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October 30, 2009

It's Alive!

Ah, ye olde blog has been resurrected just in time for All Hallow's Eve. My apologies for the radio silence, but there'd been a bit of a snafu with my ISP. It seems they'd [Active Technobabble Mode] switched the server I was on, and in the process that appeared to break the MySQL database. Seems 4.0 is practically antique. But finally we backed up the database, created a new database in MySQL 5.0, then uploaded the backup into the new database, updated a few config files, and all's well![End Technobabble Mode]

I will say this: making a few complaints on Twitter appears to be a good way to get some attention. Props to GoDaddy for monitoring it for mention of their name, then actually calling me to ask how they can help. That's impressive.

So, to recap: blog not broke no more.

October 14, 2009

Socialized Medicine For The Win

Yesterday took Ian and myself to an exciting event: a mass vaccination. Sponsored by the county public health, it offered us the opportunity to get ourselves a H1N1 shot.

(Incidentally, I'm glad it's being referred to mostly now by the scientific term rather than 'swine flu,' or some other term, but every time I see it, I keep think it's some leet term for the gluteus maximus used by technophile nine-year-olds. Possibly this is just me.)

It was a fairly successful trip, as far as I'm concerned. Other, more respectable sources (in the eyes of the middle class, of course) like our local pediatrician, the university's health center, and various local pharmacies/doc-in-the-box don't have the vaccine. Only the county public health department did, and they handed it out, first come first serve, for free. And just think, only a few months ago, the Cobb Independence Day Tea Bagging Party occurred on that exact same spot. It is to laugh.

Ian did very well. He was very interested in the proceedings ("What's everyone doing here, daddy?" "They're here to get medicine." "What kind of medicine?" "Medicine to keep you from getting sick." "Oh. I no wanna get sick.") I never used the term 'shot', because there seems to be no faster way to strike terror into a toddler's heart than telling him he needs a shot. Happily, it turned out we weren't getting shots. Instead, 'twas the FluMist.

I went first, to show what was going on. That went over very well. Ian got a big smile on his face when the nurse pushed those things up my nose. He did pretty well with it too. In, then out in fifteen minutes. And then we went to the bookstore. Because that's how we roll.

(I did ask him if he wanted to go to the comic book store. He said, "No, I want to go to the real bookstore." Three years old and he's already a snob.)

Reading: Just finished Unseen Academicals, by the illustrious Terry Pratchett. It's good; another one of his "let's take something real world like paper money or the Post Office and put it in Discworld" books. This time it's soccer (football to the rest of you lot).

October 09, 2009

Comic Book Culture

Yes, I've not been around. Here, that is. Mostly the small events of life: Ate meals. Drank tea & coffee. Answered questions. Wrote poem. Read Olivia books to Ian. Watched The Daily Show. Kissed Lisa. Swore at the cats. Bought pants. Surfed the nets. Slept not nearly enough. The usual, mostly.

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Masterpiece Comics, by R. Sikoryak, is just the sort of thing that Classics Illustrated should've been: comic book versions of classic works of literature, starring familiar faces. To the left we have a sampling (click to see the full strip) of Marlowe's Doctor Faust, starring Jon Arbuckle as the tempted and Garfield as the devil Mephistopheles. Or rather, Mephistofield. Tells the whole story over twenty or so strips that keep with the traditional format: 3 boxes ending on a not-particularly funny punchline. The art's pretty faithful, too.

(Am suddenly struck by thought: would this work using the Garfield Minus Garfield concept? I think yes)

Mr. Sikoryak has other examples on his site, and someone a couple years back put the complete Dostoyesky Comics (Crime and Punishment starring Batman/Bruce Wayne) online. In short, I recommend you go out and get it, then leave it lying around where some unsuspecting child can find it.

October 02, 2009

Ah, Science

This morning Ian's class held an event called "Doughnuts for Daddy," a wholesome enough sounding name. I am a dad, and I do enjoy the occasional sample of "Homer's Kryptonite," AKA doughnuts, so I was in.

In retrospect, I can't help but think that they were performing some sort of scientific research. For example, the question could be phrased as, "What happens when you take eighteen three-year-olds and give them Dunkin Donuts munchkins, Orange Juice and an audience?"

The answer is, in about fifteen minutes they'll need to be taken outside, because the transformation into hummingbirds is causing them to careen off the walls. Perhaps that was the second part of the experiment, to see what kind of altitude they can reach.

(By the way, in a few weeks they're going to do this again, only it'll be "Muffins for Moms." It's all about the alphabet, y'see.)

Reading: Had been Avengers Forever, by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco, currently We Have Always Live in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson (I blame Karen Meisner for this).