church, cavies, and chicken

February 14, 2005

Gloria and I went to the 10:30 Mass this morning. It was full to the gills with little children. If the little children to adult ratio had been any higher, I would have suspected that I was among a bunch of Catholics! It was hard to hear a lot of what was said over the dull roar of crying and muttering. The homily was clear, at least. It was also fairly good, I thought. It got bonus points for including the word “obeisance.”

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control, caps lock, and charts

February 10, 2005

I upgraded to Mac OS 10.3.8 last night, and this morning things kept not working or showing up funny in iTerm. Then I realized that caps lock was no longer acting like control. The upgrade has broken uControl, presumably with new scrollwheel code. Richard Clamp posted a fix on the mailing list, but it didn’t help me.

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kadosh kadosh kadosh

February 9, 2005

I meant to get to bed just after ten last night, but I was up late writing my last entry and talking to my aunt about iPods. I was tired, but once I bed I still couldn’t get to sleep. This morning, I woke up around five and dozed on and off until almost six. I got up, got clean, and headed to Mass. Today is the Day of Ashes, which seems like a really good time to really start trying to be better at meeting my obligaitons.

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lunch, lug, and lent

February 9, 2005

Work today was OK. My ur-boss is in town, and I sat with him and went over The Big Project. He seemed impressed and enthused, which was good for my morale, I think.

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nine to five, eight, seventeen zero one

February 8, 2005

I worked today, mostly from home. I popped by the office to pick up some fastnachts. Here in the Lehigh Valley, there’s a fair amount of Pennsylvania Dutch influence. The Pennsylvania Dutch are German-descended, not Dutch, and instead of Carnival or Mardi Gras, we have Faschnacht Day. Before Ash Wednesday, we eat donuts. Gloria and I had ours today. They were good – nice and plain.

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i remember now

February 6, 2005

I saw Queensryche, tonight, on their “An Evening with Queensryche” tour. It was awesome. We got to the Electric Factory at about 19:15 for the 20:00 show, and the line was already around the building. Almost as soon as we got out of the cab, some guy in line handed me a can of beer. Awesome!

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candelmas, catholicism, and coding

February 4, 2005

I haven’t been to Mass in quite a while, and I got to thinking that it’s a pretty good time to try to start going again. Tuesday night while Gloria was at yoga practise, I walked over to St. Anne’s and checked out the schedule. The church was closed, but I copied down the contents of their display board.

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firefighting, friends, and flushing

February 1, 2005

Thursday afternoon I moved our main production database from one server to another. We’d done that before, and it was a big hassle. This time, I had experience with the process, and I made a nice plan for how to do it. I used OmniOutliner, and I really got to see how much nicer OO3 is, even for simple things. The plan was pretty good, happily enough, but of course there were complications.

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progress, virtue, and the classics

January 27, 2005

Today, work was less crisis-oriented than it had been. I spoke with Duan, who thinks that the current crisis at the UK plant may have been worked around sufficietly well for now. (Note to self: write up options summary tomorrow anyway.) Trevor thinks he found and eliminated the cause of the server crashes; I’m guessing this was a success since I made it past 1900 without any phone calls. I started getting some of the databases moved from one server to another, which is not something I’m excited about doing, but so far so good.

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mood adjustment

January 26, 2005

I was feeling very grumpy last night. I got a hole drilled to reduce the run of ethernet cable across our floor, and I wasn’t happy with it. I looked for a simple way to give network service to the AV equipment across the room from my Airport. Basically, I want a hub that bridges back to the Airport, but everything seems to indicate that this is either expensive or inconvenient. If I want to use a wireless bridge, I have three choices.

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