July Has Thirty One Days

It’s been a long month that went by real­ly quick­ly. How­ev­er, I sus­pect in a cou­ple of weeks I’ll be long­ing for the good ‘ole days of July ’07. I know that I’ve com­plete­ly dropped the ball on writ­ing on this site this past month. I real­ly regret that as it’s only because way too much has been hap­pen­ing as opposed to just hav­ing noth­ing to talk about.

First of all, and most impor­tant­ly, Angela is doing fine. She is cur­rent­ly stay­ing the night in the hos­pi­tal, but there is no cause for alarm. Her blood pres­sure is a bit high and she has a cou­ple of oth­er signs of a very mild case of pre-eclamp­sia. Ains­ley is almost at full term, as of this Thurs­day (37–40 weeks is con­sid­ered full term) and the doc­tor has indi­cat­ed that she may be deliv­ered ear­ly, although not tech­ni­cal­ly pre-mature­ly, due to this con­di­tion (which goes away essen­tial­ly imme­di­ate­ly after giv­ing birth). While pre-eclamp­sia can be dan­ger­ous to both my girls, this case is not par­tic­u­lar­ly dan­ger­ous and we have a very easy fix: Ains­ley is sim­ply going to come ear­li­er than late August. Like I said, Angela is doing just fine and no one should be wor­ried at all; just excit­ed that our daugh­ter is com­ing a bit soon­er than expect­ed.

Angela has con­tin­ued to work, though she’s been instruct­ed by her doc­tor to not do any­thing else out­side of work, ever since she’s had the ele­vat­ed blood pres­sure (for a few weeks, now). This has led us to both make some sac­ri­fices around the house, as I’ve been work­ing a lot late­ly. That’s not gone over real­ly well with her, but she under­stands. Both mom and daugh­ter are doing well (I just left the hos­pi­tal where we could hear Ains­ley heart thump­ing away).

Okay, now that you’re up to speed on that sit­u­a­tion, I’ll explain why I’ve not been explain­ing all this soon­er. One of the oth­er two engi­neers at my office has moved to upstate New York to open a branch office for our com­pa­ny. This is real­ly excit­ing for him and it’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for him and the com­pa­ny. How­ev­er, this has increased my work load some­what. Add to this that the most com­pli­cat­ed build­ing struc­ture I’ve worked on to date is cur­rent­ly in it’s final stage of design, and you can under­stand why I’ve been work­ing a lot late­ly. For­tu­nate­ly, I work with some real­ly won­der­ful peo­ple who under­stand that when I need to go to the hos­pi­tal for Angela, I’m ful­ly expect­ed to drop every­thing. My boss is going on a week-long vaca­tion in a cou­ple of weeks and so our oth­er co-work­er has agreed to come back down from NY for sev­er­al days to help out dur­ing that time. Like I said, real­ly great peo­ple. So far, our clients have all been equal­ly under­stand­ing, as well.

It’s cur­rent­ly rain­ing and thun­der­ing like mad out­side the house right now, which is fine because I’m not real­ly con­cern­ing myself with water­ing the poor, neglect­ed lawn these days. I’m lucky to find time to come home and show the dogs some atten­tion. It’s going to be like this for a while, I’m afraid. I’ll try and make some time to keep every­one post­ed with what is hap­pen­ing in the future, though. Cer­tain­ly, you’ll all know when Ains­ley arrives.

Tripoli Six Are Alive and Freed

I can­not believe I missed this ter­rif­ic news a week ago. The five Bul­gar­i­an nurs­es and Pales­tin­ian doc­tor who have been false­ly impris­oned and tor­tured for 8 1/2 years in Libya have been freed. They arrived in Bul­gar­ia last week. Their sto­ry is a dark one for not just their lives, but for for med­ical sci­ence hop­ing to bring light into the world only to be snuffed out by fear and igno­rance. Despite the near cer­tain­ty they would all be put to death, they are now free (via Aeti­ol­o­gy)

TiVo Is Still Ahead on IPTV

Though few seem to acknowl­edge the strides that TiVo has been mak­ing in IPTV (as opposed to Apple), Engad­get is report­ing that you can now pur­chase Ama­zon Unbox con­tent straight from your TiVo. They call it Buy on TV (direct, if not entire­ly cre­ative). I doubt that it is a ‘cable tele­vi­sion replace­ment’ just yet, but it’s fur­ther move­ment in the right direc­tion for the indus­try. I think YouTube must be the next big step for them.

Re-activating Windows

After fid­dling around with run­ning Win­dows XP on Par­al­lels for sev­er­al months, I came to the con­clu­sion that the best method of instal­la­tion is to use Apple’s Boot Camp first and run Par­al­lels off of the Boot Camp par­ti­tion (which is a real­ly cool option to have, just so you know).

How­ev­er, due to the nature of vir­tu­al­iza­tion ver­sus native­ly run­ning and OS, my copy of win­dows appeared to have been acti­vat­ed on three dif­fer­ent machines. First, was my ini­tial instal­la­tion of XP under Par­al­lels. Then, after installing and acti­vat­ing it under Boot Camp, I attempt­ed to open up the par­ti­tion from with­in OS X via Par­al­lels. The issue is that run­ning Win­dows on Boot Camp and via Par­al­lels appears to have very dif­fer­ent hard­ware con­fig­u­ra­tions to the OS, and thus to Microsoft. My OEM copy of XP would not allow for a third acti­va­tion, quick­ly leav­ing it use­less under XP (although I did have my first vir­tu­al machine copy to use, when need­ed).

