Thursday, June 26, 2008


Today I started posting some stuff onto my Deviant Art page.  I don’t have very much artsy stuff to share with the world so I’m starting with so picture from Soos Creek Trail from Tuesday.  (I thought the trail was about 4 miles long, but Brenda and I found out that it’s closer to 11 miles round trip from end to end).  We walked about 4 ½ miles before turning around at the park and heading back to the car. We also took over 150 pictures, a few of which are now on Deviant Art. See them here if you care to have a look.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And So It Begins…

No, I’m not copying the Babylon 5 into, although that was one of the coolest shows to ever be broadcast on TV. Tomorrow we start the marathon printing session at work. I’ll be working from 21:00 tomorrow night, until about 03:00. Everyday after that I’ll be working from about 18:00 to 03:00. I’ve loaded up on audio books to keep myself busy and will probably finish more books in the next few weeks than I’ve finished in the last few months combined. I’m also going to work more in the next few weeks than I’ve worked in the last few months combined. I’ll be shopping for a car and laptop sometime in the next month after figuring out my budget for the school year to see what I can afford; right now I’m in need of something in addition to my 1994 S-10 pickup and my 1999 Toshiba laptop.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


We’ve got a fun new project at the print shop this coming month. Apparently we’ve got an order for 1500 catalogs and they’re at a size where it’s not economical to print on a press. Therefore all of them will be printed on 4 laser printers. It’ll take about 45 minutes per set to print the pages of each individual book and they want the printers to operate 18 hours per day. So as soon as the final sign off is made on the samples I’ll be working 18:00-03:00 everyday for about 3 weeks straight, or 4 weeks if it’s decided not to run weekends. Each book will have to be cut to size, have tabs inserted, and boxed to be shipped to the binders. In total I’ll have to work close to 200 hours during this period, which a huge portion being overtime. I should make enough in those three weeks to completely cover fall tuition, books, and fees; as well as possibly acquire a laptop that’s less than 10 years old.
Should be interesting.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Movies of 2008

So far I’ve seen 5 movies that have been released this year. There really hasn’t been that many that I’ve had a strong desire to see, or at least be willing to pay money to see. So here’s my five movie countdown:

Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

I enjoyed most of this movie, but I cannot comment on the entire since I fell asleep in the middle of it; which isn’t a good or easy thing to do when seeing it at the theater. It definitely had its moments though.

27 Dresses

While seeing the first part of this movie I thought it was a rip-off of The Wedding Planner. It was pretty good overall, but lacked the sheer awesomeness of the other movies I’ve seen so far.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Definitely the better of the cartoons that have come out this year. It reminded me that good animations actually do come out more than once a year. I’m not sure if I’d spend money to buy the disc, but it was still a good movie.

Speed Racer

This movie was excellent. The story was good, the animation was superb, and the characters were likable. Some of it was total sensory overload on the big screen, which can be very fun once in a while. The one thing it lacked to make it the best movie of the year was a character named Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I’ve been waiting years for this movie and was not disappointed. It wasn’t quite as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark, but still awesome. It was better than Temple of Doom and more exciting than Last Crusade, and had some of the humor from both. The only Indiana Jones story that could have made a better movie would have been Fate of Atlantis, that is and would be an awesome story to see made into a movie; I’d rather not wait almost 20 years for another Indiana Jones movie if they decide to make one. Nursing Home Brawl probably wouldn’t be a very exciting sequel to my favorite Lucas/Spielberg joint project.

I still want to see Iron Man and Narnia. Hopefully the drive-in will have the two playing together and I can see them back to back in the near future.

I think I'm done procrastinating now and will start my online final for Operations Management.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hooray for Bush!

Finally, he’s taking a step in the right direction as it relates to illegal immigration.  According to Bush signed an executive order requiring all employees of federal contractors to be legally eligible to work in the US.  This will cut off jobs to probably thousands of illegal workers who will have to either find new work or go home and then make those jobs available to legal immigrants and US citizens who need them.

School is almost done, need one more online final and then it's over for three months. I'm hoping to get at least one day off per week this summer to do whatever I want.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Almost Done...

I've got a paper and presentation due tomorrow, then I'm essentially done with school for the year. Right now I can't focus on much of anything for more than a few minutes at a time, so I've decided to make a quick post as one of my distractions. We're writing a paper on one of the print shops I work at sometimes. This should be an interesting project when we finish it; it's not due for another 12 1/2 hours though, plenty of time.