Site update & archives, Thanksgiving, Trip to Denver

OK So the site has a new look that is actually an old look. The previos white/teal/red/blue had been around since April 2003, so a change was in order. I went through all the db entries and tried to find any missing posts … I restored the news posts [L=]#258[/L] and [L=]#259[/L] … had to get them from, as I had deleted them. Man, we were full of all kinds of piss and vinegar back then. I also found that posts [L=]#28[/L] & [L=]#29[/L] are missing; no amount of googling/archive searching can find them … they’re from April 2001, though, so I don’t really expect much. I kinda wish I knew what they were, but I am pretty certain they were removed with good reason. I am flying out to ND to visit Amanda for Thanksgiving, the 23rd to the 28th. I’m stoked. I just really like being around her. I also can’t wait to meet her hick friends *ducks* … This flight, alongside the NYE cruise, should give me a bunch of miles with United. Well, not enough to mean a damn. Oh well. At least I get to see the woman relatively soon, and not have to wait 9 weeks like this last (unpleasant) go around. Yay! I spent the night in Denver on Monday so I could make a noon meeting with a Denver client without issue. It sure was good to see Steve again, and it was really good to have some real talk. My presentation to the client went very smoothly … probably couldn’t have gone much better. I even got the accolade “Of all the times I’ve paid for a consultant to come in, you were by far the best investment.” I guess these years of labor finally have some value to somebody ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, this is supposedly post #500. That’s a lot. It’s numbered 500, but it’s actually the 446th post in the database. Some general stats: 500/446 News Posts 5097/5113 News Comments 1302/1645 Photo Comments 779.6KB of posts 1.54MB of comments 928.9KB of Photo Comments 19885 – Unique visitors in Oct05 303742 – Pages served in Oct05 1.041M – Hits served in Oct05 240.1GB – Bandwidth consumed – 7.74GB/day=.71mbps sustained … Looks like the glory days of this place have passed ๐Ÿ˜‰

2005-11-04 00:24:10 – pinky
holy shit, i forgot that time you came to boulder…haha. and, damn, i was mean…hehehe. i’m tempted to start from the beginning of the archives, except i don’t want to relive high school.
2005-11-04 19:57:18 – Netheus
Good Luck and Goodnight came out today…. all of you to the movie theatre NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-11-04 22:29:17 – jrdn
.71mbps sustained just in oct05? Thats ummm… a fuckload
2005-11-04 23:10:21 – rand0m
Yea, it’s a decent amount of traffic … but not compared to a year ago when it was doing ~23-24GB/day.
2005-11-05 08:38:02 – realbighead
yes, but didn’t that number include bimmer chick?
2005-11-05 11:18:32 – rand0m
both include the pron. I should dig up the non-pron stats so that I can cry in shame.
2005-11-06 22:46:51 – Master Ha-reed
Jack Shafer of Slate tore "Good Night and Good Luck" [L=]apart[/L]. Worth checking out before spending $8+.

Holy Crap American Express Rocks

I can’t say enough good things about American Express. Seriously. They rock. I have ~$3800 in credit card debt that I’ve amassed over the past 5 years, including school classes, emergency vehicle fixes, bailbondsman costs, partying, rockstaring, everything under the sun. I have APRs that range from now 9.9% all the way up to 21%. Yes, 21%. I decided tonight that I am going to fixify this, because I’m paying out like $130 a month in interest, and maybe $20 is actually going to principle. So I call up Discover and Citibank and tell them hey, I’ve got balances, I need them to be smaller. I need a lower APR, or I’m going to transfer them away so that somebody else can take (less of) my money. They all give me this song and dance, and give me crappy APRs. I reaffirm that American Express is going to take all my worries away if they don’t help me. Discover drops down to a 14.9% (acceptable), and Citibank/student credit card drops down to 15.74% … it’s still a student credit card, though, so I’m not concerned. Little do Discover & Citibank know what they’re in for. So then I call up AmEx, and I’m like whatup, I need to shuffle some bling onto my shiney new AmEx Clear card, which has a 4% life-time APR on balance transfers. Transfer over that shiz. Ba-BAM! It takes all of about 2 minutes to get it done. Now, if I continue to pay the same $130/mo, my $20 to principle has become ($130-($3900*.04/12))=$117. A sixfold increase, simply because of interest. Not to mention the ease of consolidation. Also, when I spoke to Discover and Citibank, they suck. Their reps are terrible. AmEx reps speak english clearly and actually sound -Happy- on the phone. The Citibank guy, particularly, sounded like he wanted to inflict severe injury to me, even though I went out of my way to sound chipper and be nice (so I could get on the good side = lower APR?). American Express just treats me great – with their plans, friendly representatives and good rewards, I can’t hype them up enough. American Express Clear for the win.

