October 17th, 2008

WS Ticket

It ain't over till it's over

As Yogi Berra said: "It ain't over till it's over"

We were at the Red Sox game tonight. It dragged and it was slow and the Red Sox were behind 7-0 at the middle of the 7th inning. The game was boring; some fans had already left. It was pretty demoralizing but we hung in and still sung a spirited Take Me Out To the Ballgame at the Seventh inning stretch.

Then the Sox scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th and from then on everyone stood up and cheered with passion. In the 8th they scored 3 more to tie it up. Sweet Caroline was quite sweet ; rsc goes to the men's room at that time but I belt it out.

And then in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs another run got scored.

I Love that Dirty Water.

The crowd was extremely loud for that last almost an hour (I should have brought ear plugs - post season is noisier). It was an unbelievable win. One of the best we've ever been to - well there was game 5 of the ALCS in 2004 which lasted 5 hrs and 49 minutes; this one was a bit over 4 hours.

I wonder what those people who left early think. I suppose some will wake up tomorrow to read the headlines and be somewhat surprised. A bit like reverse of the Dewey Wins headlines.

Now we have to beat the Rays twice in St Petersburg.
multics

A history of Multics lecture that I gave in 1989

I finally moved my VCR (which we never use since we have 2 TiVos) to near my iMac to which it is connected via my preHD EyeTV device. I am currently converting a video tape of a lecture about the history of Multics that I gave to the Greater Boston Chapter of the ACM in November of 1989. In a stroke of luck, I went to my miscellaneous paper archives and found a printout of the slides which is convenient because you can't see them in the video. I guess I'll scan them; it is remotely possible that I have the source on a possibly dead computer that may be in the basement but probably not and I'm not going to look now.

I've been paying attention to parts of it and I'll watch the whole thing carefully at some point and select a few of the best parts to publish somewhere. I think there would be some people interested in it.

I'm not sure what I'll do with it when I'm done; It's already an hour and I'm on slide 23 of 32! There is a Multics history project that is not really active these days. On top of this I have another such video tape of some other lectures (shorter and to the point) that were used when we started another project.