Archives June 2005

I Miss the Quiet Nights (Conversations with her in my arms...)

I cannot sleep (again)... though I suppose in the end I haven't really tried (how often when I can't sleep is it really that I don't want to sleep because I want to think about the thing that's keeping me awake?) Memories are haunting me again. Stupid memories.

I miss the quiet with her in ...

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Why no solstice party? (The crowd asks)

Had coffee with Shane, Brendan and Lara (who showed up even though she was somewhat sick) on Monday. Beautiful, deep conversation, (as normal), ranging all across history, philosophy, psychology, the arts and sciences. It's conversations like that which I live for. But the question came up "are you having a solstice party", and then "why ...

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Self-censoring (My broken editor...)

Alexei and I had this running gag back when he lived in Toronto. Basically it was that he had a broken censor, while mine was working overtime. Over the last few months, my little censor seems to have gone on a bit of a hiatus.

First I managed to really upset XXX, then I discovered ...

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Sociopathic behaviour escalates (Society does nothing but encourage it...)

Here's a thought: driving an SUV is the equivalent of being the guy who pisses in the well because it's convenient at the moment. You are someone so concerned about your own trivial comforts, and so unconcerned with the welfare of society, the environment and those around you, that you will endanger, and ultimately degrade ...

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PyGTA is next Tuesday (Come see the wonder that is Cinemon!)

Ian reminded me today that PyGTA is coming up next week. I'm going to load up the Cinemon demo and do a very brief walkthrough of it. Since we're now out of the "stealth" phase, we can really talk about it for the first time.

Today was mostly taken up with meetings. Didn't really have ...

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Rosey starts blogging... (While I spend my day on system administration and minor bug-fixing)

Rosey (my little sister) has started up a blog (no entries yet, however), mostly to track her progress learning French in Quebec this summer.

I spent the day getting a Cinemon server ready for a client. Mostly just getting the (old) server updated to newest code, testing for start-on-boot operation, eliminating all of the source ...

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Gentoo moving to Python 2.4 causes a bit of annoyance (Dependency changes, but the packages don't realise it...)

I told Gentoo to update my system today, thinking I'd see if the KDE compilation failures had been fixed. I missed Python 2.4.1 in the list of dependencies to be built (there were dozens and dozens of them). So, though the KDE compile still failed, Gentoo had already updated Python to 2.4.1, which broke pretty ...

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Mental exercise is fun (Paper design for scaling up Cinemon)

I've been working on the algorithms for scaling up Cinemon to work for large systems (half a million subscribers or so) on and off. Today I decided to work on the overall architecture, rather than the nitty-gritty details of how communications will work among the federated servers.

The actual "how" of it is something I'll ...

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Little bit of work to round out the day (Still tired from the trip, but trying to keep a normal-ish schedule...)

Did a few hours work on Cinemon this evening. Nothing spectacular, just some project management and fixing a longstanding bug with the restart-on-reboot operation.

Shane went nuts while I was away. He gave me two bottles of apple butter, 3 pounds of coffee, and a huge gift bag packed solid with high-end chocolate of various ...

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Conference goes remarkably well (Response to Cinemon is far better than even I'd hoped...)

I'm back from the SCTE conference. I was there to "launch" Cinemon for the greater population of Cable operators (a.k.a. MSOs). Response was almost universally positive, lots of interest in the product from everyone for whom I did the "dog and pony show".

Quite a few effusively positive comments ("Sure, we have monitoring systems, but ...

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