★ Final Post for August

What’s a summer without a Vegas trip? This past weekend was my first trip to Vegas in about a year. The occasion this time was a “co-ed” bachelor/ette party for Roel and Lily. Rochelle’s cousin and his fiance will be married next month so this past weekend, Oliver pretty much treated all the cousins plus me to a weekend in Vegas. On our way there, we experienced THE worst traffic I have ever seen going to Vegas, or ever, for that matter.

Apparently there were not one, but two accidents on the 15 N a little past the town of Baker. From what we heard from fellow travelers, one of the accidents was fatal, so an investigation had to be conducted, literally bringing the entire freeway to a halt. After not moving for 15 minutes, we found an alternate route to Las Vegas by way of Baker and Pahrump. An hour longer than just taking the 15, but a lot more interesting.

My career as an engineer begins on September 13. I’m nervous, anxious and excited all at the same time. What’s really stressing me out is that I don’t have a place to live, yet. I have 13 days to find me a roof over my head. After 9 months at Apple, I had bought plenty of little things for myself and others. Power adapters, iPod accessories, even iPod minis for people looking for a price break. However, I never used my personal discount. My “really-good-discount-that-I-will-only-use-on-myself-unless-you-do-something-really-great-for-me” discount. I was granted two of those discounts, one on a computer system, and one on an iPod.

I pondered the idea of a new computer. Yea, I could afford it, after my first paycheck, that I won’t get for a couple of weeks, but wait, I have bills and rent to pay now….nevermind. Plus, I love the computer I have now, and it works perfectly fine for what I do now.

I got my first iPod almost two years ago after a lot of research and a lot of saving. I loved it, and I still do. I’ve taken that thing with me everywhere. One of the best investments I’ve ever made. Two generations of iPods later, I can get a thinner iPod with FOUR times as much storage space and longer battery life, for the same price. And so, before I left Apple, I rewarded myself with a brand new 4G iPod. Review coming soon.

★ More GMail

In May, I was invited to test out Google’s email service, Gmail. After a couple months of use, it’s not that bad and I’m somewhat close to making it my primary email account. I especially like the way it lists the first couple words of the email so you know what message you’re looking at before you click it. One thing I am anxiously waiting for is POP support. If they decide to support IMAP, I’m sold.

Gmail is still in beta, however current users were given 3 invitations to invite others to try Gmail. I’ve managed to give away only one invitation. I was checking my Gmail and noticed that I have 3 invitations again. So I guess if anyone out there who doesn’t have a Gmail account, I may be willing to part with one of my invitations…if the price is right. *hehe*

Rochelle came back from Europe on Saturday. After looking at her pictures and listening to her stories, I can’t help but be a little jealous. Nearly every one of her pictures is worthy of desktop wallpaper-ness. I’m sure she’ll post some of those pictures up soon. Be on the lookout for that.

: Blacking Out the Friction by Death Cab for Cutie from the album Studio X Sessions (iTunes Exclusive) – EP

★ Bluetooth Rocks

Awhile back, I got a Sony Ericsson T616. I’ve had it for about 5 months and I’ve been very happy with it overall. Probably the coolest thing about this phone is the Bluetooth. When I was deciding on a phone, I knew I wanted a Bluetooth phone. My Powerbook has Bluetooth built in, might as well use it right?

Why is Bluetooth so cool? First of all, no wires. Different peripherals can talk to each other without wires. That’s always a good thing. Why is having a Bluetooth phone so cool? If you have a Mac with Bluetooth, you can do some cool stuff. With iSync, you can synchronize your contacts and calendars between your computer and your phone. So when I first got my phone, I didn’t have to manually type in all of my contacts. With iSync, all I had to do was open up a program, add my device, and click a button. It also syncs your iCal calendars, and this has got to be the coolest thing in the world.

I usually never know what I’m doing when I’m supposed to do it. Sometimes someone will ask me when I work next, or when I have some free time. It would be helpful if I could have access to my iCal calendars with me all the time. With iSync, Bluetooth, and my SE T616, it’s possible. Take a look at the picture. I basically have iCal on my phone! iSync transfers everything over, even alarms. So whether I’m on the go, or at the computer, something is there to remind me that I have to do something.

