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Damn, good bye Randy Pausch.

I can't say that I had a great experience working with him, but this makes me sad for his friends and family.

Meet Buddy

Dec. 12th, 2007 06:38 pm
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We met Buddy at the pet store on Saturday and decided to adopt him. We were able to pick him up last night and he's quickly getting used to the house.

Buster doesn't seem to care that there's a new cat, but he is a little confused. He's probably wondering when we'll send it back where it came from.
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From [ profile] ka3ytl

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and underline the ones you loved.

Read more... )

By the way, I'm not sure I agree entirely with the list. There's a lot missing, and some here that shouldn't be, and fantasy is severely underrepresented. I'm impressed that I've got 33/50. Obviously, I need to start putting some on my wishlist.
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Here's one reason why I like my job.

I just went to a luncheon in honor of Daniel Schorr's 90'th birthday. Robert Siegel and Scott Simon spoke. And Nina Totenberg, Susan Stamberg, and Ted Koppel were all in attendance. Pretty darn cool, I think.

And the food was really good, too.

Ok, now back to work.


Jun. 26th, 2006 02:17 pm
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1. Family reunion at Oglebay resort in West Virginia. It was a nice vacation, including swimming, golf, horse watching, ice cream socials, and some other fun stuff. Ariana had a good time, spending lots of time with her grandparents and other relatives.

2. Drove home in the horrible weather. Took us 7.5 hours to get home when it should have been 5 hours. Sometimes, all I could see was the car directly in front of me. Finally got home, ordered pizza, put Ariana to bed, and then found our basement storage area was filling up with water. Spent all night and this morning drying stuff out. Luckily, nothing more than a puddle, but it was still pretty damp down there.

Went to Home Depot to get a pump to help, and was told that they opened at 6:00am, and were sold out at 6:30am. I got a wet/dry vac and that seems to work pretty well on the carpet down there. We've probably lost a few books, but nothing sentimental.

And there's more rain coming. In fact, I'm watching the second coming of Noah's flood outside my work window right now. Probably we'll have more cleaning up to do tonight. Ugh.
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Happy birthday, [ profile] alazrael!!
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Real, honest to goodness, accumulating snow. It's looking like 1-3 inches.

This is exciting for me because I've lived in Austin for 6 years. I miss this stuff. :) It's so pretty, I could watch it come down for hours.
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So, I finally finished my Sudoko solver. I tried valiently to write it in Perl, but recursion, pointers, and strangely scoped variable defeated me. I spent an hour converting it to Java, and now it solves any puzzle I throw at it in less than a second (except for that one weird one that took 44 seconds).

It's pretty dumb. It guesses a number, fills in as many squares as possible, and then guesses another number until it either reaches an impossible configuration and backtracks, or solves it. There are some Sudoko solvers out there on the web that don't use guessing at all, but I was trying to keep mine simple.

I was really surprised at the speed. I figured with all the recursion and brute force, it would take a while, but even on the last puzzle in my Sudoko book, it finishes it in like half a second.

If anybody wants to look at the code, let me know.
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Happy birthday, [ profile] jd7a!!
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I walked down the ten blocks to the National Mall and ate my lunch on a park bench between the Washington Monument and the Capitol building. Definitely have to do this again. It was much better than sitting at my desk surfing the internet. Wheee!
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Happy birthday, [ profile] jwildstr!

May all your programs compile and all your defects be "features".
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So, currently, right outside my window is a Coke truck. It tried to exit the parking lot, and bottomed out. It's stuck on the exit ramp. Apparently, it's been there for an hour. There's a another big truck chained to it trying to pull it free. It's not having much success so far. This might take a while.

There's all these people walking around staring at the truck, trying to figure out what to do. Nobody looks particularly happy. There's even a guy taking pictures of the whole thing. I'm not sure why. For posterity, perhaps? Or for insurance purposes?

It's quite a sight. Glad I don't have to pay admission. :)

Meanwhile, have a Coke on me!
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

Because the <and> element of the <condition> task is short-cutting, it does not run the second test if the first one fails, which is good, as the classpath is not going to be valid when env.TOMCAT_HOME is undefined.
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Voted this morning.

