Thursday, February 22, 2007

Preparing for Vacation

Today is my last day at work before going with my wife on vacation. It has been nearly 3 years since we last went anywhere. I'm ready!

We'll be staying in Walt Disney World.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Dells Flashback

The picture on the left I took of some cliffs along the Wisconsin River in the Wisconsin Dells. I took it quite awhile ago.

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I got most if not all the complaints addressed on the movielanddirectory.com web site. Fortunately, the problems were not hard to fix. I wish it was like that all the time! Most of the fixing I did last Friday night. Another little fix or two I did Saturday night. Good!


Thursday, February 15, 2007

I am dead tired. Well, I guess I've been more tired before. But I am "leave me alone" tired none the less. I stayed away from the caffeine today. That's good. Though caffeine sharpens my thinking initially it bites my butt later. I stayed away from pop (soda) too. After reading this you might guess that I have a weakness for ingesting caffeinated pop. The carbonation of the pop does a real number on my stomach. The caffeine provides a double-wammy.

Basically, this means that I am pretty much not artificially stimulated and want to just veg tonight. But I can't. I've got to put time into the movieland directory site to see if I can get the major issues it's having resolved. Tony is freaking out. I think the problems are fixable fairly quick (famous last words). We will see.

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Fixing Movieland Directory

I spent last night FTPing files to the new web host for the site (http://movielanddirectory.com), setting up the DSN, tweeking a file or two. And got the site back up running... sort of...

Several errors keep coming up. Tonight I need to drill down into this stuff and see if I can resolve it quickly.

Right now the domain name points to the site's blog on wordpress.com.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Sugar Bandit Strikes Again

Went up to the vending machines on the 20th floor at work. Mumbled to myself that the thing ought to point a gun at me and say "stick-em-up!" I mean even this smallish rice crispy treat cost---- believe it or not--- a whole dollar! Of course, what do I do? I buy this $1 danish wrapped in plastic. Yum!

Maybe bandit is the wrong word, maybe pusher would be better.

What does that make me who knows the stuff is over-priced yet continues to buy?

(You don't have to answer that!)


Blue Customer on the Blue Line

"Customer service requested at the blah blah blah kiosk." This came blaring over the speakers in the sub-way this morning. The Blue Line, Clark & Lake stop if you must know. This recorded message plays when someone presses a big red button at a customer service kiosk located on or around the platform. Well? What about it? Does someone come? Ha! The CTA sucks at this sort of thing. At least at that stop. Whoever the poor soul is who pressed the button may press it a few more times if they're determined. But eventually they are going to have to give up. Come on CTA, lean on your lazy employees! Perhaps the message should say: "A customer wants service at the kiosk, please disregard this message and chat with your fellow worker."

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Looking Foward to Disney

I think it has been nearly 3 years since the wife and I have been somewhere on vacation. Due to the fact that my mom and dad lived with us, my dad has Parkinson's, and my mom didn't have the strength (at least emotionally) to take care of my dad alone for a extended period of time (i.e. overnight), we were kind of tethered in place.

Well, good news or bad news (it can be taken both ways for sure). Taking care of my dad at home became too much to handle. The doctors had been suggesting it for a year or two now that we put him in a nursing home and we put it off. But no more. That has been very hard on me. I don't want my dad there. Well, I'm not going there now... [the subject of my dad] it's too upsetting to think about.

The upside is all of a sudden me and my wife are free to go and do things. In case you're wondering, we do visit my dad regularly.

I've just booked a trip to Disney. Airline tickets, resort accommodations, access to the Disney parks, rental car... yes! I am sooo ready for a real vacation! Away from work, from the house, just "away!" I am not going to think about "here" while I am "there!" I am going to decompress!

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Ajax is Cool!

I've been working on creating new functionality to a web site here at work. This functionality uses Ajax technology. It's coming along nicely and I think the client is going to like what they see. It saves changes in the background. I still have a bit of "save" code left to do. Then I will need to finish the "load" code.


Lunch and Blog

Here I am, sitting at my desk, eating some tasty swarma chicken that my wife made me, and hey! I decided to pick up this blog again. Will this last? Will I continually post this this blog my inner-most feelings? Only time will tell. It would be great to use this as a sort of "therapy." You know, getting my feelings out as words on "paper."

Wow! It's been nearly 2 years since my last post!

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