Friday, March 29, 2002

Americans do understand irony

But they don't understand ""fortnightly", it seems.

The phenomes 'in' and 'en' are becoming one in American English. A sign for the road where I am staying proclaims it to be on "Centinniel Avenue", whereas a note from the cleaner today advised me to place my old newspapers in the "bend" provided.

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Dave's Unix Tip of the Day

If some of the last set of changes to a file you saved in RCS were good, try something like

rcsdiff -e -r1.56 -r1.57 myfile > changes.edit

vi changes.edit (to remove the changes you want to keep)

echo w >> changes.edit

co -r1.56 myfile

ex myfile < changes.edit

ci -l changes.edit

Et Voila!

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Garden of the Gods is one of, if not the most, beautiful places I have ever seen. Today, in perfect weather, was my second visit. I listened to the last two Marillion albums on minidisc and shot about 40 frames of natural wonder. I have had a near-perfect day. Only my precious Helen's presence could have bettered it. America the beautiful, indeed.

Friday, March 08, 2002

My MS Outlook inbox is empty for the first time in three years. I have reached an email nirvana, the IT equivalent of a January detox. What other tasks must I complete before achieving information purity?

Thursday, March 07, 2002

Having taken something to help me sleep last night, I still feel sedated at 10:30 this morning. It's not entirely unpleasant, but I have a nagging fear that were a sabre-toothed tiger to be released in my workplace, I would simply continue to sit here coding. Obliviousness is not an evolutionary advantage.

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

I am happy in my cell. It is simple but all mine. I am worried that when I get home, life will contain too many variables for me to control.