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  • Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays to everyone in internet-land.

  • Digital Movie Deals

    Digital Movie Deals

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a good time to find some deals. I began looking at different movies that people may like.

    Here are some of the deals I found. These will likely expire on November 28th, 2017. These are just a sampling of the deals that are available. All of the deals available from Amazon can be found on Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals page.

      Title iTunes Amazon
    Schindler’s List $4.99 $4.99
    Bourne Identity $4.99 $4.99
    Brooklyn $4.99 $4.99
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles $9.99 $4.99
    Lego Movie $14.99 $5.99
    Hunger Games $6.99 $6.99
    The Princess Bride $14.99 $6.99
    Wonder Woman $12.99 $9.99
    Lego Batman Movie $19.99 $7.99
    Idiocracy $4.99 $4.99
    The Martian $9.99 $7.99
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory $4.99 $6.99
    Office Space $4.99 $4.99
    Day After Tomorrow $4.99 $4.99
    The Imitation Game/td>

    $4.99 $4.99
  • New Emoji coming this Year

    One of the items that gets updated every year is the Emoji that are available. While the codes that define emoji are standardized, how they look on the different platforms is up to each platform vendor. This is because the look of emoji needs to fit into the overall look and feel of the platform.

    For Apple, an emoji update comes after the release of their new operating systems in the fall. Typically in the .1 update, so this year should be iOS 11.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1. Some of the new emoji that are arriving later this year are:

    Bearded Person
    Bearded Person

    Coconut
    Coconut

    Crazy Face
    Crazy Face

    Elf
    Elf

    Exploding Head
    Exploding HEad

    Face Vomiting
    Face Vomiting

    Genie
    Genie

    Lotus Position
    Lotus Position

    Sandwich
    Sandwich

    Star Struck
    Star Struck

    T-Rex
    T-Rex

    Woman Breastfeeding

    Woman with Headscarf
    Woman with Headscarf

    Zebra
    Zebra

    Zombie
    Zombie

     

    There are 69 new emoji that are in the Emoji 5.0 specification. A complete list can be found on emojipedia.org

  • Thoughts on Man in the High Castle

    Thoughts on Man in the High Castle

    One of the upsides to the way that many shows are released these days is that you are able to consume an entire season/series of a show without having to wait for a new episode to be released every week. One of the downsides to this method is that it is as lot easier to not pick up a show after you have consumed it. For me, this has happened with a few shows.

    • Lilyhammer – stopped after season 1
    • Newsroom – stopped after season 2.
    • The Walking Dead – stopped after season 5.
    • Fear the Walking Dead – stopped after season 1.
    • House of Cards – stopped after season 3, episode 10.
    • Game of Thrones – stopped after season 3.
    • Orange is the New Black – stopped after episode 3.
    • House
    • Grey’s Anatomy
    • Lost
    • Sopranos

    Contrast the list above with the list of TV shows that I have seen in their entirety more than once:

    • West Wing
    • M*A*S*H
    • Life
    • Alcatraz
    • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    • Planet Earth

    There are likely more shows, but I cannot think of any more at the moment. Given the popularity of the shows above, you would think that I would finish them. However, this has not been the case. So it may be surprising to learn that I have completely finished Season 1 and Season 2 of Amazon’s Man in the High Castle. I have some thoughts and questions about the show.

    NOTE: There will be spoilers. Consider yourself warned.

    The Background

    The series is based on the novel Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick.

    Man in the High Castle is an alternate reality story. One that is based on the United States losing World War II. The country was divided up between Germany in the East, with the “Greater Reich” and Japan in the West with the “Pacific States”. There is a neutral zone that stretches between the two regions. This is where a portion of the story takes place, in particular Canon City.

    No, Seriously, beyond this is spoiler territory. This is your last chance to turn back

    Frank Frink

    The story arc of Frank is an interesting one. In the first episode, he insists on bringing Juliana to the Police Station to turn in the film that Trudy had given her, and that she needs to tell them that she’s a loyal citizen. However, by the end of the second season Frank is right in the thick of the resistance, planning and offering to go cause major destruction to the Pacific States headquarters.

    Trudy

    One of the plots throughout the series is how Juliana is carrying forth what her half-sister Trudy started. Early in the series, Trudy is killed by the Japanese for trying to evade the Kempeitai and for trafficking the films. The last shocker of Season 2 is that Trudy is not actually dead. This bombshell leads to so many questions.

