Dad’s Funeral

funeral items for Al Straughan

I didn’t take many photos – too much else to deal with.

Ruth asked if I wanted to speak and I supposed I did, but wasn’t sure what I was going to say. I work best to deadlines, so I pulled a few notes together in the car on the way to the crematorium. What’s below is more or less what I remember of what I said, but I’d welcome corrections from anyone who was there and remembers more than I do.

My Eulogy for My Dad

Every life has a million stories, and we all see those stories from different angles.

Dad was a great storyteller, and not one to let too much truth get in the way of a good story.
We’ll surely be sharing lots of those today.

I was born in 1962, when my dad was only 23 years old – barely an adult himself. In some ways he never grew up.

But today I want to concentrate on the good things I learned or inherited from him. A lot could be said about nature vs nurture, but I had plenty of both from Dad. He was the one fixed point in nearly 49 years of my turbulent life.

My dad had a strong sense of justice. Both of my parents were active in America’s Civil Rights movement – crosses burned on our lawn – which, in a way, culminated in the election of President Obama. I worked a little on Obama’s campaign for that reason.

This sense of justice came from his love of people, and his belief that everyone in this world should have equal rights. We’ve already heard that Dad loved musicals, and this brings to mind a line from the great American musical Oklahoma!, expressing a very American attitude: “I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else, but I’ll be damned if I ain’t just as good.”

He believed that everyone had a right to equal treatment, health, wealth, and the pursuit of happiness, and he worked towards that in many parts of the world. Although I’ve spent most of my career in the corporate world, some of that has rubbed off on me in the way I approach my job and the people I work with.

Another trait of Dad’s was that he knew Storytelling, and the uses of it. This has definitely carried over to me, including, as those closest to me know, the idea that any story worth telling once is worth telling again. 😉

Dad had great courage, including the courage to live an unconventional life, which he did so thoroughly that he left me as a teenager with nothing to rebel against. I had to retreat into bourgeois respectability for 20 years. But I’m recovering.

Perhaps he paid for it all, he certainly put us through it. But I think he would have said, with the great songwriter Kris Kristofferson: “The going up was worth the coming down.”

Other Speakers

…then we all went home and drank a lot.

“He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth, and mostly fiction…”

My Dad’s Death

I haven’t been good at long-form personal communication in the last few years, partly for lack of leisure, partly because, well, these years have been rough on many fronts (outline here). But this seems like a time when telling everybody everything at once will be more efficient, and perhaps easier on me.

My father, Al Straughan, had long been ill – although, as he often emphasized, not with anything that was likely to kill him soon. In spite of 50 years of smoking, no exercise, and a lifetime of being overweight, he had a healthy heart, and there’s no family history of cancer. The lungs… not so good. In the last three years he was in the hospital just about every month with a lung infection, and the doctors seemed unable to find a root cause, except a general diagnosis of COPD.

Several years ago they did a bronchoscopy to examine an obstruction in his lung, and found a pea that Dad must have accidentally aspirated some time before. If you’re a fan of House, you may recall an episode in which a patient coughed up part of a lung for exactly this reason. Dad’s bronchi were weakened or damaged as a result, so a stent was put in at that time. (I may be getting the details wrong because I was usually not geographically close, and such a lot happened that it was hard to keep track.)

Dad had been living in the UK for at least 15 years with his third wife, Ruth, who is British. They met in Jakarta around 1987 or ’88 – he was there on a contract job, she was working for the Hilton hotel chain as a trainer (Ruth, forgive me if I get these details wrong, too). They met at a party when Dad walked up to her and said: “For once, I’d like to dance with a woman I can look in the eye.” Ruth is 6′ tall, Dad was 6’3″.

They came together to my wedding to Enrico in 1989, and soon thereafter moved to Texas, then the Maldives, then “home” to the UK (though Ruth had been away as much as there: she’d lived in Hong Kong for 15 years, then Bali…). As it turned out, the UK, with its National Health System, was the best possible place for them. Though Dad never became a citizen nor even had time to contribute much to the national coffers, the NHS took excellent and expensive care of him. There were a few procedures they chose to pay for privately to shorten wait time when Dad was in pain, but the NHS did most of it, and bore most of the cost. I am deeply grateful for this, and wish we had a national health system here in the US – it’s a matter of social justice.

Dad’s other area of health troubles was arthritis. Being overweight and never having exercised routinely contributed to the degeneration of his bones and joints such as we all suffer as we get older. He had his first knee surgery to clean up damaged cartilage in 1982, and his first knee replacement far earlier than doctors usually like to do them: the artificial joint wears out and will eventually need to be replaced again, and this is major surgery. Over the years they replaced the other knee, had to do repair work on one or both at least once, and one of these surgeries resulted in Dad being in intensive care. He had other surgeries to try to alleviate pain that was being “referred” from his deteriorating spinal column all over his body. Recently they tried implanting electrodes in his spinal cord which he could activate using a device outside his body, to interrupt the pain signals before they reached his brain. Apparently these devices are hard to tune; it was never wholly successful in stopping the pain, which was at times so severe as to keep him confined to bed. He had been effectively disabled by pain for over 10 years.

For most of this time, I was living relatively nearby in Italy, and could get over for visits fairly often, especially once the era of low-cost airlines began (I am grateful to them, too). Those of us who have internationally-scattered families know the pains of being far away when a loved one needs us. There was one week in which my mother, in Iowa, was having a large tumor removed from her ovary, and Dad, in the UK, was having yet another major operation that could have landed him in intensive care again. I chose to stay in Europe in case Dad needed me. Mom was attended by her sister, and her tumor turned out to be benign, but she never forgave me for not being with her – one of the causes of our eventual estrangement.

In 2008 I moved to the US, and visits to Dad and Ruth became fewer. I stopped by on my way to India on my last major trip for Sun Microsystems in March, 2010, then did not travel overseas for over a year. I was finally able to see them again this June, when Joyent sent me to Italy, so I extended the trip a bit and popped up to the UK for a weekend.

I can’t say that the deterioration I saw in June was shocking; I had known most of what was going on with him (I assume), and could observe some for myself in the many phone calls during which he was coughing, quickly out of breath, or simply too tired for sustained conversation. But I was deeply saddened. Caring for him had become a full-time job for him and Ruth both. His world had shrunk to their small home, sometimes just the bedroom, and the TV. This seemed cruel for a man who had lived large, hard, and adventurously all over the world in his 72 years.

I was also concerned for Ruth, who had been his only caregiver in all this time. There was little I could do to help from Italy. Again, international divides complicate everything: neither Dad nor I was living in our passport country, and by the time I moved back to the US, he was uninsurable here and could not risk even a visit to his beloved birthplace, New Orleans. This is why I give very short shrift to the brainwashed Americans who shriek: “Socialized medicine is evil! It’s not the American way!” Justice for all? Yeah. Tell me how it is right that my father could not afford to visit his native country before he died. Then go fuck yourselves.

We all knew that this June’s visit might be the last time I would see my father. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand what all was going on, but he was clearly going downhill, and he even stated baldly that, whenever he did go, there likely wouldn’t be time for me to arrive at his bedside. But he also told me that one of his doctors had said there was no reason he couldn’t live another 15 years. Then, at another moment, he mentioned that he had looked into assisted suicide in Switzerland, but could not afford it. This was all confusing, though understandable. I can’t know for sure how I would react in his situation, and I shudder to think of becoming as reduced and confined as he was. I thought of my aunt Rosie, who told me in January of 2006 that she had had enough (after 10 years of severe health problems) and was ready to go. I had replied: “I will miss you terribly, but if you feel it’s time, you should go.” She died in late March of that year.

Last weekend I was in Austin to catch up with an old school friend who was visiting mutual friends, and for my daughter Rossella’s birthday. My brother Ian also lives in Austin.

I received email from Ruth letting me know that Dad was in hospital again, with what seemed to be yet another by-now-routine lung infection. Ruth and I spoke on Sunday; he was wearing an oxygen mask and unable to talk on the phone. The doctors were not happy with his oxygen levels, and could not get them up.

That evening (would have been the deep of night in the UK), Ruth called again. He was hemorrhaging from his lungs for unknown reasons (they suspected the stent may have got misplaced) and not expected to live til morning.

