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38 Things About Me

One of the many friends I have made in the blogosphere, Julie, tagged me with a meme last week.  Since I have been incredibly busy, I have finally taken a moment to sit down and complete this meme.  So, with apologies for a tardy response, here are my responses. 

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?  Stewie Griffin
2. What were you doing at 0800? Getting ready to head into the office. 
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Enjoying some hot chocolate with an episode from Season 6 of 24
4. What happened to you in 2006? I bought a house, and I had an otherwise interesting year.
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Thank you.
6. How many beverages did you have today? 8
7. What color is your hairbrush? I don’t own a hairbrush, on account of the small amount of hair I have. 
8. What was the last thing you paid for? Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate and Mini-Marshmallows
9. Where were you last night? At home, fixing someone’s laptop.
10. What color is your front door? White
11. Where do you keep your change? On the counter next to my cell phone.
12. What’s the weather like today? Sunny and a little warmer than usual. 
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip
14. What excites you? Lots of things
15. Do you want to cut your hair? I just had a haircut, so no. 
16. Are you over the age of 25? Yes
17. Do you talk a lot? Depends on the conversation. 
18. Do you watch the O.C.? What’s the O.C.?
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes
20. Do you make up your own words? No.
21. Are you a jealous person? No.
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter "A"? Aaron
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter "K"? Kevin
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? On which cell phone?  Surprisingly, both the work and personal cell phone have calls from the same person: Melissa.
25. What does the last text message you received say? I’m at Bolan’s in Bel Air.  Mike says Hi.
26. Do you chew on your straw? Very rarely.
27. Do you have curly hair? No.
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Bed in short order.
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? I can’t say I know anyone that rude.
30. What was the last thing you ate? Grapes.
31. Will you get married in the future? Potentially.
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? A comedy classic, Blazing Saddles
33. Is there anyone you like right now? Yes
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Not too long ago, actually.
35. Are you currently depressed? No
36. Did you cry today? No
37. Why did you answer and post this? One of the persons who first began to help me on this blogging journey way back when, and she tagged me. 
38. Tag 5 people you want to do this survey.  I don’t tag people with memes, as it is not my style.  If anyone wants to keep it up, feel free to borrow it. 

Housekeeping, Virtual and Otherwise

  • Since it’s that time of year, I am actually going to get some holiday decorations for my house this year. Nothing big, but I figure a wreath on the door, some faux candles in the front windows, and my Christmas tree of choice.
  • I have been tidying up the home office, and I decided to re-install my old SCSI drive into my Vostro 400. I forgot that new machines have the new SATA drive power connectors, making it difficult to power up my old SCSI drive. Newegg.com to the rescue, though, with a SATA to Molex Power Adapter.
  • I need to tidy up the presentation of the old blog. Nothing fancy, but I have been pondering getting rid of the blogroll or making it not just a long list of blogs.
  • Speaking of tidying up blogs, I am going to re-evaluate the blog feeds I read and purge those blogs that don’t do full text in their feeds. I really don’t have enough time in the day to click-through to those feeds that make me do it. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a terrible loss for the author. I just really need to save time reading.
  • My car will be in the shop–Brentwood Automotive–for a set of new tires on Thursday. It is high time I replace my tires given the condition they are in and the coming cold weather.
  • I need to pick up a package again at UPS before I go into work tomorrow morning. I need to find a better way of getting packages at the house.
  • Last weekend’s shopping trip to Wegmans reminded me of why I hate other grocery stores. It is so worth the trip.

Gobble, Gobble, Motherf**cker!

Partake in the beauty that is BoingBoing’s Turkey Wrap.

My favorite lyrics:

Gonna make your ass tired
With all my tryptophan

Have a safe and enjoyable Turkey Day, motherf**ckers! 😉

Upgrade to the RAZR2 V9m

So, I have had my new RAZR2 for just under two weeks. After some time with the phone, I wanted to jot some thoughts on the phone and how one can use it better considering my carrier is the one who cripples their phone the most, Verizon.

My upgrade was part of their “New Every 2.”  Essentially, every two years, you can get a new phone–possibly free.  In my case, I was getting a phone not in the pool of available phones.  This meant that I paid a little bit more than I could have, but that’s the price I pay for having a new phone.  I paid $262, and I have a $100 mail-in rebate coming back to me.  So, I paid $162 for the phone.  My monthly plan will cost $79/month, and that includes$59 for my monthly plan of 900 Nationwide minutes and $20 for unlimited text messaging to anyone on any carrier.  This is slightly more than I was paying for my previous plan with my e815.

I found quite a few great resources for configuring, hacking, and other pieces of information about the RAZR2.  HowardForums is a great site for all things mobile phone, and a frequent poster to those forums has his own page where he has consolidated information.  The following links are very useful:

Official Motorola RAZR2 V9m How-Tos Thread

Official Motorola RAZR2 V9m Release Thread

Motorola RAZR2 V9m: Bluetooth

Mark_Venture’s Verizon Phone Info Page

Here are some thoughts on my new phone:

  • Compared to the original RAZR, I like both the form factor and the feel of the RAZR2.  It doesn’t feel as top-heavy to me as the original RAZR felt.  Additionally, the rubberized back and keypad make it much easier to use.  It doesn’t feel nearly as delicate as the original RAZR.
  • I have to admit that the display on this phone is pretty damn good.  It’s bright and colorful.
  • The camera is actually pretty good too, although I find that the phone appears to do an incredibly bad job at compressing the images.  The images never look as bad when I take them then when I send them to myself via SMS.
  • In typical Motorola fashion, though, I find some of the default options on the phone out of the box to be annoying.  For example, the default text input for text messaging was not set to the iTAP input method.  It was set to abc, which is annoying when you are used to iTAP.  It took me a couple of passes to configure this correctly.  To configure this correctly, enter the Settings when in the Messaging menu.  Select All Msg, then select Entry Mode.  Select iTAP English, and you will now use iTAP for text messaging.
  • There are actually a number of customizations that one can make to the phone, and one of them allows you to remove the annoying Verizon Wireless banner from the displays.
  • The RAZR2 appears to be hackable, much along the lines of my trusty e815 that this phone replaced.  This is handy as it will allow you to re-enable some of the features that Verizon has disabled–namely Bluetooth file transfer functionality.
  • One of the things that took some getting used to on my part, as the RAZR2 changes the location of the space key.  On my e815, it was the * button while on the RAZR2   it is the # button.  A slight retraining of my fingers as they type the text messages.  I have found iTAP to be quite good at predicting what I am planning to type.
  • The RAZR2 uses a different connector than the original RAZR.  If you hope to use any of your accessories with the RAZR2, you are out of luck.  Of course, if you have had Motorola phones for sometime, this is not an uncommon occurrence.  This means after having the same USB data cable for my last two phones be compatible, I will need to break down and purchase a data cable.
  • Motorola Phone Tools works with the RAZR2, but I have borked with the Bluetooth functionality on the phone.

Weekend Flown By

There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Here it is almost Wednesday, and there are a number of small things I have meant to blog about.

  • A good time was had at the Happy Hour on Friday night. It was a good time to catch up with some old friends and meet a few new ones. I have to say a word of thanks for those who bestowed upon me kind birthday wishes.  I really did not expect it, and I appreciate the card and the tasty cupcake.  All in all, a good time was had at the place where I attended my first blogger happy hour almost three years ago.
  • On Saturday, I got together with some good friends old and new and enjoyed some drinks and conversation at my usual drinking haunt these days, Captain Larry’s, for my actual birthday.
  • On Sunday, I relaxed a bit and enjoyed a nice home-cooked dinner with my friend.
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