It’s Alive!

For the past two weeks, I have been trying to get some code to compile and run. The reason: to write documentation so that anyone could get it to compile and run. Until today, although I had the documentation, I haven’t been able to prove that it would work. Finally, it works! I finally got the code to compile and run properly (or as properly as we can tell) on my computer. I can’t begin to express how happy I am about this.

Almost forgot the title

Friday Five

1. What was the first thing you ever cooked? grilled cheese, a good staple thing to eat in my household. Behold the power of cheese, it made me cook.

2. What’s your signature dish? I have a couple, pesto, garlic mashed potatoes, and my omlettes; and not necessarily combined.

3. Ever had a cooking disaster? (tasted like crap, didn’t work, etc.) Describe. well over here in huntsvegas i did find out what the burning temp of olive oil is, forgot about the pan and left it on high. then there was the famous flaming tenderloin incident over at my folks house….

4. If skill and money were no object, what would make for your dream meal? Dunno if I have specifically one, but something involving kobe beef would be good.

5. What are you doing this weekend? Tonight: Gathering at the geek country estate. Tomorrow: hoping that Geof cleans out his truck enough to install his new cd playerm then driving down to Birmingham that night to meet up with some other car folks. Sunday: stumble through full day at CrapUSA, and then drive up to nashville for an install the next day at the Sumner county board of education.

Iron Five

I’m really getting into these. They’re fun questions to answer.

1. What was the first thing you ever cooked? Soft boiled eggs. I used to love eating them mushed up in a mug with pieces of bacon and toast. I can’t understand why I liked it anymore, but I used to love them.

2. What’s your signature dish? I don’t think I have a signature dish. It used to be lasagna. I love making breads, though. I’m getting really good at it, too. I’ve found ways of making good bread in mediocre to bad ovens.

3. Ever had a cooking disaster? (tasted like crap, didn’t work, etc.) Describe. Gravy. It was a horrible mess. My mom had gone out of town and my dad expected the usual Sunday dinner which included, among other things, gravy. I’d never made it before, but had watched my mom do it many times. I thought that I had it figured out. My one mistake was that I didn’t know that after a certain amount of thickening agent (for me, flour and water), you’re supposed to just add water and keep stirring. It will thicken up as it cooks. The end result was a ball of gravy, literally. It was so thick, I could roll it into a ball, and right into the trashcan. We didn’t have gravy that night and to this day, I still hesitate when making gravy for anything.

4. If skill and money were no object, what would make for your dream meal? I had this herb-crusted salmon filet once with some really creamy piped potatoes and fresh, crunchy green beans. I’ve never been able to replicate that salmon since. That would be my dream meal.

5. What are you doing this weekend? Homework. Relaxing for a little bit. Oh, and tons of sleep. My body is demanding sleep to be a high priority on my weekend schedule. I think I might go shopping around for some stuff for the apartment and my office, too.

That’s a big job for one person

Peter here at STG pointed this out to me yesterday. I wish I had gotten a screen shot of it so that I could show it you all of you. Headline on yesterday’s CNN web page:

“Bush unveils plan for Global Warming”

Hope he doesn’t expect the U.S. to do all the warming, just think of the savings in heating costs in the winter though.

Man, guess I should go buy a late 1950’s car now….


Finally, it’s the end of the week. This week has most certainly not been easy. This past weekend left me drained. Then, I had tests and programs that refused to work no matter how identical the two processes looked and worked. On top of that, I’ve been at work all week. I want to tell everyone thank you for being in the least bit supportive of me. Especially, Sean, thank you for putting up with me and my snappishness this past week and the fact that I fell asleep on the couch last night. 🙂 Ames, thanks for cooking dinner tonight. We wouldn’t be having dinner tonight if I had to cook it. Jeff (Jeff C.), thanks for helping me out with that stubborn program, even if it still didn’t completely work in the long run.

I’m so glad that I have a good group of friends here that help out. You guys are priceless.