Why Even Have A Spec

I have a work related rant going down over at the new blog location: http://www.nopurpose.org/blog/2009/08/17/why-even-have-a-spec/

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August 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Hey, IT Department!

NOTE: This blog is moving to a new address. It will be located at http://www.nopurpose.org/blog/. I'm going to be stopping my posting on Vox in the near future.
Oh what I wouldn't give for a new laptop at work. This thing that I'm running now is dog slow. I mean, we're talking I change a file on one of the programs I'm writing, hit save and then I can go run some laps around the building and come back…and then maybe it'll be done.
It was nice back when I first got it, but now it's showing it's age and it's become a definite drain on my productivity here. I can't even start any programs for 15-20 minutes after I start it up.
But money is tight these days around the company, so I doubt they'll authorize a new laptop purchase for me. This thing will have to die first.
Nah, I wouldn't do that.

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August 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm 2 comments

QotD: Confidence Booster

What do you wear to feel confident?
Sponsored by Body by Victoria® from Victoria's Secret.

This, right here, is the kind of crap that's pushing me off Vox.

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August 14, 2009 at 12:55 pm 4 comments


It's been kinda a low productivity couple of days here, even though I
had high hopes that they wouldn't be. I'm still stuck with my mom's
craft website design that I've been working on. I've been poking at it
here and there still and I can't seem to find anything that works and
doesn't look stupid. Still. I think at this point I might need to put
some distance on it and come back refreshed.

The most productive
thing I've done was to go searching for some fonts that might kick start
the process. Finding a foothold to work with starting out seems like
it's an issue for me with this project. I just can't find something to
use as a base that I can work off of. I find a couple of neat fonts that
should work well on a craft store type page that I've been playing
around with, but nothing jumps out at me.

So I've been doing some
more transferring of my blog posts over to my new blog at
http://www.nopurpose.org/blog/. So far I've got all of august and September 2006 transferred over and about half of October. I posted a lot
more back in the days when I first got my blog, so once I get pas the
first 3-4 months, the rest should follow pretty quickly after that.

also been feeling in the mood to play some sort of RPG type game.
There's been a lot of talk about Final Fantasy 13 that I've heard
recently that's been influencing me. I borrowed Dragon Quest 8 for the
PS2 (after going through my old blog posts and remembering that one of
my now roommates offered to let me borrow it from them after they had
finished in a couple days. This was 3 years ago) but it wasn't quite
what I was looking for it seems. So I'm going to be borrowing Dark Cloud
2 for a while instead and hoping that scratches the itch for now.

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August 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Going Camping! Or Not…

If you recall earlier in my summer activities post, my family is
having a little family gathering out at the family's favorite state park
this weekend. A bunch of them are going to be camping out overnight and
everything, but my particular branch of the family was just going to go
out on Saturday for the day.

For a brief moment though, that plan
had changed. I went out to lunch with my Mom yesterday and she asked if
I would be interested in actually camping out. It'd been a while since I
had gone camping (a loooong while) and I agreed. There were some holes
in this plan though. First of all, we didn't have any camping equipment.
She was going to try to borrow a tent from somewhere and some
supplies…we were going to be borrowing the cooking implements of other
family members, etc.

Then we started discussing it. Thinking
about food storage and lack of showers. Then we thought about sleeping
on the hard ground and not getting enough rest. It'd be annoying to have
to borrow everything from everyone and it's pretty short notice. We had
realized that we thoroughly talked ourselves out of the idea.

closing the door to camping out in the future, but for now…it's not
really a good option

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August 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Thinking Of Moving (My Blog)

I've gotten a little tired with the lack of updates that have been made to Vox over the past several years. It's like Six Apart has totally forgotten about us over here.

And that made me think that there's just about 3 years of my life archived on this website and there's no way for me to get at it if the worst happens and Vox goes down. And I'd hate to lose a lot of these postings. So I've decided I'm going to start transitioning over to hosting my blog on my own website.

Back when I first started with Vox I tried wordpress hosted on my own site and didn't like it quite as much. It wasn't as smooth, didn't have as good support for multimedia stuff and I had to really deck it out with plugins in order to get it working how I wanted it to. But I tried it a couple days ago again and it's definitely come quite a long way.

Right now I'm posting in both places at the same time while I go post by post and transfer 3 years worth of posts over to my own wordpress. It's currently located at http://www.nopurpose.org/blog/, but that's not the final design at all and there's a bunch of fine tuning I need to do to make it work right. I'm still going to post both places for the time being…going to take me a while to transfer everything over. I'm 1/10th of the way done now.

Even if I don't make the transition entirely, I'll at least have a backup of what has become my online journal. I definitely don't want to lose some of these notes and experiences.

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August 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm 14 comments

Ready For School (Maybe?)

I swung by the local college that I'm going to be attending in the fall to see if there were any books to buy for my course (there wasn't) and if there was anything else I needed to do in order to make sure I could attend classes without trouble (nope).

The book thing, knowing the book store, is probably a result of somebody not ordering a book. And the second reply is probably somebody who didn't know what they were doing, knowing college administration.

But they say everything's set and I've got all my supplies (aside from a potential software purchase for the Digital Typography course that I'm taking) so I'll just have to see what happens. I'm really excited to be going back to school, which still amazes me because I didn't think that I would ever be excited after I graduated with my Computer Science degree. Hopefully this helps me find the path that I've been searching for.

Unfortunately, it's not all rosy on the design front. I've been trying to work up a design for my mom's craft business website but I'm having a very hard time with it. I have a bunch of ideas, but nothing seems to be working right. It started with fiddling with the color scheme but then that devolved into the entire idea I had for the look and I'm not sure that I can salvage the idea at this point. I'm getting the feeling that I'm just trying to force something that is destined not to work at all. Might have to switch back to a more conventional website design.

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