Archives week 48 of 2005

Nov. 28, 2005 - Dec. 4, 2005

Four Years Apart

I once dated a woman
Briefly for a month or two
With four years to live
So the doctors said

She was vibrant
Living large on hard-earned dimes
Intent on living well
Before her mind was lost

Our first night together
Thanksgiving eve long ago
We talked 'til past the sun was up
Of life ...

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Laying Bare

Rumi graces candlelit evenings
Soft and gentle mystic love
Petrarch forms great swaths of words
To soft to give to waiting doves

I crack the knitted fabric
With crusty crude cold air
Animal lust crudest love
Tearing fabric laying bare

I probably should have held my tongue
Let quiet passion's sway
Inspire the genteel crowd ...

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Faced with unceasing noise
They want to talk
Their words that flow forever
Angst, anger and emotion
They need no more chatter
They will find their fates
They will come back home

Cut Crystal

Cut crystal chalices
Have less perfect form
Hold no stronger wine
Scatter light less perfectly
Attract mens' eyes less frequently
Than these flawless lips
Wrapped round honeyed tones
Spiced with foreign deserts
Laced with thoughts of home
Forming a quiet pool of hope
From which my heart would drink
But which my mind forfends

Things were going on, I just wasn't invited yet (Poetry evening at Aleck's, then dropped in on Simon...)

I got a last-minute invite from Michelle to go to Aleck's poetry evening. Was all people I know, save for two friends of Aleck. Hadn't seen Golnar or Shadie in ages, it's even been a while for Kathryn.

Anyway, turns out the evening wasn't really about reading one's own poetry, it was more about reading ...

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Mis-spent youth (I'd rather have been writing...)

Wound up spending the whole day on the VoIP project, wrapping up all the little loose ends of deployment, then writing a largish piece that we'll need to deploy to the public. Which is to say I didn't spend the day on thesis-related work. This is the first week since I started working on the ...

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Patrick's created a new dispatcher package (Plugins and all...)

Just saw the announce on Python List that Patrick (the original creator of the PyDispatcher module) has created a new project for working on the pattern, Louie. Haven't downloaded it to look yet, have burned too much time with mucked up setuptools... some day I'll recover enough to try one again.

Anyway, I think ...

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Rogers just keeps getting more expensive (Adding unwanted required features and taking away wanted ones...)

Rogers has just announced that they are going to discontinue their usenet feeds; no more comp.lang.python.announce or comp.lang.vrml. This comes on the heels of their attempts to strongarm us into "upgrading" to digital cable (incompatible with the PVR software on the computers) for an extra $10/month (before the cost of the hardware to adapt the ...

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Disappearing hours! (Forgetting to log time is a bad feeling...)

We (VexTech) do contract programming, and generally I try to bill to the minute, just for those minutes actually spent on the project. It keeps me focused on the needs of the project when working at home.

Unfortunately, today, I had at least an hour, maybe two, where I forgot to record time, mostly because ...

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That first call (I'll admit it, there was a bit of a magic moment there...)

Just finished the first successful test of the Asterisk install. I'm actually using a VoIP account over on our client's network as an inbound communications channel and connecting via a PSTN (regular telephone network) phone to the box sitting next to me. The Asterisk box is behind a NAT-ing firewall configured to trigger an opening ...

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