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Between harrock and I, I am the one who never tries to go on vacation unless dragged - except, as it turns out, for weddings and family holidays. So I can't really blame him for the horrible busyness this past week or so, as that was all weddings and family holidays that took me out of town before that.

Returning, there has been:
  • Deactivation season begins with the Thousand Emails to Sponsors (of whom about half have anwered; it's not actually the thousand emails, but the five hundred replies, that gets a little hectic).
  • Program for G&S, which I got something of a late start on
  • Bunches of Dragon miniruns
  • Figure out how to export a bunch of web pages to Kindle format as a single book, without doing too much work by hand
  • Started tracking broken Kerberos entries in addition to broken null entries on hapless Moira lists, and stomping them out


Next things to think about:
  • More miniruns, and get back on track with agrees.
  • The continuation of deactivation season will be the first warning messages, leading to the probably single busiest day of the year
  • Get back to cycling enough to be really tired, not just enough to be done
  • Thanksgiving!
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desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: November 3rd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you program while cycling? That would be a good use of multiple timelines... :)
ckd From: ckd Date: November 3rd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
This deactivation season is going to mark the end of an era for me[1], though having @mit.edu hasn't mattered a whole lot lately[2]. (Heck, I even have a shorter-than-that email address thanks to Apple's switch to MobileMe.)

[1] As a side effect of the end of a different era, really....
[2] Well, with the exception of being able to register my wireless devices for access. *sigh*
twe From: twe Date: November 4th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
> Figure out how to export a bunch of web pages to Kindle format as a single book, without doing too much work by hand

Woo-hoo!
fxz From: fxz Date: November 5th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
So now that you know, how hard is it?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 5th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Kindle takes plain HTML, but that loses images, which I wanted to keep. It takes PDF, but no table of contents. So I printed to PDF, used Acrobat to concatenate all the PDFs together into a file, then used Mobipocket Creator (windows only, bah, but that's what virtual machines are for, and it's free) to import the PDF, tell it to create a table of contents based on the headings, tell it to set a "guide" to open to the table of contents file, set a cover, and send *that* to the kindle.

Converting a straight PDF is prettiest - you don't lose any formatting at all (I think it's all just rasterized), but the table of contents is kind of key for a concatenated file, and the Mobipocket book is cheaper than the PDF over whispernet ($2.15 versus 15 cents, the other reason I think it's rasterized).
twe From: twe Date: November 6th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got them on my kindle and they look nice. (You can just copy stuff over. It's not necessary to use Whispernet.)
merastra From: merastra Date: November 4th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't "vacation" either without prompting.

Thanksgiving! Are you planning any cool new things? Cycling, woo!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 5th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't done too much planning yet, other than to declare it a Ham year (ham is much yummier than turkey); there will likely be a lot of repeats of previous dishes (shallot confit on mashed potatoes, nom nom nom). I am still in search of the One True Green Vegetable - maybe this one?, but it's still early. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: November 6th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, brussel sprouts. izmirian became fond of them last year and got really good and making his favorite version of them. Too bad spinach pie probably doesn't quite count as a "vegetable". ;-)
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