Monthly Archives: November 2003

One week off and my run just about killed me.

Well, at least I’m not getting much slower. I did have a younger, female (and probably attractive) woman blew by me going up the hill, but that’s going to happen. I say probably attractive because she got by me pretty quickly and I didn’t get a good look. Nice dogs, though, and they were both on leashes. I only missed two runs and this one really tired me out. Megan’s probably right. I’m getting old.

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So, too much turkey is what I’ve been diagnosed with.

Last night I had a dream about my ex-girlfriend. For some reason, she left me with her cell phone (an old Motorola flip-phone in the dream) and I had to look for her. I found the guy who she said was her new boyfriend in a parking lot. He was a tool, denying that she meant anything to him. I remember the parking lot clearly, it was a concrete parking garage, like the ones that are on the first floors of office buildings I’ve seen in California. And the worst part of this? The only reason I woke up was because of a torrent of rain pouring on the roof … Continue reading


Big loser weekend.

Friday night and I’m watching re-runs. They were being properly neurotic on Seinfeld. George wouldn’t kiss a beautiful woman because he wanted to meet her boyfriend first. It made me wonder if I would kiss a beautiful woman if I had another chance. On one hand, there are all the stories I remember as a kid of things never being as good as they seem; every cloud has its black lining. On the other hand, throwing caution to the wind is always good. So, I think it depends on one thing: Blood Alcohol Content. Hmmm. I wonder if “Monk” is on tonight.

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What I have to be thankful for.

I was just thinking of what I have to be thankful for, and I really do have a lot. I mean, living in America we have it pretty good. Even with the people in charge trying to take it away from us, we still have it pretty good. I’m fairly healthy, I have a place to live, my parents are well, my sister seems happy living in Republican California (anything south of San Mateo in my estimation), and most of my friends are doing OK. But at the same time, it really depends on what scale you measure things on. By American standards, I start describing my life and people … Continue reading

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The bugs.

My friend Greg was asking about the darn bugs that are all over his house. He described them to me, and I think they’re Box Elder Bugs. It took a while, but I finally found Oregon State University’s bug page again. Those darn Box Elder Bugs spring up without fail on certain blocks in my neighborhood. I can’t walk down the street without having a couple land on me. Very often, they’re doing the bug-reproduction-mambo while they’re crawling on my leg. Ugh.

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Last night I knew something was up.

So I knew something was up when the inside of my head started to hurt. It was my neck and the back of my sinuses, and that sort of thing only happens when I get a cold. My stomach hurt a bit, just enough to give me nightmares all night. Some of them were interesting at the time, but I can’t remember them. I confirmed my luck today by sleeping in and then having to take a 2 1/2 hour nap. And more luck in the job hunt: a friend who thought he found a posting was told it was just a “place-holder” job description. And today I looked at … Continue reading

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I’m not a big fan of blogging software.

So, first it was Movable Type. I really had a hard time setting it up, and I’m no newcomer to compiling software on various unix systems. Refusing to run Linux means I get to try to compile things for Solaris, NetBSD, and MacOS X. Most of the time it isn’t so hard and installing Movable Type didn’t require any compilation. But it was a large two-week pain in the ass. Since I’m no fan of having to pay for software, and since it was really just my sister’s ridiculous request, I tried to avoid it. Unfortunately, she was very insistent, and here it is: Super Eggplant. So, really, this wasn’t … Continue reading

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What to do for a hangover?

So, what do I usually do for a hangover? Go running! It’s been nice and wet and grey and cold, so I’m usually numb after the first few minutes. Why not add the added fun of having an upset stomach? There were lots of dogs on Leif Erickson, but since it’s a wide, gravel fire lane, that isn’t a big problem. The trails like Wildwood are a big pain in the ass, since dogs are always off-leash and trying to bump you off into a ravine. Anyway, none of my teams are winning this weekend, so it’s time for another nap!


The fake story is more fun.

I was out running some quick errands and as I walked down a dark street, I saw several Mormons in a circle by an idling mini-van. I heard some inaudible voices, but then a stern voice was clear. “So how many kids do you you have?” The reply was inaudible. “And they’re all married?” “And they’re all married?” I thought it sounded a bit mysterious and even a little ominous, but it was just my friend Bill’s big brother, who has always had a stern sounding voice. And that’s why I knew they were Mormons. Hmm. I just found out South Park was about a Mormon family moving into town. … Continue reading

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Sometimes, it’s better to live in my own fantasy world.

I finally got some work that pays $50/hr, but I’ve only done 1 1/2 hours in the past three months so that isn’t going to pay the bills. But work is work and I decided to blow it by celebrating. I called my friend Il, who has been locked up at home playing some on-line Star Wars game for at least a month, and he wanted to see the ladies at the local strip club. I’ve now realized that while it was interesting to see those particular dancers naked, I really didn’t need to see them naked for more than a couple of minutes, max. I’m back to being frightened … Continue reading

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Not joining clubs that would have me as a member or something.

I went to a ham radio club meeting tonight and it got me to think about club dynamics. Sometimes things go smoothly, but there’s often someone coming in and trying to change the power structure. They want more power, sometimes without knowing why they want it. I can describe a lot of things using the “club model,” including Open Source programming projects and politics. I don’t know how this got me to think about this odd “Ivy League Plus” mailing list I bailed out of. They even have a disclaimer and refused to start the list until their lawyers looked over the disclaimer. I left after seeing too many people … Continue reading

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Geek post: AxKit is kicking my ass.

So I volunteered to try AxKit, and XML to web framework, for the Fink Project. I’ve now spent four weeks trying to get it to work. Here’s what I think I’ve figured out about installing AxKit: On RH9 or Fedora: Don’t use apache2. Use apache1. That means install from source, and install mod_perl first. extract the extract the “apache source” extract the mod_perl source configure mod_perl with: “perl Makefile.PL APACHE_SRC=../apache_1.3.29/src DO_HTTPD=1 USE_APACI=1 EVERYTHING=1” in mod_perl, do a “make && make test && make install” cd to ../apache_1.3.29 and do a “make install” install Apache-Test by hand install Apache-Request by hand install the JavaScript binary install Sablotron and Sablotron-devel binaries. This … Continue reading

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