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Wednesday May 01, 2002
01:54 PM wanna know the truth?

I confess.

perldoc is now starting to annoy me. In fact, I won't proceed with any further hacking until I've found a fix.

I suspect it might have something to do with some changes I've made to some environment variables vs. the hardcoded values in perldoc.bat.

I'm also annoyed that the author of Geo::Weather didn't provide an interface to pass in a METAR station code (instead of assuming the user of the module would be living in a US state), but, alas, life goes on.

Grumpy? Me? Nah.

12:03 PM

perldoc is Broken and I'm Hungry


perldoc on my NT machine here at work is b0rked. This doesn't bother me that much, because it's only my work machine, and it's only NT, but I still find it annoying that even though I un/re-installed ActivePerl, perldoc still won't actually output anything.

I'm two minutes away for lunch, and, happily, don't have a heck of a lot of work to do today. We're running our conversion scripts against the legacy system's database to convert it into the new data format for our soon-to-be-live new version of the Court Scheduling system. All we can really do is wait for them to finish running.

I think I'll spend this afternoon writing up a little tooltip weather reporter for the system tray, using Geo::METAR.

Tuesday April 30, 2002
09:32 PM

Zen and the Art of Car Maintenance


I just spent the last two hours washing my car (a 2001 Celica GT, 5 spd., Spectra Blue Mica). Time well spent, in so many ways.

It's sad to think that I'll likely be selling her within the next six weeks unless I magically get a job before I leave for London (the planned departure date is around the second week of June). Ugh, I try not to think about that. :(

In other news, my dad makes good wine.

Tuesday June 19, 2001
01:20 PM

doing the right thing

Lunch break is over.

It's time for a change.

No matter what I try to do, I can't get away from knowing that the only thing I want to do right now is hack Perl. (well, okay, and perhaps a smattering of Python, Ruby, Lisp, et al. :) Well...okay, not the only thing, but YKWIM.

My day job pays me to do Powerbuilder, YUCK. Though my OO design skills have definitely improved since I entered "the industry" around July/August 2000 (yikes...almost a year already?), there are few tools that make life more difficult than Powerbuilder.

I'm sick of it. I need to follow my dreams. I need to do what I want to do, instead of staying in a job just because it seems more secure. I'm surrounded by 9-5'ers that just don't feel near the same passion for hacking that I do (except my supervisor, and our boss, but for the other 10-12 people I work with, programming is definitely just a "good-paying job").

I'm going to start looking for a new job -- a job where I'm surrounded by those who think and feel the way I do about hacking. A job where I have the freedom to use the tools that I like (or those tools that I like are already being used), where nothing less than great code will pass the test, and where there are at least a few hackers from which I can learn a lot to help me perfect my craft.

This job has worn me down. Ever since I got interested in Unix, I can't even do a good job of pretending to like Windows. It's just not my style, I've always like seeing under the hood. Working on such a shoddy development platform (($PB + $Win32) eq "blaargh") is detracting from the endless joy I used to get from playing with Perl, reading a great ORA book, and learning about Unix.

I'm going to do The Right Thing.

I'm getting a job I like.