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Leaving For WWDC Jun. 10th, 2012 @ 08:01 am

The good

I get to go to WWDC

I get to eat food in San Francisco

The bad

When I pulled the handle out on my suitcase after my beautiful Elva dropped me off, the handle broke, so I get to carry it around instead of wheeling it around

Stood in line at the airport for 30 minutes at Alaska airlines only to be told that the Alaska flight is an American flight and I need to be in a different line

I forgot to bring a book so I'm limited to ebooks as long as my phone battery lasts

And worst of all, I'm missing Elva already and it has been less than two hours since she dropped me off

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Elva Oct. 11th, 2011 @ 08:42 am
Elva, I love you more and more each day. I need you always with me. You are the woman of my dreams.

TV On My Schedule Oct. 28th, 2010 @ 09:51 pm
Why does CBS not want me to watch The Big Bang Theory? They seem to think that I will either A) Sit down and watch it when they want me to, or B) Find a way to record it myself so that I can watch it when I want to.

When are they going to get a clue and realize that TV shows should just be on my schedule. When I want to watch a show, I sit down, find it, and watch it. This is how I watch shows on all the other networks?

Maybe CBS doesn't want me to see their shows, or their ads. I guess advertisers who want to try to sell me their products will have to put their ads somewhere else for me to see them.

I don't schedule my life around TV. I watch TV when I my schedule allows it and I expect the shows I want to see to be available when I am ready to watch TV.
Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed

More than expected Nov. 26th, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
I came to Chicago just about 1 year ago for a 4 to 6 month contract. Yes, I can count and no, this isn't a plot to an episode of Gilligan's Island.

I could have left before now, but I met Elva and fell in love with her. I've asked her to marry me and we're planning a wedding for next summer.

She is wonderful and there is nowhere I would rather be than sitting next to her, feeling her lean against me and holding her hand.

I have moved about an hour south so I can be closer to her. I have a nice little apartment in view of the railroad tracks. "How often does the train go by?" "So often you won't even notice it.".

The 4 to 6 month contract has become a full time job and I am working on selling my house in Mississippi.

I love Elva so much that I am going to live where there is winter again.
Current Mood: lovedloved

In Chicago Nov. 14th, 2007 @ 07:50 am
I am living in Chicago for the next 4 to 6 months. I have a contract here that sounds like fun (i.e., I get to learn stuff and the people I'll be working with sound great).

So I have rented a place on Harlem Ave. just south of the El.

I spent my first night here revisiting my old home in the Schaumburg area, buying some stuff at Ikea and Meijer and eating real pizza.

While I am a little tired from the drive, I am happy that I am able to spend some time around here. I just wish the contract was in the summer and not the winter.
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» Why? Just why?
This has bothered me for a while now. Every once in a while when I am trying to think of what I want to eat or wandering through the grocery store looking at the choices, I am think of this and wonder why.

Why?

Why did Sara Lee stop making chocolate swirl pound cake?

It was the most delicious desert ever. I could sit and eat a whole one in one sitting. They still make the regular one, but the chocolate swirl has been gone for years.

Bring it back! I need some!

Why did Sara do this to me? What was she thinking?
» Candy Tube Year 2
(this is the first post since I turned 44. So happy birthday to me!)

This time we set it up across the stairs. That might keep people from trying to climb the dark, dangerous stairs which defeats the purpose of the candy delivery system in the first place.

The first carload of kids has just stopped across the street. Once again I am annoyed at how many people drive their kids from house to house. Is the world really that much more dangerous than when I was a kid? I tried to cover as much of the neigborhood as possible and I usually went out several times and sometimes all alone. I think the world is no more dangerous than before. I think the perception is that the world is more dangerous.

I guess this leads me to my rant. Turn off the TV news. Just stop watching. Give is a few months and see if you feel better about the world. Do you really need to see all that bad news every day?

Now back to the fun and excitement of all hallows eve. The first group got some candy from the tube and then my daughter got some for herself. I hear her yelling and screaming down the street so I know she's out having fun. Even tho she has a costume (or five) she is now out with no costume. I guess wearing it to the parties over the weekend was enough.

I see car after car now. Not all of them have costumed, candy consuming kiddies in them tho. I am still waiting for the next group of them to arrive. I do hear the calls of "trick or treat" from down the street.

More kids have come by. I hear mine saying it is time to go to Snooky's house. He always has a haunted house in his house and lots of treats. My candy tube does not compare.

This is working out well. Some candy for the tube, some for me. Some candy for the tube, some for me...

