the big easy

I’ve lived in Southeast Texas on and off for almost 20 years. Only once in that that time span have I been to New Orleans, and that was probably around 13 or 14 years ago. I have such vague memories of the actual city, of just a few places that we went to see or the things we did. So, New Orleans was just a distant memory somewhere in the back of my mind. This weekend updated whatever little memory I had.

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summaries

10 hours, 12 hour, 14 hour days. This is the norm right now and won’t let up either. I leave for New Orleans on Saturday morning and will be gone through the weekend. I have so much to do in the meantime and am having fun with all of this business, but do look forward to more downtime!

In the meantime, I’ll write summaries.

  • I keep reading more about jobs, the 401k system, making money, and I just wish I already had money.. Blah. How to beat the system…
  • I’ve seen some local friends and will be seeing a bunch more soon. I really enjoy spending time catching up with everyone.
  • Going to New Orleans for the first time in like 12 years this weekend.
  • Have been constantly checking e-mail and blogs… i’m so addicted.
  • I bought two tickets to a Freaks and Geeks fest on Sat, June 4, but it’s being held in Austin that day. Anyone wanna drive me? I bought two tickets in case!
  • I love having my personal computer files with me. External hard drive cases rock!
  • Have seen only half the season finales that I want to watch… need to make time for the rest.
  • Why does everyone hate Star Wars? Sure, it could have had better storylines, better leads and transitions, but for what GL left us in Ep. 2, I think generally it was done well. And the special effects were amazing. Can’t wait to go back to LA so that I can see it at the Arclight Cinema!
  • I wonder what’s gonna happen to that job I interviewed for? Although I want it, I also don’t want it.
  • This summer might turn out to be reeeeeally fun if I don’t end up getting that job and earn a crapload of money between now and the time I leave for LA. Why? Because of San Francisco and Hawaii… ;-)li>
  • Note to self: eat more Tex Mex before you leave Texas.
  • Note to self: eat more Blue Bell, period.
  • I’ve already spent too much money since I landed here… My 20GB iPod should be here soon.
  • I need to learn to the play the guitar better.
  • Lists are cool
  • Sometimes, I realize how nice it is to be single and not attached
  • I went to a Photoshop seminar on Tuesday… Oh how I wish I had a DSLR
  • I enjoy the Doves new album
  • My new design has been collecting a little dust. I hope I’m able to make some time soon to spruce it up. Lots of new things, more integration, etc.

in and outs of basketball

This is one of the most detailed articles/blogs about the business of basketball. Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban goes wide open with his disappointment in losing the 2005 playoffs and about how his team was assembled. I’ve kept up with basketball off and on for many years, some years more than others, but I know that this is the most detail I’ve ever read about a personal team’s formation. It’s interesting how closely related the pleasure and business of basketball can be.

non-stop

It’s been non-stop since I got off the plane. And I’m not complaining! Lots of work, lots of good food. It’s weird. I may have five whole weeks to do everything, but I already feel like I’m in way over my head! I know I’ll be able to see and do everything at least once, but even still, I feel like I need more time! But, this just means I’ll have plenty to look forward to when I take my next trip back.

Speaking of which, I made a phone call for the job that I interviewed for last week. Turns out there’s still a decent chance that I could land the job, obviously after a second interview and a few more questions. They are still interviewing, but the HR person told me to contact them when I get back if I’m still interesting, which I let her know that I am. I wonder what will happen in the next month?

On my first night of socialing with friends, I went to finally see the concert I’ve been dying to see since I found out about the band. Eisley has been around for a few years, but finally released their first full-length album this past February. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. I even bought their CD, and that says a LOT. Great show, a little shy on stage and in person, but it leaves plenty goodness to be desired. They are doing a solo concert series starting in June after 20 day break. I wish I could go to their future concerts but they will already have left LA when I get back! darn.

Friends in Houston and Texas, if you read this and haven’t heard from me yet and will be in the Houston area between now the middle of June, call me or e-mail me. I don’t wanna neglect seeing and spending time with anyone. My schedule is pretty full through the next week, but as anyone who really knows me knows, my plans could change in an instant. The more spontaneous you are, the more likely I will be to change my plans for you (does that border on really fun or sorta sad?… haha).

the facts of downloading

Note: This article is incomplete and will be updated as needed.

