= Shawn + Internet

  • I finally took the time to dust the theme off a bit.  The lame looking columns with the overrunning content were kinda off putting and didn’t really represent the amount of time I spend in each of my home-away-from-homes.  I tried to reflect that by giving each of the columns around the same amount of real estate.  I think it worked out pretty well.  It also has the added bonus of being extra friendly to read in the mobile Safari browser.  I’m sure I’ll be needing to make another change soon, I’m sure I missed some sort of key usability problem…

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  • So, lemme present a hypothetical situation.  I’m having one of those “am I crazy?” moments and I am fairly certain I’m not, but here goes.


    Pretend you are living with a friend of yours.  You had been at least friendly acquaintances(somewhere between friend and someone you know) before moving in with each other.  Over the course of the few years you had lived with this friend, you had become at least close friends if not BFFs.  Then, your friend tells you that they have decided to move out in a week.  No advance warning or discussion, just that they had decided to move a few hundred miles away.


    At this point, would you feel:

    A: Happy?

    B: Sad?

    C: Indifferent?

    D: Upset?


    After moving out, you hear absolutely nothing from your former roommate/friend.  No communication what-so-ever.  A few months go by and you friend calls you up to say that things aren’t working out so well in their new living and that they would like to move back in.  


    Would you:

    A: Tell them to piss off?

    B: Welcome them back with open arms?

    C: Try to set open terms for the new living arrangement?

    D: Outlook hazy, check back later?


    Let’s say you choose C.  Let’s say you told this friend that communication was really important to you and you really didn’t want the first move out to happen again.  Your friend agrees and emphatically swears up and down that there is no way that will happen again.  Your friend moves back in, things return to pre-move out state, all is well.  Then, your friend finds an SO(significant other).  After they have been dating for a few weeks, you being to notice that your friend wants nothing to do with you or any of your common friends.  Your friend seems to only spend time with their SO and decline any attempt for co-fun.  So, you have a heart-to-heart conversation with your friend and explain that you don’t like where things are going.  You explain that communication seems to be a problem again and if that’s how they are evolving as a person, that it would not be weird for them to move out again.  Your friend explains that they realize that’s a problem and they emphatically swear (again) that they will work on improving communication and they will make things better.


    Two months go by with no communication at all with your friend.  Even though you are still living together, they seem to be doing everything they can to avoid any contact with you or any of your common friends.  Then, you get word from another person you know that your friend is filling out rental applications.


    Knowing that assumptions are bad, would you assume:

    A: They are just evaluating their options?

    B: They have already gone through the decision making process and have decided to move out?



    My answers in this situation were: D, C, B.  And somehow, my friend thinks I’m the unreasonable one.  Of course I’m, going to assume you have decided to move out.  Nobody I know fills out an application for anything to “see what their options are”.  That’s what the internet is for, to see what your options are.  That’s why you browse, or window shop.  


    Yes, I allowed someone to hurt me three times.  I suck, that’s my bad.  It’s not my bad that I tried to be reasonable and fair.  It’s not my fault that my friend has decided to go down the tried and true path of relationship over friends.


    What do you think is going to happen if his SO doesn’t work out in the long term?  Since he’s burned so many of his friends, you think they are going to be their for him?  We know that his SO’s friends are not going to want anything to do with him, they are going to side with the SO in any conflict.  He’ll be SO/friend-less and have nobody to blame but himself (even though he’ll try to not be responsible for that either).


    So, my dear reader, is Shawn crazy for wanting to be a good friend?

  • I was making an unplanned stop into the Costco near my work a couple of days ago and happened acroess a fairly good deal for USB memory.  3 4GB USB memory sticks with retractable connectors for $30!

    12GB of gadgetry

    12GB of gadgetry

    So I picked them up and made it all the way back to my office before I noticed this little gem of a message on the packaging…

    No, no, no, it really does say: "Now packaged with less plastic"

    No, no, no, it really does say "Now packaged with less plastic":

    Well, that’s noble.  Let’s see that “less plastic” next to a fairly popular book:

    Size: Freakin huge

    Size: Freakin huge

    Really?  Less plastic?  How much freakin plastic did it used to have?

  • Sometimes my life serves as an example of “what not to do” for others.  Tonight would be a shining example of that…

    So, Pod and I went to our local theater to catch a showing of Kevin Smith’s new movie: Zack and Miri Make a Porno.  Being a good little movie goer I dutifully set both my phones to silent mode before the show.  

    You may be thinking: Both of your phones?  Yep, I have a strong need to seperate my work and home resources as much as possible.  I have two phones as a result.  Now, normally I don’t carry both around after work.  Today however, I hadn’t been home for more than a few minutes before running out for food and the movie.  I didn’t even have time to drop off my work phone.  I also don’t normally turn off my work phone.  Being a BlackBerry, if I turn it off it does all kinds of weird things to my e-mail timestamps when I turn it back on.  See, RIM, in their infinate wisdom, thought it would make a ton of sense to timestamp your e-mails when they arrive on the phone.  Not when they arrive on the server like every other e-mail client in the world does.  So, if I turn my phone off at night, when I turn it on the next morning it will look like I received a bunch of e-mails at the exact time I turned it back on.  There, you see?  A little method to my madness…

    Meanwhile, back in Shawn-makes-an-ass-of-himself land…

    Thoughout the movie my pocket kept buzzing.  I didn’t want to be a bad movie citizen so I ignored the buzzes thinking I would see what was so crazy important after the film.  As the credits are rolling I check my iPhone.  Nope, no new events there.  I then check my BlackBerry and see that I am in the middle of a call to my BOSS!!!

    *keep reading once you have stopped laughing*

    Checking my call log, I see that I pocket dialed MY BOSS 5 times during the movie.

    *I’d wait for you to catch your breath, it’s gets worse…*

    Then I checked my messages and I see these from MY BOSS

    BOSS 8:49:02PM: Your phone keeps calling me.  Are you missing me that much?

    BOSS 8:53:44PM: Your phone has called me 3 times now.

    BOSS 9:49:04PM: Hello shawn.  Your phone has called me 5 times.

    *No hard feelings if you need to take a break.  I’ll be here when you get back.*

    I think to myself: HOLY F**K!  I just pocket dialed my boss 5 times!  Well, it could have been worse.  I SMSed my boss with this:

    Me: 9:50:34PM: Crap!!! Sorry about that.  Guess I am in for some ribbing tomorrow…

    To which, my boss replied (Here’s where it get’s worse):

    BOSS 9:51PM:  Hahaha.  Well, I have a 2 minute voice mail with the f bomb about a billion times in it.  What ever you were watching was bringing it!  See you tomorrow.

    *Did I mention that it was a Kevin Smith movie we were watching?  One called ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO!!!*


    The good news is that my boss is a really cool guy with an awesome sense of humor.  The bad news is that my boss is a really cool guy with an awesome sense of humor.  Which means I probably won’t be fired, but I will be the target of quite a few jokes.

     Tomorrow’s going to be a great day.  *sigh*


    BTW: The movie was great!

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