Moving on up... ?

After over a year on the call floor, I was finally asked to be a roamer (suicide watch for new hires) for the last hour or so of my shift. My last supervisor kept saying that he would make sure things like that happened but it never did. He was my sup for about a year. My new sup has only been so for just over a month... go new sup!

I don't know if it's a big deal, or not, really but it is the first step to being a Lead Assist, and then eventually a Lead. Which if I stay in my department there aren't a lot of other options for advancement.

It was a good hour off the phone and I actually do like helping people, which is why I do what I do. So it's all good.

Just a shame it took so long.

128 bits, all in a row, looking for which way to go

Well after a few brain melting days of rereading on routing and subnets and all that I asked a straightforward question, got given the most polite RTFM in my life and well I did, again, and somehow this time it made sense.

My poor lone IPv6 tunnel is now hosting my happy little subnet. I still have some tinkering to do to work out security on the FreeBSD machine that is acting as the router and then there's the whole idea of using DHCP to assign specific IPs, and don't even get me started on reverse DNS. It's working; so far I've verified one XP machine and one OS X machine, the others should work too I would think, but we'll see. For now, I have the two machines I really care about working correctly working, the rest I don't use and so they can get done as time allows.

I feel better; this was really kicking my ass, and I'm glad that I finally beat it.

It's been way too long since I've done this kind of thing, I'm out of practice.

Double your address length, double your fun...

To continue my geek-fest I now have a working IPv6 address and a tunnel to use it with. The end goal is to have every capable machine in the house on the tunnel, but one thing at a time. Right?

Why? I don't know, I've just been doing things lately with this 'out of nowhere' drive. Unlike usual when I get in the mood to do something lately I've been doing the hell out of it, instead of my usual good enough is good enough way of doing things.

I don't know why but I've got a nifty new toy to play with, and found someone that I haven't talked to in 10 years so far. We'll see what comes next.

For now, it's bedtime I think.

Nighty night peoples.

p.s. Yes, I know it's actually 4x longer, but that just wouldn't have sounded as good.

Counting 1... 2... 3...

I made a short trip tonight to see, well a friend I guess, I'm not really sure what to call them at the moment. They had a bad end to an unpleasant day at work and just seemed to need some cheering up. I don't know if my stopping by helped or not, but I like to think that it did.

Well it got me to thinking, there was a time when I would have had to put real thought into counting the number of people that I spend any time with, not so much because I had a large number of friends really but because the friends I did have had a large group of friends which I was made a part of. Well for years I only had one person outside of blood relatives that I saw outside of the people I work with/for, now I would seem to have two.

What got me to wondering is was I happier when I had an uncountable number, or when I could count on one hand?

I think that while I might be more lonely now in general, seeing the two people I do see now makes me happier than seeing any number of those I saw all those years ago when I couldn't count them on all the digits I have.

I guess it's really more about quality than quantity.

Breaking the law... or something

I got asked to do this, so it's not my fault. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I'm supposed to write a blog with ten weird, random things, little-known facts or habits about myself. I'm also supposed to tag 10 people to do this too, I'm not gonna do that part.

1: Last year, for the first time in my life, I weighed over 200lbs. I have, as of a few weeks ago, fallen back below that and am still in an effort to get my stomach back in place.

2: My favorite Winnie the Pooh character is Eeyore, though I suppose that isn't going to be a shock to some, just not something I share with many people.

3: My eyes change color at different rates so one will be one color and one another for a short time. A select few have seen them as what has been described as 'translucent blue'. I have never actually seen them this color.

4: There is only one person I have ever fallen in love with that I don't still hold some kind of feelings for; my ex-wife.

5: I hold out my little finger when picking up any glass to drink from it. I have done this for as long as I can remember.

6: I've never learned to type, yet almost every job that I've ever had has required that I do it.

7: Locks don't work properly in my dreams but then neither does gravity.

8: A person's natural scent is more appealing to me than any fragrance I've ever smelled on anyone. I can usually tell if I'll get along with someone if I can get close enough to smell them.

9: I hate lists, all lists (even this list). I am not a list maker. I'm against lists, which is probably why I'm not very organized as a whole.

10: I always thought that writing assignments in school were thinly veiled attempts to perform psychological evaluations on the student body to see which ones of us were going to try and blow up the school. Now it seems I just got out of school too soon to be right.