2005-10-27 23:38:11 – Master Ha-reed
Wow – maybe the Clear reps are better than the Blue ones. I’ve gotten nothing but idiots from Bangalore calling AmEx. I’m accustomed to asking upfront to be transferred to someone in America first thing when I call, and being indignant until my request is carried out.
2005-10-27 23:53:46 – rand0m
The number on my Clear is 888-917-3030 and has yeilded nothing but incredibly nice, helpful American reps … Is yours an AmEx Blue student card? I could see varying levels of service depending on the type.
2005-10-28 00:19:22 – rand0m
Just so I have a record of it somewhere accessible, Cisco’s implementation of the BGP4 Multi Exit Discriminator (MED) does not affect path selection unless the exit ASN is the same on both routes. If you need to weight two very similar paths, use localpref (small stick), AS path prepending (medium stick) or Cisco’s proprietary weight option (Roosevelt stick). BTW, probably switching to the new format here shortly.
2005-10-28 02:28:36 – Netheus
It’s nothing but a myspace account
2005-10-28 11:38:40 – jrdn
ok… so… im torn between AmEx Blue and AmEx Clear… blue has all these OOOH SO LOVELY plus’s, but clear… just has more protections lower rates… so I gotta ask… for a first time credit user… wtf should I use?
2005-10-28 11:54:12 – rand0m
Blue (if you can) without a doubt. Clear is great for balance transfers, low-spending and mild rewards, but Blue is perfect for general use.
2005-10-28 12:31:43 – realbighead
The proper technique for a first-time credit user goes like so: 1) Get 4 or 5 lines of credit. This does not include installment debt, especially student loans. Credit cards, computer loans, or car loans. 2) Set up an automatic payment (cellphone, DSL, something) on each credit card. 3) Set up an automatic transfer from your bank account a week after the payment will hit. 4) Place your credit cards in a pint glass, fill with water, and place in your freezer. Your credit score will fly through the roof. Oh, and AmEx can afford good people, because they charge merchants 2.6% on every transaction. Visa, Discover, and Mastercard all charge only 1.6%. So lots of places don’t like AmEx. And whatever you do, don’t get green, gold, or platinum. They don’t affect your credit score at all.
2005-10-29 17:05:27 – peanut gallery
adore the site’s new look
2005-10-29 17:49:51 – Master Ha-reed
It is a student card, but its all the Blue cards have the same ph number. Maybe they forward me to Bangalore after I punch in my number and the computer sees its a student card. Also – the new site design looks oddly familiar. Wasn’t a previous incarnation something like this?
2005-10-29 18:39:29 – rand0m
Yea, it used to look like this. Originally it was in purple, then red, then blue. In fact, the lightest blue on the heeader thing is the same blue that I had forever ago ( is yer friend). This one is pure css though, and has a lot cleaner backend stuff.
2005-10-30 18:41:35 – pinky
oooh! so pretty! and thanks for the link ๐Ÿ˜‰
2005-11-02 12:13:42 – Netheus
Randal, my sister need a math tutor. Feel like a little volunteer/ very little money? Or, perhaps know someone who knows a little algebra 1 and two, geo, a bit of calc, and a bit of trig who has some free time?
2005-11-03 15:04:27 – Nell
i’m feeling indignant about the comment on ‘idiots from bangalore.’ jared!
2005-11-03 16:07:45 – rand0m
*blink blink*
2005-11-04 22:40:59 – jrdn
i do math… math is me.. if you feel like it… randal knows how to get me into contact with people… RANDAL… BITCH… GO! <3

