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Frankley, my dear Scarlett, I don't give a LAM.

Quote from an old friend who I just congratulated on becoming a father:

Hey, thanks! Being a dad is the Best Thing Ever (TM). I can't wait to teach him about pointers :-)

Some quickies:


  • Saw "MIB II". Good but not great. 12.5 minutes.
  • Started watching The Dead Zone on USA. Good series! Anthony Michael Hall does surprisingly well.
  • Bought Fatboy Slim, Live on Brighton Beach. Kewl.
  • Bought The Crystal Method, Keep Hope Alive. Had I been paying attention, I would have noticed that it was a single. But it's still good, and the last song particularly jams.
  • It's started raining here in Sierra Vista. Nothing huge yet (so they tell me), but it's definitely a change. There are clouds in the sky regularly, for one thing.
  • Tivo found Red Dwarf for me! Woo hoo!
  • Michelle's journal on livejournal.com still reports "changing" all the time, even though it doesn't change. Murlph...
  • Perk is investigating beds, and the relative Goodness and Badness between different kinds/brands/etc.
  • Ogg/Vorbis (and their development web site) hit 1.0 the other day! Woo hoo! Ogg/Vorbis rocks. If you don't use it, you should.
  • Random factoid: Ogg/Vorbis 1.0, Perl 5.8.0, and Debian 3.0 all came out on the same day. Coincidence? Government plot? Astrological alignment? Alien influence? You decide.


I actually have an office at work now (I was in a cubicle before). Surely it must be the apocolpyse if a lowly Lieutenant has an office! I'm also a "Team Leader" (my old title was "Project Officer" because we couldn't think of anything better).

We just had a re-organization at work, which is how this all happened. While I'm actually flattered that they think enough to me to give me a title and an office, I still find it funny.

Serious sidenote: I typically don't say much about work here in the journal, mainly because I don't want to say something that I "shouldn't be saying". Hence, say very little... or [usually] nothing at all. It's not that I do much... er... "interesting" (read: classified) stuff. But the Army is very squirrelly about what can go on public web pages, etc. (with good reason, I might add).

That's why I don't talk about work much.


Had a great trip home last weekend. It's nice to see my wife and house every once in a while. :-)


I've done a bunch of interesting work on LAM recently. I think I mentioned in a previous journal entry that the Age of SSI (System Services Interface) has begun. I did the RPI (need to do the gm RPI today), and we'll be doing other kinds of SSI APIs soon.

Even though I've mentioned this before, it's just so cool that I needed to mention it again. :-)

If you want to see a quick version of what we've been working on, check out the What's new in CVS? page.


OSCAR will hit 1.3 stable tomorrow. I did a lot of work to clean up the installation and user docs. Good stuff.


The listserv on lists.squyres.com has been flaky lately.

It seems to be related to the new (beta) version of GNU mailman that I put on there. The machine reboots every night, but for some reason it doesn't seem that the mailman software starts up every time the machine restarts.

Hmm... Seems to be related to a lockfile problem; if the lockfile is still there when the machine reboots (as it does every morning via cron), Mailman won't start. Simple fix.

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