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10 Year Reunion

Nov 12, 06:10 PM · from the mouth of Jake

So this morning I got an interesting text message from Alicia Bethke. Apparently our class reunion is the 24 th of November. I wish I had known about this earlier as I have something that conflicts. But I thought all of you guys should know about it if you hadn’t heard. I know I hadn’t. To add insult to injury apparently the RSVP deadline is today. I’ll share this on Facebook and include Carla’s email address in a comment so you guys can respond.

I would have posted this immediately this morning, but I was hoping for some more information.

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A study of the Galaxy Song by Eric Idle

Aug 20, 10:36 PM · from the mouth of Jake

Thought you guys would appreciate this.

Update: I just thought I’d add this since it’s somewhat related, and this post was so short. Sadly I’m at work and I can’t just embed the YouTube video. Terry Gilliam’s Storytime

Isn't it frightfully good to have a dong? [2]

Sharing my post on Re¢ently

Aug 7, 04:57 PM · from the mouth of Jake

Just in case you guys don’t see this on my other weblog I thought I’d mention it here. I have to admit that this is probably more interesting to Andy but it should at least remind everyone of our classic video game days.

Reminiscing With The Final Fantasy Retrospective

Here’s the first part directly.

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Jun 29, 01:16 PM · from the mouth of Jake

So far I’ve been hearing mixed results about Transformers. Most negative reviews are faulting it simply for director Michael Bay. The usual gripes about him, crappy storyline but awesome action. But so far even more critics are being positive about it. I guess we’ll see how it fares over the next week.

I’m actually more excited than before because my personal movie critic has given it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Too bad we have to wait till next week to see the darn thing.

This post is specifically to receive all the GoofyGuys reactions to the film. Try not to wait too long to see it. ;)

Is it more than meets the eye? [14]

Career of Doom

May 10, 11:45 AM · from the mouth of Jake

I thought I’d pull the references to my career into my own post. I’ll let someone else worry about the Japan comments. ;)

Yesterday I went to an interview with a startup in New London. It sounds like they’re planning on offering me the job. I’m hoping I can get the weekend to think about it. They’re working on the issue where small businesses have a bunch of pieces of software, like Quickbooks, and zero integration with their other software and their web sites. The “bastards” are working out of a building right on the water. It would be more code than general web development, but using PHP, what this site and most things I write are in.

I’ve also been thinking about what a couple you mentioned, as well as I’ve heard from others, about striking out on my own and doing contract and freelance work.

Last week I met a few people up in Boston, including an Irish boy (well, descended, like me) who owns a place looking for a developer.

The issue that I’ve found, and touched upon already, is that I have no idea what I want. I think I used to have some ideas, but they were all young and foolish. Nowadays all my concentration has been on things to do outside work, like traveling. I’m not certain if its my current job burning me out or what but let’s just say whenever I’ve been getting the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years, career wise?”, I have no answer.

This is just another rambling as I’ve done in other places, talking out loud so to speak.

I think I’ll try Kate’s idea of making a list this weekend. Hopefully that’ll help me get my head around this.

So to summarize, I can do one of the following; Go freelance, take general time off (Kate doesn’t seem worried I’d have no money), move to Boston and try to get a random developer position up there, take another local job (seems startups like me), unknown…

PS. Andy, if I went anywhere with you I’d only have a problem with the Frisbee Summer League Tournament being on the 11th of August.

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Megatron (not Ty and Jess' offspring)

Mar 26, 01:02 PM · from the mouth of Jake

Total Quickie…

Hugo Weaving is MEGATRON?! (from Digg)

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Some news for Bryan and John (mostly)...

Feb 7, 11:06 AM · from the mouth of Jake

Of course I know that they don’t come around here enough to see this information. ;)

Ozzfest 2007 To Have FREE Tickets


Australia & New Zealand Summary.

Jan 24, 09:54 PM · from the mouth of Jake

Alright, alright… I’ll write up a little something about my trip. It’s rough repeating myself over and over again. I planned on making a handful of posts over on Re¢ently but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s lots of little things to get accomplished. Maybe if I didn’t have to go to work everyday. ;)

I did put up two-hundred and sixty pictures on flickr Monday and I’m still trying to get through them and add in some titles and tags and stuff. I wish I had less touristy ones, but what can ya do? I originally shot about five-hundred and fifty so be happy you don’t have to click that many times to see them all. ;)

So what good would this be if I didn’t include at least a decent run down of what occurred. The good and the bad. ;) Let’s start with the day I left, and all the fun traveling. I was sick. A lovely cold attacked me, proving I’m not a ninja. I also successfully lost my breakfast on the way to the airport. Thank you Dunkin Donuts, your large, styrofoam cups saved the car. So after Kate found me some Dramamine we headed off for Sydney.

