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By ad hoc (Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:56:20 AM EST) cycling, movies, books, weekend, shopping (all tags)
This is one of those days when I really want to look for another job. Civility is dead. Here are redacted highlights of three bug reports received today:

#1242: Nothing is working. Please investigate. (Unredacted)
#1243: The $person has $action this $object but it is not showing up ANYWHERE
#1244: What gives?

My brother's wedding plans are fairly set, I think. It's June 18, but I'm a little unclear on that. They're going to Vegas. Specifically, here. They're leaning towards the "Blue Hawaii" special. What I don't understand is, he's not an Elvis fan. Not only that, but his ex-wife (who was quite the piece of work) was a huge Elvis fan, so I'm not sure why they're doing this when there are perfectly good Area-51, canyon, and helicopter weddings. Whatever.

For the little woman

I'm actually considering entering this WFC. All I need is an idea and some talent. Do they sell those at Walmart?

Attention miker2 infidel: Recommended by a runner friend.

Took a ride yesterday, 6/6/06. I rode 66.06 miles. True story.

During the ride yesterday I noticed the headset was a little loose, so when I got back I took it into the LBS or an adjustment. I’d have done it myself, but I don’t have the tools and I’ve never done a threadless headset. It’s a good thing, too. The threads on the thing were nearly stripped. I’d have never been able to get it back together. This is the second very badly built part from the shop where I bought it. So far, it’s been a hub screwed so tight cone was destroyed and now this (in addition to the whole chain fiasco). Luckily the LBS guy was talented enough to get it back together.

Rainy weekend catch up:

Det Sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal

[IMDb] [netflix]

A medieval knight, Antonius Block, (a very young Max von Sydow) returns home from the Crusades to find his homeland ravaged by the plague. Death (Bengt Ekerot) comes calling but the knight distracts him with a game of chess while the game of life (and death) goes on. Religious zealots travel the land, ostensibly trying to make converts, but really just spreading the disease. The knight becomes more and more disillusioned with every new encounter and has his crisis of faith. Yet life does go on as travelling mistrals, Jof and Mia have a son, Michael, so all is not lost. Or at least not yet.

Many write that this is Ingmar Bergman’s best film, and maybe they’re right, I don’t know. I thought it was good. Melodramatic in some way, but the dynamic between the knight and Death was very good, as was the character of the squire, Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand). The whole look of Death was outstanding. Although he did have a sythe, it wasn’t the cliche skelton; there was no mistaking who it was.

Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

[IMDb] [netflix]

The first Wallace & Gromit in ten years finds the pair running a humane pest control business (called "Anti-Pesto"). Lady Campanula Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) has a rabbit problem that’s out of control and calls Anti-pesto for help but Lady Tottington’s (or "Totty") suitor, Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes), just wants to shoot them all. Will our heros be able to save the annual giant vegetable growing contest?

The animation is grade-A, tip top, and there are loads of sight gags (like a naked Wallace in a cardboard box labeled "contains nuts"). My favorite sequence is the launch sequence at the beginning which is a fantastic homage to Thunderbirds. The vicar’s voice sounded very familiar and checking the credits, it turned out to be Nicolas Smith who plays Mr. Rumbold on that Are You Being Served dreck, but he was pretty good anyway. The movie suffered only in that W&G is pretty hard to stretch to a full length movie from the more accustomed shorts.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Six year old Ender was bred, born and raised to save the world from the buggers, an alien race apparently bent on the destruction of earth. He’s taken from his family at six and put in a training regimen where he turns out to be the best ever at the training games, just as he was expected to be. They treat him badly, he perseveres. He wins, but ends up not caring.

There’s supposed to be some big hubub about thsi book, but frankly I don’t see it. It’s a good story, fairly well told although it has a lot of missing pieces. There’s nothing really earth shattering here (so to speak). Still, it’s a quick and entertaining read. The only thing that really bugged me about this edition, is the new introduction by the author. Let’s just say that neither modesty nor humility is Card’s long suit and leave it at that. So off-putting was this introduction, that I almost didn’t read the book. Introductions are often important. My advice on this one is skip it. Read the book though, at least it’s pretty good.

Synthetic Men of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs


Another John Carter of Mars story except that John Carter isn’t really in it. He bows out pretty early. And rather than Dejah Thoris, the incomparable Princess of Mars needing rescue, she’s had an accident and is near death. So this rescue comes in the form of seaching for the only doctor in all of Barsoom that can save her. John Carter begins his search with his pal Vor Daj and after a few small adventures, find the guy they are after.

