Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Long Time

Feel like it's been forever since I've posted anything of any personal nature on here.  Four minutes left on this morning's 30 minutes of free step and I feel compelled to write.  Not sure of what, but I'm sure there's plenty.

This past weekend, Lori and I stole away for about 23 hours up to the Big City.  We stayed at the Doubletree Arctic Club (built in 1917).  Even though we were there entirely on points, they put us up on the newly renovated top floor.   It's pretty cool - when you get off the elevator, you're in a little antechamber with only a single door with a simple plaque next to it that reads "Hilton Honors" and nothing more.  Stepping through the door, it's a small hallway with a few doors.  I'd later read that there were only 8 rooms on that floor.  Our room was pretty expansive.  A king sized bed with room to drop in a second king.  Desk, table, chairs, an elaborate ancient-looking chest that had been modified to hold a coffee bar, clothes storage and a hidden mini-bar.  And on top, a massive LCD. 

Huh... and now my four minutes are up.  More later.  I'm worried we didn't actually take any photos in the room. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Office is atwitter

I wish I could say it was all of Scranton, PA (aint no party like a Scranton party), but it's a good start.

But, you might be thinking to yourself "I don't do Twitter." or "I won't be able to keep up with the hijinx."

That's fine.  All you really need is Google.  What?  Still not using Google Reader?

Ok, let's assume you're using Google Reader.  This will offer you a great way to watch their conversations with one another, all in chronological order, all stored safely until you're ready to read them.

Step 1: Add these three feeds

Step 2: Add one of the feeds to a folder.  Easiest way is to click on "Feed Settings" and then scroll the way to the bottom and select "New folder..."

Step 3: Give it a name.

Step 4: Add the other two feeds to the same folder.

Step 5: Reverse the order so that the oldest show up first. (You'll get a warning about being only able to see the last 30 days worth of feeds, but you don't care because they haven't been doing it that long.)

Success!  They are approximately in the order posted, though a few seemed slightly in the wrong order, but not so much that you lose the humor.

True Office fans will want to take at least a peek at the actual Twitter pages because who each is following is also a nice touch.

I assume that in relatively short fashion we'll see additional people from Dunder Mifflin joining in on the fun.  (Aren't you a little old for MySpace, eh, Pam?)

Share Me!

I've added a Share button to all of my posts, so that you can quickly repost, in case I ever post anything worth reposting.  Like my one about The Office being on Twitter which I just posted. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yeah, I Brought It (2 of 2)

Ok, so my diet this week has been garbage and you might be a little less impressed if you saw the seesaw of the little weight line, but this was a surprise, considering yesterday that I worked through lunch, didn't get as much walking in yesterday as I'd have liked and instead of eating my lunch I ate a large number of small chips ahoy cookies and drank 3 or 4 cups of coffee yesterday instead of the usual two.

Today is going to be an excellent day. I tangled with someone the other day - they had presented some information in an email that they had gathered and I started to try to reply and address some incorrect points in the email but eventually gave up and just said their email had too many problems for me to know where to begin and that we ought to meet. (Today's lesson for the corporate world, kids - check the org chart first - person didn't like what I said/how I said it and let some others know.) I do believe I've managed to since convince them that I'm a good guy.

Anyhow, I spent yesterday's lunch time drawing on the white board in a conference room. I tried to apply a little bit of Back of the Napkin or In Plain English, but it still took me the entire hour to draw on my whiteboard, refine, capture with my camera, print out, and then redraw in the conference room and refine some more. After I was done, I left and then returned to take some photos with a higher quality camera and there were people gathering for the next meeting and they were all standing around looking at the board. When they found out I had drawn it, they asked me to email it to them, to put it on the wiki and said that their entire team needed to see it. (It was a 3-D virtual representation of our content and commerce websites, complete with aisles, cash register, zip lines, little guides holding coupons and a related city scene complete with house, a very poorly drawn non-3D bus, a TV store and a billboard. I'm pretty proud of it.)

* Back of the Napkin or In Plain English

Boo ya (1 of 2)

Should have taken it one screen earlier when it used the word "incredible" but "perfect" is pretty good, too. Of course, that involves standing perfectly still, but is there any other way to accomplish this? Maybe someone will much better posture, though I'd like to think mine's improving. Today is going to be an excellent day.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


These have been on my to do list for the longest time with the simple title "Look up these verses" - no idea why they were there or when I put them on there, but they're encouraging, I think.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.