Software Engineer

Jason Hancock

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It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I’ve been working some long hours lately. We finally launched Pirates last week. It was a good night. The energy on launch night was great. We had some beers, the champagne flowed, it was a good night. Then I went back to my desk and worked for another few hours until 2am. I got an ergonomic keyboard at work the other day. I figure that I type a lot and I type pretty hard and that both of those things mean that I will probably end up with carpal tunnel in some form or another, so I thought this would be a good first step toward prevention.

I was at work until 1AM last night. I went home and passed out. When I woke up this morning, it was one of those mornings where your eyelids take every ounce determination that you have to get them to open. I stumbled into the shower. It was then that I decided to stop at Starbucks and get some coffee on the way to work. I order the same thing the same way every time.

what’s new?

Not a whole lot. I’m still busy at work. The pace is quickening and my todo list is growing. For every thing I scratch off, I replace it with two more things. It will all be worth it…I have a feeling that Pirates is going to be an overwhelming success…or at least I really hope so. After all the time and energy that the team has poured into it, it would be a shame if it didn’t pan out.

Laura has been saying for years that she can’t stand driving in nor-cal because of the drivers. I never really believed there to be much of a difference until this last weekend. This last weekend, we drove from LA to Sacramento to help James move. We hopped in the X-Runner and hit the highway around 3:45PM on a Friday night. We hit some traffic getting out of LA, but by the time we hit the grapevine, I had the cruise control set at 85 and we were making good time.

Just spent the weekend with my little brother and sister. It was a lot of fun. On Friday we went to the Disney studio lot and checked out a few sites there. Later that night, we went and saw the Dodgers play the AZ Diamondbacks….unfortunately the Dodgers lost, but it was a very good game and had some great pitching. Saturday we went to Santa Monica. We walked the pier, played some games, then went back to our car and got our stuff and had a picnic lunch on the beach.

I’ve toyed around with the idea of having a DVR. It would be cool to have one. Everyone that I know that has one says that they love it and can’t live without it. I’m sure Laura would like it too. I’m not a huge TV fan, but I like a good technical challenge, so I’m thinking about building a mythTV box. What is mythTV? It’s an open source project that allows you to build your own personal DVR.

text editors

Everyone in my line of work has a favorite text editor. Mine is ‘vim’. A lot of the developers here use emacs. I don’t know why, but I absolutely cannot stand emacs. I think that it has a lot to do with the kind of work I do. I do a lot of work on remote servers via ssh. If you’ve never used vi before, it will be very uncomfortable for a while until you learn your way around.

I was able to recover the lost blog articles. I took the two hard disks out of the box that died and put them into a new box. That box booted on the first attempt and I was able to download all the missing articles, then upload them back into the blog. Now I need to fix that box and it will all be good!

Wow…I was so stoked that a new pumpkins album was coming out since I heard their first single “Tarantula”….I have been counting down the weeks then days. Today is the day. The plan was to go get it on my way home. I had forgotten the name of the album, so I hopped on google and found it…..but I also found that there are a bunch of special releases of the album with bonus tracks……Target gets one version of the album with the title track, “Zeitgeist,” while Best-Buy gets another and iTunes gets yet another.

trackmania united

A co-worker suggested I try this game…it’s a lot of fun. It’s not a realistic racing game where the cars handle as they should in real life….but that’s not the point. Who doesn’t like going off huge jumps and driving through upside down loops?