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Monday November 29, 2004
08:45 AM

Gmail borked

Are gmail accounts still working? I can't log into mine. It lets me reset my password....but still won't let me in.


Sunday November 28, 2004
08:00 AM

Le Guin

They didn't have The Lathe of Heaven at the bookstore, so I picked up The Left Hand of Darkness instead.

So far, so good. :)

Saturday November 27, 2004
02:07 PM

Set::String hijacked

It seems that "Tels" has hijacked Set::String for the moment. Nope, I never gave it up. I tried emailing the guy, but he won't accept emails without jumping through some gpg hoops. I'm not going to jump through his hoops (especially since I don't have it on my windows box).

Instead I've applied for registration of Set::String, Set::Array, and Set::Hash. I also attempted to re-upload Set::String 0.03, but I'm not sure if it worked.


Friday November 26, 2004
09:38 AM

People who are not funny

  • Jerry Seinfeld

Average standup comedian before he got his own show. The real stars of the television show were the characters Kramer, George and several of the side characters, especially Newman. Seinfeld himself (and Elaine) are not all that funny. I also suspect that Larry David was the real creative genius behind this show.

  • David Letterman

I tried. I really tried to get into Letterman. I remember watching him almost every night for about six months while I was in grad school. I learned that he is not only not funny, he is also an egomaniac in love with the sound of his own voice. It is often clear that he is not the least bit interested in what his guests have to say. I got the strong impression that his popularity originally stemmed from being some sort of anti-Carson, the underdog. It became "cool" to like Letterman.

  • Kevin James

Another mediocre standup comedian who managed to get his own show. Only, the show is only about half as funny as Seinfeld.

  • Andy Kaufmann

Was never funny. Proof that people will watch whatever you throw in front of them. Yes, I understood what he was trying to do. No, it wasn't funny, or even all that clever.

Wednesday November 24, 2004
11:23 AM

The Lathe of Heaven

What if your dreams became reality?

I saw the original version of this movie when I was a little kid. I was very intrigued by it, but I haven't seen it in ages. I was at the video store yesterday and I noticed that there was a remake from 2002, with James Caan and Lisa Bonet. So, I rented it. :)

I thought this version was interesting, but not quite as gripping as the original version. Whether or not that is due only to age difference, I'm not sure.

Anyway, I think I need to buy the book. :)

Tuesday November 23, 2004
10:31 AM

No Heat

The furnace died last night - the blower won't kick in or something. There might be a thermostat issue as well. Good thing I had an extra blanket.

In addition, the gas fireplace is currently unusable. It seems the builders put batteries in. You're not supposed to do that unless you absolutely need to (i.e. your power goes out in the dead of winter and you need a way to start the igniter in your fireplace). The result is that one of the batteries exploded (well, leaked) and now there's some battery acid that needs to be cleaned up. Since they didn't tell me that they had put batteries in, it's going to be them that cleans the damn thing up.

I also have a security interview today (on behalf of someone else). Hope she dresses warmly.

/me uses the oven as a furnace for the day.

Update: The igniter went bad. Fixed.

Monday November 22, 2004
02:37 PM

Language Oriented Programming

Could this be the next programming paradigm?

/me needs to read this over a couple times

Friday November 19, 2004
12:01 PM

Loin Movers

We've had "Story Tellers" and "Adrenaline Pumpers". How about songs that put you in the mood? Or, songs that you listen too while you're already IN the mood? ;)
  • Trip Like I Do - Crystal Method
  • Burn - Sister Machine Gun (Mortal Combat)
  • Closer - Nine Inch Nails
  • Into the Void - Nine Inch Nails
  • Justify My Love - Madonna
  • The Orgy - Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian)
  • Play With Me - Thompson Twins (Cool World)
  • Industry and Seduction - Tom Bailey (Cool World)
  • Principles of Lust - Enigma

And your favorites? I'm guessing there must be some Marvin Gaye and Barry White fans out there. :)

/me cues the Barry White music

Thursday November 18, 2004
11:47 PM

Win32 and case sensitivity

Who says the Windows filesystem isn't case sensitive? Courtesy of the FILE_FLAG_POSIX_SEMANTICS flag:

C:\>dir pos*
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 5C18-0618

Directory of C:\

11/18/2004  09:44p                   8 Posix1.txt
11/18/2004  09:31p                   0 posix1.txt
               2 File(s)              8 bytes
               0 Dir(s)  87,451,049,984 bytes free

I'm not sure what's happening behind the scenes, because if I open 'posix1.txt', it has the same data as 'Posix1.txt', even though the dir command shows it as having 0 bytes. Hard link?


03:23 PM

Trek Fans and Cheeseheads

From Roger Nygard's Slashdot interview:

I'll wager that the average IQ of the guy wearing cheese on his head and screaming obscenities at a referee and the average Star Trek fan leave no comparison. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

Oh, yeah? Well, what if I'm a Trek fan AND I happen to wear a cheesehead? Huh? HUH?

/me puts some tinfoil on his cheesehead