I called Ross and Ian, we sat together and talked and drank for a while, but there wasn’t anything we could do, even for each other. I guess I slept a bit that night, probably not much.

The next day Ruth reported that he had regained consciousness sufficiently to let her and the doctors know that he wanted to fight for his life. We should have expected that, I suppose – going gently was just not in his character. Later that day he was transferred by ambulance to a lung hospital some distance away. He survived the trip, and another night passed in observation (and no sleep for anybody).

Tuesday he was “well” enough for an exploratory bronchoscopy. They found that the stent had indeed moved, in a way that would require surgery under general anesthesia to fix. His other lung was also “compromised”. His condition was such that he might not survive anesthesia and, even if he did, would be on a respirator. It was kinder to opt for palliative treatment and let him slip quietly away, which he did Tuesday evening, with Ruth beside him.

Ross, Ian and I will be flying over in the next week for a funeral with our English family and friends. Sometime later in the year, we will arrange a jazz funeral and burial of his ashes in New Orleans, I hope in St Roch cemetery where his parents are. It should be one hell of a party. We hope all those who knew and loved Al will be able to join us.

My eternal gratitude goes to Ruth, who (besides being a wonderful person whom I’d love anyway) did so much for him, for so long. Not out of any spirit of self-sacrifice, but because she loved him. We could all count ourselves fortunate to be loved so well. I hope that now the rest of us will have a chance to do some things for her.

photos and other memorabilia here

The Twitter Diaries: Mar 5-20, 2011

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DeirdreS get up close & personal with cloud analytics: hi-res screencast of Brendan’s preso at node.js Community Event Mar 1 –  #

Brendan Gregg, author of the DTrace book

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DeirdreS .@NathanWurtzel WSJ vs Forbes? #
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shawnferry @DeirdreS I keep seeing noise to that effect but I’m guessing it will be a wreck #
DeirdreS @miglsd For those who do belive in god, I don’t see the point n praying to a manifestly cruel being in hopes of mercy. #
DeirdreS humans are adept at social learning, so a large social network is effective at spreading and accumulating knowledge.  #
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DeirdreS Very tired. Lack of sleep will do that to me. #
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DeirdreS this time 5 years ago: La Buona Educazione (Good Manners)  #
DeirdreS My middle-of-night anxieties, in the scale of world events, are so very petty – and I know it. But they keep me awake anyway. #
DeirdreS I tell the chorus, the orchestra to keep up their work, but their salaries don’t even let them pay their bills #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS how envious I am… you escaped from this shame in time #
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DeirdreS .@riccardo_iommi Living 17 years in Italy cost me a huge amount in taxes to a corrupt system, and lost wages. Should’ve left sooner. #
riccardo_iommi RT @DeirdreS: Living 17 years in Italy cost me a huge amount in taxes to a corrupt system […] Should’ve left sooner. << I have to RT this! #
DeirdreS .@monaeltahawy @Hragy Holy words written by tribal men saying women should submit to men. How surprising. #
DeirdreS @bloatedlesbian Looks that way to me #dreamhost #
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DeirdreS Ok, that’s it for post-lunch marketing, time to put the training hat back on. #

DeirdreS Geoff gets his Italian on  #
DeirdreS @deeharvey I had hoped not, but… #
DeirdreS This is more kinds of beautiful than I can describe… colorapi #
DeirdreS #Kindle #
DeirdreS @hudsonette Reminds me chillingly of a Heinlein story from the Cold War era. #
DeirdreS .@onfaith Beck is utterly predictable, what’s worrying is the people who actually believe his crap. A merciful god would strike HIM down. #
DeirdreS and its subdomains eg was one of the greatest repositories of technical knowledge on the web. I’ll mourn it. #
DeirdreS @ryancnelson weird cat behavior: if in isn’t on YouTube, it didn’t happen. #
DeirdreS @nonstick And the Oracle classic people by their envious stares at the Macs? 😉 #
stewarttownsend RT @DeirdreS: and its subdomains eg was one of the greatest repositories of technical knowledge on the web. < sad day #
DeirdreS Happy I’m going to see my kid today. #
nonstick @DeirdreS There’s one guy here with an Apple sticker over the Dell logo on his laptop. Gave him a hard time about it. #
DeirdreS @planspark it will be worth the wait #
DeirdreS @monkchips Dr Melvyn Bert – I recommend him heartily. #
TomRaftery Hey @DeirdreS @monkchips asked me to say thanks very much – he just left to go to the doctor you recommended #
DeirdreS @TomRaftery Cool. I adore Dr Bert, great with patients, worldwide #
bubbva @DeirdreS is migrating, all content. Old urls will probably be busted 🙁 #
NomdeB @DeirdreS – Silly me. Forgot to @ you on that last tweet. #
DeirdreS I don’t know why the sound of people chewing and crunching food irritates me extremely. Unless I’m also eating, I guess. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS no no, it irritates me even while I’m eating. It’s something you cannot bear. #
mentalmosaic @DeirdreS I like watching animals eat, though. My own species – not so much. #

DeirdreS #
pborenstein @DeirdreS Pretty. But I still don’t get cupcakes. #
DeirdreS @NomdeB Heh. I’d already sent her a link about that. #
DeirdreS @pborenstein To me, it’s a devil’s food cake without the commitment #
pborenstein @DeirdreS I think it’s because I don’t like frosting. So much of it on cupcakes. #
DeirdreS If AT&T is going to cut me off at 150 Gb / month, would be helpful to know how much I’m using now. Anyone know if there’s a way to see? #
lowbit @DeirdreS They are apparently going to be adding tools to monitor usage once the change is official. #
DeirdreS @NomdeB That’s wireless, talking about home internet #
billblum @deirdres AT&T is supposedly going to have a tool available for DSL customers— I’ve got a Netgear router with usage stats built in. #
DeirdreS @billblum good point – I may be able to find that out on my own router #
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billblum @deirdres We’re being force upgraded to UVerse, so that gives me some headroom on the bandwidth cap. #
DeirdreS Baby cruising around the arrivals area on all fours. I remember when airports were exciting #
DeirdreS It is no longer possible to guess where anyone embarked based on ethnicity, language, dress… #
bubbva @DeirdreS I think our parents drilled ‘silent eating’ into us; therefor, others are annoying 🙂 #
bubbva @DeirdreS I think ther’s am app for that? #
pborenstein @DeirdreS Hitchens et al strike me not as atheists but as a(specifictheism)ists. They worry a lot about the afterlife they don’t believe in. #
DeirdreS @pborenstein Seems to me they worry about others’ belief in that afterlife, and how that affects their behavior in this world #
pborenstein @DeirdreS True. I wasn’t fond of James Watts’ idea that conservation wasn’t necessary because the rapture was just around the corner. #
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pborenstein @DeirdreS Prof atheists tend to be specific about the god they don’t believe in. Like sec. Jews: The synagogue they don’t go to is orthodox. #
johnnysunshine @pborenstein @DeirdreS I don’t think that’s entirely true, I’ve met plenty that equally point out Hindu bullshit as JudeoChristian bullshit #
pborenstein @johnnysunshine Maybe I just keep hearing and reading the same Hitchens, Pullman, Dawkin clips 🙂@deirdres #
mentalmosaic @DeirdreS Good point, although on my last flight to NYC, the New Yorkers wore much more black, I noticed, than the tourists. #
DeirdreS Had to come to the AT&T store to reactivate ross’ phone. Been here 40 mins. This is absurd. #
DeirdreS The AT&T people on the phone are holding us up over process with their own store people. Hello, you work for the same company! #

