Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
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Saturday

Weatherwise, what a glorious day. At least, until the abrupt blowing in of the gray sky and the unusually fast and heavy rain squall. But this things happen...

Preparations for a Party

Around noon, I went to REI to pick up the bicycle that is omahass birthday present to elfs. Then south down to their place to help them get ready for the party. Their friend P—r (I don't know if he has an LJ identity) was there, technically in town for WinHEC, that he was here for the gathering was Merely A Coincidence. I acted as driver and assistant to O for food shopping, and pitched in to help for the last of the preparations.

A Good Party

It was a good party, a good couple of dozen people came. And I could even name most of them, something at which I am impressed with myself (it takes me a very long time to remember people's names). But I cannot map them to LJ identities very well still, so I won't make a list here.

I'll let him or O describe his birthday spanking. *grin*


Sunday

I woke up a bit stiff, with a surprisingly small headache. But still sucked down a litre and change of water almost immediately. Unusually vivid dreams, too.

I enjoyed a breakfast as their guest, then hugged O and Kouryou-chan goodbye, and went home, with much plans to get much done.

Which didn't happen. Sigh. I need motivation in a pill.

I did zip open and sort two days worth of mail.


Subpoena

I've been subpoenaed by King County, in some case of some guy I've never heard of, to appear at "exactly 1:27 pm" on June 15th. It's probably got something to do with the auto accident last March. I will check the name against the unified police report, and if it matches someone, give GEICO a call.

If it doesn't match, what should I do. I don't want to go into this cold. I guess maybe get a lawyer. Great, another unbudgeted non-minor expense.


Roses

Every year for Mother's Day, I get my mom wurtmann a rose bush. It's something my grandmother's kids did for her, and she ended up with an impressive rose garden. I blatantly stole the idea, and my mom has likewise been turning the Atwood Compound into a lovely distributed rose garden (my grandmother centralized hers, while my mom has spread them into nooks and crannies all over the landscaping). Also, I've been doing it "by remote control" the last several years, given that I'm not in Utah, and I don't want to phone in an order for a "generic rosebush", so instead she gets to pick out the one she wants, and I pay for it.

Anyway, here is the rose for this year.

Peppermint Rose, Mother's Day, 2004


Rock Star Energy Drink and USB Storage

There is something I really want to make a major dent in by tomorrow. So I'm wiring up on Diet Rock Star, and about to throw myself into it.

The problem of the moment. Given a USB memory reader device that has slots for CompactFlash, MMC&SD, SmartMedia, and MemoryStick. And given that it doesn't generate USB or SCSI events when a memory device is inserted into one of the slots, quickly detect the existence of a media when it's inserted, determine the filesystem type, and mount it, without chewing up 100% of the CPU, a 100% of the USB bandwidth, and without long annoying timeouts. (I frikking swear, detect timeouts are an abomination. If a device driver has a "hold and timeout" mode, that means that some moron wasn't thinking, there is never an excuse for doing things that way when you specify both ends of a short comms channel.)
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