Monthly Archives: March 2005

Hello refund, Goodbye refund…

A lot of people tend to like tax time because it means refund time. I am one of those people. It makes for a good time to pick up some of those little things that you wanted to pick up throughout the year, but really couldn't justify spending the extra cash on. Well, this year is different. With all of the various checkups and the surgical procedure done on my eye, I'm wishing my income tax refund a fond farewell before I see one cent of it. My refund came in at around $900, and the first round of medical bills that I'm going to have to eat is weighing in at around $1200 so far. It's nice that I'm getting the kick in the wallet at the right time to help with the bills, but it really sucks that I won't get to know that $900 and use it to buy many neat and cool things.

Perhaps I should sign up for Google ads or something.

Exhibit A: The clock!

As my primary source of evidence for why the midnight shift stinks, I refer you to exhibit A: the clock. It's around 5:00AM right now, and I'm very much awake. Last night (sunday evening I suppose) I tried to hold out and make it to the evening so I would be more likely to sleep longer throughout the night. I crashed out at like 8:30, and I was promptly up at 2am. I was not really happy, but it wasn't unexpected. Well, yesterday I tried to do the same thing, and I made it until around midnight and crashed out. You guessed it… up at 3am. I made an astounding hour of progress. Now I'm up, not even tired, and I don't work until noon today. Maybe I'll actually be tired enough to sleep tonight.

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It’s not over yet…

On tuesday I had another appointment with Dr. Saxe to evaluate the progress of my eye. I’ve been noticing gradual improvement over the past few months, but the situation, from my perspective, is far from being cleared up. I still have the moving blob thingy in my vision, and even though it has shrunk a bit, it’s still there and causing trouble. I still have little random floaters too, but they seem to come and go much quicker, and don’t seem to hang around as long, which is a good thing. So, in short, it’s getting better, but it’s not ‘cured’ yet.

Dr. Saxe sees the same thing. He noted a marked improvement from when he first saw me, but there are still capillaries in my eye leeching their fluid out into my eye, so he’s under the belief that there may be one more treatment sometime in the summer to try to clean them up. I’m seeing a solid 20/30 out of my right eye though, which is a lot better than the 20/50 I was seeing before, so I guess I can’t complain. Hopefully it’ll get better with another treatment.

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

Since I don’t post enough of these little tips and tricks (and because I looked for this one for like an hour last night on some customer’s site I had done this for), I’m going to start posting more nifty tips. This is a mod_rewrite rule for Apache that will take any request on normal http and redirect it to the corresponding https page. Pretty handy for stuff like online shopping carts.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !443 [NC]
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]

What… What time is it?

There's really only one word to describe my current state – tired. I'm on another midnight rotation, and I've worked over 70 hours in the past week. We're doing things a bit differently this time – instead of the two weeks of 12am-8am, we're doing one of 8pm-4am then one of 12am-8am. Well, Greg (roommate/coworker) was on his second week of midnights when I started my 8pm-4am's, and he was sick as a dog for the first two days of that, so I just sent him home both days. He had a fever of around 103