Arlo seems to have really latched onto the idea of adding "Please" to any request. Of course he has his own twist on the formula. He adds "Good boy!". E.g. "Drink. Please. Good boy!"\n
How geeky is your baby?\n\nat\nbatch\ncat\ndd\ned\nfinger\ngrep\nhead\nid\njobs\nkill\nls\nmv\nnm\nod\nps\nquota\nrm\nsed\ntee\nuptime\nvi\nwhich\nxargs\nyes\nzcat\n
I've moved this stuff here from [[Active Projects]].\n\nI got training for fraktur support in tesseract ocr to the point that it's usable for large number of books and it now part of the standard distribution. There is a still a bug in tesseract ocr which causes core dumps for certain instances of double quotes [[ bug number 62]].\n\nI've merged my hand-typed copy of "Studien und Plaudereien im Vaterland" and have started producing a TEI edition. The PGFinale (music) folks responded vigorously to my request for music engraving and have finished all the songs.\n\nI'm leaving "Kleine deutsche Sprachlehre" to sit until I'm done with S&PiV. It has a lot of difficult tables in it. I need to decide if TEI is worth the effort, or if I should just go back to producing XHTML and plain text by hand.\n\nÄhrenlese appears to have stalled back in July. I'm not going to push it until I've completed a few other projects.\n\nI'm submitted a couple of simple patches to tesseract-ocr. One patch makes unicharset_extractor do a better job of guessing character classes. The other adds some trivial but very useful debugging output for the same program.\n\n\n
Updated 14 February 2008.\n\nWhat am I working on these days? The short answer is "not much". I really miss my 80 minutes a day on the trolly. The two hours a day of driving is very enervating. Combine this with sleep and other health issues and I've not been in particularly great mental shape to do things evenings and weekends.\n\nThis is an effort to at least catalogue the intellectual irons I have in the fire. I suppose this is a report on all the things I'm not doing evenings and weekends :-).\n\nThe two PG PP projects are I think my most critical projects.\n\n!!!Mycology\n\nI still have specimens from BioForay2007 that I need to try to identify. In particular, I should write a good description of Basidiomycete 1 including microscopic features and lots of photographs. I don't think I'll do much work with the remaining specimens. I MIGHT make some progress with the ascos, but the various white crust fungi, and the dessicated Mycenas are more work than I'm likely to get the enthusiasm for.\n\nI have a couple identifications for [[BioForay2007]] that I got at [[NAMA 2007]]. I need to submit those to the data collector. [I did submit them along with some ids by JPIII.]\n\nI'm trying to collect springtails from various mushrooms for Joseph Reznik at Powdermill. I have several vials filled with critters, but I strongly suspect that I've not actually been getting springtails. It's been such a poor year for mushooms that I'm not really finding all that many specimens with residents in them.\nI'd like to find a collaborator for more insects in fungi. Michael Kuo's article in McIllvania has me thinking about ways of increasing the scientific value of our club activities. [I started a club herbarium and a supporting database. I made a couple serious errors and lost some specimens and their data.]\n\nI also have a Linux-based device from Michael J. Lanzone which I'm supposed to break into. It has a JTAG interface, but since leaving TimeSys, I'm not sure I have access to the necessary JTAG equipment to use this to break into the machine. The goal is to get a shell prompt so he can program it for real.\n\nI've led a couple of walks this year. You can look at the [[Western PA Mushroom club|]] web site to see what I've led or co-led. I'm leading a walk at South Park on Saturday September 8th. I'll be identifying for John Doyle's Mushroom Mania in South Park on Saturday October 6th. And of course, I'll be identifying at the [[Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray|]].\n\nAugust 16th through 19th Harriet and I will attend the NAMA Foray 2007 at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia. This, of course, assumes that Spargel has not arrived before then or is not threatening to arrive when it's time to go. Spargel is due on the 22nd.\n\nI haven't been asked to give a talk this year, nor have I really pressed for an opportunity to talk. This is very sloppy of me; I really ought to write SOMETHING up. Perhaps I should do an experience report about BioForay 2007.\n\nOn the pie-in-the-sky side of things, I'm still interested in setting up a gene-sequencing lab in the basement so that I start building a catalogue of signatures for various mushrooms. I'd love to do a study of various Xylarias, and perhaps Phellinus rimosus. John Pliske III has put me onto a grant program at the DCNR which might possibly fund such a project.\n\nThe WPMC received the private collection of Ellis Becker, an amateur mycologist of some note. I have most of his herbarium and some of his writings. I've scanned the 2nd volume of his index. There is a copy of Icones Farlowanii in his collection, which now resides at Beechwood Nature Reserve. I need to go up there to scan it, but it is a physically large book-I'll have to use a camera.\n\n!!!Project Gutenberg\n\nAs of January 2008, I've very active in the [[PGDP (Confidence in Page) Project|]].\n\n[[Studien und Plaudereien|]] finally posted! Hooray! This was the book that I specifically joined [[Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofing|]] in order to process. It took more than two years to get through the entire spiel.\n\nI'm still updating [[piggy's Bücher|]] with clearances and project ids. The "Active Projects" section is horribly out-of-date.\n\nI have a new PM for the Peeps books! Yay! I hope to see those finally start to move. A quick check suggests that some have gone through. I'll have to see which ones I was involved with.\n\nTwo books which I volunteered to PP (post-process) have entered PP. These are "Studien und Plaudereien im Vaterland", the sequel to "Studien und Plaudereien", and "Kleine deutsche Sprachlehre", a very rare grammar quoted by Stern in "Studien und Plaudereien". I did not most S&PiV as TEI and I'm horribly unhappy with the results. The tools just aren't there. Once I finish the CiP work, I'll go back and redo it in XHTML. I'm also signed up to PP Ährenlese, and that's moving along in F2 now. I'm looking for PPers to take over Ährenlese and Sprachlehre.\n\nGreg and I HAD started our way through reading the hacker's guide to tesseract-ocr, but we've kind of let that drop. It's still a project I'm keenly interested in contributing to. I'd love to develop a better background in image processing and OCR. I wish Netronome had the concept of a 20% project.\n\nNow that tesseract-ocr supports training, I've started a project to support fraktur under tesseract. My fraktur work is now part of official distribution. I have a bunch of corrections I need to submit.\n\nI have three more volumes of the Polyglottenbibel to scan, and perhaps the first volume to do over. The Queue section otherwise remains valid. The first volume is on the damaged RAID. I returned the originals to their owner and will borrow them again if I resurrect this project.\n\nI have some experiments started in parallel P1 rounds. I need to finish the experiments and write a paper. I'll probably do this as part of CiP.\n\n!!!Home Sysadmin\n\nI'm trying to set up imapd on baqaqi.lan so that Harriet can pick up her email from either the computer in the livingroom or the one in our bedroom. I may just switch her back to POP3 and force her to pick one machine. The problem is that cyrus-imapd is failing to build right now on baqaqi and the obvious hacks didn't work. We're sticking with POP3 and Harriet gets her email downstairs. Skyler wants access to his email downstairs too...\n\nI finally fixed the sound quality on the phone in our room! I ended up installing DSL filters at both the entry point into the house and right next to the phone in our room. It's nice.\n\nI need to borrow a hammer-drill so that I can put network jacks in Harriet and Skyler's rooms.\n\nI need to finish installing the network jack in Madeleine and Naomi's room.\n\nI need a proper mounting point for the phone punchdown in the wiring box downstairs.\n\nI need to redo the power for the hub in the wiring box so that it is code. Perhaps I want to switch to 12V only.\n\nThere is data on the old RAID array which I failed to back up, e.g. the first volume of the Polyglottenbibel. I believe it's a problem with the raid controler card itself. I need to figure out what the card is and see if I can buy a replacement. I used the vendor-supplied RAID rather than the generic kernel RAID.\n\nEve finally has a backup solution. Eve is now using TimeMachine to an external 500G drive.\n\nThe batteries in most of my UPSs have worn out. I need to replace them.\n\nMy firewall situation finally stabilized when the ancient firewall finally gave up the ghost. It turns out ALL of the instability was due to DNS failures caused by the old firewall going south. Go figure.\n\n!!!House\n\nSomewhere, I have ancient email that gives the honey-do list which the house inspectors wrote for us. I need to put that someplace I can see it, probably in this blog.\n\nThe house still runs at over 130 volts. I have filed a complaint with the electric company but they say that it's spec at the inlet-any problems I'm seeing are my own. I think they are bullshitting me, but haven't put the effort into proving otherwise. I almost certainly need to sink a new ground.\n\nI still have 2 amps of Neutral current. Dave Mandala suggests that I install a new external ground as a start.\n\nWe need a new driveway and retaining wall.\n\nI have been doing battle with a tree that wants to take over the outer foundation wall of the garage. Where's the defoliant?\n\nWhat are we going to do with the remnants of the garden? Eve removed the fence and mowed it over. I guess we're done gardening.\n\nI need a fume hood in the basement, especially if I'm going to get back into mycological work like the Meixner test for amanitans.\n\n!!!Misc\n\nI have photos of my coworkers which I was going to bring into work for the wiki. One person wanted me to gimp out her braces.\n\n!!!Software\n\nI'm interested in trying for some Open Source bounties. Could I make a living that way? I'd like to find out. Am I interested in approaching Ernie Ball about implementing some of the software they haven't been able to find in the FLOSS community?\n\nI need to put the open source software I've written somewhere that people can see it. I've put a little bit in [[Buecher Src|]] but I have almost nothing pointing there, and no descriptive material to speak of.