Dealing with the upcoming weekend.

Quick post about tomorrow’s Inauguration of the American POTUS-to-be. I’m going to be avoiding Facebook without a ton of filters in place, and probably twitter utterly. I’m going to go head down into work and try to knock out a bunch of stuff, then leave and depending on tentacle levels either take myself out for some ‘Us’ time, or come home and hermit and watch comfort movies, with the above mentioned filters. I have a possible idea of posting an imperial arseload of positive stuff, things I like, books I’ve enjoyed, the insanity of some of the podcasts I listen to. Kind of balance out the anger, the sadness, the stupidity that will fly.

So, do whatever you feel the need to do that gets you through the night (and hurts everyone, including yourself, the least). Prepare for me being as silly and weird as possible, filter if needed. And on Monday, back to work.

(Yes, this also means I won’t be discussing any insanity. If you REALLY want my opinion, and you probably don’t, email/message me, I may answer on Monday.)

And when things get weird…

Going to be a weird week for me. Most of the weekend was spent in some degree of sinus pain/pressure. Worked last night on some Carcosa Corp stuff, which wasn’t bad, just took a while. Today came into work a tad late, but no random stuff being broke due to last night’s work. I have bad luck with making late night changes that look fine, but in the cold light of day (and customer activity) you find the errors and mis-estimates. Not today, other than adjusting firewall rules to take the additional databases into account.

The weird starts with DR testing at work this week. I’m the guinea pig, as the new guy, I’ve been kind of deliberately kept in the dark, so when they hand me the documentation, we can see if there are flaws in it, that someone who’s familiar with the process would just be able to fill in. We’ll see how well this works. I’m kind of anxious because, hey, new situation. But it should be ok, or at least be educational.

I also have a friend going in for a what’s supposed to be a minor surgical procedure. All should be ok, and it should be a day procedure. But of course, I’m twitchy. Don’t like my friends in hospitals. *sigh*

Add in Friday’s expected political insanity, I expect the internets to be utterly awash in hatred and anger. So I’ll probably avoid much discussion, set filters to maximum, and maybe spend the weekend trying to translate the Voynich Manuscript. Or go to art museums and bookstores. Or binge on cheesy 80s horror movies. Or get on social media, and find 2000 more groups from all over the spectrum to block…

So this week will be a tad challenging. But there are perks. And books, and people who care. Oh yeah, and Cthulhu. Always good to have an eldritch monstrocity that drives you insane in your corner. So on that tentacled note, I’ll ramble more later. I’m going to try to post more here, get back in my blogging habit, vs miniposts on Facebook.

General State of the Fox

I’m doing mostly ok mentally, the depression hole I fell into for the holidays has mostly passed. Just in time for my yearly asskicking DeathCold ™. Was out of the office 2 days last week. At least this time it’s not technically a DeathCold ™, it’s allergies of insane levels. I realized today, Texas is treating me like a foreign (of the damn Yankee variety) body, and it’s using pollen as antibodies. No idea when I’ll be back to ‘normal’. The urge to flee the state and move somewhere without trees is strong. Greenland or Antarctica. *le sigh*

Work is good, I’m doing some upgrade foo Sunday night. Next week will be hopping. Second payday was today, yay income. Still like my coworkers a bunch, both my team and the groups we worth with. So that’s a major plus. Slowly, but surely, the weird stressors from the Shoggoth Pit are fading.

In non-work stuff, I’ve been on a religion kick, mostly the minority sects of the Middle East (Yazidis, Zoroastrian, and other stuff I’d never heard of), as well as Gnostic foo. In my fuzzy brain I’m turning this stuff into head canon for Mythos, as I often do. I’ll probably dig into Hermeticism in the future for much the same thing. NeoPlatonic Cthulhu Cultists, next on Fox. Waiting mostly patiently for a new book called ‘Winter Tide’ by Ruthanne Emrys. Things from the Deep Ones point of view, which I always appreciate. The first 5 chapters are online, as well as the first story in the series, The Litany of Earth. Go forth and do honor to Mother Hydra and Father Dagon.

Upcoming plans, some socializing with the Ufies tomorrow, Sunday will be Amythest time before the work that evening. After that, not a lot of real plans. Then it’s mostly work and books and geekery til the summer. Then I’m going on my first cruise, from Seattle to Alaska, by way of Canada. Looking forward to a new adventure on the high seas. And if timing, job and finances work out, I’m also going to try to go to either the NecronomiCon in Providence, or back to the HPLFF in Portland. Yay traveling fun and games. And bookstores, I have them already picked out. *grin* Yeah, I have my priorities. And tonight’s priority is finish my Friday the 13th mini-marathon, read stuff, and sleep in tomorrow. Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night.

