Software Engineer

Jason Hancock

last update:

Laura has been saying for years that she can’t stand driving in nor-cal because of the drivers. I never really believed there to be much of a difference until this last weekend. This last weekend, we drove from LA to Sacramento to help James move. We hopped in the X-Runner and hit the highway around 3:45PM on a Friday night. We hit some traffic getting out of LA, but by the time we hit the grapevine, I had the cruise control set at 85 and we were making good time.

Just spent the weekend with my little brother and sister. It was a lot of fun. On Friday we went to the Disney studio lot and checked out a few sites there. Later that night, we went and saw the Dodgers play the AZ Diamondbacks….unfortunately the Dodgers lost, but it was a very good game and had some great pitching. Saturday we went to Santa Monica. We walked the pier, played some games, then went back to our car and got our stuff and had a picnic lunch on the beach.

I’ve toyed around with the idea of having a DVR. It would be cool to have one. Everyone that I know that has one says that they love it and can’t live without it. I’m sure Laura would like it too. I’m not a huge TV fan, but I like a good technical challenge, so I’m thinking about building a mythTV box. What is mythTV? It’s an open source project that allows you to build your own personal DVR.

text editors

Everyone in my line of work has a favorite text editor. Mine is ‘vim’. A lot of the developers here use emacs. I don’t know why, but I absolutely cannot stand emacs. I think that it has a lot to do with the kind of work I do. I do a lot of work on remote servers via ssh. If you’ve never used vi before, it will be very uncomfortable for a while until you learn your way around.

I was able to recover the lost blog articles. I took the two hard disks out of the box that died and put them into a new box. That box booted on the first attempt and I was able to download all the missing articles, then upload them back into the blog. Now I need to fix that box and it will all be good!

Wow…I was so stoked that a new pumpkins album was coming out since I heard their first single “Tarantula”….I have been counting down the weeks then days. Today is the day. The plan was to go get it on my way home. I had forgotten the name of the album, so I hopped on google and found it…..but I also found that there are a bunch of special releases of the album with bonus tracks……Target gets one version of the album with the title track, “Zeitgeist,” while Best-Buy gets another and iTunes gets yet another.

trackmania united

A co-worker suggested I try this game…it’s a lot of fun. It’s not a realistic racing game where the cars handle as they should in real life….but that’s not the point. Who doesn’t like going off huge jumps and driving through upside down loops?

My blog’s back up, but you might notice that I’m missing all my posts from March until now……..that’s what happens kids when you don’t back up your critical data and you have a hardware failure. If you didn’t know, my linux box is suffering from some mysterious hardware failure. It won’t boot, I get no video output at all. I’m going to swap the hard drive into another machine and try to boot off it.

So the countdown has started…we’re looking at 10 or 11 days left of my freedom. I’m not nervous…..well, maybe a little bit. But it’s not about getting married….it’s about pulling the whole thing off. I’m really worried that something is going to go wrong. Someone’s going to say something they shouldn’t, someone’s going to get butt-hurt over something, me getting into a bar fight the night before, etc. I guess I really shouldn’t be worried, and I’m not really that worried about it, but the thought is there in the back of my head.

a long week

Not as bad as it could be, really. It’s Thursday and before I started work this morning, I had only worked 31 hours this week…not too bad. The bad thing is that I feel like i’ve been up all week. I haven’t slept well at all. I’m lucky to make it to bed by 2am. It’s not like I’m screwing around pissing away my time…I’m actively engaged in stuff and trying to get stuff on my to-do list done.