Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Crack of eye

I'm awake and hungry at 6. Hmm... some thoughts.

I don't think I've mentioned this idea on the web yet -- if I have,it's not in my journal (I know, thanks togrep car * | grep -v html | cut -d: -f1 | uniq | xargs cat | less )Road rage might be curable -- cars need to be more expressive. No, theydon't need hands or anything, but they need the capability to say"Oops", "Thanks", and perhaps indicate better what they're trying to do.I think that it's the inability to express these kinds of things thatcreates an environment where people see their fellow drivers as arrogantand unwielding. It's easy to get pissed off when driving (driving styleis a very personal thing, and is very expressive of one's personality,skill, and age). However, I know that if I were caught behind someone Iknow in real life, who I happen to respect, I wouldn't be nearly as likelyto honk as I would at a stranger.

In general, the government tends to keep it's thumb relatively out ofculture. I think this is a good thing, although it would be interestingto imagine, in theory, the things it might do if it were more involved insetting custom.

I would like a guitar or a harp. A piano or bass would also be fun, buta piano would be way too big, expensive, and hard to move when I do,and a bass just isn't that fun without people to jam with. Maybe I needsomeone to jam with. Anyhow, I could just imagine sitting on mynext year's porch, strumming the guitar and singing.

Oh, yes, here's the address for next year:5544 Hobart StreetPittsburgh, PA 15217-1967

The Zipcode is courtesy of mapquest. Hmm.. and I included the last partof the zipcode just for fun. What is that thing though? Do peopleactually use it? I should probably ask google or something.

Oh, just so it's known what moving soon will do to me, one of the thingsit'll do is ruin my uptimes :) Computers (apart from laptops) don't sleep,and so I have a number of computers that have been up, without needfor a reboot, for quite some time. Let me brag:

holly: 144 days. This is my secondary workstation, an x86/Linux boxforrester: 148 days. This is my primary workstation, an Alpha/Linux boxtorgo: 254 days. This is my NFS/Print server, an x86/Linux boxkryten: 91 days. This is my router, an x86/OpenBSD box

None of my other systems are up -- most of them arn't even here.So, why those dates? 144/148 days ago is .. about 5 months ago.I have no idea why I turned off or rebooted them, within a span ofa week, back then. Maybe their UPS's were failing during one of thepower failures back then. Torgo's been up for a very long time.8 1/2 months.. almost as long as I've been here. Perhaps this isbecause I don't use it interactively (so I don't bother updating it),and because it's sitting in a corner where I don't need to move itand won't accidentally bother it. As for kryten, I occasionally rebootit when the connection goes down and it has trouble bringing it backup. I'd bet that 3 months ago, that's what happened. Of course,I've written some scripts since that help me keep the network up.

I guess those uptimes are going to be reset soon -- I'll need to turnthem off to move them (unless I care enough about uptime that Itry to move them while they're powered by their UPS's .. no, I don'tcare that much).

Ahh, yes. Yesterday. I went to the waterfront and read for awhile, likeI planned. I then went to Target and got some stationary (includingscissors), and then went to my favorite spot in Schenley to run theloop once. Gaia decided to gift me with rain. I liked it. I can hardlywait to live next to that wonderful park starting next month. Shadysideis too far from beauty. So, afterwards I went to Starbucks, and with mytea, I sat there for about 3 hours, reading, writing, and thinkingabout the group. As soon as I decide on a name, I can set up a mailinglist and get started. I'm irritated though -- I really need a name first,as otherwise the mailing list will either be misnamed or need a renaming,both of which are a pain. I really don't want to think about this kindathing though -- I wanna get started! Oh well. I then went home, put someeffort into my webpage (didn't put any of the changes up), and startedrefamiliarizing myself with my netdiary code so I can fix the reorderingproblem. It actually should be pretty easy.

Not sure what I'm gonna do today. I could follow the activities list Imade earlier, or I might just go to the bookstore/park, and have what'semerging as my 'standard day'. It depends on how intellectually andphysically "high energy" I feel.

Latest spam irritant: random_gibberish@yahoo/aol.comI think the world would be a better place if people would literally hunt downand arsonize spammers. No, it's not actually practical, or reallynecessarily very just or proper, but it's my dream...

Speaking of dreams, I think I had a really boring dream about peas andcarrots last night.

Tags: dreams, philosophy, tech

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