Now, despite all the grip­ing I had found online about get­ting a copy of Win­dows re-acti­vat­ed, it real­ly only took me about eight min­utes to get my copy blessed again this past Fri­day evening. As far as out­sourced tech­ni­cal sup­port goes, this was rather pain­less. Actu­al­ly, if I knew more what the auto­mat­ed phone sys­tem want­ed me to say regard­ing “how many machines has this been pre­vi­ous­ly installed on?” I prob­a­bly would have been done in less time (my guess: say “none” next time). All I had to do was recite a 9 x 6 dig­it num­ber (no let­ters, just num­bers) over the phone (twice, once to a machine and once to a live tech­ni­cian). After the sec­ond time, and answer a cou­ple of ques­tions, the tech­ni­cian just read back to me anoth­er 9 x 6 dig­it (yes, that’s 54 dig­its) num­ber to enter in. He even wait­ed to make sure it worked for me before get­ting off the line.

I think some­times peo­ple just like to com­plain about Microsoft. Of all the anti-pira­cy mea­sures I’ve encoun­tered yet, this was one of the least cum­ber­some to deal with as an hon­est user.

Harry Potter and the Getting of Your Act Together

Angela and I are both real­ly excit­ed about Har­ry Pot­ter this month because with­in the span of about a week, both the fifth film will come to the­aters (we’ve already got our tick­ets) and the sev­enth book, and final, book will be arriv­ing at book­stores (yes, we’ve already got one copy on reserve at our local fan­ta­sy and sci­fi book sell­er).

I’m see­ing a lot of sto­ried regard­ing pleas for J.K. Rowl­ing to “save Har­ry!” There is a great deal of con­cern that the char­ac­ter of Har­ry Pot­ter will be killed off in the last book. Frankly, I would­n’t be shocked at all, as it makes for both good sto­ry and char­ac­ter arcs (the fates of the antag­o­nist and pro­tag­o­nist are intrin­si­cal­ly linked; death of the hero/savior for the good of all, etc.). All the same, the time for mak­ing such pleas for Har­ry’s life has long since past. I’m quite sure that the final edit has already gone to the print­ers at this point giv­en this might just be the largest sin­gle book print­ing for a first edi­tion in all of his­to­ry. Where were you peo­ple months ago when peo­ple first start­ed get­ting con­cerned about this?

At any rate, Rowl­ing has been pret­ty clear that whether Har­ry lives or dies in a cou­ple of weeks, she won’t be writ­ing about him any more.

The Number Two Most Asked Question Right Now

When you dis­cov­er you’re hav­ing a child, the first thing that every­one asks is “do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?” I know we do. Pro­vid­ed you have an answer to that ques­tion, oth­er than “we’ve decid­ed to not know the sex of the child,” the next ques­tion is always “do you have a named picked out?” (Note, if you aren’t going to deter­mine the sex, our sec­ond ques­tion to you will be “why the hell not?”)

So it has been ever since we found out we were going to have a lit­tle girl. We’ve gone through at least two of those gigan­tic Baby Names books and Angela has said aloud prac­ti­cal­ly every name in them. We kept com­ing back to one name that real­ly sound­ed nice to the both of us. We could­n’t say exact­ly why; it just was one we both liked. It became the default name we would use as code between us instead of ‘baby.’ It sound­ed famil­iar, though not com­mon (nei­ther of us have ever known any­one with this name). It seems, to us, both fem­i­nine and strong. We’ve even got­ten to the point of short­en­ing it to first syl­la­ble, which is an accept­able nick­name for us.

I won’t lie to you and say it’s got­ten uni­ver­sal accep­tance, but I sup­pose more pos­i­tive than neg­a­tive. At least those who did­n’t care for it (at first; they’ll get over it once they see how cute she’s gonna be) liked her mid­dle name. None-the-less, we feel like it’s a good name and it’s the one we real­ized we liked. A lot. So, with­out any­more stalling, get used to…

Ains­ley Claire Cole­man

I say ‘get used to’ because she’ll be your pres­i­dent some­day. Whether that is before or after she stops glob­al warm­ing and dis­cov­ers a cure for most forms of can­cer is entire­ly up to her. No pres­sure, Ainse.

I wish I had a bet­ter answer to the third most asked ques­tion (“oh, where did that name come from?”) than ‘a char­ac­ter on a tele­vi­sion show we both loved,’ but there’s no sense in lying to any­one. Whether or not you liked that char­ac­ter (I know, a lik­able Repub­li­can lawyer. Who knew such peo­ple exist­ed?) or Emi­ly Proc­tor, the actress who played her, does not mat­ter. You will for­get them all togeth­er as soon as our lit­tle Ains­ley is born.

Oh, the last name was Ange­la’s deci­sion, just like it was always going to be as far as I was con­cerned. While I’m proud enough of my last name, I’m far more con­cerned with pass­ing on oth­er things to her.

Last­ly, I hope you’ll all keep up with her at her new web­site: AinsleyColeman.com