\n\n[[TimeSys Corporation|]] has agreed to open up [[DistBuilder|]], a system that Pragnesh Sampat and I wrote to build custom embedded distros. They have provided us a host for the project and I've done some preliminary setup work on it, but I have a lot more to do. I've also applied for a SourceForge project as a place to make permanent publication of releases.\n\nSince I wrote the last paragraph, I got the official drop from TimeSys and then posted it immediately to SF. Wouldn't you know it, but about 2 days later they said "Wait! We changed our minds!" This has been a fabulous excuse to not work on the project, but at least it's out there now.\n\nI really want to finish the cross-reference searching software I wrote for LKSCTP and generate the cross-referenced documentation and source code. I think it's a tool with general applicability and would get me some good and current cred.\n\n!!!Health\n\nI need to exercise a LOT more. Tasmania worked well; a place where I could take magnificent long walks and a job that let me take them a couple times per week. Perhaps a house on a forest preserve would be sufficient. I miss mountains. And gum trees.\n\nSince mid January I've been attending an aquacise class at the high school sponsored by the park district. It's helped a lot.\n\nI'm back to keeping track of how much fat I consume in an effort to get my serum cholesterol under control. I'm also eating grapefruit and oatmeal regularly. February 2008: I've stopped tracking both.\n\nHypertension. Yeah, RSN. Since October, I've been taking Benicar, which makes a difference for a few hours, so I do take it nightly. It doesn't seem to have affected my base blood pressure, but it doesn't seem to be doing any harm, and I can have my blood pressure low for blood donations.\n\nIn early February I was turned away from donating plateletes because my blood iron was too high! It's not high enough to be a health concern, but it's higher than their aphoresis machine can handle. My next donation will be a double red.\n\n!!!Writing\n\nI need more publication history.\n\nSomewhere I have a partially written article about the three level scheme for classifying the edibility of various mushrooms based on the consequences of likely mistakes: beginnger (nothing really bad), intermediate (a little diarhea or vomiting), advanced (emergency room visits and/or death). I had intended it for Mushroom the Journal, but I should probably publish it initially in our newsletter. It would also make a pretty good talk.\n\nI have a paper on a better approach to copyright law and an ethic of how to treat copyrights until we have a more just system. This is one of the items locked away on the damaged RAID array.\n\nI'm sure I have more papers in progress, but this is all I can think of at the moment.\n
Miname-ke is a slice-of-life anime about three sisters who watch a lot of drama. It's really funny.\n\nAsumanga daioh follows the lives of some high school girls through three years of high school. It has multiple stories per episode. It is also very funny.\n
Christian Höltje pointed out that there has been a major event in my life and I haven't blogged about it...\n\nArlo Henry Yarroll was recently born to our family! He's very cute! He weighed 9lbs 8.4oz, 22in long, head circumfrence was 37cm. If you want the specific date, drop me email. Everybody in our family gives our birthdate online as 14 July in the year of their birth.\n\nEve was in labor for 28 hours including a full day at the renfair in West Newton, PA. Eve did elect for an epidural for the last four hours, which I think was a very good idea. There were no complications to the delivery, though we found out after the fact that he had tied a knot in his cord. Birth is a risky business!\n\nWe've been getting 4-6 hours of sleep every night for the last few days.\n\nThe older kids are thrilled with their new brother. Harriet even voluntarily changed a poopy diaper last night :-). All of the kids really love to hold and cuddle him.\n\nHis blood sugar was a bit low shortly after birth, so they were taking blood samples from him every hour or two for the first couple days. He didn't really like it. Eve observed that if he wasn't sleeping or eating, he was crying.\n\nWhen I arrived on his second day with the older kids, he was alert and calm while every sib took a turn holding him. Pastor Dan Smail arrived to wish us well. When he took his turn holding the baby, Arlo cried vigorously until Daddy took him again. Arlo seems to know his family already. He remains amazingly tolerant of attention from his siblings.\n\nHe's now sleeping 4 to 6 hours every night, so we might not have a terribly long stretch of sleep deprivation...
Last night, Arlo figured out how to crawl using all four limbs to deliberately get from one spot to another.\n\nRight now he's struggling with basic furniture cruising. It looks like he might figure it out in a few days.\n
I don't know if I've mentioned Arlo's distinctive way of expressing joy. He sits with his legs splayed frog-style and fwumps them back an forth. Lately that has evolved into a game where he spins himself around rapidly with his feet.\n\nHis days of amusing fwumping may be numbered. He's figured out how to clap and he's very pround of this new skill.\n\nThis evening at a bowling alley, Arlo was enticed into walking a few steps with one hand held. He still drops and crawls when both hands are empty, but he will stand in place if he's holding anything, even if it isn't attached to the ground. He's very logical.\n
Eve found Arlo half way up the stairs a few minutes ago. Nobody has seen him pull himself up onto a stair yet, but the evidence is strong. They develop so quickly at this age!\n
Over the last two weeks Arlo has hit a number of linguistic milestones. His vocabulary has expanded from "Da!" to perhaps a dozen separate words such as "Quozl" (the name of one of our ferrets, used for all fuzzy cirtters), "Ball", "Het" (Harriet).\n\nThis evening we played a game where we asked Arlo "Where's X?" and he went to fetch X. He fetched "Raffie" (his stuffed giraffe), "Ball", and "Quozl" and "Da".\n\nWe finished with trying to get Arlo to find Harriet. We tried Naomi's old name for Harriet, "Yaya" which elicited a distinct "Wawa!".\n
As of 8:26PM Saturday 27 September, Arlo is walking.\n\nFor a couple weeks, he's been free standing. He's even adjusted his balance a few times my moving a foot, but he had not been doing ths as a means of locomotion.\n\nLate Saturday he figured out a game where he could bounce between his feet while standing and rotate in a circle. He thought this was great fun and tried it several times.\n\nSeveral hours later he just stood up in the middle of the room and ran for about 15'. We immediately sent a text message to Eve (who was out of the house at the time). When Eve got home, I set Arlo on his feet and he ran to Mommy as she came in the door.\n\nEverybody in the family is greatly amused.\n
Arlo cut his first tooth on Tuesday! He's been having a bit of baby cereal most days. Tuesday he had a bit of whole rice. Five months is the youngest that any of our kids ever cut the first tooth, but apparently this is well within the normal range.\n
I just got back from BioForay2007 at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Powdermill is the field study station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.\n\nBioForay is an effort to get some solid science out of an educational event similar to a BioBlitz. The idea is for scientists specializing in many different taxa to sample the same points within a large survey plot. Each year there is a new plot. Eventually, the plots will cycle around. The plot sizes are dictated by the need for the bird people to have sampling points that are far enough apart to not have many overlapping bird calls.\n\nThe GIS team went through the woods and put in stakes every 40 meters. Each stake is labeled with a grid point and has a bright orange flag on it.\n\nThis is the fifth BioForay they've had, but only the second time they've tried to include a mycological component. I was invited to the planning meeting they had last year.\n\nAfter some missed communication (the organizer was still sending communications to my TimeSys address), we managed to arrange my participation. I did have to pay Harriet's freight which amounted to something like $200 (after the Carnegie Museum member's discount).\n\nWe had a ball! Harriet shadowed scientists from nearly all represented taxa.\n\nI'll write more about my experiences as the BioForay Mycologist tomorrow. I covered all 9 survey points, one of the four secondary points, and two of the three tertiary points. I completed processing on 69 specimens covering about 35 species. I have easily another 30 I brought home for further processing. I saw better than half a dozen species I've never seen before, and I have one species we collected 5 times which I can't put into a Family! It's a basidiomycete; that's all I can say for sure so far.\n\n!!Summary of collecting\n\nThere was a large rainstorm Wednesday night, right about the time Harriet and I arrived at Raven's Roost at Powdermill. The rain was just the thing we needed to get some fungi.\n\nThursday morning, I went out with the botanist Bonnie Isaac and her crew. This turned out to be an excellent approach for a number of reasons. I didn't really have a collection protocol set up, so I simply searched the same area that the botanists did. They measured out a 10m right triangle with a base to the SW of the collection point. They took a complete census of every plant in that triangle.\n\nI was really impressed with the efficiency of her operation. There were separate people for laying out the rope, recording species, and finding specimens. Bonnie mostly went from person to person confirming or correcting their preliminary identifications.\n\nI simply followed along and collected specimens of every fungus inside that triangle, plus anything interesting I stumbled across while going from point to point. It was very handy having several botanists on hand to identify substrates. Dick Byers, one of the amateur naturalists, taught me how to identify heavily rotted oak by the white radial rays visible in the end-grain.\n\nDuring the morning walk we covered the six southernmost primary sampling points. I was completely wiped out so I skipped the afternoon walk where they did the remaining three. Consequently, I was able to start identification Thursday afternoon, and Mycology was the first taxon to get some data into the database. Kristen Sesser was very helpful, adjusting the database as necessary to support the data we collected.