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Sunday, December 16, 2001

I’ve had a very busy weekend. On Saturday, I ran errands in the morning, returning home with bags of bird seed, backup tapes, and speaker wire. An hour later my nieces arrived, and my parents and I spent the afternoon entertaining them (they’re one, three, and five years old, so we have an adventure doing so). We sat them down in front of My Neighbor Totoro, and it enraptured all three of them. Very satisfying. We […]

Friday, December 14, 2001

New anime MP3 on the sidebar: “Wings.” A nice, upbeat song to lift one’s spirits on a drizzly day. Brennen‘s entry for yesterday illustrates the exact reason why I hit his site every day. It’s fascinating stuff. And yes, Bren, I did scan the whole music listing. I have two comments to make in response, though. First, Brennen says, in response to the Piro whining debate: “I don’t think it’s realistic to expect Piro’s actual […]

Thursday, December 13, 2001

New anime song download: the theme to “Big Shots” in Cowboy Bebop. Check out the sidebar; the song will only be available for about a day. Here’s the latest in my invention saga. Our admin person suggested that I e-mail our CEO about it. I did so yesterday; here’s the relevant part of his reply: “I will let you know within a day or so if there is additional documentation, study, or steps […]

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Yesterday, Saalon posted a rant which dealt, in part, with Piro of MegaTokyo. Specifically, Saalon complained about Piro’s behavior when presented with negative feedback about one MegaTokyo strip. Yesterday, my reaction to Saalon’s rant was agreement, though tempered with the feeling that Saalon was a bit harsh. While Piro definitely over-reacted, I felt that, despite frequent delays, he keeps up with MegaTokyo reasonably […]

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Whenever you start work at a new company, you’re presented with a stack of forms to sign, initial, check off, and even read. I know of nobody who reads through all of this paperwork fully when they’re first employed. I read every contract I sign, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t very thorough when I came to work at Intersect. So, I’ve decided to follow a piece of advice I came across awhile back: […]

Monday, December 10, 2001

There is a dangerous, prolific viewpoint in modern culture. Its message lies in the deceptively comforting words of acceptance: You are who you are. You experience these strong urges, but who can blame you? You’re only human. If you give in, we understand. You are who you are. Bull. We can see that humans are among the most adaptable creatures in existence. […]

Sunday, December 9, 2001

“The central weakness of the twenty-first century church lies in the fact that our God is too small. This is why we need to go back to Narnia and Tolkien, to have our vision of Christ enlarged.” — John W. Yates III Well. I had a good, busy day; church, AWANA, a fantastic dinner of tortellini and blueberry crumble. My AWANA team crushed all comers. And now, I have very little to talk about. […]

Saturday, December 8, 2001

I’m just back from having seen Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. I liked it a lot; I enjoyed myself tremendously. I have minor issues with it, but considering that this was an attempt to faithfully reproduce a fantastic book, it was remarkably successful to my eyes. Perhaps my greatest disapointment lies in John Williams’ score, which is merely good. That’s impressive, when you get right down to it. […]

Friday, December 7, 2001 — Pearl Harbor Day (USA)

Well, it seems that the WebMages sysadmin has upgraded the ssh server from SSH1 to SSH2. This would be good, except that all of my ssh clients up to this point know only SSH1, so suddenly none of my ssh clients worked. Fortunately, Saalon (based on yet another blindingly helpful suggestion from Brennen pointed me at PuTTY, a simple yet effective ssh client. I’m using it […]

Thursday, December 6, 2001

Ugh. A rather terrible night’s sleep, combined with very little in the way of work to do at work, makes Brent unhappy. Particularly when Brent’s stomach stages a violent revolution. I did manage to practice my violin briefly, and draw a practice sketch, before obssessively staying up late, my eyelids drooping, to finish ripping yet another CD to mp3. I also chatted with Saalon (his beautiful new Apple PowerBook arrived today), […]

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