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Timing is Everything

A week ago I wanted to at least give a quick update of what I’ve been up to, but because of what I was up to I couldn’t find the time to tell you (my dear readers) what that was. So now, in a very brief lull between several of my current activities I’ll attempt to tell you what they are, were, and will be.

What I’ve recently done:

  • Finished a beta website for a freelance project
  • Completed my fourth full-time week working at The Summit Hut
  • Wrote an estimate/project brief for a different freelance project
  • Started reading Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver
  • Imported over 180 CD’s into the new iTunes for Windows. The best music organizer/player in my opinion. And yes, it makes me want to have an iPod

What I’m currently doing:

  • Importing all our classical music CD’s into iTunes
  • Studying for my (hopefully) final test for my College Algebra class. (Since I’m carrying an “A” in the class I won’t have to take the final unless I somehow completely botch the final test on Thursday)
  • Hoping to sneak in a hike in the Rincon Mountains on Thursday morning.
  • Making a rather large list of equipment and clothing that I would love to have from work. (It’s the one downside I’ve found so far with the job: the more I learn about the products we sell, the more I want for myself.)
  • Enjoying the mild weather. Shorts and long-sleave shirts, light jacket if I venture out of the house before 9:00am.

What I plan and/or hope to do soon:

  • Finish both of my freelance projects ahead of schedule
  • Finish Quicksilver and start reading Children of the Mind with Jenny
  • Hike in the Grand Canyon between Christmas and New Years. (Hopefully seeing snow on the rim)
  • Start watching the 10 “The Joy of Science” DVD’s that I purchased from The Teaching Co. — I hope they turn out to be a good primer for me since I’m thinking of pursuing a science degree but I feel slightly less than prepared with my almost 10 year old Bellevue High School education
  • Start getting myself into shape to climb again. A perk of my job is free membership to the climbing gym here in Tucson, but outdoors is where I really want to go. (1500+ climbs on Mt. Lemmon)
  • And lots more…

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!

Originally published on Tuesday December 2, 2003 at 3:13 pm

[1] Comment

Have your tried Napster? You can look at billboard charts all the way back to 1956. Pretty cool for looking at music of different years and genre. You can stream all music without purchasing it for $9.95/month as well. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer this is a sweet deal. You only purchase what you really want to take with you for 99 cents. And the coolest thing is you can actually minimize and maximize the application! It also integrates with Windows Media Player, although you don't have to use it if you don't want to. I actually like the the UI better as well. The drag and drop playlist builder is sweet. iTunes locks you into an all-Apple solution. Also, iTunes conforms to Apple UI guidelines rather than Windows which really shows you Steve Jobs ego. With WMA you actually have choice in music service as well as MP3 players ... which is really ironic since it comes from Microsoft. I don't care if iTunes format is "open", if no one else supports it ... it might as well be proprietary. The one thing I really like about iTunes is all the Audible.com content, and of course the iPod is the best MP3 player on the market ... but that can easily change. Can you say Sony.

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