Kevin Schnitzius

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Not sure who really cares about main stream social media in this sphere but this article, *chef's kiss*, spins a hilarious tale of a truly dumbass rich person.

11/1 '22

For my out-of-state friends, Ian tossed some small tornadoes and some rain at me and then took off to the north.  The tornado warnings were rather fun as most happened while at band practice, so five phones going off with Emergency Alerts!  None were actually near me nor did I hear any reports of damage from them.  Gator-natoes.

The storm smashed the west coast of Florida and then headed to Orlando, where my middle child lives, currently without power but also without any damage to the condo. The clock is ticking till when they show up at my home with their menagerie.  I think they'll stay put if they can get some ice, as UCF has stated that classes are back on starting Monday.   This is patently ridiculous given that there was flooding in some of the surrounding neighborhoods.  I'm talking air-boat-rescue flooding.  Some of the worse flooding was in an apartment complex that I briefly sublet in 1985, chest high at least.  If your car and laptop were submerged, I'm not sure how you could be expected to complete the semester.

My parents in Cocoa Beach also made it through without much fuss, not even losing power.  My mom slept through it.

10/1 '22 4 Comments
Glad to hear you and yours are all safe and relatively unscathed!

In the 80s my parents had a house on the canals of Cape Coral. I’m sure that house flooded badly.
Yep, Cape Coral was slammed. Lots of wind damage to go along with the flooding.
Glad you're well!
Middle child has power! The whining is down to a tolerable level.

I am not particularly a tea snob. 

In fact, for my morning jolt I prefer Stok cold-brew coffee.  But, I do like an afternoon tea on occasion--a big cup that I can slowly sip over a period of hours.  So, I have certain tea requirements.  It can't go bitter; it has to have that muscatel taste; it has to be forgiving to varying preparation techniques; it must be loose leaf.  It must stand up without milk or sugar.  Today, I ran out of my secondary backup tea and had to switch over to my tertiary backup tea.  Ugh.  Some cheap and nasty Assam blend. About half way through, I had already ordered $75 of tea, which seems like a lot but it's probably four years worth of tea.  But still, this cup is that bad.

Maybe I am a tea snob. 

If you offer me a cuppa Earl Grey, you *will* get a tea lecture.

8/11 '22 1 Comment
Oh gawd Earl Grey. Akin to sipping cheap cologne. Or who knows, maybe even expensive cologne. I don't like drinking cologne.

11:00 all hands at work -- Didn't pay attention; pre-coffee.  Virtual meeting anyway.  Grab some lunch.

12:00-15:00 work - Determined that yesterdays mini-project was completely unneeded as I was testing the wrong thing.  Also, determined that third-party test team isn't going to test much with their firewall blocking important stuff.  Let's see if they bluster or just admit fault and get on with it. 

15:00-16:30 overview of new security project - Guess into whose lap this is getting dumped.  Correct, it's me!  It should be easy-peasy because there is no deadline and this project is mostly an extention of stuff I already wrote.  I can't decide if should be offended that I wasn't in on the design and planning.

16:30-17:30 digital ad pitch - Will my county's Democratic party buy some targeted ads for the primaries or the general?  Probably, but as a technical advisor, this doesn't put anything else on my plate.  Yet.

17:30-18:30 work - Find a comment I wrote that's cut off in the middle.  Did I do that?  Why wasn't it caught in a code review?  Because as a senior guy, no one challenges my code.  Fix the comment, I think.  I think someone besides me changed the code since I wrote the comment.  Too lazy to verify that theory and also I don't want verification that I'm losing it.

18:30 commute - note: I work from home.

19:30 - singing lesson.  My drummer is really hyped about improving our background vocals, so here I am.  Now, instead of struggling to find my pitch while playing my bass, I'll be thinking about the shape of mouth and how I'm using my diaphram while struggling to find my pitch while playing my bass.  Ultimately, this could pay off but as a noob vocally, it's fairly overwhelming.

20:30 commute - note: forty minutes is too long a comute for sixty minute lesson

22:00 work - Decide I'm too tired to properly review my own code so I just test some boundary cases to make sure nothing is broken.  Nothing seems broken, almost too quiet...  Suddenly, the network at work goes down.  Enough for today...

8/4 '22 2 Comments
I can relate. I am still mourning the departure of a coworker who vigorously reviewed my code.

In our new situation, I am amused by how annoyed I get the moment leaving the house isn’t working out for me. We (the fortunate who can work from home and have suitable homes) just don’t take the grind of getting around for granted anymore.
The lost of antagonistic testers is bad too. We folded our testers into development and I feel like the quality of code has declined.

I have a eighteen year old car. Do I invest in a new car if I'm driving less than once a week? Do I prop up the old car up for another five years? I hate making these decisions...

I have periodic insomnia.  About once a month, sleep will not come.  My brain is not racing.  Physical ailments are minimal and don’t usually keep me awake.  Sometimes, it happens before a calm day and I can sleep it off with no problems except the glare from the wife for sleeping the day away.  Other times, it’s pure hell going through a day on an hour or two of sleep.  Today is one of those days.

8/16 '14 1 Comment
Was listening to a sleep researcher explain that at the end of the end of the end of the day, they still don't really know why we sleep.