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When Life gives you lemons

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

You get some iced tea and make it smoove:

Carry on with all that.

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The Cardinal… nice to see you again :)

January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

I live in South Texas. On a normal day I can see mockingbirds (annoying little guys), woodpeckers, and even green parrots roosting on power lines. Over the past year, the El Niño phenomenon has dropped a lot of rain in the area, and basically eradicated the drought conditions we were under for the past few decades.

Now, we’re starting to see birds and other wildlife that hadn’t been around for many years. The Cardinal is one type specifically that has made its home here once again. In fact, this morning I saw a whole colony of them looking around for food. Here’s one little guy who seemed to be cool with the idea of me snapping his pic:

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Their song is very pleasing as well, not like the squawking of the mockingbirds and chachalacas.

Welcome back Cardinals. We’re happy to see you 🙂

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True Blood series finale: Bill never got to go to Six Flags (review plus spoilers)

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

So in the end, Soookeh killed Beeeel. It was fitting that she did so, though I thought it was highly unfair that Bill felt she had to use her fairy power to do it for her sake. It’s who she was, why should she give it up? Makes life more interesting I’d say. I did get sad during their farewell, but then she staked him (sans Fairy power) and that was that. At least True Blood had the guts to go that far. So many series finales just leave things hanging. Put a stake in it and be done already!

I could have wished that somehow Sookie and Eric had kept up their dalliance, but evidently he wanted to appear in infomercials and she wanted to get pregnant with some man’s baby. Couldn’t even see the poor dude’s face, that’s how much he mattered to the story.

My favorite part:

Eric getting down

So it’s the end of the series. It had a lot of issues there towards the end, but was still escapist fun for me. I’m actually reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels since I hadn’t gotten around to them before, and I must say the first two made my time at the airport way more interesting last week. I look forward to continuing the series.

Bye, True Blood. It was fun.

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I have completed my academic mission (update and a bit of a rant)

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

So, first and foremost: I finally graduated with my Master’s degree over the weekend. This past semester was probably my most difficult by far, because of one class in particular. Sure, I hadn’t finished my practical project and I needed to also write a 30 page paper, but that one class really just overwhelmed me. Rant will begin below:

I’m not an educator by trade, so I don’t have a lot of experience teaching (aside from conducting trainings sometimes). But, I do know that if you don’t specifically make something a prerequisite, don’t act surprised that the students don’t know how to do what you want them to do.

Case in point: this class was an e-commerce class. No pre-requisites to speak of. In our program, we’re expected to take one of two programming languages, either C++ or Java. So I did, and I did reasonably well despite my lifelong hangup about coding. I think to myself, “well, we’ll probably use one of those languages”. NOPE! The first 4 assignments were in JavaScript. Completely different. Half the class had never even coded (their first semester in) and the other half never touched JS (that would be the rest of us).

Needless to say, it was a difficult class. In the end our semester project was to code an online shopping cart, where you could manage inventory and have customers pay through a Paypal sandbox. I did mine in PHP, another language I had never coded in. Oh, and we also had to learn all about investing, hiring and firing, buying property, and running a business. It turned into a Management/Programming class by the end of the semester. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always glad to learn about things that could benefit me later on, but the structure of the class made it difficult. It’s done though, so no more griping from me I guess.

And now, I have some tips for those of you looking to go into grad school:

  • Don’t wait too long. The older you get, the harder it is to go back.

I’ve been out of school for more than a decade after undergrad. In that time period, I started working a full time job, got married, bought a house, and generally grew up into an adult with a lot of responsibilities. To juggle all that with school was pretty tough. I’ll admit, there were times I just wanted to say “the hell with it, I’m not doing this”. But then I’d just put my head down and power through.

  • The assignments you got as an undergrad are nothing compared to grad school.

Be prepared to write 20 and 30 page papers, midterm exams and finals with all essay questions, and then after doing all that you’ll have to pass comprehensive exams that take hours to complete. If your cursive is shaky from non-use, re-learn it if you write faster in that than print. If print is your go-to, then use it!

  • If you don’t have a laptop, get one. You’ll need it.
  • Two words: GROUP PROJECTS.
  • Dropbox and Sharepoint are your friends. Learn how to use them.
  • If your class only meets once a week, don’t skip. You’ll lose out on a ton of material the one time you skipped out to go shopping.

So people have been asking me “What are you going to do now?” My answer: continue working 🙂 That’s what I do. The big change is I’ll be able to spend more time doing things I want to do instead of constantly thinking about that assignment or project that’s due in a few weeks. Less stress overall is a good good thing.

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School is almost over, and yet there is still work to be done (update)

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Yanno, taking six credit hours doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider the amount of work involved, it’s crazy.

To whit (between now and graduation in December):

  • Master’s project thesis paper (about 20 pages)
  • Independent research paper (also about 20 pages)
  • Developing e-commerce site, coded in PHP, CSS, and HTML
  • Writing a business plan

Right now I’m a shadow of my former self, but it’s temporary. It’s my last semester for my master’s in I.T. so there is definitely a light at the end of the five week tunnel, that’s for sure.

After graduation I swear I’ll be blogging more regularly with excellent recipes, movie recommendations, technology stuff, and whatever else comes up as blogworthy. Till then, cheers!

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April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

I’d been following the Brian Banks story for awhile, glad to see he’s going to get a chance at the NFL finally.

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This American Life on the topic of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)

April 1, 2013 1 comment

If you ever got tingles up your spine watching Bob Ross as a kid, this may explain why (audio only):

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