05/24/2009 09:39 PM -
must watch whole video. i've not laughed so hard in some time. best. powerpoint. ever. [ via ]
05/22/2009 11:46 PM -
visual studio 2010 has gone into beta. the free, legal, public download is here. get the .net framework 4.0 beta 1 here. why should you care? this video explains it nicely, as presented by the lead architect of the c# programming language. one of my role models. i'll be geeking out with that this weekend.
05/22/2009 11:44 PM -
went to dad's warehouse and helped him set up some shelves and metal hanging apparatuses of some kind. i affixed them using an old safety wire technique i got from the air force. they make special safety wire pliers for this purpose, which i didn't have, and couldn't find at home depot. when a tool store has never heard of a tool, you know it's obscure. so i ordered one from amazon and will bring it up there on my next trip. i haven't logged onto my old amazon account in years and forgot my credentials, so i created a new account. man, do they make it a pain just to complete a simple online transaction. you can't just enter your shipping and billing info and click submit like everyone else in the free world; no, you have to register your credit card, billing info, shipping addresses, and your zodiac sign. it's like amazon has their own 12-step program. so anyway, the point there was that the job is much more neat and uniform with these special pliers. i did some sloppy work, but it was relatively good for only having normal pliers, which were not designed to twist wire in a perfect spiral. and i questioned the air force for teaching me how to do it manually :) it's supposed to look more or less like this: except they messed up in two ways:the ends of the strand should be folded over 180 degrees to prevent injuryon the topmost bolt, and the bottom-right bolt, they did not fasten the safety wire in such a way that it tightens when pulled. the purpose is that the bolts prevent their bretheren from loosening when they undergo significant vibration and shock. but i suppose dad's shelving system won't be seeing mach 3 any time soon.
05/22/2009 11:40 PM -
so what have i been doing for the past month that i've been too busy to blog? well, i've been working, and the time between shifts has been spent playing games and watching tv. project rename test has finally moved into test phase and the testers are happy with what they got. looks like this puppy has hit its last roadblock. two projects i was working on were put on hold pending the launch of a new email architecture. it launched and we finished the projects. a dozen assorted small projects have come and gone. my contract expires at the end of next month. one of my many bosses has started work on an extension and i'm starting to line up backup jobs just in case. my resume looks awesome.
05/05/2009 01:03 AM -
ok, so i haven't posted in a couple weeks; but no news is good news, right? rest assured, all is well. haven't seen any comments or email on the new blog layout. hope it's working for everyone and a bit easier to navigate. i've had zero spam problems since the mv6 rollout - might have something to do with needing to log into windows live id (msft passport) before you can comment :) then again, the blog hasn't seen a legitimate comment since march. if i continue not hearing anything, i'll assume my current daily average of 929 visits and 1300 hits is 100% people who either don't have a problem with the site or don't care enough to say something. traffic took a hit during the mv5 days, will have to watch carefully to ensure mv6 is picking up with the more google-friendly layout and its minimal, subtle use of ajax. at work, project rename test is finally drawing to a close. this monkey will be off my back in a few weeks, having been there for about six months. other small projects continue to come and go as the beauraucracy allows. next paycheck is probably going to the car. i'm at 47,000 miles. it needs its 30k, 45k, and 50k maintenances, a new serpentine belt, and summer tires. there's a 4-digit number i won't see much benefit from. at least the winter tires are still in good shape and i can keep them for winter '09. who gives a damn about free oil changes when a fuel pump costs $700?