Monthly Archives: February 2005 - Page 2

life or something like it

Lots of stuff is going on in my life, but for privacy’s sake, I often don’t blog about it. Here’s a smattering of what’s going on:

  • Melissa and I sold our house on January 31. It was a real financial load off, since we haven’t been able to live in it for quite a while.
  • On January 22nd, I quit my job at General Dynamics Land Systems, for several reasons.
  • On February 1st, I started my new job here in Indianapolis. Today is the end of my second week, and things are going swimmingly. I’m working for a Navy contract house this time around, doing embedded software for helicopters. So far, so good.
  • The new job had a laptop ready for me on day one. It’s a Dell D800, 1.5Ghz pentium M, 512mb ram, 40gig HD, 1280×800 widescreen LCD, docking station, etc. I like it. It’s a lot speedier than the systems I’ve previously had at work.
  • The new job also had work for me to do, the day I started. That has been refreshing. The work day flies by when I actually have things to occupy my time.
  • We haven’t yet found a home that’s right for us in the Indianapolis area. We’re looking, but we don’t want to jump into anything. I really would prefer to rent, but with the pets, that’s not terribly viable.
  • Since we don’t have a home of our own here, I’m living with the Sobotas. They live only about 15 minutes from where I work, so that’s very positive. I’ve never had such a short commute.
  • Melissa is living with my parents at the moment. She’s only two hours away, but that’s more than I can really commute very often. We’re learning to deal with it, but we’re also hoping to get into a home of our own asap.
  • All of our stuff is stored in my parent’s basement at the moment. My family has been amazing through all of this. They did at least 80% of all the work it took to get us moved out of our home in Francesville.
  • That’s all for now. I’ll try to keep updating more frequently. If I’m going to have a blog at all, I’d like to feed it more regularly. I hate going to other people’s blogs to see that they’re not updated. Why should I put up with that for my own?

Entry #540

Suffice it to say that One does not simply walk into Mordor.

google’s newest

Google Maps seems to be an excellent mapping service. I haven’t tried its driving directions yet, but the maps themselves seem very welldone.

Walmart Neighborhood Market

So there’s this thing called the “Walmart Neighborhood Market” near work. I had no idea what that was, so I checked it out today at lunch. It’s just a regular supermarket, really. It’s nicely layed out and labeled though, and clean and modern. I’d shop there, if I had the option. That’s not the point though. The point is that they have the 13.7 ounce Frapachino bottles there for $1.53 apiece. w00t! (:

The Matrix Online

A while back, someone quite close to me was let into an early beta of The Matrix Online, an MMO set in the Matrix Universe. So I watched her play for the time she could stomach to do so. Today I got an email letting me know that if I pre-order the game, I can get into the beta… Now, before I let loose with the lambasting, let me first say that I _really_ appreciate the Matrix Universe. The movie trilogy did a fairly good job of combining a lot of various sci-fi staples into an enjoyable experience. That said, let me commense with the lambastion:

DO NOT, under any circumstance or under the influence of any amount of boredom think for even one second that this game might be worth your time, because it’s not. It’s horrible. Character creation, quests, storylines, animation, graphics, interface, network utilization… Just about any metric you could use to measure how this game stands up versus others in the genre and you will notice a harsh sensation of vacuum. The game sucks.

That’s my PSA for the day. Carry on.

Who’s your daddy?

I had to laugh when I saw a bench alongside the road on the way to work this morning, proclaiming Who’s your kid’s daddy? It was offering “free paternity dna testing”. The phone number to call? Why of course, it was 1-800-R-U-MYDAD

Too funny.

gmail invites ?!?

Wow. All of the sudden I have 50 gmail invites available.

first day

My first day at work, and already I have a computer! Amazing. I also had three very nice coworkers helping me get everything I needed to get settled. Simply amazing.

In other words, so far, so good.