Today was very productive for me…. I acquired a hub and some 10Base-T so I could start hacking on my TINI, and I did so. I upgraded the TINI OS to 1.02b3 (we are only using 1.01 in drink right now) for testing, and I had to hack the drink source to work on it, since there were some API changes. This version of the OS allegedely addressed the “Telnet Server dying randomly” bug, which will be a major benefit to drink. I fixed another bug in drink earlier tonight regarding refunds if the drop fails, and I am thinking of hacking on multiple client threads for the SundayServer if I really have lots of energy in a few minutes.. :)
After dinner, I headed over to Chris’ place to see her one last time before she returns to CA tomorrow morning…. It really bums me out that we are so seperated these days.. It really depresses me. You never really know how much someone means to you until they are gone. Chris isn’t exactly gone from my life, but I only get to see her every few months, it is really upsetting… She is probably my best friend, and I wish I could spend time with her without feeling that the clock is ticking…. Maybe after graduation..
Ok, now off to possibly work on drink, but maybe to just call it a night and crash… We will see how I feel when I reach my bedroom. :P
I had a great time today doin’ the family thing…. We got up at 6am, before my mother had to go to work, so we could have “Christmas Morning”… The family was really split as to whether or not to wake up early; I was teetering (I think our family tradition was neat, but no-one other than my father seemed to want to wake up at 6 to do it).
I am very thankful, I can’t think of another thing I could have received, and everyone I gave gifts to seemed to be very pleased. While some people criticze the gift-exchange part of this holiday, I think it gets too much flack…. Yes, we shouldn’t be so product-oriented, but it is a great feeling to give and to receive.
As far as the receiving end goes, I received many DVDs, a bunch of CDs I wanted (Including 3 Talking Heads discs), and a TINI Board, which has little practical justification for me, but it totally for fun. Regular readers know that the TINI is the basis for the new drink hardware, so it gives me a non-production platform to play on, and I also have a few other ideas for fun things to do with it… The only way to install software on it (other than the shell) is via FTP, so I need to go out tomorrow and score a hub or a crossover cable so I can start playing around with it in earnest.
I truly hope everyone had a wonderful day today, and if you didn’t… Drop me a line, maybe we can make up for it… I have a good deal of happiness to go around… :)
Just got back from the rellies a few minutes ago…. It wasn’t a bad time at all, but my back really started hurting sitting on the couch at our last stop… Fortunately, just as it started to get really bad, we needed to leave, so we coudl go home to drain our dog.
Merry Christmas to everyone, I will talk to y’all later tomorrow!
I headed over to Chris’ house today so we could exchange gifts…. I gave her a book on OSPF and I also took a Christmas Tape that she loves and put it onto CD (and spent many moons cleaning up the audio) because it is out of print (and was never available on CD in the first place). She gave me 2 DVD’s (Seven and Jurassic Park) and a book on “The Sopranos” (which looks pretty cool, and I hadn’t heard of)..
I am all excited, I have delivered a few gifts now to a few people, and my Christmas spirit is definately in full swing now…
We are going out to see all the family tomorrow, and we are getting to stay in on Christmas day… Unfortunately, this is because my mother has to work on Christmas day… Blow.
I pseudo-woke-up to My Roommate, Jon Parise’s visit early this morning, although I was already kinda awake. Last night I read some more of Cryptonomicon, I would like to finish it before I go back to school, cause I simply don’t have the time to read when classes are in swing…
Well, I didn’t do much today…. I helped my mom out with various stuff, and that’s about it… I waited around for quite awhile tonight for Chuck and John to come over, but I guess they ended up being too busy with their (John’s) Christmas shopping…
Chris had asked me to come over today, but I told her I couldn’t cuz they were coming over, and now I feel dumb. :) I will probably hang out with Chris tomorrow, so we can exchange gifts and stuff…
As planned, Chris came over around 5pm this evening, and we headed out to Ledgewood so she could do the Christmas shopping for her folks. We looked around in the Ledgewood mall, and we weren’t satisfied with the selection. We decided to head over to a few stores in the Roxbury mall (which is like 1000 yards away), but first we grabbed some dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s. I had only been there once before, and the meal was pretty good, but my usual stomache problems soon surfaced…. I should get that checked out some time….
We then headed over to the other mall, and she got everything that she needed, which was good. We came back to my house around 9:30pm, and she helped decorate the tree with my family… Lotsa fun, I haven’t really had a chance to do that since I left for RIT (as far as I can remember, at least)….
I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with her…. We always have lots of fun, and even though we have had our disagreements and problems in the past, she still means alot to me… I look forward to spending more time with her over this break (even though she has a pretty packed schedule).
nighty night…. :P
Chris is on her way over, she needed to do some last-minute Christmas shopping for her folks, so she called me up to see if I wanted to go. My car acted like shit on the way home last night, and I need to get it ready for sale, so I asked her to come and pick me up (since she doesn’t live near any malls anyway… :P).
I’m back….. It was a long ordeal, and Ryan and I managed to lose Jon around Scranton (or, rather, he lost us), but we made it to my house with no problems.. We waited at the Rockaway mall for awhile for Ryan’s sister to show up to take him away to Westphal land, but she eventually showed, and all is good.
I can say I am already 1000x happier being home, and I have barely settled in yet… :)
Getting out of here early, to avoid the bad weather…. Wish me luck (on whether or not my car will survive.. :P)