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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Mundane and the Intense

Today has been a day of code. There's nothing quite like copying and pasting the same little snippets of text over and over again across a bunch of files.
...actually, it's exactly like just about every other repetitive task on the planet.

The outcome? A much more user-friendly Contact Us page. Which is nice.

But then, not 30 minutes ago, we needed to get this new little program running. First, the file wasn't in the right place. Then the computer wouldn't allow me to edit the file. After that, every time we told the program to run, it seemed to create the same webpage over and over and over again.

We were short on time, and nothing was working. If we didn't solve this problem we'd have to postpone things four days, throwing off plans for the next several weeks.

Finally we discovered that we were missing one line of code in a file that was telling the new program to return to the same page. Update that, and everything works great.

The mundane is often punctuated by these intense moments of pressure. At the end of a long day, it's not always welcome. May you find solutions to the little things that are adding tension to your day--be it a suddenly remember appointment after a morning of chores, a child's skinned knee while making dinner, or an htaccess file which is throwing off your website's cache builder.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

2 comments:

The Reader said...

And look, you did it! (made it applicable....)

quite an encouragement to me; I'll remember it in our next intense moment in the mundane.

Luke said...

I definitely had your comment in mind while I was writing this post, Reader. Glad it was encouraging. I realized yesterday was the perfect day to write such a post, since my day had a lot of grind in it <smile>.

~Lule


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