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Saturday, November 30, 2002

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holy cripes! well, i got sendmail to send me several messages locally and at csusm (it's also generating a bazillion messages a second in the mail.log file from delayed system reports it's so happy to finally be sending somewhere other than /dev/null). and better yet, yes, it does work with the standard php mail function! yay! *dances*

the best instructions i found were on a page called "Receiving Daily System Reports in MacOS X," though i found i kept having to add "sudo" to many of the commands and replace
m4 ../m4/cf.m4 > /tmp/
gm4 ../m4/cf.m4 > /tmp/

plus, i'll be using pine to access local mail instead of setting up an imap server. or i could learn how to use *gasp* mail!

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i'm not having any luck figuring the minimum i need to do to enable sendmail to work w/ php in os x. i only care about sending, not receiving. i've seen a couple of articles which mention this weird incompatibility, but they don't have any "and this is what i did to make it work" solutions. :(

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well, that was traumatic. i called the vet and they said to bring amelia in immediately and though they were very busy and closed at 1 and took their last patient at 12:30, if i could get in before they closed they'd be sure to see her.

that meant i had to get dressed, nuke a beef tamale, grab a stool sample (lots of that laying about), put her collar on, and stuff her into the cat carrier. after much complaining in the car (fortunately, just down the street!), she quieted down in the waiting room.

the staff kept calling her "amelia bedelia" and asked if i had kids. filling out the paperwork, i realized how little i know about her. the only other person in the waiting room tells me about one of her cats cat whose leg was amputated because of a giant tumour on its shoulder. "do you watch animal planet?" she asked, and seems disappointed i don't get that channel.

then whitey the dog ran out of exam room 1 and i expected there to be much hissing and growling from amelia, but not one peep! not even an uncomfortable shifting in the carrier. but all the cat smells made him click his teeth together oddly and repeatedly.

the quiet didn't continue when she was in the exam room, however. after all that struggle to get her in the cat carrier before we left, she deeply resented being taken out to be weighed (12.3 lbs!) and voluntarily wiggled her way back in after the assistant left. while we were waiting for the actual vet, i took tess out and played music for her while i was writing. i figured it would seem more like home if i did: me clicking away while music played in the background. though she was glaring, she seemed quiet enough.

so i was entirely unprepared for the hysterics when the vet came in. i don't know if she's had previous experience with vets, but yikes! she wouldn't let us take her out of the carrier, and the vet even had big leather gloves on. there was hissing, growling, shrieking, batting, squirming, flailing, biting. eventually the vet just had to let her be. she said the stool sample came back negative for parasites, so based on what i had told her and the fact that amelia was so "feisty and energetic," she was going to guess it was colitis and gave me a prescription for flagyl.

and then i came home and cleaned. everything. i've just now finished. amelia, who has been mostly hiding in the bathroom and under the bed since we got back, is finally back out lounging in the living room. i have to go to trader joe's to get cat food.

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hey, look at that. my archives appear to be working again.

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the trip was pleasant enough. as predicted, i drove, i ate, i drove back. i figure it was good practice for the xmas trip, though it was only 7 hours one way instead of 24. getting out of san diego was actually the most painful part by far: 2 hours, inching along! once i got out to the desert, i was fine. amazingly enough, it rained most of the way back (lightning!). trixie got strangely low gas mileage most of the trip, which i find particularly odd because i remember getting good gas mileage the last time i drove to phoenix. i'm attributing it to the wind.

this trip was brought to you by the following soundtrack: rob mead, ed: love will come around; annie lennox: diva; kmfdm: naive; matt gitchell's college band, "birthday suit;" talking heads: little creatures; violent femmes: blister in the sun; steven covey: tapes 1-3 of the 7 habits of highly effective people; kevin trudeau: tapes 1-4 of mega memory.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

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wow! i just got a big box from michael's dad: it was another "manu forti" glass like the one he made for my dad! what a wonderful surprise! i'll bring it to my grandmother's so she can see what i got for him. *sniffles*

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a thunderstorm! *nearly hyperventilates with excitement*

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have a happy thanksgiving, all! i'm on my way to grandmother's house (in the odd california rain, yes, rain!). my todo list for the next three days would read: drive to phoenix; eat turkey; drive home. though in the back of my head i'm thinking, -and figure out sendmail on nefarious.-

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

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ha ha ha! i'm watching a show about "cat furniture" for someone's "furry children" on the community access channel. it feels like i'm watching a real-live "cat chat."

