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Nov. 15th, 2008

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Nov. 13th, 2008

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If this is a just universe, there has to exist some string of expletives that describes how I feel about driving in NJ.

Nov. 12th, 2008

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Perhaps my final road trip for a long time...

I have been told the offer letter is in the mail, so I am leaving NC tonight to meet the letter in the 'Haute. This will be my largest road trip yet, and I'm spreading out over a few days. The detours are to see family and pick up my stuff that has been scattered about.

For those interested, I plan on arriving in the 'Haute around midday Saturday, and will likely leave for TX sometime Monday. Or Tuesday. Sometime.

Nov. 10th, 2008

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I'm gonna stab your eyes out with my girly little needles. - my dear, sweet cousine. :)

Nov. 6th, 2008

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I got a job offer, and it's a pretty great one. I may need to accept it...

Nov. 4th, 2008

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Champagne is not really tasty

The best moment yet: Obama, before speaking, has his wife and two kids on stage, and when attempting to kiss one on the forehead, she shies away. It's perfect, you can actually see her telling him to stop embarrassing her (in that way parents often do). I couldn't sense any acting in that moment, it was a sincerity that only a child could display.

Nov. 3rd, 2008

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In all fairness

I've hidden my previous rant on the RDU airport. It really is a very nice, shiney-new airport, and I ought to suck it up and just enjoy it while the glitter lasts. As Guy points out, the displays are not too likely to burn in, at least not right away. They are LCDs, though, but any ghosting is not irreparable, I don't think. (For the record, they are NEC MultiSync displays.)

Oct. 30th, 2008

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Ur doin' it wrong

That's all I can say without bursting a blood vessel in my head.

Oct. 27th, 2008

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Not even sure what to build - but we've started

Yesterday, on somewhat of a whim, I actually acted on my uncle's idea I teach my cousine how to use servos. Since I don't really know how, this seemed like a great idea.

Step one was to get parts. We found an old tape deck, and it was chock full of parts, all of which were removable and reusable (save for a couple of inductors which I broke pulling out). That was great fun, and we got tons of stuff off it. Then we found three breadboards lying around, and I got a 741 and a 555 from RadioShack.

Today, we jumped up to go to a thrift store and look for a source for another motor or two. What we found was a typewriter. The on button merely starts the motor spinning: the beast is all mechanical. It also seems to have the keys all jammed, and honestly it's so complicated I can't even guess at the cause; I'm not even sure if I could see it. I'll post pictures eventually, as it's unbelievable how dense it is.

So far though, finding open hardware is not too hard. And immensely fun and economical!

Oct. 20th, 2008

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Mundane topics of noninterest

I have a rather different routine than I have ever had before. Each late morning I get up, shower immediately, then go downstairs and make a cuppa Starbucks joe in the Kona coffee maker. While a bagel toasts, I read the N.Y.Times, specifically the front page articles and the editorials. The rest of the day I struggle to find something to do, which is hard, since I'm often not motivated. Struggle, at least, until my uncle stops working and/or my cousin gets back from school and we while away the evening talking on the porch about the economy, politics, or anything else. He'll be smoking and drinking some wine, and I'll have some kind of hot drink (recently it's been just nuked water - I seem to enjoy plain heated water). After everyone goes to sleep, I'll be up for a few hours, piddling away at the computer until 2am or 3am. Really, I've nailed quite a few of my requirements for success in life, though I must admit that the really important checks are still missing. But it's a nice routine, and I hope to keep it up once I get work.

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