April 1, 2000

Damn, now that this new design has been up for a few minutes, I've already started hating it. There are a couple problems: one, the page is too long, and two, there's just too damn much going on. It was based on this mockup, and I think I'm chaning the background color like this mockup, so the text pops out more, but it will still be too long. Oh well, back to the drawing board I go...
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Although I'm not 100% happy with this new design, I like it more than the old one. Not all the links are working now, but over the next couple days I'll fill out the extra content. Aside from the roomier layout, I'll have daily photos off to the right.
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Last night, I went out and saw High Fidelity, which if you've ever worked at a record store, knew someone that did, or hung out at one yourself, it was the greatest movie ever made. If you're not into music or the indie rock scene, you probably wouldn't enjoy it too much. I loved it because it reminded me that one of my close friends in college worked at a record store, a place we hung out at pretty much 7 days a week, regardless that he was only scheduled for 3 or 4 of those days.

Much to my amazement and enjoyment, Jack Black was featured prominently in the film. JB is half of the greatest band in the world, Tenacious D, and even got to sing a kickass song. I'm buying the soundtrack as soon as humanly possible just to hear him sing "Let's Get It On" again.

I've been working on a redesign of this space for the last day or two, and it should hopefully be online this afternoon.
11:56 AM link to this post

March 31, 2000

My last day so far has been great. I pulled in at 11am, went off to a 2 hour lunch where I was showered with goofy gifts, and with a couple hours of project wrapup work left, I'll be cleanly separating from UCLA forever. I'm no longer sad about it. It feels a lot like college graduation.

Today I leave a place where training and growth was the focus over the last two years, Monday I start at a place where I can demonstrate and use everything I've been learning for the last five years. And going from working at a college to a "real" job makes the graduation analogy that much more real.
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Everyone's pointing to pics of Ev for his special day. This is one of my favorites that I snapped a while back. Happy birthday, monkeyboy.
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Happy Birthday Ev! Ev just told me he's 28, and I'll be 28 in October, and a thought popped into my head that made me shudder. When my parents were 27 and 28, my dad was the only parent that had to work (not that two parents shouldn't work, I'm just amazed they paid the bills on one person's salary), they owned a nice home in Southern California, and they were having their second child (me).

Man, times have changed...
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March 30, 2000

Globalization kicks ass. Tonight I was icqing a friend in Nicaragua about someone I know in Costa Rica that I haven't emailed in ages, but it turns out he hung out with Ev and Meg today in SF, and may be moving there. My friend in Nicaragua may be moving to LA, but I'm going to SF to be with Ev and Meg at Pyra, and I guess I'll finally get to meet Beto if he moves there.
11:16 PM link to this post

You know what I love about farmers' markets? After you've been walking around in one for a few minutes, you're surrounded by beautiful fruits, vegetables, flowers, loaves of bread, and juices of all kinds, and the sounds and smells of the city disappear. You forget you're in the middle of a closed street, covered in concrete, normally clogged with traffic, angry drivers, and noise. Everyone seems nicer, everyone looks great, and everything smells terrific.

You buy your bundle of flowers and tray of strawberries, and as you reach the end of the market, you're suddenly thrust back into something that's unmistakably Los Angeles. I often forget how great those markets are.
4:39 PM link to this post

Computers are just machines: they're bundles of transitors, resistors, electricity and nothing more, right?

Try removing every personal setting and application from a computer you've been using for a long period of time. There's lots of backing up, ftping, uninstalling, deleting, and then all the settings on everything have to be reset. It's a lot harder than it sounds. I wish it were as easy as a "remove me" button somewhere in the control panel.
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Dammit! I can't find Code Rush playing on any of my local PBS stations tonight. Maybe I should break down and buy the dang video instead.
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March 29, 2000

Today's the day I finally went out and bought some banker's boxes. All that's left to do now is remove two years of belongings from my office and fit it into four boxes. Oh, and I have to try not to get sad or cry at the same time.

It's not going to be a good day.
11:46 AM link to this post

I love the new Powazek.com redesign. The new, open layout looks downright refreshing compared to the old frameset. It looks like Derek will be writing longer entries or posting more often, which is certainly a good thing.
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March 28, 2000

Today I played with Jeff's digital video camera and compared to working with analog video on computers, I am amazed by the ease and quality of digital video. I encoded a couple short segments of me riding into RealVideo, here's the 56k version (which really, really sucks) and here's the cable modem version.
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And to top off my great day on the slopes, I had dinner with Crazy Uncle Joe. The man is an unrecognized genius.
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March 27, 2000

In an effort to cram all the fun Southern California things into my last week here, I went snowboarding today.

It was a quintessential SoCal experience. We left 72 degree LA in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals, drove up to Mt. Baldy where it was maybe 60 degrees, and had a blast snowboarding on an empty mountain. Even though the snow was slushy and some of my favorite runs were closed, it was one of the funnest days I've had on the mountain.
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March 26, 2000

Some shots from the weekend up north, starting with a 120kb panoramic of my soon-to-be-vacated office at UCLA.
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I'm home-sweet-home in LA, but not for long. It looks like I'll be in SF next week, and moving to the Silicon Valley a couple weeks after that. The Caltrain ride from San Carlos to Pyra looks to only be about 30-40 minutes long, so it shouldn't be too bad of a commute. At some point in the summer, I'll find an apartment in the city for my girlfriend Kay and our cats.

Pics and words from this weekend should be posted later tonight or tomorrow, and a special thanks to brig for showing me around Santa Cruz. I will forever be insanely jealous of her house and surrounding property.
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