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Monday, June 9
 
So, it seems I'm going back to college.
Or, at least the University of Wisconsin thinks so.

I got a letter Saturday congratulating me on my acceptance into the College of Engineering at the UW. This would be peachy had I applied, or if I had the money to go back to school and the desire to fake my identity. Alas, neither of these are true, so I had to call the school to let them know that they had made some sort of error, since I graduated three and a half years ago.

It's nice to know I can get into a fancy engineering school, though.

So, I bought my dad a reader for his SD card for Father's Day. A day which my family celebrated a week early because they're going to Colorado (did I already mention this?).
Anyway, my parent's always want me to get them computer-ish gadgets and widgets for occasions because they expect that I know about such things and am always the one who has to make it work, so it's better that I purchase them so I can't blame anyone else for buying such junk when I spend hours trying to get it to run.
So, I got a PNY brand USB SD card reader for $20 from Circuit City. It should be easy, right?
Well, like every other gadget/widget my parents want, it follows the Penny Arcade/Sega.Net process:

Step One: Buy the product.
Step Two: Configure your hardware.
Step Three: Goddamn, it doesn't work.

So, I have the unenviable task of making it work. Since it worked for me first try at home, and their USB ports have been nothing short of total ass lately. Apparently (Windows) 98 doesn't like to play nice with the USB 2.0 PCI card. I am considering two possible solutions: I'm either making them buy a new motherboard or formatting the computer and upgrading the machine to XP, or maybe even both.
My parents are like many older adults with computers and the Internet, they are constantly downloading 'utilities' (read: spyware and useless junk) that makes their computer run like crap. I have made it my vocation to get rid of that stuff as quickly as possible, but not had much success of late. So, if I dissapear for a month, it's because I volunteered to fix that godawful thing.

My other news is mainly ordinary run-of-the-mill stuff. I went to work late, stayed even later. It was lonely and boring without most of my department in. I did have a nice moment when the person in charge of girls art stayed extra late to approve paperwork for me and then even made the copies herself so I wouldn't have to wait until the temp did it in the morning or go upstairs and copy it myself. Of course, this lady is also completely crazy, so maybe she decided that's her job now instead of the temp they brought in especially for that purpose.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is underway, and as soon as dinner is done, I'm going to head out and watch it at the parents'.

The monument of granite shot a beam into my eye.