Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Story

Saturday at lunch, I asked Gen if we had any plans for dinner. Our schedules where clear, so I asked her if I could set up some surprise dinner plans. And she did get a bit of a surprise.

I took her across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Marin Headlands. There's a series of mostly untouched hills just across the bridge, and that was where our second date took place. I took her to an outcropping in the hills above an ocean side cliff, and set up a picnic. I got out some of her favorite snacky-bits and we ate dinner with the Golden Gate to our left and the sun setting to our right.

After we had finished dinner, with the sun just above the horizon I got the ring out of my jacked pocket, got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. I had barely spoken the words, when she answered "yes".

Saturday, April 26, 2008

She Said "Yes"!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Napa Twittering

Andrew arranged another limo trip to Napa this weekend. They're always a lot of fun, getting to hang out with friends old and new. And, of course, the ability to drink wine without worrying about losing designated driver rock-paper-scissors.

And this time I discovered how useful a twitter feed could be for such an occasion. I had the forethought to twitter the locations I visited, so I can have some record for the next time I head up. I'm glad I'm catching up with them kids these days.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Debugging Plumbing

A short while ago I found myself with a standard home-owner dilemma. A clogged drain. But not just any drain. This was the kitchen sink drain with the insinkerator in it. As I was getting my blue-collar on (in a linguistic idiom from The Todd) I was struck by how nicely a career in programming had prepared me for this sort of problem.

I was essentially dealing with a bug here. And it started off as wonderfully well specified and specific as most bug reports do. "The sink doesn't work". After some quick digging with the user (i.e. the part of my brain that just wanted to empty the damn sink) I got a slightly better bug report. "The sink is slowly draining and I may have tossed some bad data into the system". So now I could investigate.

I did the binary search on the U-joint and the removable piece connecting the insinkerator to the wall. Both of these turned up clean. And here I lost me cool for a second. I started blaming select and went to a bad (and very damp) place for a while filled with frustration.

I ended up running some draining tests now (well once I cooled off a bit). And left the U Joint off and poured a cup of water down the sink and timed both entry and exit to the system. It took 5 seconds to put the cup of water in the sink, and 6 seconds for it to collect on the other side. AHA!. Apparently there's some friction in the insinkerator and that's causing my slow leak. Well no, but there were another few hours wasted on that theory. Eventually I realize that every time there's a huge blockage it drains pretty damn fast through where the u joint was when I take it out and move along with the next theory.

OK. Well now there's only one place left. And it's frustrating to think about because it's in the wall. And that means calling a plumber. So I do nothing for a few days and don't use the sink. Well the problem is kinda in select now and so may as well wait for the next version of the software to come out. Right?

And then I get a nice email from the HOA. It informs me that several tenants have had
had similar problems and that the plumber isolated it to the walls and that it's now better. Woot! I'm glad I waited for the patch. And the email brings to light

a) I throw too much crap down the sink
2) I'm not the only one in the building that does it

Well I leave the problem alone now and wait for the next guy to come along. Though I'm pretty sure future-Keith is going to be pretty mad at me. Ah well. It's not like he can do anything about it.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Look what I found today

99 Words for Boobs

And up until I posted this it was only about four hops away from ginyu.com once you turn the directedness off in the web graph.