sylvar: (B5: Sheridan: Big Damn Hero)
Three things that made me happy today:
  • Resigning from both chess games with honor, and realizing that I enjoyed them enough that it didn't matter that I lost.  I'll probably return to those boards in a few days to analyze them.
  • Having an early VD with Jodi (dinner and a movie)
  • Specifically, watching Sweet Land (about which more later, probably in a day or two) and talking about it afterward.  For now, I'll just quote without context: "Hallo, hems."  And I want an icon of Brownie's "Have more pie" line.
Three things I accomplished today:
  • Configuring the assistant director's new Treo smartphone to connect to the Exchange server
  • Taking some pretty good photographs of one of the new employees, for our website
  • Finding a supplier for custom compounded medication for Pied, and then finding an even better supplier after she started drooling, Turner and Hooch-style, following the administration of 1mL suspension p.o. (apparently the fish flavoring is what did it; the better supplier makes their own fish flavoring from scratch)
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...but THIS design might have come from my glass eye. I'm not quite sure.

Now, granted, I like the TBLC logo, and I like deconstructing it. But I'm not sure it's enough for an entire tie. Still, I'm sort of hoping TBLC decides they like it well enough to buy me one. :)

Zazzle is now selling neckties, among other new things, so those of you who like to make homemade gifts without the danger of getting macaroni glued to your fingers will be glad to know that it was pretty easy to do this. (I had to make two images, one with the TBLC logo and one with the wavy bits, and set the tie's background color to exactly the same hex value and the two images. Also, I had to remove lots of duplicates, since Zazzle expects you to want to tile your images.)

But, yeah... it was pretty easy, and I could fairly easily make more designs like this as a promo of some sort.


May. 1st, 2006 03:59 pm
sylvar: (Breakfast Club: Brain)
With #code4lib's help, I've now got an XSLT stylesheet that lets browsers turn the existing RSS feed into something resembling HTML. This is a big step for all of the work I'm planning to do, since it means I can apply that knowledge to all the rest of the XSLT stuff.

Huzzah! I really need to cacheize the script so I can share the URL with everyone. I've gotten a lot done today and I'm proud of it.

From an email to the stakeholders (hey guys, put those stakes down, I haven't even got my game face on):
A letter to the webmaster, my boss, and her boss )

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May. 1st, 2006 01:24 pm
sylvar: (B5: Sheridan: Big Damn Hero)
My Perl script returns valid RSS for items added in the last 7 days at any given SunCat library. I need to make it cache results and use the cache, or else I can't share the URL without getting our database slammed by broken RSS aggregators querying once per minute. But I've got valid RSS, which is a good start.

Next parts of the project:
  1. Get a scratch PAC working so we can monkey around with it.
  2. Cache-ize the RSS script.
  3. Add more useful information; currently it's only displaying an ISBN and an image.

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Good news

Jan. 6th, 2006 07:38 am
sylvar: (Oh purr!)
It's <a href

Good news

Jan. 6th, 2006 07:38 am
sylvar: (Oh purr!)
It's working.
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Written yesterday, posted today:

I woke up at 4am to boot up my brain before shutting down the servers back at the office some 1300 miles away. With a minor exception (the newest servers without VNC on them yet), it went smoothly.

A heat wave would raise the temperature to almost 60 before a tailgating cold front brings snow in a few days, but I walked six blocks to the train in 40-degree weather. I'm sure I looked like a wimp in my tan trenchcoat, but I wanted to stay warm if I could.

I reached the airport over three hours early, got oriented, and decided to get a bit of exercise. I walked to the farthest gate on Concourse A, then back across the central mall, and down to the farthest gate on Concourse G.

By the time I finished, I was quite ready to stow my heavy backpack in the lockers. $2/hr is worth it, and seeing my thumbprint displayed on the screen was kind of neat. That thumb, plus a six-character code on the receipt, will let me retrieve my bag.

