October 31, 2005
Two things are going on here. Number one is that it is the last day of October. That in and of itself sucks monkey balls because it brings us that much closer to the end of the year and of course brings us inevitably closer to winter.
The second thing going on tonight was Halloween. You know, the night where people dress their children up in costumes and send them out to beg for candy. What a confusing holiday this is to me. All year long people tell their kids to never take candy from strangers, then in one night they send them to a ton of houses of people that they don’t even know and have them take candy from strangers. That’s fucked up if you ask me, almost more fucked up than dressing your kids up in goofy costumes. I don’t know about anywhere else but around here true Trick or Treating has died down quite a bit. I remember when I was a kid I used to go out and trick or treat all over the place and get tons of candy. Nowadays with all the freaky asshole people that are out there you can’t let your kids go to half of the houses anymore.
Hey, I finally got my DVD’s on Saturday. I watched quite a few of the George Carlin specials while I was carving pumpkins on Sunday. Last night I watched Orgazmo, which is probably one of my favorite low budget movies. It was one of the first movies put out by the guys that did South Park. Technically it was put out by Trey Parker, but Matt was also in the movie. Tonight in between the 15 trick or treaters that showed up I watched Harold & Kumar go to White Castle and Team America. I probably should have watched Ghostbusters since it was Halloween and all, but I’ll save that for another day when I’m feeling nostalgic. One thing I’ve began noticing on the DVD’s is that they are putting these stupid warnings on there about how illegal movie downloading is wrong and how buying bootlegged movies from street vendors is stealing. Here’s how the deal goes, they show someone stealing a purse and it says “you wouldn’t steal a purse” and it shows someone stealing a car and says “you wouldn’t steal a car”. To me this is a totally pointless fucking ad to put on a DVD. If I had bought a pirated DVD do you really think that it would have this ad on it? People pirate shit everyday and a little pussy commercial like that isn’t going to change that. In fact, I take offense to the fact that I have purchased well over 100 DVD’s since their inception and you are basically chastising me like I’m a thief? The nerve of you fucking Hollywood cocksuckers. This is going to be the same as the music downloading cases were going. Oh no, everyone is downloading music and now nobody is buying it anymore. Look Hollywood, the reason people aren’t going to see your movies in the theater anymore is because you don’t have anymore original ideas left in your rotting brains. If all you can pump out for movies is old TV shows remade into movies or old movies remade into new movies then people are going to get sick of that shit really quick and quit buying it. You need to quit blaming the lack of sales on bootleggers and downloaders and start placing the blame where it really lies; with the script writers that have done too much meth and actually think it would be a good idea to make an A Team movie or a Knight Rider movie or a Honeymooners movie or whatever other fucking show they feel like making a movie out of. Another thing, quit making sequels and prequels; especially when you can’t get most of the cast to show up. If you are going to make a related movie to a successful film and your main stars from the first movie don’t want to return, maybe you should read the script because it probably sucks ass. If you need proof look no further than Dumb and Dumberer. Had I not wasted the half hour I watched that piece of shit before I shut it off I would have thought it was a biopic on Hollywood script writers.
October 27, 2005
Where are My DVD's?
This weekend is going to be a fun one at work, because its inventory time again. The only good thing about it this time around is that I don’t have a department to be inventoried. I am being somewhat of a consultant as far as the HBC/GM inventory goes, but I’m certainly not getting all into it; and come Sunday when they count I won’t be there. When I ran the department I kept all of my overstock in totes and everything was counted because I kept a running inventory of all my backstock. Well, when the reset happened, that got all fucked up. I’ve been going through what is out in the aisles and using my super duper pricing machine and counting it that way with the new department head. You know what else is wonderful? Not only do I not really have to worry about inventory, but I also don’t have to worry about putting out Christmas, putting out hats and gloves, ordering shit for next year’s holidays or any of that shit. I didn’t realize how much I hated doing that until I stopped.
The super duper mega super Wal Mart opened yesterday in my town. The store is over 200,000 square feet. In case you’re not good with numbers and dimensions, that is fucking huge. I woke up early this morning so on my way to my job I stopped in and checked it out. I do have to say that the store is laid out rather well but it’s like it’s own little community in there. Shit, there’s a Subway in there, there’s a Papa Murphy’s pizza place, a hair cut place and all of the other Wal Mart things that are in there. I think this summer when it’s really hot out and I don’t want to spend my money for running the air conditioner I’ll just go live at the fucking Wal Mart. Hey, it’s got to be good for something, doesn’t it?
