Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Sums up my feelings at this moment

"There are no choices. Nothing but a straight line. The illusion comes afterwards, when you ask 'Why me?' and 'What if?'. When you look back and see the branches, like a pruned bonsai tree, or forked lightning. If you had done something differently, it wouldn't be you, it would be someone else looking back, asking a different set of questions."


-Max Payne

Monday, June 28, 2004

My Work In Action

I've been contracted to help design graphics for a website. Cold Drink (from TechDiscussions), asked me if I would want to help out with some graphic design work for a website, and I agreed. I'm happy to say that the website is finally up, and it looks great! The address is Thay.org, and here's the link to the Website Design Staff, where you can view my bio:

http://thay.org/cms.php?page=articles&category=9

Pretty cool, isn't it?

Sunday, June 27, 2004

A Pimp at Customer Service


About a week or two ago, I wrote that I had gone to BestBuy, and asked about hiring. Remember? It was raining really bad, and I took a bunch of photos of the rain? It was also the day that I dropped off some papers at South Alabama. Well, today, I drove back to BestBuy, after filling out the application online a week or so ago. As soon as I walk in, I find this girl employee over at Cell Phones, and ask her to speak with the manager. So I follow her, and she leads me to this guy that is the manager of the Computer section. I tell him that I'm interested in a job here, and that I submitted an application online about a week ago. He first tells me that someone should have called me within 48 hours of finishing the online application (but that never happened). So he tells me that they're not really looking for anyone right now, and they'll call me if they think something is opening up. But after talking to him some more, and telling him that I've been using computers for about 7 years, and that I'm an Information Technology major at South Alabama, he started to reconsider what he had said, and then he tells me that he might be able to find something for me. He went over to some guy at the head department, and I waited for him to get back. I could see him off in the distancem, talking to another manager, and occasionally, he would look back at me, as you could tell they were discussing something about me. So then he comes back, and tells me that his password on his terminal has expired, and he needed to find another manager to enter the BestBuy computer system, to pull up my application that I had submitted. So, he tells me to sit down at Customer Service, and he'll back back shortly to get me. So, as I'm waiting in a chair at Customer Service, I see this black dude walk up to the counter. He was wearing a pin-stripe suit, fedora hat, shades, and a feather in his hat. He was returning a DVD, but I didn't get to see what DVD it was. So after waiting for 10 minutes, the manager comes back and tells me to come with him. He takes me to a small room, right behind the cash registers. So it's just me and him in this small room, and then he starts asking me questions, like "If you worked here, and a customer was pissed that they didn't get an integrated WLAN card with their laptop, what do you do?". He was also asking me about previous work history, and how well I performed at that job, and how well I performed under stress. He asked another question, trying to throw me for a loop. The question was: "When you're working on the floor, each employee has their own 'zone' that they monitor for customers. If you were to spot a customer looking at cell phones, what would you do?" So my response was "I would make sure that I didn't have any customers at my zone, and I would walk over to the customer looking at cell phones, and I would try to help them out, and I would also located the appropriate employee for the cell phone 'zone', so they can help the customer out." He said "Very good, that was exactly what I was looking for." He also told me a little inside info, that I didn't know. And I've had it happen to me, and I felt like I just learned the secrets to JFK's assasination. He told me that smart shoppers walk into the store with a 2nd person. That 2nd person has more knowledge that the main person, and the 2nd person will often try to dismiss any special features or options, if they feel that BestBuy is trying to "rip them off". The employee's job is to distract and try to get that 2nd person out of the way, so that the employee can become the "smart friend", and help make decisions for them. I was thinking to myself "Damn, smart bastards, lol". I remember when I went computer shopping with Amy, that they tried that same tactic on her and I. But I was unwilling to give in to it, so I saved her a bunch of money. But I'll be pulling off that tactic all the time if I can get the job? Why? I want to keep my job, because of one word: "Money".

