I'm on vacation this week but it's a pretty dry one. I've not arranged any trips, and I certainly wouldn't have the cash for anything too exotic in the first place.
I go into this peeved because a presentation at work I was responsible for blew up just before I left. I had spent weeks preparing for it, complete with redundancies, but in the end the technical gods had their say. The key bomb was that the presentation computer rebooted on its own (peeling back this onion, I learned that the computer was inadvertently classified as one that should reboot, versus what I specifically coded it not to do because, hey, presentation machine), sending everything else careening. There was a last minute requirement change that fell outside the recovery dry-runs as well that exasperated the situation, though fortunately there was enough of said dry runs that in fact I could recover and at least the presentation could continue in a general sense. But, it was clumsy and we lost our remote audience. Argh! There were subsequent presentations which went smoothly but I didn't want to go into these days off grumbling over any of them, but here we are. Grumble grumble.
I'm on day 2 of the "days off" and so far I've spent most of the non-roosting time (read: sleeping, lounging, drinking coffee), coding improvements to how my One Minute Webcams refresh.
Previously, my camera self-refreshing pop-out pages did a complete reload about once a minute. I literally mean the whole box and its content refreshed. That's fine but kind of cheap. I wanted a cleaner more professional way.
I'm not a professional coder and the new process initially did not work. I tested and proved that, mechanically insofar as the code was behaving, it was doing its thing. But the image itself was not changing from the current to the new. And there was nothing to explain it.
The hunch was spot on and the trick worked. You can see the results yourself by opening the Allen Street and Delaware Avenue One Minute Webcam pop-up refresh box at Buffcam, (or my own Live Webcam). The process is much cleaner now.
If this were a popular commenting forum with real exposure, chances are a lot of coders would jump in and try to point out a better, smarter, way. I get it. But the fact is I gotta make do on the limited smarts I got, and this solution worked.
Other than that gratifying evolution of one of my coding projects, I hit the bar downstairs for some social roosting. I am "practicing", and with success, trying to moderate my behavior in bars while drinking. This is to say, I am actually moderating any drinking that I do because what I have a tendency to do is to pick up drinking, or "binge drinking", the buzzier and more intoxicated that I get. This leads to so many problems, starting with I hate being "that guy" in the bar, the spending that gets out of control, and a few other tawdry things which I am not compelled to willfully confess to a public blog, but yeah.
Moderation is key because I so firmly believe in bar and "night life " culture, and it is something I deeply enjoy. It fits with my social worldview and, no, the fact that I am an unappealing 55-year-old dude who traverses alone, usually, does not dissuade me in the least. I enjoy the process as a tourist mining for serendipitous contact with people and bar-side friends. It can be risky, but that risk can also be managed, and I know that I can, and seem to be proving it.
I'm also using the time to tighten up some organizational issues, personally, financially, household, and with Dave the Web Guy Innovations, LLC. Organizing is also a cheap soothing fun it turns out, I just never get the real opportunity to do it. Me organizing things with the sun beaming in and smooth jazz in the background is pretty nice.
And then, finally, I think there is the blogging. I relaunched Wilkes-Barre Rail about two weeks ago and it, as well as Tampa Rail, need some serious updating. Both websites deal with transit rail evolutions in the regions they cover, and there have been a lot of developments in wake of Biden's infrastructure plan, as well with private high speed rail connecting to Tampa via Brightline. I suspect there have to be people in both areas wondering where I am with all those incredible developments, but unfortunately the challenge of not only monitoring all that stuff, simply finding the energy to write about any of it, is daunting. I have picked up too much with too much youthful optimism regarding my ability to contribute to the "feed", and it's forcing me to either consider giving it up or doing it more efficiently and doing it.
If you know me, one of my driving mantras is, I'm always the programmer, never the programmed. In the end I will not be dictated by conventional weights. If they exist, I will refactor them to my time advantage. That being said then, which do you think I will do? ;)
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On Friday I had to use an Uber to go to the eye doctor's where I knew my pupils would be dilated. I paged the Uber through the app, then added a "note" saying I was wearing a blue jacket.
When the guy rolled up I hopped in and the first thing out of this old crank's mouth was, "Did you try to send me a message". I said yep, just trying to make it easier for you to spot me. He shot back, angrily, "That's now how you do it!". He then proceeded to lecture me on some distinction between whatever tool within the app makes the difference between my "note" and whatever equals a valid text message -- but I was too dumbfounded to absorb it, finding myself being greeted by a yell-at from my Uber driver as was the case. WTF?
Anyway, I think God was giving me a lesson or something as I've always been hard on people using the ticket system in all my years of IT supporting - to the point of making it the lead conversation. Well, THAT is going to change starting now. #SlappedInTheFace
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