November 8th, 2004


what does the 'v' in 'hvac' stand for? // work update

I get that the 'h' is probably 'Heating', and the 'ac' are 'Air Conditioning'.. but what's the v?
Heating Versus Air Conditioning : this time it's personal.
Heating, Vulgarity & Air Conditioning : You'll fucking like the shit we do.
Heating, Venusians & Air Conditioning : our product is out of this world.

Or am I wrong about the 'h', 'a' and 'c' in the first place?

Either way, I finally figured out (actually, figured this out about a month ago) how to controll the heat/cold in my office. The thermostat on the wall is just a decoy cleverly meant to distract from the true controlls. I am now certain that it doesn't do anything. The vents that blow treated air into my office are set to 'hot' or 'cold' at the central plant, and I have only one small measure of controll I can excersize over them. I have a switch on the far wall with which I can turn them on or off.

Yup, we're so high-tech here that our heating and air conditioning controlls have *two* whole settings! "On Full" or "Off". Best I can figure is that the system was struck by massive budget cuts half-way through the process, as the thermostat is stuck to the wall, but the only controll we have is a switch on a seperate wall that just turns the vents on or off. I suppose they saved a whopping $5 per room by not running the controll wires to the thermostat and instead just stopped at a slightly closer wall to install a manual switch. Oh well, at least I have some controll.

heh.. keen.. // linkage

a Computer Chess Game of reasonable ability, but what makes it unique is the way it draws all the paths it is considering while it 'thinks'. You can see it keep considering the possible paths of certain pieces and watch the two sides' colours dominate the board. quite nift.

must be that 'new math' // note

so, yeah. Went out to eat last week, and was with a group sufficiently large to warrant the tip being included in the bill. 17%, in fact -- slightly higher than the 15% you normally see, but no big deal. When I get the bill, though, I notice that it's a bit higher than even the 17% it claims to be. It is, in fact, more like 22%. Now, I didn't care because the waitress was really cool, nice and friendly, the food was excellent, and the host was good about letting us annex neighboring tables when more people in our party arrived. all in all it was a wonderful experiance. That, and she was uber-cute, so I actually wound up leaving slightly more on the table in cash.

Still, though, their included tip was significantly more than it claimed to be. I'm thinking I should probably inform them of this before they get stung by one of those "I hate to pay tips" people noticing it's higher than it should be.

an interesting side-note: when it did the initial authorization with my bank, they pre-auth'd for another 20% on top of the tip-allready-included bill. In whole, they pre-auth'd for over 50% more than the non-tipped total. Damn, they're optimistic about how big the tips will be!