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I don't want to be an American. To be associated with today's American culture is embarrasing. I wonder what the weather is like in Australia at this time of the year...

In other news, I had a great weekend. I'm glad last week is far behind me. I had a great date to the school's big banquet, she was gorgeous and we had a fun time. It's great going to formal events with good friends instead of finding a real date kind of thing.

Today is officially the start of Update-Gabber-Manual Day. I've got LOTS of catching up to do. julian and Dave have been busy the past month or so. Now it's my turn to be busy.

I LOVE MY CANON REBEL 2000. Oh, I'm having SO much fun with it! I can't wait until the book I ordered about it comes so I can have more fun with it. I'm going to develop three rolls today and I'll get them scanned in and on a web site for my family and friends to see. I'll post it here too if anyone wants to see the quality of the Rebel. It's a beautiful thing.

On to Gabber!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -- Gandhi

Today I slept. I believe this morning I also went to Student Senate to see my bill for campus recycling be debated on (someone put one bad phrase in the bill and it caused debating for 20 minutes). I think I also went to Fine Arts class after that. It all may have been a dream.

This evening I rounded up a crew to get a roll of film done for this weekend's Camera Capers. Basically, you find some funny or odd thing to do with your floor and take pictures of it. For lack of better ideas, we took pictures of us asleep all over campus. In the student center, in the chapel, in several classrooms, on a plane, in a truck bed, on a society fence, etc... It was pretty fun. I hope the pictures turn out well!

julian: Ah, how I love live Shakespeare!!! Even reading it aloud in a group setting is enjoyable. I have yet to make it to the Houston Shakespeare fest, but I have wanted to go quite badly for years.

I have been invited by a professor/friend from Houston to prepare a paper on CS Lewis to present at Baylor University in January. I'm contemplating it a bit.. It sounds intriguing, but I'm not sure if I have the time to do research or pull together a good thesis.

I believe my Canon is waiting for me in the mail center. Now to actually go there when they are open.

Schweet.. I just got an email from someone in regards to my article being published in the December 2000 issue of Web Techniques magazine about Jabber. I haven't even gotten a copy yet. Be sure to pick up a copy!!

I'm tired. Sleep will come very quickly tonight. Unfortunatly, morning will come much quicker.

2 Nov 2000 (updated 2 Nov 2000 at 06:36 UTC) »
Iain: Ah, I believe you're right. I do not have Pablo Honey, so I wasn't familiar with the songs on it. The MP3 I have of Blowout says "RADIOHEAD - Blowout (Pixies cover)" and the lady at the end of the song says "Thom Yorke of Radiohead joined with Hosy's John Ower on Drums and Ken Stringfeld on guitar." I probably totally screwed up the last two people as I've never heard of them.

.. waiting in patience for my new Canon Rebel 2000 ..

I want a blender so I can make yummy fruit drinks any time I want. I think if I did that instead of one of the cafeteria's meals once a day I'd feel much better. Some good bread along with it.. mmm.. sounding better already.

1 Nov 2000 (updated 2 Nov 2000 at 06:31 UTC) »

Breath, keep breathing. Don't lose your nerve. Breath, keep breathing.

Argh. I'm pretty bad at studying. A test this morning proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. I suppose it's OK to take some time in the first semester of college to figure these things out, but dangit, I'm getting graded!

So far, this hasn't been a very happy week. Exit Music seems pretty fitting -- depressing and emotional.

How is it November? What happened to the last three months of my life? I remember just yesterday being at LinuxWorld and enjoying AP Stumps over in San Jose.

How come my Concepts of Lifetime Fitness class stresses eating so well and I'm not able to get any good food at the cafeteria? Sure, things taste good most of the time, but it is nearly impossible for me to eat in a healthy-lifestyle manner. Throwing some crappy carrots and bell peppers on the side doesn't help the dripping-with-oil fajitas or fat loaded beef.

Ok, I'm in a bad mood. I'm gonna blow some steam before I blow.

I can't do this alone.

1 Nov 2000 (updated 1 Nov 2000 at 03:18 UTC) »

I like this new <person> feature.

