Archive for May, 2005

Back to Basics

May 28th, 2005

My main system hard drive failed. I kinda knew it was coming since I’d been hearing clicking noises for a while now. So for once, I was almost completely backed-up.

I ordered a new 80gig SATA drive for $60. Should be here after the long weekend. Until then, I’m on a barebones WinXP install using an old drive I had lying around. The only programs I have on here is an antivirus app, firewall, FireFox, and World of Warcraft. I’m such a junkie.


Jenny’s Leaving

May 25th, 2005

My co-worker, Jenny, found out today that she got enough scholarship/loan money to go back to school next year. She’ll be attending NYU’s ITP Program. That is, New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. It’s basically an art and media program for engineering techie types. And it sounds perfect for Jenny. I know she’ll make some really cool projects over the two years she’s there. I’m going to miss her, though. We get along great and can get really silly with each other.

But of course this leaves me in an interesting position. My former (and crazy) boss left abruptly in the middle of the year and was never really replaced. Jenny and I have been running the show by ourselves all semester. And the two of us do a better job than was ever done before Cracksmoke left. (Yes, Cracksmoke was her nickname). The upper administration has been getting a bargain and they know it. So they had no intention of replacing her. But now it’s a different situation.

Once Jenny is gone next year, I’ll be the only one who is actually able to run the Computer Labs, a fairly integral function in the school. They pretty much have to expand my job description (and hopefully salary) to match the broader nature of my duties. Plus there will likely be at least one new hire, though I’m not sure if they will be a direct replacement of Jenny or something new. We’ll see. But this might end up being someone I’ll have to manage. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a managerial position. I can’t really predict if it’ll be a good thing or not.


Biggest Day Ever?

May 20th, 2005

So here is my new blog. I’ve started blogging about 4 or 5 times in the past, but it never really got off the ground. Honestly, I think I just enjoyed experimenting with different blog software and tweaking more than actually writing posts. But hopefully I’ll stick with it this time.

And I think this is an appropriate day to start. I just got the biggest news ever. My wife is pregnant with our first child! I haven’t even really begun to process this yet. I feel simultaneously elated and terrified. We’ve been trying for a while, and it was starting to seem like it might never happen. So I can’t quite believe it.

Of course, this means that I won’t be telling anyone about this blog for a while. We’ve decided to keep the news a secret from everyone except our closest relatives. But I frankly feel it’s more important to get into the habit of putting my thoughts into words than it is to actually have people read them. And these early posts will still be here once we go public.

The other thing that makes this a big day, is that I just saw Episode III. And to my utter shock and amazement, it did not suck. I was really disappointed by the first two prequels, and I went in to Ep3 fearing the worst. But not only did it fail to suck, but I think I actually enjoyed it! I’m not certain, though… I’ll have to watch it 5 or 6 more times to be sure. I came out of the theater wishing that Lucas had stretched this story into three films rather than subjecting us to two braindead stinkfests.

Now, I find it humorous that I should finally see Episode III and it ends up being not the most exciting thing to happen to me today. I mean, my whole life has been spent as a serious connoisseur of good sci-fi. Star Wars especially. I grew up with it. I spent my younger years pretending to be Luke Skywalker until I got older and realized how much cooler Han Solo was. And Episode III is the culmination of that particular thread of my life. Likely, it’s the last new Star Wars film I will ever see on the big screen. I really feel as if one chapter of my life has closed at the same moment another one begins. One of the most important features of my childhood landscape has come to its conclusion on the same day that I learn about what will no doubt become the most important part of adulthood.

Freakin’ craziness!

Family, Life, Sci-Fi