Yup. It's still summer. That means more work, Laura, and Biking but school is rapidly approaching. I met with Dr. Clark at tech to talk aout what I will be doing for undergraduate research in the fall and it is sounding pretty cool. The current plan is for me to do some anomaly detection on massive ammounts of status information in a database and present that to a system administrator some how. It may build on the stuff I have done with graphing my AIM usage and in turn I might be able to use whatever sweet thing I write for research to look further into the crazyness that is my AIM usage. But that is all 3 weeks from now and first I gotta get in a proposal and get the appropriate permit for to register for research and all that. So that makes fall semester consist of that research, keeping on keepin on at The Fulcrum Group, two public policy classes, and music theory. Not to bad for my final semester at Georgia Tech.
Other news of late, I'm now going to be doing a lot of stuff to get BSA Troop 232's website up and running (using Drupal and Gallery2. Yay!) and I'm also setting up a site for The Lair (long story, but its like a frat but not and where a bunch of my friends from freshman year still live and party it up). It will show up at gtlair.net once all is done. Also, I had no running water in my house yesterday or the first half of today. I think our water meter exploded and it took them a while to fix it. But now all is well and I can shower and resume my normal daily activities.
But back to what happened last week. Saturday I got Gallery 1.5.1-RC1 out the door, details on that when 1.5.1-final is out. I then went to Faster Movie Nite on Sunday and saw a not so hot movie called "The End of Surburbia" which was basically propaganda against using oil (or something) and had no factual basis at all. All the people interviewd were repeated over and over and I think the movie was just to make people afraid of the end of the world. Or something. There was lots of working over the week which was mainly setting up a mail server for a company to handle hundreds of thousands of emails a day as well as some documentation on our mail filtering appliance. But to keep with the trend of movie reviews, on Tuesday Ben and I biked through Atlantic Station and had some awesome Tofu and Pineapple pizza at Mello Mushroom and then biked over to Park Tavern at Piedmont Park to watch "Taken For a Ride" sponsored by the Citizens for Progressive Transit. Now this was a real movie. Documentary with lots of information, a solid timeline of events that was with the timeline of the movie, and did I mention good solid information to back it all up? I'd recommend this to anyone curious about/interested in mass transit, the history of cars in America, and evil corporate schemes to take over the world. Good times. Ben and I biked back like crazy and I headed on home.
Wednesday I decided it would be a good idea to go to Florida so I worked things out with worked, packed up some things, and figured out atransportation the next day, so Thursday after work I headed to the airport and did the Airtran XFares standby thing. It was about $70 (with all the fees and such things) which is cheaper than gas for my car to drive to Tampa, but what a painful experience it was. Waiting in lines only to find out from the Airtran agent at the end of the line that I really needed to be in another line on the other side of the airport, waiting in line at the gate to find out I would have to wait in line starting at a later time, and then waiting in line only to find out that I didn't need to wait in this line or the previous line and would just have my name called after everyone else had boarded. I could have eaten dinner instead of waiting in line, or read a book, or sat down even. Ah well. Now I know and if I can ever be convinced to fly XFares again I'll know what to do. After some delays boarding and taking off (they changed the direction of the airport after we were already at the end of the runway about to take off and we had to taxi to the other end) the flight was short and I was greeted by Laura's smiling face in the terminal. Yay.
It was another busy busy weekend with Laura, and this time highlights included running around the beach at night climbing on construction equipment, playin in the pool, eating several nice meals both home cooked and at super nice resturants with her parents, Laura building the lego guy that was part of her birthday present from me, hanging out with Jackie (one of Laura's good friends that I met when she came to vist Laura at school last fall and we all went crazy), going to the doggie beach with Riley, going to the zoo and getting to pet stingrays and get licked by giraffes, shopping for car's for Laura's brother (who just got his drivers license) with Shawn (another one of Laura's good friends from high school times). This was probably the last time I get to see Laura before school starts but then it will be much more often and all will be well. This time there was much documentation with the camera and all the pictures of the beaches and the zoo and things can be found here. We also saw the craziest construction sign ever that you can almost make out in this picture.
The flight back to Atlanta involved sufficiently less waiting but it was at 7:30 in the morning so that probably had something to do with it, also, a note about airport security. By flying standby last minute, you get selected for "additional security screening." Let me describe this process for you:
- In Atlanta: Wait in the normal security line _forever_. Get told over and over that you have been selected by various airport officials but proceed as usual. Once you go through the metal detectors, wait in a glass room for about 10 minutes for someone to come and do the additional check on you. When they let you out, they do the hand wand metal detector and a pat down, then they search the luggage. This takes all of 2 seconds as they open each bag, take a cursory glance in, and close it. Not looking in all pockets or your toilitries kit. After a total addition of 15 minutes or so to the security screening process they send you on your merry way.
