A lot of stuff seems to be happening now.
sleep and dreams
I had my sleep study a couple of weeks ago. My sleep
disorder is considerably more of a mystery now than it was
before - I was convinced that it was sleep apnea based on
the fact that I've been observed by at least two people
stopping breathing in the middle of the night. The study
confirmed that my sleep is abnormal, but didn't pick up any
actual apnea. It may be that the disappearance of the
apnea is because of the ~13 pounds of weight loss, but
that's not clear.
What the study did show is that the cycling between the
different stages is awry. On the night of the study, I had
no REM sleep at all. Normally, you'll have several segments
of REM sleep during the night. I know that lack of REM isn't
my problem, because I do remember my dreams quite
frequently. Often my dreams are very detailed, as if they
took at least an hour of wall clock.
My dreams of last night are typical in this regard - they
were of a court trial for intellectual property infringement
against a large multinational company. The dream itself was
an entirely unrealistic portrayal of a trial, with the judge
cracking jokes all the time, people speaking when they felt
like it, and a general lack of focus on the legal issues of
the case. When I was awakened by the phone, the second of
three witnesses at my wedding was speaking, correcting
various overstatements of the first witness (who claimed
that there were thousands of guests, among other things).
The dream was full of odd details such as this.
I made a small speech which I can remember almost verbatim:
"Your honor, I'm not asking for any special treatment
because I'm a good boy. I'm asking to be paid for the
violations of the intellectual property. The law says what
companies can and cannot do with a patent, and I'm fully
confident that my lawyers and your honor will arrive at this
legal truth." Written down like this, it looks silly, but in
the dream it was quite a speech, and was greeted with
applause by the people in the courtroom when I sat down.
It's not hard to see where the subject of this dream came
from. Obviously, when you're preparing for potential legal
action, you have to be careful about what you say,
especially in public. That said, I think it would be
enormous fun to have
to defend my dreams in a trial.
dirtyrat: From the sound of your post, I'd
suggest you take a look at medium format cameras. I have a
Koni Rapid Omega 100 that I bought for about $200 used, and
it's been both fun and an excellent tool to take pictures
with excellent image quality. The downsides are, of course,
that you will pay more for film, and there are many fewer
options for getting the film developed, but it's a totally
different world than consumer or "prosumer" 35mm cameras.
I put in a bid for a used Gateway Connected Touch Pad on
ebay last night. In addition, if anyone has a friend who has
one, an ls -laR of the system flash card (cramfs included),
along with information about the date the unit was shipped,
would be greatly appreciated. I'm not expecting much
response from this - friends don't let friends use AOL. My
brother got on for a while because it was bundled with his
Dell computer, but saw the light a couple of months later
and switched to real Internet. According to him, the AOL
slogan should be "You've got... goodbye".
We just had staff meetings, which were good. We got a lot of
things resolved that I thought might be contentious. Among
them, I have the green light to develop Fitz (the bastard
son of Libart and the Ghostscript graphics library) under
GPL. You'll see more design documents and so on soon - I'm
feeling more than a bit lagged right now. Among other
things, I need to get the 6.51 GNU release out the door,
which means updating to the newest versions of hpijs and
In other news, I might have a chunk of time become
available to finish my thesis. This would be enormously
satisfying to me, so I really hope it works out.
neale and crackmonkey continue to make
cool new patches, and are also in the process of getting
access to Gnome CVS so that the thing will be developed like
a real free software project instead of my personal toy.
This is good. Of course, reviewing the patches is one of the
things I'm lagged on. I'll get to it soon, I promise!
Did you know that you can close tags in Advogato with
</> syntax? It's valid SGML that never found its way
into HTML or XML (even though I believe Microsoft pushed for
the latter), but I implemented anyway in the mod_virgule
HTML massaging code. I personally find it quite convenient.
The whole family ran the Bay to Breakers this
did a good chunk of the Ghostscript team from Artifex). Our
time was 2:58:12, which is pretty good considering we were
pushing a stroller, and I was holding Max for much of the