Week In Review: 6/28/2007

It’s been a rather interesting week for several peculiar reasons. Obviously the biggest thing happening this week for me has been my first experience with jury duty. On a similar note (obviously), I also experienced my first trial. Work has been remarkably busy after the trial was over, and then Monday morning I start my new internship. So yeah…
I guess it’s not an odd idea to think that being a juror in a trial would be slightly intimidating. That is exactly what it is, and I wasn’t even on a really “serious” case. Obviously without much detail, I was a juror on a DWI case this past Monday and Tuesday. I lucked out because the trial only lasted 1.5 days, but I feel like I got a good sense for what a trial “feels” like. The process is interesting to be a part of, and to observe. Although the judge actually made a joke or two during the jury selection which definitely helped to lighten the mood. I will not be anxious to get that wonderful jury duty summons in the mail next time, but at least I know what to expect now. I did my part, I “played my role in the justice system”. heh…we’ll see how fast 6 years go by now.
As I said, work has been very busy. I don’t know why I feel like I have significantly more to do than I did when I was gone for an entire week on vacation. How does that work out? I am gone for 2 days, I have a ton of work. I am gone for a week, I don’t have all that much. Very odd.
On a totally different note, Windows Live Folders started it’s private beta on Wednesday of this week. I was one of the 5,000 people to get into the beta test for it, so I guess that means I am lucky. That being said, Windows Live Folders in its current form is very basic, and definitely lacking in terms of features. Here is a quick example, this is my Public Live Folder with files I am sharing. An example of basic features that are not implemented yet, if you upload an image you’d think the site would automatically create a thumbnail of an image. This, however, is not the case. The same goes for a music file. You’d think that if you upload an mp3 file you’d get some kind of embedded audio player to listen to the file. Again, this is not the case though. It’s a start, but I really hope (for their own sake) that they plan on adding a plethora of features that are not in this current version. Not to mention, 500MB of storage is nothing these days. If they plan on impressing anyone they will need to offer a minimum of 5GB+ for free, and ideally they should just go with Yahoo’s “unlimited” storage model. The final key thing that is missing is a desktop application for accessing this storage space. Ideally, they need to make Live Folder space seamless with the desktop. When you go to “My Computer” (Win XP) or “Computer” (Vista) the Live Folder should be displayed right there. It should look, act, and be nearly indistinguishable from a normal local hard drive. I really believe this is just about the only way to get “normal” people using this. They will definitely not make the effort to login to a web site, manually browse for the files, and then upload them to their Live Folder. It will not happen, that I guarantee you.
I am beyond intimidated by this internship. As far as I know, I will be working on redesigning the user interface for some kind of medical application. Now the obvious question, do I really know how to do that? I am sure I’ll be ok once I sit down, look at things, and perhaps receive a bit of instruction. Right now it just feels really scary though. Scariness aside, I am excited to start on Monday.

The Week in Review: 6.9.2007

It’s been an interesting week.
I started out the week finishing up the end of my trip to Atlanta. Atlanta is great, and I really need to spend more time there. It seems like just about every time I go to see my brother down there it usually includes some kind of big project which ends up with us not having much time to just relax. This most recent trip was sort of different, but also quite similar. For example, we were moving him to a new apartment which was obviously a bit hectic. However, once we got his things packed up, moved over, and unpacked things slowed down a great deal. It worked out that the free time we had was unfortunately Sunday – Tuesday which aren’t exactly prime nights for going out. That being said we didn’t get to do all that much in terms of going out which was kind of a let down, but we’ll have to remedy that next time I go down. The area my brother moved to is great. It has all kinds of interesting restaurants, bars, and coffee shops within a few blocks which would make going out quite easy and convenient. Also, the flight home from Atlanta was a mess (as can be expected with our wonderful airlines) which is never enjoyable. It worked out though, I now have a $100 voucher for the next time I go down to Atlanta so that was nice.
Work was  ridiculously busy when I came back which is never fun. I like being busy at work, but I don’t like being overwhelmed. I am sure I forgot to do a few things before I left, but I guess we’ll see if I forgot anything major because I am sure I’ll hear about it while I am in Mexico. Pretty much just about everything that could have broke while I was in Atlanta did in fact break. It seems to be in working condition when I left on Friday so I’ll cross my fingers and hope for the best.
I found a new beer I like. It’s called St. Bernardus Abt 12. It’s Belgian, and it’s great. Kind of like Guinness, but a little bit sweeter. Oh, and a bit more alcohol…you feel one way more than other beers.
This morning was not exactly how I wanted to start my day. I woke up with the general idea that my trip to Mexico that had been planned for the past 3 months was a go. This assumption of mine was promptly corrected when a certain someone realized her passport expired. Yes, after 3 months of knowing about this trip, she just now realized her passport expired when we would have left in 2 days. Oh well. She isn’t going, and my father and I are going instead. It’ll be a fun trip, and this way we at least get to dive a bit which will be nice. However, it also means my plans of bar hopping in Cancun won’t be happening. Oh well.
After a fairly crappy day, I received some excellent news from my college. They decided to give me a pretty good chunk of money towards my tuition next year. This was incredible considering the general lack of money they had given me the prior semester. Needless to say, I am ecstatic about this. It’ll be great to actually have a little bit of money this year. Last semester I was completely broke so it’ll be a pleasant surprise when I have a little extra money. Yea for nice people who gave me money!
I leave for Mexico on Monday (for a week) so I won’t be updating this until Tuesday the 19th at the earliest. See ya then!

