Also saw a couple eagles flying around. Too far away and not a nice-enough camera to get photos of them. Excellent day to get outside though. Warmest, clearest day we’ve had all year so far (~55 degrees Fahrenheit).
Did I mention I bought a laptop? A nice HP Pavilion dv6500 w/ an AMD 64 Athlon X2 processor. I’ve got it running Ubuntu and Windows XP, but mostly I’m using Ubuntu. I had to hack around and compile/configure the correct driver for my wifi and sound card, but I’ve got the hardware all sorted out now. I’m working on getting the system setup to be a good development machine for me.
So far I’ve installed Perl, Python, and Ruby on Rails. Over the weekend I’ll get PHP installed and also set up an Apache webserver and MySQL for testing purposes. Oh, the fun I’ll have!
I’m staying busy lately aside from work. The English-language practice on Mondays is dying off because nobody comes, but I’m still going to Bible study/potluck on Wednesday nights. Friday nights I’ve had assorted activities; a couple weekends ago I hung out w/ a couple of guys from SaturdayHouse. Tomorrow I’ll be heading to a gathering of “Seattle Tweeters” — Seattle users of Twitter — because a girl I met last Saturday (at SaturdayHouse/Six Hour Startup) invited me to come since I’ve been using Twitter a lot and messaging her and some other SH people on there.
Plus, coming up in March… a party for Battlestar Galactica. Oh yeah!
I’ve found community. I love it.
For those of you following along, the surgery went fine.
From a quick read, what I gather is that his new bill would require students in unaccredited school situations (read: home-school) to be tested on an annual basis at the parents’ expense in order to ensure adequate progress is being made. If not, parents can be required to enroll their students in a public school.
I don’t really have a lot to add, but if this is something you’ve ever heard debates about it’s worth looking at his posts.