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March 6, 2002

I'm an engineer, for Christ's sake. I stopped running when Nixon was president.

Joey Butta-fooooo-co.


Ok, it's been a while since I've done a journal entry. Hence, this entry is pretty long. Cope.

Note: all references to "today" are very relative (as opposed to being only somewhat relative).


Some funny things I saw today:

  • A sign at the cleaners today: 314 days until Santa returns.

  • An episode of News Radio today that I had never seen before! It was about Bill's book deal. Good stuff.

  • An ad for Tucson College for their networking technology degree. But it showed maintenance and parts for hard drives during the entire commercial. Amusing.


I got my $60 refund from Iomega today (from the Christmas present that my sisters and I got for my dad)! Amazing, since a) I'm pretty sure that my refund form got to Iomega a day after the deadline, and b) it got here in only three weeks.

I also got my LAM slinkees! Woo hoo! They're a big hit, both with me and with my cow-workers.

It seems that one of the items in a journal entry that I lost a few weeks ago mentioned another amusing story about LAM slinkees... The CS secretary called Brian one day saying that FedEx called saying that they found two boxes of LAM slinkees that never made it to SC'2001 (in November) in Utah.

Yeah, it was found several months after the SC'2001 conference.

Whoever heard of FedEx losing packages for months?


Tracy was here this past weekend. An excellent weekend, but too short, of course. :-\

Tracy's flight got in around 10:30 at night, so we stayed in a local hotel in Tucson rather than drive back to Sierra Vista (about an hour's drive).

The theme of the weekend was to treat it like a vacation. For example, we did the whole Valentine's Day thing a week late. So we slept in, bummed around Tucson a bit, and stopped at a Borders bookstore because my brother- and sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate for Christmas.

I spent it all, and have plenty of books to last me for a while.

Continuing the tradition of going to see a movie every time Tracy comes to Arizona, we went to see The Count of Monte Crisco -- it was pretty cool. I give it 7.5 minutes.

We then went to a great dinner at a restaurant that was much nicer than we expected -- The Tack Room (their web page sucks, but it was a fabulous restaurant). It was a great meal, though -- well worth it.

We drove back to Sierra Vista that night. There was a big forest fire on one of the mountains near Sierra Vista -- it was clearly visible from I-90 as we drove by, and you could even still see it from my apartment in SV. It was quite stunning -- I'd never seen a forest fire in person before.

On Sunday, we went to The Skywatcher's Inn, a bed-n-breakfast outside Tucson. It was very, very cool. The B-n-N is in an observatory -- there are lots of telescopes (including a really big one in the traditional domed observatory roof, etc.). We didn't use that one, though -- we went to a different part of the observatory that had a roll-back roof with bunches of different kinds of telescopes. We had a 2 hour session with an astronomer where we saw all kinds of extremely cool stuff, like:

  • Saturn, including its rings

  • Jupiter, including the dark bands, and the big red spot

  • oodles of detail on the moon

  • various nebulae

  • lots of stars and clusters -- different types, etc.

The moon was almost full; so much so that it somewhat washed out lots of other distant features. The moon was so bright that when we looked at it directly, not only could you see all kinds of really amazing detail, I would actually have a blind spot in my eye for a minute or two when I pulled away from the eye piece. Whoever thought that the moon could be so bright that it was literally blinding?

Word to the wise: if you ever go do astronomy, do it in the half of the month with less moonlight.

Our room had black lights and glow-in-the-dark stars and constellations on our ceiling. Cool. :-)

Monday morning, I drove Tracy to the airport and she flew home. I went back to work.

<sigh>


The voice mail light on my phone sucks.

Sometimes it doesn't light up until a day after a message comes in.

My voice mail light angst.
Annoying technology.
Not blinking on time.


Since I use an ISP dialup for the vast majority of my non-Army work, I decided to drastically cut back on the amount of e-mail that I receive. I switched several of my list subscriptions to be daily digests instead of individual e-mails.

