August 29, 2007
August 27, 2007
I'm also even more excited about this project than when I was getting recruited, so. Very win!
August 25, 2007
Meanwhile, I heard from a future coworker that things might be a little bit crazy this week at work due to an extremely atypical confluence of high-stress events, so I have a feeling I'm going to just kind of feel like a useless third-party observer for a while. (And in the meantime, said coworker is also going to be on vacation all week. So I'm going to be a total fish out of water! Hooray!)
Oh well. Pretty much every engineering job starts out along these lines. It's where things go from here that makes the difference.
August 24, 2007
- I was at a dinner party somewhere in California with several of my friends from Seattle, including Libbie, Will, and Jenn. For some reason Will was going through my luggage and he found some gray-market estrogen, which he proceeded to do lines of (cocaine-style), and then he licked the mirror when he was done. Then I went back to the hotel (which was based on the one I was staying in), and in my room someone had left a two-piece bikini. It was too small for me, though, and the housekeeping staff (played by my friend Allison back in Las Cruces!) said it wasn't mine anyway. I looked in the bathroom and it was entirely filled with various clothes, mostly in a big pile on the floor, some hung up on hooks, some on partial-body mannequins, and more and more kept on piling in and was about to bury me, so I ran out of the bathroom. The other side of the bathroom wall was a gigantic wall-sized control panel for the air conditioner, which was really loud.
- I was wandering around downtown San Francisco, and saw some guys fooling around with a payphone, attaching stuff to it. I recognized them and what they were doing from the current (in-dream) cover story of Make Magazine — they were hooking up a pre-paid cellphone to it so that people could make calls to it, as a work of interactive art. They had put one cellphone (some low-end Nokia) into a pedestal in an illuminated cut-out on the top of the phone with an instruction panel, and they had another cellphone (a Samsung) in a Commodore DS-10 VoIP Gateway Box, which looked a lot like a C64GS. Hooked up to it was a slimline version of the Amiga 1200, which the main artist (who was Finnish) was using to reprogram the phone. I chatted with them about the DS-10 VoIP Gateway and asked if it only worked with the Samsung ("no, it's a generic connector that works with all Korean phones, Samsung and LG") and we lamented about how it never actually existed, since Commodore went out of business several years before VoIP was even invented.
August 23, 2007
August 22, 2007
He didn't try to sell me on moving my service or signing up for some transitional dialup service or whatever. Making no attempt at customer retention has actually done more to retain my custom, and so of course Speakeasy will be my first consideration when I'm moved in elsewhere.
August 19, 2007
So I signed up for one day of service (the "day pass" option) and used it to take care of Important Things while I was stranded at SFO.
August 18, 2007
Hopefully I'll be getting a decent daily routine again, and I can actually stick to a decent three-meal-a-day regimen, and I'll definitely be getting 4 miles of biking or walking daily once I move to Oakland. Those are both much more useful than being told "don't eat so much" while simultaneously being offered a larger portion of crap.
August 17, 2007
There are two ways to proceed.
The right way: "We're at 10000 Aurora Ave N, do you need directions?"
The wrong way: "Okay, well what part of town are you coming from? Do you know how to get to 85th? Just go there and then if you're coming from Ballard, turn left onto Aurora, which is also Highway 99, and then go up a ways until you see—"
August 15, 2007
August 14, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 10, 2007
What else should I put into SVN? SOLACE maybe? (Cleaning that up for release would take a lot of work though, and it's not really that useful anymore, except as a general reference on how to do things with geometry images...)
Meaning they've ported an XMMS plugin to XMMS.
I would have preferred if they'd just submitted a patch to make it compatible with XMMS2 so it could be part of the core AudioCompress distribution, but whatever...
8/11 03:15 This has inspired me to go through the code and basically rewrite it. It's amazing how something I wrote as a quick hack as a grad student is still algorithmically-good but of course several years of professional software engineering have given me a completely different perspective on code quality.
August 8, 2007
August 7, 2007
August 6, 2007
I guess that means I'll be starting at the new company on the 28th? Cutting it kind of close I guess.
Anyway. Since I won't be in town from the 13th through the 19th, that's limiting the remaining dates on which we can all get together for a final hurrah.