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Dec. 7th, 2011


Y Kant Pippl Read

Sent out an email to a group, asking them to RSVP to SOMEONE ELSE for a meeting. What's the first--the VERY first--email I get?

If you guessed it was someone trying to RSVP to me, you win.

Oct. 27th, 2011



Every now and again, I get an idea into my head to make something the HARD way, for no other reason than because it seems cool. Last summer, I devoted most of a weekend to making THE ULTIMATE BURGER: homemade buns, homemade ketchup, homemade fries... the works. (It was delicious.)

I have a new project: the making of an authentic cassoulet, a French comfort food involving beans, ingredients not often found in the states, and a good deal of ritual and superstition.

Further details as events warrant.

Oct. 17th, 2011

agatha concentrates

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A guy from work wants me to tutor him in Linux. He offered to pay; and, frankly, I could use the scratch. So, hive mind: what do I charge?

ETA: He agreed to $50/hour without a hitch! Yay!

Oct. 9th, 2011

agatha concentrates

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I will not panic.  It's just programming. I remember programming; I used to be OK at it.

*opens up the iOS SDK*



Oct. 6th, 2011

l'il agatha


Hooray!  My proposal got approved, so I now have an iPad!

It's not MY iPad, I hasten to add.  It's for research purposes.

Right now, for instance, I am going to research how awesome Distant Suns is. (I already have the app for my iPod touch, so I have a fair idea of what my findings will be.)

Aug. 3rd, 2011

spellcheck, anarchy

Packing for DefCon

Geeky t-shirts? Check. Electronic toys? Check. Lockpicking tools? Check. Must be DefCon time...

Jun. 14th, 2011

elliptic curve

Happy flag day!

Set them. Clear them. Mask them.

Jun. 8th, 2011


Someone just tried to buy my car. WTF?

They just yelled out of their truck, "You wanna sell that Volvo?" I just went, "Um, no, not really," and they were satisfied with that and drove away. But seriously, wtf? Is there such a market for 16-year-old cars that driving around hoping to stumble on someone with a spare car is a viable business plan?

May. 8th, 2011

agatha aghast

Holy shit. SBIRS launches.

I would not have put money on this happening before the heat death of the universe, but it's true: SBIRS GEO-1 launched yesterday, and is winging its way into orbit.


Apr. 11th, 2011


Here's the thing about homemade tamales

They are a buttload of work. You have to make a special trip to Jon's or Vallarta to get the fresh masa, then another when you realize that--contrary to your most firmly held beliefs--you do not actually have corn husks on hand. Then you have to prepare the masa and the filling (this batch: chicken with leftovers), assemble them (pitting wimpy little corn-husk ties against a tamale full of goo), steam them, fish them out of the steamer, and freeze them, all before you can cart them to work for a week's worth of lunchtime delectation.

Here's the other thing about homemade tamales: they're so worth it.

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