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No Fluff on My Navel

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Big personal news this weekend. It was the first anniversary of my marriage and I got a green card as a present.

This year, after a break of one year, I went to the No Fluff, Just Stuff conference. Having spent nearly a month and a half during the summer reading up on work material while job hunting, it was harder this time to find good sessions. APIs and frameworks are boring unless they're very new or very different. I already know enough about Ruby and Rails that I don't want to attend an introductory session on either. Too bad, because Dave Thomas is an entertaining speaker.

The talk that that left me thinking was about Seaside, a web framework written in Smalltalk. I'd heard a bit about it, but not enough. Glenn Vanderburg tends to delve a little more into the hard stuff than most speakers. Novelty and technical depth is just the kind of thing I'm looking for these days.

The Photographer Comes Through

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For anyone who doesn't want to click through all the links from to get there, a direct link. I've only had a chance to take a quick look but I like what I see.

I'm Married

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We Are Fostering Cats

Mazzy and Clark arrived today and are settling in. She's black and white and he's a white and orange tabby. So far they seem happy enough; Clark even purrs when S. strokes him. They're house cats, so we're optimistic they'll like our apartment. There's a sun room with lots of windows so they can look at the squirrels and other passersby.

I'm Engaged


No, we don't know when the wedding will be. Probably in Chicago; probably in 2004; probably not too fancy.

I popped the question on New Year's Day, shortly after midnight. We had friends present who can verify that we were both compos mentis.

I did feel high for a few days, as if I had taken some proscribed, mood-altering substance. It's strange to experience physical emotions, almost tangible, that feel so involuntary, so unexpected.

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