January 31, 2003

Spammers have found a new product...

From the glances I've taken at my spam before nuking it, it appears spammers have found a new product to sell:

"... the last flashlight you'll ever need to buy! never needs batteries..."

What? It runs on Viagra, right? And the special light it gives off makes your genitals look bigger? And when you use it, people think you have a Ph.D.? And it automatically opens an account for you, that allows you to help that poor woman from Nigeria/Philippines/Sudan/Name-a-country get that $30 million US out of the country.

Nope, no news yet... client is *still* crunching numbers, apparently. Blah.

January 29, 2003

Here, kitty kitty kitty...

Ok, some people just don't get it: it's a lion, dummy!

And no, we haven't heard yet... apparently, the client wanted another face-to-face meeting today... so... maybe today? ... tomorrow? ... 2004?

January 26, 2003

And waiting...

and waiting...

I wish decision-makers would understand how much stress their delays put on people... *make* your decision, tell Kevin, and he can tell me.

DO it.

Thank you.

January 24, 2003

Still waiting...

The board is meeting right now - hopefully, we'll know very soon, so we can actually get stuff ready if it's a go, or abandon plans already made, if it's a no.

I hate waiting... it's a terrible terrible thing, and should be outlawed!

"All decisions to be made immediately. No exceptions!"

January 22, 2003

There, that's better...

A redesign that looks similar, but is better laid out, I think...

And looks almost exactly the same in Opera, Mozilla, Netscape 7, and IE5+

Of course, it looks like crap in Netscape 4.7, but there comes a time when you just have to let go...

Oooo, and look! A pretty picture, too!

January 20, 2003

Bad news... and good... (maybe)

Bad news, first...

On Friday, the organization I interviewed with on December 20th finally got back to me... "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to go with another candidate..."

I asked if I could have some feedback on the interview, to see why I didn't get it. The woman who called said she'd pass the request on to the interviewers, who would call me if they could (or words to that effect). My wife interprets this to mean "Yeah, right..."

and now the good (maybe):

An old friend has a short-term but well-paid and very interesting contract possibility for me - have to wait, though. He thinks he'll know for sure by the end of the week... if it goes, it'll involve travel to exotic places, and warm sunny climes!

Cross your fingers, folks...

January 01, 2003

Lots o' Stuff

Well, here we go. Mega New Year Catch Up Entry:

1) We eventually got our kitchen/office floor replaced. It took awhile, and was a fun-filled adventure!

- Dana, the maintenance supervisor, eventually showed up and determined the lino did need to be replaced. Jay, the guy who did it, showed up two hours late, started ripping out the old stuff, determined that the crappy particle-board floor was still wet at the edges, and couldn't put the new floor down that day. Had to come back the following day. No problem. He shows up an hour late the next day, and starts working away. We have to leave. We get back, the floor itself is down, but the new kickboards under the cupboards are falling off...

- A week later, Dana comes back, inspects, determines the job is inadequate. Calls us later that day, to set up an appointment for Jay to come back on Saturday morning at 10am, to finish the job. At 3pm on Saturday, I call the office and leave a message that he has not shown up. On Monday, Dana calls to ask if Jay had called us on Saturday (according to Jay, we had, and had told him it was inconvenient for him to come). Finally, on the Wednesday, Jay shows up at 9am as scheduled, and 20 minutes later, the new kickboards are up and the metal strip between the carpet and the lino is in place and he's gone.

2. Karen, Alexander and I have all been sick with nasty bugs that just will not go away. Mild fever that occasionally spikes for no apparent reason, then goes away. Cough. Chills. Aches. You know, the fun flu bugs that have been going around. *cough* *cough*

3. The Friday Before Christmas: I get a job interview. Finally. Seemed to go very well, and the job is perfect for me, but we won't hear back until the first week of January (next week, I presume). ACK!

4. New Year's Eve at home. I watched TV. My wife worked on her blog. Our son slept. All in all, a rockin' good time.

Happy New Year, Everyone!