July 14, 2008

Short Updates

Posted by Scott at 11:44 PM

Abby stopped by our room. She seems to be doing better with her neck's range of motion. She's not fully there, but markedly improved. 6:57am

Working from home today. Michelle's teaching 5(!) fitness classes this week. Her first is in an hour. Abby's doing much better w/her neck. 8:19am

Back from the local gym. Step/strength interval classes are always a thorough workout. Thankfully no signs of being light headed today. 10:56am

Enjoying the lunch of kings here at my home office desk: Chef Boyardee Beefaroni's. ;-) Well, the kids love it anyways... 12:11am

I'm sipping an iced French vanilla coffee while going through an online training "Standards of Business Conduct" required by our legal dept. 1:44pm

The mail just arrived with my next audiobook. (related link) Thomas Sowell's books are always very readable. 1:59pm

Was talking w/Michelle about how today's random pic of the day comes from when our house was new to us & sparse. (related link) 3:56pm

Yeah! Pres. Bush lifted the executive order banning off shore oil and natural gas drilling. Now the ball is in Congress' court. 6:18pm

Laughing. Michelle's grandma doesn't want her letting Abby play 'hangman' any more. She doesn't remember how innocent & simple the game is. 7:45pm

All her grandma knows is that hangman is what Abby was playing when her neck muscles got Torticollis, so it must be dangerous. 7:47pm


I actually updated more than this yesterday. Twitter.com has modified their developers API (Application Programmer's Interface) so that it won't give me an entire day's worth of my updates in one fetch. That's why my day above seems to start mid-afternoon. I need to change my nightly archiving script so that it can do multiple web fetches and aggregate the data.

Sometimes it seems that if there's one constant in web development, it's that a program that works today will stop working in several months. ;-) An API, though, is supposed to represent a statement of something dependable so that programmers know something is stable so that they can write programs for it. The Twitter.com service is a victim of their success. In an effort to reduce the load on their servers, they significantly reduced how much data you can request in a single API fetch. I'll need to adapt.

Posted by: Scott at July 15, 2008 06:09 AM

Update: It took about 15 minutes to edit the program and test it. It seems to work now. I've fixed this particular entry to put in the updates done earlier in the day.

"Move along. Nothing to see here..."

Posted by: Scott at July 15, 2008 09:40 AM