Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The post office is open from 9 to 5? Seriously? How in the heck are you supposed to mail a package? I wonder why they're having such a hard time making money?
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So we had an interesting class last night. Our Ethics prof made the trip over from Claremont (we usually have a(n awesome) TA who teaches at Grand Canyon but it IS a rare treat to actually have a back an forth dialogue with our profs. They are all incredibly smart (duh). I have a bad habit of monopolizing the conversation as well, and I'm the nerd that sits in the chair right next to the teacher, but I just love having a conversation with guys like Drs Amesbury and Clayton. Sadly, I don't know what I will do for school next fall - Claremont is shutting the doors on the Phoenix campus and I'm not yet in a position to just quit working and go back to school full time. Man, if you're young and debating whether to go to grad school or wait a few years - you should know it is hard as hell to support a family, be involved in ministry, and try to go to school. On the other hand, all of our teachers appreciate us for the 'mature' outlook we bring to the classes and the experiences we have had. Ugh, I dunno, it's a tough call. It's interesting to be at a point in your life when you can say to your teacher, 'I have to work overtime for the next two weeks so I won't be able to do my homework' and not even be able to care how they respond. It is somewhat liberating to be going to school because you REALLY want to learn and not worrying about grades. We all know what you call the guy who finishes last in his class in Seminary, right? Anyways, classes are amazing and I'm not sure how I would deal with not being in school anymore. Harumph. In slightly ironic other news - Claremont sent me a letter asking me to confirm that I am graduating in 2010.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Nerd Alert

OK, if you aren't incredibly geeky this may come across as way over the top. You have been warned.

So I have been trading like a madman on Craigslist, getting rid of some older hardware and doo-dads and picking up some neat new things to play with. One my happiest trades was an old G4 mac setup that I traded to a guy for a Core 2 Duo Dell. He wanted to try the mac and he had this extra computer laying around that he didn't need anymore. So, we traded, and I promptly brought it home and set it up. The first thing I did was wipe Vista off of it and install Leopard. Heh, this was cool in a very ironic sort of way because I had checked out the specs of the machine online and it turns out it is a great candidate for a 'hackintosh'. So I got drivers loaded and everything set up and it runs pretty nicely as a mac. Technically, this makes me a 'software pirate' (as if it was THIS that made me a software pirate) and I am doing a nice little write up for my ethics class about why I don't think there is anything wrong with doing what I did here. Anyways, so I have also been futzing around with Windows 7, which is quite a nice refinement over Vista (and very Mac-y), and decided to do something interesting. I threw another hard drive in there and installed Windows 7 on it. Now I have Leopard installed on a 300 gig drive and W7 installed on a 400 gig drive and I can toggle between them at boot time to switch from Mac to Windows. Pretty snazzy. Why would I do this? Well, it was fun. Also, I have been 'employed' (and I say that loosely considering what they are paying me) by Claremont to do a lot of their video processing for our remote campus. I have a nice iMac and a Macbook Pro (another CL trade) but frankly I need some more muscle to really crunch video. Plus, we just got a hi def camcorder and it does suck up some serious resources playing around with video on there. My imac is getting cluttered up with scripts and video/audio files as I throw around media for the school and what not, so now I have a machine that I can boot up into Leopard when I need to do video work, load it down with jobs, and have my iMac free to do other creative things. Plus, I have a nice little windows box to play around with when I want to do windows-y things.

I hope you found that as interesting as I did! Woo hoo!

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