Mar. 26th, 2009

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  • "Congratulations, Draft! Now you're a Working Group item!"

    The working group accepted my internet draft today, so it's on its way to becoming an RFC eventually. I'm pleased, but really a little surprised, because it's so dinky.

    Basically, what it says is that RFC 3315 has an ambiguity in it, which can be read in one of two ways, and we should read it this way. Which means, when you boil it down, my draft has one bit of information in it.

    Maybe it's just me, but it seems like there ought to be a rule that an RFC should contain at least as many bits of information as its RFC number. But hey, if nobody else minds, I won't kick up a fuss.

  • After dinner (Chinatown again) I went to a "bar BOF", which is rather oddly named because it isn't held at a bar--I suppose the name must be a historical throwback or something. Anyway, it was an after-dinner meeting that was thrown together on an ad-hoc basis outside the regular IETF schedule to discuss contentious Secure DNS deployment issues. 30 people or so, sitting around a table in an overheated conference room, having a rip-roaring argument about picayune details of normative security policies and highly specific definitions of technological gibberish.

    It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Most people eventually drifted away, but my co-workers and I and a few other passionate and excitable participants stayed nearly an hour past the scheduled end of the meeting, then went out and the hallways and kept on arguing for another twenty minutes or so, then wandered back to our hotel room talking animatedly about what else we could maybe have an argument about now...?

    How completely cool is it that I get to have a job working with people who love this shit just as much as I do? My life rocks.

  • I really miss my family though. Two more days...

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Last full day I'm at IETF; tomorrow I check out and go home. Up til 3 o'clock last night nerdgassing with co-workers about the fate of the internet. Up at 8 o'clock this morning for a breakfast meeting with some engineers about DNSSEC tools. Tired today.

  • After breakfast, having nothing on my schedule until 3PM and figuring a nap would just make me groggy, I invited my friend-and-colleague Michael to go for a walk with me, and a Muni ride later we were in Golden Gate Park. Strybing Arboretum, Stow Lake, Huntington Falls, Strawberry Hill, Music Concourse, Lloyd Lake, and then back downtown on the 5 Fulton. Gorgeous day. I'm glad to live in Santa Cruz now, but what a joy to be able to visit these places.

  • It's interesting to me that twenty-odd years after moving away from San Francisco I can still feel my way around the place on instinct. Strange, to know a place intimately without remembering anymore how I acquired the knowledge. I'd find it a little disorienting except that it's, you know, orienting.

  • Lengthy and productive meetings about future BIND development were followed by a group trip to Tommy's Joynt for buffalo stew. Kind of a dive (I saw the server reject two plates for being too dirty before finding one clean enough to serve my food), but it tasted good.

    If there's a difference between buffalo and beef, though, I can't tell what it is.

Really ought to sleep now. Home tomorrow!


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