\n\nMy great identification for Thursday afternoon was Hygrophorus psittacina, the Green Parrot Waxy Cap. I had originally misidentified it as a green Mycena, but quickly eliminated that once I saw it under the microscope. The gelatinous layer is distinct from the rest of the cap and contains all of the green pigment, in little flecks. The dextrinoid context under the gelatinous layer and the large, tightly packed basidia gave me the genus Hygrophorus (=Hygrocybe). From there it was fairly easy to get the species. These are a bit unusual compared to most photos I've seen of this species in that the stipes were all very thin (<1mm) and long (2-3cm), and the caps were very small (about 5mm diameter).\n\nFriday morning I went out again, this time with only Dick Byers. Dick and I had a pleasant hike, rather more leasurely than the marathon with Bonnie on Thursday. We sampled the last three primaries (B2, B7, B12), one of the secondaries, and two of the tertiaries. We were joined for the last primary and the two tertiaries by Linda and Leonard Hess. Linda and Leonard are very efficient collectors.\n\nI spent the afternoon identifying again. My perception is that the extra day of growth after the rain on Wednesday gave us greater diversity on Friday, but I'll have to look at the final data to confirm this.\n\nA few people brought in specimens or reports from points all over the plot. Patrick Trimble and his boys Aidan and Fintan brought back a really nice set of specimens, several of which I still need to identify.\n\nMy great find for Friday was a Xerula rugosoceps. This is only the second time I've seen this species in my life.\n\nIdentification on Saturday was slower. I set up a public display on a small table of identified and cataloged speciemens. I roughly laid out the table to reflect the locations in the plot, but I made a mini-group of the turkey tails and look-alikes. I included a half dozen edibles and several of the myxomycetes.\n\nI brought back a number of specimens for inclusion in my herbarium. I need to hit Wally World for some storage boxes for the BioForay 2007 voucher specimens. I selected most of the pyrenomycetes and myxomycetes, and an assortment of other unusual organisms.\n\nTricholomopsis platyphylla was the most prominent agaric on the plot. I suspect that it was badly undersampled because it was so common I stopped collecting it. I THINK I noted all occurences of it at the official sampling points, but I could easily have missed it at the secondary or tertiaries.\n\n!!Collaboration\n\nMy most exciting collaboration from BioForay2007 is with Joseph Reznick of PNR, the Springtail expert. He was very excited to finally have a mycologist to identify the host fungi for his critters.\n\nHe took several collections from various Tricholomopsis platyphylla. He gave me several field collection ampules and encouraged me to send him more with information about hosts. There is essentially NO published information about springtail/host mushroom relationships.\n\nI was having a very difficult time getting spore prints from any of the the T. platyphylla. We tried a brief experiment where we attempted to extract spore from the gut of a sprintail, on the theory that they were eating the spore. We didn't find any evidence for sporophage.\n
I've split this off of [[Active Projects]].\n\nHarriet has recommended "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld. It's a SciFi, perhaps even cyberpunk, book about a world where nearly everyone undergoes an operation at age 16 to make them "pretty". I'm finding it a very compelling read.\n \nI'm reading Jared Diamond's "Collapse". This is a really depressing book studying social and ecological collapses, both historical and contemporary. It's heavy going but very interesting.\n\nMy euphamism book at work is Alistair Cockburn's "Crystal Clear". Crystal Clear is an agile methodology for small teams. I wish I'd had this book while at CERL.\nMadeleine and I are reading Studien und Plaudereien together.\n\nI've reread Nan Chauncy's "They Found a Cave". It's a story of the children of a family sent to Tasmania during WWII to live with their aunt. The aunt heads off to town many kilos away for treatment of some mysterious illness, leaving the children in the care of a brutal couple who work for the aunt. The couple's young son helps the children to run away and they all live in a nearby cave. It brings back many delightful memories of Tassie. I wish some of her work were in the public domain.\n\nI recently finished "The Face of Apollo" by Fred Saberhagen. The premise of the book is that the gods of Greek and Roman mythology are actually technological artifacts which are absorbed into the faces of individual people. The artifacts provide their wearers with a large array of powers and memories. I really enjoyed it.\n
I'm making a fairly regular posting to the [[Confidence in Page|]] analysis page in the PGDP wiki. I try to do a little bit more data analysis every day or two and then talk about it in the "Preliminary Pictures" section. This is turning into a bit of an introduction to graphical data analysis.\n
[[Sometimes a big-ole-hammer is the right tool (Foreign Fix again!)]]\n[[Tekkoshocon VIII]]\n[[Yay Foreign Fix]]\n[[NOTD]]\n[[The burden of being Right]]\n[[My Prayer]]\n[[Active Projects]]\n[[Project Gutenberg]]\n[[Postal Address]]\n\n\n
These are notes about the Ellis Becker Collection of mycological and botantical works.\n\nI have interest from tenaj in PPing Michigan Botanist.\n
These are my initial impressions of the neo1973, the first OpenMoko hardware platform.\n\nThe [[OpenMoko|]] team chose 50 external developers to receive early prototypes of the neo1973. As the founder of LKSCTP they decided that I was legit enough to rate one of those prototypes.\n\nThe P0 hardware had a couple of serious technical problems which essentially made it useful only as a tethered development platform, so 14 of the original 50 (including me) elected to wait for the P1 hardware.\n\nMy P1 neo1973 arrived the day before yesterday and I'm thrilled! When my wife told me I had a package from Taiwan, it was all I could do to work out the rest of the day.\n\n!!!Packaging\n\nThe packaging is very clever! It's a squat white square which unfolds cleverly. I just had to do a stop-motion animation of unpacking the whole thing. In my animation I missed the development board (inside the pouch) and the guitar pick. I should have the animation up within a couple of days.\n\nA fun toy they thought to include is a stylus/pen with a small laser and an LED flashlight. This was a big hit with the kids who all had to try it out as soon as they saw. A word of caution to those accustomed to using shirt-pockets for pens: DO NOT LOOK AT THE PEN WHILE REMOVING IT FROM YOUR POCKET. I fully expect my vision to recover completely, but it took two inadvertant shots from the laser to drive this lesson home.\n\nI think the guitar pick is supposed to help me pop the case open, but it doesn't work; I just used my fingernail. FIC was thoughtful enough to provide the specialized screwdriver necessary to take the case to pieces.\n\n!!!Cracking the case\n\nWith just the back popped off we can see the battery compartment with the micro-SD and SIM sockets. There's also something that looks like an optical sensor near the lanyard hole at the bottom of the phone. There's a well going down to the board, so someone clearly wanted this thing to have access to the outside world. It is covered by the back cover, so I THINK it allows the device to tell whether or not the back cover is on. On second thought, it looks more like a sound transducer. Is this a second microphone for noise cancellation?\n\nMy phone has a sticker with "Date code: 20070420" and "S/N: 000328". That's actually a higher serial number than I expected, but it's more than low enough to have substantial collector value in years to come :-). Another sticker tells me that the hardware is "GTA01B_V4". The sticker inside the battery compartment says "Model Name: Neo1973", "Part No: 70-7GTA01B-00003" (an error?), "Hardware Assembly in Taiwan" and a barcode, "354651011300565", and a pictograph discouraging me from disposing of this in a garbage can.\n\nThe SIM socket overlays the micro-SD card socket, such that you have to put the micro-SD card in first, then the SIM, and finally the battery. The micro-SD form factor is really too small for convenience; definitely not something you want to change often. The FIC hardware designers recognize this by burying it underneath the SIM socket. The metal sheaths for both cards feel rather delicate. I'm a little nervous switching my SIM card between this device and my Nokia 6100. I look forward to having enough functionality in my Neo to be able to just leave the SIM in.\n\nThere are only two T6x50 screws to remove in order to get the front off a get access to the main board. I'll save further exploration of the internals for another day.\n\n!!!Powering up\n\nAs required by law, the battery ships flat, so I needed to charge the phone before I could try booting it. It charges from USB; a notion that strikes me as very convenient. I wonder about the current limits on USB though. They include a wall-wart with a USB host socket on it and standard USB cable (the gadget end is the wider of the two small-formfactor connectors).\n\nIf you just push the button briefly, the screen flashes for a moment and nothing else happens. You need to hold it down for 3 seconds to get the device to power up. We see a splash screen for 5 seconds with the OpenMoko log done in earthtones reminiscent of Ubuntu. This is followed by our friend Tux overseeing a minute and change of boot messages, followed by another 30 seconds or so of X and the rest of the GUI starting up. I'm sure boot time will be an area of active work soon.\n\n!!!The GUI\n\nThe GUI is a strange mixture of thumb and stylus interfaces. It is visually pleasing, but there's clearly work to be done on usability. I am very pleased to have real X Windows to work with-it will vastly simplify ports.\n\n!!!The First Phonecall\n\nI was able to make a phone call by dropping in the T-Mobile SIM from my Nokia 6100. There was a lot of background noise to be heard on cell-phone side, but the landline side heard the cellphone quite nicely.\n\n!!!What the kids asked for\n\nThe kids (four of them, 5 through 14) quickly grasped the significance of a hand-held Linux box. Their immediate peppering of questions were: Can it access the Internet (i.e. web browsing)? (Yes, but I need to subscribe to GPRS and/or get Bluetooth working.) Can we run pingus? (probably) How about Flight of the Amazon Queen (a scummvm game)? (almost certainly) My 14 year-old was clearly thinking about things she does which push the limits of hardware asked if it could handle gimp. My guess is no, but I'll certainly try it.\n\n!!!Battery Life\n\nI get about 2 hours out of the battery. I understand that newer root images improve this immensely. I'm told that battery life is invariably one of the last things resolved for a new cellular platform.\n\n
