12 Nov 2000 dnm   » (Master)

I haven't posted in ages, apologies for that.

Work has been fun, and I'm back in Toronto, crunching down on getting the digital rights management (DRM) overview and execution plans done/revised (living document land). Lots of stuff needed for investor presentations, etc. Spent a week+ in California with Steve and Gurjeet. Got to visit Cyan as well ("Hi!" to all you people).

Recent technical playgrounds include Haskell (interesting lambda calculus ideas in a language that's not Lispy! Neat!) and some more Java (I've bought a number of Java books, somewhat in the hopes that their wanting stares from the bookcase will compulse me to at least give Java the benefit of the doubt, and to dabble in it). And Csound! Csound rocks, but this is going to be a steep learning curve. However, I've wanted some more practical reasons to break into DSP stuff anyway, and learning Csound will be excellent for that, plus it'll provide a creative outlet. Somedays I suspect that I'll only do hardcore technical stuff of the nature I'm currently doing for three more years max, before I decide to take up artistic pursuits full time (music, mostly). We'll see.

Things are progressing nicely with the E project. I find my main task now is bringing other non-project people up to speed with E and it's basic concepts, and why they're different (and in some circumstances, better) than what people know about. I have to flesh out some more material on the E Documentation Project I proposed to markm a while back.

I've been wasting way too much time at WikiWikiWeb.

Oh, and most recently, a new laptop. The Dell Inspiron 3800 I had started having issues. Ironically, although not altogether unexpectedly, the most severe issue becoming a problem after it was fixed for a completely different issue (this also happend to a co-worker here). All of the Dell laptops we've had in the company have had a problem of some major nature now, except for one. I'm now using a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4300 series (with DVD!), and I like it, although the Inspiron had an arguably better video card.

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