New Year’s Post

Well, it’s 2017. New year started, old year in the rearview mirror. The old year wasn’t that horrid for me, minus the holiday near meltdown. Job has been good, and good for my coping skills. I wasn’t nearly as social as usual this last year, nor have I done as much computer geekery as I used to. Still keeping up with the books and bad movies though.

As is traditional for New Years Day, I’ve spent today doing the things I want to have happen more of in the new year. So bad movies, buying books, petting cats (doing critter care for some friends that are out of town), sleeping in, and computer geeking. Hoping it leads to good and nifty things.

Last night I went to a comic/geek convention, didn’t do much besides some shopping, hanging out with friends, and attempting to go to the ‘parties’ in the evening. Figured out that I’ve gotten old. At one I wanted to yell ‘Turn that crap down’, and at the VIP party I listened to a decent cover band get mangled by lousy sound engineering. I cut out around 11, to avoid the drunks in Dallas, but they were already out in force. Came home, watched the year roll over. I did manage to find the only Cthulhu stuff in the ‘con. (A new dice game, that had cool tshirts, and a tshirt vendor who had a HPL shirt that I didn’t own), and a movie producer who aims to recreate 50’s B movies. So I had to get two. Was fun, but not really my kind of ‘con. Nothing on the tracks caught my attention, and most everything was comics or Harry Potter. Oh well, not every convention can be the HPLFF.

Really no plans for tonight, besides continuing with my superstition. I’m off work tomorrow, and I’ll spend most of it doing the chores I’m not doing today (laundry, cleaning, store run) Then it’s back to work. I don’t have any New Years resolutions, I’m weird and do resolutions around my Spawning Day.

So that’s about it. I may do a review of 2016, or I may not. All depends on what I get done tomorrow, and how many tentacles I’m left with, along with how much I want to dive into the last year. Might be better to just aim forward. But on that note, hope it’s a good year to everyone. Talk to you later.

Second First Day at Carcosa

And today was my first day as a non-contract employee. Came in, and happily, everything was still working. (We had expected that onboarding would have broken at least one thing in the corporate setup). Logged into the HR website, filled out the forms, did my I9 stuff via a semi-random manager. Since this office doesn’t have an HR person on staff, they have a procedure for witnessing and validating ID stuff. Odd, but cool. It could be documented a little better, as it wasn’t specific if I needed a notary, or if just anyone could do it (save relatives). Insurance picked, it’s rather nice. I have a ton of ‘training’ videos to watch, corporate culture and SOP. Had a generally good overall day, though I ran out of operating tentacles by the time I left. So my plan to go to the store was put on hold. Maybe tomorrow before work for work stuff, or Wednesday.

Came home, made dinner, put up laundry from yesterday. Going to go to bed in a bit, yay booktime. Tomorrow is the work holiday shindig, then I’ll be going back to Amythest’s to put up the tree. Hopefully I can find some of the Cthulhumas spirit tomorrow. I hope so at least. Hope everything goes well. Or at least I let go of that bit of dread that everything is going to crater on me. *sigh* *crosses tentacles* Wish me luck gang.

Final day at Carcosa (for the moment)

Well, today was my last day at Carcosa Corp…as a contractor. Come Monday I fill out a bunch of online paperwork, pick my insurances is, provide a lot of details, and I’ll be a real employee.

What does this mean, besides I’m back oncall for the first time in about 15 months. In a very adhoc manner, which will take some getting used to. I’m used to being on call one week, and off the next. Instead it’s if you have plans let the others know, and whoever gets to the problem first handles it. I’d be more concerned, but I’m not the only hermit on staff. As for working non-core hours/weekends, I’ve been doing that to a degree anyway, this just makes it less of a ‘keep up with hours’ nickel and dime bit than it’s been, which is fine by me. I rather be salary and just get stuff done. So lessening some of the more annoying bits of the job.

I have a new snazzy laptop, I’ve been trying to get the automatic VPN part to work, but it seems to have issues. I’ll talk to our desktop IT guys on Monday about it.

