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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Signed on the Line

We signed the lease on the new, larger place tonight before we headed to praise team practice and got our keys after our walk-through. Everything looks good and this weekend looks to be quite busy!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Really Busy

Man, stuff at work couldn't get any busier right now. This, of course, at a time when my life is getting pretty busy because of the move. We've had 4 new people start in the last week and during this same time period, 2 of the 3 people that could be any help to me with getting these people in were in New York. The third guy just kept redirecting the people to me, anyway, so I might as well have been on my own.

So, to recap, I've been trying to do my work, micro-inspect the code of some junior people as I've been instructed to do, learn 4 new projects and be able to be the point of contact to the customer on them, acclimate new people to the company, and at the same time keep my sanity! The major problem is that this structure is new to my company, so there is no infrastructure in place to help out. I'm just kind of hanging in the wind on this for the time being.

I'm also the only one of the new development leads that is actually "leading" anything at the moment. The others just haven't had the situation set up yet so that they can get started, so I'm also just kind of "making up" how I'm supposed to do my thing with no one to model or compare.

On top of this, we are doing our walk-through of our new place tomorrow night, so I have to leave early to go and to possibly sign the papers and get the key. This is a horrible time to leave early and to have a day off (Friday to actually move). However, I have to do it, so I will.

What I miss out on, though, by leaving early tomorrow and having walk-throughs and signings, and then church band practice (the super-duper killer here) is that I don't get to go to the Bengals game tomorrow night. Our company has a client stopping by and my boss called his Black Card concierge to get him good tickets to the game (and you know they need to be good to impress the client) and I was invited to go on the company's nickel. Shoot, I'd root for the Bengals against the Ravens (and for free!). Oh, well. Long term, the move is going to matter more anyway, right?

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Number One

The latest polls are out and my Buckeyes are number one. I'm not talking about football (where they've been number one since the pre-season), I'm talking about basketball. This marks the first time in school history that OSU has been number one in football and basketball simultaneously. How cool is that?

What a great time to be a Buckeye fan!

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At 11/29/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Reluctant Kerry said...

Oh yeah . . . well my Wyoming Cowboys won just as many games as the lost this year!!!

We were picked to finish dead last in the conference. HA! We landed right smack dab in the middle.

There will be celebrations in the streets tonight!

 
At 11/29/2006 9:41 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Yay for you!

(I admit I know nothing about the world of college sports.)

 
At 11/29/2006 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah!

I remember back in 1998-1999 we came close.

 

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Lunches

Tomorrow officially begins a new era in my work life. That of the (almost) free lunch (and breakfast). I mentioned last week how I was going to get free lunch most of last week. It turned out that I also got lunch bought for me on Friday and today, as well.

Starting tomorrow, my work is starting a meal plan to encourage healthy eating. We are getting breakfast and lunch catered in for $25.00 a month. That's right, a month. I spend about $11.00 a day eating lunch out per day (we hit a lot of sit-down restaurants). That is $220.00 a month for lunch and we'll say that I spend another $20.00 a month getting various things for breakfast.

Now, for only $1.25 a day (the rest is subsidized by my employer), I'm getting both meals prepared for me and will save about $215.00 a month in the process.

My breakfast tomorrow is going to be a peanut butter sandwich and a banana. My lunch will be a full turkey sandwich (pretty good size), an apple, and double carrots (I didn't want a salad!). We have a menu that we can choose from every day, or we can leave standing orders. As I alluded to, there are also salads, tons of different sandwiches, cottage cheese, and yogurt available to us.

How cool is this?

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At 11/28/2006 8:42 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

That's very cool! And the money you'll save is just in time to go toward the extra rent we'll have to pay now. God is good like that!

 
At 11/29/2006 9:57 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Dude, where the HELL do you work because I need to be part of such a progressive work environment!!!

 

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Bye, Bye Man Beebs

Chuck Amato

Chuck Amato, former head coach of NC State, was fired today for failing to have a competitive team. Most of his success came while Phillip Rivers (now with San Diego in the NFL) was QBing his team.

