Woosh...Gabriel Bell

January 31st, 2006

Too much tactless conversation has come from my mouth. For this reason (and exactly 40 others), I'm going to go invisible for a while. I still love you all, but I need to not talk to anyone for a couple of weeks. I'll finish the post that I started a couple of days ago, and hopefully will have more time to keep the bloggy updated.

How many gods does it take
to screw in the likes of me?
You'd think that one day I might learn.


January 16th, 2006

Momentum was probably the most impressive, expansive, and genuinely positive artistic experience I've ever had in Oklahoma. Even more prevalent than the paintings on/in the walls and the more performative examples of right-brained thinking were happy, chatting people. I recognized and was recognized by scores of some of the best folks from around OKC. I had no idea that so many of the more casual of my acquaintances were so very artistic. It makes me wish I didn't have the flaw I do.

Also positive: chocolate covered espresso beans.

Stay entertained.

Time for Link to Dance?

January 13th, 2006

As was noted elsewhere, this New Year's party was not the exciting bash filled with possibility and random inebriation that started off 2005 so very right. There were no random guys that no-one knew to come drive us to Denny's. Instead, there was a generally cheerful atmosphere of light chatting and mild drinking with what seemed like several very disparate groups of friends. I ended up leaving shortly after midnight, and heading to the gay bar to meet up with some friends of various shades on the gender spectrum. We had a more exuberant, if not more enjoyable time, and I got in some of the dancing that I had been missing out on since the last time I hit up 'da club. My first trip to the Edmond Denny's took place at 2:22am on January 1st, right about right for a healthy new year. I ended the night on Avery's couch, after beating a couple of levels of old school Zelda.

The astute reader of this blog has noticed that I've been pretty busy in the last month or so. There are really three reasons:

By far the biggest consumer of my time has been at work. Hertz has updated their Terms and Conditions, and I get to make sure that the 2.35 bagillion customers that need to accept that update get their email reminders. We've never done something this large with email before, but thanks to a lot of coding and tuning of the most rockin' email system ever, it's going to work perfectly. I'd say I need a raise, but I found a way to get to go to school for free for...the rest of my life, so I'm pretty happy with them this week.

Second on the list is the debate tournament I (and esteemed associates) went to in Dallas. After repeating KCKCC's disappointing performance, I've decided to change to a "more work, less booze" kind of approach to my debating in the future. Conor and Blake, however, picked up more slack than I had to give, toppling some random first rounder and winning the tournament.

How boggling is Boggle? Enough to take up 3 weeks of Denny's time. Also enough to prove that Patrick and I differ stringently on what constitutes a proper noun.

The third time bandit has been a reawakening of my love of Linux. I realized, after comparing MS's virtual desktop implementation to the one offered by KDE, that MS just doesn't get it. VDM is alright, but there is no way to move windows to different desktops once they are open, which is especially annoying with IM windows. Whatever desktop you are looking at when it pops up is the one on which it will stay. There is also no keyboard shortcut for moving to the "next" desktop, just for each desktop by number. Also, you get 4 desktops, no more, no less. KDE, on the other hand, has options on every window bar. I also have a single place to set global keyboard shortcuts, which makes controlling music, switching to the next desktop, and anything else I can describe in Linux scriptable to a single keypress. There's also a minimum of 1 desktop and max of 16. Finally, since I can do just about anything with the position, transparency, composition, etc of the taskbars/panels I want to, I can make things easier and prettier than I have any hope to in Windows. Oh yeah, I can roll my own ridiculously fast kernel too, with support for only the stuff I'm going to use. Try that in XP.

No wonder Linus prefers KDE, even to Gnome.

Swear to shake it up, if you swear to listen
Oh, we're still so young, desperate for attention.

Born with roses in her eyes

December 30th, 2005

First off, a generous set of what the hip kids get from a shortening of "propers" to Tanner for getting a perfect 180 on his LSAT. This puts him in league with ~30 people per year from the US that get such a score. People like this guy, who, along with helping out at-risk high schoolers, proves that journalists at UT cannot do math. "Less than a tenth of the people who take the test every year get a perfect score..." Really? Shocker.

Also in shocking, though much more somber news, Dave Campbell passed away just before Christmas. The funeral was nice, I guess, though the get-together later that night was something I get the feeling he would have enjoyed much more. Despite not getting to know him as well as I now wish I had, I do know that he'll be very much missed. DC 42.

Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals Crazy Delicious.

Did everyone have a festive Santamas? I had about the best one-horse-open-time ever with the combined Anderson and Zaya families driving about and caroling our little hearts out. There was much holiday cheer, cider, and fa-la-la-la-laughter to go around. Yay for family time, and yay for advances in ground-based radar. "With so many years of experience, NORAD has become good at tracking aircraft entering North America, detecting worldwide missile launches and tracking the progress of Santa, thanks to Rudolph."

I'm looking forward now to seeing in the new year as I saw in the last one: in a nice suit with some local friends and a drunken Queen sing-a-long.

<merl>: So I suppose you're going to change the world, huh? Make it a pure Utopia with no war
<merl>: hunger or pain?
<lyndak>: I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.

and the zebra

December 23rd, 2005

Christmas is coming, and there is much to do and be done. I'm getting to hang out with people I haven't seen in several months, and falling asleep to where I miss the calls of many others. More of the same for the weekend. I've also rediscovered the simple joy of Polydimethylsiloxane, just as Neisy did so many years ago. Hope everyone is enjoying bells and shnow and tinsel, etc.

How complex have neural nets gotten? AI has reached the the mirror stage.

And to all a super-dickey-duper-fly night.