- In Tampa: Bypass the normal security line to the special enhanced security line and walk right through the metal detectors because the line is almost incomprehendably short. After this you are immediately greeted by the screener. They do the same hand wand metal detector and pat down, and then the luggage search. They open every bag and pocket and inspect functionality of items such as digital cameras and laptops, they look in your toiliteries bag, and do checmical swabs on each bag when they run through a machine to make sure there are no explosives. But get this, all of this is completed before I would have gotten through the usual security line anyways. Total time elapsed to get through security: 10 minutes.
Both of these security times were at low traffic times, early afternoon on a Thursday and early early morning on a Monday, and after talking to several people they have had similiar experiences. Good times.
I finished up Monday by helping Gabby install some new RAM in her computer, doing laundry and showering at my parents because of the lack of running water here and leaving a note for the FedEx guy who delivered my brothers iPod today. Then today after working from home for a bit and a meeting about the 232 website Mark and I had dinner at Felinis where much things Linux related were discussed, and now I'm at home working some more, figuring out living arrangements for next semester, catching up on all things Gallery (Walkah, the Drupal-G2 inegration guy is back from vacation so the Gallery on fastermustache.org will work right soon!), and emptying out my inbox. I'm down to 2 things left I need to act on and both of them won't happen for a few weeks. So its 11:00 and time to start thinking about going to bed so I can wake up early and work all day tomorrow. Hopefully my skymiles American Express will get here tomorrow to. So until next week, thats that.
And so almost ends another crazy week of Laura, work, and bike riding.
Sunday night after many delays Laura finally got to the Atlanta airport around 12:30am and we came back to my place and crashed. I had to get up early for work each day she was here and she got to sleep in so I don't know about that... I do know that I'm tired.. but gotta work. Several things were done over the week including a good bit of eating and movie watching. The biggest "New Movie" of the week was Wedding Crashers. That movie renewed my faith in R rated movies. It was crude at parts, crazy funny, and I'd even recommend everyone see it. Other movies included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (for my second time, just as good) and maybe half of Army of Darkness (I own it on DVD, one of my favorites) before we passed out one night.
As far as food was concerned, we had Elk steaks at my parrents' Monday, Grilled up some bugers and dogs with Michael and Jenny and others Tuesday, and went to Chow Baby on Wednesday which was followed by some hot fresh Krispy Kreme. Everyone needs to go to Chow Baby sometime because it is fantastic. All you can eat stir fry for not to expensive and you pick every little thing you want in it and how much of each. So cool. Anyways, as usual it was awesome hanging out with Laura for an extended period of time and we hung out with more than a couple people: My parents, Anya, Melissa, Becca, Aaron, Michael, Jenny, Emily, etc. Good times until she had to leave Thursday morning. I headed back from the airport and took care of some work things at home and then went to Blanket's Creek with Mark for a little mountain biking followed by dinner at The Vortex and riding back in Mark's relatively new 2005 Subaru WRX STI. Fast car. mm. However, that biking really beat me up because it was freakin hot. Hot just isn't my kind of weather.
Anyways, after more work and taking care of some stuff around here Friday it was time for another FM ride. I drove to the Lair at about 6:30 and we biked over to Christopher's work downtown. There a bunch more people met up and we rode to drop off some movies at "Movies Worth Seeing" and then headed to Angel in Decatur. It was lots of riding and we were hauling pretty fast, some pictures of the before and after sitting around are on our website. After some drinks, Ben, Robert, and I headed back to the Lair to shower and meet some people for a movie. We got to the theatre at 9:59 but the movie was at 10 and the line for tickets was over 30 minutes long. We bought tickets for the 12:30 showing of The Devil's Rejects and headed to Waffle House to kill some time. The movie turned out to be fantastic, better than House of 1000 Corpses, and after squeezing back into Robers Porsche to get back to the Lair, I drove home and got to sleep around 3:30.
Today I woke up super early and headed to LYD to reformat one of the servers that I manage. It took less time than expected and I've been sshd in from home getting things set up properly for most of the afternoon. Tonight may be more biking or I might just get some food and go to sleep and bike tomorrow instead. It's been a long week..
Another week has (almost) passed since the last thing on here, and I've been doing the usual. More biking, working, eating, and the usual. Thursday night I had dinner at El Amgio with Becca and some of her friends and some guy that is apparently the almost-boyfriend of one of the girls there was super awesome and paid for all of us. Random guy.. you are the man. Friday was first some mid-afternoon mountain biking at Sope Creek which was just kinda so-so. There are parts that are blazing fast with lots of little jumps, and its fun to climb back up all the downhill stuff, but it was short and 3$ to park and there were fallen trees across the trail too big to ride over and none of the smooth fast quick turning single track that I'm used to.
