January 11th, 2002

2020 lack of vision

the lunch-hour of extraordinary coats

What a very strange lunch-hour. We sat in a coffee shop I don't much like but Damian does, Lalage and I stumbling out of a traumatic meeting with our perpetually brain-storming boss, Damian fresh from a happy time with his designers, and Adrian having been a bit cooped up for a week (for complicated reasons, he's been staying in his office a lot) chirpy from having mailed off his work for the week, all ready to leave town for an ex-girlfriend weekend. We sat in the coffee-bar, eating indifferent sandwiches and talking crap about friends and newspapers and things like you do and every other person who walked past the window seemed to be wearing an astouding coat; fluffy, furry, frilly, multicoloured, multi-textured, red, black, grey, green, combinations of all of those, and these weren't the sort of people you'd expect to see wearing fancy coats, no scads of goths or drama students, just ordinary women in extraordinary coats.

Then we ran into Alex, whose coat was quite restrained today, but whose growing-out dye-job is fading strangely. He took off his sunglasses. "Are his eyes always that pale?" asked Damian, afterwards. We don't often see Alex during the day.
2020 lack of vision

living in dread of this ....

In fact, my work relies on too many other people not to be living in dread of certain things, but .... though for once, the internet is happy enough, my FTP authentication details have been erased from the Firewall, and though I can look at my now out-of-date site, I can't do a blind thing about it. Except look. And phone the help desk. However, they are successfully keeping me away from the guy who would actually do the mending and it's now after 4pm, so my chances of getting my site updated before they throw me out of the building at 5pm are shrinking fast. You know, sometimes, when you call them up and you just *know* they're not going to fix it? That's where I am. Right there.

But on the bright side, I found my watch, so you can stop worrying about that now, Neal.
2020 lack of vision

thought it couldn't get worse, didn't you?

...well, it just did. Not only am I trapped behind my firewall, but my site's down, too. In fact, all the sites hosted by this particular company are down, and they've put the ansaphone on.

On the grimly amusing side, their network server status page on their very puffy site looks like this:

The XXXXDELETEDXXXXX network is monitored 24 x 7 x 365 by skilled Technical Engineers.

The network status page is here to keep all of our clients informed of issues that may arise.

Date
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80004005'

[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver]Client unable to establish connection

/includes/code/db.asp, line 41

Ah hahahahahahaha

I'm going home.