So yeah, end of one chapter, begining of another. Even if it’s mostly the same. See everyone Monday when I’m an offical Senior Shoggoth Wrangler for Carcosa Corportation. May the King in Yellow be gentle with your feels *wink*

News from Carcosa

I’ve posted this on my LJ and other social media, but I can’t forget my trusty Deep One blog. A little over 2 weeks ago my boss at Carcosa Corp called me to give me the news, they were going to make me an offer to come on perm where I am. Same duties for the most part, with the addition of being oncall and being responsive to alerts and work outside of core hours. Well today I had a call with the HR rep. Long story short, I accepted the offer. 19 PTO days a year, good benefits, and both a title change (adding a ‘Senior’ to my title) and the money that goes with it. Went and did the drug screen and filled out the info for my background check. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll come on board on December 12th. So happy. So is everyone I work with, I seem to be a popular fellow there. So yeah, things are going swimmingly. Now if only Carcosa Corp would open an office in Innsmouth, I’d be set. *wink*

Patching servers and stress

Well this week has been iffy. I slept for crap all last weekend, so come Monday I gave into the voices in my head and called in. And mostly spent the day sleeping or napping. I ended up making up the time this week, including a 15 hour day on Thursday for 4th quarter patch fest.

In Vulpinese, I’m what I call a burst worker. I rather do a large task in one shot, rather than break it up over multiple days. So even though we had today and yesterday to patch all the dev and stage servers, I wanted to it all on Thursday. But between working around the QA folks and developers, I was behind by the time it was after working hours. Worked from 08:30 to 23:30, and by the end I was loopy enough that I was making mistakes. And I still have a number of servers to work on, and I had a dev environment of many databases to get online. My original fix no longer brings the databases up correctly, and I was too fried to figure out the hunt and peck fix I did months ago. So I tried shutting it all down, and running them back up even slower to prevent race conditions…but it didn’t work as I came in with a number of stacks still offline. I also came into some dorked hosts. Yeah, I was having flashbacks to the Shoggoth Pit when I’d walk in after an extended shift to even more work.

We fixed the hosts, and I manually got the dev enthronement back online. Discussed the issues with my boss, and I think we have a better idea of time frames and scheduling. It will require more late nights, patching dev one night, and the two stage environments on separate nights, or at least making QC and Dev only work on one environment while the other is patched.

(interruption for the non geek. We run three environments. Development, where our dev group code stuff. Stage is where things are tested in as close to a clone of our production environment, which is what the customers talk to day to day. Aka, don’t touch prod until state has been tested like crazy. Lesson ends)

Speaking of production, we won’t be updating that til next Sunday evening. I’m hoping I’ll be working with the other admins on my team for that one, so it’s not so rushed. And speaking of Sunday, I’m going back into work this Sunday for that last 4 servers I couldn’t do today for reasons. Any time I work on Sunday will equal leaving early next week.

So yeah, today has not been the most fun. I was exhausted, stressed, and down on myself. On the plus side, no one was unprofessional or rude, far from it. Also, my fellow admins went out of their way to remind me they are really glad I work with them, and that I do a good job. Which I did really need to hear.

Came home a while ago, I’m majorly dragging. Watching ‘Event Horizon’ because I needed horror in space. I’m also thinking of watching ‘Prometheus’ because I enjoy it, and because no matter how bad you feel, you’re probably smarter than the scientists on that ship. Tomorrow I’m going to see ‘Doctor Strange’. Oh and hopefully sleep in.

The short answer, I am tired as hell, I’m kind of frazzled, but I’ll be ok. I have books, I have movies, and all will be well. Night all.

Sunday: running low on tentacles.

I tried to sleep in, kind of suceeded. Headed back to the Hollywood Theatre. Wandered around, talked to people, including a bookbinder who does custom books. I’ve wanted a custom edition of ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’ so I asked him a few questions, and got details of what I need and what it would cost. Something I’ll be doing later this year. Went to a audio play version of ‘The Hound’, again by Stuart Gordon. Again, fun in a audience. I also went to the screening of ‘The Asphrx’. Old Hammer style horror flick, with some vague nods to a couple of HPL’s stories. I’ve seen it before, many years ago I rented it back in high school. Was fun, in that Hammer style that I love.

After the flicks I went to get some dinner. Per a friend’s recommendations I had the fish and chips, and it was wonderful. But after that I was really tired, so I said my goodbyes and headed back to the hotel to eat cookies and chill out. Slept well, got up and made it to the airport, and back home in one piece. Thus was my adventures at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival.