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Friday: February 6, 2009

Daily Grind: Terrible

Name: Vin (aka redeye)
How Vin feels today: Terrible @ 1:50:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Figure out why it feels as if I have been hit by a truck today (headache + exhaustion).

Music Stuck in Head: Grunts & Groans
As made famous by me.

Stuff to do today:

  • Find some Tylenol
  • Ingest some Tylenol
  • Deactivate old code that was not ready for production environment
  • Remove hooks into stored procedures, front-end calls, etc
  • Reactive recently deactivated code because higher-ups want to see another demo for a spur of the moment meeting
  • Smack self for not going about version control the right way from the beginning
  • Reactivate old code, check for bugs and things that most likely will break during demo
  • Fix thing that higher up found to be broken during demo of newly reactivated code
  • Find additional pills to ingest to combat headache
  • Drink free company provided coffee as an alternative
  • Hooray for caffeine
  • Catch up on Battlestar Galactica plotlines since I haven't had time to watch a single new episode
  • Read for yourself here: link
  • Obvious spoiler alerts for those who haven't seen the new episodes either
  • Jeez, this is some serious tedious tracking of a television series
  • Example: link
  • This too: link
  • Read something less tedious - this stuff is making said headache worse

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Wednesday: February 4, 2009

Daily Grind: Lazy

Name: Vin (aka sith warrior)
How Vin feels today: Lazy @ 9:34:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To figure out a way to thwart aforementioned feeling of laziness and actually get some real work done today.

Music Stuck in Head: Imperial March / Star Wars
Decided to play through Force Unleashed yet again last night. My inner Star Wars nerd is quite happy.

Stuff to do today:

  • Write some really really ugly hard coded hacks to solve some troublesome/annoying issue for work
  • Make note of said ugly hard coded hacks so I don't smack self in forehead down the road when problem occurs
  • Figure out some way to get motivated to combat this lethargic laziness that is plaguing me today
  • Drink more coffee
  • Ingest more sugar
  • Go take a walk
  • All of the previous three mentioned items have been crossed out because I am too lazy to actually do any of those items
  • Note that previous item is quite sad
  • Note that energy is lacking to actually care about the previous item's previous issue due yet again to the lethargic laziness
  • Come up with acronym for lethargic laziness
  • LLZ - yes, today I am suffering from LLZ
  • ...wait... that's weird...
  • Figure out where sudden burst of motivation is coming from...
  • Somehow giving an acronym to the aforementioned ailment is cause for motivation to go do something else
  • This is amazing!
  • Go take care of these WRIs that need to be taken care of
  • WRI = work related issues
  • Assign acronyms to EVERYTHING today

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Tuesday: February 3, 2009

Daily Grind: Busy

Name: Vin (aka zeewawaawaa... waa)
How Vin feels today: Busy @ 10:06:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Figure out whether or not I am running around like a crazy person for a meeting that may or may not be happening on Thursday.

Music Stuck in Head: Never Know / Jack Johnson
Laid back tune somehow keeping the craziness slightly at bay. But not by much.

Stuff to do today:

  • Code out additional stuff from RSS project for work
  • Edit stored procedures en masse
  • Wee!
  • Read up on some FFIV strategy because I keep getting obliterated by the stupid red dragon in the Lunar Subterrain
  • Figure out why the new Google/Feedburner partnership has caused the GLM XML feed to bomb out
  • Oh... that's why: link
  • Continue chipping away at redesign of GLM redesign
  • Yes, above item is actually just as confusing as it seems
  • Continue touring around all of the new features in iLife '09
  • Note that tagging faces in iPhoto can be a slightly addictive process
  • Continue trying to think up name for up and coming baby number two due in May
  • Read up on this name study: link
  • Thank Dad for his first ever GLM submission

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Monday: February 2, 2009

Daily Grind: Driven

Name: Vin (aka spoony bard)
How Vin feels today: Driven @ 9:12:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To code and code until I can't code no more.

