As Far As I Can Tell


Itís a good day for technology. Macromedia has announced Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX, both of which add just tons of new features, including working better with their competitors programs. Also, Apple has release a neat looking little computer called the eMac, which is an allĖinĖone system built for the education market. Theyíve included the most important feature in my mind: a higher resolution screen. Theyíve also released a new version of their Titanium Powerbook with a higher res screen and the ability to output to a secondary digital flat panel. Screen space is essential.
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I spent Saturday and Sunday in Chicago, going to the AnonFed event and hanging out with Ivo. The event was exactly what I thought it should beónot too slick, just to the point, well organized and inspirational. Iím excited that theyíre planning on doing it every month. Essentially itís a bunch of people listening to someone talk about design and code in a baróa nice change from your normal bar scene.
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When MerEdith and I got to Chicago on Saturday, Ivo was helping Kurt and Alyssa move into their new place. Lisa, a friend of theirs, started talking to us and it turns out that she knows someone who lives in the same house that weíre moving into in June. Maybe itís not that crazy, but it seems crazy. If anything it seems like some sort of good sign.


 

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Iím heading off to Chicago today to see Eric Natzke at Anonymous Federated. Iím really glad that events like this within the Chicago design community are happening; it makes me excited to be there.
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I got a signed copy of my new lease in the mail today, so the apartment is totally official now. Thereís was that period of time where I was questioning if my landlord was running an elaborate scam out of a temporary store front, so I feel a little more reassured now.
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Iíve mentioned this to people before, but Kalamazoo loves hot dogs. Have you noticed this? In the last year, four different hot dog businesses opened up.

ē Dogs with style
ē Hot dogs at Water Street Ice Cream Joint
ē Kettle Dogs (in the Soup Kitchen/Kettle)
ē Street vendors selling hot dogs


 

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Today I hit a car with my moped. It pulled out in front of me, doing a three point turn out of a driveway, and I slammed into it.

Iím not hurt very much, and the moped only has minor damageóa little scary though. I think Iíll at least get a helmet, even if I donít wear it all the time.


 

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The Space website is now up.
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Tonight Iím going to see Hayden in Detroit. Iím really excited since he doesnít tour in the US that often, and Iíve never seen him play live.
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Iím going to start listing ďfirstsĒ on this website. Things that Iíve done today that Iíve never done before. To kick it off:

A couple of hours ago I had 100ís and 100ís of comic books in the back of my truck, while it was raining.


 

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Yesterday, Meredith and I went to Chicago and found an apartmentójust as easy as that. Itís in Logan Square on a nice quiet street, just four blocks from the Blue Line El and near lots of fun places. It has tons of room, is well lit, and even has extra stroage in the basement. I think weíre going to like it a lot.

2527 N Monticello Ave Apt 1


Chicago, IL


60647-1148, USA

The credit checks and things still have to go through, so itís not totally official yet. I donít expect any problems though.


 

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Itís entirely possible that Iím losing my mind, or at least part of it. Daily, or every other, I get so tensed up and anxious for no apparent reason. Iím really looking forward to moving in June. Iím not doing the things I was doing in Kalamazoo any moreóI need to get to Chicago. Itís not that Kalamazoo and the people in are aren’t awesome, it is, and they are. Itís just that I feel stalled.


 

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So out of nowhere, I got a job. Iím going to be doing work for Copper on a website for Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. I can work from home, and will be getting an hourly amount thatís much more in line with what my job is worth then what I was getting at Biggs. Not bad.
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My driveway has been turned into a work zone by the roofers next door. Iím not sure that they asked anyone if they could, but itís now a place to cut wood; no cars allowed.

One of the workmen offered me some lubrication oil after seeing that I was working on my moped and using an inferior brand. He noted that his was the best, “Itís what I use on my guns.”

They were all pretty interested in my mopeds, and not in a way where I felt like they were making fun of me. The gas mileage impressed them, and they kept noting that the bikes were antiques. I guess the antique classification must work differently for vehicles then it does for things like coins and oak dressers.


 

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I just got done with the first real run with the Kreidler. It has awesome takeoff, a respectable top speed, and enough shiny chrome to make my Motobecane jealous.

It is of course Meredithís moped, but Iíll have to sneak some rides on it now and then.
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In a new format with better writing than ever: The Morning News.


 

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I had breakfast with my family and Meredith this morning; Cosmos as usual. There was lots of talk about my childhood habits of climbing and falling while I ate my Mexican omelet with far too many peppers and onions in it. Aside from the little plastic bowls full of sour cream and salsa they give you, I think they stuff as many peppers in as they can fit as justification for its name. Good, just a bit overwhelming.

Last night I saw Janeane Garofalo at the State Theater. The only comedy shows I normally go see are for Stunt Weasel, so this was a new thing for me. Through the powers of wishing and wanting we ended up not having any one sit directly in front of our forth row seats, even though the show was packed. It was a really good time; she’s bitter, witty and political.

Rain and snow again today, so it’s an inside Sunday—the last of the sweater weather I imagine. Aside from my wanting to work on mopeds, it’s okay with me.


 

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Iíd never been grocery shopping during the day before, so I went today. The main difference that I can see is there are lots of 9 to 5 administrative types running around that arenít there during the day. They ask you how youíre doing, and try to help you find things. Overall, the experience was friendlier, and there seemed to be many more people working there.
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Macromedia Showcase: Flash Interface Design, the book that TCUP will supposenly be featured in, is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
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I just got done filing my taxes with TurboTax. It was remarkably easy, considering that this is the first time Iíve done taxes myself. I even have strange dividend and trust interest considerations, but it was no problem. I filed electronically, and the return is going to be directly deposited into my bank account. It sure beats paying H&R Block $100 to do it for you.
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If for some reason you are not already on pantsmail, the mister pants mailing list, then for sweet jesus’s, go sign up already. Donít believe me? Check out the archives.


 

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Iím starting to work on my portfolio website, but having a pretty hard time with it. A part of me wants to go over the top and do something really ďimpressiveĒ. The other part wants to just present my work in a clean interface so a potential employer can see it. Itíll of course end up somewhere in the middle, after it drags me around indecision land for a while.
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So Iím officially moving to Chicago in June. Iím starting to look for apartments and neighborhoods. All of the apartment search websites suck, so Iím probably going to have to get one of those places that finds you somewhere based on your criteria. Iím getting excited to move though; summer in the city.
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I have to do my taxes pretty soon; Iíve pushed it to the last minute. This is the first year that Iím not taking them in to H&R Block. Itís always such an unsatisfiying experience when you leave there: ďOkay sir, you owe $500 to the government, and youíll have to give us another $100 to get out the door.Ē This year I might even get something back, since I get to claim myself.
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My grandparents are back from Florida. I went down and had lunch with them last SundayóEaster. For as much as Iíd like to live somewhere far away and different, Iím glad Chicago is so close to my family.
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I’m selling an entire moped shop. Anyone interested.


 

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