September 27th, 2006

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Tom McMahon pretty much sums up how I feel in today's 4-Block World.

Attack Cartoons today is funny. Today's Cox & Forkum has more on the same topic (I'll update this later with the actual permalink). And Gaggle features more reaction. I didn't know that Chris Wallace was the son of Mike Wallace. (Incidentally, I was told that the Attack Cartoons I posted the other day were "mean spirited". Good thing I didn't post this one. That was over the top, even for me.)
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Oh, I lead such an exciting existence. Right now I'm busy downloading a database backup from an FTP server so that I can restore it at my end, so that one of my fellow trainers can do their preparation for class. This was part of what I was working on yesterday, when I was replacing the Oracle database on one of our servers.

Now, here's something I didn't have when I started in IT: I'm sitting on my deck while working on a system across town. I remember having to get up and ride the bus to downtown Chicago in the middle of the night when a job would fail. Now, I don't even have to leave my house to work on computers at the office. They just recently granted us contractors VPN access, so I don't even have to go to the office at all unless I have to meet with someone face-to-face, and that doesn't generally happen. All that work I did yesterday was done from my office in the house, while I was watching NCIS. Even the application that I'm working with uses technology that didn't exist when I started. I was working with 80 column cards when I first started. When I started working with online systems, there had to be hard wires between locations. Now it's all available via the Internet. This application is web-based, meaning that anyone can get to it with a browser. Amazing.

I've been reading Janet Evanovich's How I Write, her entry on the writer's training manual shelf. It occurs to me that Mary Cecelia would make a very good series character (and Mary Cecelia agrees with me; Mary Holton hasn't read enough of those stories). This year's NaNo project might very well be a Mary Cecelia story. She's a very well developed character (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean) and I know her almost as well as I know myself. I've been writing her for ten years now; is that amazing, or what? (I know, lourdesmont, Ellie and Connell have been around at least as long.) About time she started supporting me.

Anyway, I have to go play database now. See you later.