Change (B)log

Joseph Weidinger

Written by Joseph Weidinger.

The Pedal Steel

September 14, 2019

Starting this past Wednesday afternoon, I am taking a week of time-off to learn the pedal steel guitar. It arrived last Monday, and I’ve…

The Exodus

September 06, 2019

Five of my co-workers have left Carfax for another company. Three of those had their last day today. While I’m happy for them, I’m pretty…

The Car Break-In

August 30, 2019

My car got broken into sometime early Sunday morning. They busted out the window on my Volt, opened my glove box, and that’s about it. I don…

The Cat

August 23, 2019

Got a cat named Sophie. She’s a nine-year-old cat from a neighbor lady. The neighbor is moving away and wanted the cat to stay with someone…

The Green Screen

August 16, 2019

I bought a green screen for my streaming experiments. Caleb set it up for our Dead Slice stream. It just works. OBS is a pretty fantastic…

The Fresh Look

August 09, 2019

I got a haircut. And for almost the first time in my life, it was not done by my Mom… alt text My roommate Caleb and I both got our hair cut…

Q2 Update

August 02, 2019

1. 52 people interviewed I interviewed only three people this quarter and gave up on the idea that I’d be able to interview 52 people. I…

Week 28 Update - The Time Tracker Rewrite

July 19, 2019

I’ve been working on the time tracking system that my friend and Carfax co-worker Conner built. I’m working on a pretty significant rewrite…

Week 27 Update - The Raid

July 14, 2019

The Raid After all the equipment came in for streaming, Caleb and I hosted our first twitch stream. It was 3-4 hours long. We made a lot of…

Week 26 Update - The Stream Revival?

July 05, 2019

A year ago I tried creating an entertainment channel on Twitch where I played Fortnite while walking on a treadmill while trying to…

Week 25 Update - The Goal Reformulation

June 28, 2019

I’m giving up on the goal to interview 52 people, but I’m replacing it with a new goal(s). I’m tired of hassling people to interview them…

Week 24 Update - The Hack Win

June 21, 2019

Like a few months ago, there was a Hackathon at Carfax yesterday and today. And like a few months ago, I won the same award: Best…

Week 23 Update - The New Scenes

June 14, 2019

As I mentioned last week, I bought a banjo recently. Last Saturday I made a trip to St. Louis to buy some more stuff from Music Folk. I was…

Week 22 Update - The SoundCloud divorce

June 07, 2019

I decided to not host my interviews in SoundCloud any more. I’ve used SoundCloud as the host of all my audio files since day one. When I…

Week 21 Update - The Tinnitus Story

May 31, 2019

I smiled when thinking about the tinnitus I have for the first time in a while. I gave myself tinnitus 2.5 years ago when I played drums in…

Week 20 Update - The Data Model

May 24, 2019

This past week at Carfax has been one of great excitement! I’m working together every day with our platform engineers to design and…

Week 19 Update - The Card Pusher

May 17, 2019

At this point much of my life is organized by cards: digital notes that tell me what to do at any given point. At Carfax we use Jira…

Week 18 Update - The Failed Job Interview

May 10, 2019

I applied for a different coding gig and after doing all the interviews and such I found out that I didn’t get it. I kind of promised that I…

Week 17 Update - The Side Music Projects

May 03, 2019

Spent time in the studio with Wil Reeves again mixing and mastering two songs I produced. One song was with Anup and one was with Caleb. In…

Week 16 Update - The Unexpected Carfax Projects

April 26, 2019

This week has been a pretty dynamic one for my work life. Early on in these blogs I wrote about some work-related projects that I had been…

Q1 Update

April 21, 2019

Q1 ended a few weeks ago and I want to check on how I’m delivering on the goals I made a few months ago. 1. 52 people interviewed So far, I…

Week 15 Update - The Nirvana Rediscovery

April 19, 2019

I’ve been listening to a lot of Nirvana recently. I started listening to them heavily when I was around 10 years old. Since the very…

Week 14 Update - The Roommate Projects

April 12, 2019

I’ve been doing a lot of projects recently with my roommate and friend, Caleb Salyer. For the last few weeks we’ve been recording podcasts…

Week 12 Update - The Mix Master

March 29, 2019

Just got done with a long day in the studio with Wil Reeves and Sizable. We mixed the last few songs for this record and he also added some…

Week 11 Update - The Pop A Shot Tourney

March 22, 2019

It’s March Madness. Every TV at Shakes has a different game on. Everyone at work is talking about their brackets. In the spirit, Carfax…

Week 10 Update - The Surprise Birthday Party

March 15, 2019

Today is my dad’s birthday. All of us kids surprised him by showing up in Vienna today. It’s hard to call it a surprise though. He pieced…

Week 9 Update - The Week 9 Grind

March 08, 2019

Here are some things I did this past week… Interviews I interviewed Thomas Blower last Saturday. We did the interview at Nourish at 10 AM…

Week 8 Update - The Anniversaries

March 01, 2019

Today marks the first anniversary of me buying my little home. I’m still in love with this pad and feel so lucky that I was able to be in a…

Week 7 Update - The First Mix Session

February 22, 2019

Sizable met with Wil Reeves earlier this week for 3 hours to mix 2 songs. It was awesome! I worked with Wil a few years ago on these two…

Week 6 Update - The Awkward Dinner

February 15, 2019

Last week my younger brother Phillip hit me up to go grab a beer and some dinner at Jazz, a New Orleans themed restaurant. He knew some…

Week 5 Update - The Music Idea

February 08, 2019

A few hours ago I was at Shakespeare’s rolling pizza dough. It was my first shift back wearing Andrew Pracchia’s old hat. I had lost track…

Week 4 Update - The Time Optimizations

February 01, 2019

I feel like another week has gone by and I haven’t done anything. But that’s a lie. My log shows me otherwise. (And at some point in the…

Week 3 Update - The "Passion" Project

January 25, 2019

A quick run down Just got back from Carfax’s annual Employee Appreciation Party; it was a good night of talking (shouting… it was loud) with…

Week 2 Update - The stiff neck

January 18, 2019

Just took a shower after working at Shakes. It was steady but not that busy. Woke up Sunday morning with a stiff neck. Or maybe it was just…

Week 1 Update

January 11, 2019

Hello from Vienna, MO. I’m trying to write this blog at the dinner table and my family members are playing Rummikub at the other end. I…

52 Weeks Until 2020

January 04, 2019

I have 52 weeks until I’m 30 years old. By the time my own father and grandfather were 30, they were married, had kids, and created…