Overall, I have found the HP Envy X2 detachable computer very usable. I sacrificed computing power for battery life, but that was a trade I was willing to make. Oddly enough, I rarely detach the tablet form the keyboard. The device is primarily used to read email, surf the web, and write. For some reason, my writing productivity level has fallen off over the last two years. This weblog has not received the attention that it deserved. I’m hoping that the return to having a stable office setup will help change things.
This year I could not wait for the conference paper acceptance confirmation email from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Every year the MPSA conference is held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, Illinois. This year I have been logging into the paper submission system and checking that status of my papers every week. Today when I logged into the paper submissions system I celebrated. This year could be epic. 2 papers, 1 panel chair, and opening day at Wrigley field.
Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N. (2014). “Network analysis of social media engagement and linkages within e-government implementations using automated data mining techniques: A study of MSA top 50 local governments.” Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference, Conference Paper, Chicago, Illinois.
Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J. (2014). “Modeling political campaign contact performance.” Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference, Conference Paper, Chicago, Illinois.
Wrigley Field opened in 1914. That means that opening day for the 2014 season will mark 100 years of operations.
Nels Lindahl and Andy at Wrigley
After a few works of completing farm team adventures, I finally received the message, “Thanks for going all the way through Chipotle’s Farm Team online experience.” Overall, I enjoyed the challenge that the Chipotle Farm Team provided. I still cannot get the perfect game badge. Chipotle Farm Team perfection has alluded me, but in the end I will be ok.
My latest adventure into the world of online classes started today. I’ll be spending the next ten weeks completing, “CaltechX: CS1156x Learning From Data (introductory Machine Learning course).” This will be the first class that I have taken within the edX environment. I have heard good things about the platform and wanted to check it out firsthand. I figured I start with a challenging class about machine learning. The instructor estimates that the class will take about 10 hours of effort a week.
Putting your house on the market can be stressful. Uncertainty about timelines and processes can be truly frustrating. The house was only on the market for 7 days. Based on the state of the economy and other market conditions we were lucky to receive an offer the first week.
A couple months ago when our relator walked the property for the first time before it was listed, Brandon made three major comments about our house: 1) the half-dead lawn needed some work to look good for pictures, 2) our lighting fixtures needed to be updated to silver vs. brass, and 3) the master bathroom had to be pained a color other than lime green. If you have ever seen the color of the mask in the movie “The Mask” with Jim Carry, then you know why the realtor wanted the bathroom repainted.
The next move in the waltz that is listing (and selling) a house involved having a professional stagger come in and provide critical feedback on every room in the house. The staging process was eye opening. It lasted about two hours and Joni took notes as we walked throughout the house. We ended up having to move a dresser out of the bedroom to make the room seem less full and rearrange the sofas in the living room. We also removed our giant rug from the living room to help the room seem less dark. Beyond moving things around, we ended up taking a ton of stuff to a storage unit. I’m taking 10 loads in the Honda Pilot. I have never had a storage unit before. The process of getting one was interesting, but that is a story for another day.
After spending an entire weekend getting the house prepared based on the staggers advice, we were ready for pictures. The professional photos take of the house turned out to be phenomenal. Tons of houses on the market have substandard photos posted online that do not represent the property very well. Our photos were crisp, bright, and showed off the rooms in the house. The relator posted the pictures online and prepared the listing.
Showings are stressful with a 19 month old kid. Everything the kid thinks is fun seems to make a mess in the house. In this case, keeping the house clean was not controlled chaos – it was just chaotic. Everything turned out ok in the end. We received an offer 7 days after the house was listed. I’m ready to close the house selling chapter and open the house buying one.
What advice would I give someone trying to sell a house? The following thoughts are for informational purposes only. You should consult a professional before making real decisions, but here are my thoughts on the matter. Make sure you understand the financial ramifications of selling your house before you call a relator. Make sure you go over what will happen when the house sells with the relator. Trust me – you don’t want to be surprised by the financials. Make sure you know your limits and understand the consequences. Having a stagger and professional photographer helped us sell our house. The stagger and the professional photographer were part of the standard package our realtor uses. Obviously, you need to hire a great realtor. They need to be great at their job and somebody you can trust. During the course of 7 years, our realtor Brandon helped us both buy and sell the same house.
After a pretty decent dinner at the Craftwood Inn last night, I managed to execute my Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football draft from my HTC EVO 4G LTE phone. The Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football draft app worked pretty well. It was easy to use. However, at the end of the draft, I got a rather discouraging email from Yahoo, “Despite a Powerful Set of RBs, 65 Toss Power Trap Lands Closer to the Bottom Than the Top.” I was a little shocked at how point blank the Yahoo team was via email. The details of the full email included the following torrid and shocking prose:
“Draft Grade: C. Ouch. Prove these ratings wrong by nominating yourself for the Toyota Hall of Fame. 65 Toss Power Trap couldn’t weave their first overall selection into fantasy gold. They’re projected to end up seventh in IT Champs League with a mark of 4-10-0 (1,517 points). 65 Toss Power Trap jumped on ball carriers early and often, using their first three selections to grab RBs Adrian Peterson (1st overall), Stevan Ridley (20th), and David Wilson (21st). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the most prolific trio of RBs in the league.”
Yahoo Draft Grade
Here is the team I ended up drafting:
- Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
- Stevan Ridley (NE – RB)
- David Wilson (NYG – RB)
- Colin Kaepernick (SF – QB)
- Cam Newton (Car – QB)
- Mike Wallace (Mia – WR)
- Steve Smith (Car – WR)
- Danario Alexander (SD – WR)
- Greg Jennings (Min – WR)
- Arizona (Ari – DEF)
- Martellus Bennett (Chi – TE)
- Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
- Tavon Austin (StL – WR)
- Josh Brown (NYG – K)
- Kenny Britt (Ten – WR)
- Sidney Rice (Sea – WR)
I already put Danario Alexander (WR) who got placed on injured reserve up on the waiver wire for Brandon Myers (TE).
I’m getting back into the swing of blogging. I wrote a few paragraphs about the weight of modernity’s shadow. A few of the pages challenged the nature of modern society. They looked at the nature of our lost commons and the diminished sense of public. I took those paragraphs and stored them away for later. A few sentences later, I was back in blogging mode writing about how daylight will never know hesitation and how I enjoy donuts. It’s true.
My coffee tastes bitter from sitting on the counter for about an hour.
It’s time to get going. Today is going to be a big day. It’s my last day working within the online operations group. Next week I’ll be working for the information technology group as a Sr. Business Systems Analyst. To celebrate Joni and I will be heading out to the Craftwood Inn which specialized in “Colorado cuisine” for dinner. Executive Chef Brother Luck has not disappointed us yet. I have high hopes for a truly enjoyable dinner.
After dinner, I’ll be decimating my coworkers during a fantasy football draft.