Looking ahead

This promises to be quite a week. Not only is it the first full work week in 2008, it’s also the week school begins (I start Wednesday). After dropping a cool $222.10 on books, I’m ready for the semester ahead. I’m taking a class that talks about mass media’s impact on society, a television news class (yay possible vlogging!) and a sportswriting class (because, well, I can). The Mass Media and Society class is an 8am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so that will be quite a role reversal from the schedule I had been practicing (which is why I scheduled some hardware maintenance for 8am today — it’s a good jolt to the system).

I need to think of an independent study in communication of some type. It will likely involve the Internet in some capacity. Perhaps it could be a Twitter study of some type. We shall see. I need to think it over. (Suggestions?)

The spring semester also will bring a great deal of activity in a place where it may not be that wonderful — right outside my office. My office moved down a couple floors in my building before break — while the space is much larger, there’s also classrooms directly surrounding it, which will attract a lot of student conversation that could be high in volume. We’ll see what happens.

Finally, I love the fact that it was almost 70 today. It’s a great respite after that Arctic blast last week.

Rainy days are here again

248nm Reflectivity KCHS

It’s nice to finally get some rain around here for a change. We need whatever we can get. The green and orange blobs — if they hold together (which doesn’t always happen) — will definitely soak us for a bit. And that’s OK — it’s more of an excuse to stay in and code and do stuff. :)

Monday stuff

Here’s the rundown of what made Monday…well, Monday.

  • A-Rod pulled off the ultimate double play Sunday night — he thought himself above receiving an award from Hank Aaron, for God’s sake, and then his agent went on, during the middle of World Series Game 4, and announced he was leaving the Yankees. Ridiculous, classless, and just putrid. I would say it was clearly all about the money for him, but something tells me he won’t get the kind of money he wants but in a few select places outside of New York, and I’m willing to bet Boston is not going to be one of those places. A-Rod may be a great player, but I’ve lost a lot of respect for him.
  • Frank Wren’s first trade as GM of the Braves was a smart one: Edgar Renteria to the Tigers for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens (try typing THAT three times fast!) and a minor leaguer. The Braves may miss Renteria’s bat in the short term, but Yunel Escobar is more than capable of getting things going for the Braves, and is a stellar defensive player to boot; the fact that they got a starting pitcher and were able to unload salary really sweetens the deal.
  • One more baseball thing, and I’m leaving it alone: I like the choice of Joe Girardi for the Yankees. He’s a proven manager that got improbable results from a team that should have, on paper, lost 100 games. I just hope the Steinbrenners back off him and let him run the team — Joe Girardi’s style is not to be a yes man. He’s a baseball man, with great baseball sense. (And if Joba Chamberlain is starting next year instead of setting up for Mariano Rivera, we’ll know who has the true control in the Bronx.)
  • Damn shame what happened in North Carolina. It bothers the heck out of me to see seven people lose their lives, period.
  • According to last.fm, I listened to Journey 138 times last week. Slowly, but surely, I am becoming Steve Perry.
  • My Facebook requests are just out of control. Exhibit A:
    OMG!  Facebook Requests!!
  • No, I’m not sure when I’ll get to culling through those. Because I’m sure by the time I do, I’ll have some request to install another spammy app. I think Facebook needs to find a way to clamp down a bit.
  • Less than a month to Thanksgiving break. I can hardly contain my excitement…I need it.
  • If there was any doubt that it’s fall, I’m sure your doubt was put to rest this morning when you went outside to upper 40s temperatures and a stiff northeast wind dipping windchills into the 30s. On a side note, I’d love to have filmed a bunch of the people who, as usual, did not wear anything remotely close to appropriate for the weather, and superimpose an old Weather Channel logo over their suffering with the “You Need Us, The Weather Channel, For Everything You Do” theme from 1986 playing in the background. I would laugh for hours. I’m not sure about you, but I sure would.

To bed with me…

A week’s worth of recapping

This past week marked the return to classes at the College. Because of my new job, I’m taking an abbreviated, part-time course load — and honestly, I like the way the classes break up my workday. Because my job no longer involves me going out of the office except for lunch, it’s nice to be able to still get out there every once in a while and trudge my way through thousands of students trying to get to where THEY need to go, too.

The real shocker in the first week of classes isn’t necessarily the classes — no, it’s the throngs of PEOPLE. Charleston effectively adds what, 7,000 at least to its population when classes resume? I definitely feel that when I’m walking by the King Street Subway and see a line 20 deep. I’m sure I could just tell the line that I’m Jared and cut through, but I digress. I get so used to the city and the campus being relatively deserted in the summer months…and then BAM! Oh well — it’s cool to see people back. These days, most of my friends live in Charleston year round, but it was nice to see a few people return from their hometowns.

Last Saturday I saw Superbad with the roommates. It was grotesque, outrageous, and oh, so hilarious. It’s a must see. (Leave the kids at home.)

