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May 9, 2002

I've got a wicked short fuse today...

Signed up for a slashdot subscription today (where "today" is actually quite a while ago now).

Got the env-switcher project. 2 packages. Happy.


The TV show Alias rocks.


Quote from a good ad for the Navy:

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of those who threaten it."


Some funny cluster haikus: http://lcic.org/haikus.html. My favorites, both by Mike CS:

My cluster is built
What to do now? Hey, I know,
I'll reinstall it.

Much too cold in lab
Boot the Itanium node
Ah, warm. Now can't hear.


Other random notes from my long absence:

  • There was a Big Fire right outside Ft. Huachuca -- it knocked out power to the base for a day. It burned some of the outlying training areas.

  • I went to a conference in Salt Lake City -- the Software Technology Conference -- for the Army. I was the token warfighter for the Army/CECOM booth (the rest of the people manning the booth were civilians). A fun and informative trip.

  • Had a great weekend trip to Baltimore to see Tracy; the rest of my family came over to Terry's place on Sunday for brunch. Tracy and I went to Kirby's wedding, which was was also much fun. Yay for Kirby!

  • Gave some tech advice to my Aunt Mary for the murder mystery novel that she's writing. She might name one of the characters in the book after me (the computer geek, of course).

  • CPT Klak has been deployed overseas, but still has access to IM. Thank God for the internet, huh?

  • It's getting hot here in AZ. When I come out to my car in the afternoon, it's hot. Damn hot. I've even been using my air conditioner here in my apartment.

  • Been busy at work. This week has been especially hectic. After some initial disagreements, we're actually achieving consensus for the project that I'm working on...

  • Kumquat does not rhyme with moose.

  • VMware still rocks.

May 11, 2002

Trust your technolust

Spider-Man, the movie, rocked.

I saw it with Tim last night at the mall movie theater. I made poor Tim get there way too early (even though it was the 9:30pm show) because I was convinced that it would sell out. I think all the shows before the 9:30pm show sold out (according to the guy in the ticket booth), but even though there were a fair number of people at the 9:30 show, there were still plenty of seats left.

I went to a matinee of Spider-Man today to see it again (matinee = cheaper). Cool. The theater was jam-packed -- it was hard to even find a single seat.

Good solid plot (yes, there are holes, but it's a movie forpetessake), and good character development. There's oodles of movie "mistakes" listed at http://www.movie-mistakes.com/film.php?filmid=2225 -- I actually noticed a bunch of those when I was watching the movie the first time. Watching it a second time (i.e., after I read the list at the previous URL), I actually disagree with a bunch of the listed "errors". --
most can be blamed on "that's open to interpretation", tricks of light/shadows, "intentionally wrong because it's a movie device, stupid", or flat out wrong.

But there were a few. Nothing too huge, though -- mostly differences between camera angles, minor discrepancies between scenes, etc. -- stuff that's in all movies. The special effects were pretty cool, too. The story is very faithful to the comic book mythology. I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but suffice it to say that I highly recommend going to see this movie in the theater. It rocks.

I give it... (drumroll)... 30 minutes. This is probably biased because Spider-Man was my favorite childhood super hero, but so what? :-)

Much as I hate to patronize the machinery of the DVD business, I'm sure that I'll buy the Spider-Man DVD when it comes out. If I'm still here at Ft. Huachuca when that happens, I'm sure that I'll be visiting MAJ F's house (they have a DVD player) to watch it. :-)


While I was in Baltimore last weekend, my entire family ambushed me with the question "What the heck does your minutes rating scale mean?"

I still refused to answer.

As someone much smarter that me said, "I offer neither explanation nor apology."


Other movies that are coming soon that I'm looking forward to:

  • The Bourne Identity
  • MIB II

Episode II will be cool, but like Episode I, I probably won't rush out to see it right away -- I'll probably wait until I can go see it with Tracy. So no huge rush on that one.


It's getting hot here. Damn hot. My car is an oven every time I get into it. Even the breezes are hot. I guess we can attribute it to the altitude here that it took until May to get this hot, so I should be thankful.

May 12, 2002

Well, yes. Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat.

I've recently discovered that I've earned two military service ribbons while I've been here.

If I understand this right, one is for national defense, and one for mobilization.


I've had The Crystal Method / Vegas tape in my car for almost the entire time I've been I've been down here.

That's right -- the audio in my car has been 100% TCM for over 6 months.


I watched the Oliver Stone movie Any Given Sunday last night. If I had to describe this movie in two words: un-freakingly-believably harsh. Wow.

That's really the best way to describe it -- wow. It's a very in-your-face Stone kind of movie. So I guess it shouldn't have surprised me, and perhaps it didn't, but it was still un-freakingly-believable in its intensity and content.

