25 Mar 2000 lewing   » (Master)

Ouch, my throat hurts. I hope I'm not actually sick. This week has been long and tiring with almost no hacking. I did manage to get the second room set up as a passable office after a couple of trips to ikea in houston to go buy furniture. The house is now starting to look like some sort of bizarre ikea add.

The last trip to ikea turned interesting when the tire on the minivan completely lost its tread. The minivan was carrying the bluk of the furniture for two households and I was doing about 85mph at the time. It was a loud and shaking experience, but the tire stayed inflated despite losing much of its self and the car stayed under control as I pulled off the highway. I put on the temporary spare and we went and found a hotel. It was already late and the propect of finding another tire that night and driving the 2 hours back to Austin with a 9 month old baby in the other car was to much to handle.

It is impressive how much damage a tire tread falling off can do to the wheel well and surrouding bits of a car. It looks like the spining bits of tire managed to break the turn signal and brake light on the opposite side of the back end, as well as kill the antilock breaks. What fun. The neatest looking damage was the piece of metal that used to hold the bottom of the bumper and wheel well cover that is now folded and beaten into a polished archway that sort of wraps around the severed tail light wires.

Ettore, Radek and Jonas have been hacking on gtkhtml. It is quickly approaching a correct and usable state. Very cool. A couple of new rendering problems have creeped in as the old ones got fixed, but I don't think they should be too bad to take care of. I think I'll look at table printing right now though.

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