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Started: 2004-08-26 21:09:35

Submitted: 2004-08-26 21:36:25

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I'm amusing myself at Caffe Sole typing on Elssbett at the edge of Hacking Society. My connection to the outside world seems screwy at best (my ssh connections to Ziyal last, on average, two minutes), so I'm typing this changelog offline waiting until I get back home and have a chance to transfer the changelog normally. Zan Lynx is sitting to my right trying to debug the GNOME settings daemon; apparently the gstreamer settings are doing something wrong.

Today at work we reached an important milestone in our Epic Printer Project -- yet another print. Right now the code at the heart of the machine is a complicated shell script running under cygwin on a Windows 2000 box; it finally works because yesterday right before I left I managed to put together a small command-line application to move the print heads around, which allows it to print. This is the biggest and most complicated thing I've ever worked on, and it's great to see it coming together.

To celebrate our minor achievement (since it was just before lunch when we finished the print), the three-person electronics team went to Siamese Plate on the Go, not all that far from iTi on McCaslin in Louisville. Thai food is good.

Kiesa left absurdly early this morning for Portland, where her friend Angie is getting married on Sunday. Kiesa is a bridesmaid, which I think is the only time she's been a bridesmaid (despite getting married). She'll be back Monday evening, so I'm trying to figure out what to do between now and then. Going to work and Hacking Society are the easy answers; the question arises what I'll do this weekend. The thought crossed my mind to hike to Chasm Lake at the base of Longs Peak (which I believe should be a far less brutal hike than the summit itself), but the weather this weekend is looking sketchy for that sort of thing. (Saturday is supposed to be cold and rainy in Boulder, to say nothing of 11000 feet. That still might not stop me. Sunday looks better, although I'd opt for Saturday so I can sleep in on Sunday before going back to work on Monday.)

I'm trying to resist the urge to buy things for my potential hike, like a soft frame daypack (possible) and a map of Longs Peak (entirely likely). I'll have to see how things go.

I finally got sick of how dirty Yoda was (in Kiesa's absence I get to drive my car again; she usually drives Yoda because it gets much better gas mileage on her two hour commute (round trip) to Greeley), so I took her to the nearby self-service car wash on my way home from work and scrubbed the inside windows before heading to Hacking Society. It's still not perfect, but it looks much better.

Sitting at Hacking Society I managed to score a gmail invite. Apparently it's a closed wide beta; one has to get an invite from someone with an existing account to get in. I don't appear to have any invites to give away yet, but I'll keep my loyal readers (assuming that set intersects with my friends) in mind when I do.

My battery is dying, so I'm going to shut Elssbett down and head home. Either that, or read Lost in a Good Book. Or both.