Not an update

I have so much stuff to post and not as much time to write it all out.  I need to tell the world about the horrible days and weeks leading up to my departure from Hong Kong.  I need to rant about my trip home that took twice as long as it should have.  I want to share pictures and details of the new car.  I want to share our difficulties with our current situations.

But I just don’t have the time at the moment.

I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on at work.  I have even less time at home and no peace and quiet usually.  I may consider setting up a space in the basement where it may be quieter to get some alone time and do some writing and drawing but who knows.  We still don’t have our main computers shipped yet so there’s not much I can setup yet.

Well, hopefully things will start to get back to normal at some point.  Probably just in time to have the baby arrive.  Which at that point normal will never be seen again.  Oh well.

Single Sign On (SSO)

I don’t know exactly how it happened, but one of the projects that got dumped on me when I got back to the St. Louis office is helping to get Single Sign On working between Active Directory and PeopleSoft.  I know nothing about PeopleSoft.  Abso-smurf-ly nothing.  And yet here I am. It’s running on HP-UX Unix and an ancient Informix database as well.  Uh….

And this isn’t just the SSO where PeopleSoft uses LDAP to populate the user IDs.  No this is the SSO where people will automatically get logged into PS because they are already authenticated in Active Directory.  It seems there is a big difference.

So I don’t know if anyone out there has any experience with that sort of thing, feel free to leave some tips or links in the comments.  Otherwise, I’ll just be sitting here…  Googling….

Idiots in China

I had a look at my falling karma score on Plurk and saw someone posting this actual quote: “some very sad and disturbing news from China“.  So I click the link thinking I would see something about a bombing or a murder or an athlete being crippled.

But no….

It’s about some stupid kids who actually decided to publicly display a banner to “Free Tibet” outside the Olympics in Beijing.  This isn’t sad and disturbing.  This is stupid.  This is the kind of thing you do if you like foreign prisons.  The only way that this could actually be sad or disturbing was if the people involved really had no clue as to the culture and politics and thought that they would be allowed to just do this and walk away.  That kind of stupidity would be sad and disturbing.  Them being jailed for a stupid stunt in a country like China is just what I would expect and exactly what they should have expected.

I mean come on… we’re talking about a government and military who will never live down the tanks and killings at Tiananmen Square.  If these kids with their clever little LED sign only get life in prison then they should count themselves lucky.  Of course their parents will complain to the US government to get involved and this will become a media three ring circus of hype and rage and then the American people have “one more reason to hate those evil Chinese”.

What the fuck people.  Start thinking: for yourself and for your own good.

Hump day

It’s Wednesday of my second week back in the St. Louis office and things are going fine I suppose.  I’m spending about half my day working on issues and projects for Asia Pacific and the second half of my day working on getting up to speed on new projects.  Nothing too difficult but very time consuming.  A few deadlines are arriving faster than I’d anticipated but I think we can manage.  I hope.

We bought a new car on Friday night after work.  I’ll post more details about that as well as some pictures later.  I don’t have them with me right now.

Work and Cars

Well, it is Friday morning and I’ve survived my first work week back here in Saint Louis.  The jet lag has been hitting me pretty hard as it usually does when I’ve flown back to the States.  But I was doing pretty good yesterday and feel pretty good today.  I’ve had a persistantly random cough of the phlegmy nature since the flights which also isn’t too unusual for me travelling long distances.  The people in the office are a bit concerned that I brought SARS back with me.  I tell them they are just being silly.  It’s Bird Flu.

I’m planning on leaving work today and venturing up into the unknown wilderness known as St. Peters to buy a car.  I’m sure there are ogres and dragons that far away from civilization but there are also a ton of car dealerships so it’s still rather convenient.  I’ve got an orange Mitsubishi Lancer GTS being held for me to buy tonight.  It’s pretty damn nice.  I’ll get some pics snapped maybe this weekend while it’s still all clean and shiny.

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