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Category: work

11/05/07 02:17 - 46ºF - ID#41986

Back to the working world...

God damn do I have a lot to do this week. All my wonderful plans for trying out some of the new tools and techniques I learned over the weekend have suddenly been crushed by an onslaught of overdue work. Overall it really sucks that I've gotten involved in a ton of small websites, it really kills me to have to do tech support for them - death by a thousand underpaid cuts. Only big projects, with actual budgets and contracts from now on. I swear.

I am looking forward to going to Roswell tomorrow, I finally have an idea of how to create a test harness for my order management system so that I can make changes without causing regression and breakage. It's been sucky to work without the testing tools that I've grown so dependent on. Testing is so awesome, such a confident way to move forward. You end up testing everything anyway, so to do it in an organized fashion actually takes less time then manually verifying that nothing breaks after each change.

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Category: ruby

11/04/07 07:11 - 44ºF - ID#41979

Super Happy Weekend

We're on our way back home from my Programming Conference, and it was so awesome, I'm just blown away by all the smart people. The sessions were so good, and I'm sad I had to miss out on some of the ones that I couldn't make because of choosing other talks. I won't bore with the details (I do that enough already), but I can't wait for next year!

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Category: ruby

11/03/07 11:13 - 48ºF - ID#41967

Ruby Conf 2007 Keynote


Getting rid of Matz (MRI at least)

Ryan Davis


Chad Fowler

David Allen Black

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Category: ruby

11/02/07 11:52 - 43ºF - ID#41951

Ruby Conf 2007

Matz's Town Hall Meeting



Downtown Charlotte

450 Programmers: 446 Male, 4 Women

WTF vs Clarity, Integrity, Proportion
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Category: politics

10/31/07 04:34 - 64ºF - ID#41908

Summary of Presidential Candidates

Mitt Romney - Skeevy say anything salesman. No principles.
John McCain - Past expiration date. Compromised.
Rudy Guiliani - One trick pony. 911. 911. 911. Loony.
Mike Huckabee - God fearin' corporate hatin' no chance in heck.
Fred Thompson - Talks about the Soviet Union. Tired.

Hillary Clinton - Quintessential politician. Blah. Untrustworthy.
Barack Obama - All hat no cattle? Doesn't have enough experience.
John Edwards - Perpetual also-ran. Sad little boy aura.

I'd take any of the Democrats over any of the Republicans though.
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10/31/07 04:07 - 64ºF - ID#41905

On My Way Tomorrow

Heading out for my programming conference. I'll post some photos but will try to restrain my geekish enthusiasm.

I also finished up the WNY Ruby web site and posted it last night. So yay! One thing off my plate.


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Category: 10 things

10/29/07 10:41 - 53ºF - ID#41874

10 Things I Like About Leopard

Mac OS X Leopard

10. Better Ruby on Rails support.

9. Finally compiled FreeImage just now.

8. Feels smoother / starts up faster.

7. Spotlight works now. (Too slow/wonky before)

6. Got to geek out with Paul installing it.

5. Multi account iChat.

4. New 3rd party apps coming out soon (Delicious Monster, TextMate 2)

3. Spaces.

2. New Terminal with tabs and more.

1. Consistent Polished UI (once dock is moved to the side).

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Category: programming

10/29/07 09:51 - 53ºF - ID#41868


3 More days!!! I know I've posted about going before but I'm just really excited and am posting again.

I leave Thursday afternoon to go to RubyConf, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. (e:James) is coming to lounge pool side while I soak in the knowledge.

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Category: work

10/29/07 02:09 - 50ºF - ID#41861

New Plan

So, this is what I'm discovering I should do: if my clients don't buy a support contract, then they don't get support.

Right now I get called all the time and people expect me to drop everything for them, but I can't handle half a dozen clients needing fixes every week and still get my new projects done which pay my bills. Plus there's 3 or 4 days a week that I can't do anything at all for them during the day (on-site work somewhere else), so I have to sacrifice my evenings for free.

I should have got an MBA instead of learning how to program, because all the business stuff is hard to manage then the coding. Or maybe I just need a secretary, an accountant, a sales team, and a designer. And as I was telling Paul, a Xanax prescription.
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Category: estrip

10/28/07 07:49 - 46ºF - ID#41850


So, I really am craving pumpkin seeds after last night. I need to find more pumpkins to carve gut out. I had a great time otherwise too! It was good to see all of you :) I forgot to bring my camera though, so I have nothing much to post.

I'll be setting up a November (e:strip) dinner or some such thing in a couple weeks, trying to get it earlier in the month so as not to be too close to Thanksgiving. How would you all feel about a pot-luck at 24 Linwood? If the boys there would be willing, that is. Not such a drunken all night affair as last night, but dinner and conversation and slightly less scandal.
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