Monday, 23 June 2008

a room with a view

The weather forecast for today was around 20 °C and sunny. When I walked out the door it was still a lot colder and not nearly as sunny as predicted. In fact, it was very cloudy and stayed that way all day.

clouds over the ringvaart

I walked along the Ringvaart; the route which most of the regular readers will know by heart by now. I saw only one thing I hadn't noticed before: a roof garden. The house also has a little tower-like bay window.

my home is my castle with roof garden.

At work I blew my top when I described to my roommate how I felt last week when I thought I might be going into a coma. He started joking about it. I asked him if he would also joke if I had cancer instead of diabetes. Most people don't seem to realize diabetes kills more people than cancer does and they think it is something you can either ignore or joke about. Another colleague who was in the room later talked to our manager about my angry reaction, and he asked me to come to his room later in the day.

We had a good talk about my situation, and the manager made a good suggestion. Since I'm living alone, when I don't call in sick in the morning and I'm not at work they'll come and check on me. I'll leave a set of my house keys in the office and I've got the manager's 24/7 work alarm mobile number in case I need something in a hurry.

The rest of the day was filled with trying to get the Typo3 CMS to work on my testbed VM. One thing I hate about some pieces of software —and this includes Typo3— is that the documentation and the real world have nothing to do with each other. Parts of the docs I had to read for the installation were from 2004 and not upgraded for today's situation.

I got most of it working, except for the part where you have to add a CMS admin to the database. I followed the instructions, but couldn't log in. According to the CMS the admin account wasn't in the database. When I looked directly in the DB the admin account was there… I'll see if I can get it sorted out tomorrow. The advantage of these errors is that you get to know the data structures intimately. Do I really want that? No.

After work I walked along the Middenweg to the Albert Heijn on Linnaeusstraat. They didn't have my basic muesli either. The nuclear reactor in Poland where they breed the muesli probably had a meltdown.

So I walked to the Dekamarkt on Pretoriusstraat to see what they had. It was the first time ever I was in that supermarket, so I spent some time looking around, trying to find the various articles. After a while I found the muesli, as basic as you can get. €0.99 for a kilo. I also got a slightly more luxurious muesli, with a billion different kinds of fruit. And they had very nice Tuna Salad with pesto dressing and pasta meal. All for a lower price than AH charges. Another difference was that none of the checkout girls was wearing a headscarf and that they were all very friendly. Also unlike AH. The only thing that was very much like AH was that women stop to gossip to each other right in the entrance in such a way that you can't get past them. Ah well, life is full of little disappointments… But I think I'll go shopping there more often.


Juf Jo said...
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Renate said...

Schatz says: Real Programmers know that pieces of software that are well documented, are also obsolete.

Nicole said...

I don't think I know the regular route by heart. There is always something different to photograph; houses, weather, people. It's always different and interesting to see.

Oscar said...

IMHO the check-out girls are that part of the supermarket computing model has not been automated yet. They are the human extension of the computer. In time I guess that they will be phased out when fully automated check-out systems work properly and deployed everywhere.

Vincent said...

That was a funny blog entry, well, the second half anyway.

Quite frankly, I dunno much about diabetes either. I suspect your colleague didn't know much as well. No excuse of course but a bit of education will hopefully make him/her realise that there isn't much funny about it.

That comment about muesli from Poland made me laugh. AH stinks. The Dutch register girls are worse there than the headscarf ones though. Unfriendly spoiled to death trolls usually. Nicole once got so pissed off with one at our AH that she called her a bitch and left the shop (after paying).