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I had my Mustang for about three and a half years and it was a lot of fun, but I decided recently that I wanted to return to an SUV -- something with more cargo room, that was newer than the Mustang, and that would be a little better equipped for road trips.

 

Yesterday I picked up this 4Runner and so far I'm diggin' it.

 
 
 
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I saw the new movie Pandorum this weekend and I really enjoyed it. It's a sci-fi/horror flick that takes place in deep space. Here's a quick synopsis from All Movie Guide:

"Director Christian Alvart takes suspense into space with this tale of two astronauts who realize that they aren't alone as they drift into the darkest corners of our galaxy. Awakening in their hyper-sleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission is, disoriented astronauts Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) gradually surmise that they are the only ones aboard the darkened spacecraft. But how did they get here, and what are those strange sounds coming from the belly of the ship? The only way out of their hyper-sleep chamber is a narrow airshaft, and the only one small enough to climb through it is Corporal Bower. As the younger of the two space travelers shimmies inside, the older remains behind to offer guidance on the radio transmitter. But the deeper Corporal Bower ventures into the ship, the more apparent it becomes that something horrible has happened. Could it be that the survival of the entire human race rests in the hands of these two astronauts stuck on a lonely ship in deep space?"
 
So, as day one of the new LiveCloud network draws to a close, I thought I'd post a few thoughts.

It's really nice to see all of the changes we've been working on over the past several months. I've been staring at smaller versions of the network that run in our development environment, but it's great to see it live and filled with so much content.

The new Groupee Music site looks really nice. I really like the new header graphic. The music player's track browser needs to chill on the caffeine though, trying to click on a song is like trying to park at 50mph.
 
Starting last weekend we began migrating our servers from our old datacenter to our new one. Tonight is our second batch of migrations. One week out of the month I am on call and respond to any service interuptions we receive. Because of our migration, things have been a bit wild tonight. The attached picture is a cell phone shot of "mission command."

This also shows off my new PC and it's 24" widescreen monitor. The desktop PC is monitoring our servers and sending off emails, while the laptop has the SSH connections to our servers, so that I can fix problems as they arise.

You can faintly see the pager in the center of the desk. I stopped by the store on the way home to get some extra batteries. Tonight should be interesting. Smiler
 
 
 
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As I prepare for my trip out to Seattle, I am reviewing the TSA's guidelines on what you can and cannot bring onto an airplane. I'll skip the liquids, gels, and aerosols we all know about, but did you know the following items are prohibited (by name!):
  • Meat Cleavers
  • Sabers
  • Swords
  • Baseball Bats
  • Bows and Arrows
  • Spear Guns
  • Flare Guns
  • BB Guns
  • Firearms
  • Starter Pistols (so the captain knows when to take off?!)
  • Cattle Prods
  • Crowbars
  • Hammers
  • Drills
  • Saws
  • Billy Clubs
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Nunchakus
  • Throwing Stars
  • Dynamite
  • Hand Grenades
  • Gasoline
  • Tear Gas
 
This review was originally posted on Groupee on July 22, 2007.

Let me preface this review by saying that while I did watch Transformers as a child, I was not an avid follower of the series (my attention was drawn by other cartoons and toys).

Transformers is the story of a robotic alien race from the planet Cybertron. The inhabitants of Cybertron lived in peace until a bad seed, Megatron, started a revolt. The transformers who chose to follow Megatron became known as the Decepticons; those that chose to defend their world became the Autobots.

The war leads to Earth, as both the Autobots and the Decepticons are in search of a cube from their home world that has the power to end the war. Depending on which side gets to the cube first, the war can either end well or humanity can be exterminated.

The movie spans a bit over two and a half hours, but it manages to keep you engaged throughout. My one worry going into this film was that the special effects might overshadow the storyline — luckily, that was not the case. Transformers is a brilliant blend of science fiction, intense action, humor, and a fun plot. The film offers enough to please moviegoers who’ve never heard of a Transformer, while still catering to those who grew up with the 1980s cartoons.

