Life and times.

Long time readers are probably wondering where I've been lately.  The answer is kind of long and is worth a post all on its own.  The short version of the story is, work's been eating me alive lately.  This is our busiest time of year and it's been all hands on deck for a couple of weeks now.  In point of fact, last week was our quarterly all-hands meeting, where everybody on my team was flown into town for a solid week of meetings.  All day, every day.  Most of my visible activity lately took the form of parts of …

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To everybody waiting on responses..

It's the holidays. I'm pretty busy right now, and hoping I don't have a sinus infection. I haven't forgotten about anybody. I'll get to the time-sensitive stuff first, and rest as I can.

Happy holidays.

Can't come up for air just yet.

Hacking code and writing policy. I'll be able to come up for air soon.

Also, del.icio.us claims that they're migrating to their old URL and that everything is fine. Only everything's not fine, nobody's links load, their blog is now gone, and they're not responding to anybody trying to get in touch with them. I'm glad I was able to download my data (including all the stuff I want to write about when I get a chance) before their site started acting screwy again. I guess I'm going to need to set up my own online link manager …

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Catching up on everything else.

I suppose I should talk about work a bit.

I don't ordinarily do that, because I think there's a conflict of interests between writing in a personal blog and talking about things I get paid to do, but sometimes it can't be helped. The last couple of weeks have been spent preparing for a fairly major server migration (e-mail service for a couple of offices and a couple of dozen employees), which for once didn't involve significant hardware wrangling (though that's going on in other areas) but does take a fair amount of time (most of it spent writing documentation …

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Post-HOPE 9.

I'm snowed in at work because I have to catch up on everything that happened while attending HOPE 9. If we just met and you're trying to get in touch with me, please be patient. I'm not ignoring or trying to dodge you, I'm up to my neck and don't have time to get back to you yet. E-mails will be answered as time permits, I'm trying to catch up on Twitter, and your business cards are neatly stacked and await sorting. If you need my PGP public key here it is; when sending encrypted e-mail me please attach your …

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834 years young and still going strong.

Well, another year has come and gone and it's time to look back once again across the calendar and see how things have changed for the Time Lord. This past year is likely one of the busiest of my whole life and shows few signs of slowing down or grinding to a halt. To put it simply I don't have the time or space on the database server to outline everything from 2011, but suffice it to say that the world is undergoing some profound changes outside of the control of the existing system, and in some small way I've …

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Well, that worked.

A couple of days ago, a few "Hey, are you still alive?" messages hit my inbox, and just now have I had the opportunity to post an update.

I've been busy as hell since 2012 started and it shows no signs of letting up. When you work in IT and you take a vacation for 10 days, whether or not something blew up at work isn't the question. The relevant question is actually, "How many things blew up at work?" and the answer is usually a number that can be comfortably counted on one hand... in hexadecimal. Lots of long …

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Not even time to breathe.

Most of my posts lately have been terse, to say the least. When I've had time to sit and write it's been in fits and spurts over a period of hours or days when I've felt up to it. My queue of things to write about has broken two pages, which means that it's time to delete the older stuff and move on. In Internet time, that's a long while, plus there is more important stuff to worry about. It's not ADHD, it's simple practicality. The "when I've felt up to it" means just what you think it does, I …

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Merry Christmas and a Joyous Yule to everyone.

In an attempt to beat the snow predicted for the DC area sometime today, Lyssa and I left Pittsburgh late last night (0007 EST5EDT) and arrived in DC somewhen around 0430 EST5EDT. After unpacking the TARDIS we promptly passed out for the next six hours. It's been trying to snow off and on all day. I'm beginning to wonder if we'll see any of the snow they've been predicting.

We're home. We've been busy and traveling. We visited our respective families in Pennsylvania and exchanged gifts. I now have a kilt and a silly hat.

Lyssa, Jason, the Wrong Hands …

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Quickie: not a real post.

Still alive.

Very busy at work and at home.

Just getting over being sick, but unfortunately Lyssa's caught it and is fighting it off.

Behind on, well, everything, from watching Sir Derek Jacobi reading parts of Shakespeare's The Tempest with operatic interludes sung by a countertenor to going camping with some close friends.

Was shocked and amazed by Snoop Dogg doing filk last night.

Silliness and madness abound in equal proportion.

Oh, and I have a backlog of pictures to post and things to write about. I'm going to try to clear half of those things this week, if I …

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