When OSU had a home and home with NC State a few years ago, my wife could not stop talking about Amato's "man beebs". Now, I wish him luck in the future if only so the "man beebs" can live on.

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At 11/27/2006 1:01 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Well, for crying out loud, it even looks like he's wearing a bra in that picture!

 
At 11/27/2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Don't ya mean a bro?! :-)

 

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Deeds

Mr. Deeds was on TBS tonight. I watched until I could get to see my favorite part of the movie. In fact, I was cracking up as it approached in anticipation of the delivery of the best line in the movie. That line is when Emilio (John Turturro) says, "I fear you are underestimating the sneakiness, sir". So funny!

I did watch a little longer to see the part when he handles the a-hole quarterback, because I like to see old-time values triumph over today's me-first attitudes.

Enough for now.

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At 11/26/2006 12:11 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

We watched a Sandler movie on Saturday as well...Click. It was pretty good and I found myself laughing out loud several times.

 

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Steeler Game

I know it was almost a week ago, but this is the first chance that I've had and first time that I've been motivated to write about it.

Some pictures of warm-ups:
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Some pictures from the pre-game salute to veterans:
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The pictures aren't the best, and really pictures always make the view look worse than it was. We were high up, but the stadium is designed in a really good way so that the game is still perfectly visible from where we were.

The first half was not the Steelers' best half of football ever. They stank on ice. I was not feeling good for our chances. In fact, the 3rd quarter wasn't very good, either. Then, we had the fourth quarter. The glorious fourth quarter. We scored 21 points and all was well with the world!

The Cleveland fans tried to ride the Pittsburgh fans pretty hard and started lots of chants of "Pittsburgh Sucks" and the like. However, the stadium was 1/2 full of Steeler fans, so that didn't usually carry too far. Our retort usually had something to do with 5 rings to Cleveland's ZERO!

My proudest moment came after the Steelers had finally taken the lead for the first time and I started yelling "CLEVELAND SUCKS!!! CLEVELAND SUCKS!!!". The best part was that my section picked up the cheer and it went around the stadium. Then I started yelling at a Cleveland fan who had been on us all game. He ended up leaving early, which was funny because he had given some Steeler fans a hard time for doing the same thing!

He said something about us not watching our team in our own stadium and I yelled at him that you can't get Steeler tickets because we support our team. Cleveland tickets were easier to come by because their fans suck at supporting their team. His wife then got all serious and said, "It is sad. Cleveland really doesn't support their team." Then, I kind of felt bad. However, one Cleveland fan put it best when he said, "Where are we, Cleveland, Pennsylvania?".

I know. I was a little obnoxious and that was without anything but Diet Coke coursing through my veins. However, G and I had a really good time and we made a most excellent day of it. What a great way to finish off a weekend kicked off by a Buckeye victory!!!

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

GA

Well, Grey's Anatomy was a little nuts tonight, huh? What ever is going to become of these people? And the little sexual tension look between Alex and Addison? Christina giving up Burke's secret? What the deuce?

I can't wait until next week to see what is going to happen. I also really enjoy reading Grey Matter, the Grey's Anatomy writer's blog that always gives good insight behind the episodes. They post a new one on Friday after a new episode airs on Thursday. I can't wait to see what they say about tonight's episode!

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At 11/24/2006 5:57 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Lots of crazy stuff happened this week! I can't wait to see how things go down next week either.

 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wowsers

I mentioned this in a comment on her blog, but Lo has been crazy busy around here. We're going to be moving on December 1st and while we will have a few days of grace after that date, we can't get in before.

Therefore, getting stuff together here is a tad difficult because there is really no place to put it! When we moved in here, we had two weeks prior to the "official" move-in date to bring stuff over as we could. Adding to that, I have been working crazy long hours at work (12 hours or more on several occasions).

However, all of that being said, Lo is packing like a mad woman. Every time I come home, some other room or large room segment is in boxes. It is pretty crazy.

So, I just wanted to publicly thank my lovely wife for all of her additional hard work recently. She is not only doing everything else that she always does, she is now doing all of this packing and preparation. I think it is really great and I really appreciate it, honey!

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At 11/24/2006 9:54 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yeah, the place is a wreck right now with the boxes everywhere and all! I will be glad when we are all moved and settled in!

