DATEADD(year, 75, dateOf(D-DAY))

Wow. 2009. Has much happened since 2009?

Heh, that first line was my 'saved draft'. Not sure when I started saying HI to LJ again.

So, 10 years. Still got the same job, more or less, but I've outlived almost everyone, and gone from consultant to exempt employee, and developer to site reliability/SME.

Still living in the same town, but not the same house. We actually own the house we're in now.

Life's kicking at me right now, but I'm still doing much better than most of the people I know who might read this, at least from the point of view of stress and negativity.

So, to answer myself...Not Much.
  • Current Music
    The sound of the fan

Spending far too much time on the wrong side of the war....

Three rings for the Oracle-kings around the Bay,
Seven for the DB2-Lords in their halls of Blue,
Nine for the flatfiles never to die,
One for the Dark Bill in his charity groove
In the land of Seattle where the Showers cry
One control to populate them all, One regex to find them,
One WebService to bring them all and to the database bind them,
In the land of Seattle where the Showers cry.
  • Current Mood

More documentation of terminology...

Standardizing a lot of naming conventions at work, for messages and such.

You have things like camelCase and PascalCase, but none of them really deal with underscores.

If you have a module XXX and a class RandomClassName, our 'defacto' convention shows that you name the error message "The file you were searching for was not found." as:


In effect, PascalCasing the salient part of the message so it can be reused.

A recent perturbation in the Force lead some names to be written up as:


Reading these outloud has led me to a new *Case name....


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So, after being pointed to the endpoint of this thread, I had to work it backwards with my 'best guess' of how this game of Telephone worked. Of course, there could have been easily 3 or 4 more players.

Monday, coming up to deadline, researching your weather article for the local paper, and a visit to the National Weather Service. Data not available, but a guess at a condensed and edited version of the text forecast:

Tonight: ...New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible
Tuesday: ...New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday Night: ...New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Wednesday: ...New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday: ...New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

So, add all that up....gee, by Thursday, we could have 5 to 11 inches of new snow. I'll put that in my article...

Tuesday, article comes out (

The National Weather Service is forecasting 5 to 11 inches of new snow in Detroit from today through Thursday and says temperatures will rapidly plunge during the day today from about 29 degrees to about 6 degrees.

By early today, more than an inch had fallen in places, leaving roads slippery for the morning rush hour.

Switch to an AP reporter, looking for material for his article on the weather. Reads this one, and condenses it down to (

Up to 11 inches of new snow was possible in Detroit, where streets were already slippery with more than an inch of snow Tuesday morning.

Which was certainly a BIG surprise to us! Everyone was looking forward to another snow day, possibly running home RIGHT NOW to avoid being snowed in at work!

You'd think people involved in transmitting facts, would avoid this sort of corruption. Sigh.

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o/~ ...morning at nine o'clock as the day begins... ~\o

They just don't look the same in a font where the tilde is in the middle, rather than up top. Ah well

Draft autosaved at 9:00:02, so I guess that's as accurate a time as I've ever put in 'print'. Upon realizing a unique usage of language of mine, recently, in work documentation, I thought I'd come by here and make a note of it. :) But, I guess that means I should do some sort of catchup with life, too. Sigh. :)

Unlocked post here, for a change, so I'll recap back a ways. Found myself in Lansing, MI, the end of August, 2005, taking on a contract job with EDS for some work on Medicare software. Kept it going for six months, bringing lcanady out from the left coast to share. We've both moved on from there; he to full time studenthood, me to working full-time for the contracting firm, on their backoffice infrastructure; puts me into a mostly MS house, but, I'm surviving.

Renting, since sarianastar and I got out here; first in half of a duplex that was fairly sad, now in a full house that some friends met initially online had to leave behind; we pay their rent, take care of their lovely old Golden Lab "Dusty", and they maintain what needs to be done. Eyes down the road on buying it, never knows. Been here just over a year now. Making headway on bills, and on gathering together everything that is 'ours', which has been strewn across the universe. Life, is good. Need more humans around, need more cash around, but, when those are your only complaints, I believe that counts as 'good'. :)

So, the majority of this job is in supporting code that provides access and interoperability to the sales, service, and consultants that my employer Analysts International employs. There are a few applications that need to talk to each other, and there's the extensive web interface that provides access to resources and information, including things like Time Entry, HR benefit information, and every sort of form of which you can think!

Most of this is done in the form of Web Services (Best definition I've seen of a Web Service: An RPC communicated with HTML via SOAP), which are all a new concept to me. Well, not a new CONCEPT, but new for me to implement and have to design or work with. Luckily, not EVERYTHING has to be a Web Service. The current project I'm working on, has a number of components. One of these is a non-Web of those things you can see listed in Windows if you hit Start/Run and type 'services.msc'. So, I decided to refer to it as a "Machine Service" in my documentation, and my naming of locations for storing code and such.

I thought this made sense; it's a service that's accessible only on the one machine, not over the Web. This morning, I was looking over my documentation and such, and I thought, "Gee, just how much is this used, as a phrase", and summoned onto me the Search-Fu, and started poking. 10 minutes later, I was astonished; I could not find this phrase used, anywhere, in this sense.

Quite a few places where it was part of something like "Vending Machine Service" of course. But the only even partially-compatible usage was in lists of programs that were running on a machine (as in someone posting a list when wondering about viri on their machine), and there, it was more of a list of words rather than a phrase (various programs marked "machine run" or "machine service" or "per-user run").

So, I thought, document, use, and reuse. :) So I have. :) Back to work :)

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Weird. This was 'recovered' when I tried to post today. I guess it was meant to be. :)

Though, I'm not too sure about it. I so HAVE to assume that the income part is wrong. I'm not 'well to-do' or anything, but...less than 65,624 other quiz takers? Man, they all need to give me money! Extracted from allessindra's lj:


The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We're turning that upside down - all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about self than concerned about others, more atheist than religious, more dependent than loner, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more introverted than extroverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are adventurious (100%), intellectual (93%), adventurous (90%), romantic (86%).

Old Geezer100%
Young Professional94%
Life Experience

Your political views would best be described as Socialist, whom you agree with around 100% of the time.
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Upper Class. You make more than 0% of those who have taken this test, and 28% more than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated R.
By the way, your hottness rank is 52%, hotter than 75% of other test takers.

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Trick or Treat the LJ way!

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
jadawin goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as **SECRET TILL NOVEMBER**.
charles_midair gives you 1 milky white chocolate-flavoured wafers.
jennafei tricks you! You get an eraser.
l_l_u_w_d tricks you! You get a scratched CD.
llangattoc gives you 6 brown grape-flavoured jawbreakers.
missakins gives you 15 tan licorice-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
sarianastar tricks you! You lose 20 pieces of candy!
serpenta tricks you! You get a wad of paper.
allessindra tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
woolyfsh tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
zephyrgrrl gives you 8 softly glowing licorice-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
jadawin ends up with 8 pieces of candy, an eraser, a scratched CD, and a wad of paper.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.