computers

Doing It Online

Going online to plan your trips is pretty easy, I have to give the travel agencies that. You can basically go online and find your flight,

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Music Voicemails

I have a friend who goes to try and send me voicemails when he is at concerts. For some reason he thinks that the speaker in

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Listening To Music

My computer speakers probably need to be replaced.  They are a pretty decent pair, I mean they came with my computer but they weren’t the normal

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My Own Space

I always thought it would be cool to have a back yard that was all decorated and had a lot of open space to play games

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Car Shopping

I’ve been thinking about getting a new car because my car is getting kind of sluggish, and of course when I mentioned this it quickly became

 
computers

Doing It Online

Going online to plan your trips is pretty easy, I have to give the travel agencies that. You can basically go online and find your flight, your hotel, and all the stuff you need really easily and all at once. So if you’re ever planning on going somewhere, you don’t have to put forth a lot of effort to get all the details sorted out. There are a few different websites to choose from so I will go through most of them and pick out the best deal. The travel agency software can really do a good job with all of this.

It sure beats having to do it in person your or whatever. The travel website designers definitely have also made it easy to book your room online as well as see what is available without having to really do anything other than go to their website. It’s quite great, actually, and although I enjoy traveling, I also seem to like looking at the different websites. I’m actually kind of bizarre like that. I’ll go to websites and look around at them even if I’m not planning on doing anything with them. You’ve got websites where you can just learn about stuff and I will read all about them, or for instance I’ll go to the sites of places that I would like to go but probably won’t be visiting and I’ll check out all the stuff they have there and get some ideas for what I should do.

I do the same thing for stores, too. There are some shops that I probably won’t go to, but I will still view their social media pages and everything just to see what the deal is and why everyone likes them so much. It’s so weird to me, though, that certain players in the industry don’t have a larger presence online, but I’m not the one who is planning their design so it’s not really up to me. But being online does give you a good idea of what a certain deal may or may not be like, so that’s probably why I like to check out so many different pages. If you looked at my browser window you would probably be shocked at how many pages I actually have open. There are always a bunch of unrelated things, too, like I’ll read about something on one site and it will remind me that I need to check something else on another one, and that kind of happens to a lot of my mates, too.

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Music Voicemails

I have a friend who goes to try and send me voicemails when he is at concerts. For some reason he thinks that the speaker in his cell phone can actually receive the sounds from the concert and it will sound clear when I play it back. The message he sends will be like 3 minutes of static. He told me later that it was a good song and he wanted me to hear it and I was like dude, you know your little cell phone speaker cannot actually pick up the loud sounds at the concert and have them sound good, right? He said he wanted me to hear the song anyway. Alright, not a big deal I guess, he was just being nice. But then he did the same thing again at another concert. I was like are you serious? I played the recording for him and he’s like wow, that doesn’t sound as nice as it did when I was there. Yeah, what did you think was going to happen? Cell phone microphones can barely pick up your voice clearly, much less live music. I mean, it’s cool, but it isn’t a good way to record a concert. At any rate, I figured that he would have gotten the message, but then he tried to take a video of a concert he went to, and there was a pretty awesome video but the sound was really garbled, again. It was the same phone he was always using so I don’t know why he thought it would be any different. And then he said he was going to share the video with some other people and I was like why? It doesn’t sound like anything.

So, my friend said that he’s not going to try to record anymore concerts unless he has a better microphone or a new phone or whatever. Speaking of concerts, I found that one of the bands I really like is coming to town and I am going to try and get tickets. I listen to a lot of rap even though many of my friends don’t really like it, and it seems like there haven’t been a lot of rapper that play here, probably because I’m the only person who goes to their shows. I’m kidding, but there seems to be a lot of other bands that come through here but not a lot of rap. But I try to see the ones that do play here.

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Listening To Music

My computer speakers probably need to be replaced.  They are a pretty decent pair, I mean they came with my computer but they weren’t the normal ones that you get that are just the two speakers and that’s it, they actually had a few different controls on them and you could adjust them pretty well and they sounded pretty good, but they have been starting to give me some problems so I think I’m just going to get a new pair.