And, you're welcome. I want outta here!

 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Week of Free Lunch

Check this out. Because the Steelers won Sunday, I won a free lunch on Monday. I had a delicious free meal. Delicious because it tasted good and delicious because it was free!

Today, I went to lunch with my new direct supervisor and he (the company) paid for my Subway. It was a delicious free meal. Delicious because it tasted good and delicious because it was free!

Tomorrow is our standing Wednesday noon meeting. That meeting brings with it (you guessed it) a free lunch! And it will be delicious. Delicious because it will taste good and delicious because it will be free!

It is so easy to buy a fat guy's loyalty...

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Refresh

Well, for the first time in a long time (over two years!), I reloaded Windows XP Professional on my home computer. In August of 2004, it had been a year since my previous install, which was some kind of record for me then. Imagine my surprise when 27 months go by and all is "pretty well".

Alas, all was not perfect. My machine was experiencing some bouts of freezing up and I was unable to locate the source of the problem. I had no viruses, memory leaks, or spyware problems. I tested my RAM, my hard drive, and made sure that I had the latest drivers for all of my things. Still, no luck.

If this fresh, format-and-reinstall trick fails, I have a few other suspects, but I'm hoping that it won't come to them! Big ups, though, to keyfinder.exe and KeyFinderThingLite - two programs that were able to figure out what my XP serial number was by decoding the value in my registry so that I could reinstall.

I had a little adventure when I couldn't find my wireless network card's install CD, but I just ran downstairs to the iMac and downloaded them and burnt a new CD. I'm right as rain!

You peeps have a good evening, I'm off to restore things to as normal as possible, so Lo doesn't kill me!

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At 11/21/2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I need to do that to my machine sometime soon, though I need an external DVD burner or HDD to back things up. I'd like to restore XP on my laptop, and make my laptop dual boot XP and Ubuntu, just for fun.

 

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Steelers vs. Browns

Ticket for Steelers vs. Browns

The G and I are off to see my Steelers battle the evil Browns. I got my ticket as an anniversary present from Lo and I'm very excited as this will be my first professional football game.

Unfortunately, before the season, I bet lunch on this game with a co-worker of mine. Lunch bets in the past have been bad news for me, so I'm concerned I may have jinxed this one. We'll see and

Go Stillers!

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At 11/19/2006 7:06 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yea! You get a free lunch!

 

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Another Year of Counting

It was a nail-biter, but ultimately, I get to keep my counter going for another year.

Days since Michigan last beat OSU

I hope that Columbus acts responsibly tonight and there aren't shots on the news tomorrow of huge riots, but we'll have to see...

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At 11/19/2006 8:11 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Only 17 more victories to even out the series!

Do you think Tress will still be coaching the Bucks then?

 

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The Game

I love this ad.

Oh, man. Today's game is going to be met with crazy anticipation. I can hardly stand waiting for it to begin. I was only a little nervous that Michigan could come in here and beat us. Well, before yesterday. Now, with Bo Schembechler (legendary Michigan coach) dying yesterday, the Wolverines are sure to be riding high on emotion. If there was any thought that they might come in a little psyched out, that will certainly be gone.

I haven't even been an Ohio State fan that long (about 15 years), but even in that short time, I saw my team lose to those guys in the funny helmets too many times when we should have beaten them.

I'll try to check in after the game, but if it goes poorly, I may be too depressed to write! Let's hope the Buckeyes play their best, because if they do, no team in the nation could possibly stop them!

Go Bucks!

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At 11/19/2006 7:27 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Sad thing is, that picture pretty much depicts my sister and her boyfriend, exactly.

**shudders**

 

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Office Hijinks

I have a co-worker who is from Michigan, so my boss' personal assistant decided to hammer home a point with him.

Michigan Fan's Desk Decorated Correctly

What a good looking desk that is now. There is the OSU flag, an OSU hat hanging on the wall, an OSU shirt on his chair, OSU playing cards all over everything, etc.

As for the rest of the day, we've got a potluck at lunch time, followed by some work, followed by a cornhole tournament at the end of the day.