This cuts back on the overhead of pine/IMAP/SSL a lot.


I spent just about all weekend re-writing the gm RPI for LAM. The new version is much simpler than the last, although I am finally understanding some of the wisdom of how the other RPIs were written. I got the majority of the infrastructure done, and basic (tiny) message passing finished. Short and long messages do not work, and unexpected message passing is only partially written.

More to come...


So I didn't make it to the commissary to buy more food -- I've got almost nothing left. So I decided to go to Wendy's for lunch on Sunday. I was waiting in the drive thru when the Mystery Machine pulled in behind me. I mentioned seeing this van in a journal entry a while ago.

When I finally pulled up to the window, I was thinking both about LAM and the coolness of the Mystery Machine. The guy at the window caught me off guard. The exchange went something like this:

<Jeff off in space thinking about LAM/Mystery Machine>
Window guy: "You traveling much?"
Me: "Uhhh... yeah."
Window guy: "Where you heading?"
Me: "Uhhhh... here for a while, actually."
Window guy: "Well, I'll warn you that this is a pretty boring place."
Me: "Uhhh... thanks."


I have the best news -- Joe Isuzu is back! I just saw him in a car commercial.

He's 3% funnier than before.


There's a new forest fire on another mountain here -- it's the big mountain behind Mt. Huachuca. The fire has been burning for almost a week now, but it's almost out. It started last Friday as a controlled burn, but it was really windy and apparently it just spread. Although the fire was on the far side of the mountain, it was so big that you could easily see the glow of the fire reflecting off the smoke and clouds. Doh!

That, and there was lots of smoke.


Tim and I watched Space Cowboys the other night. Good flick, and a bunch of "engineers are great" kinds of themes.. I give it 10 minutes.

March 8, 2002

Computers are down, sir. She's all yours.

I watched Drop Zone on TV tonight -- great flick. Renzo and I used to watch it every time before we went skydiving. Mmmm.... skydiving....

Plus, it stars Yancy Butler -- the lead from the cool TNT series Witchblade.
15 minutes.


I spoke a little too soon about the fire on the mountain being out
-- apparently it's still raging. Several residential areas around Sierra Vista are on a 3 hour evacuation alert. Doh!!


I finally got clearance to release two white papers today about implementing IMAP/SSL, LDAP/SSL, and SMTP/auth using MS Exchange and MS Outlook 2000. I sent it to the Information Security Engineering Command and to the Army CONUS Regional CERT (CONUS = continental US), both of which who have expressed some interest in it. I am still surprised that apparently I have not been able to find any other Army organizations who use IMAP/SSL when it is becoming a defacto standard in industry and educational institutions (heck, it's even a standard at DoE installations!).

We'll see if I can kick some IMAP/SSL awareness into the Army, and have them experience the True Goodness of IMAP/SSL.


The battery on my Dell sucks.

I recently unplugged it recently to work away from a power outlet, and within just a few minutes (I don't know how many, but certainly under 10), I started getting warnings about low battery power.

Doh. :-(


So my dad has finally announced that he's closing his hardware store. He has owned that store for 25 years; he and my mom have finally decided that it's time to retire.

Here's a nice quote from an e-mail from dad:

Our clearance sale is well underway here with the public announcement of our retirement being accomplished via an article on the front page of the Suburban and Wayne Times two weeks ago. It was a nice article about all of our involvements in Wayne and had a color picture of Mom and me standing in front of the store. The public lament that we are leaving has been enormous and makes us feel quite sad and happy at the same time.

I worked in that store for many, many years. I even dimly remember my mom and dad deciding, years and years ago, that they wanted to go into business for themselves and looking around for what kind of business to go into, picking a location for the store, etc. Heck, I even wrote lots of software that is still in use today at that store. That store is where I was first introduced to Xenix, Unix, and C programming.

I learned a lot at that store. It was a significant portion of my childhood (and my sisters', too).

Another life chapter closed.

