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week [Sep. 17th, 2004|09:02 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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This week pretty much kicked my ass.

And I'm not even talking about the LJ Abuse debacle. That was just icing on the molding cake. (although it did result in a really productive meeting with most everybody.... so that's kinda promising. good things on the horizon, and lots of confusion resolved. more later, elsewhere.)

But things that actually depressed me were things like:

* still not getting new servers (so now we're hurting even more for databases)

* dealing with bandwidth contracts (finally resolved, but painful)

* Linux::AIO race. kinda our fault, but mostly not. this bug could take a whole post. (basically a mix of APIs taking posix fds vs. perl/C-level filehandles... we posix open an fd, make a perl/C-level fh from it, posix close that fd, something else later gets the same fd, but the original fh owning the original fd still exists... and when its refcount goes to 0, it's garbage collected and closes the new fd by the same number) We've worked around it, but it's not clean. Still needs work.

* ....

Man, I can't even think of the rest of it.

Our Oktoberfest, for some reason, is this weekend (in September), but it's supposed to be raining all weekend. I wonder if my Lederhosen are rain-proof?

Dina and I are going to watch a movie before I sysadmin it up all night.
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[User Picture]From: lilelffy
2004-09-17 09:07 pm (UTC)
I thought oktoberfest was always held in september
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well, indeed. The real Oktoberfest is from September 18th to October 3rd.

Interesting.
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[User Picture]From: lilelffy
2004-09-17 09:15 pm (UTC)
so what does the name mean then, if it's always in september? perhaps it is based off an old calendar or something. CRAZY GERMANS.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 09:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're like, "OMG oktober is coming let's party lol!!!"
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[User Picture]From: lilelffy
2004-09-17 09:22 pm (UTC)
Then they give up when Oktober arrives and nothing grand is happening...BUZZKILL.

It's like being in college, and getting drunk on Thursday night, because, MY GOD, the weekend is coming!!@#@!!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
As fascinating as this thread is becoming, I'm going to watch some lame movie. :-)
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2004-09-17 10:27 pm (UTC)
Man, if you want a lame movie, might i recommend Sky Captain? It was awful.

Anyway, hang in there, we all appreciate what you (and the other LJ folk) do.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 11:29 pm (UTC)
I wondered.

When Jon Stewart talked about it, he was like, "It's, uh, interesting...". And normally he whole-heartedly endorses whatever work his guest was a part of.
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[User Picture]From: plural
2004-09-18 04:40 pm (UTC)
oh god yes

awful isnt the word

although as a photographer

the last line cracked me up
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[User Picture]From: lilelffy
2004-09-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
Whatever, Brad.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm just playin'.

The movie wasn't that good, btw. :)
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[User Picture]From: bevived
2004-09-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
The Oktoberfest! Have fun! I went to a fake one last weekend. But at least I got to eat German food. :)
I am not entirely sure why the Oktoberfest is in September but I cannot remember a time it actually started in October. I am sure it's all about money though. Maybe they have found out they will make more money if they start it early. Or maybe it's just cos the weather is better. Who knows.
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[User Picture]From: bevived
2004-09-17 10:15 pm (UTC)

Here's why...

Warum heißt das Oktoberfest "Oktober"-Fest? Es fängt doch schon im September an.

Das Ganze hat geschichtliche Gründe: Das erste Oktoberfest im Jahr 1810 fand zu Ehren der Hochzeit des bayerischen Kronprinzen Ludwig mit Prinzessin Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen statt. Die Feierlichkeiten begannen am 12. Oktober 1810 und endeten am 17. Oktober mit einem Pferderennen. In den folgenden Jahren wurde das Fest wiederholt, später dann verlängert und zeitlich vorverlegt.
Dabei spielt natürlich auch das bessere Wetter im September eine Rolle: Die Nächte sind wärmer, und so lässt es sich auch in den Gartenbereichen der Zelte und beim Flanieren über die Wiesn länger aushalten - ohne Frösteln. Das letzte Oktoberfest-Wochenende liegt aber auch heute noch im Oktober.

From oktoberfest.de

Let me know if you need help with translating any of this!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-17 11:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Here's why...

Ah, thanks!

For others: the first oktoberfest actually was in october, for the wedding of the bavarian prince ludwig. But then they realized october sucks because of the weather and decided to move it to september when the nights are warmer and you can stay out longer without freezing. But they keep the last weekend of octoberfest actually in october.
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[User Picture]From: bevived
2004-09-17 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Here's why...

You are welcome!
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-09-17 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'll be sysadmin'ing it up all night as well. IM me if you're bored.
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[User Picture]From: poetpaladin
2004-09-18 12:00 am (UTC)
Now Brad in Lederhosen. That's a picture all of LJ should see.

And Frank the Goat eating Lederhosen, too.

Heil! :P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-18 12:16 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-09-18 08:50 am (UTC)
I wonder if my Lederhosen are rain-proof?
Well, even if they're not, they should take to waterproofing as well as leather boots, right? (Might make 'em a bit stiff, though...)
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2004-09-18 02:09 pm (UTC)
Beer cures all!

peace!
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-09-18 07:24 pm (UTC)
Tip for you Brad - stay out of the politics thats going on. Do not get involved in LJ Drama shit, and ignore whatever they have to say. They are masters of manipulation. Don't feel pressured just because they make abuse_lj_abuse, or they make banners that say "we stand by". Don't get worried because they twist your words, or stalk you, or harass you. Just rise above it. These people are menaces, and criminals in a lot of cases. They make troll accounts, they stalk people, they harass, they slander, they do all of the worst possible crimes that one can commit over the internet. Don't feel pressured. Don't be intimidated. If they bother you, make a complaint. And what is wrong with you, the found of LiveJournal, becoming involved in LJ Abuse issues?
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