DeirdreS Capturing minds [Mark Cavage and Aaron Slettehaugh of Joyent]  #
DeirdreS @edsai get a white noise appfor your iphone. Works wonders #
edsai @DeirdreS you are my hero. I had no idea there was an app for that. #
DeirdreS @edsai I used to travel with a separaet white noise machine, now no longer necessary #
edsai @DeirdreS will my alarm still go off? What app do you use? #
DeirdreS @edsai Yes, AFAIK. I use WhiteNoise by TMSoft, I think it was free #
jhk24 @edsai @DeirdreS love whitenoise! sleep tight! #
shawnferry @DeirdreS @edsai I use the same. I don’t recall any alarm issues #
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edsai @shawnferry @deirdres my heroes. was able to get some sleep but running on fumes from yesterday #
DeirdreS RT @bleepster: hallelujiah! – wait til you see the new ones coming out with the book! #
DeirdreS @TomRaftery Realpolitik is often ugly. <sigh> #Libya #
johnkt09 @DeirdreS Funny how often realpolitik turns out to be geldpolitik, isn’t it? #
DeirdreS @johnkt09 Yup. After all, what’s realer than money? (Don’t answer that!) #
DeirdreS Argh. Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sleepy… also Headachy and Runny. Damn cold everyone else has had finally caught up with me. #
DeirdreS <sigh> I would really, really prefer not to be on the phone with AT&T right now over yet another screw up. #
mentalmosaic @DeirdreS You, too? This is the 3rd month in a row for me with the same AT&T billing screw up. Love my phone, though. #
DeirdreS 12 mins on phone with rep only to be told I have to pass you to customer care, this line only deals with customers <30 days old WTF? #
dltq @DeirdreS hahaha, sounds like that service rep needs a spanking #
a_random_claire @DeirdreS Did you explain you were well over 30 days old? 😉 #
DeirdreS @a_random_claire I’m not a human being here, just an account. Gah! #
DeirdreS I would gladly pay more money to any company that doesn’t put me through billing hell, for whatever service. Does such a thing exist? #
fitzage @DeirdreS Doubtful. #
fitzage @DeirdreS Actually, when it comes to cell phone companies, T-Mobile was always top notch at customer service. #
DeirdreS Dear corporations: get customer service right. The company that accomplishes this – in any sector – will rule the world. #
NomdeB @DeirdreS Isn’t this day 2 of your AT&T saga? Ouch. 🙁 We’re Verizon. Know people have complaints, but we’ve always had great service. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS they won’t understand this simple thing #
DeirdreS ps I did front-line customer service for years, and I did it well. I KNOW it ain’t rocket science. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS you are ranting like a machine gun, sorry to hear that 😉 #
DeirdreS @riccardo_iommi I’m supposed to be resting at home with a nasty cold. Phone hell is not making me feel any better. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS u have my simpathy, I understand #
DeirdreS ok, unlimited data plan for iphone restored – I had specifically asked at the store y’day not to touch that, hence went spare when they did #
urbanturbanguy @DeirdreS that unlimited plan is useless. I have had it for 3 years now. #
urbanturbanguy @DeirdreS Wanted to get the personal Hotspot activated – They said not with the unlimited plan. They were happy to milk us till now. #
pborenstein @DeirdreS You might try @FancyHands for that kind of thing. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS glad to hear that #
DeirdreS @pborenstein I don’t think they’re allowed to take personal data such as they wd need to manage an account #
DeirdreS This was sent to me in response to my rants earlier today: Saturday Night Live: Ernestine #
TopTv_Shows RT @DeirdreS – This was sent to me in response to my rants earlier today: Saturday Night Live: Ernestine #
socialtagger RT @DeirdreS – This was sent to me in response to my rants earlier today: Saturday Night Live: Ernestine #
DeirdreS companies subscribing to statistical insignificance in customer care will become companies that used to exist. #
DeirdreS ‘hipster’ (e.g., people who call themselves ‘nerds’) – Huh? Is that the definition? Or is it just rolled-up jeans and ‘tude? #
DeirdreS WTF? there is nothing to prove that students are allegedly influenced by the presence of the crucifix in classrooms #
DeirdreS @rob_ellis Sure you’re not in marketing? 😉 #joyent #
DeirdreS Some days your colleagues are a lot better off NOT seeing you at the office. For me, this is one of those days. #
riccardo_iommi @DeirdreS a healthy #FF to you #
DeirdreS American protesters should ponder the fact that the government they propose 2nd amendment resistance to is not in fact shooting at them. #
willbldrco @DeirdreS Re hipsters: I thought his was funny: RT @petapixel Hipster traps in NYC use Holgas as bait: #
DeirdreS @willbldrco I’m dismayed that smoking is hip again. I had to live through that the first time. #
DeirdreS @bcantrill tornado warning for areas including… Redwood City… – moving in on the Emerald City? Surrender, Dorothy! #
willbldrco @DeirdreS +1! After enjoying the heavy-handed anti-smoking laws at home in CO, I was shocked every time I bellied up to the bar in FL! Ugh! #
DeirdreS .@slashdot @pbeyssac is worth more than 1 million, if its Google karma transfers. It has huge SEO weight. #
DeirdreS At the same time, like all parents, sometimes I just want a pause button.  #
NomdeB Don’t have children (by choice), but still found this parenting piece utterly delightful: HT @DeirdreS #
DeirdreS @acarvin Sigh. No one is meant to die easily. But somehow many do. Condolences. #
DeirdreS How can you make love stay? Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules… #
DeirdreS R tried out Bikram yoga yesterday. Said it was smelly. #
DeirdreS @acarvin In which aspects of it do you think training is needed? For the A/V – tech, lots of info/tutorials out there. #
DeirdreS There’s never been truth-telling that I know of that had that kind of immediate effect #
DeirdreS most bloggers have no institutional credibility, so must build it by linking transparently #
DeirdreS @lskrocki We will not be seeing it from here – rain, rain and more rain! #
DeirdreS I rarely get the common cold/flu – had forgotten how miserable it is. #
edsai @DeirdreS argh. hope you feel better… #
DeirdreS @natashabadhwar I’m told that Nehru’s nieces ended up at Woodstock School because all of the older generation of the family were in jail. #
DeirdreS @edsai Thanks. It’s the fault of all our colleagues. That’s what I get for working in an office. 😉 #
natashabadhwar @DeirdreS I just read your bio. It is incredible, so much love, loss, moving on. Sending you love and the warmth of Delhi on the eve of Holi #
DeirdreS A Brazilian asking for info on the origins of his Italian family names – can anyone help?  #
jasonh @aaronheckmann @bigfleet yes ping me. We have @sh1mmer and @DeirdreS working on such things @joyent #
DeirdreS .@jasonh @aaronheckmann @bigfleet Yes, @sh1mmer has training ready to go, don’t know of specific plans for Portland. #
DeirdreS Another trove of material I’d sorta forgotten about, must move to new blog… India Vlog 2005 #
DeirdreS added a few updates and a new photo to my Autobiography #
DeirdreS 7 years ago today: Holiday Treats Italian Seasonal Goodies #
DeirdreS not much has changed since this post ~5 years ago: Talking Back to Politicians: A Lesson in Modern Italian #
edsai @DeirdreS uhm. why do you not have the pink hair anymore. it r0cked. #
DeirdreS 3 yrs ago: I’ve tried for 17 years to achieve this in Italy. made progress on my chosen road but it’s getting harder #
DeirdreS @edsai I liked it, but I’ve been scared off with stories of conservative Asian customers. Plus hard to get it done well. #
DeirdreS The DTrace book final version is now available for download purchase, with a different free sample chapter #
lskrocki @DeirdreS Bummer. Going to try snapping some pics — may be cloudy here too. #
DeirdreS Losing my voice. Which doesn’t matter on Twitter. #
DeirdreS Hmm, intriguing. Now just need to get all my friends to use it. Voxer #
DeirdreS Deja vu. Didn’t we bomb Tripoli a while back? Like, 1986? #
ryancnelson RT @DeirdreS: Deja vu. Didn’t we bomb Tripoli a while back? Like, 1986? //whoever lives in the Halls of Montezuma is nervous right now. #
DeirdreS Dear new followers: I am not likely ever to own real estate again in my life. What made you think otherwise? #
DeirdreS Enter to win 1 of 2 Canon 60D camera bodies & 1 yr @SmugMug Pro membership. Please RT. Info at: #
DeirdreS Dislike what I just did. But could really use a new camera… #
DeirdreS Either Mucinex works really fast, or I had already coughed out everything I was gonna. Still feel like the top of my head came off. #
webmink @DeirdreS That’s what one has a second account for 😉 #
bdha @ryancnelson @deirdres Nice. #
DeirdreS memoir: The (Previous) Bombing of Tripoli #
PCOWandre @DeirdreS You should check his 5D Mk. II giveaway thing too. Far more fun lurking in a 5D2! #
DeirdreS @PCOWandre Thanks, I think I signed up for both. #
PCOWandre @DeirdreS Well, hope you win! #
DeirdreS Woke up to a patch of blue sky. Will it last? #
DeirdreS A lot can be said with a little the mundane and the extraordinary. Philosophers were kings of the aphorism.  #
DeirdreS @arekdreyer I’d never seen it – I like the song better than the store! #
DeirdreS Brief bout of sunshine definitively over. #
rattay @DeirdreS Somehow I knew we would have to some payback for that 80 degree stint in January. #
DeirdreS Hmm, I lied. Blue sky is back, at least temporarily. #
DeirdreS R: Does this look stupid? Do I look like a Canadian? (multiple patterned sweaters) #
DeirdreS @rattay Yeah, I wish we had that good weather now while my daughter is visiting #
DeirdreS Rather than waiting to help financial consumers, Warren has been trying to help them now. Can you believe the nerve? #

The (Previous) Bombing of Tripoli

Reading the news today that US forces are bombing Tripoli brought on a quirky memory, almost completely unrelated to today’s events.

