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April 12, 2002

No thanks, we gave at the office.

I've been doing a lot of traveling.

Hence, no journal entries.


My parents' hardware store, Wayne True Value, is closing. I mentioned this in a prior thunderjournal entry, but it's approaching faster than ever. There was a nice story about this in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday (coincidentally written by someone I graduated with from Notre Dame):


After 25 years, the store will probably close its doors for good in 5 days -- on 17 April, 2002.

Some random notes from the past few weeks:

  • Coke products (sodas) in Greely Hall are up to $0.60. Doh!

  • I left my cell phone charger in Kansas City. Doh! I bought a new one from www.verizon.com and it just arrived the other day.

  • I had good trip to Ft. Hood.

  • I had great trip to Louisville. I apparently was seen puttering around on my lawn, which started neighborhood rumors that I had returned from the Army for good.

  • I had a good trip to Kansas City.

  • Army Knowledge Online (AKO) is world's largest intranet portal. It has 925,000 users and growing. AKO is consolidating all e-mail, directory, and calendaring for the entire army (across the entire planet). Wow -- that's damn impressive!

A poem, from an IM conversation:

hipp-lie dipp-lie doo
said the man as he fell out of the shoe
he laughed and he spinned
and he said with a grin

Because poetry that doesn't rhyme... sucks. It's like... prose

Sneezing is a qunitissential part of being human.

A Haiku that few will understand:

Government computer geeks
25 series


Google is offering an API. How cool is that?


Here's an actual story of a real engineer from my organization. This story is about fixing a system that is out in a tactical unit --
i.e., out in the forest somewhere. "Walking the line" means that he's physically walking down the cable that connects the outpost where this system is to the network / relay station:

One ASAS-Light lost connectivity on the network. Tested he system and found it to be good; the Register Jack (RJ)-45 cable was also operational on a test. Walked the line to discover that a Generator Power Cable was laid across the LAN cable. Created a bridge using wood and mud to separate the two lines. Once that was done, the ASAS-Light was back on the network.

Using sticks and mud to fix a networking problem. Now that's an engineer!

I saw the movie The One with Jet Li; good effects, disappointing movie (obvious plot gaps, more then just the normal suspension-of-disbelief stuff). 2.5 minutes.

I saw the Disney animated movie Atlantis, which was also disappointing because there were several obvious plot gaps. This movie itself was good, but there were obvious questions raised about the story line, and Disney is better than that. 2.5 minutes.

April 14, 2002

We'd like you to accept this flower from the Church of Religious Consciousness

A truly frightening NY Times article about the lack of privacy in America if Larry Ellison/Oracle get their way:


How much does SourceForge suck?
Quite a lot, if you ask me
Can't cvs diff

Actually, SourceForge does a pretty darn good job -- this poem was the result of not being able to commit or diff for over an hour yesterday. Yeah, sure, there's periodic outages and things break sometimes, but it's a free service, and it's generally pretty stable.

So while I reserve the right to write woetry about SourceForge, I generally give kudos to the SF staff for providing this free service.

Tim and I went out to dinner (well, he had dinner, I just had a beer because I had already eaten) last night, and ended up going to Bisbee. We went to some random bar and watched a NFL Europe football game between Berlin and Frankfurt.

Wow, they sucked. The game was just amusing to watch because of how much they sucked.

I talked to a local guy and it turns out that the punter on the Frankfurt team is actually from Bisbee. Additionally, the game was being shown in the US many hours after the game had finished (effectively the previous evening). So the guy was able to tell me the outcome of the game and several of the key plays.

It was kinda fun to turn to Tim (who was not part of my conversation with the local) and say things like, "You know, I'll bet they fumble on this play."

There was a local band playing in the back of the bar, and they were quite good. Good tunes, a funny football game, and Major League playing on a second TV above the bar made for good ambiance and atmosphere.

Bisbee is an interesting town. It was originally a mining town, but that's long since dried up and it's now an artsy kind of town. Lots of different kinds of people now live there; I'm reminded of grad school (particularly other people that I met outside of the College of Engineering), but in a warmer, drier, and more run-down environment.

I saw 13 Ghosts this weekend. Good horror flick -- I give it 15 minutes. Quite scary, and reminiscent of The Cell. Great effects, too. Character and plot development could have been a little better, but there was still quite a lot there to enjoy.

I'm still anxiously awaiting Spider Man. Spider Man was my favorite superhero. The problem is that my stupid friend Kirby is getting married the weekend that Spider Man comes out, so I'll have to wait a few extra days to see it. What a dork.

April 21, 2002

So we can rub this out?

I think I've mentioned this before in previous entries, but there has been furious debate about exactly when my CPT promotion takes effect.

The final word: 1 Sep 2002. No ifs, ands, or buts. 1 Sep it is.

Today's theme: quickies.

  • I rented and saw Spy Game this weekend. Very enjoyable flick about CIA operations (don't really want to say much more for fear of spoiling the plot). Good soundtrack tunes, too. I give it 20 minutes.

  • I also rented and saw K-PAX. Also a good flick -- Kevin Spacey is a great actor; 10 minutes.

  • I finally updated my SourceForge ssh keys today; no more entering my passphrase for CVS commits... woo hoo!

  • About six of us helped our division secretary move to a new apartment yesterday. My joints felt it for the rest of the day --
    wow, I'm getting old!

  • Dialup download speed (read: lack thereof) sucks. Ugh -- how I miss my DSL.

  • Big fire on the other side of Mt. Huachuca for the past 3 days. On Friday, you could actually smell smoke in the air in Greely Hall.

  • Hack the Gibson.

  • The OSCAR "switcher" package, for various reasons, should be hosted on SourceForge. Unfortunately, the name "switcher" is already taken and I checked with the owner -- he doesn't want to give it up. So I just submitted a request for the name "env-switcher".

A little longer than a quickie...

I went rollerblading today; it was the first time in a long time. And it felt good, too. That is, until I realized that a bolt on my wheel had popped off. Doh!

I didn't fall -- it just felt weird, unbalanced, and jerky. If I had gone on few a few more minutes, the wheel probably would have popped off. Yow. :-(

Unfortunately, I was about a mile away from home when I realized this. So I skated slowly home, constantly stopping to re-adjust the axle so that it didn't fall out. It took quite a while. Amazingly, I found the washer that fell off the bolt, but not the bolt itself. Double bonk.

I'm going to have to find a sporting goods store around here that has parts for old model Rollerblades. Might have to go up to Tucson for that. Bonk bonk bonk!

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