February 19, 2006
Chasing the Sun

We had to get up at 6AM on Friday, to help my Sister with a problem she's been having. Then, at 3PM, we boarded our flight to LAX. It had already been a long day, but was no where near over: we still had the flight across the pacific, below the equator and across the International Date Line, to Auckland, New Zealand. We got to LAX with no problems, then headed to the international terminal, through all the security, etc, to our flight. We were hoping to get a few drinks in us once we found our gate, but there was only a very small, very over crowded bar nearby. It didn't matter, as we boarded in a short time anyway.

We took off from LAX at 7:40PM (PDT). Our Quantas flight to New Zealand was aboard a Boeing 747-400, 'The Spirit of Australia'. A huge beast of a plane. It took a very long time to get everyone aboard and then take off. We were going to be in this flying building for the next 12+ hours. Fortunately they have a nice entertainment system, with displays in the seat backs. They have a nice selection of movies and TV shows to help kill the time. I managed to watch 'Corpse Bride' (Note to Linda: you have to see this, if you already haven't) and then most of 'Blazing Saddles' before I started passing out from lack of sleep. We flew economy class, so no big sleeper seats for us. The seats did go back a tiny bit more than usual, but not that much. Sleeping like that did quite a number on our backs and necks. Add in the fact that some guy a on the other side of the plane was coughing every ten minutes or so and you can imagine we didn't sleep too well.

Some time around midnight (NZ time, 5AM CDT) we both woke up a bit and just managed to doze on and off until they served breakfast, at about 4:30AM (NS time).

We landed at around 6:30AM. Getting through customs took at least an hour, as it was packed. Once through we got our money converted to NZ dollars and found a pay phone to call our hotel so they could send a car for us. It was then that we discovered a Universal Truth: all pay-phones steal money. Having been unsuccessful with the pay-phone asked the nice lady at a help desk and she pointed us at the courtesy phones. Our hotel sent a car over and we were finally able to relax a bit in our room, which is very nice.

It's much more humid here than I expected, but the temperature is only around 23°C/74°F, so it's really quite nice (especially considering that it was -17°C/23°F when we left Chicago).

We napped a bit during the day, but tried not to really sleep, since we wanted to get our body clocks adjusted. We managed to stay up until about 9:30PM before getting to sleep, and were going to get up at 7AM, but I just woke up around 6AM and started checking my email and writing this entry.

It's almost 7AM now and we are going to get started soon. We have a 10AM flight to Christchurch, on the southern island. From there we rent a car and our trip really begins.

Posted by ed at 11:58 AM
February 13, 2006
Approximately 307126 seconds I can't wait to go to New Zealand. This is going to be the longest 300K seconds since the 300K seconds before my wedding.
Posted by ed at 10:41 AM
February 08, 2006
rant

There are times when looking at bad code makes me want to weep. Today is one of those times.

I honestly wonder what the fuck the original author was thinking when they created this mess.

Does it make any sense to have a database table that contains a value that then has to be modified to get the name of another table that contains relevant data? Who in their right mind would do such a thing? I literally have to get an id from one table to get a value from another table. Then I have to take that value and transform it into the name of a third table, then get the data I want from that third table. This schema is ridiculous:

voodoo2.png

This code needs to be printed out just so I can burn it.

Posted by ed at 03:07 PM