Go Bucks!

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At 11/17/2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I love how you manage to make time for work. You know, when you're at work?

Nice job. Nice.

 

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Why Even Play

Sent to me from my Dad

NCAA 2007 OSU vs Michigan

ESPN has run a simulation on the NCAA 2007 video game and the results are in. They have determined that OSU will win the game 28-20. That sounds good to me, as it covers the spread and makes us look pretty good. I don't like that they have King Troy throwing a pick, but we'll see what happens. I'll take it if it means a victory over our hated rivals!

Go Bucks!!!!

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At 11/16/2006 4:36 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Regis Philbin predicted this morning that it would end up being Ohio State vs. Notre Dame in the Championship game.

 
At 11/17/2006 9:28 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Well they'd kinda have to PLAY the game just to prove that ESPN was right. But the game wouldn't really even mean much. They'd just go through the motions. ;)

 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Bobby Knight Thing

For those of you who haven't seen, here is a video of what happened:


So, the kid was getting yelled at, looked down, and Coach Knight popped his head back up and said, "Look at me". People are really outraged at this.

The way I heard it laid out was this... A) Would anyone care if this wasn't Bobby Knight (who has a history of outbursts - for those of you who don't know) and B) What would you think if this was your kid?

A) No, no one would care if it wasn't Bobby Knight and B) I would not care if it was my kid. To the player's credit - and his family's - they did not have a problem with this incident. I'm old school. I believe a coach should demand a lot from athletes and mold toughness and values into them. Everyone is so shocked that he did this to this "kid". Well, the kid is in college and is actually an adult. This is one man coaching, teaching, and molding another man.

Let me just say this... I bet the kid doesn't not look his coach in the eye when he is getting in trouble in the future. And when this kid goes into the real world, there is respect to be gained by keeping eye contact with your boss as you get in trouble (or even during other interactions).

The parents know how Coach Knight can be. They send their kids there on purpose to learn these lessons in this way. Freaking media blows it all out of proportion for a story.

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At 11/17/2006 9:29 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wouldn't be the FIRST thing the media's blown out of proportion. But the issues that should be trumpeted from the rooftops are whispered at best.

 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hangin Out

Okay, so I rolled to one of my co-worker's places after work tonight to hang out. He is big into DDR and also had an XBox 360, so we were going to hang out and play games.

He actually has a PC version of DDR that he has going to a HUGE widescreen monitor. In addition, he has two huge arcade quality pads. I had never played before, so I didn't do so hot, but he was a freaking wizard. He actually plays using dual pads and just floats across there. I know that Gooey is big into DDR, but didn't realize how much stuff was available for the DDR community!

He got a heck of a workout doing it, too. He said that in the last year he has lost 40 lbs and he isn't a big guy. I know that I was worn out from my few attempts, so I can imagine that an hour of that a night would do you right.

After that, we killed some zombies on his 360 and then called it a night. Good times.

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At 11/15/2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

DDR is awesome! I haven't played in quite a while, and have gained some pounds as a result, but it's definitely a fun way to get a good workout. I remember when Jim and I used to go to Magic Mountain East nearly every Friday and/or Saturday night, and play for hours (like close to three in one play session).

StepMania is a great DDR emulator for the PC. I downloaded it a while back to memorize steps, playing with the arrows on the keyboard. I'd love to get an actual copy for my PS2, but I would need one of the metal pads your friend likely has, as I play on the Heavy setting, and the plastic pads slip too much with all the steps; the faster the song, the worse it is.

Great game to play in arcades if you want to show off, too! Gotta' be good, though, or you look like a fool. Never ceases to make me laugh watching soccer moms play in heels, even if it is bad for the pads . . . .

 
At 11/15/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, his pads are insane. He has some from this site and they are really good. He said that he just broke all of the other ones that he had, so he had to go for good quality metal ones.

They are PS2 pads, but he has a converter that lets them plug into the USB port of his machine. Now that he has stepmania, he doesn't DDR on any consoles at all. He prefers stepmania because he not only has all of the console versions of the games, he has thousands of songs and steps that people have created.

Good stuff. Maybe I should get something like that for the chillrens.

