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Once upon a time, ages ago, long before Wikipedia. Before even the web, I used to try to invent four-set and five-set Venn diagrams. They were intended for things like mapping the quasi-elemental planes in D&D, or for coming up with new alchemical systems for D&D. I never succeeded. Today a quick google search produced this:
The reason the 5-set version looks better is that 5 is prime, and there are only nice solutions with rotational symmetry for prime numbers of sets. Not that said solutions are easy to find. I was reminded to look up symmetrical Venn diagrams because they now go up to 11, but with 11 sets, there are 2^11-1 = 2047 intersections, so its kinda complex:
Back it up|
After having gone through a number of trials and tribulations, I think I finally have the hardware for the Ten Ton Tabulator sorted out. That's the name I finally gave to the 12 TB backup server I bought recently, mainly because its the heaviest computer I've ever owned, and the heaviest that the store has ever sold. The dang thing must weight 50+ Kg.
Now that it seems to provide reliable storage (two raid 6s) I just need to make USE of the damn thing. In the long run, this is likely to cause me to upgrade my internal network to gigabit speeds, otherwise it will take *forever* to backup all the house systems.
For the moment I am testing things out with an "easy" case: backing up my main computer and laptop. Only this turns out to be far from easy, as I seem to have 4 not-necessarily exclusive categories that a file might want to be in:
1) Junk or System files that I don't really need or want backed up.
2) Files that I just want backed up.
3) Files that I want to share between all OS's on a given machine
4) Files that I want to sync between different machines.
Seeing as my laptop runs 3 different OSes (Gentoo for customizability, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS for work, and Win7 for games), while my Desktop runs 6 at last count (my dev environment plus one each of the target distros for my work software), and there are a large number of development files that need to be sync'ed between my laptop and dev system, especially when I'm on a business trip, it all gets kinda... messy.
So right now I'm going through my desktop and my laptop and moving files around so that they are in folders that make the above classifications clear, so that I can setup automated backup and sync services. This involves a large amount of reconfiguring software, as things move around, and in some cases rebooting a number of times to ensure that the software in every OS I run agrees on where the files have been moved to. Oy.
So, suddenly I'm gonna be in Calgary for 4 days and, once again, nobody I know there is going to be in town or available. :-/
I usually love to travel, but I'm not really looking forward to this trip. No particular reason why; I just don't feel very motivated to fly half-way across the country at the moment.
Long Time No Post|
Yeah, I moved over to facebook, and I've been neglecting my LJ. Which is a shame because FB doesn't really keep anything like a chronological journal of events that I can look through later.
Much of the previous gap in my journal has been me being really depressed, which is another reason I just stopped writing. I don't want to write about being depressed any more than folks want to read about it.
All that changed last April (almost a year ago now), when I finally got a full time job with people who actually seem to respect my skills and experience. Feeling like I'm useful has certainly helped, and the money (although not great) is far better than no money. Getting rid of the continual anxiety caused by monthly bills I can't pay has been a major relief as well.
Yesterday, we finally got the inheritance from Linda's mom's estate. Its been delayed so many times I was wondering if we would ever get it, so I didn't want to mention it and jinx anything. Now that its actually here though, we can consider replacing the car, which has been on its last legs for quite some time now, and getting a much newer and more intact model. Somehow I suspect the next car will be another Volvo as both Linda and I have been very happy with that brand.
Assimilated by the GoogleBorgs|
Went and got myself a Google+ account. Still undecided as to how it will ultimately stack up against Facebook, but I think it has real potential.
And another dear friend is gone.|
I learned yesterday that, Liz Metcalfe, one of my oldest friends was killed while riding her motorcycle. An oncoming vehicle crossed the center line causing a massive multi-car pile up resulting in several injuries and deaths.
I don't have words to describe how much I'm going to miss her.
The Doctor's Wife|
Given the title of the episode, I thought the latest Doctor Who episode would be about River Song. Boy was I wrong. Neil Gaiman wrote the episode and he decided to delve into the character of the Tardis. Strangely enough, I've been mentally writing an episode that did the same thing, for some time. Neil Gaiman's take was completely different than mine, and roughly two orders of magnitude better. I guess that's why he's a world renowned writer and I'm not.
Suffice it to say that I absolutely loved the episode although I had to keep pausing it and replaying bits to get all of the dialogue, some of which I found hard to make out. Its also quite evident that Neil Gaiman has got to be completely mad (in a good way) in order to be THAT creative in his writing.
Current Location: Calgary
Current Mood: amused
Feeling Much Better|
I seem to have made a surprisingly rapid recovery from one of the nastiest bugs I've been hit with in some time. I think that since Saturday Night, I've slept for a total of something like 48 hours. Last night I started trying to eat solid food again, and today I've been slowly progressing to regular meals.
I don't yet feel 100%, but now I feel like I have a slight cold or something, rather than the Death Leurgy From Hell. I call that an improvement.
Really Quite Sick|
I went to bed last night feeling fine and woke up this morning feeling awful. I've spent the last 12 hours in bed sleeping due to extreme fatigue, punctuated with a mad dash to the bathroom every 10-20 minutes.
I even find it hard to concentrate enough to let folks know how sick I am. I have a whole bunch of activities that I'm supposed to participated in this week, and now they're all in question.
So, if you don't hear from me, assume I'm too sick to make it.
Doin' Pretty Good.|
My first week of work was a short one, as its Good Friday today and so there's no official work. I actually spent the morning configuring stuff on the new distro install so I'll be able to be productive on Monday, and so that I can get dual boot working properly (its 97% there. I can dual boot, but its interaction with kernel updates is kludgy).
Anyway, I haven't done much. Most of the week was taken up with the usual first-days-on-a-new-job thing like paperwork and getting accounts set up and reading the basic documentation and stuff. I'm hoping to actually get something accomplished early in the week because I'm flying out to meet my bosses and co-workers in Calgary on Wednesday.
I had initially thought there would be a two-week delay before heading out there, and had hoped to have something small but real to show for myself by then -- to prove that I can hit the ground running. Right now, not so much.
Other than that, I've been in a REALLY good mood the last week or so. Its amazing how much better one can feel when they know enough about their financial future to make reasonable plans.
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