Last time the US bombed Tripoli, in 1986, I was on a study abroad year in Benares, India. I had chosen to live in Vijayanagaram Bhavan, the headquarters of the College Year in India program, so knew about all the students’ comings and goings. I also kept an eye on what was going in the world (a habit picked up from my dad the newshound). I owned a shortwave radio, and used it to listen to the Voice of America, BBC World Service, and Radio Moscow (whose announcers all sounded as if they had been raised in Nebraska).

I wrote up daily news summaries and posted them on the center’s bulletin board for my fellow students, a service they seemed to appreciate. So it was I who informed them about the US attack, which was not well received by the world community, nor by many Americans. There were fears of retaliatory attacks on American citizens worldwide. I heaved a sigh and got on with my life – been there, been threatened with death by the Islamic Jihad. We also imagined, I don’t know how realistically, the possibility of full-scale war, complete with Vietnam-style conscription of US youth.

A few days later, an American showed up at the Bhavan with a list of student names he wanted to check. His wife was a consular officer with the US Embassy in Delhi, so it was her duty to keep track of US citizens in the region in case there should be a need to whisk us all to safety. I was pleased that, having put my life in danger, my government was at least proposing to get me out of it again, and was happy to give the man the information he needed. Meanwhile, my classmates were at the other end of the verandah, muttering among themselves about the stranger and what his business might be.

As the man and I were finishing, one of the students – J, a painfully politically correct young man – came bustling up.

“Sir,” he said officiously, “I would like to lodge a complaint about the actions of the US government in Libya – ” He didn’t get to finish.

The man looked him straight in the eye and barked: “I am here to inform you that all US males over the age of 18 are being drafted into the army, and you have two days to report to the nearest recruiting center!”

J’s jaw dropped, he turned white as a sheet, and for once had nothing to say.

“Just kidding.”

The man smiled sweetly, and went about his business.

The Twitter Diaries, Dec 30, 2010 – Jan 23, 2011

It’s that time of the month in which I crave chocolate. Fortunately, the Tim Tam elf visited recently. – 12/30/10 17:54

New glasses. I find if very difficult to take a good self –  portrait with the iPhone. Or at all.  – 12/30/10 18:00

Getting to know (aka playing with) the new camera totally counts as work, right? – 12/30/10 18:12

@NomdeB Well, I will have to use this camera for filming at work. And I also need to see how my newly – corrected vision likes the viewfinder. – 12/30/10 18:26

@jacksonwest @jasonh @brendangregg I think I just found a use for that greenscreen: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – 12/30/10 18:33

I just donated to: Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.  –  Gapminder.org12/30/10 18:39

Since when did I become the expert…? Oh, yeah, since I edited 1000+ pages on DTrace. – 12/30/10 18:53

If that guy who’s been coughing his lungs out at the office gave me whatever he’s got, I’m gonna be so mad… do not have time for this. – 12/30/10 19:44

@reiger We’ll be happy to welcome you to the Left Coast! – 12/30/10 20:52

@obscurebug No, that I could definitely resist. – 12/30/10 20:53

3 lbs of broccoli has become soup for an army, and veggie lasagne. – 12/30/10 20:53

@reiger And you shall have it! Dunno abou the teepee, my apartment complex has a courtyard… – 12/30/10 21:15

Seems as if 2010 was a rough year for a lot of us. Maybe we should just stay safe at home tomorrow and wait for it to be over? – 12/30/10 21:17

The Twitter Diaries: Dec 7 – 30, 2010  –  with lots and lots of Joyent – 12/30/10 22:56

@KurtSchlichter @adamsbaldwin Tell me you’d have the guts to do what these pacifists did in WWII: The Great Starvation Experiment: The Heroic Men Who Starved so That Millions Could Live12/30/10 23:00

.@adamsbaldwin May be common sense to Orwell, not to me. – 12/30/10 23:02

.@adamsbaldwin ps you didn’t answer the question. – 12/30/10 23:03

.@adamsbaldwin Takes courage to respect people with whom you disagree. Can also take courage to be a pacifist. Name calling, not so much. – 12/30/10 23:47

I Love a Rainy Night – More Tests with the Canon 7D (yes I know it doesn’t work in all countries due to copyrights) – 12/31/10 2:12

@jasonh @brendangregg “What’s the weather like in your cloud? Find out at 6 o’clock with Brendan Gregg!” – 12/31/10 10:42

Dreamed I met old friend (not IRL) Christopher Hitchens in a bar, w unsuitable wife. He was saying extremely rude things about Santa Claus. – 12/31/10 10:48

@jonasthaler You should have heard what he “said”. ; – ) – 12/31/10 11:11

“It’s been rough & rocky travelin’, after takin’ several readings, I’m surprised to find my minds still fairly sound.” – 12/31/10 11:33

for those who couldn’t view on YouTube, there’s now a download (561MB) I Love a Rainy Night – More Tests w Canon 7D12/31/10 12:05

RT @trevoro: Unsolicited advice for your new year  –  Turn off your Television.  –  Don’t even own one. – 12/31/10 12:43

@robinbloor Have you seen this:?  Motel of the Mysteries12/31/10 12:43

Going to see movie in new glasses that I’m not yet used to. Umm. At least it’s not IMAX 3d – 12/31/10 16:09

Finally saw the latest Harry Potter. Meh. – 12/31/10 19:14

@vdotw @willbldrco Amen, sister  –  here’s to a far better 2011 all around! – 12/31/10 20:14

@wastedcarbon There was a lot I liked about it, but I found myself looking at my watch and noticing the production details. Not good signs. – 12/31/10 20:33

Had a long winter’s nap, now I’m awake in time to see out 2010. Need a large item to dispose of out the window the way they do in Naples. – 1/1/11 1:42

No, I will not be recapping this year and certainly not this decade. There have been some amazing high points, but, on the whole… – 1/1/11 1:45

Okay, have to admit the decade started well, with a Millenium party here: Château de la Bourdaisière1/1/11 1:50

RT @divinacucina: @DeirdreS ha ha –  –  –  i saw a toilet thrown out once –  –  – !!!  – > That would be very appropriate, if I had a toilet to throw out. – 1/1/11 1:51

Oh, damn, haven’t put on my red underwear1/1/11 1:58

@tomcoates KLM Tries Harder… But Fails KLM Makes Up, and Other Airline Experiences1/1/11 13:21

1 dislike about Harry Potter 7: the sad gray – blue palette . Today I’m going to see Dawn Treader. I expect it to be colorful. – 1/1/11 14:08

There’s a generation of new movie comedians who all look the same to me. Who are these people? – 1/1/11 15:20

@NomdeB the half blood prince was good. Not enough Rickman in this one – 1/1/11 15:24

Dear Narnia team: thank you for going back to the original illustrations that I love so well. And for a great movie. 3D totally right too – 1/1/11 17:26

Also, the young actors are great, esp the one who played Eustace – 1/1/11 17:42

Retweet of rosanne cash (rosannecash) Here’s the great thing about not being 30: I will never join another gym as long as I live. I will take the money I save and go to the spa. – 1/1/11 19:09

@jimelliff Umm… you mean if we read too many other books we don’t appreciate the Bible properly? – 1/1/11 19:17

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Close To Naming Sun Microsystems Campus As New Headquarters < –  Yup, thought so – 1/1/11 19:31

