Non-Verbal Communication

August 30, 2006

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At the grocery store today I saw two guys talking in the aisle. The trick is that one of them was deaf and the other was using the text feature on his cell to type messages. I've seen that done on TV before, but it was the first time I've seen it in public. I don't know sign language which would have made it much more difficult for me to communication with a deaf person before. It's apropos that the cell phone was being used as the communication link, but I doubt that was what the folks who thought up text messaging were really thinking of. Nice example of people making tech their own.


Blog has moved

August 29, 2006

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If you notice anything odd going on with the blog, I just moved servers for my site…. Hopefully nothing will break….


Visual Basic.NET and FTP

August 29, 2006

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I'm messing around with a little Visual Basic.NET. It seems that there is no native FTP functionality in it. That just sucks as it's what I need to do. There is a set of example code that microsoft has on their site here, that i'm starting to experiment with. There is one error in the code, but I've at least gotten it to connect….. Good thing the internet is here.


I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the Terror

August 28, 2006

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I'm hoping that eventually the "always looking for the next thing" spirit will move us away from the constant Terror, Terror, Terror thing, but that may be wishful thinking. By and large, I agree with this article and hope that We All can stop harping on this shit so much. But, ratings are ratings and fear sells where sex won't (or is at least heavily frowned upon), so I don't know how likely it is in the near future.


QQQDirect

August 27, 2006

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I was looking for a NASDAQ index fund and came across this article about QQQDirect. It is a commission free way to do dollar-cost investing in a NASDAQ tracking "spider" stock. If you aren't already investing in your 401K at work, or ROTH IRA, start that first. But, if you are looking for a long term investing option outside of a retirement account, this is a good one. The fact that there is no commision is great, as all the money you put in will work for you. And the fee for maintaing the stock is incredibly low. If you put $50/month in this at the average return is 8% (a conservative estimate), you'll have a little over $73,000 in thirty years.


Lazy

August 27, 2006

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I've been being lazy with my blog or late. A bunch of stuff picked up at work and I've been trying to get a bunch of other things in life in order and I just haven't written anything. This is kinda the way I am though. A little bit bi-polar when it comes to things. I get focused on something and do it a lot, then move away from it for a while. Anyways, there should be some more posting soon. I still need to get my write up of the Infrared done, and get the full photo galley posted. I'm, once again, building my own web gallery template/system which is also holding up the process. Even though there are a ton of ways out there that I could pull one off the shelf and have saved a ton of time and already had everything posted they don't work EXACTLY the way I want. They are probalby 80-90%, but for what I want, the real refinement of that last 10-20% is important to me. Plus, I get a lot of enjoyment out of building the system.


Back in my day, we didn't have the internet

August 08, 2006

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It's a good thing the world wide web wasn't around when I was in high school. Especially not in the state it is today. I did enough stupid shit on my own, but with inspiration like this, there is a very high probability that I would have ended up killing myself in a manner worthy of a Darwin Award.


V

August 05, 2006

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Just watched V for Vendetta. Moving aside for a moment the fact that I find Natalie Portman mesmerizing, I think the film is wonderful. Fantasy and fiction provide us with a great way to examine ourselves and this one has that in spades. Thankfully without becoming preachy, campy, overly self-important, or sacrificing the quality of a story. This one will be added to the collection.


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