Do you download music online? So do I. In case the RIAA or MPAA have scared you away from downloading any kind of music or movies, I’m going to reassure you that it’s still as possible to do it as it’s ever been. There are, however, still threats out there that might cause you grief and worry, the foremost being the threat of being sued by the Nazis at the RIAA or MPAA.

I am going to give you some facts about downloading so that you know where you stand:

First, almost all of the people sued were using Kazaa or another related software to download AND upload their music. Bittorrent users are just now starting to become a more major target as well. But, the Nazis aren’t going after people who download music. They are suing people who upload and share their collection with others. Turn off the ability to share/upload your music, the Nazis at the RIAA and MPAA will almost definitely leave you alone.

Second, there are millions of people downloading all the time. You’re literally one in a million and the RIAA is verrrrrrry unlikely to find you. It IS possible, but not too likely that you’ll be sued. Besides, they are mostly targeting students at universities.

Third, you might hear talk about how many people have settled the crazy lawsuits for thousands of dollars. But, as stated in a recent article, only a very small percentage of people have actually chosen to settle with them. Of MOST of the people who were sued, their lawsuits have been dismissed.

For those of you who want some more legitmate underground ways of downloading, you might be intersted to check out sources such as EasyNews. There is a lot of good info about how to run a Usenet application on your computer, but this is basically a Newsgroup that you and millions of other people subscribe to and upload and download just about ANYTHING that you want. It’s $10 a month and it’s been recommended to me by many different people.

So should you still download more music or movies or televisions shows now? That’s your decision. I just wanted to share a few facts.

week in review

I’ve had plenty to write, no patience to sit down, and very little time. So, here’s a week in review.

  • Monday: work as usual
  • Tuesday: more work
  • Wednesday: job interview. Yes, I had a job interview. I won’t name any names nor give much detail. I will say this. It’s for a full-time job with a big corporation. Yes, you heard right! I’m a little apprehensive. Part of me really wants the job if the conditions are right, such as salary (I might not have asked for enough! D’oh!), but I had a great time meeting the potential boss and hope to keep in touch with at least that person. I then met a friend for lunch. As always, good times ensued.
  • Thursday: Drove to Monterey for the weekend. Watched Equilibrium. Good movie, slow start, nice finish. Very Matrix-esque.
  • Friday: Went to Chinatown, San Francisco! Love that city. Way too much walking, but I found my favorite gummy candy!
  • Saturday: Saw Unleashed. Go see it. I highly recommend it! Also watched a few other movies.

And now I drive home. I can’t believe that I’m already back in Houston in a few days. Seems like yesterday. Still, I can’t believe I’m going to be gone for 5 weeks. Feels like too long. And might put my chances for the new job in jeoprady, which kinda sucks.

Firefox Reloaded

I’ve now been using Firefox for almost a year now. Let me continue to sing its praise for you people who aren’t using it. It’s an amazing browser, something that Microsoft needs to mimic in its new IE7 update coming later this or next year. So many awesome features, all without a lot of hassle. Let me give you the essential extensions that you must use with Firefox as well as additional features you won’t wanna miss!

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yes…

that’s right, I’m 26.

zaba

oh. my. god.

zaba.

podcasting

Commuting in LA sucks. It doesn’t matter where you live, commuting here is torture. Traffic, smog, bad drivers, more traffic, crazy drivers, the list goes on and on. Thus, a temporary relief to this commute is listening to the radio. Today’s technology allows us to listen to radio broadcasts, tapes, CDs, and now iPods and newer digital devices.

I tend to mix between half of the above. I like listening to some of my mp3s on CD, sometimes to NPR, sometimes to the local radio stations such as KCRW, or I’ll listen to talk radio such as Jim Rome. However, my desires are changing ever since I discovered podcasting. Although I cannot technically take advantage of this technology, I can still utilize it. So what’s the big deal? Well, I think this is going to change and shape the way we listen to the radio in the near future.

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