Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Dec 27 09:48:00 2004
Parallel Paper

I've gotten the next version of my BLOG up to a demoable state -- the commandline importer now works (topics untested) enough to import entries, and the markup works well enough to do some things (a lot is untested). What's not working? A lot! CSS is probably not even close to what it should be, the generated HTML is still not CSS-centric and I don't know how much of the customizable CSS code paths are still intact. The login system was gutted, and I'm not looking forward to rewriting it. There are presently no web ways to submit either Wiki entries or BLOG entries, and I'd like to fix that. The whole thing is probably very buggy and may need a fair amount of refactoring, but developing it is going to be a lot easier now because I won't be working in the abstract. It (minimally) works! w00t

On a different note entirely, I hate my car. I hate cars in general. When one adds insurance, registration, emissions testing, the number of repairs that happen in a year, tickets, likelihood of being towed and costs in there, and gas all together, plus the hassle of all that and dealing with dirt, things being splattered on it, etc, they're very painful to own. Today I picked my car back up from the city lots, because it was towed from in front of my apartment. Apparently there was a wedding, and someone made a request for it to be towed. I saw no notice of this, and I'm going to go to parking court to fight this one. I'm think that it's the Yeshiva folks a quarter block down the street who did it, but I'm not certain -- last time they held a wedding, they dropped me a post card a few days in advance asking me not to park. Maybe that was just the people getting married and not the Yeshiva oganization itself. If it was done in the Yeshiva, I'm going to go talk to them asking the organization to always send letters, and if they say no or if it's not them, I'm going to see what I can do to ban weddings on my street, writing a number of letters to people who might be able to help. That will make me feel better. I hate owning a car. I am presently thinking of selling my car, and not having one. I think I can get by happily without one, but will try not driving for a few weeks to see, probably right after I get back from Europe. Cars are a stupid waste of money and a major hassle. I need to find out if they're really worth it to me or not. I'm going to learn a lot about public transit. To my readers, do you drive? What would it take for you to drive less? Is public transit in your area good?

Mon Dec 27 13:48:55 2004

Hey, what did you mean by the comment that you left on my xanga????

Mon Dec 27 14:24:52 2004

I'm not sure if you know this, but there's about 40 different screen names on Xanga that link you to this information:

Name: Pat Gunn Nick: Improv Email: pgunn@dachte.org Backup Email: qc@apk.net Work Email: pgunn@cs.cmu.edu Website: http://www.dachte.org Slashdot: http://slashdot.org/~Improv AIM: dachte000 ICQ: 97563550 Yahoo Chat: pgunn01 Yahoo Profile: http://profiles.yahoo.com/pgunn01 Snailmail: 5544 Hobart St., Pittsburgh PA 15217 Voice: 412-480-3321 DOB: 28 June 1978 Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Pgunn

Fri Dec 31 14:07:09 2004

"To my readers, do you drive?"

Unfortunately, I drive a lot.

"What would it take for you to drive less?"

Primarily, a different job. I have no way to get to my job from home, or to do my job, other than driving. At my last job, I was able to bike to work at times, which I miss.

I don't feel guilty about driving a lot for my job, because someone has to do it.

Also, friends' houses and places for shopping, entertainment etc. would have to be closer and/or more accessible via public transit.

"Is public transit in your area good?"

No, it sucks, especially in the evening and on weekends. The only bus in this town that runs frequently is the #2 N. High St., and that only during the day. Many parts of the metropolitan area are hard or impossible to get to by bus.

Before you sell your car, try riding Greyhound a few times to see if you are OK with it.