Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Boy Pics

I found a couple of old pics of Firstborn the other day, so I'm just going to put them here... along with a single image of Secondborn. If my math is correct, the pictures of Firstborn show him at about the same age that Secondborn is now.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Music: Silent Hill Intro

Thought I was better, so I tried to do too much - and wound up sick again. ::sigh:: Apparently I need to take it easy for a while. So, instead of a real post, here's some more music: the introduction to the original Silent Hill. (If you've never played it, it was one of the spookier games of its time.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Real Parenting Conversations: What Kind of Screaming?

The scene: our house, evening. The pervasive sound of screaming and cries of woe echo from Firstborn's room. My wife calls out from the living room:

Mommy: "Firstborn! Are you in actual pain, or are you just being melodramatic?"

Firstborn: "MELODRAMATIC!"

Mommy: "Okay! Thanks!"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ah, the joys of contacting tech support

You are now chatting with 'Adobe Rep '

Adobe Rep : Hi Welcome to Adobe support. How may I help you?

Michael Mock: Is there any way to get a *complete* install file for Creative Cloud? I can't get any of it to install, and I suspect it's because our firewall is blocking some remote sites that the install package is trying to pull from.

Adobe Rep : Certainly

Adobe Rep : https://creative.adobe.com/products/creative-cloud

Michael Mock: Is that different from the download file I have already?

Michael Mock: 'Cause I'm having a hard time believing that the entire suite can unpack from a 600 kb file without accessing remote servers.

Adobe Rep : No

Adobe Rep : CC should be downloaded and installed locally

Michael Mock: Okay, here's what happens: I download that file. I run it. I get a little window that says "Creative Cloud". Nothing shows up on the Home tab. I go over to the Apps tab, and it lists a variety of programs. I try to install one. I get an error message saying that Installation Failed.

Adobe Rep : Go To Apps

Michael Mock: Yes...

Adobe Rep : Please close all the adobe and cc Processes from the task manager if you are windows

Adobe Rep : And Activity Monitor if you are on mac

Adobe Rep : And try afgain

Adobe Rep : again*

Michael Mock: AdobeIPCBrker and Adobe CEF Helper keep restarting themselves.

Michael Mock: Ah, wait.

Michael Mock: Shutting down Creative Cloud process did it.

Adobe Rep : Ok

Adobe Rep : Now try again

Michael Mock: All right. Ran the new copy I just downloaded. Still not seeing anything but the spinning wheel on the homepage.

Michael Mock: Moving to Apps.

Adobe Rep : Ok

Michael Mock: Hitting "Install" for Photoshop CC.

Michael Mock: 0%

Michael Mock: Still 0%.

Adobe Rep : It will take time

Michael Mock: Installation Failed - Learn More.

Adobe Rep : Are you windows?

Michael Mock: "The download appears corrupted. Please try again after a few minutes. (-60)"

Michael Mock: Yes, Windows 7 - I don't think Windows is the problem, though.

Michael Mock: I think it's the firewall for our network. I think when Creative Cloud tries to go out and get install files for the apps, something is keeping it from getting the necessary files.

Michael Mock: Which brings me back to my original question: is there a way to download the entire package onto my PC, so I can install it without having to get through the firewall?

Adobe Rep : Let me get you tech support

Michael Mock: Sounds good.

Please wait while I transfer the chat to the appropriate group.

You are not currently connected to a chat representative.

Two hours. Two hours of trying to talk to these guys, while they walked through their flow chart -- which, if we'd had time to complete it, would have ended with all my Adobe CS6 programs removed, and no Adobe Creative Cloud programs to replace them.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Third Grade

So, today was Firstborn's first day of school. He's now officially a Third Grader. How did this year compare with previous ones? Well, in a word, it was mellow. It was a massive struggle to get everyone going for the first day of Kindergarten. (And, man, it was still rough even a few days later.) Starting First Grade was easier, but still some work. (And, a day later, it was considerably more enthusiastic.) The first day of Second Grade was even easier, and included yet another obligatory picture.

Reading back through those entries, I'm noticing a trend: I tend to be sick and/or exhausted at this time of year. I seem to remember promising myself, somewhere around this time last year, that I'd put in for a week of vacation during the first week of school. In fact, I seem to remember making myself that promise several years in a row, and the forgetting about it every time.

Anyway, this year? Mellow. Firstborn woke himself up, so he was already up and about:

He also got himself dressed. My wife is starting her very first semester as a full-time college professor (she's been an adjunct for years), so once again she and Secondborn were able to come along and see Firstborn off.

Firstborn likes to walk on top of high things.
I don't know where he gets it from.
It's very mysterious.

Secondborn followed along; as far as I can tell, he's actually disappointed that he didn't get to start school this year.

Secondborn, also with a very mysterious love of high places.

We took the obligatory In Front Of The School shot:

...And then did one just like it with Secondborn:

He's just sure he's ready to start school.

And then the Beautiful Woman went off to drop Secondborn at his preschool/day care thing, and I went back home to be massively sick. Which, again, seems to be par for the course for this time of year.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No Writing Progress

Bah. I'm now so thoroughly distracted from the story that I'm actually going to have to sit down and re-read everything I have so far, just in order to have any shot at continuing. (Two or three nights of solid, unbroken sleep would probably help, too.) Unfortunately, I've just finished wrestling the boys into their beds, Secondborn is sobbing loudly at the prospect of having to go to sleep, and I seriously doubt my concentration is sufficient to ignore him. Also, tomorrow morning Firstborn starts school again (so I may have pictures at some point) and my boss comes back from his conference, which means he'll want to spend an hour or so catching up on everything that he missed, and then leap into a flurry of new activities. (In his defense, at least one of those activities is a major software upgrade which we've been putting off for months now, while we waited for the software company to get something approximating a stable version of it out there.) My wife is currently in the back room, where she has spent the entire day; she's still getting her syllabi and other preparations ready for her first week of classes as a full-time professor, which starts tomorrow.

I am not looking forward to this week.

So here's the plan. I'm going to read. I'm going to attempt to write. And if that doesn't work, I'm going to set myself on fire and hit things with my buzz axe.