Life

Drool Worthy

Well, as I’m sure you all know by now, Apple has announced a new “iPod Photo.” This handy little contraption comes in 40 and 60 gig versions with a color screen for viewing your photos. I’m not exactly sure who has 60 gigs of photos, considering that is bigger than the hard drive in my Powerbook, but I’m sure someone out there probably has 60 gigs of music. Crazy music freaks.

Besides featuring a “razor sharp LCD” screen, Apple has also managed to increase battery life to 15 hours for the new model. However, the downside of the new improvements are the slightly increased thickness and weight of the iPod. Not that I think you’re going to notice 0.06” or 0.2 ounces (compared to the previous 40 gig model), but hey, you might.

If you’re a big U2 fan or you just want to pay a premium for a black iPod, Apple is now offering the U2 Special Edition iPod, which sports a black case, red scroll wheel, and the band’s signatures on the back. It’s only available in a 20 gig model (guess you U2 fans don’t have much music?) and you’ll pay $349 instead of the normal $299. However, if are planning to buy “The Complete U2” from the iTunes music store anyway, then you’ll be happy to note the U2 Special Edition iPod comes with a $50 off coupon. Oh, and a special edition poster. Yippee.

Now for the most drool worthy news of the day. Tootsie Roll has finally, finally created an entire bag of Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. As everyone knows, vanilla was previously worth the extra effort of digging through a huge bag of mixed candy to find. Well, dig no more. Just run over to your favorite supermarket and pick up a bag of “limited edition” vanilla Tootsie Rolls. Mmmmm…

Ok, I seem to be having some difficulty typing this evening, so if you see typos, just ignore them. Must be the Project Management class; apparently if I go more than a few hours without using a computer I guess I forget how to type…

Cheezy Conversation of the Day

“Hey look, there’s the dam!”
“Yeah, look at all of those dam rocks.”
“And all of that dam concrete.”
“I guess that makes this the dam road.”
“Look at those big dam power lines.”
“These dam jokes never get old.”

So…

I know I haven’t updated in a while and I was all set to do it tonight. However, when I sat down at my desk, I noticed that I had missed a couple of calls from mom. Normally it’s not a big deal, she’ll call if I haven’t talked to her in a while. However, she called four times tonight, which generally means something is wrong. When I called her back I learned that indeed something was very wrong. My grandma had a mammogram last week and they made her have another one because of a suspicious lump. Well, she had a biopsy and it turns out that it’s cancer. At this stage I don’t know anything more than that, she has a doctor’s appointment Friday when they are going to see if it’s spread or not. Either way she’ll probably have surgery early next week. This is especially bad news because her sister died of cancer, but thankfully not breast cancer. Hopefully they caught it in time and everything will be ok after the surgery. Now is when it sucks to have a job. A few weeks ago I could’ve just driven home on a moment’s notice, but now I have to worry about my job as well. My normal update will have to wait until I feel like writing it again.

Fact Number 7123

The sun burns. Especially when you are pasty white since you haven’t been tanning since last summer. Even if you don’t think you’re burning and you go inside when you are “tan.” Four hours later you will be sorry. Trust me on this.

Google Goes Public

This is cool news for those of you with extra money. Google.com has officially filed for IPO. This means that at some point in the not-so-distant future you can own a little piece of Google. The registration form they filed with the SEC is available here. Some of my favorite quotes from their registration:

  • “We would like you to invest for the long term, and to do so only at or below what you determine to be a fair price. We encourage investors not to invest in Google at IPO or for some time after, if they believe the price is not sustainable over the long term.”
  • “We provide many unusual benefits for our employees, including meals free of charge, doctors and washing machines. We are careful to consider the long term advantages to the company of these benefits. Expect us to add benefits rather than pare them down over time. We believe it is easy to be penny wise and pound foolish with respect to benefits that can save employees considerable time and improve their health and productivity.”
  • “Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served—as shareholders and in all other ways—by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains. This is an important aspect of our culture and is broadly shared within the company.”

Google seems like a very, very cool place to work, not to mention they have an awesome search engine. I’m sure this is going to be big news in the financial industry. I just wish I had some extra cash lying around. :)