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A very WiFi Christmas

lotsofwifiThe last time I brought my laptop to my mother's house I was hoping I would be able to 'borrow' some Wifi. Sadly, there was no WiFi to be had, and during subsequent visits I left the computer at home. However, I knew that there was WiFi available this time because my mother's computer (I gave her my old iMac) helpfully joined one of her neighbor's networks.

Therefore, I find myself using my MacBook and suckling from the sweet, sweet teat of free WiFi (well, it is free to me). Futhermore, I was shocked to find not only one WiFi network but several (see the picture to the right). What's up with that?


5 Tech related things about me you may not know (or care about)

Five more things you don’t know about me

Ok, so Kevin C. Tofel of JKontheRun tagged me to do the 5 things meme, but I’ve already done it.  However, since Kevin is a tech geek I thought it might be fun to do a tech flavored version of the 5 things, so here it is 5 Things You Don’t Know about my Technology Preferences:

  1. I love many Microsoft products: Outlook 2007, OneNote, and Windows Mobile to name a few (though I had to get used to Windows Mobile).
  2. Now that Intel Macs are out I can’t stand using PowerPC Macs (they were slow, and we knew it!).
  3. Gmail owns my soul, and I’m ok with that.
  4. I don’t think everyone can, or should, blog.
  5. As much as I love technology I would give it all up for a really good book.
                           

3, 2, 1 Contact!

mimesoul.jpgI was walking back from lunch today with Joe and Kurt when the topic of television came up. I'm not sure how we arrived at the subject, but I started to sing the theme from 3, 2, 1 Contact as we were walking down the street (I sing in public, often and loudly). That got me thinking about watching 3, 2, 1 Contact as I was a child and for some reason a shiver ran up my spine. Why would 3, 2, 1 Contact freak me out?

Ohh, right... the mimes.

I don't know who thought it would be a great idea to have people dressed in black leotards with oversized heads and toilet paper rolls for eyes cavort around on a show about science, but it always creeped me out. Especially when the mimes were sad (they cried by pulling lots of toilet paper out of the rolls that were their eyes). I'm getting the chills just thinking about it.

Anyway, Youtube has the intro to the show. Be sure to turn up the volume and sing along. Let's make contact!


Five things you don't know about me

C.K. tagged me, and so now I must participate in the latest meme sweeping the internet.  Here we go, five things most of you don’t know about me:

  1. I was a boy scout, a very bad boy scout but a boy scout nonetheless.  My father was an eagle scout and I always had the sneaking suspicion that he wished I was more outdoorsy.
  2. I enjoy hugs.  I have this reputation that I hate being hugged, and it simply isn’t true.  I like appropriate hugs, which pretty much covers being hugged by anyone who reads this (if you are so inclined to hug me.  If you would rather not hug me that’s cool too).  I will seldom initiate a hug, because I can never tell if a hug is welcome, which might add to my hug hating reputation.
  3. I live in constant fear of being fired.  No matter how many times the people I work with tell me that I’m doing a good job, in the back of my mind I think that at any moment I will be told to take my belongings and leave the building.  This isn’t a new thing either.  When I was in school I was always afraid that I was on the edge of failing all my classes and being kicked out of school.
  4. I fear that I will die alone (just like Capt. Kirk!  I’m such a big geek.)
  5. When I was a child I carried around a purse.  The purse contained blank pieces of paper.  When my mother and I would go into stores I would pay for whatever it is we bought by writing a ‘check’ on one of the pieces of paper.  This is true, and I have no idea what it means about me.

Now I must tag five other people to do this, and so I will tag Terry, Marisa, Karl, Joe, and Frank.

Update: Frank, Joe, and Terry have posted their answers and there are some pretty gross answers in the lineup of 5 (think dangling eyes and peanut butter with cheese).


Center City Philadelphia Macintosh Users Group

ccmuglogoTanner just emailed me to tell me about tomorrow’s Center City Macintosh Users Group meeting. I didn’t even know that Center City had a MUG. All the MUGs I have seen meet out in the burbs, which just don’t cut it for me (since I don’t drive that means the Regional Rail, and that’s just not going to happen during rush hour. Unless I’m going to play D&D. A man has to have his priorities).

Here are the details for tomorrow’s meeting, including very detailed directions on how to get to the meeting room. I will most likely be in attendance, since Mac people are my people.


How Amazon.com almost ruined Christmas

Joe, who recently burst upon the blogosphere, talks about how Amazon almost ruined Christmas, though oddly he doesn’t actually tell the story.

A few days ago Joe hinted that he bought me a Christmas present by saying, ‘I bought you a Christmas present.’ This made me think of a few things in rapid succession:

  1. How nice!
  2. Crap.
  3. Now I have to get him a present.
  4. Ah, I was going to anyway, but now I actually have to make sure I do it.

I wasn’t sure what to get him, but since he likes to read and I like to give books to people the choice was obvious. But what book?

Ah!

Stranger in a Strange Land

Has he read it though? It is a SciFi classic, and Joe is a pretty big geek. I IMed him and worked the word ‘grok’ into the conversation to see if he knew what I was talking about. He didn’t, and I was set.

I went to Amazon, ordered the book, got it gift wrapped, and waited 2 days. The box arrived and I called Joe over to my desk. He unwrapped the book, and looked at it with a slightly quizzical look on his face.

‘Oh,’ said he.

Hmm, thought I, Joe likes SciFi, right?

Turns out Amazon sent me the wrong book. Instead of some Heinlein goodness Joe was greeted with ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives,’ which proudly proclaims on the cover to have the power to change people’s lives. No wonder he wasn’t as thrilled as I thought he should have been.

2 days later and Stranger in a Strangeland arrived. Christmas was saved.


Why must the internet ladies hate me?

nolovefortheblankbaby.jpgThe other day I was talking to Julie and the topic of online dating was brought up. I told Julie that a while ago I logged into Match.com to see how my profile was doing and I was greeted with the sad state of affairs you see to the right. My profile has been viewed a whopping zero times in the last few months.

I’m being virtually rejected by women who don’t even know that I exist! I bemoaned this fact to Julie and then I said, ‘I’m going to get an ad somewhere where I’ll be appreciated.’

Julie looked at me, waited a moment, and said, ‘And that would be where?’

‘I have no idea. But it must exist, right?’

Sadly, I don’t think it does exist. I have a feeling that the wild world of online dating isn’t for me. I’m just not that attractive on paper (virtual or real paper, I might add). Ladies need to be exposed to me for awhile before my charms become apparent, which means that online dating, speed dating, and most normal social settings don’t work in my favor.

What’s a rapidly thinning geek to do?

Though, it isn’t all sadness and garment rending in the world of Scott. I went to Thad’s holiday party a few weeks ago and I have it on good authority that some of the women in attendance thought I was nice and funny. That’s something I suppose, though I have the feeling that most ladies look at me as the nice and funny friend. I need to be a bad boy, or something. I must add a leather jacket and profanity to my daily gear.