A wallaby pacing in front of the glass. Sydney was a pretty good start to the trip. We started with New Years Eve and the Sydney fireworks. The fireworks were nice, the the drunken crowds were not. At one point we moved to a mellower place and had to bypass a “street brawl.”

We also spent some time at the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World (seen at right). It was lovely to see all the native creatures. We bought a special ticket that gave us access to both parks and the Sydney Tower, which we visited the next day after having lunch with a friend of Kate’s.

Finally I took a walk by myself down to the Opera House to check it out. Unfortunately it was too late to go on a tour, but I took a bunch of pictures.

View of New Zealand, near Queenstown. New Zealand was a short hop away. Starting in Christchurch I took a detour to the 24 hour clinic where I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and given ten day’s worth of antibiotics. No beer for Jake. :( That night though we had a superb dinner, even without my sense of smell I could taste how good it was.

Now we start a whirlwind of running from place to place on a bus. I started with an Air Safari tour. up and around the nearby mountains, including Mt. Cook, the highest peak in the land.

A couple days later we were on a boat in Milford Sound. Before dinner we went out in some kayaks and got a little tour. Until someone fell in the water toward the end. Upon returning to the boat, Kate and a bunch of other people decided to jump in the water and go swimming. Well, swim back to the boat and jump in again anyway. I did not have enough clothes with me to be so brave. The following morning we were treated to a drive out to the Tasman Sea. More stories and these interesting waterfalls that sometimes gusts of wind hit them and they break up into mist going back up the mountain. One of the crew referred to them as Viagra Falls. And everyone’s favorite of course, dolphins.

Onward to Queenstown we go! Where there are many exciting activities. I fell off a bridge, went for a boat ride, met some kiwis, and did some other various touristy things like shopping, etc.

The Dart River Safari had some interesting stuff involving LoTR and a river boat you do 360’s in. And the Kiwi Park was a nice walk and we learned some interesting things. Though Kate and I (mostly Kate) got teased for it not involving danger.

After the few days in Queenstown we did the most invigorating (you would love it Yimmy) hike up Fox Glacier. A good four hours roundtrip you start in dense forest at the bottom and walk up and around the glacier.

Kate looking at a Common Wombat Finally we head back to Tasmania and Kate’s new apartment. These days are spent relaxing and getting Kate settled. They were just as fun as the rest of the trip, just less riding on busses. Hobart is a port city and Kate resides in Sandy Bay, right next to the water.

So along with Salamanca Market and doing a ghost tour we had lots of leisurely walks along the water and good sea food. In fact on the last night I treated Kate and her friend Myonghee to dinner at a fancyish place right on the water. That was to thank Myonghee for picking us up at the airport and driving us around we needed it.

The driving included a trip to Bonorong Wildlife Park where I got to see some Tassie Devils and the wombat pictured above. Also she picked us up after we bought a few too many appliances at Big W. Which for Bryan and John… It’s not directly affiliated (it’s owned by the local Woolworth’s chain) but looks and acts exactly like Walmart. Right down to the smiley face and “rolling back” prices. It was very eerie.

Sadly I had to come home. I love you guys, but I easily could have stayed down there in the sun enjoying myself. Besides it’d give you guys a new place to visit, and you’ll have a place to stay. ;)

'Refugees' in American Samoa Airport Terminal The melancholy trip home was capped off by an extra day being added to the flying. We had a fire sensor malfunction in one of the cargo holds. So our plane had to land in American Samoa. Not too far from my start in Tassie. After a lovely eight hours of waiting in the terminal we were off again. Without luggage. Because of the extinguishers in the cargo hold firing. Now we’re in Hawaii for a couple hours and finally I get to San Francisco. Only it’s too late to get another plane so I’m off to a hotel. After a lovely shower and returning my dirty clothes to my back I get to fly first class to JFK. Arriving home at about 8am Tassie time. About forty-eight hours after I waved goodbye to Kate from the airport shuttle.

If you’d like to read more about this interesting journey Kate has posted a couple times on her site (and she’s a much better writer than me). And I have a couple on Re¢ently also. Plus I hope to write more, and be a little more in depth about various highlights.

Whew this has taken a while to write. Hopefully there are no typos, I’m too tired to fix them. I have now ended my sabbatical from the site. ;)

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*Computer Voice:* Mark is a jerk and a girl...

Dec 8, 05:57 PM · from the mouth of Jake

Hooray for computers!

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More Weird Al...

Nov 27, 02:59 PM · from the mouth of Jake

A little followup to Andy’s house this past weekend…

JibJab Presents Weird Al's "Do I Creep You Out"

Do I creep you out? [1]

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