Yesterday, I upgraded three WordPress blogs to 2.5.1. Had a good time at SaturdayHouse. After SH, Patrick, JDugan, and I were going planning to go to a teriyaki place. It was closed so we ended up at Denny’s.

Denny’s is great for several reasons: 1) food. 2) tasty food. 3) meaty food. 4) no rush – they’re used to people sitting around.

Zombies were discussed. I’d never thought about it before, but Patrick pointed out that zombie movies are an excellent vehicle for discussing societal issues. George A. Romero revolutionized the popular conception of zombies through his 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” and following films. He did this by using zombies “to criticize real-world social ills – such as government ineptitude, bioengineering, slavery, greed and exploitation – while indulging our post-apocalyptic fantasies.” (Source)

Today, I went to church, cooked and ate several bratwurst, upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 08.04 “Hardy Heron,” fought w/ multi-column CSS/XHTML design, converted six CDs to FLAC files, converted six albums of FLAC files to 320kbps MP3s for use on my iPod, updated my iPod catalog, and ate some cheese.

Now I’m going to go relax for a few minutes before sleep. Good night.

I’m Missing Out and So Are You

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“Rocking Our Sales” by Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band: It’ll make you cringe. And want to downgrade to XP. (Oh, wait already did?)

My next computer will be a Mac. If I need games, I’ll get Parallels to boot up XP on those rare occasions.

Currently, I’ll running XP on my desktop and Ubuntu on my laptop. I love Ubuntu.

Even with the many improvements made to Linux OSes over the last decade plus, Ubuntu is not for the faint of heart. But, if you can get it into shape and working, it provides all the power you need for web development.

(via ParisLemon)

What’s Done

Things I’ve done in the past week:
tracked down a childhood friend I haven’t talked to in five years using Google and a knowledge of her family tree
– completed my first coding-for-hire project
– received registration paperwork for my business
– caught up on this season of Battlestar Gallactica
– stayed up late discussing life, love, and theory behind contemporary evolution’s effect upon modern human marriage and mating patterns
– spoke with confidence
– spoke without confidence
– began configuring my own web server running Ubuntu on a virtual private server slice
– began learning how to use JavaScript libraries to provide graphical effects on web pages
– further research into Content Management Systems
– bought a bunch of old/new music on eMusic (Flogging Molly, Fugazi, Metric, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Thom Yorke)
– ate too much pizza
– did a few pushups for the first time in months

And tonight, I vegged out for hours watching TV. I needed a break.

A Different View

I got fed up with Windows Vista on my desktop computer today. I nuked it. For the first time in years, I typed the fabulous DOS command into my computer:

format c:

Oh, C:\ was formatted alright. I installed Windows XP onto it. At this point, Windows XP is over six years old. During the Windows XP installation process it stated the following, “Your computer will be faster and more reliable.”

Irony wins the day.

Update 4/10/08 18:40 PDT: Having gotten used to Windows Vista over the past six months or so, I’m quite shocked at how much faster Windows XP is on my computer. I’ve got a Pentium 4 3.2ghz w/ 1.5gb/RAM. I don’t have any quantitative data except to say that all my apps load faster and respond faster than on Vista.

I’m also realizing the same slugishness in Ubuntu on my laptop. Granted, that’s due to running a webserver, mailserver, and a multitude of other applications for web development purposes. Next time I’m gonna get a fast machine. Hopefully next time I’ll have more money to put towards it.