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Standing Tangential Bed

I went off on a tangent tonight about a fold up bed idea I had. The thought of splitting rooms spurred ideas on how to creatively position things in the new room so as to maximize space. I ended up making about 10 illustrations in my little think book. All this illustration was inspired after going through some slides Shailen shared with me: Design Like Da Vinci.

Personal Insight On "Your Identity Is Not Your Code"

One of my developers shared this article via Twitter. That was about a week ago. Just finally getting caught up today on my readings. I'm glad I didn't pass this one along.

My initially impressions after the first three paragraphs: This is spot on! How coincidental that this is also playing along in the background, perfectly accommodating the epiphany?!

Immaculate Crucifixion by Juno Reactor

Standing Desk

Recently decided on converting to a standing desk. Trying to cheaply convert the one that I have.

More images and description to come when I've finalized it. Excited to use my swing arms again.

Great part about the standing desk is that the desk's footprint is smaller without a chair, so this'll open up a small room some more. And with good music on, you're bound to also move them hips a bit and burn even more calories.

Lion Ain't So Bad

I've bashed on Lion in the past but it's getting better. I'm getting used to the gestures for lack of the old methods I'm used to. Still wished it was an option, as the glitches appear to remain, but I'm getting used to Mission Control now, what was once called Spaces.

Steve Jobs

I own two Apple products: Macbook Pro and the lastest generation Macbook Air.

I used to be a PC/Linux fanboy. This quenched my thirst for server side and command line stuff. Uber geeky.

When I found out OSX was based off of Unix, I knew I'd eventually want to try it out. After playing around with a few Macs, it was inevitable that I would fall in love. It was the combination of a great UI produced by the genius mind of Steve Jobs that was truly enamoring. Been a fan since.

Steve's passing leaves me genuinely sad.

OSX 10.7 aka Lion Sucking Right Now

So far, I'm not too fond of OSX 10.7, otherwise known as Lion.

Particularly peeved that I can no longer just install Xcode from a downloaded package. Seeing as to what people have been complaining about on Apple Store regarding the stability of the installation, I sure as hell hope it doesn't bomb out on me. I just wanted to compile something with gcc...like macports.

Argh...

Visual Studios 2011 Lightswitch

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch/overview-videos/...

Looking pretty awesome. Gonna definitely want to try this out. More details later if I ended up building something.

Downloading my copy from MSDN.

Been A Crazy Couple of Weeks

It's been a crazy couple of weeks at work. Product finally went live. Probably put in 50-70 hours each week over the course of three weeks to get things done. Chilling at work now, getting ready for the next project.

Talked to my friend tonight, surprisingly. Got me into HDR photography again. Check out his work on the blog roll, "Interesting Stuff".

Design Patterns - Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 introduced the concept of design patterns, basically techniques others have formulated to solve a given set of problems. The idea is simple: a lot of problems exist: just find a pattern that matches the problem and you've pretty much solved it.

It also went into GoF, or the Gang of Four, folks who initially published the book of 23 patterns back in 1995.

Goodbye Media Temple, Hello WebHostingBuzz

Media Temple

I've been hosting with Media Temple (MT) for about a year or so. The idea that my instance is on a cluster was fancy and awesome. Static pages being served from Media Temple are blazing fast. However, using the default MySQL container proved to be mediocre, if not sub-par. Couldn't take this. So I upgraded to a dedicated MySQL Grid Container, essentially a dedicated instance of MySQL also on the cluster. Performance dramatically increased compared to the old set up. I was happy for a few months.

Too Much Going On

Lots of things going on. Four project are running in parallel. I realize I'm burning myself at both ends of the candle. Metaphors aren't much my thing anymore. Neither is coherency.

Biztalk, WPF, WCF on the plate at work.
Drupal on another plate.
WCF, WPF, E-Commerce, ERP yet on another plate.

Lots of acronyms. Lots of buzzwords. Lot of things to learn. Lots of other things to relearn. Lots of opportunity knocking. Sort of sucked all of the deadlines converged all around the same time though.

Hello World

Rather typical title for an opening post. What can I say? I’m a computer geek!

Goal here is to writing about the things I've learned. I forgot a lot of the things I've learned because other things just need to fill the plate. As resourceful as Google might be in finding things, it doesn't do a very good job of summarizing everything that I've already read and processed, especially in comments.

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