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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
7:08 pm - 1) Post on Facebook. 2)???? 3) Get expelled.
As some of you know, my sister was enrolled in Mars Hill Academy, one of those snobbish private schools.

Recently, she posted the following on her facebook profile:

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The next day, she was called into the principal's office and told there would be an "enforced parting of ways" and she should finish the year somewhere else; this facebook post was printed out and used as the reason for this "parting of ways".

She's got a 3.2 GPA, attends school activities, and had 3 months left until graduation. She's been attending the school for 4 years.

Now, she has to attend summer school at Lakota to graduate, in August.

How are they able to get away with stuff like this?

I'm more angry than I can clearly express.

current mood: angry

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
2:20 pm
Here's the house we're getting, if anyone cares.


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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
12:24 am
Ok, updates.

Happy Birthday to Jeremy, Randy, and myself. I know we're within a week or so of each other, but I can barely remember my birthday, much less keep track of yours. You'd think 13 years would be enough time to learn them...
(btw: remember that trip to COSI we took around 12? years ago.... that was like the coolest party ever!)

Jeremy: Yes, the company I work for is hiring; however, we're hiring a C#/.NET developer, a windows admin, and a MS-SQL DBA. We do have remote workers currently, but I believe they're phasing that out in favor of local talent. In the somewhat near-ish future, they may hire a (n embedded) linux developer.

On a side-note, I saw (for the first time ever) a link on reddit directly relating to something I was working on. That was pretty cool.

I was thinking of all the things I'm thankful for, and the things I should be thankful for...I can't really think of anything I'm not incredibly lucky for and/or happy about. I have both old friends and new friends; I have a job I love so much that I even go in early occasionally; I have a wonderful wife and son; and my life is at the very least meta-stable at the moment. I'm on my way to owning a house, which is honestly something I would have expected years and years in the future... my parents, who are pretty much my models for professional success, didn't buy a house until they were about 10 years older than I am now.

Sure, there are minor inconveniences, but when I look at the big picture, it's amazing that someone like me, who can't even complete basic household tasks, can manage to lead a somewhat normal and happy life.

I never thought I'd be the type of person that buy stuff off the itunes store rather than find a torrent for it.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
4:54 am - uhhhh wow
So some of you may have heard that my job satisfaction is way above normal (especially considering that I'm not doing anything spectacularly interesting), and I've probably explained it by saying that it's nice to work with (and for) people that I can actually respect for their intelligence.

Anyway, I was doing some idle googling, and apparently my boss's boss, the head of software development for this company, the guy who buys me (and the rest of the office) lunch every tuesday, Ira Goldstein, is somewhat famous.

I don't mean famous in the normal sense, but rather in the geek sense...Heard of the MIT AI lab? Sussman, Minsky, Stallman etc. all were there....as was he. Heard of LOGO? yeah, he helped design and develop that. Heard of Xerox PARC? He was there too. The coordinating committee for the WWW? He was on it. I'd have more references, but the ACM's site for pulling up citations is broken.

No wonder when I hear him talk, I'm thinking "wow, that's a great idea!" or "wow, that makes so much more sense now" instead of "wow, when will he shut up so I can get some real work done?"

It's amazingly rare for me to meet someone who I think is just absolutely more intelligent than I am, and even rarer for me to hold that opinion after working with them for any extended period of time; but I can honestly say, I really do feel like I'm actually working under a real architect, a master of the art, here.

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Monday, November 19th, 2007
8:00 pm
So this is the part of the project that I hate.

In the last probably 20-30 hours of work, I have written exactly 4 lines of code.
The rest of my time has been spent writing User Guides and API documentation.

I hate this.

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12:48 am
I need to buy a new tv, one that will temporarily serve as a monitor as well.

I'm thinking probably 36" or bigger, 1080p resolution (1920x1080). Any suggestions? My price range is ~1k.

Inputs are not a problem, as I will need to get an adapter for my laptop to connect to it anyway, and it's just a matter of getting an hdmi output instead of a dvi output.

Ideally, it would be wall mountable, but that's not an absolute requirement.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
6:53 am - "Because a man stands up."
I was looking up the new star trek movie on imdb, and somehow I got sidetracked to west wing.

Anyway, one of the quotes from west wing has always stayed with me...it's when Charlie (Dulé Hill) is being threatened because he's a black guy dating the president's daughter. His response (as summarized by his boss) was "No, I won't stop it, because a man stands up."

I find that pretty compelling. The fundamental instrument of social change is... wait for it... the individual. Someone decides that *this* is too much, and stands up in the face of adversity.

This is probably the root cause of at least some major wars... When someone, or a group of people, decide that some (perceived?) injustice is worth fighting against, simply because it would be an affront to their pride to do otherwise. Somehow, they link these things with their fundamental personhood... A man stands up; because if I didn't, I would no longer be a man, but rather just a man-shaped animal.

Whether it's something as intangible as taxes on stamps or something as concrete as forced labor, there comes a point when you simply cannot push someone down any farther. Everyone has that point when they say "Enough is enough, this is not right!"

I'm not sure where I was going with this... Maybe a parallel can be drawn between our increasing willingness to sacrifice liberty for security and the gradual oppression of a people. Maybe more people need to think about at what point they become merely man-shaped animals unable to act according to their moral compass.

