Sunday, November 21, 2010

So I got this new computer over the weekend

I have this project that I'm starting to work on and realized how much I would benefit from having a second dedicated computer in my room to work on side by side.  Well, it's me, so I didn't just go buy a windows computer (even though that's what I needed).  Instead I got this:

 Yes, I bought a 13" MacBook Pro.  It really is going to be used for a specific purpose (the very first thing I'm doing with it is installing Windows 7).  But, after it's served its purpose I'll get used to using a notebook again - I've been using a desktop for so long with my iPad as a supplement it'll be an interesting journey to go back and forth between two powerful machines (and my iPad will still be used a lot).

One more pic of it next to my monster monitor:

Monday, November 8, 2010

What is Geocaching?

Edit: Nov 9, 2010 - the app I used for Geocaching can be found here iTunes App Store

Over the weekend, Eman and I tried something called Geocaching.  Basically the idea is that it's treasure hunting in real life.  People have been hiding "caches" for years, they're usually some small container with a pencil and slip of paper inside.  The caches are hidden in both dense urban areas or in the middle of nowhere wilderness.  The goal of geocaching is to go exploring in areas where you already live, work, play, etc., and discover something new.  Once you find a cache, you write your name and when you found it (and fill in appropriate internet logs if you're really interested) and put it back for someone else to find.

So we headed down to South Pasadena and looked up a few caches.  The first one we tried to find ended up in nothing, and we're pretty sure the cache wasn't even there anymore (it was also really close to some houses, basically in someone's driveway) so we went off for a different one.

We wandered around this area and read the hint "you're hot, you're hot, you're hot...oops now you're cold!" and this is what we saw:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just Checking In

My second class for National started last week so I've been working on some papers and such, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy November!
I'm surprised how quickly the year is going, it seems like just yesterday I was boarding the plane to head back East for the summer, and, oh wait, I'm doing that next week again.

I'm really excited for a trip to North Carolina; it will be another test of how useful my iPad and iPhone can be in a real-world situation (since I'll have some homework to finish).  I also bought some noise-canceling headphones for the plane ride; there will be a nice review of those after I get back (or maybe while I'm still there?).  I've also been tinkering around with some database software, Bento 3, but I probably need a bit of time before I'm ready to actually do anything useful with it.
Anyway, in the meantime, here's a photo of a mousepad I crafted for my glass desktop.  A laser mouse can't track on glass, so I made one out of the same carbon-fiber vinyl I use to accent my car (and the iPad shell I made).  Well, it works great and looks slick, so here it is with my Logitech MX1100 mouse and Apple keyboard.