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  • August 30, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Fatal error number 27
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Fatal error number 27

I'm working along on my computer, minding my own business (literally), and all my stuff disappears from the screen except for that dreaded message "Fatal error number 27 together with a highlighted box that says "OK?" "NOT OK!" I scream at my computer. With increasing exasperation and futility, I click elsewhere on my screen. But I’ve been there before done that, and I know with dire certainty that my computer won't let me do anything else except click on “OK." I want a "Not OK" box to click. Other messages that we all get from our computers every day are just like this. There's a famous one that gives you the alternatives ABORT, CANCEL, RETRY. I always choose "retry." Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? After all, everyday life is like this. We've all learned the old wisdom, "If at first you don`t succeed, try, try, try again." So I click RETRY. It never works. The awful thing about computers is that if it doesn't work the first time, it isn't going to work the second time either. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal; maybe next time RETRY will work. I never learn. What I really want is an UNDO button. When this is an option, computers are in fact better than real life. How many times in life have i wished that I could push UNDO? Now that computer lore has become the culture, I think of it often. If only I could go back and not have done was I did. Alas all too often, my whatever, behavior in life, as in computers, is imperfect. Whenever I deal with computers, there is one sure bit of knowledge in the back of my mind I can always reboot. The reset button beckons to me. Even pulling the power plug from the wall has a certain emotional appeal. Forget everything I've done lately; lets just start all over. Again, sigh, if real life were only like that. Just every now and then-because this is a drastic solution-the notion of a personal reboot to the last preserved state appeals to me. What with all the progress in cloning technology, who knows what might be possible? Incredible, but true, that just as I finished that last sentence, my screen half disappeared, and I got a message box saying, “This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." I'm using a brand new version of the word processor. What was the illegal operation, I wonder. Am I forbidden to talk about these error messages? Is there a filter in the new version that detects my negative slant on the error messages? This time the box gives me two options: CLOSE and DETAILS. Obviously, I don't want to close, although fortunately I have just saved the work (as if this were worth saving!). So, as always, I push DETAILS. I know what t am going to get, but I push it anyway. You would think that when you ask for details, you would get something like: "Well, unfortunately, you tried to invoke the flogistor when you were in the obviator mode. Please don't do that again.

  • August 30, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Calgone take me away
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Calgone take me away

The only good thing about being out here is the Winersnitzel. It seams like everyone is asking for things that the previous person wasn't able or didn't want to do. So naturaly i'm swarmped with stuff. I just want to get out of here and get back home.

  • August 29, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Did you ever have one of those days?
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Did you ever have one of those days?

well, it's monday and did you ever have one of those days that you feel like you're gonna be yelled at today, like someone is really upset or mad or unconfortable with you? That's how I feel today, I don't know..its something in my gut today that says it's gonna be a bad day today..I spent most of the weekend in bed, I don't know why I just feel more confort while I'm in bed...maybe I was just being lazy or being a vegtable...Hopefully your day will go by better and mine will go quick...Do you ever have one of these days? I hope I'm not the only one....

  • August 29, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Held against my will
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Held against my will

Well, i'm in Corpus today... not my most favorite spot on this earth. I'd rather be home taking care of Ozzie. He seams to be conjested alot more and draining alot. Before he was just sneezing. now you can hear all that junk in his throat when he's breathing. I need to take him back to the vet. Hopefully i can get out of here in the next day or so. i have no desire to stick around here. And we are sopoused to leave town on friday and i'm on vacation next week. this is going to be rough.

  • August 28, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Aaron’s All-Time Top 5 Villains
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Aaron’s All-Time Top 5 Villains

Villain #4: Gaston (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")

Maybe it's because he's super strong, or maybe it's because he's the biggest jerk of a Disney villain I've ever seen. Whatever it is, Gaston is a memorable character who gets on your nerves and annoys the crap out of you, but has an awesome singing voice. His main number ("Kill the Beast") is one of the best songs in the entire series of Disney musicals. And c'mon, guys, let's face it. If you were Gaston and were chasing Belle, would you have done things differently? Be honest. It's hard to think clearly when there's a babe like that in front of you...um...okay...nevermind...

Beauty and the Beast was the first (and, if I'm not mistaken, only) animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar back when it was released. In my honest opinion, this is one of the best films of all-time, and if you haven't ever seen it, then shame on you! Go rent it, because you can't buy it anymore.

Honorable mentions:
Maleficint (from "Sleeping Beauty")
Frollo (from "The Hunchback of Notre Damme")

This was a tough choice for villain #4 and I thought I should mention that *some* thought went into the process. Maleficint was a good contender, but lacks depth. Her quest to eliminate Aurora isn't as easy to relate to people (well, guys anyway) as Gaston's quest to have Belle. As for Frollo, well, I love "Hunchback" and he is devious, but since I saw "Beauty" before "Hunchback", I gave it to the one that helped me fall in love with Disney movies. Okay, okay, I'll shut up.

  • August 26, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Why I will never work in a helpdesk.
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Why I will never work in a helpdesk.

This has got to be one of the funniest I've heard of in a long time. I think this guy should have been promoted, not fired.

This is a true story from the WordPerfect Helpline which was transcribed from a recording monitoring the customer care department. Needless to say, the Help Desk employee was fired; however, he is currently suing the WordPerfect organization for "Termination without Cause." This is the actual dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee (now I know why they record these conversations) starts here:

Employee--"Rich Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?"

