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[Sep. 28th, 2009|01:20 pm]
So, bigish news of the weekend is sorta twofold. The bigger piece of it is that I got a shiny new blackberry to try to get into this whole connected world we live in. The related piece that's probably more relevant (and the cause of the post) is that I got unlimited texts to go with that. So if you don't mind texts and whatnot, feel free to leave your phone # here and I'll shoot you a message. Comments are screened, so don't have to worry about others getting them.

Going to be looking at setting up IMs on the phone as well, so will see how that goes. Probably going to get a sep id for the phone, so I can leave home logged in when I'm out, but will figure it out.
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[Jun. 30th, 2009|02:29 pm]
I signed up last week for Holly Lisle's writing course. I used the money I got from my birthday to get a workable laptop last week (went with something relatively cheap) so I'd have a platform for writing and somewhere to house such things, so it seemed like a good investment to get a course to provide some structure for the efforts. I stumbled upon her site from one of the writers that I follow on LJ (though I can't remember who off the top of my head) and remember being impressed with some of the materials she had left public. We'll see what comes of that, I'm cautiously optimistic. I want to follow through with it, and I'm already getting a few ideas, so we'll see.

This past weekend was a bit out of the norm for me, with several trips into Alexandria. I have to admit, it was kinda fun to get out, blackasphodel moving out here has been a good thing. I wasn't that thrilled with the Transformers movie, but it wasn't bad. I was amused to see Wheelie make an appearance, though I preferred the version from the earlier movie. I was expecting to be underwhelmed by the plot, and I was. Actually, it frustrated me a bit, because at times I felt the plot even detracted from the visual enjoyment of the film. We went to see it in IMAX, and I wasn't too impressed by the difference there. Part of that was probably that we had to sit too close because the movie was so packed and we had 4 people wanting to sit together. I dunno. I wasn't too frustrated by it since I don't think the price was much different, if at all, but I think I would've been just as happy seeing it in a normal theater.

I will say, I'm glad I saw it in the theater. I thought it added a lot to have the audience reaction in there at times.

As a random note, does anyone who's more accustomed to hotel booking have any insight on finding a hotel that has a jacuzzi tub in-room? It doesn't seem to be a search criteria in the big "find a hotel" sites that I knew to check. I'm afraid it's going to boil down to just randomly calling places that look promising, but I'm hopeful that there's a better way. Advice appreciated ;)
Link4 voices|speak to me
[Jun. 2nd, 2009|05:08 pm]
[Current Mood | peaceful]
[Current Music |Jim Brickman - Never Far Away]

My baby brother's graduating high school this weekend. Where's the time go?

This summer is going to be nuts for me. I don't frequently talk about work and won't go into much detail here, but in big swipes I'm basically in charge of the technical solution for the project I've been working on the past couple years now. Sadly, due to some politics and such, we're about 5 months behind schedule starting with development. So we've got until the beginning of August to develop a solution using what we have now and what they say they want (which will surely move). Going to be an exciting path, I guess. I'm kinda looking forward to it now that we're beginning to move forward, but it's rather daunting and will make for a very challenging summer.

On the WoW front, I transferred my paladin to a new realm to look for a new guild that would be a bit more hardcore and on a raiding schedule I could make. Think that's working out pretty well, the new guild seems to be working out well. Hopefully they think so as well, still in trial status, though they seem to like me well enough. Saw Yogg drop last night for the first time, so that was nice. Have been doing some achievement stuffs with our 10-man, though we're struggling some because of spotty attendance combined with some shifting around as the guild forms a second 10-man. Hopefully that will stabilize in the next week or so. Well, next week I'm going to be busy doing stuff with my brother regardless, so I suppose it doesn't matter.

I love piano music.

So anyone out there in lurker land? I check this pretty frequently, but rarely update anymore, and recently saw a friend make a post basically the same thing. Wonder how many others I used to talk to still read this. Reconnected with an old friend recently and enjoyed chatting.

A part of me really misses the days when I had a half dozen AIM windows open regularly, chatting with all of them. More, I miss the people. I miss you guys. I know I'm quiet and don't say a lot, but if you need an ear or a shoulder, you know where to find me. Actually, if you read this give me a nudge. Don't have to have anything to say, always pleasant to hear from people.

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[Jun. 1st, 2009|02:53 pm]
You know one of my pet peeves? Seat belt laws.