 

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Quick Hits

Panera Bread, usually a favorite of mine, has really made a boneheaded play. A location situated in a mall in Massachusetts had sued to keep a Mexican restaurant from opening up in the mall. Panera cited its contract which would not allow the mall to have another "sandwich shop".

However, a judge ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich and in the words of chef Chris Schlesinger, "I know of no chef or culinary historian who would call a burrito a sandwich. Indeed, the notion would be absurd to any credible chef or culinary historian." Well put.

I'll leave you with a joke.

What do you call a Michigan cheerleader with two brain cells?

Wait for it....

Pregnant

Go BUCKS!!!

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At 11/14/2006 8:49 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

If it was a Chipotle, then yeah, they'd have reason to fear.

Other than that, though, they're retarded.

 

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect
Okay, I know that the movie is two years old, but I finally got around to seeing it. And, it wasn't through my beloved Netflix, either. It was through my other video addiction, DVR. The movie was on TNT or some such thing a few weeks ago and Lo recorded it.

Having not much else to watch today (the Steeler game wasn't on until 4), we knocked this out. It was kind of trippy and a bit disturbing, I guess. If you check out some of the director's things you can find out that originally, things were supposed to end a bit differently.

Also, did you know that they just released The Butterfly Effect 2 as a direct to video release about a month ago? From what I read, it sounds like a similar thing with a similar ending. I wasn't impressed.

Any of you see The Butterfly Effect? What did you think?

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At 11/13/2006 9:41 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

A and I saw it a while ago! And, again, I do not think I am a good judge of movies. I tend to like anything. While it was a tad bit disturbing and quite horrible at times...it was not all that bad! I do wish the ending was different. I luv happy endings!! And this one made me throw things at the screen and make boo noises!

Not interested in the 2nd movie!

 
At 11/15/2006 7:53 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

G and I saw this movie together about a year ago...I don't know about him, but I really liked the movie. It was a bit twisted, but I actually enjoyed the ending.

 

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Best Week Ever

Is coming right up. OSU and Michigan both handled their opponents easily this week to ensure that #1 would face #2 in a battle of the remaining unbeatens (who have a shot at the title - sorry Rutgers and Boise State). Put the fact that this is the greatest rivalry in college sports and the fact that Jim Tressel has pwn3d Michigan and this is going to be some game.

Ohio State vs. Michigan

The buildup all week is going to be incredible. I fear that Columbus will burn, however, whether the Bucks win or lose. Freaking college kids and alcohol. I hope I'm proven wrong.

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At 11/15/2006 7:55 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I saw on the news that they really hope to be cutting down on the violence this year by telling the students they will be expelled if they are involved in anything...I hope it works.

 

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Dirt Stache Friday

Happy Dirt Stache Friday to all of you out there! Also, Happy Birthday to all the Marines who may stumble by!

Today was deemed to be Dirt Stache Friday at our staff meeting last Friday. The object was for all guys to stop shaving this week and then on Friday, shave off all but the mustache. For most guys (me included - who forgot and shaved on Monday making it worse), the result will be just a glorified five o'clock shadow on their upper lip. Sometimes it just looks like a smudge of dirt (hence the name!).

It was very excellent. We had a lot of participants, including the CEO of my company! So, the CEO gave his entire re-organization speech with the dirt stache.

A great moment of the day was an early morning interview where the CEO, employee #4, and myself were all interviewing a young woman for a programming job and we were all rocking some serious dirt staches.

I'm sure that she was more than a little concerned!

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Still at Work

Man, this is getting to be some pattern recently. It is 11:45pm and I am still at work and I've been here since 8am. Big projects must get done, I guess.

I got official word today that I will now be put into a Tech Lead role and have 4 developers under me. I will be responsible for lots of new things, including their development, tasks, and being the subject matter expert on all kinds of new stuff.

Additionally, I'll still be coding a bunch, I'll just officially be the "expert" to some juniors. Additionally, I'll be the technical representative that attends meetings with the client and the project manager to make sure that things are kosher.

The public announcement is tomorrow and I will learn a lot more about our new organizational structure then. For now, back to work!

