brain dead

Okay, I know I said that I’d be back with a real update today, but I can’t seem to get into gear. Post-thesis-defense burnout, maybe. We (I, Lor, a friend, and my parents) did get the truck loaded up with all our stuff, and it left Thursday. Lor left Thursday too, for job training in Chicago. It’s her birthday today – the first one I haven’t spent with her since we’ve been together – Happy Birthday Laura!

I’m bouncing around our mostly empty house, killing time until next week, when I’ll climb into the car and drive it to DC. Lor and the friend who helped us pack will be flying into Baltimore with the cats. Once I get there, we’ll unload the truck (into the fourth floor apartment – ouch!), and then life should get back to normal.

The Bill of No Rights. I think I can get with several of these:

   You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means
   that you have the right to pursue happiness -- which, by the
   way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an
   overabundance of idiotic laws created by those around you who
   were confused by the Bill of Rights.

The Antique Vibrator Museum has some interesting pictures of early ‘massaging’ devices, and might make interesting reading for people looking for a return to the Good Old days, before all this smut crept into our lives.

Want some free 'net access, but can’t find it because you don’t use 'doze or the MacOS? Check out TCI: FreeWWWeb for Linux. No annoying ads to look at; all they want you to do is use their site for your browser home page. Seems to work okay, especially given the price, but the news server is shite, and the SMTP server was running pretty slow the other day. I’m hoping to get by with this when I first get out to DC, until I can get some type of broadband connection.

Back in high school, I spent far too much time playing a computer game called Elite. There’s a project out there to reverse engineer the source; hopefully this will lead to a version that will run on a computer I currently own.

I spent a little bit of time trying to do my thesis in LaTeX, before giving up and cranking it out in Word. One of the things I was going to try to do was use BiBTeX to format the references; gBiB would have probably been useful.

Well, not the best update I’ve ever done, but considering my current computer set up (I’ll spare the gory details, but milk crates play an important role, and using it for longer than about an hour leads to some decent back pain), it’s going to have to do. I’ll prolly be back for more tomorrow.