March 26th, 2005


stuff and such

Lazy day...

Girls are at Grandparents, so I didn't have to get up or anything like that this morning. Jess still sick, but doing better today than she was a few days ago: she's spent the last few days sleeping pretty much nonstop.

Changed my journal style: It matches now, which it never did before. I'm still working out a few little kinks, and I'm quite certain that comments probably won't look good in IE, nor will short entries. But I don't really care enough to figure out a way to fix it. I think it looks pretty good, but I'd like to hear what other people think.

Not many people are online on Saturday mornings, or early afternoons.

I'm going to write the next part of my party story soon, just wanted to get a quick update out there first.

wedü is going to be setting up weblogs for the new website. The thought of maintaining yet another weblog kind of worries me - as if I don't write enough. However, it will give me a place to write about stuff I'm doing at work, which is kind of nice, because I don't feel comfortable doing it anywhere right now. I may set up the interface and storage for it now, just so we can start off with some content in it, even if we don't have an interface to it on the site yet.

I think I may, if I become unlazy, steal brad's jsdraw stuff for IRC. Kristan and I talked years ago how it would be awesome to be able to draw the IRC channel. I just realized the other day that it's now possible to do stuff like that. I'm too lazy to reverse engineer the server-side stuff at the moment, though. I wonder if other people have nifty collaborative drawing thingies that I don't know about.

Who am I?

Jess asked me to write a new userinfo page for myself. I did, and it's there, but some of this is stuff that I don't really mention a lot, so I'm posting it here too, because I think it makes a decent entry, although rather disjointed.

I'm Christopher Schmidt, a general purpose web geek. I'm interested in a number of things, from the Semantic Web to PHP based web development, and I am employed by wedü.

I live in Manchester, New Hampshire, and I moved here around the beginning of June, 2004. Prior to that, I was a student at the University of Illinois in Computer Science. However, when I left I had been watching my grades decrease for over a year, as I became more and more involved in a long distance relationship with Jessica Allan, aka jpallan. I decided to spend my summer in Manchester, and if I got employed, I would move here and stay. I did, and I'm quite happy with my decision.

I've got a wonderful girlfriend, the aforementioned Jessica. We're raising two kids in a two bedroom condo with 5 computers (2 macs, 2 linux boxen, and jess's lone Windows laptop that we're saving to replace with an iBook), along with 4 cats and our roomate's beta-fish, DJ Hamslice.

This journal is used mostly for personal ramblings. I keep a seperate log of my technical ramblings, much of which is associated with leading edge web tech, including, as previously mentioned, the Semantic Web. I don't write about work much here, and my personal tech stuff stays in the techblog - this one is more personal in nature.

I am an iProduct. I buy Apple for the hardware, because I prefer Free Software to run what I do, but sometimes I want something that just works, and Apple Hardware And Apple Software do exactly that. I can quickly and easily connect via GPRS over bluetooth and set up as an open WIreless Access Point providing DHCP and NATted internet to anyone within 30 feet or so - something I wouldn't even know how to start, despite spending hours trying, on a Linux machine. There are a lot of lessons to be learned on the Linux side of the fence from Apple. However, there are also a number of lessons to be learned the other way, something that I think Apple is well aware of.

I am a camwhore. I have regularly broadcast myself on webcams of some sort or another for nearly 5 years, and I enjoy the idea of having people who care enough about what I'm doing to watch me doing it. It's vanity. I don't care.

I enjoy writing. I don't do nearly enough of it, and I wish that I had more oppourtunity to do so. I'm always on the prowl for more technical gigs, so if you're interested in a freelance writer, feel free to hit me up.

I have, in the past, supported LiveJournal via both support and development efforts. I don't anymore. I do still support the site monetarily, because there's a lot of fucking cool things you can do with a paid account.

I originally obtained a LiveJournal in 2002. It was the summer after I finished high school, and I was in a social circle of Harry Potter fandom writers. These people almost all had LiveJournals, or wanted them. At the time, you needed an invitation code to create a journal. I was told again and again that doing technical support for the site was a way to get such codes, but that it was almost impossible to do so. Because I'm an argumentative german, I paid for an account, and started doing support the same day. Within a week I had the 20 points required to get another invitation code. I'm still proud that I was able to do something that a lot of other people simply can't do: learn the intricacies of LiveJournal in order to help out others. Knowing LJ inside and out became my primary pride for a long time.

I've learned a million things about the world through this site. It was the original reason I learned Perl, and most of my introduction to the open source movement. I have met a great number of people, both online and in person. I have connected to people in parts of the world that I never would have thought possible, and formed relationships I never could have even imagined.

I am who I am, and this LiveJournal is me.
  • Current Music
    Where Do You Go (Ocean Drive mix) -- No Mercy

Party - Dinner

After the daytime, when most of the guests had gathered, from Hither Thither and Yon, was dinner. Jess had arranged for 25 people to be fed at the Black Brimmer, in downtown Manchester.

When I returned from wedü with 9 people in tow, there were already 20 people sitting down.

People who were at dinner who were not at the earlier parts of the party: beginning, nikkiana+Matt, none of whom I had met before, as well as nysscubus, thunderbattle, Jim, formerly of wedü, and his girlfriend Jess, jpallan's parents, and my parents.

I grabbed a seat next to Ashley, who I have known online for almost three years and had never met before now. I gave her backrubs and neckrubs for most of the evening, while not wandering around and gladhanding the locals. I didn't talk much, because it was noisy and crowded, but I did give a speech, that went something like this:

I'm amazed. You people seem to have all showed up to celebrate with me, something I'm extremely grateful for. Many of you I've met before, some of you haven't, almost all of you are people I met and knew primarily from the internet. Some of you have come 20 miles to be here, some of you have come more than 1000. All of you must care about me to some extent to be here, and I'm extremely grateful for it, as well as being absolutely amazed that there are this many of you who actually even know who I am.

Some of you know each other, some of you don't. I won't introduce everyone here, because I don't think that it would really be worthwhile: None of you would remember who the others are in a few minutes anyway. However, there is one very special set of people you need to notice here today: they're right over here to my left, and without them, I wouldn't be here today. These are my parents, and I'm glad to have them here, and I hope you are too.

Throughout dinner, I went around and gave everyone hugs and thanked them for coming at least one or two times. The people were all wonderful, even when we ran out of chairs and had to eat in shifts. There was much talking and enjoying and all in all, everyone was just so awesome. There was good food, an awesome waitress (Yes, there was only one, for 31 people). The children were well behaved, the people all got along relatively well, and it was just an awesome experience to have that many people sharing in greeting me for my birthday.

Dinner was just an all in all wonderful experience, and I was glad so many people were there for me. Jess did a wonderful job of organizing everything to get all the people there, and it was great to have such a crowd.
  • Current Music
    This Is Your Night -- Amber