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a technophile's journey through one year without cable tv or internet connection at home...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

New Site...

Hey all.....there's a new site up now. I have moved from blogger to WordPress

Click here to go to the new ConcertMan site.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Coffee cleaner?!?!?!

Ok I'm at the Roasterie right now and the guy right next to me just poured some of his coffee on a napkin then took the napkin and proceded to wipe his entire computer with it!!!

WHAT THE CRAP!  Of course it was a Compaq so it probably was an upgrade...

people are crazy.....speaking of.  Why is the coffee guy wearing a bandana around his next?  Is he going to go riding with Billy the Kid after making this lady's latte?  Maybe the guy at the counter that's bouncing the black super ball all over the place knows....

people ARE crazy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Internet

The ongoing experiment has proven tougher than thought. I ended up spending the night at my parent's last night because I was running a World of Warcraft instance with some friends. By the time we finished (took like 3 hrs) it was late enough that I didn't want to drive home (read as it was 2am). So I stayed over and used more internet in the morning after I woke up.

Today after class I'm probably going to stay at the school a little longer so that I can get some homework done for my programming class.

School

If you want to make yourself feel really smart (or really dumb) you should take a class at your local community college.

Having already gotten a degree at a private university, I've found that the level of understanding between a 4 year university and a 2 year community college is astronomical. There doesn't seem to be much difference in the level of instructorship but when it comes down to understanding what is going on, there is a void.

Case in point... I was a C level math student during my first degree. I just got my first test back from my Math class and it was my first A on a math test ever.

ever.

I'm pretty sure I actually got the highest grade in the class.

hmmmm.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Roasterie...

So I am one of about 6 computer users right now, and one of two Mac users.  The interesting this is that the guy in front of me is using Suse Linux.  You totally don't see that too often.

Anyway,  this experiment is getting into the uncomfortable zone now.  I'm not gettig the amount of internet time that I want, which was expected.  But I'm also not getting the quality of time that I want.  Meaning that when I'm online in certain places it doesn't seem like I'm getting the most of what I'm doing.  I'm rushing through things and not able to fully get done what I want.

Case in point.  Last night I was at the school and working on some projects and trying to get some assignments turn in.  Well I had to use the bathroom pretty bad.  Of course being in a public place this was not the easiest of situations.  I had all my books and computer spread out and I didn't know where the restroom was and also didn't just trust leaving my new machine right there while I go take care of business.  Packing everything up would have been a hassel but a required part of the environment.

Needless to say I was a bit uncomfortable.  I was able to get done what I needed to online and then go home and take care of business.

Right now I'm sitting at the Roasterie Café in Brookside.  Very trendy place and one of those places to "be seen".  But honestly, I don't think anyone is looking.  They all have their faces in their computers with headphones on or their bluetooth headset on.  Kind of surreal.  I didn't teleport to LA did I?  This is still Kansas City right?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mercy....

I am at the mercy of others that is. When you do not have your own internet connection at home you are at the mercy of other people's quality of service. Such as Panera Bread. Today I was hoping to go get some homework done for my programming class, homework which is due today, and I had planned to go sit and have a bagel and do my homework. Well their wireless network was not working. So for the time I was stuck. I could either go to work and use the one there, with all the noise and craziness that comes with that, or I could just postpone it and try and find another way to get my homework done.

I think I'm going to have to find somewhere else to go.

The worst part is I can't even email my professor to let him know.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Choices

So I made a realization today about this experiment. Since my time online has now been drastically cut I must now be very judicious about what I choose to do with my internet time. It's not a matter of trying to squeeze more into less time but a matter of making that time have more quality.

Case in point. I have a list of about 150 websites I like to read on a daily basis. The average number of post to those websites per day is about 10. That's 1500 articles on average. Usually it can be more than that. Now if I were to get 3 hrs of internet time a day would I still be able to read all those articles and get done the other things I want to get done (school and Warcraft)? The answer is no. So I must trim down those sites and read just the ones that are the most important to me.