    1. When Juliana’s Mom says that Trudy is not dead, because she can feel that she is not. Was she right?
    2. From the ending of Season 2, it is presume that she is correct that Trudy is not dead.

    3. Did Juliana actually see Trudy in the market?
    4. Again, from the end of the Second Season, it may be that she actually did see Trudy in the market.

    Joe Blake

    One of the primary characters is Joe Blake. Joe is also one of the first characters introduced. The character of Joe Blake is an interesting one. Joe’s allegiances vary throughout the show. At first he is working for Obergruppenführer John Smith. His first assignment was to bring a shipment of coffee makers to the neutral zone, from New York City. During this long haul, Joe get suspicious and begins looking at the truck and realizes that something does not seem right. So, right from the start, Joe questions his loyalty.

    In Episode One, Joe states “I want my country back”, when he getting the job from Mr. Warren, and insists he is not a spy. However, as the series progresses, it turns out that he is indeed working for the Greater Reich. He is a spy for the Greater Reich. It is not entirely clear where his actually allegiances lies.

    A fact that comes in Season 2, is that Joe is actually leibensborn, or part of a German program to create a superior race of germans.

    The Films

    The biggest thread through the series is the films. These films, as one can surmise, show a different world. Some of these films are ones that depict what actually occurred in World War II. Within the Pacific States of America and the Greater Reich, owing a film is considered treasonous and punishable by instant death, as Frank tries to tell Juliana in episode one.

    The entire story behind the films is not fully flushed out. The theory is that the Man in the High Castle is the one manufacturing these films, but very little is know about the Man in the High Castle.

    The Man in the High Castle indicated that all of the films end up with San Francisco being annihilated by a bomb, except for the one that Julianna gave to Joe Blake, that was subsequently given to Adolf Hitler. It can be presumed that this is the most important film of them all since it may show the only way to not have the entire world destroyed.

    Obviously Hitler wants the films destroyed, as is stated in episode one. However, obviously there is a huge cache of them as discovered by Obergruppenfuhrer Smith at the end of Season 2.

    The Trade Minister

    One of the main Japanese characters is Trade Minister Nobusuke Tagomi. One of the ways that the Japanese divine answers to things, and anticipate what will occur, is through a 5,000 year old book, called the “Oracle”.

    You may not understand this. I live by a 5,000 year old book. I ask it questions as if it were alive. It is alive. It tells me you have a purpose. It says superior person in an inferior position, accepting a task graciously brings good fortune to all.

    One aspect to Tagomi’s story is that he goes back to the house that he and his deceased wife owned, or would have owned that part is unclear. When he returns his wife is on her way out, and he finds that she has filed for divorce; or one presumes that. As I do not read Japanese I cannot say for sure.

    At this point, Tagomi’s story takes us into an alternate reality. Tagomi’s alternate history takes place in the timeline where the United States wins the War. During these sequences he sees his son. In this version, his son marries Juliana, and they have a child. It is presumed that in this timeline that there is a strain within his family. He is still on decent speaking terms with his son, and Juliana, but less so with his wife. With this timeline, I am presuming that he is an alcoholic because his son mentions his father’s “benders”. It is presumed that in this alternate timeline, Tagomi is an alcoholic.

    Upon the second viewing, when Tagomi is repairing the broken cup, it symbolizes his attempt to repair his relationship with his family; at least in the alternate timeline. It may seem like a small gesture, but Nori does put it in the baby’s room and allow Tagomi to enter the room and hold his grandchild, so it is a powerful gesture. This, I believe, allows Tagomi to do what comes next.

    In this timeline, Juliana is having a get together at Tagomi’s house where they are creating “Ban the Bomb” signs to protest the Nuclear bomb. During this time, she shows a video of a Hydrogen Bomb test that was conducted on the Pacific Atoll. After showing this film, Tagomi tells his wife: “There is something that I must do.” Her reply, “Safe Journey.” Right after this, Tagomi asks Juliana for the film. The following dialog takes place amongst some Cherry Blossoms.

    Juliana: “Why do you want this?”
    Tagomi: “Proof, that something like this should never happen again.”
    Juliana: “I don’t understand.”
    Tagomi: “You have all made me happy. Happier than nI have been in a very long time. There are somethings that are more important than happiness. I have duties elsewhere tat I can no longer neglect.”
    Juliana: “Are you leaving?”
    Tagomi: “We will see each other again. Of that, I am sure.”
    Juliana: “Ok, don’t go, I’ll be right back.”

    Here is where Juliana begins to leave, she pauses, and when she turns around Tagomi is gone. In the next scene we see Tagomi back at his desk. This is the location where my questions begin.

