As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently started a new job. Before I go into talking about that, I'll just give you a little background on how I got here (I'll talk about the actual job in my next post).
I went to college at UW-Madison and graduated this past December with a degree in Economics. I was all set to start my job with the company I interned with last summer, when they put a hiring freeze in force while I was in the midst of getting everything settled with HR. As a result, that job fell through and I wasn't able to be hired. This all happened a week or two before I graduated, so it was right when I was getting ready for finals and the holiday season. In hindisght, I probably should've had a backup plan, especially with the state the economy was in. However, I didn't, so I was left scrambling. I interviewed with a couple places but kept getting beat out by people who had been let go from their previous job and therefore had a lot more experience. I'm not someone who gets upset or worries about a lot of things, but this job search was starting to wear on me a little.
I spoke to a few contacts my uncle had and they gave me a bunch of suggestions on what to look for. One actually suggested becoming a representative for an insurance company; not something I had really ever thought about, but at this point I would consider anything. Lo and behold, a week or two after that suggestion I had an e-mail from Farmers Insurance in my inbox and it actually looked appealing. To make a long story short: I went in and interviewed, got offered a position, passed my licensing exams and here I am today, an agent for Farmers Insurance Group.
It's been quite a busy month for me -- started a new job, had to find an apartment and stood up in one of my good friend's weddings yesterday. The blog, therefore, took a backseat for a while but I hope to be back to blogging more frequently for those who do read this.
The wedding was absolutely amazing. The weather was perfect, which was very important since it was outside in these gardens here in Madison. Ceremony was short and sweet. We then had a limo bus drive us around to take pictures by the State Capitol Buidling. On the way we obviously popped a ridiculous amount of champagne bottles. Reception was also great -- lots of food, dancing and beer. We then went back towartds the Capitol to go to the bars where I got in a verbal argument with this smug-ass, douche hostess at The Old Fashioned. We had some underagers with us so it was understandable as to why he wouldn't let us in, but he didn't believe I was of age even after i got my ID out; he wouldn't even look at it. I was admitidly drunk and was bein a dick to him, but only after he started acting like a giant d-bag and I realized we weren't getting in. It was probably for the best we didn't get in because all the ladies were starting to get sick from all the alcohol. Overall, it was a great day and I'm very, very happy for my two friends.
Next Saturday I move into my new apartment downtown and I am very much looking forward to it. I love my roommates, but I've shared an apartment, house or dorm room for the last 5 years -- so it's definitely time for me to live on my own. Coming up with rent is gonna be fun, but I'm hoping my parents help me out until I get settled in at this new job (which I'll write about later).
I'll be back later to post a Stuck In My Head song. This one's kind of embarassing...
Since all the staff members posted their mid-year top 10, I thought I'd follow suit and give mine.
In no particular order:
The Dangerous Summer - Reach For the Sun
Metric - Fantasies
All The Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown To Love
Paper Route - Absence
Mae - (m)orning
Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
Ace Enders and A Million Different People - When I Hit The Ground
New Found Glory - Not Without A Fight
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
There are still a bunch of albums I need to listen to (i.e., The Dear Hunter, Consider the Thief, Kevin Devine, Grizzly Bear, etc.), so those aren't factored in yet.
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Woke up today still feeling like crap. This is a frustrating sickness, one, because I never get sick and two, because just when I start feeling better, the crappy feeling comes right back. I've been on Nyquil/Dayquil, Airborne and ibuprofen for the last 3 days. Oh well, hopefully it goes away soon.
On a more fun note, I get to be dog sitter for the day! One of the rooms in my friend's 3 unit apartment was raided by undercover police yesterday; busting down the door and everything. So, because he's not supposed to have a pet and the landlord is coming by to fix the door, I get to look after him. I'll put up a pic in my photo feed above.
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The last week-ish has been pretty hectic. Started training for my new job, went back home for a 4-month-iversary with the girlfriend, then came back and got sick Sunday night. Finally starting to feel better. It's been especially miserable since my room is so damn hot and I was sweating but had the chills at the same time. Not fun.
This is actually my least favorite song on Reach For the Sun (though, least favorite on my favorite record of the year means I still like the song.), but for some reason I woke up with this song in my head.
