July 16th, 2008


Grocery partial success!

1 big can of tea and a turkey sandwich have me feeling less crashy if swelling a bit. Trying to choke down the nummy crisps now. Mm salty .. they are "cracked peppercorn and sea salt" and I am out of tea oh nos!

Handy tip for keeping the grocery bill down, particular for us single, HoH fools. Do not under any circumstances grab a cart. The little hand basket could only hold so much, and was getting awfully heavy by the time I had the kibble in my other hand. I did forget to get a few things, and return trip will be required next week, but I'm pretty happy overall. Got garbanzos and they even have a simple hummus recipe on the wrapper. Just about fifty bucks, which is not too bad.

In a notably good mood this morning despite having got up early after sleeping the whole night .., shortly after having slept the whole day. I dunno either, but it was nice.

I've been futzing at a old Thinkpad my dad bought off of Overstock.com (or the like). It's doing pretty well for it's age, but I can't say the same for Windows 2000. I'm pulling a Ubuntu DVD to give it a try on there and to try and confirm my suspicions about the wireless card they sent him with it. Unfortunately that and all the patches and stuff the machine needs preclude me from breaking "the internet" which I need to do to play with routers and get things set up better. There are two routers and two DSL modems in the kitchen, and only one of each is active at the moment, which is lame.

sotto_voce had some good work news today , yay!
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My first Amazon review?

Regular Expression Pocket Reference: Regular Expressions for Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C, Java and .NET (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)

Five stars out of five

I'm scared of regular expressions. They vex me constantly at work whether trying to figure out someone else's Apache RewriteRules or Perl or just trying myself to do mildly clever things in vi and sed. They are a headache.

A coworker let me browse his copy of this wonderful little book and I was hooked. I actually tried to buy one that day on the way home, but they were out of stock and so I permitted Amazon to ship me one.

In addition to brief explanations of the different types of regexes in the wild (based on the comprehensive Mastering title, also from ORA), there are detailed quick references to all of the different implementations including several common languages (Perl, PHP, C#, and several others) and software packages (including sed, Apache, vi and many others). All of their various quicks and "features" are explained briefly and there are some examples.

No one hacking around in Unix or doing much programming should be without this book, unless they are already a regex wizard, and I think even they'd find it handy.