Older blog entries for ladypine (starting at number 65)

Packing to go to OLS. At least mulix knows who the people around are. I can count two people who have heard my name at all, and two people I expect to recognize. Muli claims that OLS's social side is much like haifux, but when I think of how long it took me to feel comfortable in haifux, it does not cheer me up at all.

I do not feel comfortable about how deep will my understanding go in the talks themselves. Muli has offered that I read about the Linux kernel on the way. I believe it is a bit too late to become a kernel hacker in a day...

On the other hand, the last time I went to a conference I knew almost nothing when I came, but I knew a lot more when I left, even if I did not understand thing right at the time.

I intend to go to OLS. Registered hastily, in the last minute. Out of three conferences I tried to go to, I failed to arrive two. (beurocracy can be very strong). I hope this time will be different, though.


Miming version, not drawing.
I have been trying to gather a group for a pictionary game for about a year now, and finally it happened. We had a lovely evening of people who not necessarily knew each other to begin with, and yet acted and mimed and enjoyed themselves.

And of course, I placed on the tables twice as much food as was needed, I had twice that amount in unopened bottles (where did that bottle opener go?), and I found an equal amount of serving plates (which I had worked hard to prepare) in the fridge, after the guests left. Luckily, I listened to mulix in time, otherwise those vegetables which I left untouched would have been chopped as well.

We tried to have an evening of not-geek jokes, but it seems that most of uswere having troubles in that direction. It is kind of like playing "yes no black white" (the person who says either of these words first loses), where the forbidden words include Linux and computers. We still gave Win98 support at midnight, and still when I asked Muli for some CDs to play, he came with Gentoo-Knoppix. Personally, I prefer listening to Enya.

Portable Programming Lecture in haifux

The portable programming lecture went pretty fine, compared to what I feared. Yes, I did lose my thread of thought several times, and got mixed up with my tongue (saying "backslash backslash" in front of other people while being recorded on video is a nightmare).

About 20 people came, most of which I knew. No masses of people from Tel- Aviv whom I have never seen, and on the other hand- not a lecture for 5 people with no interest whatsoever. Rather surprising, since I did not think people cared about portability at all. After all, most people do not have many machines to run on.

kilmo, mulix and Eli did a great job at helping me keep the discussion under control. This is what it is, actually (as Muli said): Guiding a discussion, rather than giving a lecture.

OK, I crossed the line, now I start thinking about the next lecture.


Maud, my cat, had an operation today. She is the poorest cat I have ever seen, dragging herself around, wearing an Elizabeth collar. She has a piece of plastic sticking out of her shaved skin, to allow for the fluid to pour from her. She has not eatten for a week, and she has lost about 1 Kg of her weight.

Tomorrow I am going to give my first real haifux lecture, about Portable Programming. I have asked people to comment on the slides, and learned a lot from those comments. Most people responded privately, both correcting and enlighting me. I wonder what makes people respond on or off the mailing list.

Ladies First?

I have been getting angry at those gestures for years, but it was not very clear to me why. After all, if a guy opens the door for you, it is because he respects you, is it not? And why should I not want to be approached as a female (using words like she, her)? After all, I am not ashamed of being one. On the other hand, when I get a letter, written for males only, I also get upset: do they think that only men matter? Hey, I am female, approach me as well! Write roadsigns in plural, not in male! So, all in all, it is rather confusing.

Douglas R. Hofstadter presented me with a very good reason to my mixup: the problem lies within the language itself, which has different words according to gender.

A new Hebrew story is online, called Laser. It involves a nice pun, which I dreamt about. Actually, it was a nightmare when I dreamt it, but it got better writing it.

Today is the last day for submitting logo proposals logo competition for Hamakor. Already the Jerusalem club is throwing another competition.

The installfest HOWTO has already caused some rivalries, before it got to doing any good. I hope this status of things changes.

Trying to edit the future linux.org.il site, I also learned about gvim's capabilities in the Hebrew department, though I am still UTF8 challenged. nyh's great three lines are so so comfortable when working bilingulal:

map <F12> :set invrl invhk<CR>
map! <F12> <C-O>:set invrl invhk<CR>
cmap <F12> <C-_>
29 Apr 2003 (updated 1 May 2003 at 15:52 UTC) »

I have finally finished writing the installfest HOWTO kilmo and I have written.

The installfest HOWTO is designed as a "shopping list " for contemporary Israeli installfest arrangers.

It seems like the available HOWTOs relate to times when the object of the installfest was to allow Linux lovers near a server from which they can download the OS: the problem was not marketing or the problems while installing, but actually getting it, or getting the new beta version.

The fact that it is Israeli is expressed by the Israeli links to companies who tend to sponsor such events, or to relevant Israeli forums mailinglists, but other thatn that it is rather location-less.

Searching for bzip2 I read about the author. While reading about other things he has done, I read that he has written cacheprof- a cache profiler. "What a great idea!" I thought. "I must try this at once!". Last time I was so happy that anyone has written a piece of code was when I found out about valgrind, the awesome memory checker, by Julian Seward.

Then I read the signature on the bottom of the page. It read Julian Seward...

21 Apr 2003 (updated 21 Apr 2003 at 11:43 UTC) »

Having work (corrections to my thesis) to keep me busy untill next week, I believe the most reasonable thing would be to go on a three day trip, wouldn't you?

Having work is also an excuse for watching a great gravity game which is actually a car commercial.

And for (finally) reading A Study in Scarlet. At one point I was reading something that appeared as historic notes, but was rather amazing. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle claims that the Mormons used to kidnap women in order to be able to keep on marring many wives. Since it struck me as rather odd, I went on the net only to find out that apparently, Doyle has only written suspicions and got the Mormons to be rather cross at him due to that.

On the other hand, I have discovered some things, that even if they are half true, it is worse enough. On a site which aims to fill in pieces of Mormon history I found out that the Mormons did not begin poligamy due to their second prophet's command (Brigham Young), due to lack of men after the long journey west. No: the first prophet, Joseph Smith, has already had dozens of wives, including other men's wives and even sisters. Joseph Smith has never made the journey west, so there was no practical reason for poligamy then.

Another document describes the Mountain Meadows Massacre, where Mormons and Indians collaborated to kill 121 emmigrants. The Mormon leaders assured the Mormons that there is not one innocent person among the Gentiles, and yet made sure the Indians got to kill the women in children, so that their hands would not spill the blood of the innnocent, if by any chance there was such.

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