Oh my. I have finally caved to ebay. Bank account be damned.

I am so doomed.

one Lexicon Vortex on the way, more toys^H^H^H^Htools to follow.

two degrees

Inspired by a comment by moonfl0wer I started thinking about how many
connections there are in lj.

Having recently read a couple of articles about visualizing the structure of socal networks
(granted, mostly about crime amd terrorist families, but interesting nonetheless) I decided
to give a try at visualizing a couple of degrees of seperation of “friends” on lj. A little
bit of math and anything beyond two degrees is getting hairy, and anything beyond three is
completely out of hand.

So, whipped up a python script to fetch the friend info from the LJ userinfo pages
and built a data file for feeding to graphviz.
The two degree of seperation chart for me can be seen at
aklikins.ps. Warning: It’s a pretty large
postscript file. I couldnt find a good way to get the list of friends for a given
user other than just parsing the html on the userinfo page. Is there a better way?
All of the client protocol stuffs only lets you query for your user.

I suspect if the lj maintainers wanted, they could generated this kind of info alot
quicker than I could. Possibly even doing a “six degrees” kind of thing.

Did I mention, I’m a geek?

I’m a fairly calm driver. I dont drive fast, I dont constantly yell at
any car within 100 feet of me. Most people would say I drive
like a wuss.

I’m not exactly sure where the horn on my car is. I’d have to
think about it. I never use it.

So today, I’m driving to work on a section of 4 lane interstate.
I’m passing a car on the left. Just as I’m about to pass it, it
very rapidly changes into my lane missing my car by about
a foot. Of course, no turn signal.

For some reason, I had the urge to express my displeasure with
this particular maneuver. I was -><- close to doing so with various hand gestures. But I resisted. Since the license plate on this car was now about 5 feet from my face, I couldnt help but read the tag. It said “SHP-***”. What exactly that meant didnt exactly sink in for a few seconds. Thats right, an unmarked highway patrol car. Awesome. Made more fun by the fact they changed back in the other lane 20 seconds later and took an exit.

“szkkkkkkkzskkkskskkkkkshhhhshhshhh ka-aaank kuuuunk ka-kaaaaank szshhhhhhhshshhkkkkkk”
– Godflesh, Slavestate

I dont remember song lyrics so well.

quick photo getting into the car:

more photos:

Nothing interesting to report. Spent the last two days flooding
the QA guys with bug fixes to verify.

Somewhat relived the world series is over. Can’t say I cared
much who was playing or winning/losing, just seemed like
a giant target.

I had forgotten how freaking long it takes to build GIMP from
source. It is approximately “too long”.

the experiment continues

Todays entries:

Yes, that is a picture of a 1981 AMC Eagle. I couldnt tell that
by looking at it, except the tag says “81 Eagle”. Very handy.
Basically a 4 wheel drive Gremlin.

Okay, I admit it. At one point I owned an AMC Gremlin. If
I ever had any “cool points”, I just lost them. A 232
straight 6 and a three speed non-synchro transmission. Thats
what I learned to drive in.