June 22nd, 2003

Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09

Quick sleepy update

Just got back (well, an hour or two ago; have been catching up on stuff) from Baitcon XVI. It was excellent and I had a good time, but I was also in a kind of down/weird mood, and ended up leaving early (which gets me the chance to have a day at home and catch my breath and run errands and stuff). I will probably do a fuller posting later, but for now the following observations spring to mind:

  • I love driving, and I haven't gotten to do enough longish drives lately. (I particularly love driving in the fog, because it's so beautiful, although of course I wouldn't seek it out 'cause it's dangerous.)
  • I miss Tigris and Tom terribly.
  • Once you get the tent set up and get yourself and your wet stuff in, and you're no longer actually being rained on, rainfall on a tent is a very lovely sound.
  • Habañero-amaretto ice cream is yummy, and dragon chocolate (chocolate-cayenne) ice cream is even better, but neither of them can hold a candle to ginger sorbet made with ginger beer.

And with that, it is time for me to collapse.

Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09

Awful day without net (geekiness alert)

Well, today was pretty awful. No net when I got up, so I got on the phone with Speakeasy, and was on the phone with them for a long time. Got bumped up to second-level tech support, and they called in Covad for a conference call. After much more ado than this, we decided that my DSL modem was fried.

Naturally, it was just out of warranty. (And I own it, it's not leased.)

So I drove all around Boston looking for one. I know I've seen them on store shelves before, but I couldn't find one.

Posted to Suspects about it. Since I had net at that point, if intermittent, I didn't think to give an alternate contact address. (For the next few days, it might be a good idea to Cc: jay at ccs.neu.edu when sending me mail.) Then net died altogether, and power-cycling the modem didn't help. So I drove to work to get net so I could figure out how to get dialup to Speakeasy. Unfortunately, I had taken my work keys out of my pouch before Baitcon, and when I got to work I discovered I had not yet put them back. So I couldn't get in the building. I was also starting to realize that I had not had anything to eat yet today (this is about 9:30). So I had a steak (with bleu cheese, the only good thing about tonight :-) and I feel a lot better.

When I got home, I power-cycled the modem, and mirabile visu got net! So now I'm posting this, and I was able to get a couple hopeful replies from people who might have DSL modems I can use (Efficient Networks SpeedStream 5250 or 5251s). So hopefully this situation will only last another day or so, or maybe with some luck even less than that.

I am wiped out. Drove home from Baitcon pretty late last night, remember.

And there's other bad news in my life, but that'll be another posting.