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Friday, January 24th, 2014
12:06 am
*tap* *tap* This thing still on?
Who's still out there?
Friday, May 29th, 2009
2:14 pm
10 year reunion
I'm really tempted to skip my 10-year HS reunion. I've been on the fence about going for so long that airfare has started to get expensive; $800 for Elise and I. I've only really stayed in touch with one person from my class; all of my friends from HS graduated a year ahead of me. Still, there's that nagging feeling that I'll somehow regret not going.

On the other hand, $800 spent on a vacation to somewhere *memorable* seems like a much better use of money.

Thoughts, internet?
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
4:03 am
Safe & sound in Beijing
Sitting at the hotel now. Sure enough, the very first site I tried to access on the internet (Livejournal!) appears to be great-firewalled.

Whatever will I do now? ;)
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
11:53 am
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
6:50 pm
Got around to making Alton Brown's soft pretzel recipe. The results were spectacular, with only one genetically-deformed exception:

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
6:28 pm
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
3:39 pm
Yes we can!
...commit tax fraud!

Welcome to the new administration, same as the old administration.

Current Mood: Disgusted
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
2:25 pm
Classic moments in post-capitalism, #143
From a press conference with the chairman of the SEC, Christopher Cox:

Reporter: "Can investors be confident that there aren't any other Madoff schemes out there in operation?"
Cox: "We say that a rising tide lifts all boats. When the economic tide goes out, some of the skeletons that wash up on shore are Ponzi schemes such as this one. So one of the ways that these things are unhappily discovered is the roof falls in because of market conditions. "

Oh, if only we had an organization designed to regulate the markets, to catch and to punish fraud!

Christopher Cox needs to jump off of a fucking building.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
7:28 pm
Oh hell
The Dark Knight might be the movie that makes me give in and buy a Bluray player.
Friday, November 21st, 2008
10:00 pm
On turtlenecks, Goodwill, and cult leaders
This black turtleneck I picked up at Goodwill for $10 to complete my Halloween costume (one of the guys from an iPod commercial) is surprisingly comfortable.

It is, however, ironic to currently be dressed like Steve Jobs with clothing that came from Goodwill.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
4:32 pm
17 miles on the bike today
My odometer tells me I'm up to 1700 miles in the two years since I put a new battery into it and reset it to zero. My lower body is telling me to keep up the good work; my upper body is telling me it's feeling neglected.

I just need to find something as enjoyable as cycling that will address that.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
7:34 pm
Seen outside Whole Foods
For those of you not from Austin, John Aielli hosts a mid-day music show on local NPR-affiliate KUT. He also has a presentation style and a voice that one could best describe as "creepy pedophile".

Imagine my amusement when I saw the following bumper sticker on my way out of Whole Foods today:

Current Mood: amused
Monday, October 20th, 2008
8:38 pm
Prop. 2 WTF
What's the compelling argument in favor of Prop. 2 in Austin?

I know we're a city full of hippies, and that everyone hates The Domain, but is there more to it that I'm missing? It seems like a terrible idea for a city to go back on commitments that it makes...
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
2:25 am
My email to Fidelity Investments
In reference to an email from them that recently landed in my email entitled "Fidelity's perspective on the Government Rescue Plan", which loosely supports something I'm rather opposed to.

If Fidelity wishes to retain my business I would encourage them not to send me any further messages in support of the heinous bailout package currently before Congress.

The confidence required for credit to flow through the system in a healthy way has been shaken to its core; a massive infusion of my money and that of my future generations will do nothing to repair that which has been shattered. Only time will heal these wounds; socialist government intervention of this magnitude will only aggravate the situation.

In the future, please limit political rhetoric, especially that which many of your clients will find offensive, to an appropriate forum. My email box is not an appropriate forum.

Thank you for your time.

Current Mood: pwn'd
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
2:15 am
Miscellaneous thought
I'm tempted to eradicate Smash Mouth from my iTunes library. Why? Because I'm tired of them coming up when I type 's-m-a-s-h' into the Artist pane instead of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
12:55 pm
Why no outrage?
From The WSJ: Why No Outrage?

Through history, outrageous financial behavior has been met with outrage. But today Wall Street's damaging recklessness has been met with near-silence, from a too-tolerant populace, argues James Grant

1:57 am
Spotted on one of Elise's froofy bath products
"We never test finished products on animals."

So, the manufacturing floor is vivisection-free, but the boys in R&D get to keep a tortured menagerie that nobody likes to talk about?

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
1:05 pm
Leavin', on a jet plane
Hooray for nonstop Austin to Indianapolis on Northwest. It may mean nearly three hours in a sardine-can CRJ, but I'll take that over connecting somewhere and adding an hour and a half to the trip.

I'm flying into Indianapolis just in time to rent a car and swim through rush hour in order to drive up to Chicago for the pre-wedding festivities for a friend. After that, on Sunday I drive back down to Greenwood to spend a week with the folks. One of the best things about this is that I'm using exactly zero vacation time, since my boss has no problem with me working from Indiana for a week.

I love my job.
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
9:45 pm
Porn lied to me
(With apologies to missingwatch)

I had a pizza delivered by a good looking woman the other night, but she didn't offer to come in and have sex with me! Maybe next time I should order cheese sticks with my pizza... nothing says "I want to hook up with a hot pizza delivery girl" like cheese sticks.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
5:32 pm
This is for 1/3rd of my friends list
I've done some searching, but it appears that what I want doesn't actually exist.

What I want is essentially a client/server VPN-style program that can be aware of more than one internet connection on the client machine and take advantage of that to facilitate failover without interrupting underlying TCP connections.

Here's the scenario I'm imagining:

I have a machine in Dallas (my colo machine) that will act as the server for this doohickey, and a machine, my MacBook Pro, which will be the client; the MBP will have multiple internet connections; one via AirPort and a second via EVDO.

The MacBook Pro starts out at home, connected via AirPort to our DSL. I initiate a tunnel to the colo machine in Dallas, and ssh via this tunnel to an arbitrary host. Now, let's say I'm about to head somewhere else, or I'm worried that the DSL is going to go out. Therefore, I connect my EVDO modem and now have two internet connections to the MBP. The tunnel would then ideally detect (or be told about) the second internet connection, and use that second connection as a backup in case the connection via AirPort drops out. Once again, without interrupting underlying TCP connections.

As far as the internet would be concerned, the ssh connection to the arbitrary host would take place from my colo machine's IP address, and that (obviously) wouldn't change for the duration of the session, no matter how many times the MacBook Pro's internet connection moves around.

I haven't seen anything like this so far; does anyone know of such a beast? If not, I'm tempted to try my hand at writing one.

Current Mood: cheerful
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