Tue Jun 05 2001 07:11 Require, Select, Indicate:
The machine which hosts crummy.com and segfault.org was taken down by VA following the Sourceforge crack, and who knows when they'll be done scanning it for vulnerabilities and put it back up. So I'm back in the low-rent editthispage district.
Tried to get BeOS 5 working on my new computer yesterday. The readme file said to put the BeOS image in a /beos directory off the root of any ext2 partition, but the boot disk was not aware of this arrangement and wanted to boot off the CD. I could try burning a CD and booting off of that. I just may do that.
None of this would be neccessary if there were a 3dSound equivalent for Linux, but I've given up hope for such a thing unless I write it myself. The sad truth is that average person who makes music using Linux makes a very different kind of music from the kind I make.
Also: after a long absence, I have returned to Terry Pratchett by picking up Equal Rites. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as fun as it used to be. :(
Tue Jun 05 2001 10:54 Bushism of the Indefinite Time Period:
I was going to wonder why Slate hadn't put up a Bushism of the day for quite a while, but today they did put one up. It was pretty weak, though; part of it looks like W was trying to make a joke.
Update: Actually, it's a pretty good Bushism. There are a couple
subtle touches I'd missed the first time.
Tue Jun 05 2001 20:12 If anyone dasses to risk me fisks:
Bad news: burning of BeOS CD was a near-total failure, not total only
because I'm fairly sure I did manage to get bits onto the CD-R, something
I'd never done before.
Good news: ecasound
does almost exactly what I want. The thing that's missing is a GUI
that lets me drag waveforms around. Doing it through the command
line is a matter of trial and error, but it's not cumbersome and it has the advantage of actually working.
It's the only program since 3dSound which passed the first benchmark to which
I hold all alleged multitrack recorders, the assembling of disparate
.WAV files into my sonic masterpiece Theme And Fantasia On "Popeye
The Sailor Man". In addition, I was also able to play and record simultaneously,
something I could never get to work on BeOS.
Keep your eye on ecasound, folks. It's a winner.
There's a QT module for ecasound but I don't think it's going to
do what I want it to do. However, ecasound has surprised me once before.
Thu Jun 07 2001 06:37 Four huge frogs sitting on concrete spools:
Kris brings you photos from the Vanessa/John wedding. I feel as though I should know John, but I don't.
My co-workers are flattering me to the turbine-dev mailing list.
Before it vanishes into the mists of time, look at Monday's brilliant Zippy the Pinhead. Mr. The Toad is my favorite Zippy character.
Halfhearted James Bond movie titles:
- Tomorrow Seldom Dies
- From Russia With Affection
- Licence to Injure
- You May Only Live Twice
- Dr. Maybe
- Diamonds are a Long Time
- Casino Pretty Good
- The World Will Suffice
Thu Jun 07 2001 20:24 Ineffective Illuminati Tactics:
First In A Series
I'm going to filibuster!
Fri Jun 08 2001 08:19 Software-related ramblings:
I now have commit privileges to Turbine. Flattery got me somewhere.
Load testing on the Tigris 1.0.6 release candidate indicates huge improvements. 1.0.6 is going to be, to my mind, the first version of Tigris suitable for hosting really large sites; computing power will henceforth be used to handle requests instead of to keep the Helm components in sync. My and Dan's clustering architecture also gives huge scalability improvements, but that's not going to be in a release until 1.1.
Fri Jun 08 2001 16:41:
Yesterday Rachel, my youngest sister, graduated from Bakersfield High School. Three quarks for her! She joins such illustrious BHS alumni as Andy Schile and my other sister, Susanna.
I'm experimenting with not putting titles on my news items. I'm not used to it, ergo it is bad. Cogito, ergo keyboard, as I said to Ed yesterday. Or Sumana's motto: Cogito, ergo Sumana.
Sat Jun 09 2001 19:19 Deniable plausibility:
Remotely Plausible Dialogue From One of the Later Marx Brothers Movies
No, that's a necklace. I assume you know what a necklace is?
