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This evening, encouraged by Dan (who I called to wish a happy birthday), I set up a MySpace account. I did it mainly so that I could hook up with some friends who are not LJ users. LJ is and will always been my preferred method of blogging and I’m only using MySpace for the contacts and “friends”. That said, if anyone wants to see the amusing profile I put together, you should check it out.

It’s way late now. I’m off to bed.

Last night, today

Yesterday was a busy day at work and I barely had time to update the blog let alone finish all I had on my plate in the office. In fact, I didn’t even leave the office until 6 PM, which is unheard of for me these day. (But there are other people who have it worse than me. Because of that, I didn’t get home until almost 7 PM and then evening was shot. So I have already broken my self-proclaimed rule of not watching TV after work. I sat down and watched my TiVo’d episode of Studio 60 while I ate dinner and then I went right to bed.

It snowed overnight. We got about 1 inch and Price George’s county and several surrounding counties therefore closed all schools today. This makes no sense to me. We had less snow today than we did a few weeks ago and back then, the schools opened 2 hours late. I’d like to see the flow chart with the decision-making process for closing schools.

It’s been a busy, fragmented morning. I’ve had my hands in several things, often at the same time. At one point, I was on the phone helping someone in Santa Monica track down the root cause of a bug, while at the same time, I was (attempting) to write code to correct a completely different bug. It gets confusing. I’m hamstrung now because I’m awaiting completion of a data migration before I can continue my testing of my bug fix, but it won’t be done for an hour. I head home in just over an hour.

One way I reduce stress is through strategic uses of ice cream. I’ve been having larger breakfasts and dinners (more protein), but have been cutting back on lunches. So after my usual lunchtime nap, I headed down to Haagen Dazs and got myself a banana split, which was delicious and some of which ended up on my jeans. But I feel better because of it.

strausmouse has mentioned how cold it has been in his neck of the woods and it has been cold here too. The high this week is something like 27 and the high today is 23, but with the wind it “feels like” 13 degrees. Even so, waiting for the train in 13 degree weather this morning felt substantially warmed than the -2 earlier in the week.

Fans of Ken Jennings and Beavis & Butthead, might enjoy his post today on the world’s most unfortunately coded airports. It’s good for a mid-day laugh.

Speaking of mid-day laughs, I have to run off to a meeting.

Night off

Regular readers of this blog can probably tell that I was unusually busy yesterday. I posted only one entry for the entire day. I was so busy, in fact, that I decided to take the night off. When I got home, I did nothing, no reading, no writing, no revisions. I sat in front of the TV for a few hours and just tried to relax. In fact, I even broke my rule of “no carbs at dinner” and ordered a pizza. I’m not a big fan of pizza; I’ve had too much of it in my lifetime. But I was lazy enough to not want to go out and get something.

I managed to get to bed by around 9:30 PM.


This post represents 365 consecutive days of my posting at least one entry to my LiveJournal and that, of course, means I have completed a year’s worth of entries. I’d say I’ve done a pretty good job at recording the ins-and-outs of my life over the last year. In some ways, there is more detail here than there ever was in my paper diaries because I tended to write more and include photos and things like that (something I never did in my paper diaries). I’ll have a little more to say on this in my end-of-year wrap up which I’ll be posting later today.

Now I’m going to treat myself to a nice breakfast.

The 1,000th comment!

The winner of my secret 1,000th comment contest (secret because no one but me knew about it) is none other than strausmouse, who put the 1,000th comment on my blog with this ditty. Eric’s prize is a one-year paid subscription to LJ. Think of it as a “thank you” to all my loyal readers. (Of course, only one person won, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)

Maybe I’ll hold a similar contest for the 10,000th comment posted to my blog. And another for the 100,000th comment. If I last that long…


It was one year ago today, October 25, 2005, that I first got my paid LiveJournal account. I’d had a free account for some time, but had never actually used it. I ended up getting the paid account for 2 reasons: (1) it was the first day of my vacation and I wanted to to be able to write about it, post pictures, etc., and it was only $20/year for a whole bunch of additional benefits; (2) I had decided that beginning in January, I would stop using the paper diaries that I had been using for almsot 10 years and move toward a “paperless” diary, and LJ could provide the perfect solution for that. So my official paid LJ user account is one year old today (in fact, it renews automatically today).

In a rather remarkable coincidence, this journal entry that you are now reading marks my 1,000th entry since October 25, 2005. One thousand entries in the last 365 days is not too bad. However, it is actually somewhat better than that. My entries between October 25, 2005 and January 1, 2006 were somewhat sporadic. However, beginning on January 1, 2006 and continuing through today, I have at least one journal entry for every day (and actually much closer to an average of 4/day). Compared to the single small page I used to write in my paper diaries, that is a vast improvement.

In addition to this being my 1,000th entry, I have also posted 417 comments to my and other people’s journals. And I have received just about 800 comments from other people–or better than 2 per day on average.

Every six months that a paid user stays with LiveJournal, they earn an extra 4 userpics for free, so I expect to be able to expand my library of userpics from 34 to 38 in the next couple of day. So, Happy 1st Anniversary to my LiveJournal account!

I am also continuing to make good progress on Lunar Prospector, which I am finding utterly fascinating (especially from the perspective of managing a large project) and even difficult to put down. Since I started the book late Friday, I have gotten through 280 pages (out of 1,100), and covered about 193,000 words, which amounts to 48,500 words/day. To show you how remarkable this is, in the last 10+ years, my average reading pace has been 24,300 words/day. This year it has slowed to 22,300 words/day. So my pace in Lunar Prospector is double my average reading pace over the last 10 years. (Anyone interested in my full reading stats can see my reading list.) If I can maintain this pace, I will end up finishing the book in about 11 more days, on or about Saturday, November 4, 2006. For a book that is nearly 800,000 words long (the second longest book I’ve ever read), this is a pretty remarkable pace.