Archive for March, 2003

Destination Imagination NH State Finals next week…

Sunday, March 30th, 2003

At the DI regional meet
Spencer’s team (Merrimack Middle School – RED team, 6th-7th graders)
won first place for the “Change in DIrection” challege. The other
Merrimack Middle School team (7th-8th graders) also placed first in
their “Once upon and Improv” challenge which is a great showing for
the town.

The other co-manager of our team has been in contact with a reporter
from New Hampshire Union
newspaper and provided him with a copy of the team photo
and a quote about what the kids get out of DI.

Today’s paper does have an article about leads off with two of the
Merrimack middle school teams won 1st place in their challenge and
will be going to the NH State finals.

“Two Merrimack teams — both from Mastricola Middle School –
finished in first place in Destination Imagination’s regional
tournament and will not advance to complete in different events in the
upcoming state finals.”
(March 30th, 2003; Teens Section; Page 5;
“Their imaginations are taking them places”, byline Dan Mclean)

The rest of the article is about the other team, their picture, team
members, quotes, description of the challenge and nothing about
our team. That sucks.

homepage archeology

Friday, March 28th, 2003

While moving some files from an old server I found what appears to be
my very first webpage. It was only available on the DEC (aka
Digital/Compaq/HP) network hosted on a DEC Ultrix MIPS box running
UIUC NCSA HTTPd web server.

The file
is dated 6 Jul 1994 17:17.52 EST and
is best viewed with Xmosaic. Note gopher:// links and the caution
about visiting the site in Poland. It was all so innocent back then.

samba, LinNeighborhood and friends

Friday, March 28th, 2003

At work our group has migrated our email from an old UNIX system to a
shiny new

Linux system
and need to copy files from the old to new system
using Samba. Yeah I could have used NFS, but my uid/gid are different
on the two systems and Samba is just easier.

So my laptop gets installed a bunch of Samba stuff:

apt-get install linneigh
xsmbrowser "

Lawmakers Seek National Day of Prayer and Fasting (HR 153)

Friday, March 28th, 2003


“It is a resolution that I think all of us can support with humility
and grace and our love for our great nation,” Rep. Christopher Shays,
R-Ill., said Wednesday.

Don’t they see the irony of invoking their god’s name in
defense of their policies? Humility?

Here is the href="">text
of the HR 153 and href="

Religion and Politics — a scary combination.

Jimmy Breslin has a related op-ed piece:

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Now using ‘Purple Haze’ CSS template

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Over at Open Source Web Design I found
a Haran’s ‘Purple Haze’ template that give a table-like layout without
using the TABLE tag, strictly CSS.

blosxom plug-in: setiuserstasts v0.1

Friday, March 14th, 2003

Blosxom Plug-in: setiuserstats

Provides SETI@home individual user stats for use in your blog.

Get it here: href="">http://www.nozel

Until I get XML::Simple installed at my webhosting site, see it in
action here.

Tramp — remote file editing within emacs

Friday, March 14th, 2003

tramp is an excellent secure replace
ment for
the venerable ange-ftp.

No time to pursue becoming a debian developer

Friday, March 14th, 2003

Sigh, this morning I sent this to my debian AM and sponsor…

It has turned out that between a fulltime job and
being a father of 6 small children, there just
isn't enough time in the day to devote to
proper debian development.

Regretfully I have to remove myself from
consideration for the time being.

I still plan on contributing with doc writing,
bug reporting, etc.


Time to shop around for someone to take over maintaining the debian
package blosxom

LaTeX and friends

Wednesday, March 12th, 2003

I’m putting together a CD of genealogy images and information for some
relatives and need latex,
tetex-extras and gnome-ggv
to convert some of the reports generated by

Laptop is fixed!

Friday, March 7th, 2003

Field service stopped by this morning and replaced the motherboard.
It boots and runs!