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on the bright side, toni hood, the sweetheart that she is, gave me one of those minature books ("the goddess within" title references my "goddess" status in the college of ed). i really needed that. :)

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much badness and weirdness on nefarious (figures, just as i was resolved to get php & mysql working). recent calamaties include, but are not limited to:
* weird ie default font
* copy/paste not working
* stickies changes not "sticking"
* custom icons not enabled or not sticking
* things have been "unexpectedly quit"ing all over the place. i noticed this with audion several days ago, but now a lot of applications are doing it (stickies, help viewer, dreamweaver(?) etc.) one app unexpectedly quit so suddenly and thoroughly that it threw me out of aqua all together and made me log back in.
* netinfo manager doesn't work: it repeats this message 4 times: "Domain (null) has no root account. You must log in on the computer named (null) (where the master is located) to make changes." when i launch it, my console log fills with "ATSServer got a fatal exception!! Please check /var/tmp/ATSServer_168."
* process manager won't -do- anything when loaded
what's going on? i've rebooted & run disk utility several times. i tried to use norton utilities but i couldn't get it to even see nefarious while i was in 10.2 and when the cd booted into 9.2, i got a message about fixing a major error in the b-tree catalog and then, "norton disk doctor has come across an unexpected problem and is unable to continue scanning the disk. error found: 23019. please try scanning the disk again." i've never seen that before! >:(

i so don't want to do this right now. i so don't want to spend all this energy troubleshooting.

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from jay, about the online courses database:
I don't think we will have time to do these now. When I spoke to you before it was an offer for quick tasks that could be done in a pocket of time we had in November, when we were between projects. December is already committed to other projects. We will try to pick these up as soon as possible -- probably start in January.
though, of course, january is during the heaviest development period and i won't be able to breathe, much less think about something like this. too bad he didn't actually tell me the time frame when he talked to me the first time.

i have have to figure out how to do databases. have to. or this. will. never. happen. :(

Monday, November 25, 2002

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guh. i never thought i'd be in another job where my goal was to get to friday. but here i am! actually, today my goal is to get to 5 p.m. i have what i think will be a fairly painless meeting w/ an instructor and then some more time to kill before i go to the artist's way. but i might go early and then just read in the car or catch up on email.

joy of tech has a funny comic up today:

Friday, November 22, 2002

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$852?! *sobs*

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i'm watching an old presentation from jan boucher. she was so sharp and enthusiastic about usability testing. i miss her. gerry hanley sent me two addresses for her, one of which worked, and now we are back in correspondence!

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do i know online courses or what? this whole "division of labour" thing w/ garrett has been eating at me. if we had to do it, i knew i wanted the communications department, sociology, and college of ed. what i didn't know was how much more i would have to also take on and possibly fight over. but i figured those chunks would take up a significant amount of "my half" and i'd worry about the rest when i ran the numbers.

which i did last night (or very early this morning, depending on how you look at it). and it turns out those three departments take up exactly half of the workload when figured by "hours worked," which is how i wanted to divide them. *dances* and i knew it! i could feel it! i just can't believe i could confirm it.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

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this post is in honour of ben, who passed the new york bar exam! whoo! in other ben news, he's about to kick my ass in 20 questions.

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ick! my domain name is owned by a 13-year-old w/ bad taste, apparently. *makes face* i knew i should have bought it when i had the chance.

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well, despite how much i hate the ants at my place, at least they've never attacked tess (unlike this poor fellow). rob asks: "Umm, darling, pray tell, is your computer's... name... Tess?"

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today's catch-22: if jennifer leaves, i leave. but then jennifer can apply for my full-time position, so she'll stay.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

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grrr.... weirdness w/ blogger again. *sighs* and at home i've been noticing that the airport will occasionally drop its connection to the computer momentarily. this isn't a big deal for most things, because most internet stuff doesn't need a constant connection, but apparently remote desktop connection does. it drops me every time.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

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dan wants to remind us all to sign the eff's letter to limit the cyber security enhancement act's scope in the homeland security legislation.

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so i totally missed the leonids last night, and it wasn't through lack of trying. first my artist's way group laid outside around 8:30 p.m. near the large tree swaying in the shadows, but because of the otherwise glorious moon, i didn't see one freaking shooting star! then i drove around the back roads in poway and ramona. while doing so, one of my poor prius' front tires got caught in a wash and it took me 20 minutes to get out (that's the closest i've ever been to getting stuck somewhere. i was starting to get worried). still no freaking shooting stars. so i called dan, who had expressed interest in seeing them and asked him if he had a secret weapon ('cause if anyone did, it would be him). but, no, he didn't. so i drove home and didn't see any freaking shooting stars.

then, this morning, jennifer says, "hey, did you see the meteor shower last night? we went to palomar & it was great!"

grrrrrr.......... *must.... control.... fist of ..... death!*

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ipulse is what i've been looking for for months! i'd dig it even more if you could pick some of the colors as "transparent" and if you could add it as a menulet. but it's addictive to someone like me who enjoys watching logs rolling by in realtime.

