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On the road with an iPad

June 21st, 2010

I’ve had the iPad for about a week now. I’m still amazed with it and all the fun I’m having with it. It feels like a totally new experience to interface with the web and interact with people. Granted, most of that web and interaction is a Twitter client and Safari, but the multi-touch interface and the “closeness” of the interaction (holding it on my lap) just make this feel a new experience.

I’m drafting this on Pages on the iPad. I’ll port this to my blog using a cut and paste into the dashboard, then will touch it up and add links using the dashboard on a PC.

We took a trip last week. I intentionally did not bring my laptop as I wanted to use the iPad as a prime device and didn’t want to have the option of falling back on a PC. Read more…

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Itching for a Netbook

January 30th, 2009

180px-asus_eee_white_alt-smallSo my birthday is coming up and I’m hoping to get a UMPC/Netbook.  I’ve been looking at them for months.

I was torn for a while as I already have an iPhone that handles just about anything I would do on a Netbook with the exception of document editing.  The iPhone, though tiny, is very nice for checking e-mail just about anywhere and sending back the short replies that we have become so familiar with since the days of clam shell pagers, Blackberries, and now iPhones (and other small e-mail devices).

Another reason I was torn for a while on the idea of a Netbook is that I have a laptop that I use for business and for business travel I usually lug it around. It’s not an aircraft carrier of a laptop (it’s not a 17 incher) but it’s still large and can’t just be chucked in a suitcase or backpack. I don’t like carrying it on personal weekend trips or even longer personal vacations but often find myself doing it just so I can keep in touch (even if I’m not “technically” going to be working while away from home.

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Bookstores

June 29th, 2008
Bookstore

Bookstore

Over the past few years I’ve been buying a lot of my books online at amazon.com or even on eBay. I’ve also been going to the public library here in Blacksburg which as public libraries go is a pretty decent library. However, when shopping online or even at the library, I tend to pick up books that are challenging reads, and many of them take me a long time to get through. If I bought them, that’s not a problem, however I’ve racked up a few late fees at the library (no more than what it would have cost me to purchase the book outright). I’ve also tended to pick up books that spend a long time on my bedside table as I have been known to start reading something else and at times have had as many as four or five books ongoing at once. An example of these are (all of which I’ve started and will eventually finish):

  • The Baroque Cycle by Neal Steaphenfon of which I’m about half way through The System of the World
  • Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
  • The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
  • April 1865 by Jay Winik

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Family Vacation in Maine

August 22nd, 2007
Big house

Big house

Finally getting around to updating the site. I’ve installed iLife’08 so there may be some different behaviors and I’m getting around to figuring all of those out. I think overall iLife’08 is a nice improvement. iMovie seems a major improvement, but it did take me a bit to get used to the new features and I am a little annoyed at so many missing features that may still be present, but are much harder to find. With that said, I did create a nice youtube video of me cooking a brisket on my new Big Green Egg and it didn’t even take me that long to break down an hour or so of video into a 3 minute youtube. Likewise iPhoto has some major improvements, but I’m still using Aperture for most of my photography. This is my first foray into iWeb and I haven’t noticed too many differences, with the exception to the photo albums, and I’m not sure how they will export to my site (as opposed to .mac, more on that later).

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Lazy, good for nothing, beach bum…..

June 11th, 2007
Surfer

Surfer

No, that picture isn’t me nor anyone I know nor is it where I went to the beach. It’s the default picture for this blog template so I figured I’d leave it as it fits with the topic at hand. Sadly, I did take three cameras with me, yet didn’t take a single picture nor video. I was too busy laying on the beach soaking up the sun to be bothered with any other hobbies of mine.

Stacie and I recently spent a week and a half on St. Simons Island for out annual Beachweek. We invited friends (as per usual) and had some show up. We stayed in my extended families’ “historic” beach cottage on St. Simons and we try to make it down every year around Memorial Day (a “historic” beach cottage is a quaint name for an old beach cottage on an island that is rapidly losing it’s character to $M condos). Sadly, this may have been the last of the Boz Beachweeks as the cottage is on the market. However, I said the same thing last year when it was listed then too. Personally, I’d like to have more Boz Beachweeks in the future. If the cottage sells, we may be forced to rent a condo for a week or just quit with the Beachweeks and do a Boz Maineweek up in Boothbay, Maine.

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Amsterdam

March 21st, 2007
I amsterdam

I amsterdam

Stacie and I went to Amsterdam for a week for her Spring Break vacation.  It was a great trip.  We visited the three museums, got outside of the city to visit Delft, Den Haag, and Leiden, visited with some friends and had some great meals.  The weather was great for most of the trip with the exception of the freak freezing rain storm that caught us by surprise the day before we left.  We flew out in snow so we couldn’t have timed the trip any better.

Now that I’m home, I’ve brewed a couple of batches for the Vet School Open House party which will be at our house on 3/30/2007.  I’m also planning on making some homemade root beer before the party.

I need to update my photo albums with the Amsterdam trip as well as post some additional pictures of Monster Truck, our new dog.

I’ve also got to take the job search seriously now as I have no excuse now that we are home from our short vacation.

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Posting more pictures

October 11th, 2006
Eagle drying himself

Eagle drying himself

I finally got around to posting more Alaska photos.  I’ll be posting other albums later this week (like new puppy pictures).

Enjoy the photos.

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First Entry … Welcome to my blog

September 30th, 2006
Stacie napping

Stacie napping

Stacie thinks I have too much time on my hands if I’m actually considering a blog.  I’m not so sure.  We’ll see how it progresses.

The picture above is another from our summer 2006 vacation to Alaska.  We had a nice long hike on a glacial bar somewhere in the vicinity of Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park.  We came across lots of wildlife including a herd of caribou shortly before this picture was taken.

We stopped for a hot lunch of some sort of soup or other, then Stacie settled down for an afternoon nap.

I walked around and took pictures of some flowers which I will eventually get posted to the photo albums.

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