Day 14,728

Today I started listening to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”. I was wondering where this has been for the past 14K+ days I’ve been on this earth. I feel it’s something that a lot of people could have in their lives.

This is the thing. I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. I think I given way to many f*cks to all the wrong things. This needs to change. My task for the next few weeks? Find the right things to give f*cks about.

Well, now that that is out of my system, lets talk about something different. What is that you say? Public Speaking I answer. I am terrified of public speaking, as most people I know are. The few times I’ve done it I barely remember the events of the actual speech. The problem with this is… I kinda want to talk at conferences and give back to the development community. So, this will be my challenge this year. I plan on starting small. Either start my own meetup to talk at or find one that will let me talk. I’ll probably plan a “Tech Talk” for my company as well. Try to get some practice in. What’s the worst that can happen? … ….

Well, enough talk of me. I’ll leave you with a quote I just can’t get enough of.

“I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country on one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond, and there is so much, so much, to see. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”

― The 11th Doctor Who

~ M

 

 

 

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Standing at a Crossroads.

At a crossroads staring up at the bleak sky, the moon barely a sliver. Unable to focus on a single thought. What am I to do?

Storm clouds begin to gather, seemingly from every direction. How long have I been standing here?

Is that something in the trees? I can barely make out a shape, or maybe shapes? Wait… When did the trees appear?

What am I to do?

 

 

What a way to bring in the new year!

So, instead of my yearly post I’ve done the past two years I’m going to announce something very exciting to start of 2015. Last week Apple approved my first app to the app store. Today is the day that I am going to make it live!

This is very exciting for me and even though the app is not 100% where I want it to be I will be adding in features throughout the year. The app is called Carbs to Go! and is a simple app to count your carb intake.

Carbs to Go! will be free to download and contain no ads. The only thing I ask for is donation to allow me to further develop the app and add all the features that I want to get in there.

The first new feature that will be added within the first part of the year will be the ability to search, yes search, for food! This one of the features that I have not yet completed. I wanted to get the app out the first of this year so I would hit my deadline. Even though this is a large piece that the app needs to have I submitted anyways.

Download it on the app store and let me know what you think!

I hope you enjoy!

If adopting from PARL, do yourself a favor and check for roundworm

PARL (Providence Animal Rescue League) dropped the ball pretty badly this past week. In the past I had heard relatively good things about the animal shelter. I even donated some food and cat toys this past year. So when my mom said she was interested in adopting a cat the first place I thought of was PARL. Well after the past couple days and the treatment we have received from them I will never do business with them again.

It all started this past Tuesday, November 4th 2014. My mom, wife and myself went down to the local PARL shelter that happens to be right next to where I work. We were one of the first people in when they opened. There were two other people looking to adopt. PARL was having a special on cats as they had received a large amount just recently when an apartment was found to have 69 cats in it. We thought that this would be the perfect time to adopt a cat that needed a home. We had looked at the selection of cats and even checked out the dogs. There were the usual selection of kittens that most people will swarm to. However we caught our eye on an older cat and instantly fell in love with him. His name is Oscar and he is 13 years old.

Now I understand that by adopting an older cat that the cat is bound to come with some health issues. We had (and still do not have) no problem with that. I just want to dispel anyone saying we shouldn’t have adopted him if we didn’t want to deal with the health issues. That is not ultimately what I am complaining about here.

We had asked to see Oscar to see if he is a good fit for my mom. They took us into what they call the Green room. Basically a meet and greet room with the cats. You could tell instantly that Oscar became attached to my mom. We knew that we would want to adopt him.

This is where things start to go downhill. We asked the lady about his past and what health issues he has. She said that she would look up his sheet. A few minutes later she told us that he was with the same family for 13 years. The family had to move and couldn’t take Oscar with them so they brought him to the shelter. This was back in August of 2014. She also said that aside from not eating much he is in perfect health. I chalked up the not eating due to being cooped up in a small cage and becoming depressed.  I figured we would get him to a nice home and after a few days, maybe a week he would be back to eating. If not we would work with a Vet to get him back to health.

