Fri Jan 02 1998 12:00:
Hello, and a happy 1998 to
you. Although I'd like to know what's so happy about it. What? Oh, I
see. Yes, that makes sense. All right, carry on.
I am now using emacs under Linux to edit my home page. I suggest you
do the same. Bow down before its GPLed might! BOW DOWN! Crummy will be
making the transition shortly. Note to vi people: bite me. Ha ha, I
love holy wars!
Sun Jan 04 1998 12:00:
I'm trying out doing rubrics on
this page. A rubric is that thing up there, except they're usually
used to quantify some useful information. None of that for me. I wrote
a nifty rubric generator in Perl, but alas, Andy "I Hate Leonard"
Schile, master of all things sampo.st.hmc.edu, has once again proved
his BOFH-worthiness by denying everyone read access to the cgi-bin
directory and refusing to let me have the root password to fix it. I
tried some hacks to get around it, but nothing worked; apparantly
there's a server misconfiguration somewhere. Oh well. You can get the
source here and the data files here and here. That last one's a binary data file
generated by strfile so don't try and view it, but you need it if you
want to run the program on your own system.
I just redid the IRS
page, it's now 100% Microsoft-free. Enjoy it. Buy my tapes,
Thu Jan 08 1998 12:00:
Well, whaddaya know. The rubric problem was on my end after all. You
can get your rubrics here. And
please, send me your ideas for additional rubrics. Eight is not
I'm gradually going through all the Crummy articles and changing them
from evil Microsoft-created files into friendly Linux files. I'm
taking the opportunity to do some minor updates and change
links. Eventually all the Crummy links will work. Help me out by
sending me dead links.
If you have to send me mail on Saturday, send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The UCLA mailserver is going down for
maintenance on that day, and I won't be able to get mail from
email@example.com until Sunday [Sunday Sunday!] or Monday.
Fri Jan 09 1998 12:00:
It took some doing (what doesn't?) but all the files are
converted. I've got an FTP session going right now. Which I just
screwed up. Damn. I'll upload the files later.
Mon Jan 12 1998 12:00:
School starts in... 3 1/2 hours. What class is it, you ask? I don't
know, I'll have to get up and look at the schedule on the wall. It
is... the ever-popular Math 61 Discrete Structures. Which I hope I
don't get kicked out of. You know how opinionated I am about discrete
structures. Actually, if you go down to West Hollywood you can get
some discrete structures for about $150 an hour.
But that's not really our story. And I've
forgotten what was. So I'm just going to sit here until I think of
it. Oh yeah, my mom sent me some penguin stickers. I stuck some on my
computer case. Linux Inside! Goddess, I sound like Dave Winer. I bet you wish your
mother was as cool as mine.
I didn't mention this in a news thing Saturday, but if you go down
to my bio page you can see some additional
pages I did about the computers that have graced my life. I also
moved the link to my pictures onto the bio
page. Now all the stuff on the menu fits nicely into two table rows
again. Yes, I'm obsessive-compulsive. How did you know?
Oh yeah, I uploaded the new improved Crummy
pages. Bonk bonk on the head for not realizing why both gzip AND tar
are usually employed in compressing multiple files. Hey, there was a
minor earthquake here today, apparantly an aftershock from a quake
over in China earlier. It was pretty cool. Anyway, that's all the
yumminess for now, I gotta go fix some links on the computer pages.
This is purely for my reference, but if you
were going to eat a human body, where would you start? NO! NO!
NO! I mean, this is purely for my reference, but I have HTMLified
and uploaded my winter 98 schedule, as is
the fashion, and it's an old fashion, and I wish I had an Old
Fashioned, as Groucho Marx would say. The masses cry out: "Why don't
you just get your schedule from URSA Online if you're on campus and
need information about a class but forgot your printout at home?"
Well, because the URSA Online
schedule only displays the list of classes, and not a time grid,
which is the way I visualize my classes. Hmm, this calls for a Perl
Woo-hoo! I have a roommate! Unfortunately,
he appears to be an evangelical Christian. Oh well, it should be
interesting. Anyway, Severino is an evangelical Christian, and he's
pretty cool. His [my roommate's] name is James Yoo. I guess I should
ask someone else to sing backup on "Swim Free", my tirade against
putting Christian fish on the back of cars. Actually he has a car. I
wonder if it's got a fish on it.
Tue Jan 20 1998 12:00:
Oh boy, I'm back from Bakersfield. First
up, fresh from the grill, enjoy a rant. The
subject: Microsoft. Papa Joe
says he's going to link to it. Bring the wife and family, bring the
whole... kids, yippee. That's a Bob Dylan reference, by the way. He
was a folk singer.
Talkin' End of the World Blues
In other opinionated news, I got some old
books of Christian prophecy at the Goodwill in Bakersfield. They are
"The Late Great Planet Earth" by Hal Lindsey, who appears to be a
fundie, and "This Apocalyptic Age" by Robert Bergen, who appears to be
Catholic. Both published in 1970, both convinced that the Bible is
speaking of their time, both bearing certain ever-so-slight
resemblances to books of Christian prophecy published today, 28 years
later. I'm going to present my analysis of what went wrong. I also got
a 45 of Lindsey's "The 1980's: Countdown to Armageddon". He's like a
dog with an old sock, that guy. I also also got a more recent book,
"Silicon Snake Oil" by Cliff "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Egg" Stoll,
which, being about the Internet and published three years ago, I can
analyze in much the same light, although a lot of what he says is
still a big problem and at least he doesn't put on his pompous hat and
march around singing showtunes, so to speak, like the authors of
certain other books I got at the Goodwill. But my biggest thrift-shop
prizes were several old computer manuals: Atari Basic, Fortran for
Business People, and a manual for Visicalc, the first spreadsheet
program ever. Now if I only had my homework done.
Thu Jan 22 1998 12:00:
Man, if ever there were a day for dancing
in the streets! Microsoft slapped on the wrist yet again, and Netscape
GPLed (or some facsimile thereof)! (Check out the announcement at
Netscape's page. I'm gonna be talking about this day to my
grandchildren. Admittedly, they probably won't care, but who needs
them. Plus, on the way over here there were people giving out Surge!,
which is the PalmPC to Mountain Dew's Palm Pilot. Will the joy never
I just completed a parody FSF response
to the Netscape fiasco, which I am somewhat proud of. Check it out.
Sun Jan 25 1998 12:00:
I have written a human cloning
page. Why? Because while I don't think human cloning will prove
incredibly useful, I don't think there's any need to ban it,
either. Check it out. Now features my opinion on the vital "headless
Thu Jan 29 1998 12:00:
At work today, we were coming back from
lunch when we ran into Rick Crawford, who used to work with MAP but
then moved upstairs to the 5th floor where he now does Unix stuff,
lucky stiff. So we were grilling him about his new job as we got in
the elevator, and the question came up "What flavor of Unix do you
guys use?" and apparantly Rick hadn't heard that term before because
he says "What do you mean?" and we're going "Uh, Solaris, Linux,
AIX..." and this other guy in the elevator starts saying "SCO,
Irix...". It was truly a geek moment.
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