Shore! I read-a Necklace Shrugged!
Remotely Plausible Excerpt From A Really Bad Historical Romance
Their lovemaking raged like the Battle of Hastings would, three hundred and sixty-one years later.
Sat Jun 09 2001 20:37 I pluck them from the shore:
Two things from the old (mid-1997) Crummy which I'm going to put back up once the current Crummy returns from the dead: Grunion Time, my pre-Jake Berendes West Covina foray into magical realism; also, the Mad Magazine-esque Kris/Leonard spoof Disaster Movies We Wouldn't Like to See.
In fact, due to extreme boredom I've posted Grunion Time here on C:TBS. It's not great literature, but at least it makes no sense.
Tue Jun 12 2001 07:03 Joke:
I saw Douglas Hofstadter's resume today. It had no references; only self-references.
Tue Jun 12 2001 16:12 Taking solace in bad poetry:
I remember the first time I saw you,
and two years in between.
Wed Jun 13 2001 07:04 Segfault update:
Not much to update. I'm calling and emailing people (person) at VA trying to get a status report, but nothing yet. I'm hoping I can at least get the Segfault and Crummy data so as to be able to host such sites on my own nickel (a much bigger nickel now than it was when Scott and I started Segfault). It would really suck if I lost 2.5 years of Segfault stories and three years of my weblog (I know, I should have been keeping backups and not trusting VA to keep backups for me). I'm sure it will work out eventually.
Unrelatedly: last night I dreamed that instead of purchasing one car after graduation from college, I had purchased five. As Jeeves would say, the mind boggles. Why the hell would I do that? One of the cars was apparantly really nice and it was the one I drove all the time, which brings up the question: why didn't I just buy that one? I demand that my dreams make more sense!
Wed Jun 13 2001 10:22 No, Mister Bond, I expect you to miss your flight!:
Seth Schoen weighs in with more halfhearted Bond movie titles:
- A Glimpse of a Kill
- For Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat Only
- On Her Majesty's Not Widely Known Service
- The Living Twilights
- The Spy Who Liked Me
And one new one from me: Try Not To Say Never Again. I wanted to put For Your Eyes in the original crop, but Kevin Maples voted me down.
Thu Jun 14 2001 06:30 Von Boyage:
Sumana leaves for St. Petersburg at 4 PM (Washington time, I assume). I feel as though I should be standing right off the tarmac, waving a tiny flag as her group departs.
In other news: Bugzilla asks you to log in using "a legitimate e-mail address" (my italics). You know it's because people complained about not being able to log in with email addresses that were totally bogus and not the ones they had gotten accounts with.
Thu Jun 14 2001 12:52 Your skin will crawl!*:
My mother has the terrifying story of The Mummy!
Update: She sent me several more war stories, so that section is greatly expanded.
*Skin may not actually crawl.
Thu Jun 14 2001 18:54 There Ain't No Justice:
I came up with a great idea for a LRU cache which was capable of resizing itself solely based on frequency of requests, but consensus is that I shouldn't bother and that the cache I have now is smart enough, even though it requires a human to figure out coefficients for a given site. And now, sour grapes: my idea was probably prone to feedback loops that would have made it unworkable, anyway.
This entry is so much less interesting than the previous one that it's not even funny.
Fri Jun 15 2001 06:31 Woo Frickin Hoo:
Crummy is back. Go there.
Fri Jun 15 2001 07:26:
Back on the air. As usual, take a peek at crummy.editthispage.com for hot backup site action, including halfhearted Bond movie titles,
bad poetry, and true tales of home improvement terror (which tales will be copied onto this site).
I am seriously going to back up all this stuff onto my computer at home.
Fri Jun 15 2001 08:44:
A while ago, Sumana came up with the Tonight's Episode "Eenie Meenie Minie Murder". But last night Manoj, lord of the TiVo, informed me that that was the actual title of a That's My Bush! episode. So it can't really be used. Dude, where's my Tonight's Episode? Dude, that's my Bush! <- horrifying glimpse into the world of "Dude, where's my x?" Leonardonics.