Now big groups of kids are coming and some of them remember the candy tube from last year so they aren't all trying to climb the dark, scary stairs.

Bill has just gone across the street in the dark to take a picture. The end of the tube is wrapped in orange lights and the porch light is on, so something will be visible.

The downside to this is that I can't really see the costumes, but most of the kids seem to not be wearing any, so I guess that is really a wash. Maybe next year we'll have some better lighting at the bottom of the stairs.

This car has children equipped with glowsticks. He's wearing a montser mask. He's sneaking up behind Bill (who is trying to take a picture up the candy tube). I tried to warn Bill, but he didn't believe me. Ahhhhhhhh! I can't look!

OK, that's over. I am not sure if Bill survived....oh, there he is....all is well.

More kids...some of them don't quite get the tube, but when the candy comes out they realize what is going on. I wonder how large the pile of candy will be at the end of the night...well, some people just found the candy on the ground so that helps with the cleanup. But I can counter that by throwing it down there when they are walking away. Sometimes they come back and get it, sometimes they don't.

I like when they line up...and then get in line again...they want extra candy. So do I...so far the bag of the kind I like is safe inside. Hopefully I won't need to use that one.

Melody and Dave brought their kids by. Tiffany brought her kids by. The kids who helped clean out my building a few months ago came by. I love small town life.

The moon has nearly vaniished behind clouds. There is lightnig and thunder. The power flickered. Perfect weather for halloween as long as the rain holds back until the kids are safely in.

There is a lull. The street is quiet. Another car...perhaps with costumed candy seeking kiddies....perhaps not as I still hear nothing. Might be a lot of candy left for me this year.

I hear a far off girl scream with delight...and some kid voices approaching...

And now the rain has begun...I guess that means this is the end of my Blog...water and computing are not yet a safe mix.

Good night.
» Yahoo Mac Messenger Client Needs Work
First let me say that I know that writing software is hard. Writing good software is even harder. Writing good software with a good user interface is harder yet.

Some people get it right and some people don't.

I recently had the desire to use Yahoo Messenger. I made a new friend and I decided that they were important enough to get a Yahoo IM account. I am an AIM user and I have used iChat for years and I saw no reason to use another IM client until last week.

So I downloaded the Yahoo IM client for the Mac and fired it up. It was easy enough to set up and get going with my huge list of one friend. But then I used it to chat...

What is the most important thing that a text based chat client ought to do well? More than anything else it ought to display the text in a nice, clear font. Now, what do you think the one thing that stood out when I used the Yahoo Mac IM client to chat for the first time?

Strike One for Yahoo IM. The default font is squished, pixelated and just plain wrong. So I tried to change it. It had nice controls in the window for changing the font and while the ones for changing the color worked, the one for selecting the font just kept resetting to the same squishy, unreadable one that I started with.

So after one chat session with that client I went off to find a replacement. I found, to my surprise, that Adium now supported Yahoo IM as well as AIM (and a bunch of others) so I installed that and configured it for both my AIM and my Yahoo IM.

Adium is sweet.

Not only does it come up with a nice readable default font, but the rest of the default settings make sense too. And when I when I went poking at the prefs I found that I could give my buddy list a look that was very similar to iChat.

So, to those programmers who work on the Yahoo IM client for the Mac: Go and download Adium and run it through its paces and you'll see what happens when you put the extra effort into sculpting software that the Adium authors have. And PLEASE: just change the default font in the next release! How hard is that?

Time for more chatting...
» Shameless Self Promotion
I was IM'd this link by a friend this morning. It has a picture and reference to my very first commercial game: Xenophobe. I was co-game designer and I wrote the software for Xenophobe. It is an object oriented engine I built in 68k assembler. I am happy that people remember it. I had a lot of fun working on it and I still have the prototype and occasionally play it.

The article is here
» 2006 PowerBook Duo
Apple annouced their new intel based Macs yesterday at MacWorld. They look feature rich and I will soon have one. I only have two complaints.

1) No modem. I understand not having a modem, but the offering on the Apple store page is for a USB modem. It seems like it would have been a better idea to sell an airport base station with a modem to customers instead of a USB modem.

2) This big error. MacBook? I expect better from Apple. That name doesn't work for me. I think everyone should just refer to it as the 2006 PowerBook Duo and maybe Apple will change the name.

So, go out and buy a 2006 PowerBook Duo. If you have a site where you sell them, that is what you should call them.

We can make a difference.

:-)
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