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Laptop Is Here
August 5, 2009

My new laptop was delivered this afternoon. I've had enough time to basically get the thing updated with all the latest Windows updates. I've also uninstalled the antivirus software that came with it (McAfee, only a trial version) and put AVG on it instead. I don't like McAfee, too bloated. I'm downloading iTunes right now, as well. Lastly, I've set up my email. I'll probably wait until the weekend to get everything else straightened out, such as moving files off my other PC and getting more programs installed (Visual Studio Express, SQL Server Express, etc.). I need more time to play, but I like it so far.

Song O The Day: Follow The Man, Neon Horse.

 
Supporting the Economic Recovery
July 28, 2009

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new laptop tonight from our good friends at Dell. I've never had a laptop before, so this will be an interesting experience, but I believe it will come in handy both professionally and personally in the months and years ahead. It's a Studio 17 and not heavily customized, I just beefed up the processor a bit and added Office.

For those so inclined to care, here are the official specs and details, as copied from the confirmation email:

Studio 1737, Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 2.53GHz, 1066Mhz, 3M L2Cache
4GB, DDR2, 800MHz 2 Dimm
Hi Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440x900)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
500G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium 64-bit Edition English
8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Intel 5100 Wireless-N (1x2) Half Mini-Card
Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition

It also includes a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it releases in October and should arrive in a few days along with a carrying case. I'll need to buy a mouse to go with it, because I know from messing around in stores and such that I'm not too keen on touchpads. I didn't buy one with the computer, though, because all Dell offered were wireless Logitech options. A wired mouse from Best Buy will be perfectly fine.

I also decided to go out and buy my first book of the year, and I started reading it tonight. The summer TV doldrums are wearing thin. Even the shows that I like to watch in syndication keep getting bumped for the same set of 5 movies over and over and over and over again. USA Network, I'm looking at you.

Song O The Day: Cruel Summer, Bananarama.

 
Tour de Carolina
July 17, 2009

Today was the aforementioned return trip to South Carolina to pick up teens from youth camp and bring them back. I left out at 6:55 this morning, got down there shortly after 10, sat in for their last rally, and then it was back on the road to come home. Got back to the church around 4 PM, back to my apartment around 4:45.

Song O The Day: Dark Angel Dragnet, Project 86.

 
Going all Tiger Woods
July 12, 2009

Meaning I just got in from a long drive.

The youth group started youth camp today down at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. I had the pleasure of driving four of them down there. Today was also our pastor's last Sunday, so we had a special covered dish lunch after the service. As a result, we didn't leave the church until 2 PM, didn't get down to SWU until after 6 PM (making three stops along the way). I left to return around 6:23 PM and was finally back in my apartment at 9:40 after making two stops. The fun part is I get to do it again later this week to pick them up. Rock on.

Song O The Day: Never Be The Same, Red.

 
More new FF5 music
May 21, 2009

Family Force 5 released a remix album this past Tuesday, Dance or Die With A Vengence. As the name would imply, it contains remixes of their songs from last year's Dance or Die and one new track, a humorous song called "Ghostride the Whip."

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the remixes. I need to give it another listen, and there are probably two or three that are good and still others that might have been good under different scenarios, but most of them just don't compare with the original tracks. But hey, it's an opinion. Some people are all over it.

I do have to say that there's an unfortunate choice of words in one of the remixes, "The First Time," which was done by Matt Thiessen of Relient K. It was another example of trying to inject humor into a song, and the lyrics in question (as agreed upon on the net) say "cold chillin' for the first time, thugging up for the first time." However, when listening to it, "thugging up" sounds like something I won't repeat. I'll go along with the general consensus that the lyrics are what they are, since both FF5 and Relient K are Christian bands, but it's also not hard to think the lyrics are something else. This is just fair warning to anyone picking up the album and listening to the song and hitting a point where you do a double take and say "what did he just say?"

Anyway, like I said, I think I'll just stick with the originals. "Ghostride the Whip" is worth it, though.

Song O The Day: Ghostride the Whip, Family Force 5.

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