What am I reading today? Today we’ve got a murder mystery from Laura Joh Rowland. More than this one book, Rowland is responsible for writing the seven different books in this series of novels, starting with Shinju. The whole series centers around a scholar, turned police detective, in Japan during the 1600s.
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I can bet you anything that this will be one of those reoccurring things throughout this web site – complaints about the Media. There’s a lot of gripes I’ve got with this nebulous group that has such a driving force in our society today… there’s never a shortage of complaints, with the largest one I have being Clinton’s election and then re-election, but today I’m going to point the finger at an even large target: the mass populous.
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For those of you that haven’t met me, I’m a Yankees fan. I was born into the Pinstripes with a strong hatred (speaking in the form of sport rivalry, of course) for the Red Sox. I was there in the dark years of the 80’s. I would leave school for the summer, and the NYY would be in first by 4 games. I’d return in the fall and they would be in last by ten games. I’m not the type to jump on a bandwagon; win or lose, they’re my team. I’m also a hockey fan and while I do follow a team (Rangers, since ’89 so don’t start any of that “since 94” shit with me – the 1940 chant still rings in my ears) I’m a fan of the overall game. I have a jersey collection of about 15 different teams – college, Olympic, minor and pro – and I’ve been known to wear many of them on occasion. With baseball, I have a similar collection, but with the exception of one Bridgeport Bluefish jersey, all the jerseys are for only one team: the Yankees. I’ll wear no other.
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You would think that when you register a domain name and they tell you it’s 24 hours, it would be 24 hours. Even 36 hours… even 48 hours would suck, yet be not TOO bad… how about seven days? That’s how long it took for VeriSign to get me this domain. For the last seven days, I’ve spent money waiting for VeriSign to get their plug outta their collective asses and get this domain “processed” whatever that means. I filled out the paperwork correctly; they fumbled. Not only did they fumble but they ran me around in a circle everytime I called – at least they answered the phones quick enough. Could have been nice to have gotten an answer that was useful – would have been a nice change of pace.
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Anyway, for my first “review” (if that’s what you call these things) is just as suited for the GeekStuffs page as it is a book write up. It’s for the programming industry, but it has made such an impact on me that I’m considering it Required Reading for anyone that even flirts around the field; it’s a good look into the mind of an engineer that is constantly trying to “fix” marketing and sales. The book, The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, was written Christopher Duncan, is about 200 pages and offers some strong opinions and insights on the industry.
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Tech review time, and it’s actually a Rave. I’m a phone-addict. I can admit this – it’s also part of what I do for a living, so it gets an addiction that gets feed well. Over the last year I’ve have a Nokia 8290, Motorola P280, Samsung Q-105 and a Ericsson t68. I’ve had many others – the beauty of having VoiceStream as a carrier is the GSM portability of the SIM chip. I take my lil’SIM chip, plop it into a new phone and my phone number (as well as contacts and other settings) go with me. I can even take the chip to Europe or Asia and use their phones because most of the world is GSM based – in the states we’re 1900 band, while the world 900/1800 so the phones aren’t always 100% capable of ocean jumping but the numbers are.
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Over the holiday weekend, one of my relatives asked at least four times what we “all did before we had these damned cell phones” in our lives. This tickled me on a number of levels… I mean first was the “damn” on Easter… a quick dip into the pool of irony never hurt anyone – unless you go into the pool within the first 30 minutes after eating a meal – so that wasn’t too bad. But I was of two minds with the whole technology gripe.
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I’ve recently formed a new stereotype in my mind’s eye that I felt like sharing… Maxima drivers. They all suck. And I mean suck bad. Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed? I can’t tell if there’s a 90% blind spot around the car, or if the drivers choose not to look. I haven’t figured out if it’s the overloading of horsepower in the engine or there’s some type of airborne pollen in the car’s climate control system that make the drivers drive too fast or just completely recklessly. I don’t know. Maybe they screened people in high school gym classes and that’s the group the Nissan targets.
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Random music notes… no pun intended. Latest thing I hear is Rush is slating their new CD (Vapor Trails) to be out soon. Now, before I start to take crap from people out there, let me say this: there’s no way that just three people should be putting out this kind of sound. They’ve been together for over 25 years, so they know each other’s styles well and frankly, they’ve done every type of music conceivable. That earns my respect as a musician; if you don’t agree, you suck. Probably a Rolling Stones fan at that, too. Talk about a lack of talent, those guys should have never gotten their first contract much less been going on all this time… I hear Charlie Watts needs an extra 100 volts from the local CPR machine to keep him going before each show… anyway, Rush fan’s can check out http://www.atlantic-records.com/rush/index.html!
This won’t be the first time this happens, but I need to share a Geek moment with the “world”. Also, and please don’t be shocked, but this is a Rave and not a Rant. It could easily be turn into a Rant, depending on what the nay-sayers of the world do with this, but for right now it’s a Rave… and this Rave is for Grand Theft Auto 3 by Rockstar Games. Before we go any further, let me get on the soap box right now: This is for Adults only. Should you see anyone under the age of 18 and they have this game, go yell at their parents; for as great as it is, it’s all about adult humor.
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Yay TiVo! A friend of mine turned me onto this lil gadget a while ago and I shunned it for a long while because I figured “Got a VCR, why bother”. That comment alone could get me stoned by the nearest UberGeek, but even so, I defend the comment! At least I would have… but I don’t because I was wrong: TiVo is worth it. Not only from a “pause” live TV bit, but from an ease of recording thing too.
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This is a local rant, but I’m pretty certain that it is a “the left hand doesn’t know that there’s a right hand working against him and so the feet get screwed” case in it’s simplest form. Well, that might over simplify it, but it’s still pretty close to the situation here.
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What’s been on my CD player later? What about the MP3 players, is probably a better question. I warn you the I have an eclectic taste in music – Lately there’s been a lot of The Goo Goo Dolls… also some of The Calling. Not to mention Eve 6. For some unknown reason I’ve been listening to Kenny Chesney – seems to be a soothing thing. To counteract that, I’ve rediscovered The Offspring and Green Day. I seem to pick up music from time to time – if I pick up anything good, I’ll post it here.
Why? Well why not? In the last 29 years, I’ve witnessed some outlandishly bone-headed things happen right before my very eyes. I’ve seen governments fall, billionaires rise, and a lot of people just existing on horizontal planes of society. Who am I? I’m a programmer, first and foremost. I believe that logic is the basis of making decisions in a world where logic is rarely given a second thought while making decisions. I’m the guy that will stand up in a sales meeting to leave, because I usually think they’re kidding when being pitched a new product. I’m the type of person that will can find humor in anything and laugh at nothing, yet stupidity in most things will cause an Episode. So what can you expect here? If I knew that, I’d have posted a table of contents… I figure I’ll start with some things that catch my fancy and go from there. Oh, and thanks for stopping by!
No, that’s not a typo – this is GeekStuffs. Stuff is an important and generic enough word where it needs a specific plural – I cite “foodstuffs” from 1984 as example. Anyway, this is a tribute to CityDesk. They made this kickass blogging tool that lets me do all this typing. One I got the format setup to how I like it, they just let me drop in new articles. Some neat stuff that. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks. Um, so thanks.