Friday, November 20, 2009

Survivalism.

Yes, I'm getting that bug again.  Seems like I get it every winter or so, when it gets much colder and the idea of surviving without the comfort of electricity gets more uncomfortable.  Surviving without common every day things in the summer is no big deal, since you don't need some sort of heat source, cooking is easier, you can survive outside without shelter, you can hike around without as much gear, etc.

Anyways, I'm sort of on this survivalism kick again, and here are the reasons this year:

-The dramatic fall of the value of the dollar, and the fact that our current president plans on spending an additional trillion dollars on his own agenda beyond what he has already spent.  We cannot continue to runaway spend and expect our country to exist.  There are countless qoutes, documentaries, and statistics that show all major world powers that extended beyond their means have fallen, and fallen hard.
-Jericho.  Great TV show.  It's a little sensationalist, I'll admit, but it does sort of cater to my more morbid, free-thinking creative side.
-Green river flooding.  Possible power outtages, local service outtages, and not far after that we usually see runs on local grocery stores for things like firewood and toilet paper (this happened during the winter storm last year, and it left a lot of people without heat sources, and some of the less fortunate older people died).
-Winter... the last two years in a row were claimed by the news media as "one in a hundred" winters.  Well, more like two in a hundred, huh?


So yeah, I've got a bucket of food that'd probably last us a couple weeks, and a bucket of various little survival things like a water filter, a windup radio, flashlights, pots and cups, and so on.  We'd probably haveto get real creative with the stuff we don't have covered, such as waste management, heat, gas for cars, money and so on, but we've got a start.

I'm sure I've got a tin foil hat on in some people's opinion, but you know, when it comes to this topic, I don't really mind.  If I'm wrong, then so what, it's no big deal.  If, under the slim chance I am right about something happening (the food is good for 25 yrs), then I stay alive while others haveto brave the foot riots.

yay for being alive!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'm having a hard time battling my mind about the house.  I'm so anxious for it to sell, but I keep telling myself and praying that God is in control and it's all according to His timing.  Rosemary asked me the other day when we can take it off the market, since she has to keep it clean constantly with a child in tow, and now she'll be watching another one as well.  We've had good interest lately, just no offers... it's getting me antsy.

One idea is that we could pay the buyers condo dues for the first six months.  We might put that on the table, we'll see.

Other news... hmm.  Rosemary came down ill yesterday, so I had to come home and work from home so I could keep an eye on the kid while she caught some ZZZs.  It worked out well, because my only other meeting was a virtual meeting later in the day.  I managed to get some spreadsheet work done, too.

The head of all of "Engineering" in MSIT has come down and stated that he needed 300 servers shut down and pulled out of the labs we use.  So all of the divisions in MSIT have been scrambling to figure out what servers they can decomm.  Well, in our division, all of the people that managed our servers were laid off several months ago.  No one knew anything about our current server situation, or how to find out about it.  So I started doing some investigation and immediately found over 500 servers that are way past their lifespan.  I've managed to get over 60 of them decommissioned so far, and I've gotten over 130 free virtual machine tokens in return for my decommissions.  Essentially, free replacement servers, valued at somewhere around 600k.    I'm hoping to get more decomms and hit the 1 million dollars saved mark.  Every division tagged a representative to be the division lead on the decomm effort, and somehow that role fell to me in our division (I'm guessing since no one else knows the state of our servers).  I'm very glad, because this team of leaders from around MSIT is full of very, very high level people, and it's getting me good visibility, since I am outstripping all of them on number of decomms I've gotten for all of MSIT.  I'm hoping that translates into some noteriety with my superiors in my division, and maybe some more authority when it comes to trying to get different teams to give me their old clunker servers.  It's been like pulling teeth to try and get these things out of their hands, but most teams at microsoft are very political, and covet their old junk hardware they don't even use.  It's obvious that a lot of teams are fending for their own interests, instead of the interests of the company as a whole, which is unfortunate.

Who knows, maybe I'll pull off a gold star award and get a good chunk of cash.  Doubtful, but I can dream.