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  1. LB log - 20120506

    There is a silence in the house now and I couldn't be more relieved. The child slept less than four hours each day he was here and I became worn out. I felt numb and listless for several hours after they were gone, and could only lay on the couch in a daze immediately after their departure. Despite that, I'm still glad to have had the day off from retail work because there were a few spots of heavy rain which I thankfully didn't have to absorb.

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  2. LB log - 20120505

    So today's plans basically have occurred without incident or much of anything which I would consider to be particularly extraordinary. Our decision to see the earliest showing of Avengers turned out to be rather prudent since the line to see the showing after ours had about fifty people in it, and that was just outside of the actual hall entrance, as well as it being for one of three screens that they were running it on. Then off to Fashion Bug so that my wife's friend could procure a set of proper ...
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  3. LB log - 20120504

    T minus four hours until the company arrives. I need to be quick. Despite having shitty sleep due to the thunderstorms that rolled on in the night, work was OK today, particularly in the second half of the day when there four of us out there at the same time, which is a circumstance that hasn't happened in at least a month to my specific memory.

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  4. LB log - 20120503

    I finally took a moment to drive out and deposit a check given to me for preparation of my Uncle's taxes. The branch which I go to now is probably no more than two miles away, closer to one, and took little time after weaving through some sidestreets so that I didn't have to wait at major intersections. I wonder how long it would have taken me to ride my bike over there. Otherwise, not much special going on today other than working further on Form 1118. Despite cutting out half of the form pages, ...
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  5. LB log - 20120502

    Seeing as how I never had a need to do so, I never got any standard emulator programs up and running on my LB machine; but since I have visitors coming over the weekend, I decided to take care of it yesterday and get things on here. Mame++ and Nestopia are now here, and in playing some NES games I noticed that there was some frame and audio skipping issues, which I found odd because it's obviously not a taxing program and I don't have lots of garbage running in the background. I figured maybe AVG ...
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  6. LB log - 20120501

    Not even halfway through setting the data bindings and field names for Form 1118 and I cannot save the form without crashing LiveCycle. It's just as well for me to split the development into two halves at this point, seeing as how the test data only requires a few of the eight pages it has, but it's still rather disappointing to hit the ceiling so soon with it. The form is revised frequently (at least, the last revision is as of December 2011) so hopefully it is put in the newer style sooner than ...
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  7. LB log - 20120430

    Worked in the rain for a majority of the day. Just after getting home and finishing dinner I had a sudden and violent outburst of itchiness on my feet, likely because they were saturated over the course of four hours while I walked mostly throughout that duration. I'm just glad that I had this kind of day today as opposed to a few days ago - I have rest to look forward to now as opposed to returning to the scene. Speaking of scene, there was a TV commercial being shot at the store today. Unsurprisingly, ...
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  8. LB log - 20120429

    I wonder if I should get a cheap tablet PC of some sort so that I can find a program to take up kanji lessons. Despite writing in gigantic strokes, it probably would be nice to have something to directly reinforce proper writing immediately upon the action. In tax form news, I'm probably going to be crying about Form 1118 for some time to come, because of its size and volume of data bindings to establish. My PC is already grinding to render and preview the document, and I only have 1.5 of the 8 ...
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  9. LB log - 20120428

    I can't say I'm used to 7AM starts, but at least the extra time does give me the opportunity to fix up some things which I normally wouldn't bother with on a usual 8A or 9A start. Meanwhile, the cart machine shown all charge lights at Green when I started to use it later today - this indicates to me that the battery might be becoming depleted as it was doing last time and it will eventually (over the course of a few weeks) get to the point where the machine is unusable. Again. I have downloaded ...
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  10. LB log - 20120427

    Not a whole lot of any news today. Payed utilities. Why is it that ComEd's rig for online payment is so much more cumbersome than anything else that I pay for? For any of the other utilities, I just log in, select the same card, confirm, and it's done. Electric bill, oh no we can't do that. I have a payment put in but I'm not even sure if it went through. I might have to call customer service the next week. It's not due for a few weeks but I wanted to get it down since my garbage collection was ...
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  11. LB log - 20120426

    I didn't do my daily treadmilling yesterday. I had some stomach discomfort which wasn't enough to cause vomiting or anything serious but was distracting enough to convince me to lie down, which turned into a four hour nap that I didn't plan on or ask for. Upon starting today, I rounded up my coffee cup and noticed a layer of sludge on the bottom, which is rather disconcerting because I only make the coffee with some milk added, so that tells me that my source of pain might have been some finely ...
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  12. LB log - 20120425

    Before I make an official set of test return submissions to the IRS, I send in the scenarios individually so that when I'm ready to go, I have them all prepared to go in a single batch. This is required by the approval process, anyway, so that they know you have means to properly increment the return identification numbers and send several returns at once. Sure enough, between my initial tests and today, there was a new version of the XSD schema released and the prior 21st was the last day permitted ...

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  13. LB log - 20120424

    One thing I'm glad I figured out how to do in my tax form development is to go directly into the XML source content to edit things rather than use the normal system interface to change values. When you connect repeatable values from an XSD file to a form, the elements are marked as "[*]", meaning that they fill into a virtual table as they occur. This would be fine except that when you assign and copy groups of elements, the structure gets all kinds of altered and what might look like ...
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  14. LB log - 20120423

    New cartman had his first day today, but because the store has very strict rules about the all important computer training segments that people have to complete (among which are rules about sales of alcohol and tobacco, which will never apply to any of us), I didn't get a chance to work with him at all. The next day I'm scheduled is Saturday. I'm fearing that by the time I return, he'll have picked up bad habits or otherwise already be worn down to the point of uselessness. As it stands he's already ...
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  15. LB log - 20120422

    I've been informed that at least two cartmen who were ready to be hired by the store failed their drug tests. That explains a few things. I personally find the situation distasteful on both sides - I get that the company can set whatever hiring standards it wants, and that it wants to present a strong corporate image by having drug testing for even the lowliest of jobs. But the job in question is pushing carts for minimum wage. Unemployment pays better and the job is thankless, particularly with ...
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