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At 11/10/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

So is that a new permanent placement for all future projects you work on? If so, congrats! I know you've been working hard over these last years to get where you are now, so it's awesome you're there and getting higher.

 
At 11/10/2006 2:49 PM, Anonymous Dear Old Dad said...

Congratulations Son! I am proud of your accomplishments and hope that you continue to enjoy success both professional and familial. I know it's not easy juggling work and home but I have faith that you will find the correct balance. I have to go shave now, want to come watch? :) (I used to enjoy it when you did that too.)
Love, Dad

 

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Daddy's Boy

My son is so funny to me. I've blogged before about his involvement with my morning ritual and his expressed desire to also leave after getting ready.

He is getting so obsessed with it, though, that it is getting so hard to have to tell him no. The other morning, he stirred in bed - still mostly asleep - and said, "Daddy, I want to go with you." He didn't even wake up after that. He was just so ready to want to go, that the first thing out of his semi-conscious brain was wanting to go with me. So cute, but so sad!

Then yesterday, I was IM'ing with Lo and my son saw my picture on there and he declared that he wanted to go to lunch with Daddy. He told my wife to hurry and get ready so they could go.

I couldn't say no to that, so they came up and had a lovely Burger King lunch and my son got a crown. Pretty good lunch hour, I'd say, but heart wrenching, too.

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At 11/09/2006 11:10 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

That is sooo sweet! I hope that my husband can have that someday!

You are one lucky daddy!

 
At 11/09/2006 12:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Thanks. I'm sure he will, too, and it will be awesome!

 
At 11/09/2006 3:02 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

There is a little boy at church that LOVES him! He gets so excited and demands that Anthony play with him lots and lots.

I asked A how this all started. He said he played "barn" with him once....and they are stuck like glue!

Boys are great!!!

 

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pro Bono Work

I went on a GAP job tonight. Actually, it was almost a social visit. They were having some computer issues which required me to reinstall Windows 98 (I KNOW!). So, I slapped in the disk, ran the install, played a game or two of phone solitaire and was ready to go.

I didn't charge them because they are probably responsible for 25% of the company's total revenue and I didn't feel right charging for such a simple task this time. I'm sure I'll get them the next time around!

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At 11/08/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

The box said, "Requires Windows 98 or greater," so I installed Linux.

^_^ \/

 
At 11/09/2006 12:25 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I've heard it before, but that is a good joke.

At this point and considering Windows 98 (First Edition in this case), I don't think anyone could doubt that move!

 

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Bad Interview

As someone who was in the job market, I always hated the technical interview. Many times it was just someone asking you a bunch of trivia questions or definitions to programming words.

At my company, we do it a little bit differently. There are a few things that we ask for definitions for as "weed out questions", like "What is a Primary Key?", but for the most part we give scenarios and ask for code / pseudo-code solutions to them.

That being said, there are a lot of people out there asking for a lot of money and claiming a lot of things that just aren't true.

I interviewed a guy on the way home from work today. I was a little busy, what with driving, talking on the phone, reading questions, and writing down answers, but I managed pretty well :-P

The guy just listed a mad amount of technical skills that I didn't see correlating to any possible work experience. He also just graduated school in June. We'll hire junior people just out of school, but they have to have learned something!

This guy missed pretty much every question that I asked. I don't know exactly what the guy does at his current "programming job", but it isn't any real programming, I can tell you that. Then, I pressed him on his "technical skills" and it turns out that he listed them because he "took a class" on them in school, yet he couldn't answer simple questions about the languages. One particular language (PHP) was listed even though he admitted that he was just "slowly teaching it to himself".

I'm definitely not going to recommend that the interview process go any further for this guy!

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At 11/07/2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Alex said...

"Just got out of school in June"...yeah he's definitely "green wood".

You can tell him, "You know what, get about 8 years under your belt, just like I did, and THEN give us a call with that kind of salary requirement."

 
At 11/07/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I remember sort of talking about stuff like this when you and I met up at Panera so I could hit you with questions about my career path and choice of schools. One thing you said has stuck with me to this very day: unless I've been working for several years with the programming languages I say I know, I don't really know them, I merely know of them. You definitely don't know enough coming out of college to say you really know a language (unless you're an MIT grad, then you probably can).

