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Aug. 16th, 2008

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-tweet-tweet-

I have to admit that when I first signed up for Twitter, I didn't think I would stick with it. With most web-based services, I'll try it for a few days or even a week or two, then it will just fade out of my short-term memory. It's not that I consciously stop using a service, more often it'll just slip out of my daily online-routine, and will pass out of thought.

I've known about Twitter for quite some time now, but the idea never really appealed to me enough to get me to try it. Once I did, however, it quickly rooted itself into my web life.

I've found it's much easier than blogging. It's quicker, and I don't have to worry about trying to remember everything that happened over the last few days. I can use it to quickly share links and pictures, and whatever else. All-in-all, tweeting seems to facilitate my way of thinking better than more traditional blogging, I guess. And being able to do it via iPhone makes it so much easier and accessible than blogging.

My sister is on Twitter, even, and although she doesn't update as nearly as often as I do (often half a dozen times a day) she does post several times a week. I feel like I'm more connected to her than when she would just called every other week or so and tell me about the bigger things that have been going on. It's a much more personal way to keep in touch with people that you otherwise wouldn't have regular contact with.

So... *hint**hint* come follow me...
Oh, and here's Lindsey...

Jul. 31st, 2008

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I dare *anyone* to find a more bizarre mating method than the anglerfish - http://is.gd/1aXj

Jun. 14th, 2008

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So Young, So Wise

Willow: Ari, what do you want to play at Gaia's* house today?

Kilari: Boys.

Willow: "Boys" isn't a game.

Kilari: Yes they are!


* - Gaia is Willow and Ari's grandmother

Jun. 12th, 2008

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Off to Dallas!

I'm going down to Dallas this sunday, and coming back friday. Josh Viney is going with me.

We're going down there to attend Revit training with a few people from the Dallas office. Josh is going because there's going to be an entire half day spent on plumbing and piping systems. I'm going because I have the most applied experience with Revit, so that I can ask pertinent questions, and perhaps impart my own "wisdom" to those in Dallas.

It's going to be a five-day training session, but we don't need to attend the fifth day; it's going to be about implementing Revit enterprise-wide. We're not at that stage yet.

I'm really looking forward to this. It will be my first real trip by myself anywhere, and the farthest south I'll have ever been. I don't know what we're going to all those nights; I'm not sure if we're going to be able to get a rental car or not. I really don't want to be tethered to the hotel for five nights.

We'll see.

Jun. 10th, 2008

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I'm Voting Republican!

Jun. 8th, 2008

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I really miss having a desk.

One of the reasons I got a laptop was so that I wouldn't be shackled to the desk. lindensidhe took that to mean I didn't need a desk at all, so I'm stuck using my computer at the kitchen table every night.

This afternoon, I had my accounting project strewn all over the table.

Every night, I have to drag my laptop out, set it all up, then take it all apart when it's time to go to bed. It sucks.

Unfortunately, we don't really have room for another desk, so I'll have to wait until we get our own house. Then, I will make sure I have room for a desk.

Jun. 3rd, 2008

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GM closing Janesville plant

I heard on the radio this morning that the Janesville GM plant will be closed before 2010.

[story here]

This is huge. GM is a big part of Janesville, and this is going to hurt the city. Currently, there are about 2800 people employed by GM in Janesville. This is after several layoffs and the elimination of the 2nd shift not too long ago.

Growing up in Beloit, Janesville was kind of a "big city." I lived there for a year and my sister (and her husband) still live there, though not for much longer.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Janesville.

Jun. 2nd, 2008

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The Heavens

I'm hoping to get a new telescope in the near future. I once had one when I was a teenager, but it was a piddly, crappy thing that was difficult to align.

I'm hoping to get a more powerful one, hopefully computer-controlled.

I've always been enamored by the stars, and ever since I read about the Eagle Nebula, I've been awestruck by the vastness of space and the unimaginable beauty that's out there. Pictures of galaxies, nebulae, and anything else cosmic have always been my most favorite of visual art. In my most humble opinion, I feel that objects like the Andromeda Galaxy, the Great Orion Nebula, and Eta Carinae surpass the beauty, wonder, and emotional impact of any of mankind's greatest works of art.

The Hubble Telescope holds a dear spot in my heart because it has brought so much illumination to our world. I have dozens and dozens of images from not only the Hubble, but from other telescopes. Even just these digital images inspire such awe in me.... Seeing the images, I've always wanted to view nebulae and galaxies, planets and moons with my own two eyes, so to speak. I want to see the great Orion Nebula, and view the rings of Saturn with my own eyes.

I've never been able to afford a decent telescope, so I haven't been able to fulfill this dream of mine. But now with the inheritance I'm getting from my mom, I've promised myself that I would buy a telescope that will help me realize this.

I don't pretend to be overly knowledgeable of the field of astronomy; hell, I can only identify four constellations - Orion, the Dippers, and Cassiopeia.

Regardless, astronomy, cosmology, and the cosmos itself has been such a large part of my development and growth. My personality, my literary tastes, and even my spirituality have been greatly influenced by the things beyond Earth.

Sometimes, I even think I'd be more comfortable in space, with my heart and mind among the stars, swimming in the sea of infinity.

May. 24th, 2008

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This weekend so far

lindensidhe's brother's girlfriend had won a pack of discounted admissions for a comedy club in Milwaukee, and they invited us to come along. It was a good time. I'd never been to a live stand-up comedy show before, and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. The comics were very funny but the drinks were expensive.

The first one was worth it, though; it was orange creme and Amaretto. The second drink was just a glass of Coke. It was $3 for probably not even 12 oz.

On our way to the club, I realized that I'm beginning to feel comfortable in Milwaukee. I recognized some streets, and knew pretty much where we were. It's kind of weird because Milwaukee has always been this mysterious, ever-shifting piece of Wisconsin that I could never get used to.

Today we're going to Brat Fest in Madison. Lots of hot dogs for me. And then we're going again on Monday with Lindsey's folks. If I were any other man, I'd probably be sick of hot dogs come Tuesday. Not me, though. The only thing that can ever stop me from eating hot dogs is the volume of my own stomach.

May. 19th, 2008

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Twitter

I'm doing Twitter, if you're into that sort of thing.

[Find Me Here]

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