    1. Was that whole sub-plot just wishful thinking on Tagomi’s part?
    2. We can presume that he thinks of Juliana as a daughter figure, first by providing her a job when she refuses to “perform special tasks” for the general, but through this sub-plot. In particular, when Tagomi tells his son that he is proud to call her his daughter.

    3. Did Tagomi actually travel to the alternative timeline?
    4. It is easy for one to infer that this may be the case, since we see Tagomi back at his desk with the film in hand. Maybe I missed it, but I do not recall him getting this by any other means. At least not that film.

      I have some theories about it all.

    The Smiths

    Of the entire Smith family, the one character that we are exposed to most is Obergruppenführer John Smith. The Smiths are based in New York City. With the Reich taking over the Eastern United States, it appears that John Smith is the most powerful person in the Reich

    The plot with Thomas, which includes Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith, is an intriguing one. In Episode 6 of Season 1, Thomas reveals that he wants to make his country proud, and that there are many places that he would like to go. The statement of wanting to make his country proud. In his eyes, this is exactly what he does at the end of Season 2 in one of the last scenes of the season. In this scene Thomas turns himself into the Greater Reich Hospital because he is a “degenerate” due to his neurological condition.

    It should be no surprise that Smith would take the doctor out of the equation, given that there are only three people who actually know of Thomas’ condition. The doctor, Smith, and his wife Helen. The means of which he kills the doctor was one that some could predict. It does show two different sides to Smith. The first being a father that would do anything for his family. Yet, Smith is willing to do what it takes to protect the Reich, and has no problem using people for his own personal reasons, like Joe Blake.

    In order to save Thomas, or so they think, John decides to make a ruse and had a letter sent to Thomas indicating that he was picked to go on an expedition. At first Helen is reluctant, since she knows about his condition. She confronts John, at work, and John informs Helen of the entire plan. Ultimately, she decides it is for the best and informs Thomas that he will be going to South America.

    Thomas: So you’re letting me go?
    Helen: We’re letting you go.

    This double meaning has so many implications for the Smiths, and Helen in particular. The way that Helen states it, most would pick up on; but Thomas, both being excited, and only a teenager, does not pick up on the subtly and double-meaning of the sentence.

    Even though John Smith is a loyal Senior Officer for the Reich, he disobeys a direct order by acting Chancellor Heusmann and leaves New York to unveil a conspiracy that killed the Crown Prince of Japan a well as Adolf Hitler. Also, he hides all evidence of Thomas’ illness. This includes killing Dr. Adler, as well as confiscating the tapes that implicate that his son has a defect.

    It is clear that when John is at the Reich Headquarter in Berlin, and is being praised within the volkshalle for his heroism in saving the Reich, that he is quite uncomfortable. Short of Himmler, John is probably the second most powerful person in the Reich, after Heusmann and his co-conspirtors are removed. This is likely due to his betrayal with his son and hiding his defect.

    The Bombing

    One of the main plot points is that there is a resistance that is trying to actively work against the Japanese in the Pacific States of America. The bombing happened late in Season 2, and was intended to cause confusion. One question I have is whether Sara and Frank made it out, just like the Inspector Kido managed to. My gut is no, but it would not be surprising if they did, given the unveiling at the end of Season 2. More on this a little later.

    Theories

    This is my theory on the whole story; thus far anyway. It involves the ability for certain individuals; Those who study the 5000 year old book, and follow what it says, have the ability to enter into, and bring items back with them, from the alternate reality. This theory fits quite well with how the Reich was obsessed with the occult. This would also mean that the Man in the High Castle follows what the 5,000 year old book says as well; hence how he is able to bring Trudy back from the dead. This is similar to how Tagomi can bring the film back with him when he leaves the alternate 1962.

    The ability for certain individuals to travel between the timelines is why Hitler wants the films. Given that there are so few individuals who can do this traveling, it is imperative that Hitler gets the films.

    This is reaffirmed when Tagomi is talking to Kotomichi, and realizes that Kotomichi is not of the 1962 that exists within the story, but from the alternate 1962. Kotomichi has burns from the bomb dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

    Furthermore, It is possible that Abendsen is able to travel between the two worlds, at will. This is how he is able to get the films, destroy them whenever he wants, and yet can always end up having more films, even after they are burned.

    The films complicate any rational idea behind the storyline. The best theory that I have is that there are multiple simultaneous timelines. The evidence for this is that how the Trade Minister obtains the film with the bomb testing on the atoll. In particular, since he disappeared when Juliana turned around, after giving him the film.

