MUST GRIND ORGAN
Friday, I finally found the $%#@ bug that has kept LVM barfing with our new kiobuf-based I/O scheme. Turns out we were submitting previously LVM remapped requests to LVM again instead of the SCSI layer. Boo. One line fix, and it was happy.
Yesterday, Jes, Slick, Ryan and I went to see Godzilla 2000. Muahaha. I almost wet my pants laughing. Awesome! After the movie we went to - surprise - the Royal Oak (I've been there every single night this week - Mission accomplished!)
Today was a most productive day. Met up with Mr. Tilder for lunch at Collonade. Then I spent a couple of hours helping my former employees back at the university creating usernames and homedirs for all the new students. Phew. And finally, I managed to hack a bit on GDM3. Wish I had more time. And legs for my desk...
Jes' attempt at installing Helix GNOME marks the end of the Grrr-free Week<tm>.
The local hamsters inform me that the organ I ponder buying has Caveat Emptor written all over it. I'm still going to check it out, though. I don't mind tinkering a bit to get it going - if the price is right, that is.
Yesterday, I went to a BBQ at Martin (of NORDU fame) Wahlen's place. Met a lot of nice people and talked about non-geeky stuff most of the day. Excellent!
Found a local Hammond techie on #hamtech and got some advice on price/availability in the Ottawa area. Most useful. I met a fellow dane there too (The Incredible - KAZAM - SMACK - WHOOSH - Captain Foldback!
Got a letter from somebody who read my diary entry for Thursday. He said that he understood very well why my colleages wouldn't appreciate my art. Thanks for sharing, dude. As a token of appreciation I provide you with this free of charge. Enjoy!
My DSL modem arrived yesterday and it worked out of the box. I can now move mkp.net here (When my Suns arrive, that is). Goodness. Now I just need legs for my desk, and I'll be able to hack from home. Which is good, as there is no way in hell I can fit an organ in my cube at the office (I'm not sure my colleagues would appreciate my art anyway).
Spent most of the evening/night poking a bit more at the LVM kiobuf support. Looks like we need to rethink the I/O path once again. Bugger.
I also dropped by the Hammond organ irc channel and was quite surprised to find out that a lot of the people there use Linux (silly me, joining from ottawa.linuxcare.com). I thought I was special because I'm interested in both organs and computers. Apparently not. Hence I am now declared perfectly normal (Muahaha, yeah right).
Oh. I must say that the past few days have been good hack-wise. The Grrrr-free<tm> week is really paying off. La la la la la. The danish alp is going to kill me when he gets back. I know it. Ok, I'm being evil. Let's all hope that he gets a local box to hack on soon.
So. It's been a while since I updated my diary. Shame on me! My life has been a horrid mess, however, so I'm excused.
I am now properly settled in Ottawa after the excruciatingly painful and lengthy relocation process. Got a nice apartment, and took a day off yesterday to assemble all the stuff I got from IKEA. Yes, I know it's a defeat for a dane to buy swedish furniture. Jes did it too, however, and we have proof! But wait! There's more! He also bought a french bike. He'd probably kill me for making this public knowledge, but he's currently booth babing at LWE so I'm out of reach. Hah!
Work is good. I'm still full time on the XFS project, but I spend most of the time hacking the Linux block I/O layer and LVM code. Currently teaching LVM to do kiobuf-based I/O. buffer_heads must die! They are e-v-i-l.
Oh, I need to chastise Mr. Ryan "Honeybun" Tilder, who still can't spell my name correctly after all these years. *smack*
Driving in Minnesota is - well, uh - interesting. We wanted to go to and indian place downtown and had to take route 35W North, get off at 3rd avenue, and drive east on Washington Ave. South. No wonder we got stopped by the police...
Oh. And there are *two* Holiday Inn Selects at the airport.
And don't get me started on Lone Oak Drive vs. Lone Oak Parkway vs. Lone Oak Road.....
Looks like I survived Another Week in Hell(tm). This was my last real work week at the university. Thank God (i.e. Emacs).
Tuesday I'm off to the US to start on a new exciting project with this hoopy frood. I sense hard work ahead. Oh, dear. Oh, dear. Oh, dear. Oh, well. - We asked for it.
I'm cooking the last dinner (curry) for myself for a long time. Unfortunately I'm out of fresh coriander. Had to use some of this grey powder that claims to originate from a real plant. I have my doubts. To me it looks suspiciously like sawdust. Tastes like it too (I should know - I am intimately familiar with trees).
Today was the last but one session with my band. I'm going to miss these guys. *sigh* Note to self: Buy a B3 as soon as I'm in Ottawa...
After being trapped in academia for many, many years I finally managed to reach escape velovity. I'm free! -- Free to do what my new employer pleases, that is.
So now I finally get to see the Real World. Rumors have been going on about it for years, but I've never actually seen it. My neighbor tells me it starts right outside the campus area. Scary. Maybe I'll grab my bike and go out to have a brief look tomorrow. Or maybe not. Baby steps. Looking at pictures first might be less disturbing...
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