Monday, September 29, 2008

DieHard

I saw a Sears van driving down the road today with a magnetic cling attached to the side which stated "Powered by DieHard"... I thought to myself, that's great PR until the van breaks down.

I imagine they carry a few "Powered by Wal-Mart" clings for just such an emergency.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Email post...

And this is my first email based post... Neat!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mobile Post

This is my first mobile post to blogger. I've never blogged from my phone before... I think it's rather swell.

ONE DAY ONLY: Church with free prayer!

I drove by a church today. It said they're having a Day of Praise which includes free Music, Food, Prayer, Crafts, Singing, and Fun.

That's right, folks, a CHURCH with free prayer. What will we see next?

I'm also impressed that they'll have singing AND music. Usually you don't see to much of that in one spot.

Next you'll tell me they're inviting Christians to attend the event...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

School Days

Taking classes that are below your skill level is common for me. It has been common for me for years now. I would argue that I've yet to take a university class that was ABOVE my level. If anything, I may have refined skills I already possessed.

I decided long ago that I would get my associates before I went on to get my bachelors...

I couldn't have made a better decision. Well, better than to get my associates from community college, anyway. The more time I spend at the university level, the more I come to realize that my associates is far more valuable to me than my bachelors.

I not only learned more at community college, but I felt like I was being challenged on a fairly regular basis. I'm not going to say it was hard by any means, but that experience forced me to put forth a level of effort that helped to expand my skill set by leaps and bounds.

I can't wait to be done with this university so that I can move on to rewarding goals...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brain numbing

So, my Intro to Communication Technology professor has a computer with 512mb of memory and 200mb of hard drive space. Also there are exactly 1000 bytes in a kilobyte...

I'm going to go home and take a drill to my frontal lobe. I swear I could teach this class in my sleep.

[I think I know where he's hiding the 24 extra bytes]

No technology for 24 hours

We had an assignment in class to go without communication technology for 24 hours. For many people this is easy, for me it's impossible. I would literally have to quit my job and drop out of school to accomplish this task...

This girl in my class on the other hand... She made a point of raising her hand and telling the teacher that she accomplished this assignment by simply waiting for a time period when she couldn't use her cellphone or the internet (while she was at work) and did the assignment at that time.

How the fuck is that constructive? Not only was that not in the spirit of the assignment, it was completely uninteresting to the rest of the class. To add to this obnoxious story of "I didn't use the technology when I couldn't use it...." she repeated the story 3 times. This is mostly the professor's fault for saying he didn't understand several times...

And now I'm going to try to pay attention again...

What? I'm serious... kinda.

I can't believe I read it all...

I've been slacking on my RSS feed reading lately.

With all the stress of school, work, relationship, and hobbies, I've been finding less and less time to actually just sit and read my RSS feeds. Today, however, I had an assignment due that I'd already finished at home, so while the rest of my class was frantically making changes and printing their project, I was relaxing on the inter-tubes...

I must say, I've been missing out on some quality blogs and comics the past couple of weeks... I'm happy to have caught up, but today I mourn the loss of Cigarro & Cerveja.

If you've read it, I'm sure you feel my pain. If you've never heard of it, I invite you to take some time to go through the massive archives... I assure you it is worth your time.

Though I'm saddened that there will be no more updates, it is no match for how many smiles and laughs the comic has provided me over the years.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have...

Picasa 3

I've been a long time fan of Picasa, so I downloaded Picasa 3 about a week ago and I've been rather impressed with it.

There are tuns of new features that are great for anyone who wants a free alternative to Photoshop. Clearly, this is not a product designed for the cheapskate Photoshop user... It's not a replacement for tools you already know how to use in Photoshop; however, if you're one of those people who needs to crop, rotate, or otherwise tweak your photos, Picasa 3 is for you!

My favorite new feature is the replacement for Microsoft's Windows Photo Gallery... It allows you to quickly preview images and make minor tweaks without loading the full version of Picasa... Not that Picasa takes a long time to load, but this slim application is practically instant.

If you don't have it... get it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What are the limitations of the internet?

This question was posed in class today... I was really tempted to raise my hand and state "The internet is a series of tubes"...

:sigh:

KABOOM!!!

It's the end of the world and Google's logo makes me smile.



Enjoy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Firefox vs Chrome

Ok, so after extensive use of Chrome over the past week, I've decided that, although I love Chrome, it's not quite ready for use.

That is unless you're OK with never going to pages that show YouTube videos... Yeah... last I checked, Google owned YouTube, but Chrome doesn't seem to like the YouTube player... or any Flash based players for that matter. And heaven forbid you try to access a page with several YouTube videos on it. MySpace pages bring Chrome to a screeching halt!

The good news is that this is the first release, and I'm sure that the Google Team is working out the kinks. I'm looking forward to the next release, but until then, I'm going to stick with Firefox... Man, Firefox feels bulky now....

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Firefox Forever?

Ok, so I'm a huge Firefox fan. In the beginning, it was hard to convince me that Firefox was a good idea. This was because I know well that the majority of folks out there are using IE. As a web developer, I see the importance of making sure the majority of people are able to view my content properly. Well, one day, someone tried to convince me to get Firefox and I figured, what the hell, it couldn't hurt. Well, I was hooked. I've got several favorite extensions and I love tabbed browsing. Well, the newer versions of IE have most of those things... but I'm still a big fan of Firefox. I mean, come on, it's won so much of the market share, there has to be a reason. It's just better on so many levels.

Today, I'm here to tell you that Firefox is no longer my default browser. I know. I'm shocked too.

As all of you loyal readers know, I'm a Google fan-boy. I am to Google as this guy is to Mac. I use Google to stay in touch with the world and keep myself organized.

Still, when I read that Google had come out with its own browser, I was skeptical. Why would Google develop a browser when there was already an amazing powerhouse (Firefox) available.

Well, skepticism aside, I was curious... I downloaded my copy of Chrome minutes after reading about it. And the fact that it took me MINUTES says something... (I downloaded every other Google application that I've ever used within seconds)

So, what's the result?

Fast. It's so fast. I didn't know the internet could move so fast!
And as for my extensions I have to download and install and configure on every computer I use with Firefox... Those features are standard. And they work well...

This is just the first release, and it's already holding its own against Firefox... I'm excited to see what the future holds for this exciting new browser.

GET IT!

Mosquito Bite

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a mosquito problem at a nudest colony?