I Climb Buoys

I had written the majority of an update on Friday, but I decided against posting it for now. Maybe some other time.

On Friday, Adam and I went to hang out at Keith Carroll’s. We made a trip to Whole Foods, where I got some kind of amazing key lime cheesecake that was so amazing that I have to use the word “amazing” again: amazing!

I wish I could wear whatever I want to work. I feel so out of character in “business casual” attire. The button down shirts are fine (I wear those out of work too), but I hate slacks and having my shirt tucked in. Curse you, real life. :P Thank God for casual Fridays! :D

I’m on a boat!

-Philip

Pitching Myself for Leads in Other People’s Dreams

I got my first paycheck last Wednesday (and by paycheck, I mean money was deposited into my checking account). I celebrated by going to Whole Foods on Saturday and buying a $10 steak and cooking it that evening for dinner with a baked (in the oven) potato.

I know $10 isn’t a whole lot considering what I could’ve bought (like an aged T-bone for $20.99/lb), but it was the most I’ve ever spent on an uncooked steak, and it was very good. :D

On Sunday night, I met up with Eric and Brian (had a bunch of classes with him at LSU) at the UNO Lakefront Arena for the Fall Out Boy show (I’ve given up on calling them “concerts.” Everyone calls them “shows” now.) I took a crapton of videos in hopes they’d come out okay enough for me to post on YouTube, but alas, the bass was too loud and it really screwed with the sound.

First up was a band called Hey Monday. They were actually pretty good, though I’d never heard them. They sound kind of like Paramore, which is a plus.

Then was Metro Station, who I’ve seen before and I know a few of their songs. The singer kept throwing his guitar to some guy who would always catch it, and that was pretty amazing. They were good, until the kind of emo-ish singer took of his shirt to sing “Shake It,” at which point I died a little on the inside. The song was still good, I just didn’t feel like seeing a sweaty, shirtless dude with way too many tattoos.

Then came All Time Low. I’ve heard them before, and I even have some of their music, but I’m not a huge fan. They were good, though.

Finally, one of the bands I’d really showed up for was coming up next – Cobra Starship. However, as they were switching sets, a very familiar song came over the speakers, and Brian, Eric and I had a good laugh.

Cobra Starship’s set was surprisingly short, which was kind of disappointing, but their lighting was pretty cool (I thought it was *awesome* until I saw Fall Out Boy’s). They skipped “Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)” because none of the other bands’ singers was available to help Gabe with the chorus (it’s a duet). They did, however, play a new song that they posted to their MySpace a few weeks ago called “Pete Wentz is the Only Reason We’re Famous.” I am actually pretty surprised that’s the name of the song; I thought it was a joke or a working title, but lawl, it works. :P

Then finally, Fall Out Boy played. They were awesome. Their lighting was fantastic and amazing and they owned AIG with a video they played (they were doing a little political awareness; the band was all dressed up in suits and there were some crazy looking people standing on the edge of the stage with those police anti-riot suits on).

You can pretty much mute the sound on this, just skip through it and check out the lighting.

It was pretty awesome.

One last thing that has nothing to do with the concert but still has to do with music: “Sam” (Jennette McCurdy) from iCarly is apparently a country singer. She just released her first single and she’s really good.

-Philip

For All of the Biscuit Lovers…

All of my life, when I didn’t have biscuits that were made from Bisquick or some other mix, I had some sort of biscuits from a can, usually Pillsbury Grands.

Well, those are pretty good and I’ve always really enjoyed them, but this morning, I found the king of premade biscuits.

It’s the same kind of biscuit, Pillsbury Grands, but they’re frozen instead of in a can. They taste more like restaurant style biscuits. I really don’t know how else to explain it, but they’re awesome.

-Philip

Blog Neglect

It’s that time of month again. Yes, that time when I apologize for not blogging in X amount of time and then proceed to say that I’ve been busy and perhaps tell you what I’ve been busy with.

Well, if you’ve been keeping up with my Twitter updates, then you’ve pretty much got the gist of what I’ve been up to. I managed to kill a video card and a bluetooth dongle within the span of a week. I already replaced my GeForce 8600 GT with a Radeon HD 4650, but the bluetooth dongle is still broken and awaiting replacement (read: waiting for me to get paid :P).

I went out to eat yesterday with some friends, and that was pretty cool. All in all, life is going pretty well, except that my days seem so short now. I got used to having so much time for myself that now, by the time I get off work and cook/eat, it’s already 5:30 or 6, and then I’ve been going to bed at 11 lately so I won’t be tired at work. I’m not sure if that’ll last, but for right now, I think it’s best. :P

Microsoft’s new ads targeting Macs (and promoting HP?) are finally up to that bar that Apple set for competition between the two companies. The only thing they’re missing is that they aren’t funny (though they aren’t intended to be). So anyone that complained about the Apple ads…Microsoft has struck back. “I guess I’m not cool enough to own a Mac” and “Macs are all about aesthetics” are pretty funny though, in that oh-so-sad way. It’s also kind of funny that they came out with these commercials about the common computer buyer like a year after they stuck Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld in some random family’s house to find out how the average person lives because they were so out of touch. I personally think that instead of striking back at Apple, they need to actually advertise their operating system. I haven’t seen a commercial for Windows in…years.

And speaking of Apple and Microsoft, I had an idea for a post that I don’t feel like writing right now, so…note to self, and stuff.

-Philip

Work/Mobo Asplode

I started my job on Wednesday. The people I work with are pretty cool, and all of them really know their stuff. My main duty is to manage the backup software on tons of state servers. It was really intimidating at first, but I was feeling a lot better about it by the end of the second day. Then, today, I managed to fix a problem that someone was having with a server not backing up, and that made me feel pretty accomplished (for my third day, at least). It was a simple solution, but by the end of the day, I felt like I’d be up to speed in no time. I don’t really want to talk about it a whole lot though, because I think I’ll be keeping work out of my blog, for the most part (I don’t want to accidentally say anything that could get me in trouble or something).

Getting up early is hard, but going to sleep early is quite possibly harder. It makes my day seem so short. I’m a night person, not a morning person.

In other news, the motherboard in Gravemind (my desktop) has ceased working. A new mobo will run me about $90, so it’s not that bad, but not having to buy a new one in the first place would’ve been nice. Actually, it was the video card, which I realized shortly after waking up this morning. I ordered another one, but in the meantime, I have Lysithea’s (my Hack Mini) GeForce 7200 in Gravemind.

I’m pretty proud of this Tiger Weekly article, even though it’s one of the most technical ones I’ve written, and therefore, probably one of the most skipped over by Tiger Weekly’s readers. It’s sad that that’s probably the case, because the article is actually pretty relevant to them, since like ~95% of college students have a computer, if I had to guess a number.

Sorry for the wall of texts lately, and sorry there’s no picture/video in this post to make it more readable. I don’t really have anything to post and I’m too tired to look. :P

-Philip