Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
As we were looking around, I was thinking to myself that I listen to more Pandora.com lately than I do mp3s, because I can stream it at work and customize the station based on the mood that I am in that day. Also, with the Timbers having open Wi-Fi in the office/gym, I wish that I could buy a player that had a built in Wi-Fi so I could stream my Pandora station while I was at the gym. Unfortunately, the only devices that I know of with the flash player and the wi-fi are smart phones or the iPhone. Now, if the iPod touch could do this...that might be a reason for me to actually start thinking about owning an Apple product. Besides that, I wouldn't touch the Touch with a 10' USB cable.
I have also been thinking about getting a new player because the Archos is nice, but it is just a bit to big for what I am needing. Don't get me wrong, I have loved this player since I got it, but when you are lifting and doing exercise, a device the size of a laptop battery is not what I want in my pocket. If I was to go with a new player, I would really love to find a way to "time shift" Pandora, or record what is played (streamed) down to mp3 files that I could take it with me on the player. I guess until I can find a way to do this, I will just have to start looking at other ways to get my music.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I really feel that the work that I have done in the last week has started to earn me a bit more respect from my fellow coworkers. I have been wondering if they felt that I was knowledgeable program for a while, and I think this email just shows that they do listen to the opinions and suggestions that I give. Ian has started giving me more UI programming tasks since I have proved that I could do a well designed one last Wednesday, and help solve several of the issue that we were having in the filter Tree system. I will have to see where things go from here.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
So tonight, Heather and I went out with some new friends. Their names are Alina and Joe, and Heather meet them, as she meets 90% of our friends, at work. She tends to meet most of our friends as they tour the complex that she is currently working at, and by the end of the tour they have a new home, and we have new friends. Now granted, it is against the complex's rules that she be friends with residents, so it is a good thing that starting yesterday, she only has a week left.
Well, seeing how both Alina and Joe shot pool, we went out to Side Lines in Factoria for a couple of quick games on the quarter tables. I am very surprised about how well I am still playing the game despite the fact that I have not picked up my cue in more than 2 years. Part of me really wants to try to find a good set of friends that play on a regular basis, or join a league. I miss the game so much.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
For me, I find that my photography is the gear shift that I need. It is not uncommon for me to spend the first hour of my day catching up on the photography forums, looking around Flickr, or reading other photography blogs. The rest of the day is then a mixture of this and actual work. And it is not just me, either. I look around at the other programmers here in the office, and 6 out of 10 times, they are also either playing flash games, browsing forums, or just listening to music. We don't just do this because we can, but because we have to.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This weekend, Terence from the Seattle Flickr group held a macro class at the Redmond City Library. He had rented several macro lenses for people from LensRentals.com to work on both the Canon and Nikon bodies. Due to some issues with how the group sets up meetings, his class did not fill up until the last week, so when he went to rent the lenses, they were out of stock. However, the owner of LensRentals.com made a deal with him, in that he would order more lenses, and have them dropped shipped to Terence’s house. If a company is willing to do this for a customer, that is company that I would do more business with.
Anyway, one of the objects that were brought in was this spark plug. I though it would be a really interesting photo to have the spark plug with a black background, and then Photoshop'd the electric spark into the image. I told my idea to Terence, and he said that I would be able to do it with a flash. He let me use his PocketWizards and an off camera flash, told me how I should set up the camera to get the effect that I wanted, and taught me why it was going to have that effect. I think this is the best out of the series. Thanks Terence for the help and the knowledge that is probably going to jump start me into using off camera flash more in my photos.