Peter Cullen reprises his role from the original cartoon series as the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. Unfortunately, Frank Welker couldn’t reprise his role as Megatron, but Hugo Weaving lends a fantastic voice to the towering villain.

In my opinion, Transformers is a must-see movie and a must-own DVD. Oh, and stick around after the credits for some additional footage.

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I guess everyone on this site is a groupee in one sense or the other, but I'm going to be joining the Groupee, Inc. team in Seattle.

I'm looking forward to getting settled and working with some of the best people around, building some of the best software around.

I've been a fan of Groupee (Infopop) since the first time I laid eyes on the UBB (their first product). The last eight years of being an enthusiast has been fun, but I am looking forward to the future of being an even bigger part of things.

Dave, please mark my dibs complete. Wink
 
 
 
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Thank you, Microsoft Outlook 2007 for reminding me to attend the cancelled Java Team meeting in 15 minutes.

Seriously, Microsoft really dropped the ball with Office 2007. Are any of you using this hunk of trash?
 
 
 
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Moving entails all sorts of fun. A recent search on Target.com yielded some interesting secondary results.

I think I'll pass. The book can't be that good.
 
 
 
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It seems Groupee Guy (Groupee's logo) needs some extra income.

Check it out: http://www.belightsoft.com/pro...omposer/overview.php
 
 
 
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My friend Ryan sent me a link to Pandora Radio, a free internet radio site. You can listen for a bit without registering, and once they ask you to register—it's free! You can type in an artist or song name that you like that and the site will find music that is similar. It can be a good way to find new music or just jam when you're at or near your PC.

You can create various radio "stations" and switch between them at will.

Check it out. Cool
 
While the summer semester doesn’t officially end until Friday, my last course has ended. Grades aren’t in for our group portfolio, but I’ve passed already.

Looking over my degree requirements, the only ones not yet met relate to my last course which is technically still “in progress.” The only bummer is that it takes 4-6 weeks for them to mail out the diploma.

Is it too soon to celebrate? Smiler
 
Let me preface this review by saying that while I did watch Transformers as a child, I was not an avid follower of the series (my attention was drawn by other cartoons and toys).

Transformers is the story of a robotic alien race from the planet Cybertron. The inhabitants of Cybertron lived in peace until a bad seed, Megatron, started a revolt. The transformers who chose to follow Megatron became known as the Decepticons; those that chose to defend their world became the Autobots.

The war leads to Earth, as both the Autobots and the Decepticons are in search of a cube from their home world that has the power to end the war. Depending on which side gets to the cube first, the war can either end well or humanity can be exterminated.

The movie spans a bit over two and a half hours, but it manages to keep you engaged throughout. My one worry going into this film was that the special effects might overshadow the storyline — luckily, that was not the case. Transformers is a brilliant blend of science fiction, intense action, humor, and a fun plot. The film offers enough to please moviegoers who’ve never heard of a Transformer, while still catering to those who grew up with the 1980s cartoons.

Peter Cullen reprises his role from the original cartoon series as the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. Unfortunately, Frank Welker couldn’t reprise his role as Megatron, but Hugo Weaving lends a fantastic voice to the towering villain.

In my opinion, Transformers is a must-see movie and a must-own DVD. Oh, and stick around after the credits for some additional footage.

Additional Links:
 
 
 
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So, Groupee Backstage Live! has launched and I was pleasantly surprised to see my theme in use there. The Backstage Live logo is really sharp and complements the theme nicely.

If you didn't read the announcement Ted made last month, Backstage Live will offer “exclusive interviews, performances, and more from across the entertainment industries.” Backstage Live will be part of a larger effort called Groupee Backstage which is slated for later this year.

Boaz is heading up the Backstage stuff, and if you haven't seen his Clips & Quips site, check it out. There are some incredibly funny and interesting interviews there, and a few already posted on Backstage Live.

I'm eagerly awaiting some new content and the rest of Backstage.
 
 
 
 
 
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