Fog of Shore 
2011.06.30 11:58 - Whining, Work-related
It is extraordinarily frustrating to spend two and a half hours cleaning up problems created by a developer not even on the same continent as yourself. Especially when there's a big pile of unit tests that exist for the sole purpose of letting people know when they broke something they didn't mean to break.

Especially when the thing you were actually in there to fix was two lines of code that disappeared when the same developer deleted them a couple months ago0.

Especially when I spent 4 hours last week cleaning up a big check-in he put together.

I'm pretty sure the bulk of this problem is caused by the communications problems that arise when part of your development staff isn't in the same room, especially when it isn't on the same continent, in the same timezone, or in the same hemisphere. But, I don't really care about the why.

So, it's fortunate I didn't have a lot going on this morning.

Footnotes
0. This release has gone on forever, it seems like.

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I guess I missed the sign when we crossed the state line from Tennessee to Hell 
2011.06.08 07:33 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Meatspace Stupidity, Whining, Zombie Preparedness
I spent last weekend in West Memphis, Arkansas, volunteering at AAC's Silencer Shoot 2011. I was able to shoot a suppressed Remington ACR in full auto, and to shoot Remington's new gas piston AR upper in full auto, as well. I highly recommend the experience, if you can find a time and location when it's not quite so warm: highs starting at 99 Fahrenheit take a lot of the fun out of walking around and looking at things in the out of doors.

I also got to shoot a suppressed Glock 17. I'm pretty sure it was one of the 4th generation models, so that may have something to do with it, but I found the Glock less ergonomically awful than expected. Not half bad, in fact.

I had a blast, honestly, but I think if I go back, it may be as a paying customer and only one day (if they do a two-day thing again). And with more money. Fastest way to turn money into noise, indeed. Only, without so much noise.
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Buckyballs! 
2011.05.20 08:27 - Miscellanea, Philosophy and Religion
This blog entry by Charlie Stross brings a couple of things to my mind.

The second, and shorter, was that I visited the Henry Ford museum ages and ages ago with my parents and sister. It's been more than two decades, but exactly how much more I'm not sure. All these years on, the things I remember are:
  1. the museum is huge,
  2. related to (1), by the end of the day, I was very tired and my feet hurt
  3. it would be pretty neat to go back.


The first thing, though, is that I'm surprisingly pessimistic about the ability of technology to fundamentally change the human nature. Not to say that technology cannot (or has not) done great things to improve the human condition--personally, I love indoor plumbing and electricity--but people remain, well, people. It seems unlikely any amount of technology will ever change human nature from the venal, petty sort of thing it is. Which I suspect is a place where my opinions and Mr. Stross's part company. (One of many, I'm pretty sure.)

Buckminster Fuller certainly did some interesting things, though. Shame so little of it seemed to work out.
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That was fast. 
2011.05.04 17:42 - Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Zombie Preparedness
So, I have to go pick up my package from the people at SKD Tactical from the Post Office tomorrow. They'd have delivered it today, but I wasn't home.

I sprang for the cheap shipping option, too.

[Addendum: I've heard most stuff is out of stock there at the moment. FWIW.]
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Levenger L-Tech Update 
2011.05.03 08:35 - Toys, Pens
After finishing up the Mont Blanc blue-black I filled it with back in January, I refilled the pen with some Noodler's black. Much better. Very smooth, and very consistent as long as the bubble of air in the converter hadn't gotten caught on the feed end for too long (not many pens will write without ink).

Also, it looks like my practice of running the plunger down to flood the feed is probably a bad idea: forcing air out of the ink chamber that way seems to produce a vacuum on rear of the feed, which makes it difficult to run ink out to the page. Good to know.
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