Friday, May 15, 2009

Personal blogs are useless nowadays

I don't blog very much because I am not that interesting, but ever since I started using Twitter I haven't had any inclination to write things here. Anything interesting that happens to me is instantly tweeted anyway so it would be redundant to write it here.

Blogs are useful for the occasional self-expression that requires more than 140 characters, but I find that I am pretty good at getting my thoughts and events across in a concise and informative manner by simply removing the fluff that is just there to make things read easier. Anything really interesting with lots of details is best left to a real life conversation anyway.

Also, "Blogs are verbose and not real-time. Just tweet the main idea and let imagination fill in the gaps." 99 characters. BAM.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Gifts

This Christmas I realized how utterly ridiculous gifts have become. I don't see why we give each other expensive presents for no other reason than just because we have to.

Gift cards are totally useless. I hate them. Why pay $20 for something that is ultimately worth less than a $20 dollar bill since you are restricted to spending it at just one place? Not to mention that you ultimately have to spend your own money to fully utilize your "gift" since you have to get something more than $20 to actually use up the card and that extra money comes out of your pocket. When I see a gift card I know that it is an empty gesture that was only given to satisfy the social obligation to spend money on people for Christmas.

Gift cards < Money < Expensive present < Thoughtful cheap gift < Handmade free gift

I see Christmas as a time to show others that you love and cherish them. When I see people get others random gifts then I know they don't care about that person enough to actually sit down and think of something unique and creative to give them instead. They don't care enough to put the effort into something special. That, to me, is worse than getting someone nothing at all.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

New techy stuff

I have been playing around with some new geeky stuff lately.

I have been addicted to Twitter for a few weeks now. I have no idea why it is so cool, but so far I just can't go a whole day without adding a few posts on what I am doing. I have it linked to my mobile phone so I simply send a text message and it gets instantly added to Twitter. Easy.

Microsoft's folder synchronization tool Live Mesh is pretty cool too. It allows you to keep your files synced across all of your computers. It also serves as an online storage for your files. I haven't seen Google's cloud storage offering yet, but so far this one is pretty slick.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Gmail Logo Found on Store Sign

I was driving home today when I saw this gem:

That M there at the beginning is an exact copy of the Gmail logo. I thought that was pretty striking, but what makes it even better is that this store specializes in providing mailing supplies and shipping services.

Is it legal? Who knows. Pretty cool nonetheless.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


As of today I am an official Lamar University graduate. I am a professional. Thats pretty scary huh?

So hows this for awesome: I graduated with a 3.37 GPA. If I put that as the first bullet point of my resume it will be:

1. 3.37 GPA

Yeah thats right. I have a 1337 GPA. All that time not doing homework and making Cs in my basics finally paid off! :-)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Time keeps slipping slipping slipping away

I have never been this busy in my entire life.

A computer architecture project, AI robotic projects, a Java implementation of Backgammon for software engineering, and two semester research papers all vie for my time. They are all due close to the same time as well.

I yearn for the time where I can lay in bed and watch TV for a whole day.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Quakecon 2007

Quakecon 2007 was amazing. More exhibitors, bigger BYOC, and tons more free stuff than the years before.

I was fortunate enough to win a Zboard and Battlefield 2 keyset during one of the Quake 4 Quick Draw tournaments. I still haven't taken it out of the box, but it feels good to actually win something.

It was a good trip overall. I gained 4 pounds from all the crap I ate. (the 14 bawls I drank didn't help much either) It was totally worth it.