Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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3/25/2020 2:44:36 PM

So as I'm sure all of my readers realize, these last few weeks have been deeply depressing for everybody. I miss the days where my biggest concern for the day was what video game I was going to play / stream after I finished work. Now out of both sheer horror and a sense of duty, I've virtually become addicted to keeping up on Coronavirus related developments.

What kinds of information streams am I hooked into? Lots of 'em. For starters I temporarily resurrected my presence on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor just so I could keep up on local events better. Once the Coronavirus crisis passes, I'll leave those platforms once again. Well maybe not Twitter as I really like the handle I managed to snag there this time around. Of course I'm keeping an eye on Reddit and Hacker News as well. In addition to that, I usually have browser tabs open to The Drudge Report and HuffPost. Why HuffPost you ask? Because according to Mary Poppins, "A Little Side Boob helps the Medicine go Down", that's why.

I'm also keeping an eye on the economic side of things with CNBC and Zero Hedge as I've been a closet fan of Stock Market carnage since 2008. Beyond all that my absolute favorite tab to refresh over and over again is definitely the John Hopkins Coronavirus Case Map. Believe me when I tell you that it's no coincidence that it's also the scariest one of them all either.

3/21/2020 8:34:52 PM

The global pandemic known as the Coronavirus is moving faster than anything you or I have ever seen over the course of our lives. It's devouring every social, government and economic system it touches. By extension it is touching all of us and forcing us to adapt. There are still some that doubt the veracity of this threat but I'm not speaking to them. Within a week or two they'll realize how wrong they were.

All that aside, every aspect of our daily lives is changing and will be in a constant state of flux for the foreseeable future. For me personally a vast array of elements which form the foundation of my own life are on the verge of flying right out the window.

My own jobs will likely dissipate within the next two weeks. Sure the kind of work I do can all be done remotely, but the revenue streams for my employers depend upon manufacturing / warehousing operations that will absolutely surely grind to a halt once the Governor of the great state of South Carolina wisely decides to enact a mandatory lock down. On top of which obtaining basic requirements for sustaining life has become a daily challenge. I scavenge for bread. I scavenge for meat. I go out because Annette cannot as the medicine she takes for her ulcerative colitis practically nukes her immune system.

3/15/2020 3:58:29 PM

As I'm sure everybody reading this knows, the Coronavirus is wrecking havoc around the globe. It doesn't matter what country you are in, what political ideology you follow or what economic class you belong to, this is a serious pandemic and it's spreading like wildfire. This being the situation, I have made the decision to self quarantine as much as possible for the sake of myself, my wife and everybody else.

We can't of course know what we don't know. That's the one element of this that makes it so scary and unpredictable. In terms of the United States, there are still a lot of people downplaying this as a threat because infection rates are low and most people haven't gotten it. The hard truth of the matter is that this is bollocks as we simply have no way to actually know whether or not that's actually true. This is largely due to the unequivocal epic failure of the Trump Administration to prepare adequately. For starters Trump fired the entire Pandemic Response team in 2018 in order to cut costs. Secondly their insistence on hand waving this away has put us into a position where we can't even test people to find out who is infected and who is not. We think of ourselves as a first world country with all the best faculties at our disposal, but the opposite is actually true. Compare our response to that of South Korea. Please note that while this information is 10 days old, South Korea has only accelerated their response whereas ours hasn't even gotten off the ground yet.

  • South Korea has tested more than 140,000 people for the new Coronavirus and confirmed more than 6,000 cases. Its fatality rate is around 0.6%.
  • This suggests that, as many health experts have predicted, the virus' fatality rate seems to decrease as more cases are reported.
  • That's because more widespread testing leads more mild cases to be included in the count.
  • The US, by contrast, has tested around 1,500 people. The country has 221 confirmed cases and 12 deaths, suggesting a death rate of 5%.
  • The US' testing capacity has been limited.

The US and South Korea announced their first cases of the Coronavirus on the same day: January 20. More than six weeks later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested around 1,500 people for the virus. South Korea, meanwhile, has tested about 140,000.

3/12/2020 10:37:14 PM

I haven't posted anything here in over a month but rest assured that isn't because I don't have anything to say. It's been a chaotic, busy and unrewarding month. Ultimately I've decided to hunker down and be grateful for the things I do have at least for the foreseeable future.

So what's happening? Well we've got a global pandemic on our hands and a stunningly incompetent president at the helm. Despite that being a huge story and one that frankly is worrying the shit out of me, that's not what we are going to talk about today. But mark my words: I've got a huge bone to pick with the Trump administration, it's supporters and their long string of documented failures and incompetence. The reason I've remained tight lipped on that subject for so long is because I didn't want to risk upsetting possible future employers. As of right now, I've decided to stop officially giving a fuck.

Despite all of that, we are going to talk about a recent experience that I had with a former employer, Paylocity. Now I've been careful to not speak overtly on the subject of Paylocity (non-overt posts not withstanding) since I stopped working for them a couple years back. The are three primary reasons for that.

2/2/2020 2:45:45 PM

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have boundaries. Part of growing older is being able to identify and knowing how to address our boundaries. Sometimes we find ways to transcend those boundaries and other times we discover, often as part of a painful journey, that these boundaries are in fact more permanent than we realized.

I've got a couple stories about my encounters with my own boundaries that I'm going to share you all today. While they both "end" differently in a sense, the reality is that neither tale has actually completed. Both are still ongoing and ever-present experiences for me in ways that I hope you'll better understand by the end of this post.

My first story revolves around my unsuccessful foray into Twitch Streaming in late 2018. I spent two months on this particular endeavor and for those two months I took it pretty seriously. I even went so far as to create a website for my online streaming persona. I am a big fan of streaming and I love to have a stream up on a third screen while I'm hacking away at a piece of code. This kind of thing is pretty common among software developers nowadays. Gaming streams make for great background noise which allow you to devote your mental prowess to the task at hand, but from time to time are interesting enough so that they aren't actually boring.

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