Monthly Update

Or so it seems.  I really don’t mean to wait so long between posts, but it seems to happen every month. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in my world.

  • New job is still great and I’m loving the travel. I hit Silver with Hilton and am over halfway to Silver with Delta, hoping some more trips to the West coast before year end will get me there.
  • Bought a new car!! I hope to have pictures up soon, though I’m guessing it will be Thanksgiving when I have a good chance to take some.  Thanks to my parents looking out for a sweet deal while I was scrounging around Atlanta, Dad test drove and fell in love with an awesome car.  According to the family it fits me and I’ve loved every minute of it.  2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster, silver with black leather interior, touring package, and well maintained with a great warranty.  I have loved these cars ever since I witnessed one beat the snot outta other cars during a drift racing demonstration. A stock 350Z with half the lap time as other heavily modded drifters. I love it.
  • Warhammer Online hasn’t kept me excited enough to play regularly and I’m not sure if I’m losing interest in MMORPGs or what.  I’ve kept up with City of Heroes/Villains and hit another milestone a couple weeks ago in Veteran Rewards.
  • I bought Red Alert 3 last week and have been playing it whenever I get a chance.  I don’t like the graphics as well as Command & Conquer 3, but I love the new Co-op Campaign options and the new faction Empire of the Sun.  The online game play menus have been streamlined and connections are smoother than with previous C&C games – good thing since we can’t run co-op campaigns over Hamachi/LAN.
  • I’ve continued my addiction with Arkham Horror – board game based off Cthulu mythos and H.P. Lovecraft stories.  It is absoulutely amazing – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun playing a board game (Clue perhaps).
  • I’ve been getting more involved with the local music scene and have been impressed by several – Kristin Tinsley & Aclarion. Kristin has a great voice and performs solo with her acoustic guitar and original songs, as well as some classics.  Aclarion is reminiscent of Incubus, Pantera, Deftones, and Nine Inch Nails, but with a style all their own.  Depending on your tastes (or a mixture if you’re like me) I suggest checking these artists out and see if you can catch Kristin and Aclarion live in concert.
  • I am expanding the Shadowrun storyline I’m working up for the RPG group I run with in Murfreesboro, TN.  I’m utilizing one of my unused websites Peacekeeper Productions for a web portal to expand our game time between monthly sessions.  This will allow us to handle character maintenance and solo sessions without slowing down the group, especially when we can’t meet regularly and time is a factor.

Upcoming TV & Movies

The Fall line-up starts this month and many of my favorite shows are coming back, but not all. Here’s a quick list of what’s to come:

I’m also looking forward to the return of Battlestar Galactica in Jan, Reaper is to be announced (already signed on for another season) and would be perfect for the Spring line-up, and I’m eagerly waiting for Moonlight to be picked up by another company (though I’m afraid this may be another Firefly-esque blunder). I saw a preview at the movies for The Cleaner which actually has me interested in watching. Though it’s been playing for a few episodes already, I plan on checking it out tomorrow – if nothing else for something to satisfy my entertainment until the above shows kick off.

As far as movies go, there are several on my interest list, though none jump out at me the way the summer blockbusters did. Here’s a list of the ones I’m interested in:

New Job

I started a new job last week and am loving it so far. It’s nice to have a challenge again, learning skills that will continue to be useful on down the road.

The company is Manhattan Associates and contrary to what it sounds, I will still be living in Atlanta. The company started in Manhattan Beach, CA hence the name and deals mostly in software for warehouse management. However, this is still only a portion of what we do. The company as a whole develops Supply Chain Solutions for their clients ranging from inventory projections to warehouse optimization, minimizing cost and increasing profit. I am in the Hardware Dept. of the Services division, working closely with the Hardware Sales team to implement and trouble shoot the devices used with the Warehouse Management programs our clients use. This includes computer mainframes, wireless networks, bar code scanners, voice recognition terminals, etc.

To stay competitive we have to research all the new technologies, upgrading where we can, while still supporting the old. This can be challenging, but fun. I look forward to building a career with a great company and team.

Red Shirt Fridays

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below for how it went for a man…  

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who’d been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. No, he responded. ‘Heading out?’ I asked. ‘No. I’m escorting a soldier home’. Going to pick him up? ‘No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq, I’m taking him home to his family’. The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that although he didn’t know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier’s family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.  ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United StatesMarine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.’ Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here’s a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. 

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of  America  supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday — and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded  American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED. It will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is. ‘We need your support and your prayers’. Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.


Summer Movies

Every summer I make a list of movies I’m eagerly awaiting and this year is no exception.

Iron Man was a Blockbuster smash hit and I saw it twice during the opening weekend. I am a HUGE Iron Man fan and he’s always been my favorite comic book hero – flawed, human, realistic. If you haven’t seen it yet please do, but make sure to stay through the full credits for a cameo appearance and sneak preview.

I’m looking forward to seeing these films as well:

05-16-08 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05-22-08 Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
06-06-08 Mongol
06-13-08 The Incredible Hulk
06-27-08 Wall E
06-27-08 Wanted
07-02-08 Hancock
07-11-08 Hellboy 2
07-18-08 The Dark Knight
07-25-08 X-Files
08-01-08 The Mummy:Tomb Of A Dragon Emperor
11-21-08 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

These might be good too:

08-22-08 Bangkok Dangerous
08-15-08 Tropic Thunder

Transformation Complete

So here it is, the new site. For old times sake the old site is still accessible, but all new posts will be here.

I decided against the MySpace move as I wouldn’t have enough control over it, or at least not the flexibility I want in my projects. Instead, I chose to use a different web blog formula that is more secure. I have been using WordPress for the World of Warcraft guild site I host – The Citadel. It will allow the form and function that I need for this site.

I also decided that the research project I mentioned before would be best organized through a wiki site. For now the JS Wiki Project will be limited in access, but linked from my homepage. A brief summary of this project can be found here. The wiki will allow me to control access to the information , both public and private. At some point I may decide to publish some/all of my findings and that will also be posted here in my blog. The wiki will also allow me to grant access to others for viewing and/or contributing to the research. This organizational step will take time to get started, but make a world of difference once it’s setup completely.

Additional Pages are tumbling around in my head and may eventually show up on the homepage, so keep an eye out for new content. I’m sure there will be posts regarding the more significant additions to come, including picture galleries and such.