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I bought blueberries yesterday. I just poured myself a big bowl of them, washed them off, and then sat and nommed them until they were gone.

Tasty, my friends, they were tasty.
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Jun. 4th, 2010 05:17 pm

home

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Janine and I are back from DogTrot, one of the properties owned by Sheep Dung. It was a very relaxing, nice week. More details will come later (probably), but I'm still trying to catch up on email and everything that's transpired this week. Eep!

Anyway, just now: Janine was pulling off of her camera some videos she took from the Muse concert back in April.

[17:14] JanineDoggie: Do you want all of the videos I took at Muse or just Knights of Sedonia or whatever it's called?
[17:15] Mark Smith: Knights of Cydonia. mmmmmm. I want to see them all!
[17:15] Mark Smith: but you don't have to put them on failbook, you can just send them to me if you want
[17:15] JanineDoggie: Okay, I'll see if they fit in email I guess
[17:15] JanineDoggie: Or use yousendit or something
[17:16] Mark Smith: or upload to my server
[17:16] Mark Smith: or
[17:16] Mark Smith: wtf janine
[17:16] Mark Smith: why upload them to the internet to give them to me
[17:16] Mark Smith: put them on a usb stick o_O
[17:17] JanineDoggie: lolz

We win. :(
May. 18th, 2010 01:15 am

Well then

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I want to rant about the House season finale, but I have a feeling that would give too much credence to the preposterous notion that I might be part of this fandom thing. If I write about the plot, characters, and substance of my entertainment...

Well then I suppose that makes me like everybody else out there who argues about Who Shot First and other such quandaries.

Which means that fandom is just people, even people like me.

Odd, don't think I ever thought of it like that.
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Apr. 3rd, 2010 11:43 am

hey! hey!

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Noon on Saturday is an acceptable time to crank some Muse to crazy volumes while banging out code, right?

Uprising is a really good song. Lots of energy, lots of fun. Hey! Hey!
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Mar. 19th, 2010 02:43 pm

car update

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Today I went to see the Allstate agent to get my car looked at. He estimates approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the car. The breakdown is:

* Replace missing headlight accessory (plastic piece)
* Bend, buff, and repaint bumper
* Replace dampener/absorber (foam piece underneath that's one-use)
* Check car for frame alignment and straighten if necessary

I think there was one or two other small things that I have forgotten, but those are the major ones. The guy was really nice, I felt like I was in good hands. ;-)

On my way home I stopped by the local Sonic (it's new and shiny!) to get a slush. I picked up one for Nicole too, and as my order was getting delivered, the car next to me backed out and ripped their mirror off on the ordering box. They were laughing pretty hard about it, which was amusing, but the carhop was pretty "zomg!" and ran over there. (Well, not ran -- they're on roller skates -- so I suppose she rolled over.)

Now it's nearly 3PM on a Friday, I have a few hours of coding to do before the LARP tonight. Huzzah! Let's see if tonight goes as smashingly as I expect -- I won't write anything now, because one or two of the players read this and I don't want to spoil any surprises until they actually work out.
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Welcome to everyone who is showing up from the 'non-fandom subscribing meme' going around. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out:

[personal profile] liv posts: http://liv.dreamwidth.org/28634.html

Personally, I just want to see more content on Dreamwidth, regardless of what it is and where it comes from. Interesting content that people want to read is even better, so when memes like this go around it's particularly exciting to me.

I've got a few entries I've been meaning to write, too. I can't wait until we have draft posts so I can actually work on them instead of just having them bounce around my brain until they get lost somewhere.
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Mar. 5th, 2010 01:53 am

furniture

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It's amazing how a different organization of furniture in a room can completely change the dynamics of the space. Today I had the idea to rearrange our office, and so we did this evening. It looks a lot better, it'll be easier to clean, and it feels way, way more open than it did before. Jesse and Nicole came in and helped us with half the room, so I have to give props there.

We also played Clue tonight as a house, and then Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit. An amusing game, but it definitely has a fetish for giving you stupidly hard (and amazingly trivial) questions when you're on a pie square. One I got: "How many petals were on the flower Denethor was holding at his son's funeral?" (Exact wording/details probably wrong.) The answer was eight. But seriously, who counts flower petals?!

Dreamwidth continues to go well. I'm particularly excited that we hired a third person, and can't wait until she starts in April. That's going to be awesome.

Oh yeah, and we've been invited to speak at the Web 2.0 Expo conference, so both Denise and I will be there in SF in May. Additionally, Denise will be at two other conferences this May and ... I forget when. And hopefully, we'll both be at OSCON too.

Maybe some more later in the year, we'll see! It's really exciting, though, I'm stoked.

Okay. Time to sleep.
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Dec. 5th, 2009 10:51 pm

never

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Wikipedia is running a donation month or something right now. I will not be donating to Wikipedia.