Ryan Farish came out with some more tracks — it seems as if he’s getting back to that 2002 sound. I’m loving every minute of it, and highly recommend it. I’m getting them through his SNOCAP store on his MySpace page. (A topic for another day: How MySpace Effectively Destroys Attempts at Good Grammar Simply Through Its Name.)

Dean was a monster storm. Cozumel and Cancun sure dodged a bullet, though, didn’t they? Whew. Houston — and the rest of the Midwest, rather — got a little too acquainted with Erin, though. We would have gladly taken that rain off their hands — they certainly didn’t need it, as the flooding shows. The tropics are settled down a bit but it’s that time of year where things can just kick up and get going — and have a lot of time to grow. Keep an eye out. I love how Weather Underground is now tracking not only the defined tropical systems but also the Invests — pre-classified disturbances that the Hurricane Center watches closely for development. Previously, you had to dig around NOAA’s site to get at that stuff, so Weather Underground exposing it is a huge help.

I may redo a few things around the site in the next couple weeks. I need a new header picture (my hair hasn’t been that shaggy for months now) and I think the post interface could use a bit of work (and standardization, for that matter). We shall see. I’m off to hit the showers and the bookstore to get a refund on a book that was incorrect. Peace…

The Monday(s)

Stuff for today…

  • The Web group has been doing a “refresh” of the College of Charleston homepage over the last month. That culminated with its launch today. It was nice taking a site that was done in a tabled layout and literally chopping about 500 lines of HTML off. I didn’t necessarily design it — the look was mocked up by the Marketing department, and I brought it to life in code. Needless to say, we’re thrilled that it’s up. It’s the first major work that’s been done on the homepage in several years. Take a look!
  • The Subway on King Street finally reopened a few days ago, and I went there for lunch today. It looks great inside. I haven’t had Subway since my Atlanta trip in February because it just wasn’t convenient. I’m so happy it’s back.
  • I’m now watching Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. My housemates have me hooked. It’s nice that I have a laptop, too, so I’m able to watch it while blogging. This show — specifically, Bear, the guy who parachutes into the forest with little more than a knife — is insane.
  • This weekend, Tom had his BlackJack switch back and forth into 3G mode, specifically after he booted his phone up. I have rebooted my phone like a madman, hoping to cash in on some accidental New AT&T 3G goodness, to no avail. This is a good sign though — is a 3G launch in Charleston imminent? If so, I will feel 100% justified in eschewing a Blackberry in favor of the BlackJack. C’mon AT&T, just flip the switch…

Today was a high value Monday — here’s hoping Tuesday is similar…

Mother’s Day

Yeah, I’m quite late on this, but I hope every mother out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! Sadly my mother was a bit under the weather today, but having my brother and I both home is always a treat for her. :) We watched Borat and all the deleted scenes together — what a ridiculously insane movie. Love you Mom.

Also, I’d like to extend my congratulations to all those who graduated from College of Charleston today. Folks, welcome to the first day of the rest of your lives. :) In another unfortunate Mother’s Day note, thunderstorms formed and dumped some rain on the ceremony. It seems like the past two years have just not been good weather-wise for the traditional Cistern ceremony. I certainly hope that two years of wet conditions don’t totally put the damper on over a hundred or so years of commencement tradition, though.

I took something of a computing hiatus this weekend. I really only used the PC to watch the newly-rereleased Major League DVD and do some forecasting and radar analysis for some friends. As a result I have a lot of e-mail to sift through, but it was nice to get away from the screen for a change. It was, at least Friday night and Saturday, a nice weekend to get away and do stuff. Friday I did a couple laps around the peninsula and went to a friend’s house for the remainder of the evening. Saturday was the day I finally watched the Major League DVD and did a cubic crap-ton of laundry, as well as threw the ball around 100 times or so. It was something to do other than stare at a screen, and it was nice to get something of a workout. I think my new upstairs neighbors think I’m crazy for throwing a ball at a wall out of a full windup for no purpose, but oh well.

Quote of the Weekend

Overheard at Norm’s Pizza and Subs, corner of Smith and Calhoun:

Hey man, do you know what PBR stands for?
Pabst Blue Ribbon?

Epic Maneuver of the Weekend

Looking at a giant line of showers and thunderstorms creeping southward with a cold front last night at around 10:00. I’m craving Arby’s at this time, and am about to go when my buddy Tom IMs me. I tell him that there’s rain coming, and he begins to panic, as he had just painted the floor of his porch. I rush over to help him put up plastic around his porch (and I get Arby’s in return). It didn’t rain that night — the front had stalled out around Orangeburg, though it was good that the plastic went up because it did rain today.

