Dawn breaks, like a bull through the hall

(“New Slang,” The Shins)

The Red Sox have won the World Series, and I’m sure if you cared you could find all kinds of exhilarating commentary on Google News. What a win!

I got my news from ESPN.com’s front page, which started its blurb with “Yes, it happened in your lifetime,” wholly appropriate because it’s been their first win since 1918.

However, it did remind me of the friend who introduced me to baseball — I went over to his place often in the summer of 2002 because he lived virtually next door and had a really nice apartment, whereas my draw group and I lived in a complete sty with almost no furniture. Also, I went over to play truly ridiculous amounts of poker (sometimes till 4am, so I only got to work in time for lunch the next day), during which his TV was always showing baseball. A couple of months later, the group of them dragged me to my first baseball game (A’s vs. the White Sox?), then everything upped and moved so quickly and I graduated and now the Red Sox have finally won the world series, but it was never in my friend’s lifetime because he left us a little under a year ago.

Take care, Choate, wherever you’ve moved on to.

blast from the past

Came across this article:

Netscape Communications offers new network navigator free on the Internet [cnet.com]

… and was somewhat confused by what a “network navigator” was and how they referred to Netscape as a “six-month-old company founded by Jim Clark,” until I noticed the date. Classic stuff: Navigator “is optimized to run smoothly over 14.4 kilobit/second modems as well as higher bandwidth lines, delivering performance at least ten times that of other network browsers.”

Wow, ten years since Netscape Navigator? I very vaguely remember using NCSA Mosaic (for me, most things nowadays have been relegated to the “vaguely remember” corner — I think I’ve saturated my brain with useless but amusing quotes), and then fervently tracking the frequent updates between Netscape and the upstart Microsoft IE until the former imploded and the latter became evil(ler).

I’d heard Jim Clark (founder of Netscape) speak once at the SGI 20th anniversary while I was interning there. I don’t recall much of what he said, except:

Question: “You’ve founded many companies in the last 20 years (SGI, Netscape, WebMD etc.). What is it that drives you to constantly create and explore new technology?”

Answer: “The money.” (end of response)

Ah, honesty.

upgrade complete

After an afternoon of fiddling with MySQL export functions and a mess of CSS, I’ve finally managed to upgrade this site to use WordPress. It’s quite the improvement over b2, which should be no surprise since it’s a follow-up version of the program.

Pretty smooth transition thanks to this site‘s instructions. Though one of the lines — DROP TABLE wp_settings — wasn’t applicable to my install (WP1.2). Took it out and everything else worked perfectly in the import. (Edit: To the author at wild-mind.net: Much appreciated for the help, and also in pointing out a textarea problem which went unnoticed on my Firefox browser)

Except there was still the resultant mess of incompatible CSS which took me a couple of hours to sort out into the site’s present incarnation. There are even three flavours of syndication available for the site now — RSS, RSS 2.0 and ATOM. My geekmind boggles.

Uh, in case none of that made sense, comments are back up so you can complain about it.

something like away

Relatively calm week at work. Even the dreaded could-last-till-9.30pm manpower meeting on Thursday wasn’t altogether unpleasant, and no, only lasted till about 6.30pm. Won a $20 phone at the 6 Division Anniversary, which I kept falling asleep during while trying to emcee. Noteworthy only because this is the first recallable time I’ve won anything in any kind of lucky draw.

What else?

I managed to crawl out of bed at 7am this morning (a Sunday!) to call Toru in North Carolina, who was in attendance at Christine’s wedding. Managed to burble some vague congratulations to the bride (while realising we can’t call her “Skinner” any more, but “Sloan” just doesn’t have that same ring to it) before the call dropped.

Good thing I got up so early too, a second call to catch up with Toru and Sasank seemed to indicate they were already somewhat inebriated. Any later and they’d have been raging drunk… I expect no less from the draw group, really. Sasank did mention that my accent has slipped, which should surprise nobody at all. Anyway, I was sleepy. And then the call dropped.

Good enough, I guess.