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April 3, 2005

This is the steam pipe trunk distribution venue

The munchkins have grown out of all but their largest swing (the bouncy seat and the smaller swings are now down in the basement). We’re even looking at the next size up in car seats, too.

Ah yes — twice as many for twice the cost. It’s a mantra.

We brought up their toysets from the basement — hard to describe, but they’re “sit in the harness/seat thing and play with all the buttons, toys, and flashing lights and sounds that are arrayed all around you.” They go bazonkers in these things — they love them. I can’t remember who gave them to us, but thanks muchly!

Random randomness, listed randomly

  • Daylight savgins time:
    • It’s great! More light at night; more time to enjoy the outdoors, the view, the sunset, etc.
    • It sucks. It really screws with a baby’s sense of when to sleep.
  • Saw A Shark’s Tale on pay-per-view. Eh. It had all the expected marine puns and was generally amusing, but it wasn’t as good as Nemo. There weren’t many laugh-out-loud scenes (at least, not for me). That being said, if I had seens Shark’s Tale before Nemo, perhaps I would have liked Shark’s Tale more. [shrug] I give it “sympathy.”
  • It’s spring. That means it’s time for the dreaded… lawn care. Had to go put fertilizer and crabgrass killer on my lawn this weekend. Soon I’ll have to start mowing. [shrudder]

April 6, 2005

Nah, I'm not into Song for Hiawatha

My munchkins hate sleeves. Every morning, every night — they complain (loudly) about putting their arms through sleeves. O, the injustice! O, the agony! O, the world is against me! (at least, to hear them tell it)

They have formed a union — they’re working towards a World Without Sleeves.

Now that I’ve resumed driving back to Bloomington on a weekly basis, I’ve re-discovered how powerful free-associative driving is. Four hours of driving — mostly on relatively straight highways — makes for a lot of time for free associative thoughts. I find that this time gives me a chance to remember important details about all my ongoing projects and to ensure that all the “little things” get [re-]added to my current to-do list(s).

I highly recommend this process if you can do it.

Kyle and Brandon both passed their Master’s defenses — w00t! They’re now Master Kyle and Master Brandooooooon (said with a Scottish accent), respectively.

Don’t hate me because my taxes are done.

Speaking of which, why do we have to buy a stamp to submit our taxes? Ya, ya, I know, the Post Office is a separate entity from the IRS. But… really. We’re likely paying oodles of money to the government (or getting back the excess money that we loaned to the government throughout the year). Would it be so hard to spot us $0.37 to send in our taxes?

April 17, 2005

If the Hunchback of Notre Dame was running a deficit, do you think that Mickey Mouse would jump in there and bail him out?

I love firm pillows (to sleep on, that is), but I have a habit of destroying them. Let me explain.

I’m a side sleeper. I sleep on my side. I admit it. For as long as I can remember, I have preferred firm pillows. Mushy, so-called “plush” or “soothing” down pillows are bunk. Yuk! When you put your head down, all the mushyness squashes out to the sides and it’s just like you have put your head down directly on the mattress. On the other hand, you have excellent side-impact protection, but I don’t think that that’s of much value while you’re sleeping in a stationary bed.

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about brick-hard pillows. Just something firm enough so that when you put your head down, it stays elevated and the base of your skull is kept more-or-less in line with your spine. It’s just much more comfortable that way. I’ve been buying firm pillows for years, and requesting them when I stay in hotels (I love hotels that have firm pillows in the room closet, waiting for you, ready to say “Hello! Use us instead of those icky mushy pillows!”).

I’ve been buying king-sized firm pillows for quite a while, but I keep destroying them (i.e., turning them mushy). I think there are two problems:

  • the length of the pillow gives room for the previously-firm material to squash out to the sides over time.
  • before I go to sleep every night, I read in bed. I have been taking my firm king-sized pillows and folding it into an upside down “U” and propping myself up on that to read. I think that this is helping destroy the firmness in the middle of the pillow (i.e., the crest of the upside down U).

