I nearly didn't make it out of bed today


It was after 2pm by the time I could force myself out of bed and get to the computer to start working.

I woke up again really early in the morning, probably about 5:30am.  I hadn't been able to fall asleep until after 2am so this wasn't nearly enough sleep. I had weird dreams again but managed to get back to sleep for a bit, got back up a little after 10 and came into the front room to sit down on the computer and start working and I was just still way too tired and out of it and there were a ton of tickets to sort through filling up my email inbox and I just couldn't face it so I sent a message to our production coordinator that I needed to take a couple more hours before I could even think about doing any work and went back to bed.  I slept for a few hours but then couldn't bring myself to get out of bed and face the work I was supposed to do until about 2:15.  Even then I was still not all that coherent to actually do the coding so everything that I did work on took longer than it should have.

I still managed to get a few things done, one was setting up a "Publications" page that took a textarea attribute and split it out line by line into a 'years' array and then built up a select list element and a bunch of 4 column divs that correlated to each one of the 4 types of publications they had.  When you change the select element to a new year then it swaps out the visible div with the 4 areas for each year.  Pretty simple, I'm glad that it all worked.  Another was modifying Attributes Slider to work as a tabbed interface.  There are 3 tabs per 'slide' and then when you click on the tab it swaps out the content with whatever the values are from the image attributes and a new image.  The hard part with this was figuring out how to write the callbacks to display the proper content area when you hit the previous and next buttons to swap out to a different slide.  I was pretty worried about how this would work, I don't have the best javascript skills so it was kind of a stretch for me.  Robert had said that we could sit down and go through it together and try to figure it out but we haven't had time so I just worked on it until I could figure it out, it took me close to an hour and twenty minutes to get the tabs working and then figure out how to do the callbacks as well.

Some men came by and rung my doorbell asking if I owned any of the two vehicles parked outside my building.  I didn't own either but I knew who's they were but neither of the owners were home.  Turns out they were here to trim up the tree in my front yard which they did pretty quickly and then took off.

My order from Amy's Kitchen came via UPS, I'm a little bummed that they didn't send me a confirmation email with the delivery date, it was possible that I wouldn't have been home and the stuff would have just been sitting outside for hours.  The dry ice that they packed in with it was nearly gone but I think everything was still cold enough.  It all fit in my freezer which was good.  I don't think that I'm going to order from them again, I didn't save all that much money and there was a ton of extra packaging that I just threw into the garbage that I felt pretty bad about, mostly Styrofoam and bubble wrap which isn't biodegradable at all.  I think it's probably best if I just keep picking it up at the coop in the long run.

I saw on facebook that one of our developers who lives out in Wilmar and mostly telecommutes is going to be taking another job that's actually in Wilmar.  That was kind of unexpected, I wonder what we're going to do.  He might stay on a bit working on nights and weekends.  I guess I will find out more tomorrow, it's our all company meeting or "Hut Confab" where we plan out what we are doing next as a company and on different projects.  I wonder if we're going to hire another person to make up for the loss.  He did a lot of our more complicated programming so it really will affect us.  He didn't do much for our concrete 5 work, mostly he was working with our in-house "Hut CMS."  He actually wrote a fair amount of the code that runs that CMS.

I did the last bit of research for our trip to Lovetree farm.  Now we're thinking that we're not going to head out to the Bike Farm but instead we're going to camp in Interstate Park in Wisconsin on Sunday and then Willow River park on Monday.  There are already probably too many people for us to go to the Bike Farm.  If anyone is interested in going on the trip you can send me a message or leave me a comment and I'll get you the proper information, right now it's looking like it's about $16.50 for each person for camping plus whatever it costs for incidentals like food, firewood and alcohol. We'll be leaving June 30th and getting back July 3rd.  Here is the tentative map of what we are thinking of.  I think it will be a lot of fun, it would be nice to have more people too.  I still need to buy a tent and some cooking stuff and a stove and a battery re-charger for my phone.  I don't think that we are going to have campsites with electricity though we might go for that on one of the nights so that people can recharge phones and cameras and bicycle lights.  We do have a sag wagon too which will make it nice for people that can't carry everything that they need on their bicycle.

That was about it, a pretty down day.  Probably related to drinking last night, it seems too big of a coincidence to ignore.  So probably not a good idea to drink more, no matter how much I want to.  If I'm not going to be able to drink fast enough to get drunk anyway and it's going to have such a big effect on my mood.

I didn't spend much time on facebook today, though when I was on there I noticed that there's a lot less content in my stream.  I was kind of expecting that.  Two more people asked to be included as friends instead of acquaintances.  Here's the couple of things that I did read and share.

An article on what needs to change in the bicycle industry.  I'm not sure if I agree with all of it but she does make some good points.

GMO corn has been linked to organ failure.  Of course Monsanto is denying it but I think it just shows that we need to label and probably ban these foods.  They are just creating super weeds that are even more resistant to the pesticides they are engineered for anyway so it's not like they are actually working for what they are designed for. 

Does this secret meeting choose the next president?  A friend posted up a link to a video with more information but I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

An article on Facebook's Open Graph.  Apparently there's a lot more that you can do with it than just controlling what information shows up when you share the page to facebook.  I have updated header_required.php in several concrete 5 websites to control what shows up when you share pages, the instructions on how to do this are here.  I wish I knew more about how to use it, I could probably do a lot of good on some websites including this one.

A nice interview with the project lead from Google's Project Glass.  I would love to have this technology when it comes out, the biggest thing I want it for is keeping track of people so I know who's who when I see them again.  I'm not sure if it will have facial recognition to bring up data on people you interact with but it would be nice.

A video with a friend of mine interviewed about the Sabo Bridge closing.  I think if they don't open this bridge again soon it's just a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt trying to cross at Hiawatha.  I see horribly dangerous stuff just about every time I cross, people turning across the cyclists in the crosswalk or people jumping the light and playing frogger to get across because they don't want to wait for the light to change.

More cannibalism on the east coast.  I'm not sure what's going on, it seems like there have been a lot of stories lately.  Here's another article calling for people to stop calling it a zombie outbreak, instead they want to blame it on the mentally ill.  Personally I know quite a few people that would fall into this category and I don't think any of them would turn to cannibalism.

A judge has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act that keeps same sex couples from having any benefits on a federal level.  I don't think it goes far enough, it should have said that the right to marry is a basic human right that should be available to all but it's a step in the right direction.  I wonder how it will hold up in the Supreme Court?

14 people were arrested defending the Cruz home last night.  One of my friends lives nearby and is starting to get sick of all the protesting being noisy and disturbing traffic.  I'm not sure if they should just give up, especially since the family isn't even there any more.  Sure the bank is saying they will re-negotiate but I doubt that they really mean it with all the support they are getting from the police.  There have been people in city government calling for the police to stop foreclosing on homes as well but I don't think they really mean it either because they keep sending out the police.  I'm not sure what the solution is, we really need change at the highest levels of government to give people more rights to renegotiate their mortgages.