Monthly Archives: September 2005

Downtown flooding this morning

This morning’s a (expletive) mess. I walked through a foot of water in some places to get to work today, which is better than the girl in the blue Ion who was driving and didn’t quite expect the rising waters at the corner of Coming and Morris this morning. The drainage at that intersection basically gave up, and was absolutely gushing water. It’s amazing how a little rain can screw everything up…

UPDATE: Charleston NWS is estimating two to five inches of rainfall, with another one to two inches expected. Ouch.


Expected Gibbons upgrades for next month

After rebuilding Gibbons earlier this month, I’ve done a lot of work to improve it; with a radically faster motherboard, radically faster drives, it’s been great. But I still only have 512 MB of RAM.

After next payday I’m investigating obtaining 2 GB of DDR400 RAM for the machine. I’ll go dual-channel and everything with it; that should really be the final step in enhancing this box’s performance. I might also get a floppy drive with a black bezel. The white’s starting to annoy me now. :P I probably should look into USB ports for the front, as well, if not a full-fledged USB hub of some kind. I’m always running out of ports (I only have 4, which is a little lousy).

NFL Roundup

Way to go San Diego. Kicking Eli in the mouth was a lot of fun to watch. :)

Carolina…Carolina…oh boy. Guys, we’ve gotta cut the conservative playcalling crap and be a little more daring.

I have to be awake in about four hours. Yay. ‘Night.


What happened to all the old stuff?

In my high school days, and the first couple years of college, I maintained a pretty sensationalized version of my life at a site I called The Realm. It used to be known as “The Realm of Jared Smith” before I snipped the “of Jared Smith” off just before version 1.0 was unleashed in October of 1999. I featured updates on my personal life, my futile quests to obtain various girls that I codenamed for “security reasons,” song parodies, and Special Reports, where I basically over-sensationalized various events in my daily life in a way that would make FOX News jealous. The Realm went through four major and one minor revision during the four and a half years it was commissioned. Over the years it gradually became less of a song parody showcase and indeed became more personal. A unique feature of The Realm was the message board, which lived on until I shut down the first version of earlier this year. (I’m debating whether to keep the message board as-is or totally realign the content with the blog.) Every Realm revision contained some sort of gaudy, useless special effect until version 4.5, where I reworked the site to be less flashy and more consistent with Web standards.

I’ve had a few inquiries in the last few days asking about the whereabouts of the old stuff. Because I’m a nostalgic freak, I’ve archived every design since version 1.0 in varying locations on my Web server. I have yet to reinstate version 4.5, but I’ll get that back online one day.

Please note that these designs may contain a lot of bugs varying from JavaScript problems to MySQL errors. Because I haven’t maintained these designs since they were retired, and have moved them around from location to location, that will certainly break a lot of things. You’ll want to use IE to capture the essence of the special effects I was very prone to (ab)using in those days. Also, some of the opinions held then do not necessarily reflect my opinions now. Case in point: I used to be the biggest IE fanboy EVER. Not anymore…

So what are you waiting for? Dive in and enjoy.

The Realm, v1.0
Realm2K (The Realm, v2.0)
The Realm, Millennium Edition (v3.0)
The Realm, Version Four (v4.0)

In need of a miracle.

I’m hearing some very sad news out of San Diego tonight.

My aunt Sobeida has been battling a very aggressive form of leukemia since last summer. It’s been a roller-coaster ride, as most cancer treatments are. She’s had her good days and her not-so-good days with chemo treatments and stem cell transplants. After a second stem cell transplant earlier this year, she went into remission, and things looked very promising.

Sadly, the remission did not last long. A month or two afterward, a routine checkup discovered that the stem cell transplant, which came from her own bone marrow fresh after a heavy dose of chemotherapy, had not been as successful as they first thought, and the leukemia was returning, as aggressively as ever. Two weeks ago we learned that the disease was serious enough to where a donor would be the only viable option to prolonging her life. The troops mobilized and got their bone marrow tested to see if it would be a match for Sobeida. But as many families with loved ones on the waiting list know, sometimes the wait becomes terminal.

Tonight the news is not good out of San Diego, as things are taking a turn for the worse. My Uncle Eric, God bless his soul, has done so much to try to make her as pain-free as possible in what could be her final days.

Your prayers and thoughts are sincerely appreciated. Also, please consider going to your local American Red Cross office to get your bone marrow tested, and making a donation to the American Cancer Society. I’m far from the only person on Earth going through this. You can help save lives and help us understand why cancer is as brutal as it is.