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By ana (Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 01:54:30 PM EST) (all tags)
 Autumn. Whatever. Though I think Fall has a more final quality to it.


 I'm on call this week, and it's been pretty quiet.

With one notable exception, which amuses me, so now it's going to amuse you, too. It's customary on this project to set up a command load schedule thingie to cover two weeks over the holidays, so we can skip one week's worth of fun (unless something untoward happens, which it does, some years). So, okay, the load review this week instead of the usual 20 pages was 36. Takes longer to wade through it, but no serious issues.

Well, there's the observation that's in progress when the ball falls (or whatever you Brits do at midnight GMT at the New Year). "Error," it says. "Integration time is -31529.92 ks. This is -516884.01% of the requested time." Seems the checking script fails to notice the year rolls over. The .01 on the end makes me giggle. Oh, and then "Two commands occur less than 1 second apart." Which turns out to be a computed time diff of -pi*10^7 seconds, which is indeed less than one.

So then the software goes on to run some thermal models for temperatures that sometimes approach or exceed limits, and it stuff them on a web page, edits the index.html file. "Oh," says the perl script. (I'm translating. I'm sure it said "@#$*@&@#$" being a perl script). "The year rolled over. Let me create a new block of html table goodness for the new year."

And then somebody finds an actual problem with the command load, so we go on to review rev B. "Oh," says the perl script. (I'm translating. I'm sure it said "@#$*@&@#$" being a perl script). "The year rolled over. Let me create a new block of html table goodness for the new year." And then it stuffs the link into the next table, which by rights should have been the 2013 one, but in fact was the rev-A-run-created 2014 one.

So we've edited the perl script to only create a new table once a year. Rarely used code is fixed rarely. And I got to spend half an hour hand-editing html files to clean up the mess. Scoop skillz to the rescue.



I'm off to Colorado Monday afternoon. I'm staying with my brother, and will, if experience is a guide, spend most of my days with Mom, listening to the same story again and again, with running commentary provided by reading her right-wing hate mail aloud (again and again). But it's good to stay in touch. And I need to remember that I can go elsewhere whenever I want to or need to. It might help with the staying sane part. The other brother and his kids are coming for xmas and a gift exchange and dinner (I'm not sure how the food works at Mom's extended care facility, or if she can visit the main dining room when she wants to). I hope to see his ex, but I'm not sure if she's coming or not. Perhaps I'll drive to her house, perhaps a half hour away.

I have no idea how I feel about any of this. Except I really don't feel like Christmas.

I'm flying home again the 31st, in the evening.

One of the people in my writing group is off to India for 7 weeks in February, so he's having a Bon Voyage party on New Years' Day in the afternoon, which should be fun. And then the writing group itself actually meets in the morning on the 2nd (since I'm on annual leave still, that works even for me, he only member with a regular 9-5 kind of a job). Perhaps the relevant parties will send out their selections in time for me to read them on the airplane coming home.

And then back to work on the 6th.

All this without darkening the door of the church (and feeling wretched), and with only occasional action-at-a-distance church-related wretchedness. I hope.

Oh, and... my carpool buddy is going to the airport to pick up his brother Monday, and he'll be there conveniently 2 hrs before my plane leaves. So I get a ride to the airport. Woohoo.

Anyway. Thanks to you all for being here and listening. It's great to have imaginary internet friends who care, even if they are imaginary.
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Imaginary friends inside the computer by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 09:42:25 PM EST
Just don't go all Jackie Paper on our Puff the Magic Dragon arses, man. That cave is a downer.

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We're always here by clock (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 10:50:53 AM EST
Virtually and otherwise. Enjoy your time with family and safe travels, old friend.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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