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|Saturday, November 19th, 2011|
|News of possibly no interest whatsoever
Most of you probably know that we recently moved into a new house. (If you don't, sorry about that -- I've been meaning to write a catchup post to talk about it). One of the biggest things we wanted in a new house was a library. We had one in our old house, but had to turn it into a playroom once the kids were old enough.
I am fortunately to work with a skilled carpenter who builds furniture on the side. For those who have seen our wooden castle blocks that we bought at Art Fair, it was his father who made those. He is building us a set of Jefferson bookshelves for our new library, and is blogging it as it he goes. If anyone other than us actually cares about it, you can see the progress at http://claydowling.com/
. There's not much to report yet, as he just took deliver of the wood, but I'm always fascinated by the details that go into making something and he's already got some interesting tidbits about what it takes to do this kind of work with real wood.
The reason they are called Jefferson bookshelves is that this is the style that Thomas Jefferson used in his home and in his library at congress. They are simply wood boxes of different sizes that can be stacked to make any combination of shelves and shelf sizes you like. And then when it's time to start your new congressional term, you can just pick up each box, put it on it's back, nail some boards across the top, and throw it in the wagon for the trip down to that new swamp-infested capital they are building. When you arrive just remove the boards, stack them up, and viola! -- instant library. Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, September 13th, 2011|
|Friday, June 17th, 2011|
|Friday, May 20th, 2011|
|Thursday, May 12th, 2011|
|God help me
I'm seriously starting to consider getting an iPad. I can't decide if this is because I actually have a use for it (I have a lot more travel coming up where it would be handy for both entertainment and light work) or because I'm just succumbing to the cool factor of the technology.
|Friday, January 21st, 2011|
|Come see me talk!
For those of you who are in the Detroit area or are already planning to attend, I will be giving two talks at this year's ConFusion
the annual Detroit-area science fiction convention. It is being held this weekend (1/21 - 1/23) at the Troy Marriott, just off of I75 at Big Beaver Rd.
The first talk will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, and covers the really cool work I've done measuring the Internet with some colleagues at Arbor Networks over the past 2 years. If you are interested in this whole Internet thing and would like to know how it's evolving, I think you will be interested in this panel.
My second talk is at 5:00 PM on Saturday, and covers the current state of Internet Security. It will include some results of our annual ISP survey, where we get real data from real ISPs about the kinds of attacks they have seen. It will also include some details on the recent Anonymous attacks in support of Wikileaks that made the news this past December.
If you are at all interested in this whole Internet thing, please come to one or both of my panels and bring your questions!
|Tuesday, January 18th, 2011|
|Music for the winter
Once again I find myself listening to my Carolina mix, a mix album of songs about North Carolina thoughtfully given to me by <lj user=legocoach"> and <lj user="sarahf"> for Christmas a few years ago. A great set of music for the cold, gray winter months. Thanks again, guys.
|Friday, January 7th, 2011|
|Monday, December 6th, 2010|
I just found out that the first patent I was part of filing, patent No. 7844696 -- Method and System for monitoring control signal traffic over a computer network -- has finally been granted. We applied for it in June of 2002, and it was actually granted in the UK in 2004, but it took until last week for the USPTO to approve it. I have a couple more in the queue somewhere.
If you want, you can read the whole thing in all of it's glorious detail (after obfuscation by lawyers) at the USPTO website
Incidentally, you may wonder how I found out it was finally granted. (OK, you probably aren't wondering, but I'm going to tell you anyway.) I found out tonight when I opened a piece of strange looking junk mail and it turned out to be an offer from a company in Indiana wanting to sell me a commemorative plaque for my new patent. They have an impressive turnaround time -- the patent was granted on 11/30, and I got the offer in the mail today (12/6). Kooky. Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, November 10th, 2010|
|You know it's a good day when...
