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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday January 25, 2005
10:05 AM

Returning from vacation

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Back to work today after a vacation to my nation's capital. I cannot believe how much spam I have to clean out of my work mailbox! Apparently the spamming frequency increased dramatically while I was gone. Also apparently my work address is being used as the reply-to address by some spammer because I have an enormous number of delivery-failed messages. (Unless they are spams disguised as delivery-failed messages, which were all the rage for awhile.)

Meanwhile, I'm extremely pleased to note that the automated programs I maintain only put out a total of about ten messages, most of which were informative rather than true errors. I generally code my systems (which almost all run from cron) to only put out output if there is an actual problem and have the email redirected to myself so that I get the error messages in my inbox, or receive nothing if everything is running soundly. At the end of last year I had a backlog of minor issues to fix, which I tackled in earnest at the beginning of this year. The last time I took a few days off I probably had almost 1000 of these messages (some of these run every hour), so I was very gratified to see that I had far fewer than expected this time.

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  • Assuming your vacation was in my nation's capital also, i.e., Washington D.C., what did you find of particular/surprising interest? Did you have favorites (besides Air and Space [si.edu] of course)? Disappointments?

    Later this year we'll be taking our whole family down to "The District". The Smithsonian [si.edu], Botanical Gardens [nationalgarden.org], the Capitol Building, National Archives, and other government [firstgov.gov] buildings and monuments are fairly obvious. 30 years ago the FBI tour was wonderful, but they're closed for renovations.

    I don't thi

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    • The national archives may have been the highlight of the trip. Most surprising was seeing the Articles of Confederation present and the Louisiana declaration of secession! I'm still not sure if what we saw was the original Articles; it seemed to not be worn enough. (The Declaration has faded to the point of illegibility.)

      I was also shocked at the rudeness and impatience of the people who talked on top of the man who explained that flash photography was not allowed, then tried to take flash pictures.

      A

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      • Thanks for the reply! Sorry you got snowed-in. My own snow-in [perl.org] was much more amusing since it was self-contained, and there were PerlMongers and other interesting people milling about. How much snow does it take to shutter D.C.? Used to be about 0.25"!

        Mt Vernon, lovely, although I'd rather re-visit Monticello -- Jefferson's inventions are fascinating.

        Alas, Washington's Bible is on special display only through today with his Inaugural address [archives.gov]. You caught it just in time. Yes, the canard about Washington's M

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        • We still found the snow-in an enjoyable time, being from Texas and not often seeing that much snow. Went out to take pictures periodically, and every couple of hours or so one of us would look out the window and say, "Look! Isn't it beautiful!"

          I believe there were about 6-7 inches of snow. At one point they were predicting 30 mph winds and white-out, but that doesn't appear to have happened. However, in the middle of the night before that was predicted, I woke up and looked out the window to see snow

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          • Glad you had good use of your snow-in time.

              People make fun of southerners for all swamping the grocery stores when 0.25" of ice or snow are predicted

            0.25" of Ice is serious trouble and not to be made fun of.

            Lines up here for "milk and bread" are normal when Winter Storm Watches or Heavy Snow Adisories [noaa.gov] are posted, ever since the Blizzard of '78. We laugh at ourselves. Although this last weekend, half the line was due to party-shopping for the Patriot's AFC game.

            I will have to make sure to

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            • I've found it interesting that the Articles state "the Union shall be Perpetual." In other words, secession was explicitly disallowed. The Constitution does not do so. Many are fond of claiming that prior to the Civil war all states took the right of secession for granted. This would seem to indicate that is not the case.

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              • I've found it interesting that the Articles state "the Union shall be Perpetual." In other words, secession was explicitly disallowed. The Constitution does not do so. Many are fond of claiming that prior to the Civil war all states took the right of secession for granted. This would seem to indicate that is not the case.

                Or conversely, that it was explicitly Perpetual in the Articles, but not so in the Constitution, could imply that the States had reason to believe that Secession was one of the Rights Rese

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                Bill
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