Festivus and Kong

‘s graduation party on Friday was great, I finally got to meet several of her coworkers and friends from college, and the lot of us managed to plow through 8 bottles of Champagne as well as some beer… It would have been nice if we could have invited more people, but our apartment was pretty much packed to capacity as it was.. When we move, though, hopefully we will be able to have some bigger bashes… =) Saturday was the Goodrich holiday party, which was pretty lame… I wasn’t expecting it to be a blast or anything, but even the food was bad this year.. And once again there was a designated driver tax — they charged $2 for a tiny little coke. Lame.

Sunday I caught King Kong (2005) with the film club. It was better than I had expected, and while there was one glaring plot point (the “kid” on the ship) that was left hanging by the end of the film, it was pretty tight overall (which is surprising given the 3 hour runtime).. There were obviously points of the film that were slower than others, but they all seemed in place (except for the aforementioned subplot, which should have either been trimmed altogether or at least followed through).

I am getting antsy for the holidays, counting the days until I get to drive home and enjoy 11 days off!

Back in Beantown

Getting up this morning wasn’t as difficult as I had expected, I guess my sleep schedule didn’t get too wacked out in Rochester. I had a great time seeing all the CSHers again, and graduation was fun as well. My family came up for the festivities, and they seemed to enjoy getting to finally see me walk across the stage. Many thanks to all the family, house members, and friends who cheered me on as I walked across the stage. The Dean commented on the size of my cheering section as I shook his hand. :)

So that phase is now unarguably complete now; no longer can people argue that “well, you haven’t really graduated yet”… It was nice seeing everyone, but living like a nomad is always a little uncomfortable for me. I am glad to be back in my own place again. :)

Supposedly we are going to hear some “really good” news later on today, which makes me curious.. I hope it is good enough to keep me from worrying about looking at Monster for a year or so. :)

There is a new feature in the Mozilla nightly builds, the “-turbo” command line flag (Win32 only). If you pass this switch, it will start mozilla in a windowless mode, running in the background. The next time you start mozilla, it will pop up almost instantly, since it is already residing in memory. This will be a nice retort to the people that believe that Internet Explorer is so much faster because M$ pulls the browser into memory on startup (since it is “part of the OS”…)


Heading back today, good to see the people I did, but I unfortunately didn’t get to see everyone I had wanted to…. If I missed you, get in touch!

I am gonna take a shower, see jon off and help him pack anything into his car that he needs help with, and take off with Adam and Molly at 12:30p…

Sorry for all the friends-only posts the past few days, but I didn’t want to announce to the world that I was going away for the weekend after my recent break-in… After I return things will be back to normal.

Good to be back

Back in CSH here, waiting for my parents to show up so we can go get some food. I went to a presentation by the person who invented Spanning Tree over in the IT department before. Her presentation was on Security, Encryption, the PKI, etc… Nothing new, but it was a cool presentation.

Saw jerronimo and everyone other than Pat over at CIS, and I have run into lots of other friends today (but not all of them). If you want to get a hold of me and hang out, give me a call on my cell phone…

Unexpected Surprise

I got my diploma in the mail today! And my final transcripts say that my GPA was a couple of degrees higher than I expected, which is cool as well. :)

I did quite a bit of running around trying to get the Cashier’s Check written for the balance due on my apartment. My grandma loaned me the money, but the check was made out to my father, instead of me. To compensate for this, my parents wrote out a check to me drawn on their account for the same amount. So yesterday, I went and deposited the check in their account, they told me it would take a day for my grandma’s check to clear…. So I had to wait until today.

Today, I went back to said back to cash my parents check, and I asked if I could get a cashier’s check from their bank even though my account wasn’t there. No dice, so I had to cash the check (which involved me sticking a thumb print on the check, which I had never seen before), and I then had to take that money to my bank to get the cashier’s check (nothing is cooler than walking around with a few big boxes of ziti on your person, even if it was only for a limited time. :P). When I get to my bank, they tell me that I first need to deposit the money into my account, and then write out a check to them, so they could write out a check to me (As opposed to giving them the cash, them giving me a check). Not only that, but Fleet charged me $6 for a cashier’s check in Boston, but the local Fleet branch charged me $15….

But ultimately, that is all taken care of now, which is a good thing. :)

Now it becomes clear….

As I expected, today was the day of realization…..I am actually done with school. As I wake up and complete my morning e-mail checking/job-searching ritual, my friends in Rochester are beginning class. This is heavy.

Last night’s episode of The Sopranos reminded me of the first season… I think this season is shaping up well…. I am looking forward to next week. :)


Greetings from New Jersey.

My back hurts, but things are getting into shape slowly…. I think I might be done unfurling my shit for the night and assume a nice recumbent position on my bed while I relax letting my mind rot with some television…

Of course, we all know that this is simply a pipe dream and that I will not be able to relax until everything is in its place.