It’s a Small, Weird World

Well, how’s this for 6 degrees? It turns out that our Oracle consultant here at work also happens to train miniature seeing-eye horses in addition to his DBA career. A bunch of us were talking about this the last time soco visited Rochester, but I find it amazingly weird that I now work with the guy who was doing this completely bizarre work. :)

They have finished training their first horse, and are delivering him to his new owner soon. They are coming to Boston to throw a graduation party for the horse. My verbal skills have been rendered completely bewildered by this whole thing…. Wow…


I heard that in order to confuse the napster-kiddies who stole the song before the album came out, instead of singing the lyric to their first single “I’ve got my hash-pipe”, Weezer instead sang “I’ve got my half-pipe”. I like the song better that way. :)

I like how applying a security patch to IE (which I don’t even use) requires me to reboot my god damned computer.


On my way into work this morning there was a guy at the train station dressed in a Cow costume begging for money. It was one of the most surreal moments in my life.

I have a sore throat, and I contemplated calling out today. We will see how far I make it today.

I need some privacy

There are too many people in the same area here at work. It is hard enough to work with other engineers talking behind you, but then add in a bunch of marketing guys and it gets very distracting.

Fortunately, the smooth, soothing sounds of Elvis Costello can help me ignore this jibba-jabba

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I got my first “Report Card”, which is Graham-Family-Speak for “Pay Check”. It is about what I expected to get for one check, maybe a wee bit lower. I may have to re-evaluate my withholding situation after I do some math.

It is too damn hot in the place, so I am bugging out in 15 minutes. Adam and Rory are coming over for dinner after work today. It is nice having furniture now; people can come over and have a place to sit. :)

NSPR is Neat

Ok, I was here until around 7pm last night, which was a terrible choice, because there are home games at Fenway all this week… It was hell trying to walk the block between work and the Kenmore station against the baseball sidewalk traffic… I came into work later today planning to leave some time after 7:30p.. Hopefully the commute will be a bit simpler then, but who knows…

NSPR is pretty interesting, even if I am only using a limited subset of its functionality. I am working on modifying a load test client for one of our server packages. Originally, the test client compressed the data using Zlib, then sent it out over an SSL client… This put a lot of strain on our servers, and to see if there would be a benefit in using one of the hardware SSL accelerators out there, we decided to remove SSL from the client/server. Unfortunately, SSL and Compression were tied together pretty tightly in the test client, so I am rewriting quite a bit. One of the cool things about the I/O part of NSPR is that it allows you to add layers to the sockets, so I am adding a compression layer, and later I will remove the compression from the old SSL layer. Then we will be able to add the 2 layers in any combination with any other layers we dream up in the process.