Why am I here?

There is a startling moment in each man’s life when he realizes that he has no idea why he is here. Naturally, he says to himself, “Self, why am I here?” I had that moment today. Why am I here? Well, I think I’ve figured it out. I am here because the university obviously doesn’t know that nobody comes to school when there are no classes, especially on Memorial Day, except for the staff and student employess, like myself, who are only here because they don’t get off for Memorial Day. Why is the school open on Memorial Day?! Banks are not open. Corporate offices are not open. The government is NOT open. But the university is open so that students who are not here can get answers to questions they are not asking, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HERE! I just want to go outside, lie in the sun, get a horrible sunburn and party til I pass out like the rest of America, woohoo! Ok, I don’t want to do any of those things, but I definitely do not want to be here. Thanks for asking.

Posted by ryan on May 30, 2005


Schoooools out for summer!

I don’t know what to do with my self now that I don’t have any assignments due or tests to study for. I’m going to try to finish writing my content management system I’ve been working on and hopefully find a few people willing to pay me for my webdesigning/programming skills. In fact, if you are one of those people, drop me a line on the contact page. I also plan on not do anything more often this summer. I really miss doing that. On a side note, Josh has redesigned his site and it’s pretty sweet. I may have to redo mine now.

Posted by ryan on May 17, 2005


Scoreboard Dashboard Widget

I’ve joined the widget making madness with this simple widget. It downloads the current Major League Baseball scores and automatically scrolls through them or gives you the option of displaying a single game. You can open multiple copies and set the to different games to track more that one without having to wait for them to come around with the scrolling.. It is basic but that’s kind of the point of widgets. If you want more stats, you can click on any game and it will take you to the game’s page on foxsports.com.

Download Scoreboard 1.2

Posted by ryan on May 8, 2005


We are the geekiest people ever

Ok, maybe not the geekiest, because somebody actually was walking through the park one day and thought “Hmmm, I really wish I could send an email from here” and then actually made it happen. I mainly just wanted to see if there really was free wireless at this park and sure enough, there is. In fact, I’m writing this post from said park. If you are curious, I am at Rebublic Park in Austin.

Posted by ryan on May 8, 2005


It’s not a liger or a tigon

I’ll give you one guess what I’ve been doing for the last 24 hours. Tiger is awesome. Spotlight is blazing fast, which makes me wonder what some reviewers were smoking. I saw a review stating that the search was not as fast as Jobs’ demo. Did they watch the demo in fast forward?! Yesterday, I searched for the word “test” and found that I had no emails with the word test in them. This was not suprising since I didn’t have any emails on my computer. So I went to Apple mail and sent myself an email with the word test in it. As soon as that email hit my outbox, it showed up on the spotlight search pane. Today a friend asked “what happens if you delete stuff? Does it still hang around for a while?” I didn’t know so I tried it. I was amazed and delighted as the email dissappeared from the spotlight search pane as soon as I deleted the email and emptied the trash (while it was in the trash, spotlight found it but it was greyed). I’d say instant is pretty fast.

Dashboard is also much more usefull then I thought. I knew it would be cool to look at, but the weather and conversion widgets are really handy. There is also a widget to post to a blog, which I could not get working with WordPress, but I think I will try to write one for WordPress, because it would be really usefull. Making widgets is really easy, since they are really just webpages with no window. In fact, you can test your widgets in Safari and use a setting that makes the window transparent. It’s crazy if you go to a text only page. You get just the text hovering over your other windows.

There are so many little improvements too, like the slide show view in Finder and Preview and the built in pdf support in Safari. Yes, I know XP has had slideshow in Explorer for years but I won’t go into how many things I found out did not have to be difficult when I got my Powerbook so that’s kind of a moot point. So many great improvements and I’m still finding them…

Posted by ryan on May 1, 2005