@jimpick I never got to see MPK in its heyday, but was very involved in moving out… sad. – 1/1/11 20:05

…and oh, boy oh boy… Can That Boy… Foxtrot – 1/1/11 20:27

youths protest against a general situation in which the older generations have eaten the future of the younger ones,”  – 1/1/11 21:05

@nonstick If you want men in skirts, “Troy” is the movie for you. Though I think they cheated for the film and also wore underpants. – 1/1/11 21:11

Oven burn on my arm looks like an exclamation point. At least my injury is emphatic. – 1/1/11 21:37

the more self – expansion people experience from their partner, the more committed and satisfied they are” – 1/2/11 0:45

@wastedcarbon Seems to me like a good sign. ; – ) – 1/2/11 0:56

.@wastedcarbon My pattern is that, when there is no longer anything new to learn  –  in a job or in a relationship  –  it’s time for a change. – 1/2/11 1:03

.@mkapor Seems that most performers like to keep performing, regardless of age or financial need. They’re, you know, performers. – 1/2/11 11:35

Retweet of Brian Walsh (thepartycow) I don’t know why people say “man up.” After witnessing pregnancy and child birth, it strikes me it should be “woman up.” – 1/2/11 11:35

@NomdeB @milouness Having a 21 YO daughter in Italy rather sharpens my thoughts. Plus my own exp  –  well – qualified yet unable to find work. – 1/2/11 12:27

.@Roam2Rome Italy, for all its beauty, history, etc., IS deeply flawed  –  most Italians agree. La dolce vita wears thin when you need a job. – 1/2/11 12:29

@pelegri You can add Robert Mustacchi, also ex – Fishworks, to your Joyent list. – 1/2/11 12:32

@pelegri Nexenta also got Richard Elling, maybe others. – 1/2/11 12:32

Retweet of pelegri (pelegri) A recap of where some of my ex – Sun friends have landed a year after Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun:  – 1/2/11 12:32

@Roam2Rome I think a lot of people come to Italy with unrealistic expectations, so perhaps react more strongly when those are disappointed. – 1/2/11 14:00

.@Gundryggia @Roam2Rome Even when I moved to Italy in 1991, Italians thot me mad to willingly give up US advantages. This puzzled me  –  then – 1/2/11 17:08

YouTube’s tag suggestions are weird. What has Christianity to do with “SmartMachine, Joyent, virtualmin, webmin, cloud computing” ? – 1/2/11 17:09

.@KatieS I knew I shouldn’t bother seeing “The Social Network”. Thanks for confirming. – 1/2/11 17:52

.@Roam2Rome Ultimately, for me, Italy was not worth it professionally or personally. It works out better for some, and truly I hope for you. – 1/2/11 17:57

…but, with “Eat, Pray, Love” a best – seller, I do think it’s worth warning people that life in Italy is not as depicted in Italy – porn. – 1/2/11 17:58

thinning out drawers, am moved to ask: how many t – shirts do you have from tech companies that no longer exist? – 1/2/11 18:25

talked w entrepreneur friend Shirley about cultural diffs US, China, Europe. It’s never easy, but in US much easier, to be an entrepreneur. – 1/2/11 18:29

@arekdreyer Do you have equally non – existent stock options? ; – ) – 1/2/11 18:46

@davidpaulyoung …and that list isn’t complete yet, being added to soon. – 1/2/11 19:13

@johnnysunshine No, it’s just that Eduardo is more familiar with the middleware gang than the Solaris folks he plans to update his list. – 1/2/11 20:22

@milouness I think there was also a dramatic film made in India about Ramanujan, possibly Tom Alter was in it (he told us about it). – 1/2/11 20:36

“Don’t go nowhere, but what do I care, your kisses are worth waiting for.. ain’t misbehavin, I’m savin my love for you”  – 1/2/11 21:38

@timfoster No, but Skype helps . Have spent most of my life far from various people I love, starting back when intl airmail took 3 wks. – 1/3/11 0:52

@timfoster I didn’t mean to diminish your feelings. Goodbyes are never easy, regardless. – 1/3/11 3:00

RT @OldSpice: Wherever there are men, there is a need for men to smell like men.  – > But they all smell different! – 1/3/11 13:30

@jasonh @davidpaulyoung I make it 10 altogether, once Eduardo gets all the comments consolidated into the list – 1/3/11 13:53

Retweet of Joyent (joyent) Two Joyent customers in Jan 11 webinar, You’ve Got Game: The Successful Scale and Performance of Your Cloud – Based Game  – 1/3/11 13:54

@droberts $15 gets you a perfectly decent Mr Coffee at Target etc. That was my solution to BRM’s horrendously bad coffee. – 1/3/11 14:16

@NomdeB Often no dryer, either. – 1/3/11 15:32

@harrylove If it helps, I updated this one DTrace:  – 1/3/11 19:48

videos from Node.js Camp are starting to be available here (footage by yours truly, editing by @jacksonwest) – 1/3/11 21:18

New Joyent SmartMachine Tutorial Videos « Joyeur  – 1/4/11 13:06

@trevoro Brendan’s deck for a 90 min talk at LISA10 was 135 slides. He actually did get through them all. – 1/4/11 13:08

@grantmichaels which links specifically? – 1/4/11 14:36

@grantmichaels Thanks! We’ll get that fixed. – 1/4/11 15:49

RT @vambenepe: 1st question when people learn I work for Oracle is which acquisition I came with. FYI, some of us join willingly.  – > what %? – 1/4/11 16:34

@vambenepe That brings up a really creepy image of Larry watching you all shivering in your bathing suits… – 1/4/11 16:44

@rattay it it good pho? #Pho – 1/4/11 16:46

RT @fitzage: Damn this cold.  – > Ditto. I kept hoping it wasn’t, but it looks like it is… – 1/4/11 17:09

@vambenepe Now that’s a mental image I could have really done without… – 1/4/11 18:28

RT @jlb13: @DeirdreS I don’t believe it.  – > I’ve met a few, but also a number of old – timers who have left in recent years. – 1/4/11 20:19

WTF, YouTube? “I call shenanigans” ???  – 1/4/11 20:31

Body, would you just make up your mind whether you’re going to be sick or not? Preferably not. – 1/4/11 20:36

@trevoro brill, thanks! – 1/4/11 22:02

There is perhaps irony in the fact that Amazon could tell you exactly what is going on in my life. – 1/4/11 22:46

RT @bklein34:  Josh Groban Sings Kanye West Tweets  – > Thanks, I needed that. I think. – 1/4/11 23:34

RT @larrywake: #xkcd fanbase has been alerted to an editable list of common misconceptions. What could possibly go wrong?  – > Whee! – 1/5/11 0:14

@NomdeB So much for “you get what you pay for” – 1/5/11 0:15

posted this date a year ago: Gallery: Delhi Street Scenes, 20041/5/11 0:29

This day in 2003: Cellphone Comedy1/5/11 0:35

this time in 2005: Why Italians Have Stopped Eating Out1/5/11 0:37

this time in 2006: In the Kitchen at Spankyville –  video recipe of Julia’s grandma’s Sticky Chewy Ribs – 1/5/11 0:39

this time in 2007: Learn Italian from Newspaper Headlines “At the wedding lunch, [he] betrays his wife with his [male] friend” – 1/5/11 0:43

this day two years ago: What I Miss About Italy1/5/11 0:46

Reading may be fundamental, but writing can be cathartic. Even when it’s not for publication. – 1/5/11 0:50

@trochej I usually do like to publish, but I am mindful of others’ privacy, including my ex. – 1/5/11 1:09

YouTube changed its mind about allowing the song in some parts of the world. So I made a rain – only version1/5/11 1:11

@nanaze hmm. I wonder which bus does those diagonals over the buildings? – 1/5/11 4:09

@bklein34 Have you seen “Chess in Concert” with Groban et al? Stunning. – 1/5/11 9:54

Lot o’ filming lined up today and tomorrow. Yes, you’ll get to see some of it. – 1/5/11 12:41

One huge advantage of living in a small space: there aren’t that many places things can be lost in. – 1/5/11 13:22

@NomdeB Men & women think completely differently about where it is logical to store things in the kitchen. – 1/5/11 14:14