Maybe in my future surfing I will find something that downloads all my RSS feeds and lets me read them away from the net. I know there are some apps like that out there but I just haven't spent the time to find them yet.

Anyway, I wanted to leave you with this parting thought for today....well parting video....

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Internet fix of the day...

So today, since Mary is almost officially out of her apartment, I had to find another place to get my internet fix. Welcome to my parents' house. We had to take some furniture over there to be refinished and then we sat around and picked our noses (as evident by the picture).

So anyway. I've got to figure out how I'm going to start getting my net fix now. This is where the hard part of the experiment begins. The toughest part is going to be the internet part after 9pm like i had mentioned in a previous post.

The Front!!!

Video of the Front!!


It was a killer show and I got some great shots with my phone!




Are there any other front fans out there? Let me know!!!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

LONG DAY!

So I missed blogging yesterday partly because it was such an incredibly long day. Started at 6.30am and didn't end until 2.30am the next morning. The great news about that is getting to actually meet the legend of

....That is the man MC Frontalot!!

I will be posting some pics from the show probably tomorrow (if I can find my cell phone charger).

Oh yeah, keep an eye out for the Nerdcore Rising Documentary(link to video) that is coming out. A certain someone and his girlfriend were interviewed for it and have a good shot at making the final edit!!!

Friday, May 26, 2006

video time!!!!

ok it's not great....well I think it is..... Just watch!



ok maybe boring, but isn't that the coolest computer ever?!?!?

Well IT'S HERE!!!!!!!

Yeah so i didn't post last night because I was too busy playing with my new toy....I mean tool. Who am I kidding, it's a toy, and it's a BLAST! I've never had a computer this powerful and it's just beautiful to look at.

Yesterday when it arrived it spent most of it's first hours transferring files from my old computer and getting some new software installed. Of course one of the new ones that I installed was World of Warcraft, and for all you warcrafters out there I'm already a level 6 after only a couple hrs of play :). Not bad for my first time!

Now for all you tech geeks out there.....some killer gear pr0n!!!



Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Memphis or Indianapolis....

Where do you think it is? It's in one of those two cities right now. After making a brief stop in Anchorage, AK my computer has made it's way into the continental 48 states and will soon be hitting the heartland. Officially FedEx is saying Friday but it might even be tomorrow!

When ever it is, expect lots of unboxing pictures (gear pr0n for all you techies out there) and possibly a video post?!?!

You'll just have to check it out too see!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It shipped!!!

Well that great day is nearly upon us. The day when I have my new computer and step into a whole new realm of computing power!!

Ok that line was geeky I know. I'm excited what can I say.

At 2:25am this morning my computer left Shanghai and will travel to Alaska and then Memphis then Kansas City. I'm hoping to get it Thurs. but more truthfully it will be Friday.

Of course I have all the tracking updates sent directly to my cell phone via text message (I told you I'm a geek). So I will know immediately when it hits US soil!!

Monday, May 22, 2006

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming...

To bring you the news that.....MY GIRLFRIEND HAS SO MUCH STUFF!!! IN 492 SQ.FT!!!!! AND ONLY ONE CLOSET!!!@!!!!@!@!!@!

Ok so it's not my usual blog topic but we've been working on getting her packed up for a while and I'm just amazed.

Anyway, I'm going to go fall over now.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

pictures...

Hey there, I don't have much to post on tonight because I was working all day long :P Actually i really love my job and am very attached to it.

Anyway, in leu of an actual post just jump on over to my flickr site and take a look.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/concertman/

Saturday, May 20, 2006

just something I stumbled across

So I stumbled on to this site the other day, ilovefreewifi.com, and found it to be very cool. You send it a text message with where you are and it sends you one back telling you the closest free (as in beer) wifi point to your current location. I have a feeling this is going to come in handy. Right now they don't have a page for Kansas City but trust me, I'm working on that.

Question for you all though. In my research I have not found a place that provides free wifi that is open later than 9pm (other than my parents house and no you're not invited). Do any of you know of any places in the KC metro area with free wifi that are open later than 9pm?

Please let me know!