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 on: June 01, 2018, 06:59:20 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by msimmons
I actually wrote a java program that goes through a folder structure and reads all the image file names into memory, and then it processes each file and checks for the date embedded in the jpeg and creates a date based file structure starting with year, then month, then day. So all the images are in the folder for the date they were taken. Duplicate file names are handled so that both files are kept.
heh, well that sounds pretty convenient.


Aren't you glad you are still young enough to get in on then newst recording technology?
Still figuring out how to utilize it all laugh1 While I'm glad to have it now, I makes the fact that so much has been lost to time sting a bit more. Hardly any pictures even exist from back then, there are a few VHS tapes but no one knows where they are.

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 on: June 01, 2018, 04:32:00 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Deleting & printing are foreign concepts laugh1 just throw them all in a properly labeled folder (and make sure it gets backed up)

I actually wrote a java program that goes through a folder structure and reads all the image file names into memory, and then it processes each file and checks for the date embedded in the jpeg and creates a date based file structure starting with year, then month, then day. So all the images are in the folder for the date they were taken. Duplicate file names are handled so that both files are kept.

Well, this band is starting from scratch with all original tunes (somehow the guitarist was able to crank out 7 right off the bat, nothing complex, it's punk rock/thrash). Since the guitarist wrote them, he's good to go. I'm just about there (I can tell you it's not like "riding a bike" though, really having to practice to get my speed/rhythm back (I would have thought my fret board hand would be the hard part)), sometimes I try to change before it's time though (like 4 measures instead of 6). I think the drummer is still working out his parts, and the singer had/has to write lyrics. We've made a few phone recordings so the singer can write to them, but we haven't practiced with the singer sofa I think tomorrow we'll get together and hear what he has done as well as get recordings of what he still needs to write to.
Other than that, it's really just practice, practice, practice till the songs are committed to memory. Things have changed so much since I was last in a band with recording and distributing. I can record on my phone and later post a link in the band group text and we all have it to "practice" with. Some of my old bands had songs that are completely lost to time because there was no way (for poor, punk, teenage, kids) to record them.

Aren't you glad you are still young enough to get in on then newst recording technology?

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 on: June 01, 2018, 02:39:50 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by msimmons
Oh I was worried that I wouldn't be able to communicate. There were difficulties at time, but for the most part I could make myself understood.
Ah, that makes sense!


My wife and I are currently going through the photos and deleting the worst ones. Then plan which ones to print out.
Deleting & printing are foreign concepts laugh1 just throw them all in a properly labeled folder (and make sure it gets backed up)


That sounds like it could be cool, but I don't know how long it takes for a band to get their act together so to speak Wink
Well, this band is starting from scratch with all original tunes (somehow the guitarist was able to crank out 7 right off the bat, nothing complex, it's punk rock/thrash). Since the guitarist wrote them, he's good to go. I'm just about there (I can tell you it's not like "riding a bike" though, really having to practice to get my speed/rhythm back (I would have thought my fret board hand would be the hard part)), sometimes I try to change before it's time though (like 4 measures instead of 6). I think the drummer is still working out his parts, and the singer had/has to write lyrics. We've made a few phone recordings so the singer can write to them, but we haven't practiced with the singer sofa I think tomorrow we'll get together and hear what he has done as well as get recordings of what he still needs to write to.
Other than that, it's really just practice, practice, practice till the songs are committed to memory. Things have changed so much since I was last in a band with recording and distributing. I can record on my phone and later post a link in the band group text and we all have it to "practice" with. Some of my old bands had songs that are completely lost to time because there was no way (for poor, punk, teenage, kids) to record them.

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 on: May 31, 2018, 05:58:43 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Welcome back! Did you receive my PM?
Thanks! Just saw the PM and answered it. Not sure if my answer will actually answer your questions sofa

A strange thing to say laugh1 What did you fear and how was it not as bad?

Oh I was worried that I wouldn't be able to communicate. There were difficulties at time, but for the most part I could make myself understood.

My wife and I are currently going through the photos and deleting the worst ones. Then plan which ones to print out.


Pretty quiet on this end. Have a promoter pushing to have the band on a gig July 20th... even when I tell her we've only had one practice with the singer, and that was just for him to hear the songs... I guess we'll decide after this weekend's practice sofa

That sounds like it could be cool, but I don't know how long it takes for a band to get their act together so to speak Wink

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 on: May 31, 2018, 03:28:40 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by msimmons
Just got back from vacation.
Welcome back! Did you receive my PM?


France wasn't as bad as I feared.
A strange thing to say laugh1 What did you fear and how was it not as bad?


