19.7.05

Well.. I'll be damned.

I never thought I would do this, but I have gotten a live journal, and its exponentially most customizable than blogger. So I can now be found at


http://www.livejournal.com/~linuxkev.

Enjoy!

18.7.05

Something's starting today.

Heylo everyone.

Well it was one hell of a weekend, I'll tell you that much.

Friday: I worked all day, which wasn't too bad, but Kyle wasn't here because he was moving, but I survived. Then after work invited some people over to come hang out. At first no one was there. Megan came over and a little bit after Tim showed up. Megan was in a wierd spot so she left early. Tim and I ended up invited April over and she brought a couple friends. Eventually a whole grip of people showed up, andfor my own enjoyment I'm going to type the guest list out now!!!

Tim Scott
Matt
Josh Martin
Kathy
Brittany
Chase Camp
April
Stephanie B.
Andrea
Stephanie V.
Sara Y.
Greta
Zach
Schuyler
Brett

I think was about it, but they are all really cool. I thought that Steph V. didn't care for me too much, but we got along pretty well for the most. So that was cool. Zach and I have a kinda sketchy past, but I think we are cool now. There was a grip of alcohol, but no one really drank that much. Now for the important part of the evening!!! The whole night I kept glancing at Stephanie B. (April's friend) and I couldn't help but thinking how cute she was. She always seemed pretty damn cool all around as the night pregressed on. So, in an almost unheard of display of confidence, I asked her to go out for some coffee sometime, and much to my (pleasant) suprise, she said yes. And that my friends, is what we call "good" if not "damn good".

Saturday:
Mellisa and I went to my grandparents cabin up by Mormon lake near Flagstaff and we stayed the night up there with my Grandparents, my mom, and my brothers. So that was cool. we had a fire and roasted marshmellows and all that fun stuff. we also played a little poker and took walks. It rained a little bit that night which was cool.

Sunday:
We drove into town and meandered around a bit there. Mellisa got to take her friend his cookies for his birthday, which was good. I am happy she got to. we drove home after this. It rained about halfway home which was nice. In Phoenix is got reallly stormy for a bit, but today when I woke up... no clouds. After I arrived home in Scottsdale, I got invited to a little shindiggity in Mesa so Tim Scott and I went out there (after a rousing game of NHL 2k5 for the XB of course). Kirsten magically showed up, so that was cool. It was good to see her.

I'm having a few people over this evening so that should be fun...

I'm looking forward to Stephanie coming back so I can make good on my coffee offer (even though I don't drink coffee *gasp*, I will just get tea :P).

Can you kick it? Wicked.
Kevin

14.7.05

Uber-Geek vs Contemporary Geek

A little rant:

Often times I find myself scoffing at the pretntiousness of "geeks" or "nerds" or whatever you decided to call them. I, myself know that I am also guilt of this, I have a few credentials (CCNA, Pre-A+/Project+/MSCE training) but not as much as I'm sure many others have. In this constant cycle I'm involved in, I keep running across two consistent types of geeks. The Uber-Geek and the contemporary geek.

Uber-Geek:
Most likely when you think of a geek you think of this guy. The computer guy at your job who stanks (I know I said stank) like unwashed ass and makes you feel stupid for not knowing how to access the HP-LJ-8150 through Novell Netware NDPS services because you logged into the wrong context. There is no way you should have or needed to know any of that, so why is he being such an ass? That question is for another day, but I digress. Anyways, this subject's love of technology knows no bounds. He will stay up till the wee hours of the morning comparing lines of code in the newest Linux 2.6.x shell compared to its previous incarnation which was Linux 2.6.x(-1). This could possibly seen as unhealthy, as it should be. That is a bit crazy even for my taste. Anyone whos last 5 books list will contain all tech manuals or 4 tech manuals and a star wars/star trek book is an Uber-Geek.

