Monthly Archives: January 2008

Hot Date with a Domain Controller

Well let’s see. I was at the office till almost three this morning because I got some crazy idea to wipe our domain in order to fix a few problems were were having. Most of it worked well. Exchange is now happy and quickbooks is working except we have some annoyances due to the programs lack of support for accounts without administrative rights. I spent today continuing to clean up the mess Batch and I left last night and making sure I was on top of the other actual office work.

I missed the activity at church last night which I hear wasn’t very well attended. I need to get better at going again and if nothing else showing my support. I did make it to institute tonight which was great as always.

Maybe I can get a good night sleep and actually enjoy an evening to myself for the first time in a while tomorrow. I enjoyed watching CSI this evening. Since I’m so far behind I wouldn’t even know the difference between a rerun and a new episode! I did recognize the episode of Without a Trace, though this was probably a good thing since it allowed me to turn off the TV and maybe get to bed a bit earlier than I would have if I was glued to the tube.

So I see the CA DMV has a cool new printer that fits inside an envelope! I got my car registration today, dated as issued 1/31/08 – today! I was thinking that was some great delivery time for snail mail if they could manage to get it out sameday, but then i saw that the envelope was postmarked on the 29th. Does that mean they figured out how to fit a printer into a tiny envelope to issue the registration on the date of receipt or do they have some crazy method to estimate the delivery date and use that as the issue date? Does any of this make any sense? Why not just print the date it was printed on it and put it in the mail?

Glenn Beck – President Hinckley

“We can all learn a lot…”

Glenn Beck – Faith & Inspiration – Glenn’s Tribute to the late LDS President Hinckley

I must be honest and say that I don’t even know who Glenn Beck is, but this two minute segment from his show was very touching. We can all learn a lot from the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley and the impressions he has left with us.

Redirection – categories to tags url

I just wanted to give a shoutout for this plugin I just found, activated and which solved my problems in seconds! I was looking for something to redirect any requests for /category/ to /tag/ since WordPress decided to delete all my categories after converting them to tags the other day. I tried doing this with a redirect in cpanel and .htaccess which didn’t seem to work (I don’t know why) and I discovered I should have been doing this with mod_rewrite already, but again it didn’t seem to work.

In any event, this plugin seems to solve the problem in seconds and I like the log it gives. I may actually look at moving the rest of my redirects (for old pages before wordpress) into this system so I can more easily track them as well.

Redirection – Manage 301 redirections without modifying Apache | Urban Giraffe

The only config I had to do after dropping the plugin in and activiating it was putting the following redirection in place:

Source URL: /category/(.*)
Target URL: /tag/$1
Type: Simple redirection
Method: Pass-through
Regex: checked

(courtesty of perassi.org)

Happy blogging!

Teaching Plans

It amazes me how no matter how much I think I’m going to get home at a reasonable hour it never happens! I should have been home by 9, but ended up staying after a Sunday School meeting and talking with Brother Rodriguez, Marissa and Stephanie for over an hour and now it is almost 11! We had a good meeting tonight and are going to work on meeting more regularly in the future. I guess i will be teaching a quarterly teacher improvement class and maybe we’ll run a teaching the gospel class over the summer to thin out our numbers in gospel doctrine. We’re going to try to start taking attendance in Sunday School to see who is sticking around and how our numbers are really looking. I just need to figure out when I’m going to teach this said class and what in the world I’m going to teach. I’ve got some thoughts, but they need more pondering.

I found out on Sunday that Brother Kowallis and I had the exact same sickness on the exact same time frame, or at least it appears that way. We both got sick early Tuesday morning, were feeling better on Wednesday and then got sicker again on Thursday with similar symptoms. I was presuming I picked it up from NAMM, but I don’t think enough time would have passed for me to get it anywhere else. Unless we both got it from the temple somehow on Saturday. I don’t even know if he went then, I’m just reaching for ideas.

I got caught up on a lot of things today at work which was great. I’m hoping tomorrow I can start working on undertaking some new projects I have been wanting to start on for a while now. We went shopping at Costco this evening where I was able to get some more of the good picture frames, but still can’t find any of the multi frames which I’d really like to get my hands on. I may have to venture outside of Costco for my framing business, but I just like the products they have so much I don’t want to have to find quality but reasonable products elsewhere.

Tara made it through the MTC and had an absolutely wonderful time there. I’m anxious to hear more about how things are going for her now that she is settled into Florida.

Starting to Feel Better

I think I’m starting to feel better. I actually made it through a whole long day and I’m still standing, well, was until I sat down to start writing. Yeah, anyway, I still feel exhausted, but I’m hoping I will be back to my weird self shortly. I really don’t have much to report from today. All went well at work.

As I was headed home this evening I decided to return some calls from the past few days. I had some voicemails from when I was sick and I managed to leave my cell phone in my car today at work so I had a few calls from today to return. That led me to stopping at the GT on my way home tonight instead of going tomorrow night and taking the next step of our plan to rule the world.

I didn’t make it to FHE tonight. I’m starting to think I’m on the verge of being inactive. Maybe February will be a better month for me! I think I’m going to bed now since my brain went there about an hour ago.

