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Friday: June 26, 2009

Daily Grind: Busy

Name: Vin (aka woah)
How Vin feels today: Busy @ 9:28:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To get everything prepared for this weekend's birthday festivities (kid turns 3).

Music Stuck in Head: Lisa it's your Birthday / Michael Jackson
Obligatory and relevant for different obligatory and relevant reasons.

Stuff to do today:

  • Take a stroll down memory lane and watch Captain EO on YouTube
  • Recall other fond memories off Michael Jackson
  • ...like covering Billy Jean in my college band
  • ...and then almost getting booed off stage (once)
  • Post audio clip of said event
  • Head over Home Depot and get some neccesary household items that I have been meaning to get
  • Put it off some more as it is going to rain buckets well into next week

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:28 AM | Tags (4) | billyjean | birthday | captaineo | michaeljackson |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 24, 2009

Daily Grind: Quite stupid

Name: Vin (aka transfer putz)
How Vin feels today: Quite stupid @ 9:08:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To double check and then triple check DNS settings before executing a domain transfer. Also, find a good hiding spot under desk for when the mob comes to get me.

Music Stuck in Head: Backwater / Meat Puppets
Mostly just that trippy bridge part, I really don't know why.

Stuff to do today:

  • Research methods in which to avoid lynching
  • Call in sick
  • Attempt to resolve DNS issue expeditiously
  • Move on to other less nausea-inducing topics
  • Thank Patrick for helping diagnose a bug with comments on GLM
  • Also, congratulate self for first set of inane comments appearing on GLM
  • Click here to have a looksie

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:08 AM | Tags (4) | comments | dns | lynching | stupid |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

Daily Grind: Irked

Name: Vin (aka glm fluffer)
How Vin feels today: Irked @ 9:24:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Work on bug testing skills - continue fixing some annoying GLM bugs that I had thought I were previously fixed.

Music Stuck in Head: 1 vs 100 Theme / Xbox Live
Been playing way too much of this game lately. Thanks Xbox!

Stuff to do today:

  • Add more SEO hooks to all posts, see what the outcome is
  • Fix issues with encoding of pesky characters on comments
  • Remind readers that each and every item on the new GLM can be commented on
  • ...and you can even add a badge to give your comment some uh... flair?
  • Take suggestions for additional badges

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:24 AM | Tags (5) | badges | bugs | comments | dailygrind | seo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: June 18, 2009

Daily Grind: Slightly nervous

Name: Vin (aka foot tapper)
How Vin feels today: Slightly nervous @ 9:45:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To hope that a certain experimental web project I recently worked on does not come around to bite me in the ass today. Also, to get self organized then get to some serious coding for an uninterrupted period of time.

Music Stuck in Head: Easy Lover / Phil Collins
Laugh all you want but you know you've had this song stuck in your head at one point in your life as well.

Stuff to do today:

  • Mess around with new iPhone software
  • Cut and paste all sorts of things in celebration of having cut and paste
  • Fix older XML files that have since gone stagnant since launch of GLM 4.0
  • Fix previous fix that I just put in place that managed to bork all of my XML files
  • D'oh
  • Get a better umbrella to combat week of ensuing rain
  • Finish up reading the comments on this Reddit page when (and if) work slows down

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:45 AM | Tags (2) | dailygrind | iphone |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 17, 2009

Daily Grind: Not bitter

Name: Vin (aka mr. approachable)
How Vin feels today: Not bitter @ 8:45:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To catch up on some work projects that are just little bit behind schedule. Also, the obligatory continuation of fixing bugs on this redesign - which seems to be getting less and less thankfully.

Music Stuck in Head: NICU / Phish
Play it Leo.

Stuff to do today:

  • Note the triumphant return of DotComic (look a couple posts back)
  • Draw up idea for next comic before idea falls out of head
  • Figure out why my xmlhttp requests are failing on Safari (and possibly other browsers)
  • @#%&**!
  • Debate going over to Blockbuster and renting the new Ghostbusters game
  • Figure out time in which to actually play said video game
  • Meh, reviews have been so-so anyway (again, look a couple posts back)
  • Note that 1 vs 100 on Xbox Live is actually kinda fun
  • If it goes to a pay model though, I don't think I'll be playing as much
  • ...
  • ...
  • (look a couple posts back)

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 9:45 AM | Tags (3) | dailygrind | projects | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Daily Grind: Slightly accomplished

Name: Vin (aka glm fanboy)
How Vin feels today: Slightly accomplished @ 9:04:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To mark that this is the first official new daily grind post of GeekLikeMe 4.0. Also state that aforementioned daily grind is now once again a weekday thing - hooray. Oh, and also to continue fixing various bugs with recently launched new version of this site.

Music Stuck in Head: Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen
Mostly because I'm curious to hear how it sounds with Phish as the backup band.

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out a way to get more sleep
  • Update 'potentially related posts' feature on content pages, group posts together by date rather than list them out
  • Modify XML feeds
  • Figure out if pinging blog services really makes any difference at all
  • Build an auto-pinger just for good measure
  • Move on to less nerdy topics...
  • Pre-order the new Monkey Island games from Telltale at some point before July 6th
  • Yes, Monkey Island: click here for more info
  • Also get credit card ready to purchase Sam & Max for XBLA
  • I heart Telltale Games

Posted to Daily Grind filed in Life @ 10:04 AM | Tags (5) | bugs | dailygrind | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 6, 2009

Daily Grind: Overworked

Name: Vin (aka not at hampton)
How Vin feels today: Overworked @ 3:51:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To not be at work and to continue following on all the Phish updates coming out of Hampton.

