Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bump Top

I've been trying to think of an application to work on in my own time, using XAML to create a rich user interface thats fun and satisfying to interact with. I don't even know what I want the app to do yet, but I know I want it to be fun to use.

BumpTop is a perfect example of this. Although it aims to replace the desktop, as opposed being a application you run and close, it is still really cool shit. This is exactly the kind of stuff I want to be doing in .Net 3.

The WPF blog also has a bunch of playful little apps that show off WinFX's ability to create a fun user experience.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Saturday, June 17, 2006

It was banana coconut

Oxygen had their summer party yesterday. Kicked off at 1 on an old barge at Pier 63. Great time, best company party i've been too. Its a very young, spunky company so we were all having a lot of fun. Good food, free drinks.

I was peer pressured into a pie eating contest. I didn't even know thats what they were doing until some woman came up and grabbed my arm with both hands and said "You're the new guy, you're in. Come with me!"

But i went for it. My department was cheerin me on the whole time with a lot of enthusiasm. I came in a very close second out of seventh. It was very intense, I heard my name over the PA "in a very close second! This is going to be hard to call!" First place would've gotten me a $100 gift card, but second place just got me a stomach ache.

I really felt like ass afterwards though, good god. I felt like i got the shit kicked out of me in the middle of a hangover. A couple of the guys from the contest and myself were throwing up in the bathroom afterwards. I was pretty much beat for the rest of the day.

Overall was a great time though! And now everyone in the company knows me as "one of the pie guys."

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Moo'd

Jamba Juice makes a smoothie/shake thing called the Peanut Butter Moo'd. I had a bunch of these on my last trip to L.A., and fell in love with them. When I first realized there was a Jamba Juice in Times Square (turns out they're all over the f'ing city, actually) i took the first opportunity I had to head down and order myself a Peanut Butter Moo'd.

But the lady behind the counter told me they were discontinued. How the hell you discontinue a goddamn smoothie is beyond me, especially when I can see the peanut butter sitting on the counter. Plus it was still on the menu! But I was SOL, it ruined my whole day.

Today, a few months later, I took a walk on my lunch break to the Jamba Juice on 8th & 23rd and there it was! Up on the menu. Still skeptical, I placed my order and waited for the response from the young cashier. "What size?" YESSS!!!! My prayers have been answered, my dreams have come true. As I glanced over to the available sizes to remind myself what the term was that this particular establishment used for "large", the cashier spoke again. "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm out of peanut butter."

Oh my goodness.

This little strumpet had no idea how much she had crushed me. The dissappointment must have been evident from my face, or the "fuck!" that came out much louder than I intended, because she asked me what the matter was.

"I've been waiting for one of these for almost a year now, I haven't been able to find one since I was in Las Angeles."

"Well you could try 7th & 24th."

A glimmer of hope. "THANK YOU!" I exclaimed as I hauled ass out the door. I trecked up and over a block in less time than its taken me to write this blog, and entered my second Jamba Juice of the day. A homosexual couple on line in front of me was debating over what to get and turned to ask my opinion. "Peanut Butter Moo'd" I said. Homo #1 said he hated peanut butter, and #2 agreed.

"Good actually, because I've been trying to get my hands on one of these for a very long time, and if you guys had gotten the last peanut butter there would have been a serious problem here," I said with a smile. We all shared a laugh and actually made some small talk while waiting to order. Homos love me.

When the time came I placed my order, and got the same request for size that I hadn't had the chance to reply to earlier. I wasn't going to hesitate this time and let this bitch ruin my day. "The biggest you've got! With a protein boost, too!" ( "Boosts" are optional additions to your smoothie.)

"WOW! You're excited, huh?" I could hear the homos chuckling at me from the waiting area.

"Fuckin A right I am!" We both laughed, I gave her my name and went on to wait for my jamba juice.

And here I sit, 30 minutes later, sucking on my Power Sized Peanut Butter Moo'd with protein boost, blogging about it, and smiling from ear to ear.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Oh!

So Oxygen is going great. Started two weeks ago, and already feel like a real contributor to the team. I'm on lunch right now, but my days have gotten so long that when i do get some free time on the weekends i prefer to spend them with friends enjoying the nice weather NY is experiencing the past few weeks. That or napping. I really wanted to get at least a fragment of a post up about the new gig though. I'm just very tired usually. The long commute to work (nearly 2 hours door to door) isn't really bothering me yet. It may wear on me in the long run, but for now i'm really fine with it. And man i love this city.

I crunched some numbers this weekend. Not sure if some simple arithmetic in your head really counts as crunching, but either way. I did some calculations. And if i were to turn in my car and move to Manhattan, $1600/mo rent would be breaking even for me when you consider the the cost of my car,gas, insurance, and my train ticket. Personally I couldn't care less about having a car or not, I'd much rather my money went towards living in a place like Manhattan than to a damn automobile. But thats just me. So i'd be breaking even, except i'd get about 3 extra hours a day and live in the city. $1600 should be enough to find a place here, and i'm even willing to go a little higher than that if i have to. So that looks like the plan for now, when my lease is up in December.

That of course depends on how secure my position is here at Oxygen. OXygen is a cable channel, not a software company. And this effort they're making (and money they're spending) is something they've wanted to do for a long time. But if business gets bad, software will probably be one of the first departments to feel the pain. And I'm the newest guy on the team. I'll just have to ask for an honest opinion about the reality of it when I am about to make the move.

Hopefully things will be looking good. I really love this job so far, I can't think of a much better situation to be in. Here's hopin it doesn't end any time soon, and to enjoying it while it lasts!