.@NomdeB …plus, a man will stand there and ask plaintively “Where is…?” when he could easily find it himself by opening a drawer or two. – 1/5/11 14:15

I’m sure all true Buffy fans remember this one – 1/6/11 1:15

Holding your own boobs – Watch more Funny Videos

@jlb13 That plus “Goodbye, Earl” are the two most cheerful songs about murder ever written, I suspect. – 1/6/11 8:53

@adamsbaldwin Who’s outraged? At least this way we can be sure they’ve all heard it at least once. – 1/6/11 10:44

Crazy day of meetings, filming, etc. – 1/6/11 13:27

@Spytap You’re missing the point of being at CES. Have a look at the /other/ big conference going on in Vegas this week. ; – ) – 1/6/11 13:28

Yeah, I’ve been to CES before, though I’m not there now – 1/6/11 14:03

1/6/11 14:11

Joyeurs, Blogging « Joyeur  – 1/6/11 14:21

RT @NathanFillion: Nothing lights up my twitter mentions like my naked ass on tv.  – > damn, now regretting not having a TV – 1/6/11 22:38

damn sinuses – 1/7/11 11:58

Italy: Youth Unemployment Hits Record 28.9% –  Corriere della Sera  – 1/7/11 12:18

@mentalmosaic Been using it for years; it only works sometimes. – 1/7/11 12:21

@riccardo_iommi At the least, the figures may not include unpaid internships (“Tanto, abiti con i tuoi, no?”) and tenuous CoCoPro “jobs”. – 1/7/11 12:30

@MissExpatria Recipes, please! – 1/7/11 13:33

I find Twitter archives and my blog useful in remembering events and people from a crowded, eventful life. Even recent years are a blur. – 1/7/11 14:00

ALL the videos from Node.js Camp now available:  – 1/7/11 14:02

Retweet of YungSang (yungsang) Node SmartMachine FAQ [Joyent Wiki] #nodejs  #twittaw – 1/7/11 14:39

How many marriages fail because we marry, not the actual other person, but some idealized image of what a husband/wife is supposed to be? – 1/7/11 14:43

“when a marginalized class starts finding its voice & expressing outrage, they’re framed as dangerous or trivial”  – 1/7/11 14:55

@PaulFranz Yup  –  will change to meet that unrealistic ideal. – 1/7/11 14:56

RT @rattay: @DeirdreS I married a nerd but #ilikehotnerds 🙂  – > So do I. To me, sheer brainpower is attractive. ; – ) – 1/7/11 14:56

RT @notmatt: Attn @bcantrill  – > You have got to take me there! – 1/7/11 15:09

@PaulFranz ICall it a “straw man marriage” : set up an impossible role for yr spouse, then you can be disappointed when they fail to be that – 1/7/11 15:11

.@johnnysunshine Won’t need to hide in @bcantrill ‘s suitcase, I’ll be there on my own ticket pretty soon. With a camera. Get ready. ; – ) – 1/7/11 15:22

RT @johnnysunshine: @DeirdreS sweet, come see how the sausage is made. should be fun  – > Did you just invite me to a sausage fest? ; – ) – 1/7/11 16:14

Why is it that being on hold always involves terrible music and extremely annoying repeated messages? If I could DO this online I WOULD HAVE – 1/7/11 18:03

@fitzage The worst offender was the co. which told me repeatedly to visit the website when the phone queue I was in was for internet probs – 1/7/11 18:05

the invention of the phone tree was the beginning of the downfall of civilization – 1/7/11 18:14

RT @myinnervoice: @joyent @DeirdreS  –  the Dream Team is everywhere ; – ) – 1/7/11 20:55

My favorite movie opening ever: Much Ado About Nothing Part 1 (Denzel on horseback  –  what’s not to love?) – 1/7/11 21:21

Bill O’Reilly’s philosophy boils down to “There must be a god, because I don’t know how things work.”  – 1/7/11 21:47

@timbray somewhat different list here. And you’re in the video.  – 1/8/11 0:19

@pelegri I wonder how many are suffering from Post Oracle Stress Disorder? – 1/8/11 0:29

@saramaternini childproof? Mi sa’ che c’e’ una notizia grossa – 1/8/11 12:18

took me all summer (much of it ill in bed) to re – read all of Diana Gabaldon, then catch up on the latest  – 1/8/11 12:22

Retweet of Monty Munford (montymunford) The assassination of Rep Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s 2010 target list. They’re connected, stupid. – 1/8/11 13:47

Are we seeing the start of America’s Anni di piombo?  –  Years of lead (Italy)  –   – 1/8/11 13:52

Retweet of Markus Sandy (apperceptions) RT @GlennF: This just in. Guns don’t kill people. Targeted political ads telling people to kill people kills people. – 1/8/11 14:16

It’s too easy to say: “We’re praying for her & her family.” True Christians (I’ve known some) wdn’t have wished her death in the 1st place – 1/8/11 14:18

.@jasonh Sounds as if these Chinese mothers have a lot of time to spend on “100s of practice tests with her child”. Do they never sleep? – 1/8/11 14:47

RT @alexia: Palin’s political career is over.  – > I wish I believed that. – 1/8/11 18:08

I need a way to tell Netflix that some of those recent movie choices were a house guest, not me. – 1/8/11 19:28

Now here’s what I need: a dumb Mel Brooks movie. Exactly perfect. Thank you, Netflix. – 1/8/11 19:29

music by Hummie Mann ????? – 1/8/11 19:31

.@corey_latislaw @creepyed Having been the mother of a little girl from The Little Mermaid on, there is no Disney song I DON’T know by heart – 1/8/11 20:48

Retweet of Nate Silver (fivethirtyeight) James Fallows has the most sensible take on Giffords I’ve seen today.  – 1/8/11 21:07

@lebrun Clarification needed: relevant to what or whom? – 1/8/11 21:16

.@wikileaks Are they also going to subpoena everyone who ever looked at!/wikileaks ? What a waste of taxpayer money. – 1/8/11 21:35

Well, I guess I’m glad I am cautious even in Twitter DMs and FB private messages. Anything I say anywhere may be used against me, eh? – 1/8/11 21:38

So what is the perfect martini recipe, and is it possible to drink it out of a non – martini glass? – 1/8/11 21:45

There are times when you must listen to George Carlin: “Children should be taught to question authority, shd be warned there’s BS coming.” – 1/8/11 23:25

“People who ask ‘what would Jesus do?’ don’t wanna know so /they/ can do it  –  they wanna know so they can tell other people to do it  – Carlin – 1/8/11 23:31

@fitzage I attended a missionary school, so there are many true Christians in my life, and I respect them. US Media Christians not so much. – 1/9/11 0:47

@wastedcarbon We used to drive  –  car always put her to sleep. Nowadays they make chairs that have similar vibration, apparently. #parenting – 1/9/11 2:20

Retweet of Natasha Badhwar (natashabadhwar) She is not just that woman holding the tray. She’s got a life, and a story and a dream of a common language. – 1/9/11 10:36

I need to amend my language.  Because the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart are the same.” – 1/9/11 10:59

@wastedcarbon That’s the problem with babies: just like people, every one is different! Mine screamed 1st five months, never knew why – 1/9/11 11:07

@dboyll Judging by the standards of their usual crowd…? No, no, I won’t go there, it’s too easy. – 1/9/11 11:30

Retweet of johnnysunshine (johnnysunshine) Most countries have crazy political whackos. The difference is most countries don’t arm them. – 1/9/11 13:36

.@AndrewBreitbart “The left” should no more be lumped into a single category than “the right” should. – 1/9/11 13:44

.@timbray Troubling because of how the kids are treated? The resulting adults? The competition they pose to non – Chinese kids? Pls clarify. – 1/9/11 13:45

.@adamsbaldwin The violent rhetoric has become a troubling tool used by both sides. We all need to think twice1/9/11 13:46

I need to make with the marketing words, not my strong suit. But it’s about people & tech I know rather well… you know, the two B’s. – 1/9/11 13:49

@dogcow @ben Beauty and the Beast. – 1/9/11 14:59

@stonemirror Let’s not give these people any attention whatsoever, that’s what they’re seeking. Shun them. Ignore them. #disgusting – 1/9/11 15:00

.@EnricCirne Rhetoric “causes” violence is too strong. “Contributes to a climate in which violence is acceptable” seems reasonable. – 1/9/11 15:18

