Archive for July, 2004

Carrier? Yes, no?

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Okay. A lot has happened in the last few days that in some sense, at least, is journalworthy. And I haven’t been updating in weeks.. too busy out there actually living stuff. So, in order:

Work: Sucks. Well, okay, I’ve been making steady process, but everything seems to take longer than I think it will. Ah, the joys of writing in assembly.

Band: Has a show on the 3rd. I’m a bit freaked, but we’ve been sounding tighter and tighter as we spend more time practicing the songs. Should be interesting to see how my neighbor reacts to electronic music.. 😉

Side thoughts: I see in the new yorker ads for a passanger car with four-wheel drive and higher ground clearance than a ford explorer. Am I the only person who thinks this ought to sound a death knell to SUVs?

Music: I got a pair of SRM450s as active monitors for Aug 3’s adventure, and I really can’t say enough about how good these sound. They are by far the best sounding speakers in the house. I keep listening to mp3s on them and hearing new things.. these are _nice_ speakers. And, amazingly, they not only sound really good, they also have a very respectable ability to belt out the watts.

That combined with a monitor mixing system will give each of MC’s members the ability to have their own monitor mix. This should be hugely helpful, and is something I’ve always wanted to have the ability to do.

I’ve been driving my e-scooter lots lately, and I *love* the thing. It’s fast, maneuverable, and perfect for those in-town jaunts. I don’t understand why I don’t see more of them..

Hope you all are having fun weekends.


So, the story..

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Today, as I watched the blinking lights and finally achived something like communications between the meter and the board that’s supposed to talk to the meter, I contemplated my future.

I think I don’t want to move to France, or Spokane [two different places where I could certainly get a job writing software for EVs] because I like Seattle. I don’t really want to leave here. It’s hard for me to imagine giving up my emarald city.. [though I sure like to flee during the winters].

If I ever become a rich and famous rock star, I will have several houses.. one in Seattle, one in Rome, and one in SoCal, for sure. 😉

The deadline looms ever closer. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make it, but we won’t miss by much. And realistically, the client isn’t ever ready to do anything with the software when I get it done. I’m coding as hard as I can over here. 😉

Looking forward to band practice tomorrow. Better get to sleep now.

I have a boring life.


Fuck me..

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

So, woke up this morning to note that the side of my mouth hurt rather a lot. Brushed my teeth, and then took a good look in the mirror..

Wait a second. There used to be a filling on that tooth.

Oh boy.

This is gonna be expensive, isn’t it?


Major BBS nostalgia

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Cal has put up a telnet-only, free MajorBBS.. for any of you who have nostalgic memories of these, aim your telnet client at


Meemeeee sheeeeeepppp!

Monday, July 19th, 2004

Your CD collection is almost as big as your ego,
and you can most likely play an instrument or
three. You’re a real hit at parties, but you’re
SO above karaoke.
What people love: You’re instant entertainment.
Unless you play the obo.
What people hate: Your tendency to sing louder than
the radio and compare everything to a freaking

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One way to hold a coup, I guess..

Sunday, July 18th, 2004 asks, ‘Should the november 2nd presidential election be postponed because there is a threat of a terrorist attack’?

I guess this is one way to hold a coup. get some plastic explosives, blow up a few voting booths, and then claim there are terrorists. Wash, rinse, repeat. Postpone month after month, while you continue with your evil plans.

I wish I could say it didn’t seem like a possibility.. but, here’s, the republican stronghold, shamelessly talking about doing it.

I’d think there’d be much less chance of terrorist attack if we got the terrorist out of the white house, myself.

WinMX udp iptables forwarding

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

/sbin/iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p udp –destination-port 6699 -s ! -j DNAT –to-destination

Thank you. That is all.

Oh, almost forgot..

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

our band appears to have a name.. at least for the moment, we are ‘Mischief Committee’.

I like it.

I’m going to close out our sets with a sample of Harry Potter 3 and Lupin saying, ‘Mischief managed’.


Went down to the Aurifice tonight to hang with Tory and Alex. Waater was there, as was Lara, as were many of the enviornmental structures people. Didn’t spend too much time talking to any of them since I was clanning around with my excuse for a band 😉 [reminds me, I need to chop up our latest sessions into tracks]

Anyway, so, need to go down to the Chiabant and see if I can ‘book’ us into it. One can only hope.

Trying to avoid work..

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Not taht it’s particularly difficult. I don’t know why, but every attempt to write a seriously large coded object has to start with this procrastinatin proccess, which lasts anywhere from a few hours to (once) a few months. Actually, this also applies to writing music, and writing fiction.. there’s no particularly good explanation for it.. I like to think I’m just letting my creative juices boil.

How called today and asked me for time estimates for all teh slices of the ICM for the third time. I told him I wasn’t playing that game any more, and that none of them had changed since I hadn’t written any of it since te last time we talked. He agreed not to call again until thursday. One can only hope. By then maybe I’ll be on to writing things.

I need to peruse AVRfreaks and see what sort of cleverness other people are coming up with for their bootloaders. I guess I’ll do that now.

I don’t feel particularly well, and I have no good explanation about why except perhaps the half-pint of pickled garlic I ate. I really need to stop doing that.. the problem with pickled garlic is that once you’ve eaten one, it’s sooo hard to stop..

Carrier test..

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Okay. so I’ve been lacking in posting to my journal.. and most of the things I have posted have been private-sheer-only journal messages. You all missed me, right? Right? Oh. Wait. Maybe not..

Anyway, I’m not really sure how to sum up the last few weeks. Cygnostik came and visited and we went to victoria and I got excessively drunk, something I shall not do again for a long while.. [the smell of whiskey still makes my stomach do a slow roll to the left]. I guess the powers taht be figure alchohol should be legal because unlike many of my more beloved chemical substances, it carries it’s own punishment. And how.

Now I’m trying to get up the energy to write a shitload of assembly for a AVR to do a bunch of interesting things. I can’t say my heart is really in it, but perhaps I can pretend.

And contemplating what I want for breakfast / lunch / dinner / whatever it is..

More later when I have something to say (if I have something to say)