My daughter is addicted to bubble gum techno pop

Not been posting lately – it’s been pretty hectic at work.

My wife has a mix cd in on rotation in her car’s cd player and my daughter has become completely addicted to one of random songs on it – Butterfly by the techno/dance pop group Smile.dk. I suppose toddlers do this kind of thing – and I’m really starting to appreciate the complexity of the song. I just gets in to you, you know?

I heard the song The Audience by Matthew Herbert recently, and like the beat. Link goes to a live version.

I’ve about had it with all of the music on my iPod – it’s time to start listening to my Pandora stations again.

Back to Vista

I moved my Dell laptop back to Vista. I updated all of the drivers and picked a more stable nVidia driver. Now all my issues are gone! I had one outstanding issue with Flash CS3 running slow, but after switching it to run in “XP SP2 Compatibility mode,” it runs fine.

I also probably helps that I added 2gb more ram – for 4gb total. This thing is fast now!

I’m out of complaints for Vista. It took a year – but better late than never.

Moving to a Mac

The experiences that I’ve had with Vista on my Dell Latitude have really turned me away from Windows. After all of the issues with poor driver performance (boo nVidia!), sleep issues (crashes when I close the lid 1 out of 5 times), and general weird things – I’ve decided to move to the Apple side of the fence.
We bought my brother’s G4 Powerbook for Casey to use as her main PC – aging but still does everything that she needs – mail, surfing, digital photos, etc. And we splurged and bought a new midrange iMac (with Leopard) for the “family” computer. I’ll have to keep the Latitude d820 until I can afford a MacBook, but I’m going to try to work on the iMac as often as I can – I work better on a desktop than a laptop anyway.

I setup BootCamp with XP on it. Installed all of my apps – works perfectly. When I was still at Hewitt, Citrix worked flawlessly on both the OS X side and the XP side.  The Adobe apps that I use work fine in Leopard. iTunes works better. The whole experience has just been wonderfully easy. Simple. Quiet.

I did have to find a utility to format my external harddrive (200gb) to FAT32 so that I could use it in OS X and Windows. OS X should really have the ability to write to a NTFS drive out of the box. That’s been the biggest pain in the whole “switch.”

I think that I’m going to like it over here.

2nd Mountain bike crash

Did another endo a few weeks ago on the Beech Springs trail. I was going a little too fast at the end of the longer the Gravity Cavity section and landed wrong on the little jump. Landed on my face, again, and slid what had to be a few feet on my chin. A wonderful evening at the ER and a few days in the bed later, I’m mostly back to normal. My chin is as hard as a rock (scar tissue I assume) and I can’t whistle.
The hospital charged my insurance over $10K for it all. What a scam! Sophie’s birth plus three days in the hospital for Casey was the same price.

New job!

Haven’t updated in a long time!

On October 5th I left the whole Hewitt/Wachovia mess and then started a new job at Bank of America on October 9th.  The full fancy title is “Enterprise Learning Senior Lead Technologist.” Short title is “Instructional Tech Designer.” I like the longer one better!

I’m doing pretty much the same work that I was doing at Hewitt – creating WBT templates, fixing the mistakes of vendors, troubleshooting WBT/LMS issues, working with offshore, etc.  But the environment is so much nicer! Less stress, more help from other internal teams – and  possible future. Hewitt was just a dead-end. I really hope that they do something about it for the  people that are still there!

Since I’m doing much less Flash programming at work, I’m really going to have to start practicing at home.

First AS3 project

I’ve been playing around with AS3 over the past few days, and now it’s time to try and do something meaningful with it. I’m going to redo my portfolio site. This outta be fun.

Since FuseKit doesn’t have an AS3 version, I’m going to use the Boost Animation System. It looks pretty full featured.

The hardest thing about AS3 for me now, is not typing an underscore before movieclip properties.  And the alpha property is now 0-1 instead of 0-100. I guess it makes more sense, but I’ve got years of learning to undo.