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Date:2003-04-23 15:07
Subject:Fotolog
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Like livejournal for photos.

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Date:2003-04-23 09:55
Subject:Really good water. Mmmm, tasty, tasty!
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When my life freaks me out, my life REALLY freaks me out. But I guess that's appropriate--I'm an all-or-nothing kind of guy.

Someone once said about my friend Jay (and you have to know Jay to fully appreciate this, but suffice it to say that he's extremely intelligent, highly critical, and, uh, opinionated): Some people say the glass is half full, other people say it's half empty. Jay would say, "This water sucks!"

Drink vinegar.

The water in my glass tastes really good. And sometimes, when I'm having a particularly lucky moment, a fish or a turtle or--ooh!--a tadpole finds its way into the glass. I have no idea how they get there. And I don't eat them or anything. They're just cool.

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Date:2003-04-10 16:32
Subject:Sometimes I amaze even myself
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This came as a bit of a surprise:

</td><td valign="top">You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

</tr>
You are 41% geek

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

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Date:2003-04-10 11:43
Subject:Words fail me
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They do that a lot these days.



which scooby are you?

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Date:2003-02-04 11:50
Subject:Caw! Caw!
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Crow
Crow


What Is Your Animal Personality?
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Date:2003-01-24 12:30
Subject:It can't be just me, can it?
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Mood: confused

Is it some kind of weird, mind altering air- or water pollution? Cosmic rays? Are my friends insane? Am I??

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Date:2003-01-22 13:31
Subject:More stupid quizzes.
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shit
What swear word are you?

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tiiguy tells me pretty much every time he sees me that I'm the most annoying person on the planet, so I won't question this one. And I'm brown.

Walking%20Sex%20Vampire
What type of vampire are you?

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All I have to say is, "Uhhhhhhh."

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Date:2003-01-22 13:13
Subject:This really freaks me out.
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You are blue. You are somewhat innocent, in the fact that your genius only extends to the physical world. You have a false sense of contentness. You are usually the quiet one, the genius. Everyone can count on you to help when they have problems, but you only fall short of being able to solve your own.

What inner color are you?

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<A HREF= "http://quizilla.com/users/Shirono/quizzes/The%20inner%20color%20quiz%20(Utena%20Images)" > <IMG SRC="http://homepage.mac.com/werkers/colorquiz/youareblue.jpg"> <P>You are blue. You are somewhat innocent, in the fact that your genius only extends to the physical world. You have a false sense of contentness. You are usually the quiet one, the genius. Everyone can count on you to help when they have problems, but you only fall short of being able to solve your own. </P> <P>What inner color are you? </P></A> <P><FONT SIZE= "-1"Quiz by Shirono</FONT> </P>

What the hell does that mean?? My genius only extends to the physical world?!

But at least <lj user="tmhsiao"> and I are true to our inner <a href="http://www.ufl.edu/">Gators</a>.

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Date:2003-01-21 16:50
Subject:A-HA!
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Who here knows the difference between a hump dolly and a reefer strap? Or is it reefer dolly and hump strap?

Well, hump dolly and reefer strap seem to have the connotations you think they do. But Max got it right the second time: reefer dolly and hump strap appear to be terms used by movers.

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Date:2003-01-21 13:33
Subject:AAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH
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Mood:geeky

Can't...
stop...
listening!

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Date:2003-01-21 13:24
Subject:I bought a purse yesterday
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Mood: chipper

Actually, I bought a purse on Friday, but it was too small. xopherg said that it wasn't even a masculine purse. Then he retracted that statement and said it was feminine. I told him he was a moron for even thinking about it in such terms. Nevertheless, it was too small, so I returned it on Saturday. Yesterday I bought a new one, which is the perfect size. And this one's black (Friday's was brown), so I don't even have to buy new shoes.

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Date:2003-01-15 13:50
Subject:How would you react?
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Mood: thoughtful

Assume you and a friend are both thirsty, and you find a large bottle of water. Your friend takes a few gulps, then hands you the bottle. You take a sip and scald your tongue, because the water is nearly boiling. Then you realize your friend didn't exactly look relieved when she handed you the bottle. Would you sympathize with your pal (possibly making jokes) because you both are sharing the same pain? Or would you be pissed that she didn't warn you?

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Date:2003-01-13 14:58
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I hate losing.

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Date:2003-01-10 16:40
Subject:More Jargon File favorites
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Mood:geeky

ISO standard cup of tea
PEBKAC
Bohr Bug
heisenbug
mandelbug
schroedinbug

I've had my share of schroedinbugs, but, more often than not, I don't get to see the code not work. Typical scenario: a program runs for a while, and when I'm in the code for some (usually unrelated) reason, I notice the defect and fix it. Next time the program still runs.

Around my office we've taken to calling heisenbugs "not a thermal problem." Technically we're referring to the underlying cause, which is almost always a fandango on core, memory smash, stack smash, or the like. One day, Garry was wrestling with a hideous heisenbug in a library (written in-house) that he was testing. On one OS everything worked fine. But on a different OS he was getting core dumps. His test program kept crashing, but Clarence's worked fine, even though both programs did mostly the same thing (Clarence's just did more of it). Weirder yet, with different compilers Garry's program sometimes worked. At one point in the day we had five engineers investigating, but it was still a mystery by the time I left the office. The next morning, Garry says, "I figured it out. We have a heat problem." I stared at him blankly, and may have said something like, "Uhhhhhhh." He kept rambling about stuff in the code, and I kept staring blankly, wondering when he was going to get to his cooling solution. Eventually I got it. I said to him, "Oh. You said heap." Garry stopped dead and said, "Yes, heap. Not heat. It's not a thermal problem." So whenever someone mentions a heseinish bug, my first response is, "I bet it's not a thermal problem."