So last weekend, I bought a new firm regular sized pillow. It’s called “The Hunk” (so says JC Penny).

I’ve never had a pillow that had a name before.

I use The Hunk for sleeping and my old firmushy king-sized for reading. It seems to be working out. We’ll see what happens.

Munchkin update:

  • In the mornings and evenings, we have both Kathryn and Kaitlyn sitting in the same crib while they’re being changed. Kathryn has recently started to grab the side of the crib and pull herself up to a kneeling position. Needless to say, we moved the crib mattresses down a notch this weekend and took off the bumpers. Last pictures of them in their crib with the bumpers are available in the usual place.
  • We also had to get new car seats because they’ve outgrown their old seats. They’re still rearward facing (and will stay so until they’re at least a year old), but we saved a bunch by buying off the internet (as compared to purchasing in person at a Babies R Us, for example). We even got free shipping!
  • The munchkins got to meet a bunch of my work colleagues because we had an Open MPI week-long meeting in Louisville and we had some dinners at Chez Squyres.
  • The munchkins also got to meet Great Uncle Paul; he was in Louisville for a lawer thing and came by on Saturday morning on his way home.

Tracy and I actually went to see a movie in the theather last week. As far as we can remember, this is the first movie we’ve seen in 1.5 years. Woof!

It was Tracy’s birthday, so I surprised her and got a sitter (our nanny, actually), and we went out to see Fever Pitch. It was a cute romantic comedy; I give it 5 minutes.

Pay-per-view is becoming our favorite way to catch movies these days. We have recently seen Shall We Dance? (Tracy’s choice. Ehh… sympathy) and Flight of the Phoenix (not bad — 8.75 minutes).

A shout out to D&D today, because it’s their 1 year anniversary. Actually, it’s more like their 57th or so, but they got formally married only a year ago.

W00t for them!

April 22, 2005


I’ve been begging my editor for well over a year, and he finally managed to deliver old editions of my MPI Mechanic column in PDF form in the ClusterWorld magazine to me. I only have the first seven so far, but I hope to get current (i.e., the current publication minus about three months) and stay current in the near future.

In his defense, my editor was much more interested in getting a solid, repeatable process in place for being able to deliver the PDFs on a regular basis than a one-time shot. Which is at least some defense as to why it took so long. :-)

April 27, 2005

I have the ancient curse of Basque on my head, so get off my back, Sparky

A bunch of quickies:

  • From outta the blue, I got a journal entry comment from an old friend — Sonja Y. Glad to hear that she’s doing well and has a new son almost the same age as my munchkins. Woot!
  • Speaking of babies, Johnney and Jacque T. are also expecting — she’s due in about a month (a son). Woot!
  • Man, it’s just raining babies.
  • Johnney S. was here in Louisville over the weekend with his 2 year old son Mikey. Highlights included the Louisville Science Center (the Water Table exhibit was a huge hit) and the Louisville Zoo (everyone thought John and I were a gay couple. Quote of the day: “Yes, everyone may think that, Jeff, but if you try to kiss me, I’ll have to deck you.”). It was great to see Johnney again (he was a groomsman in my wedding), although the weekend seemed too short. :-(
  • Rich M. and I decided to buy a MoveableType unlimited personal license for use on WOPR (the server that hosts this blog) to help centralize the management of all the currently-personally-owned-and-managed MT blogs. Yay MT. :-)
  • I unexpectedly received a free copy of SuSE Linux Professional v9.3 today. I assume that this is because SuSE includes LAM/MPI, and I’m listed as the contact. It cost them 85 Euros to ship it to me from Germany. That’s really quite a nice gesture; I’m impressed (I didn’t even know it was going to be coming).

I’ll close with two pictures that I took on the way to Bloomington, IN (where I work) the other day. I swear that a) these are real, undoctored pictures, and b) I personally took them on 27 Apr 2005 at the Super 8 Hotel at exit 50 on I65 in Indiana, USA (just outside Seymour, IN). The banner has actually been hanging there for months; I haven’t had the heart to walk in and tell them how funny it is.

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