setup for productivity

June 25, 2004

Today wasn’t exactly productive, but I think it set me up for greater productivity. I helped one of our engineers with some Perl things. We’d had another engineer who learned quite a bit of Perl and wrote some medium-sized SPC code in it. Then he left, so this guy is taking over maintenance. The code is pretty unfriendly toward being maintained, so it’s going to be fun; the guy is also learning Perl as he goes! I’m hoping I can be helpful.

a mediocre progress day

June 23, 2004

Work was so-so, today. I poked a few projects with sticks, making some progress on one or two. I moved all our web applications to a newer server, exposing a number of internal distributions that really need proper Makefiles and prerequisite lists. I told my boss that it would be really convenient to make the use of easier. PPM is the pits.

life after yapc

June 22, 2004

I’m happy to be home! YAPC was a good experience, although I think OSCON was on the whole better, for a number of reasons. Most of them, though, boil down to location. The other tracks at OSCON, of course, meant that there was always something I found really interesting, but I mostly stuck to the Perl track. There were more people at OSCON, but I didn’t have time to meet everyone at YAPC! Anyway, I’m glad I did YAPC, glad I’ll be doing OSCON, and hope to keep on doing both.

the end of yapc

June 19, 2004

I can’t write down today’s events in detail. I am incredibly full of pasta, and I had enough wine that it’s had some effect. Here are the basics:

yet another omission

June 18, 2004

Last night, just as I was shutting my lid, Ian sent me a message following up on something we’d talked about at the Kwiki BOF. This reminded me that I’d said nothing about it.


June 18, 2004

Today was better than yesterday, I think. There was less going on, so everything was more manageable. I had another waffle at breakfast, and it was good. I didn’t do a first lecture, and instead tried to get some work things done. I owed someone at work some notes for a meeting, but it turns out that the meeting had been cancelled in part due to the lack of notes from me. I was mildly annoyed, because I had hours until the meeting. Still, it was not unreasonable on the organizer’s part. I just felt like I was going to end up taking blame for not doing something that I was really doing. I’m not worried about it.

pre-yapc yapc

June 16, 2004

YAPC starts tomorrow, so all the immediately pre-YAPC stuff occurred today. I’ll start with last night, though: Bryan came to town last night, and Gloria and I went to pick him up around 1810. It was really hungry out, so we went right home and Gloria got to fixin’ a giant muffeletta. It was a fine, huge, tasty sammich. Bryan and I had a game of go. I was sure he was going to win, until a little past halfway through, when I felt pretty sure I would win. Rather than go through the pain of scoring, we agreed that I seemed to have won and let it go. We also agreed that maybe next time we’ll play on a 13x13 board, not a full 19. It was good.

airport express

June 8, 2004

I’m not sure whether the AirPort Express is totally cool or just sort of mildly interesting. For the most part, $130 is too much for the use I’d expect to be able to get: I imagine I’d use it to turn a wired connection into a wireless one in situations where I’m a guest somewhere: someone else’s house or a hotel. Neither seems very likely. Those friends to whose houses I’d bring a laptop probably have 802.11, and at a hotel I’m probably fine with an ethernet cable. Most hotels I’ve been to don’t have reasonable internet, anyway.