Anyways, durring the middle of the interview, it started storming really bad outside, and BAM! The power in the WHOLE store went completely off. I couldn't see shit for about 30 seconds, until the backup generators came on. I remarked to the manager that I've never seen the power go off in a store before. We both laughed, and then the power came back on, and we finished up the interview. He said that my application that I had finished online was VERY good. He said that I have to complete a couple more interviews, the last one being with the general manager (the top dog), and that the general manager would be in the store either Tuesday or Wednesday. He said he hoped to get me on the floor and start working sometime this week. So, it's not a definate deal, but I'm feeling pretty good. I think I'm about to become an employee for BestBuy.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Two Months

I have exactly 2 months left until Fall 2004 Semester begins at my school, the University of South Alabama. Next semester is going to be really great, I can tell. I can't wait.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Rip Off

OK, so as you all probably know, my car has been giving me problems for about 3 or 4 months now. I'll be driving the car, and all of the sudden, the RPMs will get insanly high, and the speed stays the same. Almost like putting the car in neutral, and hitting the gas. It felt like it was slipping gears, and that it could be a transmission problem. So, yesterday, my dad and I took my car to "University Transmissions", and leave my car with them for about 4 hours or so, and we call back, and the guy says that he guesses that it's "internal". Well, duh! And he said that it would cost us $1,200 to fix it! So, my dad said that he didn't have that kind of money to pay to fix the transmission, so we took my car to a 2nd place, "Aamco Transmissions". We dropped the car off, and they called us back today, and told us they had good news. They said it was a problem with the Transmission Relay Switch, and with parts and labor, would cost us $230 to get it fixed. My car will be fixed and ready by tomorrow.

Those people at the first place (University Transmissions) tried to rip me off!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Cars, Airports, and Asphalt

7:00 AM - I woke to the sound of my PocketPC, beeping it's head off, trying to tell me to "Wake Up" (as I has so planned). I stumbled out of bed, tired as hell, but moving somehow. I checked my e-mail, the forums, and various other sites, still giddy over the fact that last night I had successfully installed drupal (a CMS), using my c-Panel, mySQL, and PHP4. After about 30 minutes of goofing off on my laptop, and trying to wake up, my dad stumbles out of bed, and takes a shower. About 30+ minutes later, my dad is ready, and so am I. I give him the keys to my car, and we head off to the airport, him driving, and me sitting in the passenger seat.

8:47 AM - We arrive at the Mobile Regional Airport, and find the free, 30 minute parking lot. We take a time ticket, and park my car in the lot. We start walking towards the Rental Car area, to rent out nice new car for the day. The cold air hits me as we walk into the building (quite a difference from 85 degrees outside), and we walk over to the Thriffy Car Rental location. They officially open up at 9 AM, so we had to wait at the counter for about 5 minutes, until a ditsy little brunette walked up to the counter, to help us with the order. About 20 seconds after starting transactions with us, she picks up the phone, and starts talking to a customer on the phone. So we had to wait about 3-4 minutes of her talking, until she was done. But right after she was done, my dad told me I could head home now.

9:02 AM - So I walk back outside, and into the 30 minute parking lot area. At this time, I had about 15 minutes or so left of parking time. But what did I care? I was leaving. I get into the car, crank the engine, and I'm off.

9:07 AM - I finally figure out how to leave the airport. It's the most confusing place you'll ever drive. I finally reach home, in pain because it feels like my stomach is eating itself, due to the lack of eating breakfast. I still had time. So I reached in the fridge, and made a quick sandwidch. About 15-20 minutes after arriving home, my dad arrives. And he's not driving the Chrysler 300 Limited, like we had reserved. Sucks, but don't get me wrong, the car we did get was nice as hell. And I mean nice! It was a 2004 Dodge Durango. Nicccce! See:

2004 Dodge Durango

And here's my dad posing for the camera, next to the car:

My dad

And the interior:

Interior of the rental car

Interior of the rental car

Interior of the rental car

10:30 AM - We hit I-65, and head North. This is the begining of our trip. Four hours one way, eight hours total.

11:00 AM - The CD player in the rental car stops playing, and the navigation isn't lit up. We can't get it to work. We decide it's a fuse.

