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Tuesday: September 2, 2008

Daily Grind: Annoyed

Name: Vin (aka pffffffffffft)
How Vin feels today: Annoyed @ 9:40:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To declare that I really dislike Tuesdays masquerading as Mondays.

Music Stuck in Head: Nada
Not feeling anything today.

Stuff to do today:

  • Read up on Google's new web browser from today's batch of links, hooray a Google browser
  • ...which makes for yet another browser to bug test for
  • Proof-read emails before sending out garbled Monday Tuesday morning rants about converting PDFs to XHTML pages
  • Proof-read twice before hitting the send button in the future
  • Install service pack 3 on beloved work computer, pray to god the box doesn't suddenly burst into flames
  • Move on to other snarky topics
  • Declare that Prison Break season premier was just silly
  • Admit to actually watching this show, hey its entertainment
  • Note that Wild West Guns on WiiWare is actually a very enjoyable little game
  • ...and freakin' challenging to boot, can't make it past level TWO
  • Above item is sad, practice more later this evening
  • Figure out if meeting today is still on
  • Get team together, make sure all deliverables are still moving as scheduled
  • Stop acting like my team is FEDEX

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Friday: August 29, 2008

Daily Grind: Just fine

Name: Vin (aka zooooweeeep)
How Vin feels today: Just fine @ 9:37:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Work for half a day, then go home.

Music Stuck in Head: The Last Polka / Ben Folds Five

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out what the actual early dismissal time from work is
  • 3pm is not an early dismissal
  • Suck it up, work and go home
  • Move on to more cheerful topics
  • Wish Alpha and friends a good time as they attend the PAX Expo over in Seattle
  • The what?
  • This: link
  • Read up some more on the blogger who got arrested leaking the Guns n' Roses stuff on the Interwebs (see yesterday's link)
  • Moral of story: Never a wise decision to pirate the most expensive album ever to never be released
  • ...and the ironic part is that most of these tunes can be found on YouTube already: link
  • Not sure what to make of above audio, definitely fourteen years worth of evolution in that track that's for sure
  • Move on to less lawsuit-inducing topics
  • Install more spam protection on this site after recent events of dummy data started popping up in the logs
  • Yes, above item is as fun as it actually sounds
  • Stop recycling jokes
  • Go home, continue watching The Office Season II with Mad for entire length of weekend
  • Office Olympics, anyone?

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Thursday: August 28, 2008

Daily Grind: Idiot

Name: Vin (aka dumbles)
How Vin feels today: Idiot @ 9:24:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To vow to have more coffee in the morning before misdiagnosing a major problem with one of my servers. D'oh.

Music Stuck in Head: Light My Fire / The Doors
This just might be punishment for above item.

Stuff to do today:

  • Smack forehead multiple times
  • Read up on proper methods of backing up and shrinking SQL transaction logs
  • Above item is as fun as it actually sounds
  • Also read up on proper protocols in which to reboot said SQL server
  • Refer back to this online video about not restarting particular servers: link
  • Do something else to divert attention from this morning's screw-up
  • Drink additional cup of coffee
  • Send photos of new nephew to family
  • Continue working on Cocoa programming lessons with more baby-step style applications
  • Hooray, a tip calculator!
  • Knock out all work projects prior to hitting upcoming three day weekend
  • Try not to take out more servers in the process

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Wednesday: August 27, 2008

Daily Grind: Happy

Name: Vin (aka guy smiley)
How Vin feels today: Happy @ 9:03:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To give a big GeekLikeMe 'welcome to the world' to my new nephew, Dylan. Welcome to life, kiddo!

Music Stuck in Head: Gracie / Ben Folds
Fitting, in a subjective kind of way more or less.

Stuff to do today:

  • Leave work early to go meet new nephew in person
  • Round up all small work tasks and complete them before this afternoon
  • Research yet again why SQL server keeps crashing into oblivion at particular times during day
  • Actually, the reason is quite obvious but the technical explanation would be boring and drawn out
  • State that the movie 'Dan in Real Life' was a very underrated movie and Mad and I enjoyed it highly
  • ...and Steve Carell's character didn't for one second make me think - 'hey look, its Michael Scott from The Office' - kudos
  • Move onto personal goal of building a my very own Mac application... that is actually useful
  • Continue building and scripting personal collection of newly developed Mac applications after buying some much needed reading material
  • My random number generator kicks ass
  • My fake employee data entry system kicks ass
  • My fake used car database kicks ass
  • Move onto integrating web services into next app
  • Coincidentally, above item happens to be subject of next chapter in Cocoa programming book
  • Report back when application is actually useful

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Monday: August 25, 2008

Daily Grind: Studious

Name: Vin (aka bad sector)
How Vin feels today: Studious @ 8:55:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Continue reading through my newly acquired Cocoa programming book. And to have a week where everything I touch technology-wise does not turn to shit.

Music Stuck in Head: If I Had a Million Dollars / Barenaked Ladies
Yes, sad but true. Even sadder is the fact that I have to explain the ''green dress'' lyric to Mad.

Stuff to do today:

  • Note how liberating it feels to successfully install a fresh copy of Windows XP without all the bloatware that originally comes with your standard PC
  • Continue playing around with suitable Homesite-like source editors to get a much needed fresh perspective on programming
  • This one has been pretty good so far: link
  • Note - not sure how above software is going to fare in terms of asp, programming (need to research more)
  • Continue reading down this list of source code editors for giggles: link
  • For those who didn't notice, home PC downtime resulted in GLM frontpage not being updated for some of last week
  • Declare that weekdaily updates are back on schedule
  • Congratulate self, buy cookie
  • Move onto work tasks
  • Prep for 11:30 meeting for nebulous ad campaign functionality with shotgun deadline
  • Extra points to myself for use of the word 'nebulous' on a Monday

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Wednesday: August 20, 2008

Daily Grind: Perplexed

Name: Vin (aka in & out)
How Vin feels today: Perplexed @ 1:51:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Research the benefits and disadvantages of adopting new technology that was literally dumped into my lap just this morning.