While I respect many things they have done, and I think that it's one of the premiere resources on the Internet for most information, I don't agree with some of their policies. In particular, their policy of randomly deleting articles that don't meet the subjective criteria they set out for notability.

The specific examples I'm thinking of are of course the Dreamwidth article and the MogileFS article. Both of which have been removed for 'lack of notability'. And yet, Wikipedia maintains an article on S2 and Perlbal, both of which are less widely known about and used than MogileFS. Of course, now that I call attention to this, I rather expect that those articles will be proposed for deletion and removed. Hardly the solution I'd prefer. I'd rather Wikipedia spend its time getting content -- good, useful, informative content -- and leaving it online for people to find.

In the end, I think that Wikipedia is limiting itself by deciding certain things are not worthy of its attention. I think that if someone wants to create and maintain an article on something, then they should be allowed to do so. Assuming the article fits the other criteria of being factual and not farcical and whatever other reasonable criteria they have.
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Nov. 8th, 2009 12:21 am

random day

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Today was really random.

I woke up around 11AM (Janine and I were up to near 3AM), so I spent the first hour checking my email, the news, and generally doing not much online. Showered. Went out with Janine to get lunch at the little bistro near us that has really darn good food for cheap.

After that I came home and played some Torchlight. Quite entertaining, and I really adore Diablo style games. Still recommend it.

Once finished with that I moved on to doing Dreamwidth work. Not much to show for it, as I got interrupted by a phone call from Nicolas. I didn't recognize his voice and the name (I didn't hear the last name) didn't ring any bells until he said the nickname he used to use online. Then the gears clicked!

I met Nicolas when I was on IRC on Undernet in the #Delphi channel. This was way back, probably 13-14 years ago when I was just barely a teenager. We used to talk on ICQ as well (oh man). A year ago he moved to Menlo Park (near me) and we were going to get together, but I flaked (between a new job, DW, and the wedding, I was really busy).

Anyway, today he was in Fremont (next town over) and gave me a call. He came over and we talked for a few hours, catching up, talking about our life stories. We decided then to go get some dinner and took Janine along, we met up with Nicolas's girlfriend and the four of us went to a sushi restaurant in the Menlo Park area.

It was really cool. I wasn't too sure how things were going to go, the last time I saw this guy was when I was going to WPI (2002/2003) and that was a short visit. When we were younger we talked all the time, though. I visited Qu├ębec once and we met, there's an amazing picture:

http://pics.livejournal.com/xb95/pic/000a1ag9

See how young I looked there? Nicolas is the kid on the right. By that point we had known each other for years. Seems so odd to think about that, then we lost touch over the years. Haven't talked that much in years when we used to talk all the time. (And apparently about a lot of stuff... he remembered my rough childhood.)

Anyway! That was fun. We'll definitely be getting back together to do things -- they like board games too, so we'll have to do that.

Once we got home from dinner I had some Dreamwidth stuff to take care of so I did.

Now I'm writing a post, and wishing I had done some NaNo writing today. Sadly, things conspired against me and now I'm 2,000 words down. I'm going to go see if I can't bang something out right now, just write write write and see how far I can get...!
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Oct. 24th, 2009 11:20 pm

ahhh~~

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Warhammer 40,000 miniatures are harder than I ever expected to build. Honestly, I had no idea the "hobby" was this involved! I knew that people played war games with little plastic units, but I didn't know it was this involved.

I'll post pictures as soon as I have something neat to show, but so far it's pretty neat. I've asked Janine to buy me some of the units for my birthday/Christmas. I'm playing the Tau Empire which is pretty tactical and interesting.

Anyway. I just had to pull some one of my Fire Warrior's arms off because I decided to promote him to a Shas'ui (a team leader sort) and give him a markerlight. I also have to do some drone conversions to build shield and marker drones (all I have are shield drones) but that should be pretty easy.

Nothing is painted yet, and the quality of my work is quite readily apparent as "newbie" -- so I'm sure down the road (if I continue this hobby) I will look at my first little 500 point army and think "wow, they look terrible".

C'est la vie.

In other news, my novel planning for NaNo is going well. I have a few more plot points to work out and some character background to do (as well as try to identify more than two characters I have already worked up somewhat), but I'm excited to participate this year. May even try to go to some of the local events, not sure yet though.

In other other news, I need to do a code push for Dreamwidth this weekend. Probably tomorrow, as it's already late and I want to go to bed soonish.

For a complete change of pace, I've (today) finished War of Honor, book 10 in the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber. I have one more book to go before I'm done with the series until the next one comes out. This last book didn't appeal to me as much as the others because it was almost all political intrigue, and I'm more interested in the space combat and character based events. But it was still good.

Okay, time to go glue my little dude's new arms on.
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:30 pm

random

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Randomly: of late, my desire to move to Seattle has been really high.

