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Quality

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Grape Salad

I’ve noticed a key difference in myself from years ago. This is not meant to be snobby or elitist in any way, but I’ve realized that I most often would rather not indulge in something if it’s low quality. Food is a great example of this. It’s more important for me that something is of good quality (whether it be ingredients, freshness, healthiness, environmentally sound) than to just have it period.

Last night my dad asked me if I wanted anything from the store. I’ve been on a big ice cream kick lately so I told him to get me some ice cream if he’d like to. Then I realized that my parents aren’t big into ice cream, typically, so I’d better mention that I only wanted it if it was a decent brand. At first I felt like a snob but then I thought about it and that’s a conscious choice I make every day. Essentially, if something is not good, I would rather go without it. Does that make sense?¬† Also — quality doesn’t necessarily mean that it is going to be more expensive, but oftentimes does. I think this is true mostly because are so used to this concept. Also — Food and materials are too cheap in this country for many reasons (corn subsidies, Walmart philosophies, etc…).

If I can’t wear well-made clothes or eat good food, I’d rather just have fewer / less of it, or not at all. The French really have that philosophy down pat.

Food for thought (no pun intended)…

What a Day… Again!!!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Whew! Wowzers. I haven’t told many folks this but I have taken on a new job as creative director for local software awesomeness, Orgsync. They develop what they call “Collaborative Software for an Online Campus”. It’s essentially a localized version of Facebook with 1,000 more practical features such as sharing calendars between student organizations to paying your fraternity dues online. Pretty cool eh? Saves tons of paperwork, time, and makes it easy for a student to consolidate all their college happenings into one single package. My job is redesign the interface. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve made huge leaps in designing for 508 Accessibility standards, advanced usability, and working with Ruby on Rails (fallen in love, madly). On top of that, I’m working to revamp the front end and bring the site home to a full scale presence bursting with networking and integrations.

Unlike previous companies I’ve worked with or for, Orgsync’s appetite for innovation is insatiable. They’re not just concerned with having the best and coolest features, but using the best methods with agile development to get there. I remember the days of wanting to change things and not being able to due to old school developers. That’s out the window. We all call the shots on a daily basis and we all are there to catch each other’s shortcomings, rather than pointing fingers. Pretty cool environment, I must say. It’s a lot like a good improv troupe (but anything can be compared to improv).

This is becoming a long post but eff it. Today I did the following madness:

7:00 – 8:00 – Worked on a friend’s site

9:00 – 10:00 – Did some Orgsync stuff at a coffeeshop

10-11:00 – Did passport photos for a friend / associate

11:00 – 2:00 – Worked on Orgsync

2:00 – 3:00 – Food lunch time with my good friend, Clinkenbeard

3:00 – 7:30 – Orgsyncing at the library (had enough coffee that day)

7:30 – 8:30 – Foodage at East Side Pies

8:30 – 9:45 – Awesome improv jam at the New Movement Theatre

10:00 – 11:30 – Spoke with great friend, Luke Eddy, via phone

11:30 – 11:45 – Wrote a worthless blog post explaining what I did today, as if folks cared… (meta)

What a Day!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Wow! What a crazy awesome day. I woke up at 7:00 and did the following: Finished exporting headshots and sent them to the appropriate folks, worked on site changes for Trinidad (the movie) site. I scooted down to EcoAction and recycled about 200 AA batteries (from photography equipment).

THEN, I stopped off near St. Edward’s University to visit my friend, Jeff.

THEN, I went to Dominican Joe (one of my all time favs) to work on some bug fixes for a Dayjobinc project. Had lunch at South Congress Cafe (best food ever).

THEN, I went back to Dominican Joe and met up with Amanda Cobbity Cobbs for a chat.

THEN, I worked until 6:00, headed to the Holly St house and chatted with cool guy, Joel Moody. Borrowed some  shorts, headed to Target to buy socks that I needed. THEN, went to do yoga with Kacey and friends. THEN, headed to Homeslice Pizza (another all time fav).

THEN, headed BACK TO DOMINICAN JOE (that’s 3 times people).

THEN!!!! Went to Joel’s to return said shirts and talk shop with Hotdog. Now I am back and feeling pretty effin good about my life.

Work

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I’m up early this morning because I was having difficulty sleeping. My life has become all about work again. I haven’t taken a road trip, done anything crazy, or stretched my boundaries in a long time. Improv has been great, but I am craving adventure. My hatred of the routine is powerful today.