Contemporary Geek:
This geek is becoming more and more prevalent in the world of IT. I work at the AZ Attorney General's office on their IS staff, and I would say that... 60% of our staff is composed of these guys. Their love of technology knows a limit, and that limit is no losing their humanity over it. These geeks are articulate, fun-loving and can talk about things that don't revolve around bitching about the latest Windows security update. I would consider myself of this group for the most part, but then again given my horribly biased position on the matter, I doubt anyone (well almost) would glad to call themselves an Uber-Geek. So who knows.

While some would argue that the Uber-Geek is more intellegent and more on the ball when it comes to technology, I would have to disagree. I think that this may be the case in some instances, but I doubt the best accountants in the world don't come home with a hard-on to balance the ledge in their own personal Peachtree software. With technology becoming more user friendly, the geek as we know it keeps becoming a more common and more maintstream commodity. This is not a bad thing, as enterprise computing will always require specialist, it simply means that technology is just a simply normal part of life. Everyone can do it. Its like every can schedule and appointment in the address book, it doesn't mean they still don't need secretaries; most people can balance thier check books, that doesn't mean that accountants will be losing their jobs left and right! So blah, technology is mainstream, and the space of the Uber-Geek is shrinking. Which in my opinion is good. Damn prententious basterds!

I have Uber-Geek friends, and they are not bad people, but they are a little weird. I guess there will always be obsessions with things, as long as there are thing to be obsessed with. I just think that this class of geek may lack the social skills to bring the IT/IS community into the normal part of business life. But then again, this may never be possible because of the very nature of our work. We are over-paid :-D, but underappreciated in the contemporary work envrionment. this stems from the selfish nature of the users ("why can't you expend valuable resources to make a frivelous 50' Cat 6 cable to I can move the printer because when it makes noise so I can't listen to the music which I illegally placed on my computer even though I signed an agreement with the company that I would not do such a thing" is a common thing I encounter). Many users don't understand that saving thier Minesweeper high score table is much less important than making sure that the workgroup server for their section is functioning correctly or recovering important data from a high-ranking user's recently crashed computer. Users are for the most part stupid, and PEBCAK (look it up loser!!! Haha, that was my Uber-Geek side there) is too damn common.
Oh well, when you specialize in something that is mission critial you gotta roll with the punches I guess.

Well that was my rant, I think that it didn't really have a point. It started somewhere and ended somewhere completely different, but I had fun writing it, and I got out some of my crazzzzzy ramblings for the day. So anyways, I should be off, but I think I will try to write my next rant which I have been thinking about for quite sometime soon. "The 2nd(3rd?)-Gen Geeks!"


1000110011001,
Kevin

12.7.05

No more blue sky.

Current Song:
"Me humming the Commander Venus song "Jean's TV" quietly"

Actually... there is plenty more blue sky to come in the following month or so, because I don't think the monsoon season starts until August. Untill then, I will avoid being outside as much as possible. Its horrible that I can walk 2 blocks and get sweaty. I don't sweat a lot, it takes quite a bit of physical exertion to even have a couple drops. Oh well, the heat will be the heat I guess.

I think that my life is finally norming out quite a bit. I am in school and that is all taken care of, I have a good job, I live on my own, my car is still running, and I have good people around me. So I can't complain. Life isn't as crazy and dynamic as it has been in the past, but I almost am greatful for that because I can focus on things a little bit better with out 10,000 things happening at once.

Overall, I think the appartment will work out pretty well. I am beginning to see where we will clash, but I don't see anything tooooo major in any of the areas. We all have pretty strong personalities sometimes, but that just makes it fun, right?

I am thinking about maybe picking up a small part time job for a few extra dollars. I have a couple offers, and one is actually pretty decent... so who knows.

Friday night we had our inagural party. I won't go into specifics but I will say we had bottles of Sangiovese, Merlot, Chianti, Peppermint Shnops, Vodka, Triple Sec, and Burbon. It was good.

I hung out with Megan last night. We watched the Big Kahuna (which is awesome!). It was nice, we just talked a bit about everything and our lives and whatnot. I think that our interation will always be somewhat different because of what we had in the past, but I think that burning stabbing feeling (you know the one) has finally completely subsided.