I don't mind wearing my seat belt. I would do it anyway because it makes sense and because that's how my mommy raised me. But, damn it, it's never seemed to be something that should be legislated. If I want to put myself at more risk of injury or death in the case of an accident, why should that be prevented? What's next? No skydiving? I mean, that's dangerous. What about unhealthy foods? That's bad for you!

Some things I just don't think the government should be involved in.

Also struggling a lot with faith, morality and the grand plan of late. Haven't really had the time to compose any of that into thoughts fit for words, but yeah.

I wish I had faith.
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[Feb. 20th, 2009|09:53 pm]
She's doing much better, still up at the hospital but seems to be fine. They're just having her try some normal food and seeing how she handles it tonight. If she's still ok tomorrow, should be coming home then.

Yay :)
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[Feb. 20th, 2009|02:58 pm]
Jes is in the hospital. Doesn't seem to be too horrible, she was in some pain but they've been medicating for that and she seems pretty comfortable, apart from not having anything but clear fluids and having an IV stuck in. Mostly just bored.

Anywho, going back up there to be with her again, just home briefly to get some stuff, get changed, etc. Spent the night up there last night, funfun.

Just wanted to toss an update out there.
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[Feb. 19th, 2009|10:15 am]
[Current Mood | blah]
[Current Music |Savage Garden - To The Moon and Back]

My mother got me a bluetooth headset for my cell phone for xmas. My in-laws got me a new stereo for my car, so that I can plug my iPod (xmas gift from my parents last year out of the blue that I'd always thought I didn't need and that I absolutely love now) into and listen to things in the car. Sadly, I'm stuck with a 40-minute commute each way, so I get a lot of use out of these gifts. Usually I'll listen to a BBC NewsPod podcast on the way in in the morning, listen to the PTI podcast during lunch, then call someone on my way home. Last night, for some reason I didn't feel like calling anyone. Probably because I knew I'd be stopping on the way to pick up some more supplies to bandage my toes.

So instead just turned on some music on my iPod and started singing. I enjoy singing. My self-confidence in my ability to sing is very low, so it's not something I ever do in company, but I love music and I love to revel in it, and sometimes it's just amazing to be able to sing along. Put on some Josh Groban and belted that out for a bit. I was a bit disappointed to find I didn't have any James Taylor on my iPod, was hoping to put on Fire and Rain. Lovely song.

Got home and did some arenas with my brother. We were 1809 to start the week, and both tried new specs for grins. Went 0-7 with our new specs, fell to like 1760 and it wasn't even close... both spec'd back, and now we're at 10-11 for the week, and back up to 1830. We were rolling last night, but he had a storm and was afraid he'd lose power so we switched over and did some BGs. Actually got someone from guild to come along, which was fun. Did a couple hours of BGs, and actually got some tough, close games, which was fun. It's been a while since I've been in a 2000/1900 match in AB, either way. And I don't know that I've ever been in an EotS that was that competitive before.

And yes, I know I'm a PvP nub. I'm enjoying feeling like I might know what I'm doing, but certainly looking into the future and seeing the ~2k matches and knowing it'll be rather challenging. But I'm looking forward to that.

So took the wife out to a nice dinner for v-day. Actually, it was an early v-day thing, since they were booked solid on Saturday, so we just went Friday. Went to Melting Pot, which is a quite yummy fondue place. Interesting style of dinner, fun, different. Nice change, though not something we do very frequently. I think that was the second time we'd been. About an hour drive each way, which was nice for chatting. We're both so busy and in such different directions that having a nice dinner is a special treat as much for the time to sit down and just chat with each other as anything else.

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[Dec. 19th, 2008|11:29 am]
[Current Mood | annoyed]

Just tossing a quick post out there, have been sick for the past two days. Got home Tuesday afternoon and basically passed out, got up later that evening feeling like crap... and basically haven't gotten up from my futon since, apart from a couple brief trips to the comp to let my work know I wouldn't be in the past few days.

Now wading through the e-mails that built up from the week of being gone and trying to get ready for the lovely phone conn this afternoon. Sorry if I've been MIA, will try to get caught up soonish.

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[Dec. 9th, 2008|02:51 pm]
[Current Mood | contemplative]
[Current Music |Underworld - Dirty Epic]

Well, I was going to bitch about the post I was making yesterday that got eaten, but then it was revived when I loaded up LJ to post. Yay? It was a pretty stupid post anyway, but now you all get to enjoy it. Once more, with enthusiasm!