It's hard to rate this movie, because in some ways, it was excellent. But you really have to be in the right mood to watch it. Hence, if you catch it wrong, it'll suck.

So I give this movie -- 0. This is also known as "sympathy".

I've said many times that I won't explain my rating system, but I will say this about a zero rating: it means that you should take no extra effort to watch this movie, but if it comes along, you should not take any effort to not watch the movie, either. Which, in retrospect, is pretty much how I ended up watching this movie. So I guess the sympathy rating for the movie is appropriate in all kinds of ways.


I went grocery shopping today. I don't enjoy grocery shopping. Which I don't fully understand, because I love food, and when you go grocery shopping, you can get any kind of food that you want. And that should be strongly appealing to me. But it just seems so... annoying.

Have you heard the wive's tale, "Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry"? I've never understood this. Indeed, I think that's a stupid sentiment. If you're hungry when you go shopping, you'll actively seek out all the things that you like to eat. Why is that a bad thing? <sigh>

Two interesting things occurred while I was at the commissary today:


  1. I was thrilled to find Maggi in the seasoning aisle. I've long been wanting some seasoning to add to my soups and tuna salads. Now I've got Maggi -- that rocks! (I'd looked for Maggi in the commissary before; I either missed it, or they didn't have it/were out of it. Who knows/cares? I happy now)

  2. On the way out, to reward myself for going through the drudgery of grocery shopping, I bought a Snickers Cruncher bar, since I had never had one before. It was remarkably like the old Whachamacallit candy bars that you can't seem to find anymore.

I can't help wondering if there is a global conspiracy involving (at the very least) M&M/Mars candy company that has recently reincarnated Whachamacallit into Cruncher.

Hmm...


Happy Mother's Day!

May 18, 2002

You know what they say about men with big feet? Big feet... large shoes.

Great quote from one of the daily reports that I read at work. It's from a field software engineer:

"Problem solved. The server couldn't access the DBS disk because the connection pins were clogged with dirt."


I've come to the conclusion that Honda Civics are psychic.

When Tracy drove my old Civic to the dealer when she was finally making the final purchase on her new car, it decided to get a flat tire. It just knew.

I took my current Civic into for its regularly scheduled maintenance the other day. I drove down to the dealership, parked, and gave the keys to the service guy and waited for the shuttle to take me to work. A few minutes later, when I was getting into the shuttle, the service guy told me that the battery had died, and that had to push my car into the service bay. It just knew

I had to have $200+ worth of service to get a new battery and routine maintenance. And there's still a ping in the engine that they tell me will take about $400 to fix. Bonk. :-(


Everyone should tell Perk that he needs to use Mandrake. All he has to do is pretend it's not French -- call it Canadian.

Any they're not spies.


I did a new release for the env-switcher project today (it's a standalone project, and is used by OSCAR). Lots of bug fixes and enhancements.


One "Totally 80's Weekend" on Comedy Central today, they showed the movie Mannequin. The funny part is that the main character's name is "Johnathon Switcher", so lots of people kept yelling "Switcher!!" throughout the movie. This all happened while I was working on env-switcher today.

I found it extremely amusing. :-)


Over the past week, SourceForge has decided that it doesn't like my lam-mpi.org address. I don't get it.

Mails to my lam-mpi.org address get significantly delayed (such as on the various OSCAR lists), but no one else's mail is delayed. I added a squyres.com address to the various OSCAR lists, and now I get mail to the OSCAR lists right away (to my squyres.com address). So I'm signed up on these OSCAR lists twice -- lam-mpi.org and squyres.com -- and I'm only getting one set of mails regularly.

<shrug>

It's really odd because I'll periodically get a huge bunch of e-mails (to the lam-mpi.org address) from SourceForge -- all the mails that had previously not been delivered. But this has been happening only every 1-2 days. So it goes like this:


  • Big burst of mail from SF to lam-mpi.org
  • Nothing for 1-2 days (to lam-mpi.org)
  • During this 1-2 days, mail to squyres.com comes in quite regularly
  • Big burst of mail from SF to lam-mpi.org

...ad nauseum.

<shrug>


Some random shorties:


  • Someone has done some work to a) add mpiexec to LAM/MPI, and b) make it work under PBS/tm. How cool is that?

  • Why would anyone advertise stocks and futures on Comedy Central?

  • My 8 year anniversary in the Army was this past week. Were I not mobilized, I would be eligible to get out of the Army (ROTC incurs an 8 year obligation). :-)

  • I upgraded to gaim 0.58 this past week. I now get a weird -- albeit apparently harmless -- popup error message after I sign into MSN. I filed a bug about it on SourceForge -- others have had the same problem.

  • I use the "check for updates" feature in Mozilla to monitor the LiveJournal of various friends of mine. Mozilla has decided to keep telling me that CPT Klak's journal has been updated, even though it hasn't been. <shrug>



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May 21, 2002

This whole office is so un-fung-shui. The desks are all arranged evil-like...

