To-do

Pack up my stuff so I can move out next Saturday.

Spend some time at workforce solutions looking for another job.

Continue preparing for the technology applications test.

Doable right? 😐 Yes!

I work this afternoon. It’s a house shift, which is nice because that means I get to eat! It also means I get cut early, so I’m not stuck there until 11..

Not making much money at my current job + moving back in with my parents = extra motivation to do this dang teacher test so I can finally be financially independent. No I’m not in it for the money, but it is a career, much more so than being a server… Plus I’m really looking forward to actually doing it.. Scared, but definitely eager.

Games with friends

Alex, Kayla, Ryan, and Lauren came over. We played Dreamcast and watched some stuff. Also discovered that one of my fav games, Loony Toons Space Race, is not just 2 player, it’s 4 player! ’twas fun, and good times were had by all.

Made a salad and saw some games

So today I found myself strolling around Collin Creek Mall and had to stop at the local retro game shop GCX. I’ve been rediscovering how awesome my dreamcast is, so I wanted to see what they had for sale. Most of what they had was the usual crap, but they did have a few interesting titles, which are pictured above. I didn’t buy anything, but it’s nice to know they have stuff like that. However I will say that it’s sad to see how malls have declined throughout my lifetime, but that’s another post.

The other picture is of the salad I made tonight. I grilled up some chicken and threw it on top of a pile of greens doused with Newman’s Own caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese. I don’t know why but I’m just know discovering how delicious Caesar salads are.

Between shifts

Came over to my parents place between shifts today.

Talked with dad a lot about his ongoing amateur radio project. From what I understand, he’s leading a series of training sessions designed to teach amateur radio operators how to use digital communication between computers over the ham bands. More specifically, in an emergency situation, no Internet, and maybe no repeater (simplex).

He’s invested a lot of time and energy in this, and I think that’s great. What irks me a bit is that documents he’s created for this thing are only on his computer.

I fear the day when this thing that he’s put so much effort into is locked away, and others are unable to continue to benefit from his hard work. Its especially maddening when I think about blogger and other free content management systems that would be perfect for is situation. Maybe someday… I hope.

Nighty night

I thought I’d wrap up the night with a to-do list:

1) Migrate content from WordPress on the iMac to Blogger.

2) Get back on Code Year and learn CSS, among other things.

3) See about getting a more current study guide for the tech apps test.

4) Fill in holes in tech apps notes. Maybe talk to garrison?

5) Learn moar!

I’m gonna get some sleep because it’s waaay too late to be up.

On an unrelated note, the weather now is perfect! It’ll get stupid hot again before Christmas, I’m sure, but dang does it feel amazing right now.

Windows Live Writer

I’ve used Windows Live Writer in the past for some posts, and I just got it setup again in my Windows 7 installation.  This is more of a ‘Hello World!’ than anything else.  I think the blog might still need a little formatting.  I think the post titles, despite being in a much larger font, might not be as obvious as they need to be.  Need to figure out the hex codes for the default link colors (for new, visited, and hover), but that doesn’t have to happen now.  Any and all feedback is welcome.  I know I keep starting blogs and switching around, but I really do like how well things are setup now.  More to come, not maybe, but definitely.    Stay tuned!

What to do with this site?

So, I’ve had this site up for a hot minute, and I’ve been thinking about a direction I might want to take it in. There are basically three things that get me going in life: Technology, music, and cars. I’ve already posted a bit about technology on here. I’ve talked about newsgroups, text based video games (if you can consider that to be technology), and posted a video about the history of dance music. Nothing about cars yet, but I’m sure that will come up pretty soon. I would be more inclined to post about cars, except a guy that I follow on facebook is already doing a better job than I could ever hope to do. Seriously, his site is the best site on the internet (something that I’ve informed him of). It’s car porn to the max.

So that leaves technology and music. I think that could be a good mix. It would be dope as hell if I could get featured on Hype Machine or something like that. It would primarily be concerned with dance music, as thats what I listen to on a regular basis. I know my site wouldn’t be the next Resident Advisor or 365mag, but I would like sharing music that makes me happy. So then the question of how to host the music comes up. From what I remember, a lot of the sites on Hype Machine host their content locally. Thats all well and good, but the upload I pay for isn’t very fast, so that could be frustrating. One concept that I haven’t messed with is using my Drop Box account. Drop Box supports public links for the use of sharing files, and that would probably be a lot faster than sharing from my own server. But then that gets into copyright stuff and it would royally suck if my Drop Box account got deactivated.

Technology is also a passion of mine, and creating a blog about technology seems less risky. I know quite a bit about technology, and it’s a topic I enjoy educating others on. I’ve been using Mac for a long time, in addition to linux. I haven’t been using linux much lately, although I do have it on one of the hard drives in my computer. I haven’t spread the linux gospel in a while, so maybe this is my soapbox to stand on.

I know there are a lot of bullshit blogs out there and I don’t want mine to turn into one of them with a bunch of random crap that no one cares about. I suppose seeing that BBS documentary inspired me to start up the site again. BBSes were a little different because those were communities. My blog is less of a community and more of a soapbox. However the people in the documentary talked about how much they enjoyed creating something that was beneficial for other people. You could hear a sense of pride when they talked about the BBSes they ran, and I’d like to experience that too. What do you think? Lemme know in the comments or drop me a line.