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My new employer -

I took a new job working for Dragon Financial Group. I'll be working on their Dragon Tax site first, and more later.

New plugin for JW Player

I created a small simple plugin for the JW Player.  However, that plugin hasn't seen the light of day in their add-ons repository.  So I thought I'd add it here.  More description & links in the following paragraphs.


New Greasemonkey Script: Show Attachments, JIRA!

I've been having a great deal of fun at OnLive, my new employer.  OnLive is a video game store/system where games are run on a server farm and the video/audio feed is streamed to the player's local machine.  It's cool because it means that Mac users can play Windows games, for instance.

In any case, the company is also cool because it is friendly to Open Source developers such as myself.  I was having trouble with the bug tracking system that OnLive uses (JIRA), and they let me code up a fix and release it into the wild.

The problem I experienced went like this.  I received a ticket which mentioned that files were attached.  I looked all over the ticket for the usual icons that display for each file, but the attachments section was empty.  So I rejected the ticket with the comment, "No attachments, try again."  And then the person responsible came to my desk and showed me how sometimes the icons remain hidden behind the eye icon (which is used to manage the full list of attachments).  We chatted for a few minutes about why that might happen, but to be honest, our intellectual curiosity over that was pretty much relegated to idle chatter.  We moved on.

Later I realized that with Greasemonkey I could probably just have a script automatically check the eye icon behind the scenes, and insert the list of attachments if none were displayed on the main page where they are typically expected.  So I whipped it up, we all started using it, and then my boss cleared me to release it.

So, if you have the Firefox browser with the Greasemonkey plugin running, you can head over to and install my little Greasemonkey script, Show Attachments, JIRA!



Returning to fitness, week 2

I didn't lose as much weight this week.  Kinda bummed.  I think I have to do what all my friends have been telling me to do: stop drinking sodas.  So as of tonight, I'm no longer drinking sodas, but otherwise my diet is unchanged.  I'm regularly doing 5 miles of walking/running now.  My weight is 197.2.  I'm a wee bit better than last week, but I actually feel fatter.  Probably because I haven't been doing as many sit-ups.  Photo next.


Returning to fitness, week 1

I ran 2 to 4 miles most days, did 60 to 70 sit-ups most days, and changed nothing about my diet. This week, my weight is 198, which is 4 pounds less than my original weight. I'm glad to be losing weight, but oh how it hurts to do this. My muscles ache, and my body is exhausted every night. Hopefully I'll adapt soon. I've not yet changed my diet much. Read on for the photo.


Returning to fitness, week 0

Argh.  I hate doing this.  It's so embarassing.  But two years ago, I wanted to get fit, and the only way I found that worked was to humiliate myself by posting photos of my progress.  It was a BIG motivator to post a photo that looked decent.  So... here I go again.  Each week, a photo documenting my effort to become easier to look at.  And right now, it's NOT easy, I am terribly out of shape -- 5' 10" and 202 pounds.  And here comes the photo.  Ugh.


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