After getting back from that trip I switched bikes to the roadie and headed downtown (after replacing a flat tire on my road bike that has mysteriously appeared over night). I met Christopher and Daniel at Christopher's work and we rode up peachtree to the Kroger parking lot that's across the street from the masonic temple. We were going to be racing/filming the race/taking pictures but not everyone got there at 6. After some phone calls and wondering, Kurt finally showed up and apparently DVA got hit by a marta bus. The race was going to be between Kurt and DVA and now there were only 4 of us. Oh yeah. it was pouring rain and I got to test out my sweet waterproof backpack for the first time on a bike. It's awesome yellowness kept my camera safe and dry throughout our adventures. But back to the riding, after deciding against doing the race thing we rode all the way down Peachtree to Memorial, and ended up at a little resturant next to Grant Park. I had the best two corn dogs I have ever had in my entire life for dinner and then Christopher and I rode back to his work to pick up our cars. We drove to Christopher's where there was some hanging out, and then I came home and passed out due to the lack of sleep and too much biking all week.
Saturday was failry uneventful for the most part. Talked with my dad about the new website I'm working on for his company, and some catching up on things. Melissa came over for dinner and we went and saw Charile & The Chocolate Factory. It was pretty good and is the kind of movie you could see again and again. We were laughing out loud for a good bit of it and I highly recomend everyone see it at some point.
So now it's Sunday and I've worked on some website stuff a bit more, fixed a connection in Anya's tv, gone to the grocery store, and tried to finish putting together Laura's birthday present. It's tough to find things when you're looking for something very specific. Ah well. She's flying in tonight sometime and after she shows up its probably cupcake eating time. mmm. Time to try and get some more work in last minute before heading to the airport...
It's now a little over a week since I've turned 21 and everyhing I expected has come true. Nothing is different really. It's mostly just another day but I guess it has its perks. Benifits include being able to buy whatever I want and the one forgotten one, places with a cover charge less for us older folk. Cool. I think.
Anyways, first comes the list:
- From the parents: Lots and lots of $$ of things fixed on my car. Some things more important than others but stuff was broke and now its substantiall less broke. My dad gave me a book as well, and much food was consumed.
- From the grandparents: The usual cards and checks.
- From the gf (details on that in a min): Bambi on DVD (HELL YES!) and a rice crispy treat the size of a small planet that more or less had the usual cake type message on it in icing. mmm.
- A card from Richard, like one of the paper kinds you put in an envelope and put a stamp on and all that. I didn't know they stil made them.
- Shirt an belt from Becca because after I got her computer related things for her bday she figured she get me something in the realm of what she likes for mine.
- And the usual pile of facebook notes, wall changes, emails, IMs, irc messages, voice mails, text messages and smoke signals.
Thank's to everyone for the stuff, and if you feel all guilty now it's never too late.... I even accept paypal if it comes to that, but I digress. Here's whats been going on with me.
For the birthday weekend I went camping with the FM crew at Cloudland Canyon and we had an awesome time. As usual there are pictures, but highlights include conveinent thunderstorms, jumping off of rocks into the river, exploring, checking out the big waterfalls in the canyon, shooting bottle rockets at one another, hiking to accordian music, utilizing dry ice to keep drinks cold, and eating awesome tasty healthy real food. Basically if you weren't there you should have been. Upon our return we had pizza and I purchased my first legal alcoholic beverage. Cool or something..
Other fun things over the week included buying fireworks in Georgia which is now legal for those of us over 18, getting a great birthday dinner and a huuuuge margerita with Melissa at OTB, buying the newest Starting Line and Bloc Party CDs at Target, and other things that I can't quite remember and not because I was wasted because I wasn't you crazy who ever you are.
Then Wednesday afternoon I headed down to Tampa to hang out with Laura. So Laura and I have been friends since last October where a certain someone poked me on facebook. Twice. We've hung out lots and lots since then, primarly eating more than our share of unhealthy food and watching awful movies, but as of last week we're all __insert favorite "relationship"ish word here__ and stuff now. So with that said, how could I not go to Tampa. I got back Sunday night and those 4 days or so were about as crazyness packed as they come. Beating her little brother in SSX3 more than once or twice, dinner with the parents and stayin in their house, throwing people in the air in the pool after 3 person marco polo prooved to be not enough of a challenge, getting attacked by sand fleas on the beach at night, line dancin it up at the Dallas Bull and then spending tons of $$ at Steak and Shake, staying up late watching movies, "Batman Begins" at an IMAX theatre after lots of BBQ for dinner, aimlessly wandering around atop parking decks in the crazy hurricane wind, biking around south Tampa, taking Riley to the doggy beach, gettin new clothes for me at the mall, meetin all of Laura's friends that i kept hearing about (except for Shawn, that bum), nice old ladies working at CVS giving discounts, etc, etc. Lots of fun, gotta do that again but now its Laura's turn to come visit me again. Can't wait. School starting up again and being able to hang out whenever will be nice too.
