t-mobile and telephone scammers

March 4, 2006  📱 🤤

We got a phone bill about a week ago, and it listed a $10 charge for Blinko. What’s Blinko? Who knows! Google suggested that it’s some sort of scam, which seemed likely. Gloria said she’d received some sort of opt-out SMS from them, and replied to opt out. I checked their web site, and they look like one of those wretched little “we send garbage crap to your phone for too much money!” operations.

uuid and guid and cpan, oh my!

February 28, 2006  📚 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I keep getting questions about what the hell I’m doing, so I’m going to try and answer them here.

andy's winter wine warmer

February 21, 2006

Saturday was Andy’s annual wine tasting party, at his eternally in-progress house. We picked up a French blend that I hadn’t tried before and headed over at about 19:30, and found the place pretty packed already. By the end of the night, his house was positively jam-packed with people – at least on the first floor. The second floor never got particularly busy, even though it had plenty of room, some seating, and a nice warm fire.

time, time, time (-based classes and objects)

February 19, 2006  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Someone complained, looking at the beta version of some new reports, that the “when” field was too precise. They didn’t need “17 days and 6 hours ago,” “17 days ago” would do. I was doing this with Sean Burke’s Time::Duration, wrapped by my own Time::Duration::Object, which just turns a number of seconds into an object with methods based on the functions provided by Time::Duration. It’s been a very useful module, but I never noticed that it had a major bug.

rubric gets a non-lame entry formatter

February 11, 2006  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻 📕

For a long, long time, I have thought, “It will be way cool to have better text-to-html in Rubric!” I really wanted a decent markup system for doing this, and I didn’t want to make any decisions. Decisions are hard. Instead, I punted: “I’ll figure it out later!”

evil dick cheney

February 10, 2006

I had a weird, bad dream. On my way home, I saw a couple of mentally disabled people jogging. One of them fell down and I heard a shot. Later, I was called in to talk to the police. It turned out that they had been carrying a gun and accidentally shot someone – or so everyone thought, including Dick Cheney and his bodyguard, who were there. For some reason.

paranoia: wmd

February 5, 2006  🎲 ⚔️

I got two copies of a book that I’d wanted, for Christmas, so I returned one copy and used the credit to pick up something else I’d wanted, Paranoia: WMD. It’s a four-pack of missions (adventures) for the Paranoia RPG. I’ve liked Paranoia for a long time – back since the glorious second edition. I’ve written more entries in Alphapedia Complexia than I have in any other public wiki (I think), and I’ve been happy to see the new edition of the game do fairly well. The new edition was, at first, called “Paranoia XP,” but apparently Microsoft got grumpy, and now it’s just “PARANOIA.”

rjbs vs. the perl email project

February 2, 2006  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I really like the Perl Email Project, in theory. Lately it’s been getting my goat, due to weird interfaces, backwards compatibility glitches, and one particularly troublesome bug.

closing up my server

February 2, 2006  ⚙️

cheshirecat is all closed up, and basically changed over to its new configuration. My whiteboard plan was to have a five gig drive become the system disk, replacing the Caviar 22500, which was only half the size, and not large enough for my system… or so I thought. Now that I look at it, I see that my new root partition, including var, usr, and tmp, is only 2.2 gigs – which would have left me enough room for swap, too.