Monday, May 16, 2016


So, let's try something different.

Fri and Sat will be my days off usually.

This week, I plan to work Fri afternoon.

This Thursday or sometime next week, there should be a memorial service for one of my partner's family members (it depends on when other family members are able to attend). If I don't appear for a day, that's where I am. I'll try to post on twitter if it does happen on a workday.

My break will be roughly two hours long. When it starts will depend on when my partner's break is, I need to be off  45 mins before his break so I can have dinner ready for his break. I will not know when his break is until 4 or 5pm day of, so... not much warning for you guys. Sorry. His earliest scheduled break so far has been 7pm. His latest so far has been 8pm. Thing is, sometimes he gets tied up and his break doesn't start for up to an hour into it. If that happens, I won't be back until his break is over. Hence the roughly 2 hours, but maybe as much as 3 hours if it takes an hour past scheduled for his break to start. (45 mins before scheduled, 1 hour late, 30 min break = 2.25 hours). On Thursdays, break will be roughly 6:30 - 8:30.

So, we're looking at 2pm - midnight, with a break somewhere in there for dinner.

To ensure that I get my break on time, I'll be doing a gold show just before break starts each day starting tomorrow. Exactly when the countdowns start and such will need to be planned and will depend on the day.

See you on Streamate!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Adventures in Visual C#

Dear Microsoft,

When I'm typing, if I finish the word that I wanted, I hit space bar without thinking. It's really a bitch that spacebar also happens to tell intellisense that instead of what I typed, insert the selected code. Same goes for typing "." . It would be nice if instead of intellisense deciding that my normal typing is me selecting options, there was a different key, one not used nearly as often during coding, that told intellisense I wanted to use that selection. That way when I'm looking at my notes instead of the code I'm typing, I'm not going to look back to check for errors and recognize exactly nothing of what I typed. I like intellisense reminding me which syntax is required for what language, because python, java, and C# all have different requirements and sometimes I forget which is which. But it's not worth it when I have to break the flow of my typing to NOT use intellisense. So I turn it off, and lose the use of one tool which makes Visual Studios so nice.

This message was inspired because I'm doing the Visual C# Basics course through Microsoft's virtual academy. During lesson 10, there's one line that says:

char[] messageArray = message.ToCharArray();

Every time I typed "message." in the second part of the line, it changed what I typed to messageArray. So when I looked back, I got

char[] messageArray = messageArrayToCharArray();

There was another part of his code where I would press space and end up with something I'd never seen before, because I'm not that far into the course. I turned off intellisense, so I can't really go through and find out what I typed and what I got. Throughout the lesson, fighting with intellisense about what I really meant to type cost me 10 minutes.

"." and " " are so ubiquitous throughout coding that they really shouldn't be keyboard shortcuts on their own. Maybe make it "ctrl + space", so that it's something relatively easy to type that won't be typed by accident.

Someone Actually Using Your Stuff