Jan 27, 2011

Thanks John

For those of you who haven't been keeping up with my entire illustrious career in the world of high tech, I used to work for a company called Sun Microsystems.  Sun was recently purchased by Oracle, and I still have some friends left over there that I stay in touch with.  Since I had been a Systems Administrator of a large number of Unix-based systems, and was tired of being woken up with problems at 2AM, I took advantage of an opportunity to go to work there as a training course developer.

I met a lot of great people while I worked there, including a fellow blogger who I will not out here unless they ID themselves just in case they want to maintain level 5 security/total EMCON.

As Sun did the death spiral the same way a lot of high tech companies did in the dot-com bust, there were the inevitable lay-offs.  I survived 13 of these before I made the leap over to where I am now, Cisco.

One of my friends and co-workers was John A. He was a very sharp guy and had been doing this for a long time.  I used him as a mentor while I figured out what they hell I was doing around there.  In the lay-offs that I mentioned, there were some that made sense, getting rid of people who really didn't do anything, and there were others that made no sense at all.  There were several instances of a lot of hard working people who actually produced something getting shown the door while their managers simply stepped aside and became a different type of manager.

The reason for telling you all of this background about me is so I can relate a recent series of really crappy days at my current job, and how John probably saved me by something he did for me back then.  I remember towards the end of my tenure there at Sun we had a meeting in one of the conference rooms.  There were 7 or 8 people in that meeting including John and I.  John and I were tasked with getting a couple of training courses out and there were some delays while we were busy killing ourselves trying to get them finished.

The topic of the meeting was why we were late getting these courses out.  As I mentioned, John and I were the only two worker bees in the room.  Every stinking other person in there had manager in their name, including our own manager, some project managers, a process manager, and other people whos job was to sit around and whip the dead horse.

The meeting went on with the usual bullshit being tossed around, quality is priority one, but here is the date it is due, and you better meet that date...  You know the drill.  The question was finally asked how come it takes both of us to get these courses out, because there is a lot more work waiting.

This right on the heels of getting rid of several of our course developers.

Well, I had had enough by this time and was all red in the face and sat forward in my chair.  Just as I was going to start my profanity laced tirade, John reached out, put his hand on my forearm pulling me back and said "It isn't worth it".  That's all, just those few words and I could see understanding on his face.

He took over and calmly told them all about lack of resources, we would have this ready by this date, the next thing would phase in, blah blah.  He spoke their language to them, and I was impressed as they all took it in.

So John had saved me from making a serious career-limiting move that day.  That one event kind of changed the way I try and deal with the crap that flows downhill in my day-to-day job.  Whenever I find myself in a situation like I have recently at work, I always seem to remember John's words now "It isn't worth it".

So thanks John, for saving what little time it turns out I had left at Sun, and more importantly, saving my butt from opening up my mouth here at Cisco now.

Jan 26, 2011

State Of The Union

Last nights speech got me all excited about politics again for the first time in a long time!  I think that I am going to throw all of my time and effort into getting ready for 2012, and officially start backing what I know will be the winning ticket!!

Jan 24, 2011

Bad Tat Tuesday; The Crash Aftermath

You will be happy to know (or maybe you won't) that I was able to recover some of the tats that were on the backups from my laptop crash.  Others that were still in email were lost, so if you sent me anything that I haven't already posted, please resend it to me.

(is that a resounding huzzah I hear from the internettubes?)

So without further ado, away we go...

 I don't think it is the giraffe tat that bothers me, but the way it is licking the guys nip that is so skeevy!

 Old school boom box may be a repeat, it is hard to tell.  But it is worth another look.


 Who doesn't love bacon?  But who could love those toes?

Not an actual tat, but I like the take on the Escher print!

Look for more next week as I continue the recovery efforts, including a submission from the always great MJENKS!!

Jan 22, 2011

Advertising 101

These are some advertisements that some businesses thought might be a good idea, but then they failed to run them by, oh I don't know... anybody with a brain! 

