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I've got a falling ceiling filled with mold in my bedroom, but, today I am being grateful that I have a house at all, and that the insurance and mortgage is paid.
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Wednesday is date night, which is essentially an internet-enhanced MST3K-ing of Ghost Hunters with my sister in Iowa. Fun stuff. A bright spot in any week.

I also managed to get a bunch of data entry done for the site, so, yay!
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Today, I got to talk to both my nephews on the phone. The older of the two sang "London Bridge is falling down" to me, and the younger giggled.

In other news, I am doing data entry, trying to get all the cemeteries I've done into the online system. Much easier now than it had been. If you'd like to see for yourself what I've been working on, with the help of [profile] ng_nighthawk , go see http://search.colorado-cemeteries.com. Use "brinkerhuff" as a search term.

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So, it may seem like I'm a broken record, but, the "heavy lifting" on the PHP stuff for the site has now been completed. Again, thanks to the generosity and knowledge of Mr. [profile] ng_nighthawk , whose experience got the big stuff wrapped up this evening. There's some cosmetic work to do, and some data entry, but, it'll be ready for its promised launch time. YAY!
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Let's see. Today was sorta low key. I got a lovely dinner and visiting with [profile] ng_nighthawk  and [profile] rg_rothko  and clan. I'm definitely getting the better end of this deal, for, tomorrow, we finish up the last bits of the PHP.

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Today, my youngest sister told me she was going to try Twin Peaks, which pleased me, and I'm going to send her my copy of the pilot, so, she can watch the series and not be more lost than necessary.  I re-watched it today to more accurately describe the point she needs to stop the tape. It was fun.

Good night of game. On the way home, I stopped to get a mailer for sending the pilot tape, and in the office supply aisle, discovered my favorite manufacturer of writing pens had a set of 4 pens in 4 different colors than they usually sell. Office supplies make me very happy. I am nearly ashamed to admit this, but, me, who doesn't really write fan letters of any kind (fewer than 5 in my life, not counting about 20 Save Angel postcards), sent one to this company on behalf of these pens. The colored ones in question were $8 for a pack of four. Ridiculous. But, I've been wanting to have a few colored pens helping mekeep track of things on a project. I stood there for probably 10 minutes, as $8 is pretty spendy, and being unemployed, well, yeah.

In the end, I bought them because they made me happy.  At some level, this is my favorite thing that happened today, and the minute I got home, the package got ripped open, and I'm now trying them out. I love them. Yay!
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This is for Friday, and totally counts 'cause I've not gone to bed yet. Today was an all around good day.

My good pal [profile] ng_nighthawk , swooped in with a cape, and superpowers, and saved my PHP bacon, sanity, and all that. The search engine-y part is working now. Still needs some tweaking, but, it feels pretty glorious, and I've got some more work to do on it, but, bless him.

Also, my federal rerun got deposited today.

And, there was birthday cake, good friends, and raspberry sauce.

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So here's the skinny:

Rules are:

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this every day for eight days.
3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same

I've decided it's a good thing to cultivate gratitude, and, coincidentally was tagged for this one, so, it seems a lovely synchronicity. 

Today was a bit of a roller coaster, but, I did get my state refund in my account today, so, I could pay bills. Yay!

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Birthday happies to [personal profile] glow_boy ! Hope your day has been exceptional!
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Birthday Happiest to [profile] foot_tapper1 ! Hope it's a terrific one!
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] helygen ! I hope it's an awesome day!
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It's traditionally right around the corner!

Maybe I need to have it as a charity benefit this year. Or postpone it? I dunno. 

I'd probably use the stuff we didn't watch last year, and maybe add a few extra episodes for "safety" (and do a better job for trivia than I did last year, in which I failed, really) .

Any thoughts?
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I wrote a follow-up to my column on the Rocky Mountain News, whose last issue was today.

It's here: http://www.k8space.com/2009/02/requiescat-in-pace.html
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and the sun is high!

Well, you know how that ends...

So, I'm unemployed again. Mostly relieved. Severance should float me for a few months, and, I'm hoping to bust out a bunch of work for my projects, and forget about having to live with the anxiety of sitting in an office, waiting for your fate to be determined by someone else.
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I just remembered I'd promised to post the information on the website(s)  where I got my new glasses. I went through http://glassyeyes.blogspot.com/   (which gave me a referral discount) for the place I actually got them from, which is $39 dollar glasses. (the link to their site is in the left menu bar, and if you go through Glassy Eyes, you get an additional 10% off. )

The glasses are great, they were fast and the site has a very large selection. The only thing I sorta goofed on was that the length of the new frames is a few mm longer than my old pair, which I knew when I ordered them, but, didn't think would be that different. I was much more concerned that the lens lengths and such were correct. (and they were) And, functionally, they're fine. The ear pieces don't sit anywhere near my ears, but, eh. I learned.  I ordered them on a Tuesday or Wednesday in Dec., and had them in hand (without express shipping) by the following Monday, which was awesome.

So, essentially, I recommend them, but advise paying close attention to all the measurements.
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I've posted my first "real" column at http://www.k8space.com. I didn't e-mail it to the Word of the Day list, which I think would be inappropriate.

What do you all think?

And, please tell me if it's horrifyingly bad, won't you?
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I know it seems like the only time I post is when I have some weirdo problem, but, I must admit, I'm trying to be focused, and well, mostly failing, so, this gives the illusion that I'm accomplishing things, and gives you a taste of what I'm working on, while I shameless ask for help...

That typed, I pose to you, my brilliant and generous friends, this warty question. Which, actually is two questions.

Curious? Of course you are. )

Any ideas?
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.... to [personal profile] dogmeatnyc Hope your day was beyond awesome!
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry died. 

I saw a sneak preview for Valkyrie tonight. I enjoyed it, primarily because it was a night out and free. I'm going to be honest, and say I didn't actually find it revelatory or exceptional, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything notable as a film.  Strangely, I think I enjoyed it more having some familiarity with the von Stauffenberg family (I translated some genealogy papers for someone who was related to them), and for remembering bits of the story from some history I picked up in Germany.  The players in this particular attempt were very, very prominent perople in the German military/aristocracy, and if you don't really know German history or who these people were, these people are little more than random people shuffled on screen and then off and back again, then off. Most Americans don't know these people, so, I imagine the more political scenes will play as deathly boring.

As someone who does know a bit about the history and politics of Germany (and I'm, by no means an expert), I admit, I appreciate that they didn't try to explain the subtext (political, historical, and cultural), which is actually really good and accurate, and did increase my enjoyment of the film, but, mostly only in the "yup, I know exactly what's going on that they're not really talking about, go me!" sorta enjoyment, not in the "Gosh, what an interesting insight into history" sort of way.

More randomly, the people who sat next to me, I'd never met, and we started talking, and turns out, she was a broker, and knew my boss. Weird.

I'm tired, so, I think I'll head to bed now. 

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Anyone know how to turn off a gas oven when the dial breaks? I managed to get it to low, but, beyond that, I got nothing.
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