Lots of stuff to talk about today.
First, a movement
Having listened through just an insane number of indifferent or outright bad renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" lately, everything from the doom-and-gloom ripped-off arrangement that the Chinese used for the Olympics to any number of "hip" arrangements at sporting events that magically transform the song from 3/4 to 4/4 time (grrrr), I want to start a movement to replace that sucker.
That's right, I'm sick of the National Anthem, and I want it replaced. It's hard to sing for most people, nobody knows any of the words for the other verses (and there are a total of four), and some singers don't even seem to really know the words to the first verse. What the hell does an 18th-century British song coupled with a middling poem about a battle in a war we nearly lost have to do with 21st century Murka, anyway?
Back In The USA
Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the USA.
New York, Los Angeles, oh, how I yearned for you
Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Let alone just to be at my home back in old St. Lou.
Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeways?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back to the USA.
Looking hard for a drive-in, searching for a corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a jukebox jumpin' with records like in the USA.
Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the USA.
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the USA.
Anything you want, we got right here in the USA.
(c) 1959 Chuck Berry
That last line should be on the dollar bill. With a registered trademark symbol. I mean, really, "land of the free, home of the brave?" That's not what Murka is about. Anything you want, we got it... right here in the USA.®
I downloaded and installed VMWare Fusion 2.0 for Intel Macs last night. As big a fan as I've been of Parallels Desktop, I have to admit, VMWare has really got this stuff nailed. Just to try it out, I did an install of Windows Server 2003 on it, to see how it'd do. Right up front, it asked me what I would want the administrator account and password to be, and what my product key was. I fed it those things and went to bed. When I woke up, the entire installation had completed, and Windows was sitting there waiting for me to do something useful with it. I didn't have to enter a single configuration parameter or do anything else, except sleep and wake up to a running Windows server on my MacBook Pro.
Tonight I'll probably try out OpenSolaris, Ubuntu, and maybe DOS 6.22 just to give it some challenges that have caused problems with VirtualBox and Parallels in the past.
And somewhere in there, I'll put the Domino 8.5 beta server up on it. Maybe it's time to up that thing to four gig of RAM...
The environment at work is getting more toxic, even at a time when we're writing some of the best code we've done in years. My contractors are great, I still get to write code from time to time, it all works great, and the local management just doesn't seem to understand when they've got a good thing going on. The net outflow of staff in this department has been really notable... seems like people who can retire, do, and people who can't retire try to get transferred out. I don't see any new people coming in. Doesn't much matter... in a few months, regardless of what administration is in office, we'll get reorganized and someone will probably ask the entirely-reasonable question, "why does this IT team exist in an organization that's mostly paper-pushers and policy analysts?" And they will put us somewhere else. Hope I can hold out until then.
One symptom of all this is that for the first time in 15 years, my organization refused to send us to Lotusphere. So, we're going on our own time and own dime, and if another opportunity pops up along the way, so much the better. All I ever asked was to be left alone to do what we're good at, and to be sent to Lotusphere to be with our tribe once a year, sort of an inoculation booster against the Microsoftism around this place. If they won't even do that little thing, I can't see the point much any more.
Nora got some really crappy news yesterday. Apparently a friend of hers from when she used to live in New Jersey decided the planet had worn out its appeal, and he chose to leave. His method of choice was to step out in front of a late-night Amtrak train near Princeton, New Jersey last Sunday night. They found his body half a mile away.
It's strange. She talked with Kevin just a couple of weeks ago, he seemed in good spirits and she didn't sense anything was wrong. He'd reconciled with his church, he was doing interesting things. But then, that's what onlookers say about everyone who takes their own life... "he seemed fine! We didn't have any clue anything was wrong!"
Nope, I guess that's the thing to look out for. The people whose lives are obviously screwed-up aren't the ones you keep an eye on, it's the people who seem to have everything all together.
I met him. He helped Nora move a large projection television across town when she gave it to a grad student at the seminary when she moved. He had also helped her pick out her Chevrolet some years earlier.
Things happen in people's heads and most of the time, if we even know what those things are, we can't understand them.
The new wabbit, Suzette (her full name is BR Crepe Suzette) is doing well. I can hear her in her enclosure on the upper porch, throwing things around at night. For more details, go look at Nora's writeup on her. She's a big wabbit.
1. Bob Balaban09/28/2008 10:32:07 AM
I still like the Jimi Hendrix version, from Woodstock. It's on YouTube if you need a refresher....