Random Thought

Weight loss. I have been making efforts to lose some weight. I had gained over 40 pounds since my college days - I know, horrendous. But I have lost about 13 of those pounds so far! Woot! The only bad thing -- loose skin -- EWWWW!

I was putting cream on my winter dry hands the other day and noticed how wrinkly they look. All I could think at the time was: "Wow I my hands look like I am 80 years old!". But then later I realized that its not because they are dry...it's because the skin on my hands is so loose. Still, EWW.

My wedding bands are turning all over the place, maybe I will have to go get them resized again soon. I had gotten them enlarged before, when I was having my weight problems...but now, I am thinking I should get them smaller again.

Until then, I will continue to put lotion on my hands so that they retain some elasticity...maybe they will spring back into life.


Work Woes

So just when things were starting to look up at work...They sent me a warning about remoting into my home pc. How, doing so is cause for termination. Oh well. It isn't like I haven't been the most productive employee in the last two months. Its not like I didn't save my bosses ass with my recent work.

So now when I am stuck on something I will just blankly stare at my screen and fall asleep...much better for productivity right?

When I am stuck, or just not feeling a problem...I think its best to step away...even for 30 seconds and just turn the mind to something else. This allows the brain to make connections it wouldn't have normally made. Constantly attacking a certain concept can really retard the brain from drawing the right connections...easing off that problem can really help you come to a conclusion faster. While this is my opinion...I am sure others have experienced this as well.

What should I do for my down moments? Knit? Not likely, I am sure this will not be received well. Get up and take a 5 minute break instead of a one minute jaunt to check my email? Probably not, I would be reprimanded for being away from my desk too much. What then? I have no idea...

I think companies are increasingly spying on their employees. The list of blocked sites is growing by the minute. And is productivity going up? Perhaps for those people that really abuse the internet...but for me? I don't think so. In fact, I was really upset about this, and so I choose to make a 30 minute effort to write this blog post! Not very productive!

Maybe blogger will be blocked one of these days...who knows. They already blocked gmail...why not blogs? No worries that alot of good programming information is contained in blogs...block them! Programmers don't need to search for information - we have it all in our brains right? Bah!

So yeah, not feeling it at work today. I want to go home. I want to spin, knit or anything else that would make me happy. I am feeling so dispassionate about work. What do you do when you feel like this? Any ideas are welcomed.



What have I been up to?!?


Programming Part 2

The thing about a programming job is that the job is never completed or good enough. There is always something else that could be better, improved, redone, or whatever. What bothers me about the place I am at now is that they understand this but take it to the extreme. They force products out that are far far from perfection. They put it in front of the users and expect them to eat it.

We are all familiar with this sort of thing. We have all used programs that have bugs and glitches. But this feels too extreme. Putting out a product we know is nothing like we promised.

I know it has been a while since I posted. I had this posted started for months! I just wanted to see how things turned out...

I have been saying from the beginning that a different approach was the way to go. I stood my ground...I pushed...and it payed off! Finally my boss agreed to let me try things my way. And lo and behold...it was awesome! I mean AWESOME! He loved it of course, and had me start on converting the old way into the new way.

So things aren't so bad now. I still think we tend to release things too soon. But at least I am happier with the approach to development. Sigh...