So a guy who runs our local DNUG (Dot Net User Group) asked me to do a talk month after next on generics. Sure, why not, right?

Other than that, have been diving into the stored procs to drive this ranking process. Quite a pain in the ass, but not sure what to do with it honestly. Will have to play with it some more and see what comes out.

Apparently we're going to Hawaii in July? Maybe? That could be interesting, will have to see what comes of that. Have never been, and it's something I've always wanted to do.

I'm wondering what to do with myself, so I'm curious. If you read this and don't mind, post a comment with a brief description of a schedule of a typical day, and some of the things you usually fill the day with. Sometimes I feel like I have so little time, and I wonder how much of that is because I waste time doing stupid things. I think sometimes about changing my life, but I'm not sure what I'd like to do differently. Meh.

If you're not comfortable posting your schedule publicly, can send it to me in a PM, e-mail, or leave a comment asking for me to screen and I will.

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Recovered from yesterday [Dec. 9th, 2008|02:50 pm]
I know Christmas is coming very soon, but it feels very far away. Jes grumbled at me a bit yesterday about impulse purchases, because I bought the new Mraz CD for myself last week when I was at Best Buy. Suggested I should let her know what I want so she can tell our collective parents. Oops.

... In other news, I've really been enjoying the new Mraz cd... ;)

Getting bored with WoW and annoyed with my guild. Just tired, I guess, I don't know. Beginning to think maybe it's time for me to bow out and let someone else take over and move forward.

Very busy at work, lots of crap up in the air. Not really wanting to deal with it right now. Took the morning off so I could snuggle some with Jes this morning and spend some time with her, because she didn't get in until very late last night.

Annoyed with iTunes right now. I bought a copy of Wanted that came with a digital copy, thinking it would be fun to put it on my iPod so I could have a movie to watch if I got bored, plus to see how annoying the process is. End verdict: very annoying. I've paid for the thing, yet they won't let me import it into iTunes without setting up an account and giving them my credit card info?? Uh, fuck you very much. Will screw with that some more this week probably, but that struck me as totally ridiculous.
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[Dec. 1st, 2008|03:17 pm]
Just noticed, Permanent user accounts go on sale Dec 4-10. They do this kinda sporadically, so for those that have paid accounts and want to keep it that way, here's your opportunity. $175 for the thing.
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[Dec. 1st, 2008|02:14 pm]
[Current Mood | discontent]
[Current Music |Cheap Trick - Mighty Wings]

Thanksgiving was ok, felt kinda bad because my family wasn't able to come up. We'd been having alternating years for Thanksgiving, one year with my family (with her family coming down) and the next with her family (with my family coming up). This year, my brother's football team had a semi-final game the Friday after Thanksgiving and they couldn't make it up. Sadly, they ended up losing, too, so looks like I won't be going down there this weekend to watch him play in the state championship. Feel bad for him, too, wish I could make it better.

WoW has been eating a lot of time, with the xpac. Was the first in my guild to 80 somehow, which kinda surprised me as I had assumed I would be behind the curve on that. Now just playing around in the content, going to start poking into Naxx this week it looks like.

Helped Jes with some homework last night, that was kinda interesting. She's doing a programming project involving void pointers in C. It's been quite a while since I've done anything in straight C, so that was kinda fun to try to brush up on. Not sure how much help I was, but like to think I helped a bit at some point.

At work, I seem to be gravitating more towards the SQL side of things. Not really by choice, I like the interface design and working in Visual Studio is pretty slick for the most part. Intellisense is my friend. No, it's more that I seem to have a good grip on what they're trying to do with the app, so I tend to get sucked into the "how do we build the business logic to drive it" sort of thing. Our database guy came over earlier and was wanting to meet with me so I could walk him through the logic on how this massive function we're trying to get working should work. I think we've got the groundwork laid for it and a pretty clear path to a working prototype, assuming no fires. We'll see how that assumption goes, I guess.

Actually, thinking about it again, I think we'll have to tweak some of what we're doing. I'm sure Brian will be thrilled.

Got to talk to Elly yesterday, that was quite nice. Haven't talked to her in too long, since she's off in China being all busy and such. Hopefully things will work out so she can get into business school and come back to the states. Would be nice to talk to her more regularly.

