24 Sep 2001 Johnath   » (Journeyer)

Since my last entry the world has changed far more than I have. It's been a couple weeks now, and the flags are starting to fly at full mast again, which hopefully means that people are picking up and moving on. I am going to do likewise. This is our generation's JFK, even moreso than Challenger, insofar as two tragedies can be compared. It will hang overhead for a long time, but it does no one any good to punish themselves for the atrocities of others - so I'm going to go back to being happy and enjoying life, while never for a second forgetting the enormity of this.

IBM continues to please me, and now that we have moved to the new lab facility, everything's coming up roses. Slashdot had a story recently about all the fun jobs being gone, but I have to say, I like what I do, I like the people I work with, and I love this new facility. I still think my job is great fun, I'm now signed up for a couple courses that at least *I* consider cool (UML and an RHCE crash course followed by the exam). Heck, I even brought in a new rapid fire nerf gun this morning.

My "professional" business cards came in last week (the ones listing me as "Software Developer" and having regular contact information). It will probably be another week until the "alternate" ones come in (listing my profession as "Hacker" and having, on the flipside, personal contact info and my pgp key id and fingerprint. :) The notion that I have a business card is strange and alarming and seems to indicate that someone in control of things is asleep at the switch. I'm practicing the suave maneuvers by which you can produce a business card out of thin air upon request. So far I'm not very suave, updates as events warrant.

Life continues to be good. Amy and I are back into racquetball on a semi regular basis, and despite exercise mags telling you it's not as good as, say, running 10 miles a day, it's significantly more fun. I have only kicked the ball into my own eye once so far.

Don't play the slots. This is my seasoned professional advice after visiting my first casino this weekend (Casino Rama, no less). I bought in $60 in chips, turned it into $120 playing blackjack and then turned it back into $60 playing the slots. Ah well, a learning experience - next time it's nothing but blackjack and the poker rooms for me.

Cooking rocks. Need a new paring knife. 3.5 or 4". Pro S or Wusthof, I haven't decided. And last week on iron chef, some master of pasta making was the challenger and had this great little wooden thing for hanging pasta to dry - need to get me one of those.

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