sergebroom: (Jefferies Tube)
A problem today with our new system reminded me of Mister Scott's comment about plumbing. Again.
sergebroom: (Default)
According to one of our newbies, I'm the only person in the team who's always available to answer questions.
sergebroom: (Shakespeare)
Vincent smiled. He was being playful once again. “Your name. In Greek it means God’s gift. I know that is so because my brother’s name is Theo. So farewell for now, kind Gift of God.”

- from Kc Ball's story "Portraits Hung in Empty Halls", about a Seattle sidewalk artist named Vincent
sergebroom: (Superman)
Over on Facebook, Lee Moyer asked us what our favorite Alan Moore story was. Two of us came up with "For the Man Who Has Everything", where Superman is shown what his life would have been if Jor El had been wrong about Krypton's fate. His dream turns out to be a nightmare.
sergebroom: (HellBoy)
I wish I could say it was the result of a cunning plan.

Sue and I both went to the gym this morning. I usually end my workout before she does hers, so I bring something to read. This morning, right after the gym, I needed to get a few things at the grocery store and when I came back to our car, Sue was reading my copy of "Good Omens", which I had dropped between our seats.
sergebroom: (Bete)
Today is the 29th anniversary of Sue and I moving in together.
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If someone who called you a Friend does not respond to your emails of the last few months, and you know that that person is alive, you must conclude that, for reasons unknown, you are not considered a Friend or even a friend anymore. That's disappointing. But, in the end, it's that person's loss.
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My cure to today's mood involved going to a bookstore to buy a book, to be followed later tonight by the resumption of my reading "Good Omens".
sergebroom: (Bogart)
"If you know where and when you lost that piece of your soul, is it truly lost?"

-First line of another Noir story I'd write if I could write stories.
sergebroom: (Death)
"If I drank every time I lose a piece of my soul, my liver would be suffering from alcohol poisoning."

Me to a former co-worker about my current job
sergebroom: (Jefferies Tube)
"Hell of a way to run a hospital!"

Our new system's servers needed some patches installed last night, which were handled by our night-shift folks. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw that some of our scheduled tasks later failed. It turns out that the patching had shut down the process that allows the transmission of files from our server to another system's. That got fixed quickly, but it reminded me of the scene in "The Andromeda Strain" when hell is literally breaking loose and the old sterno drunk who survived the strain expresses his disgust at the situation. It's fixed now, but, like Mister Scott said, the more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
sergebroom: (Olive)
I received a very nice email from a friend this morning.

a day off

Sep. 22nd, 2014 11:36 am
sergebroom: (Default)
I'm taking today off.
You have to use your vacation days off or lose them.
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Floor has been vacuumed and washed. Grocery has been acquired. Lunch has been had. The letter back to a very dear friend has been sent. I guess I'll read now.
sergebroom: (Spock)
"I've always known I'll die alone."

I just watched "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier" and yes it was a very flawed movie. But it had moments that shone.
sergebroom: (Anwar)
Sue pointed out last night that 1994's "Bad Girls" really is a feminist western. Yes, the plot is scattered, yes, the action scenes use slo-mo too much, but there is the overall story. And having Madeleine Stowe as its main character doesn't hurt either. Yes, we both heart Madeleine Stowe.
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It's no fun being a miracle worker... Our higherups announce the urgent/asap setup of a new testing environment and they didn't involve me until the announcement was made. They obviously have no idea of the complexity of my usual contribution to such setups because, when I rattled off a partial list of ll the details I need to know, they couldn't tell me. I'm like Cary Grant. I make what I do look easy.
sergebroom: (Default)
"You're the best, and a very good person."

So wrote one of our newbies to me today, and this simply because I told her not to hesitate if she has a question about our system, and that I am available at any time if something goes wrong while she's oncall.