Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Those looking for my Rex Puzzle

Rex was kind enough to post the link to my 3rd annual Christmas puzzle at Amy Reynaldo's wonderful emporium. Some apparently have looked for it here. You all know I have zero microcomputer skills, but I'll do my best to post it here, and hopefully allow for some comments.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Very bad puzzle for me in the NY Times today. Didn't get the theme until I was 2 thirds done with the damn thing (MINEDOVERMATTER). I guess that's fair, as Thursday and Friday were so friendly. SIMNEL should just totally be disallowed as a clue, forever, period. The cross, JAMA, I intuited but didn't know. Thought it was the Journal of American Medicine. Must be Journal of American Medicine Association I guess. SIMNEL???? ILLEGIT seems a bit stilted to me, as does BOSH (thank God I've been to King's Island, and ridden the Beast) - POSH hits my ear better. DE STIJL? - comes up in conversation at least once a week - please. Liked all the theme clues once I got it, except DRAWPINCENTERS - doesn't scan at all. Ah well, an hour and a half wasted and I feel like I was stretched a bit, never a bad thing.

If you might be interested, the off to the hospital comment in my last blog was for my father-in-law. He'd had 3 TIA's (at least) prior to his visit at Easter and managed to have a minor (thankfully) stroke while visiting. He's been moved to a 24 hour care rehab center, and though the prognosis is not particularly encouraging, is resting comfortably. Our house has been a Ronald McDonald's House for the last 2 and a half weeks. Good thing I love my wife's family as much as my own, or I would be over the edge by now.

FYI, my spell checker cringed at simnel, illegit, jama, and stijl.

imsdave, the inept blogger

Friday, March 28, 2008

This is my initial post to my new blog. It is intended to be a site where mainframers, crossworders, non-video game players, theatre aficionados, and fishermen discuss whatever they want to. I would like to start the conversation with the continuing spate of outsourcing by the large corporations in this country of green screen technology. From my vantage point, the competence level is relatively low, and the costs in low productivity far outweigh any perceived economic advantage that they think they are accomplishing. I have personally met a small group of the replacement programmers, and while they are all young, bright, and enthusiastic, their lack of experience is a daunting challenge to producing high quality programming. Add to that the increasing upward mobility available to them and the resulting turnover, and we end up spending all of our time retraining.

Visited my Dad on the occasion of his 88th birthday in Florida last week and managed four rounds of golf, 3 dinners out, two shows (The Full Monty at the old Burt Reynolds dinner theatre, and Company locally produced in Stuart), and one great birthday party. The golf was predictably bad (4 month layoff, no short game, and a marvellous tendency to hit the ball right - frustrating for an avowed pull hooker) averaging about 103 with 17 lost balls in the process. No comment on the dinners, which were all fine but unmemorable. The Full Monty was a great surprise to me. Totally forgettable music, but remarkably entertaining. I would definitely recommend it to anyone out for a good time. Company is iconic, and presented brilliantly with an on-stage pianist participating as an actor. Dad's birthday party was a blast, and there was lively political discussion (Dad, a Democrat in his youth, republican up until our current president), is now a fervent Obama supporter. I cut out some snippets from Obama's website (he is apparently ready to quadruple the federal budget) and sent them to him. 'Campaign rhetoric, he doesn't mean it'. Oh well. Typical Florida party with everybody having a ball then leaving at 9 on the dot.

Off to the hospital (another story for another time)


The Dinosaur Programmer

The blog for the rapidly diasppearing American mainframe programmer.