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Moved to aquamap.net/blog [Nov. 14th, 2008|03:24 pm]
Hi everybody. I'm moving to my own domain.


So if you care to continue to monitor my sparse internet postings, go there.


bookmeme [Nov. 14th, 2008|02:11 pm]
This meme seems random enough to be entertaining:

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open it to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.



"Other pictures, of horses, of cats deceased but unforgotten--like "poor Boobs," who had died not long ago and most mysteriously (she suspected poison)--encumbered her desk."

from In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Rad, my pick includes slight meme recursion. And boobs.

thanksgiving in IL [Sep. 20th, 2008|08:41 am]


Outbound flight: Zurich - Chicago (OHare Intl Arpt)
Sat. 22.11.2008 12:55 ZRH - 16:00 ORD LX 8

Return flight: Chicago (OHare Intl Arpt) - Zurich
Sat. 29.11.2008 19:20 ORD - 11:00 +1 ZRH LX 9

(no subject) [Sep. 5th, 2008|01:50 am]
would be interesting to know how many people have not actually decided who they are voting for yet. i'm guessing it's about 12.

countdown to pizza [Aug. 7th, 2008|09:56 am]
I'm flying into Midway at 7:40pm on tuesday august 19.

plane tix aquired [Jul. 25th, 2008|10:37 am]
Leave Zurich Friday August 15 @ 10:00
Arrive San Diego Friday August 15 @ 18:29

Leave Atlanta Saturday August 30 @ 16:35
Arrive Zurich Sunday August 31 @ 07:55

Somewhere around August 19 I'm coming to IL as well. Not tix yet though.

(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2008|03:06 pm]
holy crap, i can post to my livejournal from google docs.

i don't know why that is surprising.


lolcoffee [Jul. 14th, 2008|11:17 pm]

A lot of the comments are saying things like "Starbucks wouldn't be so popular if baristas like this guy weren't such dicks." I don't think that's true; I think it's popular because:
- They intentially prepare their coffee in a very specific way that makes their coffee taste very dark (i.e. burned). Like McDonalds food can never be mistaken for anything else.
- A lot of people seem to care more about familiarity than finding the -best thing- or -unique local thing-. I was shocked to learn that a friend of mine went on vacation and ate at TGIFriday's several times. Some people just like to do what they know, not trying unknown things. Also known as the Applebees Effect.
- Because it is more expensive than regular coffee.

For me, SB is still the best cafe outside the Uni simply because they are the only smoke-free place in Zurich. Lame.

Adding a network printer in windows vista [Jul. 10th, 2008|04:43 pm]
Adding a network printer in windows vista is a stupefying experience.

First the add printer wizard asks whether you want to add a local or network printer. Amazingly, you have to choose local, then create a new "local" port, which is actually the IP address of your printer.

You then have to choose the appropriate printer driver from a window that has two panes, make and model. Inexplicably, this window is tiny, so it only shows about 4 printers at a time and it IS NOT RESIZABLE. So if you're adding, say, an HP printer, you have to slowly scroll through the list of about 700 similarly-named printer models looking for the one you have. Then finally realize that they didn't include any drivers for printers that were made in the last 5 years, so you have to go to the manufacturers web site and re-download them manually anyway.

The thing is, this process is *exactly the same as in windows xp*. In other words, it *still* blows goats, as it has for many years now. No improvement whatsoever.

computers are bunk [May. 26th, 2008|12:08 pm]
adb: Computers are bunk. You should suggest to an alternative data-base
system: 1) data is written on bananas 2) bananas are hung in a tree 3) monkeys are trained to fetch bananas 4) monkey eats banana and drops the peel with desired data onto the person requesting data below. It's fool-proof.

ghort: unfortunately such systems provide very high parallel read performance but write performance is very slow. i think i would need to implement some kind of giraffe-based caching system to upload the bananas faster

adb: While the giraffe system is a definite improvement, their necks would undoubtedly be a bottleneck to data write throughput. After 1000 writes from the banana heap to tree-disk a giraffe would have to be replaced. Perhaps an army of squirrels? Their reproduction rate would alleviate the problems of wear and tear of data-running.

ghort: agreed; squirrel caching is much more advanced. i might be concerned about incompatibility between the squirrels & monkeys, but perhaps we could implement some kind of hardware-layer gorilla to insure transactional coherence. also, there's going to be shit everywhere

adb: compost heap, we can grow them bananas right

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