Aug 272008

Had a weird little dream before I woke up this morning. I was walking home to my house from somewhere, in a mostly empty city. My house was a very small 3-room thing: bedroom (which was also where the front door was), kitchen/front room (separated by a counter bar), and bathroom.

There was something involving ghosts or spirits going on in the city, which involved me somehow, and I suspected I was being followed by something. When I went in the main room and chained the bedroom behind me, I heard something slither to the floor and move around. I reopened the bedroom door, slipped my hand under the chain, and flipped on the light, but nothing happened. I quickly pulled the door shut again and bolted it. I turned back into the main room and remember thinking, “Living alone is sad and scary; I don’t know how my poor mom can stand it.”

I woke up and was reassured by the sound of Aaron breathing next to me, although I’d probably been a bit less grateful if he’d been snoring loudly. :oP

Aug 132008

Because I got no sleep Sunday night, I skipped the gym on Monday. To catch up, I’ve done two hard workouts in the last 12 hours: lower body yesterday afternoon around 4:30, and upper body this morning at about 5:30.

Every part of my body feels shaky and I’m having a slight problem walking a straight line. It hardly seems fair that I’m exhibiting signs of drunkenness without getting to enjoy the alcohol.

roadster_guy and I cruised Woodward last night to check out the cars and pre-Dream Cruise activity, which is in full swing. Mercifully we’ll be in Toronto this weekend so we won’t have put up with the actual event.

When we got down to Ferndale we found that Maria’s is still closed for renovation, so we went up the street to Anita’s Kitchen, a Lebanese restaurant facing Woodward with a large outdoor patio. The food was outstanding; a great replacement for La Shish since they shut down. The pita bread wasn’t as good as La Shish’s, but everything else more than made up for it. I hadn’t been that stuffed in weeks.

When we got home I set my phone to syncing, finished up some work stuff, got my clothes packed and ready for the gym, then went to bed before the Olympic coverage kicked back into “All Phelps, All The Time”.

I am sick of hearing about him. Yes, he’s the most accomplished swimmer in Olympic history, so far, and I’m not knocking his ability. But his level of overexposure has surpassed Rachel Ray’s and is approaching Paris Hilton’s. You’d think there were no other American athletes in Beijing at the moment, to listen to the coverage: “Some of these other guys won a medal in some event earlier, but now let’s talk to Michael Phelps’s third grade substitute teacher!”

They should be talking to his dentist.

Aug 122008

I just got a ticket in our system requesting that a bunch of websites be opened up for unrestricted access for the next two weeks. Stuff like,,…

Sounds like someone got or gave a 2-week notice! I sent the ticket to my boss for a good laugh.

Me: Want a laugh? Check out this ticket requesting some free proxy entries be opened for two weeks.
Boss: I heard
Me: Would it be cruel to call the guy and just giggle at him?
Boss: no tell him to open a (formal change request)
Boss: and then I’ll reject it

Aug 112008

THIS just hit the wire Friday morning. Once exploits are created to take advantage of this, there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The gist:

This week at the Black Hat Security Conference two security researchers will discuss their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees.

Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. have discovered a technique that can be used to bypass all memory protection safeguards that Microsoft built into Windows Vista. (emphasis added)

The researchers were able to load whatever content they wanted into any location they wished on a user’s machine using a variety of objects, such as Java, ActiveX and even .NET objects. This feat was achieved by taking advantage of the way that Internet Explorer (and other browsers) handle active scripting in the Operating System.

While this may seem like any standard security hole, other researchers say that the work is a major breakthrough and there is very little that Microsoft can do to fix the problems. These attacks work differently than other security exploits, as they aren’t based on any new Windows vulnerabilities, but instead take advantage of the way Microsoft chose to guard Vista’s fundamental architecture.”

Glorious. Simply glorious.

Aug 072008

Everyone who knows me knows I’m not a sports fan, to put it mildly. The only sport I can stand to follow at all, occasionally, is hockey. But this business over Brett Favre has reached hysterical proportions. It was the only thing on ESPN yesterday and this morning at the gym, and, I’ll wager, all frickin day. The media saturation is reaching Paris Hilton proportions, with every sportscasters in the world gushing endlessly about it all day, probably wanking it under the newsroom desk while they do so. Enough already!

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Aug 062008

I was just driving from one of the outbuildings here at work back to my office, when some Amurrican in a beat up Dodge work truck flipped me off through the windshield as he passed me, presumably because I was driving an Audi in Chrysler Country. The funny thing is, my last four cars have been American, and my last two were Chrysler and Jeep! Of course, Billy Redneck couldn’t know that.

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