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May 2006

Saddest thing I saw today…

Long story short: Mandrina and I adopted two new kittens. There are stories and pictures, but I don’t have the time right now.

Instead, I’m going to tell you a cute, cute story about a little kitten that can’t see. Bit came downstairs with her brother, Pixel, and were playing throughout the ground floor of the house. All of a sudden, Bit ended up in the spare bedroom with me, and just started a little whimpering whine. I pet her, she stopped. I stopped petting, she came over to my leg and placed a single paw on it. I leaned over to pet her, and she went immediately to my hand. I pulled my hand away, and she just sat down and stared at me. A moment later, Pixel and Glitch came wrestling into the room, and Bit ran happily after them.

She had come to me ’cause she was lonely!

Babylon 5 Revisited

The show is still as stilted and contrived as I remember, but from the perspective of someone who’s read “If Chins Could Kill” multiple times, I do appreciate the fact that major characters who were around for a season or two are consistently brought back in major roles. The sense of continuity is fairly impressive. And Checkov is on the series as a recurring guest, so it can’t be all bad.

I finished the end of Season 3 last Friday night — when Sheridan goes to Z’ha’dum. After multiple comments about “If you go to Z’ha’dum, you will die.” and “I won’t be there for you at Z’ha’dum.” Mysteriously, the same person who said that last was a voice in Sheridan’s head while he was at Z’ha’dum, presumably dying, so you gotta figure he’ll miraculously survive.

I flipped open my CD binder today, to pull out season 4, episode 1.

And discovered I’ve misfiled Season 4, episodes 14-21 — which would have been where I stopped watching the series the last time.


Anyone have copies of Babylon 5 sitting around?

Comment spam…

Mandrina didn’t believe me when I told her it happened.

It’s finally driven me off the deep end.

For whatever reason, almost 100 comment-spam comments have been dumped onto my site. Interestingly enough, they target only a single post.

I finally gave up and turned off “Allow comments” for just that one post. If this happens again, I might actually need to hook up a spam filter…

Work style

I’ve heard tell of this thing called “work style,” or some such — that people have different methods of completing their tasks that work for them.

My way of working is to sit in an office, with the lights dimmed as much as possible and yet still on, the door closed, and the shades drawn. My monitors face away from the door, so that nothing of what I am doing is immediately visible to anyone either walking by or visiting my office. I keep intending to clean, but usually end up cluttered, and ocassionally messy. Sooner or later I get frustrated enough to go back to clean, but rarely feel inclined to do so while there are other employees in the building — I just feel weird walking down the hall carrying a stack of trays from the cafeteria.

The most important part of what I do takes place in a virtual world, of course. My monitors are my windows into other universes, where everything breaks exactly as it says it will — provided you can see what it will actually do, and not what you intend it to do, or what you think it will do.

My employer has set everyone up with lovely 21″ LCD displays. By cunning, force of will, and the fact that I asked, I have a semi-flat 21″ CRT as a second monitor. There was a recent study posted to Slashdot (I refuse to link to it on the basis that that would mean I have to use the lousy Slashdot search to find the article) on how much of a performance improvement is seen when the amount of screen real estate increases by way of a second monitor. It’s true.

I have two monitors, both hooked up to the same development machine. I then have at least three Remote Desktop windows opened to various other systems — my mail machine, my other development machine, and one of my computers back home.

On dev-machine 2, I’m working on a project that has dependencies on a second project, and is tightly integrated with another project — so I tend to have three instances of Source Insight open, one for each project. Two command line windows — one for building, navigating, and working with files; and one open to the log directory to see where I screwed up this time. If I’m developing, I tend to have an instance of a search tool open, that has the shared include files, as well as all other projects, indexed. If I’m debugging, it’s an instance of Visual Studio (2005 at the moment) and whatever application I’m playing with. All in all, fairly routine.

On devmachine1 (my older dev box), I have the aforementioned three Remote Desktop instances. I keep a copy of our bug tracking software running most days, and usually have a copy of Source Insight running with the source for whatever random bugs I’m working on. A command line window and source search tool complete the set.

Aside from, of course, the random Media Player window I have open to watch the show du jour. This month it looks like it’s going to be a complete Babylon 5 marathon. I’m in Season 2. Last time I only made it through Season 4 before getting bored… this time, I’m going to force it through to the end. I find I work best — or at least happiest — when there’s something on in the background, or sometimes just on the second monitor that can’t be seen from the hall.

Hey, you have your style, I’ll keep mine.