av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
I'm cross-posting this entry from Dreamwidth for some reason, even though it is all about things LiveJournal. Also, I'm still deciding how much involvement I want to continue to have here (DW).

So, Vegas. I can't do a day-by-day round-up of everything that went on because it's already a little hazy in my memory, but suffice it to say that everything was awesome and we had so much fun. (OK, sitting in traffic for an hour trying to get to Hoover Dam wasn't as fun, but that's life.) Some highlights:
  • The house kicked ass, but everyone who was there already knows that.

  • Jamie and I trying to make rice pudding in the auxiliary kitchen for 20+ people, then screwing up and subsequently salvaging the recipe.

  • Seeing the NV State Museum with [livejournal.com profile] gameboyguy13 and [livejournal.com profile] teshiron.

  • Finding a Lucille's BBQ while hunting for an Original Pancake House.

  • Of course, the big Cheesecake Factory group dinner, and meeting up with a friend I hadn't seen since high school (who lives in LV). The long-ass table wasn't the optimal seating arrangement for conversations, unfortunately. If only the people at the opposite end of the table had seen the text messages I was sending them. ;)

  • Instead of Melting Pot, Moroccan food at Marrakech (no offense to those who went to MP, but I think we had much better food).

  • Collecting "cards" while on the Strip and seeing the Bellagio fountain show.

  • The aforementioned driving out to Hoover Dam with more people than I can mention.

  • Running into [livejournal.com profile] burr86 and [livejournal.com profile] hachi while trying to meet up with them at the Atomic Testing Museum.

  • Mille Bournes and Monty Python Fluxx (finally!) with [livejournal.com profile] ferrell, [livejournal.com profile] elyssa, [livejournal.com profile] stevieg, and [livejournal.com profile] snarkbite.

  • MST3k with [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica, Glee with [livejournal.com profile] danceinacircle, and talking shop with [livejournal.com profile] aveleh and [livejournal.com profile] the_kitty_kat.

Everyone else I didn't mention, thanks just for being your wonderful selves.


Aug. 6th, 2009 01:02 pm
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)
When it rains, it pours: First, to explain all the squeeeeeing and "OMGOMGOMG", this happened. Then it made Carrie sick.

I awoke to find *both* my cable and Internet connection out at home. They said there were no other reports of outages and Sunday was the next available time a technician could come out. I'm assuming that it's bigger than just me and will be resolved before then, but in case I'm not around chat in the evenings, that's why. (Or I suppose I could look for some place that offers wi-fi.)

Then I came into work to find LJ down (DW still up, fortunately). There are reports Twitter and other sites are down as well (Apparently a DDoS attack.)

A project with a short turnaround time got dumped on my lap, so I won't have as much time to kill for the next few days.

My Realtor is starting to put pressure on to make an offer if there's a house we like. I admit I'm starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing.


Jul. 16th, 2009 10:34 am
av8rmike: Darth Vader on Death Star, text: I find your lack of pants disturbing (pants)
Oh, the things you see in other people's journals while doing Support.

**does not understand the motivations behind "slash"**

New Icon!

Nov. 12th, 2008 09:52 pm
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (winter)
I almost forgot to post for today. I'll show off my new Support icon from [livejournal.com profile] intrepia!
av8rmike: Neo from Matrix, text: I know S2 (I know s2)
(Probably only of interest to [livejournal.com profile] camomiletea, [livejournal.com profile] scaryjeff, [livejournal.com profile] afuna, or anyone else in Styles support)

There was a recent request about substituting a user's default userpic for the one they'd selected for a particular post. We figured it was possible through S2, but we don't give that level of detail through Support. I found out something interesting while trying to figure it out for myself...

The S2 Core stores the entry user icon in $userpic, an Image member of the EntryLite class (usually called in print_entry() like $e.userpic.url). A user's default icon is stored in the User class, which is derived from UserLite. EntryLite class also contains a UserLite object called $poster, the author of the entry. Since Expressive (unlike other layouts) passes the EntryLite object into print_entry() directly, I thought I could get away with something like this:

var User u = $e.poster as User;
var Image def_pic = $u.default_pic;
var string userpic = ($showuserpic and defined $e.userpic) ? ($def_pic + "<br />") : "";
It compiles, but it doesn't work, it just comes up with an empty string. Even trying to isolate the Image members doesn't work:

var string pic_url = """<img src="$def_pic.url" alt="$e.userpic.alttext" title="$e.poster.name" height="$def_pic.height" width="$def_pic.width" />""";

Maybe [livejournal.com profile] afuna or someone who knows the back-end better knows why, but I guess you can't re-cast a UserLite object like you can an EntryLite (print_entry() in Expressive re-casts the EntryLite argument into a Comment or Entry object, depending on the type). Even if the preceding were possible, this approach wouldn't work in most layers anyway, because they call print_entry() on Entry objects.


Sep. 10th, 2008 09:04 am
av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
I knew that answering a lot of 10-point requests would come in handy. Too bad I didn't catch any 9-point ones.

1001 Points

Now I only need about 1,500 more to get on the front page...
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
I wonder how much of this I have correct, given that I don't have a personal Plus account...
Page:Basic/EAPlusPaid/PermSite Pages
User:Display ads to:
Basic/EASee ads on:NYNN
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
I'm sending an e-mail to Amazon.com's Customer Service, because their links to Advanced Search->Classical Music appear to be broken. At least, they direct to a page with the global header and footers, but no search options. I'm interested to compare this process with LiveJournal's support, of which I am an active member (for those who may not have known).

Finding the Help->Customer Service link is easy enough. You have the option of e-mail or phone(!) support or a few Express Customer Service options. To submit an e-mail, you have to supply an issue category, just like you do here. However, the system will not allow you to send a message without an order number, even if your category is "Other Questions and Comments". There does not appear to be any other way to submit a message that is not order-related (which makes sense for the largest e-commerce site in the world).

Unlike the occasional Support request here, however, I am resisting the temptation to tell them how useless their music search is, or to request satisfaction as a paid customer.

Yay me!

Jun. 19th, 2008 08:38 am
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)

Guess who's the newest SupportHelp in Styles?
I'd never have figured out that puzzle on my own, though.
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
It figures that I would get my I3 in Styles at a time when the board is almost completely devoid of green. By the time I make supporthelp, the board will probably have transitioned to some new system and I'll have to start all over again.
av8rmike: (watching elljay comments)
Clicky! )
I'm also being told I'm hooked for life now...


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