105 degrees in Denver yesterday. Tied the all-time record for highest recorded temperature in
Denver, set all the way back in 1878.
Got in a great bike ride through the hottest part of the day. I do well in the heat. And the cold.
It's a nice feature that I wish more computers had.
After biking, I headed off to a Colorado Film/Video Association meeting, figuring I'd get more
serious about video editing after I got back (and it was a little cooler).
The marketing VP at Shoreline wanted
some changes to the trailer for The Shadow Walkers in time for the
show in Vegas next week. (I've been to the VSDA show myself before, but I hadn't planned to go
this year; I've got a lot of video work to get done out here. Last time I went, I wrestled a giant anime
hamster, something I don't normally get to do every day. But, now that I think about it, I really wouldn't want to.)
Then I got in a few notes from different people about needing some graphic design work
created and prepped for print...by Friday. I don't mind that kind of thing, as long as I have
a good idea of what people are looking for. I'm still trying to get a clear answer to that,
though. It's taking the random graphic stabs in the dark that slows it all down, but sometimes
you do still hit the target that way.
...at which point Terry Knab called to say that he's having problems connecting to the server
he's got co-located here. Turned out that a Nyx user with a great, big pipe was pulling down
entire CDs worth of music files and that was enough to saturate the T1 line. There was a time
when a T1 was something big, but nowadays half the world has 5-megabit of better cable or
DSL and a single user, if he's got the full bandwidth available, can saturate the T1 lines.
So, having tracked down the source of the problem, I was implementing an improved queuing
strategy on the router (fixed that problem right up so it shouldn't happen again) as Nyx's
mail server crashes. Again. And that's the machine that's set up to be the most annoying to
bring back up. (Don't look at me; when I set it up originally, it didn't have that problem; the
annoyance functions all got added later.) So it takes 45 minutes of attention to bring it back
up (it's past midnight at this point) and it crashes yet again five minutes later.
And I'm still trying to get the video editing done for tomorrow and work on the graphics for
Friday. Did a bit of work on the mailserver's hardware, replaced what looked like the most
obvious candidate for the culprit, and got it back up. Nyx's mailserver is still running strong;
let's hope it stays that way for a while. Got the trailer re-re-edited, too, and at least some
sample graphics sent out.
Typical night at the treehouse. :) Well, maybe not. Fortunately.
Not much time for sleeping, though. Think I'll go hit the bike trails for a couple of hours; it's
supposed to be 103 degrees this afternoon, but I don't feel like waiting that long.