Exercising at work

I’ve decided that I need to do more exercise at work as I spend 8 hours a day sitting down now and there is no walking around to do.

I went for a long walk yesterday which was good except for the part where I was very hot and sweaty when I got back to the office. Unfortunately this work place doesn’t have a shower so I’m thinking I’ll just take a towel and change of clothes in and rely on deodorant but if anyone else has a suggestion I’m open to that too.

Off-peak Opal

As of today I am now an Opal Card user on public transport. It was tough decision to go with the Opal card, it was based on a lot of different things.

  • Weekly tickets are $35
  • Opal each week is $32.80
  • Quarterly tickets are $30 per week

I went with Opal because I wanted the flexibility of having a ticket that I could use outside of work travel. And I’ve just discovered that during the Off-peak times my weekly fee comes down to about $24.50 per week. Which is good for me!

This all coincided quite nicely with me being asked to stay back later at work this work to cover someone else being sick. I have since discovered that I prefer late starts, lets me sleep in a bit and it is cheaper.

So Opal is a win for me now.

Late night shenanigans

Up late again with shenanigans under way. Have recently decided to re-write all the code for 4cache.net as the current code is pretty terrible and it is possible for me now to code it in a decent and well optimised way.

The current code base is pretty terrible because I was teaching myself PHP as I was building it. The idea for it started off very simply, while working at a previous job we could pretty much browse whatever sites we wanted and since years of that had reduced my ability to enjoy normal things, I and my co-workers were very often found on /b. For those of you who don’t know, the images on /b can sometimes stay around for days, other times that can disappear in minutes. So I built 4cache so that when we found funny images to share we could store them on 4cache and send that link instead of sending the direct link and hoping that the image didn’t 404.

Getting suggestions from fellow co-workers the site ambled along, new features being implemented as we went along. The sprawling code base morphed as I learned how to do more and more with PHP until it “matured” into what it is today. A horrible mess of code that somehow works but can be a nightmare to modify now.

So that brings us to tonight, I am currently up way past my bedtime but I am doing something that I used to love doing a lot and am loving again. I attribute this new desire to rebuild to the immense satisfaction I have in my current employment, working for someone that actually cares about my well-being and team members who are as nerdy as I am.

Once I hit a happy alpha I will start getting users to test it out for me, hopefully image viewing will be faster, caching will be easier, and comments will work again. I’m tossing up whether to keep the tagging system or not as it hasn’t been implemented very well and needs an entire re-working and it’d be quite a job to go back and re-tag all 34,847 images that are currently in the database.

New features will include a method to report images and then be able to delete them. Currently I have to leave the record in the database because the pagination and Previous/Next links just assume that every link is just the current ID plus or minus one.

But having written up this post I think it is a good time for bed.

Ah midnight bogans

Just got approached by a bogan and what turned out to be his mum while at the station. Wanted to know if I minded them smoking near me.

Bogan mum then started hitting on me much to bogan son’s distress. Called her a predator of hot guys and promised me he’d keep her away from my pants.

I’ve never felt this wanted AND scared for my life at the same time before.

Disparity in Pricing

Sometimes it can suck to live in Australia. We suffer from the eternal problem of being so far away from everything else in the world. And it is really noticeable when buying things online.

I have been hunting for some new wireless headphones to use on my way to and from work. My current headphones have a 3.5 metre long cord on them which is dreadfully annoying to have bundled up in my pocket. So I managed to find what appear to be a really good pair of headphones on Amazon.  They retail for about $49.95. They are also only available in America.

I’ve got plenty of friends in the US who I can get these headphones shipped to. They even come with free shipping which would make that part easy. The hard part is then getting the headphones from America to here. Going with the cheapest possible option it would only be about $25 to get them sent here, the downside is that is approximately 6-8 weeks via sea. Anything faster and the price jumps to a starting point of $60. More than the cost of the headphones.

Luckily I found an Australian site that sells the same headphones. It is DStore.com.au but it has the headphones retailing for $101 plus $14.95 shipping. The upside is, the product gets here faster, the downside is the increased cost.

Given that both sites have these headphones on sale leads me to believe that dstore is currently just reselling the Amazon supplied headphones. The question then becomes, do I buy through Amazon, get it shipped to a friend, then get them to ship it to me so that I pay less than $100 but have to wait for up to 10 weeks or do I pay $115 and get them shipped from an Australian site and get them in 2-3 weeks?

The tight-arse in me says I should go with the Amazon option, the impatient nerd in me says pay the extra money and get the more expensive but received sooner pair. Currently those opposing sides are at a stale-mate.

What should I do?

Like a cult of undead zombies who have the uncanny ability to communicate fluently while still desiring human flesh.