January, 2009

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Quick thoughts

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The fortunate thing about a blackberry is I can write quick blogs about random thoughts.

- Thanks to all of the mentors in my life that pushed me to find answers and formulate educated opinions (meaning find the facts; hypothosize results from both arguments in the long term and THEN formulate my own opinion or choice of action).

- Ever wondered why companies are not as productive / feeling the heat of the economic stalemate? Seems like a big problem without a definite solution at the present time. Capitalism could be your best friend if you can find the solution.

- I really enjoy working with Virginia Tech. The people here are one-of-a-kind.

- Break is over… More thoughts to come….

Underworld 3

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans

Short and sweet - Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans was better than the second installment (Underworld: Evolution), mostly tying the first movie.  However, much like all of the Underworld movies, each have their styles that will please certain crowds, and most likely bore others.

Overall - I recommend seeing it if you need a break from reality, economy, or what Mrs. Obama will be wearing today.

Recession tips for the spender crazed

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Ok, I’m quite sure this will be the post that people will be the most angry about. Hopefully those of you that read this will take it with an open mind and see that its just to open thoughts and not shun.

Don’t spend what you don’t have.
This is a no-brainer for anyone wanting to get ahead in the world.   Granted - it is indeed necessary sometimes to borrow money or seek investors to start a company.  It goes with the saying “to make money - you have to spend money”.  But overall, a lot of the time it turns out that people simply spend money that they will never earn.  If you think about it, if you have millions upon millions buying more than they can afford, a government borrowing more money then it is earning, and the combo of the residents and the goverment itself spending money without turning that money around within the borders - you can easily see that some way, some how - the framework will have to eventually crumble.  When it does - it will be nearly impossible to regain that super power strength.

Focus on what you need to get by
I’ve noticed in my own experiences and with many of my friends that we always like to buy things we simply don’t need.  New video games, computers, cameras, shiny new clothes, and more add up to the purchases that we make on a monthly basis.  I’m the most guilty of going to GameStop and buying games that are marked-down or on the $9.99 clearance rack.  Do I need them?  No.  Do I play them and get my money’s worth?  Maybe 50% of the time.  Do I have the money to cover it?  Yes.

The question at the end of the day though - if i cut all of those out… how much would I save each month?

Don’t bite off more than you can chew
This seems entirely like the first point that I made.  Believe it or not, it is a different point entirely.  Simply with the modern media, people are constantly overwhelmed with the idea of what the American dream is, how we should be living, and more.  Sadly the idea has become that EVERYONE should own a big house, have a picket fence, a few pets, children, etc.  The fact is - not everyone can afford to “ride the train” as my late grandpa would have put it.

What should one do?  Buy what they can afford.  Is a 2-bedroom house more affordable?  Does it mean cutting off having a family for a  few more years?  Is it really a big sacrifice if it means there will be more security in the future?

Look for other ways to produce happiness
It is an age-old saying, but money doesn’t always buy happiness.  Look for substance in life.  Find things that may bring out a part of you that will do nothing more than bring you fufillment or happiness.  This could include volunteering, exercising, helping others, taking up a hobby, going for a walk, and more.  Be creative - its a wild, widespread, and adventureful life out there.

Although we live in a time of great risk, we’re not going to solve any problems by borrowing money we can’t pay back, spending money we don’t have, and by trying to over-save every dime and nickel that comes through our hands.

America is no longer a producing country and relies heavily on the service industry.  Do remember that if there isn’t a money flow, the companies that assist you may not stand a chance of being around tomorrow.  Together, if we are careful with our transactions, do our best to help the community and ourselves, and avoid from the doom and gloom picture painted by the media - then we can take the economy to where it needs to be.

And if you must ask…
We can bring the economy back to a point of pride - where Americans are producing for Americans, not worrying about saving a few pennies, and together strengthening the economy on the basis for which this country was founded.

Inaguration

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Barack Obama

It was expected that Washington D.C. Would see a lot of spectators for the historic inaguration of Barack Obama. Although, I bet network admins around the world may have not expected the large amount of online spectators.

I will post more thoughts later this evening.

*image credit to http://obamamedia.wordpress.com/*

MichaelJackson1Stop.com sees new life

Sunday, January 18th, 2009


MichaelJackson1Stop.com

One of my goals for 2009 is to launch at least 2 fan-related web sites.  One that I launched in 2007, MichaelJackson1Stop.com, never really got the attention it deserved.  It was a project I launched during my crucial last semester of college with a full-time 90 hour week work schedule (sounds fun right?).

The original idea was for a site that brought together various RSS feeds to produce a single web site that fans could go to to reach the various news/content/media related to Michael Jackson.  However, I only found time to put up a simple Michael Jackson discography, biography, and limited links.

I have now uploaded a new layout and content to the site, which was very bare beforehand.  New features include:

  • Tweaked layout
  • Various photos
  • Updated biography
  • Detailed discography coming soon
  • Influences coming soon

Check it out at www.michaeljackson1stop.com.

Growth hampering Google internally?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

After scrolling through an article at Tech Crunch, it seems as though things aren’t as bright and wonderful inside of Google.

It brings to question a lot of things.  Is the worldwide ‘recession’ hurting the company?  Or is it the corporate politics that spread like a virus once a small scale company grows to enormous proportions?

I’ve worked in both environments - from the very small to large scale, private to public, and micro to corporate.  Personally, what can make a company work is working with people that are confident in their abilities, see the big picture, and work to make the goal the best it can be without their own personal conflicts getting in the way.  Too many times in large scale companies, there are those that let their power and position blind them from reality and thus hampers development on the goal in the process.

Hiring is another crucial portion of company’s culture that can make or break the image.  I’ve been to interviews that gave a false sense of transparency of the company as I’ve also been to interviews that completely showcased the good things to come.  For example - the interview I had with Virginia Tech has proved to be the best I’ve encountered mostly due in part that the experts interviewing me did not once try to belittle me.  They actually focused on my abilities and got to know how deep I could go with those abilities.

At last, I must put this rant on hold.  Enjoy the article as it may open eyes or even bring food for thought:

jQuery turns 3 with the release of jQuery 1.3

Friday, January 16th, 2009

jQuery
January 14th, 2006 brought to the development world what would soon become one of the most influential javascript frameworks.  jQuery, the write less, do more framework, has since taken on a life of its own and is now used by many web sites today, from Google, to Dell, and even Virginia Tech.

Happy Birthday jQuery!

Ah.. how the media furthermore showcases how out-of-touch it is…

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

As I arrived at work the other morning, I was happy to see that Blacksburg, VA was considered one of the top educated small-towns in America.

Then again, I got to thinking… Blacksburg isn’t EXACTLY a small town.. but a small city!

The joys get better as you read the article from Forbes.  McLean VA is a small town??!?!!

Carry on and enjoy at http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/02/educated-small-towns-forbeslife-cx_jd_0105realestate.html?partner=email.

Goals for the new year

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

2009 is now upon us and with that comes resolutions, hopes, and goals. I personally have a few of my own which I will track through the year in a new section called “resolution track”.

Goals for me will include:

-launch small web startup

-improve breakdancing (windmills)

-excercise regularly

-take a vacation

-blog more on opinions/ current events

-launch 2 fan sites and finally complete the Michael Jackson fan site (which launched quickly a year ago and was never touched afterwards due to schedule)

More to come….