Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spoiled by a Mac

You don't realize how painful Windows is until you own a Mac. Then, you're ruined for life.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Music

Diggin' some Stone Poneys this morning.

Out Of Hell

Out of Hell, into the Unknown.
 
My last day in Corporate Hell is ... TODAY! Monday, I start at a small, more-laid-back gig in York. I'll save EIGHT HOURS a week in driving time. I can dress more casually. I can listen to Pandora at my desk. My desk in an office with a window, NOT A CUBICLE.
 
I am being paid 25 percent more, and I'll have an opportunity to earn equity in a growing company.
 
I feel good. This is a relief.

Music

Starting my Friday with some Jethro Tull!

Google Reader

I don't like Google Reader. Not at all.
 
Can you recommend a good online RSS feed reader??

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Great quote; I'd love to say this in a fundamental church!

"I have three things I'd like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don't give a shit. What's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night."
 
-- Tony Campolo

Bored

Work so boring, I have to struggle to stay awake.

KMFDM

Listening to KMFDM right now because I'm feeling a lot of angst. Grrrrrr...

Monday, September 20, 2010

All I Want Is You

"If you were a wink, I'd be a nod
If you were a seed, I'd be a pod.
If you were the floor, I'd wanna be the rug
And if you were a kiss, I know I'd be a hug"

Will Code at Home

I have a really nice -- REALLY nice -- office in my home. I can work there very efficiently, much more so than in a Corporate Hell-Cubible setting.
 
I want to find work where I can work at my office, with trips to The Site as needed. I can do .NET development -- tons of experience -- or Ruby on Rails.
 
I'm not expecting a lot of money; $50/hour would be fantastic.
 
HOW can I advertise my services? What do you suggest? I thought about placing Craigslist ads in, say, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltmore, DC, etc. ... places within three hours by car or train.
 
Any suggestions?

Ry Cooder

I cannot say often enough how great Ry Cooder is. I'm listening to his album "I, Flathead", and it is incredible.

Green Iced Tea

I'm becoming addicted to Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Things I Love

In no particular order:
 
Food. Specifically, cooking.
 
Music. I'm way more into music than you are. WAY more. You. Have. No. Idea.
 
H.O. scale slot cars. Yeah.
 
Good scotch, good bourbon, good wine.
 
People. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a dream. Take an interest and you, yourself, will grow tremendously.
 
Surfing. Not the Internet, I mean actual paddle-and-catch-a-wave-in-the-ocean surfing. Once you catch your first wave, you are hooked. For life.
 
Driving a sports car. Don't even have to go fast, but accelerating, braking and corner are a blast.
 
Cars.
 
Watching dirt track sprint cars.
 
Lifting weights. I especially like doing squats, mostly because I've always had strong legs.
 
Creating software. Yeah, I love doing that. It's the "working for other people" stuff I can't stand. I REALLY need to get off my assets and get Jazzr.com up and running. Then, on to DraZING.com.
 
Anything -- movies, mostly -- related to time travel.
 
When my wife hugs me.
 
When my children are around me. They bring out the best in me, they always encourage me. They believe in me, even though they know I'm mostly flawed. That's cool.
 
Pandora.com. Thank G-d for Pandora.com. I often listen to it while driving; a poor man's XM radio.
 
Solar energy stuff. Don't listen to the naysayers, it's real, it works, and I'm doing it. I'll post pictures of my solar water heater when I remember.
 
Sitting around a fire with a really good cigar, an adult beverage, and friends. I don't think there's much better in life.
 
The fact that I know how to throw a knuckle ball. Thank you, Mark Wolfgang, for teaching me that. It's just the coolest pitch ever.
 
Baseball on a summer evening. Baseball in October, too.
 
Finally; I remodeled our master bath a few years ago, and I have two lights. One is a slower-starting florescent light over the sinks. The other is a light over the shower. When I enter the bathroom, I'll turn on the florescent light first, then hit the switch for the incandescent light about a half second later. I hit the one switch first, but the second light comes on first. Kind of like backwards time. I love that.
 
All The Best,
 
-- Don

Quote

"If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV."

ADD Comedy

So, I found a web site with 50 tips for people with ADD (here!).
 