Amanda, Work Burnout, Rata Clark, Matt’s Party

OK so it’s been a long time since I posted, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. I don’t even know what’s happened in the past … three weeks. All I do know is that some have sucked and others have been OK. I am told by Corey that I am experiencing what is known as “burn out,” or when live-to-work becomes standard operating procedure. I am told this is bad. As such, I have decided to stop slaving like a pack mule on duty in the himalayas, but to instead focus on being productive while I am at work, and then … not working when I am not at work. I know that sounds like crazy talk, but sometimes revolution is necessary to incite change. OK, so Amamda (no, not Amanda, Amamda) flew into town on Saturday morning, so I’ve been ‘illin on Cloud 9 all weekend. My AIM away message even says so ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve also not been working, since she is here, so I’m on some much needed vacation. I really can’t express with words what a good time we’ve had; it’s great that she came to visit, but it sucks that she has to leave soon :-/. Boo Leaving! Yay Amanda! Yay vacation! Yay Amanda and Vacation! Yay! So we were over at Brooklyn Bagel, or whatever it’s called this week, and there was a girl there with this huge bird dog. Then this guy comes up and sits with the girl with the dog, looks at me and says “HPI.” I kinda looked at him with this paranoid WTF look, and he says his name is Tom Harrington, used to work for one of my previous’ employers customers. Said Hi and chatted for minute. So then we’re sitting there, and lo and OFMG behold Rata Clark walks by and waves. !!! was all I could think. She has retired from PHS, encouraged me to vote, we chatted, she said I have the same face as … wow, almost 9 years ago. Holy Shit that was 9 years ago what the hell!? I’m like 01285 years old now, holy crap. Anyways, she is retired, and doing a lot of travelling with her Hubby and Anne (Bernhardt) and Anne’s SO. I had no idea that Rata was from New Zealand. I guess I didn’t pick up on these things when I was a loudmouthed little shit that she hated. She seems to like me now, though, because I’ve grown up a little. She says I’m still the same person though, and that she is pleased with that. To fill her copious amounts of spare time, she fills in as a part-time personal assistant at Shoemaker’s downtown and is there on Monday & Friday afternoons. So if you want to see Rata, there’s an easy window. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keen had a pizzarty at his place on Saturday night and it was a great time. Met a couple new folks, re-met a couple great folks, and had a generally good night out. It was also really spooky how many people in this town went to PHS – relived a lot of memories with some folks, talked about new ones, was just a good time. I didn’t get hammered or anything, but we sure did have an enjoyable time. The bonfire thing was a definite plus. Good job Keen ๐Ÿ˜€ is under a redesign, which should come to fruition sometime this week. I am sure that all 6 of my readers are breathless with anticipation – no sneek previews, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [b]edit[/b] – I forgot to mention that I stream audio throughout the workweek via shoutcast. You’ll need to point winamp at to make it happen. [b]edit2[/b] – Well, her plane left at 5pm, and the last time I saw her was about an hour ago (baaarely made the flight), and I am a sad monkey. I feel … empty. ๐Ÿ™

2005-10-24 18:07:27 – WC
I am so sorry I couldn’t make it down to the springs this weekend. I suck. I am sorry. I am a poor college student. I hope you guys had a great time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [winkface]
2005-10-25 01:09:04 – Master Ha-reed
It’s Clarke, and that is sad. I had no idea she was from New Zealand either – she didn’t have anything that resembled a Kiwi accent. With Rata gone, that means 2 of my IB tetrarchy of awesomeness (Clarke, Kern, Hartman, Schulzki) have now retired from teaching. Sucks for the kids @ Palmer now.
2005-10-25 01:12:20 – Master Ha-reed
Request for the new site: fix the little JavaScript that causes (at least) every Mozilla and Konqueror based browser to render the year as "105". If you know the nuts and bolts of IOS you should be able to fix that, Mr. Teh Awesome Director of Network Ops.
2005-10-25 03:59:22 – jrdn
lol 6 readers? sorry man, last census said 4
2005-10-25 03:59:49 – jrdn
its ok… you can still rely on mistress j bieng overly obese
2005-10-25 10:16:21 – Netheus
Hey, only three people read what I have to say, if it makes you feel any better. And they never leave any form of feed back.
2005-10-25 12:45:52 – rand0m
Yea, not coming to the party. Grr. I thought it was Clarke too, but went with safe. Turns out that "Rata" is a type of tree-flower down there. And the jscript time thingy will be gone; everybody can use their own devices to determine what time it is without relying on this site. Neth, do you have a site or something? I’ll give you some feedback … it may be worthless, inane feedback, but you’ll get some ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dream, How do Congressmen choose?

