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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [perlmonks.org], and here [javajunkies.org] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [blogspot.com] and my other blog [blogspot.com]. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Saturday March 30, 2002
08:36 PM

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[ #3877 ]
I keep hassling myself about how I'm not doing anything Productive, Interesting, and how I'm Not Smart Enough. A counter-voice in my mind keeps tacking the word 'yet' on to the end of those things: "You're not productive yet, interesting yet, smart enough yet."

Some little switch in my brain just isn't there. I don't know what to do; what direction to go in. I can imagine useful things in disciplines I'm not remotely skilled in (such as genetic enhancements that would come in handy), and I can learn with little or no problem (as long as it's not in a classroom; then I struggle), and I don't lack imagination.

Some...thing just doesn't quite connect. I can't think of useful software things to write; the ones I write tend to be little one-shot style pieces of crap. Maybe I really just don't have any good ideas.

Or, possibly, it could be that this is all just a MPD-esque end run around my problems with the GUICS. Quite possibly.

In the meantime, since I didn't get a lot done today except attempt to locate the source of net connections I didn't recognize on this machine, I plan to work as much of Sunday as possible. The two bars to this are, in order of importance:

  • My fiancee is on a Civ 3 jaunt of late
  • My family is having Easter dinner tomorrow at a local restaurant (because my mother's home is being remodeled)

So other than sleep, dinner, and Civ 3 time, I should be able to get a nice solid block of coding in. I fully expect to get the little script that takes bulk orders done tomorrow, and if I don't, I'll have no choice but to eat an entire half-gallon of ice cream and cry.

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  • I'm feeling the same things about myself, these days. I have this burning desire to contribute to the community that's given so much to me, but I haven't, yet. And I feel terrible about it.

    I finally have a quest. A couple of them, even. The problem is that I have to learn so much before I can achieve them. I got stuck in this trap of "I want to do something worth doing, but I want to do it now".

    So, I've picked a project, and I'm staying with it. And if this one doesn't pan out, then I'll try an

  • Here are a few ideas for you that I would like to see but will likely never do myself:

    A Perl/Tk wrapper for Net::SSH::Perl of some kind.

    A Perl/Tk wrapper for use Perl, something that would let me select journal entries by user, date, keyword, or some combination of the three. Oh, and it would let me save entries to a file if I wanted.

    A Ruby port of Net::SSH::Perl, Spreadsheet::WriteExcel, and Spreadsheet::ParseExcel.

    Better SQL-to-XML support for the DBI/DBD module(s). Start with Oracle please :)