journal for 2002-07-10


Work’s gotten better as the week’s gone on. Today I managed to finish the two big tasks for the latest milestone (twelve) of MASH, so once they’re tested I can move on to new code. In celebration, I started a little work on my documentation audit, which isn’t really scheduled until m14, but I think it’s long overdue. A little gun-jumping will be a good thing, I think.

Tomorrow I have to fill in for my boss at a management meeting, which will probably be highly unpleasant. Or, at least, it will probably suck the life out of me. Why are the programmers non-productive? Because their time is wasted in meetings. This is not the Tao of Programming.

the cuckoo’s nest

I finished One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest today just as I started my shift. It was good, but it didn’t really make a huge impression. Or, at least, it didn’t seem to make a statement. Maybe I just don’t know how to recognize it, or maybe its time has passed. Anyway, it was a good read, but I think I’m ready for some more Palahniuk. I’ll pick up Choke later this week, probably. We rented the movie of Cuckoo’s Nest, and we’ll probably watch it tomorrow. I don’t remember what I thought of it the first time I saw it, but it can’t be all bad if it won all the top Oscars – especially since this was before Gladiator and Gwyneth were winning them.


I’m having trouble getting to sleep at my normal bedtime, probably because I’ve been taking naps after work, sometimes. I should try and determine whether this is actually a good thing. I suppose that I’ll have some idea around 0700 tomorrow when I’m at or approaching work. If I can’t keep my eyes open, I’ll need to stop napping.

My normal remedy for sleeplessness is a little rum or bourbon, or sometimes vermouth. Unfortunately, we are out of all three. (Well, we have Bacardi, but that’s a mixin’ rum, IMHO.) If I remember, I’ll pick something up at the liquor store near work, tomorrow.


I beat Eternal Darkness a second time, so I’ve now defeated Xel’lotath and Ulyoth. I’m going to hold off on the third and final battle. I don’t want to burn myself out on ED, and I have other things to do, too, like work on the new, which I’m hoping to mostly complete (at least for R1) over my birthday week.

Written on July 10, 2002