So we went up to pay the adoption fee so they could hold Oscar for us. We had to go out and purchase a few supplies before we could bring him to his new home. When we got back to the shelter PARL dropped the first bit of sketchy behavior on us. They told us that the lady we spoke to had looked at the wrong records. They proceeded to tell us that he had severe teeth problems and was also treated for ringworm. Also while getting his paperwork together they had found paperwork in his file for a different cat. We figured that people can make mistakes and we’ll make sure he gets good treatment at the Vet. We ended up taking Oscar home.

Now keep in mind they told us this AFTER we got back from purchasing the needed supplies and paying the adoption fee. Also according to there contract once the pet is paid for anything that comes up is our responsibility… but we can always bring him back…

Now Oscar is the sweetest cat. He is extremely loving and is perfect for my mom who had lost her husband 15 months ago.

We also asked if Oscar was declawed at which they clearly stated he was not declawed. After getting him home we noticed he was, indeed, declawed. This is not a huge deal to us other than that they should know this basic information.

As predicted Oscar wasn’t eating much. He would have treats and drink but shied away from both the wet and dry food. We planned on giving him a few days to settle in and we were willing to experiment with the food till we found what worked for him. We also received Oscars medical records from the shelter. After reading though them in detail we realized he came into the shelter at 18 pounds and only a month later was down to 10 pounds. This is something we hoped would remedy itself by being in a loving home.

Everything was rolling along smoothly until the next night, Wednesday November 5th. Oscar had his first movement. We were excited cause that means he is getting comfortable in his new home. I noticed that he had gotten some on his back paw. I proceeded to clean off his paw when my wife noticed that it looked like he had some still on his bum. I went to help clean it up when i noticed it wasn’t poo left over but a worm coming out. Now i’m sure you can imagine our surprise. The shelter had told us he was in good health. You would think that they do a thorough exam before the pets can be adopted. Apparently PARL does not do complete exams.

Needless to say we ended up bringing Oscar to the emergency vet 30 min away to find out what was up. We discovered that he has roundworm and by the looks of it he has and it for at least a month if not more. How did PARL miss this? This can’t be the first time signs of this has shown. The day after he is adopted.

We came home with medicine to deworm him and plans on moving up his initial Vet appointment so he can be seen earlier. We also had plans of letting PARL know how we felt.

When My mom finally got in touch with PARL they tried to brush it off. She spoke with a lady named Amy who is supposed to be the manager. First they said that Oscar was eating fine and that the 8 pound loss was that they put him on a diet cause 18 pounds is too heavy. I agree with that but did they starve him? Also the lady we spoke to the other day said he wasn’t eating. Also when you look at his medical records they supplied us they were treating him for anorexia… They then repeated to say that if she wanted to she could bring Oscar back. Now at this point we are like “Why would we bring him back to you?”.

So to sum up. PARL clearly lied to us and didn’t tell us the whole truth behind Oscar’s past and medical history until AFTER we paid. They then tried to take back what was said earlier by saying the volunteers don’t know what there talking about. They had their paperwork mixed up. The whole interaction was a mess.

We love Oscar and will make sure he gets the treatment he needs to become healthy again. However this leaves such a bad taste in my mouth, as well as my mom and wife, that I will never do business with them again. I will never donate to them again. I am on the search for a shelter that treats their customers and pets better. “Being busy” is no excuse for messing up this bad. We will also be taking full advantage of the pet insurance provided to us for free for the first 30 days to get Oscar his treatment.

If you are looking to work with PARL do one thing. Make sure you have all the facts. Double, triple check all the paperwork and make sure that if something is missing from the medical records that it gets checked before you put down any money to adopt the pet. I’m not saying to not adopt but make sure you know. PARL should not be able to lie to it’s customers just to get an animal adopted.

– Jeremiah Poisson, Upset customer.

2013 move over, make way for 2014!

Here we are again. The end of another year.

First off I’ll recap 2013. 2013 was an overall good year. There were some rough patches but what year doesn’t have those? The year started out as many do, Gun-ho about completing everything on my list. Looking back most of the things I posted as my goals last year I did not complete but I did make some serious progress. To start I have yet to finish the games but I am closer to completion. I didn’t pick my guitar back up as I wanted. However I did read a good deal throughout the year! So out of the 3 goals I came in at 1 complete, 2 missed.