I had the craziest dream last night. Somehow, I thought up that Janelle, the old flame from yesteryear, was seeing [L=]Bruce[/L] from the [L=]Shmoo Group[/L]. Except that it couldn’t be him, because this guy was at least 6’1″, and Bruce is maybe 5’10”. I don’t know what else happened, because I woke up and forgot, but that peice stuck with me. I watched West Wing last night, and something really hit me – do our Congressmen give a shit about what their constituents think? Do they vote on things based on their own politcal gains, the voice of their public at large (gleaned via polls etc), or based on the relatively few vocal folks who actually write letters / call? If it’s the first, then Wow, we’re all fucked, as every pork barrel project out there will pass and everybody is just jockying for their job. If it’s the second, then great. If it’s the third, then the extremists will inevitably run this country until the teaming masses wake up. I thought about this at length last night, and found it terribly disconcerting. Our ad goes into the [L=]CSBJ[/L] this Friday; I am stoked. I’m also going to go see the Aristocrats sometime with Laura.

2005-10-06 03:56:15 – jrdn
we are talking about randal here… come on
2005-10-05 16:07:36 – realbighead
you remember a 3-inch discrepancy in height, but nothing else?
2005-10-07 14:15:09 – Disco Nova
At least he doesn’t remember a three inch discrepancy in length.
2005-10-08 22:28:45 – realbighead
At least that would be a bit more significant.
2005-10-24 00:04:24 – Netheus
I miss you guys… I know I never do anything about it, but I do think about everyone all the time… Carolyn called me tonight, she is moving to New York. Anyone know what’s going on with Mike?

PSA: I curse too much.

[b]Public Service Announcement[/b]: I curse too much, and you probably do too. We should all clean up our language a little bit so that when we -do- curse, it means something. I just realized this when I searched for ‘f*ck’ and it came up with 146 results, which is a full 29.55% of my posts. I think that is a little excessive. And I swear on here much less than I do in normal conversation. That’s all, carry on.

2005-10-03 19:01:02 – jrdn
rofl… thats fucktastic
2005-10-03 23:16:08 – nick
Made me curious…..I’ve said fuck in 222 posts out of 328. Right around two fucking thirds of the time. You have to go 17 posts back to find the first one that doesn’t contain fuck. On the other hand, though, I curse a lot more on there than I do in regular conversation (well, recently anyway, with a conscious cut-back).

RSS Feed / updates, Tore, Family Stuffs.

