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(no subject) [Aug. 7th, 2012|07:49 pm]
Seems like I landed the project I was lobbying to lead. Like the dog chasing the car, I'm not really sure what happens next, but it'll be an interesting ride.
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(no subject) [Jul. 22nd, 2012|06:40 pm]
Seems increasingly likely that I'll be moving on to a different area of responsibility come next software cycle.

So, now I'm making plans for packaging up all the little bits of knowledge I acquired and the tools I've written so that whoever inherits this stuff doesn't have to start off as empty-handed as I did. Godspeed, whoever you are, hope you appreciate it.

Today was my first day off since last Saturday. Who knows when my next one will be, so I spent it doing fuckall, which is exactly how it should be.
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2012|08:12 am]
[Feeling |busybusy]

Back home. Back to work. Yays.
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Greetings from powerless Washington, D.C. (Ok, actually Bethesda MD) [Jul. 3rd, 2012|08:43 pm]
[Feeling |hothot]

The night before we arrived, the nasty derecho blew through and tore the area a new one. Many places around us have power back as of today, but we're on day 4 with not much hope in sight (the local utility called at midnight to inform us our power was back, we informed them it wasn't).

So, with temperatures in the low 100s and high humidity, there's not much doing of anything this trip. Tomorrow is fireworks on the mall/picnic, and then Thursday is back home to lovely SF and it's mid-60s weather/working utilities.

Thank $deity for tethered LTE from my iPad, and generators.

Also: BBC!

Update: and now it's started raining again, awesome!
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Urban vertical living is hard on lost kitties and their owners [Jun. 4th, 2012|03:06 pm]
Spent the better part of the day yesterday searching for/chasing after an escaped cat.

I'm pretty used to doing this down in the south bay at this point, single story homes and flat land and all that, but this was a whole other deal.

I eventually found the cat under my flat. My building is built against a hillside, my flat is the third of four stories. "Under my flat" means that the door to the enclosed crawlspace between my building and the hill was left open and he got down onto the tiny ledge under our heating equipment surrounded by sheer drops on three sides. The hillside drop had (unstable) ladders and wooden platforms (of unknown structural integrity) leading down floor by floor to the other opening in the ground floor garage. There was basically no way to safely go after him. Any attempts to approach him from the safe side just made him inch closer to the drops, so that was out.

So it was put out food, lock the other cats in the bedroom, leave the nearest door open, and wait for him to come out.

He eventually wandered by the door, ran over to the deck when I tried to grab him (at which point I closed up the access door to the crawl space), and at some point I cornered him on the wall of the deck and caught him there.

Cats just don't know what's good for them once they get spooked. We have raccoons and hawks around here all the time, and I know for a fact the raccoons get into those crawlspaces.
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OH [Feb. 28th, 2012|08:27 pm]
Person1: Well, I'm bound to get a break sometime!
Person2: *laughs*

Yeah, that about sums it up. Very busy, always, but getting shit done that needs doing, and proving myself to the right people, so this is good.
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HTTP 301 [Jan. 11th, 2012|06:39 pm]
I live in the city now, but I work long hours, so I rarely spend much time there. I have weekends, I suppose, but errands take so much longer here, it eats even more time. Still, this is where most of my friends are, and it's nice to call an impromptu bar invasion on a Sunday night and pull in 12+ people. That *never* happened in the southbay!

Ok, back to work, I'll be here another couple hours yet, I think. My weekend evenings tend to be 1. Travel home 2. Admire view 3. Eat a little something 4. Sleep. Then wake up at 6:30 to start it all again.
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(no subject) [Dec. 30th, 2011|10:40 am]
Finally out of that shithole apartment, with a couple days to spare. Yay. Wonder if I'll get any of my deposit back?

Single mom downstairs was happy to take almost all of my unwanted furniture, as well as a bunch of toys for her five year old son. He's adorable, and came upstairs to thank me for them personally (and then ask me why I had so many Transformers, where my TV was, why my apartment was so empty, etc. Kids.)

Now everything is in the new flat, so much unpacking to do, so much work on the studio, and I'm sure I'll have no time for any of it once work starts back up on 1/2, so I'd best be getting to it now, I guess.
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2011|08:20 pm]
So, yeah, it's sinking in that I'm moving to a flat in SF next month. So much packing to do... I really don't want to pay double rent for more than just December.
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Space Shuttle launches used to be a cause for joy... [Jul. 8th, 2011|12:01 pm]
More than any other of the many symptoms, the launch of the last Space Shuttle is a powerful symbol of the fact that the US is no longer willing to embark upon (non-war) grand projects that better our lives through science and sweat over a long time scale. This depresses me.

What lofty goals can young geeks aspire to without seeing the fruits of geeks before them launched into the stars to the betterment of mankind? We'll put all our energy into building a better fleshlight instead of inspiring humanity to greater accomplishments. Nothing is more tangibly inspirational than looking up into the stars of the night sky and knowing we put people there every year. What could be more trancendentally human?

Where does the grand vision come from now? Private industry and academia will, as always, run with some forward-thinking research, but for some projects there is simply no immediate profit motive. These areas, like space exploration (rather than exploitation), the curing of diseases (there's more money in treating symptoms, really), building of large public infrastructure (why should I let the other guy use what I spent money to build?) all require a public body with lots of money and a big plan. Our government no longer has the balls to do such things, and this should be a source of great shame for all citizens of the USA.
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