Rainy days put me in an reflective mood. Or maybe I’m just in a reflective mood recently. I don’t know.
It is raining outside. Rain drops pitter and patter on the sidewalk. On the buildings standing against the pale grey sky. On the cars passing by. On the people busy in their everyday lifes. I like the rain. Yes, days like today make me sleepy. But the greyness brings all the colours out. The pale grey becomes a canvas on which bright coloured things stand out, while the dark ones fade into the ether. And every surface becomes shiny and reflective like a mirror. People say that the rain falls down when Heaven cries. But are they are tears of sadness or of joy?
I’m am joyful today. I powered up my new cellphone today. Still need to get a provider and a SIM card, but it looks like a fun toy and tool. Today I also finished quite a few tasks. Most of the documentation I need to read at work, I read. Soon I will get to play around with Perl. In fact my task involves learning object-oriented Perl. Nice! Also went to Prince today and had a huge meal… and sake. 😛 So I’m in a really, really good mood today. 😀 And I sort out my IT troubles with Nokia yesterday… Today is a good day.
Now to make the day perfect, I just need to finish off some more old tasks. And start working on my projects. Also I need to do some trip planning!
Funny, I just read how SGI got bought out. Funny cause I remember going to an open house at the IAOD, for a computer graphics course. A very expensive course that required every student to buy a copy of Maya and a SGI rig. Funny how things worked out. I now work in an industry with a lot more stable and well-paying work than the graphics artist could ever provide. And my sad little Intel x86 computers can replace the SGI rig. And a copy of Blender can replace Maya. Funny how everyone with some time and talent can now start work as a graphics artist.
I’m blogging this entry fairly late in the day today. I will enjoy sleeping longer and missing being in the office before the sunrises. At least I will enjoy these guilty pleasures for the next couple of weeks. Hence my blogging schedule will be thrown out of whack. But I don’t mind the extra sleep. I am definitely less cranky and more productive.
I should pick a better time to write this. But I need a creative outlet. Fighting with Perl and web applications, and reading reams of documentation can wear a person out. I look forward to taking a change from Java. But Perl is not a pretty language. You can easily write code that you can’t maintain. At least not easily. The same could be said about Python, C or C++. Still Perl can easily win a code obfuscation contest. And my Perl skills need work. Still I welcome to the shift from Java and JSP to mixture of Perl and my firm’s in-house RAD tools. Even if it means wading through tons and tons of documentation.
Another shift is writing I guess. I’m doing more of it, and enjoying it. The effort of writing novel still drags on. I blame my compulsive reading of RSS feeds, and magazines. Still I like to stay in touch with the parts of the tech world that I enjoy and see future promise. Also other tasks hang over my head, so it can be difficult to concentrate at times. Writing and coding projects seem to move at a glacial pace nowadays. Still they move forward. I need to shift in Qt, C++ and Python coding again.
Lastly I have a trip to plan and random life tasks to do. I’m excited about the results obviously. But such tasks often involve decisions that take time and some can be life-altering. I’d prefer that the tasks would do themselves. But unfortunately my not doing them, is just procrastination. That is what I’m doing right now, procrastination by writing. I should get back to work now.