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A rush and a push

I stopped by Wil’s blog today and he had something about not having posted anything in over a week. I’m basically in the same boat here, but you probably knew that already, if indeed you still bother to check to see what I have to say.

My aunt had a hemoragitic stroke on Election day and was comatose for the better part of a week. Between that and trying to make a super huge deadline for the nate I’ve hardly had the time nor energy to do anything at all. My aunt is doing much better now though. She was given such a dreadful prognosis everyone expected that she was going to die as soon as she was taken off the resperator. So it was very surprising when she just kept on breathing on her own and woke up shortly afterwards. It also turns out, much to everyone’s surprise, that she suffered little or no brain damage. She’s still in the hospital for now, but she’s being moved out of ICU and into her own room. I’m glad about this.

Work has been so crazy and hard lately. Mostly because this nate thing. The problem is that it wouldn’t be so hard if I was programming more often, but as it usually turns out I don’t really have the time to work on programming projects so when I go to do something serious I end up making stupid mistakes like for some unknown reason trying to use =~ as a regular assignment operator. Ok, what was I thinking? I guess I just wasn’t paying attention. The nate also requires some algebra which I am quite rusty on and seem to have b0rked up a bit. It’s coming along nicely though. I think that it’ll be at least alpha quality by Tuesday. I wish I could explain exactly what the nate is, but it’s kind of a secret project right now. Once of Lance’s almost-but-not-quite impossible ideas. And I thought GeoDist would be hard. And we really should come up with code names for projects. We’re filing a patent on the nate, and I’m going to be listed as co-inventor. This is cool. I’ll probably print it out and frame it or something. Hmm, my first patent. I wonder if I’ll get a small portfolio of them. I remember being at HDS and talking to Dana Gillis who had invented HiTrack and I thought that was just about the coolest thing ever. Not only was this guy smart enough to invent something completely origonal and so wonderfully useful, but I got to talk and hang out with him, the inventor of a rad high-tech product that was in production at thousands of datacenters accross the world and impacting the lives of hundreds of millions. Hi, I’m Bahamat, yea inventor of the nate.