11:20 AM - We pull off at an exit, and try to figure out which fuse is the one for the dash. My dad is trying to figure that out:

My dad trying to figure out the fuse box

11:37 AM - WTF is that? Oooook then....moving on...

???

???

11:51 AM - My dad knows how to drive, so lets test this Durango and see what it's capable of, hehe:

Need For Speed!

12:04 PM - I take a photo of the owner's manual of the car we're driving:

The owner's manual

12:55 PM - Rolling through Montgomery, we spot a State Trooper, and I take some photos just for the hell of it. I also spot a telecommmuncations truck, and snapped off a photo:

State Trooper

State Trooper

Telecommunications truck

2:03 PM - We turn onto exit 246, at Birmingham, to meet my mom and sister and Cracker Barrel. We meet there, talk for about 10 minutes, and drive over to Arbys about 75 yards away or so. We sit down, all four of us (my dad, mom, sister, and I), and eat lunch, and talk. About 10-15 minutes later, I say goodbye to my mom, and my sister comes with my dad and I, and we begin our journey right back to where we came from this morning.

Exit 246

3:20 PM - Not wanting to get involved in that messed up traffic, we decide to turn around, and get off on Hwy 31, and try to bypass the gridlock from that way, and then reconnect back onto I-65, in a less congested area. I save the day with my laptop, and Microsoft MapPoint 2004. I research and location all the turns and Jcts we needed to make our way around the traffic.

4:07 PM - We finally make it back onto I-65, and about 30 minutes later or so, I took a photo of the Atlanta exit:

Atlanta exit

5:21 PM - Nearing Mobile, we encounter some bad storms, and we get into some rain:

Storms

Wet roads

5:53 PM - A picture of my dad driving:

My dad driving

6:05 PM - We finally make it back to some familar roads. Moffet (Hwy 98), is the road I always take to drive to South Alabama.

Home at last! Posted by Hello

So, there you have it, my day told via a blog and some photos. I didn't do any wardriving, mainly because there were no WAPs in sight of our driving locations. Now, I'm really really tired. I think I shall go to bed now, and get some sleep. And so begins another day.....

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Going on a small trip = major updating from me!

In a couple of days, my dad and I are going to go pick up my little sister (she's almost 15) at my mom's house (well, I take that back, I think we may be meeting them halfway...it's a 6 hour drive one-way from my house to their house). My dad clued me in on an awesome detail. I have to drive him to the airport, because we're renting a car to drive there. And we're going all out, too. We're getting a luxury car. We're getting to drive the 2005 Chrysler 300 Limited. Wanna see what it looks like? Here's some photo's I found on their site:




Hell yeah! It's gonna have XM Satelitte Radio, and a GPS Navigation System. I'm going to be doing some wardriving as well, I mean, I can't pass up this opportunity to wardrive hundreds of miles! And I'll post my netstumbler files on the sidebar, which, by the way, is at version 1.0 right now. The trip is going to result in a major update on my blog, chock full of photos, audio, netstumbler files, designs, and lots and lots of written words. So stay tuned for that.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Whoa, I got some serious rain at my house

I think the picture explains all. Also, I recorded the sound outside with my PocketPC. Go listen:

http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/reallybadrain.mp3


Look at the rain hit my car! Posted by Hello

Now I know

I sent an e-mail yesterday to South Alabama Registrar, and I got a reply back today. I was asking if they knew when I was supposed to register for Fall 2004 classes. Here's the e-mail:


Cody,
Your USA time ticket for the Fall 2004 term is from July 16th - Aug. 10th 2004. This is your Phase I registration time. You can log on to the PAWS system and view your time ticket, registration status, holds, fees, etc...



Cool, so that means that I will sign up for my classes online for next semester, starting July 16th. Fun stuff.

