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Game 3

Friday, June 29th, 2007 - Comments (0) in Life, Softball

This past weekend was game 3, and our first loss! The final score was 6-7 and went into 1 extra inning. We were doing pretty good the whole game until one of their gorillas hit a home run with all 3 bases loaded. That was absolutely the worst time possible for that guy to do that (from our perspective); 4 runs in like 30 seconds. I thought that we were toast from then on, but in the last inning one of our guys hit a home run that resulted in 3 runs. It wasn't a clean home run, they ended up fumbling the ball like twice, but it tied up the score right at the end. Then one of their players ended up scoring in that extra inning. Winning would have been nice, but I'd much rather lose by one than by ten.

Power Lines

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 - Comments (6) in Life, Work

So we had some pretty bad storms yesterday, and they knocked power out to Harley around 1:30pm. This is always fun, and by fun I mean an enormous pain the ass. First of all, the power at Harley is incredibly stable. Even during the 2003 Northeast blackout harley still had power. I remember leaving work not knowing anything was wrong until my car radio wasn't picking anything up and all the street lights were out during my drive home. Last week I checked the uptime on one of my student file servers and it was up around 530 days! That is respectable for any server, but especially one not connected to any kind of battery backup. So when my office went pitch black and deadly silent I figured some major shit just hit the fan. Since day camp is going on right now, all the little kids were screaming too, that made it a little more creepy.

The most treacherous part of the blackout ended up being the exit strategy from my office. I'm in the bowels of the building with no windows and I had my door closed, so it was completely pitch black. My office also happens to be a minefield of computers, monitors, wires, parts, tools, tables, an extra chair and even a hand-truck. I made it out alive, but I did trip on some stuff on the way there. After that, the rest of the 26ers just hung out upstairs in the gallery for an hour or so until we all decided to go home. I had a softball practice at the school later that night so I figured I could turn everything back on when I got back for practice, assuming the electricity would be back on by then. It was back on when I returned and it took about an hour to get everything back in business. Everything should have come back up on its own, but when there is a chance for something to go wrong, why wouldn't it?

I'm wondering why there isn't more of an effort to move the big power lines underground. Our old house had power lines on poles weaving in and out of trees before it reached the house. Every time we had a storm or heavy snow I expected one of those trees to let go and take out the power line, but it never happened. Our new house has all the utilities (electric, cable, phone) coming in under ground, so I won't have to worry about losing anything when the next ice storm hits.

Oh yeah, the cause the blackout...a tree fell and took out the line feeding our transformer. At least that's better than the transformer getting hit by lightning like 2 years go and being down for 3 days while RG&E finds another one.

Game 2

Monday, June 18th, 2007 - Comments (3) in Life, Softball

Yesterday was the second game of the season, and our second victory! This one was much closer toward the end and finished 13-12. Their last guy up at bad looked like a real brute, but he must have twisted his knee or something because he never left the batters box after he hit the ball. Well, he did eventually but it was with a severe limp.

This team was sponsored by Jeremiah's Tavern, so I expected to get pounded based on last years experience with other Jeremiah's teams. We were pretty strong right from the start of the game, but our fielding seemed to get worse toward the end. It's ok, even though they were able to catch up to us in the end, we still held a small lead.

This is the first game I've been in where a player hit a ball over the fence onto the highway (490)! In all fairness this particular field was very shallow, but there is still a 50-60 foot high fence at the edge of the field. In this league if you put a ball on the highway it's an automatic out. They do this to prevent players from trying to cause pile-ups; 490 is dangerous enough as it is without softballs appearing out of nowhere breaking windshields. This picture is of fields 3, 4 and 5 over at Cobbs Hill. We normally play on 4, which is in the middle, but the game before ours was running late (as usual) so we played on field 5 (on the right) since it was free at the time. See how much closer 5 is to the 490 than the others? And due to its orientation, a righty batter will usually hit the ball directly at the road. I think this actually helped us is some cases because the fence stopped balls from getting too far away if they get past the outfielders. I guess this also applies to the other team, so it all evened out in the end.

All in all it was a great game. The weather was beautiful, the teams were well matched, I hit a nice double (not to toot my own horn or anything) and we won.

Master Nerd

Friday, June 15th, 2007 - Comments (0) in Computers, Email, Life, Linux, Work
Experts Exchange Shirt

This morning I received an email from Experts Exchange saying I've earned a free t-shirt! Apparently I've earned "Master" status in the Exchange Server, Linux Networking and Miscellaneous Networking categories. I don't think I'll look as cool as this guy wearing it, but free stuff is cool.

Experts Exchange is a site where people can ask mostly IT related questions and have EE's vast community of nerds offer suggestions to solve your problems. Back in 2003 when I signed up it was free and they gave you like 500 free points to ask questions. When you post questions you assign a point value; obviously the more points assigned the more urgent the problem. If you post the accepted solution you get the points multiplied by a grade they assign your post. An 'A' having a multiplier of 4, 'B' having a 3, you get the picture. So you can rack up some serious points if you know what you're doing. Since then I believe you actually have to pay to sign up and you can't even read the questions/answers unless you're logged in.

Most of the time I just lurk the site reading about problems and solutions other people have with software I also use. It's good to know what common problems people have and how to fix them before they happen to you. It makes you look like a rock star to your boss.

Game 1

Sunday, June 10th, 2007 - Comments (0) in Life, Softball

Today was the first game of the Cobbs Hill summer coed softball league. We played very well and won 9-6. This team was from Agatina's, a local Italian restaurant. They had these three guys (I think they were brothers) that reminded me of the Gatti brothers from that A&E show Growing up Gotti. Ok looking at that webpage they really didn't look like those guys, but that's what I thought during the game. Either way all three of them could smack the shit out of the ball. One of the girls (the catcher) busted a fake fingernail during the game and handed it off to a friend probably so she could stick it back on later. It was pretty funny.

Even after only one game, I could see a huge difference in the playing so far compared to last year. Our fielding is so much more organized; it made a world of difference. Sure we made mistakes, everyone does, but those mistakes didn't result in triples (every time). Good start to a season, hopefully we'll be able to keep it up.

Corporately Challenged

Friday, June 1st, 2007 - Comments (3) in Life, Work

Yesterday was the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Rochester over on RIT's campus. I'm still not sure what possessed me to sign up, but aside from that 3.5 mile running thing, it was pretty fun. Harley had a tent in the "bowl" and was cooking burgers and dogs after the race.

Check out Al Simone's face as they blew the starting horns! HAHAHA, Priceless...

I can't believe how many people were at this event: 10,397. We (Rachelle and I (she signed up for her School's team)) were so far back at the start that it took us about 6 minutes just to pass the starting line! And even though we walked just about the entire thing there were still thousands of people behind us.

We parked over at Marketplace Mall and took a shuttle over to RIT. It was great getting there; we just walked up and got right on the bus. On the way back it was crazy. We waited in line for about an hour, not because it wasn't moving but because of the length of the line. There was this woman in front of us who just had to complain about everything; I hate those people. Maybe she was drunk, but she didn't look it, just sounded like it. Then after waiting all that time two buses showed up at the same time and people in the line behind us just broke out and ran to the other bus! We were all like WTF, great way to start a riot! I was fully prepared to throw some shit down if one of those line jumpers took our spots on a bus, luckily we found spots (seats even!) on the bus and got back to the car without incident.