A Mammal Returns to the C

The last couple of days I’ve been working intently on some C code. This is a nice change from meetings and the other stuff I’ve been doing lately. It’s also an interesting change from Perl which I’ve been doing so much of in the last few months. After writing so much Perl code, C is almost like returning to assembly language.

I vaguely remember reading on Advogato recently that someone had a mod_virgule patch that renders <proj> tags. If anyone remembers who did it or has a copy of the patch, maybe they could email it to me? (thanks, I’ve received both the <proj> and <project> patches now!)

Verio – Just Say No

Verio tech support… how can any group of people be so amazingly, mind-numingly, unbelievably incapable of providing support for technical things at Verio or elsewhere. :-(

I’m afraid my mind is still reeling from trying comprehend the massive stupidity and mismanagement involved so I can’t bring myself to write out the full details yet. Perhaps when it’s finally over – we’re only 7 days into it right now and it’s a fairly simple problem that any sysadmin with some BIND experience could fix in half an hour, so I’m betting we’re got at least another 7 days to go before someone at Verio blunders into a solution. In the meantime, you can entertain yourself reading the past exploits of Verio tech support from their simplest DNS blunder, and their wonderful work with Worldcom, to the famous focus group event and, my favorite, the story of the first of several times they mis-allocated part of our IP addresses to a DSL customer.

I’d offer the also very interesting story of our 3 month installation saga on our first T1 and the related double billing and mysterious shifting account number problems but by the time I fully regained my sanity from those I’d blocked most of the details from my memory. Suffice to say of the current mess, if Verio ever offers to do your secondary DNS for you, just say NO!

The Floating Island by Jules Verne

It’s been a slow week so far. I got an nice form letter from the EFF, thanking me for a contribution and they sent along a shiny black bumper sticker with their logo on it. The sticker is printed on some sort of plastic and smells just like those inflatible toys that kids play with at the beach. Another Tai Chi class monday. I’m finally getting the hang of the first three or four moves.

I picked up an out-of-print book on eBay that I’ve been searching for. The Floating Island (aka Propeller Island) by Jules Verne. Like most really cool ideas, Verne seems to have thought of constructing a floating city on the ocean long before most. Buckminster Fuller came up with the same idea back in the 50’s and there must be dozen groups promoting the idea today as if they’d thought of it, such as Oceania, Freedomship, Celestopea, and Aquarius. One of these days I’m going to put together a web page of info on the whole Sea City idea. The other claim to fame for The Floating Island is that it is supposed to be the first novel in a European language to be written in the present tense and third person. The copy I bought is just under 100 years old but is well-preserved and includes all those cool illustrations that you don’t get in modern reprints of Verne books.

Renoir to Picasso at the Kimbell

On Sunday, Susan and I went to the Renoir to Picasso exhibit at the Kimbell in Ft. Worth. The 81 paintings are on a worldwide tour while their home, the MusΓ©e de l’Orangerie in Paris, undergoes major renovations. The Kimbell is the only US stop on the tour. The collection includes works by Renoir, CΓ©zanne, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau, Modigliani, and a few others. All were by French artists of the late 19th/early 20th century.

Monday, after work, we went to our first day of Tai Chi class. Neither of us have ever taken any martial arts classes before so it will be interesting to see how this works out. We’re learning (er, well, we hope to learn – no promises!) the 108 movement Yang Long form of Tai Chi at the Martial Arts Center of Plano which also teaches the Soo Hwa Kung Fu system.