I’m patiently waiting for my DVD’s to show up so I can watch them. I checked online today and it said that they all shipped already. I did get one in the mail today but the other ones didn’t show up. It did say they shipped separately so I’m not too worried yet. The only reason they didn’t show up yet is because they know those are the ones I really wanted. It’s a goddamned conspiracy I tell you. Since I’ve mentioned Wal Mart and DVD’s in the same blog I might as well mention that I went into the old Wal Mart here because I wanted to buy my South Park Season 6 DVD. Well, they were out of stock a day after it came out. There was a tag on the shelf and everything but there was no DVD there. I asked one of the people there if they would get anymore in and I was told not until the new store opens. Obviously I didn’t need the new South Park DVD right away but I’m not that fucking patient. I left Wal Mart and went over to K Mart. Before you want to give me shit for going to K Mart let me just say we don’t have a Target in this town yet, and my only other option was Shopko and they are too fucking expensive for me, they would have jacked me over $40 for that set. I went into K Mart with little to no expectations and was completely surprised to find Season 6 there for only $34.99. Over at Wallyworld it was over $38. I was suddenly glad that those bastards were out of the movie.
October 22, 2005
I’ve Been Busy, So Sue Me
Yeah, it’s been nine days since I last posted, so sue me. I’ve been a little busier than normal. Of course now I’m off of work until next Wednesday the 26th so I’m good to go; or so I thought.
I got an email from John, who is the guy that is generous enough to host my 3rd Bass site for free for me. Well, he emailed me and told me that he was upgrading to a brand new server that would be faster and better than the old one, just the site would have to move and I’d have to change my nameservers for the domain name. I did all that and the 3rd Bass site went down for a few hours while the change was taking place. Once the change was done and the site was back up I went in and poked around and everything seemed to be working just fine. Well yesterday morning I went onto the message boards and I was checking out some of the postings and it still seems like it went smooth. Well, I went back in during the midday of yesterday and realized that something was wrong with the way the server was interpreting .php files. When you would go to the site it would ask you if you wanted to open the file or save it. Well that was definitely fucked up. So my first thought was to try and make the site accept .php as a page to open, but that was beyond me. I don’t think it is anything that I can control because it seems to be more a server side problem than something I have control over. I can access a few things through my cpanel but beyond that I’m helpless. Once I realized that I couldn’t reconfigure the server’s handling of those files, I decided I would just throw the message board on my site. Well, normally you go into the message board and into the administration panel and you do a backup, however if you’re keeping tabs, you will remember I can’t even access the boards, let alone the admin panel. The last time I did the backup from the admin panel I was able to change the path for the board and when I uploaded it to thirdbass.net everything worked fine. This time I had to backup my database from phpmyadmin and I didn’t know how to change the path for the site. I created a message board on my disgruntled site and I restored the database, but I couldn’t access a few areas of the site because the path was wrong. It kept taking me back to the thirdbass.net site when I’d click on a few things. Well, it wasn’t until Saturday morning that I finally figured out how the hell to fix it so it would work properly. Now that I have that working I redirected the boards on the one site over to here temporarily until whatever is wrong over there is working again. Hopefully that will be soon.
When I would get sick of trying to figure out how to fix my message boards yesterday I ended up playing around with a new design for Lisa’s blog. The way I’m doing it is going to be a little similar to my site, as far as the width of it and the large banner that will be in a flash format. I use the flash format because it seems to be a little smaller than if I was just using the picture. This way as I learn more about flash I can add little tweaks to the existing flash file and upload it and there won’t be any code changes. Little things like the fact that on my site when you click on guestbook, it opens two pages instead of just one and when you click on email it does do the email thing, but it also opens a blank page. Live and learn I guess.
Ok, geek talk off!
I’m officially on vacation; in fact I’m on my second day of vacation already. I am off Friday through Tuesday. I don’t really want to go back on Wednesday but I suppose I will. I always try to take this week off in October because it’s my birthday week. I already bought myself my birthday present because I’m too old for anyone else to buy one for me anymore. I got myself a bunch of DVD’s ordered. I’ve been wanting the George Carlin collections on DVD for quite some time so I finally bought those. I also got a few other movies, like Team America and Harold & Kumar along with a few others. Now I just need to get them so I can watch them since I’m going to be bored soon.
October 13, 2005
Time For Some Changes
Well, I think the page is finally working like it should now. I actually moved the blog over to the main part of the page, so blog.disgruntledhuman.com will no longer be there. I figured that the blog should be the main page in the site, and now all the pages will look the same and will all be in the same directory. I think I’m going to go on a sub domain deleting spree. I have the following that can go: 3rdbass, boards, blog, petenice, and mcserch. Of course all of the 3rd Bass related stuff has been moved to it’s own domain so I don’t need those anymore and my blog is now gone. This will only leave the couple test sub domains left that I use to try out new shit online and show people, and it will leave Lisa’s page and my Cartman page.
In other news, I’m off of work tomorrow and it’s going to be nice to sleep in for a while. I think I’ll try to sleep until at least 7am if I can. I have trouble staying in bed that late now since I’m usually working for two hours by 7. Oh well, not tomorrow.