These are notes from a presentation at Phipps Conservatory given by David Buresch, <>. Mr. Buresch is one of the people who trains Master Gardeners at Phipps.\n\nPlease check anything you find here against a second source. I am a mycologist, not a botanist. These are a trascription of really sketchy notes from a verbal presentation. Any errors are mine, rather than Mr. Buresch's.\n\nHanging baskets are a severely limited environment. They need lots of water and lots of fertilizer.\n\nAdvice related to time of year is based on the growing zone around Pittsburgh, PA.\n\n!!Fertilizer\n\nFertilizers are identified by three percentages, N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), and K (potassium).\n\nNitrogen helps leaves turn green. (BTW, Orchids really don't want a lot of Nitrogen.)\n\nPhosphorus helps plants bloom and gives them strong roots.\n\nPotassium is the forgotten plant nutrient. It makes plant cells tough. Most fertilizers for food that is meant to be eaten will have relatively low potasium contents, because most people don't want tough vegetables. (I wonder if the droopy leaf on my orchid is a sign of potassium deficiency. I should ask.)\n\nFor most hanging plants, we want 10-10-10 or 12-12-12. The old Miracle Grow formula used to be 15-30-15. In general 1:1:1 or 1:2:1 are the normal ratios for most fertilizers.\n\nFor most species, we need liquid fertilizers weekly or granular fertilizer twice in the growing season. Do not put much faith in pre-fertilized soils as they are typically in the 1% range (1-1-1). They will provide food for 3 months, but at very low levels.\n\n!!Soil\n\nHanging baskets need soil that is about 33% air; very light and loose.\n\n!!Watering\n\nFor most species we want to water in the morning and have dry leaves in the evening. If a plant is parched, by all means, give it water in the evening rather than force it to wait through the night for a drink.\n\nHanging baskets need to be soaked. A two phase soaking may be needed if the soil has dried out. The first soaking simply expands the soil ball enough to give the plant a chance of getting some water on the second soaking. Water until it drips out the bottom of the pot.\n\nModern hanging baskets are structured with a root barrier (to keep roots out of standing water) and a central drainage hole. This is a good design.\n\nMost species need to be watered every other day near the beginning of the growing season, and more often during hot weather. Most species need at least daily watering during the hottest part of the year; some need twice daily.\n\n!!Particular plants\n\nMr. Buresch introduced us to seven particular plants. He strongly favors hiding the basket-proper with draped plant, so he repeatedly recommended mixing vining plants in with any upright plants you might seek to grow in a hanging basket.\n\nHalf the plants want some shade, and the other half are sun-loving.\n\n!!!Morning sunshine, afternoon shade\n\nAll three of these plants should have a liquid fertilizer (10-10-10 or\n12-12-12) weekly.\n\nLobelia (I didn't take any other notes, except that it wants some shade.)\n\nFuchsia likes some shade. It hangs well so can stand in a hanging basket all by itself. If you want to overwinter it, you really need to cut it back to the rim of the basket in the Fall. Water it less often in the Winter. (I assume the Winter watering advice is general.)\n\nImpatiens are also shade lovers. However, the will not hang down no matter what (they stand up), so Mr. Buresch recommends planting something like lobelia as well to hide the basket.\n\n!!!Full sun\n\nBacopa likes full sun. Cuttings root very easily, in water or almost any substrate. Water daily, switching to twice daily by June.\n\nIn Hawaii, Lantana is among the first plants to take root on a fresh lava flow. It is a very hardy plant. It doesn't really hang, so consider planting something else with it in the same basket.\n\nPetunias are another sun-loving plant commonly found in baskets. Certainly by August you should be watering it twice per day. Petunias need to be dead-headed daily, except for Wave and Tidal Wave Petunias.\n\nGeraniums come in two basic flavors. The upright geraniums all have fuzzy leaves. The shiny-leafed varieties will vine nicely. You really ought to deadhead geraniums daily.\n\nMr. Buresch gave specific advice for dead-heading both geraniums and petunias, but I did not record the details. I remember roughly a theme of dead-heading deeply into the plant. I.e. remove the entire stem, not just the head of the flower.\n\n!!My orchid\n\nI described my orchid to Mr. Buresch. On the strength of having found it growing on soil and having blade-like leaves, he suggested either Cybidium sp. (Cymbidum sp?) or Blethea sp.\n\n!!Additional resources\n\nDavid Buresch and Cindi Wu are very active on the [[ Poseypointers group]].\n\n[[ The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania]] meets at the Phipps Garden Center, 5th and Shady Avenues in Oadland, on the third Sunday of every month at 1:30PM.\n
I'm a milk snob. There is a minimum grade of milk I'm willing to drink. Most grocery store milk does not make the cut. I drink 2% milk so that I can tolerate drinking either skim or whole milk while out at restaurants.\n\nI have generally put milks into three categories: Extraordinary, Drinkable, and Unsuitable.\n\nPreviously, the only occupants of the Extraordinary category have been Tasmanian Dairies and [[Oberweis|]], a dairy in Aurora, Illinois. Both have a remarkable richness such that even skim tastes flavorful and has a nice mouth-feel.\n\nMy preferred milk in the Pittsburgh area is [[Turner's|]]. It is sold as a loss-leader in the local BP stations and few of the high-end grocery stores. It is nearly in the Extraordinary category, but falls a little short on mouth-feel. I would say that you have to go up to 2% before you get that "whole-milk" mouth-feel.\n\nTwo excellent choices in the Drinkable category are Land-o-Lakes which is, I think, a newcomer to the premium milk market, and Dean's. Both of these are national brands, but I've only tried Land-o-Lakes in the Pittsburgh area. Dean's appears to be consistent at least between here at Chicago.\n\nA decent local milk is Schneider's. I think that the Land-o-Lakes offering is noticeably better, but Schneider's still produces a product which is pleasant for drinking straight, certainly for the fat-containing offerings.\n\nA local dairy which has been recommended to me repeatedly is [[Colteryahn|]], but I find most of their milks somewhat watery and at the lower threshold of what I prefer to drink. It is fine to pour over cereal or as an ingredient in other drinks.\n\nOver the weekend I visited [[McGinnis Sisters'|]] in Monroeville. They have a milk in glass bottles from the [[Brunton Dairy|]] out of Aliquipa, PA. I have a new candidate for the Extraordinary category. I tried the 2% and it is every bit as rich as I remember Oberweis to be. I now have a way of comparing Turner's side-by-side with a really exceptional milk to decide if I have been under-rating it.\n\nPS.\n\nIf you get the opportunity to visit King Island, Tasmania, see if you can buy milk from [[King Island Dairies|]]. I've only ever had their cream and cheeses. Both are amazingly rich a flavorful beyond any other dairy products I've ever had. I'd LOVE to try the milk they start with.\n\nThe best milk I've EVER had was in the mountains south of Munich. I bicycled up to a small hut in the highlands right next to the pasture of the cows whose milk I was drinking. You can really taste the fact that the cows are grass-fed, not corn-fed.\n
If you have a teenager, you have probably had the experience of listening to the radio in the car and hearing your teenager holler out "I LOVE this song!".\n\nHarriet provided me a great deal of entertainment by saying it four times in a row on successive songs. How did we get such a great string of hits? We were listening to her MP3 player.\n\nI'll never let her live it down. Bwahahahaha!\n
After years of talking about getting a kayak or canoe, we've finally set aside some money for the purpose. A kayak is to be my birthday present this year.\n\nAfter the usual agonizing search through a huge volume of data on the Internet, we decided we wanted a tandem Recreational Kayak (not a Whitewater or Sea/Touring Kayak). There are two models we have easy access to try out: the Old Town Twin Otter, and the Perception Acadia II. The Otter is the tandem at the boat rental on Lake Arthur and the Acadia II is the tandem used by Kayak Pittsburgh.\n\nSkyler and I tried out both boats. We tried the Acadia II yesterday afternoon while Harriet was volunteering at the Science Center. The Twin Otter we tried at Lake Arthur on Memorial Day.\n\nThe most obvious physical difference is that the Twin Otter has two cockpit holes, but the Acadia II has a single large oval. The result is that the Acadia II has a much broader range of possible seating positions. Both seats are mounted on the same pair of lateral rails. Both kayaks offer a child seat for a small third rider-it is standard on the Acadia II but a $40 option for the Twin Otter. I think the single large opening in the Acadia will make the child seat easier to use (for Naomi and later for Arlo).\n\nOverall, the Acadia II is more expensive. We've found it both online and locally for $850. The Twin Otter seems to run about $700 online, but Eve has found it locally for $600. This is a terrible time of year to buy a kayak-I understand they are likely to be significantly cheaper in the Fall.\n\nThe seats in the Acadia II are MUCH more comfortable than the Twin Otter. It's also a more stable boat. Skyler likes the Twin Otter better because it is more fun riding over boat wakes. I thought the Acadia II was interesting enough. I really like the extra stability, especially for having small people in the boat.\n\nThe Twin Otter seems to track a bit better than the Acadia II, but it's hard to say. I expect that using the Acadia II on the Allegheny River made us more sensitive to tracking issues than using the Twin Otter on Lake Arthur.\n\nOn the whole I've decided that I like the Acadia II $200 more than the Twin Otter, but if budget were more of an issue, I would certainly be happy with the Twin Otter.\n
Mon Jan 28 15:22:20 EST 2008\n\nThanks go to Christian for pointing out that I had "Generate RSS" off for the last few weeks.\n
Greg Weeks suggested paying the kids for grades. This has been a big hit with our older kids.\n\nHere's what I'm paying for high school grades:\n\nA $9\nB $7\nC 0\nD -$9\nF -$11\n
I've finally started playing with the neo1973 in earnest. I've fetched the August snapshot and installed it. The organization of the wiki is a little odd; I should have read the entire thing before starting. I had to redo the loading of the rootfs because my uboot is one of the older versions. I can try upgrading it, but what I've got now seems to work OK.\n\nI like the new interface!\n
