There is a strange subset of information immutably lodged somewhere in the recesses of my memory. This stuff includes the date 8/21/96 (when our class first arrived at college 11 years ago next week). It also the following phone numbers. Now, I really have no reason to remember these, and wish I could use that space in my brain for something more useful that I have to look up all the time (like the common command line arguments to rsync, for example).

  • 544-1410– This was the first phone number we ever had, I think it must have been between when I was 4 and 5 years old or so
  • 323-2618– This was the next number. For some reason, the one above got randomly changed to this one
  • 392-9428– When I was around 6, we moved to a new house
  • 225-6243– Freshman year in college
  • 225-6219– Sophomore year through the rest of school
  • 945-2300– Apartment in Cambridge after graduation — When I called MediaOne (which eventually became AT&T Broadband, and then Comcast) to set up phone service, the dude’s “computer” was down for a while and as a reward for having to wait several minutes, he gave me what will probably be the coolest phone number I’ll ever have.
  • 356-5986– House in Champaign, IL

There are even some more in there, mostly of random friends in high school. These were just the first ones that came to mind. Also, here are some possible upcoming blog topics that I feel the need to bloviate upon. I’m not sure which one I’ll get around to first — but look for these to come up on this blog any day now:

  • Julian Simon – I’m definitely not a libertarian. But he was, and some of his wacky theories and ideas are worth babbling about — even if only for contradiction’s sake. Incidentally, aside from being a libertarian, he’s also the dude who gave the airline industry the idea of overbooking flights. Thanks, Julian.
  • Second Life – I think it’s time to talk about the phenomenon of SL and the “metaverse.”
  • Worse is Better
  • Bootstrapping an Infrastructurepaper here — This is pretty much the core IT infrastructure theory paper that I’ve followed since working early on in what was then PSG at the University of Illinois. And other sysadmins and systems architects/engineers really should take some of its lessons to heart as well. This is the way to approach the problems of large infrastructures effectively.
  1. #1 by Erin on August 15, 2007 - 1:43 pm

    Ah, 225-6219… a number also stuck in my brain that is now useless.

  2. #2 by benoc on August 15, 2007 - 2:15 pm

    Ahh yes. I doubt that number has any meaning to anyone nowadays though. The kids don’t even activate or plug in phones to the campus phone service anymore, since they all have their damned cell phones. It’s an abomination.

  3. #3 by amanda on August 16, 2007 - 12:17 pm

    1. why is 945-2300 the awesomest?
    2. i remember all my friends’ parents’ houses phone numbers. will we be the last generation that even has a chance at that, since the youngins nowadays all just program them into thier phones? i couldn’t give you laurie’s cell phone number if my life depended on it.
    3. i saw something about second life on the television that made me want to join it, but i forget what it was…

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