Thursday, March 31, 2011

Posting on Hold for a bit

Sorry guys, I'm not going to be updating my blog for a couple days.  Trying to figure out why Google isn't putting ads on my webpage.

I know they disabled adsense for me for awhile for whatever reason (they didn't really say), and apparently it hasn't come back up.

I do also have a job interview tonight so I haven't been putting a lot of thought into the blog recently (in the past couple days).  I'm fairly certain the interview is just a formality, as I know the people who are hiring and they know the work I've done so I doubt I"ll have trouble getting the job.  It's just a part time thing anyway so no big deal if I don't get it when all's said and done.

Check back in a couple days, hopefully I'll be back up and running!  It also helps when I have a good blogroll to go through to stave off some boredom.

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm back!

Sorry for the absence, I was building a new computer system and holy crap everything that could go wrong did!

As a quick aside, can anyone see the ads on my blog?  For some reason I'm not seeing them, although it may just be Firefox.  I have ads enabled and I can view great offers on other peoples' blogs, but for some reason it's not working on mine.

I got all the pieces together, except for the RAM, since I figured I'd just use the memory from my old computer in the new one.  I put it all together, took apart my old computer, and realized I had DDR2 which is incompatible with the new motherboard, I needed DDR3!  So, I went on Newegg and checked out their memory, and got a great deal on it.  Only problem was, they shipped it DHL and holy crap that took forever for some reason.  Literally 7 business days, whereas Newegg usually ships FedEx or UPS and that takes between 1 and 2 business days.  So, finally got it all put together and lo and behold, my computer doesn't like the new hard drives.  And, the 2nd monitor doesn't work!

Long story short, after about 16 hours total of screwing around with it, all I needed to do to fix the hard drive issue was to go into the hard drive manager and re-assign it a letter (like C:/ or F:/).  Done, 30 seconds.  To fix the monitor, I had to move my DVI to VGA adapter (I was too lazy to just hook up the VGA cable) from the bottom port to the top port.  For whatever reason, the bottom port on the video card didn't like the adapter.  Done, 5 minutes.  I raged but what're you going to do.

Hanging out with an old friend soon, haven't seen him in ages, will report back later/tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Got Up Early Today!

Finally, I'm starting to get my sleep cycle back on a more regular track.  Unfortunately, whenever I'm out of work or have very little to do, I tend to stay up late and go to sleep late; I would previously be going to bed at around 3-5AM and waking up around 2PM.  However, I got to bed at 2AM last night and woke up around 9AM.  I'm working this weekend, which will be good, especially since I have a few papers I can do.  On the weekends there's very little work to do anyway, but the laboratory still needs to be staffed.

I'm still waiting on the memory for my computer; I forget if I posted here, but I planned on using my RAM from the computer I have now.  It's DDR2 and I need DDR3, so that didn't work.  I ordered some last night but it didn't ship today, unfortunately, so I may not have it until next week.  Oh well.

At any rate, I went to the gym with my brother yesterday.  If you've never gone with a workout partner before, I highly recommend it.  It took a little more time than usual, but it was a lot of fun, more fun than I usually have.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back from the wedding

I probably forgot to mention it, but I had gone away to my friend's wedding.  It's really strange, we're the same age and I've known her since Kindergarten, so to see her up on the altar and in her wedding gown was a weird feeling.  It must be really nice to be married, I know she found the perfect person, but I doubt I'm going to get married anytime soon!

I'm hitting up the gym with my brother later; he's in college now but home on Spring Break.  Talk about feeling older,  it seems like just yesterday he was going into High School.  I guess that's the way it is with the flow of time.

Also, recently, I built a new computer:
 Intel i7 970 Hex-core processor
AMD Nvidia 6950 2gb video card (Unlocked to 6970)
8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
64GB SSD (just for Windows and whatever else)

It's going to be a beast once I get it up and running, but there's been snafus along the way.  The first video card I ordered was good, but it was specifically designed for 6 monitors.  Sold it on ebay.  Bought another video card, but they screwed up and sent me the 1gb version, so I had to return that one.  Bought the 3rd video card, and it's the right one!  BUT, I had planned to use the RAM from my old computer to save a little bit of money, no such luck.  I could have sworn I had DDR3, but it's DDR2 and that's not compatible with the new motherboard.  SO, I need to wait another week for the RAM to be delivered!  Poor planning on my part, what're you going to do.

Yes, I know I'm currently unemployed, but I never spent a dime (aside from gas and food) while I was working, so I have a good amount of money saved up.  The power of being frugal!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Harvest Moon, Gym, hanging out with an old buddy

Recently I've become re-addicted to Harvest Moon DS.  I've been a huge fan of the series since HM64, and Back to Nature was definitely the best (for original PS).  Pick up a ROM of it if you can, it's seriously amazing.

I don't know why, this game sounds boring.  You plant crops, you raise animals; milk cows, feed chickens, etc.  You interact with the townsfolk, and the only violence is accidentally hitting a cow with your hoe or ax or whatever.  But. It's.  So. God. Damn. Fun.  I guess it's a love it or hate it style game, but I love it.