After explaining yet another movie reference to our good friend Pragnesh Sampat, a group of us decided to give him a list of movies essential to understanding American Geek culture. Here is that list:\n\nBuckaroo Bonzai\nMonty Python and the Holy Grail\nStar Wars\nPrincess Bride\nAttack of the Killer Tomatos\nRocky Horror Picture Show\nMad Max\nYellow Submarine\nThis is Spinal Tap\nLittle Shop of Horrors\nDuck Soup\nAmerican Graffiti\nPsycho\nRepo Man\n
Dear Lord,\n\nThere are three things I seek: wisdom, compassion, and humility.\n\nI seek wisdom, the ability to distinguish good from evil and to always choose the good.\n\nI seek compassion. If wisdom should seem to lead me away from showing love, let me err on the side of love. I would rather be unwise than unloving.\n\nI seek humility. I find arrogance the easy path. Help me to remember that I can only achieve wisdom and compassion through your grace. Please help me to recognize when you send me help through other people.\n\nAmen.\n
This is the first of a series of notes on my management style.\n\nThe best bushwalks I've ever been on have had some surprising features. The person at the front is hardly ever the walk leader. The walk leader spends most of their time at the back of the group making sure that nobody is getting lost or in trouble.\n\nThey do put some effort into making sure that the person at the front knows where they are going. They only step into the front when they are asked to, usually because there is some uncertainty or a critical choice is needed. Most people in the walking group know when they need the leader at the front and they let the leader know.\n\nEven though the walk leader is at the back helping the inexperienced walkers most of the time, by the end of the walk, every participant has interacted with the walk leader and feels that the leader did a great job taking care of them in particular.\n
The North American Mycological Association has just concluded it's 2007 national meeting at Pipestem Resort Park in southern West Virginia. Harriet and I just got back. Stay tuned for the scintillating details!\n
I love to create new words! Here a few of my favorites:\n\nLOLOTE: Language Other than LOTE, i.e. English.\n\nfuturisticalish: The property of being like something that may resemble something which that might happen in the future. Due to Lou Peterson.\n\nedito: An error introduced into an etext due to an accident with a text editor.\n\nequibogus: If two datapoints are wrong, but wrong in a predictable way with respect to each other, we call them equibogus. E.g. "These two throughput numbers from the IXIA are equibogus."\n\ngastroentymologist: Someone you go to if you have a stomache bug.\n\nwaannddaallism: [[the defining example| ]]\n\nLDAPtity: The knowledge a system has due to LDAP. E.g. "It seems that the host inglenook has lost its LDAPtity."\n\nGGK: Very good! Green, Garbanzo, Kidney = 3 bean (salad) = Tres bien\n\nlolgatito: The dialect spoken by lolcats. Term due to Diane Nelson Jones of PGDP.\n\n//vieux pauvres//: We're poor. We've always been poor and proud of it. Antonym of //nouveau riche//.\n\nBiblioimbiblification: The drinking of books.\n\nBiblioimbiblificatrix: A female book drinker.\n\nimieren: (German) To engage in IM, as in "Auf wieder imieren."\n\nImagine my disappointment to learn that "paleologism" is already a real word...\n
I have removed the [[front page|]] link to my [[old homepage|]]. The resume' there has been causing trouble and it's very difficult to update that wiki any more due to wiki spamming bots.\n\nI've also removed the defunct experiments, [[MycoWiki|]], and [[MycoZWiki|]].\n
I've been noodling over an article or perhaps even a book about designing protocols. This is a collection point for random points. I'd like to illustrate each of these points with real protocols.\n\nKnow when you are designing a protocol. It is amazing how many people "don't want to design a protocol" and then they go ahead and design a really bad protocol. If you have communicating processes you are designing a protocol.\n\nWhy should you version your protocols? You may think you have control over both ends of your protocol, but if your product is successful and it is mechanically possible for separate hosts to run your protocol, you are very likley to encounter \n\n!!!Encapsulating Protocols\n\nMost protocols have distinct headers and payload. The payload is often able to carry additional protocols. It is very helpful to keep this distinction as strong as possible.\n\nTunneling is encapsulation where the payload is a protocol at the same or lower layer number in the ISO model. There are quite a few special concerns for tunneling such as interactions among congestion control protocols.\n\n!!!Marshalling\n\nThe problem with byte stuffing and escape characters...\n\nXML, JSON and other ASCII marshalling protocols\n\nTLV, TFLV, and other binary representations. We should discuss interactions with scatter-gather hardware.\n\n!!!L7 Protocols\n\nBEEP\n
apt-get -y install gitk cogito mercurial subversion rcs\n\nYou qualify as a true geek if you can appreciate the humor of the previous line.\n
These are Open Source projects I've contributed to.\n\n!!My projects\n\nFounded [[LKSCTP|]]. withsctp\n\nThe Definitional Reasoner (a term-rewriting system written in ML).\n\nCowrote pebble, a Pascal-language compiler for a C/Lisp hybrid.\n\nA TCL Adventure bot\n\nA C-language library of data structures, dynarray, linked_list, sparsearray, tlv\n\nA cross-indexing system (for finding common text in large bodies of text and code), xdex\n\nlntwin, a python program for hard linking identical files.\n\np4genpatch, make patch-compatable patches out of p4 changes.\n\nA suite of scripts for manipulating book scans for use in PGDP or\ncreating dejavu books. mkdeskewed, mkmono, mkmono565 mkpages, mkpagesk, mkpageskrot, mkpgm, mkthumbs, mktrimmed, mkwhite, repng, recrush, rot90, threshdown, trim,\n\nunsort, a line randomizer\n\nwwwget, a tool for mirroring the Internet (wreally wrapped wget)\n\nadm3a, a Z-80 assembly-language terminal emulator for the TRS-80 model III.\n\n!!Notable contributions\n\nWrote transport registration service for Linux kernel IP stack. Assorted bug fixes and reports.\n\nAlpa and beta tester for lemacs ([[xemacs|]]), credited. Extensive outline mode work. Wrote a Mathematica-compatable front end.\n\nOpened [[TimeSys RT Linux|]] (2.4.x).\n\n!!Bug fixes\n\nSML/NJ\n\nLeptonica\n\n!!Bug reports\n\nAlpha tester for bash; PS1=`cat /etc/termcap`\n\nAssorted automated bug reports.\n
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These are books at [[Project Gutenberg|]] which I've been involved with. See [[Piggy's Buecher|]] for a complete account of in-progress works.\n\n!! CP\n\nThese are books I've scanned.\n\n[[Paddy Beaver by Thornton W. Burgess ((C)1917, republished 1987)|]]\n\n[[The Story of Porcelain by Sara Ware Bassett, 1919|]]. PM Sigal, I PP'd.\n\n[[The Story of Glass by Sara Ware Bassett|]]. PM Sigal, PP Beth Trapaga.\n\n[[Ted and the Telephone by Sara Ware Bassett|]].\n\n[[Walter and the Wireless by Sara Ware Bassett|]].\n\n[[Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett|]].\n\n[[Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6;The Ascomycetes of Ohio IV and V|]].\n\n[[Dotty Dimple's Flyaway by Sophie May|]].\n\n[[Die schönsten Geschichten der Lagerlöf von Selma Lagerlöf|]]. PM minstrel, PP evelynka.\n\n[[Der Struwwelpeter|]]. Shared CP Thorsten, PM Xara, PP minstrel.\n\n[[A Source Book for Ancient Church History|]]. PM gweeks, PP dking.\n\n!! Missing Pages\n\nThese are books I've scanned to get missing pages.\n \n[[The Younger Edda or The Prose Edda, ed. Rasmus B. Anderson|]]\n\n!! PM\n\nThese are books for which I was the Project Manager.\n\n[[Synopsis of Some Genera of the Large Pyreonomycetes: Camillea, Thamnomyces, Engleromyces|]]\n\n[[Studien und Plaudereien von Sigmon Stern|]]\n\n!! PP\n\nThese are books which I post-processed.\n\n[[Eingeschneit von Emil Frommel, ed. Dr. Wilhelm Bernhardt|]] Well, I scanned this too, but this project used someone else's copy. The portrait is from my copy. This was my second PP to post. I have one more book I want to PP and then I'm completely out of the PP business. I don't like secret standards, especially when it takes me 3 months for each installment.\n
This is my page of quick references.\n\n
I now have two dead RAIDs. I wrote up an elaborate discussion of recovering the newer RAID, but apparently I never saved it! Mea culpa. It's a theme.\n\nIn any case, after restoring the RAID layer, I discovered that the XFS filesystem on the array is toast. I mounted the filesystem while the RAID was misconfigured (7 drives in RAID5 + 1 spare instead of 8 drives in RAID5). This corrupted the log file. Badly. Very. It also took out random files all over the filesystem.\n\nFortunately, there are excellent tools for debugging XFS filesystems. The most flexible is xfs_db. It looks fairly easy to extend, but as a first cut, I'm using shell scripts and awk to draft the tools I want for recovering data from the damaged filesystem.\n\nSo far I have three tools, [[xfs_ls_inode|]], [[xfs_ls|]], [[xfs_cp|]].\n\nThe first, xfs_ls_inode, lists the contents of a directory given it's inode. For an ordinary file it produces no output. It doesn't work for directories with weird modes like sticky bit. It also does not support B+-tree directories, but you have to have a LOT of files in one directory before XFS switches to that format. I'm pretty sure I don't have any.\n\nThe second, xfs_ls, is a recursive directory lister. It's rather slow, but unlike xfs_ncheck, it can cope with damaged filesystems. Unlike xfs_ncheck, it can only find files reachable from whatever inode you give it. I need to take another crack at getting a list of unreachable inodes.\n\nThe third, xfs_cp, is for extracting small files. Almost every file I've looked at so far has been in contiguous disk, so this application has been adequate for extracting them. Again, it does not support B+-tree files. I now know how to do this correctly, but I think I'll save that for the C version.\n\nThey are all GPLv2, so have fun! Contributions happily welcomed.\n\n
