Thursday, September 22, 2005

If your kids are going to Across The Narrows...

... and you're looking for something to do during the day while they are there, here's an idea:

Coney Island Film Festival

It looks great!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Unite the United: A Concert to Raise Money for the Victims of an American Tragedy

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Give, but not through PayPal

Even though I did sign up for the Blog for Relief Weekend, I haven't really had much to say that hasn't been said already.

One thing I did wish to report on was the terrible ordeal that Rich Kyanka has gone through after raising over $20,000 via Something Awful. In a nutshell, PayPal closed SomethingAwful's account due to 'suspicious activity' from one of his buyers.


Something Awful has been one of my favorite places online over the years. Sometimes I tend to get a bit... blue. In technical terms, I suffer from depression. For me, there is no therapy or medication that equals humor, and on days when I have that unexplicable 'the world is hopeless and so am I' feeling, nothing equals a browse through Photoshop Phriday or the GBS forums to pull me out of it.

At the time PayPal locked their account, Something Awful was raising nearly $3,500 an hour to the relief effort. In case you missed that, I'll repeat:

SomethingAwful was raising nearly $3,500 an hour to the relief fund.

They were cut off on 9/3 somewhere around 9:30 PM. You do the math.

SomethingAwful has done some amazing things through the years... raising funds to buy body armor for our troops, buying toys for sick children... it would be stupid for me to name them all. If you're a goon or a fan, you know how great that site is. And I'm not surprised that they raised so much money in such a short amount of time.

I'm disgusted by PayPal though. So by all means give, but not through PayPal.

Here's the charities list. You know what to do.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

You'll loot my server when you pry it out of my cold dead fingers.

The Interdictor.

I'll never complain about my tech support job again.

Still trying to get caught up on two week's worth of work. I have very little time to read any blogs or work on the website right now, but when I do have some free time, that's the blog I'm reading, just for the sheer I-don't-believe-I'm-actually-reading-this factor.

Bottom line: I love my job, I love my customers, but I'd have been soooo outta there long before tech operations turned into a paramilitary exercise. Today, I'm very grateful all I have to deal with are people who can't get their VPN to work properly when inside a hotel wireless network, as opposed to being barricaded in a high-rise with ersatz tie-around-their-foreheads Rambo SysAdmins. Not like I'm judging them or anything, honestly I'm really a 'walk a mile in another man's shoes' type person... but if I had the choice between heading for high ground or having support teams reconfigured into things like this:

"Camp Crystal is locked down for the night. Team SOTI (that's the crew up here) has broken up into 3 squads. Squad 1 is on diesel detail. Squad 2 is on patrol. Squad 3 is on service and support."

it's kind of a no-brainer. I'd take the pink slip.