The last day of the year

Today still seems somewhat mysterious. The end of the year is approaching. During my trip to the store today people seemed to be really focused. On what I have no idea. A lot of people seem to be on vacation this week. Taking two weeks of vacation has never really been an option. It must be nice to have that much time off. Working in the operations space pretty much limits the amount of vacation anybody can effectively take. Beyond my regular job — teaching online does not really create the possibility of a prolonged vacation. None of my online teaching appointments have included any vacation days. They typically only include break weeks and holidays.

Last night I slept for 10 hours. Unfortunately, that amount of sleep did not make me more productive today. My productivity always seems to rise and fall. It is never consistent. That is probably the way of things.

It seems that ESPN has an endless string of bowl games. Some of them have been good. Most of them do not hold my interest. Temperatures around Denver plunged below zero yesterday. It was bitterly cold. That type of weather is great for writing. I’m thinking about making a cup of coffee with some hot cocoa mix tonight. Most of the hot cocoa mixes seem to contain a lot of sugar. I’m trying to stay away from sugar these days. On December 10, 2014, I instituted a diet soda moratorium. Inadvertently — I actually gave up all soda. It has been about 20 days. It turns out that I don’t need to drink soda.

Coffee is an entirely different vice altogether. Each day seems to have been fueled by at least two cups of coffee. That habit is somewhat costly. We had to pick up some new K-Cups. I enjoy having a wide variety of different coffee K-Cups. A multipack of K-Cups was on sale this week at Costco.

On The Great Laptop Search

Searching for a new laptop has been interesting. My HP Envy X2 has failed. I’m not buying another Hewlett-Packard computer. Picking the right laptop used to be easier. During my trip to Kansas City, I visited Micro Center, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Costco in search of the perfect laptop. I ended up surfing around Amazon for a couple hours. My needs are pretty straightforward. The laptop needs to have a sub 13 inch screen, be lightweight, and have strong battery life. I had toyed with buying a Chromebook, but teaching online involves Cisco VPN and Citrix. Both of those technologies seem to require Windows. Some of the ultrabooks look pretty awesome, but they are very expensive. The HP Envy X2 only lasted two years. It is the first laptop style derive that has not lasted 4 years.

Cleaning my office

Over the course of a number of years the amount of stuff just sitting around my office has become ridiculous. Today is the day that the piles stop growing. A plan has to be put in place. I’m going to have to clean up a pile at a time. I’m going to start by the door and work my way toward my desk. That is my plan for the day. We will see how well it goes.

Nashville to Denver Flight

My first team meeting with my new company happened this week. It lasted an entire week. I learned a lot about the team’s roles and responsibilities. The team has a pretty diverse set of duties. Taking on a new role can be exciting. Even after all my years of college I’m learning new things every day. Being a lifelong learner tends to involves waves of learning. Being exposed to a constant flood of new things tends to be somewhat unsettling. It does not happen very often. For better or worse, most of the content that we are exposed to is somewhat familiar.

Right now I’m watching the 268th episode of This Week in Google (TWIG). Leo Laporte seems to be really excited about a new phone with a cognac colored back.

I’m thinking about buying one of the new HTC Nexus 9 tablets.

Traveling with large groups can be pretty interesting. Group dynamics can very widely. Sharing team automobiles can reduce cost, but it pretty much locks everyone into going to the same places. With really large groups it can be a real challenge to pick a place everybody will like.

I got logged into my Google developer account today. Everything is in place to pivot into video game development. I’m going to need to reboot the Jupiter Darkly website this month.

What is the Thermal dot com Seek $200 thermal phone camera all about?

Is ACER selling a 4k monitor? What are the minimum graphics card requirements required to support a 4k monitor?

What is up with the Audioquest DAC dragonfly with built in AMP?