Reminiscence (and What’s Been Shaking Besides People Listening to Metro Station)

Getting older feels so weird. Well, I guess it’s more of a passage of time thing thing aging, but the point is that it’s so weird how things change.

I used to go through so many of my friends blogs and LiveJournals every day that it was hard to keep up. Now I’m lucky if there’s one or two updates a week on my friends’ sites. Heck, I remember when inphiltrate kind of used to be a big deal, and now most of my readers are people that are reading the posts imported on my Facebook feed.

I used to have a lot of people to talk to on AIM. We’d have big chat rooms and I’d have 5 IM windows open all of the time. Now I go up and down my buddy list for people to talk to and find it difficult to find anyone to which I have anything to say.

Perhaps I’ve been feeling this way lately because I’ve been listening to a lot of Creed. I know that sounds ridiculous, but the majority of my Creed-listening days were 2000-2005. Of course, I still listened to them regularly after that time, but it was 2006 that brought me into a completely different world of music (pop-punk), so listening to Creed is kind of like a time warp, especially their first album. I didn’t listen to it when it came out since I didn’t know they existed, but it’s from 1997 and it has such an amazing (post) grungy sound, as characterized of late 90’s rock music. Going from synth-laced pop and energetic pop-punk (rock) back to this stuff just puts me in a different mindset, I guess.

Anywho, on Sunday at about 7:20 P.M., I decided I felt like going to church, so I did. I went to the Refuge on campus, which is where I used to go sometimes. It felt nice to be around a bunch of people my age, and I even signed up to do some video production work (utilizing my skills that were developed making videos for my communication studies class, and then subsequently for Team IS the Movie 1-4 :D). I’m not sure of the details, but I like video editing, so hopefully it’ll be fun. :D

I think there’s a small crack in the plastic on the back of my iPhone near the dock connector. Not too happy about that. Does anyone have any experience with getting a crack like that fixed at the Genius Bar? And on that note, is there anyone else that upgraded Tiger to Leopard to Snow Leopard and never had problems before Snow Leopard? I’m thinking a wipe and reinstall will fix it, but it’s kind of sad to see this installation I’ve been using for over two years get blown away. :(

I’ve been playing a little bit of BioShock and Halo (the first one) on my computer ever since I got my SSD (which is crazy fast, can’t wait to put one in my MacBook Pro next June). Fun games right there, I don’t know why I always stop playing BioShock when I pick it up, but I’ve played Halo enough for a few lifetimes, which is probably not that surprising since it’s my favorite game. :P

“Unity took a back seat, sliding further into regression.” – Stapp/Tremonti

-Philip

Words Cannot Describe…

…so videos will have to do.

I was about 10 feet away from my favorite band for the past 8 or 9 years. The same band that I never thought I would be able to see live. Best concert ever. Dream realized. Thanks, Creed.

-Philip

Haiku Tuesday #8

Yo inphiltrate readers, I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but haiku are the best poems of all time. OF ALL TIME!

Kanye West – wordsmith,
Voice of our generation,
Fish sticks in his mouth.

Kanye West is a Gay Fish

(If you don’t get the title, you need to watch more South Park).

Yesterday-
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech.

Today-
Barack Obama calls Kanye West a jackass.

Tomorrow???-
Kanye West: “Barack Obama hates black people!”

That is all.

-Philip

I’ma Buy U A Drank, Microsoft

In my long, hard years of life, I think my infinite wisdom has finally come up with the recipe for a successful joke:

1) Steal a line from a T-Pain song
2) Success!

I went camping this weekend with Becca, Joseph, Joseph’s brother Kenneth, and Sam (boy). It was pretty awesome, and if I were to hold true to everything I said on Sunday and Monday, I’d owe them each about twenty “dranks.”

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here:

The lyrics are hilarious if you, like me, appreciate good lyrics. Sometimes while listening to this song, I just burst out laughing at the sheer prospect of buying someone a “drank.”

In other news, I found out if I get to River Road from work by about 4:35, I will see a red 2010 Camaro, and if I get to Brightside fast enough from there, I will see a black 2010 Camaro with gunmetal racing stripes.

Yes, I am obsessed with this car. I absolutely cannot wait to own one. Srsly.

