fast and slow time

May 23, 2005

My first week at the new job went well, I think, although it’s hard to say. It’s been so long since I had a first week that I don’t remember how they’re supposed to go. I felt much less out of it on Friday, though, than on Monday. A lot of stupid little things conspired to make me feel weirder than usual, like emacs showing up all over the place as a default editor, or strange default bindings in zsh. I need to make my CVS’d zshrc more explicit!

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first day at pobox

May 17, 2005

Today was my first day at pobox! It was a short day, work-wise, as I basically worked from noon to five. For most of the next two weeks, or so, I’ll be working more like nine to five, which should be good. It should, that is, provide more knowledge-acquisition time.

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my weekend as a bum

May 15, 2005

I should really be trying to uber-prep for the new job tomorrow, but instead I am making the most of my weekend of unemployment.

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my last week at iqe

May 14, 2005

Jay and Alex were here this week. I’m exactly clear on the situation, but it’s something like this: they’re going to be doing development work, but not necessarily Perl stuff, so they’re just minding the shop until Perl people are brought in. Unless, that is, Perl is dropped and no Perl people are brought in. Time will tell!

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slouching toward friday

May 10, 2005

I spent today running through a lot of the non-rjbs Perl code with Jay, today. Mostly we looked at huge, scary programs written by and for the engineers, and also at the mostly sane characterization code. My belief now is that the Perl I wrote will be discarded or replaced with VB and Access. I think this may well be good for IQE. They can be one big happy Microsoft family, and they can quickly implement good-enough solutions that they’ll never need to extend in the ways they previously demanded.

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happy phone-related events

May 5, 2005

Today, I was thinking about my long-delayed plan to reimplement the Easterbrooks’ “Catholic Calendar” page, and I got to thinking I should start with the easy bit, the daily Bible readings. I make a little WWW::Mechanize script to TokeParse the daily readings at usccb.org. Their HTML isn’t really super-semantic, though, and I already see some future dates where they do odd things, and while I can handle the special cases, I thought I might as well ask them to be more standardized.

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preparing for the big change

May 4, 2005

At work, I’m trying to be busy and productive, but it’s hard for a few reasons. I know I can’t finish the current project, so I’m trying to deal with some edge cases, but mostly to write documentation. I’ve written a number of documents for my theoretical successor describing at a glance the state of various projects. Now I’m trying to find all the weird little things I tend to take care of now and then and document those. I’ve called on the staff to let me know what weird things I do, but response so far as been so-so. (I was reminded of a few weird things, though, so that was good.) I’m not too worried, since I imagine that things I forget may end up becoming consulting visits.

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picking a new phone

April 30, 2005

My job has provided me with a phone for the past few years. It’s sort of a piece of crap. It’s a Motorola i90c, one of the Nextel PTT phones. It’s gigantic and has a really lousy set of features, like most of the Nextel phones. It has a lousy calendar and lousy memopad. It has a stupid Java environment and a stupid little set of network services.

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