Microsoft Surface Thoughts

I didn’t want to clutter the previous post (the one with all the videos) will my thoughts so I figured I’d write this separately. I will just start off with this, Microsoft Surface is ridiculously cool. Not only is this technology cool and interesting, it will also be very useful.
Side note: My big dream job is working on ways to improve the human/computer interaction because frankly, it sucks right now. The way in which people interact with computers is so far from intuitive that it’s almost laughable considering the kind of technology we now have available to us.
What I previously said leads me to say this, I think this Surface technology is a HUGE step in the right direction for improving this human/computer interaction. I’ll base most of my comments on the videos posted in the previous post so if you’re confused then watching a few of those videos may help to illuminate what I’m talking about.
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1,000 Posts

It’s amazing the images you can find online…
Pet hats
I’ve reached 1,000 posts in just over 3 full years of blogging. (3 years, and nearly 4 months to be precise). Anyways…I figured a cute dog in a hat would be a fitting celebration, and I happen to find a picture of a freaky cat in a hat to boot!

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007
An absolutely pathetic, disgusting, depressing, and appalling collection of news items that have been promptly ignored. I honestly hope that some day all of this bullshit that the Bush administration has lied about comes to light. I can’t wait to see the breaking news report some day in the future when they come knocking on Bush’s door to take is lying arrogant ass off to prison.
I will be VERY happy the day this man gets what he deserves (which is a VERY slow, VERY painful death). No, no joke. He has the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands.

Things I am looking forward to

1. Getting MagPie working again. This is what powers the “Recent Tunes” in the sidebar, and currently MagPie (no not the bird) and Last.fm are not on speaking terms (I think Last.fm actually hates MagPie, but that is not the point). Moved to WP, this should work soon.
2. Getting a chance to read up about HTML 5 and XHTML 2 as per these aritcles:
HTML 5, XHTML 2, and the Future of the Web Done 4/14
X/HTML 5 Versus XHTML 2 Done 4/14
3. Learning/Practicing my Javascript
4. Buying the Javascript: The Definitive Guide. AKA, the Javascript bible. Feel free to buy this for me if you are so motivated.
5. Clare coming to visit. Don’t ask
6. Learning how to double my reading rate. Done 4/22
7. Reading about the future of RSS Done 4/15
8. Go to Mexico with Amber (Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach)
9. Oh, and sleep. I like sleep, and I miss it.

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Anti-God Starbucks Cup Has Customer Steaming

Anti-God Starbucks cup has customer steaming

“Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure.”

The quote was written by Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, Canada, and was included as part of an effort by the Seattle-based coffee giant to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.  “As someone who loves God, I was so offended by that,” Michelle Incanno, a married mother of three who is Catholic, told the Dayton Daily News. “I don’t think there needs to be religious dialogue on it. I just want coffee.”

This is hilarious. So my question is, Would anyone be bitching and complaining if the cup said “God loves you”? Absolutely not. Why? Because we’re all big boys and girls that can handle a difference in opinion. The problem arises when some over protective assholes cannot handle the fact that other people do not believe what they believe. God forbid (pun intended) someone not believe in God like I do…


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I wish I didn’t care. It would make this a whole lot easier. Who am I to be picky? I do know when someone something is not good for me though. I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but it always seems to end up in the same result with you. I guess this is a bit of a trial. Lets see if you actually give a damn. I am done being the one to put in all the effort. Somehow I doubt that you’ll prove me wrong.


I’m done with you, I quit

I gotta say, this is a rather sad day. I am done with you. I am done making the effort. I am done trying to make it work. It is a very shitty feeling when you are always the only one trying. I can’t tell you the number of times people have told me that you just weren’t a very good friend, and the number of times I stood up for you because I wanted to believe it wasn’t true. Well, today I realized that maybe it is just you being quirky, but it may just be true as well. Sure we can be friends, but no I am not going to put 1/10 of the effort in that I used to. I am done, it is not worth it as you have shown me.