EDIT: I just got a second e-mail from Karen (the girl that sent me the first e-mail). She's a student at South, and she helps out with registration. I vaugly remember her last time (Fall Semester 2003), and she was really nice. This 2nd e-mail I got back from her, was really really long, and described the sign-up process in a very detailed and understandable mannor. That's really cool that someone will take time out of their day to answer my questions. Much better responses than you'll ever get, say, if you call up Microsoft or whatever, and need help. Hopefully, this chick stays with South Alabama for the length of my college career, because she's been a big help. Moral of the story: Be nice to people, and they'll be nice back to you. I need to start following that rule sometimes (sometimes I can be a real jerk, lol)

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Mac OS X Style, Baby!

As you can tell, my blog looks like OS X sorta, hehe. I love the styling in OS X, and I wanted my blog to have a streamlined look to it. The sidebar is all brand new, and as I write this, it's in beta, at 0.7 right now. The 1.0 release for the sidebar will probably tomorrow. The sidebar features right now, my recomended and favorite downloads, notes from my classes. Let me talk about this one for a second. I have a program on my laptop, called "Microsoft Office OneNote 2003", and it lets you take notes with handwriting and stuff. You can also publish to the web, in MHTML format (only Internet Explorer can read that format). Right now, I have some notes I took on March 10th of last semester, in my Public Speaking class. I have those notes up there for testing purposes, and it will be replaced with all brand-new notes come this fall, when I take my new classes, including Java Programming 120. How do you guys like my new blog design?

Network Edit

I've been spending a lot of time lately in Photoshop and graphic design stuff, so I think it's about time to switch back over to IT stuff again. I usually go through periods in which I prefer to do one over the other. But, I've had some sparks of interest again for networking, so I'm thinking about re-designing the topology of my network. I have pencil/paper and Visio Pro 2002. Plus, I want to have IT stuff on my mind by the time I get back to classes in August, because Information Technology is my major. I still have a lot left to learn, so by no means am I a networking god, but I learn new things all the time, and I have just over 3 years left in college. But, I have this passion for learning networking, servers, security, etc..It's really fun to me, so it's why I picked it as a major, along with the fact it would probably be a lot easier to get a job in IT, than in Graphic Design.


Look at my new magazine I just got in the mail Posted by Hello

Get ready for a "Whoaaa"

Get ready for a new re-design of the blog in the next 24-48 hours from now. It's going to be a lot different than what I have now, and I have a feeling it's going to be the best redesign to date.

Oh, and one more thing. I'm also going to be working on the sidebar for the next day or so. It'll come to be known as "The Sidebar You Can't Live Without" (or MySidebar version 1.0). It's going to be awesome. As you can see now, there's a download section, and I plan on doing stuff like "What mood am I in?", "What music am I listening to?", "Security Threats and Patches", etc.
[Cody is Listening to: Ludacris - Act a fool]

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Sex Comes To My City (and yours, too)


You know, I didn't have HBO for that long, and I missed a lot of good shows. I did catch about 4 episodes of The Sopranos, durring it's first season or so, and it was pretty good. But getting rid of HBO combined with the fact that I missed the first season, I never watched Sex and the City before. I've always wanted to watch it, but never had the chance. So tonight, TBS is going to show the first episode of the first season, and they will play the whole first season over the course of the next months. So I'm taking this opportunity to catch it from the begining, and keep on watching it. I need a new show to watch and keep up with. The Real World on MTV can only take you so far with keeping you happy with a new show each week, so I'm going to branch out, and experience some new television shows. If you haven't seen Sex and the City, and you've been wanting to watch it, tonight's your night. It comes on at 10/9 central (I'm in central time zone, so 9PM for me). Oh, and my readers, if you've seen this show before, comment and tell me if it's good or not, but don't ruin any suprises for me!

EDIT: There's a catch (and you knew there had to be one. Look what I just read on TV Gudie:)

"Today through Saturday, the network is running 10 of the series' most memorable episodes---two per day, back-to-back. Tonight's double feature begins with Carrie agreeing to be a model for a charity event. It's followed by the show that introduced viewers to Steve (David Eigenberg). The series' regular run begins next Tuesday, when TBS airs back-to-back episodes weekly."

