What’s In A Name?
Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:24 pm)

I'm working on installing a copy of Intel's VTune performance analyzer on the current release version of Ubuntu. I fetched the kernel sources and was perusing the Makefile when I ran across the kernel name: Erotic Pickled Herring. WHAT YOU SAY!! (Gratuitous AYBABTU reference here)

Anyway, this lead me to a a list of Linux kernel names. Honestly, I have a hard time picking my favorite!

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iPhone Safari Crash Code
Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:08 pm)

If I get over 500 iPhone crash logs generated in one year, at least some of them can be entertaining:
iPhone safari crash

ate bad food, hehe.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-27
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First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Say No To Scurvy
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First dog watch, 4 bells (6:27 pm)

It takes between four and five limes to squeeze out one cup of fresh lime juice.

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Running As Administrator
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:19 am)

I was forwarded an article about running a program as administrator at login that outlines a very nice way of getting around the Windows has blocked some startup programs error. Use it for good, not evil 🙂

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-20
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First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Off To Portland Again
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Last dog watch, 2 bells (7:11 pm)

Tomorrow we leave for a weekend in Portland. Off to see family etc etc. It's also the Portland Pirate Festival (Yarrr!) and Talk Like a Pirate day.

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Intel Compiler on Ubuntu 9.04
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First dog watch, 1 bell (4:38 pm)

Just in case I'm not the only one to run across this issue, you must have libstdc++5 installed (use Synaptic Package Manager). It is not installed by default, even on a development system. libstdc++6 is, but the Intel compiler won't use it. You may be able to fake it by creating a symbolic link in /usr/lib, but it's not worth the trouble. Just install the old library, it doesn't hurt anything.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-13
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First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Spymaster
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Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:04 pm)

I received my copy of Richard Bartle's card game Spymaster in the mail today. I ordered just as I was returning from PAX 2009.

I must say I'm most impressed with the look-and-feel of the design. The cards, pictures, fonts, etc were all well-chosen and carry a cold-war style that contributes great atmosphere to the game. It also came with several blank cards. Good when your spies get assassinated, I guess. By a small child with a teething problem (as opposed to in-game when they face an assassin).

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Busy Busy
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Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:26 pm)

Work has been pretty busy lately. Today was one of those days where someone comes looking for me every 10 minutes with some crazy question or problem. Since right now I'm working with one of our software developers (in his office, testing and developing new software) I think it's starting to drive him crazy. Welcome to my own special hell, buddy.

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Dodging Swine Flu
Last dog watch, 2 bells (7:07 pm)

Apparently several attendees of PAX 2009 caught the H1N1 swine flu, or hamthrax as I like to call it. Neither Lorien nor I have any sickness symptoms. Woohoo!

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PAX Madness
Posted in Hobbies
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:30 pm)

Well we survived PAX 2009 in Seattle. It was pretty crazy, and there were tons of sweaty, nerdy gamers all over the place.

We met several famous people there, including Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek TNG fame), Steve Jackson, Jonathan Coulton, and Jhonen Vasquez.

We played several new board games, some that aren't even available yet. My favorite was Nanuk which we'll be ordering as soon as possible. The Stars are Right was also really fun, although a little bit harder to get started with. I don't mean this in a bad way, though. It's just such a different type of game than I've played before. Well-worth learning and playing.

We also got two Waiting For Santa packs for Munchkin. They still aren't available for purchase through normal venues, but they had a very limited quantity available at PAX. I was too late to get any of the Fairy Dust packs.

We also met the folks from Flying Frog Productions, creators of Last Night On Earth. We met the actors that play Sally and Jake and got autographed photos from them. We also picked up the expansion for LNOE and preordered three new expansions coming out later this year.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-06
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First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Overheard This Today
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:35 pm)

Coworker 1: I think that's a ladder.
Coworker 2: Yeah.
Coworker 3: It's a kayak, I've never seen anyone put a rudder on a ladder.

FTW!

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