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basketball - 2008-03-18 07:36:23 AM
I hope to get the bracket stuff up some time soon, hopefully tomorrow night at the latest.
basketball - 2008-03-16 09:31:13 PM
I love it when I'm debugging something, and I hit the "ah-hah!" moment. It's the time when you're staring at the code, and everything wrong with it becomes clear. If you're not a coder, it's hard to convey the feeling. I'm the kind of coder that lives for the "ah-hah!" moment. I guess I'm something of an "ah-hah!" junkie (not to be confused with an a-ha junkie, which is entirely unrelated).

Tonight's moment was when I figured out why Jabber/XMPP file transfers have been broken in Pidgin for a while. True, the lack of complete support for XEP-0065 has been the major culprit for send failures (when behind a firewall at least), but the file receiving has been broken due to a SOCKS5 bug I found. This should make a lot of people happy, which in turn makes me happy.

Tomorrow is my last day at work. After work I'm immediately heading south to find an apartment in Charleston. Hopefully, I can find a suitable place for future "ah-hah!" moments to occur.
charleston,code,moving,pidgin,xmpp - 2007-05-30 12:19:44 AM
I just read an interesting article over on While I have found some of the agile methodologies to be useful, I agree with one of the main points of the article: coding is hard.

One of the really sad parts of leaving my current job is the talented group of people I work with. It is probably the single most talented group I've worked with in my (relatively) short career.

Where am I going with this? Pidgin 2.0.1 is in the process of releasing as I type this. It should hopefully be propagating to the mirrors by the time I wake up tomorrow. I often take for granted the talent pool I get to work with on this project. It's another bell-curve-busting group of people, and I wouldn't have anywhere near as much fun if it wasn't for them.
code,moving,pidgin - 2007-05-25 12:14:35 AM
I've got big changes ahead of me. I'm leaving Blacksburg, and moving to Charleston, SC. My last day with my current employer will be May 30, and I'll start at my new job June 18th. This leaves me about a month to find a new place to live, pack all my stuff, and move it 6 hours south.

It has been an incredible 3 years working, and almost 7 years living in Blacksburg. When I set out looking for a new place to live and work, I wanted to find something as close to Blacksburg as I could. It's a wonderfully unique little burg nestled here in the New River valley, and I soon realized there is no other Blacksburg.

While not exactly what I set out to find, Charleston seems like a great city. I'll actually be working (and hopefully living) in a suburb of Charleston called Mount Pleasant. My commute will get a little longer (it's hard to find 90 second commutes these days), and my morning will start a little earlier, but I think I've made the right decision.

I'm going to miss Blacksburg, and all the wonderful people here. I've worked with an incredibly talented group these last 3 years. I've made friends that I hope to keep for a lifetime. Luckily, I'm not that far away, and neither is football season. I can't wait for my season tickets to arrive, to start planning tailgates, and to see my Hokies play again.

I'm about done rambling now, I just wanted to keep everyone posted on why my life is about to turn upside down for a bit. We'll see what happens when the dust settles, and I find my feet in the sand.
blacksburg,charleston,misc,moving - 2007-05-17 11:30:34 PM
First, eat tasty leftovers. Then, sit down and fix a half-dozen Pidgin bugs. Next, take out the trash, and realize that the weather is absolutely perfect for a run (it helps if you've been meaning to go running, but have been a lazy bum). Grab some appropriate running clothing, a water bottle, and your keys. Proceed back outside, get halfway across the parking lot, and feel the rain on your head. ARGH!

I guess I'll go back to closing those Pidgin bugs.
misc,pidgin - 2007-05-10 09:44:16 PM the only way to describe how I feel right now. Myself and my immediate friends are all ok, but it is going to take a long time for the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg communities to heal. The atmosphere here is surreal. There's plenty of words I could fill this space with, but nothing seems appropriate. I'm not sure that the appropriate words exist. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
misc - 2007-04-17 10:14:07 PM
I fixed another bug in the bracket grader. There was another problem calculating upset points if you picked what would have been an upset had things gone your way, but ended up not being an upset due to an earlier upset. For example, I picked Oregon (3 seed) to upset Wisconsin (2 seed), but Wisconsin got beat by UNLV (7 seed). When Oregon beat UNLV, it wasn't an upset, but since my bracket had a 3 seed beating a 2 seed, I got upset points. Everything should be straightened out and re-graded now. If anyone notices any other anomalies, please let me know.
basketball,code - 2007-03-25 08:34:43 PM
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