President Hinckley Died

President Hinckley passed away this evening. I’m sure his time had been coming, the man was almost certainly ready for it. I’m happy that he will be able to be with his wife again and be reunited with so many souls. He did great things not just for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but for the world and will be missed by many. We assume that President Monson will be taking over and be sustained later as prophet. It will be interesting to see what changes that brings and what directions he or whoever the next prophet is will be able to take the Church. Hinckley is the only prophet I’ve been a member under so far and I will remember him fondly, especially for his work in bringing temples closer and publicizing the Church.

Other than that news, the day was pretty good. I got to sleep in, but still had plenty of time to get ready for Church. I probably didn’t spend it in the most productive fashion available, but I’m still recovering, right? Church was good. Sierra Morris spoke about charity – the pure love of Christ and Trevor delivered a good message as well. Marissa did a great job as always with some great visual aids and good on topic class discussion.

Tonight at the Dowden’s was fairly mellow. I was thinking about cutting out early, but it didn’t happen and I didn’t even make it to branch prayer. I’m anxious to get a good week in since it seems like it has been so long since I could get dedicated to work and maybe make it back into some church activities as well.

President Gordon B. Hinckley Dies at 97

Just in case you haven’t been surrounded by LDS friends this evening or didn’t get a call/text message, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at home this evening around 7 p.m. MST.

Here is a preliminary article from the Church. I’m sure more information will be following shortly.

LDS Newsroom – Beloved Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, Dies at 97

Mysterious GT Outing

I enjoyed sleeping in this morning and doing a lot of nothing today. I did upgrade wordpress on my site this morning (afternoon) so it now supports tags and will allow people to register. I had the register feature turned off because I was getting registration spams, but I was able to find an easy to install captcha to hopefully solve that problem. It seems to be working so far, and as a demonstration of how many registrations I get, I got one during the time it took me to setup the captcha which was less than ten minutes!

I also enjoyed looking at information on the upcoming Knight Rider movie. Matthew made me think they were going to be bringing back episodes, but it is just a made for TV movie. I’m sure it won’t be nearly as good as the original, but I will enjoy it nonetheless.

Tonight was the GT annual employee outing. Desoree invited me on Wednesday, so there wasn’t much planning that went into it on my side, but they have been planning it for a while. They kept the destinations a surprise which was interesting and probably a good idea at the same time. We ended up going to Ruth Chris on the San Diego Bay and then going to Kearny Mesa Bowl for two hours of bowling.

I had never been to Ruth Chris before so it was great to go. I don’t think I got invited two years ago when they went (we aren’t technically employees of GT so we don’t get the notices). The food was good, but the service wasn’t that great. I’m sure some of that was due to the party size (50 people), but I ordered a drink twice which I never got and it just seemed to take forever to get the food around.

Bowling was good. I hadn’t been bowling in years, possibly over a decade because I only remember doing it in Kansas and there is no mention of it ever on my blog! I actually did fairly well, at least compared to many of those in our party with scores in the low hundreds. I was getting really tired during the second game, but my technique was getting better so my scores remained about the same. Mark could really get the ball down the lane, so much that I don’t even think it spun on the way down most of the time. I wouldn’t have wanted to get in the way of that ball. Desoree was doing the grandma bowl: walking up to the line and then tossing the ball between her legs. Don did pretty good and ended up with the second highest score I believe. Jeremiah’s fiance beat everyone with a 150-something score.

I must hand it to GT for always putting forth a great effort in their parties. They’re looking for ideas for next year, and I’m always up for ideas of things to do for CBC, so what ideas do you think would be good?

I guess it’s a good thing I’ve spent so much time sleeping this week because these past two days have been rough. I’m looking forward to another good night’s sleep tonight…

Garth Brooks

OK, so I’m definitely a few days behind and it is definitely way beyond my bedtime, especially for this week. Apparently I pushed myself way too hard last week and I have been paying for it this week. I woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday sick, spent the whole day in bed almost two weak to move and slept through most of the day and all of the night without a problem. I was good enough to move Wednesday, but still not great and then things got worse again on Thursday. I made sure to get to bed, try and get lots of rest and prayed that I would be better for the concert today. Something in the plan certainly worked because I pulled through today actually feeling pretty good considering I thought last night I was going to visit a doctor this morning and thought I was on the brink of death.

The concert was great. Christina, Tara, Andrea and Mandi and I ended up going and meeting Ryan and Lindsay and Nathaniel and Erica there. We all had a great time. I left my cameras at home, so I’m hoping that Mandi got some good pictures to share. The floor seats (floor 1 row 6) were great and Garth did a great job packing a bunch of songs and surprises into the tour hour show. Andrea said she saw me on the video screen a few times, so I guess that means I made it onto national television as well. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for a rebroadcast or a recording someone has to see this for myself.

Now, it’s time for sleep so that hopefully I am recovered enough to do something again tomorrow.

