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September 2006

Yay Akismet!

I installed Akismet anti-comment-spam on my blog about a week ago.

It’s already caught and blocked 354 comments, all of which were actually spam.

This tells me two things:

  1. I should have installed Akismet months ago.
  2. My blog is actually showing up for some search engines!

I’m happy about one of those. 🙂

I’m wearing a tie

I have an interview today. I’m “dressed up” — I’m wearing dress shoes, a white (short-sleeve) dress shirt, dress slacks, dress socks, and a tie. I’m not wearing a dress, but I’m still dressed up, especially compared to my usual jeans and a t-shirt.

I’ve spoken to two coworkers so far today. Both of them have looked at me strangely.

I should dress up more often. 🙂

Friends with Geeks

I don’t know which is worse, the fact that I’m about to ask:

Does anyone have a data structures and algorithms textbook sitting around that I can borrow for a few days?


That I know at least some of you probably do…


I need to brush up on my coding, and the textbook I remembered keeping was actually my Intro to AI textbook — which helps with some problems, but not at all with most.

Arr! Shiver yer timbers!

My pirate name is:
Iron Roger Kidd

A pirate’s life isn’t easy; it takes a tough person. That’s okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Even though you’re not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

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Yet ANOTHER kitten post

I was supposed to leave work at 8, originally. I changed my plans, and was going to leave work around 9. Then it was ten, and Mandrina was calling to say she was on her way home, where was I. I told her five minutes while I finished writing an email I hope will get me the first step to an available job on another team, in a completely different department.

Well, I got home at almost midnight. I may not have left around ten, it may have been more like 11.

So I got home late, and was beseiged.

Glitch, of all the cats in the house, decided he wanted to be held. He was purring and everything! And then I had to spray compressed air on Pixel to discipline him, and Glitch wasn’t so happy anymore.

I sat down to kill a few minutes on the computer — and I ended up with a grown cat staring at me, and two kittens perched on either side of the top of my high back computer chair. I was surrounded by felinity!

At least get your facts right!

I received an offer for a credit card today. This, in and of itself, is not unusual. Since I bought a house, it’s a strange day that goes by when I DON’T receive a credit card offer.

Today’s offer, however, was a bit novel. The top line for the offer was, “You were BORN to carry this card!”

Seems this particular card’s gimick is to represent your astrological sign, which I’m sure would be popular with the right group of people.

I have only one problem with this (okay, I really have many, but I’m only posting the one):

I’m a Gemini, not a Leo. Get your sodding facts right.

Of COURSE it’s already filled

I’ve been looking at internal job listings. I just reread one that I had flagged over the weekend. I don’t know why it didn’t catch my eye the first time…

A great deal of prototyping, dealing with multiple hardware architectures, managed and unmanaged cross machine communication… Seemed rather neat.

I emailed the manager for an informational interview, to find out what they’re doing. As I was writing the email, I realized I was actually a rather good candidate for the position.

Five minutes later, I got a reply — the position had been filled a few weeks ago.

Of course.