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June 2, 2004

Hats for bats. Keep bats warm. Gracias, senior.

SVN commit log entry of the day:

Back-port this from the trunk, because it’s so small and it really was a logic error on our part. Plus, I’m waiting for other things to compile, so this was a good time-killer.

It's all about kumquats

Ever wonder what the favicon is on this site?

In the spirit of the previous entry, I was [still] killing time waiting for a lengthy compile (didn’t want to fully swap out the project that I was working on), and did a search for “kumquat” on my blog. I found 4 results (this entry makes 5). In reverse chronological order:

June 20, 2004

Ninjas and lasers and gold

Just got back from another 2 week Open MPI meeting. Whew! Very hard work — continual working from 6am until at least 8-10pm (usually until the brain gives out). Vishal and I spent a good portion of the evenings and the whole weekend working on LAM 7.1 — we need to get that out the door before Open MPI debuts.

Despite all that, it was a great meeting. Lots was accomplished.

I shared the goodness of Terry Tate with everyone there (none had seen it before). And of course, let’s not forget what inspired my favorite IM icon (and the sequel).


A new Dead Zone season has started. Although I like the show, I always think, “chest club… chess club” every time it starts.


I just got new glasses. I finally got around to making an eye appointment (I had been steadfastly putting it off until after graduation) — my old glasses were effectively BCG’s from the Army (they were the same size as BCG’s, at least — enormous frames) from when I was deployed in Arizona in 2001.

They had a super-cool machine — you look into it and all you see is a fuzz (well, I see a fuzz — I have horrible eyesight). Then the practicioner pushes a button and the fuzz comes in and out of focus, and finally ends up in focus. That’s right — it’s measuring your eye and estimating the perscription that you need. Very cool! Excellent use of technology.

So I got new glasses; much smaller frames than my old BCG’s. I could have gotten the auto-tinting glasses, but I figured that I’d take the smaller frames as my “big change” this time.


My stupid lawn keeps growing. It’s out of control. Maybe I should just rip up all the grass and put down a bed of gravel. It would save a lot of work in the long run. When/if we sell the house, I’m sure the Party Responsible for Lawn Mowing in potential buyers will be excited — this will drive up our house’s value. I’m sure of it.


We finally registered for baby stuff. Tracy did a little while I was gone, but we made The Big Trip to Babies-R-Us the weekend I got back.

Holy cow, baby crap is expensive. Yes, we’re going to be spending a lot on money in the near future.


I finally sync’ed my PDA with my Mac — 34K worth of updates transferred to my PDA. Woof.

June 26, 2004

The lesser of two weevils

I just found out that there is a cable that you can run from my Tivo to my DirectTV receiver — I’ve been doing the infrared remote thing (which is slow and not 100% accurate) for years.

So of course I ordered that cable; it should be here in a day or two. Woo hoo!


Darrell K. got a Mac! He got a powerbook 15” G4, just like mine. I spent a few hours on the phone with him giving him his first Mac orientation. He was a little overwhelmed with all the new info (just like I was), but I’m sure he’ll be fine. Another convert. Woo hoo!

I tried to convince Renzo to switch this morning in IM:

Me: “Renzo… come over to the light.”
Renzo: “No way! I’ll never switch!”
Me: “Didn’t you take an oath at confirmation to reject Satan and all of his works?”
Renzo: “But Windows gives me all the freedom that I want; I don’t want to be locked into proprietary technology (fondeling his Gateway tower)”
Me: “Freedom to reboot, sure.”
Renzo: “I like rebooting. That’s what my computer tells me.”
Me: “Renzo… come over to the light.”

June 30, 2004

Lies, damn lies, and statistics

Here’s a fun stat:

http://www.senderbase.org/search?searchBy=organization&searchString=Indiana%20University

milliways.osl.iu.edu, the fourth server on the list, is my lab’s main mail server. It’s a little underpowered mail server running Sendmail and GNU Mailman. It serves all the lists for http://lists.boost.org/, which is why it’s so high in the list.

But in other news, who knew that smtp.gentoo.org and lists.gentoo.org were in Indiana? ☺

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