Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Jul 28 10:12:38 2003
Bug guts

I introduced a bug, at work, while trying to fix another. That was last friday. I felt rather dumb when I managed to track it down. The thing is, the stuff I'm working on is trying to do some really really clever things that a human would normally do. As a result, it's a bit fragile, and a bit hard to understand/trace. Oh well.

It's slowly coming up on a year that I've been in Pittsburgh. This time last year, I was madly in love with Debb, and, I think, telling my boss at GoAntiques that I was leaving town in pursuit of love. I was firing my resume to all sorts of places in Pittsburgh, and, I think, had gotten a response from a local bank. Of course, I was ignoring advice from my parents to wait to move until I had a job, and was trying to find someone to assume my lease for that big, old, blue house on 16th. I might've had my old apartment on Bellefonte picked out -- I'm not sure. It's funny, how much things can change in a year. Then again, a year is a biggish unit in people's lives. Greater than 1%, for most folk :)

It's been something I've been chewing on in my mind recently.. I've come to understand, over the last few years, exactly how different the belief in deities changes one's worldview. Even a mild faith is immensely different, and changes things. There are so many things that a lot of other people partake in, that make sense to them because the basis for their beliefs about life in general involve concepts that mine don't. Living as if someone other than oneself and society were keeping score... the attribution of one's morality to others, and the divinification and externalization of that part of oneself.. the feeling of being part of some plan, or at least a pawn on a chess board. I think I understand it..

I'm listening to a random shuffle of nature sounds I like from a '500 sound effects' CD set I bought years ago. It's kind of soothing. Initially, I wasn't sure about changing from the normal random music shuffle, but this is a nice change of pace. My favorite track is 'river in a cave'. It is, quite naturally, just a recording of an underground river flowing in a cave. I can't find that CD set anywhere online, at least based on what I can remember of the title. When I get home, I might see if I can find publisher info on one of the CD cases.

Oh, here's the most irritating bug ever, in redhat. Well, it's really a design flaw, but they don't see it as a problem. It's irritating -- I've written locale-unaware replacements for stuff in libc just to prevent my static libraries from using those symbols. This is, quite naturally, for work. :)

And, just for those of you who keep emailing me,

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