Fri Jun 15 2001 12:17:
FHW: Darwin Hits Back. Ow, my back!
Actually, the reason humans are so subsceptible to back pain is that we're poorly adapted to bipedality. So... that didn't make it any funnier.
Fri Jun 15 2001 15:37:
When you get an appointment for the California DMV, you might think that the appointment gets you is service at the time of the appointment, but you'd be wrong. What it gets you is you get to get a ticket and wait for the ticket ID to be called, at which point you get service; ie. you have an appointment to make an appointment. As far as I can tell the only thing an appointment gets you is it allows you to get the ticket without standing in line.
Fri Jun 15 2001 21:48:
Tomorrow I'm going to the Fresno area to celebrate the 30th wedding
anniversary of my aunt Pat and uncle Alan at some sort of huge party.
Tomorrow is the zeroth wedding anniversary of my coworker and friend Daniel Rall, and his
fiancée whose name I don't know how to spell.
Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the end of my
Fri Jun 15 2001 22:01:
I moved my mother's horror story here. Now with an all-new initial chapter!
Fri Jun 15 2001 22:18:
Also, I now have a full local backup of Crummy. Did you know that there
there are about 550 megabytes of content served from the crummy.com webspace? 450 of
those megabytes are MP3s hosted in /music/.
Another 50 is pictures in /pix/. Everything
else takes up another 50.
Mon Jun 18 2001 09:36:
I was dead-set against seeing the Tomb Raider movie, but then I heard about the breathtaking scene in which the Illuminati pay five megabucks to make a privileged attack against New York, and Lara Croft can only save the day by playing her Interference special card. Now that's excitement!
Mon Jun 18 2001 10:38:
New poll, courtesy of a conversation I had with Manoj the other day.
Mon Jun 18 2001 16:06:
I spent all this morning and most of the afternoon getting rid of the redundant HELM_DOMAIN table. And now I'm exhausted. But that annoying table is *gone*.
Mon Jun 18 2001 18:26:
Laundry Day Statistics
I have forty T-shirts. Of these, eighteen are folded the way I like.
Mon Jun 18 2001 18:54:
Ever since I first read it, I've felt remiss that there was no NYCB link to Dogma 2001: A Challenge to Game Designers. Well, now there is one. Because that was it. Doh, you read right past it!
Thu Jun 21 2001 09:04:
Yesterday in yoga I discovered a new muscle in my hamstrings. This is very good because my hamstrings are really tight, even after six months of yoga.
Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to write about. I could write about my Illuminati triumphs yesterday and Tuesday, but yesterday's triumph was quite hollow.
Thu Jun 21 2001 10:13:
It's Lisp! It's SET! It's both!
Fri Jun 22 2001 09:01:
Excellent ("very accurate and fair"), good ("mostly positive") review of Degeneracy over at SPAG.
Fri Jun 22 2001 09:16:
Oh, and, in the same issue, there's (a second) review of Guess The Verb!, this one by Degeneracy victim Cedric Knight.
Fri Jun 22 2001 12:24:
FHW: Professor who lied to give up course. Man, the things some people will do to get out of doing work.
Fri Jun 22 2001 19:18:
Today's random thought: The Money Store, an
organization which I was never really sure what they did, once had (and may still have) as
their pitchman former Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer. My question is,
what did this guy do to get kicked out of the Hall of Fame?
Fri Jun 22 2001 19:22:
Inspired by the Degeneracy review, I finally finished the fixed
bug list for Degeneracy. Contains all 300+ bugs fixed since version
.31. Wrapup still forthcoming.
Sat Jun 23 2001 00:23:
Degeneracy postmortem is now finished and up. I'm really struggling to get an idea for another game that I'll be able to finish for the IF competition; I may not enter this year.
Sat Jun 23 2001 09:39:
I've been Open Directoried!
I don't know who did it, but
whoever did it mistook the transient (and now changed) pun in the <title>
tag for the permanent title of the site.
