Archive for the 'Personal' Category

And what did I accomplish today?

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Why I was motivated to perfect my desktop setup here at casa de cleverhack and plug in the external monitor I bought a way while back to the MacBook Pro. This time around, the MacBook Pro’s video card handles the LCD beautifully with the DVI to VGA adapter.

I am stoked. The image below is via my cell phone cam.

dual display hotness

[tags]hardware, external monitor, dual display hotness [/tags]

A Hardware Note

Friday, January 19th, 2007

I do think the trusty PowerBook is going to be replaced before June, when Leopard is supposedly released. I just have a a feeling about that.

Not that I can really complain, the PowerBook has served me well on a daily basis these past 3 and a half years.

[tags]Apple, Hardware, PowerBook, the keyboard is failing [/tags]

Intermittent bursts of blogging

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

as my creative energy will be rerouted to another project for the next few days.

[tags]site info[/tags]

this is a placeholder post

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

1)The idea of a “fireman auction” is much, much more intriguing than the actual execution of said auction. Just sayin’.

2)The local contingent of the Coors Light Girls didn’t attract that much attention, even with their swag giveaways - at a place where the clientele was working professionals.

3)I still prefer a lager in a bottle.

[tags]What happens after 5 on some Fridays with coworkers?[/tags]

Monday morning commute

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Nothing like starting out your Monday nearly getting rear-ended on the way to work. The worst part about it is that a cop caused the near-rear-ending.

If I take 202 North to work, there is a usual backup right by where Route 30 merges into 202. Well, the cop in an unmarked car was sitting maybe a good 1/8 of a mile south of today’s backup. There was a big Chevy Suburban in front of me who slowed down before the backup. I couldn’t see why he was slowing down so soon, but at least I was paying attention to him, so I slowed down.

And then the car behind me wasn’t paying so close attention apparently and all of a sudden I hear a “screeeeeeeech“. I look in my rearview mirror to see a woman and a man in an old mazda with an “oh s***” look on their faces. Good grief.

Of course the cop was just sitting there (I’ve seen him there on a few previous mornings), slowing down already slowed down traffic doing plate checks. He didn’t have his radar on at all, as evidenced by my radar detector.

[tags]Monday morning commute[/tags]

A cleverhack wayback post with bonus photoblogging

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Way back in 2003, (if you want to get really technical about it October 2002) I started to blog. While my very first effort was handrolled, I later switched to an early version of Movable Type and then onto WordPress in 2004. This blog began as a curiosity, a personal Web site type of project and soon blossomed into something a little more concrete. As it was, 2003 happened to be one of those years in the life where the distraction was welcomed (and better explained over a beer).

When I started the blog, I was living in Vermont and working as a computer instructor (at one point, I was even called the best teacher ever by one of my students) and freelance consultant with part time irregular hours. The blog allowed me to network professionally and to have contact with others I would have otherwise never had met and I had my share of publicity too. Because of the blog, I’ve kept in touch with old friends, met some interesting folks in real life and over email (even dated a few) and landed my last couple jobs telling my employers that I blogged. I can’t complain about my blogging experience so far.

Having gotten some referrers for a particular old post recently I thought I would aggregate some of my older photo blogging exploits.

-A 120 Minute Photoblog
-Workblogging August 2003
-For You, My Dear Loyal Readers as featured in the (in)famous blog chicks post
-Ground Zero August 2003
-At Work
-Ben & Jerry’s Blogging
-Fall Pics 2003
-Apple Picking

[tags]cleverhack, photoblogging, photoblog, egoblogging[/tags]

Thanks, guys

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

I appreciate the birthday wishes.

Saturday morning MLP

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few observations for a beautiful Saturday morning.

-Treat your Starbucks Barista well and you will be paid back handsomely. I probably go to the Starbucks near me at least once a week (often enough to notice when a longtime barista has added highlights to her hair), mostly on the way to work in the morning. I’ve gotten into the habit of being polite and tipping the loose change I get from a Triple Grande Vanilla Latte. Every so often, I get an upgrade of an extra shot or a larger size. Or, even better, getting my drink faster than the lady in front of me who was whining about her Venti Soy No-whip Caramel Macchiatto.

-I’m now Skype capable thanks to people I know who are using it. The only reason why I’m using it is because it’s free, because I’ve been unimpressed with the user interface (at least on the Mac OS X client). I also procured the Logitech USB Headset 250 to use with Skype which was ok, but I will most likely upgrade to something else of better quality.

-I thought that this guy had a very insightful comment in the Slashdot thread discussing why Microsoft can’t make an iPod killer.

-New RSS reader in my logs: Great News 1.0.

-I’m amused that my most highly trafficked blog tags have something to do with Death Cab for Cutie. If I tag for them, invariably I see visitors from the Seattle area.

Ok kids, that’s about enough for now. Today I’m going to be immersed in some hot Philly area blog culture action. I’ll tell you about it later. ;-)

[tags] Starbucks, Skype, RSS, RSS Readers, Tagging, Tags, Death Cab for Cutie, Meetup [/tags]

Sunday morning user generated content

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Suffice it to say, I think the Internet survived without me for the past few days. So here’s a Sunday link post.

-I have discovered that Dunkin Donuts offers shots of espresso. Funnily enough, espresso is not listed under Featured Products under the Dunkin Donuts corporate Web site. Since I’m not a fan of Dunkin Donuts regular coffee (too mellow), I decided to take a try with a double espresso this morning. When I ordered it, the overly busy counter guy (well, it was a Sunday), made a face when I asked for it. From what I could tell, all he did to make it was put in a few espresso pods into the store’s coffee machine, pressed a few buttons and then walked away. He wasn’t “pulling shots” by any means.

The verdict: Not bad at all, I’m adequately caffeinated but I would get it only if I found myself at a Dunkin Donuts. Also, I think the pricing ($1.07 for the first shot, $0.69 for the additional shot) is a little bit more than Starbucks double espresso, but I will check on that.

-Is it wrong to read the NY Times Wedding & Celebrations page for the amusement factor?

-Apparently, the Philly Radiohead shows were sweltering and a “mixed bag”.

-Talking about Philly area shows this summer, these guys have compiled a comprehensive listing — and why oh why are so many of them on week nights?

[tags]Sunday, coffee, donuts, newspaper, music, Philly, Philly music, still annoyed to have missed Radiohead[/tags]

Change (yet again)

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

This past week was the first week of the new job. My sincere thanks to all of you who cheered me on.

As for what I’m doing now, I’m still working on the Web (happily so), but with my feet planted firmly on the marketing side.

Ode to Sam

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

My parents just adopted a new kitten and he’s as cute as cute could be…and a terror to boot.

An Ode to Sam

some personal vindication

Friday, August 19th, 2005

From The NY Times Invest in the stock market, but sleep at home.

Article exploring the “radical” concept that owning your own home isn’t the great investment as some think it is. However shocking this revelation is, I actually first read about the idea in Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.