just turn that smile upside-down, mister


ASSERTION(rec->ur_fid2->id == inode->i_ino) failed

Not a hard problem to fix — I can already think of not one but two solutions to the problem, and I’ve only been awake for an hour! — but the timing of this find truly, truly sucks.

Furthermore: bah.


I owe myself more and better entries, and I owe them with usurious interest. They’ll come soon, because I’m coming out of a dark, dank, productive place, in which I’ve spent most of the last month.

This won’t mean anything to any of you, but please rest assured that it means the world to me:

status: COMPLETE
recovered_clients: 714
last_transno: 10081296
replayed_requests: 61

not exactly the toronto international film festival

When “Chris”:http://www.0xdeadbeef.com stayed over on Tuesday night, we indulged our shared love for bad movies. I get to slum, in a strictly cinematic sense, with Alasdair from time to time, but poor Chris has pretty much nobody in Boston who will join him in a steaming bowl of mediocre film.

On Tuesday, then, we rented both The Two Towers and Cradle 2 The Grave. Yes, of course, one of these things isn’t at all like the other, don’t belabour the obvious. When we got back to the house we decided that we should watch “C2tG”:http://www.mrcranky.com/movies/cradle2thegrave.html rather than TTT precisely because it was the worse movie, and that meant that Chris would never be able to see it back in Boston. (more…)


One of my co-workers is about to become a father (they’re inducing tomorrow, a little earlier than they had planned for), and we’re, of course, all terribly happy for him and his wife. For the child too, I suppose, though I never really think of it that way.

 <robert> i've wondered for a long time what this moment would 
          feel like, and it's nothing at all like i expected

A fair number of friends are expecting kids in the next few seasons, which is affecting my biological clock exactly as you might have predicted, if you’ve been near me and a small child for even scant moments at some point in the past.

a disturbance

There was a little bit of hard-knocks learning on the system that hosts this site today, on the topics of recursion, filename globbing, and permissions. I think it’s all better now, and I think we’re all set in case of a nation-wide apology shortage, but if you notice weird stuff here, or you run a service or something on the box and you notice weird stuff there, drop me a line.

Of course, I’ll be at our landlord’s cottage this weekend, so a fat lot of good that line-dropping will do you.

born under the sign of software

Today’s work was good. I managed to remove a long-standing architectural limitation in our system, which let me make a lot of special cases and sharp configuration edges go away. It took a little longer than I thought it would, but still no longer than I had estimated to my “esteemed employer”:http://off.net/diary/. There were some bumps in the road — bits of code that were a little more global than they should have been, and one bit of code which was utterly craptacular in its absence — but I think that made the experience all the more satisfying in the end.

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to go on the canoe trip that I had been planning to attend next week. When I originally agreed to it and arranged the time off work, I’d thought I’d be missing Thursday and Friday. Turns out that I’d also be missing much of the preceding Wednesday and all of the following Monday, which moves it from “I can work around that” to “boy, that’s going to have an impact on our release schedule”.

I’m actually pretty sure I’m not going to be able to go, in fact, but I’m trying to think positive. Or is that denial?

paroxysms of anti-joy

I lost an entire day today. The pathology is all very geeky and work-specific, but the effects are simple enough: I want to punch the universe until it stops twitching, and then set it on fire.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. (more…)

this is so not my fault

Hey, honey, “beltzner says”:http://www.beltzner.ca/ifeelafel/archives/000390.html#000390 I “have to buy a sword”:http://www.champagneclub.org/sabrage.html.

coming soon to a risks digest near you

Don’t get me wrong, now: I’m a big fan of automation, especially when it comes to “error-prone, tedious and mechanical tasks”:http://www.aptest.com/. I just wonder if and when this “admittedly-cool self-parking car”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030901/tcnm/autostoyotapriusdc_2 will show up alongside other classic examples of “misguided electric vehicles”:http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/21.50.html#subj7.