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Wednesday November 27, 2002
12:41 AM

Parsing stuff in Lisp

Found some really great docs on parsing (if your into that ;-)), in lisp!.
Friday May 10, 2002
01:35 PM

Down w/ Tolkien

Flame On: Ok, I have to admit it -- I read Tolkien as a kid and wasn't that impressed then and now having re-read 'Fellowship'... I'm still not. He doesn't impress me as a writer at all. Everybody, it seems, loves Tolkien 'cept me. What the fuck am I missing? Something obviously. I think most people say they love him without even having actually read any of his stuff. "Everybody else loves him so I should too."

Last year I tore through DFW's IJ. This year I'm looking forward to DeLillo's Underworld. Yes I understand these writers are completely different than Tolkien, and not even in the Fantasy category. But what is usually found in the Fantasy isn't comparable to people like Wallace, Pynchon, DeLillo, Vollman etc. and yet I want it to be. I guess that's asking a little much. Maybe I will be suitably happy finishing 'House of Leaves' or going back and re-reading Snow Crash.
10:08 AM

Music and Disk Space

[athena: ~] du -s -k -h ./Music ./IncomingMP3s/ && df -k
2.6G ./Music
1.2G ./IncomingMP3s
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/hda5 18744264 16437236 1354780 92% /
[athena: ~]

That's it?!!!! I'm shocked that it's such a low total. I wonder what happened to all my disk space.
Must be wasting away somewhere else. I was sure that I had wasted it all on MP3s. Note: pester sysadmins for yet another hard drive.

09:59 AM

weather data

irc: ~/Scratch> telnet rainmaker.wunderground.com
Trying 66.28.69.161...
Connected to blackbird.wunderground.com.
Escape character is '^]'.

Press Return to continue:

Press Return for menu
or enter 3 letter forecast city code--

                                  WEATHER UNDERGROUND MAIN MENU
                                ******************************
                                  1) U.S. forecasts and climate data
                                  2) Canadian forecasts
                                  3) Current weather observations
                                  4) Ski conditions
                                  5) Long-range forecasts
                                  6) Latest earthquake reports
                                  7) Severe weather
                                  8) Hurricane advisories
                                  9) Weather summary for the past month
                                10) International data
                                11) Marine forecasts and observations
                                12) Ultraviolet light forecast
                                  X) Exit program
                                  C) Change scrolling to screen
                                  H) Help and information for new users
                                  ?) Answers to all your questions
                                      Selection:

I want my latest Earthquake report but all I get
is 'No data available'. Wahhh!!

It looks like part of the old SimCity where you could click on an option to start a Hurricane/Earthquake/Godzilla.

09:18 AM

No sleep

Ok, sooooo....all week long I've had next to no sleep and I've constantly been listening to techno. Strange.
Instead of being tired I'm massively hyper. Last night I couldn't shut my brain off and so got up
and continued coding; still searching for the perfect macro solution in Perl.
I so want defmacro from Lisp. All solutions I've seen so far are such ugly hacks.