Older blog entries for stephane (starting at number 3)

Here I am posting from a couch yet again. This time, the setting is present-day Palo Alto, at what ostensibly began as a Linuxchix meeting, and what has evolved into a late-into-the-night installfest as we pore over Elise's laptop. Hopefully it'll be fully functional by the time we head back north to The City.

Since my last entry, I've been spending time trying to relax. I started rereading Godbody, which is this great novel by Theodore Sturgeon that I've read probably about six times. It has a similar plot to Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (another one of my favorites). Unfortunately, like a lot of Sturgeon, the book is currently out of print, but if you manage to find a copy I recommend it. Sturgeon's prose is amazing in general, though, so just go read his books and stories! (end plug :)

I've been enjoying my twm "theme" as well. I should put up a screenshot of it somewhere. Hooray for xmatrix -root!

Last night was Blake's 7 night at my house. Crackmonkey and I watched four episodes of the tacky British science fiction series. It's great!

I am finally starting to relax a bit, just in time for the work week to start again. I went to an interesting nightclub on Saturday with a couple of cow orkers and one of my roommates, and I've just been outside in Golden Gate Park (not far from my house) observing some spirited matches of chess and go.

Why am I here?

I think I remember seeing this in one of Deb Richardson's entries, and I thought I'd expand on it with regard to why I decided to get onto Advogato. I think that I became interested in Advogato primarily because of the diary feature, and I'm impressed by the way people use the diaries not only for things like "I hacked on this part of this project today" but for more personal stuff as well. Additionally, I've seen people using diary entries as another form of communication, in addition to posting comments to an article or posting an article. I've always found diaries really fascinating, and I think Advogato encourages people to keep them. I think that the open source movement is at a really interesting time in its history right now, and that it would be fascinating to go back and read some of these diaries in a few months/years.

San Francisco

It's great to be able to haphazardly stumble upon cherry blossom festivals, really great cheap Japanese food, and cool anime DVDs. Sometimes I question why I came to California, and then I have experiences with places or people that remind me why I'm here.

mbp

I'm flattered by the comparison :)

Anoles

To perpetuate the anole meme: I have three anoles, Stumpy, Veronica, and Mr. Man. Stumpy was the victim of an unfortunate accident early in my anole-keeping career, Mr. Man goes around extending his throat flap at the female anoles, and Veronica is....Veronica :) They are the reason that my Linuxcare cow orkers see me wandering around the halls muttering "Crap, I need to get crickets" to myself.

Beaujolais!

I'm posting from the living room of a few friends in the midst of a delightful impromptu gathering. Yay. I've been hanging with people, taking pictures, eating pizza and drinking Australian wine out of comically enormous glasses. The room was so full of laptops I had to crimp my own cable to get some network connectivity. I can safely say that it's been an interesting day.

The Mozilla party last night was pretty interesting. We took a break from the party and I got to go out to Buca di Beppo for dinner, which is this crazy Italian place in San Francisco that is really hilarious. Every conceivable surface of the place is covered with pictures of the Pope and JFK, statues, christmas lights, etc. In addition to having a delightfully tacky ambience, they also have food that is pretty good, in quantities sufficient to stuff even the most starving of geeks. Anyway, the combination of jovial geek conversation and Chianti primed me for heading back to the Mozilla party. I ran into a bunch of people I knew from MIT, as well as various Linuxcare and Eazel folks. It was interesting actually attending an event that I'd previously only read about on the web.

I'm going to post this now and get back to relaxing/socializing. :)

Whee. So this is my new advogato diary/weblog/whatever thingy, put up so all the people who know me can net.stalk my activities :)

Anyway, today was not terribly exciting, other than I did get to leave early for a trip to SVLUG. I got some cool stickers for my regulation-issue laptop, and got to experience firsthand the sprawl that is the Cisco campus. The other Linuxcare folks distributed some bootable business cards too. They seem to be really popular with the Linux otaku. Then I intercepted mjs and wound up taking a tour of the Eazel office.

I also tried out a new pair of contacts today, which are tinted purple on the iris part. No one seemed to really notice them, although when I pointed them out to someone at the office, he thought they looked 'eerie'. Hrm.

I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend. My brain hurts.

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