Well, I guess this is the way to get involved in this
community, so I might
as well give it a try.
I'd post a link to my Web page, but it's so paltry that it's
bothering. I've never really put anything of interest on
it, or kept it up
to date. This medium might not suffer the same fate, since
I expect it will
be routinely read by more than five people.
I'm presently located in Washington, DC, USA, but am about
to move to
Dallas, TX, USA (actually Arlington, for the pedants) RSN.
A curious fact of history: I knew Rob Malda in college. I have yet to find
a way to
exploit that connection--if I'd only known about Slashdot back in '95 or so,
maybe I could
have done something so that I'd have some stock options by
sheer coincidence, I also happen to be acquainted with Justin by
way of DCLUG.
My two favorite languages/platforms are Perl and Oracle. I
also program in
Visual Basic (please don't hold that against me).
I'm a fan of Gödel, Escher, Bach, and in general
self-referential. If you understand that book, you'll
understand a good
part of me, and in particular much of my sense of humor.
I'm a Britcom fan, and in particular a Dr. Who buff.
I'm also a Christian. But you might not care about that.
Enough intro. On with actual commentary for today.
slipped and fell
on the ice while crossing the street in late January, during
one of those
freak winter storms in DC. I hurt my knee, too. I'm in
too. (I don't know why I'm bothering to share that...
Misery may love
company, but company doesn't reciprocate.) I'm very
functional at the
moment, though I did spend over two weeks cooped up in my
to go anywhere because of the lingering snow and ice on the
ground. (I got
to telecommute for that time--yay!)
Für elise: Re:
Chart: We've actually got something like that at my work.
For the client I
deal with, we have the personnel managers who handle us, and
we've got the
people who are customer relations, who own the projects. Or
they used to,
but that stopped. Or they never were supposed to, and it's
just because of
lack of leadership on my team in the past that they ever had
that kind of
authority. OK, maybe we didn't have that. In another part
of my division
(for a different client), they recently had a reorg to get
rid of the second
set of management since the VP complained that he didn't
know which manager
to go to to ask questions about a project. Anyways, in
short: From my
experience, it's definitely a nice principle, and maybe one
day we'll see it
implemented successfully. (Add that to my list of concepts
statement applies to...)
No real signs of WTO protests around here. I've managed to
stay away from
any areas where protests are likely (in particular, I
anywhere near Dupont Circle which had one of the more
newsworthy ones over
the past few days). I'm hoping this whole mess just goes
that's not strictly true: I want a lot of noise and
interesting events to
occur on the fringes of my life, so that I can say "I was
there" without it
really having any effect on my life :).
I'm not sure what genuine meaning the ratings on here have.
I know that
enough ratings imply that I get the privilege of posting
replies to the
articles, but beyond that (and other sociotechnical issues
that I'm not
aware of), what does being a given rating really mean? I'm
sure it'd be
nice to see that 56 people say that I'm a "Master" (unlikely
since I don't
do any notable work on Free Software(TM) ATM), but I don't
motivation I'm supposed to have to attain that status, or
any other status
Favorite line of C code of all time (ATM), from a linked
head = tail ? head : tail; /* cryptic C is fun */
On Usenet, in the group misc.misc, what would they do if
there were too many off-topic posts? Or would they have to
on-topic posts? Would they ever consider creating a
misc.misc.moderated? (Probably not unless the original
simultaneously renamed to misc.misc.misc...)
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