a very mixed day

October 16, 2004

I’ve been annoyed at my performance at work these last two weeks. Yesterday it was really coming to a head, as I was accomplishing too little /and/ was having incredible hand pain. I even put aside my beloved IBM m101 to use a Belkin split keyboard. So far, so good. I need to see if I can find one with the \ in the right place, though, above the carriage return.

scary noises

October 14, 2004

I have two scary noises to report one. One of them is the blather coming from the TV. It’s the final debate, and I wish we had politicians who were just a little frank. I want the debate to be like a spelling bee: the candidate has to say the question before and after answering, to remind the audience what he should be answering.

abe.pm lives... almost

October 12, 2004

Today was to be the first ABE.pm meeting in six months. I got to Lehigh just a few minutes before seven, and at ten after, I was still alone. I called Phil, who I knew was en route, and he said we probably shouldn’t expect Jim or Steve. In other words, it was just Phil and I.

flip flopping

October 11, 2004

I used to be not allergic to cats, before I became allergic. Don’t vote for me!

goodbye gandi!

October 7, 2004

The following is a dramatization. The content has been changed to ridicule the annoying.

text: writing and reading it

October 7, 2004

Shawn S. sent me a link to TextMate, a new OS X editor. Their web page promises that “It’s time to turn envy into pride and end your desire for Windows- and UNIX-based editors once and for all.” In case you think that’s great, let me advise you: it’s bullshit.

roget, svk, wodehouse

October 5, 2004

Today being Monday, I worked from home. I feel like I didn’t have a super-productive day, but I got CGI::Form::Table out there, which is going to be useful in refactoring some old work code and writing some new stuff, so that’s good. I wish the WebCore JS wasn’t so stupid about THEAD elements, but I guess I’ll get around to finding a workaround sometime.

bad dns, good isp

October 3, 2004

Well, UltraDNS still hasn’t updated their data, so clients are still being sent to my old IP. You can imagine that I am less and less thrilled with this as the days go by. The DNS needs an enema.

dns propagation

October 2, 2004

manxome.org is still in limbo. I made another update to the NS records via gandi.net, to eliminate any need for the old ns names to resolve, thinking that maybe this was causing some weird problem. Nope! Hours later and I still get old NS records from tld?.ultradns.net. I know it can take a day or so, but this is nuts. Why are DNS updates still so slow? I find it hard to believe that there are really good reasons for this nonsense to persist. I just want to be able to get mail again!