I feel so disconnected from so many of my friends sometimes. Even the ones I talk to regularly seem at a bit of a distance anymore, and so many of the people I used to feel very close to I rarely even talk to anymore. Sometimes wonder if I'll ever get the opportunity to renew those connections. Life just seems to keep pulling us in different directions. Good to know that, in some cases, we'll always feel close.

This month is going to be crazy with this project. Have two weeks to get our ranking piece done, which includes the lovely stored procs I was talking about earlier. Once that's done, we'll probably have to baby it and support it, and through that whole process we'll have to respond to ad hoc queries and keep the many queries they're requesting up to date to support the data entry process. Once that's done, we'll have to start working on requirements and such for next year, since we're apparently sticking with it. Yay? I guess part of me is happy, since I do think it's a useful project, but part of me is just tired and ready to do something else less stressful and less high vis.

I'm hoping to do a personal NaNo in Jan or Feb, though. I do want to write, and I'm tired of pushing it off. I need to make the time. Have been thinking about busting out some of the crossstitching projects I've got sitting around, as well. That could be a soothing use of time, perhaps.

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[Nov. 4th, 2008|05:38 pm]
[Current Mood | amused]


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[Oct. 10th, 2008|07:37 pm]
[Current Mood | confused]

Bizarre day. Have been working at home a lot, haven't been getting enough rest and there are a bunch of bugs going around. Think I might've caught a bit of one, but haven't had time to be sick so haven't worried about it. Thankfully it hasn't been so pronounced that I can't function, just annoying at times. In any case, woke up late this morning, guess I slept through my alarms. Not really sure what happened, I went to bed fairly early (for me) and had everything set up. Eh. In any case, got up about 9 to roomba buzzing around the room doing his thing.

So I get up, get ready for work, shoot an e-mail to my boss letting her know I'm on the way in but will be delayed a bit, pack up my laptop and trudge out to the car around 9:30. I start it up, then start to back up. As I do so, I notice there's a police car parked on the side of the road in front of our house. Ok, well, there's a cop that lives across the street so I figured maybe it was his car. Then I noticed there are cop cars in front of the house next to us, too. Hrm. Well, maybe it's a police party at his house or something?

About this time I get to the end of the driveway and notice that one of the cars in front of the house is actually parked across the road, blocking it. Now, I live near the end of a cul de sac, so with the road blocked I couldn't get out. And, looking around I saw probably a half dozen or more cop cars, but no cops. Well, shit.

So after looking for a sec, headed back to the end of the cul de sac because it seemed more likely to find someone there. Found a cop walking back out towards the road who asked if he could help me. Asked if he could move the car so I could get out, and he said something to the effect of "It's ok, the area is secured now, you don't have to leave." After patiently pointing out that I needed to get out because I had to go to work, I found myself asking, "but, uh, what happened anyway?" "The gentleman wasn't feeling very well." ... ok. Well, thanks for moving the car. *waves*


So, get into work and, curious, poke around a bit.


Guess I timed it just right.

Odd way to start a day.

Link8 voices|speak to me
[Oct. 9th, 2008|09:24 am]
[Current Mood | hopeful]
[Current Music |Josh Groban - You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)]

Saw an interview last night, Michelle Obama was on Larry King Live. Most of it was pretty benign, but there was a section in there that really resonated with me. When she was talking about their campaign efforts to get out the vote... obviously, every campaign has an interest in getting people to not just support them, but to actualy go out to the polls and vote for them. But she wasn't talking about it just as a means to win a campaign, she was talking about it as a means to envigorate people and call them to become more actively involved in democracy, to take a more active and more involved role.

Whoever you support, there's a good lesson in that, I think. It's amazing that in this information age we seem to be so much less involved and cognizant of the issues that face our country and our world. In some ways I think things are getting worse. We've always been mildly ignorant about what goes on with the government, but to some degree I think we've always recognized it. Anymore, with 24-hour news coverage and such, we get just enough sound bites to think we know what's going on. To think we're informed. And often there is a pronounced bias in the media outlets, either to the left or to the right, that leaves us thinking the course should be readily apparent and the politicians in Washington must just be stupid not to see it.

Don't fall into that. Look into things, research for yourself, find out the truth of the situation, think about what you believe and make your own decision.

Link2 voices|speak to me
[Sep. 15th, 2008|09:45 am]
[Current Mood | awake]

So Saturday we went up to Goddard to check out NASA's Launchfest. Interesting, but not something I probably would've gone for in the normal course of things (too many people!) except that it turns out they were going to be doing a demo there that involved the robot Jes is going to be playing with this semester. She was pretty excited about the chance to get to see it and meet the guy at NASA who's involved with the project.