Music Stuck in Head: Do It Again / Steely Dan
Again, too much Guitar Hero World Tour.

Stuff to do today:

  • Write up new idea thought up over the weekend for new program to improve certain aspects of business
  • Use kickass Keynote transitions to emphasize points to higher ups
  • Focus on core idea before adding useless glitz
  • Continue leveling-up characters in anticipation for final boss fight on Final Fantasy IV
  • Above item is probably the dorkiest thing ever to appear on this section
  • Check archives of this section at later date
  • Note that FFIV for the Nintendo DS is a delightful waste of time for commutes to and from work.
  • And my level 82 paladin is kicking serious ass
  • Refrain from any more info about Final Fantasy nerdiness
  • Continue plowing through jQuery tutorials, kick self for not learning this earlier
  • See if writer's can pull off a successful refresh of Heroes that will keep interest
  • The last couple of episodes were laughably bad
  • Note that my XBox Live Account is back to Gold, accepting online challenges once again
  • Welcome back, Netflix streaming, you are my sunshine
  • Get to coding
  • ...
  • ...

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Friday: January 30, 2009

Daily Grind: Failure

Name: Vin (aka upgrade failer)
How Vin feels today: Failure @ 5:00:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Declare that new version of GLM was a complete and utter disaster and that I will be skipping version 3.0 and proceeding directly to version 4.0. Fail.

Music Stuck in Head: Band on the Run / Paul McCartney
Damn you Guitar Hero World Tour!

Stuff to do today:

  • Welcome self back from daily-grind-hiatus-land where there no daily postings to be found anywhere - read on for why such a situation had come to pass
  • Stop pulling quotes out from Lord of the Rings
  • Continue honing my jQuery skills
  • Wait patiently for Xbox Live Gold Card to arrive from Amazon
  • Oh yea, I got an Xbox from Mad for my recent birthday
  • Declare that I am officially an Xbox achievement addict
  • Go ahead, challenge me online; gamertag: subwarm
  • You can challenge me when I renew my subscription
  • Note that The Force Unleashed was quite enjoyable and had a better plot than the first three Star Wars movies combined
  • ...except maybe Revenge of the Sith, but its really cutting it close
  • Note that as punishment for not releasing GLM 3.0 upon the world that the daily grind is now officially off hiatus
  • This should make all two of my readers quite happy
  • Get back to work on GLM 4.0
  • Weep quietly
  • Play version of Taps on iTunes
  • Is it time to go home yet?
  • Go home, get to coding

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Wednesday: September 24, 2008

Daily Grind: Dizzy

Name: Vin (aka monkey)
How Vin feels today: Dizzy @ 2:37:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Continue coding out fresh new version of GLM. Declare that this section is on hiatus until further notice.

Music Stuck in Head: I'll Still Like You / God Street Wine
Eh, why not.

Stuff to do today:

  • Declare that GLM 3.0 is in fact well under way
  • No launch date as of yet, but you'll know when it arrives
  • Weekdaily linking will continue as it normally does until relaunch is finalized
  • Redesign of GLM will have all of your favorite unpopular features of the existing GLM site like photos, desktops, comics (yes, new comics)
  • ...just better organized and more in touch with present web trends
  • Categories! Tags! Oh my!
  • Apologies once again to those who frequent this section, but it will be back soon enough
  • Note that season premiere of Heroes was enjoyable
  • Although there were several 'why didn't x character just use y power at that moment'
  • Stop dissecting things that do not need dissecting
  • Get back to redesign
  • See you soon!

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Wednesday: September 17, 2008

Daily Grind: Impatient

Name: Vin (aka cover boy)
How Vin feels today: Impatient @ 11:31:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: For the end of the week to get here sooner.