.@LusciousPear @penelopetrunk Why wow? That was exactly the correct answer. Agreeing “you’re too fat to look sexy” wd be a huge mistake. – 1/9/11 16:19

Spring planting = put the rest of the daffodil bulbs into planter I finally took tomato plant out of. Bulbs planted earlier near flowering. – 1/9/11 16:38

Ugh. More house cleaning and ironing to do. I am only semi – domesticated. – 1/9/11 16:39

Elvis in India1/9/11 17:37

.@BarackObama Nice thought, but what good is prayer when people have been shot? Can we have less superstition and more gun control, please? – 1/9/11 17:55

Sorry if I tread on your sentiments, but I am sick of the notion that praying makes anything better except your feelings. Don’t pray  –  DO! – 1/9/11 17:58

we are discussing grossly uncivilized aspects of American society, aspects of ourselves that we ought to change”  – 1/9/11 18:05

1/9/11 18:39

Retweet of Roger Ebert (ebertchicago) Birthday of Joan Baez. Today this nation needs her songs.  – 1/9/11 19:03

(Yes, I am an unrepentant hippie kid.) – 1/9/11 19:04

When I bought a 1.75L bottle of Maker’s Mark, he stared as if I were an incipient lush. “Not gonna drink it all at once. It keeps,” I said. – 1/9/11 19:06

@LusciousPear Thanks. I think part of the problem was that he didn’t appreciate bourbon. – 1/9/11 19:23

I’m just gonna shut down all my social media and concentrate on DTrace for a while, ok? Far less emotionally draining. – 1/9/11 19:25

“I could be In someone else’s story In someone else’s life And he could be in mine I don’t see A reason to be lonely”  – 1/9/11 22:38

@johnnysunshine Well, I would try that, but I’m on bourbon & bourbon (with a bit of ice) this evening. – 1/9/11 22:44

.@jasonh Some kinds of work go better with coffee, but others go better with alcohol. – 1/9/11 22:52

@denizrende What is that contraption? – 1/9/11 22:52

what is all the racket in SOMA? Did someone win something? – 1/10/11 0:26

Retweet of Bill Pijewski (pijewski) Which team has higher significance to its city: the Broncos in Denver or the Red Sox in Boston? Help settle a lunchtime argument. – 1/10/11 15:00

RT @alecmuffett: @pijewski @DeirdreS Dem Stillers beetcha both.  –  I did tell them the argument was pointless without the Steelers. ; – ) – 1/10/11 15:04

Retweet of SAGE Program (SAGEProgram) Love it! More students delaying college for travel/volunteering –  great WSJ article  – 1/10/11 15:42

Becoming irritable. – 1/10/11 15:43

I can continue to bang my head against the metaphorical wall trying to do it your way, or I can do it my way and just GET IT DONE. – 1/10/11 15:53

If AZ promotes soul – searching, it cd prove a turning point. If not, Saturday’s atrocity will be just the beginning. – 1/10/11 17:14

@KatieS “Come to Dublin, we have great pubs!” ??? – 1/10/11 18:19

RT @nonstick: Girl has yellow belt test today.  – > Hmm. At what stage will she be able to beat you up? – 1/10/11 18:21

@davidpaulyoung @jasonh I was two doors down at Bar Bacco, but now I’m home. Want to try Perbacco  –  menu looks like real Piemontese. – 1/10/11 21:21

@sh1mmer Do you have the original UK versions? That’s what I want to re – read, but my copies are back in Italy. – 1/10/11 21:32

Had much needed glass of wine or two with @jeffreytaylor . Now I need to edit video. – 1/10/11 21:33

Is it me, or is there a problem with our company Jabber? Feeling kinda cut off. – 1/10/11 21:47

“parents couldn’t see what an amazing son they had instead of trying to shoehorn him into their idea of success” – 1/10/11 22:00

RT @timbray: I suspect Amy Chua is sitting in her Yale office thinking “lulz”; I was among those successfully trolled.  – > It’ll sell books. – 1/10/11 22:02

@sh1mmer Ugh. I recommend the Stephen Fry audio versions. I find him very soothing on plane trips. – 1/10/11 23:07

@johnnysunshine working again now, thanks. Wasn’t accepting my password for no apparentl reason. – 1/10/11 23:17

Retweet of Planet Lang (planet_lang) [Smalltalk] Smalltak meets DTrace: This post is an introduction to DTrace and a provider I implemented for the S… – 1/10/11 23:50

Video is compressing. Crunch, crunch, crunch. – 1/10/11 23:52

“we’d have to radically restrict the availability of guns while trying to change a culture that glorifies violence”  – 1/11/11 1:04

Hmm, fresh – baked video in the morning… Now if I only had someone to bring me breakfast in bed. – 1/11/11 9:12

Retweet of ryan nelson (ryancnelson) Joyent office is hosting tonight’s revival of the SFOSUG (sf opensolaris user group)  –  stop by! – 1/11/11 11:01

Sorry I didn’t stick around for SFOSUG, my brain was already overflowing for today. Went to sleep right after eating a lot of dinner. – 1/11/11 23:37

RT @LusciousPear: @DeirdreS “sfosug” is a really fun word to say  – > It probably means something rude in some language somewhere. – 1/12/11 0:20

Man was yelling on the street about “white BS” and “if you give kindness, you’ll get kindness.” When I passed he smiled, said “Good morning” – 1/12/11 12:11

@rattay I had a deep craving for pho for lunch, but the line was too long. 🙁 – 1/12/11 15:47

@fitzage Agh, that sucks. Sorry to hear. – 1/12/11 17:33

@ditucci Heavens, busy crowded news day. Congratulations! – 1/12/11 18:17

@StopBeck His “oops, did I say that?” look is umm… amusing. – 1/12/11 18:19

join us in person or by video stream next Weds for “Solving Big Problems with Real – time Visibility into Cloud“…  1/14/11 11:09

…that’s with @bcantrill and @brendangregg, of course – 1/14/11 11:09

@anitaborg_org Yeppers, see you there! #clswest – 1/14/11 21:03

finally setting up Thunderbird on my new laptop, and loving the automated mailbox setup – 1/14/11 21:12

Interesting session on community leadership, privacy, boundaries… At #clswest – 1/15/11 12:59

Zynga is hiring community managers #clswest – 1/15/11 13:23

Keep in mind that we experience eg badge fatigue sooner because we live this stuff. #clswest – 1/15/11 13:30

Retweet of Sara Maternini (saramaternini) Blogger invasion around piazzale loreto, Milan, Italy: all going to celebrate wikipedia 10th birthday! – 1/15/11 13:31

Face to face meetings are themselves a reward for community members. #clswest – 1/15/11 13:55

Retweet of mattb811 (mattb811) I don’t understand how the people of Tunisia overthrew their government without me signing an e – petition or changing my Twitter avatar. – 1/15/11 14:45

Community for the long haul session at #clswest  –  some of us have been around for quite a while. – 1/15/11 15:08

Retweet of David Roberts (drgrist) One asshat starts a fire in his underpants, we’ll accept Kafka at the airport. Dude mows down a half – dozen people w/ a handgun? Nothing. – 1/15/11 15:15

Reviewing the history of online community #clswest – 1/15/11 15:21

Early community managers in ed/gov wre called sysmoms – 1/15/11 15:24

Complexity of multiple online venues  –  still have this problem, tho specific venues have changed. #clswest – 1/15/11 15:34

I’d like to investigate integration/separation of online and offline identities. – 1/15/11 15:48

@jdtangney I’m fairly new parts of to the terminology myself, but maybe I can help? #joyent – 1/15/11 18:07

1/15/11 18:25

No, not gonna go there. Not tonight. – 1/16/11 0:11

Just spent an hour on Skype with an old friend hadn’t talked to in years; I love that tech makes it easy to catch up and stay close. – 1/16/11 12:56

@milouness As long as you don’t buy plastic geese to put “seasonal” costumes on. #SkyMall – 1/16/11 12:57

Sun coming out in SF, I think I’ll go for a long walk today  –  clear my head and get off the keyboard. – 1/16/11 12:59

1/16/11 15:00

walked to the Ferry Building, bought a baguette from Acme Bread. Now time for a cheese and chutney sandwich! – 1/16/11 16:06