I added an RSS feed to this here website, so if you use a news aggregator, point it to I’ll be redoing a couple things here and there over the next week or so, some cosmetic, a couple under the hood. Thanks to [L=]/Mark[/L] for prodding me into action. Tore came into town this past Friday. We went to lunch at the Ritz, then met Sammi over at the Perk. That was good. Then we all split up, and reconvened at Phantom Canyon later that evening and had a splendid time. It’s fun to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in forever — those who live 400+ miles away [i]and[/i] those who live just up the street. I went to Denver a while back to do some maintenance and to hit up a party at Craigalito’s place. Unfortunately I came out of the datacenter to find my truck with a flat tire. That sucked. I called up Steve-o, who promptly left to come to my aid with some fix-a-flat. He arrived no sooner than 2 1/2 hours later, ready to rock. Heh. I chatted with Amanda and a ton of other folks while I waited, so it was A-OK. Anyways, got back to his place, spent the weekend there, then headed down. Oh, and the new set of tires were $360.41 installed. Oof. My brother Matt, yes, the one who posted his infamous comments [L=]here[/L], [L=]here[/L], and [L=]here[/L] has moved here to Colorado Springs. Apparently his home was wiped out when hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, so he moved here where there is familial support. From what I’ve gathered, he is here with his wife and kid (?? unsure on that). I am sure I will know more tomorrow. Speaking of, I will be going out tomorrow morning with the family for breakfast, then for a cruise to look at the turning leaves, stopping off in Cripple Creek for dinner (damn that’s a lot of driving), then coming home. I hope there will be a lot of family to distract me from the crazy amounts of just driving. I watched “2Fast2Furious” the other night. It was fucking terrible. I watched “Closer” tonight, and aside from Natalie Portman’s fucking hot little body (HOT GRITS ANYONE!?), it was fucking terrible. Thumbs down to both. I miss having a woman. Chin up! *sigh*


[b]bigot[/b] – [i]One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.[/i] Ok, so if you call someone a bigot in a derogatory manner – aka not approving of their closed-mindedness – does that make you a bigot as well? Food for thought. And don’t worry, I don’t hate you, I just think you’re fucking crazy. [not laura]

Games, misc, PurePwnage & Laptop

OK So I don’t even know. I mean, so much stuff happens, and then I don’t post, and it’s sad. Keen made me buy Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory a couple weeks ago, finally got around to playing it this weekend. It’s a good game, especially with Dolby Digital. Unfortunately, WOW has resurfaced and is taking all my time, [L=]to the detriment of other games[/L]. Sometimes there are games, then there are good games that put everything else to shame. That’s how it rolls, though. I purchased an Audio/Video stand after doing titties & wings this past Sunday. Here is a [L=]photo[/L] or [L=]two[/L]. It looks a LOT cleaner than the wooden monstrosity we’ve been using for ages … the wicked cabling job that Keen and I did doesn’t hurt either. Because it’s so funny and nobody ever gets it when I start ranting about my ubermicro, I am mirroring the PurePwnage series. [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 1 – The Life of a Pro Gamer[/L] [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 2 – Girls[/L] [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 3 – FPS Doug[/L] BOOM HEADSHOT! [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 4 – Pwn or be Pwned[/L] [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 5 – M8S[/L] [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 6 – IMAPWNU of Azeroth[/L] [L=]PurePwnage – Episode 7 – MMO GRRL[/L] There is a wicked blog going on over at [L=]Interdictor’s Site[/L] about New Orleans, the hurricane and DirectNIC’s struggle to stay up. It’s a pretty good read, has some great photos and live camera feed. Cool stuff. Also, work bought me a laptop, it’s on it’s way now. Dell d610/2.13Ghz Pent-M/1GB/80GB/ATI-X300. Blah blah blah. It’s stupid powerful and should last forever. Yay!

2005-09-08 02:35:34 – pinky
ooh, the new stand does look nice. now, if you had some funky/modern metal lamps to go with it, you could be on cribs…hehe. maybe i’ll get around to going out for beers with you this weekend, or maybe not.
2005-09-08 08:58:44 – rand0m
probably spending the weekend in Denver – party at Craig’s, bbq at steve’s, etc. Should be back on Sunday though.
2005-09-08 13:13:22 – realbighead
I personally think that you need to elevate the TV a couple of feet. Big as it is, it kinda looks dwarfed by the wall. Nice rack, though. ๐Ÿ™‚
2005-09-09 15:59:04 – GrooveMan
When is your Laptop getting in?
2005-09-09 17:58:21 – rand0m
Came in at 4:30pm, which is terribly late for UPS. But it’s here, and I’m a-bringin it.
2005-09-15 21:18:34 – Dave
Looks sick bro, grats. Also, we started rolled horde on "twisting nether" a new pvprp server. Lates~!
2005-09-17 15:06:16 – Box
Randal, do me a favore and take a pic or two of the pad. I miss hanging out there during your sexy parties… and James’ 2 monitor display.
2005-09-17 20:24:44 – The Disco Nova
The new hardware in my box Athlon X2 4200+ Dual Core CPU Sapphire X850XT PE Video Card Fatal1ty AN8 ALI Mobo 2 GB Platinum Edition OCZ RAM 2 80 GB Hitachi HD’s in RAID 0 Zalman Reservator Plus Liquid Cooling Eat your heart out.
2005-09-19 00:05:06 – Box
… can I have your old hardware plzkthx

Denver, Steve’s place, Help?

