According to a CNN poll:
64% Believe in Creatonalism
22% Believe in Intelligent Design
10% Believe in Evolution

No wonder science and engineering are going to hell in the US.


So… obviously I updated Word Press here on my blog (I hadn’t done it in quite a while) and so my template is slighlty screwed currently (As well as the white space in my previous entries).

Work related stuff has slacked off slightly, since we’ve launched the 2006 model year for volvo, but don’t worry more stuff is coming down the pipe line…. (stuff that didn’t quite make the update deadline)

Mom got her foot operated on… (while CONSIOUS!!!) she asked the anestesiologist to hold up her head to she could see them screwing the metal plate into her foot!!! (she did have an epidural… but still!!!)… It shouldn’t suprise me, Pops did the same thing when they cut his hand open to remove bone spurs…. “Ohhhh there’s the tendon…. neat!” *cringe* that’s what happens when you spend your professional careers training nurses and doing human A+P classes (Anatomy and Physiology… the class with the cadavers, but that’s another story for another time)

Also I’ve gotten the Honda VFR 750 up and running again. I haven’t registered it but did get a few rides in this past week end.

    Tally so far:

  • Handle bar: $150
  • Starter Relay: $80
  • Fluids: $50
  • Battery: $100
  • Jacket (on order): ~$300 (Waiting for the exchange rate and shipping to figure out what exactly the final damage is)
  • Total: = $680

    Still to do:

  • New Brake lever: ~$50
  • Re upholster seat: ???
  • Fiberglass and Paint: ???

Thats without registering it yet…., but I have to get it running. I’m planning to go for a LOOONNNGGG bike trip for my vacation at the end of August.

I think that’s every thing for now…

    Oh wait there’s my software plans….

  • Scorched Model DB page… (so I don’t have to worry about them on my HD any more)
  • Blue birds web page.
  • OpenGL stuff
  • TV Guide type project

Edit: ARG… Word press isn’t recognizing the whitespace in my posts like it used to 🙁

Screw Fun, Time just flies

hmm it’s been a while hasn’t it… I’m almost as bad as this guy.

Well what’s new in almost a year???
well it just so happens I’m doing data entry again, but this time it will be cooler, faster, and since i’m no longer the new guy not entirely up to me… we’ve go new people to do that.

Speaking of new people my homies are starting to take over…
There’s Shane,
and it looks like we might be hiring another of my former chums from the bitcave (Robin– he’s a tv celebrity– watch for his reality show about being a WWII bomber pilot).

Other news?
I won’t be doing anything until July 4th (We launch the current project then)
I’ve done 3 models for scorched (Hoth gun, Halo Tank, Bofor Gun) I’ve just got to texture them.
Parents have bought a house in P.E.I but the deal to sell the one in Brandon fell through… gotta be tough having just retired, and then starting a morgage 🙁
Need a right handle bar for my VFR750 (1990) and I need to get it so I can relieve some stress and plan a bike trip to visit some relatives in the U.S. during my all to brief vacation this year.

Well I’ll be back at it again tommorow so I’d better sign off for now…

Oh and before tommorow rolls around I saw a preview of Batman Begins on tuesday.. verdict: Very Good

D to the E

Lately I’ve been stuck at work doing Data Entry, hence forth known as DE. Now this is nothing surprising, one of the oldest maxims of computer science is garbage in==garbage out, so there’s a certain amount or respect/effort that must be put into this necessary evil.

I knew this task would come with the job, as the company that so graciously allows me to pay rent and eat, mainly deals with one very large client, who annually refreshes its product line up. It’s expected of my employer that they create a website which allows you to view/change/configure their products to your preferences, and see the resulting price. (The resulting price, is mainly a guide line, as the product is a little to large to ship, priced above what most people are willing to pay for with out seeing the result immediately, or trying it out first)

Now you may be saying to yourself no big deal… he’s whining about entering a few sku’s, and you’d be right- but you underestimate the amount of work that’s required (due to the complexity of the product that the company I work for markets for its client). So let me quit with the hyperbole and get directly to the disgusting figures.

The client has 7 new SKU’s…
Each of which have 2-4 versions…
Which each have about 200 features that have to enumerated and entered separately.
Some features are mutually exclusive,
And others are grouped in packages.

Result: TONS of work.

I’ve been doing data entry for the last 3 days…. and I’m one of 4 people entering the data. (To be fair, I’m the only one working on this- close to full time)

Now it helps that I wrote half the web interface we’re using, but unfortunately I’ve only been using the half that somebody else wrote- so far. And in all likelihood I will only use my work for about 10 minutes, as it’s the Icing on the rather substantial piece of DE software we wrote. (We’re beta testing along the way). And the new design is the foundation of a new framework using .NET (again an improvement over what used to exist)

In other words eating our own dog food has been quite the experience.

But from what I hear (I’m a relatively new hire at this point) the current design is light years ahead of the old version that the poor shmucks had to use last year. And watching the software generate 300 lines of case/if statements for the interface that had to be hand coded last year makes me tend to believe that they may be right.

But the point is, for the last 3 days I’ve been duplicating work that was done by our client some where (as indicated by the 8 sheets of features for each product we’ve been given). And as most of the features are just slight wording variations on data received last year, or the year prior, I’m wondering at the usefulness of the fruits of my (not so cheap, nor not so expensive) labor.

Point: It may be a while before I fix the damned template.

Dr. Watson I need you!

…. um, hello? is anybody out there… If you are reading this it means I’ve set up my blog properly. Then again nothing is quite for sure.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now (the original appledeveloper had a blog style post… I never updated it… the date on it still reads July 1st 2002.)

Any ways stay tuned… This site is in for a major over haul, a slightly more personal template.