Monday, November 18, 2002

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well, i'll be damned. that wasn't nearly as painful as i thought. *pauses* teresa agreed we could move toward the shifting of my responsibilities to "outreach, research & support" if the team could agree on a timeline. i'd be suprised if we could get everyone agree to spring, but maybe we agree on the 50/50 split in spring, then 60/40 in summer, 70/30 in fall, and 80/20 in spring04. and that at point, i should be able to assume the "outreach, research and support" title in full *knocks wood* so a year, if i'm lucky. teresa worries that there might be resentment about me doing the "easy" work, but i just think we pick the path that works for each of us -- even teresa admits i do better in long-range planning and garrett does better w/ short-term projects.

chuck thinks even the 50/50 split should be enough to allow me to start working on the bits of research & support and other things i like. i just think the 50/50 split will let me spend twice as long on each course. :) by the time we get to the 80/20 or even 90/10, i'll have to spend time on the other parts of my job or i'll be bored!

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i'm living without the comment counts now, which means there's no way to know whether a (!) has a comment on it without actually clicking, but it's there if you want to make one.... :( looking for a better one if anyone has any ideas.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

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did this page load slowly? i'm experimenting w/ running cgicomments on nefarious, but because it opens a seperate cgi connection to run the counts on every entry (that's up to 30 per page in the archives!), the page has to wait until all counts are finished before it displays.

two options: 1) find another commenting program or 2) live without the counts. what do you think? *gasp* you could use the commenting feature to tell me!

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okay, this is driving me crazy. the darwin/mac os x distribution of apache places the supporting files all over the place, and the man pages haven't changed to reflect that. i had already found the logs & configuration files and placed symbolic links to them from /Library/WebServer so all my apache stuff would be in the same place. today i was trying to find the file so i could kill the process remotely and had a bugger of a time finding it. so for the record, here are the man page paths and the -actual- paths for these files:

(referenced in httpd man) > (actual darwin path)
/usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf > /private/etc/httpd/httpd.conf
/usr/local/apache/conf/srm.conf > n/a (all bundled into httpd.conf)
/usr/local/apache/conf/access.conf > n/a (ditto)
/usr/local/apache/conf/mime.types > /private/etc/httpd/mime.types
/usr/local/apache/conf/magic > /private/etc/httpd/magic
/usr/local/apache/logs/error_log > /private/var/log/httpd/error_log
/usr/local/apache/logs/access_log > /private/var/log/httpd/access_log
/usr/local/apache/logs/ > /private/var/run/

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michael thinks the red is too bright.

Saturday, November 16, 2002

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well, the good news is that i have all my archives back. the bad news is that they're in monthly, rather than weekly, form.

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wow. last night nefarious.web had 27, 176 hits for mp3s. today? 1689.

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i'm playing with the templates and archives. further bulletins as events warrant.

Friday, November 15, 2002

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okay, now i'm going home.

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you didn't think i was serious, did you? :)

i decided i had had enough with the 27,000 hits a day to nefarious.web trolling for mp3s. (and for once, i'm not exaggerating: the count, thanks to the power of grep, cat -n, tail -1 and cut -f 1, was 26,970 hits today as of this posting.) traffic like that does not keep me below the radar, which is where i want to stay for the moment.

so everybody wave "bye-bye" to the old mp3 directory. i hope to watch the 404 errors roll by in the access_log and eventually dwindle away. for those of you i know and love, fear not: all that is gone is not lost. things are not what they seem. i love apache. :)

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i'm going hooooooooommmmmeeeeeee noooooooooooowwwwwwww..........

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yo yo ma uses a mac! yay! and look, how cute! they have a switch site for japan now. i'm not sure you really lose anything in the translation: once you've seen one switch ad, you've seen them all. :)

wow! i didn't know roxio "acquired" napster!

i can't believe i'm still here. all i've wanted for the past several hours is an ado bada burrito from albertaco's and two large horchatas. but i keep getting distracted. rob should be happy to know that mirah, who vaguely reminds me of lisa loeb and someone i can't think of, is really growing on me. :)

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i wish i was smart enough to be a true geek! i actually find conversations about uri's interesting!

