool, it was good. And then Keen started thinking about *his* ice queen, then decided to drown his sorrow in alcohol, so we went over to Tequila’s on the way home and he had a backdraft. (To the uninformed, a backdraft consists of like 2 mid-proof liquors and a shot of Bacardi 151. You light the Bacardi and put your hand over the top … the results in an emulsified cloud of Bacardi + Oxygen, which you then inhale. Then you drink the remaining alcohol, and recap the glass with your hand, again emulsifying the remaining alcohol, which you then breathe again. Results: 1 shot of Bacardi *in your lungs* (which means you’re breathing almost pure alcohol), and then 2 shots of hard liquor. Plus breathing some more liquor.) Then we stumbled over to 15C, where Keen said that someone named Janelle wanted a cigarette. I was like “WHAT THE FUCK!?” because I thought Janelle, you know, The Janelle, but instead it was some random hotty. Gave her a smoke, and then Keen and I had a martini. And then we came home. w0ot. I know now is not the time … or shit, maybe it is. There is nothing like a good fuck. I miss good, ol’ fashioned fucking. *sigh*. This past Saturday was the balloon glow … keen and I both have some memories of the balloon glow, of which I will not delve into, but they are not-so-much-fun. Also, I spoke to Emily the other day while she was really trashed. I don’t know what to make of it, besides that I am now classified as one of those people you don’t talk to while drunk. meh. Tony walked into the room the other day and tells me “Janelle is coming over Monday night to play Trivial Pursuit.” Me: *blank stare* … what. the. fuck. That’s all I have to say. Again, I need to decide if I’m going to pussy out and “have plans” or if I’ll ram a blunted broomstick through my chest and meet up with the girl that I’m totally falling all over myself about. [b]Update[/b]: quote of the day, from Space Ghost Coast to Coast: “welcome back, stupid viewers! you’ll watch anything. Go ahead, change the channel, you’ll be back.” Hahaha. I just realized that this is post 404, you know, “404 Not Found”. Heh. [b]Update 404 (LOL)[/b] – I talked to Sammi about how I kissed her on the cheek when we went out after my birthday. She’s totally cool with that sort of thing between friends, which is pretty neat, because now I’m not some sort of freakish deviant … but … you know, I just don’t hand out to kisses to anyone. I’ll need to think on this. And why the FUCK am I putting this on my webpage?