March 12, 2002

That girl I was dancing with was a database administrator...

http://www.bestofrestrooms.com/restrooms/ lists the locations of the top two public restrooms in the entire United States as the Administration building at Notre Dame and the Mall At Oxmoor in Louisville, Kentucky.

What does it mean that I've been to both of them?

I'm frightened.


I discovered a cool new feature in pine today -- the <t>ake command can "take" the attributes of the current message to anywhere
-- not just to your addressbook. For example, I did a <t>ake today to make a filter rule for a mailing list that I'm on. It automatically filled in all the attributes on the rule screen so that I didn't need to re-type anything.

Cool!


I randomly got in touch with long-lost friend Michelle M. last Friday (she e-mailed me). She was a few years ahead of me at Notre Dame -- we were both in Army ROTC together. She, too, has been recently recalled to active duty in the US Army and is serving in an MI unit in Georgia. Coincidentally enough, this is one of the units that my organizations supports with MI software.

So it seems that some of the SITREPs that I read from that unit are actually written by Michelle. Who knew?

We chatted on IM for quite a while on Saturday, catching up, etc. It was good to talk with her again.

Michelle had found and read ThunderJournal; she reminded me of something that I said in one of my other entries:

Join your local "Everyone Should Be Optimal" (ESBO), or "ez-bo" union and help stamp out such silliness.

We therefore decided to form the ESBO League -- we're the charter members. If you'd like to join, let me know.

ThunderJournal introduced Michelle to the wonderful world of blogging ("web logging" for those of you who have never heard the term "blog" before). Michelle has started her own blog on LiveJournal. I might actually switch ThunderJournal over to LiveJournal someday to get the benefits of a professionally-hosted blogging service. Unfortunately, it seems that none of the blogging services offer the send-email-upon-new-posts feature. So that would take a little bit of figuring out. I'm sure it could be done, but I just don't have the time (or enough desire [yet]). We'll see. :-)


The CPU fan on http://www.squyres.com/ has been getting worse over the past few months. It was starting to get somewhat noisy when I left (it doesn't help that there's no outer chassis on the machine
-- it's just a frame with components sitting in a closet^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hmy server room on the second floor of our house in Kentucky). It's apparently been getting worse and worse -- Tracy tells me that it had recently become audible from the dining room downstairs.

Doh!

So after much telephone conversation, Tracy went to Radio Shack and found an exact replacement fan. I remotely shut the machine down and Tracy did a little surgery on the machine. She had it up and running less than 15 minutes later.

Good thing my wife's an engineer, eh? :-)


I've spent the last two weekends almost entirely working on the Myrinet/gm RPI for LAM/MPI. Brian and I finally make the collective decision to throw out the entire first iteration of the gm RPI because it was far too complicated and unwieldy (always be prepared to throw the first one away). Although I had hoped to have it done by now, it's going quite well, actually. I've got a bit more to go, but I hope to have to done by the time I go home for Easter.

More details to follow.


I downloaded and installed the newest release of Mozilla --
0.9.9. It seems ok. Nothing hugely different, but a bunch of little differences/fixes here and there.

One new feature is its amazing MathML mode (MathML is essentially HTML for math, like math mode in LaTeX. It's standard, but I think Mozilla is the first browser to implement it). Look at the following page both in a regular browser and then in Mozilla 0.9.9:

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/mathml/demo/basics.xhtml

Wow -- that looks amazing in Mozilla 0.9.9!


I spent a bunch of time this week working on ASP code for the IFS web pages. We have a requirement to post certain reports up on our pages and have them automatically expire after a fixed amount of time (i.e., not be available on the listing page, and not possible to download).

The obvious way to do that is to have a "redirection" file actually serve up the reports, and have the actual files of the reports live somewhere outside the web tree (so that people can't just download them by going to their direct URL, even after they've expired off the listing page). This is not an uncommon thing to do. The trick was to make stoopid ASP be able to do it.