Damn, which means I won't be watching it in chronological order. They're starting off with Episode 50 (Season 4). Oh well, I'll keep watching it on TBS, but I'll probably just rent the DVDs, or go buy them. It'll still be fun times, either way. I'll make a post after tonight's two episodes, and let you know if I liked them.

EDIT #2: I just finished watching both episodes that aired tonight, and I thought it was pretty funny and entertaining, so I will continue watching it.

Bad Weather, BAD!

So I decided that today would be the day that I go do some stuff that I needed to do. I needed to go to the University of South Alabama, and drop off some papers reguarding my finacial aid for Fall 04 and Spring 05 semesters, and I also wanted to go to BestBuy to ask about their "GeekSquad" that they are putting together (they do housecalls to fix people's computers and stuff). I get to South Alabama, go to the 2nd floor on the Admin building, and go into the finacial aid office, and drop off my papers. That was easy. So then, I leave there, and head towards the mall (about a 10-15 minute drive from South Alabama), and I arrive at BestBuy. By this time, it's raining like a mother, and it's hard to see out the window it's raining so hard. Oh yeah, I picked a "perfect" day to do this (well, it's looked semi-decent when I left my house, no rain). So I wait in the car for a few minutes, until the rain dies down some, and run into BestBuy. I asked to speak with a manager, and the person I asked was the manager, lol. So, I asked him about the "GeekSquad", and he tells me that they will be kicking it off in about a month from now. He said he wasn't interested in taking my resume (they don't do that at BestBuy), and told me I needed to sign up online, come back in a week, ask the manager to pull up my application I completed online, and if I passed the application, then they will schedule me for an interview. Clearly, I was pissed, I'm risking my life in the crazy rain to speak to an asshole about a job. They must not care about their employees there, because it seems so inpersonal, the whole "sign up online, we don't care about youer resume" attitude. Here's some photos I took today, and you can see for yourself:



I'm driving to South Alabama, look, lots of cars!

Walking to the administration building at my college

Inside the elevator, to go to the 2nd floor, to the financial aid office

Leaving the administration building, after dropping off my important papers

Driving to BestBuy, it starts to rain, it's light rain

Getting closer to BestBuy, the rain is a bitch

I arrive at BestBuy, it's still raining outside

The worst of the rain...it was so bad, I couldn't see the lines on the road...

Almost home, it's cleared up near where I live, it's not raining

Having a little fun on the road I live on (the road was dry, it was all cool) Posted by Hello

Monday, June 14, 2004

Suck Up To Me


I have a gmail invite to give away. Yes, I said I have a gmail invite to give away....OMFG!!!! LiKe, omgosh!!!!1 lol

OK, first person to sign my comments and say "CypherXero is cool, thepOsin sucks, and lineman is smart", will get a gmail account. You HAVE to say that phrase in the comments, word for word. So the first person in the comments to say it wins. Just be sure to include your First Name, Last Name, and current e-mail address. Now, fight for it, my biatches! hehe

1 HOUR 11 MINUTES Later...

Chris Carpenter won the contest. All you other people were toooooooooooooo late. >:-()

Can't Go


I can't go anywhere today. I was planning on going to several places today, but the weather is really bad. I hate driving in bad weather, because the accident rate goes much higher. And nothing I have to do today is "mission critical", so I'll go when it gets clear out again, like tomorrow or something.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

A view from a college major

As I sit here, with the bright lamp as my only light, I type away on my laptop, listening to music on Winamp. Over the past view days I've pissed off people, lost friends, and thankfully, regained their friendship. Tomorrow I have to go to my University to drop off some papers reguarding my financial aid at South. And then I'm going over to BestBuy to look around, and talk to the manager about possible job openings. I'm bringing my trusty resume, that's been printed on high quality gloss paper. Ever since my grandmother past away, and since I've been out for summer, I've been in Photoshop, working like a madman to create something new. And I create at least 3 new things everyday in Photoshop. I have no idea why I'm wanting to create create create create, but something is driving me on to keep expanding my art. And I'm suprised at myself at what I'm doing in Photoshop now. Rewind a year or so, and my skills in Photoshop were nowhere near the quality I'm producing now. I'm thankful for all my art classes I took in High School (4 art classes in total), because I learned valuable skills, such as image composition, depth, typography, layouts, and all the right and wrong ways to draw an object.

