Monday May 22, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_20

The weather was fair and cool for the first part of the week; however, we had a storm come through over the weekend, bringing rain on Saturday.

I had a phone screen pre-interview this week for an internal documentation position. I guess I "passed" because I'm scheduled for a real, in person interview on Monday.

I also had a possible interview with another company for a web programming position. However, after a lot of thought about what I really want to do, I canceled that one.

There were several reasons. I didn't have a good gut feeling about the job. I didn't want to take a Perl "test" (required). Most important, I realized that I was mentally treating any programming job as an "interim" job because what I'd much rather find is a technical documentation position. So, I'm (still) going to look for contract short-term programming positions if I don't get the docs job I'm interviewing for next, but I won't look at 'long term" FTE programming positions.

Rich and I had dinner in San Francisco with Rich's father and stepmother one night. They were coming through town for their granddaughter's College graduation.

I did some programming this week. First, I tried to install a PHP-based Guestbook script that uses CAPTCHAs to try to thwart spamming. Unfortunately, I didn't get very far with that; I have a missing piece in the configuration and was unable to resolve that.

So, I changed tactics and turned to Perl which, most of the time, does what I want it to do. It didn't let me down.

I now have a script that can post weblog entries to any weblog that uses the MetaWeblog API. Just for fun, (and because I could) the weblog I'm using runs under WordPress. [Read more on the whys and hows of this tomorrow...]

When I wasn't playing with Perl and WordPress, I customized my Google home page. When I first played with the home page feature it was interesting but not enough to use regularly. Now, I've decided to actually try this as my home page for a while. It's insanely customizable with oodles of widgets to choose from: news feeds, calendars, clocks, mini games, weather, driving directions, ...

This week I read Wild Crimes, an anthology edited by Dana Stabanow, Moontide, a novella by Mercedes Lackey, and Banshee Cries, a novella by C. E. Murphy. The latter two are in the book, Winter Moon, along with a third novella by Tanith Lee.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a couple of chats with my Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.

If you like peanut butter and haven't yet tried Baskin Robbin's "Happy Camper" flavor-of-the-month, get it while it's hot, er, cold! Vanilla ice cream swirled with trail mix (mostly chocolate chips) and a tasty peanut butter ribbon.

Onward and Upward.

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