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Today [Sep. 23rd, 2003|08:06 pm]
Peter Sheil
somebodies reading my journal. How do I know? 'Cos they added me as a friend, that's how. I added them back as well even though they are a bit surreal at times. It makes sense eventually but you'll have to dig a bit to understand it all. I think they may quote me ... it would be strange if they quoted a bit from this entry ... self referential in a way, but that's OK with me. They've been reading my journal for a while now but I thought I'd tell you all today, no special reason why today except I thought of it.

This is going to be a random selection of post so don't strain trying to see a connection.

Today I was doing the monthly checks on a couple of servers. I think the bit I like most is hitting the power off switch to see if the automatic power supply works. Oh and trying to put a virus on them, that's fun too. I'm just a vandal at heart. Actually the real fun bit was trying to load the "virus" (the EICAR test virus) onto a floppy disk on my own laptop. My virus protection software didn't want to let me infect myself and took a lot of persuading to let me do so. I managed in the end and now have a .com, .com.txt, .zip and a zipped zip version of the file to test virus detection systems. And yes I did remember to turn back on the virus protection on my laptop. (and yes I did just go and check that again :) )

It was supposed to be the livejournal meetup this evening but there weren't enough people signed up for it and it was cancelled. Usually I go along anyway but I thought it would end up with just me there - I didn't fancy that tonight so I just came back home. It is a shame there is so little support for it - I keep thinking I should post a poll to try and find out why so few people actually come along. What would be good questions to ask? Has anyone reading this been to a meetup? If so what were the good points about it and what the bad? What would you like to "meetup" for?

Today I collected my Dollars for my trip to New York this weekend. For some reason the branch of my bank nearest to where I was working yesterday and today has decided to close its Bureau de Change counter and now you have to queue for one of the general counter clerks - they can't give you the money of course but get the person who deals with it to order it for you to collect the next day. This is service? I don't get angry with the staff but I did point out that the system is f***ing stupid and they agreed. Mind you to be fair to them when I did finally manage to pick up the money today they had given me plenty of small change - I have had it given to me just in hundred dollar notes, perfect for a drink in a bar whilst you're waiting to change planes or for a taxi driver :)

Being away so much means that my flat suffers. I rush in, drop stuff in random places, get washing and other essential stuff done then rush out again. This means that the flat gradually get disorganised ... no let me rephrase that ... because I'm not more organised I gradually lose sight of the lounge table. I think this all relates to the third law of thermo-dynamics ... entropy tends to increase. The trouble is that as it gets worse and worse it also gets harder to do anything about it. I'm mulling over the idea of taking an extra day off after the weekend just to help get myself organised here. It will make me feel a lot more positive about the flat, so maybe I should do it.

Or maybe I should just stop typing random thoughts to bore you all, get up off my butt and do something to get myself organised for tomorrow, the rest of the week, the weekend and maybe even the rest of my life ... wherever that may be leading me.

[Did I tell you I'm flying on Concorde on Monday? Wooow hoooow *bounce bounce* :) ]
Peace to you all
peter
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-09-23 02:00 pm (UTC)
it would be strange if they quoted a bit from this entry

... and so they did ... quid pro quo for publicity? ... or just 'cos it's cool.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: somebodies
2003-09-23 02:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, nah, just 'cause I'm away from home 'puters on an intensive biz trip and can't get around to LJ much this week, so appreciated the chance at the "being away so much" quote. More than many might suspect, the quotes I select tend to reflect some of where I'm at myself....so thanks.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-09-24 12:44 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :)

It's strange to think of sombodies as a real person (no disrespect :) ) - I had imagined a team of faceless, shadowy figures seated at rows of screens searching for the quotes to use ... well maybe not quite like that but you get the picture ;)

Is it just one person who runs the community? You always seem to be there and providingh us with quotable quotes from around the LJ world.

Anyway thanks for the community, keep up the good work and hope the trip isn't / wasn't too stressful.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: somebodies
2003-09-25 11:03 am (UTC)
When we find ourselves multi-tasking more than we tought we had to, we do refer to ourselves in the plural, yes, but our shrink would wag a finger at us for doing so: away from LJ, I am a single reader and writer and worker and traveler, with no assistance on somebodies and my other readers other than is provided by my Palm device and two burned out desktops.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-09-26 08:58 am (UTC)
One obvious question is "Why?". Please don't take that the wrong way :) After a shakey start when I was a bit bemused by being added as a friend of someone with such a weird writing style I actually enjoy the entries. They provide a relief to the unending seriousness of the work environment - something I tend to try to work against anyway with a wry sense of humour.

It did take me a while to understand that the posts were all quotes from other LJs - I think eventually I looked in the memories setion and that did give me a clue. The other thing is the lack of comments - I can completely understand why you don't want the volume of mail that would generate but it does meant that it is hard to give you any feedback about a post. At least now I've got a link and can get comments to you ... like "I like the journal, thanks for producing it".

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: somebodies
2003-10-05 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the lack of feedback on somebodies traffic gets a bit weird, feels like walking through other peoples' dreams, where we don't really touch, where everything is just an illusion waiting for the dawn.

But with the original idea of the whole exercise being for me just to read perm accounts, and for the "quoting" part of the exercise being mainly just a truncated form of weblogging itself, the focus is intended to be on the original posting, not on the collage made here, hence the early decision to go without comments.

Sometimes, though, I almost reconsider. A week ago, stress and other stuff here slammed me into the emergency room; and when I came up for air afterwards, I found somebodies' posts tending to select excerpts that described my own mood, my own circumstances, like finding the echo of my own world in the world of others. Coincidence, I know, but doing that without comment felt somewhat odd.
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[User Picture]From: dance_n_queen
2003-09-23 03:35 pm (UTC)

my trip to New York this weekend

& I get to fly up & see you :-*
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-09-24 12:39 pm (UTC)

Re: my trip to New York this weekend

Yerp - eventually we should meet up.


(((((HUGS)))))
peter
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[User Picture]From: dance_n_queen
2003-09-24 01:47 pm (UTC)

Yerp - eventually we should meet up.

???
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