Thus unencumbered, I repeated my little jaunt -- a mere mile and a half each time, the information desk told me -- and had the pleasure of helping a tourist be in the picture with his family. I also got to sample Leiniekugel's Red, a lager with an interestingly sharp clear taste and banana esters. I could be wrong about the esters, though, since I did eat an actual banana between walks.

While I waited and wandered, I got a call from the office saying that the air conditioner upgrade had gone well and quickly, the servers were all running again, and the server room was now a proper 69 degrees. If we can cough up $20-30k for a proper centralized backup, it'll finally be up to snuff. And if not, I guess I can hack together an AMANDA network.

I stopped halfway back to Concourse A for a pint of Leiniekugel's Honey Weiss (filtered, sadly) with lemon at TGI Friday's. Since it's about the only restaurant in the airport not owned by the same company as all the rest, a pint of decent brew is under $5. That wouldn't buy a Bud anywhere else in MSP.

Since the flight home was 48% full, I traded my exit-row seat for one of the many empty rows in the back. Flying is even more fun with satellite radio (although it's clearly prerecorded and synced on the ground like other in-flight audio). We took off as I was listening to "Wonkavator / End Titles" from _Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory_, soaring into "a world of pure imagination". (Yes, the end title is instrumental, but it quotes richly from "Pure Imagination".)

Later in the flight, I switched from the Cinemagic movie soundtracks channel to Bluegrass Junction. Bill Monroe played or would have recognized almost all of it, but Hayseed Dixie's cover of "Feel Like Makin' Love", mixed in with the more traditional tunes, delighted me.

During most of the flight, I reviewed and made thorough notes on the study guide from yesterday's class. HIP 4.x's architecture of abstractions is really a lot more useful than HIP 3.x's. I have a sinking feeling that there are global settings that should have been delegated to a smaller scope -- what if only some of our libraries want to allow borrowers to get e-mail when the library gets new items on a particular subject, by a favorite author, etc? -- but generally it seems useful.

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Today I packed a rolling suitcase and a backpack with almost all the gadgets a modern Pharaoh would be entombed with: GPS, digital camera, PDA, cell phone, laptop, and cables to connect them all. Then I watched

Tomorrow morning I'll drive to Orlando to take a plane to Minneapolis. You can track AirTran Flight 870 to see where I am. (It should leave around 10am Eastern time.)

I'll be at the CODI 2005 conference, presenting on a panel Monday morning, and learning from speakers through Wednesday. Thursday I'll get trained on a product that doesn't exist yet, and Friday morning I'll shut down almost all the TBLC servers in Tampa around 5am Minneapolis time so that new carpet can be installed in the server room. Then I'll fly home, and assuming that no asshats decide that Veterans' Day would be a peachy time to fly a thousand-mile nonstop jumbo jet into the Mall of America, I'll be home right around rush hour. Those of you who have driven in Tampa during rush hour may wonder which would be the kinder fate.

Meanwhile, the revolution will be blogged with the canonical tag on Flickr, Technorati, and other tag-aware sites.
sylvar: (Hmmm. (Giles))
"One more thing," she says as I return to the office I share with my co-worker. "If you guys could move the old UPS batteries sometime today... we've got a class in there Monday, and APC won't be picking up the old batteries by then."

These puppies are about 450lb, half a meter on each side, and two per pallet.

It was eventually decided that I should go around the office park to see if anyone would be neighborly enough to loan us a pallet jack. To my surprise, Adelphia Cable didn't blink -- Tanya agreed immediately and cheerfully. The jack made it a lot easier, and it turns out that our network guru is also a former Seabee certified with a pallet jack and most kinds of heavy equipment (graders, bulldozers, etc.) He parked those batteries in just a few minutes.

So all is well, and the racks are really shaping up nicely. Flickr photoset to come soon.

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!
sylvar: (Hmmm. (Giles))
We recently lost power at TBLC. For half an hour, maybe an hour, we had no power -- and so I scrambled madly to shut everything down. It didn't take too long, and everything came back up without too much trouble.

We're getting new UPS equipment next month, but our current system seems to have worked pretty well. Good to know.

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