Posts from June 2011

Mac apps

Jun-21-2011 8:16 PM

After more than a month, these are some apps I use:

  • Adium for Google Talk
  • AppCleaner for uninstalling apps
  • Adobe Reader for downloading bank statements
  • Preview for other PDF viewing and detailed image viewing
  • Byword for writing stuff
  • Cyberduck for SFTP
  • GIMP as a backup image editing app
  • Google Chrome for a browser
  • iPhoto for photo management, of which I don’t do much
  • iTunes for playing music
  • JollysFastVNC for VNC access at work; still using the trial since I don’t use it much
  • KeePassX for managing passwords
  • Kod for some text editing
  • MPEG Streamclip for video conversion
  • Pixelmator for some image editing; I haven’t bought it yet
  • QuickTime Player with a serving of Perian for playing videos and audio files
  • Reeder for reading feeds
  • Seashore for some image editing; it uses GIMP behind the scenes
  • Skype for audio, video, and text chat
  • Sparrow for email; I’ll man up and spend $10 on the ad-free version some time
  • Time Machine for backup
  • Transmission for torrents; I was using uTorrent, but I switched for the peer block feature
  • TrueCrypt for locking up sensitive files
  • An unofficial build of MacFUSE for 64-bit OS X from offTheHill; this means I can actually use TrueCrypt
  • VirtualBox for Windows and Linux virtual machines
  • VLC for miscellaneous file playback
  • XLD for audio conversion

Monday through Friday

Jun-18-2011 5:51 PM

6:30-6:50 AM: Get up.

6:30-7:50 AM: Shower, eat breakfast, shave, brush my teeth, pack my laptop.

7:30-7:50 AM: Leave for Enterprise.

7:55-8:15 AM: Arrive at office.

8:00-8:45 AM: Check office emails, forward and print emails, archive in Outlook, mark with file numbers.

8:30 AM-11:00 AM: File documents, assist with projects, enter employee timesheets into billing app, ask questions, process incoming documents from after 12 PM the day before.

10:35-11:00 AM: Walk to post office, drop and pick up mail, pickup anything else (like that oh so important half & half), file anything needed with the circuit court.

10:45 AM-12:00 PM: Process and mail list incoming documents from mail, circuit court, client hand deliveries, and wherever else.

12:00-1:00 PM: Paste email information to mail list. Print and distribute mail lists.

12:30-2:00 PM: Start lunch break. This ranges from 20 minutes to an hour.

1:00-2:30 PM: File more papers, assist with projects.

2:30-3:10 PM: Keep an eye on outgoing mail and help Tami process it if needed.

3:10 PM: Go to the post office, hit other locations as necessary (like another attorney’s office). Have to get that PM mail in before 3:15.

3:25-5:30 PM: File more, enter timesheets, assist with projects, email scanned documents to clients (doesn’t everybody love image PDFs).

5:05-5:30 PM: Post my time and split the scene.

5:30-6:00 PM: Get home.

5:45-6:45 PM: Go to dinner.

6:00-7:15 PM: Finish dinner.

The rest: chill out with my laptop, iron clothes for tomorrow, brush my teeth, go to bed, etc. I usually turn off my light from 9:30-11 PM.

Really, I do like having a full time job. It just leaves less time.

Desktop 6-12-2011

Jun-12-2011 4:41 PM

my OS X desktop on 6-12-2011

Just love this picture. Seems classic. No idea who they are, found it in a post your desktop thread.

Update: My friend Matthew helped me find out it’s from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That was actually mentioned in the thread, I just didn’t get it.

Sick of It

Jun-12-2011 4:27 PM

I feel like I can’t write anymore, like I can’t do anything smart anymore, just regular work. Like school wasn’t all that useful.

I know it’s not true, though. Thesis class in my last year proved that. I wrote plenty of papers. And I still do have an imagination. It creeps up on me at work, in the shower, as I fall asleep—when I’m not paying attention. Outrageous fragments of stories start to construct themselves. Then I pay attention again and it slides away. So I know somewhere I do have creativity. It’s just not something I seem to tap into much.

That needs to change. I need my own thoughts, my own projects. I can’t be stuck reading everything interesting on the internet all the time. Sometimes I just need to turn it down and think. Otherwise, all these thoughts, ideas, and opinions from outside leap in and make themselves at home. I always feel clouded, not clear headed. So when, not so often, I have a moment of lucidity, it’s amazing.

I know the only way to fix this is to slow down, limit myself, write, work on it and keep working on it. So I’ll try to write more original stuff.

I’m just afraid of doing mental hard work, really. Just look at this to do list.

6-12-2011 TeuxDeux list with three item highlighted

Those three have been on there in some form or another for a longggg long time. I’ve been avoiding them because they mean mental work. I’m not exactly sure why I’m so afraid of that, but I sure am.

I finally got so sick of it that I drew up a little sketch of a Providence website redesign during church.

the aforementioned sketch

It’s not really much, but I was actually amazed that I did it. I just decided to do it and out came a fresh take on it. A basic, crappy little take, but SOMETHING. That simple act was immensely satisfying.

My church is doing a parenting class during sunday school time. Today was more on laziness.

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly.

I can’t deny that’s me: making irrational excuses, staying in bed, sitting around. There’s plenty I can do to change, though. Destroy my to do list. Sleep healthy. Read the Bible every day. Even though it’s discouraging sometimes, the disciplined life is x1000 more rewarding than being a lazy fool.

A Puritan Prayer

Jun-06-2011 7:44 PM

I approach thee with encouragements derived from thy character,
for I am not left to feel after thee
in the darkness of my nature,
nor to worship thee as the unknown God.
I cannot find find out thy perfections,
but I know thou art good,
ready to forgive, plenteous in mercy.
Thou hast displayed thy wisdom, power,
and goodness in all thy works,
and hast revealed thy will in the Scripture of truth.
Thou has caused it to be preserved, translated,
published, multiplied,
so that all men may possess it and find thee in it.
Here I see thy greatness and thy grace,
thy pity and thy rectitude,
thy mercy and thy truth,
thy being and men’s hearts;
Through it thou hast magnified thy name,
and favoured mankind with the gospel.
Have mercy on me, for I have ungratefully received thy benefits,
little improved my privileges,
made light of spiritual things,
disregarded thy messages, contended with examples of the good,
rebukes of conscience, admonitions of friends,
leadings of providence.
I deserve that they kingdom be taken away from me.
Lord, I confess my sin with a feeling, lamentation,
a broken heart,
a contrite spirit, self-abhorrence,
self-condemnation, self-despair.
Give me relief by Jesus my hope, faith in his name of Saviour,
forgiveness by his blood,
strength by his presence,
holiness by his Spirit: And let me love thee with all my heart.

—The Valley of Vision (via A Covenant Life)

Sonoio – Red: free tracks, video, etc

Jun-04-2011 12:09 PM

Sonoio - RED

I was pretty stoked when I saw Alessandro’s teaser Red video a week or so ago. Awesome in the dark performance with some really groovy and exciting sounds.

The full Enough video dropped five days ago. I’m a little disappointed that the ah-oh-uh! bits were only a small part of the video, but that’s really a small complaint. The lyrics are really good, too. I think it continues Blue’s theme of disillusionment.

The first four tracks are free at sonoio.org and they’re all pretty good. No Fun reminds me of Not Worth Remembering and Minutes has shades of Houdini.

The whole thing is also available for preorder. I probably won’t pick up digipack this time since I hardly use my CDs, I already have a signed album, and I can buy lossless tracks.

I probably will preorder, considering I’ll get demos and the Enough HD video. Pretty sweet deal for $8.