Ready for the weekend

I’m not exactly sure about the 7 day week. The weekend never seems long enough and working for 5 days straight seems arbitrary and capricious. I’m pretty sure nothing will change. The cadence will remain the same.

The last two weeks have worn me out. A lot has happened. 2015 could be a very big year. It could be a very interesting year.

Beyond my concerns about the nature of the week. Today is always rough every year. It reminds me of how quickly things can change. It reminds me to appreciate the little things and the big things.

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Notes from today

Today was all about being present. I pulled a muscle somewhere in my shoulder. I’m not sure how the injury happened. Not only did it disrupt my day, but also it reminded me about striving to be present. That might sound somewhat cliché, but being present in the moment matters. You have to begin the intention of being present. Trips to the grocery store, party supply store, cake store, and Fuzzy’s tacos happened today. Even with all that activity, I did not hit my Fitbit step goal today. My goal for tomorrow is to run 5 miles on the treadmill.

Boston Acoustic engineers built a pretty solid soundbar and wireless subwoofer. I have had one for a couple of years. My new setup has enough space for a full surround sound system. At some point during 2015, I’m going to pick up a surround sound system and a turntable. I’d like to be able to enjoy fully immersive sound while watching movies or listening to albums. The price for a solid surround sound systems seems to have really dropped over the last few years.

Last week I backed a project on Kickstarter for the first time. I backed a new album project Free Dominguez setup called Ghost Notes. Kickstarter projects are pretty interesting. The website seems to have provided artists a platform to raise funds.

Traveling

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Nels Traveling Picture in Picture Photo

Over the last few weeks, I have done a large amount of traveling. I have traveling all over the Midwest. I even managed to try out the picture in picture mode on my HTC One Max.

Denver zoo visit

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It’s almost 9:00 AM. John Paul wanted to go the zoo today. We are waiting for the mad rush when it opens. I woke up at 5:30 AM today to write for a couple hours. Getting up at 5:30 AM on a Saturday morning demonstrates a certain level of commitment. I knocked out parts of two chapters. It was a productive writing session.

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Nels and Joni at the 2011 company holiday party

Nels and Joni at the Holiday Party

Joni and I had a great time at the company holiday part that was hosted at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Here is a photo that was taken when we first arrived to the event. In response to the Flickr storage conundrum, I have decided not to decide. The best photos will get posted on this weblog as individual or group photo posts and the larger sets will be still be loaded to Flickr. Without a rock solid method for photo archive management within Flickr, I am still struggling with how to manager content based on a longitudinal strategy.

Holiday party at work with Santa

Within my archives I have about 20,000 digital photographs that date back to 1998. They are all sorted chronologically by event. Over the years, I have trusted the Yahoo! owned Flickr photo sharing service. The Flickr photo service allows me to archive digital content, but it provides a very poor backup service. Extracting photos from my webserver requires a minimal amount of effort. Extracting photos from Flickr took about six hours of sustaining downloading using some basic Java scripts. I am going to have to make a decision about how to store photos online. I strongly dislike the idea of hosting a pure photo blog, but I am not sure of what the best mechanism for displaying 20,000 photos online would actually be. I’m sure at some point some answer will become obvious.

 

I got a baby shower cake at work

Have you ever been to a surprise baby shower?  The kind people I work with at Corinthian Colleges  threw me a surprise baby shower that included this wonderful cake.

Joni really enjoyed the baby shower and made a tower of sugar cookies for my coworkers.