Got up early Saturday and drove up to Waldorf, where I got to sit for an hour and a half while she got her nails done. Just took a book, finishing up a re-read of the Wheel of Time. After that, we headed up... only to find out the parking lot we were going to park at that they were shuttling from was basically full. We got into the lot, but there were no spots and the cops were saying they were going to block it off because they were out of room. We ended up double-parking in the bus parking spots (already had cars in them, but plenty of room between the cars because they weren't busses) and then hopping on the shuttle into Goddard.

Now... I guess they wanted to keep people from walking around, so they had a series of tour busses that were running a loop to the various buildings. They didn't even provide a map of the buildings outside of the pretty circle picture with the stops they would be going to. We only really wanted to check out the robot Jes was going to be working on, so we hopped on the center tour loop and went around until we got to it, then went in.

It was pretty nifty looking at it. It's not horribly complicated, but was interesting looking at the ladar vision it was using. Also, there was apparently a "beebots" childrens display somewhere that a lot of people were trying to come for, so we had a lot of little ones running through. Great lesson learned on little ones and robots: they want to touch and play, obviously. Well, there were two robots. One was actually running around and taking pictures, the other was just sitting to the side where you could take a picture of it, and it had two styrofoam spheres on the top of it that were supposed to be so the other robot could always recognize it and figure out how it was oriented.

Well, the robot that was taking pictures, the little ones who touched it would start playing with the camera, since that was the most prominent thing on the robot. The other? They'd run up and play with the styrofoam spheres. Turns out, they are great for child-proofing for demo robots.

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[Sep. 12th, 2008|11:21 am]
[Current Mood | annoyed]
[Current Music |John Mayer - In Repair]

I'm somewhat worried this will turn into a political ramblings blog, but... of the things on my mind at the moment, it's the one that interests me. I might post up a few lessons learned from my .NET playing, too, but will see what happens.

One thing that's really struck me, in retrospect... I was annoyed that the Republicans were bashing Obama for being a community organizer at the RNC to begin with, but as I think more on it it's making even less sense. Republicans are the party that's for less government and more for people stepping up and taking care of things on their own, right? So why is it that party that's slamming working in the community when you don't have a government-appointed responsibility to do so? Isn't that entirely bass-ackwards? I mean, you'd think Republicans would be applauding someone doing something like that.

Just one of the things that annoys me.

I'll be honest, when McCain won the Republican nomination, I was happy. I've always been left-leaning, but I told my wife at that point that I was pretty pleased with the prospects of the election. At that point, it was pretty clear it would be Clinton, McCain or Obama as president, and I was thinking I could be happy with and potentially support any of them. I did like the glimpses I'd seen of McCain from his tenure as a Senator (I don't watch things too closely, so that's why they were only glimpses). But as the campaign has worn on... he seems like an entirely different person as a nominee than he was as a senator or even as a candidate for the Republican nomination. I hope if he does win he ends up leaning more towards where he was as a Senator, but... honestly, the more I see of how he's running the campaign, the less I want to see him elected.

Having fun with this project, hoping everything works out well. Will see what happens, but nice to see things starting to come together. Hopefully soon.

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[Sep. 4th, 2008|04:07 pm]
One thing I really don't get. I watched a good piece of the DNC and now I'm watching the RNC, trying to keep an open mind about it all and see what both sides have to say. But one thing that really confuses me is the RNC stressing that Obama wants to increase taxes and increase government spending.

Isn't that message kinda horribly undercut by the spending required to stay in Iraq indefinitely?

Very busy with work of late, project is picking up hugely and working a lot of overtime on that. Hope everyone's doing well, will try to post a bit more, just... I don't know, I think things I want to say and then when I have a chance to sit down to post them, it doesn't feel like it's coming out right and I end up just cancelling out and not posting anything. Really more interested in talking than in posting, I guess.

Running off for most of the weekend, blackasphodel is coming down to look at colleges, so will be going up to campus wif pelers to do some stuffs wif them while she's down. Not sure what all's going on or when I'll be back, but... yeah. Fun stuff ;)
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[Jun. 26th, 2008|02:47 pm]
I thought this article was really interesting and explains well something that I keep in mind a lot.
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[Jun. 24th, 2008|10:58 am]
[Current Mood | thoughtful]
[Current Music |Hikaru Utada - Simple And Clean]

I think part of what I've been struggling with of late is what to do next. As you grow up, you have clear goals. Structured education, move from grade to grade, get good grades as you do so so you can get into a good college and maybe get a scholarship, etc. Once you're in college, do something useful and do well so you can get a good job. All very clearly setting you up for the next stage of your life.

