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On Saturday we went to the drive-in and ended up staying for all three movies (I, Robot, Dodgeball and Spiderman 2). I'm not exactly sure how we were able to stay awake until 3 in the morning and then drive home, but we did. And the movies weren't nearly as bad as we were expecting. I'm still not sure why I couldn't fall asleep right away when we got home, though.

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Random observation: what is it that makes (otherwise) perfectly rational people think they can throw their cigarette butts out their window or on the ground? I guess I had never thought about it that much, but I saw it happen the other day, and it just didn't make sense. I mean, how is it any different from just throwing garbage wherever you please? Down at the end of the WI 30/Thompson Drive exit ramp there are usually piles of butts.

Well, a long week is finally coming to an end. We only had to put out one small fire at work today (lately it's been multiple big ones each day).

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I actually remembered something somewhat amusing/interesting...

My desk moved a few weeks ago, and since then I had managed to kick the switch on my power strip a few times, turning off my computer in the process. I did some looking and determined that a few screws could be put into my cube to keep it off the ground. Rather than bring my drill in, I had my boss contact the maintenance folks here.

A day or two later, the two guys for our building showed up. Yes, two guys. One guy is in charge and decides what to do, while the other (who looks like he belongs in ZZ Top) just kind of follows him around. They are both nice guys, but it's clear their cranial capacity isn't quite what it could be.

Of course the request that they got didn't quite make sense, so I explained the situation. After both poking their heads under my desk, the lead guy suggested hanging the strip with some wire. I pointed out that there was a perfect spot to screw it in, and that the power strip has spots for screws in the back. "Great idea!" They then took off and got a drill and some screws.

A few minutes later they got back. I noticed they were eyeing some screws that were clearly too big, so I rummaged through their pile and found one the right size. That was fine, but they'd have to use another screw to tap the hole. They both proceeded to get under my desk, and after a few minutes it was clear that the hole they made was too big for the screw they were going to use.

After perhaps 15 minutes they finished up and pleasantries were exchanged. I decided to take a look. After all that time there was a single screw. And it wasn't really drilled into the sheet metal, but rather between two pieces of metal. Of course, it could only be screwed in about a turn or two, so my power strip is currently hanging at an angle about a half inch out from the desk itself.

Fifteen minutes, two guys, one (poorly fastened) screw.

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I really shouldn't have mentioned the dining room in my last post. Since then I've hit a snag, and the dining room is currently too full of crap to get any work done. Ahh, such is life.

It's been kind of a hell week at work. Thankfully it's almost over.

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7.12.2004 seems like there hasn't been a whole lot to talk about lately. The dining room is inching towards getting done, and the computer empire is growing (at the moment I've got 3 Linux boxes in my office), but other than that, there hasn't been much. Today has just been blah so far.

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Erin on Lil' Kim: "We just want to stare at her tits."

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.