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10 unusual things I've done

February 22nd, 2005 (12:37 pm)
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  1. Petted a dolphin
  2. Climbed the pyramids of Monte Alban
  3. Filed for five patents, and got them all
  4. Written a compiler
  5. Eaten reindeer
  6. Visited Stonehenge
  7. Seen first-generation pottery
  8. Watched a Shakespeare play at the Globe
  9. Made mole negro from scratch
  10. Got lost making that left turn at Alburquerque

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Posted by: The Onion Girl (tshuma)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
moon

I've done 1, in Hawaii, and 5, in Alaska. #5 is completely thanks to the efforts of Kylson.

Posted by: Raf (greatsword)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)

What do you mean by "first generation pottery"? I've never heard the term.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)

As in technological generations--pottery made by people who hadn't been making it long enough to figure out how it was different from the media they'd been using before. What I saw, in a museum under the ancient city of Jaffa (in Israel), was a butter churn shaped more or less like a football with a spout on the side. The text explained that it was shaped like that in imitation of the churns people had formerly made out of hides.

It made quite an impression on me, because I was in Israel on a business trip for Netscape, trying to license an implementation of the conferencing protocol H.323, which is basically a crude adaptation of H.320 (conferencing over ISDN) to run on LANs. In other words, H.323 was basically a pottery protocol made to look like it was made out of hides.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wedding

You held out on me about the dolphin! And what are these pyramids -- in Mexico with your folks maybe?

6 and 8, of course, we did together...

"Written a compiler. Eaten reindeer"

If I've eaten a compiler, does that count?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)

You held out on me about the dolphin!

Did I? I thought I'd mentioned it sometime. It was when I was, er, 11, at a SeaWorld dolphin performance; they asked for a volunteer to come down and pet one of the dolphins, and I raised my hand.

And what are these pyramids -- in Mexico with your folks maybe?

Yup--when we went to Oaxaca at Christmas, my senior year of college.

"Written a compiler. Eaten reindeer"

If I've eaten a compiler, does that count?

Hmm...most of the media on which one might store a compiler are pretty unpleasant. Magnetic media are generally pretty tough; flash includes chips, which are more or less toxic; and eating punched cards would involve paper cuts.

Anyway, didn't you eat reindeer, too, when we were in Oslo? You may not have ordered any, but I'm pretty sure you took a taste of mine, at least.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)

Might have had the rein, dear. Don't recall. I remember deciding it was probably immoral to eat the whale.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Compiler

You could write it on fruit leather....

Posted by: Justin du Coeur (jducoeur)
Posted at: February 25th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)

I've more or less done #4, in a couple of ways: I wrote some simple compilers in college, and did a considerable amount of work on one at Intermetrics. But I can't say I've been the lead developer of one. (My main focus was the CASE system that used the compiler's output.)

I've filed for one patent (not yet accepted, AFAIK), and written a second (but the company folded before it was submitted). I feel decidedly queasy about both: I dislike software patents viscerally, although I accept that they're a sadly necessary part of the game for startups these days.

It does occur to me that I could have put "gotten a couple million dollars from DARPA for writing science fiction", which more or less describes the Wyndhaven proposal that I did the guts of...

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