Music Stuck in Head: Paradise City / Guns N' Roses
Mostly because I was reading the Rolling Stone article at the time: link

Stuff to do today:

  • Continue messing around with new version of VMWare on my beloved MacBook
  • This unity feature is pretty cool: link
  • Finally can have HomeSite running on my Mac acting like a native app - this is bliss
  • Note that Prison Break seems to be written by monkeys this season
  • Case in point, any writer who puts to paper 'hey Scofield, I like your style' should be laughed at
  • Laugh at self for just admitting that I actually watch Prison Break
  • Also declare that season premiere of House was kind of lame, bring back the original team already - this has dragged on for far too long
  • While on the topic of television, True Blood is a decent addition to the DVR
  • At least until third season of Dexter kicks in
  • Move on to other topics
  • Continue troubleshooting server issues that seem to be plaguing daily life
  • Blah blah blah, Service Pack 3, blah blah blah

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Friday: September 12, 2008

Daily Grind: Apologetic

Name: Vin (aka family IT guy)
How Vin feels today: Apologetic @ 1:46:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Express dismay in self for not posting to this section all week. D'oh.

Music Stuck in Head: Most Events Aren't Planned / Vida Blue
This song makes me feel like a robot.

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out why certain SQL queries are bombing out into oblivion
  • Oh, that's why (let other dba know when I decide to add a new field to a widely-used production table)
  • Adjust stored procedures and full-text catalogs
  • Crisis averted, smack forehead repeatedly
  • Check out the quality of the HD programming in the new version of iTunes (and free too!)
  • Rewatch old episode of Heroes and Battlestar Galactica IN GLORIOUS HD
  • Figure out why favorite iPhone game no longer wants to function after recent update
  • What favorite game you ask?
  • This one: link
  • Deletion + reinstall did the trick for those who care
  • Note that new 'Genius' function in iTunes 8 is quite enjoyable
  • Come to conclusion that all songs are inherently interesting if someone else recommends them to you - there is a mental hook in there somewhere
  • Stop psychoanalyzing iTunes features
  • Continue marathon viewing of Season 2 of The Office over the weekend with Mad

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Monday: September 8, 2008

Daily Grind: Muddy

Name: Vin (aka gutter stopper)
How Vin feels today: Muddy @ 9:18:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Read up some more on imbalanced water tables. Kick self for not taking some kind of geology course in college.

Music Stuck in Head: Charlie / Red Hot Chili Peppers
So I'm a little late to the Stadium Arcadium party. Oh well.

Stuff to do today:

  • Read up on the Phish reunion that took place over the weekend in NYC
  • Hey look, a video has popped up: link
  • Try to convince Mad to go see Trey at the Capitol Theater in October
  • Mark above item as failed
  • Note that the VMAs sucked sucked sucked
  • Thank MTV for pushing political agenda within first ten minutes of opening the show
  • Note: above item does not mean I am for or against said political agenda, I just don't like to be lectured to during an 'entertainment' broadcast
  • Seriously, who cares its MTV - this channel should have been canceled by now, they don't even show videos
  • End silly rant
  • Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at RNC: link
  • Focus on work issues, print out some of these handy web developer cheat sheets from this link: link
  • Take some of these annoying work tasks and make scripts out of them to relieve afternoon headaches

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Thursday: September 4, 2008

Daily Grind: Tired

Name: Vin (aka wrinkly shirt guy)
How Vin feels today: Tired @ 1:33:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To survive today's four hour long meeting and live to tell the tale. Update - that wasn't as bad as expected.

Music Stuck in Head: Locomotive / Guns N' Roses
Yup, off the track - all that.

Stuff to do today:

  • Stop head from spinning
  • Sort out all these projects and the myriad of new ones that were dumped into lap
  • Fix deadlocked stored procedures
  • Next time be more intelligent about calling all records in a query rather than say, oh - a top 100 query
  • Call up third party web hosting vendors and complain about a certain website being down
  • Fix issue with null values screwing up my .net web apps
  • Strike this item out just for the hell of it
  • Divert attention from string of previous items that are causing a lovely dizzy sensation
  • Drink more coffee
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • Go to band rehearsal, call it a day

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