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Two Months

Posted 2015.09.13 12.50 in Pointless Blather, Work

I just realized, it’s been nearly two months since I posted anything. And my last post was a real downer.

I’m still here, things just went from depressing to busy, in short order.

After many many (too many) years, all the servers at work are being replaced with shiny new ones, and it’s going to take a tremendous amount of planning, effort, and testing, to make sure it all goes off without a hitch.

Matrix

I know it’s cliche and hackneyed and 16 years old but I still enjoy the “Matrix” screensaver. There’s something relaxing about the streams of green text on a black background.

In the above pic, two new mini-towers are being set up, configured, and tested. In a few months time, they’ll be put to work, replacing some much older equipment.

Keyboard Access: Denied

Posted 2014.04.16 14.16 in Cats, Work

Denied

Busy Busy

Posted 2014.04.01 20.06 in iPhone, Work

Sorry the posts have been few and far between recently / the past few months / this year.

The good news – I’m barely depressed at all lately, so no doom-and-gloom posts to darken your days.

The ‘bad’ news – I’ve been so busy working on things, I keep forgetting to stop and make time to post about stuff.

I’m doing about 50% working on app-related things, and 50% working on my ‘regular day job‘ stuff. App stuff is fun and interesting, the day job stuff is…day job stuff. Plus, it’s tax-time which is always fun. You know, fun like dental surgery.

I’ve got a brand-new app I’ve been trying to finish for a week and a half now, but I keep finding new features to add and new bugs to squish. Then I have another update I want to push out for Overlord! – a minor bug squish and another new feature or two.

Then I have a Very Big update for Wicca Plus to get cracking on. More features, more goodies. I don’t want to spoil it, but if I manage to succeed at what I’m planning, it will be very nifty.

Busy Busy.

One Month In

Posted 2013.11.03 12.35 in Work

So, it’s been just over a full month since I started working from home full-time.

I haven’t completely gone paranoid anti-social nutters. Not yet, at least. I did clean my desk, though:

Working

The image depicts a typical session of work. XCode and iOS Simulator are running on the big 27″ screen. Terminal and Finder are running on the secondary screen. The iPad and iPhone are there too for testing or debugging. And a notepad. Yeah I still use pen and paper for most of my quick or short notes and reminders.

One thing I was a little worried about when working from home, was that I might be tempted to work less, or slack off or the sort. After the first month, I don’t think that’s happened. What has happened though, is my ‘productive hours’ have moved around.

Rather than plugging in from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I find that I’m working the same amount of time, but doing it whenever. Like maybe I don’t get much done on a Monday or a Tuesday, but I put in 18 straight hours on a Sunday. Or work from 2pm to midnight through the week. That sort of thing.

That’s not to say that I’m not available or doing nothing when I’m not being ‘productive’. I think I’m more available than I was before, since rather than a 9-to-5 window, I’m pretty much ‘at work’ 24-7 now. Eg. I can respond to customers’ emails at 7am over morning coffee, or 9pm after dinner.

Anyhow, most of the aprehension I was feeling last month about this move has faded. Now I’m just back to the normal level of stress. And I’m looking forward to see how month number two shapes up.

Homeward Bound

Posted 2013.09.27 13.19 in Work

To varying degrees, I have been self-employed since 1991.

That is to say, I have not been anyone’s employee for the past 22 years. I’ve done contract work, I’ve had some regular customers for almost all of those 22 years, and I’ve had other customers who’ve come and gone.

I’ve always done at least some work from home, but I’ve also always done at least some work at an office. My office, customers’ offices, et cetera.

Over the past couple months however, I’ve been working more and more from home, and less and less in an office. That trend is now going full speed ahead.

Starting next month, I’ll be working full time 100% from home.

Right now, I’m feeling about 60% excitement, 30% anxiety, and 10% overwhelmed.

For the past several years I’ve shared office space with a couple of my customers, and now we’re all getting out. Everyone’s moving their work home.

There’s a Lot of stuff that needs to be moved home, lots of files, equipment, furniture… And then there’s another whole lot of furniture and stuff that we don’t even need so we’ll try and sell. And then there’s a whole whole lot of stuff that’s just junk we need to get rid of.

Every time I think I have a handle on what needs to be done, every time I think things are nearly finished and we can relax, some new pile of work / files / stuff appears and we’re back to trying to revise the plans.

Still, even with all that, it has (more or less) gone smoothly so far. With only two more days to go before I ought to be full-time at home, things are not too overwhelmingly crazy.

That just leaves only one big potential glitch to get in the way of me working from home:

In The Way

!money = !happiness

Posted 2013.03.27 15.51 in Pointless Blather, Work

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t buy happiness”, or “money can’t buy happiness”, or words to that effect?

Well it’s bullshit.

The lack of money can lead to a significant happiness deficit. And if your happiness level is in arrears because you’re stressed-out about being broke, or unable to pay the bills or the mortgage… and if having a [better] job and more money would allieviate that stress and therefore allow you to get out of a negative-happiness balance, then that just mathematically proves that yes you can in fact buy happiness.

I’m not saying that money and happiness are equivalent. There’s probably an exchange rate, and it probably varies from day to day and person to person. Maybe there’s limits too. Like if you’re already pretty happy, then money won’t buy you any more of it?

But damnit, I’m stressed about work, money, bills, work bills, work money, mortgages, and money, and it’s making me really fucking unhappy. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been in a particularily good place to begin with.

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Speaking of Unkillable Trees…

Posted 2012.09.19 14.41 in Pointless Blather, Work

A week or so ago I was walking around the area near the office, when I noticed some trees that looked surprisingly, inexplicably, like olive trees. I knew it was highly unlikely that there were wild olive trees growing near the office, so I had to find out what exactly these were.

I clipped a branch with some of the ‘olive’ fruits and brought it into work for examination.

The fruits, while looking sort of olive like at a distance, look too pale up close. And the texture was all wrong. Though, they did have a single largish pit inside. On the other hand, I’ve read that olives are inedible until they are processed, so what do I know? I’ve never seen a raw fresh-off-the-branch olive, so maybe this is what they are like.

So I did some searching, found some various tree identification forms, but nothing came up with these trees. I realized that all the stuff I was finding, was only discussing native species. Whatever this was – and especially if it was olive – it was not native.

Finally I just did a search on olive trees, and damn if the images that come up don’t look like what I’ve got here. Except…not quite.

Then I figure it out. This is a Russian Olive tree. It is not related in any way to the traditional Greek kind of olive tree. It got its name based on looks alone. (So I do know what an olive tree looks like after all!)

Russian Olive trees are an introduced / invasive species. They thrive in all kinds of conditions, and of course easily tolerate our cold winters. And like my Siberian Elm driveway tree, they are very hard to kill.

After having originally spotted just a couple of these next to the office building, I’m now noticing them all over the place around the office. There must be over a dozen along the bank of the drainage ditch by the office, and a few dozen more along the road. Another dozen around the corner between the service road and the freeway. And even more up by the railway tracks near the freeway overpass.

They’re everywhere!

I have to confess though – I’m sorely tempted to try and transplant one of them, or a cutting, or just bring some of the fruits / seeds home. I’d like a mock-olive tree in my front yard.

An unkillable mock-olive tree, that is.