Archive for June, 2008

June 30, 2008

How to be Shady – Tip #1

Put privacy filters on all relevant electronic devices.
June 18, 2008

Zeroes and Ones

I just completed homework dealing with Binary Code. I had to take decimals and translate them into binary code and vice versa.

I’m now looking at everything in Os and 1s. Haha. Did you know that I’m 11010 years old?

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June 14, 2008

Shredded lettuce

Shredded lettuce sucks. But lettuce is otherwise good. Why does it suck when it’s shredded but is okay when it’s non-shredded? I don’t know but it just does.

June 11, 2008

Ethernet Cable

You see this? It’s an ethernet cable.

I learned how to make both a patch cable and a crossover cable this evening in class. I physically did it and tested them to make sure they worked. I got to use the tools and everything. I didn’t know I was going to be doing all that in my Data Communications 101 class. Haha. Interesting. But still, I don’t think computer networking is something I’d want to make my career. I’m just taking the class as a requirement for my Information Technology degree (and I’ll have to take another DCOM course later). It’s good to know the basics and a little beyond that. But it’s just not something I could see wanting to get certified in, know the ins and outs of, and do constantly on a daily basis for years. It’s cool that others like it. I don’t hate it. But I just can’t see getting all excited about it everyday at work. Most of the other people in my class are specifically Networking majors, not Information Technology software majors. So they are all about this.

Anyway, I have another skill learned tonight, even if it’s a small one.

June 8, 2008

Temporary Relief is Better Than None

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June 8, 2008

Fear of a 9-5

A lot of people state “because I don’t ever want to have a real job” first when asked why they want to be in a rock band that “makes it”. That is the wrong answer to be someone’s number one answer. The first answer should be “because I love creating and performing music”. It’s okay to not want a “real” job and it’s okay to have that answer on your list. But it shouldn’t be on the top. I notice that the people who state this as their main/only reason, are usually sucky musicians and annoying people in general. (Same thing with musicians who state “to get laid” as their number one reason).

Plus, I have to say, I actually like working in an office. I didn’t think I would when I was younger. I, too, was scared of having a real job a few years back. But I have to say, it’s not so bad and there is something satisfying about stability (well, nothing is stable in this economy). I guess that’s because I work for a company I like with mostly people who are rad. I might not feel that way if I worked for some other companies.
And I still get to work on music when I go home, so that’s fine with me.

And most of my friends are in the music scene, which is great. It’s nice to acquaint yourself with those who have similar interests and passions. But when you’re constantly around people who talk about music and the business and never talk to people who are doing different things in their lives even just once in a while, it can get a little tedious. But if you have a chance to get away from it and are around people who are interested in other things, then you can appreciate the music scene people more when you do hang out with them.

Just my take on it. I’m not saying I wouldn’t choose playing Saturday Night Live over clocking in at the office. But I’m not going to slit my wrists over it, either.

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June 7, 2008

My maroon enV 2 phone!

I just received my new phone yesterday evening. I have an enV 2, which means texting is now so much easier! I have the maroon version (matches my 93 Volvo 240 classic, hehe).

verizon-lg-vx9100-env2-3.jpg image by cherryteresa enV2-hand.jpg image by cherryteresa env2-hand-side.jpg image by cherryteresa
env2-hand-diagonal.jpg image by cherryteresa env2-keys.jpg image by cherryteresa
env2-calendar.jpg image by cherryteresa IMG_0125.jpg image by cherryteresa env2-text.jpg image by cherryteresa
All the pics in this post are shots I yoinked from the internet. There wasn’t much sense in me taking my own since it’s the same thing.

IMG_0131.jpg image by cherryteresa IMG_0134.jpg image by cherryteresa IMG_0136.jpg image by cherryteresa
As you can see, it’s not that big of a phone. But not too small to the point where it’s annoying or hard to use. It’s not much bigger than a regular flip phone. (I had a razr and it’s about the same dimensions, only slightly thicker). And it’s smaller and thinner than the original enV. (And, of course, has more features and can save more texts).

