Holidays are the time for…

… eating things you could kill an animal with (in a years time) and drink enough to do the same…

Happy Holidays*Everyone!

I obviously have had a couple of parties as well as a few of the holiday visitors as is accustomed this time of year. First off was the Christmas ‘party’ hangout at the house. We had the traditional mouth-watering tasties in the traditional (ridiculously large) quantities; the ones that you (fortunately for you cholesterol) only get once a year. Was a good time of brew (despite Sunday status), good food, fun games, and friends (neither good nor fun 🙂 ).

Next up was the annual work Christmas party at Pike Aviation. This was also quite an enjoyable time (too enjoyable perhaps with a turn in of approx 2am!(and work the next morning)). There was the ever present over-abundance of hard liquor and brews of the beer variety; good stuff. Coupled with this was the ever popular pizza and seasonal finger foods… also, good stuff. All in all is has been a wonderful (and miserably full) season.

I look forward to the actual holidays 🙂

*unless you are offended by ‘holidays’ in which case you can call it ‘baby-jesus day’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Quanza’, ‘Chanukah’ or the ever popular ‘where is my new shiznit day’ – any way you slice it, I hope you have a festive and happy one!

Oh wonderful device of reclusion and premature deafness how I love you.

My iPod

As many of you already know Mrs. Clause and myself have had this ‘thing’ for some time now. Because of my closeness with her she visited me a bit early this year and gave me my ridiculously awesome gift for being such a good boy this year; my new 80GB Video IPod (Black). Yes sir, 80 GB – 20GB larger than my laptop’s hard-drive. I have been loading tunes and videos for three days now and am only half way full.

There are some nice updates and upgrades to the new IPod that are worth a mention. This is not an all encompassing review, just a general critique by yours truly.

First off the bat is the new brighter and larger screen. There is a considerable upgrade to the screen quality on this one. First thing that one will notice when playing video on this thing the quality and crispness of the display. Though I am sure that long movies on this thing are less than ideal, you really can not beat a portable 80GB device that will allow such quick, easy and portable playback of not only video but music as well; and all easily stored inside you pants pocket.

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The size is a bit decreased from my 4th Gen 20GB model that I am moving up from (and before you message me, I gave that one on to Mrs. Clause to replace her 4GB Mini). I would say there is a 10-15% decrease in thickness . Considering, this is an 80GB vs my previous 20GB, the fact there is any decrease in size is remarkable – this hard-drive cannot be much larger than the size of a nano. The advancements in solid state storage as of late (last 2-3 yrs) has been exponential; something that really shows in Apple’s iPod.

Once inside the iPod’s interface most people will noticed the added extras: for one there is a handy alarm clock to activate your iPod at a certain time and a certain song! Next there is obviously a digital clock as well as a stopwatch feature. Apple has also added a calendar tho admittedly I have played little with this function and do not know the extent of its function. Another cool added feature that I hope to soon explore more deeply is the added support for additional games (available for sale; yes, through the dreaded iTunes) such as Bejeweled, Tetris, Golf, Pac-Man, and a handful of others. I look forward to the near future in the way of what offerings will be made from the DEV, hack and crack, open-source communities; I am sure they will be plentiful as this pod adds quite a bit of punch in memory and processor in comparison to its predecessors.

Lets see… what else? Oh yea, the package… Per usual, Apple knows the ins and outs of presentation. This iPod, like ALL others, comes in a packaging get-up that is seemingly as trendy as the player itself… a marvelous, filthy, indulgent trendy…. The package included with my particular iPod included earphones, soft protective sheath, usb cable, instructions, and 2 apple stickers. What was missing was the installation CD (who cares? Min requirement on box is broadband which should have you covered) and, here’s the kicker, the wall plug adapter. Yup, no power adapter – so no ‘puter no charge (unless you drop 10-15 bones for the plug). All in all the packaging deal is nice. Nicest of all is the seeming improvement of the ear-bud quality. The gray parts of the headphones are rubberized, leading to a tighter, more isolated fit in the ear which of course leads to decreased environmental noise getting in (as well as a tight pack punch to more rapidly deafen you I am sure). All and all, A+!

I will end the shameless praise here and simply sum it up with: “I love this little bastard more than a mother could love her bastard child.” I look forward to many hours of eye and ear abuse at the aid of this device… thank you oh so much Mrs. Clause!

*Notice: before you notify my wife of my infidelity, Mrs. Clause has your address… be warned beotches… oh yea, and obviously, Mrs. Clause = Mrs. Kristy Ezell…. No autographs please.

Done and Done.

I just recently finished my CS2265 – Advanced Programming with Java exam and am now officially done with the semester! Woot! I have attached a screenshot of my final grade for CS (as I am quite proud). My grade from macroeconomics on the other hand, well lets just say I faired acceptably in that blasted vodoo-witchcraft-blackmagic class; no better no worse… just acceptable and thats good enough for me (and to keep my GPA above a 3 🙂 )

Now I have a cool couple weeks of free time to read what I want to until the next onslaught of force-fed education!

My Grade

I Survived Kristy’s Night on the Town!

Well, we survived Kristy’s graduation nights at the D.B. Fortunately none of were stabbed and the night went off without a hitch. We went to Monarachas for margaritas and Mexican food. Originally we were going to hit up La Parota but due to power failure at their establishment we headed over to Monarachas(sp?). The food was good and the drinks were better… we had a great time celebrating Kristy’s graduation with friends. She had a blast (as did everyone else I think). After dinner we headed on to the Double Branch for pool and drinks… after a number of beers, shots and failed pool games we sat around till about 11:00 shooting the proverbial ‘shit’; was a good time.

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The rest at flickr

Graduation…

Well, Kristy’s graduation went off without a hitch. The ceremony was as those things tend to be – a pain in the ass – literally as you are setting on the seat-equivalent of plywood. Outside that though, the service was nice and my baby got to walk. Here are pics from the occasion…

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I am married to a college graduate (who is going to get rich and give me lots of money)!

BREAKING NEWS! As of approximately 10a.m. this Friday I will be married to a genuine, real life, bona fide college graduate! Kristy has successfully completed her undergraduate learnin’ and is now amongst the few, the select, the edumakated!

I am so proud of her, as you damn well better be(http://www.myspace.com/kristyezell).

Just thought I should gloat, for her, because she sure as hell won’t do it for herself – so modest.

Again, big props and congrats go out to my beautiful, resourceful, and verifiably smart wifey for her hard work and dedication (and stubbornness)!

FREE EDUMACATION FROM M.I. to tha T-izi.

mitI just had to stop what I was doing to pop in and tell you about on the of the coolest free offerings I have seen on the net. This one I think possibly has a ‘retail’ value in the thousands… a free college education, both undergrad and grad studies…. Guess where… go on… ok, I will spill.. M.I.T. Yes, the M.I.T…yes, FREE.

“Welcome to MIT’s OpenCourseWare: a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.”
-M.I.T. resource site

Via an online education system that M.I.T. has set up by the name of OpenCourseWare you can obtain an education in over 30 courses. Classes include astronautics, biology, engineering, computer science, physics, arts, and on and on and on…

So… get the hankering for a good learnin’ head on over to MIT.