Pretty quiet on this end. Have a promoter pushing to have the band on a gig July 20th... even when I tell her we've only had one practice with the singer, and that was just for him to hear the songs... I guess we'll decide after this weekend's practice sofa

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 on: May 31, 2018, 03:16:13 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Just got back from vacation. France wasn't as bad as I feared.

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 on: May 14, 2018, 02:59:23 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by msimmons
We're going to France this time. Now to see if Duolingo pays off and I can get through a 1.5 week in France with the language skills I learned.
Awesome, good luck! I downloaded Duolingo some time ago to work on my Spanish (since it's not uncommon for me to be in a situation where 99% of the conversations are in Spanish (which I can't speak, I knew a bit as a kid (5-10) but somehow forgot it all)) just never put in the effort though.


It was, will be posting some lessons learned on my blog in the near future.
I look forward to it!


Yep asking me to break the law (or even pirating software) is a deal breaker for me.
With the current client it was just a matter of them asking me to post to a web service without any details of the web service...  then to take the data received and put in their database, without any details of said database laugh1 We finally have gotten somewhere though, I'm hoping to have it ready for testing tonight.


I'm a little worried, this vacation we're going to listen to Lord of the Rings.
lol why is that worrisome?


Well since you don't have kids that probably helps.
Yeah, I imagine I would not be doing half the things I do if I did. I didn't factor in the girlfriend or turtle project though... The turtle project has been pretty dormant but we did work this weekend. We finally put on the threshold, the last structural piece laugh1 previously we just had some bricks on the inside of the door. We're scrapping one project, that I was not looking forward to (creating habitats for "poison dart frogs") and instead building a "walk in cage" for some "tree monitors."

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 on: May 13, 2018, 07:29:14 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Where to this time?

We're going to France this time. Now to see if Duolingo pays off and I can get through a 1.5 week in France with the language skills I learned.


That is awesome, sounds like a fun project!
It was, will be posting some lessons learned on my blog in the near future.

I had one other client, who was constantly complaining about cost, that mentioned his religion (baptist/christian) and suggested pirating software in the same phone call, I was suddenly too busy for his projects after that. I had an acquaintance (I should email him, it's been a while) that would often reflect on the "hassle:income" ratio (we did freelance projects together for a few years, he was a designer) so I like to keep that in mind. The last email regarding this current mess said "[we] want to make sure you are well compensated for this, Iím not even sure what I would call it, as you have put a lot of time and effort into this and have dealt with this disorganization very well" so that (potentially) adds some weight to the income side of that ratio.
Yep asking me to break the law (or even pirating software) is a deal breaker for me.

I think the Potterverse has done that for quite a few people young and old. I watched the very first movie in the theater when it came out because my first mother-in-law was a teacher and she got into it because they were great in getting her students to read. I've always been an avid reader my entire life so even though I don't have kids or students, I too respect the series for that.
It's especially important when the child has trouble reading. You have to find something that draws them in.

Very awesome that y'all are so supportive!
I'm a little worried, this vacation we're going to listen to Lord of the Rings.

heh, yeah... and don't forget to throw in my rigorous concert attendance (which typically requires some downtime the next morning as well Another Tounge ).
So far the punk rock band only practices once a week on Saturday or Sunday evening. The new wave band has only had one practice and it was a weekday evening. That still leaves 4 weekday evenings for freelance and doesn't affect my "9 to 5" or weekend night schedule sweat

Well since you don't have kids that probably helps.

Hopefully the company recognizes that you are out late and lets you come in late if needed.

Not a big deal the next day was a local holiday so I had the day off anyway. Friday I took off early to help prepare for the birthday party.

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 on: May 10, 2018, 03:32:43 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by msimmons
I trackr pandas mf_popeanim
More Coffee


Yeah I know Tongue
Where to this time?


So I worked up something that looks pretty good, and is simple to use. Now I'm getting ready to pass it around to some of the women on the team for them to test it and give me feedback on what needs to corrected, or how to make it better. Then I'll release it and see if the bazaar leadership will put a link to it on their website.
That is awesome, sounds like a fun project!


Not sure I've ever heard of firing a client, unless they didn't pay.
I had one other client, who was constantly complaining about cost, that mentioned his religion (baptist/christian) and suggested pirating software in the same phone call, I was suddenly too busy for his projects after that. I had an acquaintance (I should email him, it's been a while) that would often reflect on the "hassle:income" ratio (we did freelance projects together for a few years, he was a designer) so I like to keep that in mind. The last email regarding this current mess said "[we] want to make sure you are well compensated for this, Iím not even sure what I would call it, as you have put a lot of time and effort into this and have dealt with this disorganization very well" so that (potentially) adds some weight to the income side of that ratio.


