How to procrastinate?

December 18th, 2010

Ever put something off until the last possible second? I did this week.  I had a formal sentence outline of a paper due tonight at midnight (MST).  At this point I should mention that I had a full 5 days to work on this and rather than doing that I did anything and everything I could to avoid it.  Yeah, sure school is hard when you are working forty hours a week and commuting another ten, but I swear that I have no idea what I did with the remaining hours in the last week.  I managed to finish a ten page outline of a paper explaining why I think bar coding bullets as a method of gun control will not work in spite of recent advances of nanotechnology… just a few minutes before the deadline .  Lucky for me my college is in a different time zone. 

In the course of procrastinating, I was looking at the new pieces parts that will upgrade my server and realized that it came with one monster of a heatsink.  So big, in fact, that I am not sure it is going to fit in my case.  I will find out tomorrow, but if you see a Facebook post about how I destroyed a perfectly good motherboard, case or whatever, just laugh uncontrollably and know that as funny as it sounds I will be cursing your mirth.  😉  oh, and I am finally getting around to testing a plunging for Facebook that updates the status on my Facebook and MySpace pages when I post to my blog.  Yeah, that should have been done weeks ago.

I think I will head to bed now… maybe I will just stumble a few more times… 😉

Madness ensues…

December 13th, 2010

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted but a lot has happened in the interim.  For starters, our IT Director took another position within the company outside of our contract. This left his position open and my boss wound up getting the position after a long and hard fought battle. He was then offered a job with another company that offered everything he could ask for in a dream job so, understandably, he accepted. Our risk management director wound up accepting the position, returning to her original career path after taking a detour. Our previous senior developer took the job that was vacated by my boss when he became the IT Director, much to her displeasure. When my new bosses old position became available, I was offered it and became the senior developer. In the time that all of this was taking place our web developer jumped ship for a considerable pay increase and nobody could blame her. We filled her position with a obsessive compulsive who likes monkeys. Especially flying ones. 😉 Anyway, to round out the cascading dominoes, our former web developer accepted my previous position and started today, for which we are very thankful and excited to have her back. Confused yet? I sure as hell am.

To add to the confusion, my eldest sister and her son are now living with us for the time being because the father of the child that she is now carrying kicked her out on labor day weekend, presumably so he could go spend some time under a desk pretending that he’s being shot at by Afghanis and generally being an asshole. They’ve been with us a little while now an things are beginning to look up. She got a call for a job interview today.

Also, my poor 300zx caught fire running down the highway at 70 MPH on my way to work. Scared the hell out of me and after I charged into a (then unknown to me) fuel fire and managed to put the damn thing out, I was left wondering just what the hell happened to my sense of self-preservation. I mean, seriously? I’m not active duty anymore which means it’s no longer my responsibility to combat fires. That’s what the fire department is for. Turns out, there was a fuel leak somewhere on the top of the engine. From what I could see after cleaning the CO2 powder off of the engine (the nice police officer liberally applied a fire extinguisher to my engine… after I had already put the fire out!) the leak appeared to be somewhere between the fuel damper and the fuel rail and the fuel was ignited when it came into contact with the muffler. Either way, my selected method of putting out the fire may not have been the smartest (I dumped 50/50 anti-freeze on it) but I also didn’t know that it was a fuel fire. The insurance company totaled it and that’s when I found out something interesting. In pristine condition, a 90 300zx is *still* worth anywhere between 6 and 9 thousand dollars 20 years later.


Anyway, I went car shopping and settled on a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder in great shape and with nearly every option that the truck came with. I said goodbye to an old and dear friend and hello to a new era.

The new wheels

There is a lot more to talk about but I’m to tired to give a shit at the moment. Got another long week ahead of me.

Ok, where did I put that keyboard…

February 9th, 2009

I’d like to say that I’ve been extremely busy but I would just be lying.  In fact, I have been exceedingly lazy over the last 5 months.  Since getting out of the Navy I have worked with a company installing VHF police band radios in police cruisers and boats, ambulances and firetrucks and a mobile command station here and there.  I gave that job up shortly into September of last year due to the fact that we (the crew) were promised 40 hours a week and got about 20 on average.  That’s a little over two days for those of you who don’t want to do the math.  On September 14th I started work with my present employer as a Application Development Associate.  Translation: Junior computer programmer.  I’ve honestly been enjoying the work and I think that I make have the beginnings of some really awesome projects coming up.  There’ll likely be at least one Facebook application, the Groups registry is coming along now that I have changed it to use the CakePHP rapid development framework, and I have finished a project for a NonProfit that I was finally given the information I needed to finish (6 months later… argh…).  I am in the process of turning that project into a CakePHP project as well and intend to speak with some local organizations here to find out if it would be of use locally. 

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New beginnings, a rare opportunity and a new obsession

February 8th, 2009

Wow. Time can really get away from you when you are leaving military service and trying to find another way to support your family. Let see… in the last three months I have started a new job installing radios in emergency service vehicles and quit in favor of a new job that I have managed to pickup. I have completely depleted my savings paying my bills as usual with no income, and now I am left with ~$400 dollars to try to make it to the end of the month and my first paycheck with the new company. My wife and I have been enjoying a more focused personal relationship and I believe I have made some serious progress in unblocking my artistic spark. Relevant information to follow.

I had been out of the Navy for about a month when I got the job installing radios. The company I was working for was a Canadian company that had won a Sprint/Nextel settlement contract down here in Brevard county and we were not expected to have a whole lot of down time because we had some projects that were starting up all over. Needless to say those projects never started. The word now is that the company won’t be starting on those contracts until Feb of 2009 which would definately not have cut it for me. Interestingly enough, about 2 weeks after I started work with the company I submitted a resume to ITT for the position of application developer associate. I heard nothing back from them for two months so I just assumed that the job was filled. I HAD to assume that since hardly anyone in this area ever responds to resumes if you aren’t what they are looking for. So, anyway, I had pretty much written them off. Well, we were supposed to start work on the new project (with the radio installers) September 1st. Then it became the end of September. Now it looks like the end of next February. I feel sorry for my supervisor at that job because he’s been hanging on, waiting for the contracts to start, only to find out he’s got 4 or 5 more months of being unemployed. Read the rest of this entry »

After 6 years the wait is over

February 8th, 2009

I have been wanted to get my tubes tied ever since I got pregnant with my daughter 6 years ago. Yesterday I went to the OB/GYN to start the process. She told me that she only does surgery on Fridays and that this week was full but she could get me in next week. I told her that next week would disrupt my plans for next weekend so she was kind enough to fit me in this week. I had my Pre-OP appointment this morning at 9 and will go in tomorrow at 2pm for my surgery and am expected to be home by around 5pm. My mom is coming down to be with me at the hospital and to help with Kyra. Two of my friends have offered to watch Kyra while I’m at the hospital which is a big relief! Everything is falling into place exactly how Gavin and I were hoping, let’s just hope the recovery is as easy. Thankfully, this is also a 3 day weekend so I have one extra day of recovery before Kyra starts back to school.