24, the TV show, ended today.

Kind of a weird ending. Some of it you could see coming, some of it I didn't really expect. Hmm.

Rumor has it that there might actually be a sequel. Mike from IBM predicts that it will be the next day, and everyone will be sleeping.

That sounds riveting.


My friends are very odd. And have lots of time on their hands.

So there are a few people on the planet who actually know what my movie scale rating means. One of them (name ommitted to protect the guilty) ran an analysis on all of my journal entries. Here's some stats:

Movies Rated: 37
Positive Ratings: 33
Negative Ratings: 1
Average Rating: 12.36 minutes
Highest Rating: 50 minutes - Fight Club
Lowest Rating: 30 feet - Charlie's Angels
Most Common Rating: 10 minutes (7 movies, 15 minutes was close behind at 6 movies)
Lowest Positive Rating: 2 minutes - The Cell
Most Favorite Movie Viewing Month: April - 6 movies
Least Favorite Movie Viewing Month: October - 1 movie
There were 3 sympathy ratings: Bounce, Pay it Forward, Any Given Sunday
There was one rating of a TV show: Drew Carey - 17.5 minutes, and it refers to a collective average of all the viewed episodes, not a specific episode.
There was one rating of CD: Boutique. It got a 10 minute rating

There were no references to props in any of these ratings.

Even worse, someone else chose to do a lexigraphical analysis of all journal entries (you need a wide screen to view this properly -- you might need to check out the web version of ThunderJournal, http://jeff.squyres.com/journal/):


The Life And Time of Jeff Squyres
In a Nutshell
(unweighted frequency analysis)


J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M
+======= 2000 ======+ +================= 2001 ====================+ +===== 2002 ====+ TOT
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wont 2 6 3 3 1 3 6 5 3 4 3 3 8 3 4 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 68

can 22 34 42 37 56 30 12 20 23 52 19 32 50 11 37 14 7 10 8 1 11 1 3 532
cant 8 14 12 14 13 12 2 5 4 3 6 3 7 6 14 7 1 0 4 1 3 1 1 141

time 24 34 62 48 20 29 12 18 21 42 22 23 33 23 26 12 13 17 12 3 13 2 3 512

good 21 42 36 60 29 18 14 13 15 18 11 14 49 22 33 16 10 19 4 8 13 15 3 483
bad 4 1 6 16 4 13 4 5 3 0 3 8 12 3 12 4 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 105

hell 1 2 5 6 5 8 6 0 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 46

love 2 5 4 6 1 3 0 3 0 2 1 3 1 5 3 0 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 46
hate 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 10

what 15 41 37 41 32 25 15 10 12 40 15 16 50 21 43 21 6 16 6 3 11 1 2 479
where 9 18 18 15 17 10 3 11 5 14 4 15 16 7 7 6 6 6 3 2 4 1 1 198
how 14 24 30 30 21 17 13 10 8 23 12 19 38 11 16 14 6 6 3 4 9 4 0 332
why 4 8 8 13 4 9 5 7 2 6 7 6 18 10 9 4 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 130

more 19 27 37 31 40 21 11 28 17 35 14 14 38 14 32 8 8 12 7 6 4 5 0 428
less 3 4 7 4 3 3 2 4 2 4 4 11 3 7 6 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 75

them 20 45 41 25 21 27 8 13 22 38 8 15 46 11 28 17 4 9 6 6 9 0 0 419
their 22 33 33 26 21 28 1 7 12 45 12 13 55 8 29 13 6 8 0 3 9 1 0 385

his 20 9 16 23 13 17 8 7 2 18 2 9 30 2 18 8 7 7 0 2 2 0 0 220
her 11 1 5 3 0 4 5 3 2 9 5 4 5 7 5 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 76

mpi 4 10 14 12 70 5 6 6 16 61 18 5 2 4 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 240
lam 2 23 22 36 66 2 58 25 19 18 15 26 31 1 8 9 1 3 1 0 6 0 0 372
work 10 23 20 32 25 23 12 24 14 24 17 15 18 6 28 9 6 6 9 2 13 0 1 337
code 18 21 26 31 14 5 7 9 12 17 4 8 17 9 8 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 214

today 11 46 33 33 6 9 8 10 26 14 16 16 9 5 23 18 3 6 5 7 14 2 4 324
tomorrow 4 3 2 3 0 0 5 2 1 6 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 42
yesterday 0 23 13 6 5 15 5 8 3 6 4 8 6 2 11 9 0 7 0 0 3 3 0 137

right 15 14 14 18 16 13 9 9 12 6 7 12 29 7 12 10 4 5 2 2 1 1 2 220
wrong 4 6 3 4 7 2 2 4 5 4 3 1 6 1 2 1 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 64