I was looking at what’s available and I didn’t even know that some of these things work.  For example, they make Bluetooth speakers.  I mean, that is something that I assumed they would make but I had never actually seen them.  I don’t know if that is what I want or not because I don’t know that I need Bluetooth speakers but they might be cool to have and that would be a couple fewer things to keep track of.  So I’m going to see if I can find more info about some of the different styles that are wireless.

The Logitech Z600 speakers are, and I haven’t actually heard them in person so I think I might head over to Best Buy or something and see if they have them set up.  I think that you should always listen to speakers before you buy them just to make sure they sound good.  There are some speakers that don’t sound all that clear and you don’t want to find that out after you get them home and set them up, so I think it is definitely worth checking them out in person.  I also need to find out if they will work with the subwoofer I have.  It isn’t hooked up right now but I would like to make sure that the ones I get will work with it so I can have better quality sound than I would have without it.  It guess it’s possible that some of the speakers might not need one, but it’s pretty uncommon I think to find speakers that can make decent bass effects without actually using a sub woofer so I will see what they have.    I’ll probably go with the ones they have that I like the most and make sure they sound decent and then I”ll just set them up.  It’s not like I need the best speakers in the world for my computer, but I want the music I play to be pleasing so I’m going to at least make sure that whatever I get is set up well enough to do that.

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My Own Space

I always thought it would be cool to have a back yard that was all decorated and had a lot of open space to play games and everything.  I have usually lived in a building with multiple units, however, and there wasn’t really anything you could call your own yard.  There was a common area where you could go and stand in the grass, but it was just a little place in the yard behind the building.  I’m talking about having my own yard, probably with a deck and all the other stuff, and it would be cool to have a place like that where you could have your mates come over and just have like a backyard cookout.

Of course, living in a place like that requires doing yard work.  And the one thing that I will say about living in a unit in a multi-person building is that you don’t ever have to worry about yard work.  So basically if the grass needs to be mowed they have someone come and do it, and if there is anything that needs to be done, the building will take care of it.  We pay for that in our monthly rent but still, you don’t have to do it yourself.

I think though that if I had a big yard I might not mind taking care of it.  I think there’s a sense of pride that comes from having your yard look nice, and if you have people come over and they see your yummy food that you’re cooking on the oven and they see that you’ve got a big area with room to play some games or whatever, that’s probably pretty sweet.  Of course it probably requires a bit of upkeep to keep it looking nice, but it’s probably not something that I would mind.  But seeing as how I’ve never been in that situation before I don’t really know if I would or not.  I’d definitely want to have a yard with a few trees, an open area where we could play football, some aluminium garden furniture for people to use when they are eating, and a deck where we could stand around and have drinks and talk about stuff.  I’ve seen that kind of thing before but I always thought it would be cool to be the person who has all of that in his home, but I won’t be able to do that until I actually get a house with  a yard.  But it’s something to consider.

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Car Shopping

I’ve been thinking about getting a new car because my car is getting kind of sluggish, and of course when I mentioned this it quickly became a talk about how I should just get my far fixed and I don’t need to buy a new car and etc.  Except I think I would like a new car anyway because I have a sedan right now and I’m looking for something a bit more sporty and fun.  My car is great, and it gets good gas mileage and it’s great for going places and buying stuff but I want something that is a little bit more fun to drive.  I’m thinking I might want to get a Lexus or something.  I know I don’t really need one, but the people I’ve spoken to that have exciting cars all say they like them.  Since I’m not planning on buying a new car because I don’t know if I want to keep it as my normal car specifically if I’m going to want another sedan again, I might just do a lease.  I know, I know.  People say leases are bad and you should buy and all of that stuff, but the reason I’m considering going with a lease is so that I don’t own it and I can just trade it back in when I am done.

I will have to see what is available though because I am not too familiar with the whole process.  I mean I know how it works but I’ve never actually done it.  So once I figure that out then I guess it’s a matter of deciding what car I want.  I’m going to look for some dealerships around here and head over to them and see what they have.  I’m sure I’ll be able to find something I like.  I like going to the dealers and looking at cars even though I’m not going to buy.  I want to see if there are some Lexus lease deals that look good to me and then I’ll be able to get the car I want and decide when the lease is over and maybe I’ll keep it if it’s something I really like, although I have a feeling I’ll probably be going back to something a bit different.  You know, it’s just one of those things that you want to do and then you decide if you like it or not.  So I’m going to do it.

