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Jobs, Internet Browsers, Thoughts

April 26, 2006 1 comment

I had an interview today at Lancaster Labs.  I think it went well, but after Viecore I’m trying not to get my hopes up.  I met with four people, and they all seemed interested and asked me a variety of interview questions.  I feel that I  “sold myself” well, and with my new haircut perhaps they could consider me as a viable option.

For those of you who don’t know, I got a haircut yesterday.  Reasons: #1 It was starting to look ratty.  #2 I had reached my goal of having it reach my hand as I was playing guitar.  and #3 Shorter hair = better chance of getting a job.  It doesn’t look bad; Laura insists it makes me “hot”.  I’d post a picture, but I don’t have a digital camera.

Internet Browers…I’ve been doing some informal research into browsers.  So far I’ve used IE6, IE7 Beta 2, Firefox, Opera, and Safari (on OS X).  My favorite remains Firefox, although if MS solves the memory leak in IE 7 Beta 2 then I may have to switch over.  They have some cool extra features and finally support tabbed browsing, RSS feeds, and extensions.  After checking memory usages though, IE consumes like 25MB for each tab that’s open.  That’s not good.  Opera is cool, but too similar to Firefox without the cool extensions.  I do like the way Opera handles the RSS feeds, making them more like a newsgroup than Firefox’s method of making them like bookmarks.  Safari just plain stinks.  It doesn’t display most pages correctly, and supports none of the cool features that the other three do.  IE6 is the browser equivalent of Safe Auto: bare minimum coverage.

Thoughts…Metal is cool.  Hopefully I get a job in my field because I really don’t want to have to get a full-time warehouse job just to pay the bills.  The Tower needs to practice more because it is great fun and a good stress reliever to boot.  Graduation in two weeks m/

Oh, and I’m listening to Rhapsody – Rain of a Thousand Flames, but Xanga doesn’t have it in their database (and this after looking through all 600 some results for “rhapsody”).

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April 16, 2006 Leave a comment

Easter is coming to a close.  I am sitting here digging the selections in my “Thrash” playlist, including such fine bands as Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Shadows Fall, Nevermore, Children of Bodom, and Annihilator.  Good times.

I got a Gamecube game for Easter – Starfox Adventures.  I haven’t played it yet, but it looks like fun.  Speaking of the ‘cube, I played Prince of Persia a whole bunch when I first got it, but haven’t touched it for over a month now.  I got about halfway through but it got a little repetitive and let’s just say that the story isn’t going to win a Pulitzer.  I’m definitely happy with the system though; it has lots of fun games and is cheap to boot.

I am totally looking forward to the Revolution.  The controller opens up so many awesome possibilities in gaming.  For those of you who may not know, the Revolution controller senses motion, so some examples of use are swinging a sword, aiming a weapon, fishing, chopping up food – the possibilities are endless!  It should be out by this Christmas and cost under $150.  Probably the best feature is the ability to download classic games for the NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, and Turbo Grafx 16.  I haven’t played Bonk’s adventure for about 15 years, and I want to now.

As far as the Tower goes, the new drummer is awesome, and I think he fits with our style great.  My goal is to be playing some actual shows in a month or two.  Of course this assumes that I’ll still be in the Lancaster area in a month or two, which is yet to be determined.

Origin has announced a summer tour.  I can’t decide whether or not to go…it will be quite an experience to witness the insanely fast drumming that Origin brings to the table, but I don’t think the Origin crowd is my type of people.  Plus they’re playing at a place I’ve never heard of, the Khyber Pass in Philadelphia.  Judging from the Khyber’s website, it looks like it holds about 100 people max.

On a final note, come to my senior recital on May 7th, 5:00PM at the Lyte Auditorium.  It’s gonna be rockin…well, as rockin as sweet trombone playing can get. m/

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Return to Xanga?

April 9, 2006 Leave a comment

I don’t want to go to work, hence I am writing this entry instead.

I got back last night from the PACISE Programming Competition.  What is that you may ask?  It’s a time when all of the top nerds from the PA state schools get together and see who can program the fastest.  Three teams from Millersville went, and we all placed in the top 5, two of our teams in the top 3.  So all in all it was a success.  But wow the other school’s people looked nerdy.  Like Revenge of the Nerds nerdy.

On the way back we stopped at Gravity Hill.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a place, usually a stretch of road, where due to an optical illusion things appear to flow uphill rather than down, thus causing you to believe that gravity has been reversed.  It was amazing.  We drove the MU van down all of these small farm roads, going like 40 minutes off course, and finally reached it.  There was a big “GH” painted on the road, so we stopped there, on a road that appeared to be on an decline, put the van in neutral, and let off the brake.  The van immediately started rolling backwards at a fast speed.  I love touristy things like that.  One day I’ll be driving across the U.S. to see all of the “World’s Biggest Doughnut” spots.

Anyways, it was awesome and everyone should go.  It’s in New Paris, PA.

Tonight the Tower practices with a drummer.  If Jordan reads this and is surprised, then he should think of why he no-showed on our last two practices.  Nothing against you personally, Jordan; we just want a drummer that will come to practice.  Anyway, the new drummer is really good and he seems interested in what the Tower is doing.  Hopefully everything goes well tonight. that’s him.

That’s about it.

Oh, I still don’t have a job for after graduation.  I hope I can get one soon so I don’t have to find a high-paying non-degree related job to make ends meet.  Because those jobs don’t exist.

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