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December 6th, 2003

random thoughts

Kate's been holed up in a hotel room for the past two days, with only junk food, coffee, and her dissertation. She's finally going to get it deposited, and I think I agree that just isolating herself from everything else for a while was the only way this was going to happen. I should probably do the same thing when I have a big project!

I've been getting a lot of catch-up work done on my consulting work. It's interesting that the network management and control software I wrote keeps undergoing little additions and tweaks for the "bad network behavior du jour." First it was P2P file sharing, which was the basis of the whole adaptive rate limiting scheme. Then it was email viruses. Then the Blaster and Welchia worms. Now it's the spammers. I'm not sure if they're actually "above-board" paying these kids to allow their machines to be spam-generation devices, or if it's all being done via worms and trojans (in which case, says a lot for the "legitimacy" of the bulk email industry, eh??), but every day or so some random dorm machine will cut loose with something like 500 email messages per minute, which completely swamps our mail relaying machine. It happens so fast, and is so slow to drain out, that I had to write something that just automatically counters it.

I hung out with my friend Matt tonight. A former colleague of mine, turned sysadmin on a departmental net, turned, well, gypsy indie music producer, bouncer, and happily unemployed, he's always good to catch up with. One thing I like about him is that he's the most level-headed Republican I know. I don't often agree with his politics, but he can make his arguments intelligently and fairly calmly, and I can often at least see where he's coming from.

Being a temporary bachelor means that I've at least been catching up on all the things the Tivo has stored. I got a few movies watched, and caught up on lots of stored series episodes. It also means I have no excuse not to get some laundry and kitchen cleanup done, but I'm not as happy about that.

Tonight I think is the night the new rugs get placed in the living room. It should be really awesome.

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