The Ottawa Blues Festival is next week. The utterly brilliant Spearhead is playing, and I really wanted to go. A really good friend even offered me the use of his place to crash should I choose to attend. Sadly, Spearhead is playing on Thursday night, and I can’t really afford (time-wise) to take two days off. I’d considered flying up to Ottawa on Thursday after work, and returning Friday morning. To my absolute surprise, this is entirely possible – and it’s not even all that expensive (Tango offers three flights daily between Toronto and Ottawa, and they’re currently $19 and $69 depending on flight time) but then you get nailed with all the taxes – between Navcan, fuel surcharge, airport improvement fees, security charges and the GST the total fare for the round trip balloons from $88 to $199.11! I love Spearhead, and I’d really love to go see them, but a $200 concert is a bit much.

Augh! The ugly climate-control saga continues! We had one week of comfort. On Monday I came in and the office was at 77F and the temperature only climbed for the rest of the day. Yesterday it was 87F in here by the time I left for the day. It’s 80F in here right now. I’m amazed the computers haven’t all melted down into heaps of slag ; it’s not like they’re getting any cooling at all.

On another note, new Macs. Drool. They’re such beautifully designed machines. Apple’s industrial design team is second to none. I’m definitely buying one of these machines when the come available. I’m so sick of dealing with the whole PC thing – decades old hardware (I don’t care if the processors get faster, the x86 architecture just bites) combined with shoddy build quality and (if you want any reasonable speed) loud operating volume. I have an AthlonXP 1900+ that sounds like a jet – it’ll be nice to have a quiet machine. Well, a quiet fast machine; I have a G3 Mac that I love, but it’s not exactly a speed demon now.

One of the most senior guys at work gave in three weeks’ notice yesterday. He’s sick of all the overtime this job demands, and so is his wife, so he’s leaving the game industry to work on annuities risk management software. Doesn’t sound like much fun to me, but I have to admit, a steady 9-5 job does have its appeal.

Argh. Seems like I’ve hit the tolerance point with my allergy medicine again. I get about 3 or 4 weeks of effectiveness with any one antihistamine before my system becomes tolerant of it, and then my allergies bite me again. I don’t know what to switch to. Grrr.

binary_goddess called me last night. We had a nice chat ; it’s been rather a while since we’ve talked, and even longer since I’ve last seen her.

I don’t know if I should say anything, ‘cuz I just might curse the success, but it seems the office climate control is actually working now. We had a comfortably 72F all day yesterday, and it’s been 72F ever since I got here this morning (about two hours ago).

I can’t believe the only thing worth ranting about over the past week has been the stupid temperature in the office. I think I really need a change in my life.

I suppose I should have learned by now.
The ambient temperature in the office on any given day is no indication of what it will be on any other day. Not even the next day. It was 77F when I walked in. 20 minutes later it’s now 78F. I think I’m having a Dennis Miller moment: The temperature in here oscillates as wildly as Oprah’s weight.
What, not bitter enough to be Dennis Miller? Okay, maybe more of a Dennis Miller Lite.

The repair guy came to the office yesterday to fix the air conditioning. It’s actually chilly in here now. I entered the office this morning to the nice 70F. I’m not complaining at all – at least if the room’s a bit chilly it keeps me awake. I just can’t stay awake, let alone think, at 80F. Let’s see how long this repair lasts. The previous repair was good for all of a week.

The climate control in my office is utterly broken. I got in this morning at 7:00am, and it was already at 77F, despite being set to cool the office to 72. By lunchtime it’ll be 80F in here, just like it was on Thursday and Friday of last week. In the winter it was the opposite – the temperature couldn’t be coaxed about 65F. This idiocy has been going on ever since I started working here, two years ago. The pattern repeats endlessly – call a repair guy, the repair guy twiddles some random knobs, and the temperature zooms in the opposite direction for a day or two, then we return to “normality’. I’m now positive that this is a total scam. Some guy comes in and time bombs the climate control to be “reasonable” for a day or two and then return to intolerable. I’m in the wrong racket – I could make a fortune by screwing with corporate climate control.