May 30th, 2003

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Brokedown Palace

My laser printer died last night.

It was a good laser printer, an HP Laserjet 4 that I got around 10 years ago when I was working on printers. The first of its breed to do 600 DPI real resolution.

I think the power supply gave out, because now it simply doesn't turn the motors anymore during its normal power-up cycle. Of course, I need to do some major printing, so it figures it would be now.

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My laser printer died last night.

It was a good laser printer, an HP Laserjet 4 that I got around 10 years ago when I was working on printers. The first of its breed to do 600 DPI real resolution.

I think the power supply gave out, because now it simply doesn't turn the motors anymore during its normal power-up cycle. Of course, I need to do some major printing, so it figures it would be now.

<sigh.>

I think I have a bubblejet that may work in the interim, but I'm gonna have to start looking for a new printer. It's sad.
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Aye, the bold ones I've read. Surprising, I thought I had read fewer. Neuromancer is still my all-time favorite, though Ender's Game runs a close second.
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Outside

Just took a walk outside for a minute. It's completely sunny and very windy down here, and it's simply excellent weather. I'd love to be on a boat letting my sore bones soak in the warm sunlight.

Work is work. Got a second document for cross-reference items, and sure enough they are different. Between the two of them, there are three separate commands that either require or return data, but nowhere is that data specified. At this point, it's totally meaningless.

Bleah.
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Unreal happenings

This afternoon I was driving home and got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on 35W. About a mile south of 62, I had something bad happen with the truck, where I had no acceleration at all-- flooring the gas pedal barely made the car move. Eventually I managed to get off an exit ramp, and the car was up to a woeful 30 MPH. I decided to try the cruise control, which worked like a charm.

Good news is that the engine is fine. That seems to mean that my accelerator cable has slipped. In the meantime, I'm having a hard time finding the gas pedal, so when I got to the light, I looked down to see what had happened.

It was gone.

The entire gas pedal had flipped up and under the dashboard. The light changed green, I let the vehicle idle through the intersection and pulled over to check it out.

The gas pedal bracket had broken loose from the firewall. I actually pulled the whole thing out and was standing on the side of the road holding the gas pedal in my hand.

I managed to relocate it in such a way that by pushing my foot sideways, I was able to drive, and I made it home.

Happily, the hardware store and some uncomfortably hard work later means that the gas pedal is quite firmly reattached and the car is driveable. Total cost of the repair: 60 cents. And about 2 hours of squirming underneath the car in impossible positions.

Tomorrow I will be in pain, but for now I feel like something worked in this bizarre world.