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Journal Journal: Disable Advertising checkbox gone?

I used to have a box in the top right corner of my page which I could check to disable advertising. I left it unchecked but it was nice to know it was an option. It appears to be gone, and I know I haven't checked it as I'm still seeing ads. I still have excellent karma. Anyone else notice this, or did it just move somewhere else and I'm not noticing it?

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Turned 38, mid-life crisis? 2

I recently turned 38 years old. I've lived more than half my life (if I'm lucky enough to make it to 76). Why does it feel like I'm just going through the motions?

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Journal Journal: Following through on a meme chain

Post a comment to this thread, and I will:

      1. Tell you why I befriended you.
      2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc..
      3. Tell you something I like about you.
      4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
      5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
      6. In return, you must post this in your Journal/Blag/whatever.


Journal Journal: Which wiki should I use? 1

I need to quickly put up some documentation at 0rk and allow others on my team to do the same. I figured wiki software was the way to go. But then the pain began.

I have only a few requirements:
apache 2.0 compatible
Written in C, shell or perl (no PHP, don't ask...)
File based info store (no DB, to avoid dealing with DBAs)
Ability to control write access at the user level and some layout control

I've tried MicKI and it has no real user/auth functionality and the layout is controlled by modifying the code and recompiling the binary. I've tried Twiki, which meets most requirements. But, it is painful to configure (hand editing config options in control pages) and comes with an excess of default layout/content I'm not up to chopping out or modifying before I can even begin to publish.

Call me spoiled but I want the equivalent of Movable Type in Wiki form. Any suggestions?

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Journal Journal: Unchecked "WIlling to Moderate"

I just unchecked the "Willing to Moderate" preference. I have been moderating for a LONG time, but I just got meta-mod'ed as Unfair on this one

Why bother marking the Anonymous Coward trolls what they are when some unaccountable dumbfuck is just going to meta-mod you unfair? /. can go fuck itself, they just lost a long time user as a moderation resource.
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Journal Journal: Another cold

Welp, that's 1 per month for the past 2 months and one back in March. I've got a sore throat and a snotty nose again less than 30 days since I last was sick.

WTF, that's just not right.

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Journal Journal: The angst was right

Twas nothing but pure hell and still is. This project has a few bad things going for it.

1. A P.M. whose last project failed miserably and if this one bombs he's out on his ass.
2. Developers who are way behind schedule and keep having major problems. This is what happens when you try to write a freaking trading engine and connectivity infrastructure in Java. You get code monkies who have the tools to allow them to really fuck things up.
3. Marketing dreck who want everything up to demo way in advance of the schedule and then freak out when the beta code doesn't work flawlessly. Then, they ask for more features prior to launch and won't budge on the launch date or wait on the features. Guess who gets to install and configure all those extra builds? yours truely.

Well, fuck that noise...

If only I had some way of getting paid what I do, having the benefits I get and not having this much friggin stress. So, is that how it works everythwere else? I mean I'm good at what I do and work hard. Do other places put their best people into the most difficult positions, pile on the stress, pay real well and hope the greed or need keeps them from leaving?

I've never had a problem finding a new job, but this one has the best pay and benefits I've ever had. I don't want to consider leaving the material comforts and security behind just to keep myself happy. It seems selfish, sort of the way suicide is selfish. Everyone else depends on me and I just want to escape. But I feed on the rewards, the praise, the money and the respect.

Ok, I'm rambling, time to post.


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Journal Journal: Anxiety about upcoming work

I have a big project coming up next week. There is only so much prep work I can do in advance and that is all complete already. So, now I'm just getting anxious about the upcoming long hours and stress that will surely overwhelm me next week.

Of course, the feelings of impending doom are making the present a bit miserable. Today should be a calm, relaxing day. Instead I have this knot forming in my stomache and can't keep my mind on what I need to get done. The future just keeps enveloping my thoughts.


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Journal Journal: Sleepy Schoolwork

I've been putting off my schoolwork in my current class for some reason. I can't seem to get motivated to get it completed. The odd thing is none of it is hard. It's on networking and telecommunications concepts, which I know pretty well. I just made up the last 3 days worth of work in under 2 hours. But, I should have been doing it over those 3 days.

I can't decide if I am lazy, or if it's just that I'm back in the rut I was in when I first attenede college. If the material is old hat to me I get bored and quickly dissinterested. This is playing out by me procrastinating and/or just not making the effort at all. You'ld think getting stuck with a $1.320.00 tution bill because my employer only pays for classes with a C or better grade would be motivation enough to make the effort.

As for the subject line: It's late and I'm yawning a lot. I'm in no condition to be "learning" anything. But, I've caught uyp to current on my classwork just the same.


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Journal Journal: Where is the time?

My day is sleep, eat, train, work, train, eat, play with kids, do chores, do schoolwork and then sleep again. Weekends leave out the work (sometimes) but everything else remains.

Where does my time go? I want to play a game or watch TV. Hell I want to read a book for more than the half hour I can on a train. I want time to sort my iTunes library or make a VCD of the movies I took of the kids. Something has to give. It's sort of making me resent school since that seems to be absorbing my leasiure time for the most part.

Give me a 26 hour day please. I'll be eternally greatful.

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Journal Journal: Being sick sucks

I have a cold. I've been blowing my nose every 5 to 10 minutes. The only thing keeping me relatively productive is Dayquil, which keeps me from coughing my brains out between nasal expulsions.

This thing crept up on me since the sore throat started in the middle of last week. My wife had it and now the kids are getting it. I hope to Gh0d the baby doesn't get it. That's all I need is to be up all night with a crying, boogery baby.

Wish me well,

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Journal Journal: Got some MOD points

I got some mod points that expire on Friday 2/20. Post links to comments you feel deserve a positive moderation and I'll do what I can.


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Journal Journal: Sex and sleeping

So when you're on your third child and getting used to the "eating every 3 - 5 hours" schedule she keeps, sleep is a precious commodity. When do most married couples get intimate? From my experience, before they go to sleep for the night.

And, so the conflict begins. Do I go to sleep at 9:00PM since the older children are asleep and the baby has just crashed? Usually the answer is "Yes!", resoundingly, because you know she'll be awake again at 1:00AM crying for a new diaper and a bottle. Making this choice to crash early means there's no time for nookie or even just a bit of naughty snuggling. Both partners roll over and start snoring as soon as possible.

So, what to do? Well, my solution is to try to arrange play time for the other children once a week somewhere out of the house. The baby is bound to sleep some time during that play time and we just need to shift to closing the blinds and pretending it's night time. Plus, the nap afterward is bound to be restful as well even if it is short.

I refuse to let these circumstances remove intimacy from my marriage. Wish me luck!


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Journal Journal: Baby girl

Darcy Alana was born on January 27th and shares a birthday with me. I am now thrice a proud Papa and the joy is still overriding the lack of sleep almost 2 weeks later.

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