murakozi: (Ferdinand)
I just got a text message from the guy who took my oscar home last night.   Bubba survived his trip okay and is in his new home.   The guy also emailed a picture of him in his new tank.



Dangit.  While I was just kind of sad and missed the big fish last night and this morning, seeing him in his new digs actually has me choked up a little.
murakozi: (peek)
The guy who responded to my Craigslist ad came by to pick up Bubba last night.  He texted when he was leaving work, so I siphoned some water from the aquarium into a couple 5 gallon paint buckets.  I then used the python to siphon water out until it was only a couple inches higher than Bubba's dorsal fin.  I'd gotten a screw-on lid for a bucket at Lowes a while back and I'm glad I did.  The guy had a bucket of his own, but with no lid or cover.

Catching him took a few tries, but eventually, I got him into a pillowcase and transferred him to a bucket.  He was definitely not a happy fish and I got a bit wet in the process.   I still need to get as much water as I can out of the tank.   The guy thought I had a nice setup, which seems odd, since it's just a 60 gallon tank on a basic black cabinet with a couple canister filters.  I thought about asking for some money for it, but figured I should just let him have it too.   He should be coming back on Sunday with a friend to help him move it.

So I'm back to having no pets.  At this point, I kind of wonder if I'll ever have any again.  I really hope this guy takes good care of Bubba and that he lives a long, content fishy life.
murakozi: (Ferdinand)
I got a response to the Craigslist ad I posted to give away my oscar fish.  There's someone who should be coming by tonight to pick him up.  He says he has a tank ready to go for him and has experience with larger fish.   Hopefully, this means that Bubba will soon be in a new (and probably much better) home.  I got a bit choked up giving the little tropical fish to Petco for adoption.   It's not going to be easy to say goodbye to Bubba.

Of course, this means letting a total stranger into the apartment.   I'm a bit leery of that, but having done Google searches of the guy's name and cell #, it seems like he's a real person.
murakozi: (Ferdinand)
The past couple days, I've been using the network connection in a vacant office to install and configure Win 7 on a workstation that had its hard drive go splat last week.  It's a window office, and I have to say that even with the grey, dreary weather here, being able to look outside a bit during the day makes a difference in my mood.

Unfortunately, I don't think that it's going to help much unless a small miracle related to the upcoming move comes through.  I can't take my tiger oscar fish, Bubba, with me to the new apartment.  I've been trying to find a new home for him but haven't had any luck.  While pet stores will often take small fish from folks, they don't generally have the space for a biger one like an oscar.  A week and a half ago, I talked to the 'fish guy' who used to work at the local Petco.  He's now a manager at another Petco down in Fairfax.  He said his boss knows someone who is often after large fish.  I've been hoping to hear from Fish Guy since and did text him yesterday.  So far, his boss hasn't heard from the person.  Time is running out for me.

So, a little bit ago, I ordered a 4oz bottle of clove oil from Amazon.  I seriously don't want to kill Bubba, but without a new home for him, it may be my only remaining option.  I really don't want to have to do this.

More Bogo

Apr. 4th, 2016 10:50 am
murakozi: (bull nose)
I don't have to worry about anyone stealing the remote from my office with Chief Bogo on the job:

murakozi: (bull nose)
Like many others, I saw Zootopia over the weekend.  A couple guildies from WoW asked if I wanted to head up to Columbia to see it with them.  It was a 100 mile round trip, but well worth it to spend some time with friends and have some darned good pizza 'n beer.

I did notice one little thing at the end of the movie:  When Chief Bogo dances, it looks rather like the male Tauren /flex in WoW:



Being an old man who's very out of touch with them there dance moves the kids these days do, it's probably some legitimate dancing thing that I don't know about, but hey, I like to imagine Bogo's channeling his inner Tauren.

Security

Dec. 21st, 2015 10:39 am
murakozi: (flowers)
Visitors to the office building in which I work are required to sign in before they can visit any of the companies/agencies that have offices here.  Just now, as I was carrying some documents to a company on another floor, I saw Santa signing in at the guard desk.   Not even Saint Nick enters this building without showing id and signing in!  I wonder if the reindeer had to sign the book, too.
murakozi: (bull nose)
I've been spending far too much time around magnets lately.  Okay, not so much magnets as a degausser.