I forgot to mention that Amanda and I went up to Denver last Wednesday so she could take a scuba class. While we were up there, I had the opportunity to swing by Steve’s shiney new place. All I have to say is WOW and congrats. It’s a really nice pad, and the gigantic HD/DLP super-pro TV doesn’t hurt either. Steve, Ben & I met up with Craigalito and his g/f Rachel at the Island over on the east side (steve had a volleyball game), then we played ping pong and hung out. Ended back up over at Steve’s place and had a helluva time playing NFL Street & relaxing. Amanda’s class finished at 10:15pm (was aiming for 8pm :-/), and, after an unsuccessful jaunt to Caribou Coffee, we ended up in Lodo looking for a place to eat. That was an experience. Lodo is a very confusing place. Regardless, we ate at Mario’s Double Fisted Pizza, and it was really good – hit the spot just right. Then a drive home, and that was it. I need a laptop. If you have a lead, please let me know. If you are a super-pro IGP + EGP routing wizard and would like to give me a hand with some route redistribution problems I’m facing, please email me at rand0m at rand0m dot org, or aim `rand0m`

2005-08-22 11:42:36 – Netheus
I miss you Randal. And I miss James. And Matt. And everyone we went to high school with. I’m sorry. It’s the first day back at school, and the damn chickens are dancing around and clucking way too close to me, and I am remembering why I hate everyone at UCCS. >sigh<
2005-08-22 21:12:16 – rand0m
chin up, hun, you’re in college, kicking ass and taking names – don’t let the mensch get you down.
2005-08-26 11:33:47 – Netheus
2005-08-26 19:13:43 – hellbent rob
hey does anybody know how to fix an WIA problem in window’s camera and scanner wizard. I’d like it to actually remember my preference in scanning in black and white each time I scan. Here is a webpage that say how to do it, but I’m just not an IT guru. If some some could create something that is self installing and fixes the problem I’d be grateful.
2005-08-30 18:41:28 – WC
For those of you not in the loop. Google talk is hot.

amanda left, night on the town

OK so amanda left. The woman is gone. I am sad. So I drank my tears away. Started out at Eden, which is thep roest club in cosprings by far. yo0u have to have to go there. it’s good. lots of cool peeps, hot bitches, the works. oh, and the martinies are pure alcohol. yea. so then we went over to the Thirsty Parrot, where I eat lunch somteimse. Ran into Hossain from palmer highschool days, which was nuts. Good to see him again. WEt tehn went back over to Eden, but the line was aroudnt eh corner. So we talked ot Kenneth and some hot bs, but then decided to leave. so we went to 15c. So we get to 15c, and the normal weatiress, tanya, is on vacation, adn this hot chick (don’t know her name) servse us. Shes’s cool as shit. Are martines were late, though, so she gave us a rfree round, and keen had a pravda cosmo. OH, Eden serves huge bottasle of pravda in a bucket of ice. It must cost liek $150. Wow. Ok so ciagars and amrtinies. So tehwn we leaft 15c, hoping that Kenneth awas having a party, so we sho up to eden, and there are half naked shicks dancing on thea bles. Wow hot. So then I rand into Jon from cosprings young professionsals. OH right before that, I radn into Dave and Sarah on the corenr, that was pro. SO we hung at eden talking to jon & ken, but then had to bounce, closing and shiz. It waas a helluva night, and i”m drunk as shit. Amanda is gone, and I’m really not very happy, but the alchool is doing a good job at keeping me more happy.