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Work – Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings



WordPress, web development, and world domination.



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Merry Christmas to me!

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:26:58 +0000

I get to unwrap one of my presents early this year, and it ranks up there with some of the best — a new job! I’ll be working with Alex King and the other fine folks at Crowd Favorite. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with this crew to tackle some great projects. Four years ago, when I joined in on the development of WordPress, it was just a fun thing to … Continue reading



Another new start

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 03:19:53 +0000

About two weeks ago, I started a new job (which explains at least part of my blogging lull, you see). I’m working on Free IQ, which is a streaming media site for entrepreneurs. There’s more to it than just the streaming media (you can upload video, audio, PDF files, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), but I’m still learning the ins and outs, so I don’t know the full scope yet. When I interviewed, they were favorably impressed … Continue reading



Buggy clock

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 17:17:56 +0000

I’ve discovered a bug in my clock that’s been causing me all sorts of headaches. It’s really messing with my ability to complete projects when others are expecting them. If I can’t find a fix soon, I’m definitely going to have to get a new clock. See, the problem is that this clock only counts 24 hours in a day. I think I need to upgrade my clock to a 36 hour model. That would … Continue reading



We interrupt this silence for a brief message…

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 21:24:01 +0000

I’m a working stiff with three kids and an hour-each-way commute. I think that’s all the explanation needed for the long break, right? 🙂 It’s not like I didn’t have anything to write about. Since my last post, Jamie had a birthday, Mary did some really cool stuff with squids for a science project (and I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures!), Claire started walking, I had to give our dog an emergency midnight … Continue reading



Knock, knock…

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 15:41:55 +0000

I know, I know… I haven’t been very active on the blogging front lately. Once again I’ve been sucked into a swirling vortex of job and home projects, with little-to-no time for participating in blogdom. I’ve managed to keep up with most of the latest memes, and I’ve added a few new del.icio.us bookmarks, but there’s been no opportunity to develop any nifty code or write about the subject of the day. I’ve got eight … Continue reading



A Software Development Analogy

Tue, 23 May 2006 18:20:03 +0000

Alice takes her car to a repair shop on Monday. She walks inside and talks to Bob, the customer service representative behind the counter. “My car seems to work pretty well, but occassionally it makes an odd noise. When can you have it fixed, and how much will it cost?” Bob smiles and replies, “we can have your car ready by noon on Friday, and it will cost $200.” Alice says that this is acceptable, … Continue reading



Not a good day

Wed, 10 May 2006 17:35:39 +0000

Today, so far, has not been a good day. Maybe it was an omen when our dog ran away this morning… I opened our front door to let him go out for his “morning consititutional”, but he spotted a rabbit in the yard across the street, and he bolted after it. I chased after him, and came close to getting him to come back, but then he ran off again. We haven’t seen him since. … Continue reading



Timing is everything

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 14:27:51 +0000

Our group’s management has told us before that if there is any kind of work-related training we’d like to take or conferences we’d like to attend, to let them know. So when An Event Apart Atlanta was announced in January, I put in a request the same day. After not hearing anything for about three weeks, I sent a reminder, and let them know that we could still make the deadline for a $50 discount. … Continue reading



Running in place

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 18:13:22 +0000

I’m still here. I’ve just been really busy lately. We’re going through some minor growing pains at my day-job, and it’s kept me really tied up. It’s nothing bad, just that the company is moving from a very loose and informal culture to a slightly more structured one. On the one hand, this means that we can’t have beer in the office anymore. But on the other hand, it means that other groups will quit … Continue reading



return(true);

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:32:50 +0000

function do_stuff() { if (in_array($date, $holidays) && $vacation == true) { travel('away'); visit_family(); $gifts->exchange(); eat(); travel('home'); } if ($new_year == true) { eat() && drink(); $weight++; $sleep = false; } $slack = false; $resolve++; $work->resume(); return(true); }