Archive for October 3, 2009

That’s why they play em all

Posted: October 3, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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You would think a 3 game lead with 4 to play would be a cakewalk, particularly with a manager like Jim Leyland.

You would think wrong.

The Tigers managed to blow a 3 game lead and the Twins managed to win despite facing the person who SHOULD win the AL Cy Young to make it come down to the final game of a 162 game season.

Details of the games at the ever popular Baseball Musings.

If Both teams win or both lose tomorrow a one game playoff takes place in Minnesota.

That’s what makes baseball great.

I must confess I have absolutely no idea how it is going to end but it’s very exciting.

Sick in bed today…

Posted: October 3, 2009 by datechguy in employment, Hiwired, personal
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…so that means light blogging but it also gives me a chance to tell a funny HiWired story.

Just under 75% of the time we would telecommute. That saved a lot of time and money but also had an odd side effect. If you are sick and have an hour drive it is a lot easier to call out than if you are just going down stairs. Even if you are very sick if you are going to be home anyway it just doesn’t feel right to take the day particularly when you know someone else will have to take up the slack.

I was feeling very sick one day (I had a 11-10 shift that day) but I didn’t want to take the day so I took the laptops to my bedroom and literally worked from the bed I’m lying down on now. On chats it wasn’t a problem but on calls people could clearly hear I wasn’t right.

I was working on my last call of the day and my wife had just come upstairs. As quietly as I could I moved the laptops to my side of the bed and continued on the call and the screen share. The customer bless her seemed more interested in my sickness than in her errant printer. As I finished up the call and had her printer humming again we had this exchange:

Customer: Thank you very much for your help, now I want you to head home and get right to bed!

Me: Mamm I promise you that once this call is done I’ll get to bed so fast that you’d think I was already there.

I almost had to mute my mike as the wife nearly broke out laughing at that point.

I’m a big believer in bed rest. I’ve always found that if you actually take to bed when you start to get sick your body gets a head start on taking care of whatever ails you.

So it’s bed rest today and the Latin Mass tomorrow and as I had a couple of calls on the job front this week, hopefully an interview or two next week.

Catch 1782My Review of the Big Finish Doctor Who episode #68 Catch 1792, Staring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor and Bonnie Langford as Mel is available at here.

This completed my collection of Colin Baker episodes in the main series. This doesn’t include the free episodes The Ratings War and Cryptobiosis.

I’ve found the Baker episodes to include both the best stories of the series. (The one doctor, The Condemned, The Marian Conspiracy) and some of the worst (The Apocalypse element, Whispers of Terror). It also features the greatest range of companions as well.

Next year after the departure of Charley we will see yet another companion but either way, the Colin Baker episodes certainly aren’t dull.