Ok, so now I'm there. I have a good job, one that is stable and I plan to stay with for the foreseeable future. I'm planning on retiring from this job at some point. Retirement age is 57. I'm 26. So I've got the core of my life planned out for the next 31 years--longer than I've lived so far. It's hard to wrap your mind around at times, really.

So, now what?

That's the question I keep running into. Ok. Is this it? What's the point?

I had two fairly broad life goals that I was sure of. I wanted to get a good, solid job that I enjoyed and that I felt useful in. Check. I wanted to find someone I loved who loved me to share life with. Check.

Ok, so now what?

I mean, children is another that I suppose is on my list. I would like to have children. But we're not ready for children yet, so that's on hold. I'd like to get our own house, but that's just a matter of having a good job and then dealing with the financing, and right now it makes more sense to stay where we are and hold off on the house. Another thing that I've done what I can to get ready for it, but need to wait.

So what's the purpose of life? What other things should I work to as a result? I suppose this is the point where I should find Jesus, but I just can't believe in religion. I'm struggling to find the point to life, I suppose, but I just can't believe in that particular greater purpose.

I was talking to my mom about it some last night, and she was saying that she's been thinking some similar things of late. My brother is about to graduate and go off to college, so she and my dad will have a lot more free time to fill. She said her philosophy was just to make a positive impact on others' lives. Simple, and yet not, she said. I guess it makes sense, in fact it's the "answer" I keep coming up with, too. But I think part of the reason it feels so empty to me right now is that ... family is important to me. I want to make a positive impact on my children's lives first, then worry about others, make sure I have time for them before I commit myself to others. But we're not ready for children yet, so I'm in a bit of limbo while I wait.

I don't know, maybe I'll go back to grad school or something. Could take night classes to work on that. I don't really know what I want to do now. I have the option of getting involved with project management stuff at work, maybe I'll start leaning more in that direction, take some business classes or something. I don't know.

I believe strongly in public service. I think that's one of the core reasons I'm in favor of Obama. I can see both sides of a lot of the issues, but one of the things Obama has said that really rings true with me is the idea of encouraging more public service and encouraging people to get more involved with the government and the community. I'm interested to see what he comes out with if he's elected, and hopeful that it'll be a worthwhile cause that I can invest in and sink into.

... I don't know, that's really all I have to say on it. Sorry, no answers really from me. I've been chasing this around for... a while, honestly. I'm generally content and just enjoy what I have, but sometimes I just feel very listless and unhappy.

What do you guys think about this stuff? What do you want out of life? Are you getting it?

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[Jun. 23rd, 2008|12:09 pm]
[Current Mood | listless]
[Current Music |Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest]

I'm enjoying learning .NET, and had a really productive week last week, everything starting to come together on my piece of the puzzle. Will be interesting to see how things develop over time, but definitely liking the development environment in general. Hopefully I continue to like it as we build this website, because I'm going to have to be able to be very productive to get us to the finish line. Already talking about overtime in the budget, blah blah blah. Will be a busy summer, I'm sure.

For some reason, I want to keep my posts on here very banal, and I'm not sure why. I've been really off kilter of late, and I can't seem to find my bearings. I'm not really sure why, either. It's just... meh. I just need to find some reason for being. Right now I'm just really listless and don't want it to spill over into this too much, I guess.

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[Jun. 5th, 2008|12:24 pm]
[Current Mood | calm]
[Current Music |House of Pain - Jump Around]

Just finished reading a series of books by Maria Snyder last night, first is Poison Study. I'm not sure why I enjoyed them so thoroughly, they were mostly popcorn books... but they really hit the spot. So that was kinda nice. Actually, after reading them I'm finding the urge to write again. Someone poke me this year for NaNoWriMo, this project should be winding down around that time.

Haven't really been doing much of late in the evenings. I've been backing away from WoW a bit, watching some TV, etc. I've been lax on the WiiFit for most of the past week, after being pretty reliable with it for the first several days we had it. I need to work on that some more.

