In need of a placeholder until I'm feeling creative and wordy, so you get Paul Rudd from 2007 in I Could Never be Your Woman.
I switched over to using Logitech Harmony remotes (evidently) in 2007. I was tired of
having, at a minimum, 3 remotes laying around for the TV, receiver, and DVD
player. The benefit of the Harmony remotes over others of the time was that the
Harmony was programmed via the internet so that it wouldn't become obsolete as
new electronics came to market. Instead of punching in a PIN to program the
remote to work with the TV I now had, only to hope my future TV would have an
equivalent PIN, Logitech just updates drivers on their website and everything
The 880 was my first remote which I thoroughly enjoyed. Around my birthday soon thereafter the 1000 was on sale which had more of a tricorder feel. I used the 880 in for the bedroom TV and the 1000 for the living room TV. The problem was that the 1000 was not suited for couch surfing as the device + button layout don't lend for 1-handed channel surfing. So after a while I picked up another 880. That was almost 4 years ago.
One of the 880s is starting to show it's age. It's been dropped a couple of times. Pieces of plastic have fallen out. In fact, there's something rattling around in it now. It still works, it just feels like I have to press buttons longer, and sometimes harder, than I need to in order to get it working.
I don't channel surf on the living room TV any more. The majority of time I do anything on that TV, I'm playing Grand Theft Auto 5. Every once in a while I'll watch a DVD. Gone are the days of living room 1-handed channel flipping, so I pulled the Harmony 1000 out of the drawer I had tossed it into years ago, charged it up, and updated it through the Logitech site. Now I've got a 6 year old remote that feels new in the living room.
I could probably download an app for some iDevice that would do the same thing, but I like having a dedicated remote.
Today"s blog is for my own ego, to show what nearly 2 decades of web development actually does for me.
The actual description of what was needed wasn"t much like the above, as it went into unneeded detail about where links were coming from and going to, with special names for each.
I talked to Jacob to make sure I knew what was going on (see my re-written description in the 2nd paragraph above) and went over my plan:
And it didn"t work.
The id would change on that initial page load with the id in the URL, but then it got lost.
It turns out the handy dandy functions I found online for creating and getting named cookies worked fine if nothing else on the site wrote a cookie, as these functions used a completely different delimiter than what already existed. As such, my new cookie was getting merged into an existing cookie thanks to having the wrong delimiter. I Googled up a fix (just show me functions that work better!), tested it out, and sent it to Jacob.
And it still didn"t work.
This time it worked.
I will now return to my humble self. Except when I talk about how far I"ve been walking.
This evening, after having a pretty good day, I decided to eschew my normal
routine of watching and coding along with some Unity
tutorials and instead popped in disc 1 of season 4 of the Walking Dead,
freshly delivered to my stoop yesterday. At the end of the first episode I was
The gang is back at the prison. There's a whole gaggle of people milling about and I don't understand who they are or why they got there.
Somehow I've skewed story lines between the comic and the tv show. I knew it would happen. I remember it happening a little when I was watching a couple of episodes from season 3. But I've got some Walking Dead Dementia/Alzheimer's going on now.
Is would make the most sense to either re-watch the last episode or two from season 3, or more easily go online and look at season summaries. But this is an opportunity for me to start over and re-discover the episodes. I like Walking Dead as it captures what I like about the zombie genre - you're not going to win, just see how long you can survive. I think I remember most of what happens in the first season, but I'm going to start over with episode 1 anyway.
I watch movies multiple times and enjoy them. I've watched the entire run of Friends and Frasier multiple times. Why should I feel so bad doing the same for Walking Dead?
After almost a month I'm still on the job hunt. That sounds a little bad, but
I'm still limiting my job hunt searches to those jobs I wouldn't dread going to
(i.e. not on the Arsenal). On Thursday I had a phone screen/interview with the
local credit union that was supposed to last around half an hour but instead was
closer to an hour. That may sound like good news, but the more I talked to the
guy the more I thought of how I wasn't a good fit for the job. A lot of that
stems from my lack of formal learning of .net and the Microsoft world it comes
from. I know how to do plenty of things, I just don't know the name of what it
is that I'm doing. A lot of that comes from years of anti-Microsoft thinking
ingrained in my head.
My phone call also led me to think that I need to add more details into my resume. I worked on getting my resume down to 2 pages and only managed 2½ instead. When I was talking to this guy, he seem shocked that I knew HTML. I've been writing HTML for 18 years. How did I not stress that on paper? With that in mind, I've gone back and filled in more details per job and listing all of the little things I've done, especially HTML, CSS, and writing SQL queries, as those seem to be the big questions I'm asked about.
Speaking of SQL queries, my phone call had an interesting question or two when I told the guy I knew and had written plenty of SQL. He casually asked if I knew the difference between a LEFT JOIN and a RIGHT JOIN, and I casually answered yes and told him it just depended which side of the tables you wanted your records. He then asked casually if I knew what a UNION was and I told him it returned all the records from both tables that met the search criteria. His questions were so easy I started thinking about it afterwards. Was there something simple I had missed? I don't know if I had ever written a UNION query, but I made JOINS all the time. 99% of the time I just used the default LEFT JOIN and didn't really think anything about it. So I went to the Google to make sure.
Luckily what I thought was the difference between a LEFT and RIGHT JOIN was
right. They're the same, at least the way I think about it. I found out that
UNION is a little different than what I thought, or more importantly how I was
asked. In a JOIN, records are combined in the results. In a UNION, records are tacked on to the results.
How often am I really going to need to use a UNION?
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