Archives December 2004

Dang spammers to the deepest, coldest regions of heck! (Another social casualty on the information super-highway...)


As my avid readers will remember, Natasha didn't come to the Solstice party, thus missing out on the opportunity to meet Lia. Now, that's hardly news, former girlfriends aren't, after all, required to show up to parties celebrating celestial events. There is, however, slightly more of a story.

You see, not having ...

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Day disappears in EFT pair-programming (As the cold (or whatever) takes over my poor lil' body...)


Colds suck. Not so much because they're inherently bad, but because they aren't bad enough to stop work, but they're bad enough to make working strikingly unpleasant. Talking all day when you have a cold doesn't really help make it more pleasant. Luckily, colds are bad enough that you're allowed ...

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Dear silly space-users, just convert to tabs and get it over with (Garn that's mildly frustrating...)


Have spent the last two days working with D'Arcy, who uses vi (that's, vi, not even vim). And every 10 or 20 minutes he'll mis-indent something because he uses spaces. It's often subtle, like a closing-bracket being outdented one line too many (which works fine if it's the last line ...

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Is God a criminal? (Since I can't sleep...)


At the party on Saturday night we had a short debate about whether there is a life after death and/or a God. As I was trying to get Simon to listen to my argument (instead of giving me an "Environmental and Resource Studies 101" lecture on the need to avoid coming to conclusions based ...

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Oy, graph layout code takes forever (For any sort of general case)


So, beyond some work on administrivia, spent the bulk of the day working on building graph-displaying mechanisms. For example, wrote a method that, given a start and end point of a range, generates major and minor grid lines within the range. It does that by using the log10 of the number, rounded and decremented to ...

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Poor guy, who could ever make ends meet on that salary... (Sometimes you just want to smack people upside the head)


So, turns out that the head of NASA (a Bush government appointee) is resigning because he needs more money to put his three children through University. He was brought in to institute financial restraint and reasonable bugetting to the institution, btw.

Um, when did it become impossible to put three children through school (for a ...

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Primary purpose of a blog... (Social awkwardness or feelings of guilt?)


Rosey got a brief call from Golnar (trying to buy Rosey's car), so I got to talk to her (on a cell phone, of all devices (I seldom use them, not having one)). Turns out that she was feeling guilty for having read parts of my blog (I assume not the whole 9 months ...

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Solstice dinner goes fairly well (Mole and curry and doughnuts! Oh my!)


Had 6 people over for the annual Solstice dinner. Much of the evening was spent answering questions from "The Question Book", so I'm sure everyone learned far more about one another than they really wanted to know :) .

Simon brought his former gf, Lia. Too bad Natasha didn't come, the two of them would ...

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Needing a package for doing graph-layout (Not a graphing package, a graph-layout package...)


Spent a few hours today trying to figure out the 'graph' views for Cinemon. Problem is, the graphs need to be active, that is, moderately interactive, with all sorts of hyperlinks from within them. Graphing packages are focused more on static graphs, so they don't seem to allow for specifying interactive features of the ...

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