My iPhone battery got down to 3% on Monday. That’s the lowest it’s ever gotten and that’s the only time I ever had to stop using my phone for nonsense stuff (playing “I’m on a Boat” with the iPod, playing “Don’t Trust Me” on Tap Tap Revolution, Tweeting pictures of destroyed hamburgers…) for fear of not being able to have enough battery life to make calls with it should I need to. The point of this is that I’m pretty happy with the iPhone’s battery life, since this is the first time it almost died on me. It suits my lifestyle pretty well. :D

On a completely opposite note, I had a pretty awesome experience with Microsoft tech support today (can you taste the sarcasm?). Not just any Microsoft tech support, no. This was Microsoft professional tech support.

I submitted a help request on Thursday via their web form for an email response. This is supposed to take one day. The support engineer that gets the request emails me back and pretty much says, “I’m not coming to work tomorrow, if you want this resolved before Tuesday, call into the queue tomorrow.”

Okay, so why did you even take my help request? Whatever. I called the queue on Friday at about 10 A.M. My problem is diagnosed as Severity C and I’m supposed to get a call back within 8 hours. I explain that we close at 4:30, and this is noted in the ticket.

I didn’t get a call on Friday at any point during the day, even after I left. Fine, whatever, thanks Microsoft.

I called back today. Same crap. “We’ll call you back within 8 hours.” Wonderful. I called the guy from Thursday back twice, no dice. I called back a few hours later and explain that I need to get this taken care of today. The lady tells me she can put me in the call queue, but she has no idea how long it will be until someone will be able to answer. My boss is getting pissed at this point that Microsoft is giving us the runaround, so he called, got our problem escalated to Severity A (it was definitely not Severity A, but apparently that’s the only way to get service when you pay Microsoft millions of dollars for enterprise support), and finally, after about 30-40 minutes of being on hold, a very helpful man answered and helped me. The support quality at that point was top notch, but everything before that was completely ridiculous.

I got faster support for having a Joe Blow 3-year warranty with Dell and for paying a couple hundred bucks for Apple Care with Apple (also, Genius Bar is FTW). In fact, I can probably name half-a-dozen companies I’ve gotten faster support from. I really expected better from Microsoft’s *Professional* Support line.

Now, I wasn’t calling about a broken computer or anything – it was a real enterprise level support request dealing with updating Active Directory schema and deleting an old container in a production environment (scary crap if you can’t test it, for those not in the know). This, of course, isn’t an excuse for them not calling me back in two days when they said it would be less than 8 hours; rather, it’s just to let you know that I wasn’t calling to ask how to uninstall w32.backdoor.trojan or anything like that. :P

I would also like to thank the awesome cashier at Express, who let me use a $20 off of $60 coupon on a $59.50 purchase without making me buy something else to fill in the 0.50 I technically had to buy since tax doesn’t count. I love that kind of service. :)

-Philip

Make Way For Kat!

This past week has been pretty awesome. I used to have a lot of boring days, but not lately. I even went to Bourbon Street with MC, her two friends from Arkansas, Becca, and Joseph! I had a hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s on the 4 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina…pretty unintentional, but kind of funny nonetheless. It was so much fun! :D

I also saw Inglorious Basterds on Sunday with Trent, GP, and one of their friends that I don’t know that well, but have met before (Drew). Incredible movie. Definitely watch it if you’re not squeamish.

So, I know I do this off and on with bands I like, but I’ve been really into Fall Out Boy’s lyrics lately. It (re)started with “My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon,” but I just realized what one of the allusions in “Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet” means, and it’s just incredible.

And does your husband know the way that the sunshine gleams from your wedding band?
Does he know the way, does he know the way of the crickets that would convince me to call it a night?

So the song (in my opinion), is about an affair this dude is having with a married woman, which you can tell from that first line. But the second line I never understood. But then, thanks to the Internet, I realized that “crickets” was a reference to Jiminy Cricket, who was Pinnochio’s conscience. So that second line is basically saying that his conscience is trying to make him quit having this affair, which is such a simple thing to say, and this song has such an incredible way of saying it. AHHH, I love how awesome Fall Out Boy’s lyrics are, and Patrick’s vocals are incredible in this song.

This YouTube video automatically starts at the above mentioned lines, and the lines immediately following those lines are sung so emotionally powerfully, it’s just epic.

Also, I have been playing Starfox 64 a little. My old high score is so epic, there’s no way I’ll ever even get close again, haha.

-Philip