Forging the MIME content type is easy enough -- ASP has a built-in thingy to do it. The problem was reading binary files. It took forever to figure out how to do that (read: multiple hours of combing through documentation combined with lots of trial-n-error), and then write it back in binary format so that the client will (for example) a) see the MIME type for an MS Word document, b) read in the data for the document, c) fire up MS Word, and d) load the document in MS Word.

Reading binary files with ASP is not well documented at all. The trick was do it with something called "streams", and to use a member function called ReadText() and spit it back out with a member function called BinaryWrite(). Yeah, that's intuitive.

<sigh>


After figuring out all that ASP garbage (took several hours), I accidentally deleted all the work that I did (don't ask). ARRGGGGHHH!!!

Someone came by my cubicle in the midst of my [non-silent] despair and said, "Are you having a Monday?"

I couldn't even look at him for fear of what I might say or do.

Have you seen Office Space? It was just like that.


I saw an article about how Mandrake Linux
-- unfortunately, like many other free software shops -- is running into tough financial times. I've been using Mandrake for years --
it's easily my favorite Linux distribution. So I signed up for their "club", which is essentially a euphemism for "please donate some money to us".

Mandrake has been very good to me -- I've relied on it for day-to-day work for years. Mandrake Linux is a quality product. It's free, so I've never paid a cent for it. Even if it did cost money, I would have gladly forked over some cash to buy it. Hence, I didn't hesitate at all to sign up to send them a little cash in the hopes that they can stay afloat.

Hooray for Mandrake!
Savior of my Linux world
Please don't go bankrupt.

March 15, 2002

It's the Cadillac of mini-vans.

I officially moved the Thought for the Day to IU.

Sign up! http://lists.squyres.com/mailman/listinfo.cgi/thought-for-the-day


It's coming.


Tad Williams' Otherland (volume 4) / Sea of Silver Light (the book I bought by accident) is pretty good -- it's the last volume in the series. It's pretty big, and I only read it at night before I go to bed, so it's going slowly. Even though I'm only part way through the book, some questions from the other three volumes are being answered, and plot lines are starting to get tied up. Seems like it will be a good conclusion.

That's good, actually, because it makes the story last longer. :-)


I had a deep and meaningful conversation with Johnney and Michelle yesterday (you have to pronounce the words to appreciate their meaning):

 John S: Boo 
Me: boo
John S: AACK!!!
Me: flapoozle
John S: Buzziminglepoo
Me: schlembizzle
Me: flaks-n-plaks
John S: Cleevimougaluplieet!
Me: Lagaplapska
John S: pleh...
Me: undvinten
John S: Wumpooooplifishamoooglaplcgi
Me: schlumpawumpalumper
John S: Gretiplookimabletti - so there!!!
John S: Wumbitz?
Me: quoople
John S: Brazziflass!!
Me: aazen
John S: quomplitz
Michelle M: snork?
John S: Nos planiflit
Me: pampalaakle
John S: Mansiflat bo bliigy
John S: Graffilantz de maa framasert
Me: algenmazzle5threepio
Michelle M: silesta, oregunzit unken floozit
John S: Bon tsreloj beeg troouaaeg bes den en los vvewryptititz
Michelle M: lolzbot Me: zippen de zippen zipper zippee zipoolonga
John S: Nanoo naboo
Michelle M: dedodah
Michelle M: aben eeeeben unken blozen
John S: zippen de zippen zipper zippee zipoolonga zap zee zirpoot zimmonga
Me: klak Me: klak klak
Michelle M: flurbee foistenabourough
Michelle M: avec mon blundlcruntcheoen
Me: rumedelskiporm klak whepple
John S: Defg fiigrtesz
Michelle M: klak
Me: klak klak
John S: klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak klak
John S: Ko klackety klak
Michelle M: klak klak
Me: klak
Michelle M: klak
Me: klak Me: klaak
Michelle M: klark?
John S: R U A klakker?
Me: I klak
Me: You klak
Me: He/she/it klaks
John S: klak-a-congugation
Michelle M: I will have klakked
Michelle M: I have been klakkened
Me: klak
John S: Groop
John S: My froointing turlingdrome
Michelle M: and hoopturiously drangle me
Me: klak
Me: That's so klakky
Michelle M: klakk-a-riffic
Me: I'm a klak, he's a klak, she's a klak... wouldn'tcha like to be a klakker, too?
John S: klak
Michelle M: klak klak
John S: Klak klak bo blak
Me: klak
John S: Bannana nanna bo blak
Michelle M: fi fi fo flakka
Michelle M: klakka John S: Me mi mo mlak
John S: KLAK!!
Me: Good. Me: I'm glad we had this talk.

