Archive for August, 2006

Using Windows Live Writer

Oh, yes, this soooo rocks. The last post was written using Windows Live Writer. The user interface is modern and very attractive, and usage is super-simple. It auto-detects all the configuration information from by weblog and downloads the style so I can preview as I write.

The blog is at, and their latest post (at this time) explains a bit about what the software does.

Just for fun (and because I found out through their blog I could do this), here’s a map of where my wife is taking her brother today… Can you recognize the location?


Daily quotations, but with comments from real people, with a real personality. Just the thing to lose a minute every day and possibly gain some insight. And on a busy schedule, insight is hard to come by, so kudos to the author! 

Link to Quotations Weblog

The idea that the government is above the law is very scary – even more so for those without a citizen status, of which the USA is full of. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, and hurray for the judge who grew balls…


Judge rules against Bush on spying – U.S. Security –

Bad experience on Delta Airlines

So, I returned from NYC yesterday, and the flight was pretty bad. We were more than an hour late in departing (although somehow the pilot made it up and we were only 15-20 minutes late arriving), the cabin was a bit dirty, the space was cramped enough that Laura couldn’t sleep well (and that has never been a problem before), then we were delayed when arriving at the airport because some vehicles were blocking the gate entrance…
Oh, and I also had to shell out $2 for earphones (even though the flight was longer than some other international flights), and, in any case, the TV channels started getting choppy video and audio over the lakes, and finally we lost the signal somewhere over Montana, then didn’t get it back until we were in Seattle. If that was supposed to be an ‘awareness-act’ for satellite dishes, it backfired pretty badly.
Still, I’m back in the west, the weather is gorgeous, and we all arrived sound & safe.
The countdown is on… First week of September, the tools are a-coming. We’ll see what they look like… Win32-only… I haven’t done anything in something more sophisticated than C++ for Win32 in a long time.

Indexing Sources

I’ve worked with and without indexed sources, and yes – indexing the sources is the way to go. Well, way back when I hardly had any version control system, so that might have been a bit ambitious.
Anyway, great article on how to get that working both from the operations side and from the development tool side.


Blue Angels – missed

So, we almost went to the Seafair to watch the Blue Angels, then decided to see them from the Space Needle, then decided that there was too many people anyway. Here are some shots other people kindly took and posted.
Instead, we drove to the Freemont Fair, then to the Ballard Locks, then back to the Space Needle, and finally spent some time in Kirkland by the lake, drinking mate and talking with friends.
Dinner, and now ready to bed… Sleeepyyy… This weekend was almost like visiting the place where I live!

Carli de visita

Carli está visitando, llegó hoy, y ya estamos casi listos para disfrutar el primer antojo: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
¿Qué deparará el futuro? Nadie puede saberlo… Aunque siempre podemos esperar a que al menos mañana nos levantemos tarde (y no haya ninguna baja en nuestros inodoros o vasos – historia larga). Y que llegue a conseguir el Dragon Book, que me late que me va a ser bastante útil.
  1. Do not go against the way of the human world that is perpetuated from generation to generation
  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake
  3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling
  4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world
  5. Be detached from desire your whole life long
  6. Do not regret what you have done
  7. Never be jealous of others in good or evil
  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation
  9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others
  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of love
  11. In all things have no preferences
  12. Do not have any particular desire regarding your place of domicile
  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food
  14. Do not possess ancient objects intended to be preserved for the future
  15. Do not act following customary beliefs
  16. Do not seek especially either to collect or practice arms beyond what is useful
  17. Do not shun death in the Way
  18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age
  19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help
  20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour
  21. Never stray from the Way