Restoring calm

February 09, 2006

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Listening to the raido this morning there was a story about some rioting and two times during the story they mentioned "Sending in troops to restore calm" and "Troops fired into the air to restore calm". This struck me as very odd, because armed troops flooding into an area and shooting seems anything but calm inspiring to me. In the next story there was nother mention, but this broadcaster phrased it as "Troops were sent in to restore order". That sounds like a much more plausible outcome. Order, sure. Calm, I don't know. I think that calm would have to come later, and possibly much later.


Getting the ass kicked

February 09, 2006

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Work has been a blur these past couple weeks. Found out about somethings that got sold that we have to launch on short deadlines. A bit intense, but I like it. Gets me into that hyper focused state. Also, it gives me a good excuse to put on the headphones and close the door so there are many fewer interuptions. Less having to change gears in the brain which I can do easily enough, but it takes time to ramp back up and get back in the groove. Serious lot of hacking going on these past few days. Think I need a little break which is scheduled for this weekend. I'll post a photo when I get one.


Music to get

February 02, 2006

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Heard a review of the Edsel Gomez CD Cubist Music on Fresh Air tonight. Sounded really nice.


Fever Dreams

February 01, 2006

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I've had some weird illness over the past couple days. Not sure what it is. Doesn't feel quite like a cold or the flu, but I suppose it could be. Two nights ago, I couldn't get warm no matter what. I had blankets piled on and was still freezing all night. For the most part, I would only get sleep in short bursts before waking back up. It was pretty miserable. One of the weird fever dreams I had was that I was talking with someone and for some reason they reached out and slapped me in the head. It was so real that it woke me up. I swear I felt it and heard it.


Tiger Sign

January 29, 2006

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Since today is the Chinese New Year, figured I'd look up my sign. Apparently, it's Tiger.


Manual Lock

January 29, 2006

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After eleven years and 165,000 miles worth of locking and unlocking, the remote for my cars alarm is about to give up the ghost. I changed the batter, but that wasn't it, but switch itself seems to be wearing out. Since I don't want the last thing it does to be to arm the alarm, I've stopped using it and have reverted to the old fashion key. The lock hasn't really had any exercise in years so it was a little resistent at first. The design itself is nice. When you turn the key clockwise it locks all four doors on the car. The first rotation counter-clockwise unlocks just the driver door and a second turn unlocks the rest of the doors. Not that big a deal, and most cars probably do the same thing, but it's one of those little detail refinements that means that someone was really thinking about it.


Other peoples computers

January 26, 2006

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The Help Desk was working on my laptop for about 5 hours today trying to solve a firewall/printer problem. For some of that time I went over and worked on a co-workers machine. It was almost like trying to write left handed. I've done a ton of little tweaks to my computer and have a bunch of tech specific software that no one else at the TOUR has. This got me thinking about tools. While I think of a computer as a tool, it's really more of a workbench where you put tools (software) and use them. And it's even possible to go a step beyond that. Using a programming language you can build new tools to do whatever you want. Those tools can in turn be used to create new ones and so on, increasing geometrically. We tell kids they can be anything they want when they grow up. Programming is right in line with this. Inside a computer environment you can create basically anything you want, and the tools to help you create are getting better every day.


Surprise Visitor

January 25, 2006

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Moving some stuff around my garage a couple months ago I almost put my hand right into a spider's web. No big deal really, save for the type of spider. Here's a photo of the little bugger after a good carpet bombing with Raid: Black Widow Portrait (Post-mortem) For those not familiar with the red hourglass shape, it's the mark of a black widow. Good times.


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