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May. 12th, 2009 01:23 pm Parin Westward Hoe Oh Nine!

Erin and I are planning a trip out to Cali for this summer. We're going to roll out of Austin on 6-26 at around noon and drive to Ft Davis and camp somewhere around there. Drive to Tucson and hang with my Dad the next day. Then we're going to be in LA from 6-29 through 7-3 then drive to San Francisco and see the Giants that night and then I'm flying back from San Fran 7-8-2009.

We've started a list of things to see/do. Please make suggestions.

Los Angeles

1. In and Out Burgers
2. Comedy- Upright Citizen's Brigade
3. Beach
4. Chinese Theatre/Griffith Park/Hollywood
5. Sunset Boulevard drive
6. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

San Francisco

1. Giant's Game
2. Anchor Brewery
3. Farmer's Market
4. Trader Joe's Market
5. Golden Gate Bridge
6. Fisherman's Wharf/Gharidelli's Square/Pier 39
7. Union Square
8. China Town/Dim Sum
9. Absinth Restaurant

Current Location: Work-a-lurk-a-doo-wop
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Barkmarket - L Ron

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May. 7th, 2009 08:51 am Old Friends:UNIX:TheLife

I started writing a "This weekend I..." post, and kind of abandoned it a couple of times.

It was an AMAZING weekend. Great to see Courtney and Sara again after so long, and to hang with Rob Bass and my brothers. I still feel bad about totaling your ex-car Sara, I'm working on not flipping any cars ever again, so hopefully it doesn't happen again.

This week has been a partial blur, quite busy it seems. Plus I feel a bit too tuned into work, where it's making me easily distracted from non-work stuff.

I've written here before about my past experience screwing up my digital music collection. Well now that I've taken a trek into digital photography (not to mention some of the video stuff I've done) I've decided I need to create a better back-up system. My goal is to have an auto-backup happen periodically, without me having to DO anything. Started finally working towards that goal last night. Found the Unix command that will carry out the function, now I just need to tweak the command and figure out how to script it to happen periodically. Also trying to find out if I can write one script that will back-up all the various drives I have media on. This process might involve me buying a 1TB external, I haven't decided 100% yet, but I want to get this in place and functioning correctly again before I go through and organize and digitize all my music. If I do a good enough job, maybe I can finally dump all the CDs I still feel like I need to hold on to in the event that I jack everything up yet again.

Current Location: DCMC Imaging Department, my office
Current Music: The New Pornographers: Challengers

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May. 1st, 2009 11:31 am Emails...

So, maybe I just missed a boat regarding professional emails. Can I get some opinions?

Today I got an email that said basically "Paul, check with Homeboy about getting together so he can show you x". This email was sent to about 6 different people. So I email X and say "Hey, what's your schedule like, lets get this done". He replies back "1:30pm today". I say "AWESOME!".

THEN person #1 emails to all 6 of us "Paul, can you set up a meeting with Homeboy".

I respond "We're meeting today at 1:30"...

Do all 6 people really need to read those emails? If I'm supposed to get with X, then tell me that and assume I'll do it.

What do you guys think? I read recently of one company that totally removed the "Reply ALL" option from their email to ensure that ONLY people who needed emails were getting them. If you wanted to send something to 100 people, you had to put in each address (not that it's that hard, but still).

Current Location: DCMC Imaging Department, my office
Current Music: Janes Addiction - Listening up for the NIN|JA concert!

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Apr. 28th, 2009 11:51 am Changing stuff...for the better...I think...

So lately I've been trying to get some things in order in an attempt to be more productive and happier about everything overall. I'm trying to get some sort of schedule/routine in place in an attempt to get certain things flowing, mainly creative energy. Thoughts on that...Collapse )

Current Location: My office...Somewhere over the rainbow
Current Music: Radiohead - Starting on Pablo Honey, see how far we make it chronologically.

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Apr. 21st, 2009 04:36 pm

"I'm her Mom"

"no she isn't"


Current Location: DCMCCT
Current Music: Brothers and Sisters

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Feb. 4th, 2009 12:21 pm House Arrest, Old person style...

So, one of the blogs I follow is, because it is kind of related to what I do sometimes, but also because I can be a bit of a dork. I like to know what cool new stuff is getting thrown out to the medical world. I tend to laugh a bit because most of the people here have enough trouble with remembering their passwords, let alone using high-tech equipment.

Today, I read the following...

"One of potential signs of dementia is unusual walking patterns , yet it often goes unnoticed since no one is typically monitoring the person. Now University of South Florida researchers are using RFID (radio frequency identification) wristbands within nursing homes to keep an active eye on a bunch of geriatrics."

In other words, they are strapping HouseArrest bracelets to old people to track their walking patterns. How f'n creepy. I also hope that they are careful with the info the gather, because, I hope when I'm old my walking patterns take me to a lot of old ladies rooms at the old-folks home. Just sayin'


Current Location: Work...
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: KEXP, and it's not doing much for me today.

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Jan. 27th, 2009 08:24 pm Court rules cheerleading is contact sport

...I always KNEW I should have been a male cheerleader...

Current Music: Anthrax! POTTERS FIELD!

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Dec. 9th, 2008 08:35 am Simple Math Fail...

So yesterday, I stopped by Cheapo's to grab a couple CDs, because I'm stuck in the old media world (I've screwed up my digital music collection a couple times, I prefer to have hard copies as back-ups).

As I walk up to the register I overhear the conversation between the guy who buys CDs for Cheapo's and a customer that is trying to sell his CDs to Cheapo's.

Buyer: So, I can offer you $6.50 for these.

Guy: Hmmm...

Buyer: I have a ton of all these, so I can only give you .50 cents for them. But this stack I can give you six bucks for.

Guy: How much total is that?

Buyer: (Shakes head) $6.50.

I bought the new Black Angels album, if you were wondering.

Current Location: DCMC
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Black Angels

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Nov. 27th, 2008 08:47 am

Thankfully Starbucks is open today. I got a coffee from our crapateria, and it wasn't going to cut it, not in the least.

So I called Starbucks...
Barista: Starbucks at Mueller...
Me: You've already answered my question, see you in a few.

The bullshit thing though, Starbucks pools tips and divides it bi-monthly. So if I drop a big tip to say thanks for working holidays, they don't really see it.

F that.

Hope everyone's eating lots of Turkey, I'll be the guy sleeping under my desk.

Current Location: DCMC Imaging Department
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Death from Above 1979

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Oct. 18th, 2008 12:51 pm Taipei...

Went to a movie theater and saw a flick. Out of the 19 Screens I think 12+ were playing American films. House Bunny is playing in theaters here, although I think it's a minor hit in the US too.

Gotta give the Taiwanese some major props. Didn't seem like anyone but my Dad was prepared to leave the theater until AFTER the credits. As someone with some WAY below the line credits, it's nice to see a crowd of people stay around through the credits to where your name would appear. My Dad thought it was stupid...he doesn't get it though. He didn't get the Movie either we say 20th Century Boys which is a Japanese film. I thought it was interesting, he didn't care for it though. It wasn't great. Had some issues with the narrative structure, but I enjoyed it.


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