16 Nov 2004 dcoombs   » (Master)

Narcolepticon

The record must be set straight. There exist certain people, and they know who they are, who insist on spreading the horrible lie that I never sleep. Yesterday, after being awake for three and a half days, I was feeling mildly weary, so I lay down at 5:00 PM intending to have a quick nap. The next time I looked at my clock, it was 7:30 AM this morning and I was late returning my rental car.

It is clearly, clearly not true that I never sleep. I rarely sleep. Thank you.

Ottawa

My brother lives on the 17th floor in residence at the University of Ottawa. The view from his room is pretty good!

Hacking

I have been chasing ridiculous bugs. It's never anything straightforward; all I get is "the rsync pipe sometimes freezes or does this other crazy thing, but only some versions, and only the second time you run it, but not even always then, and never, good heavens, if you strace it." Reasonably satisfying to actually figure it all out eventually, even if the culprits (accidentally non-non-blocking sockets, and overzealous killing of processes) turn out to be less interesting than the problems they cause.

And if somebody could please reduce the temperature in the office by about ten degrees, that'd be super. Thank you.

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