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more quizzes! (because i apparently don't have anything better to do.)

i am a sneaky villian; a regular, average, good times punk kid; i am avoidant; the cookie monster; i turned out to be ford prefect in the "which hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy character are you?" quiz; if i was a monty python sketch i would be the nudge, nudge, wink, wink sketch (for the life of me, i can't figure out why); while according to the "which tragic shakespearean heroine are you?" quiz, i would be desdemona.

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oh, and i forgot to mention this a couple of days ago. it's all true, of course, in one way or another. think of it as one of the ways search engines could generate personality assessments. or view it as a found poem.

from googlism:
gretchin is cut down
gretchin is to pilot large missiles at the enemy
gretchin is a real theat
gretchin is about 5
gretchin is killed
gretchin is sufficiently pumped up for its final few seconds of life
gretchin is still trying to get her into a dress
gretchin is killed by a frag grenade
gretchin is enough
gretchin is a member of team gab's space whores
gretchin is no longer working
gretchin is ranked number 138 and has played for 35m in 7 days real name
gretchin is back lynn in
gretchin is back comments by
gretchin is a rather pathetic little creature
gretchin is kinda ugly
gretchin is caught in the same dilemma that many of us face
gretchin is for there to be a vehicle behind the gretchin
gretchin is a member of team
gretchin is a good idea since this is a very small squad
gretchin is too great; they stoically endure the pain so they can be plugged into a dreadnought suit
gretchin is okozhat problémát a felszerelésével
gretchin is too a stripper
gretchin is an leo
gretchin is gone
gretchin is probably looking to have the browse window set up like the private forum member selection
gretchin is too saavy

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oh, yes, and i got my first flu shot ever today! hopefully this will be the first xmas in a long time which hasn't been spent in feverish misery on the couch as everyone else opens their presents. :)

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oh, look! chuck has this team-lead thing down! after accepting the meeting (which will happen right after the tech fair, which could be good or bad), i asked, "though i'm a little nervous about the format: why just me, you & teresa? what about the rest of our team?" and he wrote:
Good question. Because you are the one with misgivings and alternative suggestions. It is not meant to be punitive. If you're going to express strongly held opinions then it is only fair that we listen to them and you exaplin them. I want to make sure that Teresa, and I for that matter, understands where you're coming from. It is a sign of respect. If I did not value your point of view I wouldn't bother.

I suspect it will better to do this first so that we understand our organizational parameters, then when we meet as a group to finalize our plans we will know what our constraints are. It is good to dream, but it is also good to view your goals thru a filter of what is possible.

You really shouldn't be nervous. You have opinions and you want folks to address them. We want to listen. It's meant to be communication, not confrontation.
i almost went right upstairs and thanked him. i'm not sure it makes me any less nervous because the sincerity is hard to gauge, but it's a chance. another chance to rescue myself from another year and a half of pain. my last chance. and i have to take it.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

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desperate to make my blogging experience a little less error-prone, and hampered by my desire to host off-site and burdell's attempts to make his box a little more secure by denying ftpd, i turned to microblogger, a blogging tool wrapped into a bash script. but i must be missing something. i think i've configured apache to parse server-side includes, but still.... nothing....

[update 11.15: while i like the idea, i don't think the format will work for me, anyway. there's no way to reference a particular post in the archives.]

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ben's safely in san francisco now! he says he's busy painting the walls & waiting for the kitchen fairy to appear.

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*cue ominous music*
From: Chuck
To: Teresa; Gretchin
Subject: DevTeam Responsibilities

Where: teresa's office
When: Monday, November 18, 2002 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Let's get together so we can voice all of our concerns at once.


why just us three? why not everyone? why not garrett? (jennifer says, "why not me? oh, because you're the problem.")

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

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after at least a year of my -begging- them to use google as the campus search engine ("they already index us, their interface & results are far superior to ours, they automatically convert pdf & word docs to text-only, and it's free! it includes web-based admin interface & customization.") instead of the iplanet software they kept saying was fine but that actually caused a blind student to abandon the interface, look what i found the other day! hmph. grrrrr.

i mean, yay. (*sighs* bitter, so very bitter.....)

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i think i've finally resigned myself to option 10, for those of you who are keeping track of my options. jennifer & i talked quite a bit about option 09 last night, but i think it might be too damaging to my karma.

in other news, i'm looking for supplementary part-time work & info on the gre. :) i'm also undecided about taking a drum workshop on saturday or if i should instead take michael's suggestion to take a little overnight trip to... somewhere else. anywhere else. i might ask terrilynn & brian if i can go up to the cabin.