There've been boxes of media from old contracts at work.  It should've been sent off to the customer or destroyed at the end of the contracts, but never was.  Could be that someone couldn't get an answer from the customer or that nobody felt it was their job.  For whatever reason, the stuff got shuffled around over the years until recently when it was decided that we just need to get rid of it and free up the space it's taking up.  I got volunteered.  None of it is classified, but it's possible that some of it could be considered sensitive, so it has to be erased.  Getting rid of all of it is a slow process.  I can generally only get 4 things done before the degausser gets too hot and shuts itself down for a while.

To say some of this stuff is out-of-date would be an understatement.  Here's a sample of the media types in question:



There are a couple more types, but I didn't have any around for the picture.  It's the reels of tape that really surprised me.  One of 'em has a label indicating it was in use at the University of Texas in Austin in 1978.  The thing was probably there and in use when I arrived at UT in 84.  The UMatic tapes tend to have dates from the mid/late 80s, while most of the other stuff is from the 90s.

And I thought I was bad about hanging on to old obsolete things.
murakozi: (peek)
I just read that Leonard Nimoy died. I spent a lot of afternoons in my youth watching Star Trek reruns. Recently, I found it kind of amusing to see him alongside William Shatner in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
murakozi: (pornovision)
IKEA in Singapore got a little clever with their Halloween commercial

murakozi: (peek)
It's been 7 years since my last cat, Katie, died.  It's only been in the past year or so that I've been able to consider adopting another cat.  Even then, I kind of figured that if I was meant to have another one, one would end up dropped in my lap in need of help.  That's how I got 2 of the 3 cats I've had in the past.  They were strays who needed help.

Back on Tuesday, I swung by the pet store for some fish food before going to the grocery.  When checking out, I noticed one of the staff over by the adoption kennel things they put in last year.  Those've been empty whenever I was a the store during the past few months.  Perhaps foolishly, I went over to see the new arrivals.  The upper level had two brothers who were less than a year old.  Cute lil guys.  The lower level had a single young adult female black cat.  She was quite affectionate and seemed content to cheekrub forever against any fingers one'd stick through the holes in the plexiglass.  I talked to the woman there who said they'd rescued the cat from a beach a couple days before hurricane Arthur came up the coast.  Her name is Sandy, which is kind of weird for a black cat, but fits in with being found on a beach.  She's somewhere around 2 years old, laid back, loves to play with toys both by herself and with humans, and likes to cuddle in with folks.  They say she doesn't seem to mind being alone but does like being around people.  The woman did say she can be a bit talky at times.

I was seriously considering arranging to spend some time with her in one of the rooms they have for that purpose and even was persuaded to leave with an application.  Of course, I had to figure out costs and think about other aspects of having a cat again, which is where the responsible side of me had to open its big mouth and point out reasons not to go any further.  There'd be the up-front cost of supplies and such since I no longer have anything of Katie's aside from some of her favorite toys and a ceramic water dish.  Then there'd be the $95 adoption fee, and a pet deposit for the apartment, and on top of that monthly pet rent.  That was $15 when Katie was still alive.  I think it's up to $25/month now.  Of course, there'd also be vet bills and recurring costs for food and litter and stuff.  Normally, I could probably budget for that and make the other lifestyle adjustments that a new kitty would entail, but...

There's a chance that the sale of the company I work for will happen around the end of September.  That could mean drastic changes and I could even get laid off.  Definitely not a good time to have the added expenses of a new pet. Thinking about it for a couple days, the responsible thing to do is to not pursue things any further.  She seems like the kind of cat who'll get adopted pretty quickly, and odds are by someone with whom she'd be better off than she would be with me.  I guess it's best to go back to the view that if I'm destined to have a cat, the world will drop one in my lap.

Being responsible and doing the right thing can really suck sometimes.

Parade

Jul. 24th, 2014 10:31 am
murakozi: (murakozi)
Pamplona has the Running of the Bulls

Herndon has the Walking of the Geese



This isn't the first time I've seen a large group of geese walking through the parking lot outside work.  Now and then I spot them going to or from a pond by the hotel that's attached to the office building.

I didn't have much time to get a picture of 'em when they were all in view, hence the annoying reflections of stuff on the windowsill of a coworker's office.   As they went further down the lot (and out of camera range) the birds formed into a proper straight line.

