September 05, 2003

I need Comedy Central

One of the downsides of staying in a hotel is that you run the risk of watching a lot of TV. But I've been watching Comedy Central--something I haven't done in years. I never realized how much I missed it!

Not exactly time well spent, but hey.... I'm catching up on some e-mail too. :-)

Anyway... I just thought I'd share that.

Oh, I'm back up in Truckee flying gliders--thus the hotel stay. I did some dual cross-country training today. Had a 3 hour 20 minute flight from Truckee to Spalding (roughly 100nm North) and back to Nervino (roughly 40nm short of Truckee). We could have made it all the way back, but I wasn't feeling so hot. This is a great area to fly in, but it's no fun if you're starting to feel air sick.

More on the flight later, including a GPS trace overlay in the map when I get back home. Tomorrow I go to South Lake Tahoe to fly a DG-1000.

Update: South Park is on next!!! I had totally forgotten about South Park.

Damn, you'd think I was maturing or something. What's with this?

Posted by jzawodn at 08:16 PM

September 03, 2003

Blogging the Home Buying Process?

For a variety of reasons, I recently convinced myself to start shopping for a home and a loan for the home-to-be. I'm wondering if I should blog the process. I wonder if anyone would be interested in the places I look at, the loan offers I get, and what it's like to shop for a house in Silicon Valley (painful, I'm sure).

Or maybe not.

Has anyone done this before? I mean documented it online?

Posted by jzawodn at 08:12 AM

September 02, 2003

Raggle: a console based aggregator

As a fan of console-based tools (mytop, for example) in this "web-based everything" age, I was thrilled to see an announcement for Raggle.

Raggle is a console RSS aggregator, written in Ruby. Features include customizable keybindings, basic HTML rendering, HTTP proxy support, OPML import/export, themes, support for various versions of RSS, Screen support. browser auto-detection, and more. Raggle has been tested under Linux and OpenBSD, and should work properly under other Unix variants as well.

And, as of a few days ago, there's even an optional web front-end to Raggle too.

I need to give it a serious workout. This very cool and has some great hack potential!

Posted by jzawodn at 12:21 PM

September 01, 2003

got books?

A few years ago I realized something strange and was just recently reminded of it (thanks, K). My parents don't really own any books. Neither does my sister (and brother in-law). I guess I was just used to that growing up. But it's odd.

(That's not entirely true, my Dad buys a lot of computer books that he never reads. And my Mom has a small collection of cooking books. But that hardly counts.)

Personally, I have too many books. I have two full-height book cases that are full. I also have 3 half-height cases that are full. And I've vowed not to buy more (cases, not books!). Instead I go thru and get rid of old books that I don't plan to read again. The local library likes that.

Most (but not all) people I know seem to have a decent collection of books too. I know that 1-click isn't completely to blame, 'cause I've always this problem... I'd go to a book store and walk out with at least 4 books. Every time. And when we visited Powell's in Portland during OSCON, I think I walked out with something like 9 books.

And my Amazon Wishlist has 4 pages worth of items on it. There are 88 in total right now. Granted, a few are DVDs, but most are books.

So many books, so little time!

You know, I remember going to my friend Greg's house when I was growing up. They also didn't have [m]any books.

I'm not sure what to make of this.

Is this common? What's your experience?

Posted by jzawodn at 11:08 PM