edg: (Jackassery)
Obviously that's not entirely true, otherwise I wouldn't be posting. And it's not true that I can't be productive - I spent five hours yesterday figuring out how to make a web client for LiveJournal. (I should use that to post this! But, no mood or music or anything.) And I built a bookshelf and cleaned up the apartment today, and I'm about to make dinner...

...but I have work to do, real work that's going to affect my ability to make money or get good grades. And I can't do it. It's not that I don't have the capacity, it's that I don't have the focus. I set a timer for when I was going to start doing work, and when it went off, I started working, and then... drifted away.

I have to figure out how to focus. I can't just go through life getting distracted by things I want to do. This is not the way to success. I have to figure this out.

Disconnect

Oct. 22nd, 2005 09:40 am
edg: (They call me the working man)
Today feels like a lazy day.

But I really need to get work done.

Time to make a to-do list and stick to it.
edg: (They call me the working man)
10:25 PM: I think to myself, "I should get to bed soon."

10:30 PM: I start preparing to go to bed.

10:33 PM: My supervisor sends me an email: "There's a problem with the website that needs to be fixed now."

1:00 AM: I finish working out the problem with the website.

The problem, if you're curious: Access is a pansy-ass application that can't handle my webpage asking for more than 255 fields in one query. Either that or it's Microsoft ODBC. I don't run the back-end on this server, so I can't tell.

The solution: break the 255+-field query up into chunks.

The hard part: I have to assign a different name to each query, so everything that was cheerfully looking for getData now has to look for getData or getData2 or getData3 or getData4, depending on what chunk of fields they're looking for. And since this is dynamic - I don't know before the page loads how many fields the user is going to want (it's dependent on date - the later the date, the more fields get pulled, which is why this is only coming up now, three months after I wrote the page in the first place) that means that sometimes things are only going to be looking for getData, and sometimes things are going to be looking for all four queries, and sometimes it's in between.

So, yeah.

I think maybe I'll try and get some sleep, and ignore that my alarm is set for 6:30. I really wish I weren't such a presentee; I could get away with missing classes tomorrow if I absolutely had to, but I would feel awful about it for the rest of the week, so it's probably not worth it.
edg: (Just doing my job)
Presenteeism

(prez.un.TEE.iz.um) n. The feeling that one must show up for work even if one is too sick, stressed, or distracted to be productive; the feeling that one needs to work extra hours even if one has no extra work to do.
presentee n.


(Hat tip: 43 Folders)
edg: (Bad math)
I did not mean to give the impression that I had been fired; in fact, I still work for Johns Hopkins, but in a highly-reduced, long-distance capacity. I am voluntarily leaving my full-time position in order to go back to school.

I meant to convey a sense of the melancholy and loss that I was feeling in that last post - but not to imply that it was anything other than my choice. ^_^;;

Finis

Aug. 11th, 2005 03:27 pm
edg: (Broken)
I just finished cleaning out my desk.

In 32 minutes this won't be my office anymore.

Work

Jul. 26th, 2005 09:09 am
edg: (Just doing my job)
As of when I'm typing this, I have exactly 70 hours of work left before I leave for school. 6 hours are left today; I have three more eight-hour days this week; and then I have 40 hours of work scattered across the following two and a half weeks. (I'm working 8/2, 8/4, 8/8, 8/10, and 8/11.)

The flip side to this is that I'm going to be doing a lot of work during those 70 hours. So please forgive me if I'm not very talkative during the day those days.

Bleh.

Jul. 22nd, 2005 06:04 am
edg: (Broken)
(I think onomatopoetic interjections must form the majority of my post subjects these days. I'll have to change that. On the other hand, I'm very glad that my mood-theme's "sick" icon isn't one of the ones that actually vomits.)

I have not been sleeping well lately. I'm averaging four and a half hours a night this week.

I suspect that Alex is now nicely settled into his role as disease vector.

In related news, I will be working from home today.
edg: (Candy)
Go to bed, dammit.

I actually ended up going to bed around 11 PM last night; my nominal bedtime is 9. I read for half an hour; then I turned out the light and stared at the glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling for the next hour and a half. So I'm running on four hours' sleep today. Hurrah.

Darán game tonight, at 7 PM Eastern. Just a reminder. [livejournal.com profile] nvdaydreamer, if you're finished by then, we'll integrate you right in. If not, no worries; feel free to swing by and just watch a session to see how we do things.

As a side note, I'm probably not going to be around much today for chatting; I don't have a lot of concentration at the moment and I'm going to need all of it for work.

