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Work Journal for Monday, June 10th 2013

Note: This is a "work journal" entry. Historically, I've kept these in a file on my work machine, but I'm getting sick of trying to maintain that system. Instead, I'm going to start dumping it here. Feel free to ignore this post as it's mostly a way of me figuring things out at work when I'm really, really stuck. Future work journal posts will probably be posted here too.

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Late Night Balamb Garden TV

Tricia: "We will miss you, Odo. But you will miss us even more."
Don't worry. I'm sure your respective principles will keep you warm at night.
me: That and a fully charged phaser.
Tricia: Phaser's heat the rocks that boil the water that makes the steam that powers this mill. And that, kiddo, is how flour is made.
me: snickers "Is having a gun under your pillow keeping you up at night? Try new gunpillow! The first gun that's also a pillow!"
Tricia: XD
*giggles*

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DrupalCon Portland 2013: Day 3

If it weren't for the code sprints the following day, my third day at DrupalCon would have been much more wistful. I hugged Pazi before I left for the day, as when I returned in the evening, she would be half-way to California. Like yesterday, the keynote was right away in the morning. Unlike all the other keynotes, I didn't much care for this one. In fact, it made me a little annoyed. The speaker used to work at Apple (as well as other companies) and the slightly smug and superior attitude I expect from Apple fanpeople was here too.

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DrupalCon Portland 2013: Day 2

My second day at DrupalCon Portland 2013 was also the longest day of sessions. There was a keynote session right away in the morning. I didn't feel the need to go, but I got up early anyways. Unlike the previous day, I managed to get a seat in the same room as the speaker, rather than the overflow room. Perhaps it was the fatigue, or the fact that it was in the morning that resulted in my inability to remember much of anything about the session.

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DrupalCon Portland 2013: Day 1

The morning started at 6:30am. I gave myself extra time to prepare myself before heading out as I wanted have a more professional appearance on my first day. I knew that my sponsor, Palantir.net, wanted me to attend one of their sessions in which they would introduce all of those that received a DrupalCon ticket. I didn't know to what extent this involved, so I over prepared. I poached eggs for breakfast, used the oven to toast bread, and then walked to the nearest Max station.

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DrupalCon Portland 2013: Day 0

I love technical conferences. In 2008 I had the opportunity to attend IBM IMPACT. I assisted in building the booth for my company, but I love attending the sessions the most of all. It was a amazing experience. Since then, the only professional conference I attended was a web-only cloud conference in 2010. It was a disappointing experience and left me feeling like I had wasted the company's time. If I were in person, however, it might have been more interesting. Then, I learned about the Minneapolis DrupalCamp.

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State of OSN5 for May 12th, 2013

Since the news that I will be attending Drupalcon stuck over a week ago, I've lost the thread of what's going on with OSNews 5. Every night since then has been spent either in abject exhaustion, or in a frenzy of worry and anticipation. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this happened. It is, however, frustrating and the interruption a terrible detriment to my productivity.

So where *are* we with OSN5?

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The New Laptop Game

Lately I've been craving buying a new laptop. Work provides me with one, but I've been craving something smaller, lighter, and something of my own. At the moment, there's little chance I will actually act on this craving. There are a lot of bills and other concerns since I bought a house back in October. Instead, it's more of an enjoyable exercise in speculative consumerism.

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Long Week

7am conference call. My track record with these has been less than great. My direct manager usually fills me in on these, but this time I set an alarm.

Work has been cleaning house this week. They've laid off a large number of people, to the extent that a long time employee called it "the harshest since 2002". Being a remote employee, it's easy to just miss events such as this. Immediately, I started having flashbacks to 2009 when my then employer cut everyone's pay by 20%, and started laying everyone off left and right. This was shortly before being acquired.

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