May 24th, 2005


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Dominant Thinking Style:


You thrive on the unknown and unpredictable. Novelty is your middle
You are a challenger. You tend to challenge common assumptions and

An expert inventor and problem solver, you approach everything from new
You show people how to question their models of the

Your Secondary Thinking


Super logical and rational, you consider every fact available to you.
You don't make rash decisions and are rarely moved by emotion.

You prefer what's known and proven - to the new and untested.
You tend to ground those around you and add stability.


Feel the tightening of the sphincter

Lunch with the boss today. Famous Dave's.

It's skirt weather, which is making my something-or-other a bit more
attentive, or perhaps I'm just more distracted than usual. I have
actually left my cup in the microwave twice today already. I'm claiming
it's because I'm so focused on the job at hand that I'm a little
Well, there is some truth to that. I do tend to get absorbed, and this
is a whopping lot of very detailed analysis at the source code level so
I'm doing both a top-down and a bottom-up architecture analysis
simultaneously. I need to own this code, and pretty damn quick. It's
about 10,000-plus lines of mixed C, C++, and assembly, written to three
multithreaded operating systems that I have no documentation for, and I
have about a week to do it. Let's just say it's a bit daunting.

This weekend is Memorial Day, so Monday is off work. I'm hoping that the
weather will be good enough that I can do the complete deck and have it
finished and sealed by Monday. I have some steaks and brats and stuff
that would be good to grill too. Hell, if I had more time, I could even
have a pinnickinnick. I have a pinninckinnick table, it needs to be
cleaned and resurfaced, but I have the technology to do that kind of
thing, and while I'm doing the deck, I could easily do the pinnickinnick
table and benches.
Probably too soon though. I doubt if I can be completely ready by then,
and as nice as it would be to have folks over, I'd rather have 'em over
when there's a more relaxed atmosphere, rather than me trying to kick
ass over tea cozy and getting even more stressed. I have enough stress
in my life, thank you Derwood.
I do need to do some more work on the shed. I need to add the attic door
so that I can put some of the longer materials (conduit, leftover siding
and soffit vents, etc.) that are now conspiring to clutter up the yard.
It's what I built the damn shed for in the first place.
Dammit, I really need another me to do some of this stuff while I
get to work on the front porch. I know what needs to be done and I know
the way that I want it done, I just don't have time to do it all in a
timely fashion.

There is still a lot of manual-ish labor that needs to be done.
Shoveling and screening dirt, moving the concrete blocks when I finally
have 'em delivered, cutting up wood with a circular saw into
firewood-sized chunks, that kind of thing. I may decide to move the
shed, although that may well wait until later should I decide to place a
garage on the lot. I don't think I want to move that shed a lot, though
I did make it so that it would be portable if necessary. It's just

I'm kind of holding off with the materials for the porch right now
because I have yet to start getting paychecks from work, and I'm wanting
to make sure I can still pay bills and stuff. I'm not destitute or
anything, I'm just being cautious.

And it looks like I'll have a roommate for a bit. A friend is going to
France for the summer, and rather than pay for a full month's rent for
June, she's going to brave the Big Broken Box(tm) for a few weeks, and
probably stay for a while after she gets back in the fall.

Oh, my.

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The infamous canopy is up.

Crap it's big. The old garage was 20 feet, this is six feet longer.

I still need to attach the feet and install all the tiedowns and pins, but for now it's capable of withstanding wind and rain and tiny amphibians. And it has lights. Well, a couple anyway. And I'm all sweaty and beat.
The lumber pile for the deck is covered with a tarp as well, so it will stay reasonably dry for the weekend, despite the pouring rains to come.

Thursday and Friday, I'm helping my friend move. It's big furniture days, so the trailer is a welcome addition.
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