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January 2nd, 2011
06:20 pm
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Where I slept in 2010
Y'all are making me feel provincial.

Somerville, MA
Rochester, NY
Mountain View, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Greenfield, MA
Lincoln, VA
December 7th, 2010
10:36 pm
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Product release!
The product I've been working on at Google since I joined up in March, ChromeOS, had its major public debut today:

http://www.google.com/chromeos

In addition to showing off the current version of the OS, and the integration with new toys like the Chrome Web Store, there's an actual piece of hardware, the "Cr-48" Chrome notebook. Unfortunately, it's in a "limited pilot program", so you can't all go out and buy one, but you can apply for the pilot and/or open new tabs in Chrome a lot and hope to get the golden ticket gift box.

(for what it's worth, I mostly worked on 802.11 authentication and roaming and related connectivity issues).

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August 25th, 2010
12:24 am
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Do strange phrases ever just pop into your head?
"Cream of government soup"

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June 17th, 2010
06:43 am
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AHA conference trip adventure so far
... is entirely trip logistics. In the ever-popular +/- form:

- Getting up at 4:45 to catch a flight
--- 12 hours of flight delays in the Indianapolis airport
+ in contrast, merely arriving at my destination is a treat
- the hotel with my reservation is overbooked tonight
+ but they're paying for the night at the hotel across the street
+/- The hotel across the street seems nicer than the one I originally booked

And now, bedtime.

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January 4th, 2010
10:41 pm
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Phone time
When last I wrote about this, over two years ago, I was looking to replace a failing phone with something interesting. I didn't find anything interesting, and instead switched to an older but functional Motorola flip. That somewhat crappy phone may have just crapped it's last (makes calls and connects, but audio doesn't work at all), so I should really get something else. Suggestions? I no longer consider laptop tethering a critical application, and I'm willing to switch carriers.

The iPhone, something Android, N900, Pre, or just another $50 GSM flip phone and living contract-free? Sell me on something, people.

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January 2nd, 2010
08:23 pm
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dining 2009
Previously

Days recorded: 239
Takeout or dining out: 37%
Most frequent places for dining out: Rudy's, Joe Sent Me (staying in the neighborhood - go figure)
Most frequent meals at home: Black bean quesadillas (for the fourth year running), tomato/basil/mozzarela salad.
Up-and-coming trend: Food from Dave's Fresh Pasta.

List of dinners in 2009Collapse )

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September 30th, 2009
10:02 pm
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Only some of them are good on salad
Sometimes I think that there are too many things in my life, or at least, that I should pay more attention to the things that I have. Other times I notice I'm missing something that is subtly different from all the other things I have, and yet somehow essential.

Poll #1464753 Kitchen Inessentials

How many distinct cooking oils are there in your kitchen?

0
0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
2(6.9%)
3
6(20.7%)
4
6(20.7%)
5
4(13.8%)
6
1(3.4%)
7
4(13.8%)
8
5(17.2%)
9
0(0.0%)
10-15
1(3.4%)
16-20
0(0.0%)
I accept that I have a problem
0(0.0%)

And how many vinegars?

0
1(3.4%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
3(10.3%)
3
5(17.2%)
4
5(17.2%)
5
6(20.7%)
6
2(6.9%)
7
3(10.3%)
8
1(3.4%)
9
1(3.4%)
10-15
1(3.4%)
16-20
0(0.0%)
You should come visit my custom vinegar cellar
1(3.4%)

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September 9th, 2009
02:25 pm
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another year around the sun
This year I'm 33 on 9-9-09. I don't think it needs any more numerological analysis than that.

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June 30th, 2009
09:29 pm
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Someone wrote this with a straight face
Found this afternoon on the back cover of a book at Mcintyre & Moore's annex:
This is a story of how work gets done. It is also a study of of how field service technicians talk about their work and how that talk is instrumental in their success. In his innovative ethnography, Julian E. Orr studies the people who repair photocopiers and shares vignettes from their daily lives. He characterizes their work as a continuous highly skilled improvisation within a triangular relationship of technician, customer, and machine.

The work technicans do encompasses elements not contained in the official description of the job yet vital to its success. Orr's analysis of the way repair people talk about their work reveals that talk is, in fact, a crucial dimension of their practics. Diagnosis happens through a narrative process, the creation of a coherent description of the troubled machine. The description becomes the basis for technicians' discourse about their experience, and the circulation of stories among the technicians is the principal means by which they stay informed of the developing subtleties of machine behavior. Orr demonstrates that technical knowledge is a socially distributed resource stored and diffused primarily through an oral culture.

Based on participant observation with copier repair technicians in the field and strengthened by Orr's own years as a technician, this book explodes numerous myths about technicians and suggests how technical work differs from other kinds of employment.

Talking About Machines: Ethnography of a Modern Job.
Even for $0.53, I couldn't bring myself to buy it.

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June 10th, 2009
10:48 pm
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Bay Area trip
I'm going to be in the SFBA next week, for a vacation. Arriving Sunday, staying in SF with no firm plans on Sun-Wed, then attending the American Homebrewers Assosiation National Conference in Oakland Thu-Sat, and leaving Sunday morning. I do plan to make pilgrimages to Toronado and 21st Amendment. What else is going on that I don't want to miss? The last day of RoboGames?

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