Funny thing is, I read the first three and got distracted. HA HA ...Hyper Multitasking!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Supertramp

Listening to some Supertramp today. Wow ... forgot how much I liked this music. Been a  l-o-n-g  time...

Jimmy Buffet said it best

"Indecision may or may not be my problem."

Short Skirt, Long Jacket

"I want a girl with a mind like a diamond,
I want a girl who knows what's best..."

Question: How to store elapsed time?

How do I store elapsed time?
 
I'm thinking lowest needed increment, i.e. "minutes" in this case.
 
I can transform minutes to hh:mm or 99.9 hours at the GUI level, right?
 
The application, by the way, is a timesheet application, where the largest entry would be 23:59 and the smallest could -- I guess -- be one minute (probably 15 minutes).
 
Sound right to you?

Read This Every Day

http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/2010/09/read-this-everyday.html

How Low

I just hit a new low. How low can I go? How far can I fall until I hit rock bottom and bounce back up? Will things ever get better??

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blogline

I'm going to miss Bloglines. Their interface is light years ahead of Google Reader.
 
I'd use a desktop reader, but I'm often using a client's PC and can't put software there.

Adult ADHD

Holy SHIT, this has me NAILED!:

 


Monday, September 13, 2010

Music

Now playing on my iPod:
 
"One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley.
 
Great song.

Drinking

I just figured it out; the guy who invented alcohol for human consumption MUST have worked in a cubicle for a lifeless, careless, humanless corporation. Like, say, where I am right now!

Cubicle Life

I cannot use terms strong enough to describe how deeply I hate working in a cubicle. I'm beginning to think it's just not worth it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Technology, Creativity

I can create software for the web. I can create software for Windows. For the Mac. For Linux. For the Windows phone. For the iPhone. For the iPad. For any other phone.
 
Technology isn't the challenge. The challenge is in The Idea. You -- *I* -- will never "make it big" because we're able to write an application for, say, the iPad. The degree to which we "hit the big time" is directly related to coming up with A Great Idea.
 
Give me an idea, and I'll make my millions. Until then, I might as well throw mashmallows at a brick wall.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Meat Free Monday

Okay, so I'm a little late to the party ... but I'm going to join Paul McCartney's Meat Free Monday movement.

Commuting

I will never be convinced that a software developer must be on site every day.
 
I waste -- not "spend", but WASTE -- at least ten hours a week commuting to a client site. If I'm awake 112 hours a week, that means I'm wasting nine percent of my life.
 
Wow. Now that I put it that way, I'm REALLY hating my commute.

Ruby on Rails

I sent my resume and a cover email to a company in the Boston area last night for a Ruby on Rails position. Not sure if it's full time or part time or contract work, but I sure hope it works out.
 
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Cynic, Optimist, Do-er

It's too easy to be a cynic.
 
Having hope and optimism is challenging.
 
Creating meaningful change is nearly impossible.
 
Which do you think is the most rewarding? Which describes you?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Thank You, Steve

Dear Steve Jobs --

Thank you for inventing the iPod. It makes cubicle life bearable.

Design Tip

Forms, database columns, etc; It's not "sex", it's "gender".

Cubicle Life Understood

I now know why people like corporate jobs in a cubicle. They don't have to do a damn thing!
 
Well, other than talk about last night's golf league results and work on the fantasy football draft.
 
(sigh)

Baseball

Went to a York Revolution minor league baseball game last night with three buddies from high school.
 
Had a great time. Minor league baseball is really fun, yet the talent level is still high enough to see some good competition. Even saw a former New York Yankee pitching for York.
 
York won, by the way, 7-5 over the Long Island Ducks.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Work

I work for one, and only one, reason: Money.
 
I don't want people mistakenly thinking that I enjoy work or work for some altruistic reason.
 
For $50 an hour, I'll push a broom.
 
Unless I can get paid for public speaking, it all pretty much sucks.

System Design, Clients, Correctness

What do you do when a client is designing a system incorrectly, you point out the incorrectness, and they ignore your CORRECT analysis?
"Make it work" doesn't apply when, in fact, it WILL NOT work. Primary Key violations aren't something you can just IGNORE.
 
ARGH!!!