    This is further evidenced by the fact that the Trade Minister has the visions of his deceased wife as well as his son. We know that his wife is deceased since Juliana brought it up during one of her meetings with Tagomi.

    The idea of being able to bring the films back, may also extend to being able to bring individuals between the two timelines as well. This may be how Abendsen was able to bring show Juliana that Trudy was not in-fact dead. This is how Juliana’s mother felt that Trudy was not dead and why Juliana saw Trudy in the market; because while the “true” 1962 Trudy was indeed dead, the alternate timeline Trudy was brought back.

    Season 3 Plot Ideas

    I do not think that both Frank and Sara are dead, even though they appear to be so. It is possible that one of them was killed in the blast. If I had to put money on it, it would be that Sarah is dead. However, a more unforeseen option would be to have Sara survive and Frank not.

    If Frank is indeed dead, it would not be surprising if Ed and Juliana ended up getting together. This theory is based upon Season 2, Episode 9, where there is the flashback to when Ed first meets Juliana. It is clear that she is flirting, at least to some extent, with Ed while Frank is off getting the glasses.

    I think in Season 3, Juliana will learn that she also has the power to travel between the timelines, or at least the existence of the ability to travel between the timelines.

    Other Thoughts

    • I love the little touches that show the alternate reality, like “Ranger Reich” instead of Ranger Rick. Along this, the signs like “U-Bahn” for Subway, while within the Greater Reich.
    • While Stephen Root (Milton from Office Space) does a really good job as the Man in the High Castle. If he were still alive I think Phillip Seymour Hoffman would have made an even better Man in the High Castle.
    • Given that the year is 1962, the Concorde is still flying and super fast travel is still attainable. Having the capability of fast travel like that would be nice to have, even today, but only if it were financially practical for people.
    • I do like the quasi refrigerator that the Smiths have. I honestly would not mind having one similar myself.
    • Can I have a few of the cars that are shown in the show?

    Final Thoughts

    It is not often that I end up watching an entire series of a show. I have now watched the entire series twice and enjoyed it even more the second time around. You may miss things the first time you watch it, but that is typically how things happen when you watch any sort of media.

    There are a breadth of characters, both primary characters and secondary characters. It is easy to get lost within the story, which is why it is best to really pay attention to everything. It is too bad that Season 3 will not premiere until the end of 2017. It would be nice to have it sooner, but I like the quality thus far.

    If you enjoy alternative-reality stories, then Man in the High Castle would be right up your alley. It may start off slow, but it will be well worth seeing it in the end.

  • Apple Announces WWDC 2017

    Apple Announces WWDC 2017

    One of the events that Apple hosts every year is its World Wide Developer Conference. Apple has announced that its 2017 World Wide Developer Conference will take place between June 5th and June 8th, 2017. Typically, the announcement of this event occurs on average, 58.8 days before the beginning of the World Wide Developer Conference, for 2007 to 2016. The shortest number of days is 41 in 2010 and the largest number was 89 in 2008.

    Year Announcement Date WWDC Day 1 Days Between
    2007 May 1st June 11th 42
    2008 March 13th June 9th 89
    2009 March 26th June 8th 75
    2010 April 28th June 7th 41
    2011 March 28th June 6th 71
    2012 April 25th June 11th 48
    2013 April 24th June 10th 48
    2014 April 3rd June 2nd 61
    2015 April 14th June 8th 56
    2016 April 18th June 13th 57
    2017 February 16th June 5th 110

    If we add in 2017’s information. The numbers have changed slightly. The shortest number of days is from 2010 with 41 days. But 2017 is the earliest that Apple has announced the event, with 110 days. This means that the new average number of days is 64.5 days before the event.

    From 2003 until 2016, Apple held the conference at Moscone West in San Francisco. For 2017, the location has changed. It will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The 2017 Conference is not the first time that WWDC will be held in San Jose. From 1989 until 2002, the event was held at the same venue. At that time it was called the “San Jose Convention Center”.

    There my be a few reasons for the change. The first is that Moscone West will be undergoing some construction over the summer. This means that it may not be possible to host the WWDC Conference for the dates that Apple wanted. The amount of time to get from Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, to Moscone West is approximately an hour. The fact that Moscone West is undergoing construction is the primary reason. However, the choice for using McEnery Convention Center is its proximity to the Apple Campus. McEnery is approximately a 15 minute drive from both Apple’s current campus, 1 Infinite Loop, as well as their new Apple Campus 2 location. This short drive means two things. The first thing it means is that there may be more access to Apple’s engineers. This access would be not be only for the presentations, but also for the hands-on labs that Apple has for developers.