Brad Paisley Salt Lake 2 Sec 6 Tickets Thur 1/24

My tickets for Salt Lake are online now as well. I really want to see Brad Paisley, Chuck Wicks and Rodney Atkins, but I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next time they come to town. Help spread the word and fin someone to buy my tickets for me…
Brad Paisley Salt Lake 2 Sec 6 Tickets Thur 1/24 – eBay (item 270206040981 end time Jan-23-08 15:55:47 PST)

Extra Tickets

Another day down and not much to report. I guess my life has just been pretty boring the last few days, but I’m 100% OK with that. I actually made it to the office at almost 8 this morning and pretty much worked through to 6 and then did some random things while waiting for FHE to come around. Zion taught a good lesson on dispensations and famines, I love it when he teaches.

It sounds like we’ve got some extra seats for Garth Brooks this weekend. I may have 1-3 extra for Friday’s 6 p.m. show and I think I have four extra for the 10 p.m. show at this point. I really should probably give up trying to plan these things out in advance because people always cancel at the last minute! I guess we’ll just see how it comes together.

Oh, and still no clue if I’m going to Salt Lake this week… I guess I should figure that out so I can put the tickets on eBay if I’m not going. Who wants to go with me?

Well, it’s past my bedtime, so I’d best get to sleep.

Ready for Bed Early

It’s not even nine and I am ready for bed! It feels like it has been a long day, but in reality has probably been one of the shortest in the long time (other than yesterday). Everything went fairly well today, nothing earth shattering to report. Brother Dowden was sick so we didn’t have the usual party. I was going to visit Aimee, but I ended up getting sidetracked and going to the Rigby’s for dinner and hanging out.

I really think that’s all I’ve got for this evening and I think I’m going to bed early tonight.

Surrender Your Chocolate

Today was a much needed change from the past week. I slept until almost noon – after getting home at 2 this morning – caught up on some computer stuff, opened the mail and took my sweet time doing nothing. I was thinking about going for a bikeride, but decided that my car really needed a cleaning and since it was basically her birthday, I decided she deserved some attention. I think I will have spent more time and money on her than myself because she’ll be getting new tires next week as well!

We were going to do baptisms at the temple tonight, but it sounds like the temple was booked with other groups. I went down on my own to the 7:30 endowment session. I was amazed with how many other people were there because before when I’ve been there late on a Saturday there has been no one around. Maybe with it being closed the last two weeks and everyone having stake conference last weekend, it motivated more people to come. It was good, I had a great time and it was probably exactly what I needed. I ran into Zach in the parking lot as I was leaving, I guess we should have met up and carpooled.

I swung by Krispy Kreme to make sure I got another filling of pumpkin spice before they disappear for nine months. I think I have another week left before they are gone because the Valentine’s doughnuts come out on the 29th.

On the subject of food, I decided to have a mint dark chocolate caramel dove square before going into the temple. I opened a new bag after struggling with it to find the message not very inspiring inside: “Be a best friend. Surrender your chocolate.” Me? Give up my chocolate? Are you crazy? I thought about it for a while driving home and decided maybe it was right, so I took my bag to Maegan.

I put my tickets for Wednesday (Brad Paisley – Idaho Center) on eBay today, and have started getting bids, so I guess Shelly and I won’t be going! I still haven’t figured out anything for Thursday, but I’m thinking at this point I should probably just sell those as well and wait for another show. I thought about the Vegas show as I was driving home from Vista and it appears there are still good seats left. Maybe I’ll sell the Salt Lake tickets and go to Vegas instead.

NAMM yesterday was tiring. I guess I just wasn’t into it this year. We got a late start because we were dealing with some things at the office so i missed a few of the sessions at the idea center I wanted to sit in on. I got some good brainstorming/thinking in during the one hour MBA session I sat in on. I’m hoping I can start putting some things into action this year. Christa and I decided we had had enough around 2 and headed to Disneyland where we met Bouse. We rode Tower of Terror and Screaming before heading off to Cheesecake.

We drove Teal crazy again, ate way too much food, had some Godiva Cheesecake and then proceeded back to Disneyland for a few more rides. We wanted to hit Tower and Screaming again in the dark, but ended up with only enough time for Tower. In Disneyland we hit Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates, Indiana Jones, the boats next to Indiana and Space Mountain. We were all talking about making it a quick trip and being out by 10, but we were still there when the park closed at 11. It was past 11:30 when we finally hit the road after shuffling people and stuff to different vehicles. I tried to stop at Krispy Kreme on the way home, but the one in OC wasn’t open 24 hours like I thought it was. It felt really good to sleep last night!

I probably could have something more thoughtful to say, but my brain is shutting down, so I’ll have to try again tomorrow.

Tiring Day at NAMM

When will the long days stop? I got to the office early this morning to try and get some things done before heading out to NAMM. All went well there, but I was getting really tired of standing and walking. We saw some new products, but nothing really earth shattering. It was good to see some familiar faces we haven’t seen in a while.

We enjoyed some actually rather good convention center food – pizza and cookies – for lunch and then headed to Rainforest Cafe for dinner. Tomorrow will be Cheesecake followed by Disneyland. We were able to wait for most of the traffic to die down before heading home. Once we got back to the office we all started working on seeing what we had missed that day and taking care of a few items that required attention. It’s now 11:30 and I’m planning on being back up at 6 tomorrow morning, so I need to get some sleep.