We're 1 and 1 now

Yesterday, I received an "Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you a place in the class." letter from the University of Chicago School of Law. It's a shame, UChicago was pretty high on my list of places that I want to go. Well, five more admission/rejection letters to go, let's see how things turn out.

Migrations and Upgrades: Expect Downtime

I have, just recently, gotten a spiffy Speakeasy DSL connection installed at my home for my personal use. The DSL connection provides me with 3.0Mbps/768kbps (up/down) speeds and a number of static IP addresses, which means that I can finally move my server out of an MIT closet. This move will take a few hours during which time my server will be completely down and then there will be a lag time as the DNS servers are updated to reflect the change. So, what I'm saying is, expect a day or so of downtime for all of gwax.[com,net,org], including mail services, sometime in the near future.

After the migration, there'll be another fun server happening, namely a rather big upgrade. I've been thinking of upgrading my server since I got a properly paying job and I happened to be browsing the Dell website when I noticed that they were selling rather fancy equipment at rather large discounts. Long story short, in a couple weeks, I should have a brand-spanking new Dell PowerEdge SC430 server with a 2.8GHz Dual Core Pentium D, 1GB DDR2 RAM and 160GB SATA Hard Drive space, which was discounted from $976 to $499. This machine is going to be an absolute beast, totally blowing all of my other computers out of the water (there's Moore's Law for you). So, after that beast arrives, I'll get it set up with all of the services that my current server provides, slowly migrate serving responsibilities over (which ought to be transparent to all of you) and then retire my current server to some other menial task.

There is, of course, one question left to answer: what should I name my new machine?

Girls Are Pretty

Girls Are Pretty, aside from being an accurate statement, is a wonderful daily source of fiction. The stories provided are very short, second person narratives about down-to-earth but bizarrely outlandish topics and happenings. The second person structure is a bit strange at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes a refreshing and interesting change of style. I've taken to reading Girls Are Pretty daily and it's often more amusing than most of the webcomics that I also read daily.

Fortune Cookies: 2006-03-15

Lunch:

When you learn to be flexible, amazing
opportunities reveal themselves!
Lucky Numbers 2, 37, 8, 11, 24, 3

Commentary: ...in bed!


Late Dinner:

Love is a present that can be given
every single day you live.
Lucky Numbers 7, 19, 20, 33, 40, 44

Commentary: Belly button lint is a present that can be given every single day you live.

Steamboy and Steampunk

I just recently watched the fantastic anime, Steamboy, which I highly recommend. There were two things that initially drew me to Steamboy: it was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (of Akira and Memories fame) and it's steampunk. Steampunk is a sub-genre of a type of fiction that I really like; the term is derivative of cyberpunk but instead of being an imagining of where electronics will take us, it is an imagining of where steam power would have taken people of the industrial revolution. Steampunk is one of the many sorts of fiction based around the idea of applying a fantastic science fiction lens to some period of history. Another example of such a sub-genre that I'm quite partial to is Science fiction Westerns, which includes such great works as The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. There are a plethora of other such sub-genres and works, which I could yammer on about but it's time to get back to the central themes of this post, Steamboy and Steampunk. Steampunk does the truly wonderful job of creating all sorts of bizarre contraptions and machines that aren't science fiction because you could almost conceive them being built today, or even a century ago and then throwing these machines at you in all their glory, making you want to go out and construct them in your workshop, or for that matter, get myself a workshop to build stuff in. Steampunk is a genre that wows and, in this regard, Steamboy does not disappoint. The early devices one comes across in the movie are a little fantastical, but not the least bit beyond feasibility and for the most part, everything remains mostly within the realm of what could be done, though there are some elements that push things well beyond the pale. Ignoring the machines, the art is very well done and the story is quite good, though the central theme does get a little overfocused at times. All in all, Steamboy is a truly wonderful movie and you should all do yourselves the favor of watching it.

Hi future, how're you doing?

If you're the type of person who likes the idea of trying to send a message to whoever's on this planet 50,000 years from now (and I know that I am), you might be interested in adding a message to KEO. KEO is a satellite that some European space folks are tossing up to be a time capsule, which is designed to reenter and land 50,000 years from now, disgorging a whole bunch of information. They're letting every person on the planet contribute up to 6000 characters to be put into the capsule. I'm going to see if I can come up with something good to add; I'm thinking I'll probably put something really inane in, like my joke about the two monkeys that walk into a bar, the silly clown joke or something similar.