making my mime mail merger

December 22, 2004

We wanted to send out a “Seasons Greetings” mail to our customers. I asked why we couldn’t just use Office’s mail merge feature, and it turned out that we wanted a custom “from” for each recipient, so that every customer would get the email from his sales rep. This requirement was later dropped, at which point I realized that Outlook doesn’t mail merge for email. You can only mail merge if you’re going to print, fold, and post your snail mail. Ugh!

untitled haiku 3

December 21, 2004

cold and so windy
the windows don’t keep it out
i wrap in pink fleece

today's weird spam

December 15, 2004

Subject: Religious-Like Footage of Hollywood Actresses

things i like: refactoring, reuse

December 14, 2004  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Refactoring code is the best. By making a promise to myself to refactor (mercilessly), I can get my code written quickly, It isn’t beautiful, but it works. I get to write lots of code. Then, when it works, I get to go back /and write it again/! Not only that, but I get to make it better. Then, because it’s better, I can use it to do more things, which I code quickly, and then get to re-code.

untitled haiku 2

December 14, 2004

hit snooze, nine minutes
there is snow, ice, the office
let me stay in bed

untitled haiku 1

December 13, 2004

old friends are gone now
they don’t answer my email
a cold dry morning

firefox bug foils omniweb import

December 9, 2004

I don’t understand my own modus operandi, but here it is:

  1. identify a problem
  2. produce simplest easy solution
  3. totally ignore solution for X duration
  4. get around to trying it

segfaulting 5.6

December 8, 2004

Well, I knew I’d forgotten to tell Number::Tolerant to require 5.6, which it wants. (I like warnings and our, and I’m willing to require 5.6 for them. It’s old!) Now I realize it needs 5.8, too, due to this weird bug:

extending my tolerance

December 7, 2004

I really couldn’t stomach the idea of working on the shipping system today, so I opened up the old bug list and looked around. One that caught my eye was a stupid little bug in the CGI form parser for part of our requirements system. It was having trouble turning a field in the form “FLOAT - FLOAT” into a tolerance – with Number::Tolerant, that is.

halo, rubric, and other scum

December 6, 2004

I’ve been a little depressed, and I’m not sure just why. I haven’t felt very inspired to get anything done, which was OK for relaxing but not great for … well, for getting things done.