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Another Training Focus

I have decided that I need to look for another martial arts dojang.

The place that I have been training at for a while isn’t really what I want to keep doing.  I mean, it’s a finished school and everything and they will teach you a lot there, but one of the reasons I got into martial arts was to learn how to defend myself against an attacker and at that school they don’t really do much of that.  It’s more about throwing punches and stuff but not actually how to use any of the stuff.  So I think that it’s best if I find another place where they focus more on actually being in a confrontation with another person and you can actually understand what works and what doesn’t work.  I have a lot of patterns and stuff that I know but I haven’t had an opportunity actually try them out because the few partner drillers we do are pretty unrealistic.  I mean it’s not the kind of thing that you could actually use in  a real attack because I don’t think the other person is even trying to resist you here.  So that’s why I’m going to see what else is out there.  I think that it’s pretty important to find a school that trains the way you want.  I know that there are a lot of people who are actually looking to learn how to use their skills against an opponent and they need to find a school that does that.  There are many schools that don’t really focus on that and that’s not what I want.

So I’ve got all this taekwondo gear that I will bring with me and that is still all good, I just want to find some people with whom I can train in a bit more combat ready class.  That way we’ll be able to learn how to respond when we are in a situation where the other person is actually behaving realistically and not just throwing a little punch and letting you do whatever in response.  That’s not a good way to practice your skills, I don’t think, so that’s one of the things I’m going to look for when I try to find a new school.  I think there are a few other places that I should consider so I’m going to take a bit of time and go visit them and see what they rae like.  And bring my friend.

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Sleeping Style

I have a friend who has been telling me that he is trying to quit snoring.  I mean it’s not like something you can really choose to quit, but I guess if you are going to try out some of the different things that are out there that might count.  So I know there is like a certain kind of things that are supposed to help you but I’m not really sure how they work.  My friend was telling me about this website called Withoutsnoring blog he found that was giving some information about them and he wanted to read more about it and find out if any of them actually work.  I said he should read a lot about it and then see if he wants to try any of them.  I wonder if that’s something that would be affected by how you sleep, like if you lay on your side or whatever.  And I’m going to see if there is anything I can suggest because I don’t really have anything to tell him but there might be something I could tell him that might work.  I didn’t even know he snored, though.  He’s crashed on my couch before and I never heard him, so maybe he only snores when he’s at home.  Or maybe I just don’t hear it.  I don’t know.

I don’t even know how he knows since he lives alone and it’s not like there’s someone there telling him that he is snoring.

But anyway, if it’s something he wants to fix then I think he should.  I told him he should get a new mattress or something and maybe that might help but I don’t know.  He said there isn’t really anything he can think of about how he sleeps that might be causing the issue.  He said he sleeps in different positions but he hasn’t noticed a difference.  And I still think that he might just be a little bit confused because I’ve never heard him snore.  I should probably ask him why he thinks he is snoring?  I mean unless he had someone tell him I don’t know how he could be aware if he does.  And I guess it’s just what he is going to be trying to figure out and maybe he’ll get something that will help him.  I think that when he sleeps over in my living room next time I’ll have to pay more close attention to see if I hear him snoring or not.

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Surf Lessons

Maybe I will take surfing lessons. I have been seeing people surf when I go to the beach and it always seems like something I would like to try but I don’t think that I really know anyone who would be able to give me instructions. There is one guy I know who goes surfing pretty regularly but he and I aren’t really the type to hang out and I don’t think that he would be interested in teaching me, anyway. So I think that I’m going to look into some of the places around here that will give you courses on how to do it. I wonder if I have to get my own board or if they will provide them. I’ve seen some surf boards for sale and I think it would be good if they gave you one for your lessons in case you don’t like it or whatever, you won’t have spent money on a surf board.

So I’m thinking about looking at a few of the teaching facilities where they’ll give you classes and seeing which one looks the best. I know there are a couple here and then there are some in Costa Rica as well. I think I would almost rather go there and have it be a little trip. I would see if any of my friends want to go and I’m sure that I know of a few people. I might just tell them I’m going and see if they wanna join me.

