• Woke up a little late, feeling queasy. Decided to go to work anyway. Barely caught my bus.
  • Sent an email to driver customer in an attempt to sync up our environments and find why solution that works for me doesn’t for him.
  • Nausea continued throughout the morning. Decided to go home at lunch.
  • Laid on couch watching MST3K and Arrested Development (yes, finally) drifting in and out of consciousness. Tried to eat dry Corn Chex, but my stomach was having none of that.
  • Had to skip guitar lesson. Poo.
  • Finally took my temperature and found out I have a slight fever. This does not bode well. Emily’s plague week started in similar fashion.

Knowing full well that writing is one of my many shortcomings while at the same time one of the skills a great programmer should posses I’ve decided to start a little exercise to make myself write at least a little every day. The inspiration for this exercise comes from Michael Meeks and his daily bullet-point summaries.

  • Awakened around 5:00 AM by a loud, booming thunderstorm. While I am a big fan of thunderstorms I would appreciate it if from now on Mother Nature was more respectful of my sleep schedule.
  • Bus stop wait was lovely. Humid but warm. Arrived at work, broke my fast with a stale bagel and some coffee. Plowed through email.
  • Received info from a customer about a possible cause of a bug in the driver I wrote for them. This was immensely helpful in (finally) fixing this bug. Sent a patch.
  • Lunch at Chinatown Inn. Delicious and speedy as always.
  • Began packaging work for another customer. This looks simple, which means it probably isn’t.
  • Received word that the patch mentioned earlier did not work as well on the customer’s board as mine (supposedly they are identical). This is one for tomorrow.
  • Home then to the gym.
  • Home again, sore, and practiced for my guitar lesson tomorrow. Still haven’t gotten over the whole “do homework only the night before it’s due” thing. At this point I feel it’s a hopeless cause.

There is a tradition on Twitter called “Follow Fridays” in which folks list a few interesting people they follow on Fridays to help spread the word about people who are worth listening to.

Evan Prodromou, the founder and CEO of Status.net has built upon that tradition to create what he calls Federated Friday. Thanks to a bunch of protocols that allow websites to communicate with each other (slickly named the “Federated Social Web“) users of the Status.net service (including identi.ca) can follow the updates of users on a variety of social networking sites, including Google Buzz and Tumblr. Evan uses Federated Fridays to promote the Federated Social Web initiative as well as to bring attention to folks he thinks are worth following.

In the spirit of furthering open web standards and because I think it’s a really neat idea I’m going to jump on the Federated Friday bandwagon and share some of my more interesting FSW subscriptions. Here they are, in no particular order:

Ada Lovelace Day

March 24th is Ada Lovelace day, which in the words of a good friend of mine, “[reminds] us all that ‘Girls can’t handle programming’ isn’t just wrong and stupid, it’s historically hilarious”.

It’s a day when many of us in the computer industry set aside some time to recognize our female colleagues and comrades who inspire us and help us along the way.

There are two women I’d like to recognize today for making my computing life all the more pleasant:

pleia2 Lyz Krumbach, along with the other members of the Ubuntu PA team, helped me to come out of my shell on IRC and make contributions to discussions as well as (meager, yet proud contributions) to the Ubuntu Project itself. She is a Linux sysadmin by day and devotes much of her spare time to the Ubuntu and Debian projects as a software packager, educator, and advocate.  Her name has been appearing in the blogs of many, on this day of recognition, in the Ubuntu and Debian projects and beyond, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to add my name to the list.
Emily It would be criminal of me to discuss the women in tech who have influenced my life without mentioning my blushing bride-to-be, Emily Oleksyk. We worked at the same company a few years ago where I was instantly impressed with her easygoing manner and confidence in a company full of stodgy old men (and a stodgy young me). And this was before we were even introduced! She’s ten times the programmer I’ll ever be and she’s even gracious enough to let me think she doesn’t know it.
I should also mention that Emily comes from an impressive tech pedigree. Her mother’s cousin, Isabelle French, was National President of The Society of Women Engineers from 1964-1966 and was actively involved in the organization long before and after. She was also the first woman to graduate with a degree in radio engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, IN in 1944. With someone like that to look up to it’s easy to see why Emily rocks as hard as she does.