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23 Jul 2001 (updated 24 Jul 2001 at 00:20 UTC) »

Excellent news. Just got off the phone with Will Doherty of the EFF. Adobe has agreed to withdraw support for the criminal complaint against Dmitry Sklyarov. Without Adobe, the government will have a hard time pressing charges. With luck, Sklyarov should be out of jail soon.

Anyone else coming to San Diego? We should have an Advogatomoot.

I'm so much bouncier after my holiday that Jeremy decided to take me on another one. I'll be working from our London office from August 6, then wandering aimlessly around France for a while, avoiding network jacks.

I'm planning to interview Troll Tech and SuSE, and any other European open source companies I can find. If that's you, and if you'd like some techno-journalistic attention, by all means mail me on rachel dot chalmers at the451 dot com.

Tiens alors!

Had a much-needed summer holiday in Colorado. I've never seen mountains before. These were very high. I saw a beaver, beaving, and a porcupine, doing whatever it is that porcupines do. I met a woman who has been married for 49 years, a sweet self-made millionaire from Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 10-year-old flautist and a red-tailed hawk.

I know what I want to be when I grow up.

21 May 2001 (updated 21 May 2001 at 20:37 UTC) »

It would seem that Kaycee did not, in fact, die. Sorry about that.

I promise to be more skeptical in future.

As for Douglas Adams and Eazel, no such luck.

15 May 2001 (updated 15 May 2001 at 19:31 UTC) »

Last night Kaycee died.

12 May 2001 (updated 12 May 2001 at 21:49 UTC) »

My cat Bebe probably just had toothache. She's had her teeth cleaned and one tooth pulled. Her bloodwork turned up nothing unusual, except one stress hormone, which was off the charts. In particular, she's FeLV negative, which is what I was worried about.

She Did Not Appreciate being at the vet.

When I went to pick her up she was huddled wild-eyed in the back of her cage, having hissed and swiped at the nurse when she tried to feed her. Ingrate. Slashdot-poster. I've never had so easy a time getting her in her box. She wanted out of there.

I think part of the problem was ambient noise. My vet got evicted last September, and is now running his practice out of his garage. It's a much better setup than it sounds, and my vet is wonderful, but the street noise and sirens - it's across the road from SF General's ER, and near the 101 overpass - may have contributed to Bebe's general air of psychotic rage.

She's resilient, though. She settled down within minutes of getting home, and was last seen swarming delightedly around the house like some crazed species of otter: the Mission apartment-otter, maybe.

No more fishy catbreath, yay!

My life would be far less complicated if I didn't like animals at all.

26 Apr 2001 (updated 26 Apr 2001 at 22:18 UTC) »

Bad news day. I'm trying to read Ed Felten's decision to withdraw his SDMI paper as good publicity for the DeCSS appeal, and I'm sure there's nothing seriously wrong with my cat Bebe, but if there's a upside to what's happened to Kaycee, I can't see it.

17 Apr 2001 (updated 17 Apr 2001 at 17:46 UTC) »
Junkyard Wars rules! Last week's mileage marathon was the Best Episode Ever (I have a big crush on Bowser) but last night we watched three episodes from the US season, and saw the Long Brothers, those sweet Pennsylvanian farmboys, crush and annihilate all who opposed them - up to and including mighty roboteer Kal Spelletich, who I had no idea looked so much like Ben Affleck, and if I had I would have flirted way more when I interviewed him that time.

It's perfect television: complex characters, high stakes, an invariably glorious narrative arc. Peter Christy's daughter advances a compelling theory that in order to win JyW, your team must suffer. The land yacht episode, in which a team inadvertently set fire to its own sail, is a standout in this respect, but they are all gems, every one.

In other news, Telsa's Guadec coverage cracked me up, while Jeremy "accidently" destroyed one of his villages by raining fire upon it. His hand is a gnarled red claw. I am married to a Dark God.

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