Along with a recap on my goals I had a downturn in events regarding my dad. The leukemia came back and this time it was fatal. My dad passed August 11th. It has been pretty hard on all of us in the family but we are slowly picking up the pieces and moving forward. He would of wanted us to keep going and not let this event hold any of us back.

On the work front I took the newly created mobile department head on and developed an app utilizing the Titanium framework. After this was completed we hired on a few more mobile developers and rebuilt the app in native Objective-C and Java. The mobile team is pretty much where I am and I can now put on my resume Objective-C developer along side iOS Developer. This is a huge accomplishment and something I have been working towards for a while now. I still do work with the web team and code in PHP when needed, especially when it comes to the API that the mobile app interacts with.

On the game end of things I recently picked up Unity and am playing around with that. I may release my games utilizing Unity. I’m not 100% sure yet. Only 2014 will tell.

Now lets talk about 2014! This next year I’m going to keep a few old goals and add a few more.

1: Make a game darn it all!!!

For this goal I want to finally complete a game and market it somewhere. Even if it’s an old school arcade style game it will get done. Speaking of old school arcade style games… Maybe one of them could be a collection of these classics all in one… hmmm. That sounds pretty promising 🙂 I also want to make some progress on a platformer style game that I have brewing in my head.

2: Publish at least 2 mobile apps to the app store.

I have a couple plain jane app ideas in the works and one already prototyped. These will most likely be iOS only apps but if I get extra motivated I may release them to the play store as well 🙂

3: Blog more often.

I would like to pick up and finish something i started a while back… Making a weekly blog post about a random programming topic. I did this with a few focused on PHP but I may expand it to Objective-C as well.

4: Loose more weight!

OK OK… This is one of those new years resolutions that everyone and their pets make… As for this past year I actually made some progress. I lost around 20 or so pounds! Not too shabby I think 🙂 I want to step it up for this year with increased exercise and even better eating habits.

5: Organize myself (Attempt 8,643)

Here we go again with another traditional one. I will eventually get this down 🙂

Now to accomplish this I may utilize a service a friend of mine has mentioned a few times, Beeminder. This seems like a cool concept. You basically pledge money to stay on track with a goal. If you fall off track you have to pay the beeminder service your pledge and then the cost goes up. I might give it a go.

Anyways here is my new years resolutions/goals. Now it’s time for me to get on with the night!

Farewell 2013! Hello 2014! Have a happy and safe new years everyone!

Good bye 2012 and welcome 2013

So, here we are again. Another new year! I want to say goodbye to 2012 and say hello to 2013!

This past year was crazy and it went by faster then I ever thought it would. I stopped 90% of my freelance work, picked up a full time gig at a local Providence company called ShapeUp as one of their PHP developers, and started taking a few classes online again at http://www.coursera.com. I also picked up my game development and have a few iPhone and desktop titles in the works.

A few other things about this past year… My dad went into remission from the leukemia he was diagnosed with in late 2011. He is still in remission and is doing good. The world did not end in 2012, which is good 🙂 It’s been a year since I’ve moved back up north ( still missing Florida though 🙂 ).

So with 2012 behind me I have a new year to look forward to. With this new year I have set myself some goals that I’m going to shoot for. My main goal is going to have a couple games finished either on the iPhone or desktop by the end of the year. They will most likely be free to play games but it’ll be a start into my indie game endeavor. I also plan to be more outgoing and actually take some time off to get back into a few hobbies of mine that have been slacking. Mainly I would like to play a bit more guitar again and find more time to read a couple books here or there.

So to recap, my goals for this coming year is:

  • Complete two or more games.
  • Pick up my guitar again
  • Find time to read a few new books

Now to state some traditional resolutions. These will be more of your traditional resolutions. Well here they are 🙂

  • Since I’m now officially a member at a gym I will be working on getting into shape and finally loosing a few pounds this year. I’m not going to put an amount or date on the goal. I just want to loose something 🙂
  • I would like to be more outgoing
  • Get my act together 😉

And now it’s time to celebrate the new year! Good bye 2012 and welcome 2013!

Happy new year everyone!!!

– Miah