Had all-day training today that finished before lunch. That would've been better, except my boss and several other people from my organization's leadership were in the training with me, so here I sit. I probably would've come back this afternoon anyway, but yeah... :P

I want to see Prince Caspian. I was hoping to go this afternoon, might end up trying to swing that anyway but not sure if it'll happen. If not, maybe I'll be able to go tomorrow evening, or Saturday. Jes is wanting to see Indy as well, so will try to squeeze that in over the weekend.

It's funny, I've really come to love our Roomba. He does a good job keeping the floor vacuumed, but it's more than that. I know he's going to be doing his thing every morning, so I find myself making sure everything's off the floor every morning before I take out because I don't want him to get hung up. Has been a really good investment, imo.

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[May. 27th, 2008|02:54 pm]
[Current Mood | shocked]

I'll miss you, Aunt Jan.

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[May. 27th, 2008|11:51 am]
[Current Mood | tired]

So over the weekend, we picked up a new toy, sorta. After thinking about it for a while and talking about it, we grabbed a Roomba. Jes has always been interested in robotics, so we were kinda leaning that way from the beginning. Throwing in that living in a basement appartment with all-linoleum flooring means that it's very hard to keep it clean... having a robot vacuum that could run periodically while we were out of the house just made sense.

So we get it home and Jes was of course eager to see how it would work. We set up its "home" docking station, and had him charging happily away on it. She tried to hit the demo button, and he thought she was telling him to clean so he powered up... and promptly hid under the bed and beeped that he was going back to sleep. Apparently you're supposed to let him charge for 16 hours before you run him ;) *giggles*

Saw Golden Compass finally. I understand why they ended it when they did, I always wondered how they were going to sell the movie ending where the book did. It was ok, to be honest I wasn't completely taken with the books. Will be interesting to see if they make the others.

Still wanting to see Prince Caspian and Indiana Jones, but didn't make it over the holiday weekend.

Other than that, main thing I've been watching of late is the primary race again. Eager to see things come to a close, getting a little tired with how much things are dragging out. Ready for the primary season to be over and for the general election to begin, think there are some interesting and important debates to be had on that front.

Oh, have also been using WiiFit regularly since we got it last week. Yesterday was the first day I didn't do anything on it, and feel kinda bad about that. Will do a bit extra tonight to make up, perhaps.

I haven't noticed a huge difference since I started using it, but I can say I feel much better about myself for doing something. And having everything tracked certainly makes me more conscious of the things I'm doing that could affect my health. On the whole I'd say it's a good investment, especially if you already have the Wii sitting around. Of course, if you don't... you have to find a Wii and find a WiiFit, which could be an exciting exercise in and of itself. I know I told my parents about WiiFit and they tried to go out and get it this weekend and couldn't find any copies. Guess it's sold out everywhere.

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[May. 21st, 2008|11:09 am]
[Current Mood | awake]
[Current Music |Chevelle - I Get It]

I run a dual-monitor set-up at home. One of my monitors crapped out several weeks back, so my wife got me an early birthday present that she gave to me last night, a shiny new 22" wide-screen monitor. *drooools* thx hon ;)

Thanks for the music suggestions, definitely some nice musics. The recommendation of John Mayer's Say has me wanting to watch Bucket List :P Will have to snag that DVD when it comes out.

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[May. 20th, 2008|02:06 pm]
[Current Mood | busy]
[Current Music |Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight]

So I'm working on a project to convert an Access app that's been developed in-house into an enterprise webpage. We're using .NET for the development, which I'm not horribly familiar with yet, but I guess that'll be something to pick up as we go. Shouldn't be too hard.

The problem I'm running into is that my piece of the puzzle is a guided questionnaire. We're given a series of questions in a logic-flow form, and the app is supposed to guide the user through the questions. The concern I have is that, from what I gather, .NET is largely server-side. If I use .NET to develop this piece, every time they answer a question the user is going to have to query the server to find out the next question. That could create a nasty delay, making the users very unhappy (having to wait even 2-3 seconds to be able to answer the next question when you're having to answer hundreds is annoying). Toward that end, I'm thinking about developing my piece in javascript. The rest of the team doesn't sound completely in favor of that... preferring an AJAX solution or something of the like if possible. I see why they're leaning that way, but at the same time... I don't know.