It's almost 2 AM right now, so I think I'll go to bed now. I'll write an update in the blog, after tomorrow's drive around town. Maybe some photos, too.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Protecting my work






I've decided to take a step up now, before any problems arise in the future that I'm not prepared for. Since my Photoshop work takes a long time, and a lot of creativity goes into it, I've signed up with the Creative Commons Licensing Agreement. I put a code on my sidebar, you should see it over on the right side. If you click that little image, it will take you to a page explaining the copyright of the said works on this page. I'm also doing the same thing to my artwork website ( http://cypherxero.deviantart.com ). I'm using the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) to tag my artwork. Basically, you can't notice any difference whatsoever by looking at the image, but inside contains MetaData that has details of the license and the copyright holder, me.
[Cody is Listening to: Chingy - Right Thurr Remix ft. Trina/JD]

Friday, June 11, 2004

What music videos inspire you?

OK, I'm gonna post a little quiz. First, I'm going to list the music videos that inspire me to create, and then you guys can list your favorites in the comments. It doesn't have to be inpiration to create, it could be anything. Like jumping around like a madman while listening to Limp-Bizkit or something. Or whatever. So, here's my list of music videos that inspire me to create: (if it's a link, click on it to watch the video). I couldn't link directly to the videos, but I did link to the page their on, just find the song title and click on it.

Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit
Linkin Park - Numb
Linkin Park - PTS.OF.ATHRTY
The Rise - [Don't know the song title]
Madonna - Frozen
Orgy - Fiction (Dreams in Digital)
Mushroomhead - Sun Doesn't Rise

Thursday, June 10, 2004

They stay in the shadows, and follow in my footsteps, and other's don't care about me

Time for a rant post. These are rare. But I have a few things I'd like to address. My artwork. And a girl.

There are some people out there that have zero creativity and zero original ideas. But they want recognition. They want to steal someone else's ideas, and make it seem as if they came up with it. Now, I'm not saying that I'm the first and only person to come up with ideas about certain styles of artwork. It's proabably been done to death by lots of other people. But that's not what I'm arguing for. I'm mad at the people who look at my work, and try to replicate it. And then run with that idea. See, the main differences are that I've not looked and studied someone else's artwork so much that I replicate it. (I did a Max Payne parody, but that was understood that I was going to replicate it, and it was for fun). These people are ripping my ideas that I came up with. Plus, they can't even pull it off right, no Photoshop skills at all.

And another thing, separate from that arguement.

Many peope may not know this, but a girl named Jamie and I have been really close since we met, months ago. I met her on thepOsin, and she was a mod. Her handle was m4gikgrl. We've been "online dating"..wait, I don't think I can even call it that, since it seemed she was disinterested in the whole idea (even though she never said it, I could tell). She seemed to have a lack of wanting to care about talking to me, like she'd rather not talk to me. Oh, and don't start with the whole online dating BS in the comments, either. I understand what it is. Anyway, I wrote her an e-mail, telling her it's best that we get space now. Meaning zero communication.

This is life. Life of an IT major. And if you complain about this post in the comments, I don't see how because I'm sure each and everyone of my readers gets pissed about something. And this is me letting loose with writing.

OK, I got that off my chest. Remember this rant, because I don't do too many rants. But sometimes...somethings gotta give. And I hope I didn't offend any readers. This blog is a window into my life, and it's way too complex for even I to know where my life is going.

Next blog post will be a lot calmer.

Expanding my digital artwork


I just got myself a copy of Corel Draw 8. I have no idea how to use it right now, but I'm sure I'll learn it pretty fast. I'm going to use it to help create vector art for my Photoshop artwork. Also, I have another post coming up soon tonight, it's a must read. I have a few things going on in my life that's just pissing me off to no ends. You'll hear more about that soon. And damn, it's hot in my room. Too much tech = way too hot.