Music Stuck in Head: Grade 9 / Barenaked Ladies
As I said yesterday, it's a 'Gordon' week.

Stuff to do today:

  • Go to 2:30 meeting to discuss subject of today's daily sentiment
  • Don't go to 2:30 meeting as some matters of corporate politics have suddenly popped up
  • Attend meeting at 2:30 now that previous item has dissipated
  • Try to make sense of the events leading up to the previous two-three items
  • Focus on work, continue writing up report for said 2:30 meeting
  • Post quick review of Batman: Gotham Knight
  • Quick review: Overall fun little piece of animation with short story based plots a la The Animatrix, was hoping for something a little more continuous a la Batman Beyond (which was awesome)
  • Report that bricked iPhone has come back from the dead thanks to restore mode
  • However, restore took three times to complete from backup because the verbiage on the update text in iTunes is strange and misleading
  • Just be content that iPhone is in working order again
  • Try out some new free apps for beloved iPhone
  • Debate purchasing an ADC membership to get leg up on C+ / Cocoa coding
  • Debate over, membership too expensive for my taste
  • ...
  • ...
  • Yay, free Tetris

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Tuesday: August 19, 2008

Daily Grind: Groggy

Name: Vin (aka grumble grumble)
How Vin feels today: Groggy @ 8:54:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Sleep. And a alarm clock that does not spontaneously go off at the completely wrong time in the middle of the night.

Music Stuck in Head: Box Set / Barenaked Ladies
Listening to 'Gordon' this week courtesy of Alpha.

Stuff to do today:

  • Check around to make sure latest server move went according to plan
  • Attempt to post brand new wallpaper to site some point today
  • Attempt to post brand new photo to photoblog to site some point today
  • previous items serve as a makeup for the last attempt at posting a wallpapers and photo
  • Stop slacking on daily grind updates
  • Continue getting everything in order for this Thursday's meeting
  • Everything = multiple projects
  • Drink additional cup of coffee
  • Install new version of iPhone firmware at some point today
  • Admit boredom with current selection of iPhone apps installed on said iPhone
  • Poke around for some new offerings during free time at work
  • ...
  • ...
  • Find free time to do said items from today's batch of to-dos

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Friday: August 15, 2008

Daily Grind: Stressed

Name: Vin (aka IUSR_tehsux)
How Vin feels today: Stressed @ 10:00:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To figure out this stupid permissions issue that is causing a certain project to be delayed. Argh!!!!!

Music Stuck in Head: My Boots & Me / Dora
Yes, sad but true.

Stuff to do today:

  • Read up some more on FSO objects and accessing remote files
  • Read up on more possible explanations and workarounds for my work woes
  • Continue to bang head against desk
  • Apologize profusely for lack of updates to this particular section all week long
  • Declare that this week has given new meaning to the word 'busy'
  • Check out the demo of Telltale's new Strong Bad adventure game
  • Demo download: link
  • Quick review of demo: meh
  • Keep in mind that above mini review is of the demo and not the full game experience which may be hindering overall 'mehness'
  • Continue attempts to fix problem with work project
  • Continue banging head against desk

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Friday: August 8, 2008

Daily Grind: Productive

Name: Vin (aka slick)
How Vin feels today: Productive @ 10:32:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To enjoy a very quiet day at the office being that 90% of the people are off today.

Music Stuck in Head: Where Did You Go / Mighty Mighty Bosstones
That kind of morning I guess.

Stuff to do today:

  • Read up on reviews from Trey's show in Brooklyn last night, try and find some audio of the show somewhere online
  • Figure out why my Phish DVD hasn't arrived yet
  • Exercise more patience
  • Show Heym the ins and outs of Microsoft SQL Server
  • Explain the benefits of learning the code over the drag n drop stuff in Access
  • Read up on next version of SQL Server that is coming out soon
  • Admit that I never made the jump from 2000 to 2005
  • Hang head in shame
  • Take the commonly used words test from today's batch of links
  • For those too lazy to find said link: link
  • Continue chugging along with work projects
  • Get things in order for new hire who starts on Monday
  • Re-learn everyone's name and title so introductions go smoothly

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Thursday: August 7, 2008

Daily Grind: Quiet

Name: Vin (aka zeebowah)
How Vin feels today: Quiet @ 2:16:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: Continue trend of keeping nose and other extrasensory body parts deep into work mode (this also serves as lame explanation for lack of posting here).

Music Stuck in Head: Best Imitation of Myself / Ben Folds Five

Stuff to do today:

  • Continue playing around with new implementations of persistent cookies
  • Mmmmm.... cookies
  • Above item was totally unnecessary
  • Wish Deb and Tommy a belated happy anniversary
  • Continue knocking out numerous projects that fell to the way way way wayside in the past few... months
  • Read up on AJAX effects link from today's weekdaily batch
  • The CD spindle one is pretty decent as well
  • Figure out when all of the new fall shows are starting
  • Head over to Cablevision walk-in center and finally replace normal boxes with DVR boxes
  • The DVR boxes were actually requested upon installation at the new house
  • And then requested again when the original boxes were faulty
  • Stop complaining and get stupid DVR problem sorted out over weekend in person
  • Grumble grumble
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...grumble

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