16 Apr 2000 JB318   » (Apprentice)

Well, I guess this is the way to get involved in this community, so I might as well give it a try.

I'd post a link to my Web page, but it's so paltry that it's not worth bothering. I've never really put anything of interest on it, or kept it up to date. This medium might not suffer the same fate, since I expect it will be routinely read by more than five people.

I'm presently located in Washington, DC, USA, but am about to move to Dallas, TX, USA (actually Arlington, for the pedants) RSN.

A curious fact of history: I knew Rob Malda in college. I have yet to find a way to exploit that connection--if I'd only known about Slashdot back in '95 or so, maybe I could have done something so that I'd have some stock options by now... Through sheer coincidence, I also happen to be acquainted with Justin by way of DCLUG.

My two favorite languages/platforms are Perl and Oracle. I also program in Visual Basic (please don't hold that against me).

I'm a fan of Gödel, Escher, Bach, and in general anything self-referential. If you understand that book, you'll understand a good part of me, and in particular much of my sense of humor.

I'm a Britcom fan, and in particular a Dr. Who buff.

I'm also a Christian. But you might not care about that.

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Enough intro. On with actual commentary for today.

pate: I slipped and fell on the ice while crossing the street in late January, during one of those freak winter storms in DC. I hurt my knee, too. I'm in physical therapy, too. (I don't know why I'm bothering to share that... Misery may love company, but company doesn't reciprocate.) I'm very functional at the moment, though I did spend over two weeks cooped up in my apartment unable to go anywhere because of the lingering snow and ice on the ground. (I got to telecommute for that time--yay!)

Für elise: Re: Org Chart: We've actually got something like that at my work. For the client I deal with, we have the personnel managers who handle us, and we've got the people who are customer relations, who own the projects. Or they used to, but that stopped. Or they never were supposed to, and it's just because of lack of leadership on my team in the past that they ever had that kind of authority. OK, maybe we didn't have that. In another part of my division (for a different client), they recently had a reorg to get rid of the second set of management since the VP complained that he didn't know which manager to go to to ask questions about a project. Anyways, in short: From my experience, it's definitely a nice principle, and maybe one day we'll see it implemented successfully. (Add that to my list of concepts that that statement applies to...)

No real signs of WTO protests around here. I've managed to stay away from any areas where protests are likely (in particular, I haven't ventured anywhere near Dupont Circle which had one of the more newsworthy ones over the past few days). I'm hoping this whole mess just goes away. Actually, that's not strictly true: I want a lot of noise and interesting events to occur on the fringes of my life, so that I can say "I was there" without it really having any effect on my life :).

I'm not sure what genuine meaning the ratings on here have. I know that enough ratings imply that I get the privilege of posting replies to the articles, but beyond that (and other sociotechnical issues that I'm not aware of), what does being a given rating really mean? I'm sure it'd be nice to see that 56 people say that I'm a "Master" (unlikely since I don't do any notable work on Free Software(TM) ATM), but I don't know what motivation I'm supposed to have to attain that status, or any other status above "Observer".

Random thoughts:

Favorite line of C code of all time (ATM), from a linked list implementation in college:

     head = tail ? head : tail;  /* cryptic C is fun */

On Usenet, in the group misc.misc, what would they do if there were too many off-topic posts? Or would they have to be on-topic posts? Would they ever consider creating a newsgroup misc.misc.moderated? (Probably not unless the original group were simultaneously renamed to misc.misc.misc...)

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