It’s going to be a nutty week ahead…a lot going on, some of which I’ll be able to detail more after it’s all finished. Between the ever-present work stuff, getting my car’s registration into my name, and trying to figure out a reasonable plan for how to celebrate my birthday so I can actually celebrate it with people…it’s going to be a nutty one. So far, summer hasn’t quite been a bastion of laziness — not in the slightest! In a way, that’s good, despite it hurting my blogging frequency. Such is life, though.

Catch you all later.

A few quick ones for the overnight…

I couldn’t resist…

  • Gregg Marshall leaves Winthrop again. Wichita State hired him as their next head basketball coach. I get the feeling he’ll stick around for that one, as he praised the “new facilities,” etc.
  • Reformatting the Internet, at first thought, appears to be a good idea. However, knowing what government and industry know now, I guarantee they wouldn’t build the Internet again without the proper hooks to “maintain order.” And besides, as many commenters note (and I agree with this 100%), we still can’t seem to adopt IPv6 — who’s to think a total network upgrade will be supported. I’m willing to bet this won’t happen within our lifetimes.
  • Prediction: When Jon Corzine next steps into a vehicle after recovering from an accident that he is damn lucky didn’t kill him, he’ll wear a seatbelt then and for the rest of his life. I still fail to understand the reasoning behind not wearing a seat belt in a vehicle.
  • Jon Stewart rips Nancy Grace as only Jon Stewart can. A must-see, as Stewart exposes how Grace basically convicted the Duke lacrosse players in the court of public opinion and contradicted herself several times in the process. Watch the whole thing — the ending is priceless.

Stay safe out there tonight!

Boom boom boom: The Rundown

A few quick hits before I head off to my last class of the day…

  • All I’m going to say on Imus: MSNBC just dropped him like a bad habit. At this point, CBS isn’t far behind. If they’re going to ditch Imus for the comments he made — as they should — then I have a whole list of other hate radio practitioners that should be investigated, as well. Prediction: He’ll be on satellite radio by the end of next year.
  • The Duke Non-Case: They shouldn’t have gotten themselves into that situation in the first place. Their lack of judgement led to this ordeal, ultimately. That being said, Mike Nifong needs to be thoroughly investigated and probably even disbarred. Politics needs to stay out of the prosecutor’s office. Also, this has proven to be a great demonstration of why we need to refocus on “innocent until proven guilty,” regardless of the Court of Popular Opinion.
  • Cable outage last night: Comcast had an outage on my street last night. Within minutes of the outage, I saw lights going on all down the street. It’s amazing how reliant we are on that sort of connection.

Later folks!

Midday update

I brought WordPress up to 2.1.3 just now — a round of security updates were released for it. I recommend it for everyone who’s rolling their own WordPress installation (the hosted service already got the changes).

A little rainstorm has popped up over the peninsula. One could say these are the first “popcorn thunderstorms” of the year. It’s going to be awful summerlike today and tomorrow, with expected highs in the upper 80s, but Thursday will bring a rude awakening with lows in the upper 40s and highs in the 60s. That should be amusing.

I really recommend you all stop by the Wachovia Auditorium at the Beatty Center for Business and Economics Thursday night, as Peter Applebome from The New York Times will be stopping by for a lecture about how the Times is embracing — and struggling with — the blogosphere. I’ll be there — I hope to see some of you as well.

Looooong night tonight, with the whole 10PM shift and all. Catch you all later…

Post-catchup randomness

Now that I’ve caught up with the events of the last few days, here’s a final little rundown of what’s up…

  • I can’t even begin to fathom how scary it must be right now to be [tag]Tony Snow[/tag], facing some really stiff odds in his latest cancer fight. All the best to Mr. Snow and his family.
  • Same to [tag]Elizabeth Edwards[/tag]. Her positive approach (and Tony Snow’s, for that matter) definitely makes a big difference. I know that same approach prolonged my aunt Sobeida’s life for at least a few more months while she was battling a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia (she passed in October 2005).
  • April 20 is the American Cancer Society [tag]Relay for Life[/tag] in Summerville. I’ll be joining Tom and friends that night. I encourage you to show your support and get out there — they’re a great organization.
  • In other news: Anybody want to take bets on how long [tag]Alberto Gonzales[/tag] (Gone-zales?) will keep his job? Sounds like the only person in Washington who still has confidence in him these days is Bush himself. I don’t think he lasts past Friday, but who knows.
  • Remind me to pay closer attention to [tag]college basketball[/tag] next year so my bracket won’t be so embarrassing. I also should refrain from drinking immediately prior to filling out said bracket. Yikes.
  • Baseball’s Opening Day is Sunday. This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. I’m in a fantasy [tag]baseball[/tag] league this year — we’ll see how THAT goes. That’s going to be pretty intense, I think. I’m sure I’ll burn a lot of bandwidth at baseball-reference.com keeping track of statistics. Good news for me: The auto-drafter nabbed Johan Santana. Sweeeeeet. ;)

I think that’s it for now. I’ve got a lot more to say, but I probably should sleep for yet another long one tomorrow. :)