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Running silent on Facebook

Seems like any time I say anything on Facebook lately I get it thrown back in my face. Fine. Fuck it. I'm done commenting on anything.

To be honest, if it weren’t for a few old friends that I follow on Facebook and a couple of people I’ve met through it that I really care about, I would just terminate my account now.  But I want to keep in touch with these people (and still play a couple of games with said friends), so instead, I’m just going to stop commenting on anything anybody says and not update my own status anymore.

Scientific American Book Club


Do not get involved with the Scientific American Book Club. They are a royal pain in the ass to deal with. Save yourself the headache and go to your local bookstore (it's cheaper, anyway).

This will be a short post as my hour timer has gone off, meaning I need to get away from the computer and stretch.

I read Chapter 6 in Security+ yesterday afternoon (all about securing the network).  I got 17 out of 20 on the review questions, and a couple of the ones I got wrong I’m not entirely sure I actually got wrong.  I’ve marked the chapter as perhaps one to go back over when I take a second run through the book.  Today is Chapter 7, although I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get it done as it is about 80 pages.  It’s about cryptography, though, so it should be interesting.

Last night, I started off great at bowling (247-254), but then I got lost the third game and shot an inconsistent 178.  It was like I couldn’t throw the same shot twice in a row—one frame went through the nose, the next I barely tapped the head pin.  So this brings my overall average down from 233 to 229, but I will still be listed as 211 in two weeks when I come back, since we establish averages for three weeks.  More importantly, the team took all four, so that was good.

When I left for bowling last night, Mom had forgotten that it was Tuesday night, so I didn’t get any dinner, and since I had only had diet shakes for breakfast and lunch, I was feeling kind of woozy when I left, so I grabbed some chicken tenders and fries at the bowling alley to calm the shakes.  When I got home, though, I was still feeling a little off, so Mom made me an omelet and I got some toast.  About 3:30 this morning, I woke up and was feeling a little icky again, so I went downstairs and got some cookies (not waking Mom up, thankfully).  I’m beginning to wonder, with the weight loss and the change in my eating habits, if maybe the dosages of the medications that I’m on for the diabetes are too strong now?  I’ll have to keep an eye on it all.

Well, so much for a short entry.

Back on track

I didn’t turn the computer on last night, so I didn’t update this.  Yesterday, I read chapter 5 in Security+ and did the review questions at the end of the chapter.  I scored 19 out of 20 (and the one I missed was one of those where I got it down to two possible choices and just picked the wrong one).  So, I feel better than I did after finishing chapter 4.  I guess there is something to my supposition that I shouldn’t try to study when I have a bad headache.

I also read the introduction to the beginning book I have on XHTML, HTML, CSS and Javascript (yes, all of those are in one book).  I gave up on trying to study for two certifications at the same time (Security+ and MCTS for SQL Server 2008) because I thought it would be too much.  I’m wondering if trying to do Security+ and HTML (and so on…) might also be a mistake.  I’ll just keep with the plan for now where, if I have time after Security+ studying, I’ll read some HTML.  I do want to start working on an actual Website, but the certification is more important.

I’m feeling rather down this morning.  Partly from everything that is going on, but mainly because today is the one year anniversary of Dad’s passing.  I think I’m going to have to do the ACS Bowl-A-Thon thingy again this year (since we’re apparently going to be stuck here for a while).

Chapter 4 Done

I have started a new blog on the Website I’m starting up (http://blog.infinityltd.net).  I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to do with my LiveJournal blog (especially considering I just re-upped my membership recently).  I think what I will do is post in both places until I decide whether to keep this going or not (I may keep it just so I can keep up with my friends on here but only post to my domain, I don’t know).


I finished studying chapter 4 in my Security+ book this morning (Monitoring Activity and Intrusion Detection).  I am going to have to go back and study that chapter again because I only got 14 of the 20 review questions correct.  I think part of it is the fact that there was a lot of material thrown at me (and a list of acronyms that would take up probably five lines of text here), but I think another part is the fact that I read about half of the chapter yesterday while fighting a blinding headache.  I guess studying while waiting for head to explode = bad.

Tomorrow, chapter 5, a relatively short chapter on implementing a secure network.


It happened again today.  We were sitting in the living room watching the Steelers game when a group of three people came up to the front door and looked in through the windows on the side.  Now, granted, the house is on the market, but still—we are still entitled to some privacy, aren’t we?  Most likely, they were interested in looking at the house towards possibly buying it, but for all we know, they could have just been really nosy or, even worse, casing the joint.  That’s maybe a little paranoid, but how are we to know?


I commented on this on Facebook, but I will put it here, too.  I saw the final episode of season four of “Dexter” about a week and a half ago, and I find that I am still moved by it (Showtime rebroadcast it tonight and I watched the last half).  I find this particularly amazing considering, thanks to “The Soup” not warning about what they were about to show, I have known what happened at the end for at least six months now.  I can’t wait for season five to start next Sunday.  I’ve set up TiVo to record it.

Rush Limbaugh: Paranoid, Douchebag

Somebody should take Limbaugh off the air.

An email to my representative

I read in an article on Time Magazine's Website that you have introduced a resolution asking that the House "express support for the use of Christmas symbols and traditions and frown on any attempt to ban references to the holiday."

Do you seriously have nothing better to do? Are there no bigger issues in this nation that you can devote your attention to?

You DO realize that not everybody in this country is Christian, right? And you DO realize that there is supposed to be a wall between church and state in this country, right?

Happy holidays and Season's greetings!

Eric S. Bauman

Do it again

Some of you may recall that last year, with the anniversary of the passing of my friend Karen and the passing that July of Dr. Randy Pausch, I decided to do a "Bowl-A-Thon" for cancer in general during October, since it was (and still is) Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since the USBC waits until February to do any fund-raising for breast cancer. It was just going to be a one-time thing in my mind, just something that I felt I needed to do in their honor.

Well, since we found out 24 hours before Dad's death that he probably had lung cancer (we can't know for sure since they couldn't go in to do a biopsy), I feel the need again, so...

I will be using my score from league on Monday, October 26 as the basis for a donation to the American Cancer Society. Since I now know five people who have died from cancer and still know three who are fighting or have fought cancer, I will donate eight cents per pin. Once again, if anybody wants to join me in this, please let me know with a comment here (and if you do, you have my thanks). It's hard for me to say what I'm averaging since I've only bowled twice this season so far, but if you want/need a figure, say I'm around 215. Again, past results are no guarantee of future performance.

I'll let everybody know how I did after that night.

UPDATE: It is now official. We (finally) got the death certificate this morning and the primary cause listed for Dad's death was "lung cancer." They also listed pulmonary fibrosis.

NaNoWriMo 2009

Last week, I had kind of decided that I wasn't going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year because I didn't think I could get all my researching and outlining done before November 1 for "Ghost Writer." Also, I was concerned with whether I'd have time to do it, since school starts October 12. Last night, however, I had an idea for a pure plot novel that I may try to do this November (I may at least start it and then stop if I get too bogged down with school and maybe even a job--ha ha). No guarantees, but I may try it again this year.

First lines of the possible novel for 2009: "Nov. 1 -- One week ago, my world went to hell. The next day, the rest of the world followed."

Crossposted from Facebook

Not sure if anybody cares, but just in case: Thanks to a lightning storm, we have no Internets, phone or cable. Thanks to stellar customer service from Time Warner, this situation will not be corrected until Wednesday (unless a cancellation comes up). So no, I'm not (necessarily) ignoring you.