But wait, there’s more. In another post, I’ll talk about some freeware that makes having a Bluetooth phone even more worthwhile.

: Somebody Told Me by The Killers from the album Hot Fuss

★ Finally

Today I turned in my 2 week notice. After looking for well over a year, someone has decided that I fit well with what the company needs. All of this hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I know I will be excited to start my new job and begin my career as an engineer.

Once I’m gone, I know I’m going to miss this place. I pretty much got paid to be a geek and talk about geeky things and show people how cool it was to be a geek. I got to wear flip flops to work. They gave us free stuff. I’m also going to miss the people I’ve worked with. I’ve never worked with such a diverse group of people. Good times…

So now the next big thing I need to do is find a place to live. I have a couple areas in mind. I obviously don’t want to drive TOO far to work everyday. I also don’t want to live too far from Irvine. So I’m thinking somewhere in between; Brea, Fullerton, Anaheim. I also need to decide if I want to live on my own, or with a roommate. But for now, it just feels good that I finally got a job.

★ Family Guy

Family Guy is returning! After being cancelled 3 years ago, Fox is bringing the series back to life. I’ll admit I never really got into it during the show’s initial run, but after watching the DVDs, I’ve become a fan. On August 18 and 25th, Fox will be airing producer Seth McFarlane’s favorite episodes and then brand new episodes will air in 2005. I can’t wait.

★ Housecleaning

I’m in the middle of putting up the new site. The Blogger site is being bogged down so I can’t upload the new template, but the rest of the pages should be up. I’ll keep you posted.

Update:

The redesign is up. Along with the new design, I cleaned up the html to make it easier for future redesigns. The design I have up is more temporary until I get creative and come up with a new layout. I made a couple of changes to the journal section. I rearranged some of the elements for each post, like the comment links and the date and time for each post. Comments are now hidden until you click on “comments” or go to a post’s individual page. Finally, I added some stuff and updated the sidebar. If you don’t like the new design, or if you prefer the previous layouts, you can revert back to the previous style by clicking on any one of the non-default styles. Yay CSS.

★ Fortnight

On Wednesday night, I took Rochelle to her cousin Oliver’s place. He was taking her to LAX at 5am for her flight to Europe. She will be meeting up with Katrina in Venice and will hop all across Europe for the next 2 weeks. It’s like a MasterCard commercial. Plane ticket to Europe: $1000. Train tickets to Barcelona, Madrid and London: $800. Two weeks in Europe with your best friend: Priceless.

I’ve been getting emails from my web host reminding me that my registration for my domain name is about to expire. Of course I will renew, but I’m contemplating whether I should upgrade my hosting plan. The deal I’m getting is great; free web hosting as long as I register my domain through them, but the 20 MB of space is running out quick. The next plan up is probably more than what I really need. All I really need is more web space and PHP. I have until the first of September to decide. I also have a redesign in the works. Actually, its more of a “for now template until I get inspired to create a new layout” design.

: Jude Law And A Semester Abroad by Brand New from the album Your Favorite Weapon

★ Moving Day

On Saturday, Rochelle moved out her apartment which she had been living in for the past 4 years. I knew this day was coming. The move went…well. You can imagine all the things you can accumulate after 4 years of living in one place. The hardest part was actually getting organized and started. Once we had a good plan worked out, things went smoothly. It would’ve been a lot harder without the help of Katrina’s dad and Tan. Her dad brought a company truck to help with the big items. After 4 full truck loads and multiple carloads, the move was complete.

Even though I didn’t live there, I spent a lot of time there and have lots of memories from her apartment. I used to live in an apartment across the street and I remember how excited I got when I first met Rochelle and found out how close she lived. Most of my memories from when we first met have something to do with Dartmouth Court. Her new place is a lot nicer. Where her old apartment had that college apartment feel, this new place with its 3 bedrooms, fireplace, and ample dining room space, feels more like a home. Still, I’m kind of sad that I won’t ever get to visit “eleven-sixteen” anymore.

: Greg’s Last Day by The Starting Line from the album With Hopes of Starting Over