What, you don't have conversations like this?

Klak.

March 20, 2002

Disapointment

Michelle (CPT Klak) found the following quote this week:

"In reality, I lay many hundred miles away in an alien land, and would wake, before many seconds had passed, in the bare little hotel bedroom, comforting in its very lack of atmosphere."

It's from the book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It strikes me as both quite amusing and appropriate for both Michelle and I (I LOL'ed when I read it) since we're both activated reservists and away from home.


The new Mozilla (0.9.9) is less than satisfactory. It fixes some little bugs (like the download popup now actually has reliable sizes, times, and progress bad), but it has a new "feature" that it keeps randomly locking up. That is, it becomes totally unresponsive. This seems to happen randomly -- sometimes when I'm in the middle of browsing something, sometimes I come back to it after having left it for a while and find it locked up.

Very annoying.

It also continues an annoyance that I saw in previous versions: sometimes Mozilla arbitrarily grabs the keyboard input. I don't even have to be in the same virtual desktop as Mozilla for this to happen
-- I can be over in an entirely different desktop, working in emacs or a shell, and suddenly I can't type anymore. The mouse still works fine (thank goodness), but keystrokes get "lost". After much trial and error, I discovered that the only way to fix the problem is to kill Mozilla.

In truth, I don't know if this is because I downloaded binaries rather than compiling from source -- I don't know if there's some little incompatibilities in the version that they compiled vs. what I actually have on my system (version of glibc and all that). I'm reluctant to try to compile from source -- I seem to recall having tries this before, and that it was quite the hassle.


DirectTV DSL spammed me today.

I'm already a DirectTV customer -- why would I want to receive an e-mail from them that encourages me to sign up for DSL service when I already have DSL service from DirectTV? <sigh>


There was a great joke on TV today (The Daily Show):

"Anderson was handed a 10 page indictment today. Well, it was 10 pages, now it's 4,000 little strips. <shrug> It happens."


I downloaded Mandrake 8.2 ISO's. Brian is doing me the favor of burning those into CD's and sending them to me here in AZ.

Woo hoo!!


Brian spent a lot of work this week moving a very large mailing list from Yahoo! groups to our mail server at IU (the list has a few thousand members). This is a research mailing list that several members in our lab are involved with; our lab has established a good research collaboration with the leaders of the group, etc. The leaders of the group were unhappy with their previous home at Yahoo! groups (for various reasons), so my boss offered to host the list at IU. Seems like no big deal.

Brian spent a lot of time this week setting up the list, importing all the old messages, transferring over the membership lists, etc. They finally went "live" with the list yesterday.

Wow, what a disaster.

"Disaster" is not really a good word, though. That would tend to imply that Brian or the group's leaders did something wrong. No, the "disaster" aspects of the list transfer were because so many of the members of the list are keyboard warriors who have no respect for anyone else. Perhaps "disappointment" is a better word.

It is shocking -- absolutely shocking -- how many violent, abusive, and degrading flame mails that Brian and the list leaders received, attacking all aspects of the list transfer process. These "keyboard warriors" are faceless e-mail addresses that send vicious and hateful e-mails about their perceived wrongs to every e-mail address that they can think of.

