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I have arthritis!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I found out from the doctor yesterday why I have these body pains for no reason and why my fingers are all crooked. Apparently it isn't just the weird angle I was sleeping at nor the extensive typing either.

Yay youth! (I was born in '82, so it isn't as though I'm "old" really.)

Now I wish they had voice recognition programs for programming IDEs as I'd like to keep working for as long as I can. Then again, in another 10-15 years or so, maybe we wouldn't even need to write code. Makes me feel kinda funny (and it isn't the pain killers) that at some point I won't even be able to work on new applications even as a hobby.

I'd like to switch to making soap full time at some point in the future, but that would have to be well after I secure some startup costs.

Posted in : General moaning

Sickness FTW!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I don't know what happened to me yesterday, but I feel like I was run over by a truck.

Maybe it's the combination of the new job, too much Marmite or just plain exhaustion with the programming project at night. It got so bad that I actually couldn't show up for the day job either. Can't complain that it's the weekend.

Besides all that fun, I finally settled on the soap recipe I can't be sure if the proportions will translate to mass production, but I still need to create small batches before going into larger sizes.

Meanwhile, I did settle on the brand and a few of the labels.

Soap types  

There will be 5-7 types total, I think. In addition to this, I already have the recipes for the Herbal, Plus and Extra blends. Herbal will be exfoliating, moisturizing and all that good stuff. Plus is for extra sensitive skin and Extra is for more dirt removal strength.

The Classic blend is just plain Lye soap. The most basic you can get and nothing fancy. Mint will have Spearmint extracts and Pine will have Pine oil extracts. The logos are pretty reflective of the types. I couldn't decide on an exact symbol to reflect "classic" at first, but finally settled on a square and the Golden Spiral. I think few other symbols would embody "perfection" and "antiquity" as well.

Now I just need to find a place to start making this stuff...

Posted in : General moaning

I'm going to make soap

Sunday, October 18, 2009

No seriously...

I've been carefullying thinking of the rammifications of this and how much time, money and effort it will take to get something like this off the ground. And I know it won't be small doses of any of them.

But I'm going to make my stand. Right after I finish my move to a new apartment.

So it's been a year and a day since I posted, but that's the ungodly amount of work I've had to do. I'm not just doing contract work anymore. I just recently got a 9 to 5.

Don't get me wrong, I like being my own boss, but I just can't manage the inconsistency in income. Some months are great, others are terrible with a 1099. I figured, I could manage a W-2 with far less worry.

Posted in : General moaning / Philosophy

I'm moving to a bloody hut

Friday, August 21, 2009

Or rather I will if I can't find a blasted apartment sometime before the second coming of Jesus.

So the neighborhood I was looking just isn't working out. The neighborhood is fine, except there doesn't seem to be any more around in my price range. There was one that I was looking at, but that deal fell through when the bank started floundering on this and that. If I knew it was this hard to buy a house, I would started another job, but oh well...

Meanwhile, I'm still working on my side projects. At a very slow pace, of course, but still working on them. I wanted to release theForum two months ago, but things didn't go according to plan. And I'm working on a Java based web server for internal testing and such which can run PHP.

Posted in : General moaning

ABC Family's KILL IT WITH FIRE weekend

Sunday, August 02, 2009


  • Legally Blonde
  • Legally Blonde 2
  • Legally Blondes

Granted, I didn't mind the first one so much, but the "Legally Blondes" almost made me... Well, let's just say sledge hammers and watermellons were involved in that fantasy.

Posted in : General moaning

Moving... Again!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Well, at least it's toward civilization this time instead of the middle of nowhere. Ironically, it's near my old neighborhood from several years back. I guess that place just can't do without me.

And the fuss will begin probably during or after the weekend. Which means, I can say goodbye to any hope of the peace and quiet and a restful few days I was looking forward to.

But I suppose it's for a good cause.

Oh, sacrifices!

Posted in : General moaning

Motel ethnic curiosity

Friday, July 24, 2009

Something of an amusing observation during the past week or so...

A lot of motels in the northeastern U.S. tend to be run by people from India. The particular one I'm staying in is being run by a gentleman from Gujarat, India.

In fact the whole family is running it together along with another place further south. It's really amazing to see entire family establishments like this. It's a bit of a throwback to businesses run by immigrants from Italy and Ireland in New York at the turn of the century.

Posted in : Random

Sourceforge email spam?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's the deal with the sudden increase in Sourceforge.net spam?

I'm hosting a couple of projects there (actually, I'm looking for another admin to take over one of them) and my xxx@users.sourceforge.net email is getting an unusual amount of junk lately. The thing is that SF is marking them as [SPAM] in the subject line already so I'm guessing they must be aware of the increase as well. I can't imagine I'm the only user with this sudden increase.

Time to check the filters me thinks.

Posted in : General moaning

History channel... what?!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

That proves it. History channel has nothing to do with history any more.

I can understand someone wanting to squeeze in UFO hunters (although that's already borderline) since it involves historical accounts of sightings, pilot reports etc... etc... But the latest few forays into the absurd is starting to get quite ridiculous.

First off, there's MonsterQuest, which is basically a list of strange creatures that people have allegedly spotted and their "victims". Mind you, the victims read off like the type you see after a tornado touchdown. All they have are a few footprints, some hair perhaps and of course, copious amounts of CGI. Which look like they were put together by some kid taking graphics classes in university. This series belong on the Sci-Fi channel for crying out loud!

Then there's Ice Road Truckers. A series that has NOTHING to do with history at all! Honestly these guys are trying to match the Discovery channel with their own silly Deadliest Catch series. There's another show that has nothing to do with "discovering" anything other than empty or full crab pots. Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch belong on VS, what used to be the "Outdoor network".

The Alaskan ice road itself has arguable historical significance. After all many towns above the snow line would not exist if it weren't for the steady supplies of equipment that can arrive there. But drivers moaning about reckless oncoming traffic, slippery conditions and mechanical trouble? What in the world does this have to do with "history"?

Between this History Channel nonsense, Discovery Channel's non discovery and Sci-Fi becoming "Sy-Fy" (the dumbest name change in the history of television), I'm hoping for a communal TV executive suicide.


Can't believe I almost forgot the latest and greatest entry into the sublimely ridiculous...
"Pawn Stars"

I kid you not. That's actually actually the title of a new series on the channel. The show is apparently about people running pawn shops and the valuable historical artifacts they come across. While vaguely history related, whoever chose the name should be fired!

Posted in : General moaning

Page increment

I just noticed, for some unknown reason, Thingamablog is incrementing the page numbers quite a bit.

Even though the first entry is at 0, the second one is at 9. The third is 11, 12 and then suddenly the last one was 16. I don't know why it's skipping around this much, but it may have something to do with a beta glitch. Or maybe, it treats each saved draft as a new entry. Either way, just pointing out the numbers skip around quite a bit.


And, it seems, any changes to the templates won't be reflected until I make a change to the pages or add a new entry. Clicking on "republish blog" seems to have no effect in this reguard.

Posted in : Random