But in the man time, Vor Daj has fallen in love (at first sight, of course) with Janai, a prisoner captured at the same time as he. Skip, skip, skip. John Carter takes off with the doctor back to Helium and leaves "Vor Daj" there on his own. Why is "Vor Daj" in quotes, you ask? Ah! Well, Vor Daj has a cunning plan to find out whether his love is okay. The plan involved tranplanting his brain into one of the blancmange creatures that the good Doctor Ras Thavas has created out of his creature making soup. But when Ras Thavas leaves for Helium with John Carter, leaving Vor Daj (in his cunning disguise) to fend for himself, there’s also no one to mind the creature soup and it grows out of control and starts to take over the island in an unstoppable ooze.

Yes, there’s a thrill a minute. Two thrills a minute, actually.

But now I must fly. Bath & Body Works semi annual sale ends today.

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Death to carlie butterbaugh. | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)
As I work here, rasslin' with $product by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:40:16 AM EST
limping from end to end to clear paper that's just too thick and long to run reliably, I think a different job, one that involves less chance of scraping long bits of skin ooff on sharp metal edges might be kind of nice.

I get bug reports by cam (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 11:04:34 AM EST
of 'it's broken" and 'doesn't work'. Not very helpful in reproducing their issue.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

i recall a forum post once... by ana (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 11:07:40 AM EST
from a noted software developer, to the effect that, when reporting a bug, a more precise description of the problem than, quote, "went out in the weeds" endquote, would be useful.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

Suggestions by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 12:55:04 PM EST
#1242: I am working: how are you doing?
#1243: It's behind you
#1244: sperm

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
bug reports by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 01:17:34 PM EST
Get back to me when your cleint sends PHP notices as proof a script he wrote is our fault.

Blizzard of Death '06
My clients by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 01:26:09 PM EST
are pretty much in the "doohicky" and "thing-y" realm.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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an idea and talent by jimgon (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 02:28:56 PM EST
These can not be purchased at Wal-Mart as China is incapable of producing either.  Plagiarism you can have.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
Headset by Weapon of Pack Destruction (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:32:27 PM EST
Tools needed: 4, 5, and 6 allen wrenches, just to cover all bases.

Step the first: loosen the stem bolts.

Step the second: loosen the top cap.

Step the third: make sure the stem hasn't frozen to the steerer tube.  Wiggle it back and forth.

Step the fourth: straighten the handlebars.

Step the fifth: tighten the top cap to SNUG, not tight - i.e. about a sixth of a turn past the point where you first feel resistance.

Step the seventh: tighten the stem bolts to their final tightness.

Step the eighth: tighten the top cap enough so that you don't lose it.  Or remove it - whatever. 

The top cap is only used to initially adjust the bearing load.  The stem once it's tightened down, is what maintains the bearing load.

So what part was "nearly stripped"?  That would indicate the presence of a ham-fisted mechanic.

The threads by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 05:22:04 AM EST
on the bolt that squeeze the centering ring. It's the "Domina Drive System" from Fondriest, so the design is slightly different, but it's the part that performs the function of the "star fangle nut" in this page.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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Looks like it uses standard topcaps. by Weapon of Pack Destruction (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 07:48:31 PM EST
You should be able to find an expander-style topcap to replace your DDS topcap.  I know FSA makes them.

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The topcap is the same by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jun 09, 2006 at 04:16:09 AM EST
it's the inside that's different. They aren't like what's pictured at all. But it's working now, so it should be okay until I need to replace the entire headset which won't be for quite some time.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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Different internals by Weapon of Pack Destruction (4.00 / 1) #14 Sat Jun 10, 2006 at 09:08:38 PM EST
Like this?

Or this?

Or maybe this?

Star nuts are not used for carbon steerer forks, so these things are actually pretty common.  They're very easy to replace too - you just need a 5 or 4 allen wrench to get down inside and loosen the expander.  You can do it in two minutes without even disturbing your headset adjustment.

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Orson Scott Card is an asshat. by atreides (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 03:43:09 AM EST
Some of his books are OK, but his political and religious views are crap and, ultimately, if I ever met him in a bar or something, I'd probably want to kick his ass.

Have you seen The Passion yet? Here's a spoiler for you: Jesus dies.
"...compassion is more than a 16 point word in scrabble." - MostlyHarmless

That was my impression by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 05:22:43 AM EST
The introduction nearly put me off reading the book at all.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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Death to carlie butterbaugh. | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)