January 8th, 2009

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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 06:25 @jay_lake re: electroejaculation I expect this will find its way into a Jay Lake work one day? #
  • 06:30 awake. had a lot of dreams last night. alas, none of them are remembered except in bits and pieces. #
  • 07:10 @jay_lake Aw, c'mon! "Live every day as if it was your last" ... in Guantanamo! #
  • 11:05 @egriffith and here I thought all the weather-related air travel issues were over? I guess not! #
  • 11:05 @JeremiahTolbert Oh, those twitter marketers follow us fine, they just don't care what we say (I think half my followers are marketers) #
  • 11:06 at work, finally, verifying a release, reading strategy documents, making a chaat run in a bit #
  • 12:06 @DianePatterson I also need to follow that note and leave smiley space. #
  • 12:07 eating samosa chaat (yum yum) while verifying system functionality #
  • 12:27 @JeremiahTolbert 2 samosas chopped into big chunks, cover with yogurt, cholay (spicy garbanzos), mint and tamarind chutney. Mmm... #
  • 20:30 still working on the system release. have been in phone conference for 3.5 hours. there are issues. #
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the stuff that comes out of the drain

The back shower or, as I call it, the "boy shower" (since I'm the one who uses it) has been draining extremely slowly. This morning I decided, post-shower, it was time to snake the drain. We have old pipes that have some corrosion so ownership of a small drain snake is necessary.

What I'll never get is the origin of some of the stuff that comes out of the drain!

Sure there's hair, as I will confess to being a Man of Some Hair (not on my head).

But there was this other substance that looked like wet newspaper. No, I don't read in the shower.

Also I found some sort of food-like entity. I don't eat in the shower.

Finally was some hard flaky substance. Not my skin. I suspect it's the gunk that is on the inside of the pipes (possibly hard water deposits).

The shower now drains again! And that's today's excursion in to the world of "ick".
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the downs and ups of a day

On the down: the release of the new version of the system did an epic fail today and ended up a "no-go", thus being shelved to some farther future date. This is for the old job, but it's still a big bummer as I was hoping to go out of the old job with a big success and not a massive ker-klunk.

Extending my "Jack Sparrow at the start of Pirates" metaphor, it's like I stepped off the sinking ship onto the dock and the ship is now exploding in flames behind me and everyone's saying "What the hell did he do?"

Because, in the end, I feel like the fail falls on my shoulders. The system functionality is probably working, but in the crazy two months of learning to steer the ship while looking for a new job while stressing out about the whole thing, testing was not as good as it could have been. And now it's too late to deal with the last minute complications in data entry, figure out how it works, and test the massive heck out of it.


On the up: The "no-go" decision meant I didn't have to do large amounts of last-minute testing tonight and could take A to climbing club. While there, I put in about 700 words on "Nona, Back For Christmas" which is near first draft completion.

On the down: The words suck. The story, so full of promise in my brain, has just stunk it up on paper. Massive revision will be required on this story, if I can even revise it at all.

On the up: While struggling through "Nona, Back For Christmas" another story has been burning in my brain. Said story is called "Giant Panda In The Golden Ring Of Fate" and once I am done with this post I am going to write down the burning words. This is a "what the hell, have fun with it story" which are always the best kind of stories.

So, perhaps today will end on an up after all. We shall see.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 07:29 one kid is off on her bike to school, now it's shower, get other kid going, and get to work on System Release Attempt, Part Two #
  • 09:01 so work says: "We might have to do a full User Acceptance Test today". Guess who "User" is? There goes writing in the evening... #
  • 17:05 @DianePatterson For my 8-year-old, the day of "early rise and shine" is Saturday. Cause that's TV day. #
  • 17:09 @yatima "I wonder if it would go *there*," George thought. #
  • 17:10 (old job) system release? Fail. Bummer, but I can now take A to rock climbing #
  • 21:05 @JeremiahTolbert Bank robbery? Phishing scam? Briefcase full of cash? Antiques Roadshow windfall? Or just watching an old-time musical? #
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