I'm very good at integral and differential calculus.

March 25th, 2008 @ 9:55 am
Slicing Code with a Rusty Razor Blade

A year or two ago I was returning to my office from lunch with some co-workers. I spotted an old, rusty, razor blade on the sidewalk. “You don’t see that every day,” I said. In retrospect I was probably wrong. Everyone likely sees dozens of rusty razor blades on sidewalks and in gutters every day. […]

February 1st, 2008 @ 11:40 pm
Super Bowl XLII

Right now I am sitting in my suite at the Camelback Marriott in Scottsdale, Arizona, just a little more than a day away from getting to see my Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The story of how I got here is incredible on many levels, and even attempting to do it justice in a blog […]

December 7th, 2007 @ 7:50 am
This Pounding in My Head

Awesome. When I woke up today I thought to myself, “I really hope that there is someone pounding on the other side of the wall behind my head with a hammer all day.” It looks like my wish has been granted!

April 14th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
Sometimes You Just Need a Bat Stretcher

At some point in your life, you’re going to be asked to find a bat stretcher. This is a terrific story. I’ve gone through this experience myself, so I know the feeling. It happened to me while I was loading trucks on the midnight-to-ten shift for Old Dominion Freight Lines. One of the dock managers […]

March 25th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Late Friday night I finished reading Barbara Ehrenreich‘s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. This one’s been in my personal queue for several years; I sort of randomly found it on the shelf while looking for something to read on the plane to New York last week. It’s a psuedo-scientific exploration of […]

February 13th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm
Turning Out the Lights

Generally I am sitting at my desk by five-thirty in the morning. I am always completely startled by the alarm at 4:45, as if it’s the first time I’ve ever had to get out of bed. “What the hell?!” I think, although I’ve been waking up at quarter to five since I graduated from college. […]

April 18th, 2005 @ 7:54 am
Good Karma

Last week while I was returning from lunch, I found a lost cell phone near Quizno’s. I scrolled through the contact list and called My Sister. My Sister said that the phone belonged to her sister and that she was probably very upset that the phone was catching rays, lounging in the grass instead of […]

April 2nd, 2003 @ 9:16 am
The Refrigerator: A Source of Workplace Stress

In-depth reporting from Staples.com:The Refrigerator: A Source of Workplace Stress

November 8th, 2002 @ 4:08 pm
49ers Tickets Missed

I used to work for a paging company about 600 years ago. InterLink Paging. This was back in the dark ages, when mobile phones were still the size of shoe boxes and it actually made sense to own (or lease) a “beeper”. I constantly receive phone calls for previous owners of my numbers. Anyway. We […]

August 17th, 2002 @ 10:22 pm
Food

I have Papa John’s pizza on speed dial on my office phone.

April 29th, 2002 @ 6:08 am
Semi-nude Housekeepers

NEEDED Semi-nude Housekeepers (LA area) Happy Housekeepers, Inc., is expanding from the New York City market into Los Angeles. We provide semi-nude housekeepers to “lightly” clean apartments, condos and homes in the Los Angeles area. We are hiring 3 to 5 attractive, voluptuous, or sexy young women between the ages of 18 and 30. This […]

April 25th, 2002 @ 12:04 pm
Barry Manilow

I drove over the hill and down into West Hollywood yesterday for an interview. At some point during my trip I topped 10,000 miles on my truck. After the interview I met my girlfriend at the Olive Garden and then we booked to the Kodak Theater. Our friends, Michael and Deanna, got us tickets to […]

April 9th, 2002 @ 2:22 pm
Build Cathedral

I forgot that the reason you get “paid” to do “jobs” is because it’s not something you’d leap up out of bed in the morning raring to do, without the carrot of filthy lucre leading you on … “Real work” for me is something you just do as a consequence of being who you are […]

February 6th, 2002 @ 8:32 pm
Work

A recent survey of 6,000 people by recruitment company TMP Worldwide found that irritating mobile phone rings are the top workplace nuisance, followed by malfunctioning equipment such as photocopiers, fax machines and printers. I recently finished my first stint as a contract programmer. (Although I was employed for a few months in 2000 on a […]

January 19th, 2002 @ 12:31 pm
Dangerous Jobs

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), farm workers are risking their lives every time they enter a manure pit.

January 15th, 2002 @ 5:47 pm
Traffic

My drive home is always exciting. link via youshik

January 9th, 2002 @ 11:36 am
Haiku

Sitting in the Office A haiku: work goes well – music Alanis M in headphones battery dies. blah.

December 19th, 2001 @ 9:05 pm
Gift

Woo hoo! I got my Secret Santa gift yesterday. It’s a very merry Homer Simpson Collector’s Trivia Tin! Thank you, Lee! Click ‘more’ for some great Simpsons links!

December 1st, 2001 @ 3:37 pm
Observation

from inessential.com: Of course, my hope is that any programmer who uses the Web also gives back to the Web, posts their solved problems, tips, sample code, and so on. (I’m lucky that I get to do this as part of my job.) For a programmer these days, knowing how to learn on the Web […]

October 18th, 2001 @ 9:45 am
Unemployed

Today is my last (official) day here at HRI. Tomorrow should be my last day, but it’s my ‘flex’ day. One of the coolest perks of this job was the schedule. They have what’s called a 9/80 work week. You work 80 hours in 9 days instead of the usual ten. The bonus is that […]