How was your day dear?: August 2003 Archives

Net worth

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Spent entirely too much time on the calls database this weekend. A lot of hacking perl and mysql was involved. Even managed to break the sql server in the process. It seems that if you do a select from multiple tables but don't put in the links properly, it generates rows over and over again. I don't know how many lines it was going to return, but it generated a 200mb temp file before the partition filled up. Later when I did a similar select on just a small fraction of the database, it returned over 2000 lines. Still haven't figured out the code properly, need to figure out how to do joins.

But I did get a bit of an admin interface working, where clicking on the categories prints out a summary of each entry. And I think I got a nifty date select working, that selects everything since the previous Sunday. Can anyone suggest anything better/more elegant/more compact than this:

select * from calls where date > DATE_SUB(DATE_FORMAT(now(), '%Y-%m-%d'), INTERVAL DAYOFWEEK(now()) day);

*buzz* :)

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Got pleasantly buzzed tonight which was lovely, thanks Dave :)
Had drinks again up at the Coro for Dave's last day at cia, and had a pretty decent turn out which was great. Photos should be a lot of fun .. mwoohahahha :)

Weekend nonsense

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Saturday was interesting. I met up with Jacqui (who I saw last weekend for the first time in 12 years) and Tanya (who I also hadn't seen in 12 years) for lunch. We ended up shopping, having lunch, shopping, having coffee, shopping. I came home six hours later. Then it was off to Striker's for his birthday party. Was a very strange night. Somehow I don't think I'll be going back any time soon. Was annoyed with Campbell after hanging around for hours later than I wanted to, only for him to decide to stay anyway and not get a lift home. sigh.

Today I was tired and grumpy, so slept in and didn't go to church. Watched the Mole most of the afternoon and really didn't achieve anything else.

Some more silly stuff. A Google search on "kazza" puts me at number 2! A Google search on "MacGyver DVD" puts me at number 4! All because of a silly comment I made months ago about wishing they'd put MacGyver onto DVD. "care bear quizzes" puts me at number 6. Go figure.

I also saw some teeny Angel fish in a pet store. So I came home and looking at old pictures of mine - my angels have all grown so much! They've doubled in size in the past couple of months.

Van vs Bus

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I think the bus won, although not sure who was in the wrong. Bus was turning right and hit by oncoming van. Someone went through a red light or entered the intersection when it wasn't safe to do so. Ambulances and police everywhere.

Very tired. Not sleeping well.

Ordered the first three Harry Potter books online. Couldn't find a bookstore that didn't want you to go through a whole username and password registration setup epic, so chose the least user unfriendly one of the lot - Collins - to buy them through.

Aside from that, not much.
School reunion was good for one thing at least - catching up with my best friends from high school (who didn't go to the reunion, but at least now we're all in contact)

Had to laugh a lot at this today. After spending a week patching our machines in anticipation, and blocking netbios to be sure, it felt kinda good to watch the rest of the world run around in a mad scramble trying to fix up broken machines when it finally hit.

But the mood of the day was marred in the afternoon by my boss piking on, and therefore cancelling, ice skating that was supposed to happen tonight. Went home totally grumpy cause I'd managed to organise a group of people to go out (which never happens) only to have the night cancelled. grumble.

I did manage to hack one of vic's scripts enough to make it work though, which is always a good thing. Although it has some issues, it's a lot further along than it was earlier this evening.

3.. yoykes and away

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Whacked.
Flipping slammer. Flipping backup exec. Who on earth would install a whole database server just to keep track of what backups are running? So that wasted my day and just now trying to find the appropriate patches for a cut down piece of crap software.

Had roast pork for dinner at my parents place today though which was nice, and me little brother came along also which was good. Left a bit early though to get home and do upgrades. Yay.

Drinks at the Corro for Carl

Just got home from the "Corro" for drinks for Carl's last day at cia. It's certainly a much more civilised place than the Sly Fox, and even cheaper. So was all good.

A couple of people I know in real life have seen my blog in the past couple of days, which is rather a disturbing thought. I've been writing this for the past 8 months with noone paying any particular attention, and then suddenly I get two in one week. I hope it doesn't mean that I'm gonna stop writing about some stuff, knowing that these people might read it, or pass it onto other people I know who may read it. I'm sure it will have some effect though. We'll see I guess.

My party has been rescheduled to Friday. I'm a bit over it now though, so *whatever*. I'll turn up (assuming it doesn't get cancelled or whatever) and see what happens.

Going back in time an hour.

8.. zzzzzzz

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Another mindless day patching computers
Two floors down, still many to go.

Couldn't get the key into the ignition this arvo.. the thingie inside had twisted around and gotten stuck. Fiddled and fiddled and eventually gave up and called the NRMA. They fiddled and got it unstuck, yippee. Decided it was a good time to book the car in for a service anyways :)

My party has been loosely organised, and people have agreed to turn up.. woohoo!! Not that it will be a big thing, just a few friends over to James and Georges for a dinner party.

10.. like a yoyo

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Keeping myself busy .. at work patching computers against the latest exploit.. hanging around at cia.. shopping.. watching The Mole (flipping ran out of tape and missed the last 10 minutes >:( ) .. half watching tv and programming

Which means while I'm distracted I'm actually in quite a good mood. Whenever I stop though, things catch up with me. Like passing within 200m of *his* place on the way home and getting that rather sinking feeling.

Gonna go back to my perl.

5 nights and 3 of them getting happily drunk, it's all good.
Ok perhaps not from a Christian perspective, but you get that.

Tonight was first of the month at Alan and Marylon's with lots of lovely wine and fantastic company, and easy to completely suspend reality and just enjoy oneself.

Last night, no alcohol but still a good night out with Sydney Cave Clan, walking up drains and bridges, and again suspending reality. Photos are on conspiracy under events if you want to see.

Two nights in a row getting to bed at 5am, tonight I'm looking forward to getting 8 full hours of sleep.

Need to finish on something more positive before I slither into bed.. um.. .. well I did get some cool sql programmed today .. and there was the climbing up inside a bridge last night... and dinner tonight.. I think that should keep me going..
nightie night

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