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Date:2003-01-10 16:28
Subject:Did I mention that I love the Jargon File?
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Mood: mischievous

I know exactly when and how I can put this precious bit of geekery to use.

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Date:2003-01-07 15:21
Subject:Where's George?
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It's been months since I entered any bills at Where's George?. Of those I entered, only a few were re-entered, mostly by Jeech and Ollie. But yesterday someone entered another one.

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Date:2003-01-07 14:35
Subject:It occurs to me that...
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  1. I need to start carrying a purse.

  2. I actually do get lonely from time to time.

  3. When I think I'm right, I usually am.

  4. When I'm right about something, I usually know it.

  5. When I'm right about something and someone disagrees with me, the other person is usually wrong.

  6. I'm not as transparent as I think I am.

  7. Sometimes I talk too much.

  8. I'm amazing.

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Date:2002-12-23 15:11
Subject:Am NOT!
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DisorderRating
Paranoid:Low
Schizoid:Low
Schizotypal:Moderate
Antisocial:Low
Borderline:Low
Histrionic:High
Narcissistic:Moderate
Avoidant:Low
Dependent:Low
Obsessive-Compulsive:Moderate

-- Click Here To Take The Test --

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Date:2002-12-20 15:13
Subject:My kick-ass text editor
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Mood:geeky

Here's my .emacs:


(cond ((boundp 'running-xemacs)
       (setq user-init-file
             (expand-file-name "init.el"
                               (expand-file-name ".xemacs" "~")))
       (setq custom-file
             (expand-file-name "custom.el"
                               (expand-file-name ".xemacs" "~")))

       (load-file user-init-file)
       (load-file custom-file)
       )

      (t
       (setq user-init-file
             (expand-file-name "init.el"
                               (expand-file-name ".emacs-lib" "~")))
       (setq custom-file
             (expand-file-name "custom.el"
                               (expand-file-name ".emacs-lib" "~")))

       (load-file user-init-file)
       (load-file custom-file)
       ))



Seems silly to have to do all that, doesn't it? Unfortunately, the XEmacs folks have decided to make a gratuitous change: instead of reading .emacs, XEmacs now looks for the files init.el (your hand-hacked lisp) and custom.el (the lisp XEmacs hacks for you) in the .xemacs directory. That was fine until I started using GNU Emacs again.

Emacs doesn't like some of XEmacs's lisp, so I can't just use the files out of the .xemacs directory. And I can't just switch over to Emacs, either. Some of the stuff Emacs doesn't like has to do with Gnus, which is what I use to read mail. So I hacked up the lisp you see above, which has worked really well. Emacs surprised the hell out of me.

Since my .emacs is now simply directing traffic, I wanted to see if maybe Emacs could read some other config file. Then I could do away with .emacs, since Emacs would read its config elsewhere, and XEmacs would go to the .xemacs directory. I couldn't find anything in the docs about this. But then I did some customizations through Emacs's interface, and lo! Emacs knows that it needs to store its customizations in my .emacs-lib/custom.el file. It seems trivial in retrospect, since Emacs just has to note whence it loaded its customizations. But at the time I didn't expect it.

XEmacs is still a fine editor. I switched back to GNU Emacs because I discovered its parsing internals are more sophisticated, and, as a result, syntax highlighting (which is so very, very crucial) works better. But I'm not about to live with email downtime, so XEmacs+Gnus is still there for me.



One dot-emacs to rule them all, One dot-emacs to find them,
One dot-emacs to bring them all and in the lispness bind them.



Rock on.

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Date:2002-12-19 15:55
Subject:Look into my eye
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Yesterday I was leaving a parking garage (in Buckhead) around 5pm, so traffic was starting to get nasty. Cars were backing up well into the garage. At a 4-way intersection, a woman was stopped in a way that would allow traffic to continue through the intersection. I was stopped in preparation to turn right and make my exit at some point:



            |     |
        ----+     +-----------

   her -> ###      ### ### ### <- more cars

        ----+     +-----------
            |  #  |
            |  #  |
            |     |
               ^
               |
         me  --+



Once some of the other cars had moved enough, she moved into the intersection, past the point where she'd be blocking cross traffic, but not so far that she was out of my way. It took several minutes for her to get this opportunity, so I can't blame her. She was there first and she had been sitting there awhile. What irks me is that never once did she look at me. You've seen this behavior before, and probably been guilty of it yourself. I have certainly done both.

Someone is a little ashamed of some (usually automobile-related) action, and fears--what? the other driver's reaction? what Mom would say were she present?--so they don't even look. I mean, she was very obviously trying to avoid eye contact with me. I saw her eyes twitch in my direction a couple of times while she kept her neck rigid.

She was completely in the right, but totally rude about it. If she felt bad about it, couldn't she at least have looked at me, smiled sheepishly and mouthed, "Sorry"? Was she afraid I'd jump ahead of her? Could she have prevented that by giving me a stern glare instead of blocking me? Granted, the road-rage-afflicted are plentiful (right, thepeopleseason?), but people tend to be reasonable. A little politeness and/or friendliness (a simple smile can perform miracles) usually helps people stay reasonable.

Here's my challenge to you: the next time you feel like you shouldn't look at someone, look them directly in the eye, with confidence. Stand your ground. Smile if it's even slightly appropriate. And if you did something wrong, make some gesture of apology. At the very least, the next time you see me, look me in the eye.

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