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I first heard about the WTC attacks by reading this post on at probably 9:00am. I remember walking over to our kitchen at work and mentioning it off handedly to someone else, who confirmed that she had heard ‘something’ about a plane hitting the WTC. We didn’t have a TV at work, so the skeleton crew that stayed (my wife is my ride home and she wasn’t offered the day off) listened to the radio reports, called (tried to) family, read email, and tried and tried to get to,, or any other news site to see what was going on. I remember postulating that the planes were destined for California because that would have meant full tanks of gas, which would lead to more destruction (and perhaps the reason the towers actually did fall)…

Thanks for the plug Mike! If any of you notice a peculiar resemblance between the design of and, well… they stole it from me. 🙂 Actually, I created as an exercise to learn more Java, specifically servlets, JavaBeans, and JSP tags, but not as a design exercise, which is why I admit that the design is a complete theft. I learned alot… but not enough. I’m currently working on v2 of the site (which has a completely new look).

Article on Lance Armstrong

found [via] an absolutely fascinating article on Lance Armstrong, who would be an amazing physical specimen even if he hadn’t had cancer. He’s inspiring. Quote from a Nike commercial in 2000 in response to the allegations that he must be on some type of performance enhancing drug:

“Everybody wants to know what I’m on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?”

Frankly, I’m sitting on my ass coding. 🙂

Back to school…

currently blogging from a dorm room at Elmira College where Karen and I are helping Julie get setup for her sophomore year. I got to install the computers!

Couple interesting things about the city of Elmira, NY:

a) Tommy Hilfiger got his start here.

[updated] b) Mark Twain wrote his best books just up the hill from Elmira College [source].

c) um yeah… nothing more.

I spent 10 minutes poking around Elmira’s network… Elmira College uses Imail as their web-based email tool… along w/ some templates from HKSI. Students login to the campus network whereupon a batch script of some kind is run (presumably setting up IP/security stuff) which gives them a mapped drive to store data on some server, which I thought was cool. You don’t have to worry about your PC/laptop crashing because you can always backup homework or papers to your mapped drive and maybe more importantly, you can access your homework/term papers from any computer on the campus. Wow have campus networks have changed since I’ve graduated (and it’s only been 5 years!) Oh yeah, and each student gets their own website (none of which appear to be available publicly).

How come the faculty don’t have their own sites! How cool would it be to be able to read about what your professor is currently researching or thinking about?!