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This Saturday I have two major events - judging at the Boston Homebrew Competition and going to a pika reunion. They're basically back-to-back.

I just got my judging assignment, and I'm supposed to judge Trappist-style beers all morning, and then ciders all afternoon. I hope I'm not too unsteady at the reunion. But on the positive side, I will likely be judging the Trappists with a local Important Figure in the beer world, which should be awesome.

(also, hi. Posting in this new place!)
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Y'all are making me feel provincial.

Somerville, MA
Rochester, NY
Mountain View, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Greenfield, MA
Lincoln, VA
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The product I've been working on at Google since I joined up in March, ChromeOS, had its major public debut today:

In addition to showing off the current version of the OS, and the integration with new toys like the Chrome Web Store, there's an actual piece of hardware, the "Cr-48" Chrome notebook. Unfortunately, it's in a "limited pilot program", so you can't all go out and buy one, but you can apply for the pilot and/or open new tabs in Chrome a lot and hope to get the golden ticket gift box.

(for what it's worth, I mostly worked on 802.11 authentication and roaming and related connectivity issues).
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... is entirely trip logistics. In the ever-popular +/- form:

- Getting up at 4:45 to catch a flight
--- 12 hours of flight delays in the Indianapolis airport
+ in contrast, merely arriving at my destination is a treat
- the hotel with my reservation is overbooked tonight
+ but they're paying for the night at the hotel across the street
+/- The hotel across the street seems nicer than the one I originally booked

And now, bedtime.

Phone time

Jan. 4th, 2010 10:41 pm
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When last I wrote about this, over two years ago, I was looking to replace a failing phone with something interesting. I didn't find anything interesting, and instead switched to an older but functional Motorola flip. That somewhat crappy phone may have just crapped it's last (makes calls and connects, but audio doesn't work at all), so I should really get something else. Suggestions? I no longer consider laptop tethering a critical application, and I'm willing to switch carriers.

The iPhone, something Android, N900, Pre, or just another $50 GSM flip phone and living contract-free? Sell me on something, people.

dining 2009

Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:23 pm
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Days recorded: 239
Takeout or dining out: 37%
Most frequent places for dining out: Rudy's, Joe Sent Me (staying in the neighborhood - go figure)
Most frequent meals at home: Black bean quesadillas (for the fourth year running), tomato/basil/mozzarela salad.
Up-and-coming trend: Food from Dave's Fresh Pasta.

List of dinners in 2009 )
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Sometimes I think that there are too many things in my life, or at least, that I should pay more attention to the things that I have. Other times I notice I'm missing something that is subtly different from all the other things I have, and yet somehow essential.

[Poll #1464753]
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This year I'm 33 on 9-9-09. I don't think it needs any more numerological analysis than that.
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Found this afternoon on the back cover of a book at Mcintyre & Moore's annex:
This is a story of how work gets done. It is also a study of of how field service technicians talk about their work and how that talk is instrumental in their success. In his innovative ethnography, Julian E. Orr studies the people who repair photocopiers and shares vignettes from their daily lives. He characterizes their work as a continuous highly skilled improvisation within a triangular relationship of technician, customer, and machine.

The work technicans do encompasses elements not contained in the official description of the job yet vital to its success. Orr's analysis of the way repair people talk about their work reveals that talk is, in fact, a crucial dimension of their practics. Diagnosis happens through a narrative process, the creation of a coherent description of the troubled machine. The description becomes the basis for technicians' discourse about their experience, and the circulation of stories among the technicians is the principal means by which they stay informed of the developing subtleties of machine behavior. Orr demonstrates that technical knowledge is a socially distributed resource stored and diffused primarily through an oral culture.

Based on participant observation with copier repair technicians in the field and strengthened by Orr's own years as a technician, this book explodes numerous myths about technicians and suggests how technical work differs from other kinds of employment.

Talking About Machines: Ethnography of a Modern Job.
Even for $0.53, I couldn't bring myself to buy it.
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I'm going to be in the SFBA next week, for a vacation. Arriving Sunday, staying in SF with no firm plans on Sun-Wed, then attending the American Homebrewers Assosiation National Conference in Oakland Thu-Sat, and leaving Sunday morning. I do plan to make pilgrimages to Toronado and 21st Amendment. What else is going on that I don't want to miss? The last day of RoboGames?
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I like to track a bunch of things about my life for future reference. Sometimes irregular diary entries or notes; more often, regular things like when I got to work or what I had for lunch or dinner or what T car I rode on (I gave up on that one after I had collected the entire set of Red Line cars and was no longer riding the Green Line daily). Most of these end up as text files, or occasionally palmpilot memos, with date-stamped and sometimes time-stamped entries. I've got enough of these floating around that it's starting to seem like I should consolidate them. I think what I want is a little database with timestamps, tags ("food,lunch", "food,dinner", "work,arrival", "diary"), and free-form text.

This sounds a bit like blogging software (entries, tags, etc), except I don't particularly want to publish this or have someone else host it, and many of the entries are going to be quite short.

Any suggestions for software or tools to use for this? Plain text is always an option, though keeping the formatting sensible so that it's easy to extract by tag later is a pain.
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I'm not used to having pictures of my relatives pop up when I go blog-crawling.

(paul really does need the help)
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from Kung Fu Monkey

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
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As of yesterday, I no longer own any CRTs, for the first time in over 20 years.
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Attention brewers - the Boston Homebrew Competition is approaching, and the entry deadline is Saturday. Get your beers in there! You can drop them off at Modern Brewer if you're in the city. This is the competition that got me my first ribbon, and it's always educational and entertaining to get judge's feedback on your product.
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It's that time again.

Days recorded: 225
Most frequent places for dining out: Joe Sent Me, Christopher's
Most frequent meals at home: Black bean quesadillas, penne with zucchini and goat cheese, spaghetti carbonara (Am I in a rut?)

List of dinners in 2008 )
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(having posted this as a comment in five places or so, I'm making my own post)

After today's kerfuffle, a lot of people are looking for or recommending journal backup tools. Some people are recommending ljdump; I'd like to recommend against that, as it's old and a bit buggy, and recommend a derivative of it, ljmigrate by [ profile] antennapedia (original post about the program here).

As the name suggests, it can migrate a journal to another server running the LJ code; that's not very interesting to me, but the ability to create a local, static-HTML archive of a journal, complete with comments and user pictures, is.

I'm sure there are other fine tools out there, but I've used this one successfully, and ljdump was less successful. I also got a small bug fixed last week, so I know the author is currently paying attention to it.
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