!La Monte H.P. Yarroll\n\n\n\nLinux Kernel Developer, Charismatic Team Leader\n\nCreator of Linux Kernel SCTP (lksctp), coauthor SCTP sockets API\n\nBroad R&D, TCP/IP, Unix, C/C++, multi-language & scripting background.\n\n!Work Experience\n\nECI Telecom. January 2011 - April 2012. Manager. Lead team of 6. Responsible for OS and runtime support, build system, perforce. Participated in Infrastructure Architecture Team. Agile process advocate. Mentored junior employees. Coordinated projects with teams in Israel. Ran compiler upgrade project. Supported CET projects (Customer Engineering Taskforce). Selected for site shutdown team.\n\nECI Telecom. July 2008 - Dec 2011. Lead Engineer. IPv6 support on Management Interface. Participated in implementation IGMP Snooping. Agile process advocate. Mentored junior employees. Internal support for other teams porting router software to new platforms. Significant amount of bug fixing.\n\nNetronome Systems. November 2006 - May 2008. Lead Engineer. Tactical project managment for NFM team of 6 using Agile methods. Developer C/C++ for NFM. Co-designer NFM 2.2. Developed rules system CLI in python. Optimized threaded FTP classifier using C++, oprofile, gdb. TCP/IP consultant; protocol analysis using tcpdump and wireshark. Detailed system-wide C-language API and object model analysis and redesign (2 people). Managed QA Performance team of 5. Provided customer developer support including custom features and evaluating problems with customer code, mainly C and C++. Performance optimizations to snort and libpcap working in C. Refactored callbacks throughout the NFM with improved data structures to allow fewer code changes on future changes. Created demo features.\n\nTimeSys Corporation. October 2003 - October 2006. Linux Architect. Free Software Community Liason. Editor for CGL 2.0 Registration Requirements. Coordinated first CGL 2.0 registration ever including LSB 1.3 for PPC. Architected, designed and implemented DistBuilder (see OLS 2005 and distbilder on SourceForge), an automated custom Linux distribution builder, mainly in python. Architected, designed and deployed and supported automated board farm for internal use, combination of python, C, Bourne shell. Architected, designed and prototyped automated modular board farm for deployment to external customers. Repackaged many programs for cross-compilation (mostly in C using RPM spec files). Ran tactical planning for all of Engineering and Operations using Agile methods. Supervised upstream patch submission for all open source projects including Linux kernel. Supervised submission of TimeSys real-time Linux 2.6 patches, including soft IRQs (in C). Arranged full release of TimeSys real-time Linux 2.4 kernel (see timesysgpl on SourceForge).\n\nUS Army Corps of Engineers, CERL. February 2003 - September 2003. Agile Programming Coach to a team of 12. Introduced Agile Programming into a mid-sized software development project that simulates Army bases.\n\nMotorola GTSS NAT. August 1999 - February 2003. Senior Staff Engineer, Principal Staff Engineer. Created load test system for multi-technology (CDMA, GSM, VoIP, POTS) telephony infrastracture (Aerolon/Aspira) shown at Geneva Telecomm '99. Developed ultra-accurate (1ms) end-end delay measurement method. Created the official Linux kernel implementation of SCTP,, incorporated by Linus as of 2.5.33. Lead Extreme Programming team of 3 at Motorola for LKSCTP. Coauthor of SCTP API Internet Draft. Active in IETF SIGTRAN, TSVWG, RSERPOOL. Built Extreme Programming team of 7 for AAA extensions to CMU Monarch. Extensive internal consulting on TCP/IP, Protocol Design, IP Architecture, Extreme Programming, PPP, Software Estimation. Developed IP transport technology leading to one patent filing.\n\nMotorola NSS SwitchMATE. February 1998 - August 1999. Lead Engineer. System administration on Sun and Linux servers. Built development lab network from scratch. Evaluated SwitchMATE 2 hardware installation and maintenance procedures. Detailed literature and experimental study of effects of packet networks on voice call quality (VoIP, P.800, P.861, ETR-250). Developed VoIP IPR leading to one patent filing.\n\nMotorola CIG ITS. July 1995 - February 1998. Software Engineer. System administration on Sun and Motorola servers (NFS, yp, X-windows, etc.) Project Leader for Contact Architecture; integrated email/web/telephony contact routing system for help desk (CTI, IVR). Led Fagan Inspections.\n\nDepartment of Mathematics, University of Tasmania. October 1992 - May 1995. Junior Research Fellow. Language designer. Wrote core interpreter for automated reasoning system based on term rewriting. Some theoretical research work with boolean algebras and Squiggol.\n\nMark Williams Company. January 1991 - September 1992. Programmer. Operating system development; boot code, kernel internals, device drivers, UUCP and email subsystems.\n\nDepartment of Computer Science University of Chicago, and Center for Information and Language Studies. June 1988 - December 1990. Member Technical Staff. System and network administration on Sun workstations (NFS, yp, X-windows, etc.) Software installation. Hardware installation and maintenance. Mail administration. System resource for faculty and researchers.\n\nCenter for Research in Security Prices, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. February 1986 - June 1988. Jr. Programmer II. Database programming in C, awk, and sh, including two large team projects. System administration. Taught most researchers and part-time staff UNIX fundamentals, including elementary sh, emacs editor, etc.\n\nBell Laboratories, Naperville, IL department 55512. Summer 1984, Summer 1985. 1984: Summer Student - Developed menu interface for phone call simulator. 1985: Casual Employee - Wrote test programs for disk drives, remote print utility.\n\nMidwest Home Fashions, Inc. January 1981 - May 1984. Computer systems developer. Set up inventory control system. (COBOL) General consulting.\n\n!Education\n\nB.A. (Mathematics), University of Chicago, Thesis "A Nice Description of Set^op"\n\nNational Merit Scholar. Illinois State Scholar.\n\nPosition at University of Tasmania was Post-doc equivalent.\n\n!Teaching\n\nLecturer, A Short Compiler Course (Introduction), a staff development course, University of Tasmania, Spring 1992.\n\nTeaching Assistant for course in Logic and Logic Programming (Prolog), University of Chicago, 1990.\n\n!Publications\n\n"Distbuilder: A System for Building Cross-Compiled Distributions from Source", Ottawa Linux Symposium (2005), Ottowa, ON, CA. OLS.\n\n"Extreme Programming for Risk Management", UniForum Chicago invited talk (2002), Glen Ellyn, IL. UniForum Chicago.\n\n"SCTP from an applications perspective", Pacific Northwest National Labs invited talk (2002), Richland, WA. PNNL.\n\n"Extreme Programming Practices Promote Teamwork", with Shailaja Hari, Motorola System Engineering Symposium(2002), Schaumburg, IL. Motorola.\n\n"SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol, RFC 2960)", Presentation at Ottawa Linux Symposium (2001), Ottawa. OLS.\n\n"SCTP", Invited talk at Linux 2.5 kernel Summit (2001),, San Jose, CA. OSDN.\n\nReviewer for Morotola System Engineering Symposium 1997.\n\n"See more through lenses than bananas", Theoretical Computer Science 169 (1996) 113-121, Amsterdam. Elsevier.\n\n!Patents\n\nUS Patent 7,072,309, Method and apparatus for data transmission, Qiaobing Xie, Randall R. Stewart, La Monte Henry Piggy Yarroll, filed December 17, 2001, issued 4 July 2006.\n\n!Professional organizations\n\nUniForum Chicago Clout Email Project. March 1988 - present. Founding member of UniForum Chicago. Chair System Administration Committee. Administrative Domain Contact for and, first subdomain of .US ever delegated.\n\nMember ACM since 1989.\n\nActive IETF participant 1988-1989 and 1999-2004.\n\nMember ISOC since 2001.\n\n!Language and operating system proficiency\n\nExtensive experience in python, perl5, ML, C, C++, Pascal, COBOL, Unix Shell, awk, Forth. Developed applications in some assembly languages (e.g. Z80, 6502, 68HC11, 80386). Familiar with Java, Lisp, Prolog, Haskell, OBJ, Charity, and many other languages. Proficient in most Unix (Posix) environments, including SunOS, Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, SystemV, etc... XML & DTD, JSON.\n\n!Other qualifications\n\nFagan Trained. Goethe Institute ZDaF (Certificate of German as a Foreign Language).\n\n!Contact Information\n\n Home Address: \n piggy-resume2 commercial-at \n 5770 Clark Avenue \n Bethel Park, PA 15102 \n 1.412.854.5684 \n\n
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I just had a flat tire coming back from lunch. Fortunately, it was the tire that was due to be replaced anyway because it won't pass the next inspection.\n\nUnfortunately, I could not get the wheel off the car. I called Foreign Fix (they are just across the street) and they sent a fellow over with a big hammer and a dirty-great lever. He got my wheel off in no time.\n\nOnce again, they provided me with gratis service, so I figure the least I can blog about it.\n
These are all the anime recommended to me through Tekkoshocon with links for watching them.\n\n* [[Genshiken|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n* [[The Girl Who Lept Thought Time|]] [[imdb|]] [[bandai Official English Site|]] [[rottentomatoes|]]\n** [[youtube Trailer|]]\n* [[Nurse Witch Komugi|]]\n** [[veoh episode 1|]]\n* [[Lucky Star|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[School Rumble|]]\n** [[funimation|]]\n* [[Mushi-shi|]]\n** [[funimation Episode 1|]]\n* [[Clannad|]]\n** [[funnyordie Portugese?|]]\n* [[Samuri 7|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Ouran High School Host Club|]]\n** [[hulu|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Mär|ÄR]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Avatar|]]\n** [[Nick; the last airbender|]]\n* [[Romeo X Juliet|]]\n** [[hulu|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Last Exile|]]\n** [[hulu|]]\n* [[Kino's Journey|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n* [[Irresponsible Captain Tylor|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n* [[Ah! My Goddess|!]]\n** [[funimation|]]\n* [[Future Boy Conan|]]\n** [[highharbor|]]\n* [[The Gargoyle of the Yioshinagas|]]\n** [[youtube korean sub|]]\n* [[Fairy Musketeer Akazukin|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Moon Phase|]]\n** [[funimation|]]\n* [[Cromartie High The Movie|]]\n* [[Majokko Tsukune-chan|]]\n* [[Binbou Space Shimai monogatari|]]\n** [[animeseason (10 episodes)|]]\n** [[animecrunch (10 episodes)|]]\n* [[Jungle Guu|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n* [[Kodocha|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Full Moon wo Sagashite|]]\n** [[hulu|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n* [[Yes! Precure 5|!_PreCure_5]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n* [[Aishiteruze Baby|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n** [[youtube playlist|]]\n* [[Kero Kero Chime|]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n** [[youtube playlist|]]\n* [[Manabi Straight|!]]\n** [[youtube|]]\n** [[veoh|]]\n
