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March 11, 2002: Once a nerd...

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Saturday we drove down to Berkeley to visit Beth and Sabs, getting a chance to play with all their kitties (or at least the ones who were willing to be social), eat lunch, and catch up. While we were there, Beth showed me her installation of Greymatter. It looks like it just might offer me what I've been hoping to find for my journal - a way to update via an online interface, and still keep the templates I worked so hard to set up.

This afternoon after lunch, Richard very nicely installed the software for me on our host server and I begain to poke at it. I have already discovered that in order to make it do what I want it to do, I'm going to have to spend a lot of time and do some serious tweaking. For example, somehow while mucking with the templates, I have lost the ability to display Before and Next links. I am nothing if not talented when it comes to messing up code!

It'll be a while before I get this program working to the point where I'm willing to switch everything over (if that wasn't already obvious by the fact that I've managed to lose some vital functionality after only one day with it!). But I'm determined. Oh yes.

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I had far too much fun at work today. Somehow or other I've ended up being the main contact for all the documents on the accounting pieces of our software. Today I was working on a very basic introduction to accounting, and discovered that it's all finally starting to make sense (although it seems like somewhere along the line someone went and made accounting wayyyy more complicated than it ought to be!). Anyway, I spent all day thumbing through an accounting textbook and two versions of the document piecing together all the missing parts, reformatting, clarifying, etc. Today was one of those days when I emerged to look at the clock and it was almost time to go home and I was surprised at how late it had gotten.

I like days like today. I'm all inspired now. I'm even toying with the idea of seeing if I could take a basic accounting course at one of the local junior colleges, just for fun.

Um. I just said 'accounting' and 'fun' in the same sentence, didn't I. Ah well. Once a nerd, always a nerd.

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