I don't think I'll ever get used to or like California. But Seattle... ahh, now there was a beautiful city set against a gorgeous backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

Yesplz.
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This morning, when I got to work, I grabbed a handful of grapes and a bottle of Martinelli's apple juice from the minikitchen. Furthermore, I took my multivitamin this morning. Oh, California, wtf are you doing to me. Quick, need a Red Bull..

Also, I am again getting the itch to try to come up with some sort of theme for my journal. Something with dragons, or some other vaguely Fantasy theme... blues/greens maybe. Hmm. Of course, this will probably come to naught as per usual, but hey.

Furthermore, six more full days of work to go. I'm really excited to be working for Dreamwidth soon: really really excited. I can't tell you how excited.

And finally, I have some more technical posts banging around in my brain that I want to draw out. I really really wish DW had good draft posts functionality. Soon! Soon!

That's enough for now.
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Well, this IS a business trip. I used the company card to buy some Internet access here in the Salt Lake City airport and then used said Internet access to look through the bugs filed in the last few hours. Investigated and resolved as appropriate, too!

Okay, so maybe it's just me, but I find it kinda somewhat awesome that we actually have a business account. With debit cards. That we can use for business expenses. Speaking of, I need to figure out how best to handle reporting that. Even if it's expensed, I think I still need to keep receipts and file them to get properly counted...

Omg, paperbag.

Also, omg about 1.5 hours of sleep! Sleep is good, but I really need some more. Looking forward to the next flight as it's longer and I should be able to get a few more hours before invading Maryland with my sleep deprived self.

PS, swine flu omg.
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Apr. 27th, 2009 12:15 pm

oops

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It's only noon and I feel like setting things on fire already. This can't be a good sign!

I also don't have anything useful to type here. You get an empty post, devoid of useful content. Much like Mars. Although actually, I bet Mars has a lot of useful stuff, if we could just get up there and dig it up. Natural resources kind of thing.

And hypothetically, if Mars did have life on it once, it stands to reason there's a ton of oil buried there. There we go! We have found the solution to our oil problems: drill Mars!

All in favor? Anybody? Somebody? Bueller?
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Apr. 26th, 2009 03:59 pm

send help

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Payment system has eaten my brain. Send help.

Oh yeah, and trying to simultaneously build out 30 new servers. Thankfully it's not terribly difficult (Puppet does a lot of the heavy lifting), but it's still a pretty manual process in a lot of places.

Also forgot to eat lunch, but am about to rectify that.

Yesterday's oncall shift was pretty busy. Stuff happened. Today: not a page yet, let's hope this luck continues to hold...

This entry's randomness brought to you by the letter OH HEY I SEE A DEER WITH SPARKLES ON IT
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I have a sudden urge to try filking 16 Tons (great song!) to be about coding for a project. Doesn't matter how much code you write, there are more bugs and features that need doing.

Back to work!
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Okay, so building the new production cluster is an exercise in "arrrgh doing this a second time is annoying." Must automate!

Not much else to report. Going to be a very busy day/night as I plug along. I know a lot of other people are really busy with Dreamwidth this weekend too. It's pretty cool.

Janine and I went to Subway for lunch, then hung out in the car and talked for an hour. Just there in the car with the windows down and some music going. It was really nice. We talked about life - past, present, future - and of course about DW. Trying to figure out how things are going to go is tough, trying to help her figure out what she wants (to go back to work, to work for DW, to be a housewife, etc) is also hard.

Anyway.

Time to get busy!
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Don't ask. I really don't know.

I've given up on the Rich Text Editor. Too much time trying to convince to add spaces here, remove spaces there, move this or that, and finally I'm just down to the plain ol' HTML editor. My old friend. We meet again.

Work was really busy today, and tomorrow will be the same.

Dreamwidth open beta is coming soon! I really need to spend some more time working on the payment system. Oh [livejournal.com profile] whitaker, how I used to laugh at you...

Bedtime.
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I'm having one of those weird days where my brain is sliding around! I'm being pretty productive here at work, but it's kind of funny how fast I'm bouncing between tasks. I can't seem to keep one thing in my head for longer than 20 minutes right now. It doesn't help that I was just listening to Eddie From Ohio, either!

Of course, Janine claims I'm always a bit odd, and that this isn't abnormal. I think she's just humoring me or something. Maybe it's the can of Red Bull I'm drinking. (Damn I love this stuff.)

Uhhhhhhhhhhh.

Not sure what else to say. Rode my motorcycle to work today. It was 52 and foggy on the way in, but it's sunny and warming up to the mid-60s now, so the ride home this evening should be very nice. (Aside from traffic, which is majorly fail, but that's life. At least I can generally go around them or between them! Mwa ha ha.)

Guess that's it for now. Going to see if I can't figure out how to do this thing I'm trying to do before my 3PM meeting followed quickly by a 4:30PM meeting, which won't leave me time to work once they start.
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I have a sudden and strange urge to learn Gregorian Chant.
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