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The San Diego Years: 2006–?

Testing, testing, is this thing on?

I'm trying this a new way now--updating my LiveJournal via Facebook. The FB app is by Six Apart, so I guess it is official...?

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Happy Firefox 3 Download Day! Um... I think. At this writing, I'm not seeing that it's been officially released yet, even though it was scheduled to be so today.

Update (3:10 PM): It's out now. Go download it today and help Firefox break a world record.

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I had a job interview this morning. It went fairly well, but I didn't feel quite sure about it until late in the afternoon when they called me back. They said they enjoyed talking with me, and they offered me the job!

More details to come. Right now we're going out to pick up some Chicago-style pizza to celebrate.

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I got a rare kind of contact from my listing on Dice.com. It was an e-mail directly from someone in a technology company who wasn't a recruiter or an HR person, but actually the person for whom I'd be working if I was hired. So I called him back quickly.

It sounds great. It's a Perl/Linux/open-source shop all the way. What's more, they and their products are very well known in the open-source world. I confessed not having direct experience with the product I'd be working on, but that didn't seem to be a negative. I have an interview in less than a week.

Hey, here's an open question for those who have interviewed with smallish programming shops--I know there's one or two of you out there. ;-) How would wearing a tie, say an unconventional '40s-vintage tie, affect my chances of being hired (compared to going business-casual with no tie)? Positively? Negatively?

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I think I've successfully stomped a bug in Perl's YAML module that's about 5 years old.

Maybe I can do this crap after all.

(Finding someone to pay me to do this crap, that's another story.)

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Most people's exposure to umlauts in English is limited to the affected, so-called "heavy metal umlaut" in band names like Motörhead, Mötley Crüe, Spin̈al Tap, etc.

What is not commonly known, except by those who've seen old books in print, is that the umlaut was used in written English as recently as the early twentieth century. It was used when a vowel appeared twice in a row within a word but spanned two syllables. Examples would be "preëminent" and "coöperate."

I think it's time to bring back the umlaut.

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Fans of jazz will immediately recognize the name of Charles Mingus, reknowned composer and bass player.

What even his biggest fans may not know is that he also wrote and self-published a handbook in the 1970s on toilet-training cats. May I present exhibit A.

Could be a handy bit of trivia to use the next time you want to win a bet.

(I can't remember if I wrote about this before. If so, it's been a long time, anyway.)

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If, like me, you are a fan of the SETI@Home project and you self-identify as a computer geek, but you are unemployed (or underemployed) in your field, come join the Unemployed Geeks team.

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Fans of Nine Inch Nails and Creative Commons–licensed music should check out NIN's newest album, The Slip.

[danger, do not follow this link, let Larry know if you can see it]

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iPod warning
Originally uploaded by Larry G.
As you go through life, take a moment every once in a while to stop and smell the fine print. You might find a little gem like this. What it says...Collapse )
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