Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Ken Jennings lost on Jeopardy today. After a 74 day run. I guess that's reason enough to now cancel my TiVo season pass of Jeopardy.

The crowd actually gasped when they saw his wrong answer in final Jeopardy and then they gave him a standing ovation.
Before the start of the 2002 NFL season...

I'm Butch Davis and you're not. We made the playoffs last year. If you make me the general manager, surely we will go to the Super Bowl.

Before the start of the 2003 NFL season...

I'm Butch Davis and you're not. Okay, so we had a down year. It happens. We had some injuries. Surely if you make me the president of football operations, these problems will go away.

Before the start of the 2004 NFL season...

I'm Butch Davis and you're not. Look. Last year was an abherration too. It was Tim Couch. Tim Couch is terrible. It is all Tim Couch's fault. If he had mobility, we would have won the Super Bowl. Trust me. We need Jeff Garcia. Yeah. That's it. Get me Jeff Garcia and man oh man, watch out NFL. Down with Tim Couch. I hate that guy. I want Garcia. Super Bowl! Woo, woo! We're a train baby, and ain't nothin you can do to stop us now. Woo, woo!


I'm Butch Davis and you're not, I'm cut.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

I'm heading for the airport in about 30 minutes. I'm heading to South Carolina for Thanksgiving.

Everyone out there, have a good and safe Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

I think it's safe to say the the ESPN simulation was a bit off. I, on the other hand, nearly predicted the exact winning margin. I had Purdue winning by 28, and instead the won by 29. That means I'm better than you.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Here is the ESPN simulation of the IU - Purdue game today. I personally don't think it will be that close. My prediction is 38-10 Purdue.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I assume you all saw the craziness in Detroit between the Pacers and the Pistons. What the freak was that? Fans throwing everything they can grab - including chairs - onto the floor and at the Pacers. Fans running on the court and cold-cocking Pacers players. Players charging into the stands and beating fans down. That's completely ridiculous.

Something needs to be done. If that means that the first 20 rows of the Palace must be empty for games, so be it. If that means that there must be 300 police surrounding the court, so be it. Violent interaction between fans and players should NEVER happen.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I promise to take photos eventually. I'll probably have to wait until Saturday though. I have no way to take pictures until after work, and it's dark by then.

The tint cure is coming along nicely, although they'll have to re-do the drivers side front window. There are some scratches there, and they need to go away.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

25 steps to happiness.

9:30 AM in a random state near you, on a day much like yesterday.

Step 1. A deer decides to cook himself at a substation. Hooray for lack of power!
Step 2. UPS's kick in inside the server room.
Step 3. Heat goes up 5 degrees every 10 minutes in the server room due to lack of air conditioning.
Step 4. Drives start failing on foundry server.
Step 5. Mayhem.
Step 6. Power down foundry server, hoping heat caused the issues.
Step 7. Fire up the generator to power fans for the server room.
Step 8. Power comes back on 30 minutes after initially going out.
Step 9. Power on foundry server.
Step 10. Everything looks fine. That's a big relief.
Step 11. Another drive failure on foundry server.
Step 12. RAID backup kicks in.
Step 13. We're OK.
Step 14. Cascading drive failures on foundry server.
Step 15. We're totally and completely screwed.
Step 16. Rebuild server. Keep in mind that we are 24/7 and the cluster hasn't arrived to replace foundry and dip yet.
Step 17. More cascading drive failures. Yay.
Step 18. Rebuild server using replacement disks.
Step 19. See step 17.
Step 20. Get rid of the damn PERC controller. Bastage.
Step 21. See step 18.
Step 22. Reinstall SQL and restore databases.
Step 23. Go home at 9:30 PM.
Step 24. Get paged in the middle of the night.
Step 25. I'm happy! Look how happy I am.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

I'm getting my pimp on tomorrow.

A new law was passed in Ohio that allows you to have window tint darker than 50%, but not on every window... only on the back windows. I'm getting 35% on the rear window and the two back windows. 50% on the driver and passenger windows, and a 15% strip across the top of the windshield. I've been assured that since I have a large B pillar and because my car is black, it will look fine.

I'm also getting a sun roof wind deflector, and wind visors for all the other windows.

I'll post some pictures when I get it back.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

After going winless for 36% of the season, Purdue has finally become Sun Bowl eligible. Hopefully with a win over IU they can upgrade to the Alamo Bowl.

Friday, November 12, 2004

I got nothin here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Work was insane today. I could feel the veins in my head throbbing and the blood pressure making me have a heart attack. Trying to focus on what you're doing, which needs to be done yesterday. Phone rings. Someone comes in. Help me with this. Help me with that. Hey when you get a minute, come over to my office. I want to show you something. Ring ring ring. Hey, remember that thing you programmed 86 years ago. Its not working anymore. Are you busy? Ring ring ring.

Murder is the case that they gave me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

4 words. Rubber. Band. Gatling. Gun.

Available from the fine folks at Backyard Artillery.

Monday, November 8, 2004

What do I want for Christmas? Strike that. What do I want for Christmas that I won't get for myself?

You all know what I like. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Does anyone have a copy of the Bubba Sparxxx intro to College Gameday from the day of the Purdue - Wisconsin game?

Saturday, November 6, 2004

If I realized 3 weeks ago that every player on Purdue should be sent through fumble drills every practice, why is it that no one on the coaching staff can realize that? So far fumbles have only cost the team 3 wins. No big deal apparently. Already in the first quarter against Iowa, they've fumbled two more times.

HOLD ON TO THE FREAKING BALL. The idea is not that hard to grasp. Here's what you do... you put one hand (which happens to be connected to an arm) on the bottom of the ball. The you put the other hand (which also is connected to an arm) on the top of the ball.

Wow. You'd think that I had just cured cancer with that idea. Maybe someone should forward this to Tiller. Maybe he thinks that holding the ball three feet away from your body and in only one hand is the best way to hang on to the ball.
Another week of gloomy predictions:

Iowa - 16
Purdue - 13

Notre Dame - 20
Tennessee - 24

Baltimore - 17
Cleveland - 9

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

I don't know if this is good or not. Under John Kerry I would have been considered one of the rich wealthy elite, which would have been good for my ego and bad for my pocketbook. Now that Dubya has rightfully won, I am once again one of the middle class who gets to keep more of my tax money.

That's my Bush!

Monday, November 1, 2004

It's his birthday and he'll cry if he wants to.

Happy 36th birthday to Justin.