February 27, 2007

Personality Test

On one of the forums I visit someone posted a link to one of the many automated tests:


HUMANMETRICS
Jung Typology Test


This sorts you by 16 personality types. I'm an ISTP -- a Crafter Artisan. As usual, it teases you with a description and offers to sell a book or two for more info.

They linked to a description:

"ISTPs ... good at logical analysis... strong powers of reasoning... not interested in theories or concepts... take things apart and see the way they work."

That pretty well nails me. There's the adage: "If it isn't broke, don't fix it!" With the ISTP counter, "If it isn't broke, take it apart and find out why."

"... attracted to motorcycles... usually fearless... independent... do not believe in or follow rules and regulations...."

Thumper! And it is not fearlessness, it is accepting that while you can be hurt ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I've blogged long ago that engineers design to the rules while technicians break rules to make things work.

"They are not people to sit behind a desk all day and do long-range planning. Adaptable and spontaneous, they respond to what is immediately before them. They usually have strong technical skills"

I pity they that live in their 36 square foot cube. I roam 150 square miles.

"...excellent in a crisis situations." Correct. "They're usually good athletes, and have very good hand-eye coordination. They are good at following through with a project, and tying up loose ends."

ALL WRONG! I dodged sports in school and you can ask Wendy about me and my finishing of projects.

"happiest when they are centered in action-oriented tasks which require detailed logical analysis and technical skill. They take pride in their ability to take the next correct step."

In my career I've only hit one trouble I could not fixed (or show it was not my trouble.)

Posted by Paladin at 11:30 PM | Comments (2)

February 17, 2007

Valentine's

As normal, a few days late.

For Valentine's day Wendy got me a Heart with Dove chocolates, and a box of Necco Sweethearts. I got her a See's one-pound heart, with a two-pound box for refills. We then went to the Proud Bird for dinner.


The Proud Bird is a celebration of flight. There are old aircraft mounted around the property and on a lawn to the north. Sitting you can see the old planes and watch the jets landing at LAX. Food is excellent. For Valentine's Day they do a special that includes appetizers, soup/salad, entree, desert -- the only extras were a respectable Merlot and the after dinner coffee (half the price of a Starbucks!)

And the reason for being a late post? I found Wendy's (and my) last Valentine's present at the Vermont Country Store -- Coconut Bon Bons. Tried a couple -- they are not quite as I remember. These are a tad smaller -- about one inch in diameter, slightly flattened, just under a half ounce. I remember the coconut filling being white, these are flavored and colored to match the outside candy shell. But they are good. I can see where they would kill Jim Jupiter, the Healthiest Man Alive.

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February 16, 2007

Cat-Sitting

Brother runs off now and then leaving his cats to fend for themselves. Fortuntely for the cats, he leaves them an envelope full of money, and they hire me to tend to those few needs they cannot take care of themselves. He has three cats. Max is the Maine Coon with the itty-bitty voice, the eldest. Like many of the eldery of any species he is slowly wasting away and is thin and bony under his fur. But still as [in]active as ever and showing no signs of discomfort. Brother recently got two younger cats, Silver the Grey and Fluffy the White. As in the Lord of the Rings, Grey is Good, White is... not actually Evil as much as totally self-centered.

Max and Silver greet me when I arrive, I drape my leather jacket on the floor, leather side up. Silver lays on the jacket -- has a thing for leather, will have to bring in whips and chains one of these years. I pick up the mail and check thru it for anything addressed to them, toss the not-to-them junk into the square recycle bin for my Brother to dispose of when he gets home. Clean the litterboxes, change the water, top off the food. Food gets Silver and Max moving. Excuse me, but it is the same food that is already in the bowls, the same food that is exposed to the same air in the ripped open bag. Doesn't matter -- both gotta take a few nibbles. Which frees up the jacket so I hang it up. (The one day I didn't I had to shove Silver off so I could leave.)

Brother doesn't bother heating the apartment. An electic blanket keeps the bed warm, and once up a sweater will suffice. SoCal doesn't get that cold. The Cats have several heated beds and pads to lounge in/on. Sometimes sharing one (hence the photograph, above.) I scritch Silver and Max (Fluffy stays in one of the beds, usually the one in the window partially hidden by a curtain.) Hang around for about a hour, take my leave and a ten-spot from the envelope.

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February 06, 2007

Another move

Have a small job in the pipe -- the WiFi at one of the garages was supposed to have gone in in '05. OOPS! The existing LAN, left, needs to be upgraded from Cisco switches to Foundry switches with PoE (Power over Ethernet.).

Again it is a case of having two switches up and working at one time. I drop the Panduct , lower the Cisco, mount the Foundry

IF someone had asked me I would have told them to use a different IP address for the new switches. Then I could have cascaded the new switch from the old, test, move the clients from old to new, and finally, with no one left on the old except the Foundry, move the feed from the old to the new. It would be transparent to the clients -- they wouldn't be off the LAN for long enough to lose their IP address.

But they didn't. So at some point I'll have to switch the feeds to the new switches, followed by moving the clients. Everything will be dropped for a few minutes. And, since I don't get overtime, it will be during the day.

Posted by Paladin at 06:38 PM | Comments (0)

February 05, 2007

Medicine Cabinet

18-20 years ago I ripped out the in the wall medicine cabinet and replaced it with a larger on the wall cabinet. Which rusted and the mirrored doors fell off. Decided to take the time to Do It Right:

The hole in the wall is between two studs with top/bottom headers giving me a 14.25" wide by 20.5" high opening. And since it is in a wet wall it is over 6" deep -- which means I could use .25" x 5.5" oak boards from Loews. So I did. Pondered about the back of the cabinet, went with a mirror. Used 1.5" x .25" oak to frame the box. Looks pretty good considering that I am not a cabinet maker. While shopping for cabinets I saw one that had mirrors on both sides of the door -- you have a mirror available with the door open. Had a pair of mirrors cut by Gardena Glass, made an 18" x 24" frame out of 1.5" x .75" oak, mitered the corners, slotted to hold the mirrors. Modified a pair of hinges to work. Only thing left is the magnetic catch.

The ready-made cabinets are only 3.5" deep. My 5.5" deep shelves gives my three 14" shelves as much space as a taller and wider four shelf commercial cabinet.

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