“Who wants to go surfing!” I can already think of 2 or so people who would want to go with me. The only thing we would have to figure out is how we are going to get there and our accommodations and stuff. But I think the notion of just hanging out with your friends while surfing is a really cool vacation plan and I’m going to have to see who wants to go. What if I entrench myself in the whole thing and decide that I want to do it as a hobby? I don’t know if there are a lot of surfing beaches around here so I might have to find some. I also don’t even know what the idea of it all is, like can you just bring a board anywhere and go surfing there? Or are there certain areas where you can and others where it’s not something you can do? I don’t want to just show up and then they’re like “no surfing today”. I also think that I will probably figure that stuff out if I get into it but it would be good to know just so you can plan and everything. The other thing I want to do is find out what I would need to wear. A bathing suit or whatever?

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Time To Clean The Garage

The wife is going to murder me if I don’t do something about our garage soon. I may not even be speaking figuratively. I’m pretty sure she’s actually considering it as an option. We have a two car garage and we have always had an agreement. She parks her car on the left side, my motorcycle and my junk gets thrown on the right side. I think I finally have too much junk though, and it’s driving her crazy. What kind of junk? Well, I have a lot of tools and a lot of knick-knacks. My work bench stays pretty cluttered and I guess I really should do something about it.

I’ve been thinking of investing in some wire racks with some shelves to put along the walls. If I move my workbench against the back wall, I could realistically put some racks all the way down the side of the garage. I’d have about fifteen feet of linear storage space which would really help kill the clutter. The racks I’m looking at are pretty modular, it’d be easy to configure them in the way that I want, and if I got some bins I’m sure I could label some of the miscellaneous stuff I have floating around the garage and it would make both of our lives easier.

Of course, I do have to get any major purchases to go through our family budgeting committee (a.k.a. my wife) so I’ll have to pull some strings and maybe even cave in on one of her little projects, but it shouldn’t be too hard. After all, I get to remind her that she’s the one that desperately wants our garage cleaned and organized. I’m perfectly fine with the way it is now, even if it happens to drive her crazy.

Actually, I’m not fine with the clutter in the garage (don’t tell her that), I simply just don’t have a good way to organize it. I have some old cabinets (that are so old, the hinges are about to rust off) and some plastic, cheap shelves that can’t support enough weight to really be of use to me. My current system, for lack of a better word, sucks. I have parts from different cars, mowers, and pieces of equipment strew about, I have power tools, fasteners, batteries, chargers, all kinds of stuff floating around in our chaotic garage, and to be completely honest I think taking a weekend or two to organize it would do wonders for me and my wife. It would bring some sanity to an otherwise insane garage.

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I Remember When I Was In College

I can’t believe my little sister is finally moving away to college. She spent her first two years commuting to a community college, taking general education classes, but worked hard and got a full-ride scholarship to a school two states away. I’m so proud of her, but man it’s hard to say goodbye. We are a very tight knit family. Most of us live within an hour or so of each other, and thinking of the fact that Amanda’s going to be eight hours away is a little stressful. As an older brother, I am really protective of my younger sis, and this is the first time in our lives I won’t be there to have her back when things go wrong.

Even though I do worry about her, I know she’s a smart girl, though. I also remember what dorm life was like, so I decided to take her under my wing and show her the ropes / tell her what to look out for. Granted, I lived on campus in a college half an hour from the house, a lot of the experience will be the same. One of the most important lessons I’ve been trying to pass on to her is the fact that privacy, for the most part, doesn’t exist in a dorm room. I shared all of the things I could think of, and told her to only take things she’ll absolutely need, but being eight hours from home she’ll need quite a bit more stuff than I did.

Because of the fact she’ll be taking her laptop, smart phone, and some other valuables, I decided to buy her a little dorm safe (check them out here: www.deansafe.com/resaforstdoo.html). Honestly, after checking this thing out I wish I would have had one of these things when I was in school. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it has some cool security features. It’s a small safe. In fact, it’s designed to fit in a closet and it’s built to be big enough to store an 18” laptop. Instead of having some kind of combination lock or key, it actually has a card reader and a keypad. She can either swipe a credit card or her driver’s license, or she can use a PIN number to access the safe. The safe even has a little pass-through so she can cable tie her safe to something in the room so that somebody can’t walk off it with. Overall, I think she’ll be very excited to get this thing. In fact, I almost want to get one for myself to take to work.