Today was nuts. I still haven't gotten a chance to start reworking the Gabber manual for a task-oriented approach. I should have more time now that I'm dropping Calculus I. 12 hours isn't much.

raph's comments in today's diary about free software and such. Although it doesn't quite seem to be all there, he's hitting on something that's been silently bugging me. Something just seemed a bit wrong with the current community and I hadn't been able to pin it down quite right. Certainly a bit of food for thought..

This semester is literally flying by. It's so disgusting. All I do is sleep, eat, homework and go to class. How dull. Yes, julian, that is college. The only thing that makes it worthwhile is the fantastic people I'm around all the time. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Radiohead's cover of Blowout by Pixies is cool.

Fade out again. Fade out.

I'm back.

Ok, so I doubt anyone here remembers me, so I won't go into the gorey details of the latter half of 2000 in the life of Eliot Landrum. Suffice it to say, I'm working full time for Jabber.com, Inc. on Jabber.org documents and going to school full time at LeTourneau University. Besides Calculus, I love my life. :)

At any rate.. I got my password back for Advogato (thanks raph!) and I'm ready to roll again.

/me waves

Come back lilo!! I wasn't really following the whole discussion, but I wouldn't want *anyone* who takes time to write meaningful diary entries to suddenly stop because of anyone else's reasons! Even if lilo were writing completely against everything I am (which he wasn't), I would still want lilo to continue if he wants! Please come back!

Woopie! A new week! Here's to hoping that this will be a succesful and satisfying week.

I really like this article on oreilly.linux.com. The author makes a really good comparison with the Israelites in the desert and the Open Source community... very clever. :)

Got my first envelope with the webb logo on it today! I think I'll keep that one for awhile. :) Came with lots of duplicates of the same info I already had. Hmmm...

Argh!! I've never let my diary entry's get so far apart. Wonderful conversations going on...

Been super busy getting end-user docs done for Jabber, also been working up plans for the new dev-only Jabber.org. After high school graduation last week, I've really started to think of high school in past tense.. Kinda nice. :) Really looking forward to working this summer (for pay) on free software.

Dang, I want Sonique for Linux. WinAmp/XMMS is just pathetic compared to Sonique. I don't understand why free-beer software doesn't go all the way and release it free-speech. Killer software!! I think I'm going to write a detailed letter to Sonique explaining how it would benefit their software and their users.

Still hunting for the perfect Jeep.. I'm looking for a green or black Jeep Grand Cherokee for about $10,000... anyone have any leads? I'm really liking Carmax... wonderful warranty... great security. The only thing you have to worry about at Carmax is the cost and the color. Everything else is taken care of. The really cool thing is that I can search on their web site for cars at any of their nation-wide stores and have the car I want delivered to me.

Welp, got some edits to do for a "Jabber Technical White Paper" written up by Jabber.com. Nice paper, gotta talk to them about how to make the document GFDL compliant.

So much interesting discussion! There's a lot of great topics floating around... wish I had time to respond to some of them.

Yes, Skud, I am an avid Debian user. But, I wouldn't know the solution to your problem. I would however send a message to debian-mentors@lists.debian.org as there are a lot of good people on there that can help you out.

Something I just noticed is that I would hardly know any of the people posting on here unless they were posting diary entries routinely. Take for instance dria. Since I have not been involved at the Open Source Writers Group or LinuxChix (cool site!), I wouldn't know who dria is. But after keeping up with her diary entries (which are interesting, btw), I feel like I know her personally (even though I still don't)... I also know that I would like to get to know her. Then when I was pointed to her interview on /., I was able to learn more about her and her ideas, projects, etc. But these diary entries give me (and everyone else here) a behind-the-scenes and very frank review of her life and work (or lack thereof ;) ). There are other people here that I would like to get to know better as well, dria is just the first person I thought of (and one of the coolest).

Okie dokey.. back to some press releases and some end-user docs..... Oh, I've got that speech to write up too. Is it already Wednesday?

Update

Oh! I forgot, I finally got back down to Apprentice level. That's where I really belong and I had to have a talking with the folks who bumped me up to Journeyer.... Yes, I'm a part of the Julian circle. :) That's a fun little map that pvg made up... Go julian!!!

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