2006-06-23 2:51

Stumped

Filed under: Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2006-06-23 2:51

Cutting the tree down is the easy part.

stump

stump

It feels like you've made a lot of progress when you yell "Timber" and hear the big crash.

stump

stump

But getting the stump out is usually the bigger job.

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2006-05-14 12:36

Paying if you will

Filed under: Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2006-05-14 12:36

Gina is reading Dickens again. David Copperfield, this time. Dickens is one of her favorite authors. The difficulty that arises when Gina is reading Dickens, is that every 15 minutes or so she bursts out in peals of laughter, or exclaims "Just so!" and says "R0ml, you have to hear this." Sometimes it's hard to write code when Dickens is in the house.

Here's the one that made me pause.

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2005-09-24 7:11

A Ruined Evening

Filed under: Life | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-09-24 7:11

Gina and I were registered to hear Malcolm Gladwell speak in New York. The evening didn't go according to plan.

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2005-09-10 18:03

What do you do after you win?

Filed under: Philosophy | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-09-10 18:03

Eric Raymond has popularized the Ghandi quote ("First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.") in the context of the open source movement. Danny O'Brien had a great keynote at OSCON on this topic.

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2005-08-30 19:54

Lead Poisoning

Filed under: Philosophy | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-08-30 19:54

When I was in junior high, I had a class called Problems of Civilization (today it would probably be called Social Studies). One of the things I learned was that the Roman Empire collapsed because of plumbing.

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2005-08-24 17:00

Childhood's End

Filed under: Management | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-08-24 17:00

We're in the process of getting only three children off to college this month. (Our household style and usage guide requires the use of the modifier only in any phrase that enumerates children.) Consequently, the "growing up" meme has been circulating vigorously. Into that ferment, the monthly insurance statement arrived. ( It's a statement because the premium is transferred automatically from the checking account. ) Gina opened it. She noticed that males under 25 and unmarried females under 25 pay higher rates. And it was the inclusion of the word unmarried that sparked the train of thought which followed.

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2005-07-31 16:25

Heading to OSCON

Filed under: Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-07-31 16:25

If I weren't working, it would be a vacation!

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2005-07-31 16:16

Using Open Source

Filed under: Programming | Software | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-07-31 16:16

In Adobe Illustrator I type the word copyright into the search box in the Help Center. The page that results includes the following paragraph:

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2005-07-16 6:48

Build vs. Buy

Filed under: Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-07-16 6:48

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In 1996, when we bought the playset pictured in the background, it came as a pile of pine treated lumber, and some plastic bits. It took most of the summer to build the thing. (Yes, that's how Gina talks on the phone. It's a family habit.)

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2005-07-08 17:19

Plans B and C

Filed under: Software | Uncategorized - r0ml @ 2005-07-08 17:19

I got back from Boston, and there was a package from Apple.

It was (another) copy of Mathematica.

Academic Edition.

After three separate progressively less cordial conversations, I made (another) trip to Kinko's -- this time to send a return and await my refund.

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