October 10, 2005
Hey, That's Not My Baby
What a fun weekend it’s been. I ended up working on Sunday because my backup needed the day off. I went in at about quarter to two in the morning and I didn’t get out of there until a little after seven. The payoff of course is that I’m going to be off this coming Friday. That’s right, three day weekend baby… say it with me now. Today I went into work at 4am, and then I was home before noon, damn that was sweet. The reason I’ve decided to start going in so early on Monday’s is we get a shitload of TPR’s on that day. Basically anything that was on ad last week will still have some allowance on it and we put it at a small discount, so I hang all of those signs which is usually close to 200, then I hang all the new ones that started that week, which is usually close to 300. Although I do know the store pretty well, hanging 500 signs is still a bit of a task. Actually hanging them isn’t the problem, I have to print them first, then I have to sort them by aisle and then I get to hang them up. I think the sorting part takes up the majority of my time especially now since we have so many things that have changed places. Once I get my way and I’m able to change aisle locations easier in the computer, I will have all my aisles set and I will just print in order of the aisles and I’ll be set.
Well, I’ve been plugging away at getting my website to look the way I want it. I think this look is what I’m going for. There are a few elements in the Flash Banner that I have to tweak, but what’s there will work for now. Every time I look at it I can honestly say it doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever done before, and that’s a good thing. The only problem I’ve seen so far is that in Internet Explorer my site looks wonderful, but in Netscape it looks like horseshit. That is one of the things that has always pissed me off about doing sites, the fact that the browsers never do the same thing. Look fuckers, I think it’s high time that you people worked together and make the browsers so they are able to do the same things across the board. I don’t care if there are 30 different companies making browsers, as long as they all jive and interpret the coding the same. Anyway, once my main site is finished I’m either going to redo the 3rd Bass site or Lisa’s site; well I’m going to do both of them, I just don’t know which one I’m going to do first. I’ve got a few good ideas for both sites as well and I’m hoping when I get done they’ll both look hella cool. In 3rd Bass news, I see that Serch is planning on releasing some unreleased 3rd Bass tracks and I hope him seeing the website and realizing that they still have a large fan base had something to do with that.
Speaking of music related news, I saw that Chris Cagle, who is apparently some sort of country music star, and his girlfriend recently had a baby. Well, once the baby was born he found out that it really wasn’t his baby. I’m just curious, because it sounded like she just had it not too long ago, but how did he know it wasn’t his? I wonder if it came out a different color or something. I guess on the bright side, he now has new material to write some more country music with. Nothing makes a good country tune more than your old lady cheating on you with the pizza boy and getting knocked up by him. I know some of his fans feel bad for him, but hey, it comes with the territory. If you’re going to live that country singer lifestyle, then you’ve got to be prepared for things like this. Hell, he could lose his farm next, or maybe develop a drinking habit, or any other medication worthy depressing thing that country music stars sing about. Just think, if he had only been a rap star, he could have just shot the bitch.
October 03, 2005
Holy Shit, it’s October
Well, as I’ve said before and I’ll say again. When October arrives you never know what the hell the weather is going to do. Right now we’re sitting right around 80 degrees and by Friday they mentioned that word; you know the one… snow. Yes, although anything that falls would melt right away it would still count as snow and as far as I’m concerned, that’s not right. I need a slow transition here, that’s all I’m asking for. First ease me out of the 80’s into the mid 70’s, then slowly work me into the lower 70’s just approaching the upper 60’s. After all of that then you can drop me into the upper 60’s, but leave me there for a few weeks because I’ll really need to adjust. Then we can drop into the 50’s and follow that with 40’s and then to the dreaded 30’s… and when that time comes around, well we should be back to summer again. That would be my perfect winter. Fuck the snow, fuck Christmas and just let me have some nice weather year around. Let Santa build a sleigh with some damn wheels on it and quit your bitching.
I noticed a new neighbor had moved in this past week. I haven’t met them yet; just saw they look like an older couple much to my dismay. Why can’t I ever get lesbians that don’t believe in hanging curtains moving in next door to me? Damn my luck anyway. The only reason I noticed that it was an older couple is because they had a big party last week, apparently to celebrate the move. Anyway, they had this party and a shitload of people came over to it. Enough people that I snuck over there and grabbed some food and no one even noticed me. What I mean is no one would have noticed me if I had done that… not that the thought even crossed my mind, although I think they were having BBQ ribs and homemade potato salad.
I’m still working on making the blog look different. This is by no means the final version of it. The funny thing about that is if you are reading this on the 3rd of October then you will know what I’m talking about, but what if you find this shit a few months from now and I’ve already got the design changed; you’ll be like what the fuck was he writing about? Just realize, I ask myself that very same question every day.