March 29th, 2003


Every datacenter needs...

...air conditioning. Ours is no different. With the door closed and many of the systems running, it's gotten up to 100 F in there before. The house has central air, but the heat load is enough to overpower it upstairs.

We broke down and bought a room air conditioner for it today. 5200 BTU, and an electronic thermostat which shuts down both the compressor and the fan when the setpoint is reached, for $219. Even has a remote control, not that I'll get much use out of that.

Unfortunately, installing it is proving to be nontrivial. There are two problems, both related to the storm window over the window I need to install the unit in. First, the lower panel of the storm window is stuck. I haven't been able to raise it enough to clear the unit, and I tried about every trick I could think of with just muscle power. The other problem is that the storm window frame is tall enough that I need to add spacers to raise the A/C so that it can tilt outward slightly, as is needed to keep the condensate dripping outside rather than inside.

The first problem is probably solvable with the application of sufficient force, and the second merely requires a couple of 2x2s. Unfortunately, that means Monday at the earliest, since there's no place to buy lumber in Fairmont on a Sunday (or even a Saturday afternoon).
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What's a kirin?

I did the Japanese creature quiz, and got this:

You are a Kirin
How nice, you're the gentle kirin. Originally from China, you made your way to Japan and brought your nobility and purity with you. You are very sentimental and care about other beings, you are the familiar of the goddess Kannon, also known as Kwan Yin or Tara. The goddess of mercy. You represent everything just and pure. You should be proud! Kirin is the oriental species of unicorn.

What Japanese Creature are you?
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Protesters take note

Forwarded from the Usenet group alt.books.tom-clancy:

Before you pick up your banners, placards, and start parading and disrupting traffic downtown again today, think about this:

1. Even if you are anti-war, you are still an "infidel" and Bin Laden wants you dead too.

2. Saddam and Bin Laden are not going to seek UN approval before they try to kill you.

Have a nice day.
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