A. woke up nice and early this morning, like she has been, so we went to vote just after the polls opened. She woke up at 5ish, ate and sort of dozed with us in bed until 7, and then we got ready to go.

There was a line, of course. We waited about 15 minutes, and had absolutely no problems voting. Although, the lady in front of us couldn't vote because she hadn't changed her address when she moved, so she was at the wrong polling place. I can't believe that they're still working from a paper list instead of a centralized list. It shouldn't matter when you vote as long as you vote in the correct races.

Gonna be a long night of watching the counts come in.
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I find this rumor much more amusing than I probably should. I don't believe it for a second, but if it turns out to be true, well, you heard it here first.

For non-Texans, Rick Perry was Bush's lieutenant governor who succeeded him as govenor of Texas.
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One of the guys behind Brunching Shuttlecock humor site now appears to be writing for Wired.

Weird, I always thought Lore Sjöberg was a fake name.
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Happy new year one and all!

Gift fun

Dec. 23rd, 2003 03:56 pm
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I had good gift karma this year.

I gave my father Diaspora: Homelands in Exile (2 Volume Set) which he really loved.

I gave my mother DDR Max for the PC with two USB pads. It was a nicely priced bundle. When she visited in early November, she noticed our DDR pad hiding behind the entertainment center. We pulled it out for her to try and she was hooked. It was cardio that she could do at home, non-repetitive, and fun. She literally howled in delight when she opened the package (I listened in over the phone). She's already tried the arcade version through her company. I was amazed, but happy that I had chosen wisely.

I sent my sister the tradition Amazon gift, a couple books and a DVD. The books were by Candace Bushnell, of Sex and the City fame. I figured she would enjoy them, being a usually single NYC female. And I also got her Whale Rider, an independent movie that J and I enjoyed. It took her awhile to get the package. UPS delivered it, so they said, but she never received it. Finally, she knocked on doors and found out the old lady on the first floor of her apartment had accepted the package, but neglected to let my sister know. In the end, it looks like she'll enjoy the gifts.

And, as for J., I painfully admit that it is the day before Christmas Eve, and I have yet to buy a gift for her. I've struck a wall and have no idea what to get. It depresses me, but I shall triumph. To the mall, batman!
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Wow, finally been at a company long enough, and one that's had enough customers and revenue, for it to finally go public.

My company's just filed S-1.
Motive plans another IPO try

Now the fun begins....

One public company I've been at went IPO about 6 months before I got there, had their stock jump to 90, and finally was bought by another company with shares at around $6, and that was being generous.

Another public company I was at bought a small startup I was working at. While I was there, its stock went from $2 to under a dollar in about 2 months. I was layed off shortly after.

Third time is the charm, I hope. :)
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Watched The Seventh Seal last night, a subtitled 1950's Swedish movie about god and death in the black plague. It's considered to be a classic and includes the much copied scene of someone playing chess with death for their life. I particularly liked it when Bill and Ted played Battleship and Twister with death.

A Mediaeval knight plays chess with death as a plague ravages the countryside, laying waste to peasant and noble alike. He is trying to discern whether or not God exists before he dies. But he can only delay the Reaper as long as the game continues, and meanwhile he walks the land meeting people who inform his speculations.

The title refers to the New Testament and Revelations. With people dying by the boatload due to the plague, the end of the world didn't seem to far off.

My opinions of the movie: I think I'll need to see it again. There's a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning in each scene, which of course means we were sitting there scratching our heads and going what the hell. It was slow moving but not boring. There are some striking images that I'm still thinking about. It's more stilted and less realistic than modern day movies. It was thought-provoking, visually interesting, and was well balanced between humor and drama. I enjoyed it without fully understanding it. Damn movies with multiple layers.

Recommendation: Watch, but only if you realize it's an allegory and not an attempt at realism. Well written, acted, and filmed, it's a movie that will stay with you if you let it.


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