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Pictures of the new baby

As promised...

picture 1, picture 2, picture 3

And Geof will especially get a kick out of this one. Try to read what the dash display says. It wasn't intentional, but it fits. :)

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It's Here!!

There will undoubtedly be pictures and some serious drooling and shamelessness on my part in the next few days, but I had to at least make the announcement. I picked up my new car tonight!

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Un-pimp your auto!

The locals are quite aware that my brain has been pretty thoroughly eaten lately with my planned new car purchase. If everything is going the way it should, there's one of these on a boat on its way to me as we speak. Amy and I are both pretty serious Volkswagen fans. It's also no secret that we love making fun of pimped-up econoboxes. Read more »

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engineering rock stars

Amy is gradually getting better. With that, life begins to get back to the normal routine. We watched a bit of TV Saturday night, and the anniversary of the Challenger disaster meant that the History Channel was running a lot of space-related programming. We watched part of a program we had both seen before about the Russian space program. I set up TiVo to record the next program, which was repeat of one I had somehow managed to miss. It was a 2-hour special based on Gene Kranz's book Failure Is Not An Option. The special is all about Mission Control at NASA from the beginning of the space program all the way through the Apollo missions. I was riveted. Read more »

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house health report

This has just not been our year so far. Not 2 weeks after I recover from the flu, Amy is now sick with some kind of virus (doctor says probably not flu, but symptoms are similar). For those that already know, she's doing okay. She's resting a lot, drinking plenty, and ibuprofen is keeping her fever and aches under control pretty well. I'm just hoping I don't pick this one up. After already missing a week of work, the last thing I need is to miss more. Anyway, the important thing is that she's doing okay.

In much less interesting news, I've also been dealing with a sick computer this weekend. It's a long story, but the gist is that somewhere during a major upgrade I did recently, a hardware or software bug crept in that was occasionally causing random corruptions when trying to read data from the hard drives holding the RAID array. After much head-scratching and trial and error, it looks as if replacing the controller card running those drives with a different (newer) model worked. I don't know if it's the Linux driver or the card itself at fault, but I really don't care any more. It's working! It's been pretty frustrating lately to not be able to trust the very mechanism I put in place to help guard against data loss.

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