 Allison is only going after the classy clientele.

 I don't know what I like best about this one.  "P"ta feels the need to fill up every blank space with words, or that it is an "expungement special".  Or maybe it is the line "This is an advertisement"...

 Yes, when I look for somebody to turn my house, I am immediately drawn to the guy who willingly equates himself to masturbation!

 I swear that at first glance I thought it said this lamb sells condoms.  That would have made it a whole different ad.

 Cause we all know the babies line up for bigger boobs.

 You couldn't wait a couple of weeks until the shiner faded, could you?

 Ugh, just ugh...

 Not average at all.  Pretty amazing that a cat can perform plastic surgery.

 I picture them wheeling one of these guys into the courtroom in chains like King Kong.

 He will beat a bitch for a deal.

I love that she is throwing out the "Isacc from Love Boat" double finger point move!

Jan 20, 2011

I guess I am assimilated

And there wasn't any resistance along the way either.  I hardly even lifted a finger.

I am referring of course to the recent laptop crash (or the laptop disaster of 2011 as I am calling it, patent pending...).  All these years of being entrenched in the world of high tech had made me pretty damn comfortable with keeping everything I need to know stored digitally, not on paper.  And I am a fiend about backups also, because Murphys law always seeks out those unguarded.  It is kind of like the pride of lions hunting and choosing the weakest of the baby Zebras.  (sorry for that visual this morning... where was I going?)

So it didn't really come as a huge surprise when the drive on my laptop took the big dive, and wasn't repairable.  What did surprise me was how ineffective my backup program was!  Back when I was a sysadmin, I would have tested this out to make sure it worked.  On my own computer, not so much.  I have brought back some photos and documents that I had erased by mistake, and that works great.  So I was convinced everything else was good.

Stupid, stupid, stupid...

All the email, and all of the bookmarks are gone.  Zip, nada...

Turns out that the old laptop which was running Vista, has things spread out across different places than the new one with Windows 7.  In the past I have been able to hunt down these locations and move the correct files back into place.  Even though I found those places, the files are different in structure now.  So the end result is a lot of lost data.  I knew better than to trust email as a storage medium, and now I got burned by it!

For those of you who sent recommendations on laptops, I truly appreciate it.  This time around, the finances dictated the decision and a Toshiba Satellite A660 was the replacement.

So all of you fine folks out there that I know off of blogger and Facebook, if you want to still communicate directly with me, please drop me an email at jchrishull (ATSIGN) comcast.net so I can rebuild my address book.

Jan 15, 2011

The Laptop is a Dead Duck

As I mentioned in my Facebook status, the hard drive and motherboard on my laptop took a big dump and now I am looking for recommendations on a replacement.  I have had Dell the last 3 computers I owned and never had problems up until now.  I can't switch over to a Mac because of the price difference and the software I need to recover off of my backup hard drive.

Lots of different opinions so far, but it looks like Dell, Acer, Sony and HP are getting the love.

What do all of you here in Bloggeritaville think?

Jan 13, 2011

Old Time Advertisements and Pictures

I have been doing a little cleanup on some folders and I forgot I had some of these tucked away for blogging usage. Such is the amazing command and control functions inside the evil lair of Mount Sky-Dad...

I was going to put these over at Fire That Agency, but there really isn't any theme, rhyme or reason to this (like every other post you toss up Sky-dad, I hear you say?) so I will just throw a little electronic spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks.

That's right, I am the metaphor king.

If life makes you eat the weiner, it might as well be skinless.

Are we selling shoes or boobs here?  Wow, even back then sex sold.

It's never too soon to jack your kid up on massive amounts of sugar!

Not really an ad, but done in that old fashioned way.  And I loved it!

Nope. Nothing homo-erotic going on here.  Move long now everyone, move along...

