Posts tagged with “movingon”

Sat 22 Aug

So long JPL

In a few hours I'm boarding my plane back to Chapel Hill after a truly wonderful summer working at JPL. While I'll be posting more information about what I did later after my reports are cleared for release, here are some brief highlights:

  • Worked in the coolest software development house ever, OPS Lab people know their shit
  • Wrote a sizable piece of software that I'm proud of
  • Looked at pictures from Spirit and Opportunity on a regular basis
  • Saw the first mock-up of TRI-ATHLETE, a gargantuan robot for the moon
  • Saw MSL being built
  • Saw the efforts to Free Spirit
  • Talked to a scientist who builds balloons for planetary exploration
  • Spent hours geeking out about space, robots, and computers
  • Worked with and got to know really great people throughout JPL
  • Fulfilled my childhood dream of working for NASA (thanks Dr. Pausch, and family and friends that supported this decision)

And that doesn't even begin to cover the great experience I had outside of work at Caltech, in the LA bike scene, and around the region. I thought I would be itching to leave LA as soon as I got here, but surprisingly enough I've come to really appreciate it. I'm sad to be leaving, in fact. LA does live down to a lot of the negative stereotypes about it I've heard, but there are good people here. Wish I had more time to interact with them.

But, all that said, there is a season for everything, and this season is winding down to a close. I am fortunate to have had a summer like this, and now it's time to head back to Chapel Hill for one last lap. I'm really looking forward to making it the most intense lap ever. Hopefully there will plenty of pictures, projects, and progress to report on.

And finally, Ramadan Kareem to all.

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Sat 15 Aug

Migrating iTunes to New OS

I recently switched from Vista to Ubuntu/Win7 due to truly abysmal performance. We're talking file copy rates in the tens of kilobytes, folks. Bad stuff. Anyway, I have switched over to a much better setup and am getting the kind of performance I am supposed to for the hardware I have. That said, I needed to move over my iTunes library to my new machine, without reimporting everything and losing all my playcount information.

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Sat 25 Jul

That took long enough...

Looks like I've finally gotten around to moving to this new domain. I've imported my old blog over here and I'm going to be working on updating the rest of the site this weekend, focusing on unifying everything into one system rather than maintaining static HTML files alongside my blog.

You may notice I'm using a new blog platform, Chyrp. Now, I still love Wordpress, but I came to realize that it's just a bit much for the way I use my website. So I've opted for something lighter to reduce overhead, simplify my updating process, and just learn something new. I'm going to try this out for a few weeks and decide if it's right for me. If not, I'll probably give Blosxom a shot or just write a small thing myself.

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Fri 3 Jul

Consolidation and Domain Move

Well,, you've been good, and I have no intention of ridding myself of you. After all, you were my first home on the internet. But as time's gone on I've realized that, well, I don't know any other way to put this but you're too long. No one wants to email [email protected], right? It's redundant! And any email I send (or someone on my domain sends) has my name right in the from address!

And don't get me started about my Gmail account: I could have had [email protected] back when I got my first Gmail invite at 14. But no, I thought it would be cool to get some name written in 1337, and when someone asks for my Gtalk name I have to say, "Er... let me write it down for you....". It has to end sometime, and now is the time.

So starting today, you can now reach me at the much simpler shaddih at gmail d.t com. And by the end of the weekend, I'll be reachable at sh @ ddih dot org (how's that for a domain hack?). If you're a Gtalk contact of mine, I'll be sending you a friend request from my new Gmail account. will soon become a CNAME for And, thanks to an awesome friend at Google, you can even call me at 757-SHADDIH. Yes, I thought he was awesome long before he got me a Google Voice account.

Account migration kind of sucks, especially since there are "so many memoreeeees" attached to my old Gmail account, but it's not going anywhere, and I think I'll be able to get most if not all of my emails and chat history from my old account. If you really want you can still reach me there: it'll be forwarded to my new address.

However, this is necessary. I've battled multiple identities online for a long time, and I want to get them all fixed up before I leave college. The longer I wait, the more complicated this process becomes, and the less likely I'll be able to get the shorter, more readable names I want.

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