Monthly Archives: May 2009

Panic Sale!

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Edit: The sale is over. It was a very nice sale, too.

Panic, the company behind Coda and Transmit (two of the greatest Mac apps ever made) is having a 50% sale! If any Mac users here want to buy Coda or Transmit, you can get them at a bargain right now, in this one-time event. As for all you Windows users, it is a really nice-looking page, so you can just look at it. Here’s the link to the half-off goodness.

Zune HD

Microsoft has officially announced and released details/pictures of the Zune HD, which looks to be a complete iPod Touch ripoff. It’ll have an OLED touch-screen, much like that of the rumored 3rd gen iPhone/iPod Touch. It’s expected to be released in the fall. Details on it are sparse, so I’ll avoid criticizing it until I actually see it released.

Kumo Bing

In a very Microsoft-like way, Microsoft has officially renamed Live Search to Bing, rather than Kumo. While I try to be unbiased, Bing sounds like a rather idiotic name for a search engine that’ll clearly be poised to take on Google. I’ll do a full review/feature-by-feature comparison of Bang Bong Bing and Google in a few days, when Bing officially replaces Live Search.

So Much Free Time, But So Little Posting

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I’ve been slacking with the posting again, haven’t I?

I wish I could blame it on a lack of time, but other than work and school, I’ve had loads of free time. I honestly don’t know where the time goes. Back to business:

Terminator Salvation

Great movie. Not as amazing as the first three movies, but nevertheless better than most sequels these days. The visuals are gorgeous though, and very little of the movie is CGI, relying more on traditional props and illusions. The story is interesting, if not a little disjointed at the beginning. It all comes together in the middle/end, eliciting an “Oh, now I get it!” moment from the viewer. The story doesn’t end completely at the end of the film, which points to a strong possibility of another sequel.

Work

I’m going to start focusing more on freelancing, as I’m aiming to quit my current job by the beginning of summer. This means I have to complete my portfolio, no matter what.

DZine-Studios 8.0

Upon reading this subtitle, most of you are probably thinking “not another redesign!” Well guess what, this will be more than just a simple re-skinning. I’ll be completely restructuring the blog, breaking away from the traditional blog layout with content, sidebars, etc. Also, I recognize that I simply won’t have time to make huge posts as much anymore, so I’m going to set up a Tumblr-esque system- similar to that of Simplebits, with quotes, links, and short posts to supplement full-size posts. Twitter will have a more prominent position, and I’ll be adding a Last.fm feed, in addition to restoring the Flickr stream. The design itself will be simpler, but at the same time more refined. I’ll even be designing custom icons for the new theme, which is a first for me. The color scheme will remain quite similar to this one, with a light look and small amounts of green dispersed throughout the theme. Once again, I will allow you all to take a peek at the upcoming design.

I’d love to hear some feedback, either in email or in the comments.

Stupid Customers

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I don’t really like my job that much. In fact, saying that I don’t like it would be an understatement. I hate that place. The work isn’t hard at all- a brain-dead animal could probably do a decent job. No, it’s the customers guests that come there. Their stupidity approaches a level that I never knew even existed! Here are just a few situations which prove my point:

  • The customer orders an iced coffee, which clearly has sugar and milk in it. I spend a few minutes making it, and then they point a finger at it and say “Ooohhh does that have sugar in it? I don’t want sugar!” They then call my manager and complain that I made it wrong, even though they didn’t order it correctly.
  • A customer comes in and asks for a latte without milk. Now the machine that makes the coffee doesn’t have a “no-milk” setting, so I had to hold the milk nozzle closed the whole time. After about 5 minutes of that torture, she tastes it and says that it’s too strong, and she wants it with milk.
  • A customer comes in and asks if the strawberry sundae has strawberries in it. Enough said.
  • A customer comes in and orders 6 large Big Mac meals, and gets Diet Coke with them, and he said (sic) “I’m gonna have Diet Coke with them meals, I don’t want to get all fat!”
  • A few days ago, somebody accidentally flipped Windows (ctrl + alt + up), and it took three managers close to a week to figure out how to fix that, through tech support.

Sick

I was sick this past week, so that’s my excuse for not posting anything up until now.

Swine Flu

This has been pissing me off for quite a bit lately. Everybody’s all worried about this stupid swine flu. Very few people have actually died from it, and most deaths were in third-world countries like Mexico. The regular flu kills hundreds of thousands of people a year, and yet people go crazy over a minor strain that hasn’t even killed a hundred people. I think it’s all a marketing ploy to sell more hand-sanitizer, face masks, soap, etc. I especially hate those who mention it every 5 minutes. When I try to explain to them that it’s a very minor threat they typically respond with more hysteria and/or look at me like I’m nuts.

American Idol Sucks

It’s that show that everybody’s always talking about in school. I utterly despise it for its pointlessness. It’s the same garbage every season, and the hype surrounding it is clearly unwarranted. It’s a bunch of talentless wannabe pop singers trying to sing without their precious auto-tune, and whoever manages to suck less wins the contest, rocketing on to a whole 20 minutes of fame and fortune before fading away into obscurity. I pretty much described the whole show in one sentence. I can safely write this lovely review of it, as most American Idol fans lack basic reading skills, and can’t write anything past “lmao idol wuz awsum last nite lol rotfl did u c it”

Most TV Shows Suck

TV has turned to garbage today. 90% of the shit on TV are reality shows, which utterly suck. Recently, one of the geek strongholds on TV has fallen. Sci-Fi is being renamed to Syfy, and will become just another generic channel full of garbage. They claim that it’s to reach a wider audience, but all they care about is money. The only channels that I would even consider watching are the History, Discovery, and National Geographic channels. However I’m pretty sure they’ll go mainstream in a few years as well.

Whoa…

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Wow it’s ¬†been almost a month since I sat down and made a post here. I’m not sure what to write about first, so I’ll put it all down at once, in no particular order.

Guitar

I’ve been playing my guitar like mad lately, usually upwards of 2 hours a day. I’m definitely getting better, and my weekly private lessons sure do help. I also went to the city today and got my ESP autographed by Will Adler- the guitarist in Lamb of God, an awesome metal band.

Work

Working with trans-fat-craving morons sure does take up my time. On a related note, how many managers does it take to spell “congratulations?” Four. And they still spelled it “congradulations.” See what I have to put up with at work? I swear, my IQ keeps dropping with every time I work in that moron-saturated environment.

Shows

I’m going to an awesome show tomorrow, with Protest the Hero and Misery Signals.

Design

It’s been a while, and I actually didn’t want to post anything until the newer design is up, but I realize that it’ll take a little while to get it all finished, so I’ll make a post now and prove that I’m not dead.

WPWebHost Design Awards

I didn’t win, but I stayed pretty much in 3-4th place, which isn’t bad- considering that the two top sites were made by college graduates.

Future Posts

Now that I’ve finally gotten back to blogging, I’ll post some more posts/rants, with topics such as:

  • How much the education system sucks.
  • The idiots I have to deal with at work.
  • The decline of English.
  • Proper usage of grammar and punctuation.
  • Art and drawings.
  • The idiots who text 24/7.
  • Music and bands.

Long story short- I’m back to blogging.