want 3 11 13 10 11 8 6 5 4 12 7 9 28 5 11 9 7 3 1 1 2 2 0 168
need 3 9 10 14 20 11 12 9 4 17 10 6 11 6 13 4 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 167

client 2 6 6 3 2 4 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 2 1 0 0 41
server 3 6 5 4 6 19 3 8 2 23 4 8 3 20 32 6 0 9 5 0 2 0 0 168

problem 3 7 26 11 13 17 6 2 2 8 18 7 10 7 13 8 0 3 1 2 2 2 0 168
problems 1 7 2 1 12 4 4 9 2 3 7 3 5 4 9 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 84
solution 0 3 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20

tracy 32 4 8 8 6 5 4 8 4 14 2 5 7 2 16 11 8 10 1 1 7 0 3 166
brian 3 11 2 4 7 2 9 4 9 4 3 6 16 2 7 3 0 2 3 2 11 0 0 110
lummy 1 19 5 6 3 5 2 1 6 8 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 70
tracys 4 2 1 1 0 6 3 0 2 10 0 0 1 0 3 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 40
darrell 1 1 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 15 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 34
dad 3 1 2 2 0 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 31
michelle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0 0 26
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mom 0 0 0 2 2 7 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 22
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renzo 7 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 20

does 5 12 13 12 19 9 5 6 5 12 8 2 19 10 11 2 2 3 3 1 2 2 2 165
doesnt 2 9 6 16 6 12 3 7 7 11 6 3 17 11 10 7 1 3 5 4 3 2 0 151

cool 11 9 11 18 13 8 11 5 6 9 6 6 10 6 10 4 2 7 2 0 7 1 3 165
hot 5 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 24

long 6 4 6 14 19 7 7 11 7 10 5 8 12 3 12 5 2 7 5 1 2 2 1 156
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movie 21 5 2 2 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 7 6 3 7 0 3 6 4 4 4 4 7 97

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dsl 1 3 5 3 0 26 2 3 23 2 13 0 2 5 11 12 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 116
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army 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 0 2 1 4 9 4 1 1 7 10 23 6 0 8 3 1 91
e-mail 5 2 1 7 4 8 4 1 7 9 4 5 4 0 10 6 1 1 2 0 6 1 0 88
program 5 2 7 8 11 6 5 8 5 7 2 3 3 3 2 0 0 1 5 0 2 0 0 85
xmms 0 1 10 9 0 3 19 6 5 13 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 81
lam/mpi 0 4 6 7 27 0 0 3 19 3 1 0 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 81
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cvs 0 1 6 8 1 2 5 6 1 0 1 2 21 7 6 4 0 2 0 5 0 2 0 80
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windoze 1 3 1 2 2 27 1 1 3 1 1 1 8 8 3 2 1 1 1 0 6 0 0 74
condor 0 0 0 0 53 1 10 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 69
router 0 12 4 4 2 7 0 1 14 4 6 0 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
laptop 0 3 2 0 2 2 0 4 4 3 7 6 1 8 13 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 64
queue 0 1 24 5 4 6 1 2 0 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 62
queues 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
c++ 6 1 10 5 3 2 3 3 2 4 3 3 1 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 57
internet 0 0 4 1 1 8 1 1 1 3 4 2 5 3 6 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 48
queeg 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 4 10 4 4 1 2 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 47
dns 0 2 7 0 0 6 0 4 5 3 4 8 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 45
unix 0 4 5 3 4 10 0 0 1 0 0 6 3 2 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 44
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programming 0 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 20

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tree 0 1 13 13 2 4 3 10 1 13 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 68
louisville 0 14 5 3 0 8 1 2 0 4 3 3 5 4 9 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 68
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wedding 12 7 8 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 38
kentucky 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 22

dissertation 2 4 0 6 3 0 1 8 7 9 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 45
+======= 2000 ======+ +================= 2001 ====================+ +===== 2002 ====+ TOT
J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M

So looking at those numbers is pretty interesting. Good thing that Tracy is the name I've mentioned the most (200+)! ;-)

Apparently, I'm a pretty positive person. Woo hoo!


I've also had a request to make the "funny and interesting" portions of my journal more easily identifiable so that readers can quickly hone in on the "interesting" aspects of my entries and skip all the "mundane and boring" stuff.

I am always willing to help those who are willing to read my blathering.

So to that end, I'll use ASCII for "funny and interesting" sections of my journal. I'll use the Cryllic alphabet for "mundane and boring" stuff. This will make it all easy for users to identify between the two kinds of text in my journal entries.

Hope that helps.


I have just found a SourceForge "remember me" option so that I don't have to login every time I visit http://sf.net/.

But they also put in a new theme today. It's somewhat ugly, IMHO...


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