Ch-ch-changes!

First of all, let me announce what is prob­a­bly the worst kept secret since we announced we were preg­nant: Angela and I have made the deci­sion to move to Franklin, TN (that’s near Nashville for you non-Ten­nesseans). We had been dis­cussing the idea of doing so since July. When I say dis­cussing, I mean Angela kept try­ing to con­vince me we should move and I kept try­ing to con­vince her we should stay in Rich­mond.

I caved.

Then, just a cou­ple of days before she moved back to work, her com­pa­ny post­ed open­ings for her posi­tion in Franklin. She saw this when she returned from mater­ni­ty leave and they said a trans­fer was pos­si­ble. Instead of wait­ing until next year, as I had final­ly agreed to do, we would be mov­ing at the end of this year. I felt like there was no way we would be able to move soon­er and that this was the least I could do for my employ­er (I work for a fair­ly small branch office of a rel­a­tive­ly small com­pa­ny, so it just seemed the right thing to give them as much notice as pos­si­ble).

We’ve put our beloved Colo­nial up for sale here and found some nice tem­po­rary hous­ing in Franklin, very close to Ange­la’s work. Angela of course has her job lined up to change over, although the appli­ca­tion process for her to get a license in a dif­fer­ent state is very long and com­pli­cat­ed. It’s all in place now, though.

I, on the oth­er hand, was­n’t so sure about what I’d be doing for work. I’ll expand on that more next week, though. I haven’t post­ed in quite a while and I would­n’t want to sprain a thumb or some­thing writ­ing too much. For now, though, I’ll just say that it has been an excit­ing turn and it’s got me look­ing for­ward to all this change after all…

Ains­ley? Oh, she seems to be grow­ing by the hour. Of course, that was the one bit of change we were expect­ing.

Flickr and Creative Commons

I’ve nev­er giv­en it much thought as I’ve tried to be con­sis­tent, but Flickr allows users to switch back and forth between Cre­ative Com­mons licens­es and tra­di­tion­al copy­right, despite this being in vio­la­tion of the CC license itself. Most of my work has been pub­lished under a Attri­bu­tion- Non­com­mer­i­cal, Share-alike CC license since I first learned about copy­left sev­er­al years ago. And though I’ve nev­er real­ly con­sid­ered degrad­ing the license back to full copy­right, appar­ent­ly oth­er peo­ple have done so. I don’t know of any legal fights over this (yet), but it seems like it would be a near­ly impos­si­ble posi­tion to defend.

Collaboration Is Not Second Guessing

I real­ly enjoy most movies-based-on-books in which the author is involved in the film itself (“Hell­boy” and “Sin City,” for exam­ples). Of course, what hap­pens when a direc­tor or screen-writer decides to sig­nif­i­cant­ly change por­tions of the sto­ry (like in vir­tu­al­ly ever one of the “Lord of the Rings” tril­o­gy of films)? Well, I am not going to argue when the writer gives their bless­ing, as appears to be the case with Frank Darabon­t’s change to the end­ing of Stephen King’s “The Mist.” Darabont quot­ing King:

And I still have the e‑mail. He said, “Wow, I love the end­ing. If I’d thought of it, I’d have used it in the sto­ry.”

In A State of Vanity

When Angela and I first moved to Vir­ginia, we made the casu­al obser­va­tion that the Com­mon­wealth has a lot of van­i­ty license plates. We even told friends and fam­i­ly back home that we fig­ured Vir­ginia had many more than Ten­nessee due to the low­er cost of get­ting them here. Turns out, Vir­ginia does have more. A lot more:

Out of the 9.3 mil­lion per­son­al­ized plates on the roads of Amer­i­ca, about one in 10 are in Vir­ginia, accord­ing to rank­ings pro­vid­ed to The Asso­ci­at­ed Press by the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Motor Vehi­cle Admin­is­tra­tors.

