Happy anniversary

Hard to believe it, but it has officially been two years since I started blogging. I posted my first entry on my MySpace blog on December 30, 2005. I remember that I first resisted getting a MySpace for the longest time and then wasn’t sure about the whole blogging scene but eventually gave in and decided to try it out. I think by day 2 I was hooked on the concept and kept on going.

The old MySpace blog held many memories as I scrolled through it today… concepts of space and time, Draw a Pig, becoming debt free, E-town Mission 2006 thoughts, the death of K-Rock (though it is now resurrected), domestic violence, my first Mac, and so much more. So many memories. It’s fun to look back.

Anyway, happy 2nd anniversary, oh blog of mine. Have a piece of cake in celebration as we look forward to another two years.

In honor of this special occasion, I offer the same thoughts I originally wrote in my very first blog entry:

Of stupidity and expanding universes

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”
-Albert Einstein

I find this quote amusing, not because of Einstein’s poke at the lack of brain cells prevelant in today’s society, but because it was Einstein who developed the Theory of the Expanding Universe.

Funny.

Happy New Years, and may peace be with you.

MacSanta is coming to town

It’s that season again. The air is getting colder. Snow is starting to fall. Lights are going up on houses and trees alike all over the nation. Special music is heard on the radio. And there’s that feeling that permeates everything of goodness and happiness. That’s right. It’s time to save a ton of cash on some great Mac apps!

Every year around Christmastime, the fine folks at macsantadeals.com work tirelessly to give you some great discounts on some awesome Mac applications. Every day a new list of apps are posted at 20% off, and when they day is past they are archived (“Extended Offers” link) for 10% off. This continues all the way until Christmas. All you need to do is enter the code (given on the website) into the “coupon” area of the software when you make your purchase.

If you’re a Mac user make sure you check this site out on a continual basis all throughout December. Last year I bought a few apps with MacSanta, and they’re great.

Visit MacSantaDeals.com

May I recommend two apps in specific that I have and love. Both are currently located in the archived section.

1. MarsEdit (Red Sweater Software). This very blog post is being written in MarsEdit. It’s an amazing piece of blogging software. For a long time I’ve wanted a stand-alone app to reside on my hard drive that would let my type, edit, format, and work through my blogs. I use WordPress to host the blog, but I never like using web apps to do work. I’d much rather work on my Mac and then upload it all when it’s to my liking. I first heard about MarsEdit on MacBreak Weekly, and instantly downloaded the trial version for 30 days. After the first blog, I knew I was going to buy it. And so I did. It’s absolutely fantastic. It has a lot of features to format your blog and setup links. And what’s really nice is Flickr integration. It sees your Flickr account, and you can call up, view, and insert your Flickr images right from within the app. If you blog, I think you definitely need to check out MarsEdit. It retails for $29.95, but now through Christmas you can get it for 10% off.

2. Audio Hijack Pro (Rogue Amoeba). Audio Hijack is an audio recording application that I simply love. I bought it when I first got a Mac because I needed a simple app to record the teachings at my church for later podcasting. I used to use Adobe Audition on a PC to record, but couldn’t find anything within my price range for the new Mac. Enter Audio Hijack. It’s a great little app that easily records audio from Skype, iChat, iTunes, the Web, or any other input you have. That’s right, you can record audio from your existing programs to use for any purpose you’d like. The really great thing is that it encodes and saves as it records. With Audition, and even Apple’s Soundtrack Pro (part of the Final Cut Studio – which I also now have) you have to record, then save and encode separately. This can sometimes take a long, long time, which I don’t have. For church, we also sell the teachings on CD directly after the gatherings, and so I need an instant recording. As soon as I press the “stop” button on the recording, the file is generated and ready to burn. Amazing. Audio Hijack Pro is one of the apps I bought through MacSanta last year. It retails for $32, but you can get it now through Christmas for 10% off.

Merry Christmas!

Unbelievable

I can’t believe it. So close yet so far. See, I’ve recently gotten into Scrabble and love playing it whenever I can. When I saw that there was a Scrabble Facebook app, called Scrabulous, I did not hesitate to add it and begin playing online immediately. Since then I’ve started many games with people. Most I have won. One person I have had trouble beating is my friend Janelle. She’s a Scrabble beast. Well, in our most recent game I seem to have been able to keep the game close, us both exchanging first place position several times. As the game was drawing quickly towards close I came out with a monster 58-point word to take a significant lead. I held the lead for several turns even as Janelle closed the gap. It came down to the last turn. She came forth with a nice 35-pointer to take a small lead. I had three one-point letters left… 2 O’s and an S. Finding the one place to give me the most points for my word, I played my last 3 letters, thereby going “out” and getting a few bonus points from whatever was left in Janelle‘s hand – hoping they would be enough to bring me back on top.

Wouldn’t you know it….

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It may be hard to see the letters (as Leopard seems to have an issue with certain pieces of text in Flash, only in Scrabulous), but we tied. After all that…. going back and forth with the lead. After several great big-point words. And after staying up ’til almost 3am…. tied. 297 to 297.

Good game, Janelle. We’ll see who comes out on top next time. 🙂