Experience seems to be the key to everything in the tech industry. Years of experience seem to do more for you than a piece of paper saying you know something.

Also need to know before you go in to a CIS program, or at least know before you come out, that you'll have to CONSTANTLY update your skillset. Learning doesn't end at graduation, especially if you want to stay marketable. I'm definitely seeing this now in my current internship.

 
At 11/07/2006 7:51 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

It's one thing to accentuate the positive. It's another thing to fabricate it altogether!

Especially when it comes to a technical career like yours. Something where it's quite easy to figure out how stupid you really are. Whereas a sucky graphic designer can skate by way longer than they have any right to. ;)

 
At 11/09/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: We are so desperate now that we are taking college grads and basically teaching them the real stuff that college has no idea about. If only I could get Alex to come join us...

Gooey: Wow, how cool that you remember any of that day. That is true, but like I told Alex, we are having to hire tons of n00bs who don't know too much. If you were graduated now, I'd try to get you a job.

On your other point, I am the only developer here right now without a bachelor's degree. However, I am a lead and in charge of several guys. Experience won me that fight.

The skillset is another huge point. We are seeing tons of people who would have been good 10 years ago, but let themselves get stale. My boss would rather hire a n00b than someone who has already proven they will get stale.

Nicole: I hope you are talking about some dumb co-worker and not yourself. I'm sure you are the best in the DC area!

 

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Busy Bee

Man, if today wasn't my busiest Sunday ever, I'd be shocked! We got up this morning at 7am to get ready for church. Lo and I were both on the praise team this week, so we had to be there at 8:30. We had minimal complications and even arrived early (and that is with stopping at Tim Horton's on the way).

We practiced and then played two services. Those who read my earlier post know that we had soundboard issues and those were actually resolved. We got the original soundboard back and all was well.

Strike that, reverse it, all was not well. The guy (our HEAD of multimedia) didn't hook the old board back up in the back. So, when G-Force (kid's church) got ready to go, they couldn't play their CDs and DVDs. After finishing our set, I had to run to the back and set stuff up for them. I literally did it in less than 5 minutes.

After church, I had to forgo family lunch and run to work. I have almost 2 hours travel time (round trip) and I spent about 2.5 hours at work before I had to run to get to Plugged In.

I got there just in time (actually 10 minutes late) to practice our two songs and play the worship time and teach my class. I finally got to go home after that. I was mentally exhausted!

A note about our Plugged In worship time tonight... WE ROCKED!!! We played a rocked out arrangement of Walk by Faith that Alex prepared and also did Alex and his wife's original song Hands and Feet that they wrote for ePhive:19. From some initial reactions tonight, I'd say we hit our target of an energetic and engaging youth worship time.

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At 11/07/2006 7:53 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I got exhausted just READING that! ;)

 
At 11/09/2006 12:32 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I'm not sure why I keep over committing like I do... and it is only going to get worse in the next 6 weeks. And then school starts again... aargh!

 

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

I Could Be So Much Worse

I was thinking this morning. Thinking about how I am actually such an arrogant person. I thought about the fact that it could be so much worse and I may have a bit of understanding as to why God didn't make me thin and good looking.

Can you imagine how unbearable that I would be if I was not only smart, funny, and good at most things, but also a beautiful looking individual?

I'd have no friends. I wonder if I'd even like me. Sometimes, I don't really like me now...

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At 11/06/2006 11:24 AM, Blogger Alex said...

What's up with this, brutha? Why so hard on yourself? You need a hug?

 
At 11/07/2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wait, you mean you're NOT a hottie????

I don't think we can be friends anymore, Guru... :(

 
At 11/09/2006 12:33 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Not hard, just realistic. Sometimes it sucks how much I suck.

Nicole: No, sorry. And, I completely understand.

 

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Working Late

This weekend may prove to be quite a bear. I'm still at work right now trying to get the environment set up in production to handle my piece of our huge project. The developers who all need to use my piece will be working all weekend in preparation for parallel testing beginning Sunday.