The Dangerous Summer - Symmetry
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Yesterday was a day full of errands and preparing to return to Madison for my job that starts tomorrow. I love Madison, but I hate making the 75 minute trek back because that means I'm that much farther away from the girlfriend. Oh well, it'll only be like a week and a half, but we had a nice last night; saw The Hangover, got some ice cream and just hung out at my house. Quite enjoyable
My 13-inch aluminum MacBook is already a discontinued model. You figure buying a notebook 2 months after it's intial release gives you some time before it gets discontinued/replaced (this line was released on Oct. 14, 2008 & discontinued today). What I basically have is Apple's 2.53GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro (my processor is 2.4 GHz however). Aside from performance enhancements, here's what makes me a little irritated (i.e., wishing I had these features):
- New MacBook Pro's: SD card reader & FireWire 800, Mine: neither, but has audio in (which i never use)
- New MacBook Pro's: 7 hour battery life, Mine: 5 hour battery life
- New MacBook Pro's: 4GB memory standard, Mine: 2GB memory standard
The only difference in cost was the $75 I had to pay for the 4GB upgrade. So, less than 6 months after I purchased my notebook, I could've basically got the same notebook (+ performance enhancements), with features that are more appealing to me, for less money. Grrrr.
Kind of embarrassed to admit my night consisted of watching Greek, Jon & Kate Plus 8 and College Life. How sad is that? I only watched College Life because it was following people who went to my college and because one of my friends was supposed to be part of the cast. I can sort of use the excuse that I only watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 because of my girlfriend, but she wasn't with me tonight -- so it was unfortunately all my doing.
Oh well, Family Guy's on now for an hour on Cartoon Network so I'll try and watch some actual good TV for a change (even though i've seen every episode nearly 10 times). Will prolly watch WWDC's Keynote Address a little later. I guess it's just one of those TV nights.
Had an amazing day with the girlfriend today. She just makes me extremely happy and puts me in such a good mood.
I'm getting pretty anxious for WWDC tomorrow. My 2 year contract with AT&T is coming to an end in the somewhat near future and there are rumors of a new iPhone all over the tech blogs. I've wanted one since they came out, but I told myself I would wait a few versions before getting one. There are a lot of rumored features on the "iPhone video/iPhone 3GS" and if half of them are right, consider me sold. Though, Sprint's Palm Pre looks cool too.
There is also hope that iPhone OS 3.0 will either be released tomorrow or we will be given a release date. If you haven't heard about it what OS 3.0 is all about, check out the keynote presentation on iTunes or read about it here.
Living in the dorms at UW-Madison my freshman year, I was introduced to the programs ourTunes and MyTunes Redux. These programs searched for all of the available shared iTunes libraries on the LAN and allowed you to download any of the songs you wanted. Since it was over the LAN, the downloads were basically instantaneous. With UW-Madison being one of the largest public universities in the country, you can imagine how much fun we had with this.
That was 4 years ago. Since then, iTunes has become a lot more secure and these programs stopped working. I made friends with some freshmen this year and one of them introduced me to the program Mojo. The premise behind this program is essentially the same as ourTunes and MyTunes; having access to other people's iTunes library. However, the difference here is that you create a free account, add friends, and only have access to the music if they accept your "friend" request. Oh, and you don't have to be on the same network either. You can download and stream music from your friends' iTunes library as long as they have iTunes AND Mojo open. It is quite a useful little program.
Anyway, I highly recommend you check it out for Mac or Windows.
Each morning it seems I wake up with one song stuck in my head. The weird part is, there's no rhyme or reason as to why it's that certain song; it's not the last song I listened to the day before and most times I hadn't even listened to it the previous day. So I decided I'm gonna start a little feature here in my blog, where each day-(ish) I'll post whatever song's stuck in my head.
Today it's "Fire & Rain" by Mat Kearney.
Mat Kearney - Fire & Rain
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The other day I came across an ad on one of the blogs I read (TUAW perhaps?), saying a PS3 recently sold for $34. This intrigued me (as I will be soon moving into a new apartment, getting a nice new Samsung LCD TV and would love to have a PS3 for Blu-Ray and gaming), so I clicked on the ad and it brought me to Swoopo.
How the site works is actually quite interesting. It's an auction website where each bid costs $0.75 and raises the price of an item $0.15 (or $0.01 if it's a penny auction). Also, while I haven't quite figured out exactly how it works, it seems that lots of bidding towards the end of the auction resets the countdown; adding minutes or hours back on. They auction all sorts of cool stuff (mostly consumer electronics) and even have auctions for BidPacks.
So for instance, right now there's a penny auction on a 40'' Samsung TV. The bidding is currently at $41.18 (the TV retails at $1699.99). That's 4118 bids so far, meaning the site has gotten $3088.50. Now, you do get 5 free bids for referring a friend who buys a BidPack and you can get bids cheaper by bidding on them in autcions, so they probably haven't quite hit that number. Nonetheless, it's still quite clear how they are able to sell these things so "cheaply".