When we left off, I had finally decided to use AsteriskNOW and replace my hand-crafted dialplan with something more flexible and easier to modify. Before I could do anything else, I had to get the distribution installed. What follows was a late night of problem solving and fun…
Any of you who know me as of late know that I have been spending a good portion of my time working. While I do try to work full time, sometimes missing the hours, I have not taken an overnight vacation in at least a year. So, when I realized that I had this past Thursday, May 26th off, I knew I had to take advantage of the situation.
Those that know me know that I frequent the message board of Leo Laporte, who used to host a couple of shows on TechTV and is now working on a number of media projects. On this board, members noticed that Leo was going to be speaking at a technical conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The event focused on the use of Macromedia projects in web development and gaming, among other topics; the conference was presented by the South Eastern Ohio Macromedia User’s Group. I had thought about maybe going for quite a while, since the first mention of the conference. I knew, however, that I would likely have to work that day. On the Tuesday night before, I was at my buddy Mike’s house and asked if he wanted to go on a road trip. He asked where we would be going; I described the event. He quickly agreed, and we began to make arrangements. Fortunately, there were rooms at the local Super 8. Our room was only $60 after tax and included free Wi-Fi internet access.
We got out of bed at 6AM and were checked out of the hotel by 7. Once at the Ohio University Inn, we were treated to a series of clips from the archives of TechTV, ZDTV, and MSNBC. Leo showed up at 8. The breakfast was very informal and humorous. We ordered and ate later than we expected; we didn’t leave the breakfast until about 11. Of course, the conference sessions were scheduled to start at 9. Obviously, we missed those, especially since we needed to travel to the Baker Center about 3 miles away and find parking. Noon rolled around and Mike and I, along with the rest of the group from breakfast, grabbed our lunches and our seats for the speech with Leo. He talked about the relatively new phenomenon of podcasting and the power of the individual to create and consume content on their own schedule. The session was due to last about 50 minutes so that the next session could convene right at 1. As usual for Leo, he ran over his time; no one seemed to notice or care.
After lunch, Leo went downstairs to the lounge to sign autographs and snap some photos. The folks from breakfast simply hung around and chatted with each other until long after Leo left at 1:40. Several of us stayed until nearly 4PM. I led a couple of the folks back to the Inn, and Mike and I were ready to head home. Before we got on the road, however, I decided to try calling my brother, since he is a resident student of the college. He happened to be free for a little while, so we spent about a half an hour to an hour talking. He had to get back to work, so Mike and I spent the next three hours or so driving back to Mansfield, managing to avoid getting lost… too much. Actually, I just wanted to avoid some construction and got turned around on one of the state routes on the way back. Fortunately, it only detoured us by about five minutes.
While I try to avoid being a fanboy, I have to say that I admire what Leo and the rest of the TechTV crew were attempting to do and what they are trying to accomplish now. And it was great to see my brother for the first time in several weeks. Most of all, I was just very glad to take advantage of a confluence of events for a short but rewarding vacation.
Here I am, standing in Radio Shack with my girlfriend, Jen. It’s been an awesome month and a half. I have not mentioned it here before, because I have usually been a very closed person to people I don’t know. I probably should stop that so much… Anyway, it means that I might have more to update my blog with, since summer has been so boring outside of spending time with Jen. It’s either Jen or Meijer…. Meijer… blah… I probably shouldn’t post anything about work, but I’ll just say that it is becoming less interesting, after a long six years of employment. There are a couple of job possibilities that I will be exploring, as well as an opportunity to have a creation of my own on the radio, perhaps. I’ll have more details later, if things work out.
I know I haven’t blogged in over a month, but things have been hectic here.
Early this month, I spent a week in Michigan with the rest of the family. I was hoping to go kayaking, but it rained each of the mornings I wanted to go later in the week. Of course, I also wanted to ride my bike, but the tires were flat. The day after fixing that, the rain started… Oh, well. It was still a fun time.
This weekend, I went to GenCon Indy with two friends of mine. It is a gaming convention, one of the largest in the country. I’ll have to type up an entry dedicated to that, but the Con was a great time, depsite a number of odd circumstances.
On top of all of my travels this summer, I finally bought a real cell phone. The LG VX4400 with a color screen and a decent calling plan for just $40 per month. No, I won’t be posting the number here on the website anytime soon… So far, I’ve been very happy with it, although I’ve used a large number of minutes talking to one particular person…..
That person with whom I have spent most of this month’s minutes on is Jen. While I never spoke about her here before, she and I dated for about 2 months last year. She had one relationship and one potential relationship, neither of which went swimmingly. So, on July 1st, she and I began dating again. It wasn’t really a concious, predetermined decision. It just happened. But is has been worth it. Jen is amazing. There just aren’t words to describe how I feel. Every minute seems like an hour when we are apart… So, after nearly a month, we have hung out a lot, with the exceptions of my two trips this summer.
Overall, it’s been a good summer. There are a few not-so-great-details that I reserve the right to not share at the moment, but everything else has been “SO GOOD!”
I wanted to give a bit of screen time to a friend of mine from NC State. Matt Jones just got a new web host (34sp.com, like myself) and revamped his site: http://www.mysticalmatthew.com. An amateur magician and a technologist, Matt has some great stuff on his site, including lots of stuff to read in his Humor Files.
Well, tomorrow is it. While I have been to a couple of pre-release tournaments before, the Magic: The Gathering Regionals tournament is tomorrow at about 10AM. I am excited, but I need to know what is up with Dan and Mike. The three of us are going, but I have had no contact with them to let me know who is driving, when we leave, or any other details.
And just so people know, I am taking a blue/green Madness deck, designed to get as many large creatures out as possible. Of course, I highly doubt anyone is reading this blog…. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle. I never post because no one ever read it, while no one ever reads it because I
Anyway, I digress. The tournament is a big one, up to 600 players or more. My personal goal is to break even, at the very least. We’ll see. This tournament will be different than others simply due to the fact that it’s my first Constructed tournament. All my previous outings have been Limited format, so I could not really tweak my deck appropriately ahead of time.
I’ll be sure to report my results here in a couple of days.