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My cell phone has a bug.

Any voice mail message will cause it to not be able to send or receive calls until I reboot. Arrgghhh!!!


CPT Klak is here!

She got here this past weekend for a class at Ft. H.


I bought a computer the other day. Among other reasons, it recently occurred to me that I don't actually own a computer (I have an IU-owned laptop). Plus, my (i.e., IU's) laptop has limited expansion capability. So I bought a Dell -- 2.4Ghz desktop with a big honkin' disk and schloads of RAM. I bought it now because I got in on the end of the "back to school" specials, and Dell had free shipping. So it'll get home before I do, but that's ok.

New computer for me! Woo hoo!

Update: The computer was delivered to my house approximately 36 hours after I clicked on the "submit" button to order it off of Dell's web page. Wow. That's impressive.


Mandrake 9.0 is supposedly coming out in a few days. I think it will go nicely on my new computer. :-) Woo hoo!


I have finally found an army unit to transfer to -- it's located right in Louisville. It's the 100th training division (a division is several thousand people). I'll be heading to the division headquarters G6 office (central IT planning/support). I don't know exactly what I'll be doing, but it satisfies all my requirements:


  • It's local to Louisville
  • It's computer stuff
  • Deployments will likely be in Louisville itself

Woo hoo!

Unfortunately, I can't setup my transfer to 100 DIV until I actually demobilize (i.e., return to Louisville). So there's still paperwork to file and approvals to obtain before this actually happens. But it looks promising.

For those of you who don't know, here's the organization of the Army:


  • Squad: generally 3-5 people

  • Platoon: generally 3-5 squads

  • Company: generally 3-5 platoons

  • Battalion: generally 3-5 companies

  • Brigade: generally 3-5 battalions

  • Division: generally 3-5 brigades

So if you do the pure math of it, a lower bound on the number of people in a division is (3^6), or 729 people, and an upper bound is (5^6), or 15,625. So a division is a lot of people.


Everyone keeps asking me if I'm counting down the days until I get out of here. Short answer: no.

When I get closer (say, T-1 week), I'm sure I won't be able to avoid it. But for now, I am still working here and I still have a job to do. Focusing on the number of days left is just a distraction and would detract from what I am trying to do down here. I'll be home soon enough -- counting the days won't speed that up at all.


I've had an idea slowly brewing in my head about e-mail clients for a long time now (at least 2-3 years, I think). I've never really spoken about it to anyone, nor have I ever written anything down about it. Last Saturday, I woke up at 4:30am thinking about it. I have no idea why.

Since I was unable to return to sleep, I took this idea and put it down in words for the first time. I sent off a lengthy rambling e-mail about it to several friends. During the week, I talked about the idea to several people as well. The first few times I tried to explain it, I don't think that I described the idea very well. After having now discussed it several times, I've refined my thoughts and explanations a bit, and I think I can coherently describe it now.

I'm going to do a separate journal entry about it, and utilize the little-used "category" feature of ThunderJournal to file it under "technical".

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