I'm working on a proof of concept to show I can do it in javascript. I'm pretty comfortable that I can. I'm just afraid if anything doesn't work with it, it'll end up resting solidly on my head because I was the one that decided to go that way. Having said that... I think the reasoning behind wanting to go that way is sound. Meh ;)

In other news, a quick request. Give me the names of a few songs that you're liking at the moment. I'm woefully out of touch with music at the moment, and it saddens me. I love music. Need moar muzaks!

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[May. 20th, 2008|10:28 am]
[Current Music |Sara Bareilles - Gravity]

It's funny how often I start to think about posting something, and as I'm putting together the post I start thinking about how it sounds and end up deciding not to say it.

I'm not sure if I should be happy that I'm hearing how absurd things sound in time to censor myself, or depressed that these things are actually things I think about, even if I don't post them.

I'm leaning towards the second at the moment.

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[May. 19th, 2008|04:33 pm]
[Current Mood | confused]
[Current Music |Sara Bareilles - City]

Did a few arenas over the weekend. Got into a 5s team with a few guildies, did some battles with them... was pretty fun. 3s kinda sucked, not really sure why. Just unlucky I guess.

It seems like these days, the things that concern me are work and WoW. I don't really talk about work much, which leaves me with only WoW to talk about. Most of the people I know on here don't want to hear about WoW, so I just don't talk too much. Boring, I know, but... eh.

Jes finished up her finals today, so she'll be coming home... actually, she's waiting at home now, talked to her a bit ago. We don't really have any plans for the summer, though we've started talking tentatively about trying to do some mini-trips over the summer. Explore a bit. If you know any great places to visit near the DC area (camping-type places preferred) lemme know?

She's planning on doing the touristy stuff in DC with a friend of hers either this weekend or the next or something. That should be interesting, I guess. I'll probably beg outta that... have been through DC quite a bit, and would prolly rather let them have some time to themselves.

My brother is coming up for a week soonish. Actually, early next month. He and my parents will be coming up on my birthday, then they'll be going up to Baltimore for a conference and he'll spend the week. Will see how that goes, should be fun.

Work is going to be busy. I should've been working on a proof of concept this afternoon, but have been slacking because I got side-tracked and just haven't gotten rolling yet. Will soon, though.

Calling out somebody save me i feel like i'm fading away
Am i gone?
Calling out somebody save me i feel like i'm fading

In these deep city lights
Girl could get lost tonight
I'm finding every reason to be gone
There's nothing here to hold on to
Could i hold on to you?

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[May. 13th, 2008|10:15 am]
[Current Mood | bouncy]
[Current Music |Paramore - Let The Flames Begin]

Rained fairly steadily for a few days. Power went out Sunday evening... my computer was not too pleased when it woke up Monday. Managed to get it sorted out, but was still a little frustrating. In any case... the road in to work was flooded.

It's actually a kinda amusing section of the road. When you first ride by it, you think they're crazy. There are posted signs that say "Flooded when flashing" or some such, but there are no lights to flash. They cart out some signs that have lights when it's flooded, though.

It was flooded in three places yesterday morning (and it was still raining steadily), so that was fun. Was rather drenched and didn't get to bring my book, so was bored at lunch. Went out and picked up a few things from the store... snagged this CD from Paramore, also grabbed a couple DVDs. Have been wanting 7even on DVD for a while, so got that and another near it that looked interesting.

Went to a professional group meeting thing after work (.NET users group). That was kinda interesting, though I don't really know much about .NET, so was a little lost. Was on AJAX in .NET. In any case... ended up getting a book out of going, so that was kinda nifty.

Oh, went and saw Iron Man over the weekend. Definitely recommend it if you haven't seen it already, very cute movie. On the whole I enjoyed :)

Really looking forward to Dark Knight, saw the third teaser in the movie. Mmmm.

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[May. 12th, 2008|10:55 am]
[Current Mood | annoyed]
[Current Music |Vanessa Carlton - Paint It Black]

Horrible heavy rains here today and yesterday. Last night power went out as I was winding down for sleep. This morning I get up and my computer is... unhappy. Rather nervous about it, but will see what comes of it when I have some more time to screw with it tonight. Surge protector was there and still says it's happy, so hopefully everything will be ok. It did finally boot up fine and seemed to be working ok... apart from the whole thinking it's 2002 bit. Oh well.

Flooded road on the way in this morning, so that was fun. Hoping the rain stops or lets up so it's not there when I'm driving home tonight, but not holding my breath.

Was so difficult to make myself step out into the rain this morning, so didn't want to come in :P

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