EDIT: Okay, S2 Generator is really starting to bug me, with the little things that have changed from S1. (I screwed up my journal style yesterday, and took the opportunity to update to S2 while I was fixing it.)

I'm looking for two S2 variables - the title of the journal (I know you can get the name using $.journal.name, but I can't seem to get the title that way.) and the keyword associated with a usericon. Any thoughts?

EDIT 2: Apropos of nothing, I just renewed my Pyramid subscription for another year. Thanks to all who offered to help, but it sounded like it was going to be more trouble than it was worth, and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cythraul I had an extra $20 sitting around in my Paypal account, so I just did the deed myself.

Ugh.

Jul. 20th, 2005 06:16 am
edg: (Hellboy)
I am tired, I ache, and I'm vaguely crabby. I'm desperately tempted to call in today.

On the other hand, I know that if I do, I'll get a kvetching-out from my supervisor, and I'll feel bad about not doing the work I need to do.

Oh well.
edg: (Keitaro)
Alex is feeling better, so he's in day care today and I'm back at work. My supervisor is still baffled by my schedule change; she keeps asking questions like "are you coming in on Friday?"1 and "how late are you here today?"2. Since I missed the last two days, I'm now committed to working August 2 and 3; le sigh.

A small part of my brain is pretty much constantly engaged in trying to figure out why people keep trying to push Alex's stay here later into August. I'm not sure why this is a problem. When I say "I want two weeks3 to myself, so that I can pack all of my earthly belongings into boxes and move 600 miles", I tend to think that that's not incomprehensible to people.

I am padding this entry so that the footnotes aren't longer than the main text. That would just look silly.

There's some interesting media puffery on the beginnings of Netscape over at FORTUNE magazine's website this month. [livejournal.com profile] jwz has a slightly different take on things. Strangely, both of them activate the Late 90s Nostalgia Engine in the back of my brain, so now I'm going to be spending today thinking about how things were so much better when the Internet was totally awesome instead of totally everyday.

Which makes me think: in fifty years, are we going to treat Internet Age architecture the way we treat Googie architecture today? (Also: I am so glad I finally found the name of that architectural style.)

Also, interesting thing I found out today; ATIUBS, black tea does indeed contain more caffeine than coffee - when it's dry. An average cup of black tea has about 30-50% the caffeine of the equivalent volume of liquid coffee.

Okay, enough padding. Back to making other people's lives easier through SQL.

Footnotes )

Time spent

Jul. 5th, 2005 11:52 am
edg: (Bad math)
Many of you know that I work for Johns Hopkins University; specifically, I work for the School of Medicine. My actual title is Research Assistant; what I do depends on the day, and has included web design, medical data analysis (they give me the numbers; I tell them what the numbers mean), and running study protocols down to the Institutional Review Board five minutes before they close. (It's always, always five minutes before they close. Anyone who's helped put together a study protocol will appreciate why.)

Financial details )

My supervisor, however, has pointed out something interesting to me. See, I put in enough overtime here that I can, very often, just use banked overtime to "pay" for my time off, instead of using vacation or sick days. What this means is that I have piles of vacation and sick days - such that on August 1, I'll have about 136 hours at my disposal, assuming I work no overtime between now and then.

Which means that I can work six hours a week throughout the month of August and still claim a 40-hour paycheck.

What seems strangest to me about this is that my supervisor suggested it.
edg: (Metroid on my head)
Bring more things for small child to do when he's at work.

It looks like Alex is going to be going to day care two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, starting the second week in July. This allows him to get exposure to kids in his own age group, but it also allows me to keep my costs to a reasonable level.

But he's getting bored awfully fast.

Tonight, ransacking the Things To Do pile in the hopes that I can put together an office toybox.

Meh.

Jun. 22nd, 2005 08:08 am
edg: (Hellboy)
First day back.

I do not have Alex's shot record, so instead of Alex being happily at day care, Alex is in my office with me. I expect the peace and quiet to last about as long as the DVD, which is to say about another half an hour. Fortunately, I can take most of my work home.

Because of an expense that I'd forgotten about (the $160 car fix) and my father not paying me back for some things yet, I'm making my checkbook ledger out in red ink at the moment. Fortunately, my bank account can support it; the ledger reflects a substantial check that I haven't sent yet, and which has no due date, so I can hold off on sending it until I balance things out. God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be back in the black in less than a week. Still, I'd really like to, for once in my adult life, not be balanced on the edge of a paycheck.

I suspect that many of my troubles - not the two I just mentioned, naturally - stem from parts of me still thinking I'm 16 years old.

Ah, it seems I misjudged the length of the DVD. I have an hour left.

Whee.

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