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20th June, 2010. 10:15 am. Moving to dreamwidth

I am moving my journal (sparse as it may be) to dreamwidth. Livejournal's stupid scripting, hijacking links, and other crap is just getting too annoying. So now you can find me at [personal profile] lsorense instead of lsorense.livejournal.com, assuming you are interested at all. This entry was originally posted at http://lsorense.dreamwidth.org/428.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

18th April, 2010. 3:57 pm.

Ribs are on the BBQ.  Weather is looking much better than I expected to see this weekend.

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11th March, 2010. 10:29 pm. That was very painful.

So when you are the only white belt in class, you are going to have a hard time.  I guess that was the wrong class to show up for.

Current mood: exhausted.

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23rd July, 2009. 7:38 pm. Well that was wet

Given realsoonnow has gone camping/hiking for a few days with Enrico and hence has the car, I had the choice of either taking the bus to work (which takes about an hour and a half for 20km) or taking the motorbike.  Well I picked the motorbike.  It was dry when I left although that only lasted about 5 minutes.  I managed to stay dry for about half the trip to work, but I was almost entirely soaked through by the time I got there, except where the jacket liner covered.  Apparently I should have put the liner in the pants after all (it tends to be too hot though).  Even the cloves were soaked from water running down the sleeves into the gloves.  I think I should put the cuff of the gloves under the sleeve in the future.  At least my clothes were mostly dry by lunch time, and the jacket and pants were mostly dry when I went home and it had stopped raining and I had a spare pair of gloves (although for warm weather that would not have been fun in rain).  So going home was fine and a lot faster too.

Well now I know why they have rain gear for motorbikes.  It's to make you stay dry for more than 10 minutes in a down pour.

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18th July, 2009. 10:35 am. Well that's it for this year's Linux Symposium

I am just finished packing up and about to head back home from Montreal from attending the Linux Symposium.

The show was much smaller this year than last year (which was the first time I got to attend), with the number present down to about 185 (from what I was told) from about 700 last year.  The number of presentations was half of what it was last year, and a lot felt somewhat empty.  Apparently many papers were submitted but due to travel budget cuts at many companies, the presenters now couldn't make it, which hurt the number of presentations a lot.

RuggedCom had 6 people going this year (up from 5 last year), so in terms of people from a single company we were among the biggest there (with about as many attendants as IBM from what I could tell.  I think they were closer to 30 people last year, so you can tell their travel budget was cut a lot this year).

Still lots of fun presentations and tutorials took place.  They had a slide show going at the end of event party, with pictures from all 11 years so far.  I spotted Ian Goldberg a couple of times, as well as some of the famous linux personalities that had attended in the past (Linus Torvalds (and wife and kids), Alan Cox, Rusty, etc).

Well time to drive back to Toronto, and then off to see John Cleese at Massey Hall tonight.  Should be fun.

A few not so fun things happened too such as the woman killed at the restaurant next door to the hotel when a piece of concrete fell off the outside wall of the hotel (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Building+with+falling+concrete+last+inspected+2000/1804706/story.html).

Current mood: tired.

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26th June, 2008. 10:53 am. OK, I will try one of these then

angrykat had this one so I figured I would try that out.

Book list. I loves to read meme.
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (OK, still working on 6 and have 7 to go)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible * (some of it)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (although I guess I have seen plenty of TV versions)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (only a few)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl *
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Well it seems I have read around 10 entries so far, which beats the average, but isn't great either.  I have certainly heard of at least half the books on the list, and seen copies of close to that many, so I am aware of their existence.  I have seen TV or movie versions of a number if them, although that doesn't quite count and in the few cases where I have both read the book and seen the movie, the movie has usually been quite disappointing.

Current mood: happy.

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18th January, 2008. 3:29 pm. Typing speed

So chocolatecoffee posted about typing speed so I just had to go see how I was doing at it too. Well here is my result.

71 words

free Touch typing



I know I don't follow quite normal typing patterns but something related to it modified to be efficient at hitting symbols required for programming too. I do wish someone would make a keyboard with a faster or stronger shift key spring since I very often manage to end up with the first two letters capitalized in a word by hitting the second key before the shift key has managed to be released fully.

Current mood: busy.

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12th September, 2007. 5:36 pm. How do people post journal entries so frequently?

I don't seem to post here very often. I think about lots of things, but hardly ever figure what I am thinking about would be very interesting to anyone else. Perhaps I am wrong, or maybe I am just too shy to put my opinions in the open. Anyone have any suggestions?

At least Carolyn is now off doing her Masters at UofT, which will of course go very well. She already has some interesting ideas for projects and such to work on. I hope she doesn't try to get involved in too many things at once, although too little is bad too. I think she needs just the right balance of things to keep her busy to be happy. I will help out where I can.

Hmm, my lunch's fortune cookie says: Confucius Say: Top of ladder nice place... but very lonesome. A google search on that found a site with more clever little bits of wisdom here. Google always seems immensely helpful.

Current mood: happy.

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17th August, 2007. 11:21 am. The house is looking much better

We spent about half of last week cleaning up the house, adding more furniture (needed space to store stuff better), which involved spending close to $2000 at ikea (my poor credit card), but at least it seems much better now. We have actually eaten dinner at the kitchen table for almost a week straight. I still have to finish sorting the pile of random stuff in the basement to make it usable again (I emptied all the shelves and put the TV down there instead, complete with the mythtv box hooked up (finally) which will be nice). Having the TV downstairs rather than in the living room might actually make it easier to avoid leaving clutter in the living room, and hence make it much easier to spontaneously invite people over for dinner or playing board games (which by the way are now on new shelves in the living room, right next to the large table that is perfect for playing games or eating dinner). Getting all that done seemed helped a lot by having taken a week off and spending half of it cleaning up (doing it in the evenings only just never seems to get very far after a day at work).

Current mood: calm.

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1st August, 2007. 11:14 am. Oww!

I am so sore today, after yesterday's ultimate game. Two hours of running around chasing a frisbee in the heat sure hurts afterward. Probably the occasional wipe outs don't help things. And we lost again (although only 13-10 which was better than the 21-11 last week). We were down 10-3 by half time, and then got 5 in a row to make it 10-8, after which things went back to more even resulting in 13-10.

We were playing probably the best team in our little league of 6 teams, but neither team had very many players show up so we were rather short on substitutes. I think in general our team is outrun by most of the other teams, but we still put in a good effort.

We also need to work on not throwing the disc away so much. No point playing good defense and forcing a turnover just to thrown it away on the first or second pass again. That just causes too much extra running without at least getting points rewarding it.

Being my second year playing, I think I am doing pretty good. My passes are usually good, and my catches not too bad if I manage to get to the disc in time. My running is too slow, and I don't have enough endurance either. I seem to have a natural ability to make the disc go far and fairly straight, although I seem to have caused many sore fingers when people try to catch some of my passes.

Well it's fun at least. So does anyone else want to come join us next year or for pickup games starting in august when the league games end? It's good exercise.

Current mood: sore.

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