This prob­a­bly set­tles some pre­vi­ous bets, though I don’t recall who they were made with…

The OS Triathalon

Wednes­day evening, I final­ly got around to upgrad­ing my iMac to OS X 10.5 (“Lea­pord,” a word which only appears to occur in the instal­la­tion screens). As I’ve had a num­ber of wonky things hap­pen­ing after upgrad­ing my hard dri­ve last month, I sim­ply decid­ed to do a back­up and then the “Erase and Install” option. The beau­ty of this is, I was sim­ply able to use the Migra­tion Man­ag­er tool to bring back in all my apps, doc­u­ments, and set­tings from my bootable back­up (I use SuperDuper! for cre­at­ing back­ups, which is the only third par­ty app involved in this whole epic event).

The upgrade went well, though it did take quite a while. I did­n’t suf­fer from any of the “blue screen” issues that a few folks have been report­ing. I did, on the oth­er hand, get a ker­nel pan­ic screen (link for exam­ple, not the actu­al inci­dent in ques­tion) with­in about two min­utes of reboot­ing after the upgrade and migra­tion. It seems Fire­fox 2.0.0.8 did­n’t play well with OS X 10.5 despite it being billed as com­pat­i­ble. A quick upgrade and all was well.

I also used the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get rid of my inca­pac­i­tat­ed Win­dows Boot Camp par­ti­tion (one a few things that did­n’t sur­vive the hard dri­ve upgrade last month). I cre­ate a new par­ti­tion and got Win­dows XP re-installed with­out too much trou­ble. I do how­ev­er, hate the fact that my blue­tooth mouse and key­board don’t work dur­ing half of the instal­la­tion process. It’s a pain to have to hunt down a USB mouse or try and tab through win­dows to get to the right dia­log box. Any­way, Win­dows boots fine and I can also use the XP par­ti­tion with Par­al­lels again, which is extreme­ly handy (and going to be nec­es­sary for work in the future, I sus­pect – struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing is a Win­dows-only game).

I spent about an hour last night get­ting my SP 2 copy of Win­dows XP up with the lat­est secu­ri­ty updates and such. I plan to use Win­Clone to make a sol­id back­up that I can always go back to in the event of emer­gency and to speed up when a re-install is again nec­es­sary (which is inevitable, so I might as well make it fast and pain­less to do).

Now, I still have to get my vir­tu­al machine copy of Ubun­tu lin­ux updat­ed to 7.10! Of course, who would have thought that updat­ing Lin­ux would be the eas­i­est and fastest of them all? (I say this because I’ve already updat­ed my workbench/ test­ing machine in the base­ment, and it was a breeze.)

Oh, and I also need to upgrade Ange­la’s iBook as soon as we can fig­ure out why her bus-pow­ered FireWire dri­ve isn’t con­nect­ing to her lap­top. It’s a good think I actu­al­ly enjoy doing this stuff or it would seem like a real chore…

Mommys Representing in NY

I real­ly enjoyed this bit from the cov­er­age of yes­ter­day’s NY City Marathon, where Brit Paula Rad­cliffe won the wom­en’s race:

…there was some­thing sem­i­nal about the way Gary Lough emerged from the crowd at the fin­ish line at the New York Marathon yes­ter­day in order to hand his 10-month-old daugh­ter, Isla, to her moth­er, Paula Rad­cliffe, moments after she won the New York City Marathon. And that is because Isla is among the first gen­er­a­tion of daugh­ters who will grow up watch­ing their moth­ers com­pete as pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes.

Things like this make me very glad our daugh­ter gets to grow up in this time.

Where’s My gPhone?

Google, along with a num­ber of mobile hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers, announced the Android mobile OS today. What became painful­ly obvi­ous, though, from read­ing Engad­get’s live-blog­ging of the con­fer­ence call is that the press mem­bers that were allowed to ask ques­tions have no idea what any of this means. Repeat­ed ques­tions of ‘so when is Google going to release their own mobile hard­ware?’ I fig­ured that there might be some con­fu­sion over open-source licens­ing but it appeared the press did­n’t know hard­ware from soft­ware. It just seemed that the big media tech reporters weren’t ask­ing ques­tions about mov­ing towards stan­dard­ized plat­forms on mobile devices.