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"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time."
-- STEVEN WRIGHT
June 12 1999
I'm back from my In Camp Training in the Army at the moment, which I jumped into just after I got back from London and the Star Wars premiere as stated below. When I get back on the 20th I'll tell you guys more about it, but until then, I'm tired and aching and hungry and sunburnt and really, really not in the mood for much updating. Later, then.
May 23 1999
I've been very remiss in updating, basically because I've been playing Unreal on the new Mac. Anyway, this is just to let you guys know that I won't be around for a while - the office is sending me to London next week for a conference and I'll be staying on a few more days. I will be back in time, of course, for the Singapore premiere of Episode I: The Phantom Menace on June 3. For those who have no idea what that it, you're obviously space aliens from Zeta Reticuli and do not deserve any further information for your sinister plans of global conquest.
May 9 1999
Been writing in the journal section of the website, so go read it already.
May 1 1999
Bought that Power Macintosh G3 I was talking about last time. Words cannot express the sheer freedom of 128 fucking megs of RAM on a 17" inch Studio Display. Okay, it's a cheap thrill, but give me a break - I've been living off 48 megs and 1.2 GB HD for three and a half years and the jump from that to a 12 GB drive is a bit, well... heady.
She's gorgeous. That's all I got to say. Or rather, it's a he - I named this one Mike, after the revolutionary AI in the classic Robert A. Heinlein novel, "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" which really, you should read if you haven't already. It's suprising how well it's aged, and the concerns and the technology would be feasible and plausible even today. That movie's long overdue, I think.
April 24 1999
Converted the site to use Casacading Style Sheets, a more tedious process than it is possible to imagine (and it doesn't look quite right on Netscape yet, which doesn't support the hover tag). But this way, the pages load up faster and it's going to be a lot easier to deal with font changes and stuff. Yes, the people at the Web Developer's Virtual Library have made me a believer.
Added the skeletals for a couple more sections, like superego for the occasional rant and my journal for starters. Not much there yet, so relax. People've been asking me to put that up, so they can link to it. Go figure.
Hoping to get myself a Power Macintosh G3 minitower soon. God, they're yummy. I've got my eye on a 350 MHz, 128 RAM, 12 GB HD lady with ATI Rage acceleration and - finally! - a 17" display. I know, when I say it it sounds almost obscene. I'm not dumping Ziggy, though. She's going to my sister and we're going to network the two up and it'll be the happy start of a Mac network in my home! Jolly, what. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go improve my web design skills.
March 14 1999
I'm back from the States - Atlanta was really fun and cool, and you all suck if you weren't there. Like a complete loser, I didn't bring along a camera, but luckily other people were more in tune with their brains. Here are some offerings at the TinyTIM FTP site.
Went back to work and they immediately dumped more work on my lap. Life's a madhouse in the business of criminal justice. I guess crime never takes a holiday (I can't believe I just said that). Mamas, listen to me - don't let your babies grow up to be lawyers - or at least civil servants. It just isn't worth it, sometimes.
Still working on those things I was telling you about in the last entry. Suddenly I've come to the conclusion that it's better to keep things under my hat and keep people guessing. Part of that is to protect myself and all that intellectual property crap. Part of that is just I just love screwing around with people's heads.
I'm probably reading too much Transmetropolitan again. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to your local comics shop and pick up a copy. Or go visit the website of its creator, Warren Ellis.You'll be glad you did. Until next time, begone.
February 13 1999
Been a while since my last update. Well, life's been going on as usual - after the New Year, things started getting really busy at work, and of course I've been working out at the gym. Exercise is just one part of the equation, though - I'm bulking up but not quite slimming yet. I still have to work on the "eat less" bit. :-)
I'm going off to the States again from February 22 to March 10 - Boston and New York once more, though Atlanta is the main destination - there's a TinyTIM party going on there, and that's always a fun occasion. I'll let you know how that went, with photos and all when they're developed.
Been working on a few side projects - some scripts and so on. Hopefully by the next time I get around to updating this site I'll have more news on that front. Until later, then. Have a Happy Chinese New Year!
December 5 1998
Back at work. I lost about 3 kilograms, was in severe pain and agony for a while, got a really nice sunburn tan around my face, neck and hands, and everything seems a bit, well tighter, now, but I think I'll join a gym or something to get rid of the rest of it. I know. I've been replaced by a pod person - that's the only explanation.
Firing off bombs from a mortar is a cathartic experience. I recommend it. Also, sitting on boxes of high explosive during a bumpy ride at the back of a truck is rather sobering.
November 8 1998
I know, it's been a long time between updates. Let's catch up quickly.
My birthday on October 19 passed by without a stir. 28 years on Earth. Not a big deal when you consider immortality, which, just as an aside, I'm really aiming for.
The Conference went better than I expected. If I may just name drop for a second, it was great meeting and talking with people like Kenneth Rosenblatt, the Deputy DA for Silicon Valley, and Gail Thackeray, who was the principle prosecutor in Operation Sun-Devil (the infamous "Hacker Crackdown") way back in 1990. Gail is a scary woman, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. When she was giving her session on hackers I felt a faint twinge of guilt for my own chequered past. I'm glad we're on the same side.
I went in for Reservist training on November 5 and will be learning how to use the 81mm Mortar at the School of Infantry Weaponry until November 28, so I'm kind of out of touch until then (I get out on weekends, though). Upside: I don't have to worry about work for 3 weeks. Downside: the pain my blobby body will go through, and internet withdrawal. Maybe I'll use the time away from the terminal to catch up on some reading and think about a redesign for the TinyTIM website.
I just realised. Tomorrow's the 110th anniversary of the last Jack The Ripper killing. Remember Mary Kelly, gentlemen.
See you in December.
October 11 1998
8 days to my 28th birthday. Whee. Send money.
From October 14 to 16 I'll be attending this Crime and Technology Conference organised by my office at the Westin Stamford. Every one of us has been running around like headless chickens trying to get it all together, flying in speakers, arranging contigency plans in case of cockup, selecting the music for the opening, etc., which explains the complete lack of work on this page. I'll get back to doing stuff. Honest.
September 24 1998
Started on a major reorganisation of khaosworks, shifting things around, cutting away the deadwood, and giving more direct access to the meat of this site. Things may be dusty for a couple of weeks as I dig in, but bear with me and we'll get there soon enough. Hope you like the slightly new look.
September 14 1998
Woo. www.khaosworks.org is now pointing properly to the right site (thank YOU, Sketch), so the move is official. Set up the redirect on my old page and changed my signature. Oh, the joys of moving.
August 23 1998
Started this log to keep track of what modifications I'm making to this site, and basically, so that you don't have to like read through everything to figure out what I've done. I finally registered khaosworks.org with InterNIC a couple of days ago, and it's finally shown up on the DNS servers, so now all that remains is to make it point correctly. In preparation for this, I've copied my files from my Berkeley account to cache.cow.net, thanks to the generosity of my very good buddy and fellow TinyTIM wizard Sketch. I also modified all my mailtos: on the site to point to firstname.lastname@example.org - which is a darn sight easier to remember than my actual email address. Everything seems to be in place, and I'm grateful for the additional directory space. Hopefully, by the time Sketch gets back from his Canadian vacation, www.khaosworks.org will be fully functional.
I also revived my comics pages - kind of. The reviews are horribly out of date, but now I've got the space to put up the archives. They're only accessible on the new site, though.
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