Sunday, July 19, 2009

Week 23 Addendum - 100in1001

I forgot to mention that I completed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for this week. It is only a novella but it is one of my favorite stories. I first read this as a freshman in college and I remember it captivating me in a way few books have, and I'm an avid reader! Coming back to it seven years later I enjoyed it just as much and probably appreciated the story more. I think it's a great read for anyone, but especially for those who love Victorian gothic horror like I do. The book I have actually includes other works from Stevenson so I'm not marking it off on my books page of my main website, but I'm counting it off as one in the "read the classics" list item. Next up is The Woman Who Wouldn't by Gene Wilder so I can finish it before TIP is over so I can give it back to Katie and then back to Stevenson's short stories.

Week 22 & 23 - 100in1001

TIP has been keeping me extremely busy. While I have had to do less planning and such for class, I still have had improvements and coding to do, as well as thinking up new material because we are progressing slightly quicker than last term. I'm looking forward to seeing the students' final projects, there should be some great things to come.

As for everything else, just the usual updates. Did a few workouts and have been practicing guitar, but the "afternoon TIP malaise" combined with the frequent activities with TIP staff have kept me quite busy. Ever since going to Justine's lake house there's been a lot of cribbage playing that I've enjoyed quite a bit; it's brought back memories of playing with Grandpa Bob when I was younger.

I've been talking a lot about people's post-TIP plans and, though I'm teaching at NKU in the fall, I wish I knew what I will be doing past that :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

The problem with eBills

Okay, besides the stupid name, I really like getting my bills via e-mail. It's quick, easy, saves paper, and helps alleviate the "I only get bills in the mail" doldrums. For me, it's much better to get an e-mail, quickly login to online banking, pay the bill, and be done than waiting for a physical bill and paying via some means of basically giving personal information away. So what's my beef? Well, it's my beef with a lot of companies and large organizations these days: they just don't get the internet.

Some ebills are fine, like the one for my cell phone which clearly shows the total *in the email*. This is the critical point. Many of mine do not, including Time Warner (with whom I've had all kinds of other problems). I get an e-mail telling me my bill is ready. Oh boy, that's helpful. I then have to click the link, login, and locate what I owe through the biller's online system. Talk about a bunch of wasted time and effort (side note: I can see why TWC would be in favor of this, with their vile pushing of metered internet access).

Wise up companies, it is your responsibility to make things easier on your customers as long as security isn't compromised.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Week 21 - 100in1001

Mostly the usual this week. Played a spot of tennis and also made it to the gym. I could definitely tell I haven't been keeping up with my workouts, as I was quite sore the next day. It is amazing how fast one loses push-up and ab endurance. Polished off one term of TIP successfully I think. The students enjoyed the class from what I could tell and I have a few refinements for next term, but it should be a lot less planning at least!

The highlight of the week was hitting Justine's lake house Sunday and Monday for an end-of-term celebration. Got to do some tubing, rowing, games playing, and general horseplay at Lake Kerr and bunked up in her rather awesome house. It was my last chance to hang out with Meg and Jason so it was bittersweet; I'm losing not only tennis partners but some fun friends!

I did update the list a bit and removed some of the items that no longer apply, as I've been threatening to do for a while. Finished up the Motley Fool book--alright, but nothing amazing--and started in on Jekyll and Hyde, which is awesome of course. This coming week should be restful to give my mind a break but I will hopefully get in some good workouts to start back on the fitness items in earnest. That is, after the sunburn from being out on the lake too long on Monday clears up.