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Would you PLEASE shut up and get back to work??


Today is just too adjective-challenged for a previously existing word, we need a new one… and the word for today is squinky.  It replaces smarmy.  All forms are currently available (squinkfulness, squinkitude, squinkalicious, et cetera).

Does it matter that this waste of time is what makes a LIFE for you? Hmmmmm?  Wouldn’t you really rather be involved in a series of colorful time-wasting trends?

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I highly recommend Air France and the Hôtel Au Manoir St Germain des Près in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.   I also recommend French Coca-Cola, it’s made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.   What else…?  Oh, nutella crepes… I must learn to make nutella crepes.  Here are a few pics.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
The Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, photograph taken from the south

Close-up of the north rose window of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Close-up of the north rose window of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

A statue in Pére-Lachaise
A statue in Pére-Lachaise

In the Ossuary of the Catacombs of Paris
In the Ossuary of the Catacombs of Paris

A view of the Tour Eiffel
A view of the Tour Eiffel

A view at night from the Tour Eiffel of the Trocadéro
A view at night from the Tour Eiffel of the Trocadéro.
This photograph is interesting in that the top of the Eiffel is so high, you can plainly see the curvature of the earth at the horizon (no, it’s not just the camera lens)

A view from the Arch de Triomphe
A view from the Arc de Triomphe with the Tour Eiffel visible.

I took about 700 pictures, so these are just a very few. We were blessed with wonderful weather, a little cool… but no rain during the short, short time we had. The hotel room was state of the art and not small, I never met a rude person (even the beggars were polite), the security at Charle-De-Galle airport was slow (but polite and efficient), and we had a marvellous time. Quite frankly, the flights on Air France were the best I have ever flown. We will be returning soon.

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I took some paid vacation days from day job recently – I earned a lot of it, it never seemed like a good time to take them, gas prices were crappy and I didn’t really want to go anywhere anyway… but I can’t wrap too many of them around the start of the new year, so I had lots of plans for doing things around the house.


It took me a week to unscrew my head from diurnal circadian dronefullness, another week to self-realize my ineptitude, and a week to… write a kick ass program.  I love programming over Christmas holidays, I find I get months of work done in days if I just don’t have to… you know, the normal everyday drill.  When I can get up, start drinking boozed coffee at 9 AM, continue to 9 PM taking occasional breaks for refrigerator raidage, and otherwise just hammer out an application, I get a hell of a lot done.

I did buy a bunch of chrome-wire shelf racks, like 7 of them.  I got a few put together, it’s not particularly easy, but not difficult.  Step one is “Decide where to put it”, which is a bit of an argument, then there’s “Clean the area” which is usually allergically difficult for me.  A morality of “Let sleeping dust lie” only goes so far and lasts so long.

Anyway, I learned a lot about dot NET programming.  I brewed a bad batch of beer once a long time ago, it just never seemed to really get going, as I used dried yeast.  I added some “yeast nutrient” to the wort, it’s the same stuff they add to frozen pizza dough so it can actually be thawed and still used to make a pizza.  The “yeast nutrient” was an ammonium salt.  Yeah, the yeast perked up and it made some decent beer, but the flavor was… modified.  Ever since learning what that stuff was, I can taste the ammonia in pizza crust made from frozen dough.  You’ll never catch me ordering from some major pizza chains.  Microsoft development is a lot like that.  Once you learn what else is out there, there’s something in the Microsoft development model that just tastes BAD, and there’s not really anything you can do about it.  However, you can eat it, it works most of the time, and there’s plenty of people who don’t care and will never know the difference.  Bugs Bunny shrug: “It’s a living”.

So I wrote a multi-threaded work task engine.  It’s leaking memory, but I’m beating the crud out of it, and there are many ways to fix it.  It might be half-way done for what I’d like to see it be able to do, but I have pretty high hopes.  I learned a lot doing it, and it should help me over the next year.

I’ve toned down on the Fallout 3 for a while.  Good god what a time sink.  I’m fairly certain my eyes are another quarter diopter off just for that reason alone.

So I should be getting back to splitting water again, I had to take a break to beat back the encroaching threats and indulge my human entertainment cravings.  Shut up, I’ve already paid for this!

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Have you ever talked to your goldfish? You can explain difficult technical problems. You can enumerate the various solutions and elucidate the counter problems which can occur. You can present arguments toward a psychology which enables long-term highly profitable actions while managing the one-off exceptions to a system which solves 99% of the problems. You can optimize your system by demonstrating simple techniques which will enable great savings of resources for a minimum of effort. Advanced particle physics, political sociology in election years, the latest search engines algorithms… you can tell your goldfish all of these. But when you’re done, what does it say in return?


I know too many goldfish. I just have to keep reminding myself that my fingerprints and DNA are on record at the FBI, and that I’ll never get away with it.

Can anybody tell I’m having a rather unproductive day?

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Is the world really ready for a social networking web site dedicated to videos of people lighting farts? One quick (and yeah, I mean quick) glance at just the names of the current binary newsgroups should probably convince me. I can hop a flight across the Atlantic to Lower Potrzwebie, shell out a few hundred € Euros for a few terabytes of really disgusting porn (with model licenses/indemnity), order a serial-addressed SCSI array from NewEgg, pop by the colo datacenter and load it up. A few PHP pages here and there, some Perl glue, a few emails to a flat rate online Automated Clearing House (if PayPal isn’t cool with it)… I’ll peel off a few grand a month, right? Oh wait, morals. Oh, and passport, Wife keeps telling me to get one of those. Okay, so I’ll have to fake it for the time being.

Should I make a big stinky honking boob-flashing hemorrhoid-stomping screaming bejeezus porno front page in which every link just goes to this stupid blog? I’ve mentioned the new domain name to a few friends. The ones that know me, well, they just giggle. That’s kinda what I was hoping for, I mean hey, all seriousness aside… How serious could this possibly be? If I put up a ‘submissions’ link and actually take donations of videos… now wait a minute… I’ll actually have to look at them right? Yeah, maybe I’ll think about this some more after I have a jar of grade school paste for lunch, that sounds appetizing in comparison.

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This is gonna take a long time. I have to do the graphics, the plugins, the… everything. It’s a lot, I know how to change everything, so it’s all going to need changing. Right now, I’m just getting started on the security. I’ve dealt with WordPress before, and I know how to read PHP, so this is going to take a while. Maybe even two or three whiles.

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