OSCON 2006 — Say “Hi”

I’m here in Portland at OSCON until Friday night. If you’re here, send me an e-mail and we can try to find each other and say “hi”. I’ve gone ahead and set up a “Birds of a Feather” meet-up, at 8:30pm Wednesday night, in room F150. If you’re interested in Fink, give us a visit.

If you’re not at OSCON, well, you’re missing out. 😉

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The Beard

So I’m going to veer away from Mac stuff for a sec.

I went to a Carolina Hurricanes game late in the regular season with my fianceé, mom, and aunt, and I got totally hooked (we’ve already got season tickets for the next season). The Hurricanes made it to the playoffs, and I heard about the tradition of not shaving until you win (or you’re eliminated).

Now, I’ve had facial hair in some form pretty much continuously since junior high, I’m all about not having to shave. Not to pass up yet another excuse not to shave, I thought “what the heck, I can grow a playoff beard!”

The Hurricanes went right to the end, and won the Stanley Cup this year! In the process, I managed to grow a nice substantial amount of facial hair. Of course, I couldn’t let that much hair just pass without having a little fun with it…

So I present to you: Operation: Playoff Beard!

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So it turns out the little dinner with my fiancee, mom, and aunt I was going to have last night was, in fact, a surprise 30th birthday party!

I was most definitely surprised, and tons of folks showed up at Rio for a yummy all-you-can-eat meat extravaganza. Thanks, everyone, for showing (and even for those that couldn’t make it). Cynthia must have spent a lot of time getting it all put together. (Thanks, sweetie! It was awesome!)

The cake was pretty impressive. It was from Cinda’s Creative Cakes, and it pictures me on my laptop, working on Fink and KDE. Frickin’ sweet!

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The more things change…

So I’ve got news I totally wouldn’t have expected to have even a year ago. Last week I gave my 2 weeks’ notice, and I’m going to be going to work for Raritan. So you’re thinking, “that’s not so strange. A new job? Happens to lots of people.” Hah! Well, Raritan is the company that ended up with the Oculan intellectual property. 🙂

But wait, there’s more! This time around, I’m going to be a Java developer (which I’ve been doing a little on the side at my current job, and really actually enjoying). I’m really looking forward to giving the Oculan codebase another chance at life, and to work on it a little more deeply, rather than just making RPMs and twinking perl scripts. The technology was always good, so it will be nice to see what Raritan can do with it.

Wish me luck!

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I’m engaged!

This weekend my girlfriend (well… now fiancée!) and I went to the mountains to get away.

I had arranged to have a florist deliver a ton of flowers to the cabin so they’d be there when we arrived. We went inside, Cynthia turned around, and I had the ring ready.

I proposed, and she accepted!

We haven’t figured out where or when yet; when will probably depend on where since it seems like nowadays you have to book so much in advance. There’s plenty of time to work out the details, the important thing is… I love you Cynthia!

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I Voted, and Stuff

First, if you’re a U.S. citizen, get out there and vote!

Second, been doing a lot of work getting things cleaned up package-wise in Fink. I’ve worked through a lot of bugs and am doing final testing on fixes for the KDE packages that some folks have had problems with.

Coming down the pipe:

more tiger fixes PostgreSQL 8.0 (beta) + PostGIS KDE/Mac work ??? PROFIT! Share on Facebook

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Three Cheers for the Porf!

In Memoriam, Puff Reed, 1986-2004

Shortly after I’d moved in with my buddy Larry, I took my cat in for a check-up, and found out that she was in renal (kidney) failure. It’s treatable (for a time, anyways) with saline injections under the skin. For almost a year I’d been taking her in to get that done, and she’d responded to it just fine — she was her usual self, attacking my roommate’s cats and everything. (Yes, my 6-pound, tiny grandmother of a cat kept Larry’s much younger and twice-to-nearly-three-times-as-large cats at bay.)

Recently, though, she just hadn’t been herself; she wasn’t active at all, her eyes were weepy pretty regularly, and she just plain didn’t look very happy anymore. Today I had to take my companion of 18 years to the vet to be put to sleep. She’d been with me for almost 2/3rds of my life, it’s going to be hard to imagine her not being around.

She was a good cat, and a great . . . → Read More: Three Cheers for the Porf!

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Unemployed No More

I accepted today an offer with PinPoint (well, PowerByHand), doing freaky perl stuff. 🙂 Whoohoo!

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Engage E-Begging

So in response to the people asking for a way to donate, I’ve now put up an Amazon Honor System link (which is like paypal, but I don’t have to be a “merchant” to put up a donation link).

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2 Words

Awwwww yeah.


…and for those who have been asking, yes, you really can have / in your license plate in North Carolina. =)

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