Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Freezing Friday Feeding Fries


Cold day today. It was a bit over 20°F in the afternoon and around 15°F the rest of the day.

Received Postcrossing postcards from Portugal and Turkey. I'm now at 51 cards sent and 45 received.

This afternoon, in the Popeye's parking area, I saw someone throwing fries out his truck window. After watching a little while, I saw that he was actually feeding the birds. But cajun fries?? Somehow, and this is from reading some wildlife websites, I have the impression that this is not suitable food for birds.

Installed Vim on Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition today. I discovered that GVim, compiled using Borland C++ 5.5, does not run under 64-bit Windows. Since that same code compiled using Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition works just fine, I'm not going to bother figuring out the problem with BC55 and WOW64. Then I noticed that Borland's new Turbo Explorer is now out as a free download. Okay well, when I have time for a 500MB download and a hefty install, I'll give it a go.

I also found out that Vim-contributor George Reilly has done the work of porting Vim to native Win64. I hope his changes make it into the codebase eventually.

Puttering around on Askville a bit too much lately. If you see an easy question with four answers on it already, answer it quickly. Why? Because the fifth answer will close the question, so you can get your points quickly. In addition, not only do you get one point for answering the question, but 4 more points for voting on the 4 answers that are already there. So that's 5 easy points! I think this question-and-answer site will degenerate eventually. I've been noticing more and more frivolous questions being posted there just to get points.

From thefridayfive:

1. Would you rather have a fun job that doesn't pay well or a boring job that does?
Tough question. I don't mind if it is not the most fun job in the world, as long as it pays well enough. The day job is actually less than half of what I do throughout the week anyway.

2. Would you sacrifice your morals for a job?
I won't be a hired killer. Won't sell illicit drugs either. Darn morals. :)

3. Would you ever take a job that requires you to be in costume?
What kind of costume? Well, I've done some mascot gigs but I heard that it's different if you're doing it for the money, as opposed to doing it voluntarily for a charity.

4. What is your fantasy job?
Proprietary trader, ever since I read about it in Nassim Taleb's book.

5. Would you like fries with that?
Yes, but don't throw it at the terns!

From fridayfiver:

1. How did you feel yesterday?
Okay, although I was somewhat harried from reading about Numeric's resignation and suddenly having to look for a new IRA custodian.

2. What kind of obstacles do you face?
Government, the biggest obstacle of all. Taxation. Complicated laws. Corruption and cronyism, especially back in the old country. Monetary inflation, which is another form of taxation. Bureaucratic delays and paperwork.

Other than that, generally not having enough time to do everything I want to do.

3. Who is a good friend?

4. What is your fondest memory?
My first trip to Virginia Beach. During that trip:
  • The car's starter broke in such a way that the key had to remain in the starter, so I was hoping that no one would notice and steal the car. (I put The Club on the steering wheel whenever I parked.)
  • I visited the Virginia Aquarium (and touched the stingrays) and Mount Trashmore. (a park built on top of a landfill)
  • I had all-you-can-eat seafood at Captain George's. (and paid with Georges :) )
  • I had reasonably priced (compared to NJ) Mongolian BBQ in Norfolk.
  • I went to Things Unlimited near the beach and bought a unicorn costume and a lion costume. (thus beginning that whole fursuiting thing)
  • I went to a Long John Silver's for the first time in a decade. It was in a strip mall on Virginia Beach Blvd. It was only somewhat later when I found a LJS on Long Island.
5. Does time always kill pain?
Yes, but only after the pain ends.

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