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I like to procrastinate

26 May, 2008 (3:51pm) | Blog | 1 comment

Today is the last day of my uber-long weekend. I had been originally planning on actually accomplishing something important, but as we all know, plans like that never really work. Why does this always happen? I’ve been planning on doing this stuff for months, but every time I get the chance, I find something better to do. Like look at lolcats.

Is there anyone else out there like this that has found a way to motivate yourself to accomplish things?

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Automatic Smile Detector

24 May, 2008 (1:37pm) | Blog | No comments

So I discovered the other day that My Sisters camera has a setting on it called “Automatic Smile Detector” or something similar. What happens is you take a picture, but it waits to actually take it until it detects the person smiling. Holy Cow it was the funniest thing in the world. We stood around for hours taking pictures of.. well, mostly just me. It was funny, I’d stand there glaring at the camera, and the really quickly smile like a dork. *click*

Here is a slide show for you enjoyment. Please note that every single expression in there is completely retarded.

The music was written by my best friend and I about three years ago.

P.S. I also found a really cool (and nerdy) usage of the smile detection technology that somebody made.

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23 May, 2008 (3:56pm) | Blog | No comments

Normally I work with about 5-7 coworkers on any given day, but lately everyone has been skipping out. One person moved 3 hours away, another had a baby, others are in New York, inexplicably.. and today my last remaining coworker is on vacation. So I am officially all alone at work.

At work alone, actually

It’s kinda weird. I’m used to there being activity and talking going on all day.. but to just sit and code all day with no interruptions… I think I might go nuts.

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I’ve come to realize…

22 May, 2008 (8:05pm) | I've come to realize... | 1 comment

I’ve come to realize that I need motivation to write blog posts.

So I decided to start a series. It’s going to be called “I’ve come to realize”, based on a survey(or a couple surveys) that have questions like this:

I have come to realize that work:
I’ve come to realize that my cell phone is:
I’ve come to realize that when I talk:
I’ve come to realize that if I love someone:

Most people just finish each sentence and leave it at that, but I am going to see if I can’t elaborate on each statement enough to write a whole post.

I probably can’t.

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I love code jokes

21 May, 2008 (2:18pm) | Blog | 1 comment

function Song( $bottles = 99 )
   $lyrics = "";
   while( $bottles >= 1 )
      $lyrics .= $bottles . " bottles of beer on the wall!\n";
      $lyrics .= $bottles . " bottles of beer!\n";
      $lyrics .= "Take one down, pass it around,\n";
      $lyrics .= $bottles . " bottles of beer on the wall!\n\n";
   return $lyrics;
echo Song();

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This might be an abomination to all that is holy.

20 May, 2008 (10:33pm) | Blog | 4 comments

My Sister and Rachelskirts have inspired me to do my own video blog.

Share and Enjoy!

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Minority Report in real life

20 May, 2008 (10:03am) | Blog | 2 comments

Microsoft Surface
Have you seen the movie Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg? In it, the main character uses this computer-thingy that senses his hand motions.

Check. This. Out.

While it is actually touch sensitive and not motion sensitive, it still looks freaking awesome!

I want one.

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New Template

17 May, 2008 (2:07pm) | Blog | 2 comments

So, I decided to change the template. I update to the latest version of WordPress, and I figured, “What the hey? Might as well go all out.”

So what do you guys think?


P.S. I made the header image all by myself!

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Morning Coffee Hell

17 May, 2008 (11:10am) | Blog | No comments

I made coffee this morning. That sentence looks weird because I always make coffee. Anyway, the difference is, this time I forgot about it. And our house burnt down!


Psych!! I’m totally lying. Our house is fine. However, my coffee was not as hot as it should be. AND, the creamer was frozen. WTPB? Frozen? How does creamer get frozen? It was in the door of the fridge and it got frozen! When I went to pour it in my coffee and realized that it was frozen, I stopped mid-pour (well.. mid-pre-pour, I guess.. I hadn’t started pouring it yet) and stood there for about three minutes trying to figure out if I was still asleep. Come on! I already had not-so-very-hot-as-before coffee, and now I had to ice the stuff, for crying out loud!
Then I noticed the microwave. I think I got sick to my stomach, because I knew I would have to microwave it.

Begin Creamer Pourage.

Decide To Start Cold Coffee Hate Group On Facebook.

Sip Coffee.

Hold on! It’s hot! I was totally convinced that I would be drinking room temperature coffee today. I’m so happy! Oh, wait. I know why it was still hot. It’s gonna be a freaking hundred degrees today!

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Good books you should read

15 May, 2008 (10:02am) | Blog | 3 comments

Ok, so if you are a girl, I should probably assume that you’ve already read all of Jane Austin’s books. However, I will not take the chance. If you haven’t, those books are amazing. Even if you’re a guy. Start with Mansfield Park.

Now, on the completely other end of the spectrum is George Orwell. Anything by him (which is really only 1984 and Animal Farm). They are both social commentaries, so they are NOT feel good books. Just to warn you.

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card is great for the sci-fi genre. However, if you decide you like it, do no, I repeat, DO NOT read the sequels. If you must have more, go ahead and read Ender’s Shadow. It is not a sequel, but rather the same story told from a different characters perspective.

The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. This book is amazing on so many levels. It’s like a fantasy, mythology, and bible story all rolled into one. The best way I can sum it up is this: It is a story about a rooster and his coop going through the apocalypse. Read it. Then read the sequel, The Book of Sorrows. If you don’t cry when reading that one, you don’t have a heart.

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. It has been way to long since I last read this, so I really need to read it again before explaining why it is so good. It just is.

Night, by Elie Wiesel; and the sequels(?), Dawn and Day. Night is a true story about the authors experience being a Jew during the holocaust. Dawn is a fiction story that is not a narrative sequel to Night, but and emotional one. Same with Day. In my opinion, Night is the best of them all.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams. This book is like the LOTR of rabbits. You think rabbits are cute and fuzzy creatures? Just you wait…

Roverandom, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Too many people don’t know about any of Tolkiens other books. This one is about a dog that is turned into a toy by an angry wizard and the subsequent adventures that Roverandom goes through trying to find the wizard. Another great Tolkien book is Farmer Giles of Ham.

If you enjoy a good cry, read Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. But only if you enjoy a good cry.

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. While not a true story itself, this book is based on what things were actually like in the Chicago stockyards for immigrants. It was instrumental in opening peoples eyes to the horrors of where pork and beans was coming from.

And now for all the techy geeks out there, read The Cuckoo’s Egg, by Cliff Stoll. The subtitle is “Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage”. It’s a true story about an astronomer-turned-network-administrator that discovers a hacker using his networks. It’s set in the 90′s when the internet was only just catching on, and everyone who used computers had to know command line stuff. That book is how I first started learning Unix. If you’re not a geek, you might not enjoy this one.

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