I was listening to some of my favorite music while cleaning up the dishes earlier this week and Alex told me he really liked it. I pulled it out in the car on the way to work this morning and again he said he enjoyed listening to it. This makes me very happy, since music has been such an important part of my life. And the fact that it was my favorite blues/Jazz band makes it even better. Thanks to The Seatbelts
! Current Mood: happy
|Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010|
|Where is all this coming from?
I don't know if it's the age (having just turned 5), the start of the school year, or what, but Jessie is really on a roll these last few weeks.
Last night Sue had to attend a meeting at school in the evening, so I was at home with the kids. Jessie asked me if I would draw with her and I said yes. She said, "Good! It's time to art up!"
Where does she get this stuff? Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, September 15th, 2010|
For a while I've been meaning to eat more Mackerel, since it's both a very healthy food but also one that is a lot more sustainable than the more common supermarket fishes. Plus mackerel has always been one of my favorite sushi fishes.
Last night I tried cooking mackerel for the first time. I cooked it "Tatsuta Age" style, which is a Japanese recipe. Basically, you cut the fish into bite-size pieces, marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, and mirin, coat it in potato starch, and deep fry it. The strong flavor of the mackerel comes through nicely but with a wonderful crunchy exterior. Eating it hot off the stove was delicious, and it was hard to stop so I could save some for today.
The recipe claimed that it was also good cold, so today I pulled out my bento lunch box for the first time, packed the bottom with rice, and the top with the mackerel. It is indeed a delicious cold lunch. The mackerel has a strong enough flavor that it still comes through even when cold. I can see myself doing this a lot in the future. And it's a pretty healthy meal! Current Mood: satisfied
|Tuesday, September 7th, 2010|
|Back in one piece!
I am glad to be back home after my trip, slightly jetlagged still but more or less recovered (though still just a touch of "Delhi Belly").
I will try to write up some accounts of my experiences soon and maybe post some pictures. Delhi is a very busy and crazy place, and I'm not sure how I can articulate what it's like to be there.
Since my twitter -> LJ cross posting seems to be broken, you can find the paper we went to present at SIGCOMM here
. It's a study of changing Internet traffic patterns and business relationships over two years, covering an unprecendented 110 ISPs ranging from the largest Tier 1 providers to small regional ISPs and covering at it's peak 7 Tbps or roughly 25% of all traffic on the Internet. Current Mood: relieved
|Monday, August 30th, 2010|
I am still wearing the same clothes I was wearing Friday, thanks to KLM cancelling my flight from Amsterdam and not forwarding my suitcase. Unfortunately, my suitcase is now in the hands of Air India, and trying to find out information from them has been difficult. I tried to go buy clothes this morning, but after walking for an hour we were only 2 blocks from the hotel so we gave up and returned. (More on that later, but crossing the street in Delhi is not for the faint of heart.) Also, everyone on the street keeps telling us that the shops we are trying to get to are closed. But the people at the hotel say they are open, so who knows.
About to try again. Wish me luck.
|Wednesday, August 25th, 2010|
|Thursday, August 12th, 2010|
|Happy Anniversary to us
Ten years ago today sueij
and I got married. I still think it's one of the best decisions I made in my life, and I am so glad that we are together. We have a beautiful partnership and I can't imagine going through the last 10 years without her.
Happy Anniversary to a wonderful partner, soulmate, mother, and friend. Current Mood: joyful
|Sunday, August 8th, 2010|
|Weapons Grade Ratatouille
made me drool today when I read it.I am now eyeing the tomatoes growing in my garden with a bit more impatience... Current Mood: hungry
|Friday, August 6th, 2010|
|Saturday, July 31st, 2010|
|Urgent: Who should have a seat in the White House Briefing Room: NPR or Fox?
As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents' Association will decide which news organization will be awarded Helen Thomas' former front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.
The contenders? National Public Radio, Bloomberg News - and Fox.
Yes, Fox, which we all know is actually a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news organization. They simply don't deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room.
So I just signed a petition urging the White House Correspondents' Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR. Can you join me at the link below?http://pol.moveon.org/nprvsfox/