    The last possible reason, which is purely speculation, is that the close proximity would allow the media to tour the new Apple Campus, if they are not given a look prior to WWDC.

    Registration to get a tickets to WWDC 2017 will be on Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Similar to the last few years, the process of getting a WWDC ticket will be made by random selection. As one might expect, you must be a registered Apple Developer, with either a personal account or an enterprise account. As with previous years, Apple will also be announcing the process for applying for a scholarship in the future.

    It is anticipated that Apple will discuss both iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS 10.13 at the WWDC 2017 keynote. The keynote should take place on June 5th, 2017 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, if tradition is anything to go by.

    WWDC 2017 will be a good conference for those developers who are able to get a ticket to attend.

  • Summing Up a Presidency

    Summing Up a Presidency

    With today being the inauguration of President Trump, I thought it would be befitting to sum up the Presidency of Barack Obama. Words alone will not suffice, so instead, here are some pictures from President Obama’s time in Office.

    President Obama fist bumping.
    President Obama standing on a Scale
    President Obama with Prince William and Prince Charles, future Kings of England.
    Situation Room when President Obama was working on finding Osama Bin Laden
    President Obama reacting to being caught in Spiderman’s Web
    President Obama giving Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Biden
    President Obama with Olympian McKayla Maroney
    President Obama visiting with a outgoing Secret Service Member
    Obamas and Bidens
     

    The last thing is this short video from the White House Correspondence Dinner in 2016:

    Thank you President Obama for your service.

  • Reflecting On Change

    If you have been following the blog for a while, you may notice that I do not post many things about myself. When I originally setup the blog, I was posting about myself quite a bit. Some of these things were short posts. The type of items posted would be much better suited for a site like Twitter, which is where I post some of those things these days. Even with this being the norm, I do post things about myself on occasion. This is one of those posts. One of the types of posts that have become common is one where people quit their day job and go out on their own. Unfortunately, if you tuned in to see another person going independent, this is not one of those posts.

    The Change

    On March 30th, I handed in my resignation at my job. One might think “isn’t that a normal every day occurrence all across the country?” Well yes it is, but there is a reason why this is particularly noteworthy. If you know me at all, you may already know that I have only had one employer since entering the workforce, almost seventeen years ago. If this was the 1970’s or even the 1980’s, this length of time would not be too surprising. However, this is not the 1980, it is 2016.

    Being a “millennial” having the same employer for more than a few years, let alone the same job for that long, is rather atypical. It is very typical for people to move between jobs every few years. Needlessly to say, I am not your typical millennial. Even as a non-millennial having worked at the same place for seventeen years is not something you see as often as you might have forty years ago.

    Despite only having had only employer, I have held four different positions. The length of each position is as follows: 1 year and six months, 3 years and four months, 3 years and eight months, and 8 years and six months. The last two positions were within the department, meaning that my tenure in that department was 12 years and two months.

    The History

    My previous job was in Library IT. I started out as a shelver who put back books. This transformed to computer assistant, who helped the public and staff with their Internet and Microsoft Office issues. This gave way to not doing this at just one building, but at all four of the buildings that we had. That’s when I started in the IT department.

    During this time, I also head to deal with server updates, network changes, and began doing some web-site updates. The last position I held was as an IT manager. This position had me handling all aspects of the network; which includes, but is not limited to, telephone management, server management, a Hyper-V failover cluster, and a Gigabit Passive Optical Network. A complete list of everything can be seen in my resume.

    In 2011 I began noticing that I did not enjoy doing some of the IT functions as much as I had in the past. Part of this was due to being able to off-load some of the more basic tasks to others to handle. Tasks such as help desk and PC repair. When possible, I began focusing more on our website, including a huge re-deployment, and adding new features to our custom-programmed staff intranet (I was the one who created the intranet). Along side this, in 2014 I also began writing custom reports for our library automation system. For the last few years I have been indicating to my superiors that I needed something different to do. I knew I had become burned out on doing the job, and honestly I have been burned out for a while.

    I have been looking for a new job for the last few years but have not been able to find anything, that is, until now. I have filled out hundreds of applications, thankfully all online. I have had a few interviews, and even one job offer. Unfortunately, none of them felt right, all for various reasons. Whether it was because I would have to uproot myself, just a gut feeling, or the pay wasn’t right, none of them felt like the right move.

