26 May 2001 Johnath   » (Journeyer)

One week till we move into our new place. That's pretty exciting, and it means 9 days till I start work.

Predictably enough, May has not quite been the reading- gorge-fest I had hoped - too many things crop up when you think you have time off - but Java is still being absorbed, and I picked up the O'Reilly XML book, so that's next on the hit list.

Life is good, but most of my life is in boxes at the moment, so life is also pretty lean at the moment; imagine being down to only about a dozen books.

No significant hacking has transpired for a while - I'll have to get back in. Paradoxically, I think I will do more free-time hacking when I'm working than when I have time off. Go figure.

This entry's pretty lightweight, since I'm on my way out the door, so I'll compensate with a poem from Louis Dudek which I really like.


My two dogs
tied to a tree
by a ten-foot leash
kept whining and howling for an hour
till I let them off.

Now they are lying quietly on the grass
a few feet further from the tree
and they haven't moved since I let them go.

Freedom may be
only an idea
but it's a matter of principle
even to a dog.

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