Archive for September, 2002

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CD Price Fixing Bust

September 30, 2002

Bertelsmann Music Group, EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Trans World Entertainment, Tower Records, and Musicland Stores (a division of Best Buy Co. Inc.) all just got busted for cheating us all. Who would have thought? The pricefixing lawsuit filed by 49 states was settled for $143 million in cash and CDs. I wonder if that number reflects the fixed prices or not? Anyway, you can read up on it here. I just have to say it does my heart good to see these guys lose one.

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First Day On The Job

September 30, 2002

Today was my first day on the job as E-Learning Application Specialist (read: Blackboard monkey). It went pretty well! In fact the toughest parts of my day were the parts where my old job crept back in. Of course I’m barely getting my feet wet with my new responsibilities so I still have very little idea of the workload I can expect.

In other news, its looking like my Titanium Powerbook is eventually going to be replaced with a dual processor G4 and a 17″ flat screen display. Things could definetly be worse!

I am really enjoying being in an real office. With carpeting. And chairs that aren’t someone’s cast-offs. My officemates are great, too. I think I could get real used to this.

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Goodbye Camera, Hello Gas Grill

September 29, 2002

Tomorrow I give up access to the digital cameras and – surprisingly – the Titanium Powrbook as well. It seems there was some misunderstanding about me continuing to use it in my new position and subsequently it and I are parting ways. I’ll very likely be recieving a desktop computer to replace it.

In the long run, though, I think it will be the cameras that are the biggest loss. I’ve become quite a digital photography junkie. Last time I checked I had topped one thousand digitally shot photographs – and those don’t count the one’s that were deleted because they didn’t turn out! One day soon I’ll buy my own camera and get back into it. Something like this might be both fun and within the realm of financial possibility.

My mother-in-law, Carol, gave Angela and I a gas grill for our birthdays. Angela and I spent a good portion of today putting it together. It was a fun little project. Doing things like that together are always nice. Anyway, we got it together and working and we love it. I’m sorry I dont have a photo of it but it is very similar to this one only a bit nicer.

Tomorrow is my first day in my new job. I think my morning will likely be taken up with moving into the new office. After that it’s anyone’s guess.

Incidentally, Angela and I had a good time last night ice skating and going to the movie 🙂

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Loose Conversation About Smoking

September 28, 2002

I’ve heard it called a “loose conversation” when one blog comments about and links to another blog (and potentially vice versa). Interesting concept. It came to mind when I read this post about smoking over at Drew’s Joint. The post was interesting and it inspired me to leave a comment. Before I did, however, I remembered the “loose conversation” concept and thought perhaps it was better form to comment on it here and provide a link back to Drew.

I think the plan would work better though if the post in question wasn’t a solid month old. Note to self: the early bird gets the worm. Nevertheless, I will proceed. As I said, Drew’s post was inspirational.
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Something Fun Tonight

September 28, 2002

Angela’s birthday is Monday. In addition to a special gift which hasn’t arrived yet, I’m taking her out tonight for some fun. She doesn’t know what’s on the agenda at all.

Shhhhh. Here’s the deal.

First we’re going to the Pettit National Ice Center to ice skate. Angela loves ice skating. I’ve never tried it. There should be plenty of opportunity for humor in that. Next we’re goin to the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse for a movie. We’ve never been there but evidently they have real comfy sofas and wait staff who bring your food to you. Should be fun.

We leave in half an hour.

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Last Day

September 27, 2002

It’s my last day in this job. I’m tired and I don’t feel good and I didn’t have breakfast. Hopefully the day gets better from here.

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Megnut On Blogging

September 25, 2002

I like smart people who know stuff. Meg Hourihan, I learned recently, is one such person. Just read her latest column at O’ReillyNet’s Web Development Center and see for youself.

It’s strange to think that blogging (keeping an online journal such as this one) is a “phenomenon” but I suppose it is. Tons of people do it. Her thoughts on blogging seem well-considered and, well, smart. Go read the column arleady! And perhaps a visit to her own blog is in order as well.