Thinking

Jun. 10th, 2014 04:19 pm
murakozi: (Ferdinand)
There comes a time when one needs to seriously rethink everything.
murakozi: (bull nose)
It's kind of annoying, but I can't listen to the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony #6 without thinking of the 'going home' scene from the movie Soylent Green.  Instead of the  intended peaceful and happy mood it's supposed to reflect, it evokes something a little more sad. 
murakozi: (pornovision)
Last night I was talking to a couple friends online about the people who live in 'tv commercial land.'  These are the fictitious people you see in commercials who seem to have an insane amount of trouble doing normal, everyday tasks such as cooking pancakes, eating during a blackout, cleaning their ears, or pouring milk over cereal.  I pointed out that, since I can do all these things without any real difficulty, I'd be like a god in TV Commercial Land.  "Bow down to me as I prepare waffles without coating the entire kitchen in batter!"

Anyway, this morning I came across a link to this commercial, which I think wins the gold medal for the stupidest product to date:



A machine that slowly poops out eggs on a stick.  I don't know how they can top this one.

Ring

Mar. 1st, 2013 10:50 am
murakozi: (pornovision)
It's no secret that I'm a fan of a lot of silly, older movies.  For years, I've been looking for an mp3 version of a phone that was used in Our man Flint and its sequel, In Like Flint.  A slightly different version of it was used as an homage in the Austin Powers films.  I never found one and would always procrastinate when it came to figuring out how to snag the sound from one of the movies myself.  Something got me thinking of the films again recently and I started poking around online.  This time, I found what I was looking for.  Yay internet.

So, at least for now, this is the ringtone on my cell:

Controller

Feb. 28th, 2013 09:22 am
murakozi: (bull nose)
Right now, my company has the entire 5th floor of the building we're in.  Since there are a lot fewer people than there used to be, the plan is to move all of us in the north half down into the south half, thus saving a chunk of money.  It almost seems backwards that this means moving a bunch of people from the south to the north for a while, but that allows some crews to rearrange walls n such down there.

So the cleaning out of empty offices around mine continues at a heightened pace.  Now and then, someone will poke their head into my office and ask if I know what something they found is.  Yesterday, it was this:



Considering its age, I wonder whether that thing was running a 5.25" or a 12" drive.  It probably cost a fortune 30 years ago.  Length and height-wise, the thing is bigger than a lot of high end video cards are nowadays.

Like a lot of the ancient stuff being found, the controller is probably headed for the dumpster.  I doubt that even the electronics recycling company we use sometimes would want the thing.

Pop

Feb. 15th, 2013 01:55 pm
murakozi: (fight)
Trying to get some gov-related stuff straightened out at work today.  Gotta do X to get access to Y, but can't do X unless Y is already approved, but Y can't be approved without X....

So yeah, I find myself identifying with Darwin in this clip:


murakozi: (tonkaface)
An admin assistant at work was cleaning out one of the unused offices today.  Nobody had been using the office for a number of years and it had kind of become a dumping ground for furniture and stuff that people didn't want in their offices any more.  It's not too uncommon to come across some unusual items when cleaning such rooms out.

In this case, the admin found a camera.  Since the room in question is a couple doors down from my office, she asked me to come look at it.   Turns out it's sort of an old Kodak DCS200, which is a digital camera from the early/mid 90s that Kodak made by slapping a digital back onto a regular Nikon film camera body.  I say 'sort of' because in addition to the lens on the body, there's also a second, much larger one mounted beneath it.

Anyone got any idea what this huge secondary lens is?



Sorry about the image quality.  Between the light from the window and the ones in the office, my phone's crappy camera wasn't producing any really good shots

The thing has what are obviously data and power connectors on it as well as a calibration knob and rocker switches labeled Power and Data.  I'm half tempted to hook up the power supplies in the case and see if the thing turns on.

EDIT:  I originally thought the view through the viewfinder was a composite image from both lenses.  Looking again, it's only a view through the lens on the camera body.  My bad for not actually manually focusing the thing the first time I looked through it. 

Sheesh

Jan. 28th, 2013 09:56 am
murakozi: (Ferdinand)
It's not like I want a blizzard or anything, but could we at least have a bit of proper winter weather?  Unseasonably warm and rainy just aint cutting it.
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