Friday, January 31, 2014

Apparently it's spring in Cupertino!

I can't believe that after two weeks of decidedly cold weather (not just cold for the area) it's spring at the end of January.

My internal clock is still on Canadian time, and I keep trying to leave the house with my winter jacket on only to take it off as I walk around the corner.

The story of my life

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lesson with my 3rd grade trumpet student today...

Me: This next song is a duet.  What's a duet?

Student: It's when two people doooo it

Machine screw this!

My first successful dremel mod *grins*

Home Despot didn't have a long enough round headed general purpose screw (the kind shaped like a mushroom)... *sigh* because this post wasn't suggestive enough *ahem* aneeeways, so instead I got a longer countersunk one (the kind shaped like it would fit in a funnel) and "fixed" the pot handle instead.

Thanks Dad!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Good things come in white boxes

Thanks auto phone rotate... whatever, you get the picture.
Happy Birthday, Mac

There are some perks to being a contractor  here ;)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Multi-tasking mishap

Eating carrots, drinking tea and programming.

All very ninja-esque... until you reach into your tea cup for the next carrot.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pah, puny human!

Every once in a while karma reminds me that I'm only human. In the way, that only karma can.

This generally happens any time I start to think that my superior immune system renders me impervious to the plights of weaker ones.

That's about the time I'm reduced to a pathetic, achy, congested, sneezing, snivelling mess of a human being. Unfit to walk to the corner store. One that is about as far as possible, from the supposed peak of evolutionary development we like to consider ourselves to be...

But this cold has got me thinking (for the briefest of moments anyways)... That seriously? This runny snotty mess is the most efficient way we've come up over the last six million years to get rid of internal disease and pestilence?

I'm not impressed.

I would ponder this further, but my congestion has backed up into my cerebral cortex and everything is grinding to a halt.

No match for even the tiniest of virus and bacterium.

Absolutely pathetic.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

*That* friend

Everybody needs that friend who trips you up short...
 just before you descend into your spiralling whirlpool of hypothetical chaos.
That friend who says 
"Dude, stop worrying about things that haven't happened yet. You have enough to contend with."
The one, who will, if absolutely necessary say "Remove head from ass, and use it for once!"

Then reaches down a hand to pull you out of your own Wile E. Coyote body indent.
The one who reminds you to stop, and breath for a moment.

I really appreciate that friend right now.
Thank you, friend.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Dear future self

When you are working with SVN and trying to svn:ignore a file...


And remember, that as this lovely gentleman clarifies it so nicely:

You don’t svn:ignore a file.
You put an svn:ignore property on the directory to ignore that filename pattern!

Thank you kind sir, the time and frustration you saved me have been reallocated to more important matters. 

Monday, January 06, 2014

It's so SHINY!!!

I don't think there is anything quite as awesome as a brand new slinky, (except maybe you) thanks Dan!