Sun Jun 24 2001 17:40:
Reading a lot. I've decided that no book should remain in my stack of
books for over a year, and some books are approaching that
age. Actually I have some books I haven't finished reading for many years,
but for some reason those don't count because they're not in the stack.
Mon Jun 25 2001 12:22:
One of the books I read yesterday was David Brin's The Practice Effect. I would have been happy with the first half of the book. But no, he had to go and write the whole thing. I say bah to the rule that the ending of a sci-fi book must contain some staggering revelation. Some people just do things differently. David Brin, of all people, knows this, but he had to put in the staggering revelation to satisfy convention (or possibly to make the book longer).
Mon Jun 25 2001 14:15:
On Saturday I saw a Jackie Chan action figure! I considered getting it. But I already have three action figures in use (two Jabbas and a Morn), and several more in a box somewhere in my mother's garage. Action figures are the textbook case of things you don't need that clutter up your life. Unless you have a whole bunch of them and you can make them fight.
Mon Jun 25 2001 20:35:
New (old) music: To
Barbecue A Span Of Time. MP3 possible later tonight, but probably not.
Mon Jun 25 2001 21:03:
No TBaSoT MP3 tonight. I need a damned metronome so I can stay on
the doubly-damned beat.
Also, I forgot to put up the quote on the Degeneracy postmortem.
It's up now.
Tue Jun 26 2001 08:50:
I told Steve Zwaska about my impending birthday. He said, "I was 22 once, but only for about twelve months. Then I got sick of it and moved on."
Tue Jun 26 2001 10:53:
It has been alleged that the song To Barbecue A Span Of Time pertains in some way to a physical barbecue I recently attended. This is prima facie false, since I wrote the song in 1999 and 2000, mostly as something to sing to myself while walking back to my apartment from the UCLA campus. It took a while.
Fri Jun 29 2001 10:48:
Bakersfield Californian, June 26, 2001
Jessie Mae Clark Services: Thurs., June 28, Noon Graveside services will be conducted by Arvin Funeral Home at the South Kern Cemetery District at noon on Thursday, June 27, 2001 for Jessie Mae Clark, age 90. Pastor John Lopez of Meridian Community Church will officiate.
Born Feb. 3, 1911 in Mena, Arkansas. Mrs. Clark passed away June 25, 2001 in Bakersfield. She was known affectionately as Grandma Jessie to many. Grandma Jessie touched many lives through volunteer work for her church and her kind spirit. Grandma Jessie could often be found working in her garden, sewing dolls, blankets and pillows to be taken to villages in Mexico. Grandma Jessie was an avid quilter and made as many as 50 quilts a year for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mrs. Clark is survived by her son, Dalton and
wife Rosalie Richardson of Bakersfield; granddaughter, Patricia and
husband Alan Dyer of Madera; grandsons, Donald and wife Joanie
Richardson, Garry Richardson, Larry and wife Kathy Richardson, all of
Bakersfield; granddaughter-in-law, Frances Richardson of Bakersfield;
great grandchildren, Shannon and husband Shaun St. Arnaud, Brian and
wife Tina Richardson, Leonard Richardson, Susanna Richardson, Kevin
Richardson, Rachel Richardson, Kyle Richardson, Eric Richardson and
Brett Richardson; great great granddaughter, Sydney Richardson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clark, grandson, Roy Richardson and granddaughter-in-law, Helen Richardson.
The Richardson Family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Julian Convalescent Home for their loving care of Grandma Jessie.
Arvin Funeral Home, Arvin.
Fri Jun 29 2001 16:43:
Work today smelled like the UCLA engineering library. An intensely
dry smell that made you question whether the smell was actually there
or if there was something wrong with your sinuses. There may well be
something wrong with my sinuses, because it's always the same smell.
I feel weird posting entries after the one about the death of my
Sat Jun 30 2001 09:32:
Umberto Eco has a new novel out, entitled Baudolino, but it has yet
to be be translated into English.
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