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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in Graham Freeman's LiveJournal:

Friday, September 21st, 2007
1:55 am
Friggin' Ubuntu... and CentOS... and Debian... and Red Hat... and *BSD, while we're at it.

You know, I never thought I'd have to wear hearing protection in my own home office, but I also never really considered how much time I'd be spending setting up REALLY LOUD rack-mount servers. It's definitely easier to set them up here than to spend the same amount of time in the datacenter.

I'm not complaining - I love this shit.
Friday, September 7th, 2007
1:20 am
I'm moving
In case you missed it via other channels, Erin and I are moving to Santa Cruz, California this weekend.

We'll be there for a year while Erin goes through a one-year science journalism program at UC Santa Cruz. I'll keep working with my existing clients and managing Cernio, but I'll be on the road more.

Hooray for being within walking distance to beach/downtown, boo driving!


Do:

* come visit
* sleep on our spare futon
* join me sailing/kayaking/biking
* send mail to our Santa Rosa (not Santa Cruz) address
* let me sleep on your couch in San Francisco, North Bay, or the East Bay so I don't have to make more than one round-trip to Sausalito every week

Don't:

* send mail to our old Oakland address
* vote for a friggin' TV actor. jeez.
* forget to floss.
Monday, August 6th, 2007
1:02 am
Santa Cruz
Earlier this week we confirmed our Santa Cruz housing situation. It's a 2-bedroom place with a south-facing porch (gonna install my solar panels!) within easy walking distance of downtown and the beach.

Super-sweet, I tells ya. We're gonna move mid-September.

My office will double as a guest bedroom, so if you want to come visit you've got a place to crash. (There may be a storage array running in the closet. Bring earplugs if you're noise-sensitive.)
12:58 am
Ahoy!
As of a couple of weekends ago, UC Berkeley trusts my sailing abilities enough to let me out on a 15' sailboat by myself or with a friend. (Ha ha ha! The fools!)

If you're similarly gull^H^H^H^Htrusting, let me know and I'll take you sailing from the Berkeley Marina. You need to know how to swim, and you need to not panic and drag me underwater if our boat tips over, but otherwise no real knowledge or expertise is required.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
10:19 pm
Accurate depiction of life at the Freeman/Digitale household:

Sunday, April 29th, 2007
10:58 pm
Update
Life is good:

* My friends just had a baby! Baby Bella is 2 days old and clearly the light of her (sleepy) parents' lives.

* I'm learning how to sail! These little 15-foot boats are great - you can go from dry-on-trailer to under sail in about 20 minutes, once you get the hang of it. I'm getting a better feel for how to make the best use of the available wind, and having fun racing my friends in the process. Note to self: You can still get a sunburn even when it's cloudy.

* Erin and I spent a couple of days last week in the Santa Cruz/Boulder Creek area. I took the opportunity to fight off getting sick, take a break from email & phones, and finish a couple of books.

* I have a better idea of how I want to focus my time and career.

* Most of my clients have been paying their bills promptly and in full. They rock.

Other stuff:

* I lost my 2-month-old $560 smartphone last weekend. Grr. Oh well, the call quality sucked anyway. I'm back to using the unreliable Treo. I may change my mind, but I'm feeling like this is it for me and fancy cell phones for the indefinite future. I can't really stop using mobile phones altogether, but I'm definitely de-emphasizing them in favour of desk/home phones. So, I've disabled call forwarding & voicemail on my cell phone. Use my office phone if you're calling about work, or my home phone if you're calling about not-work.

* Taxes are complicated.

* Driving sucks.

-G
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
2:18 am
Closer to home than you might expect
So, the Virginia Tech massacre hits a lot closer to home than I would have expected.

My initial response was something like "that's horrible, but I don't know them and unfortunately it's little different than what happens every day in Iraq or the Sudan". Back to my taxes and client work.

Then, "shit, those are just kids and they were gunned down by another kid." Much more sympathy than my initial response, but I still kept my emotional distance.

Then, "shit, that could (theoretically) happen at any school." Sympathy and empathy, since I can imagine being in a similar situation - my wife teaches at a UC campus, one of my biggest clients is the CA Community College system, and we live in one of the most violent cities in North America.

Then I read a blog of a VA Tech student who, just a few hours ago, had posted his concerns about the well-being of his friend Maxine Turner. His post had a picture from just a few days prior of the two of them at a sorority ball and said "[he's] never been so scared". Not long after his post, someone left a comment that said Maxine was one of the shooting victims. That's when I cried. Sympathy, empathy, and thanks to the weirdly powerful connecting abilities of modern communications technology, heartfelt grief.

One small good thing to come out of this tragedy is a reminder: Life is short, and precious. We should work to make our lives more meaningful - to contribute something good/beautiful/constructive to the world.

As an information technology professional, it's too easy for me to get wrapped up in the techie details of my work. And, as an unusually sensitive/empathic person, I often distance myself from human connections lest I get so wrapped up in them that I become non-functional. It's sometimes hard to find the right balance in this, but events such as these serve to remind me when I've strayed too far into disconnected space. Lately, I've been too focused on tech, and not enough on people and the world. It's time to reconnect and realign - to regain balance.

Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
3:30 am
Ahoy!
"Ahoy" - it's not just for International Talk Like A Pirate Day anymore. As I learned this weekend, in the Czech language it's an informal greeting that works for "howdy" and "see ya" alike. And, if you speak Czech or are with someone who speaks Czech when you visit Vladimir's Czech Restaurant in Inverness, California, the 90-year-old proprietor (Vladimir) will bid you "ahoy!" No pirate hat required.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
3:02 am
Going to the Czech Republic in July
So, I'm going to the Czech Republic this July to attend a friend's wedding. Definitely spending some time in Prague, and possibly going to Vienna while I'm in the neighborhood. (The wedding will be in a small town about an hour's train ride from Vienna, or four hours from Prague.) Company would be welcome!


(I may start updating my LJ. We'll see.)

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:46 pm
About me
Howdy,

I'm on LJ mostly because of the friends and interesting people whose LJs I occasionally comment on. I probably won't update this page very often, but you never know.

If I 'friend' you and you don't know who I am, it's because I think your LJ is interesting enough that I want it to show up on my friends page. Looks like some folks don't mind strangers 'friending' them, and others think it's weird, so I apologize in advance if you're in the latter group.


Since you're here, a little about me:

I'm in my late 20's. I grew up in Northern California, having spent the most time in Davis and Santa Cruz.

I got married in July 2006 at Tilden Park, near Berkeley, California.

I live near San Francisco, California. My wife and I will move to Vancouver, Canada at some point in the next 5 years. (She grew up there, and we both love it there.)

I'm a technology consultant, and I built and run the Cernio Technology Cooperative, a Canada-based multi-stakeholder member-owned cooperative (incorporation in progress).

I serve on the Board of Directors of the Davis Wiki, which is a fantastic noncommercial community wiki for the community of Davis, California.

I'm into sea kayaking, mountain biking, and travel. Geneva, Switzerland is my favourite city outside of North America, and Vancouver, Canada is my favourite city overall. I still need to visit Central/South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Oceania, so perhaps my rankings will change. :)

A'yup.

Graham Freeman
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