I’m tempted to say: “Miss me yet?” ; – ) System News: DTrace BoF at LISA10 | UNIX Note – 1/16/11 17:04

My Life as a Clog #homemovies – 1/16/11 17:05

The bureaucracy of everyday life: just spent 30 mins doing personal filing. Not helping with the headache. – 1/16/11 17:48

learning Dvorak typing, whcch nhound in the long run help with RSI. Yes, this i –  @brendangregg ‘s fault! – 1/16/11 22:22

@saraford just watching Brendan I cd see there’s a lot less finger travel – 1/16/11 22:30

@jasonh see also1/16/11 22:31

@alanc Fell down stairs onto concrete last year, no stitches but still have scars on my hands. It’ll hurt for a while. – 1/17/11 0:11

.@richlowe wonder if this wd be easier if I hadn’t been an excellent touch typist for 30 years – 1/17/11 2:11

.@jimpick Yet another reason I never want to work for a large company again. – 1/17/11 12:15

Sitting in the sun, smelling the eucalyptus, about to go talk about my fave place with some of my fave people. – 1/17/11 18:17

Italy’s biggest porn star wants to help Berlusconi recover from his addiction… (in Italian) – 1/17/11 23:41

Retweet of Christian (christianwolff) Giving the Joyent Node SmartMachine a try. Love that Solaris flavor! : – ) – 1/18/11 9:41

So, is the Republican leadership unable to see through childish logical fallacies? No.” – 1/18/11 9:53

Retweet of Joyent (joyent) Join us tomorrow 1/19 for “Solving Big Problems with Real – time Visibility into Cloud Performance”  Will be interesting. – 1/18/11 14:04

Fondly remember George Carlin bit about how everyone should have an audience on the other side of their desk say: “Hey, you’re doing great!” – 1/18/11 15:33

@stevel Warmest congrats! – 1/18/11 16:16

.@tomcoates Umm, are you seeing the ad next to that article: “If you died today, who would take care of your family” ? – 1/18/11 20:24

Retweet of Joyent (joyent) Joyent Introduces Next Generation Cloud Operating System: SmartDataCenter 61/19/11 12:29

@pelegri The kernel is not the focus of this talk, tho of course it’s a factor in that we can use DTrace at allv – 1/19/11 13:43

Retweet of Mark Madsen (markmadsen) RT @tomcoates Give a man a fish, that’s socialism. Teach a man 2 fish, that’s socialism too. I recommend vouchers for private fishing school – 1/19/11 13:45

The expanded Joyent t – shirt wall h – 1/19/11 14:29

@templedf So you won’t go hungry when you’re there – 1/19/11 16:06

@bryanbell Glad to meet you! I’ve admired your work for some time, then, without knowing who you were. – 1/19/11 17:24

Solving Big Problems with Real – time Visibility into Cloud Performance  –  USTREAM: 6:30 PT today  – 1/19/11 17:31

Retweet of Hosam Al Ali (hosamalali) @joyent can I watch on record web site ??? – 1/19/11 18:02

RT @hosamalali: @joyent can I watch on record web site ???  –  yes, you should be able to test now – 1/19/11 18:03

RT @hosamalali: @DeirdreS @joyent So.. I can  –  Good, glad you’ll be able to join us! – 1/19/11 18:07

@kbeninato How do you pronounce that? – 1/19/11 18:10

a contemporary snapshot of Italy; the meeting of two cultures, each rooted in longstanding beliefs and prejudices. – 1/19/11 18:30

More than one in five young Italians neither work nor study, the worst figure in the European Union1/19/11 18:34

We’ll broadcast around 6:30 PT on USTREAM: Solving Big Problems with Real – time Visibility into Cloud Performance  – 1/19/11 20:11

RT @dlgwynne: @DeirdreS it will be recorded for later viewing too right?  – as always – 1/19/11 20:38

We’re live at – 1/19/11 20:38

if you’re not on this stream you’re missing the Cantrill comedy hour – 1/19/11 20:45

Return of the rainbow pterodactyl – 1/19/11 21:02

Retweet of Mark Phillips (pharkmillups) really enjoying watching @bcantrill et al talk about the new Dtrace hotness in the Joyent cloud – 1/19/11 21:47

@kirsten_al @melanierenzulli I’m spending the evening sharing people with others 1000s of miles away – 1/19/11 21:50

Joyent Cloud Analytics, Recorded on 1/19/11 joyent on USTREAM. Conference – 1/19/11 23:53

RT @wastedcarbon: @DeirdreS Thanks for playing nerd wrangler! Good stuff!  –  you’re very welcome. I also enjoy it! – 1/19/11 23:54

Retweet of Jonathan King (jhk24) Joyent Unveils Its Next – Gen Cloud System  –  Cloud Computing  –  News & Reviews  –  eWeek.com1/20/11 10:07

Retweet of Mathieu Simon (MathSimon) Joyent Cloud Analytics, Recorded on USTREAM.  –  A must – see, the end shows how these nerds introduce also fun in work : – ) – 1/20/11 10:15

Berlusconi’s latest scandal  –  animated1/20/11 10:19

love being able to grab a colleague for an impromptu meeting over coffeev. Definite efficiencies in F2F – 1/20/11 12:57

RT @trevoro: WTF is with all the acquisitions lately? Does this happen every January?  –  everyone got $ in their stockings? – 1/20/11 13:22

@davewiner I’d say that activity carries its own punishment – 1/20/11 13:51

@NomdeB That reminds me: need to get back my Asterix collection – 1/20/11 18:34

the Catholic Church, which has long backed Berlusconi’s government for its family – values policies, is showing unease” – 1/20/11 18:44

Look calm and then, dear, see if he doesn’t sort out lots of problems for all of us… For mum for you and for me.” – 1/20/11 19:30

RT @pelegri: @DeirdreS Italian politics are a riot… I guess…  –  No. Just nauseating. – 1/20/11 19:30

@pelegri He owns most of the media. Just as in the US, propaganda works. – 1/20/11 20:21

A Year After: The Open Source Projects « Castellers v2  – 1/21/11 10:45

Dear iPhone: I am setting up a reminder about pilates class. Surely that is a more common term than “popster” or “oilseed”? – 1/21/11 10:52

@ArtemTitoulenko Hey, that page is out of date; it was for the competition. Those projects are over or moved. We’ll update the page. – 1/21/11 11:12

Retweet of Marco Montemagno (montemagno) Silvio Berlusconi’s scandals: A party animal | The Economist1/21/11 14:23

@izs I’m just having trouble with the rolled – up jeans look. – 1/21/11 14:56

RT @tomcoates: Be a movie extra in SF:  Won’t have time, myself, but sounds like fun. – 1/21/11 16:23

so… what’s the weather like in Vancouver? Do I need my down coat? (Bear in mind I’m a wimp with cold weather) – 1/21/11 17:21

@sh1mmer Where/when? – 1/21/11 18:46

Participating in a group requires the ability to trust people, read moods, understand psychological pieces each brings – 1/21/11 18:56

Nice happy hour with Joyent colleagues to round off another action – packed week. Some just returned, others taking off soon. We get around. – 1/21/11 21:10

Berlusconi may seek a new mandate to crush the independence of the judiciary. Poor Italy.1/22/11 18:20

@DecalbDennis Being physically capable of producing children is not indicative of any quality except fertility. Motherhood is not sainthood – 1/22/11 18:45

@sh1mmer can’t DM, you’re not following me – 1/22/11 19:07

Happy to be getting on a plane tomorrow for the first time in 9 months  –  the longest stretch I have NOT flown in many, many years. – 1/23/11 9:54

@sh1mmer Still planning to investigate that coffee place, or didyou already? – 1/23/11 10:12

@pborenstein Do the upbeat sayings fit, at least? – 1/23/11 11:11

@sh1mmer ok. If you need moving help, I have a large car with good cargo space. – 1/23/11 11:48

@India_Insights Be where you can see camels silhouetted against the sunset at the top of the avenue. At least, that was true 30 years ago… – 1/23/11 11:51

Time to go to Goodwill to drop off a lot of clothing that no longer fits. – 1/23/11 11:52

@Cdash Joyent’s Vancouver office, for the first but likely not last time. – 1/23/11 13:20