Showing posts from May, 2012

#9 - Visions of a Googley Future

Motto: My own personal Jarvis

I read a fascinating article this morning making predictions about Google's upcoming developer conference: Google I/O. At this conference each year Google talks to its partners about what they can expect to see coming from Google for the coming year. Naturally, its an event I always pay close attention to. I would imagine 30 days from now, when I/O is officially over, I will be walking around lost in a sea of the eventual possibilities floating around in my head. Honestly, that is where I already am. You'll see soon enough.

I scheduled a flight to see my girlfriend in Indiana in a month. She is the head hancho of music at a camp for populations of various disabilities. This is right up her alleyway and she's awesome at what she does. They are lucky to have her... as am I.

It will be the first time I've flown by myself.

I'll be living in Lawrence pretty soon. I think it will be good for me.

Well, the Top 5 is going to be huge, so I'll en…

#8 - Donnie Darko, EDC fruition

Motto: 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds

About the motto - I'm watching Donnie Darko. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of salt.

Maybe a cinder block of salt.

Unlike Inception, I've never seen Donnie Darko before.

For a bit of insight as to how my brain works, I am writing this sentence an hour and a half after the previous sentence.

Donnie Darko was... interesting.

Alright, yea. Column. Okay.

So I got my EDC bag in the mail today. I like it. I got myself a nice Decepticon patch for it. It's awesome. Visual evidence of awesomeness:

The bag itself is looking like its going to fill its intended purpose perfectly. It's a Maxpedition Gearslinger Sitka. Very high quality. Feels very tough. Fits in all the stuff I'm including later in my Top 5. I'm pretty pumped.
Probably not as pumped as my cousin is... We went and got him a golden retriever. It was good times hanging with the brothers. Made me look forward to when I get my first dog. They a…

#7 - Futurama

Motto: Productivity schmoductivity

Fixation is a state to which I have a natural predisposition. The search for perfection is as close to perfection as you can reasonably get. My phone (my shining beacon of zen) has always been and continues to be my greatest achievement in this pursuit. Over the years, I've spent hours (realistically, days) trying to find the exact balance of functionality with efficiency. Lately, it's been EDC culture. EDC (Every Day Carry) culture is just the appreciation for those items and tools which people from various walks of life carry every day. It probably started in high school with my auto-preparedness kit idea. Basically a bookbag chalk full of everything you might ever need on the road. The notion flared up again a few years back with the desire for a 3-day bag (or Bug-Out Bag). After an diffused amount of fixation over an extended period of time, a small amount of money was spent and I now carry a very basic version of this in my trunk next to …

#6 - Time.

Motto: Bwhaaaaaaaaaam

About the motto - I'm watching Inception. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of salt.

Maybe a brick of salt.

I have had a surge of productive energy since the end of school. Something about not having homework. Not having homework assignments gnawing at the back of my mind. Not having a cosntant study monkey on my back. Not having any of those things really puts me in a different mindset. Before, free time was spent "actively relaxing", if such a thing exists. Now that there is no homework. I am doing things with my free time. All those things I wished I had time for during school.

I did some research about cell phone companies. Verizon is killing the unlimited data. The grandfathered in plans from older Verizon contracts. From even older Alltel contracts. I found out that pre-paid phone plans exist right now that offer unlimited text, talk, and data for $50/month... and you can bring in any unlocked GSM phone you want. That means,…

#5 - Aaron Gillespie, owner of a B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Motto: Why yes, I can Engineer that for you...

I walked across the floor of Allen Fieldhouse. I walked down the hill. I walked out of The University of Kansas with a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering; thus ending my streak of 18 straight years in a formal education institution. If I had just listened to my gifted teacher in high school I would have been done in 17 years. Film was a mistake... but I'm glad I made it. Things would have been different if I hadn't, and I like the way things turned out.

This is not to say I wouldn't change some things if I could go back. I could have taught myself how to study. How to do homework. How to work with my peers. How to have a fun life.

Brief overview of college (the way it was):

I studied film for a year and a halfI switched to (after many changes in a two week span) Electrical EngineerI met many of what I now consider to be my best friendsI lived to two of the best friends I've ever hadI met a special ladyI RA'…

#4 - Awesomeness

Motto: As Google as it gets

A long time ago, somebody asked me "what was I passionate about". I didn't have a good answer for them then. I think I stuttered something about "movies" or something else that wasn't really an answer. I have a good answer for that now. I'm passionate about Google. Long story short. Google is the best at what it does, and it does a lot of things. Another blogger I conspire with wrote a great post about Google Plus. I agree with everything she said and would like to comment on the record how pretty she is. I could really go on forever about every little thing Google does and why it is awesome... but instead I'll move on to other awesome topics.

I watched THE AVENGERS. You can read any online review you want, but I think you don't need to know anything more than the following - Aaron's review of "The Avengers"

The Avengers

That's it. No question about it. It was great and everyone should wat…