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Ever have one of those days where you have an empty beer bottle in your hand, and a barely controllable urge to throw it at something?

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I don't think Hershey actually makes chocolate, period. 

Quick Tip: If you have a Roku streaming device, and use it for Netflix, the Instant Watch Browser for Netflix app is worth many times the $4 it costs. It gives you a much, much, much better title/genre browser than the native Netflix app that's always trying to steer you to recommendations. It also gives you a browseable list of new titles broken down by time period (new in the last week, within the last 2 weeks, etc.) as well as an "expiring soon" category so you can catch those titles you want to see before they're gone from the service. And the browser gives you the raw genre listings, sans filters and recommendation ranking, allows you to add, remove, and view titles in your instant watch queue. The only thing that seems broken are the "coming soon" listings. This is the browser interface the native app should have, but doesn't.

You are in a maze of twisty open source component packages, all version dependent. Do you want to:
a) Trust the automated build
b) Build each by hand.

? a

The automated build fails.

Do you want to:
a) Build each by hand
b) Start crawling through the build directories for the failed module

? b

There are 237 subcomponents. Do you want to:
a) Screw it. Start building by hand.
b) Begin drinking early.
c) Nuke github from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Yoga pants. Scrunchie. "Is that vegan?" "I gave up gluten and I'm sleeping sooo much better." Almond-milk chai latte. You almost feel bad that the stereotype exists.

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You know, if you pester me to set aside time for you and then no-show on both the originally scheduled meeting, and the re-schedule, both of which you accepted, you are wasting my time. Especially when you don't even have the balls to email or IM that you are not going to make it, and I sit here listening to dead air on a conference bridge. Nothing pisses me off more. You are dead to me.

Why do people think this is acceptable? It is quite possibly the most unprofessional thing you can do.

Email: "We must have a meeting."
IM: "I need to pick your brain" (urgh...)
Later IM: "When can we talk? I'd like to get a briefing! Let me ask you a few questions..." (while I'm on another call, and won't go away)

::schedule call, provide conference bridge and webex links::


Guess who just got moved to the bottom of the priority list.

+Thomas Jones - the deletion of your Facebook account has left some rather bizarre conversational holes in comment threads.

NaNoWriMo: now January 1 - December 31.
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