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Time to post again! [Nov. 13th, 2001|01:12 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Okay, I feel like posting again.

This weekend was interesting, but largely frustrating. I refrained from posting over the last few days in favor of waiting until I could mention the good parts without dwelling on the bad.

So here we go... the good stuff:

  • Drive to Portland -- I got bored Saturday evening and drove to Portland. Upon entering town I text message Dina: "where ya at?". Minute or two later: "the ohm". Minute later: open laptop and find directions. Four minutes later: I'm there. As expected, the whole crew is there... Tara, Jenn, Jenn, Lindsay, etc. Good stuff. Took Tara home and hung out with her for quite awhile. Good stuff. Got pulled over driving home from there, but only because a headlight was out. Cop was friendly.
  • further -- Got further installed and happy on my laptop. So hardcore. So cyber. I changed a few bits of it to suit my preferences. Yay for open source. I accidentally convinced Evan to rewrite it in Python. So, um... yay for that too. Now I need to learn Python better so I can write plugins.
  • Drive back to Seattle -- averaged 80 the whole way. Beats the 40 mph averages I've done when traffic really sucks.
  • Homework killin' -- finished my German homework, due tomorrow, and my math homework, due Friday (!). I was going to do my linguistics homework also but that was pushing it. Still, felt very productive.
  • Donating to C89.5fm -- gave them $50 because they're cool. And I get a t-shirt, even! This made me feel good. I like t-shirts that mean something. For instance: I love my modest mouse t-shirt ... nobody knows what it means, but I do. I saw a girl running at Greenlake once with a tshirt that just "FSF" on the back real large, with a GNU picture. I told her, "nice shirt." She smiled, startled. I knew. That's what it's all about.
  • Dante's! -- what's a Monday night without drinking with the dantes_crew? Pictures of tonight. Bizarre: recognized personaljesus (Aaron) from my German class. He knows Patrick/Abel/ToddV. Everybody at Dante's has an LJ. Did I ever mention how I was walking on campus behind two girls and overheard: "Yeah, she posted it on her LiveJournal...."? Small world, etc, etc. Afterwards I hit up Dick's. Wonderful end of the weekend.
  • fantasia -- bad ass. I'm going to write the judge, then hopefully at0m or whitaker or somebody will let us run it off their server, so we don't have access to the raw data.
Guess I'll sleep now.

(Aren't you proud of me? No whining!)


[User Picture]From: mart
2001-11-13 04:55 am (UTC)

When you don't whine, noone comments on your entries. I guess that's a good thing! ;)

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[User Picture]From: dormando
2001-11-13 05:36 am (UTC)
I don't troll brad's journal enough..
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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-11-13 05:56 pm (UTC)

Given that this entry now has more comments than I've recieved in the past three weeks, I guess I've been proven wrong.

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[User Picture]From: darksoul
2001-11-13 06:37 am (UTC)
It's strange that you mention random people talking about LJ. I had the exact same experience yesterday in the computer lab. I overheard a couple girls bitching about how they couldn't figure out how to get midi playing on their journals. I refrained from saying anything, hoping they wouldn't figure it out, saving a few poor souls from having to endure some shitty pop music midi file.
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[User Picture]From: ladydiana
2001-11-13 11:52 am (UTC)

Nice try, but...

"I overheard a couple girls bitching about how they couldn't figure out how to get midi playing on their journals. I refrained from saying anything, hoping they wouldn't figure it out, saving a few poor souls from having to endure some shitty pop music midi file."

Too late
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[User Picture]From: deinos
2001-11-13 10:48 am (UTC)
yay for further. that's next on my plate, promise.

on t-shirts: you are totally right. an interesting or unusual t-shirt is better advocacy of whatever than 50 signatures or 10 arguments about a topic. I used to get asked all the time about my "got root?" shirt, which gave me a reason to talk to people about linux. (and made a decent in-joke at 50 paces for those who already got it). One girl thought it was a drug reference.

my bash t-shirt also gets some strange comments I love.

thats why I'm looking forward to my livejournal Tee. I just _know_ everyone will ask me what a liveJ is, or say "hey, where can I get one of those?"

Shout out for commercial-free radio: c89.5! KCMU! KEXP!

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[User Picture]From: ladydiana
2001-11-13 11:57 am (UTC)



I was wearing this shirt last Friday, and was down in the building cafeteria. I work at the Infomart in Dallas which is a large technology community.

Well, I forgot (for about five minutes) what I was wearing.

I was paying for my stuff and some guy started looking at me and giggling. At first I thought he was laughing at my food, which didn't make much sense since it was a vegetarian pizza and salad...not exactly something that generally induces random hysterics. Then I got alarmed and thought maybe he was just giggly at seeing boobs, which made even LESS sense since they're nothing to write home about. So I finally asked him "What?!" and he says "I know what that means...because I'm NOT a Windows NT administrator!"

Then I laughed. And told him where to get one. :D
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2001-11-13 01:26 pm (UTC)
I go to high school (senior), ergo, I get similiar comments about my LiveJournal shirt:

* "Oh, I've been to that site before. Cool." - random person in hallway
* "What the hell is that? Like some diary web site?" - friend of random person. Looked about 14.
* "Hey, can you send me an activation code?" - girl in English class
* "Wow, you have an LJ shirt." - many people

I've also stopped someone in the hallway before because they were wearing an OpenBSD shirt, and another person for a PacketStorm shirt. Always neat to see geeks.

Oh yeah, my collection of DeCSS shirts have also elicited responses. It takes a while to explain the case to people.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-11-13 05:48 pm (UTC)

I've only got one comment about my LiveJournal t-shirt so far, when someone took a look tonight and asked me what it said (since it was partially obscured by my coat) and when I replied "LiveJournal dot com", he said "Oh, I thought it was something more interesting." Fair enough! :)

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[User Picture]From: patrick
2001-11-13 06:42 pm (UTC)
I was wearing my lj shirt and this friend of mine looked at it and said "oh, another .com shirt. how many of those do you have?"
I guess i wear a lot of computer shirts.
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[User Picture]From: personaljesus
2001-11-14 12:27 am (UTC)
yeah, who knows...maybe before the class the German professer will say 'Hey Brad, I checked out your journal...how did your run go yesterday?' or something.
Hmmm, in that case I guess its just as possible she could check out my journal and say 'Sounds to me like you need to do more German homework and stop watching seinfeld reruns at night!'

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