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Gear List – PCT 2014

March 25, 2014 4 comments

A hiking buddy of mine is tackling the PCT this year. I have to admit that I’m a bit envious.

Bone of Contention

Hi Folks! It has been awhile. I hope you are well. Aww thanks, me too! How is the family? The kids? Great, great, good to hear.

Holtwood Dam 3/22 Holtwood Dam 3/22

I have been super duper ultra busy the past few months getting ready for this hike โ€“ working on the plans, buying the last minute gear, figuring out my resupply strategy and buying food, packing boxes, testing gear and replacing a few items, and doing my real job, and working with my favorite volunteer group Lancaster Young Professionals. I have been the acting event chair for a gubernatorial debate to be held this October and had many tasks to finish up as well as finding and briefing/training my replacement. Work at RAI has exploded with opportunities, which is good, but the timing is problematic. My dad and I have gamed out as many scenarios as we can, done lots ofโ€ฆ

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Flyers win!

Let’s go Flyers! They avoided elimination tonight with Gagne scoring the game winner in OT.

They play next in Boston on Monday. Maybe they can become the third team in NHL history to come back from 0-3 series deficit and make it on to the next round.

On another note, how long has it been since I posted on Xanga? I don’t even really know why I’m posting this here except that I came to Xanga wondering if it still existed.

 

And apparently it’s connected to Facebook now. Interesting.

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August 21, 2007 1 comment

Another entry!

I just wanted to express that the state of computer gaming is so bad right now that I’d rather clean the bathrooms than sit and play a game for an hour or so.

What ever happened to the days where I could play the same game for hours on end?  The last game I can remember that that happened with was TIE Fighter Collector’s CDROM and Half-Life.  Before that it was Shining Force 2 on the Genesis.

It’s not that I haven’t tried.  I currently own pretty much all of the top games from the past two years: Prey, Halflife 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Supreme Commander… they just don’t hold my interest like a good movie does, or a good book…or cleaning the bathroom.  It’s not a lack of computer horsepower – my computer can play the latest games at their top settings.

I’ve thought about it a lot and I’ve come down to a few possible conclusions as to why gaming just isn’t any fun.  First, the games aren’t original.  The last original game came out in 1992.  Since then there have just been copies and small improvements on the original.  Every so often someone gets lucky and makes a Total Annihilation, or a Half-Life, or even a Duke Nukem 3D.  But for the most part, it’s usually “run around some hallways, find keys, shoot aliens, rinse, repeat.”  Give me an original concept, please!

Second, the age of Wikipedia and Internet forums has left me with an inordinately short attention span.  With the click of a mouse I can instantly get a completely random article to read or waste an hour posting messages about the latest guitar technique or comment on the latest random tech news.  Doing the same thing for more than five minutes might cause my brain to hemhorrage.

Third, I’ve simply “grown up” and feel out of touch with the current gaming crowd.  Adult-life has led me to rank my priorities a little differently.  When I was 13, spending my Saturday staring at the blackness of space while having dogfights with X-Wings was a perfectly acceptable way to spend time.  Now at 25 I feel that I must work, eat, pay bills, clean, hold my wife, and maybe even go outside.

Whatever the reason, I feel that something is missing from my life.  Computer games used to occupy a very large section of my time, and now I’m lucky if I play more than a few hours a week.  It’s sad to realize that what was once your defining hobby is now a last-resort time-waster.  Am I a better person than I was 12 years ago?  I have a house, a car, a wife, and soon a dog, and in a few years a child.  Lots of people would be ecstatic to have all of those things.  Still, there’s something very attractive about the life of a lazy 13 year-old with such a fulfilling escape from reality.

Oh well, off to scrub the toilets.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll end up donning some red overalls and go off on a quest to save a princess from a giant turtle.

YouTube is stupid.

October 28, 2006 Leave a comment

Message to all YouTube users:  No one wants to see you changing a tire.  No one wants to see your holiday video.  No one wants to watch you dance to crappy music.

Thank you.

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October 17, 2006 Leave a comment

This is my first entry in a while.  I need somewhere to vent my frustration with the “Versus” hockey coverage.  It is beyond terrible.  The play-by-play guy doesn’t comment on the game.  Just now he was saying something about what he read in the newspaper the other day and missed a goal.  I understand that he wants to say other things, but wait until a break in the play.

Also, their graphics cover up the bottom third of the screen.  ANyone who’s ever watched a hockey game knows that most of the action goes on on the bottom thrid of the screen.

Lastly (for now) the cameramen seem to have never watched hockey before.  They always go the wrong way and fail to predict passes and shots.

I wish there was some other way to watch these games, but it’s the only channel that shows certain games.  It makes me appreciate Comcast’s coverage.

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June 15, 2006 Leave a comment

It’s time again for my bimonthly entry.  I have a job at Lancaster Labs, for those who didn’t know.  Not huge money, but way more than I’ve ever made before.  To give you an idea of how much, my last paycheck was over $1000.  I also get good health, vision, and dental benefits, company-matched 401(k), and 9 paid holidays per year.  That’s right – I can sit around all day on July 4th and make almost $150.

The only bad part is that the computer apps department seems to be stuck in the past.  The bulk of their programming is done with VB6.  That’s right, Visual Basic 6.0, released in the good ole 1998.  That’s eight years ago if you’re keeping track.  It can be very frustrating and annoying when you happen upon some quirk that was solved 7 years ago but still plagues VB6.  Like the inability to use the scroll wheel.  Luckily someone wrote an extension that supports it, but still – how long ago did mice not have wheels?

Anyways, they’re currently testing out Visual Studio 2005, so perhaps the wonders of .NET aren’t so far away.  Of course, the VB language is pretty much 99% different now, but supposedly there is an upgrade wizard that does a pretty good job of converting VB6 code.  VB6, VB.NET, VB.NET 2003, VB.NET 2005 -> four versions behind!

In the end, I can’t complain much.  The money is good and the environment is very relaxed.  It’s casual Friday every day! ๐Ÿ™‚

edit: I totally forgot to mention how they’re still using Office 97!  Can you believe it?  97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007.  They’re five versions behind!

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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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