We just got back from [[Tekkoshocon VI|]]. This year, the whole family went and we attended all three days.\n\nHarriet went dressed all in black with a kubuki hood, carrying her FMA Ed puppet which Eve made for her. After hearing people ask about Alphonse all day Friday, Eve stayed up all night and made an Alphonse puppet. On Saturday, Harriet's friend Shari joined us. She carried the Alphonse puppet for most of the day.\n\nSkyler went dressed as a purple ninja from Final Fantasy. He was really good-natured about repeatedly being identified as a girl. Skyler carried the Alphonse puppet a bit all three days.\n\nMadeleine went in her fox costume. She was very cute. She especially drew attention fighting in the Random Battle Group room.\n\nNaomi put together a fairy princess costume. On Sunday she substituted a ferret head for the princess hat to great effect.\n\nAll of the kids were photographed repeatedly, though the puppets drew the lion's share of attention. Walking from one end of the con to the other took nearly twice as long with the puppets out because of all the photo stops.\n\nOne of the things I wanted to do this year is find more Anime that the whole family would enjoy. I saw a few.\n\nIrresponsible Captain Tylor. The premise is that Captain Tylor is an officer in the Galactic Space Patrol, Pensions Division. His job is to deliver pension checks. During the first episode he delivers a pension check to a retired admiral who has been taken hostage by peace activists. His bumbling (in?)competence leads to much humor. Captain Tylor is very kind to everyone, even the terrorists.\n\nAh! My Goddess. The premise of this Anime is a fellow who was born with naturally bad luck (due to a zodiacal disaster) accidentally causes heaven and gets a personal guardian angel. I had to leave early to take care of Arlo, but was I saw was humerous.\n\nFuture Boy Conan. The premise of this late 70's TV show is a post-apocalyptic world where most of the land is under the sea and only a few islands remain. A boy and his father discover that they are not the last humans alive after all when a young girl is found thrown up on the beach. Bad guys from evil Industria arrive, hunting for the girl. Adventure ensues. I was so excited to find work as good as Miyazaki's that I was mildly disappointed to discover that it was Miyazaki's work after all. The delight of finding an unfamilar Miyazaki far outweighs any disappointment.\n\nThe Gargoyle of the Yioshinagas. Ancient magical dog robot moves into suburban home. Violence ensues. The number of talking things with no moving mouth-parts palls a bit. I didn't really care for this one.\n\nFairy Musketeer Akazukin. Boy's mother tells him a fairy tale of how the world was split into magical and scientific halves. Naturally, boy discovers fair tale is true, and he either is or owns some critical key. Bits and pieces of lots of fairy tales lend their names to this fast-paced adventure. I found it a bit smarmy, but Madeleine really likes it.\n\nMoon Phase. Spoiled vampire girl trapped in a castle freed by paranormal investigators, including a boy about her nominal age. Boy is mysteriously resistant to magic. Most of the violence is in the line of explosion-like magical blasts, but there is a bit of dripping blood due to vampire bites. This is another one that Madeleine liked that I didn't really care for.\n\nCromartie High The Movie. This is a live action of Cromartie High. The premise is that a normal student looking for a challenge signs himself into a public reform school-a place with no discipline. While the events are rather random, thereis a clear plot thread throughout the movie. I was rolling in the aisles laughing most of the way through.\n\nMajokko Tsukune-chan. This is the ongoing story of a powerful town witch. Very chibi and loaded with Japanese puns, this was a rollicking good time. It was a little too fast-paced for Madeleine to keep up with the subtitles, but afterwards she described several of the funnier incidents to Harriet. I really like this one.\n\nBinbou Space Shimai monogatari. This is a touching series about a pair of sisters whose father ran away and whose mother died. The older sister is about 15 and the younger about 9. They live in a big city but the adults in their neighborhood all seem to show small-town support for their predicament. I would like to see more of this series.\n\nOne of the show staff members, Nick Fox, was kind enough to recommend a few that we might want to look at as entertaing for kids. They are: Jungle Guu, Dodocha, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Yes! Precure 5, Aishiteru ze Baby (I think), Kero Kero Chime, Manabi Straight, and Fairy Musketeer Akazukin (above).\n\nHarriet and I attended a panel on Make Your Own Anime, led by a senior figure in the industry (need to look up name), reviewing resources available for computer-aided animation, especially in the Anime style. He had a bunch of recommendations I'll cover in another note.\n
This last weekend was [[TekkoshoconVIII|]]. We attended all four days, but only the evenings on Thursday and Friday.\n\nAll five kids cosplayed. Arlo wore the Gir costume (Invader Zim) he wore last year. Naomi wore the Mewtwo costume (Pokemon). Eve made Madeleine a Kiki costume (Kiki's Delivery Service)-a black wool dress with a red ribbon. Eve also made a wonderfully cartoonish broom. Skyler wore the Raptor Jesus (Internet meme) which Eve created for him. Harriet carried the Edward puppet (Full Metal Alchemist) for a couple days and then on Sunday put together an L costume (Death Note). Eve also created a new puppet this year, Madara/Tobi, the leader of the Akatski, the bad guys from Naruto.\n\nThe one panel I managed to get to, The Missing Parents of Anime, was canceled. I spent a lot of time chasing Arlo, so I ended up attending no panels at all. Oh well.\n\nI did manage to see some Anime.\n\nI caught the tail end of The Girl Who Lept Thought Time. This was a really interesting time travel story. I certainly want to see the whole movie.\n\nI watched a couple episodes of Nurse Witch Komugi. This is a fast paced magical-girlfriend anime. The premise is a professional cos-player with a magical alter ego. She has a mildly lecherous side-kick who is a white blob. There were quite a few mentions of the fact that our heroine was relatively flat-chested, at least compared to other characters. There isn't really anything that I thought the kids would find disturbing.\n\nWe watched about an hour of Lucky Star, the Seinfeld of the Anime World. It's not really a show so much as a series of vignets of some high-school kids talking to each other. I found it mildly humorous, if not particularly compelling. Madeleine really liked this.\n\nI watched an episode of School Rumble, a typical high school anime. It really didn't grab me.\n\nI really enjoyed Mushi-shi. The main character is a mushi master. The mushi are a spirits that live along side humans, often causing a whole range of ailments. The mushi master deals with the mushi in an assortment of ways. Each episode we learn something more about the mysterious past of the mushi master.\n\nI also found [[Clannad|]] very interesting. I found that I really cared for the characters in this high school anime. It's due out in an American dub in a couple months.\n\nI am eager to see more of Samuri 7, a series based on Kurosawa's Seven Samuri. It's moderately violent, but not what I'd call graphic. I don't think it'll give any of my kids nightmares.\n\nThe youger girls and I watched a few episodes of Ouran Host Club, one that we own a season of.\n\nNear the end of the Con we had a nice chat with Randy (Tobias?). He recommended quite a few anime for the kids. I was surprised as his recommendation of Avatar the Last Airbender. He also recommended Romeo X Juliet, a fantasy take on Shakespear's play. He cited Last Exile as a steam punk anime that would appeal to a Miazaki fan. Another recommendation was Kino's Journey. For parents and the older kids he recommends Genshiken, a college otaku anime; it's really funny but certainly not for kids.\n
Cascading away from your kids and down your counter, cupboard and floor, this suburban waterfall leaves its mark like a lost scout dropping breadcrumbs. "Go ahead, clean me up," it hisses, "but my tributaries will continue to slither onto your tacky ceramic tile." Laugh in its face and grab a sheet of Bounty, damming its beginning, middle and end with beaver-like precision. Having survived the Class 5 rapids, get back to making that berry smoothie. This time with one hand placed firmly atop the blender.\n\nCHECK OUT MORE AT SPILLSTROPHIES AT QUICKERPICKERUPPER.COM\n\n[Bounty logo] (c) Copyright 2007 P&G\nThe Quicker Picker-Upper\n\nWho says the fine art of fiction is dead? I particularly like "beaver-like precision".\n
The Western PA Mushroom Club hosted the 2013 GLMAMF today in Norith Park. This was the first large-scale tryout of our DNA project. We are preparing detailed descriptions of specimens with a genetic sample which we are sending off for DNA bar coding. This is substantially more work than simply identifying dozens of specimens and collecting a species list, so the numbers are much smaller. We had Rod Tulloss, the world expert on Amanita to identify species for us, and we did technical descriptions of 14 Amanitas, including several undescribed species.\n\nMost notably, I collected and described Amanita cacaina, a member of section vaginata that looks like a chocolate bonbon with a large patch of white frosting on top. This was the third collection in the US, and the first since 1985. This is most likely the first time this will be sequenced.\n\nBefore the foray, John Stuart brought in a pair of Amanitas (also section vaginata) that were in terrible condition. There was enough material for me to make a tentative diagnosis of Amanita GN274, an undescribed species from Chicago that Harriet and I learned years ago. We've been looking for it in PA for about a decade. Even if it is not A. GN274, it is almost certainly an undescribed species.\n\nWe also described and sent for sequencing a number of specimens that are common, but unrepresented in GeneBank.\n\nI really enjoyed myself today and feel that I've made a significant contribution to science. Harriet agrees with my assessment of the day.\n
It's a real burden to be Right about something.\n\nIf you're Right, you have the obligation to educate others, to show them the error of their ways, to convert them to Right. You must take on the role of Instructor.\n\nThose who are Wrong may resist. They may think that the matter at hand is something based on opinion. They may not care. They might think that _you_ are Wrong.\n\nI recommend being Wrong. It's much easier and more entertaining. It will take you new places.\n\nYou get to take on the role of Student. There are so many more kinds of Wrong to choose from, the goal of being Wrong is clearly attainable.\n\nIf you are Wrong, you can explore alternatives. If you know you are already Wrong, there is no problem seeking a lesser Wrong to hold.\n\nAt least that's what I think. I may be wrong.\n
