I’ve also given up on the Transport series. As an avid Jason Statham fan, I loved the original Transport film. Transporter 2 is a dud. But Statham returns to form in Transporter 3. But the series doesn’t really capture the spirit of the films.
And, to be honest, capturing the combination of the physicality and honey badger ambiance of a Jason Statham film is difficult. Even Jason Statham doesn’t live up to being Jason Statham all the time. His Guy Ritchie efforts excepted his films don’t always live up to his brilliance. Crank kind of sucked but he shined in Crank 2. It’s a difficult standard to live up to and Chris Vance just can’t follow Statham’s lead in Transporter and Transporter 3. In series 1 he manages to capture something of the reluctance of Statham’s portrayal of Frank Martin but he never manages to find the joy of Statham’s Martin in physical combat.
I’ve also been into two TV series: History Channel’s The Vikings and FX’s The Americans. Vikings has been interesting up until now just because of the way it takes pre-Christian spirituality seriously without sugar coating the more bloodthirsty aspects. The current season has been less successful at that, mostly because it seems to be trying to syncretize Christianity and pre-Christian pagan beliefs. The Americans I like just because it does such a grandiose job of capturing what it feels like to have lived in the 80s. They also get kudos for trying to get the audience to emphasize with Soviet agents.
Home life has been difficult. Last week I went to a PASS meeting (Professional Association for SQL Server) when Brent Ozar was giving a presentation of how to tune SQL Server if you can’t change the queries. (If you don’t know Brent Ozar and you work with SQL Server, google for him. Now.) I ended up getting home about 9:30. My wife was loaded for bear. She unloaded on me as soon as I walked in through the door, yelling at me at how I had stayed out so late (9:30) on a work night and how tired she was and how the next day was going to be horrible since she hadn’t had enough sleep.
Times have also been difficult because my youngest daughter has been off doing the things that young women do when they’re about to graduate from college. For spring break she went backpacking up some mountains. She came home for a day and then caught a plane to visit her first choice in colleges, Lewis & Clark out in Portland, OR. The upshot is that I haven’t been having much help with the household chores for the past year or so. With a disabled wife, I do the laundry, the cleaning, etc. With no more children with time to spare, almost all the household chores fall on my shoulders.
So of course my wife complains about how messy our apartment is and how I stay out late going to professional association meetings that might help me develop skills so that I can ask for a larger raise. Awesome.
But at least our daughter has received a couple of scholarships. Between the money offered to her by Lewis & Clark and her acceptance into the Jack Kent Cooke college program, we shouldn’t have to spend any money on her college years. Keep that in mind sports fans. If you know any American kids who are bright and in middle schools, tell them to look into the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program. It’s partially need based so rich folk need not apply. But if your middle class or lower class, it’s equivalent to winning the lottery if you get in.
My youngest daughter has a boyfriend now. Their relationship is doomed. She’s almost certainly going to go to Lewis & Clark out on the left coast. He wants to go to college in New England. This is going to end in tears.
It’s too bad, really. He’s an Easter Orthodox Christian. He hails from a Greek family. They pretty much only go to Church on Pacha and the other big Holy Days. My daughter is quasi-pious. She doesn’t follow after me in that she doesn’t follow the prescribed fasts very well and she doesn’t feel particular moved to attend Church regularly. But she does want to feel closer to God.
Once my daughter goes off to school, there are plenty of Orthodox parishes out on the left coast. And the man who is closest to being her spiritual father lives in CA. So she’ll probably have an easy time of finding her own way with regards to spirituality. But her boyfriend will be thousands of miles away out on the right coast. I sense heartbreak coming down the pike.
My day job has been interesting of late. There is a new hiring frenzy after the owner of the company finally recognized that we do not have enough staff to handle our existing clients let alone new business. This was exacerbated by a number of staff quitting.
The problem was that they made a number of bad hires. One kid was bright. But he quit to go back to school. Most of the other new hires were just idiots. They were let go for good reason. A guy from Nepal was a good hire. He’s smart and seems to be picking up the ropes very quickly.
The end result is that there’s too much work and not enough people to do it. And when we train new people they’ve either been fired because they suck and can’t learn the job or they’ve left for greener pastures.
I’m bone academically. At the start of the term, I promised to have a draft of my thesis turned in.
Then I got sick.
Then my wife got sick.
Months ago I bought a new Linksys wireless router. I couldn’t get it to be recognized by the cable modem. I never managed to grab an IP address.
So finally I initiated a ticket with technical support. They suggested that I look to see if the IP address conflicted with the IP address of the cable modem.
I thought this idea was bullshit because the router is set up for DHCP by default. It uses whatever IP address the cable modem tells it to.
So I tried configuring the router to use the IP address used by default by my old wireless router, a DLINK device that worked nicely even if it was a decade and a half old. The new router choked on that. It gave me an error that the IP address was invalid. So I switched it back to using DCHP.
And lo and behold after that it picked up an IP address from the cable modem just fine. Apparently all this time it just needed the firmware to be toggled from DHCP to a static IP and back. After such toggling it picked up the IP.
Tonight is Pascha. I’ll be going alone for the first time in years. One daughter is up in NYC where she’s at college. The other daughter is visiting the college where she most likely will be attending next year. The wife doesn’t give a fuck. It’ll just be me.
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