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May 21st, 2004

May 21st, 2004
12:48 am


Way down among Brazilians coffee beans grow by the billions
So Thursday night I got to hang out with some fans, for a little while. The Conestoga committee meeting, which was mostly over by the time I got there, but it was a nice little diversion and I met a few more people (and a large dog).

Work is going well. Starting to study Schneier's Applied Crypto and hoping that Practical Crypto arrives soon. Looks like some of our flashing capability will be online soon, and I'm cautiously optimistic that the rest of it will be ready by the time the Tulsa Engineering Office closes for two weeks at the end of June. I learned recently that our RS-485 gizmo hasn't been tested our (read: isn't rated for) high baud rates. Oh joy! But then our Ethernet interface should mean that anyone who cares about transmission speeds will run cat5 cable instead of regular copper, so I'm not really worried. Also our bandwidth conservation efforts for the ethernet project looks good. In the case of someone using our equipment on their company network, I don't expect it to make too much of an impact -- I'm hoping it'll be no worse than the load an extra employee would bring if you added a person instead of a machine. (Depending on whether they use AIM, if they have their e-mail client check for new mail frequently, and so forth.)

People close to me are getting adult onset diabetes in droves. Two family members, Eslpeth here in Tulsa, Big George back at the club, and so forth. It's got me spooked -- I should get a checkup anyway, it's been a while since our family doctor's seen me. So I've got that to look forward to.

I'm here in Tulsa through Wednesday morning; after that, I've got two weekends in California (Fanime Con, Memorial Day weekend; meetings, the following weekend) and then I expect to be back here in Tulsa until that closure I mentioned earlier.

Tonight I gave Elspeth fifteen cd's to loan to Ariel, to broaden her musical horizons a bit more. Artists like Huun-Huur-Tu, Aboriginal Dreamtime, John Huling, Jellyfish, R. Carlos Nakai Quartet... Since I'm pretty sure I'll be coming back, I'll just pick up the music when I get back here in June. She'll probably be off to India (for her senior year of high school -- 10 months over there) by the next time I'm here, but that's another story.

Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Keith Secola - Indian Car

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