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Category: work

03/24/08 11:06 - 25ºF - ID#43778

College, code, and the men's room sink.

6+ years ago, coming out of college I had a certain level of hunger and thirst for techy/geeky type knowledge that I quite haven't experienced since. I had some basic tools but soon realized that college didn't prepare me enough to be totally effective. Duh. However, my hunger was soon squashed to some degree by the day-in and day-out needs and responsibilities both inside and outside of work (and the fact I was given only classic ASP to work with initially). I didn't even consider alternatives as I didn't know better. I dove into ASP and learned as much as I could, apparently oblivious to Microsoft's abandonment of the language and the inadequacies of its usefulness. I used it simpley to just get another day of programming done, collect paycheck, repeat.

Recently though I've noticed more of a department wide issue... or I guess more accurately, my eyes have opened a little to see myself and my professional inadequacies. For example: In the men's room down the hall from us there is a sink. You turn the sink on, water comes out and drains as any normal sink would. Good enough, right?! I say No! 1. Only the cold water works. 2. You have to turn the knob in a different direction then normal sinks. 3. It seems to drain into an open sewer system viewable by a hole in the ground. 4. You can't fully turn it off no matter how tight you turn it. 5. It never really feels totally clean even after maintenance is there doing their thing. 6. It just doesn't look any where near as efficient as it should be 7. But it does clean your hands.

This is generally how I feel when I see vendor products being implemented on top of each other here at Roz just to get things working. Yes, it works... we get water, we get our hands wet, but the process and functionally it should have is totally not right. I guess I really didn't understand this until recently, as evidence of the other "programmers" around me at work (everyone but the web team I mean) seem to just get by and severely impede progression of not only their personal development but also the effectiveness of those around them. From my perspective, there is a severe gap in practical knowledge as a whole. Just "making things work" isn't always the right way. However, I'm only empowered to change 1 person's development and growth. Me.

I am by no means fully capable or qualified to make judgments on others or change policies or whatever (that isn't my intention here). However, I recognize that I have some learn'n to do.

Since conquering classic ASP, I've always felt I lacked something to be fully vested in my chosen profession. I've since drawn the conclusion that college is simply a series of hoops to jump through to get started and that a lot more is warranted and needed to get to the level of proficiency that I intend on getting to. I'm greatfull for my past experiences in eduction and I love my current job... but the real quest lies just beyond what college or a job can offer: an insatiable desire to learn. Personally, I'm starting to feel it again. And I like it. I intend to embrace it. =)
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Location: Near Buffalo, NY

Category: work

03/20/08 03:08 - 34ºF - ID#43737

New mouse fer work...

Last night I wandered into Circuit City and made an impulse purchase (so fun). I figured, why not... time to get a new furry creature for my desk at work.

Logitech MX Revolution


It works on both XP machines and Macs. I like it a lot so far. =)

I think impulse purchases are good for the soul if done in moderation.
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Location: Near Buffalo, NY

Category: buffalo

03/10/08 05:49 - 31ºF - ID#43606

Eathquake Buffalo?

Apparently according to Buffalo Channel 4 News, there was an earthquake in Buffalo at 7:00 AM. Anyone feel it? I was sound asleep.
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Category: astronomy

03/10/08 12:25 - 26ºF - ID#43602

Time for a new hobby...

Between family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc... none of them are remotely interested in Astronomy. =P to all of you. I'm excited.

I ordered a couple books and a telescope over the weekend. All of which all should be arriving tomorrow at my house sometime mid day.


It is a simple telescope, not much too it. Can't wait. Now, all I need is some cooperative weather. =)

I figure if I really get into it, I'll upgrade.
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Category: politics

02/26/08 03:48 - 31ºF - ID#43471

Future Governor of Wisconsin

Rev. Dr. Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas-Utcha Nefer- 1 Ph.D

So... I'm at work, doing my thing, and I see that I have another random spam email...

"Contact Authorhouse Publishing regarding my books.

I am Rev. Dr. Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas-Utcha Nefer- 1 Ph.D (aka Rev. Dr. Billy Jo Perry - 1 Ph.D.) I am the founder of Tejauma Na Nia Corp. It is located @ 620.5 South Memorial Dr. in Appleton, Wisconson 54911. The telephone nuber is 920-364-9254. I have taught that Cancer is a universal illness that man has cause and brought amongst itself for years.

- Rev. Dr. Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas-Utcha Nefer- 1 Ph.D"

At first, I thought... yep, just another spam email. Then I read the line about cancer. And I thought, what a freak. So I entered his name into Google and of course the top link returned is this...

Total nutjob... and it made my day. Incredibly funny to read. I couldn't even make this stuff up if I wanted to.

Apparently he ran for Governor of Wisconsin in 2002 and was actually on the real ballot state wide. He came in dead last and received 900+ votes.

And he also has a 600+ page book for sale on Amazon Living Organism. I'm tempted to buy it for the laugh.

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Category: lan party

02/12/08 09:52 - 10ºF - ID#43290 response to Enknot


Here we have Tony enjoying a Star Wars video game... well, maybe not actually enjoying it too much.
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