contacting me in the next two and a half months

As many of you know, Krissa and I moved out of New York early this month, and we will not have a permanent home again until some time in early December. This will make contacting us before then a bit tricky. Here is everything we can tell you should you want to say hi, scream at us, etc. :)

the itinerary:
We are in California right now and will be here all month, though often traveling/camping and so out of email range. We’ll get married next weekend, and then we’ll be out of the country on honeymoon from October 1st to November 22nd. I will start work at Mozilla Dec. 1st, and resume normal email/phone habits somewhere around then.

Overflowing Mailbox (Postal Loathing, by Justin, used under CC-BY-SA)

email:
I will check my email as often as possible, but we generally won’t be staying in hotels with wifi and I will not use my phone to check email like I normally do, so ‘as often as possible’ may be ‘not very often’. I also reserve the right to remember that I’m on honeymoon and go, say, seven weeks without checking ;)

Note that I will check *only* email addressed directly to my primary email addresses (at gmail and at tieguy). Email to other addresses (such as foo@tieguy.org), to mailing lists, or that is bcc’d to me will get filtered and I will almost certainly never read it, even on my return. So if you think that when I return I need to see an email that went to a list, forward it to me off-list.

phone:
We will generally not have our phones turned on for most of the trip, but our voicemail will redirect to Google Voice, and so it will be automatically transcribed, and then emailed and texted to us. We’ll try to check those texts and emails as regularly as possible.

hotel phone numbers:
In case of emergency, our parents will have copies of our full itineraries including phone numbers for our hotels. Please contact our parents to get those phone numbers if you absolutely must get in touch with us on a specific day or time.

snail mail:
During these three months, mail or packages can be sent to us care of Krissa’s father and step-mother. We probably will not see these until late November, and Bob and Janna are being very generous to put up with this mail, so try to avoid using this address unless definitely necessary. You can get that address by emailing me; it’ll be in the auto-response.

Look forward to seeing you on the other side…

making our rings

Krissa and I have mostly tried to make our upcoming wedding fairly low key. The groom will probably wear sandals; there will be very little ceremony; traditional decisions like who is taking whose name (if at all) have not been made; so on, so forth. But we’re not completely dispensing with the traditional bits, and one of them is the rings.

Luckily, through some friends, we stumbled into a pretty awesome way of doing the rings too. Sam at New York Wedding Rings is a former sysadmin who got into ring making as a hobby. During some time off from work, ring-making became the work, and now he helps people make their own rings as the bulk of his business (though he also sells rings of his own design). What Sam does is basically help people make their own wedding rings, from start to finish. He works with people to design their rings, gets the materials, and then walks them through the process from cutting to shaping to polishing. If you’re not artistically inclined (like yours truly) he will also help to make sure that the result is something that looks professional even though it was made in part by amateurs, so you get both the side of pride and ownership that come from making it yourself and the good looks that come from actually having experience and skill. :)

BEHOLD THE POWER OF SCIENCE and also oxy-propane. I solder Krissa's ring while Sam, our guide, looks on. The ring is glowing because it is at roughly 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

I spent yesterday in the studio with Sam, working mostly on Krissa’s ring and a little on my own as well. It was a really great experience- I suppose I’m a fan of craftsmanship in general, and to put your own labor1 into the ring your partner is going to wear for the rest of their lives is a fairly powerful experience.

More details below the fold (lots of pictures so I don’t want it on planets, but do come by and say hi ;)

Continue reading “making our rings”

  1. not much sweat, it was air-conditioned []

“plastic material normally associated with the sport of swimming”

Training, by chuck_nc, used under CC-BY-SA

One of the things you can bring into the California bar exam is ‘earplugs or plastic material normally associated with the sport of swimming‘. Two things I really want right now:

1) to walk into the exam with a snorkel.
2) to know why this was put in the list. This must have made sense to someone, at some time; maybe someone with some sort of eye allergies wanted to wear goggles? Someone had a serious medical need to cover their hair with a headcap? There must be an explanation. I really, really want to know what it is…

[search engine nerdiness data point: bing has only 9 results for “plastic material normally associated with the sport of swimming”, where google has 19, including one result from twitter. But unlike google, bing appears to actually find the relevant document on the calbar website. This is particularly interesting to me given that it is obvious (from searches for various NY restaurants) that bing does not search inside flash, but is the first proof I’ve seen that they search pdf.]

rome travel advice request

Now that all my European friends are back from their fun in the sun:

Does anyone have a recommendation of a hotel near the train station in Rome? It will be for just one night, coming in by train the night before and leaving by plane at 10am the next morning. Cheap is good, clean is good. Small and unattached bathroom is fine- it’s just me. Since mostly this is just a bed in between train and airport, convenience to train station is good too :)

Alternately, offers of couches are welcome, though as far as I can think off the top of my head I don’t know any Romans :)

Thanks in advance…

useful notes on resumes and free software

Gerv Markham (of Gerv-fame) has posted some useful notes on putting Free Software experience on your resume. It is probably  most useful for people who have gotten at least somewhat involved in free software communities, but are not yet at the point of expertise where they are looking for jobs directly in those communities- in other words, you have to use the resume to communicate that you’ve done something useful to resume readers who aren’t completely familiar with how free software communities do things. If you’re in that situation, this is highly recommended reading.

internet FAIL

I moved this weekend, and as a result of some miscommunication, my sublet place has no internet. Worse, the internet provider to the place has no record of the building’s existence. So I’m pretty much AWOL from the net for probably a couple of weeks. Hope everyone will survive without me…

you know law journals may have ruined your mind forever if…

A paper you’re editing has a not-very-useful citation for ‘the internet is faster than snail mail’. Do you:

(1) say ‘really? we need to have a citation for that at all?’ and delete the cite, because, really, ‘the internet is faster than snail mail’ needs citation only slightly more than ‘humans breath air’.

(2) spend hours (well, maybe 30 minutes) trying to find a better cite.

(3) spend hours (well, maybe 30 minutes) trying to find a better cite- while option #1 never even crosses your mind.

If you answer ‘2’, you May Be A Journal Editor. If you answer ‘3’, you are definitely a journal editor. Damn this has messed with my mind..

The Plan, for now

Lots and lots of friends gave me good feedback on my ‘free time’ post of a couple months ago, so I thought it would make sense to say something now that I actually have some semblance of a plan :) Specifically, among other options, Orrick oferred me a stipend to work on legal issues at a non-profit from Jan. ’10 to Jan. ’11, and then return to Orrick at the end of that period1.

I’ve decided to take Orrick up on that offer, and I’m very excited that the non-profit I’m going to work with is Mozilla. I’ll be working with Moz’s general counsel, Harvey Anderson, on a variety of issues; some of them of broad interest (which I’ll discuss more here once appropriate) but some (hopefully) of the nitty-gritty unpleasant type that all lawyers are expected to handle, and which I’d like to get some experience doing. Hopefully it’ll leave me some time on the side to write and publish a bit, and maybe even read some fiction for fun, which I’ve done damnably little of since August 2006.

Since I won’t start until December, there will still be some time to travel and get married in there- plans for that are still up in the air but will probably involve some hiking and camping in Canada pre-wedding and (maybe?) Asia post-wedding.

Thanks again to all of my friends who gave suggestions and advice on what to do next; it was all very appreciated and considered at great length.

  1. assuming Orrick is still functional, economy on rebound by then, etc., etc. I see no reason to believe otherwise, but then again the economy is unusual. []