Anyway, I stopped playing because it was too easy to exploit, and I'm against the whole "grinding to get an objective" in a game.  Yeah yeah I play WoW and I grind there, but that's only to prevent an unfair advantage that I could gain vs other players.  In a game that you pay for and own (I prefer to think that Blizz is letting us use their servers and play in their virtual world, we really don't own anything), I think you should be able to experience the story at your own pace.  You shouldn't have to spend a couple hours leveling up before you can move on to the next chapter.

Anyway, I digress.  Gym time now, I got my deadlift and incline press day.  I'm looking forward to deadlifting again, I think I have my form down.  If my back is sore until next week, though, I'm definitely going to have to get some help.  I already screwed up my knee, I don't want to screw up my back.  Speaking of which, if anyone has a good suggestion for knee tendinitis, please leave it here.

I'm hanging out with an old friend tonight, haven't seen him in awhile.  We'll probably do some Rock Band, which I'm terribad at, but it's still fun.  I'm not sure if I'll update tomorrow, but at the very least I'll be back on Monday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Almost done with school

It's really hit me hard lately that in 2 months, I'll be done with school.  I've really known nothing else my entire life, and I'm excited to get out into the workforce, but it's just strange.

It's taken me longer than I expected to; one semester was my fault - bad planning led to no classes being available to take.  Another semester was their fault - last semester, I only had 2 classes left and neither were offered by the school.

It's not like I've never worked; I've had a job pretty much constantly since I was 12 (worked for my mother's office for a year under the table), and now is pretty much the only time where I've been without.  It's good and bad, but all this free time gets to your head, I start going to bed at the same time but getting up later, it's bad.

At any rate, anyone want to give me a job? =D (I don't think I'll have much trouble finding A job once I get out of school.  May not be the one I want, but a man's gotta work).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ton of Work Today

No time now for a legit update, may edit later though.  I have:

1.) to hit the gym
2.) grocery shopping
3.) Presentation tomorrow night
4.) weekly paper due Thursday
5.) 2 Term papers to start work on
6.) I'm probably forgetting some things

I got a job prospect, I'm not sure if I mentioned it here, but I'd be teaching a SAT prep class for Kaplan Tutoring services.  The guy called my gf, asking her if she was interested or if anyone she knew was.  She directed him to me (currently laid off), and he said he'd like to start me as soon as possible.

That was 2 weeks ago, haven't heard from him despite 2 e-mails.  Why are people so unprofessional?  I know the guy personally, why wouldn't he just say, "Hey, about the job, you're not what we're looking for, sorry," instead of keeping my hopes up and blocking me from looking for other prospects for 2 weeks?  Life lesson for the day: Be considerate of others.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Some TV Shows You Should Check Out

1.) Firefly

I really liked this show, it's just amazing.  It's a Space Western Opera, if there even is such a genre.  It's about a captain and his crew, and all the ridiculous adventures they get themselves into.  It's very intense, especially the last half of the season, and definitely worth the watch.

It's too bad it got canceled after only one season, but there's a huge fanbase that says it may come back for at least a 2nd.

2.) Battlestar Galactica

When I heard about this show, I figured, "Great, another Star Trek" and passed it over because, well, I'm not a trekkie.  I finally said I'd give it a shot, and I was blown away.  I usually multi-task and play WoW on one monitor and watch TV shows or something on the other, but for the first time (I can't just sit and watch TV) in awhile, I had to stop playing WoW and just watch the show.  It's that good.

3.) The IT Crowd

If you're at all similar to the stereotypical nerd, you'll find this show funny.  Roy, Moss and Jen work in the IT department of Reynham Industries in London (yeah it's a British comedy), and they have to deal with all sorts of strange situations.  They're on Season 4 but because it's government TV, they only run 6 episodes a season.  Worth the watch at any rate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Just got back from a workout!

And only had to travel 10 feet!  I lifted at home today!

Unfortunately, it was only the Press, Bis, Tris, and situps (weighted are on Mondays).  My ultimate goal is to have a small home gym where I can do bench, squat, deadlift, and a few other things.  Now there's not much time for it, but I have a dinky little weight set with around 130lbs that my aunt gave me a long time ago.

I was supposed to do deadlifts today, but I noticed my lower back was always sore after deadlifts.  It wouldn't be a bad sore, but it would persist for awhile.  This leads me to believe I'm doing them with poor form, and that's definitely a bad idea.  I need to find out how to check my form and correct that, at least I stopped before I hurt myself.

At any rate, been working on my hunter in WoW, got him to 77 late last night and I'm hoping to hit 79 today.  I have literally all day, haven't heard back from the new job prospect yet, and I just sent out a few resumes.  Can only send out so many in a day.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Servers down!

Haha played some Borderlands earlier this morning, it was good times.  I remember that game being really fun in multiplayer, but not so much in single player.  Maybe I'll see if I can convince my friend to play it with me again.  I'm starting to move away from WoW, leveling just isn't that fun anymore (duh) and my guild doesn't raid that often - we knock all the content out by Thursday and that's it for the week (and I can't make Wednesdays).

I'm working on a presentation for my Quality Assurance in the Laboratory class, I'm doing it on a paper on LEAN Laboratories.  LEAN is the Toyota efficiency thing, and I'm really interested in efficiency and getting things done well ASAP.

I'm headed to the gym now, I think this will be my first full week in about 2 months (blizzards, sicknesses, other schedule conflicts), looking forward to it.  How's your day going so far?