Good news, my boss is buying me food at this very moment. So, this evening isn't a terrible waste.

UPDATE: 7:25pm. My boss let me go across the street and pay for the food and pick it up. I know that sounds like a low-level job, but I got to use the Black Card. How cool is that?

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At 11/03/2006 8:24 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wait, your boss HAS a black card??? Where on earth do you WORK?! ;)

 
At 11/03/2006 8:24 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Oh, and good luck getting home before the weekend is over.

 
At 11/03/2006 11:22 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, he has a black card. I work at the best place on earth! BTW, I'm hurt that you forgot this fact. I blogged about it in August and you even commented on it. (sniff)

Still here btw...

 

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Crisis Situation

Okay, that is a bit overstated. However, practice tonight for our church's praise team was out of control. Practice starts at 7. I showed up at a few minutes to 7, coming straight from work, to find that we had no sound board.

The guy in charge of the sound crew had taken it in for repair (which was needed). However, he did not communicate that the board was taking longer than expected and he did not arrange for us to have a loaner board. Know why? My supposition is that it was because he wasn't scheduled that week, so he didn't care who else got stuck. Trust me, this is indicative of his leadership.

So I arrive to play bass, not run sound. The worship leader is freaking out and is really upset. She called the guy and he told her that he meant to call but got busy. Nice. We do have a backup board and I went to the back to retrieve it from its home serving the multipurpose room.

I got it set up with my man Alex assisting on the surgery. The bad part was that it took about 20 minutes to do since the "real" board was disconnected with no thought to making sure that the wires were properly labeled or close by.

The guy who was scheduled to be on sound arrived over a half hour late (also coming from work), so he missed all the setup, but got a quick instruction course on the new (old) board and we got to practice.

It wasn't the best practice ever, but we did practice and the crisis was averted!

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At 11/03/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Alex said...

As soon as I saw the title of this post, I knew what it was going to be about. We were quick on our feet with a solution and acted on it. You couldn't ask for better service!

A simple phone call is all it would have taken. His alleged "busyness" caused disarray. But, as you said, it all worked out in the end. Good job!

 
At 11/03/2006 11:28 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Set backs are a pain!! Sounds like it all worked out in the end!

It is a good thing that you know so much about the sound in order to help out....or else, they could have been stuck! So that was a plus!!

:)

 
At 11/03/2006 8:26 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Talk about dropping the ball, dude that sucks! Glad everything turned out in the end.

 
At 11/09/2006 12:35 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Thanks, and no doubt. Additional thanks to you for helping me get everything set up!

PJ: It ain't Christian-like, but sometimes I wish they would get stuck just so they could see how some stuff needs to change.

Nicole: Definite ball droppage.

 

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

First One Down

I got to do my first actual phone interview as a result of my new responsibility at work. It went really well and I definitely felt like I did an outstanding job!

I've conducted interviews before (as a supervisor and manager at Bank One), and I've assisted in asking a question or two in technical interviews at other jobs, but I've never been THE guy in a technical interview like this before.

The entire decision to bring the guy in for an in-person interview or to tell the guy "Sorry" was completely up to me. It is an incredible feeling to know that my boss trusts me, my knowledge, and my judgment like this.

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At 11/02/2006 10:05 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Hey Guru,

Way to go!!!

I too am in charge of interviews. If I don't like them, they don't get to meet the big boss! I like the phone interviews better than the face to face. But I am getting pretty good at both.

Keep up the good work! This is a huge accomplishment!!!

Jemmers :)

 
At 11/02/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger Guru said...

That's awesome. I didn't know you got to do that. You should drop hints when you schedule the in-persons that if they bring you chocolate and comment on your "cute and littleness" that it might go better for them :-)

 
At 11/02/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger Jennboree said...

Oooooooooh, I've always wanted to be the interviewer. I'd be tough. Or shy. Not sure which.

 
At 11/02/2006 10:49 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Great tip! I should use that next time!!! Cause you can never get tired of compliments...or Chocolate!

I really like it. I think I am a pretty good judge of character...and my boss and I are always on the same page about the person. So it is all good!

 

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