    Determining Where To Go

    As mentioned, over the past few years I determined that I needed a change. Having done so many different things, within the library, it has been hard to narrow down what I want to do. The one thing that I knew was that I did not want to do IT administration work anymore. Could I do it, sure, but to be honest, I have become burned out on it. This lead me to determine what I want to do. The one thing I knew was that it would deal with computers.

    Having grown up during the 1990’s one of the things that I have been exposed to is computers, not to mention some great music, TV shows, and movies. Any who, way back in 1996 I began playing with how to create webpages. I was using a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, AOLpress to be exact. It was the ’90’s after all. My interest in webpages stems from having grown up on DOS. Being a command-line only operating system, I became very interested in batch scripting. We had a 386 that had a bunch of games on it. We had a menu item to start each of the games. As we began adding more games to the computer I began editing the menu to add the new games on it.

    This tinkering lead to me getting into other programming languages. Some of these included Pascal, Visual Basic, C++, ASP, PHP, HTML, CSS, JS, and Objective-C. Over the past few years I have been spending more of my off-work time creating web-based apps as well as iOS and OS X applications. I came to the realization that is where I wanted to focus.

    Almost Missed Out

    For my next adventure, I will be doing website work, still within the library world. The weird thing to the entire story is that it almost didn’t happen. I was looking at other library jobs and saw two for a library. After looking at them both I decided to apply for the one that was similar to what I was already doing; Despite being burned out on the job, the big reason I applied to it was mostly due the pay. I had filled out the application, but when I was about just about done I went back to the first page and added the second position that I had initially decided to not apply for. I decided to add this second job because I figured “why not”, even though it was paying a bit less. After a couple of months I got a call to setup an interview. To keep it short (This post is already over 1000 words, so it may be too late), I interviewed and got the job.

    The hardest aspect to the whole thing was not the project I had to do nor was it the interview itself. It was sitting on the news for a week before being able to tell my current employer. I won’t lie, it was a surreal experience having to tell the staff in the department that I was leaving. I have spent just over half my life at the employer. That is a significant amount of time for anybody.

    Reflections

    In my almost seventeen years at my last employer I have seen many different changes. I have seen one building expand twice and a new building be built from the ground up. I have seen our network go from a segmented T-1 between buildings (18 channels for voice, 5 for data), to a gigabit fiber connection. I have seen our network infrastructure change, as well as implementing a number of new services for both staff and patrons, not to mention the countless hardware upgrades. I have also seen three library automation system changes, as well as the myriad of staff come and go. Including my boss retiring at the end of last year.

    Over those years I have also had a lot of personal changes in life as well. I am not one who is adverse to change, but I do not like change just for change sake. There has to be a reason to make a change. Changing jobs absolutely qualifies as a big change.

    The last month has been quite surreal to say the least. At first I thought “What have I gotten myself into?” to questioning “is this the right move?”, even after accepting the position and telling my employer that I was leaving, and finally deciding that it was the right move. The second reason is that the replacement for my boss has been hired and I only had four weeks to get them up to speed on everything we have and do.

    Having never resigned from a job, I did not know what to expect. I have experienced something new, something that most people do not really indicate. That change is the transformation within your own mind that a change is coming and that you are leaving and starting something new. Words cannot accurately describe the feeling. Maybe it is one of relief (because you’re leaving) and yet trepidation (due to going into the unknown) all at the same time.

    I know I will miss some aspects to the old job. Some of these include the hours and well as a majority of the staff being the top two items. There are some things that I will not miss, this includes having to manage servers.

    Tomorrow I start at my new employer to begin a new adventure. I am glad that some aspects to the job will be the same (being in a library). And at the same time some aspects will be completely different (I will no longer be in management). As with any new adventure I do not know what to expect. Even so, it is a new adventure and everything that has happened so far is okay by me.

  • Merry Christmas

  • Happy Halloween

  • Halloween Movies

    October is the month that many users start watching movies that are either scary, have zombies, are horror films, or are Halloween related. Here is a list of the ones that I tend to watch.

    Parody
    Shaun.Of.The.Dead Shaun of the Dead Amazon
    Hot.Fuzz Hot Fuzz Amazon
    Zombies
    28.Days.Later 28 Days Later Amazon
    28.Weeks.Later 28 Weeks Later Amazon
    Dawn.Of.The.Dead Dawn of the Dead Amazon
    World.War.Z World War Z Amazon
    The.Crazies The Crazies Amazon
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