Saturday, July 31, 2004
Work is still good and swinging into development mode. I caught the developers trying to wipe out a production database. Same old excuse, time driven.
Dragooned into a big ZigZaglar cheerlead funtime on Monday. He has a lot of good speakers, including Rudy Giuliani. If they substitute Al Gore for Rudy I'm walking out. I've never been a big motivation fan. Don't see how it applies in Information Technology. Basically, we don't think much of project planning abilities and more cheerleading won't help.
Monday, July 26, 2004
She was also worried about disagreements over school. I didn't go into all the gory details but did bring up my point of view about it, and about many (most) of the other parents there. I will explain further to her later. The disagreements with the ex are very real and bad feeling against the school are very strong.
This is harsh, but this is the world in which she lives. It won't do her any good to pretend that I am in agreement with these bastards.
Sunday, July 25, 2004
The ex got the proposed journal entry to extend tuition at private school for two years as she requested. She did not like that I had clauses to:
- Exclude the court from further jurisdiction. I included this because it was the court's feeling at the time that my daughter go to private school The public schools here are fine, and she would do just as well or better in them.
- Include a clause whereby tuition assistance ends if I lose my job. Why should I be held with fewer rights than other parents? Let 'em haul off the other shitty bastards for jail and rape if they lose their jobs!
The bottom line is that I'm not going to go to prison to feed the people at the school
Also, since the ex can't reconcile herself to sending my kid to high school where she lives I have to assume that the ex doesn't care what happens to her after the 8th grade. Pretty stupid.
Saturday, July 24, 2004
- Sue the school for your kids records the minute they delay delivering them. Fuck "cooperation". You will not get it. The bastards need to know their role relative to you: They are obliged to you!
- Leave as little room for "choice" and "decisions" in any parenting agreement as possible. That leaves the door open for everybody and their sister's opinions.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
My kid is getting published in an anthology of short stories! Hey, when I was in college I wrote for money. I wrote "Dear Mom - send money".
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Sunday, July 11, 2004
There will be an independent bookstore closing near here. Too bad, it was a nice one and added a lot to it's neighborhood. But my experience in browsing there, as in others such as Borders in the last couple of years has been less and less comfortable. Displays seemed to be tilted toward a liberal agenda and I found it harder to access books of interest there. It was fun finding and perusing books with a politically incorrect title or author.
But I'm sure that the owners even in this hotbed of liberalism had to face the facts that they were pissing off at least 10 - 30 percent of potential customers. That had to take it's toll on business.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
My fine local City Council has decided to take a heroic stand against spraying to kill mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. Would they approve of spraying only those not carrying the virus? More hippie bullshit. One can only hope that this does not betray a fondness for other vermin, such as rats or terrorists, on the part of that body.
Management, who for the most part is pretty good right now, except that they want us to go to one of these Zag Ziglar seminars to get juiced up to go and do something to someone or something. Attendance on my part would be dishonest. I would love to see Rudy Giuliani, Jessica Lynch, Jim Tressel, and Ozzie Newsome. And I don't see how any of them would improve the way I recover tables or optimize queries one bit. I'd rather get a commendation like this one Acidman authored.
Friday, July 09, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Monday, July 05, 2004
Sunday, July 04, 2004
We've just had our afternoon gully washer. So much for picnics. I got a letter from my daughter at camp and she's having a great time. One of the activities is dodgeball, a great sport! Play for keeps, kid.
Yesterday I got my hands on MySQL. My friend downloaded the "free" edition which didn't set up well. When he tried to connect with the engine the client produced a vague "did not connect" error. And he didn't have an error manaual and they didn't provide online help. So much for freeware.
The ex didn't nuke me after I notified her that private school tuition court forced contributions end soon, so I expect that some damn attorney will try to extend it. And I'm sure they'll use the "fer the cirdlen" bullshit we heard so much during the Clinton adminstration.
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Friday, July 02, 2004
The kid is happily ensconced at camp. Hopefully staying out of trouble!