Why hello there, long time no see! I had assumed you had forgotten I existed and proceeded to dump me out of your life. But I see you haven’t! And for that we should celebrate! Brandy and blog posts for all, how does that sound? Good, then let’s proceed.
Things that have happened recently
- My parents closed on their new rental property. So now it is being worked on. Which started off with just painting and then removing the carpet. The hope had been that the hardwoods underneath would be okay, but they aren’t. They are littered with staples and nails and covered in splattered paint. So now it is a matter of economics whether new carpet is put down or the floors are refinished. I’m hoping for refinishing.
- I have moved some stuff to my parents’ house. These stuffs are all the easy things. What is left are the knicknacks that take FOREVER to pack. It seems like as I make some progress on them it just keeps piling up. Which is probably why I hate moving — it just seems to take forever.
- I have posted my car’s old (broken) instrument cluster, an r-bike tank bag, my futon, and the two large speakers in my living room online. So far the cluster is going to sell for at least what I want out of it … And no bites on anything else yet. I did just post the futon and speakers so I can’t get down on them yet
- I started graduate school on Monday! That is pretty exciting. Thankfully I have a pretty good schedule that should make studying and any travels pretty easy to accommodate. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous though. Just lots of reading and seemingly intense coursework. Plus, I never liked the way grades are set up in post secondary education — everything rides way too much on 2 tests a semester that really don’t adequately reflect real world working conditions and put pressure on that impairs information recollection. At least that is how I feel about it. Plus it is likely every class’s test will be the same week. Which will be awesome.
- Serena seems to be well on her way to recovery. She is getting more and more active. She had a bad bought of throwing up this past weekend and I had meant to call the vet on Monday but forgot. She threw up more Monday evening and night and so I meant to call today … But I forgot again. However she hasn’t thrown up today so I’m holding my breath that this is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Other exciting news? HP announced that they were going to can hardware production for webOS. Talk about a body blow to my electronic psyche! You can ask any of my friends (and especially my girlfriend) about my feelings towards webOS and my Palm Pre of old. I would talk about it and how much I loved the os for hours on end, but then have to caveat it all with the phrase “if only the hardware were better”. When the touchpad was announced I figured that my prayers had finally been answered, and aside from the really long time from announcement to launch, they have been. webOS 3.0.2 is exactly what I always wanted after getting my pre (except I still want my gestures!). Apparently not enough other people thought the same though because HP didn’t want to keep at it. This would not have been so bad if at the same time HP had announced a license agreement with a large 3rd party manufacturer, but they didn’t. So we the webOS faithful were left was … Nothing. We had nothing to go on but hopes and dreams (pretty standard fair actually for us). Then the fire sales started and every available touchpad has been sold. Every. Single. One. Of course these prices were crazy low but now there is an amazing number of users out there and webOS buzz is really high! So hopefully that actually will show some android phone/tablet manufacturers that the market for webOS isn’t actually dead, it just needs products that come to market in a timely manner and with competitive specs. Or just really low price points.
Obviously I bought my touchpad before the fire sale so I paid more than the $149 for my touchpad. And I bought it on august 5th but wasn’t able to call staples until august 21st to see if they would price match the change. Technically they didn’t have to since it was beyond the 14 day window, but the customer service lady did! So I too am one of the cheap touchpad owners (and to think I thought I was doing good getting it for $200 off sticker price!). With that refunded money I have purchased a keyboard, touchstone (so freaking awesome, should have gotten one for my original pre back in the day) and the case. While I still think the touchpad on screen keyboard is phenomenal (especially with the changing sizes), a physical keyboard is really useful at home for some tasks. I do wish there were keyboard shortcuts for things like copy, paste, swipe left, swipe right, etc. But what is there is pretty darn good and I have faith that the homebrew community may find a way to add them in. I think I may not use the case much around the house because when the touchpad is off the touchstone I’ll just use the on-screen keyboard. But when I’m out of the house of course the case will be on. It isn’t bulky by any means, and the folding (dare I say it) apple like features are very nice, but it gets in the way of the touchstone. And that ain’t cool. 😉 sure I can charge through the case but it isn’t as elegant. Below is my current setup on top of my dresser.
And well, that is all I have time for. I gotta get to bed soon so I can get up early in the morning and do a track workout before then changing the oil on my car and other fun exciting things before heading to lawrence for a team meeting and then classes.