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So I stopped at Star Market as I was riding into work to get some bagels and Gatorade(TM). There were only three checkout lines open, so I slipped in behind two people who appeared to be buying hamburger buns.

Then, as the person in the front of the line payed and moved out of the way, the two people in front of me began unloading their groceries onto the belt, and I realized they weren't buying some hamburger buns, they were buying all of the hamburger buns.

It's about this point that I notice they're both wearing identical blue polo shirts with the Burger King logo on the sleeve.

The weird part is, none of the Star Market employees seemed to think this was strange at all.

24 May 2001 (updated 24 May 2001 at 20:56 UTC) »

More and more lately, I realize that the Free Software / Open Source community is primarily a load of bullshit. To be sure, there are talented, smart, and pleasant people out there, and if you're lucky you get to work with them on projects. But that's true no matter where you work, be it Free Software or locked up in some proprietary development house.

There seem to be lots of people out there, however, who think they're entitled to stick their fingers in the pie when the sad fact is, they don't know shit. I'm talking about the hangers-on, the asshole "journalists", the slashdot crowd... you know what I mean. I don't begrudge them their right to use Free Software -- hell, that's part of the reason we do what we do! -- but I just don't understand where all of the rudeness, the anger, the righteous indignation comes from, especially when they have no idea what they're talking about.

It's frustrating enough tackling difficult technical issues. It's exacerbated when those technical issues have all sorts of political baggage tied to them. But it really sucks when you have to do it while dealing with a constant barrage of angry people, all of whom think they know more than you do, except that they don't and instead rely on you to do all of the work.

Of course, now that I think about it, I realize this syndrome probably isn't limited to Free Software. People are always arrogant, judgemental, and convinced of their own superiority. They probably always have been and probably always will be. Increasingly I have to ask myself, what's the point?

Oh, and this morning on the way to work, while getting off of the T, a woman started shoving people out of her way to get onto the train as soon as the doors open, before anyone had gotten out. I was content to let it go with a dirty look, but an older man behind me turned and told her off. So she started hitting him with her umbrella.

Sometimes violence is so appealing, it's all I can do to stop myself. Because I've reached a point where I begin to feel that no matter what you do, there will probably always be people who are so sheltered from the consequences of their own actions, so protected by society, so far removed from the formerly harsh realities of life, that the only thing you could ever do to get through to them is to inflict pain.

And people wonder why I don't like myself very much.

22 Apr 2001 (updated 22 Apr 2001 at 18:04 UTC) »

Galeon, among other things, has inspired me to start keeping a diary again. It's a somewhat convoluted path.

Work has been hectic but exciting lately. I sent an email to the red-carpet list today talking about the shutdown of the Red Carpet server in preparation for a launch of the stable version. It's been a long haul for the past 8 or 9 months, and it feels good to be at the point where we're ready to say Red Carpet is a supported product.

So, feeling somewhat punchy, a bunch of us took off from the office to go to Trident Cafe and get some food. Along the way we were wishing everyone a happy Earth Day, until we found out we were still a few hours from Earth Day. Sigh. But then midnight hit while we were waiting for the T, so we paid a T performer ~$8 to lead those waiting for the train in the Happy Earth Day song.

Looking back, I can't see why it was so funny.

Weekend (and Monday): met phil, totally cool guy. We bummed around all weekend (with vladimir), played Dreamcast Virtua Tennis and Power Ball 2, watched some movies. Felt pretty lazy.

Today, I got my new hard drive for my T20, pulled the old one, got Debian on the new disk. Still need to make suspend to disk work again, but everything is sane again. Now back to serious work.

Crashed Rob's party. Gave out some Helix stuff.

RPMv4 is nice, but I'm not sure I understand what the point was. So far, the API changes are incrementally better, but with the additional burden of making you #ifdef your way around stuff. Eh.

Needless to say, I'd still give almost anything for some relevant documentation.

Debian continues to remind me of Xanadu -- good vision, sketchy implementation.

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