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Seattle warms, unseasonably early. But it's nice for talking walks about, and smelling the flowers.

We walked by a small house for the sum of $425,000. It is *so* expensive to purchase a house here. I terribly wish I had gotten here or SF in 2006 and stocked up money. That was the year I got my Bachelor's. I was lost, tired, and generally bowed down from the stress of the BS degree. I faffed about for a time, then went back to get a graduate degree. I should have mustered up and couchsurfed with my laptop to a tech hub to snag a full-time job.

Sigh, regrets. Some consequences that arrive 5-7 years late are incredibly hard to forsee without a mentor.

But. I'm in a lovely city, in a snug apartment, my cats are zonked out on the couch, and I'm settling in for an hour of code. Life is good.


Feb. 28th, 2015 10:07 pm
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"true practise of the Art & Mystery of Goldsmithry is not only grown into great decays but also dispersed into many parts, so as now very few workmen are able to finish & perfect a piece of plate singularly with all the garnishings & parts thereof without the help of many & several hands…"

reminds me of software engineering.


Feb. 2nd, 2015 11:06 pm
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muddling through things at home. Nothing terribly pleasant, some other stuff I'm keeping under wraps.

In geekier news, I picked up another ARM computer for the cluster, a ODROID U3. I already have two Raspberry Pis named "skagit" and "whatcom", as those are big berry producing counties in Washington. Not sure what to name this wee one. I shall have to ask #dreamwidth. (does so).

Worth noting that this odroid is, afaict, about equal to a middle-class computer in $2000, less the EIDE interface.

This computer will serve as the RabbitMQ and Postgres master for the local ARM farm, as those take a certain amout of compute power. Another Raspberry pi (whatcom) serves as the DNS server and - in time - the DHCP server. Skagit is currently the Postgres host, but will probably be purposed to be the 'controller' machine, serving as the Ansible and CI masters.

Looking out to the rest of the network, I will/need to be hooking up to threeish systems:
1. The current VPS host of my web site, which needs to be able to deploy Docker containers peaceably.
2. A transient system that will be used to build containers, spawned on command from, say, Skagit (this would be a build system created node).
3. Azure data hosting - I need a place to archive built containers, debs, etc. Azure is cheap and Not Amazon or Google.

It's kind of a fun task.
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via skud

Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Hacking Lisp
Getting something in the mail that isn't bills
Handknit scarves
Firefox upgrades
Celery in a stir-fry
Steam locomotives
Thermal underwear
Getting up early
The Mountain Goats
Nessie Ladle
Eating paper
(most disliked)
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At home, sun shining through the window, by my computer. Don't want to go Out, and certainly not With Someone.

Things are quiet and predictableish today. I can focus on the writing I am doing, the software I am prodding, and thoughts I need to be thinking. I really value this kind of time. Silence and quiet is incredibly valuable. I don't get it at work, and I rarely get it at home unless I aggressively protect my time (not actually the right thing to do when married. :-o ). (Related: probably why I love being up late so much).

Later I will be taking a walk with the lady.

I think I'll take on dinner tonight - the options will be Something With Chicken, Something With Noodles, and Something With Rice.
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Solstice Salutations.

Bused down to West Seattle Saturday, reading Kuhn's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Structure_of_Scientific_Revolutions . Interesting so far - mulling over it. Picked up a few fantasy books down there from a variety of shops, had sushi, rolled back home, reading truly lame sf book on the way back.

A big thought process rolling through my head is that I want to carefully refine my thoughts. I havn't really done this much since I was in my early 20s (then, I was largely concerned with finishing the constructing of an independant self), and I can feel the creakyness of my mental models here and there. Of course, I might have a long-standing existential crisis since, oh, 2005 or so - I remember chatting with [personal profile] foxfirefey about it then. So it goes. In any case, I want to be delving into theology, politics, general essays, etc; doing longer-form writing about these topics and posting them. I need to get better at writing to boot.

Or, you know, being a total bore and navel gazing. Both interpretations are probably true.
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My personal project & open source journey has been longish and somewhat varied. I'm going to be trying to bring it to a point and either tie off or continue development with one major project.


- Rust log-piper to postgres for my rpis
- Finish Rust WAV parser - maybe?


- Card Catalog in Haskell - I need to understand how to make a CRUD app in Haskell.

Common Lisp

- a config file parser, rev to to the latest edition of the config file
- finish up some more generic support packages that will help the CL community.
- continue working on my BI database system (it's a fun & hard algorithmic challenge)

Of all those, I want to only be developing the Common Lisp BI system by July. My prior open-source (Quicklisp) Lisp work will be maintained with bugfixes, but I don't plan to do future feature on them. The BI work is interesting and encompasses a large segment of computer science, from compilers to algorithms.

Looking forward, I've roughly picked Scala as my "future" language, for future for-pay work, along with trying to learn it & the Play Framework in such a fashion that I can quickly gin up side projects/bootstrap income with Scala/Play. I've basically had it with dynamic languages: the system in Common Lisp is a disaster if there aren't lots of automated tests. Same for Python, Perl, etc. This isn't a big deal if you're doing it every day, but for the long-running projects, it's murder to pick something up after 3 months and understand what's going on.

