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Wednesday April 17, 2002
08:14 PM


So, I am still writing this book. What? You think these things happen overnight?

Anyway, I was happily writing last night when the God decided it was time for me to go to bed. How did I know this, well, lightening struck near the house and knocked out the power. Ever since then, this system has been locking up A LOT. System lockups are very annoying!!!

Anyway, I got another chapter submitted, now I am starting another, woohoo....


Tuesday April 16, 2002
11:46 AM

Notes on writing a book

So, I am writing this book, "The Perl Database Bible". If you've ever considered doing this, give it some serious thought. Why?

1) Deadlines suck. They actually *expect* you to be on time with everything!

2) Editors suck. Mine recently said now that he's not tied up with a different book, he'll concentrate on mine.. Oh, BTW, he didn't like the writing style - 3/4 of the way through the book I get this! My response, tough shit, let's tweak it a bit, but that is all.

3) It takes WAY more time than you could imagine. I promised myself after my last book that I'd wait until I had most/all of my "next" book written before I'd even contact a publisher.. Well, the contacted me and like a dolt, I said sure....

4) You will NOT make a lot of money from writing a book! Unless you a Steven King or something, don't plan on writing to get rich!

5) English teachers don't know shit! I failed English once back in Jr. or Sr. High. I would love to figure out which teacher had failed me and send them copies of my books....

That is all.

09:56 AM

We HAD The Way Out

First off, this is simply a shameless plug for my website at:

Other journal entries will follow around lunchtime, i hope...

Thursday October 11, 2001
06:49 AM

Pudge is right, you are all wrong.

[ #958 ]

So, yes, Pudge is correct about his views on the bombings. I am sure more of our British friends would be more understanding if terrorists had crashed planes into Buckinham Palace instead.

We cannot, and will not, stand for this type of shit. Suicide bombers blowing up 5 or 10 people in a market are bad, yes, but that typically wouldn't require a massive military response.

However, suicide bombers killing 6,000+ people and destroying several huge buildings - plus the new threat of bio-terrorism, well, um, something HAS to be done. No, negotiating with psychos is not going to help. Removing any power and means that these people have is the only option.

My hope and prayer is that the government that replaces the Taliban is a decent, just, government. I am not so sure of this from what I have read about the Northern Alliance though.

Anyway, to our troops: Good luck, Godspeed, and hit the frik'n targets!

Tuesday October 09, 2001
10:24 AM

Random Thoughts

[ #930 ]

Well, continuing on with the Excel spreadsheet bullshit. I should have it finished tomorrow...

I am going to also write a script for moving all of the MP3's that I download into the proper directories (based upon their ID3 tag data.) I have a shitload of songs on a couple drives, but can't find anything because it is all lumped together. I hope to have a beta of this out very soon.

Next, I want to work on some stuff to make my PalmOS experiences easier... I have 3 kids in sports and entering their sports schedules is a pain in the ass - so I want to come up with something that will allow me to select the kid and the sport, and then just choose the dates and times for the games/practices and have the whole schedule fill in... Sure, it is a bit unrefined right now, but it will pan out as I code.

(Please send a laser-guided, 1,000lb bomb to Osama for me...)


Tuesday October 02, 2001
08:16 AM

First Entry

[ #847 ]

Well, this is my first journal entry, hopefully not my last...

First off, congratulations to Nat!!!!

Current project: I am sitting here at work. My objective is to create a Perl application that will go out and read our WebTrends report files, scrape the data we are interested in, and then generate an Excel spreadsheet with the data formatted nicely for our business owners...

Yes, WebTrends already has nice reports, but they are not in the format or style that our business owners like...

Thank goodness for HTML::TableExtract!!! This is a cool module that makes my work much easier!

Ok, enough for now...