Music Stuck in Head: The Cropper / Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
This album was a little bit different from what I was expecting. If you dug A Go Go, this one may need some time to sink in.

Stuff to do today:

  • Debate going out to Best Buy to pick up the Clifford Ball box set
  • Wait on this since there will be plenty to listen to tomorrow what with the band is giving out the mp3s for free
  • Move on to other topics
  • Figure out how to solve redesign problem involving media naming conventions for database ids that don't exist yet
  • Keep a running tab of database ids (autonumber) in separate table
  • Above item doesn't work and can be easily broken if a record is deleted thus causing the number to be out of sync
  • Blllllaaaaaargggggh
  • Use IDENTITY to properly assign id to media after insert to database has been made
  • Problem is that most media upload scripts use form collection that puts the image in FIRST so getting the IDENTITY of a record that doesn't exist yet is not possible
  • Move on to way (way) less geekier topics
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • Can't think of anything
  • Finish up work and go home

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:51 PM | Tags (4) | database | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 5, 2009

Daily Grind: Working-ish

Name: Vin (aka reversi)
How Vin feels today: Workingish @ 4:46:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Continue to enjoy burst of energy that has somehow made me manage to get a hell of a lot of work done this afternoon.

Music Stuck in Head: The Squirming Coil / Phish
What can I say, it's a phishy week what with the reunion and all.
Today's NYT article: link

Stuff to do today:

  • Continue banging away at GLM redesign
  • Note that the code behind the scenes has really come a long long long way
  • Well... six months of development, overhauls and complete scrapes of entire systems can do that
  • Continue importing all of the existing GLM data so that the site isn't completely blank when the redesign actually gets pushed live
  • ...determine when previous item will actually happen
  • Sometime this year would be nice
  • Turn off inner monologue
  • Speaking of inner monologues and procrastination, I found this link to be an interesting read: link
  • Which after reading somehow directed me to research ADD and ADHD, which after that led to this lovely online test: link
  • Hmmm... interesting results
  • Disclose results of said test at a later time
  • Continue ignoring some of the obvious symptoms from previous online test
  • Blame constant foot and finger tapping on fact that being a percussionist-type person is in my DNA
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...procrastinate some more, learn more about these facts tomorrow

Posted to Daily Grind filed in @ 5:46 PM |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 4, 2009

Daily Grind: Relieved

Name: Vin (aka balcony dweller)
How Vin feels today: Relieved @ 3:08:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Rejoice in the fact that my company's semi-annual annual meeting is out of the way and something to not worry about until next year.

Music Stuck in Head: Highway to Hell / AC/DC
Mostly because band rehearsal went well last night and we do a kickass version of this tune.

Stuff to do today:

  • Attend company's semi-annual meeting
  • Help out with the presentation, make self useful
  • Continue to sike self up for Phish Hampton comeback
  • ...even though I am not remotely going to any of the Hamptons shows, or any Phish show in 2009
  • Note that free MP3s of the entire run direct from the band (soundboards!) at 256kps is just plain awesome: link
  • This should make some fans who are still jilted at Coventry kinda happy - cough... terrible... cough
  • Decide to use Best Buy gift card towards Clifford Ball DVD set rather than XBox-related purchase
  • Debate previous item further before reaching final decision
  • Focus on work related tasks
  • Take care of low disk space issues on not one, not two, but all three of my beloved web servers
  • Keep a closer eye on disk usage in the future
  • Note happiness in seeing traffic surge has indeed come back to GLM
  • Make another note to smack self and make sure RSS feed is up and running at all times
  • ::insert note here::

Posted to Daily Grind filed in @ 4:08 PM |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 3, 2009

Daily Grind: Relaxed

Name: Vin (aka database putz)
How Vin feels today: Relaxed @ 12:00:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To gingerly take care of work problems as they arise today and then make it a point to find a better use for the word 'gingerly'.

Music Stuck in Head: Sick of Myself / Matthew Sweet
Mostly because band rehearsal is tonight. Yay!

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out why GLM traffic has decreased over the past couple of days
  • Research problem
  • Oh... that's why
  • Fix broken RSS and XML feeds on this site
  • In the future try not to underestimate the power of RSS feeds and the general public consumption of weekdaily links
  • D'oh!
  • Figure out why several database issues sprung up this morning causing several annoyances
  • Research problem
  • Oh... that's why
  • Make sure Server Agent is up and running and operational before leaving the office for the day
  • Double d'oh!
  • Check out the oodles of new updates to Mac products that were released today
  • Note that window shopping has reached new definition since possibility of buying any new gadgetry in this economy is simply not happening
  • ...for a loooooooooooooooong time
  • Continue said window(web?) shopping anyway
  • Why is the Mac Mini priced so high? link
  • And for that matter Time Capsule too: link
  • Worry about more important things

Posted to Daily Grind filed in @ 1:00 PM |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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