Dream

Dec. 8th, 2009 07:39 am
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Weird dream last night. First, stuff going on at the lake, including Ken moving and a furniture store, but the bit I remember best is Alton Brown's Good Eats on the moon. There's a day long walk the astronauts have to make between the building and the rocket, in the middle of a huge desert, firing offense for eating sushi off a counter, but then they had to cross a huge highway without a stop light, and then it was so hot that halfway through AB made microwave popcorn on the rocks, but then he was afraid of parachutes, so they were showing him pictures from weather satellites, and then I woke up (which was good, because I was getting scared).
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(from http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2009/11/10/9919922.aspx )


I suspect most people are familiar with the "It may be a mess, but it's my mess and I know where everything is" phenomenon. That doesn't necessarily mean that items are in the best location, but at least you know which suboptimal location you chose.

:: Wendy :: told me a story some time ago about something that happened while her parents were visiting. When she returned from work, her mother said, "Oh, Wendy, darling, I reorganized your kitchen for you. You had everything in the wrong place."

Wendy's mother was trying to be helpful, but of course it was a net loss for poor Wendy, who couldn't find anything in her kitchen for weeks. Yes, there was the whole "Oh great where did my mother put my food processor?" problem, but even after she found it, the "improved" location was far worse than its original location. In fact, in many cases, it was in the exact opposite location from where it should be.

You see, Wendy is left-handed, and her mother is right-handed.

Published Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:00 AM by oldnewthing
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foo

Oct. 28th, 2009 07:51 pm
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/me detests that "take your top off!" commercial (for "steam pots at joe's)

/me also detests the music that accompanies the Monster TV commercials.

Jupiter

Oct. 10th, 2009 09:16 pm
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Just saw moons of Jupiter *and* the cloud bands!

Eee...

Jul. 20th, 2009 03:50 pm
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I just booked a room for three nights in Provincetown. It looks like my go-to-ptown-and-bike-back vacation is actually going to happen.

Heh.

Jul. 8th, 2009 09:46 am
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Just discovered that Sysadmin Appreciation Day is synchronous with my birthday this year.

Notes

Jun. 5th, 2009 11:21 pm
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Sick sucks.
They took the sudafed out of NyQuil. How dare they?
Matthew Gray Gubler really needs to get a hair stylist who actually wants to make him look good.
It's true, there is a law and order/csi/ncis on at all hours. Almost.
I suck at reading the books I need to read.
I'm way behind on dealing with the weddings I need to prepare for.
Making a good fruit salad is expensive. Now I know why they're mostly honeydew/cantaloupe.
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I'm approaching the Ricky I want to be.

Russian

May. 20th, 2009 11:04 pm
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Flarg. It's been a while since I did anything real in Russian. It just took me something like three or four hours to write a 12 sentence email.

Admittedly, it was not twelve sentences like "I live in Boston" or "I work with computers". But still...

Argh!

May. 19th, 2009 12:31 am
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Dratted music licensing issues! I want to purchase songs from Eurovision 2009. But can I? Not through iTunes. Nor, for that matter, can I even pre-order Alexander Rybak's album -- unless I want to order from Amazon.de (and I still haven't heard back from Amazon about #amazonfail). And I don't read German, sadly.
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I just liked this — the pointlessness of it, I think...

Increasing clouds followed by decreasing clouds

Geek alert.

May. 6th, 2009 10:02 am
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http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/090506.html

Should I feel bad that I know the answer?

encryption

Mar. 26th, 2009 10:29 am
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Encryption is not a magic wand. You can't just wave it at a problem and make it work. It causes more problems than it solves.

ARGH!

Dries

Mar. 24th, 2009 04:11 pm
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I like Drupal a lot; and find it very useful. And Dries Buytaert seems like a fairly good technical person.

But my god; he cannot give a presentation.

ETA: to be fair, English is not his first language. And I'm not saying that I'm even as good as he is.
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Why do people have this fetish for "objects"? I like the arrays used in Drupal; I think they work rather well. But no, everything must be changed to an object! We can't have plain old arrays -- they're not fancy enough!

Soon, the whole advantage of Drupal -- the ease of getting started with developing, the whole hook system, etc, will disappear because "it's not object-oriented", and then it will be back like writing Java -- you won't just be able to start, you'll have to define a whole class hierarchy before you can even say "Hello, World".

Gah!
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Why don't we call them war profiteers anymore?

I Win!

Feb. 27th, 2009 05:51 pm
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Finally! I have spent the last week fighting with Microsoft to make it possible to develop for TrialDB in a manner I can handle. WCF has a serialization format that's useless, unless you grok Enterprise "Factories" and the like (which I don't), and Microsoft.JScript.JSObject doesn't implement IDictionary<string,object>, and Microsoft.JScript.ArrayObject is a subclass of JSObject.

However, I finally have everything in place.

The magic incantation that finally got everything working was:

object[] arr_obj = ((IEnumerable)(Microsoft.JScript.ArrayObject)value)
                       .Cast<object>().ToArray<object>();


Foo.
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I actually feel sorry for some of those folks. They're old -- standing up and down every other minute must be killing their knees.
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Why must congress stand up and interrupt the president at the end of every sentence with applause and cheers. Why can't we actually listen to the speech, and then applaud?
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