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Busy As Usual (Sunday, February 27, 2005)

I haven't updated for an awful long time, but as I've been working hard on my physics and AI homework today, I thought I'd take a quick break and update. First order of business, I've found a wonderful Internet Dance Radio station in Fusion Radio Chicago.

In other news, I successfully transitioned to my new office building this past week, despite network issues, and weather issues. I had to move my cubicle, of course, because the one I was assigned was in the middle of the bloody room, and wide, wide open, and I was completely spazzing, because I just hate open spaces. But it was a fairly simple task (surprisingly) to relocate to an empty cubicle along the interior wall. Among the benefits, the wall, an empty cube on either side, and broken overhead lighting. After rearranging the furniture, I now have my back to the wall, and sit low enough that I can't see the windows over the half height cubicle walls. I still need to figure out a way to rig higher walls and a door, but the current situation is at least workable.

It turns out that the networking issues were my own fault, which is a bit of a shock. But here's what I learned: if you bring up your Linux server while the network is out, it will fail to set up the default route properly. I imagine that it's because it can't find the host specified, so the route command simply fails. And of course, I missed this, even though I looked at the route output a hundred times, because I had convinced myself that since the gateway was specified in the /etc/network/interfaces file, that it had to be set. I should have noticed immediately that the output of route only had one line, and didn't specify a gateway. Ugh. Anyway, it's fixed now, which is good, because it looks like we're going to get some serious snow over night and into tomorrow, so I'll be working from home. I know, what a surprise. But there you are.

So I guess the other exciting thing going on, that's worth mentioning, is my newly active role in Alpha Chi. That should be a link, but I haven't actually got a decent site for the organization built yet. I'm still trying to, you know, have our charter re-established by the University. I have contacted about half of the officers, and attended one of the many required meetings for student organizations. I'm glad I've got another semester after this one, because I think it's going to take me until the end of the semester to get Alpha Chi back online. That's pretty sad for an Honor Society. I'm really glad I volunteered to be President, because at least now, I know it's going to be done right. And with any luck, I'll actually be able to establish a serious presence on campus before I graduate. And if I end up hanging around for grad school (which I may, if I can't retire in the next year, or otherwise completely change my life situation), I'll be sure to affect long term change, and be worthy of my position, which has been taken so lightly by my predecessors. Wow, I sound pretentious. Well, whatever, I'm just having fun.

With any luck, my next post will be on the exciting work I'm doing in my artificial intelligence class. The real question is whether I'll have time to both do the work, and write about it. That remains to be seen. And now, I must get back to it!

—Brian (2/27/2005 11:38 PM)
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