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Saturday, June 21, 2003

 

The Daddy Filter


Paul H - who in space and time lives a half mile and a year away from me, talks about the The Daddy Filter.Helps as a writer, hurts as a person. Now that I'm blogging it gets out of me faster but I have a 9 1/2 year backlog...The Daddy Filter. It's real and part of the genetic makeup of most males. Coming soon to a retailer near you.

I've had quite a few other people tell me about how they dealt with kids - I'll write more on their implementations of the Daddy Filter when I get a chance.

But - you know what? I'm capable of dealing with kids fine - at least for a day-long period - so long as the television isn't on. I was over at Claire's the other day, the morning tv was on - I haven't watched any morning tv in going on 25 years. I remember this 30 second plug for safety this and safety that with safety man! Brought to by [brand name] and [brand name]. Be sure to be safe! [brand name] and [brand name] want you to be safe!

I really, really think that this sort of thing overstimulates the associative memory circuit. I turned the boob cube off at this point - so I could focus on painting - and on not falling off the ladder I was on.


Brian Clapper

I haven't seen this guy in - I don't know, 9 years? But somehow Brian Clapper, tuned into some sub-layer-one of the IP protocol, and got in touch last week.

I can't remember when we first met - I think it was at telebase? - or was it earlier?

I thinkit it was when I was trying to get a book done with then VP, Jon Tulk. (Jon, with Eric Raymond, had written the most influential book on portable programming I'd ever read. It's now sadly out of print.) Jon and I were going to do a book on porting DOS programs to Unix - Jon did most of the work - we submitted the first draft for review and the universal comment came back - what about Windows to Unix? Ugh, aggh, :choke: lesson - don't pay attention to reviews.

Anyway, somewhere along the way, maybe over Jon's home-made beer - I met the bearded, code-writin, joke makin, trombone-playin Brian Clapper, and we hung out.

I had an insanely fun day spent with Brian, Jon, and company in early 1994. I introduced him to Linux... there were people leaning over cubies to look at it... Brian really got off on the colored ls ... and inside of a couple weeks he was happily hacking on the system.

Brian moved deep into the woods of Penn about 4 years ago, and loves it.



He commented on Beating the Brand.And then he told me about the kind of interruptions he likes. Brian writes a good schtick. Here's one on why he runs Unix.

I spent most of this beautiful Saturday working through paperwork and spreadsheets and thinking about two very hard decisions. I completely forgot about a birthday party Clair was having for her 8 year old at the pool at the Trout Farm until shortly before it was supposed to be over.

When I got there, I grabbed a beer, sat in the shade, and sat, kinda grumpy, watching the kids and the parents, deep inside their own stories, having fun. I needed to get outside of my own story, but it wasn't working.

That kid saw me, came running up, gave me a hug - introduced me to all her friends - told me about the horses - and I smiled for the first time all afternoon, moved my chair into the sun, and enjoyed the party for a while.

mike
 
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