Customer--"Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect."

Employee--"What sort of trouble?"

Customer--"Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went
away."

Employee--"Went away?"

Customer--"They disappeared."

Employee--"Hmmm So what does your screen look like now?"

Customer--"Nothing."

Employee--"Nothing?"

Customer--"It's a blank; it won' t accept anything when I type."

Employee--"Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?"

Customer--"How do I tell?"

Employee--"Can you see the 'C:' prompt on the screen?"

Customer--"What is a sea prompt?"

Employee--"Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?"

Customer--"There isn't any cursor; I told you, it won't accept anything I
type."

Employee--"Does your monitor have a power indicator?"

Customer--"What's a monitor?"

Employee--"It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does
it has little light that tells you when it's on?"

Customer--"I don't know"

Employee--"Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the
power cord goes into it. Can you see that?"

Customer--"Yes, I think so."

Employee--"Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's plugged
into the wall."

Customer--"Yes, it is."

Employee--"When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were
two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?"

Customer--"No."

Employee--"Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the
other cable."

Customer--"Okay, here it is."

Employee--"Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into the
back of your computer."

Customer--"I can't reach."

Employee--"Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is?"

Customer--"No."

Employee--"Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?"

Customer--"Oh, it's not because I don't have the right angle it's because
it's dark."

Employee--"Dark?"

Customer--"Yes - the office light is off, and the only light I have is
coming in from the window."

Employee--"Well, turn on the office light then."

Customer--"I can't."

Employee--"No? Why not?"

Customer--"Because there's a power failure."

Employee--"A power.......a power failure?.... Aha, Okay, we've got it licked
now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer
came in?"

Customer--"Well, yes, I keep them in the closet."

Employee--"Good.. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just
like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it
from".

Customer--"Really? Is it that bad?"

Employee--"Yes, I'm afraid it is."

Customer--"Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?"

Employee--"Tell them you're too stupid to own a computer..

They finally fixed the computer!

Well, finally after 3 weeks, they finally fixed Scotts Studios..I can finally rest now, the weekend was cool, got to go to my moms and relax in the jacuzzi..ahhhhhh...I woke up this morning, thinking of old friends again, and the good old days..I miss the laughs, eating lunch, playing around and such, but we all have different lives now and all of us are pretty busy including myself..maybe one day we can all get together for lunch and relive those old days...I hear someone at works' Birthday is coming up...well, wish her Happy B-day...I'll try to call and suprise her with my famous Birthday song on Friday. We took photos the other day for the corporate website, and man, I'v gotten fat! I need to go on a diet...well keep in touch dude, thanks again with the help on Sunday with computer problem....cya...

  • August 23, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on thanx & other comments
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thanx & other comments

Well, I'm 23 now and I'm surprised by how much has changed in my life. Of course, there's also a lot that hasn't changed...my love for anime, love for video games, love of fart jokes. But on the whole, life is good, except for this darn sore throat thing that seems to have crept up on me yesterday.

I know that if it hadn't been for all my experiences in this life (happy and horrible) I would probably be as immature as you can get for 23. A large part of my growing experience has been thanks to the things you taught me Patti, both directly or otherwise. I am truly thankful for friends like you and John. So I think Simon & Garfunkel said it best in their songette, Bookends. Here's the best way to sum up 23 years of age. I knew a lot more when I was younger than I do now.

Time it was and what a time it was.
It was a time of innocence, a time of confidences.
Long ago it must be, I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON!!!!!

How many years have we been celebrating birthdays with you anyway???? Too many to confess probably. Where does the time go? Gone are the nights of laying on blankets in the front yard just chilling and snackin... spur of the moment trips to San Antonio... then there is the "therapy swing" - the front porch swing that everyone seems to make their way to when life is not going too well - thank goodness that swing can't talk, huh? Songs of life, love and misery - Megan's Lullaby - what a blessing that song is to me, The Happy Song... endless days and nights on the Computer with endless conversations... watching Maya be born, survive and thrive and then the Maya Project.... The Video with No Name... We even got you in a John the Baptist costume once!

You, my friend, are a true blessing. One of the most "real" people I have ever known. You accept people and love unconditionally. You are truth in it's truest form. I love you Aaron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • August 21, 2005
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Another Busy Weekend
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Another Busy Weekend

Ozzie has been sneezing and congested lately so saturday Patti and i took him to the vet. We got tehere around 10. There was alot of people waiting inside and outside. Ozzie was calm inside of the saftey of his kitty carrier, patti hung out with all the other dogs. We watched different people come in and out with their pets. It was funny to see each person and there pet and how much they resembeled each other. Kind of made me wonder about Ozzie and me. In the exam room he didn't appericate getting his tempreture taken but he had a fever of 103. He got a shot and some medicine that we have to give him two times a day.
Afterwards Patti came over and cleaned up the entire house. We cleaned out the office.. my bedroom, the kitchen, the washroom, the place looks spotless! Thank you so much Patti.
After all of that was done.. she was cleaning the bookshelf and found a booklet that had most of the munoz family history in it.. so i've been spending hours and hours trying to put it all in the online family tree. It's wierd seeing all these names and people who i grew up knowing but never really knowing why. It's all making sense now. I wish i had known that then.

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