On This Day: April 11

Below are entries written on today's date (currently defining "today" based on the Eastern timezone in the USA).

Pete's Log: Log Entry 42

Entry #42, Sun, April 11, 1999 (Coding, Hacking, & CS stuff)
(posted when I was 20 years old.)
More work on the filesystem. Also, got some cool stuff working with mysql and php3. Plus some work on other small stuff needing and doing. Oh yeah, and some work on oompi. autoconf is cool...
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Pete's Log: Log Entry 255

Entry #255, Tue, April 11, 2000, 02:49 EST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 21 years old.)
Well, I finished up a webpage for goose, my ex-roomie. He wanted to compensate me, so for payment we agreed on a sixpack of beer. My specifications for the beer were that it be a lager that is not super-cheap. I trust goose to make a good choice.

I think the following rumination describes something I should try in class sometime:
"I think a good technique to stay awake during boring meetings is to imagine everyone as animals. Talking people are boring, but talking animals -- now there's something you don't see everyday. Especially taking notes." (Dustin Hotz)

Today was a good day for ruminations:
"My favorite part of school used to be making cut-outs from colored construction paper and pasting sprinkles on them. It was fun, it was creativity in its purest form, and I was too young to care that some faculty members deemed it inappropriate for a masters thesis." (Larry Hollister)

ruminations is at
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Pete's Log: bouncing round the room

Entry #959, Wed, April 11, 2001, 02:13 EST (Random Crap)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
from a slashdot link:

"The University of North Carolina has finally found a network server that, although missing for four years, hasn't missed a packet in all that time. Try as they might, university administrators couldn't find the server. Working with Novell Inc. (stock: NOVL), IT workers tracked it down by meticulously following cable until they literally ran into a wall. The server had been mistakenly sealed behind drywall by maintenance workers."

My question is, why did they go looking for it? And why did they wait four years before deciding they needed to find the thing?

Sorry, Tim, but this sounds funny taken out of context: "Time to staple stuff together and mail them off." I should buy more stamps. The possession of a plentitude of stamps would facilitate my desire to staple stuff together and mail it to random people. I think I'd need a stapler too.

You know, I think I own a stapler. I shall now go find it, and then take it to campus where it belongs.
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Pete's Log: and my parking spot was still there when I got back

Entry #960, Wed, April 11, 2001, 03:36 EST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
Mission accomplished: I now have a stapler and a bunch of staples on my desk at the ssr.

So the problem with waking up at midnight is that there's not many people around once I finally get to campus. But that's ok. So since I've not been on a regular sleep schedule in a long while, I decided now wasn't the time to start. So I went home and went to sleep at 18:00. Slept till after midnight. Watching tv, took a stapler to campus, wondering if I'd fall asleep if I tried now. History channel is doing a show on the mutiny on the bounty. To my dismay, I realized that no longer resolves. Perhaps I should fix that.

I really want to add a digest sort of feature to the log mailing list thing. Give people the option to receive individual entries, or to get a digest once a day or once a week, or to get a digest after xyz K of entry text has amassed.

So I've been reading random diaries at, finding them amusing. And I realized, the biggest problem with the terms "log" and "journal" is that it really just kinda sounds silly to start out an entry with "dear log," or "dear journal," ... not that I'd really want to start out entries with "dear diary," but it's just a thought, right?

I would like a subscription to "Cat Fancy" magazine. But I'm unwilling to pay for one.
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Pete's Log: so maybe we could hang out sometime?

Entry #961, Wed, April 11, 2001, 17:10 EST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
I love the disney channel. "Zoog Disney" is my afternoon redeemer. The shows are so delightfully shallow, I can watch them without them even registering with most of my brain functions. Is it wrong that I watch shows geared towards 14 year olds?

Beyond that, I'm studying for my graphics test tomorrow. I feel little worry. Calm and unworried. That's me. I also need to do some comp arch stuff tonight. I came home because it was absurdly warm in the

Wow! they just shot a lead-filled stuffed dog out of an airgun! It broke a door!

Ok. I came home because it was absurdly warm in the ssr. It's nice in my apartment. Heat itself doesn't bother me too much. But I find myself unable to do work when I'm excessively warm. So I came home and spent an hour and a half not doing work. So proper temperature isn't all I need. Onwards.

Oh, and this didn't work out exactly as planned, but here's today's vocab word: apothegm: a short, pithy, and instructive saying or formulation. I also find it particularly shady that is the Merriam Webster online dictionary, while redirects to I'm not sure if vocab words will become a regular feature. It's unlikely: I'm lazy.
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Pete's Log: experimentation

Entry #962, Wed, April 11, 2001, 18:39 EST (Coding, Hacking, & CS stuff)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
woo! fun stuff. I just added the coolest (well, after the random log entry) feature to Pete's Log: I can now postpone log entries. At the bottom of my add entry page is a little "postpone" button, which will store the entry I'm working on in the database so that I can come back and play with it later. I'm so proud. Yeah, I know. I should be working on graphics.
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Pete's Log: ow. yay! ow! yay!

Entry #963, Wed, April 11, 2001, 23:08 EST (Sports and Athletics)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
So given the choice between 1. studying graphics, 2. doing some preparation for comp arch tomorrow, or 3. playing soccer in the rain, the obvious choice is 3. So got to Stepan field at about 8. Pretty soon, there were 13 of us. Yay! So we played for at least two hours. I hurt so much. I am so out of shape. But it was so much fun. I love soccer. I had three or four goals. So aggression was released in a controlled fashion. I was pretty worthless on defense, though, mainly because I had a tough time getting my ass from one side of the field to the other. And to think I used to be good at midfield. And I made a big realization today. I suck at communication on the field. Need to work on that.

So this is probably the first time I've played soccer against a girl wearing a dress. That was interesting. I played with George Coppinger and his crew, so there were several people there I didn't know. It was fun. But getting up tomorrow ain't gonna be easy...
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Pete's Log: job hunt progress

Entry #1344, Fri, April 11, 2003, 20:25 EDT (Life in General)
(posted when I was 24 years old.)
Wednesday I got a phone call from a company I had sent my resume to several weeks ago. I called them back yesterday and had a phone interview that lasted about 30 minutes. At the end of it, they invited me in for an interview, which was this morning. The interview went very well, I felt. I was only asked one really technical question, right at the beginning of the interview. The guy apparently liked my answer since he said "That's a good answer," and didn't ask me anything technical after that.

So after that I went back to the temp job I'm working, and during lunch, Meg called home to check our messages. There was another message from another company I'd applied to a couple weeks ago. So I called them today and had a brief phone interview, and they might call me in for an interview next week.

So suddenly things seem to be going better with this whole job search thing.
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