Scala seems okay, I guess. It's statically typed and has a big commercial end of things. Which is cool. I'd rather use Haskell, but Scala clearly has the better financing and industrial tooling around it. Same for Rust, but I'm also not 100% sure Rust jobs will exist when I next look for work (hopefully quite a ways off!).


Dec. 17th, 2014 09:31 am
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after a week, a weekend, and another day of late(r) nights, I mimicked a pancake and went flat. 12 hours asleep.

vacation coming up: I need it. badly. lots of long nights of sleep and days of feeding m'lady chocolate. reading books, writing code. it's going to be nice.
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As I've commented before, I don't like Python, this paper shows off a couple reasons why. (Equations strictly optional).

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I spent some time last night looking at desktops with large amounts of RAM (health issues strongly indicate NOT doing serious work with a laptop, EVER AGAIN).

I can get a refurb Xeon quad-core machine with 24GB of RAM from Dell for something like $600-$700. That seems to blow laptop equivalent compute costs out of the water. Since I like virtual machines, this seems.... awesome!

*And* I already have the monitor & other accessories. This is very intriguing!


Dec. 5th, 2014 01:57 pm
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Exercise and posture matter. Trust me. I... uh... hurt like woah today.


Nov. 25th, 2014 10:55 pm
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(If you get this message, you live in the PNW)

My wife and I want to do a Christmas/Solstice/Winter etc "Eat And Hang Out" thing. Sometime in the Dec 24-Jan 2ish timeframe. Games (eurostyle, card, etc) are a possibility.

You are invited to eat with us!

We will handle the Main Courses and supply non-alcoholic drinks (alcoholic drinks tend to be of the "what did vlion buy in the past 4 months" variety, as I drink sporadically).


Nov. 24th, 2014 01:23 pm
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SRVE0255E: A WebGroup/Virtual Host to handle /aic/jsp/FederatedLogin.html has not been defined.

SRVE0255E: A WebGroup/Virtual Host to handle w2.assurant.com:80 has not been defined.

IBM WebSphere Application Server

Of course that's what you want to see when using your INSURANCE SITE.

I'll deal with this tomorrow, I guess - maybe their equivalent of an SRE will actually be on the job. @.@
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reality whiplash:

going from bedside of ER to a high society function within 24 hours.
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Just got hit up for money by my alma mater.

Unfortunately, the caller couldn't actually describe where the money would go. I've had this problem before - I don't want to give money which gets dumped into programs which don't return education for money. "Return on Investment" we call it in business - call it "Education on Investment"

- I don't want money poured into administration costs.

- I don't want money poured into technology "toys" which will be EOL'd in 3-5 years. Universities should be looking at the 15 - 100 year term.

- I don't want money poured into sports beyond intramurals. I *vehemently* dislike collegiate sports - it's my observation and opinion that they are a blight on the education system.

- I do want money given broadly to people who need it. My family was, loosely stated, too financially well off to really get need-based scholarships, but not actually wealthy enough to put us through college. So that left student loans. I don't really think that's appropriate. I'd rather see college be free (or extremely low cost) for anyone who needs it.

- I do want to prioritize certain academic pursuits and areas. The library can add to their collection on my dime; if there's a "researcher" fund which supports lazy grad students & their travels to conferences that's great; if there's a broad need or merit based scholarship, that's excellent as well. But I have limited interest in funding, e.g., business majors.

- I am torn about majors - the fine arts are financially nil, but provide great and lasting meaning to society; "liberal arts" provides the reflection of free people but don't help in the short term, and STEM provides money, short term success (ie within your lifetime), and can be really hard to get through. I don't know which I'd support.

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Last 3.5 weeks I've taken care of my nephew. Massive amount of Wow, Such Adult have occurred.
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life in seattle goes well.

the job is fun, mostly. and well paid. whee.

at home hacking hsa slowed, as it often does towards summer.

the wife likes going out with me after work.

I'm not on irc much right now because of #3 and #4.

skin games by jim butcher is pretty decent. the usual dresden files plot though, wtb another plot plox? the overplot is doing well, but the episodes are getting repetitive

sporadically doing implementation research on my old MS topic. should desporadify it

debating writing a book on practical sw engineering

odd article came out: http://damemagazine.com/2014/05/23/amazon-killing-my-sex-life - not entirely without flaws or truth. a good and true quote:

The new tech bros have one thing on their brains—making money. They are different than the programmers I knew from ’90s, many of whom were also artists—musicians, photographers, DJs, involved in underground and alternative subcultures. They were freaks. Coding was as much a creative activity as a means to making money. If you got into computers in the ’90s, you were already a little weirder than the rest of the world, you already thought differently. Now that computing is trendy—and economically fruitful—it’s attracting a different kind of person altogether.

so true. you can see it in cs classes and in the workplace.


Apr. 30th, 2014 10:42 pm
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stressful week at work. first major work product gets slid out the doorishness over the next few days.
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yay, http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#dreamwidth.org shows dreamwidth is not affected by heartbleed.

It's tiiime to change all the passwords. *All* of them.
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sleepy, but that only came on in the last 30 minutes.

It'll be miserable getting up tomorrow.


tonight was a perfect night, outside of the lateness. :-)


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