Saved by the bell...

In an amazing reversal of fate ... we're back in business.

Hurrah!

Our CEO ... boy... he cuts it fine. But he does a damn good job :)

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Layoffs impending in 3... 2... 1...

Looks like we're outta here. *sigh*

Rock Bottom Brewery, here we come. Because, after all, there's only one place to go when you hit rock bottom - and that's Rock Bottom!

I've loved working with the people I work with. Damn. It has been a lot of fun, and we tried to do something great and wonderful ... but we just didn't get there. I don't think our reach was bigger than our grasp - we should have made it. But we didn't.

Add to that the fact that my car died last night and as a result is now in the shop, a volcano is about to go off in my back yard, and my wife got a demand from the IRS for back taxes, and we're pretty much having a peach of a week this week.

Still, this afternoon we'll toast the company off with a little Peruvian Brandy called Pisco, which I bought in Lima when I was there earlier this year. It's good stuff - almost tastes like the smoothest tequila you've ever had. Do a shot for the Inca gods, and see if we can get our gold idols up and running.

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Correct Idioms: Early Adapter

Folks, please, don't make the mistake that one head of marketing at Sierra I used to know did (and fought me tooth and nail on it, insisting that they were correct), and call the people you're relying on to buy your product early in the game early adapters.

The phrase you are looking for is early adopter. Note the 'O'. This is someone who is part of the first vanguard of people to ever use a new thing. They adopt the thing early on. (Adopt meaning "to take up and practice as one's own").

An early adapter, however, is someone who takes something early on, and like McGuyver or the A-Team, adapts it to their own nefarious purposes. This usually involves and/or incorporates duct tape somewhere in the process, a pocket-knife, and potentially a Sharpie permanent marker.

Big difference.

Similarly, one I saw today was regarding people doing things on mass. People, it's French. en masse - as in, in a large group. At least with this one, there's always the excuse that it's written in a completely different language.

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Triptych of Wind and Rain

Did you ever consider that three hurricanes in two months is a bit much?

Poor Florida.

Actually... maybe it's not an accident... perhaps, just perhaps... (and bear with me here)... perhaps it's God's way of telling the Floridians to not fuck up a second time and vote George Bush back into office.

Although I do think that destroying all of the voting machines with 130mph winds is going a bit far - after all, there's that whole free will thing to consider.

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XP SP2 & Adobe Premiere Pro = big problems...

Interesting. Since installing XP SP2, I've not had a single problem. Not, that is... until now.

For some odd reason, export to AVI or MPEG using Premiere Pro is now completely borked. It stops with "missing frame" errors or "out of memory" errors. There's no obviously apparent reason why this should happen though... after all, the rest of my stuff works fine. The only thing I can think of as being a potential culprit is the new NX support, but I'm using a CPU which doesn't support that.

Then again, my main machine has always been a little flaky, thanks to installing way too much experimental shiat on it... and then only partially uninstalling it. Rinse, repeat. Thing is, there are reports of other people having that problem.

Time to wipe and try again. Well, first I'll uninstall SP2. Then I'll wipe and try again. :)

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