June 13, 2010: Productive Sunday

I found one of the best YouTube videos ever, the Mippey5 answer to Katy Perry and Snoop Dog’s California Gurls: Minnesota Gurls.  You can get the lyrics here.  Midwest represent!

Another day alone.  Actually, it turns out, that I was not too clear on my schedule and, in fact, this weekend is my only weekend at home alone.  Next weekend I will be traveling, alone still, but not sitting around at home all by myself.  I will most likely be leaving on Friday evening to get somewhere and then start the real run for Annapolis on Saturday morning.  If all goes well that will put me in Maryland early on Sunday morning giving me lots of spare time before having to get up very, very early on Monday morning to drive out to Sterling, Virginia to meet the Ralstons as they are coming in from the Congo.  From there it will be a brisk drive north to Pavilion.  The trip from Sterling to Pavilion takes long than it seems because Sterling is in the middle of the major highways leaving me with the only good option of taking the much slower, but quite scenic, US15 through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on my way up to Harrisburg before I join the main highways.  It has been many years since I have taken the Gettysburg route.  In some ways it still feels fresh to me but likely it has been eight years!  Yes another sign that I am getting older.

Again today was mostly a work day for me.  I have a lot of hours to recoup this week so I spent much of the day working on that.  It ended up being a rather busy day at the office so I was doing quite a bit of work.

In addition to doing work for the office I also wrong a seven thousand word paper on virtualization and managed to make the paired PowerPoint presentation and record myself reading the entire paper, in conjunction with the PowerPoint presentation with Expression Encoder 3.  It only took sixteen takes to record the thirty five minutes class.  That was a major project but I think that it turned out pretty well.  That took many hours of work.

I managed to finish watched 100 Girls on YouTube.  That was a good movie.  It has been a while since I have stumbled on a movie that held my interest at all.  Of course starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Katherine Heigl, Jaime Pressly and Larisa Oleynik doesn’t hurt.

I also took half an hour this evening and recorded the first podcast in almost two years.  I have not had time to get it posted yet but I hope to be able to do so soon.  I can’t believe that it has been almost exactly two years since I recorded the Walt Disney World recap for the May, 2008 trip that Dominica and I did while pregnant with Liesl!  It is amazing to think that I started podcasting five years ago!  I was very, very diligent about it before going to work at “the office” down in New Jersey but that was actually a very small window.  I started at the end of the summer in 2005 when I was well into my contract with Wegmans and I was in New Jersey by March of 2006.  I kept it up for a while, especially while living alone in North Brunswick, but it quickly became very difficult to maintain regularly.  I am working on getting the podcast posted but OurMedia, who used to host all of the media for SGL, deleted all of the content that all of us created over the years.  I’m not impressed.  So I am attempting to work with the Internet Archive directly.  So far their technology just keeps failing.  It appears to not have been updated in years.

Speaking of the Internet Archive, one of my favourite things is to check out the Way Back Machine and see how SGL looked over the years.  Check out SGL on the Wayback Machine.  Just click around to a few random dates over the years.  It is amazing to see how the site has changed from year to year.  It is hard to believe that I have been blogging for a decade now!  I was blogging when blogging wasn’t cool.  And then it was really cool.  And now it is not cool again. 🙂

It was pretty late by the time that I got off to bed.  I’ll be in the office tomorrow.  Good night blogosphere.  (Ha ha, whatever happened to that word?  And whatever happened to Technorati – that dysfunctional blog search engine that never parsed any blogs?)

I’ll be on the road to New York in under a week.  The Ralstons return to the new world in one week from tomorrow.

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