Archive for the 'The Grind' Category

My HTML Torment

October 22, 2008

Table and Label.

It’s constantly messing with the part of my brain that spellchecks. And, by the end of the day, it hurts.

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Domination! Shoot the Moon to Win!

May 1, 2008

Take that…work.

Weird Amazon Experience

August 21, 2007

Sunday night I was reading a book I had recently received…ok, it was work/internet-related (I’m such a geek!).

Anyway, just as we were getting into the meat on page 56, I turned the page to find….page 22. Huh? I assumed it was some kind of weird duplication error, so I turned to the second page 56 to find…page 90. Doh!

I lost 34 pages of my book! Apparently, this had also happened to Brian with the same book, so he pointed me to Amazon Returns. They should be sending me a new copy now, and I got an electronic copy from Jason (Thank you!!).

In unrelated news, my Dad and I had an idea for a website focused on the Lehigh Valley. When I asked work what exactly I could and couldn’t do within the boundaries of my contract, they said I can’t do anything involved with affiliate advertising. Wah wah (comedic noise). I don’t think it will happen as a result, because in order for us to make it successful, we’ll need sizable traffic. In order to support high traffic levels, we’ll need more expensive hosting. In order to pay for expensive hosting, we’ll need -you guessed it- effective advertising. Oh well, perhaps we’ll think of something else.

When work meets hobby

August 7, 2007

I’ve really appreciated my work recently; however, I think every IT guy faces a major dilemma: what do I do for fun at home? I think most of us like what we do and are fascinated by new technology or making technology do what we want. I personally love learning more about web applications and how to build websites that look good. I like our upcoming project as it poses a big challenge in ingenuity and architecture design (database and framework architecture – not aesthetics).

We’re all just geeks, I suppose, but I’ve made my peace with that. I think once you get past your own geek denial, it’s easy to enjoy the ride.

Up Late

July 2, 2007

I’ve actually been putting in quite a few extra hours recently. I’m learning how to be a manager in addition to doing normal tasks, and we’ve got a huge client ready to really campaign our product to its members. It’s exciting but taxing at times. More than anything, I just miss Emily (pity party for Jon). Looks like I won’t see her for another three weeks, which makes a month total including this past week. Sigh, I just want to be married and be rid of the driving, walking to the apartment, having to say “good night” stuff.

It has been great with my Dad, though. We’re reading through Esther together, and it’s good to spend some time with neighborhood friends again. My Mom is getting ever closer to buying a new home, so I’ll be a huge help for that move. It’s strange coming back after essentially five years of living on my own to see my adult neighbor friends as equals. I still want to refer to everyone as Mr. or Mrs (and still do really), but it’s not the same, because I have a job, etc. just like they do.

Oh life, what a tangled web you weave (shout out to Pete Horning for that).

P.S. This past weekend in DC was awesome.

Late Night

April 18, 2007

Work is CRAZY. I need to just suck it up and push through. I was up until 5 AM last night…which was probably negated by waking up at noon. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, and I don’t completely despise the projects I’m working on; on the contrary, I like them all quite a bit. I’m just overwhelmed at the moment, but it’ll all be worth it.

Before I hit the sack last night, I read Haggai. Read this book. It’ll motivate you to do great things.

Why is work work?

April 6, 2007

My Eighth Grade Social Studies teacher laid it out for us: work is always going to be work. And, I wonder if I’m alone in not realizing what hard work is…in front of my computer in Ben’s Lazy-Boy.

Some days I need an arsenal of verses to get myself going, but here’s one that I reminisced about today:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23)

This was a camp verse, and any camp counselor knows you need verses like this to get through the Summer. Camp life was as satisfying as it was hard, and so was every missions trip I’ve been on. But, viewing my forty hours a week in Access or developing web-tools as satisfying is sometimes a stretch.

I don’t think I’ll be bold enough to provide some moral lesson in today’s post; I’m just venting.

You mean everyone doesn’t work in a Lazy-Boy?…I’m such a baby. (Philippians 2:14)