31 Jul 2000 eknuth   » (Apprentice)

I think that advogato helps me organize myself when it comes to work. I am kind of in a vacuum physically, but here I can actually think in a group environment.

Today I need to get two terminal servers configured and ready to go. Or finish them up, anyway. DSL meeting. Lunch to "walk the dog". Maybe I will get to mess with cflowd and the monitoring package. I've convinced my boss that we can put something together with mon/rrdmon, cricket/rrdtool. This is good.

Went shopping and bought a bunch of new clothes. Including some jeans from old navy. I tend not to wear jeans very much and then I get some and I remember that I like to wear them.

My weekend was very mellow. I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre. I enjoyed it. There is definately a spectrum to spy novels. Tom Clancy is probably on one side. Recent Tom Clancy anyway. And Le Carre is on the other side. Len Deighton is close to Le Carre, but not quite sharing his rarified air space. Le Carre is very artful and more is implied than explicit. He doesn't need huge terrible villains. He knows that bad guys are people that just happen to have been born in a different country. His "villains" are fully developed characters. Clancy on the other hand needs some terrible, evil and mentally twisted bad guy that he can kill off in some horrible way. Last week I read Rainbow Six and in recent books it seems like Clancy is just expressing his anger against various groups, environmentalists, women, Japanese, etc. The cold war boogeyman is gone and I think Clancy is feeling angry and powerless. Compare Rainbow Six and Hunt for Red October. It is interesting to see how these writers are dealing with the "end" of the cold war. Le Carre is doing pretty well. Our Game was brilliant. Tailor of Panama was decent. The champ in my opinion is of course Len Deighton. As always.

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