Maybe not, too.

Anyway, I'm off to work.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007
4:22 am - leopard
So I stayed up entirely too late playing with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).

The only thing I don't like is the removal of input managers from safari.

I like (in rough order)

1) Spaces. OMFG a virtual desktop system that isn't a usability nightmare! Seriously, I don't know how I lived without multiple desktops for so long.

2) Cover Flow View/Quicklook. This is pretty cool, especially since it's integrated into the mail client and is easily accessible in Finder. I have folders with hundreds of videos and pictures, and it's nice to be able to find that specific simpsons or friends episode. I kinda wish I had this at work, would make sorting through the millions of pages of documentation a little easier.

3) Safari 3. This isn't specific to leopard, but it's still pretty awesome. It feels a lot faster, and the in-page search is very nice.

4) Finder sidebar. Just like itunes. Makes my life simpler.
5) Dock stacks. Saves me a few seconds when launching an app or finding a file I downloaded a while ago.
6) Movies widget. Very nice for impulse movie watching.

I'm also looking forward to writing some dtrace scripts for monitoring, between that and the new dashcode interface, I could make a pretty sweet and comprehensive dashboard status widget.

Time machine is pretty cool too, I set it up on my external drive, and let it do its thing.

I'm trying the new mail app too, and it's pretty nice...integrates with rss feeds, picked up my gmail info pretty easily, has quicklook for attachments, spotlight search, etc, etc.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
10:07 pm

It's a story about a guy who didn't get a job because he was surprised that a girl got hired in a programming position before him.

I can empathize with his surprise.
Granted, I'm probably one of the more sexist people out there, but seriously, I've met a grand total of like, THREE girls that can program. On the other hand, I know approximately a million guys that can.

Upon consideration though, I have to say that all three of the girls I know who can program are pretty freaking good at it, whereas probably 90% of the guys I know that can program are terrible (or more kindly, adequate) at it.

I guess for a girl to decide she wants to learn to program, she has to have some pretty amazing natural aptitude for it; but for a guy it's just what non-athletic smart guys do. I guess it's like women and teaching 50 (or 100) years ago.

On a side note, that's probably two things I think everyone should have some experience in: programming and teaching. Both cause you to learn some fairly important things about how to think (at least in my opinion). If you can program a computer to do something, and you can teach someone else to do something, you can be pretty confident that you understand that thing.

On ANOTHER side note, I wasted like 2 hours of 3 people's time today because I'm retarded and don't know how to use source control. Despite this, I'm getting a raise. Go figure.

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Friday, October 19th, 2007
10:12 pm
So I accidentally opened 360 something property windows at once in finder accidentally on my mac today. I fully expected it to do what windows would do if I tried to create that many windows at once...choke and die. However, after about 5 seconds of beachball, there they were, all nicely cascaded on my desktop.

I was feeling a little amazed, so I decided to "Show Desktop" with expose, and they all slid smoothly out of the way. Even "Show All Windows" with expose worked smoothly and flawlessly.


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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
11:35 pm - as seen on digg
reading this list nearly made me choke on my ice cream.



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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
6:37 pm
So I just realized that the opening song for The Big Bang Theory includes the line: "The autotrophs began to drool".

Aren't autotrophs plants?

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Friday, October 12th, 2007
8:31 pm

So, I can't spell "massachusetts" at ALL. I had to google for it, which I guess is technically cheating.

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Saturday, October 6th, 2007
1:41 pm
I love that feeling I get when I learn something new...

I'm slowly working my way through learning the math and terminology for understanding string theory; it's like I'm addicted to trying to figure stuff out.

It's like if I think about this just long enough, in just the right manner, I'll have that flash of inspiration that makes everything clear, I imagine this must be what it's like to be on drugs.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
6:50 pm - this week's Big Bang Theory quotes
"Do you have any ideas?"
"Yes, but they all involve a Green Lantern and a power ring!"

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Thursday, September 27th, 2007
10:54 pm
Big Bang Theory has some nice math/science jokes.

I figure any show that starts out describing the double slit experiment can't be all bad.

Edit: Sheldon on that show is like my new hero.

Edit2: OMG I want a periodic table shower curtain!

*cough* Jeremy *cough*

When we buy a house, that can be your gift.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
11:33 pm
btw, wtf is up with tvtorrents not working EVER?

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11:15 pm
I finally finished my first major release at my job, so I get to decide what I want to do for my next project. I think I'm going to set up a test framework for our application, mostly because I haven't ever set up unit tests for something non-trivial (i.e. something I couldn't prove was bug free for all inputs in the domain anyway) but also because it gives me yet another reason to be reading reddit or arstechnica: "My tests are running!" (added to "My queries are running" and "My code is compiling!"...inspired by http://xkcd.com/303 )

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11:10 pm - my average week.
I've fallen into sort of a routine recently. This is new for me.

I know all of you are literally dying to know it:
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Is it any wonder I've gained 20 pounds in the last month?
(I'm totally not exaggerating...went from 128 to 148; my pants are snug even without a belt :/ )

Maybe I should work in some exercise...

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
12:22 am
When did stupid start getting affirmative action?

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