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That's the number of posts I made in 2010.  Staggering isn't it?  I've never been much of a blogger, but that is quite a low number.  Not even one a month.  Sheesh, I think I can muster better than that.  Alright....GO!

So 2010 was busy.  I moved to Alexandria, VA in April, went on two business trips to Chicago in March and May, visited V & B in Pittsburgh in July, attended nerdfest 2010 aka DragonCon in Atlanta in September, saw the grandparents in Phoenix in November, and got initiated into the Burgess realm and was overloaded by Mickey Mouse in Florida in December.  That's SIX states.  I don't think I have ever done that much traveling a year in my life.  Maybe that's not much for some people, but it surely is for me, who grew up with parents who never wanted to go anywhere (oh Europe, I'll visit you one day...)  I feel slightly more accomplished and worldly...ish.

JOB.  Having a full time job has given me some insight into the working world, and HOLY SHIT TIME FILES.  LIKE, SLOW THE FUCK DOWN SO I CAN ENJOY MY WEEKEND GODDAMN.  That's pretty much what it feels like in retrospect: every weekday is blowing by like a (insert light-weight object here) in the wind.  And because I travel between Alexandria, Lorton, and Crofton, MD on the weekends, every weekend is nearly as fast.  I'd really like to get my own place...possibly with a certain someone...instead of living in this shared house and using it as a place for all my crap while I careen across states, but I don't have a whole lot of options given my current salary and the cost of living in this area.  Speaking of salary, I should really get to putting the finishing touches on my resume and applying for jobs.  I was basically told up front during my 1 year review that there wasn't much in the way of raises/advancement opportunities.  That, along with the halt on the government budget (at least until March), and one of our talented sysadmins leaving TODAY in fact, doesn't bode well.  On the plus side, I got to go to Chicago twice and meet some cool people.

Anyhow, lets see how well I did with my goals I set last year:
  • Learn how to cook.  PFFFFFFFFFFT DIDN'T EVEN GET CLOSE TO THIS ONE.  It really boils down to me not wanting to fight with the 4 other people who live in this house for the kitchen.
  • Get more exercise.  Sorta.  I've been on and off with the situps, but late September my carpet floor was replaced with tile, and I can feel every lump under the puny rug I have.  Still need to get that thicker one from my parents...
  • Make some money on the side.  I learned how to sell stuff on eBay and sold my huge amp on Craigslist, so that's a yes I suppose.  Nothing ever came out of the side computer business since I just didn't have the time to invest in it.  Haven't even thought about investing yet, though I would like to.
  • Be creative.  Another sort of...I at least started half a dozen things, but I got caught up in the DOZEN other projects Heather and I have going.
So the verdict...well, I tried.  And I didn't completely fail, just sort of!  Hooray for half successes or half failures!

Anyhow, I will try to post more this year, even if they are shorter posts with just random quips of indecipherable nerdiness involving Linux and MASSIVE FAILURE.


Its that time again.

The time where I remember about my poor little livejournal that no one reads.  Ironically, I am in Chicago AGAIN.  So 2 ouf of my 3 posts so far have been on business trips.  I guess than means I can only post when I don't have any gadgets around to distract me.  :P

Since me ranting about my extreme boredom would be dull, here are some of my goals for the next few months:
  • Learn how to cook.  Like how to actually cut, cook, and season meats properly.  Sandwiches get old after a while...
  • Get more exercise, specifically to tone my abdomen.  I'm waking around 3 miles a day so my cardio isn't bad, but I need to do situps/pushups/something that stresses my upper body more.
  • Make some money on the side.  I'm planning on selling some of my old stuff, and hopefully selling my computer services on craigslist to the locals.  Also hoping to open a mutual fund through USAA.
  • Be creative!  I need to force myself to complete at least one project in every venture that has interested me: writing, drawing (aka webcomic), programming, and music.  It was so much easier when creativity was mandatory in school.
That's all I can think of for now.  Stay tuned for more ranting!

Hotel room blues

I know what you're thinking: OMG WHERE HAS NATE BEEN THESE LAST FEW MONTHS?  Of course no one reads this so no one's actually thinking that.  But I'm thinking that about myself...so HA!

My life has actually gotten quite chaotic.  As of now there are actually 3 places that in total consist of home. No, I didn't clone myself twice (once was enough :P ).  I'm just spread thin across several places where I spend my time.  In fact I try to spend the least amount of time at the place that would officially be considered my "home".  Lets just say that I like my friends as friends, but I dislike the amount of drama and noise that goes on at the place.  If everything goes according to plan I should be able to move out into a nice and quiet room in a single family home this coming weekend.  I wouldn't really consider this chaotic if I weren't on a business trip in CHICAGO right now.  It took me several days to move in in the first place, and that was before I had a job and had accumulated so much crap.  Long story short I am going to be hauling my shit across 3 states this week.  o.o

Chicago is pretty cool.  The buildings are a lot taller compared to DC buildings and the food is excellent if you know where to go.  Chicago deep dish pizza = HOLY SHIT AMAZING.  Lots of places to shop as well.  Of course I'm not the kind of person who likes to go out all the time, so I'm getting pretty bored.  Thankfully I go back Tuesday morning, but I have to fly out for phases 2 and 3 of the Chicago project in April and June.  OH JOY.

In the realm of my technerdings, there isn't a lot going on.  I'm toying with the idea of getting a new laptop and selling my old one.  Of course I don't NEED a new laptop, but I know I will be making at least two more trips out to Chicago soon, along with possibly traveling to the other regional offices and of course any vacations I take.  So I don't think it would be a bad investment per say.  ;D  The Heatherbee has been trying to convince me to jump into the next generation of consoles with an Xbox 360.  Unfortunately I don't have any room for a TV in my old OR new rooms, so it all depends how bearable it would look running through a VGA cable on one of my computer monitors.  I need to test this somehow...


Its 2010, guess I should start posting.

Despite my best efforts to explain to a certain someone that no one would bother reading this anyhow, here I am.  Its a new year and hopefully life will be a little bit more stable.  Last May I graduated from college and was thrown out into the real world.  Unfortunately, waving my degree around like a white flag was not enough to net me a job.  It took 6 months of interview experience and perfecting my resume before I finally found something (decent).  But here I am, alive and mostly unscathed, so lets get down to the interesting stuff.

I am a bit of a technophile.  Okay...a bit may be an understatement.  >.>  I love playing with new gadgets, electronics, computer parts, etc.  So right now I am drooling over this.  Unfortunately it is still in pre-production, and the ENTIRE first scheduled manufacturing batch has sold out.  This means either I have to wait for a second batch (probably next year) or hope to replace a canceled order from the first batch (unlikely) :<  Why am I so interested in this thing when I have a perfectly good modded PSP?  The PSP is a great gaming platform, but its lacking in the portable media/computing department.  As it is I have to re-encode pretty much every video I have to make it PSP compatible.  Often times this causes subtitles to fail miserably, making my anime collection unwatchable.  The PSP is also a pretty lousy computer.  Of course that's not what its meant to be, but things like web browsing and word processing are pretty futile ventures.  With a handheld with an 800x480 display, touchscreen, and a full QWERTY keyboard, I see basic computing being much more feasible.  Why yes I have a laptop.  Its bulky and has a whopping 1.5 hours of battery life.  Its much more of a portable desktop than anything.  I would love to be able to switch from writing an email to watching an (unre-encoded) video to playing a Nintendo 64 game.  With the Pandora this is possible.  Now I just play the waiting game.


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