I guess I didn’t get everything accomplished this weekend, but I did manage to fit a lot in.
I spent all day Friday working. Literally, all day, and night, and it was very productive. I estimated 3 weeks to do everything for that project, and I got most of it done on Friday. I should have very little to do next weekend with it, and as long as they don’t ask for more, I don’t think I’ll even need that third weekend!
On Saturday, the nephew and I had pictures at baseball, followed by a game. He seems less interested every week, but he does like to get out and play catch. I think he enjoys our warm-ups more than the games. He probably just needs something a little more stimulating.
Following the game was an introduction to the Ruby programming language. Overall, the talk was good, but it was difficult to determine who the target audience was. It seemed too basic (except for some points) for experienced programmers, and too technical for the not-yet-programmers. Josh (the guy running the show) surprised everyone with books (Eloquent Ruby), which was nice. I think a better supplement may have been an Intro to Ruby book. BUT, I’m betting he’s hoping to provide people with everything that they need, and that self-study won’t be necessary outside of the materials he’s providing (and has obviously put a lot of effort into).
After Ruby I got to play some doubles tennis, which is always nice. Seriously, anytime, call me, I’m down for some tennis. I’m terrible, but I love to play. Tennis was followed by some Yogurt Explosion (not bad, but not great), and shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond (where I saved $110 w/ a single %20 off coupon. Rock) and searching for a copy of the latest to-video Pirates movie (more on that later).
I spent most of the evening working on the control panel for Travis’s (my brother-in-law) arcade cabinet. I bought some $5 gamepads (with shipping) from the internets, and am attaching 2 RJ45 jacks to each. This will allow the arcade panel to easily plug into the controller, without compromising the functionality/usability of the controller. It will allow players to choose between the traditional arcade controls, or the gamepad – which is especially nice, because the panel only has 4 game buttons, while the gamepads are like playstation controllers. Sometime between midnight and 1am, I opted for a break and more social activities / good times.
Some photos from the projects gallery:
As soon as I woke up Sunday, I started mowing the backyard. I didn’t get to it last week, so it had gotten pretty tall. I love my reel mower, but it doesn’t perform well on very tall grass. Sadly, I only got half of the lawn done, it’ll have to wait another week :-/
Last week I had cut down some branches, and was grateful for help. Dylan came outside, and after a while I asked if he wanted to help. He said yes immediately, and seemed happy to do it. Audrey helped too, and the three of us managed to get things done quickly. I wanted to say thanks, so I took them to see the new Pirates movie. Of course, I had to re-watch the previous movie first, because frankly, I didn’t remember what happened or how it ended. We got there in time for decent seats, and Audrey bought dessert.
Another weekend down. It wasn’t as terrible as I thought (mostly because of Friday’s diligence).
I just checked my email, and it seems there’s more work from my Cleveland client for me to do during the evening hours this week… Oy.