For example, many of these mails were sent to the list itself (which is sent out to a few thousand people around the world), and up to about a dozen system-administration-level addresses (I'm not on this particular mailing list, and I even got some of them). They whine and moan about their woes, and then attack people like Brian and the list leadership in a most callous and cowardly way.

The truly amazing amazing aspect is that majority of abusive mails were users demanding to be removed from the list. That is amazing because there are many places where instructions for getting one's self removed are available (and blatantly obvious) - including a footer that is included in every single mail sent across the list.
There are even "click here" kinds of buttons on the web pages for the list and kinds of notices giving clear and concise directions for how to remove one's self from the list. We use a very popular and standard listserv program; one of the reasons that we chose that listserv program is because of its ease of use (from the user perspective). It shocks me that people choose to not read any of the information presented to them -- indeed, they do not even give the pretense of having read any of the directions -- and make baseless accusations against Brian (et al.) and then demand to be taken off the list "or else".

Finally, it saddens me that we were blamed and castigated for doing everyone a favor. We're hosting the list as a 100% free service -- providing both the hardware and the software expertise to make it work. Heck, even the list leadership are donating a large portion of their time to make the list work. And these freeloaders feel the need to send scathing mails to everyone they can think of, detailing how stupid they think we are. We're not a .com professional service -- not a single person pays us for this service. I'd like to think that we actually do a pretty good job because we have an unusually large amount of system administration experience for an .edu organization, but still: the amount of hate that we received was simply uncalled for.

I don't know what it is about e-mail (mailing lists in particular) that makes people feel that they can just kill kill kill. People say things that they would never say in a normal conversation.

It's not air rage, or road rage... it's e-rage.

Granted, the total number of people who were unhappy was actually pretty darn small (probably under a few percent of the total membership). But they were loud and quite "vocal" -- it was disconcerting and disturbing.

As the list leader said to Brian during this whole debacle yesterday (paraphrased), "And these people are among the smartest researchers in the world. Amazing."

<sigh>

I don't have any kind of moral or neat/tidy rollup of the actions of the past 24 hours -- and this won't change our service-oriented attitudes about running lists and providing other free services in the research arena. It just bothered me so much that I wanted it in my journal.

So let me re-phrase my prior assesment: "Wow. What a disappointment."

:-(

March 23, 2002

Yes, this is a very funky, hip, badass toaster.

Someone asked me what d/dx sin^3(x) is today.

I really don't remember enough calc (specifically, the trig part) to know. I asked several people what the answer is, and Kirby -- who taught high school calc for two years -- states that this is definitively the answer:

3sin^2(t)cos(t)

Now you know.


I got two free sodas at work this week. Both exchanges went something like this:

  • I put in a quarter to the soda machine (sodas are $0.50)
  • It plunks down into the coin return slot
  • I put the second quarter in anyway
  • It, too, plunks down into the coin return slot
  • Confused, it finally dawns on me that the first quarter "sounded wrong" when I put it in
  • I look in the coin return slot and am surprised to find both quarters
  • I put one of the quarters back in
  • It "sounds wrong" again, and ends up in the coin return slot
  • I sit there for a second, cursing the Soda Machine Gods for not letting me get a soda with my delicious sandwich (pronounced "sam-mich" here in AZ) for lunch
  • Then, just for the heckuvit, I hit the Diet Coke button
  • A Diet Coke pops out of the bottom

Amazing.

There are actually two amazing aspects of this story:

  1. It happened twice in one week
  2. I was stumped and surprised each time

So it appears that all my righteous indignation at the Soda Machine Gods was unfounded, and they actually made my cup runneth over.

Thank you, SMG!


I think that in addition to code names for programming projects (such as have been popularized by big name programming houses), we also need operation names for particular programming efforts. And these operation names need to be in the style of military operation names.

For example, this weekend I'm going to be doing a lot of LAM RPI/gm programming. As such, this weekend has been dubbed "OPERATION CODING FURY".

