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As Van Halen once sang…summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the streets. While dancing in the streets will probably land me a free ride in the back of a Crown Victoria courtesy of Charleston’s Finest, summer is, for all intents and purposes, here. At least for me.

Upon completion of my last exam of the semester, I spent my first hours of “technical” summer in After Effects, whipping up an emulation of the old Weather Channel Weather Star XL (one of the iterations of computers that inserts your local forecast) from 1999. Incidentally, the video is also acting surprisngly well as a very effective form of birth control — they see it, they run, no chance of pregnancy.

Speaking of The Weather Channel, today is the channel’s 25th anniversary. The Weather Channel launched on May 2, 1982, to a largely stunned television audience. Little did they know that four years into their run they would have created a monster. :) Needless to say, it worked out, and I bet there are most people who wouldn’t know what to do without it. Check out their first minute on air and some of their other old stuff. If you are really curious, I point you toward TWC Classics — they’ve got some ridiculously awesome footage of old-school Weather Channel…if you’re into that, of course. :)

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the summer. I’m working a lot, that much is certain. I’m still trying to get it all figured out. By the time I get it figured out, school will be starting again. Such is the cycle. I know I’m going to enjoy it, though. I need to. I’m not moving this summer, which is a major plus.

Random factoid: I’ll be 23 in 20 days. Insane. Where does the time go?

Also, later today will be The Great Biannual E-mail Dig-Out. I just got overly distracted yesterday in After Effects to the point where my computer actually beeped at me, kind of like digitally crying “uncle.”

See you all later today.

Randomness from the dark of night…

Exam season is once again upon us. I’m fortunate that my exam schedule this time around isn’t too bad, aside from having all my exams at 8am. I have exams Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday, and then my summer begins in earnest. Fun times. I’m not sure what summer’s going to bring. It’s a certainty that I’ll be working a whole heckuva lot, but that’s to be expected. I’m hoping to actually read some more. I’m just excited that my first year back, a resounding success, is just about over. Three more semesters to go…

Musical notes

Gary Cherone is back with his new band hurtsmile. Gary, brother Markus, Joe Pessia, and Dana Spellman have collaborated on a few tracks and released them for free in high-quality MP3 format. The songs are great straight-ahead rock — my favorite is “Just War Theory.” In other music news, I see Travis Meeks is bringing Days of the New to Hilton Head on the 2nd. That’s a tempting show. He’s had some issues in the past, and it’s nice to see him overcoming them and getting back out there. Rumor has it there’s going to be a Days of the New “Purple” album in a year or two, really depending on when DOTN is signed to a label again. Let’s hope that’s sooner rather than later, because Meeks really is a musical genius.


I went to Relay for Life in Summerville on Friday night into Saturday morning. It’s a 12-hour relay designed to raise money for the American Cancer Society. It was a lot of fun, though I found one of the Proud Sponsors incredibly amusing:

Relay For Life — Sponsored By Beer and Tobacco

You just can’t make some of this stuff up. Interestingly enough, a few laps later when I decided I needed a better picture of the sign, it had been taken down. I’m not sure who nabbed it or what, but it was gone. Too hilarious.

Saturday brought an immense recovery period (I didn’t get home until about 7:30, and I slept until 3:30 PM) and then some Guitar Hero and ribs at Ale’s. Predictably, I was destroyed at Guitar Hero (no time to play games in the last, oh, six months) despite my best efforts to focus and not get too crazy with the music. I do think there is something different in the Xbox 360 version’s gameplay…I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps I’m reaching for excuses for my latest round of GH suckitude. Oh well.

Sunday was the blogger meetup — we had a lot of new faces this time, including Patrick, Kit, and Kevin, to name a few. It was a great time. I didn’t realize 10-17 — located in The Quadrangle in West Ashley where Piggly Wiggly and CiCis is, within a few hundred feet of the 526 on-ramp — was even there. It’s a neat venue, though, and the owner was gracious enough to come in and introduce himself (and even cook for us!). They’ll be seeing more of me, I think. I ended the evening with a pretty hilarious sendoff for Tim, CofC’s uber-server genius, who is probably still on a plane headed for Scotland as I write this. Good, good times.

And finally…

Anyone want to see Barack Obama this week? He’ll be holding a town hall forum at Burke High School at 2:30 on Friday. I’ll be there. Click here to reserve your spot — it’s free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. This should be quite, quite interesting.

Off to bed now…I’m still messed up from the Relay a few days ago. This does not bode well for my 8am exams. Haha.

Shut the door!

Welp, that’s it for the Fall 2006 semester. I did my biology exam this morning, came home, showered, shaved, and I’m finally ready to get in the Christmas spirit. Whew. Fun night ahead, I think — got another gathering to go to. Should be a blast. Too bad I have to work tomorrow. :)

Today is a nutty day, though…off to lunch with me. More later!