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Name: Chad Miller
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17 Oct 2003 (updated 17 Oct 2003 at 23:14 UTC) »

I'm not doing much Free Software coding these days. I'm getting my fill of programming at work, which is good.

My GO learnin' is coming along well. I'm playing about six hours per week.

My Canon AE-1 broke. I've got to troll pawn shops looking for another. Or I could use my fancy-schmancy camera all of the time. I'm a little afraid of breaking it, if truth be told.

chaoticset: You used the word "palindrome", but I wonder if you meant "anagram". If I understand you, you want to see if two words contain all similar letters, right? As you're making your list, you should sort all the letters first. Then it's just a matter of string comparison to see if two words are anagrams of each other.

1 Sep 2003 (updated 1 Sep 2003 at 17:56 UTC) »

I have to admit, I don't see anything wrong with "10 items or less". Maybe I'm growing stupid. (Guessing: "ten"? "fewer"?)

dwmw2's frustration with misuse of language mirrors my own. Among apostrophe abuses, my favorite is faking an acute accent that should be over the preceeding letter. This is especially common here in the southern US. "cafe'" Some people even name their children using it. Ha!

Currently, my biggest language irritation is the recent surge in use of "I" outside of the subject of sentences. I think it bugs me because it's not a normal ignorance-of-the-language problem; one has to go out of one's way to use "I" incorrectly.

[I first posted "Currently, by bigest language irritation". :\ I blame my new split keyboard. :) Though, it has proven to me that I type incorrectly, especially in hitting 'y' with my left forefinger, which is no longer possible.]

Dear Mister Language Person: What is the purpose of the apostrophe? Answer: The apostrophe is used mainly in hand-lettered small business signs to alert the reader than an "S" is coming up at the end of a word, as in: WE DO NOT EXCEPT PERSONAL CHECK'S, or: NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ITEM'S. Another important grammar concept to bear in mind when creating hand- lettered small-business signs is that you should put quotation marks around random words for decoration, as in "TRY" OUR HOT DOG'S, or even TRY "OUR" HOT DOG'S.

Dave Barry, "Tips for Writer's"

6 Jul 2003 (updated 6 Jul 2003 at 00:28 UTC) »
sisob: "Found q net connection but it's really hard to type on this french keyboard." Ha! Now that's comedy. I hqd the sq?e experience recently.

I've taken to using a personal web-log, so I don't post here as often as I should. I still read the recentlog daily. What's new?

I'm working regularly these days, which is nice.

My patch to Metacity for a better window-handling mechanism turned out to be harder than I thought it would be, so it's requeued into my "stuff to do" list.

Reading of bgeiger's enthusiasm for Go has gotten me interested. I play a simpler off-shoot game called "Pente" that I learned at school in third grade. I teach the simple rules to every poor soul who comes to my apartment and play them until they get pretty good. Last fall I even bought a roll-up vinyl Go "board" for carrying around, as the boards are the same dimensions. However, if I'm going to play Go, I'll need to purchase some pieces; Pente games are relatively short, and therefore one needs far fewer pieces, so I'm a couple hundred pieces short.

dusting off old tools

I'm relearning to use some tools that I have forgotten about over the last ten years or so. E.g., I had forgotten how cool gnuplot is until I needed to make an illustration recently. The graph I created is pretty simple, but I didn't use 99% of gnuplot's options. If you've never played with it, I urge you to spend 15 minutes to learn a little about it. You may find yourself looking for excuses to make graphs.


Well, if getting oral sex while President and lying about it isn't an impeachable offense, then I ask you, what is?!

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