Possible names for future operations include:

  • OPERATION RAGING POINTERS
  • OPERATIONS C SHIELD / C STORM
  • OPERATION THUNDER FUNCTION
  • OPERATION BRIGHT ALGORITHM
  • OPERATION JOINT COMPILE
  • OPERATION VIOLENT EMACS

I love the last one because it's got both "vi" and "emacs" in it. Oh, the metaphors! ;-)


Brian sent me CD's for Windoze XP and Office XP. This was totally legal (any of you who know me know that I am somewhat anal about actually purchasing all the software that I own -- gotta practice what I preach and all that), 'cause IU lets students/faculty/staff buy various Microsoft products for ultra cheap prices ($5/CD).

Woo hoo!

I had planned to install Windoze XP under VMware (which totally rocks, BTW...) on my linux laptop. But I had an older version of VMware, and it refused to install XP properly.

So I downloaded a new version of VMware and got a 30 day temp license. XP installed like a champ, as did Office XP. The new VMware also has NAT networking, which means that my Windoze "machine" can be online via modem -- something that was not possible in the older version of VMware.

That totally rocks! Tracy and I share some financial and personal Windoze files, and it's always been a bit of a hassle to get them off my VMware Windoze 2000 because of the networking issues (previous versions of VMware were really setup to allow guest operating systems to be on real networks, not on modem dialups). This makes the whole process much easier.

I actually even downloaded all the Windoze XP and Office XP updates and whatnot. I'll still need to get anti-virus software when I go into work next (Army has a site license and lets you take a copy home, but you have to be on a .mil machine to download it).

Since this new VMware seems to a) work nicely with XP, and B) have NAT, I'll probably end up buying it sometime before my 30 day trial license expires.

Cool.


I went to see the movie Blade II last night. It was opening night.

I think that there are few better opportunities to see a new action movie than on opening night in a theater. The movie was great
-- I thoroughly enjoyed it. Solid action, decent plot line, and a lot of new kinds of special effects.

I give it 23.5 minutes.


I saw an Army commercial the other day -- it's one that has been running for quite a while -- talking about some soldier who loves to do computers and networking and the like. It shows him doing various computer things, and there's a brief, split-second screenshot of a map and some Army symbology on it.

I wonder if that's the ASAS (All Source Analysis System) software? Hmm...

March 26, 2002

I'm still laughing

News flash!

The Captain promotion list came out today... and I was on it! Woo hoo!

I haven't seen the sequence number list yet, so I don't know exactly when, but being on the list means that I'll be promoted to Captain (CPT) sometime during the next several months.

Woo hoo!

And who said you can't get promoted in the Reserves -- it only took 7.5 years for me to make Captain! (yes, that's a joke -- you can laugh now)

March 29, 2002

Forces of good and evil are constantly at work for my soul, etc., etc. But that's not important right now.

It seems that Tortias can still go stale/hard in a sealed bag.

How does that happen?

No... don't tell me. There are some mysteries of the universe that I don't want ruined (I'm still annoyed that my kindergarten teacher explain the whole "2 + 2 = 4" thing to me).


Books you'll never see:

  • Chicken Soup for the Small Arms Dealer Soul
  • Calling 911 for Dummies
  • Gourmet Hindu Hamburgers


There's apparently some guy out there who actually responds to spam. And he doesn't just reply with the "you suck -- remove me from the list immediately."

He actually takes time and puts a lot of creative energy into his replies. The results are hilarious:

http://www.thespamletters.com/


Funniest reaction to my promotion selection announcement (see if you can guess who it's from):

Soon all your friends and coworkers will be able to address you as "Cap'n" and pepper all speech directed at you with pirate "Argh!"s

"G'morning Cap'n! how goes the hacking!" "Argh! Cap'n! MPICH users sighted off the port bow, prepare to deploy LAMds!"

About March 2002

This page contains all entries posted to JeffJournal in March 2002. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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