November 4th, 2009


Happy Birthday to pamalax!

I hope you have a great day, with as little work as possible, and get to enjoy celebrating with your family!


Thanks to a brain-parsing problem with the post for the opening-day status of mini_wrimo, I've already screwed myself up for the month. My first day's total will not be counted for the first day, which defeats the whole purpose of a "daily writing challenge." I'll know, but it's not the same-- and this is after 3 years of successfully meeting the challenge. Whee.

I'm not after the monthly word-count, because I've been writing toward a yearly total (with weekly goals) for findyourwords since January. By contrast, the weekly "status" posts haven't been put up in 5 weeks at that comm, so I'm hoarding my numbers and itching to enter them, along with everybody else over there. I used to have a complete week-by-week log of my total, but that died with the other PC. I hope something hasn't happened to the moderator who handles that function-- when someone "disappears" on the Internet, you always worry that it's a literal RL disappearance. :(

The kids enjoyed Halloween, though the nature of it has changed in our neighborhood the last couple of years. There are a few people about a mile down our street who go all out-- blocking the street off and running a Pirates Of The Carribean theme between several houses. It's fantastic! But it's had an unexpected side-effect: so few kids bother trick-or-treating on their own streets that it's stolen the fun from the grownups in our immediate area. About half the houses were "dark", as compared to perhaps 10% last year and maybe 3% the year before. Meanwhile, the "party streets" were swarmed by out-of-the-neighborhood kids, and ran out of candy early. It's odd to see what an unbalancing effect this has all had.

AFTER the trick-or-treating, the grownups watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on DVD. Collapse )

ETA: Now with 15% more flailing^^.


Meanwhile, on the work front....

I'm tempted to claim the quantity of write-up I did for a code-review package yesterday as "actual writing." I've been wrangling with cleaning up this single file for 2 1/2 weeks (half the work is documenting the review stuff), after two additional engineers messed around in it AND it went from supporting 2 somewhat-similar ASICs to now needing to support 4. Our internal ASIC team doesn't seem to "get" the idea that having a totally different register-addressing scheme for the same feature on 4 in-family ASICs (plus, four different implementations of it, in four different parts of the ASIC!) chews up major software coding and testing time.

And although you're supposed to use the existing "style" of any code you modify, one engineer invented his own commenting format, and the other decided to duplicate all the functions for the new ASIC rather than streamlining the code. :\

Monday, we got a "SMOKE-O-GRAM" email from an engineer working on bringing up new hardware. I read it to HalfshellHusband, who claimed it made no sense at all, but in fact... the warning was basically, "I'm checking in code that turns on a new power-intensive feature on your hardware, so don't download it unless you've had your board modified or your hardware's gonna scorch!" Whoo-hoo!Nothing like a little in-office fire to liven things up. \o/

I got back from my bike ride just now to find new "promotional material" on my chair for our current marketing campaign. It includes a plastic flag, which I've mounted in my cubicle, but my GOD this thing stinks-- like a combination of plastic and diesel. P.U. Customers will love that, I'm sure. :0