My pink Razr was just fine. A lot of people complained about that phone. I had the v3m version and I didn’t have the issues other people talked about. However, I really wanted a phone with a qwerty keyboard. I’ve been starting to text more and it was tedious to tap the buttons several times for one letter.
My only complaint so far about my phone is really more a complaint about Verizon – which is that their software cripples the phone for Macs. There were more features I could have synced between my Razr and iMac if I had the non-Verizon version. But at least with the Razr, I could sync my contacts through bluetooth. I can’t even do that with the enV 2. I can get my computer to recognize it, but all I can do with it is use my phone’s connection to go on the internet. I can’t sync my contacts through bluetooth and I was hoping I could sync my calendar, but I can’t. That sucks. I like Verizon overall except for their seemingly anti-Mac ways. There might be some hacks that come out eventually, but I haven’t been able to find anything yet. This is probably because the phone is new.

It was between this, the Samsung Alias, or a Moto Q. I’m happy with my choice so far.
If I had ATT&T and more money, I would have just gotten the iPhone, of course.

Edit: June 21, 2008, 12:31 PM – I figured out how to exchange information via bluetooth to my mac. 🙂 Yay. I just found that it’s done differently than with my Razr phone. I can exchange files such as music and photos and I can import or export the contacts by sending a Name Card that will then add to my Address Book. That’s different than syncing it but I’m still glad the option exists. I can send a vCal file for each of my calendar events. When I click on the vCal files, they open up iCal, but iCal won’t recognize it yet. So I just change the .vcs extension to an .ics extension (by simply typing .ics at the end where in place of .vcs) and it works in iCal.

June 7, 2008

Jimmy from Ours

I’ve toured with a lot of famous people in my life: Trent Reznor, Scott Weiland, Billy Corgan [insert a few more famous names here]. But I will tell you that Jimmy from Ours is the most amazing talent I have ever heard. They may be a little small band, but… No, I’m serious. They may be a little small band, but they are incredible. They deserve to be huge. Now go back there and buy their stuff! They’re amazing.

-Richard Patrick from Filter at the show I went to at Ram’s Head Live. Monday, June 2, 2008. (Filter/Ours/Opiate for the Masses). Not verbatim, but close ( he did say “little small”, haha). He was wearing an Ours hoodie. I bought the shirt version of that when I saw Ours there last year.

June 4, 2008

Barrrrack Obaaaaama

You probably already heard the news. I wonder if Stevie Wonder is singing this song right about now:

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June 1, 2008

Zyrtec packaging

Zyrtec’s package may be green in color, but it certainly isn’t “green”. Now, I’m not one of these over zealous types who yells at people for driving an SUV, eating a cow, or anything like that. None of us are perfect and we are all guilty of contributing to the decline of the environment. But I just feel that this is ridiculous and wasteful for no good reason (other than maybe to fool buyers into thinking they’re buying more).

Yes, there were more than 2 pills when I first bought it – there were 24. However, this was still not even close to filling up the box. And the fact that they are even put into those oversized blister packages is bad enough already.

Even the generic Zyrtec has unnecessary packaging. Here is the CVS brand of Cetirizine that I bought:

The bottle is obviously much smaller than the package. And on top of that, the pills only fill up maybe half the bottle. And the bottle didn’t even need to be in a box in the first place.

It’s like when you open a huge present and inside is another package, and another, and another, and another. (Have you seen those gags on TV shows?) If you would have just gotten the smaller gift to begin with, you wouldn’t have even cared.

You might be thinking “well, maybe they couldn’t fit all the drug labeling info on a smaller amount of space.” Good guess, but incorrect. I’ve seen smaller bottles and they have the re-peelable label on it to put all the necessary information on it.

Remember in the 90s when they cracked down on this sort of thing? Deodorant bottles all came in bigger boxes and now you just see the deodorant itself for sale (with shrink wrap over it). CDs still came in cases, but they were placed in cardboard boxes that were a lot taller than the CD case was. And then, the part of the cardboard box that was taller than the CD had foam inside it. It was ridiculous and so they stopped doing that.So, hopefully, this will eventually be a distant memory.

Am I the only person annoyed by this?