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Jul. 14th, 2006 08:00 am He's dead, Jim

Our hamster died overnight.

In retrospect, he was not ever quite as active as we should have expected. He may well have been sick when we got him. He did use the exercise wheel the first night or two, but after that he spent most of his time hiding in his nest. Even in the middle of the night.

The day that they brought him upstairs for me to see was probably the most exciting for us and him. After they removed him from his ball, he lept from their grasp and ran under the bed in my bedroom. It took a lot of effort to get him out from under there and he went back into 24x7 hibernation mode afterward. It may have been this scare that put him over the edge health-wise.

For the few days he lived with us, it was a mixture of curiosity and fun. I miss him, but not as much as the girls do. We held a funeral and buried him in the front flower bed. Perhaps this will be a sign to the voles that I prefer them to not live near my house.

We may get another hamster after the habitat has had time to be purged of the germs that it presumably contained.

I appreciate the fact that PetSmart would have refunded our money or replaced him, but I'd prefer to not bring the dead carcass of an $8 purchase into the store for a refund/replacement. Especially since I'd have to spend an additional $20+ purchasing a new habitat for the new hamster to live in while the bleach does the trick on killing the germs in the only existing habitat we have.

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Jul. 6th, 2006 06:41 am Personality Type Quiz

You Have A Type A Personality
You are hyper, energetic, and always on the mood You tend to succeed at everything you attempt And if you don't succeed at first, you quickly climb your way to the top! You could be called a workaholic, but you also make time for fun As long as it's high energy and competitive, you're interested You have the perfect personality for business and atheltic success

Current Mood: amusedamused

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Jul. 5th, 2006 11:34 am Hamster Time!

Due to popular demand here at Casa De La Mancha, a new member has been added to the family. On Monday, July 3, 2006, we added a hamster. Various names have been suggested, including:

  • Hampshire
  • Hamand Eggs
  • Hammy
  • Stripes
My userpic is a picture of his environment. Being nocturnal, he's asleep right now!

Current Mood: manic
Current Music: Desperate - Black 47 - Trouble In The Land

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Jun. 24th, 2006 01:18 pm Black47 in concert

Last night, Deb and I went up to Manheim, PA to see Black47 in concert at the site of the PA Renaissance Fair. It was a fun time and they are an amazing band to see live. We had an awesome time.

If you get the chance, you should check them out.

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Jun. 15th, 2006 02:59 pm Bauhaus in concert

Last night, Deb and I went to the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. Getting there took nearly two hours due to the lovely Philadelphia rush hour traffic. The Camden waterfront area seems to have a lot of attractions, but it's far enough away that it's closer and more convienent to go to Wilmington, DE for things like minor-league baseball.

The opening act was TV on the Radio. I only saw them perform two songs. They weren't bad, but the musicians need better stage presence. Two of them seemed to do nothing other than stand in front of their speaker stacks with their backs to the audience. The audience seemed to respond in kind, mostly ignoring the band.

Bauhaus was next, after about 10 minutes of intermission. They were great. I wish I had been able to see them years and years ago. They played for about an hour, including their two new songs.

After that, we left. Ironically, most of the audience seemed to be just showing up for the headliners, Nine Inch Nails.

Despite the traffic problems caused by people fleeing Philadlephia during a rain-delay in the Phillies game, we made decent time - from Camden to King of Prussia in about 45 minutes!

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Army Dreamers - Kate Bush

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Jun. 13th, 2006 05:43 pm Changing Interpretations Ought To Lead To New Interfaces

I've been recently focused on working with the Internet Protocol header field (the second octet) related to Quality of Service (QoS), specifically Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) and Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) bits.

I have not, until now, been known as a big fan of QoS. In general, I like my data access to be end-to-end (i.e. no NAT or firewalls), flat-rate (no usage fees) and best-effort (no QoS). However, I have had occasion to delve deeply into the QoS issues that one might face if one wanted to implement it successfully. Hence, DSCP bits.

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So, to summarize, the interpretation of this particular octet has changed from IP Type of Service (RFC 1349) to DiffServ Code Points encoded in a DiffServ Field (RFC 3260). What is needed now is to update these cli interfaces to accommodate the new interpretation - without having to retrofit it backward into the previous TOS interpretation. I should be able to use a command-line option like "-ds af33" and have it do the right thing.

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Todd Rundgren - Initiation - Eastern Intrigue

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May. 7th, 2006 11:58 am Contemplating Attendance at Bauhaus/NiN concert

I'm contemplating going to see Bauhaus in concert. I've never had the opportunity to see them before live, so this could be quite a treat. The headliner is NiN - a band I know very little about.

Current Mood: headachey
Current Music: Bauhaus - Burning From The Inside - Antonin Artaud

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Apr. 27th, 2006 12:48 pm NutriSystem Week 1

After one week on the NutriSystem plan, I've lost over 11 lbs!

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: SuperTones - Strike Back - Unite

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Apr. 16th, 2006 08:37 am Guess Who's Back?

I'm back - free, at long last, from the hospital. It turns out I had status asthmaticus. I'm feeling well for the first time in months, but still very weak. I spent the first day home sleeping for over 12 hours.

Thanks to everyone for the kinds thoughts and prayers. There will be a lot of follow-up required, but for now things are stable and under control.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Eminem - The Eminem Show - Without Me

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Apr. 7th, 2006 06:34 pm Admitted to the hospital for further treament

Since my body has failed to respond to the treatments that have been applied on an outpatient basis, my doctor has concluded that I need high dosage steroids and IV antibiotics. So, it's off to the hospital with me.

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Current Mood: sicksick

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