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AmazonFail [Apr. 13th, 2009|01:20 pm]
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So, weev has claimed responsibility for #amazonfail. Clever - he managed to cause massive havoc with about ten lines of code and the cooperation of a few webmasters. I've used similar attacks for more innocuous purposes (eg. I created a page that auto-upvotes itself on Reddit when you visit it), so his method is certainly plausible. Never attribute to malice what can be explained by malice + stupidity.

Happy belated Easter everyone. Meant to post yesterday, but was busy investigating stuff for work. Now I'm busy posting on LiveJournal instead of doing work.
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Old age [Mar. 15th, 2009|11:21 am]
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Well fuck. I guess I'm an old fogey now.
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Why do good TV shows all go bad? [Mar. 2nd, 2009|09:13 pm]
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I used to like 24. It's a good show. But it's really hard to overlook the fact that Jack Bauer is evil. Really, why do they have to glorify the bad guys and broadcast their warped sense morality to the whole country? Can't he be wrong once in a while?

At least Heroes is semi-amusing. Claire: "Mom. We're having sex." Claire's mom: "The truth, Claire." Claire's mom is made of awesome this episode.
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Weekends [Feb. 16th, 2009|01:18 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[music |Coraline soundtrack - In the Bed]

It was almost sunny this morning, a rare change from the past 5 days. But then the rain moved in and it poured. It's stopped now, but it's supposed to rain more over the hour, which puts the kibosh on any hiking/walking plans. I was tempted to walk in to work this afternoon (yeah, I have today off, but I can either sit at home and work on hobby projects or sit at work and get some stuff done for Google), but the rain means that if I go in, I'll be driving.

It's funny, when I was in grade school, I couldn't wait for the weekend. Even when I got to high school, which I liked a lot better, the weekend was something I eagerly anticipated, since then I could work on my own stuff (well, or play DragonRealms, or riff around on guitar), stuff that actually meant something to me. In college, the weekend was much like weekdays, except that I felt much guiltier on weekdays because I was supposed to be in class and generally wasn't. And now - I basically do exactly the same thing on the weekends as I do during the week. When I was doing the startup, I didn't even make a distinction: I just worked 7 days/week.

I guess this is a good thing: it means I like my job enough that my indifference curves are basically equal, and I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing all the time. It's funny how this reduces the "specialness" of the weekends though. Psychology is weird.
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It's Friday the 13th [Feb. 13th, 2009|07:15 am]
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Friday the 13th followed by Valentine's day. What's that mean for your love life?

There was snow on the mountains near San Jose today. It was really pretty. Particularly since the low clouds from last night's rainstorm hadn't yet gone away. Unfortunately, it was really wet (again, from last night's rainstorm), which wasn't so pretty.

Edit: And now there's a beautiful rainbow right outside my office.

Most of my friends seem to be sick. Luckily, with one exception (the girl I've been staying with for 2 days since my house has been fumigated), my only contact with them is online. Those of you battling illnesses, feel better, and here's hoping I don't come down with any of the various plagues going around. :-)
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Twittershitting [Feb. 7th, 2009|12:07 pm]
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Automatically shipped via LoudTwitter.

You. Yes you. Cut your damn tweets!Collapse )

It's not that hard - you put <lj-cut> in the "text to add at the beginning of the post" box on your LoudTwitter prefs, and </lj-cut> in the "text to add at the end of the post". This is a basic account, so being paid-account-less is not a good excuse. While you're at it, why don't you check the "Hide Replies" box, since nobody on LJ really wants to see them anyway.
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Statistically significant others [Feb. 5th, 2009|10:18 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

Hands up who this applies to.
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Superbowl [Feb. 1st, 2009|07:10 pm]
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Okay, yesterday I was all like "Eh, I don't care about the SuperBowl, I'm just going to have the TV on while I work on some code." Well, I did that but it turned out to be really exciting, and I didn't get a whole lot of work done. Let's see, there was Roethlisberger's run for a touchdown in the 1Q (later overturned by a challenge), then Harrison's historic 100-yard interception touchdown at the end of the 2Q, then Arizona's comeback in the 4Q that took the score from 20-7 down to 20-23 up, and then the final Steeler's drive and touchdown in the last minute of play.
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Slash [Jan. 31st, 2009|11:24 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

Slash makes the Internet cry.

Even Google thinks so.
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Arrived safely [Jan. 8th, 2009|12:20 am]
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[Current Location |mountain view]
[mood |tiredtired]

Arrived in Silicon Valley - finally. This morning was a miserable New England morning - slush, snow, sleet, wintry mix, the works. My parents managed to tiptoe down 128 in time for me to miss the 5:30 AM Logan Express and make the 6:00 AM. Had plenty of time at the airport though - I always check-in electronically, so it takes like 5 minutes to check bags and maybe 10 for security and then I'm through.

But then once we got on the plane, we sat on the tarmac for 3 hours. We were supposedly 3rd in line for de-icing, so we pulled away from the gate. Then there was a report that there were ice pellets mixed in with the sleet/snow/wintry mix, and planes can't take off in ice. So everything at Logan was grounded. Then a few planes got off, we were 3rd in line for de-icing again, and we thought all was good. And then it started icing, and we sat some more. My 8:16 AM flight finally got off the ground around 11:30 AM.

Naturally, that put most of the passengers in a poor mood, since basically everyone with a connecting flight had missed it. I'm so glad I chose to fly non-stop to San Francisco instead of one-stop to San Jose. If I'd had a connecting flight, I would've missed it (everything out of Boston was delayed) and that would've sucked.

Watched half of City of Embers on the plane. It looked pretty good. Post-apocalypse sci-fi is always good, the soundtrack was great, and it starred Saoirse Ronan (Atonement). Some parts were kinda cheesy though. Perhaps I'll watch the whole thing sometime.

Luckily, I'm now in sunny Silicon Valley, where it's like a crisp New England autumn day. Took care of banking, met the landlady & one of the roommates, had Mexican takeout from a taqueria on Dana street, and am now back at the house testing out the Internet connection. All my Google new hire information came via e-mail today, so there's lots of paperwork to read over, and I've got a busy shopping day tomorrow.
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