January 16th, 2005



At work, I have a new task to add a secure way to put remote network shell access into our deployed boxes. We can't just put a sshd on them, since they're behind random firewalls and NATs and also must not be just easily connectable. But I have some good ideas for how to do it, mainly because I designed this once for our last box before it got cancelled, and twice for the current box before the idea got shot down. This time I think it will actually get implemented.

Then a small reorg meeting. A new team, with me on it, focused on knocking down the deplyment problems. We've been doing that anyway, but now we are to be a bit more organized and purposed about it.

Then to Seattle, for a make-up piano lesson, since I couldn't on Wednesday, due to the "end to end review" meeting. The lesson was hard but productive. I wish I could have one everyday.

Then over to Leslie's, and we went out to dinner. Half the time we spent talking about nothing, and then talking about more serious stuff.

Then I went up to CapHill, and exercised my privileges as a Seattleite and enjoyed a drink at the Vivace, while doing some reading, and then doing some chatting with docorion.

After the Vivace closed (why can't I find a good comfy all-night cafe in Seattle, the lack of one is very odd) I went over to the Merc. It was surprisingly empty for a Friday evening, and Leslie was there. Which made me feel a bit awkward, tho it shouldn't have.

So as I was walking back to my car, for no reason, I wandered down to the Landmark theater, and saw that Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain had a midnight showing. They have several good movies coming up. So I bought a ticket, and watched.

What a fun fun wonderfully great movie. It's not really a good "date" movie, I think. It's the ultimate "bring someone you love to watch it together" movie.

Today, birthday party for omahas

elfs has been planning a surprise birthday party for omahas for some weeks. This afternoon, I went down to their place to assist. She thought they were just going out to dinner, while I was to watch over Kouryou-chan. After he semi-deftly redirected her "I don't know why you are so hot to go out, the weather's bad and we had a late lunch", and they drove away, Kouryou and I prepped the house a bit. As the guests arrived, I went out to pick up the snack trays and the cake, and then back again to set up all the stuff that I brought back, and the stuff that Elf had secreted away.

She was surprised and touched, and the party went well.

There was an ice-cream cake, and wines, and cheeses, and snacks, and 80s rock music, and dancing, and chatting, and a game of XXXenophile: The Card Game.