May 10, 2006

Bulk view


Whenever I slow down and let the universe tell me what to do, it gives
me back something amazing. I slept until noon today. I woke up in time
to meet my research supervisor briefly – he teased me about waking up
so late – and then I headed off to a great lunch with my labmates. I
decided to work at the Linux Caffe, making a serendipitous connection
with an open biologist. I picked up a bunch of herbs and a pot of
hibiscus on the way back, and after planting them, I found I had
enough energy to go to the improv comedy night after all. It was
hilarious. During the intermission, I discovered one of my passions,
and now I want to make something big happen. I’ll blog about it in
more detail, but I’ve decided to blog about it tomorrow as soon as I
wake up. That way, I wake up early and with lots of energy! Don’t
worry, I’ve told some of my friends already, so I’m not going to
forget the idea… =)

Totally refreshed. I love how the world works!

Linux Caffe

I’m sitting in the Linux Caffe working over a wireless connection, having just polished off another cup of their excellent hot chocolate. And it’s not just any hot chocolate, mind you. It’s open source and version-controlled through an internal Subversion repository.

It’s really a geek haven. Computer books fill the
windows and the shelves. Laptops are out, open, and plugged in.
Assorted penguin buttons are on sale.

It’s a great place to run into people. On the way in, I chatted with a
biologist who’s working on bringing the ideas of open source to genome
research. I’m sitting across a geekette with mad AIX skills. David,
the proprietor, is always fun to chat with about everything from the
local geek scene to the latest chocolate concoctions.

I think I’ve found a good home for my get-togethers. I want to get to
know a lot of people, and I want them to get to know each other, too.
It’s difficult to entertain at the Graduate House because of the
security restrictions and the way our suite is laid out; I don’t have
enough space to entertain. Hosting get-togethers at the Linux Caffe
promotes something I believe in, offers people more variety and
choice, and makes it easier for me to focus on people.

Let’s make that happen. Next Friday, I’ll have a get-together here. I
hope to eventually turn that into a lecture series, so that I get to
learn about interesting things from very interesting people. Perfect… =)

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Books at the Linux Caffe

I’ll be writing another blog post about the Linux Caffe, but here’s a
list of the books they have along the windows and on shelves.

  • Rembrandt
  • Pattern Recognition (Sklansky, not Gibson)
  • Am I Too Loud? Memoirs of an Accompanist
  • Fletch
  • A New Kind of Science (Wolfram!)
  • Physical Geology
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays
  • Munschworks
  • Van Gogh
  • Wicked Cool Java
  • My Job Went to India (And All I Got Was This Lousy Book)
  • GIMP Essential Reference
  • Programming Perl
  • Learning Perl
  • Perl in a Nutshell
  • XML
  • DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web
  • Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
  • Genetic Algorithms in Engineering and Computer Science
  • Exim: The Mail Transfer Agent
  • UNIX Security
  • Essential CVS
  • Wbe Proxy Servers
  • Switching in IP Networks
  • Effective C++
  • Effective STL
  • Java Threads
  • Common LISPcraft
  • An Introduction to Programming Using Java
  • XML Data Management
  • Java Digital Signal Processing
  • SNMP- SNMPv2, SNMPv3, and RMON 1 and 2
  • Maximum Security: A Hacker’s Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network
  • Python: Essential Reference
  • Writing GNU Emacs Extensions
  • CGI Programming with Perl
  • Practical Internet Groupware
  • An Introduction to Distributed Algorithms
  • MySQL & mSQLL
  • The C++ Standard Library
  • Understanding SOAP
  • Building Wireless Community Networks
  • Write Great Code
  • Project Cool: Guide to XML for Web Designers
  • Philip and Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing
  • Python Developer’s Handbook
  • HTML
  • FreeBSD
  • Information Anxiety 2
  • Design Patterns
  • Berkeley DB
  • Applied Software Project Management
  • Networks and Netwars
  • SGML
  • Confessions of Teenage Hackers
  • Database: A Primer
  • Building Internet Firewalls
  • Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions
  • Freeware Encryption and Security Programs
  • Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
  • Malware: Fighting Malicious Code
  • Practical Unix & Internet Security
  • IP Routing Primer
  • Hacking Linux Ex posed
  • Shell Scripting Recipes
  • Perl/Tk Pocket Reference
  • Running Weblogs with Slash
  • Programming ColdFusion

BBC World Documentary on free and open source software in developing countries

Seen on the Toronto Linux Users Group mailing list:

From the announcement:

“Coming Soon: The Code Breakers – a BBC World Documentary on FOSS and

A two-part documentary, “Code Breakers” will be aired on BBC World TV starting
on 10 May 2006. Code Breakers investigates how poor countries are using FOSS
applications for development, and includes stories and interviews from around
the world.”

And most importantly, to go along with the FOSS theme, they state:

“Following its ten transmissions on BBC World the documentary will be
available copyright-free for broadcast throughout the world.”


E-Mail from Jason Shein


I’m starting to feel a little stretched. Too many nights with too
little sleep, too many blog entries that are just reports instead of
reflections, too many way cool things happening both here and back in the Philippines.

Too much fire and not enough water or earth.

I need time to recenter and find my peace before plunging into all the
tech stuff this weekend. I’ll just find a park or walk down to the
lake and bliss out.

Having time to decompress, to digest things that have been going on,
to think about where I’m going and whether that’s right – that’s
really important to me. Right now I think I’m going in the right
direction, but I don’t want to sustain sugar rushes for too long.

I think I’ll cancel my Wednesday plans. I’d like to slow down and let
the universe speak.

Random Japanese sentence: ネコはエジプト人によって飼い慣らされたものである。 Cats were domesticated by the Egyptians.