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August 29, 2003

And a quick update, when I thought to check Brennen writes: There are precious few people I can really communicate with at a distance, and I don’t want to demand some fake response when I know there’s really not much to say. How are you, fine thanks and yourself, well gotta go, take care: It’s just a way to destroy whatever you’ve shared with someone in the process of trying to preserve a connection. […]

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

I find this fascinating: a sixteen-year-old named Barry Minkow constructed a completely fraudulent company, and eventually took it public. When it all came crashing down, a company worth almost a quarter of a billion dollars was found to have assets totalling $62,000. Here’s a well-written overview (and here’s a more complete but less well-written one)…except it’s not the fully story. There’s an article in Monday’s Wall Street Journal about Barry, […]

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Huh. I opened my e-mail inbox this morning to discover I’d collected one hundred spams in 19 hours. That’s a new record. I’ve asked our server’s admin to set up some sort of spam filter. I don’t even really need an ironclad solution that removes all unwanted e-mail; I just want something that’ll take care of the obvious stuff. Can’t write much today; I overslept this morning, and I have […]

Monday, August 25, 2003

Had a good weekend, though without any major exciting events to write about. It was an achingly beautiful weekend; both days were nearly cloudless, starting out cool then warming up just to remind you it’s summer without ever beating you up like some summer days do. Bees buzzed, butterflies fluttered drunkenly around gardens, and life was good. The flowers weren’t all […]

August 22, 2003

Saalon, my condolences. An idea has been noodling around in my head for awhile. I want to build an IRC server that’s combined with a MUD, allowing users to essentially play a MUD that sits on a working IRC server. I think I’ve found the perfect framework for this: pircd, a fully functional IRC server written entirely in Perl, and coded nicely. Here are some of my criteria: Minimal combat. I’d actually like there to be some […]

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Okay, now I can actually update this thing, since I have my notes. I spent Sunday on a bit of a road trip. It was merely a three-hour drive south to Petersburg, Virginia. Petersburg’s a small town, notable mainly for the Civil War battle that took place there near the end of the war, during Lee’s ignominious retreat back into Virginia following the disaster at Gettysburg. There’s one big disadvantage to driving into a small […]

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Sorry, nothing to report today. ‘Twas going to write about my adventures in Petersburg Sunday, but I didn’t bring in my notebook in which I recorded my experiences. Ah well; that’ll give me a chance to assemble and post the pictures. Right now, I’m rather stressed at work; we’re going to have an internal meeting today to discuss documentation, to discuss how we’re going to talk to the customer about the status of documentation. This may look like we’re […]

Monday, August 18, 2003

Last night, I watched a bug crawl across my bedroom floor. It was a surprisingly educational experience. It would clamber tenaciously over the uneven weave of the mayonnaise-colored rug for quite a few seconds, making steady progress. It wasn’t hurrying or frantic; it just kept moving. Then it would stop for a few seconds, and take the lay of the land. Then it would continue on again. It struck me that this […]

August 15, 2003

Time for IRC prayers: Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck!May all 0ur base someday be belong to you!May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven.Give us this day our warez, mp3z, and pr0n through a phat pipe.And cut us some slack when we act like n00b lamerz, just as we teach n00bz when they act lame on us.Please don’t give […]

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Brennen writes, in the midst of a wonderfully mood-invoking post: i suppose airports are amazing things, in their own waysignature elements of our civilization, ca. 2003 (Hmmm. Brennen’s way is better; I should include quotes in a <div> tag. It just feels right.) I don’t know that airports are signature elements of our civilization, if we take that phrase to mean a thing highly representative of a culture. Airports are designed […]

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