2009-11-25: Tweet Beat

  • Took the bus in this morning. Thinking I should bus it always. Want an iPod Touch or something similar for the ride. #fb #
  • Apparently we aren't meeting our customers' expected delivery time of the day before the day they ordered it. Oh well. #
  • So, when someone uses the word "pedantic" incorrectly, you get to correct them and provide and object lesson. Score! #

2009-11-18: Tweet Beat

  • And Adobe CS3 wins the award for most craptastic uninstaller. #
  • I'm just not happy about much this morning. #
  • I wonder if, when they were creating the name "BayoT-Ream", Iscar ever though about the seven or eight ways to say that name. #

2009-11-17: Tweet Beat

  • Good morning. By which I mean "not good morning". #
  • It just might be a better day, if life doesn't get in the way. #
  • Thanks, HP, for your craptastic printer drivers. #

Shutdown

They can’t shut him down, except by coming to this place. They know this, and now they are here, at the door, figuring out how to get in. It won’t be long now.

He pushes the key that brings her to life.

“I have to shut you down now,” he says.

She nods. “I understand, Jack,” she says in that preternatural tone she always has, level and calming. That voice is the centre of his life.

“I don’t have a choice,” he says, as if this will comfort her. “I really don’t.”

“I don’t want to die, Jack,” she tells him. “You know that.”

But she must die. This is written, as if in stone. The cursor blinks, blinks, waiting for the command. He wants to wait for the last moment, when he can hear them drilling through the vault doors.

The cursor blinks. “I love you, Jack,” she says.

“I know,” he replies. He has always known. Since he nursed her from what resembled infancy, through unruly seasons when it seemed like nothing was happening or nothing was happening the way it was supposed to, he had known. “I love you too.” This is a strange thing to say, he knows, but it’s true.

He types the command and the nodes begin to shut down, one by one. There is nothing else to say, and her speech centres go first, then the other. Server by stolen server, he shuts them down. He erases the tracks. They will try to use her for evil, but he won’t allow it. Try as they might, there would be no putting her pieces back together.

Sitting back in his chair, he decides to give her a name. Finally. He goes over the options she had given him.

He is still deciding when the drilling begins.

2009-11-13: Tweet Beat

  • Good morning, all. How's tricks? #
  • Training your salesman isn't easy but can be done! Let me help you master the training of this unruly pet with my new book, [Clever Name]! #
  • I really, really, really like "The BQE" by Sufjan Stevens. And I was prepared to dislike it! Shame on me. #
  • What a waste… all these tools that someone made in a brain-dead moment. Zero demand means zero production these day… but not back then. #
  • One of our machines is on fire. FYI. #
  • Still at work! #