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Journal note [May. 4th, 2010|07:34 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
I posted a joke about 20 minutes ago. I thought of it this morning, and evaluating it solely in Joke Analysis Mode, I immodestly think it's hilarious, even 10 hours later.

... but it involves, however indirectly, the nightmarish flooding that's ongoing in the Nashville area. I don't know if my joke crossed a line, but dammit, my conscience would not shut up about it, so I have set that entry to Private so I can feel some peace with myself. If anyone reading this saw it before I locked it, I apologize if it offended you. And folks are welcome to comment on this entry regarding the hazards of making jokes that tweak one's conscience.
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False start [May. 2nd, 2010|01:43 am]
Robert Hutchinson
Thinking about trying an experiment where I attempt to post something of interest to LJ every day this month, just to get back into the habit of doing so. Have already technically failed by posting this intro as late as I have. So, we'll see. Join me!
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The saga of the USB error code BSoD and related matters [Mar. 26th, 2010|06:33 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
(EDIT: Connection problem solved. Somehow my network adapter's encryption settings got changed without me doing anything??? BSoD problem still potentially a problem, although I've had no recurrences yet.)

I feel kinda bad devoting my one post of the month (TM) to asking for troubleshooting help again, but here I go anyway.

My primary (desktop) computer surprised me yesterday by giving me an actual, real-life Blue Screen of Death! Oh, sure, Windows crashes in various ways all the time, but it's been years since I've actually seen a BSoD.

The relevant information was something about a USB_CODE_ERROR or something like that. My first attempt at finding a solution online told me that, if I were running XP (I am), getting Service Pack 2 would fix this known problem. Unfortunately, I already got SP2 years ago, along with SP3. While looking all this up on my netbook, I'm trying to reboot the desktop successfully. Sometimes it crashes moments after the desktop screen loads; other times it runs for a good 30 minutes or an hour before crashing. I can determine no common factor that would obviously be triggering each crash.

The next bit of online advice I find that seems reasonable is to uninstall and reinstall all of the drivers for any USB devices I use on my computer. The only one of those I have regularly hooked up is my Linksys wifi connection doodad. I can't seem to find how to uninstall its driver, but I do note that there's a more recent version, so I upgrade. And that's more or less where I stand--haven't seen any more BSoDs, but then, I haven't been on that computer today ...

... because now it can't seem to find our local network. At all. The problem started before I did the driver upgrade, so I know that's not at fault, but I'm not sure whether this issue is related to the BSoD errors or not. I do know that the problem is on that particular computer's end, as I'm having no trouble connecting to the network on my netbook right now.

So. Whew. Thoughts? On either problem? I am a duct-tape problem-solver who has run out of duct tape.

(And I'm going to try to post more often. Truly I am.)
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Anticlimactic update [Mar. 6th, 2010|05:43 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
I did not go to either TMBG show. Combination of having other obligations and really not wanting to drive 2 (or more) hours at night. I am totally not bummed about it, in case anyone was going to comfort me or something! I think TMBG may have officially slipped down in my mind to just "a band I like pretty well".

Also, I was clearing out my LJ inbox and realized just how many people's birthdays over the past couple of months I have failed to note. To all of you: I'm sorry, and have a happy Saturday. :)
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Problems to have [Feb. 2nd, 2010|07:38 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
They Might Be Giants are playing in Jacksonville on March 2. They Might Be Giants are playing in Atlanta on March 5.

The Atlanta show has Jonathan Coulton opening. The Jacksonville show is a Flood show.

The Atlanta show is on a Friday night. The Jacksonville show is on a weeknight.

Atlanta is a 3.5 hour drive. Jacksonville is a 2.5 hour drive.

I don't really like driving at night, period. But I'd rather be driving in/near Jacksonville at night than in/near Atlanta.

EDIT: Jacksonville show is $15 + fees. Atlanta show is $20 + fees.

Which show should I go to?

Neither -- rock music is the devil
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GIP + [Jan. 25th, 2010|06:40 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
This made me cry:

An early lesson in comics making, by Kate Beaton

And anyone who knows me well knows why I had to make an icon from it. :)
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Ask Dr. LJ [Jan. 24th, 2010|01:49 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
For the past few weeks, I have been having problems (on my primary computer) accessing various Google services, especially GMail. The login process seems to get somehow stuck in the middle, and retrying doesn't help--I end up having to clear my cache and my cookies to get it to work. 6 or 8 hours later, the problem's back.

Any ideas?
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"How many teams do you expect to solve THAT?" [Jan. 19th, 2010|09:37 pm]
Robert Hutchinson

So, the 2010 MIT Mystery Hunt happened this past weekend. I helped run it. (Not nearly as much as many other fine people did, but even my taking-credit-for-anything-is-immodest-and-rude brain will accept that I was a functional part of making the Hunt happen this year.) Even with staying at a hotel this year, and getting reasonable amounts of sleeping and bathing done at said hotel, I am only now starting to feel like I've recovered from the experience. I hope everyone who participated had fun.

Despite not having any puzzles in the hunt, or being familiar with MIT, or being able to walk anywhere at any useful speed, there are things that I feel I contributed:

1) I became a testsolving automaton (in concert with several other brilliant teammates) in the weeks prior to Hunt. This sputtered out a few days beforehand, leading to my final testsolving "success" requiring no fewer than three separate mental prods by my teammates while on-site.

2) I was very good at monitoring the noise level of HQ, and going "ssssshhhhhhh" every 30 seconds or so, for hours on end.

3) I proved mostly competent at asking teams their team names, doing alphanumeric arithmetic, and holding cards up in the air. :)

Now that I've managed to be immodest for an extended period, I will end this post by giving my unending compliments and thanks to my teammates, who wrote incredible puzzles, did incredible testsolving, wrangled incredible wrangly-things, and so much more. Everyone on Beginner's Luck, you are awesome and I dig you.

(More specific thoughts possibly to follow. But possibly not, considering both how often I manage to post to LJ lately in general, and the fact that I still haven't finished talking about the 2009 Hunt.)
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Gbye 2009! Gbye! [Dec. 31st, 2009|11:50 pm]
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Jelly bowl [Dec. 24th, 2009|08:05 pm]
Robert Hutchinson
I shouldn't have waited to post this until now, since A) I don't mean to limit it to Christmas and B) probably everyone with a life is already away from the Internet, but I hope everyone on my reading list has a safe and happy holiday season/time off from work/whatever. Yaaaaaaaay!
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