I think that I’ll learn Lisp instead of Java:

Perl is an inspiring example of brevity. Larry Wall broke all the rules, and in the process discovered some good ideas. Perl may be a kludge, but it makes your programs short, and you have to respect that.

(From “Arc at 3 weeks“)

So I got mail from this permission-based marketing firm. At the bottom of their introduction, it says something to the effect of “Some people don’t like spam at all…” That’s me. Their server is now blocked from sending mail to everybody.org.

Oohh… Look another sysadmin with a weblog: Librenix — get it? Libre (free) nix.

From there, I found a pointer to an article by Nicholas Petreley on ext3 and reiserfs. Some good information that I didn’t know: reiserfs doesn’t journal data, just meta-data. That would explain the lossiness I’ve seen.

I’ve decided to try out SGI’s XFS for a filesystem instead of ReiserFS. I think I see some immaturity in ReiserFS and it bugs me. Corrupted files on reboot ain’t good.

While compiling the kernel, I ran into a Signall 11. Not a good thing. apt-get install gcc seems to have fixed it, though.

Also, after going home to El Dorado, AR for Thanksgiving, I’m getting a little nostalgic for a small town.

Basil (almost 3) and I laid out one night and looked up at the dark sky. He loved it. He also spotted a falling star and, later, so did I.

Alexis, though, wants to stay here, near her brothers, so I doubt that is going to happen soon.

At Thanksgiving, I said something about Buy Nothing Day. Of course, someone raised the objection of the poor economy.

But, check out Robert Riech’s piece on the recession and war:

But we don’t live to support an economy. The economy exists to support us and the standard of living we choose. And if terrorism reminds us that what we can buy is less important than the lives we want to lead, that’s OK with me and probably OK with you.