I will once again be the Staff Mycologist at BioForay at Powdermill Nature Reserve in the Laurel Highlands. It's next Thursday through Sunday. I'm really looking forward to my annual opportunity to be a professional mycologist.\n\nHarriet has an opportunity to attend an environmental workshop for high-school students started Monday and running for 10 days. This is the first year they're offering it. She got a ringing endorsement from a friend of ours who is a prominent friend of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She does need to write a short essay, but I'm confident that she can do this promptly...\n
Arlo can now play "Where's your...?". He still won't do it for me, but Eve showed me he can handle hand, foot, nose, eye, ear, belly-button.\n\nHis new favorite word is "Bus!" which he uses with varying accuracy for any large vehicle.\n
As of mid-January 2008 there is an active effort to gather statistically sounds data about better ways to manage page edits. After an invitation, I volunteered to help with this analysis. I think this will address a lot of the problems I detailed in this article, but I'm leaving it for the record.\n\n=====================\n\nThis is a draft of an article I'm considering posting into the PGDP forums. PGDP is the Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofing project. They prepare electronic texts for inclusion in Project Gutenberg, a repository of public domain material.\n\nOver the last three quarters of a year, my involvement in PGDP has dropped dramatically. Part of the drop came from a change of job which eliminated 80 minutes out of my day which I used to use for recreational computer-related work. But there were factors already frustrating me.\n\nI joined PGDP about three years ago after attempting to submit Studien und Plaudereien directly to Project Gutenberg. I had spent the better part of a year typing the book in. The defect rate in my hand-typed copy was understandably high, and Joseph Lowenstein of PG encouraged me to take the book through PGDP.\n\nI went on to scan over 130 public domain books. I have collected nearly all of the public domain work of Sara Ware Bassett, a New England youth author. About a dozen of these books are now in PG.\n\nI want to start by saying that there are a lot of dedicated people who help create PGDP and keep it afloat. There aren't really any "bad apples" which drove me away. It is those same dedicated people who are systematically making severe mistakes. At the same time, they continue to be polite and supportive. This apparent contradiction is a great source of frustration for me.\n\n!! Rampant Process Disease and the P3 Catastrophe\n\nI'm a process designer. It's a significant part of my profession.\n\nIt is frustrating to see PGDP making basic process design errors and not being able to get them fixed.\n\nAny organization which does anything needs to develop some form of shared process. It can be as simple as an informal verbal consensus on "how we do things", or as elaborate as a suite of process documents with formal training sessions. The challenge for the process designer is to decide how much formal process is enough. Insufficient process can make it difficult to accomplish anything. Too much process can have exactly the same effect. With volunteer organizations there is a much lower tolerance for too much process than in corporations. In both environments, tolerance for insufficient process tends to be higher than tolerance for too much.\n\nPGDP has two basic process objectives: scale the process of producing books for PG, and maintain a low defect rate. An important third objective is to keep volunteers interested and engaged. All three of these are familiar to any process designer, though the third objective is usually phrased a "employee retention" and is not as well-studied as the other two.\n\n(Some things which PGDP has done over the years to address defect rate.)\n\n(A discussion of reasonable defect rate.)\n\n(R1,R2 to P1,P2,F1,F2 and the concept of specially-skilled workers.)\n\n(The P3 catastrophe.)\n\n(The breakdown of available resources and current queue sizes.)\n\n(My attempts to generate data in support a statistical method and the problems I've had with a well-intentioned but misguided squirrel.)\n\n!! Untimely Feedback\n\nAs required by the work, PGDP has elaborate sets of proofing a formatting guidelines. It takes time to learn them and there remain gaps which are subject to individual interpretation. The PGDP community has long recognized the need to support the learning process and fill these gaps with feedback from an experienced core.\n\nI have to admit that I don't have any concrete recommendations as a process designer for the problems I see with the training and feedback processes. What is needed is a way to diminish the amount of training each member of the experienced core needs to do, and increase the number of people who are doing the training. I don't really know how to do that.\n\n(Three months for each round of feedback???)\n\nOn 04 February 2007, the second anniversary of submitting Studien und Plaudereien to PGDP, I resubmitted the completed work to PG. Several months later I have NO feedback and the book still hasn't posted. This, more than anything else, has been the most discouraging experience I've had with PGDP and PG.\n\n!! Effectively Secret Standards\n\n(I discuss the PPV process, especially for German works.)\n\n!! Fraktur and Dictionaries\n\nThere is a dedicated but small community who work on fraktur texts. I am deeply indebted to this group of about two dozen people.\n\nThere are just barely enough people willing to do fraktur dictionaries to drag a large vocabulary section through a couple rounds. There is exactly 1 person qualified for F2 who is willing to work on fraktur dictionaries, and for some reason he wants a little more variety than that :-). I really appreciate his dogged persistance on Aehrenlese.\n\nI'm afraid my large collection of turn-of-the-century German readers will have to wait until PGDP is at least an order of magnitude larger.\n\n!! Summary of Recommendations\n\nParallel rounds rock. Use that P1 capacity before more of it flees!\n\nMaybe train up more trainers?\n\n!! Good bye for now.\n\nI'm not completely gone. I still have the sequel to Studien und Plaudereien which I intend to PP when it finishes the rounds in a month or two. I have some incomplete parallel proofing experiments which I might finish up, but I don't intend to create any new projects, and I'm not stopping in very often to check on things. There are several kind people who have been taking care of the forums for my few remaining projects.\n\nI'm offering limited assistance to anyone who wants to harvest any of the books I've scanned. I'm still looking for a permanent archival home for the original scans.\n\nBut I'm worn out. After three years I still feel like an outsider without influence. PGDP continues to hurdle towards a complete collapse and I can't bear to watch such a valuable community self-destruct.\n\n\nI contributed the portrait.\n\n\n\nI contributed the portrait and Bernhardt's biographical introduction.\n
Last night a police officer stopped me to let me know that I had a tail light out. I stopped by [[Foreign Fix|]] this morning to drop off the car to have the bulb replaced. It's very convenient, since I can easily walk from there to work. My first pleasant surprise was to be asked if I'd be willing to just wait for the car. I accepted their offer. A few minutes later I had a new bulb and was ready to go. That's when I got my second pleasant surprise. The owner shooed me off when I attempted to pay. He offered "Come back another time and spend some real money."\n\nI have to admit that I don't take all my service to Foreign Fix, but today's experience left me feeling very good about the place. I've been there a few times for things ranging from brakes to replacing all my tail-lights (yes, they all burned out at once). I've always had a positive experience. I'll certainly bring more custom their way.\n\nI figured the least I could do in the way of thanks was to blog about my experience. :=)
The [[Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache|]] (Certificate of German as a Foreign Language) is a certification of basic competency in the German Language issued by the Goethe Institute.\n
Three different hosts from MSN have been, presumably, indexing my site for a couple days. As of yesterday afternoon, they were hitting me hard enough that I was seeing 3 seconds of latency for most packets in or out of my home network. This is pretty painful.\n\nJust for the record, here are the rules I put on my firewall to prevent MSNbot from trashing my netwok:\n\niptables -I FORWARD 1 -s -j DROP\niptables -I FORWARD 1 -d -j DROP\n\n
I've started learning how to use Synfig Studio, a 2D animation package. This is my first animation:\n[img[][Five moving spheres]].\nIt's based on the [[basic animation tutorial|]] at the Synfig site. The cool thing about Synfig is that it does automatic tweening; I only had to make an initial drawing, copy it twice, and change the middle copy to the intermediate configuration for all elements. Synfig filled in all the other frames to make a smooth animation. The [[source code|]] is gz-compressed XML. All of the work in my animation is hereby licensed under the [[Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 License|]].\n\nMy next project is a blocky stick figure walking. I've figured out how to make joints and sets of objects that move together.I've also figured out how to make a new keyframe by modifying a tweened frame.\n[img[][Walking figure]]\n
If you don't already know about [[tesseract ocr|]], you should. It is the first genuinely useful FLOSS OCR package. In 1995 it was one of the three best OCR packages on the market. A little over a year ago, the people who developed this package commercially at HP decided that it would be better all around if they open sourced the package. The Information Sciece Research Institute at UNLV helped with the process, and Google is now paying for much of the development work. You can read a more complete history on [[Google Code's Blog|]].\n\nI've been using tesseract for almost a year for [[Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofing|]].\n\nWhy am I writing about it now? With the release of tesseract 2.0, we now have some tools for training tesseract to handle other fonts and languages. I've started a project to train it to do fraktur, the black-letter font used in older German books.\n\nIf you are interested in helping out, you can see the images and intermediate files I'm working with in my [[tesseract directory in Piggy's Bücher|]].\n