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Another month, another diary entry. So much for
keeping up a regular log of events here. ;-)
I pushed out a release last night. Whee! I'll
probably email the Debian and FreeBSD maintainers that
a new version is out, and nudge them for diffs that make
life easier for them to get merged into CVS.
Interview next Thursday for a full-time remote
administration gig. Shouldn't be a problem to nail, but I
already know the drive is going to be 45 minutes to an hour
in good traffic, one-way. Losing two hours a day of
productive time is not my idea of an ideal situation (it's
why I left a previous job, but I'm not exactly in a position
to pick and choose right now).
Made it through another one. Got some surprise
gifts for Christmas and my birthday; a very cool leather
briefcase (the soft material kind), a few movies (Monty Python and the
Holy Grail, Spaceballs, and
Star Wars Episode
I: The Phatom Menace), a new toolbox, Return to Castle
Wolfenstein (ye ghods, I've lost a lot of time to that
game already), and a bunch of little stuff I'm probably
forgetting. Christmas ended up being a three-day affair this
year, visiting with three unique segments of my girlfriend's family
(mine is 1500 miles away, making a quick trip to see them a
little difficult). Mostly nice folks, although she always
has a little angst at this time of year over spending so
much time with family she never sees any other time of the
year. Mostly, I'm relieved it's now past.
My year-end festivities includes dinner with a
few friends and their significant others, and a BNL concert. Looking
forward to it; the last time I saw these guys, I nearly died
I finally finished Pekka Himanen's (with Linus
Torvalds and Manuel Castells) The
Hacker Ethic. An excellent and relatively insightful
read; while I think Pekka gets a little carried away in his
fervor to convince the reader of what he's saying (while
other parts, especially Manuel's epilogue, read much like a
dry psychology paper), the book has a great deal to say
about how work and ethics have evolved from the the
pre-Protestant work ethic through to today's "nethic"
(network ethic), as Pekka calls it. It's a worthwhile read
if psychology and sociology are your cup of tea, although a
lot of it will ring both true and obvious to most Advogato
readers (and some of you may resent the canonical tone given
to ESR's jargon file).
If anything, Linus' introduction definitely grabs you, as
it's written in his usual relaxed, convincing