Serious Weekend Thinking

Maybe you guessed it from the title of this weblog post, but in case you missed the headline let me be exceptionally clear, “I have decided to devote parts of this three day weekend to thinking about life, the universe, and everything.”

In terms of intellectual development, I have decided to focus on taking a few additional classes online. If you wanted to sign up for the Stanford Engineering, “Online version of Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. The course runs from the 10th of October through the 18th of December, 2011. Enrollment will be open until the 9th of October,” then now would be the time to complete the registration. I completed the advanced registration option at http://www.ai-class.com/. Interestingly enough, a number of other classes are available online courtesy of the Stanford Engineering Everywhere project. I imagine the publicity of this massive online class will help Stanford University develop a large beachhead in the world of online education.

In terms of family activities, Joni and I went to the Happy Apple Farm located in Penrose, Colorado.

Joni and I also went to The Winery at Holy Cross Abby in Canyon City, Colorado.

Friday Night Cinema

Based on recommendations from both James and David, I decided to rent the movie Limitless this evening. Strangely enough, the VUDU video service happens to be included in the new PS3 channels area. The HDX format presents 1080p content with Dolby digital plus 5.1 channel audio.

Qwest DNS Connectivity Issues

Qwest (now called CenturyLink) has been providing my household with internet service for several years now. Over the course of the last two weeks, the digital subscriber line (DSL) modem has been experiencing intermittent connectivity issues related to resolving domain name systems (DNS). Tomorrow morning a technician will be reviewing our internet systems. The modem has been running hotter than usual and restating the modem will normally restore service. An uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system both conditions the power being provided to the modem and ensures no internet service disruptions will occur.

I wonder what will be required to fix the situation…

Waiting for technicians can be tedious and annoying, instead of wasting the time I plan on focusing on studying for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) exam.

The technician from CenturyLink was courteous and knowledgeable. Qwest had previously stipulated that we were on the edge of the DSL coverage range. To reduce degradation the technician installed a whole house filter and segmented the DSL service. Everything seems to be working.

Weblog administration updates

Are you ready for yet another weblog administration update? Hey things change… what more do you expect? In terms of wildly exciting weblog administration news, the daily note format will be put on hiatus (if not completely discontinued). Please consider for a moment that within a weblog long term storage and search functions require building complete thoughtful posts. I have been toying with the idea of putting a 500 word minimum on publishable posts. Without question it would be easy to filter any posts shorter than 500 words by forcing them into a permanent draft status. The basic weblog infrastructure can sort items on the backend by day, week, month, and year. Each post should exist within a specific category of thought. In the long run, I know a weblog author has to rely on the backend systems to sort out the details.

Will the next version of WordPress allow authors to drag and drop photos into a post? Based on some recently received feedback, I have decided to try and spice up my weblog by including more images, videos, and formatting.

I have never really got into the swing of mobile weblog posts. I prefer to write during the early hours of the morning or late at night. During both of those writing windows it is easier to access a laptop than it is to pound out prose on a virtual Android phone keyboard.