3 Nov 2000 wcooley   » (Journeyer)

I've been neglecting my journal. I haven't written in my personal journal in many months either. Marisa was bugging me about not updating this, so here we are. Hi Marisa!

Hm, not much going on with LNXS. Been bored with it lately. I'll get back to it sooner or later. I managed to set a small subset of the system working. It doesn't boot, but you can chroot in and do some shell stuff. I had to cheat, though--I move the build tree into the pseudo-root, chrooted in, and installed that way. Got around lousy Makefiles that don't support DESTDIR. No one else seemed much interested in it either. I've considered throwing in the towel and installing NetBSD.

Hm, not much going on at WireX either. Just same-old-same-old sys admin stuff. Finally managed to upgrade the web/mail server to ImmunixOS 6.2--it was 5.2 for a long time, because it is co-located way in the middle of nowhere.

It's starting to rain in Portland, as usual for this time of year. I've been paying too much attention to politics, too. That always seems to frustrate me.

My girlfriend has also been keeping a journal, so if you want to see what the other side of my life is like, it's at http://www.livejournal.com/users/rini.

I've been learning Python lately, too. Reading Learning Python--it's very good. I wrote my first useful program last weekend (or was it the weekend before that?), which generates usernames by randomly selecting words from the system dictionary, and generates random passwords, and runs htpasswd.

I just finished Zoo Station, by Ian Walker. The author is a British journalist who spent quite a bit of time going between East and West Berlin, and the book is about the people he knows and contrasting cultures, divided by a wall and about 50 years. Both East and West are portrayed in a way that seems fairly honest, or perhaps, favoring the East a bit. The author's writing was not bad--it was quite correct but also lacked character. Nontheless, I enjoyed the book because I find the subject interesting.

The other book in my bag is Bertrand Russell, written by A. J. Ayer, the author is Language, Truth, and Logic (which I have not read). This is a biography of Bertie by another of the most eminent modern philosophers. I am at a slow part because he's explaining Russell's work in logic, which, even though written for a layman, can be difficult.

Well, this is enough of a post for one day.

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