Driving back in the Hurricane rainy mess was scary scary but I survived somehow, And so begins more working and taking care of things and listening to loud music and biking and all that. After no internet all day and two steak grilled stuffed burritos for dinner I'm about beat. More this week if there's time between the eating and biking and hanging out that needs to be happening when I'm not working or sleeping.
It's been quite the crazy busy week and a half. I've spent perhaps too much time on bike, and the rest of life has kept on keeping on. My dad's new company, WiSpi.net, is starting to scale up and cool things should start happening with them, and new projects keep coming my way at work. But on to the more off the wall details, first was lunch Tuesday with my parents, grandparents, and and aunt to celebrate a bunch of birthdays this month. Then was cooking it up Tuesday night with Ben and Robert. There was BBQ Chicken stir fry with carrots and snow peas on white rice with a side of tater tots. It was simply fantastic. If you haven't had this combination (and I'm pretty sure you haven't), you should give it a shot.
Then Thursday night was Special Quesidilla night with Faster Mustache at Christopher's to party it up before Neil heads outta town for a while for work. There were many dillas made and the bean eaters and pork eaters were all happy. Friday was going to be a critical mass ride, but that turned into either road biking at 7 or mountain biking at 5 and I ended up on a mountain bike. We went to conyers to the Georgia International Horse Park trail which is where the mountain biking was during the Atlanta olympics, and after a loop on the "hard side" and a loop on the longer "easy side" we called it quits for the day. I was 4 minutes behind Christopher at the end which is always kinda nice.
Saturday was supposed to be more biking but I slep in instead, went to friends and family day at the new IKEA in Atlanta, and ended up going to my Grandparent's lake house to hang out with my parents and some of my brothers friends for the evening. There were fireworks, burgers, and some sweet pictures the next morning:
I came back from that Sunday morning, and after working monday morning Laura got here. We've been hanging out having a great time. There a narrow escape from a car wreck, some tree house climbing, some driving, some eating, and some movie watching but the two "real" thinks we've done so far were a "Faster Nutstache" planning meeting with the Faster Mustache crew (details when its no longer top secret) and the first trip both of us have taken to the Atlanta Botanical Garden where there was much picture taking.
Other highlights of the last few days include power going out where my servers are shortly followed by arranging for a backup mail server for most of my domains on h0bbel's server in Norway. This weekend I'm turning 21 and will be camping with a bunch of Faster Mustache people at Cloudland Canyon State Park. I upgraded my calendar on here from phpicalendar 1 to phpicalendar 2 beta which now looks a lot better and functions a bit better, and lastly, I'm officially a mentor for Gallery for the Google Summer of Code project for one or two guys that will be working on XML-RPC in Gallery 2. Theres lots of exciting things going on and this only scratches the surface of how cool I think all of it is, but it's time to get back to life and there will probably be another update from me after I get back from camping.
Dang bikes are great. I Went mountain biking at Chicopee Woods on friday and even though its been a while since I've been on a mountain bike the walking in Europe and California and the road biking like crazy got together and helped me keep up with Christopher and Kurt most of the time. I think we rode every bit of trail they have there at least once and one of the downhills was perhaps the fastest best downhill section I've had the privilege of riding a bike down. No falling this go around, just lots of sweaty grossness and riding through a couple of small rivers that led to things gettin a little wet. After riding we hit up an itty bitty BBQ place down the road from Chicopee (with some Mountain Dew from Publix) and it was fantastic. Now I just need to get Robert to go on one of the mountain biking trips and the video camera can be busted out and I can share what it's really like. On a not cool note, Yellow River (one of my favorite and usual biking places) is being "improved" by bulldozing all of the bike trails and putting in "nice wide concrete paths" for people to walk around on. If you'd like to see this not happen check out the content information in the first comment on this page and show your voice so that they know people care.
So after all that I went and saw Mr & Mrs Smith with Melissa and Jean. It was entertaining and all, lots of laughing out loud at the awkwardness of situations in it but eh, I don't think I'd need to see it again. Now compare that to the movie I saw tonight at movie night at Christopher's.
The Experiment is perhaps the most intense movie I have ever seen. It's a German movie about the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment and words cannot do it justice. You need to see this movie and thats that. Anyways, its bedtime here in the ATL. Work in the morning and i need to ride that road bike some more tomorrow afternoon. Out.