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schedules [17 Oct 2008|08:21am]
I still maintain that work schedules should be more custom tailored.

I'm far more productive in the 6PM-2AM time period than at any other point. Have just spent the past few hours knocking out bugs and tasks for work that I haven't gotten around to during the day simply because I'm usually not near peak operating capacity until after the day is "over".

Always used to be this way at Danga/6A/CCP too. Meetings in the day, real hardcore productivity and coding after the sun went down.

Oh yeah, and I'm on call this week. But it's been a very, very light week as far as pages go. Quite happy about that.
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FYI [13 Oct 2008|09:35pm]
Reason #976 why I love Janine: she can recognize lyrics from good Country songs and she likes them now! Okay, so maybe it took a long time to get her to recognize the superiority of Country Music to all others... (no, she didn't really say that, I'm still working on that particular point.)

I also have a Twitter account now. I bet you can guess how to find it. Not entirely certain about whether or not I'm going to actually use it, but you can follow me if you want.
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last spam of the day: work for Mozilla! [13 Oct 2008|12:11am]
Mozilla's IT/Operations team, the group responsible for the infrastructure that powers all of our sites (and coincidentally the group I work for), is currently looking for a Network Engineer.

I'm happy to provide details, but in general, we're looking for someone who knows network stuff really well (we do have data centers on three continents plus offices, etc) but is also interested in systems administration. There's a lot of variety to the work this position entails. :)

Anyway, you don't have to be local to California to apply or be interested, either. We have really good benefits, competitive pay, all that good stuff. I'm happy to chat about the position and details, just ping me.

Comments screened or you can find me on various IM services or via email if you have questions or are interested.
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contact report [12 Oct 2008|10:15pm]
Been doing contacts for over a week. The doctor has played some with the prescription in my right eye (my dominant eye). Technically I think the eye is at -3.75, but there's a magnitude 0.5 astigmatism in that eye.

Right now, I'm using normal soft lenses. I.e., not correcting for the astigmatism. Originally we were using a -4.00 lens, both to make it more convenient (my left eye is -4.00 with no astigmatism, it'd be more convenient to share the same lens type), and to try to correct for the astigmatism by overpowering the eye. (Apparently a common trick for minor astigmatisms like mine.)

Anyway, it was causing me to get some headache type symptoms and it was still somewhat hard to see with that eye the way it is. The doctor lowered me to the "real" prescription for that eye, which has mostly resolved the headache issue (almost, still minor) but vision is somewhat more problematic now. My right eye is a lot (relatively) more fuzzy than my left. It's only really noticeable when I'm on the computer, though, out and about in the world they're close enough not to really matter.

I'm not quite sure what to do. The doctor said my astigmatism versions of contacts don't really start until magnitude 0.75 so I'm not quite there yet, not to mention toric lenses (the kind that correct for astigmatism) are a lot more fussy than regular lenses. They have to be positioned just so, etc. Not really the kind of thing I want to be messing with if I can avoid it.

I think I'll just keep plugging along with my current -4.00/-3.75 combination of regular soft lenses and see if I adjust. I think I probably will be fine given some time for my brain to get used to not being able to use the right eye quite as much for detail work. I hope, anyway.
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web 2.0 + email [12 Oct 2008|05:11pm]
Is it just me or do so-called Web 2.0 sites spend an inordinate amount of time emailing you to say "hey! don't forget about us!"

I know that part of Web 2.0 is that feeling of being connected, of not having to think or worry about missing something. But I'm starting to feel that is, what is the phrase, "lipstick on a pig." It's still spam mail!

For example, I use Mint.com to do some financial analysis of spending habits and the like. Yet every time there's a fee (ATM Fee, Savings Transfer Fee, whatever), they send me an email "Oooh fees suck and you got hit with one!" They also send me weekly wrap-up emails and other emails letting me know certain things have cleared. They've also decided to email me when my credit cards (all two of them) are due, but I don't need that.

I'm certain there are ways to tell them to stop doing this in the settings. But then we roll back to the argument of opt-in vs. opt-out. Kind of annoying to have to figure out which buttons to tick to have it stop pissing emails at me every day.

Your thoughts? Are these Web 2.0 Wunderkind way too email happy?
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yeah [08 Oct 2008|07:15pm]
You preferred McCain's statements 78% of the time
You preferred Obama's statements 22% of the time

Voting purely on the issues you should vote McCain

Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?

Find out now!

Sounds about right.

Not that my vote in California matters, of course.
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