Random updates stuff

Wow. I have been so busy that all I’ve had time to do is to quick & dirty FB/Twitter updates. So I’m taking some good decompress time and I’m going to post something with meat.

Why have I been busy? Well, first…work, which is complicated by the fact that we are on a forced 20% furlough, basically one day off a week. We’re OK, financially, for at least a while. Also, I’ve been able to pick up some side work that will help cover the gap, and that side work may actually lead to some more, longer term part-time deals, including the possibility of something local (if this particular county and the State can quit feuding about dollars, like that’s gonna happen any time soon, lol) and, believe it or not, an organization where my nascent French knowledge will come in handy (don’t worry, I linked to the English pages).

But the time off has helped with my school work. I can actually concentrate more on studying. I survived two test last week, in HR and biz legal. I actually scored in the mid-80s on both, which considering these are not interesting subjects for me induced a pleasant reaction. There’s a decent possibility that I can get As in both classes. And both professors said that their first exams are usually the killer ones; the next two aren’t quite as bad. This week, for Sac State, I have two assessment exams: one is writing proficency that all juniors must take and pass to be allowed to be declared seniors academically, and the MIS challenge exams (yes, I haz mad kompyooter skillz); the latter means that I don’t need to take MIS 1/2/3 (Windoze/teh Internets, Word, Excel, all one unit classes). I also need to see about challenging the upper division COBOL class. And on the fall schedule, it looks like I’ll be dipping into the French well, as there is an online French civilization class that Cheri and I will take for one of the required upper division general ed classes.

Over on the side of la classe française, there has been an upheaval. Prof. Bergeron has left suddenly. Her husband just retired from CalPERS, probably thinking it was a good time since CalPERS funds, which used to be the class of public retirement, have pretty much gone into the shitter. At one time he managed over $40B in funds. When he left, it was $1.98. (Just kidding; there’s not much he could do about it anyway. It’s really $62.86, coincidentally the current amount in my amazon.com slush fund change bag.) He took a consulting position in Milano (not the Pepperidge Farm cookie) and it starts in May. I got the distinct impression that she was not happy about the sudden change, and her husband had done IHO rash things like this before. But, to use a phrase I’ve heard before, c’est la vie. Her replacement is from the great exotic locale of…upstate New York. This is the first foreign language teacher I’ve had that was not a native speaker of that language since *thinks* jr. high school. In my college French career, I’ve had teachers from les banlieues parisiennes, la Belge, et le Québec. It’s taking a little bit of getting used to…especially since that IMNSHO I have a better French accent than she does.

Home side? Not much time to work around the house. We did post some stuff on Craigslist with varying results. I started mowing the back yard yesterday since we’ve finally had a good run of no rain. I got it about 1/2 done, but the Neuton battery ran out. I like the Neuton, but it’s not that good with the real thick stuff; it drains the battery. Plus, my minor allergy to grass and weed pollen reared up last night; normally that sort of stuff doesn’t bother me, but whenever I mow the lawn, about 6 hours later I get minor allergic symptoms. But it passed overnight. And Cheri’s mother is visiting in about 6 weeks, so we’ve been working on getting the guest room straightened out, and I really need to tackle the office.

Now to mention Facebook for a quick note. So far, 20 of my high school classmates have hooked up; that’s over 40% of the non-foreign student graduating class. It’s really great to catch up on everyone. Plus our favorite teacher from high school is online, and it turns out she lives only a couple of hours from here, in Chico. She’s having hip replacement surgery today, so I’m thinking good thoughts.

Speaking of no money…Sac State reminder popped up; gotta go pay the next installment.

If you want more timely updates on my boring life, here are the relevant Facebook and Twitter links.

I am really going to try to update this more frequently. Nudge me. *g*

Oscar is home!

Oscar is home. No exertion for a week. Watch the dry food; soak it for the next 3 or 4 days. Lots of meds – topical analgesic, antibiotics, plus some ear stuff; luckily that all starts tomorrow. For tonight, just plenty of rest, and keep an eye on him.

And today the new bug du jour comes up…this one is critical, and blocks release…which is due on Friday. *sigh* Working tonight, and probably all day tomorrow and tomorrow night…

And prompted by ‘s recent post…

The City of Roseville, CA (where I live) is sponsoring a float this year in the Rose Parade, in honor of the city’s centenary. It has a train theme, which is entirely apropos because we, after all, a city whose existence was, for many years, based on the Southern Pacific. Heck, the city’s incorporation was three years after Southern Pacific decided to move the railroad yard from Rocklin (two miles up the road) to Roseville. And for many years this was the largest rail yard on the West Coast. (Not sure if Colton is now larger.)

And I got that bug fixed. I thought I was going to have to work on it all night, but I discovered that the error message was in itself being issued in error, because the noted situation will occur in a specific circumstance. Fix: a simple if statement.

Oscar is taking after his daddy

He appears to have chronic tonsillitis. He’s on antibiotics and they are working very well. However, this is the third time in 18 months, and if it comes back, he’ll be following in his daddy’s footsteps: tonsillectomy. (Of course, mine were removed 41+ years ago.)

According to our vet, tonsillitis is “not uncommon”, meaning that although it sounds strange, he’s seen it enough times over the years that it’s not surprising.

So hopefully this will go away, but I suspect that sometime in the next year he’ll have to have them removed.

And today I can elaborate on the "good news/bad news" stuff I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

Well, crap.

I am about ready to install Websphere MQ V7 in our z/OS system. Then I look at the prerequisites to make sure that the subsystem initialization program is downward compatible with WMQ V6 (it should be; downward tolerability is a big thing, since there can only be one version of this module in the search chain).

And I see the minimal level of z/OS required for WMQ V7. z/OS 1.8.

Guess what version I’m at. z/OS 1.8 – .1 = z/OS 1.7.

Arrgh. Time to send an e-mail…


I got the inspiration for this on a five-way Skype chat with people from two different companies who were all trying to figure out why something wasn’t working. A really bad pun war developed, mostly because the others in the chat are on Central time and it was getting late for them.

Anyway, I pointed out the fact that across from Schengen, Luxembourg, are two towns in Germany: Perl and Borg. I created this map (you may have to zoom out)

Saving your FL one embedment at a time