He was really, *really* hungry. 
2007.09.24 17:07 - Miscellanea, News and Politics
From personal experience, domesticated ducks are not terribly fast nor terribly smart (also, rather craven). While I've never been to the hotel in question, I can imagine that Mr. Clark probably didn't have too much trouble snagging the unfortunate bird, though I find myself wondering just how drunk one has to be before a duck pond in the hotel lobby starts to look like an open snack bar. Also, I'm pretty sure that ducks don't come with pop tops, but his inebriated state seems to have left him unclear on that point.

(Poor, poor ducky.)

It may amuse some of you to note that my sympathy for waterfowl does not extend to the Canadian goose. Just in case you thought I'd forgotten about the filthy, aggressive, honking, feathered poop machines. But, ducks are nice (also, fairly quiet, in my experience).

[Edit: I've never been to the hotel in question. Fingers lagging behind my brain there.]
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Well, &*^%! 
2007.09.17 01:34 - Entertainment, Books, Miscellanea, News and Politics
Seems that Robert Jordan died yesterday (9/16) afternoon. Details at Wikipedia, and probably at this link to his blog. I found out from a posting at RedState.com.

Despite the long standing joke about whether he'd finish the series before he died (which, granted, stopped being funny over a year ago), I can't say I expected it to actually happen. I can only assume he's busy writing where'er his soul may be.
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So, Louisville has an Apple Store now. 
2007.09.15 17:05 - Miscellanea
It was so much more exciting in my mind, really. It wasn't crowded with jabbering twits there, apparently, to be seen or just hang out0, and it had an iPod Touch I could twiddle with and put down.

It's really a deceptively terrible place. The hard, white surfaces tend to reflect a lot of light and sound, so, while it's easy to see things, it's impossible to hear anything, including your own thoughts.

Perhaps it will ease a bit once the novelty wears off, and people will find other places to hang out and make pretense to importance. And, maybe, I will come back when it does. Don't know if I'd count on it, though.

Footnotes
0. For heaven's sake, people, you are already in the mall. Hang out somewhere where you won't be disrupting traffic.

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Our bug tickets will block out the sun! 
2007.08.30 13:41 - Miscellanea
Then we shall code in the shade.

Work is busy, as we near the deadline for our current release. Thank heaven for the upcoming three-day weekend.

I have purchased ammunition for an experimental trip to the gun range to find out which brand/load of .40 S&W the Steyr will eat most happily. I've also managed to discover that my left hand/arm does not, at present, have sufficient strength to properly rack that gun. On a related note, my brand-new .40 S&W A-Zooms are looking pretty beat up already. Funny coincidence, that. One of the other devs is making group range trip noises. I'll guess I'll see where that comes out.

In the meantime, I've made my hotel reservations for homecoming. It's the same place I've been the last couple of years, so I hope that the hotel's Wi-Fi still exists and works better than last year. And I just submitted a request for some time off on either side. I have hours to burn, at the moment, so I really do need to take some time off, anyway.

I guess I'm spending some time this weekend upgrading the operating system on Furnace McWindtunnel (hereafter: "the desktop") to Windows XP from Windows 2000. This should be a grand adventure. Expect reports of lost files and etc. on Monday. On the upside, in exchange for the performance hit, I can lose the Linksys WiFi app and get the ability to run games made last year.

I think that's everything of import for the moment. I should probably put together a brief review of the Parker 100 I bought back in April/May since I've finally gotten around to use it. (In brief: save your money and buy a vintage Parker 51 instead.)
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Probably not the best start to the week 
2007.07.30 21:34 - Miscellanea
Sunday, I ran out of checks. While I was in the middle of paying bills, naturally. So, tomorrow, I'm going to stop by the bank, reorder checks, and get a cashier's check to cover the month's rent. Hopefully I'll have checks before the car payment shows up and becomes due. (If not, though, I think they have an online payment option.)

Today, I moved a set of crummy bookshelves across the room to their final destination, so I could put books on them. This is nearly the last straw for this set of shelves, so I think I'm replacing them this weekend. I'll probably buy an extra set or two, because I seem to have doubled the number of books, DVDs, and video games I own in the last three years.

At least work is pretty quiet. And I haven't broken anything. Yet.

FWIW, I realize that everyone in the entire world has bigger problems than I do. I'm just saying, on a scale of 1 to 10, this is not auspicious. Probably more mediocre than anything.
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