on covenant: point, counter point

el jefe: “I feel that most people would consider marriage more than just a metaphor. Whether viewed in a religious, legal, or romantic light, I think that marriage for most people represents a covenant that people come to rely on,…

scanning the landscape

finished the “ten page average length”, “just a formality”, “if you fail we’ll pull the answers out of you” masters comps just after 2pm. “treated” myself to a sinful lunch at wendy’s. got a much needed haircut at the manly…

hey kids, we’re in bawston

after 14 hours, much of it spent in detriot. a cascade of small errors (bags didn’t get checked through to boston, didn’t have boarding passes from detriot to boston, didn’t check the time after rechecking bag and getting boarding passes…

i haven’t checked my email for a week

which may be the first time that’s happened since i got my unc email account in the fall of 98. (i’m frightened to check it.) “you have 272 new messages.” 177 (65%!) were spam. there was no internet at the…

killington photos are up

all bundled up and ready to hit the slopes

killington: a revisionist history

we drove to killington sunday night. bought groceries on the way. got a speeding ticket in vermont. arrived in the darkness. three or four inches of snow fall after we go to bed. jane is my teacher on the first…

by monday, march 29

i’ve been buckling down to build the financial system for work–as a proxy for my masters project. eventually i’ll stop programming, i’m thinking by cob thursday, and spend next weekend producing some draft writeup of what i did so that…

watch my weblog presentation

goto http://channel.horizonlive.com/ click Participant Login enter ‘unc‘ as the Channel ID and any name in the name field. select Making Improvements to Your Blog with Justin Watt… from the list then click the “Navigation” button if Realplayer doesn’t start in…

i discovered a new HTML tag: LABEL !!!

i’ve been building all these html form-based user interfaces for my master’s project, and i’ve been using radio buttons for data entry, except they’re so small that they end up violating Fitts’ Law in a major way. usually you can…

i can’t believe i write this stuff like it’s no big thing

for the non-sql-acquainted: there’s nothing to see here, move along, move along… this is an actual query (hand-generated) from my financial-database-cum-master’s-project: SELECT o.obligation_id, o.project_year_id, o.obligation_amount, o2.obligation_amount as allocable_amount, o.obligation_modification_number, o.obligation_notes, f.fund_id, f.objective_id, ft.fund_type_code, ft.fund_type_name, obj.objective_code, obj.objective_name, r.region_code, r.region_name, e.earmark_code, e.earmark_name,…

holy crap, i’m totally distracted

by the fact that my wireless access point (Linksys BEFW11S4v2) keeps dropping it’s signal, requiring me to *frequently* get up and unplug it and replug it. i’ve called tech support, i’ve reflashed the firmware (same version), i’ve changed the channel…

why am i trying so hard to use microsoft word intelligently!?

why can’t i start the automatic numbering for a caption (figure 1, figure 2) at an arbitrary number i decide? why can’t i set the first page of my document to have a different top margin that all the rest…

and i’m spent

i ended up spending all day today on the darn thing (33 hours straight? except for my 8am class and that 10am staff meeting and lunch with jane at pepper’s). there are some good parts and there are some rough…

drinking at the mozilla water fountain

some discussion of this came up after a question about trusted computing/palladium following cory’s talk about the eff. he described having to lie to his dumb bank to convince them that his browser of choice (ostensibly mozilla, safari, or opera)…