Well everyone, have a good couple days, till next time!!!

oh and check out http://www.werenotafraid.com/. I posted one there, maybe they will put it up.

Chuuuuuuch,
K
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7.7.05

Old towne living

Man oh man... I am just about done moving.

I really like my appartment, its nice and spacious. Its a pretty good looking place too. I built most of the furniture in the living room (hats off to Dennis for that last table:P) and that was fun. I couldn't help but feeling I was building really useful lego sets. my room is finished, but i still have to go home and get a couple things. Which is not that big of a deal I guess.

We are getting cable and internet next week sometime. We got a great deal on internet:)

In the elevator this older woman hit on me, and it was fucking hilarious.

Tonight will be fun, I'm going out with Kathy to watch a crazzzzzzzzzy movie. But first, Best Buy to get her a new printer.


Well, I know this was short, but I'm tired.

Love,
kevin

5.7.05

What the name of this post?

Current music:
"The Sound of Joy and myself typing on our keyboards in our office"

Man oh man, what a fun 4th o' July.

Megan called me up around 4pm to see if I wanted to come over for a barbeque, and I said sure. Now, just some back story, Megan and I dated for quite sometime, and me being the stupid ass emo boy that I am, I still have this clinging shred of connection to her. So somtimes, these interactions can be akward. Compound that with the fact that for some reason I am incapable of getting along with close female friends in social situations and voila, a couple hours of vague uncomfortableness. Megan is nice, but I can get into moods where I just am incapable of making a coherent sentance, yesterday that happened. So after a little while of feeling kinda wierd and sick (not to mention her other friends that were there... I didn't know them and we weren't exactly from the same grain) I decided to leave.

Just as I was about to take off, an old friend of mine, Schuyler showed up, so I just hung out with him. A bit latter this guy Brett and these two emo boys both named Tim came over. The 5 of us, all pretty much agreeing that this was utterly boring, decided to go up by Camelback mountain and watch fire works. That was cool.

We ended up going to this random dudes house afterwards for a little while, but Tim's (he will now be called tim the slut for ID purposes) ex was coming over, so we decided to leave. Other Tim had to be home at 11 anyways, so it wasn't that bad.

After this Tim, Schyuler, and I just went to random park and hung out. My friend Max called us up and we ended up giving him and a couple other people rides from this party they were at because their DD was too stoned to drive. In that little group of people, this dude Matt met up with us. He is pretty cool, but he is a libertarian, so i don't know about him :-X. We dumped rocks on a cicada and saw a grip of caterpillars. Then I went home and went to bed. It was pretty late and I almost didn't get up for work, but... I made it!!! The first hour here was just me trying to look awake while sleeping, but it didn't work too well... Anyways, I move today and tomorrow, so more about that later.

Till Next time.

Oh say can you see,
Kev

4.7.05

Hello hello hello

Current Song:
"Needy-The Good Life"

Well here is it... Kevin Blog v3.0. From the red to the mafia and now finally just something personal.

What will you find here?
Tales of:
-Love
-Loss
-Indie Rock
-College Life
-Geekiness
-Video Games
-Ikea
-Odd and brief obsessions
-Kung Fu

I spent all morning customizing my Web Brower. And that is fun.
My title bar says "Monkey Spacedragon". I find it inspiring.

I don't know why I picked this template. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I'm moving in two days. I am excited. I can only hope that there are many memories I can scribe here.

This post is dedicated to Greta *hats off to Greta*

I am an asshole, I need to stop that. I'm working on it, and there has been progress.

There are no girls in my life, and despite that being lonely, there is no stress. Plus, now I have money! Girls can be damn expensive.

hmmph.

You should probably know me to understand any of this, but hey stick around even if you don't! I may become an interesting person!

To get a little background on me check out liberalmafia.blogspot.com. I am the posted "Kev". That was quips of the last year or so of my life. While your at it check out www.dsmitch.com, thats Dennis' site. I love that boy to death.

Its been to long since I've written, my love. Forgive me,
Kevin