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Thu Mar 6 03:23:52 EST 2008

FANCY INTRO
 ERIC BRYANT
 FUND RAISING
 KAMALA KALLURI
 BOOZE-UP
 ART CROOKE
 JODI DELIBERTIS & BECKY JOHNSON
 BARRY WARSAW 	
 FRED MARTIN
 
 
 FANCY INTRO
 I've got 6-7 unfinished status messages in my drafts folder.
 
 My favorite is titled "Status sinner leadership".  It attempts to 
 pass through Servant Leadership:
 
 	http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership
 
 It suggests that the boss should do enough actual work so he 
 screws up fairly often and is sympathetic to failures of his 
 underlings. There is a good quote from the Scarlett Letter about 
 how it tortures the Rev Dimsdale that almost nobody believes him 
 when he talks about what a sinner he is.
 
 Unfortunately just as I was finishing it up, I lost patience with 
 our last technical staffer and fired him. (This was back in 
 November) I guess that particular piece of holier-than-thou won't 
 see the light of day for a while.
 
 So the goal of this particular status report is to finish before 
 the helpful insomnia leaves me.
 
 ERIC BRYANT
 Eric is on a a bit of a grant writing rampage. He's latest is at:
 
 http://thecsl.org/sys/bids-grants.d/grants.d/applied.d/2008.d/riley.d/
 
 In his spare time, he's been making presentations to groups in 
 Lawrence about the benefits of being part of http://mvhub.com 
 Apart from the time the projector was missing, it seems to be 
 going well.
 
 In the idle time between 3:00am and 6:00am, that he'd otherwise 
 be sleeping, He's looking for a room in Lowell. His Cambridge 
 lodgings are now a 2.5 hour commute away. Even a room for a month 
 or so, so he can look for something would be good.
 
 I can't speak to him as a house-mate but as an office mate he's a 
 good cook and faithful maker of coffee. He's over the zero on the 
 neat/slob number line. He goes outside to smoke. He otherwise has 
 excellent manners and a dry wit.
 
 FUND RAISING
 My own fund raising efforts of late have been a good bit lamer. 
 Chuck M's very nice login page for webmail and other stuff has a 
 funny quote from the fortune program. See:
 
 	http://login.thecsl.org/
 
 In a fit of power madness and NPR.org envy, I took it away. So 
 far with no results. I'd have done better to put an ad for Eric's 
 housing.
 
 KAMALA KALLURI
 Kamala just got back from India and is leaving soon for 
 California. In between she got a tiny bit done on tying the 
 server monitoring system to the downtime database.
 
 BOOZE-UP
 The executive committee on the 15th is (probably) moving to 
 Mimi's house which may complicate the booze-up. Stay tuned.
 
 ART CROOKE
 The prospect of not having to get up at 3:00am to replace a bad 
 hard drive is quite exciting to me.
 
 Art stepped in to help bail us out with the Mass Service grant 
 and then stepped out to do some other good stuff but not with us. 
 Now he's back.
 
 He's been grinding away at Falko Timmo's RAID howto:
 
 http://www.howtoforge.com/software-raid1-grub-boot-debian-etch
 
 Right now, Art's hung up on booting from the RAID array. 
 Perversely on our fancy newish AMD-64, SATA box (aka bambi) 
 (hd2,0) is swapped with (hd1,0) at the time grub loads the kernel 
 but swapped back to /dev/sdc1 when /etc/fstab is mounted.
 
 My fancy grub-fu has been handy. (Did you know the grub shell has 
 auto tab completion like bash ?) But it was art that pinned down 
 the swapping thing.
 
 MADHU VENUGOPAL
 Starting in the Summer, Madhu did some nice quality checking for 
 John's improvements to http://MVhub.com
 
 Since then, She wrote a very nice script to securely let people 
 set their own away/vacation messages. Madhu is one of the two 
 people who we've never physically met who have made a substantial 
 contribution to our work. The other (CRD) works at google last I 
 heard.
 
 Right now Madhu's working on getting the web calendar for going 
 http://www.artsomerville.org/ again.
 	
 CHRIS SACCA
 This is actually, very, very old news, but Chris is a debian 
 developer. He's maintaining 2 important packages:
 
 	http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=csacca%40thecsl.org
 
 ...and has the whole @debian.org address aloth space thing going 
 on. I just noticed all this.
 
 If it was me, I'd be mentioning this sort of thing, every time I 
 said hello to people.
 
 JODI DELIBERTIS & BECKY JOHNSON
 Jodi and Becky work for Jericho road tonight they came by work 
 with Charlotte, Karen, Melissa, Mimi and I to work on an 
 organizational assessment.  As these things go, it was quite 
 pleasant. So far, we're not as lame as i thought we were.
 
 My 2nd favorite bit was how well we did aligning our programs to 
 our strategy and mission despite not having a written strategy.
 
 My 1st favorite bit was how well we did for boldness.
 
 Becky is studying to be a minister. Her first sermon isn't bad.[]
 
 []  http://www.firstparish.org/cms/content/view/607/45/
 
 BARRY WARSAW 	
 Barry Warsaw is the founding developer for Mailman, which is the 
 software this list is run on. He recently replied:
 
 http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-developers/2008-March/019827.html
 
 ...to an email I posted to the mailman developer's list. I may 
 never wash my keyboard or monitor again.
 
 FRED MARTIN
 Fred is in Las Vagas at the moment. I don't know if this 
 connected to him winning yet another award:
 
 	http://www.massachusetts.edu/staff/psa2007martin.html
 
 ... Isn't it traditional for professors who get tenured way early 
 to buy everyone a beer?