Monthly Archives: August 2007

One of my hometown newspapers may be gone

Just now, I was checking out the headlines that are part the drupal setup I’ve been playing with on my home site (, and noticed the following headline:
Breaking at 9:15am — Scripps To Sell or Close ABQ TribuneLongtime afternoon daily will shut down if qualified buyer isn’t found.

So, it looks likely that yet another newspaper may be closing, and my hometown may soon join the ranks of cities with just one print daily.

More of the Tribune

Four Questions Meem

Taken from jrittenhouse, shsilver and sraun (the latter two also got it from jrittenhouse).

Ten Years Ago

Just about ten years ago, I had begun to really get involved in Fandom. I had also started a relationship with Tara (that would, oddly enough, restrengthen over 1998 when I lived in San Diego and result in our marriage in 2000). As Labor Day weekend approached, I remember thinking that maybe I should look at seeing if I could get cheep last minute tickets to San Antonio and make a near-impulse trip down to my first Worldcon. However, I soon decided that I couldn’t afford to try (I don’t think I even got as far as checking for fares on Southwest, the airline I figured I might be able to afford for that trip).

Unfortunately, this left me with a long weekend where most of the people I knew were elsewhere doing other things (not uncommon during those days).

Then in the middle of the weekend, a news even occurred which had me regretting not finding a way to get to San Antonio. As soon as a traffic accident claimed the life of the Princess of Wales, the TVs, and even much of the other talk around, became obsessed with talking about this accident and death, and the life that ended. Very quickly, I found myself completely sick of the whole affair, which left me with even less to do and feeling more isolated.

Now as the anniversary approaches and TV again becomes obsessed with the story, I’m remembering how annoyed I felt then, and how much I’d wanted to spend that weekend with friends who didn’t give a darn about it.

At least now, it isn’t quite as overwhelming, and I’ve got my family to spend time with.

We’re OK. No damage, no problems

We all survived yesterday’s storms without any major problems. I did leave work just before (and I mean JUST before) the first wave of the storm hit Arlington Heights. Within a block of the plant, visibility dropped to nearly zero because of the heavy rain. However, by the time I got to the credit union in Schaumburg (I was still thinking of getting a past-due haircut on the way home), that wave of the storm had mostly passed.

I got home and learned that we had lost power off and on since Tara and Derrick got home. This was mostly short outages, but one lasted about 30 minutes. When I got upstairs I reset my clock and rebooted the server (but missed the network storage unit until later).

After dinner I got a call from the Karate school informing me that the Escrima seminar for last night was postponed, and somehow managed to communicate with Tara that the open house at Derrick’s school was postponed instead. Once we realized the mistake it was too late. Tara should have called the school this morning to arrange for a conference with Derrick’s teacher for today or Monday.

I did learn that Bartlett High School measured about 3.05 inches of rain yesterday, so we were probably close (we’re about 2 miles from the school I’d guess). I don’t recall hearing the sump pump running, so we probably should check the crawlspace to make sure it hasn’t flooded, but it tends to stay pretty dry since it is mostly above the natural ground level (built up hill to create a split-level house).

We did loose power twice overnight. Both times I woke up quickly when the cpap quit working. The second time I realized that the UPS on the server was going into panic mode fairly quickly, and was in the process of doing a clean shutdown when the power came back.

This morning there was very little damage in our neighborhood, mostly small branches down on the roads. Tara reported that the retention area near our house was nearly overflowing, however. On the way back to Arlington Heights I did observe several other ponds and retention areas that were quite full. Other than that, this was the smoothest and easiest commute of the week.

I think this is the most water the Chicago area (as a whole) has received in the time I’ve lived here. However, I suspect that local areas have gotten more water in some of the storms in the past, just they weren’t as wide spread.

It is fairly quiet at work this morning since many people are at home dealing with damage and flooded basements, and its a summer Friday so many people are taking half-days and working the morning from home.

A comment I can agree with

In the annotation of today’s Irregular Webcomic!, the Author, David Morgan-Mar, makes the statement “Even the simplest of problems can appear incredibly complicated when there are distracting factors and blind alleys floating around.”

I’ve definitely seen this as a programmer where I or someone else has spent hours looking for an obvious bug hidden in plain sight by other complications. But perhaps the best example of this comes from role-playing.

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