This is just weird as all hell.  This is an old card that was available in a hotel lobby according to the info that came with this picture. 

I think I found my new fall-back occupation in case this gig goes away!

Did somebody really think this was a good idea at one point?

I only thought the little girl driving the gator wagon was weird.  I now stand corrected!

Moving on to slightly more modern times, finally some relief from that horrendous job of cracking eggs!

That's right.  The blowing game blows!  According to the packaging, it is an intelligence game.  The smart kids don't get fooled into playing the blowing game with weird uncle Herbert.

All it took was breath spray?  How long have I tried to be Canadian and never knew it was this easy!!

And finally, I thought this was campy as all hell.  This is an old still of how they filmed the original batman climbing scenes.  As if anybody out there thought the were actually climbing a wall!

Jan 12, 2011

Thanks Steamy!!

One of the greatest bloggers out there, Steamme Upkid, shared this wonderful video that I just had to steal and post here.

This is Anna's final for a college level sign language class, done to Ce Loo Green's Fuck You.

Jan 11, 2011

Bad Tat Tuesday: Dedicated to Lily

This Tuesday is all about my friend Lily from over at Liliums Realm. She has been knocking it out of the park lately sending me some great additions to the bad tat collection! 

First off, she found the ultimate guide for helping you determine if you are making a huge mistake with your tat or not.  Check this wonderful diagram out:

Isn't that just perfect?  Puts everything I post on Tuesdays into perspective.

Now for the rest of the great ink she passed my way:

 I guess that one is great for cheating on a geography quiz or something.

 Because with bad tats, it's really all about the respect!

 Holy overdone Batman!  Go big or go home is this fan boys motto.

And finally, I had to capture the explanation that came with this piece of work.  Congrats on the weight loss there Cathy, but I think I would spend my 22 hours and 2000 pounds on something that might not be out of style in another couple of years.

Jan 6, 2011

What? Another Video?!?

Well, yeah, but this is really cool.  I received this from one of my workout friends from the gym, and wanted to share it.  Here is the story that came with it:

Here's a link to a Shell commercial shown in Europe. Ostensibly they're selling gasoline, but the Ferrari's used in the video steal the show.

Ferrari pulled several of their race-cars from various ages out of storage, flew them around the world, and filmed them running through the streets of Rome, Rio, New York, Hong Kong and Monaco. No CGI -these are the original cars on the original streets.

The best part is the sound - from the basso-profundo notes of the early,front-engine era, each scene cuts to a later and later generation, ending with the banshee-wail of a modern F1 car.

The sounds alone bring a tear to the eye. Even if you're not a gearhead, this video will stir the soul.

There's just something about 3 litres and 14,000 RPM !

Jan 5, 2011

Star Trek: The Sexed Generation

Found this little tid bit at Milk and Cookies.  This is a series of clips from the Start Trek series all put together to make a suggestive video.

Several scenes made me seriously snort!

Jan 3, 2011

Bad Tat Tuesday: It's 2011 bitches!

A whole new year and a whole bunch more bad ink for you all to try and digest out there! What could be a better way for you to start the year, I mean other than a negative result on that blood test after waking up next to that androgynous looking naked person with the bad hygiene and their smell coming out of all of your pores...

First up are 3 lovely pieces of work from Lilly, who is becoming a regular contributor to this little corner of the world. Thanks so much Lilly!

I think Lilly just likes this guys butt...

Don't get all mathy on us.

Hard to pick him out of a lineup officer, there weren't really any distinguishing markings.

Next up, are a series of knuckle tats that are guaranteed to make you go ouch, as well as put you off solid food for awhile.

Yeah, if hugs from thugs are your thing.

Play on words?

Hey!  I have a beard!  Maybe it's a match made in heaven?

Tough choice.

That is just a bit random.

And we have a winner for crazy look of the new year.

Was 718 her locker number?

I bet it did.

And finally, here is an example of a good job of covering up one of these unfortunate mistakes: