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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Someone on this server has a significant web presence 
2007.08.25 19:10 - Entertainment, Internet Stupidity, Site/Meta
I'm just going to tell you right now that I'm pretty sure it isn't me. If nothing else, I don't have other bloggers camping the article spawn on my (kinda crummy) blog.

It amuses me that someone else does, though.
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Now, I'm for free speech and all 
2007.08.17 12:00 - News and Politics
Even for our new, corporate overlords. But! I can't help thinking that this is awfully tacky, whatever your political stance. [Story]

(In the interest of full disclosure, I generally support overturning Roe v. Wade, which would return the matter of abortion to the individual states, and strong restrictions on the practice of abortion. This is not because I hate women, or freedom, or whatever. I like to think it's because I respect human life and favor individual responsibility, and because Roe is actually bad law, whatever the moral dimension.

I'm not familiar with the Catholic League, except in the abstract.)

Links stolen from The Corner.
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This is too cool not to share 
2007.08.07 15:11 - Guns
Behold: the Cammenga EasyMag. (Link indirectly stolen from Says Uncle by way of View From The Porch.)

Yeah, okay. If you're one of the very, very few gun nuts who read this blog, you probably saw this yesterday elsewhere, like I did. And if you're one of everybody else, there's a pretty fair chance that you don't know how big a pain in the thumb loading a gun mag is.0 Very probably, you don't care. I think this is a pretty cool idea, anyway, and you engineering types might be interested by it from the problem vs. solution perspective.

Reviews are pretty much absent, however, since the product's only been on the market since March. And I don't own an AR. So, not terribly useful to me. But neat, anyway.

Footnotes
0. Reputedly, pistol magazines are worse than AR mags, but I, personally, wouldn't know.

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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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