October 7th, 2006



Well, Daughter #2 finally got promoted out of Ninja Turtles (where she'd gone all the way up to 3 stripes on the NT Purple Belt, one promo away from Brown), and into Karate Kids, with a "real" White Belt!

Not only is this a big step for her, it opens up our schedule quite a bit. Recently, the only times that we could have both Daughter #1 up for Kids III and #2 up there for N.T. II, were Friday nights and Saturday noons, which made for a pretty stressful 24 hours. Now we still have Saturdays (if involving more time) but can also do either Tuesday or Thursday nights (plus some other options if just one is going up there).

#1 didn't get her stripe promotion because she had a brain fart on the Kempo Star Blocks "opposites" rotation ... although her teacher said he'd promote her tomorrow if she practiced those tonight (she was dead on with all the other stuff he was running them though today, but since she'd so obviously spaced the Blocks he just couldn't do it this class).

So, tomorrow we head up there 45 minutes later than we have been, then grab lunch in between their classes ... a bit different schedule (which will only be a problem if I need to bartend on a Saturday, the old schedule got me home with just enough time to jump in my tux and head out the door, this one would require The Wife to get them up and back, and that's not likely to happen).

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Oy ..

I had a major scare today ... thought I'd lost all my bookmarks, etc. in a major Netscape crash. I'd been having problems with the newest Netscape release (8.1.2) ever since I set the check mark "off" for it trying to render things in MSIE mode (it pisses me off that, for a program based on Mozilla, most of the time it opens things up in MSIE mode, despite my having the "default" as FireFox mode!). Now, I knew that Google Groups really needed to be in MSIE mode (for some reason they look like crap in FireFox mode), but I was finding that Netscape froze up dead just trying to load Google ... so dead that I had to ctr-alt-del into the Task Manager to get it to shut down!

I repeated this process a half a dozen times, then decided that I had to uninstall it (and got rid of a copy of NS7 while I was at it) and re-install it. Well, while all that went smooth enough, I found that I couldn't run Netscape ... there is something on those Netscape "home" pages (it defaults to opening up 2-3 tabs of propoganda) that was freaking my system out, and it would get open on my screen and immediately announce it had to close. I finally decided that I needed to work in a reboot in there at some point (after a few dozen attempts to get it to run), shut down the system, and walked away for a few hours.

Needless to say, I was thinking "OMG! I'm not going to have Netscape any more! I've lost all my bookmarks! fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck!" ... but, fortunately, this didn't end up being the case. When I started things back up and tried running Netscape it did the "have to close" thing on the first try, but then stayed up on the second (which had been it's old pattern from about 8.0). I very quickly changed the "home page" setting away from the Netscape one, and I'm hoping that things will be OK now. I did lose all my "personal tool bar" links, but those are mainly just a matter of a few clicks to re-esablish (I do hope I have another link for Marnel/Joule, however).

I hate having to deal with computer shit.

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Damn ...

Well, it looks like I did lose nearly all my bookmarks ... there were some in there, but they seem to have been from a long time ago, and only about 1/15th or so of what was in there.

Another freaky thing ... I went to try to edit my previous entry, and each time I tried Netscape would just disappear ... I'd bring up the "edit entries" page, click on "proceed" (for editing the "Most Recent Entry") and POOF! no more Netscape! What the fuck is THAT about? I tried it three or four times, same deal each time (I'm writing this in FireFox).

Anybody else been using Netscape and have any problems like this with the new release???

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