Monday, July 23, 2007

Done With Deathly Hallows (No Spoilers)

Well, I was able to finish Deathly Hallows in just about one sitting. It took me about 15 hours to read (with breaks for food and sanity) and I have to say that I'm as unsettled by the book as much as I was by Order of the Phoenix and Half-blood Prince. That more than likely means that I'll be more OK with it as I read it again. The only thing I have to say about the book at this point is that it is DEFINITELY NOT a kids book anymore. If you're reading it now or waiting to read it, it's a good book and it is a much more "realistic" experience if you consider that Voldemort was supposed to be the most powerful and feared dark wizard. You really get a sense at how true that is in this book.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Deathly Hallows Already On Its Way?

Updated Update - Well, Blaise confirmed it when he went home early. The book is not there. This means that Amazon/UPS have created a situation where the false positive deliveries will more than likely anger a lot of excitable people (like me). I believe that the delivery means that it was successfully delivered to the distribution trucks in Columbia and I'll still be receiving it sometime tomorrow. I can't confirm this as I don't want to do any searches that might result in me stumbling upon a spoiler. Ah...obsession.

Update - Constant vigilance pays off!

What in the blue blazes!? I thought it wasn't supposed to be delivered until tomorrow night? Well, after checking the tracking number on I guess UPS has a different status for when it's on the truck.

According to Amazon...

According to UPS...

Monday, July 16, 2007

CF Developer Positions

Just a note to anyone who reads this and is, or knows, a CF developer that wants to work in the Baltimore area at JHU. There are 2 temp to perm CF positions and one 3-4 month temp CF/AJAX position all of which would be on location. If you're interested or know someone who might be, please contact me.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Eureka is right

The SciFi channel would have earned my attention and respect if the only thing they had done was to play repeats of Firefly. They topped that by bringing back and updating a classic in Battlestar Galactica. Now I've gotten hooked on a new SciFi original, Eureka.

...With the help of Albert Einstein and other trusted advisors, President Harry S. Truman commissioned a top-secret residential development in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, one that would serve to protect and nurture America's most valuable intellectual resources. There our nation's greatest thinkers, the ├╝ber-geniuses working on the next era of scientific achievement, would be able to live and work in a supportive environment.

The best architects and planners were commissioned to design a welcoming place for these superlative geniuses to reside, an area that would offer the best education for their children, the best healthcare, the best amenities and quality of life. A community was created to rival the most idyllic of America's small towns — with one major difference: this town would never appear on any maps. At least, none that haven't been classified "eyes only" by the Pentagon.

Thus, the town of Eureka was born. But for all its familiar, small-town trappings, things in this secret hamlet are anything but ordinary. The stereotype of the absent-minded professor exists for a reason, and most of the quantum leaps in science and technology during the past 50 years were produced by Eureka's elite researchers. Unfortunately, scientific exploration is rarely what one expects, and years of experiments gone awry have yielded some peculiar by-products...


Best Replacement iPod Earbuds

I am extremely satisfied with my Gumy Earbuds as a replacement for the ones that came with my iPod (it's an old model but I haven't had to upgrade it...yet). They have a nice mix of treble and bass and don't sounds tinny like some of the other pairs that I've bought to replace my iPod earbuds which have apparently started to break down with use.

The Gumy material isn't necessarily any softer on your ear than the smooth iPod earbuds, but the Gumy material has a bit better grip on the inside of your ear. Feel free to quote me on that.