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Journal: Back from the gathering, tired and rarin' to go!

Journal by pngwen

Well I'm back from the gathering. Actually I got back about 7:00 last night. The gathering was a lot of fun, even if they did omit my favorite event... the bardic circle. I had some doozies of songs to sing, but alas, perhaps next beltaine :-)

The gathering was rather tiring, but there was a wonderful enactment of one of the stories of Queen Maeve, that was very nice. Also, Erin (my fiance) and I had a lot of beltaine fun if you know what I mean *wink*wink* The conversation was good as always and the vendors were tempting.

One interesting experience was my arrival. I had been tracking a storm all the way through Georgia on my HAM radio (I'm KG4TTI on there btw). Well when I got to the gather site it had just started to rain a little and then we heard the tornado sirens. The rain picked up a lot and the winds got violent and I saw some minor rotation. I ran to the kitchen while Erin found a safe spot for the car. At the kitchen I stayed with the gathering coordinator, acting as a go between for her and the weather net. Nothing came through our area, but one tornado missed us by a mere 10 miles (it was the source of all that rain and the dime sized hail I was pelted with) So that was an interesting experience, it is the first time I was hastilly pressed into emergency communications service.

Work is going pretty well. My new project is beginning to come into its own. Today I finished the most complex searches for the site. After that it's all simple mining based on indexed fields and accounting.

Actually the accounting is going to be a bit more of a pickle, I'm not much of an accountant. I've purchased a college text book on the subject and am learning it now. Soon I'll be able to perform simple accounting tasks myself, and will therefore be able to write a program to do the same. Understand the problem before setting out, that's what I always say!

Well it's getting late, I guess I'd better head on to bed. Tomorrow is another day of hacking.

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Journal: First Entry :-)

Journal by pngwen

Well this is the first time I've used this journal.
I think this will be the beginning of many posts.

Currently I'm awaiting 12:00 noon to roll around because when it does, I'm off to a Beltaine gathering. (I'm a programmer/Druid, so I go to pagan gatherings often.)

Things are beginning to look up from me. I can see the end of my long dark financial tunnel coming up and I can see that soon I will have money again.

My new job (well semi-new I started here in December 2002) is going pretty well. I used to be a systems programmer, but now I'm doing a lot of web stuff. I've discovered that employeing techniques of systems programming to PHP can make it really fly and work really well. My current project is pretty cool. I'm rewriting our titlesearcher system. The old one has become a jangled mess of spaghetti code that spans 4 languages (PHP, ASP, PERL, and DataBus (YUCK!) )

Ah, but to go to the gathering, that will be the adventure. Then I'll come back and hack some more PHP and maybe even work on my OSS projects a bit more too.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy

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