our very own laundry facilities

March 9, 2007

For as long as we’ve lived together (and before that) Gloria and I have had to leave home to do our laundry. At BU, I’d take my laundry to my brother’s place or my sister’s place. In Somerville, we’d walk about a block to what is now called the Showcase Laundramat. When we moved into our old apartment in Bethlehem, there was a washer in our apartment, but it wasn’t hooked up. We hoped it would be put in the basement and turned on, but it was eventually removed and sent to who-knows-where. For as long as we’ve lived in Bethlehem, Gloria has taken the laundry to the Linden Tree Laundramat or to my parents’ place.

mutt, procmail, and the apple address book

March 7, 2007  📧 🐶 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

It seems like everyone I know is using Thunderbird or Apple Mail, these days. Sometimes, I feel a little left behind. I still run mutt. Then again, every time I try to use a GUI mail application, I feel stifled. It just isn’t smart enough.

dear amazon, just sent it when it's out

March 7, 2007  🤤

Lately, I am getting a lot of incredibly annoying email from Amazon. Worse, it’s email that requires that I repeatedly go log in and click buttons, just to get what I ordered.

mail audit deconstruction

March 6, 2007  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Despite the fact that it is mostly superseded by Email::Filter, Mail::Audit is still used by a bunch of people, included $WORK. To aid my sanity in maintaining it, I’ve begun splitting off some of its plugins, especially those with extra prerequisites. The latest Mail-Audit removes Mail::Audit::List and Mail::Audit::PGP and Mail::Audit::Razor to their own dists.

the annoying last battle of every crpg

March 6, 2007  🎲 👾

There are a number of Mario and Luigi RPGs, and I’ve enjoyed just about all of them until just about the end. Like most RPGs, the end with the Big Boss Battle Fake-Out. You reach the Sacred Destination and engage in battle with the big scary monster (or person) you’ve been following (or fleeing) for most of the game. As soon as you defeat that monster, another, scarier monster appears and you must fight it immediately, with your supplies now quite low.

manly things

March 2, 2007

Yesterday was a pretty good day for doing good old fashioned manly things.

beautiful pennsylvania

March 2, 2007

I love my home state of Pennsylvania, and usually it’s quite beautiful. Today, though, it’s been pouring rain. The earth was already soft because of the piles of melting snow and ice, and now the topsoil has become a mudflow everywhere, flooding rivers with dirt. As I look out the window on the bus, the whole countryside looks like a backed up toilet.

fixing/breaking email::simple::creator

February 26, 2007  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Email::Simple::Creator crams a create method into Email::Simple. It lets you provide an array of headers and a body, and it returns a new Email::Simple object.

third time's the charm?

February 22, 2007

Today, I got my learner’s permit (again). It’s the paperwork I need to have in order to be allowed to drive in the company of someone else, and I need it before I can apply for a driver’s license.

finally released: less piggish email code

February 21, 2007  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Last week, I finally released the long-ago-announced new versions of Email::Send and Email::MIME, which together greatly reduce the memory used to store an email (and, in effect, to do many other things with PEP). There was one glitch that required a small tweak to Email::MIME’s part-inflating code, but for the most part it went quite well. The only other non-bogus error reports I got were from people who relied on private Email::Simple code, or used code that did so.