However, since we introduced him to an illustrated version of the Harry Potter books he's been much more excited about reading. He loves the stories and since the illustrated books have the complete story just with pictures added it keeps his attention and it's not so much like work.
I think the Potterverse has done that for quite a few people young and old. I watched the very first movie in the theater when it came out because my first mother-in-law was a teacher and she got into it because they were great in getting her students to read. I've always been an avid reader my entire life so even though I don't have kids or students, I too respect the series for that.


So of course he wanted his birthday to be Harry Potter themed. He was also the one that after listening to The Hobbit while on vacation insisted he have a hobbit birthday.
Very awesome that y'all are so supportive!


Yep, because we went there to push or main products (document generation) and found out that they have interest also in one of our other newer products (the one I'm responsible for). So that was surprising.
Ah gotcha, very cool indeed! yay


How are you going to play in two bands, and work full time, and have freelance work? You'll make your head pop!
heh, yeah... and don't forget to throw in my rigorous concert attendance (which typically requires some downtime the next morning as well Another Tounge ).
So far the punk rock band only practices once a week on Saturday or Sunday evening. The new wave band has only had one practice and it was a weekday evening. That still leaves 4 weekday evenings for freelance and doesn't affect my "9 to 5" or weekend night schedule sweat


Not sure if that's such a wise idea, but hey I can't say much I do similar things  Roll Eyes
I agree... Maybe I'll try again to make an appointment next week... maybe.


Yesterday I was again on a business trip with one of our project managers. We are partnering with another company to provide some custom stuff, and yesterday we basically hashed out what the offer to the customer will be. It was a good and productive day but very long. I didn't get back home until midnight. sleep
Hopefully the company recognizes that you are out late and lets you come in late if needed.



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 on: May 10, 2018, 08:45:17 am 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
You're always going on vacation! laugh1


Yeah I know Tongue


Cool! What was the project (I don't think you mentioned and I forgot)? I've added "too many" freelance projects to my list... The current one, I didn't really even agree to... When I was freelance, I worked for a company who did projects for other companies, so basically they were doing my "job hunting & negotiation." When I started working for my full time company I stopped accepting jobs, but I recently said OK to one... That turned into two (both of which are pending still), and then they asked me if I knew about SOAP... Apparently my yes meant agreeing to the project, which would have been simple but the client has been very un-forthcoming with needed data (like the soap layout). When I visited the company that I work with back in 2011 (they were 1 state away when I was in VA) they asked me "have you ever fired a client?" at the time I said no, but I recently reminded them of this question and said "I would fire this one..." The plan for this evening is to look at two database tables and somewhat guess at building an insert statement... hopefully I don't break their other systems...

My wife volunteers at a bazaar where people can sell old kids clothes and toys. They have to create a list of the items with an incremented id number, description, size (if clothing) and a price. They also need to create price tags for the items that have a specific format that are attachable to the items they want to sell. Normally you had to do this all manually, and my wife hated it, so she asked me to create a program that made it easy to do all the data entry and all she has to do is hit a print button and gets both the ordered list and the labels printed. So I worked up something that looks pretty good, and is simple to use. Now I'm getting ready to pass it around to some of the women on the team for them to test it and give me feedback on what needs to corrected, or how to make it better. Then I'll release it and see if the bazaar leadership will put a link to it on their website.

Not sure I've ever heard of firing a client, unless they didn't pay.

That's pretty awesome of y'all! yay
Are you and your wife fans? I'm not much of a fan and know far more about the franchise than I would like.

Yes we are fans of the book series. Our middle son is dyslexic, and he has serious problems with reading. However, since we introduced him to an illustrated version of the Harry Potter books he's been much more excited about reading. He loves the stories and since the illustrated books have the complete story just with pictures added it keeps his attention and it's not so much like work. So of course he wanted his birthday to be Harry Potter themed. He was also the one that after listening to The Hobbit while on vacation insisted he have a hobbit birthday.

"Surprisingly?" hmm

Yep, because we went there to push or main products (document generation) and found out that they have interest also in one of our other newer products (the one I'm responsible for). So that was surprising.

Did I mention I'm in two bands now? laugh1 One of them has only had one practice so far. The other one is going pretty well, the drummer has a pretty rigorous work schedule ("4 10s" mon-thurs) and lives almost an hr away so we only practice once a week, on the weekend, but it's going well so far.

How are you going to play in two bands, and work full time, and have freelance work? You'll make your head pop!

I never did make an appt with the throat specialist, it stopped bothering me (and the internet says the issue can go away on it's own) sofa

Not sure if that's such a wise idea, but hey I can't say much I do similar things  Roll Eyes

Yesterday I was again on a business trip with one of our project managers. We are partnering with another company to provide some custom stuff, and yesterday we basically hashed out what the offer to the customer will be. It was a good and productive day but very long. I didn't get back home until midnight. sleep


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