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Hope you like the new pics

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

I finally got off my duff and cut together some of my own pics for the Random Image Theme banner at the top here. The little girl asleep on the couch is my daughter Audrey, the Bears are actually one Spectacled Bear at the Brookfield Zoo that I flipped and pasted in Photoshop. The Moon came with Windows XP and the Light Saber is mine. I am a Jedi Master.

Random IM.

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

So I’m sitting here at the computer and Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s Yahoo IM chime goes off. For some reason, she gets random Yahoo IMs from people she’s never met with a higher than PG-13 intent behind them. So, I peek over to see who’s IM’ing her so I can let her know and I find out it’s “nicks_2022″ who has this to say (all capitalization and punctuation – rather the lack thereof – are nick’s):

“hi sexy im nick im 18 would you like to roleplay, you can watch my webcam aswell if you like”

Being the fun bastard that I am, and with Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s permission, I responded:

“OK I’m a level 12 Paladin. I carry a bastard sword with +1 shock damage. My village was destroyed by a band of orcs. I roll a d20 to sense motive on you. I make a 15, does that succeed?”

So far … No response from Nick.

D’Oh! Part II

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

I really messed it up this time. I was trying to upgrade my WordPress from 1.5 to It turns out that I was looking at the wrong Wiki for the upgrade (apparently, the new install one instead). It also turns out that I really don’t have clue one what I am doing. I overwrote all of my WP files, created a new database and managed to apparently wipe my entire blog. This, if true, is highly disappointing, to say the least. I hope against hope that you would be able to restore my blog from a recent back-up. If so, I promise, I will love you forever. No really. I mean it. Not in a weird way. Just a platonic passionate love a user feels for the wizard-like techie who saves his unknowledgeable hind end. You have always treated me great in the past, so I know you will have done everything possible to help me, even if I really did dump the whole thing down the memory hole. Thanks folks.

Love Always,
MisterBixby, Idiot User.

This is the actual ticket I submitted to LivingDot support. I hope it brought them a chuckle. I must tell you that the support system at LivingDot, my host, has been incredible. I submitted this ticket at 11:45. I had a response by 11:53 and while the response was essentially, “Don’t worry, we perform nightly back-ups, but I can’t restore it tonight. The day shift can do it when they get here,” when I checked my blog at 8 a.m., my blog was fully restored.

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