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.
Hrrrrm….
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

Impasse

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.

I've
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.

Not
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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August 11, 2009 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Rainy Ren Fest

Well, as I mentioned yesterday, I went out to the Sterling Renaissance Festival with my sister on Sunday despite the threat of rain we were under.

I must say though, that it ended up being a fairly nice (although
pretty humid) day. And what’s better, the threat of rain kept the crowd
size down so we could actually move around easily and didn’t have to
wait in line for very long which was good.

On the drive out there I had a bit of a “man, I’m getting old…”
moment. My sister just got a new job and we spent a decent amount of
time talking about health insurance coverage and, from her perspective
as somebody who’s working in the health care industry, the differences
between the various companies and how good they are about authorizing
care.

The festival was a lot of fun this year. We did a little more
wandering around and browsing shops than we usually do because a lot of
the shows we had seen a number of times in the past and they don’t
really change all that much over the years. But we hit a couple of
newer shows which were quite good.

The first show we went to after the opening ceremony was Zilch the
Torrysteller which is a guy who tells classic fairy tales but with
letters reversed in certain words (see “Torrysteller”) which can create
some unintended words and add whole new shades of meaning to the story.
It sounds a little stupid, but first of all, it’s impressive how he can
keep everything straight in his head and he pulls it off really well
and keeps the audience involved. Especially funny were the tangents he
got on.

After that we headed over to one of my favorite shows, the DaVinci
Brothers. The premise of this one is the DaVinci Brothers had another
brother (Bob) and he stages comedy operas. The twist is that audience
members get pulled out to be the actors in the opera. It can be hit or
miss, but if you get a good group of people, it’s simply awesome. And
this time out we got the best group of people I had ever seen. These
folks had no shame and they even had the guy running the show doubled
over laughing at certain points.

After this we had a couple hours of downtime before the next show we
wanted to see so we did some wandering. I went out and did the whole
wine tasting thing and found an apple wine that I really liked (I
bought a bottle on the way out so I think I will enjoy a glass of that
this evening). I almost bought a bottle of cranberry mead too, but I
ended up passing because I was trying to be a little frugal with my
money spending.

We also did some wandering and I found a gigantic dragon
statue/fountain that I always said I wanted to own…and this year we
found a price on it. $14,000. I think that’s reasonable. Should be able
to fit in the living room… Now I just need to take out a loan. There’s
a picture of it, but it’s currently on my phone and I can’t get it off
here…so if I remember to do it I’ll throw it up here.

This is where the rain hit us though. After threatening all day, it
started to sprinkle while we were browsing some shops early afternoon
and quickly turned into an all out downpour. Thankfully we brought
umbrellas just in case (I finally got to use the $25 umbrella I
purchased on one of my trips down to Washington DC) and it stopped
pretty quickly. We heard a couple rumbles of thunder, but nothing too
severe.

Every year that my sister and I go, we have a little competition at
the archery game they have there. We assign point values to the various
rings on the target and keep score. This year we were both kinda crap
archers but I ended up winning two of the times we went and losing the
third one horribly. In my defense though, the third one was after I had
some mead and did the wine tasting…

Before we wandered back up the hill for the final shows I grabbed a
couple of items that my friends had requested I bring back. Got a
couple of bags of the roasted nuts that they sell which are awesome.
The other item was a bit more difficult to grab and required some prior
planning. Wassy wanted me to bring her back a turkey leg, slathered in
BBQ sauce. Of course, this isn’t exactly portable, but I ended up
bringing a big piece of aluminum foil and wrapping it up to go. Got a
few strange looks when I was doing that…

After that we made our way up hill to see Danny, Lord of Mischief
which is basically a silent comedy show. Kinda like a mime on steroids
with various props and a lot of audience participation. It was kinda
hit or miss and the best parts of the show were usually when he was
accosting various audience members who either arrived late or were
getting up to leave for various reasons. It was a solid 40 minute show
though.

After that we got our viewing of Don Juan and Miguel which are
pretty much the marquee performers at the festival. This year we went
to one of their actual shows instead of the weird show at the end since
we wanted something a little different. They didn’t disappoint and a
couple of times were having so much fun they broke down laughing too.

Good festival this year, and looking forward to going back again
next year to see what new stuff they add in the meantime. Getting sold
to a new owner has been one of the best things to ever happened to the
festival, I think. It really saved them from fading out of existence.
The mood is revitalized and all the performers are having so much fun.
If you ever get a chance to check it out, you really should.

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August 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Here Goes Nothing!

Well, I'm going to probably regret this later, but, even though the weather says 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow, my sister and I are still going to the Rennisance Festival.

It's supposed to be concentrated in the morning, and then more scattered in the afternoon, and since we'll be out there mostly in the afternoon…it works out. We just might need to duck under cover at points. And I'm going to be bringing my umbrellas so that means it definitely won't rain at all!

Of course we'll make the final call tomorrow morning in case it looks rainy all day…but as of right now, we're prepping to go. Hope we can, since next weekend is going to be so busy, it would be a little too much to do the ren fest plus the family gathering all in one weekend. And we'd still be left wondering about the weather for another week.

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August 9, 2009 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

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