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The fire alarms went off in my building this morning, a bit before eight. It took me a while to figure out exactly what that racket was - almost sounded like bad speakers. At any rate, I finished dressing for work, if more hurriedly, then stuffed the cat into her carrier and headed outside.

The apartment manager is on vacation, though I must be the only person in the building to know this. Of the few people outside, no one had called either the management company or the fire department. So, whipping out the cell phone, I call the management company emergency number and let them know that the fire alarms are blaring. The sleepy lady on the other end of the phone says she'll send someone over to turn them off. I don't call 911, because by now I'm pretty darn sure that this is a false alarm. I do call work to let them know I will be late.

So, chatting with some of the other residents, several with cats of their own, I discover that this happened yesterday afternoon, as well. Which certainly explains the lack of other residents on the lawn. And yes, it is a false alarm. Either a bad prank, or bad wiring. Either way, I hope they get it fixed soon, 'cause repeated false alarms are only going to cause tragedy later.

My cat, however, was not happy. She can't hear the alarms, so she has no idea why I suddenly shoved her into her carrier and took her outside. She hates leaving my apartment, as in psychotic freak outs for being taken to the other side of my apartment door. I take her to the vet, I have to get tranquilizers in advance. Anyhow, when I get her back into the apartment and let her out of the carrier, she goes and hides in the bathroom behind the tub. She comes out a few minutes later, but she won't let me touch her. At least not until she finds her way back to the food dish. Then I can pet her.

Work, eh. The rest of the week is going to be nuts. Christmas is messing with deadlines all over the place, and while we have sent emails to the people who need to be aware of the deadline changes, a goodly number of them won't bother to read them and will proceed to get pissy when we can't process their orders.

Gotta going the rest of the shopping madness tonight. A few groceries, and trying to find a present for my brother. Harder than you might think - most of his stuff is still in transit from Germany, so I don't know what he needs, and I don't know what he already has. Maybe I'll get lucky.
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I am so freakin' bored out of my mind. Very slow day at work, and tomorrow is not shaping up to be any better. Most exciting thing to happen was the planned meet and greet by one of the senior executives. "Hi, how are you doing, what exactly is your job?"

The walk home from work is not going to be pretty either. Well, visually it's going to be very pretty, but the sidewalks are going to be a mess. And the temperature is dropping, too.

Went to see Fellowship of the Ring with my brother last night. Quite enjoyed it, though a gentleman sitting in the same row as us fell asleep during the movie. His snoring was quite audible. David was tempted to throw candy at him. I already have our tickets for Two Towers next Monday. Not that the theater was packed (though surprisingly well attended for a Monday night), but I don't want to take chances. I just which it started earlier in the evening.

I am so looking forward to Return of the King next week. I'll catch the last show on opening day over at the Har Mar, after SCA and dinner at the Ground Round. My group has done this for the past two movies, and we saw no reason to break with tradition. Just need to remember to buy tickets *before* going to dinner.

Once I get home from this deadly dull day of work, I'm going to have to get my computer reinstated onto its shelf. I took it with me for the Boar's Head weekend, and spent much of Sunday at Master Haloti's getting it back up to speed. It now has all the critical patches applied, IE has been upgraded to 6, and I've downloaded Opera. Two programs that needed to be automatic have been toggled, and the bugcheck that was crashing my computer (damn BSOD) has been turned off. Those three things were buried DEEP within Windows, and I doubt I would have found them on my own. I can abuse the graphics card and it won't crash, and I can make After Effects run, even though it is still stubborn about talking to the dual processors. But it is much less likely to crash. I didn't update the video card drivers, though I do have the newest version. I want to see if I *need* to upgrade it first.

More importantly, I need to get the 'puter up and running so I can rebuild a Flash tutorial to submit for a job application. It's a neat tutorial on how to make a beaded veil, but when I created it for my class, I did not include controls beyond start, pause, and rewind to beginning. As a demo within the web site, that's ok. But as a stand alone (I've had some requests from SCA folk to have a copy of just the demo), it needs more controls. Which means a lot more programming. It's not difficult programming, but I still have to do it. Since I need to burn and mail this on Friday, I need to get started last week.

I'm not all that confident that my first round of job applications is going to be all that successful. I'm doing all the "right" things, good cover letter, resume, demo reel, will call dates, etc., but my reel is short and kind thin on the computer animated stuff. I've seen my demo reel so many times now that I KNOW where all the problems are, and they make me wince. Some of it is damn good, but as a whole it screams "student work." I don't know when the next version is going to be ready, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get it compiled and dumped out to tape. AE is not designed for that, and Final Cut Pro is not available for PC, and I DON'T have the funds to buy a G5, much as I might like to.

Ah well. These are problems for the future. I do need to find new employment, one way or the other. Right now, I do what I can - a little modeling, a bit of animation. With the box getting onto the 'net, I'll be able to register and start working through some of the tutorials for spiffy stuff, like particles and dynamics and such. Spend a bit of time learning MEL scripts. Maybe figure out how to make camera movements work for me - I suck at moving camera. Definitely start drawing some more. Maybe a series with my gryffin, for Northwatch covers.
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I mentioned yesterday that audit (work) is being fussy. I found out exactly how fussy today.

Because of the widening discovery of mutual fund industry problems, my employer has decided it needs to prove that it hasn't been doing late night trading. Proving a negative, how lovely. For the manual stuff, this is already proven. So now we have to do it for all the automated stuff.

We have to verify that every IP and FL traded for the correct trade date - no back dating allowed. By hand. Back to the start of the calendar year. By Friday.

We had had to recall tons of stuff from offsite storage, and temps will be coming in to help. Anyone with spare time is expected to pitch in and help.

This is mind-numbingly tedious. BUT, it means I can work as many hours as I want to for the rest of the week. Any extra income is welcome, so this is how I will spend my afternoons for the rest of the week.

I picked up my copy of Two Towers last night. I looked over the collector's box set (I bought the collector's edition last year, 'cause I wanted the National Geographic disk), but decided to give it a pass. A statuette and a DVD detailing the creation of the statuette were not incentive enough to shell out another $35. I picked up some other DVDs as well, the proceeded to confuse the hell out of the cashier. Coupon for 10% off up to five regular priced DVDs and CDs (so not Two Towers), and 85 Best Buy Bucks from McDonalds. Because of the sheer number of Bucks, a manager had to be called over, at which point I also pointed out that my coupon was for four of my items, not just one (I paid attention when she scanned everything in). After getting everything corrected, I ended up paying about $6 total.

I think I've fixed the skeleton for my CG puppy, and tomorrow I'll beat my head against the weighting issues. Tonight, SCA, business meeting, and it sounds like it could be unpleasant. I'm still far enough out of the loop that I don't know how bad it might be, but as a past autocrat, I know it could be uncomfortable.
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Time to go home. I've been done with work for quite a while now, but I have to stay until other people get their parts of their job done. Thank goodness I don't have to stay until quitting time. Only downside is my paycheck isn't nearly enough, and my manager won't let me come back to full time work, because there isn't enough work!

I don't have to come in tomorrow - bank holiday. Think I will use that time to hunt down job leads, and get some modeling and animation done. Maybe finish re-vamping that animated tutorial I did. Character designs and storyboards.

Screaming boredom when you can't scream is extremely frustrating.


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