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Wednesday, December 11 2019

The Joy of Plumbing

... is not mine. If you're wondering where I am today, twisted into painful contortions inside my kitchen cabinets is a good bet.

Among the things that there aren't in our dinky town are plumbers and a hardware store that's open late, all day Saturday, or at all on Sunday. So when a must-do comes along, I'm the guy who must do it when it can be done.

Among the things that aren't in my now extensive collection of spare plumbing parts is the pipe that broke after hours, which would have enabled me to turn the water back on so that I could finish the job. I'll have it in there for next time. Whoever gets stuck hauling my stuff to the landfill when I die is going to wonder if I had a hardware fetish.

UPDATE 2019/12/24: Done!
For those of you following along at home, our place is now completely repiped from main to faucets, and mostly put back together. Galvanized pipes be gone! Normality, or some approximation thereof, will be restored this evening. In theory.

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Monday, September 17 2018

From Beyond The Campfire

Big news in the Linux world: Linus Torvalds is taking a break to work on personal growth. The important part of his message:

The above is basically a long-winded way to get to the somewhat painful personal admission that hey, I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.

I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.

First and foremost: I wish Linus success in that endeavor. It says a lot about him that he's making the attempt, and my personal (as distinct from professional) respect for him has just increased dramatically as a result of it.

On the site where I learned of the mailing list message, the consensus has been expressed by "SJW" being hurled like a barrage of emotional firebombs. How curious: The man stands up and says that he wishes to be less of a jerk, and the community that cheered him until a few hours ago is now berating him and predicting the demise of the Linux kernel. I find this disheartening. My own experience of the industry we call the tech sector is that the innovation comes from the outliers, the oddballs and misfits who think independently and creatively -- not because they're daring so much as because they know no other way of being. Misfits tend to appreciate social justice, even if they don't champion it, because it's not a stretch for them to make the connection between being accepting and being accepted. Knowing this, I am troubled by the current state of the tech sector as its members represent it to be by their social media posts.

I've not known many brilliant minds that were wrapped in conformist behaviors. In a world so deeply troubled as ours is right now, with so many keeping the faith that science and technology will produce the miracles we need to keep or make life worth living, I must wonder if what we've got now to work with is even capable of it.

I hope so.

Good luck, Mr. Torvalds.

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Thursday, November 23 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'll be back in the office on Monday.

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Thursday, February 05 2015

Limited Duty This Week

I'm fighting some respiratory disease that's trying to make itself at home in my body, so I'll be on limited duty for the rest of this week.

UPDATE 2015/02/09: Almost But Not Quite
I was hoping to be back to 100% by now, but I'm not. On the up side I believe that I might actually survive this vicious microorganism. I'm taking it one day at a time, and will update here when something changes.

UPDATE 2015/02/10: Another Not Quite Kind Of Day

Improvement continues, some work may be accomplished, but I'm still nowhere near able to talk on the phone.

I wonder if it's possible to overdose on mentholated cough drops.

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Tuesday, March 20 2007


A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted,

"Excuse me, can you help me?

I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be in Information Technology," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

The woman below responded, "You must be in Management."

"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met but now, somehow, it's my fault."

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