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This Side of Paradise

May 13, 2011

As a huge ice hockey fan and one that has been playing the sport for over 15 years, I wound up playing two games in one week. One on Tuesday and one last night into today. It’s what I call . . . the true meaning of midnight hockey. You start at 11pm and don’t finish till 12:30am. (Technically, the next day). By the time you take off all the equipment and get home, it’s already 1:30am and almost impossible to not wake-up the wife, especially with sticks and a bag full of hockey gear being dragged into the house. I feel bad doing that to her but I believe she knows how much I love playing the game and she hopefully agrees that it’s a good form of exercise. Every time I step onto the ice to play, I always assume this is going to be my last chance to play. Play hard, play competitive and never get lazy on your team! All it takes is one guy crashing into you, or someone taking a slap-shot and hitting you in the head, or worse, someone falling on you and twisting your knee which will end my hockey playing career. You have to love and respect the sport and not every person out there gets it.

Now as part of my standard practice, it’s on to lunch talk. Ever since I left the old NBC crowd, I’ve lost the pleasures of eating some international foods, especially Indian food with my friends Akash, Nidhi and Vikesh. Thanks to them, I have had the pleasures of enjoying delicious and wonderfully tasting curries that are home made. Now that I am over at CBS, I’ve been looking for something similar and once again, mission accomplished. As you can see, this was my lunch today and it was quite tasty. The food was ordered from Brick Lane Curry House on 53rd street and 2nd Avenue. I would definitely recommend it and someone from our office even ordered Phaal which is supposed to be one of the spiciest curries to order. I had a small taste with rice and wow is it hot! The site has a nice video of it being made. It’s so powerful that the kitchen chef has to wear a breathing mask as the fumes and smoke from adding all the spices will cause him to choke and cough. Crazy right!? Well that’s a wrap for today. This weekend I look to relax and recover from my late night hockey games. Well maybe not. I still want to play a little golf with my wife . . . and yes she quit good.


Operation: Annihilate!

May 11, 2011

So how many people reading this blog has gotten a new cell phone only to have an anonymous and persistent caller constantly calling you and YET, you have no idea who they are. I even did a reverse phone look-up and they are in Delaware! Who has friends in Delaware? Isn’t that only a state where businesses register their companies. My voice mail clearly states who I am and yet they still want to call me. Once, I even answered and told them they have the wrong person. Did that work? Nope. Just today they called me two more times. I wish there was a way to block the number but I haven’t seen any options to do this.

So for the on-going lunch updates, today was pizza. It’s been a long time since I had any and where can you beat New York pizza. I’ll agree, certain places are better then others but bread, cheese and tomato sauce is always a great combination.

Tomorrow Is Yesterday

May 9, 2011

Yes, we are still staying with the original Star Trek episode titles. I used to be a Trekkie but have definitely mellowed out over the years. With one week already passed on the new job, my tomorrows are starting to feel like yesterdays as all my programming skills are coming back to me. As the days progress, I’m remembering more and more of what I used to do as a programmer (going back in time). Love using GIT as our version control. Faster, quicker to merge, less disk space and you can work off-line and not have to be connected to the source. This is the GIT website. Try to persuade and convert you business to use it.

Subway As for lunch, well it’s been a while but I was dying for a Subway sandwich. Craving satisfied. I should be good for another week.

Also here’s a shout-out to the folks over at iVillage who I had the pleasure of meeting today during lunch. Good seeing all of you again. Until next time, keep up the good work.

The Corbomite Maneuver

May 4, 2011

It appears that this blog is going to take on a Star Trek theme. I’m not sure why but I’m sure it will die out over time. As in the “Corbomite Maneuver“, today I was menaced by a gigantic alien ship (WordPress) whose commander condemns the crew to death. The alien ship appears to be all-powerful as the alien commander refuses any attempts at negotiation, forcing Michael to employ an unorthodox strategy to save the day. Basically this is what it’s like trying to navigate around WordPress and the PHP code. Someone took the two of then and mashed them together leaving you with a bunch of proprietary functions and classes where you’re left to figure out how the whole system works.

Through a combination of looking at the PHP code and playing around in the Admin, I’ve successfully figured our how homepage content is controlled, created and destroyed. WooHoo! Today was also a day at HR for handing in my paperwork. The good news, I’ll get paid. The bad news, I have to wait three weeks to get my first paycheck.

Chipotle Chicken Basket

Chipotle Chicken Basket

Lunch was Chipotle today and Adam showed off his wonderful espresso making capabilities in his office. Who else do you know that would have his own personal espresso machine in an office. It does smell nice in there though as the caffeine floats mysteriously throughout the halls of CBS. He’s probably the only person the people look forward to having a meeting with.

Day Two Roundup

May 3, 2011

Well today was, “active” to say the least. With the assistance of Allen and Andy, my MAC now has MySQL installed and running as well as the dev environment for the CBS Local sites. I’m learning about GIT and how it differs from SVN and have also installed it on my machine. Going into tomorrow, it looks like I’ll be ready for my first tickets. Now that’s a quick turnaround and set-up.

Lunch was cool today. since I’m still nursing an injured left foot the team went out to a famous food truck called Mexicure ( and picked up some Tacos and Pulled Pork sliders. Very tasty.

First Day at CBS

May 2, 2011

Welcome to my first day of using WordPress. Today I have officially started my new job at CBS. So far the day has gone smoothly as I’ve been getting my computer set up and organizing all my contacts and website URL’s that I’ll be using.