Monday, November 11, 2002

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good, god! firewire target disk mode is fast! i just backed up 3gb in under 15 minutes! i can't believe it took me this long to think of tess as a backup for nefarious.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

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it rained here for two days straight! we probably got more rain than all of last year! i'm ecstatic! i have this weird collection of bugs huddled outside my patio door, though.

why is it that i can only be creative around 2 a.m.? i worked on a new style that gives me goosebumps and i want to use it for either the "play on words" exhibit or the sdfc 25th anniversary exhibit (i'll add scans to the calligraphy drafts folder soon). but i'm still looking for the perfect shakespeare quote (or some other theatrical/performance quote) for the "play on words" show; any ideas?

Saturday, November 09, 2002

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i learned about two potentially nifty mac os x tools today: pbcopy & pbpaste. these allow you to copy & paste between the command line and the gui. *waits for gasps of amazement* so what, you ask?

ls -1 | pbcopy
or maybe
cat ~/Documents/test/* | pbcopy
or maybe
pbpaste >> testtext
pbpaste | wc
or even
cal | pbcopy

and i'm not even a programmer! i'll bet there's all sorts of cool stuff you could do if you were! of course, you can also copy/paste between prompts this way, too.

i also found my reeses peanut butter cup of websites: the google blog!

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i pitched chuck a hopeful, fascinating & spontaneous proposal this afternoon, launched entirely by accident when jennifer said, "well, why don't you just give all of it to garrett, then?" i became very zen: desire is the root of all evil, right? you must give to gain. the brilliant part of the plan is leveraging something that's currently underutilized but that i know chuck has big plans for when we hit the new library: the trc! and if it doesn't work out, well, we've always got plan b to fall back on. wish me luck!

oh, and i've been checking on prices to colorado for xmas. i did find two $336 fares at odd hours, though i was hoping for something under $300. driving takes another two days at least, but it's half that $$.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

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so yesterday was interesting! i met w/ kathy brown to talk about her tulip research. kathy's the person who cares about adult education and technology training (and the person i hope will help me get into ucsd's cognitive science grad program). anyway, she says i got about a semester and a half's worth of discussion about activity systems. we also talked about the differences between coordination, cooperation & collaboration, which have a lot of meaning for me because of the garrett situation and the generate project.

later that day i teamed up with some calligraphers to crawl down to chula vista to attend a medieval art lecture by mark van stone, where i sketched a few interesting pieces. i left work at 3:30 p.m. and we were still late for the 6:30 p.m. lecture! this is one of the reasons i come into work late and leave late, so i can ignore the traffic. does anyone know why clovis became christian?

today is chock full of meetings. tedious, useless meetings, at that, except for the emotionally volatile one w/ the instructional development team later this afternoon. i've been trying to get the blogger archives working w/o success. jennifer has just twisted my hair into little swiss-miss buns on either side of my head. we'll see how long they last.

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and winner of the "person from furthest away who found my blog while searching for prebinding" award: shay telfer from perth, australia! *wild applause* shay also placed second place in the "anyone who's ever found my blog while searching for prebinding" award. which sucks, because i have nothing useful to offer. after i figured out it didn't really mean anything terrible was happening, i finally just learned to live with the error messages in my console.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

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and this is why teresa drives me crazy:
Does your phone have a light that blinks when you have voicemail?
which is her way of asking why i haven't responded to that message. but god forbid anyone ask anyone else a direct question around here.

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my first performance in 4 years went smashingly well. *sighs happily*

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i'm sleepy today. i have to pick up a money order and return it to my apartment complex so they'll let me stay here another month. then i go in to work and leave early to set up for the generate project. i'm telling you: give me a script and give me a stage and i'm ridiculously happy.

go vote!

Monday, November 04, 2002

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nefarious will be down for a bit; they were supposed to change ip addresses tomorrow but they decided to do it today (and i'm not there today, i'm here).

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bwah-ha ha! the blank unholy irony! i've been working from home for about 3 hours and it turns out the campus had a blackout! the first floor still isn't stable yet. bwah-ha-ha! and here i was, feeling guilty.

Saturday, November 02, 2002

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*yawns* i should never go first. bill recorded us telling an "intergenerational" story and mine sucked. the run-through went really well tonight, i thought, considering how un-ready we were the last time we met and the fact that jennifer wasn't there. (nobody knows where she is. i haven't heard from her since thursday, and even then only briefly. she's not answering any of her phones.) karen was a little trippy w/ me: "are you working on your lines? because this is our worktime and you should be working on your lines." "are you writing this down? because you should be writing this down." "you'll need to project, okay?" and i'm thinking, hello! i'm not an idiot! i even have a theatre degree! but other than that, it looks like it'll come together just fine.