Recovery: Failed

Thanks to wyckedone, I downloaded this awesome software called "Easy Recovery Pro 6". It scanned my hard drive, and found all my files I had deleted, all 4.7GB worth. I selected to have them recovered, and had it copy the files to my MAIN hard drive on my server (that hard drive works fine). So, After waiting 40 minutes to have my PSD files recovered, I discovered that I could not open them in Photoshop, due to some kind of internal file error within the newly recovered file. I guess when it served it's time in "hell", it got overwritten with data somehow, and screw my PSD files up.

But I'm going to try to look past all that, and start anew with my Photoshop PSD files (my artwork that I've created). I only wanted to keep all of those PSD files just incase I needed to re-edit one of my artworks (like change the text, etc..) But I can't do that anymore.

Now, I'm gonna start storing a COPY of my PSD files on my Server, and use ShadowCopy to help recover lost files. I couldn't use ShadowCopy this time, since my files weren't backed up at my ShadowCopy interval.

I Lost a bunch of my fuckin' files

Yeah, I fucked up. Sorry the the language, but I feel it's called for in this situation. OK, here's what happened:

My harddrive on my laptop was getting full (I have a 40GB HD, and I have about 4.9GB of free space left). So I decided to copy a bunch of files over to my server's secondary hard drive (40GB on it, it had nothing on it). So I transfer ALL of my PSD files over to it (PSD files are Photoshop format files, they contain a lot of extra info, like layers, so you can re-edit or change the image). OK, that worked fine.......

But the stupid ass secondary hard drive on my server failed, crashed, or something, and now I can't read my secondary hard drive! I've tried everything, from remounting it in Server 2003, to Scandisk, to defrag, and I even used some 3rd party software to try and scan the sectors and see if I can recover my data. It's a no-go. I just lost my fucking PSD files.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

No, I didn't disappear, I'm still here

I know, I know, my blog is slowing down, due to lack of updates. But, there's nothing really going on around here, nothing worth talking about, nothing exciting. Damn, I can't belive I'm about to tsay this, but I wish Fall semester would start already! I wanna have something to talk about, and I want to have new daily adventures in the world, lol.

My dad and I are trying to start up a little computer help business, help try to bring in some extra money. I can't get hired anywhere, all because of these High School kids who just recently got out of school for summer, and are filling the jobs left and right, which leaves nada for me. It sucks. Next semester (or maybe Spring semester 04), I'm going to try to get an internship at a computer company, and I'm going to go through my school's career services to help out.

But yeah, I'm still here, sorry about the lack of updates. Maybe something cool will happen to me soon, so I can blog it.

Friday, June 04, 2004

A picture is worth a thousand words


Man, I have "car lag". I've been driving around most of the day, trying to find the hidden little photo studios. I've had my laptop in the passenger seat, with Map Point 2004 open, trying to chart my way into strange places. Lets see, here's what's happened so far today.

I woke up at 7:30 AM, and started to burn multiple copies of my portfolio video, and print out enough copies on my resume. After I did all of that, I made sure I knew the first place I was going to go, and the 1st place was familar. It was a Kinkos, about 25 minutes away from my house. So, I drive over there, go inside, and ask to speak to someone about hiring. A few minutes later, they come back and tell me that I have to sign up online at their website. But I left them with my resume, just incase. And I'm going to go to their website tonight to fill out an application. I went back to my car, and the key would not turn in my ignition. It was almost as if it was locked and couldn't turn an inch. After about 4 minutes of trying to get it to work, I walk in to some women's clothing department (I was parked RIGHT outside there, right near the Kinkos). I go inside and ask to use the phone. I call my dad, and he tells me some stuff to try, like make sure it's in Park (which I tried that already). He then says to turn the wheel a little bit, and then try the key again. Well, that tricked worked, and I was so happy. My dad was like "I can't believe you didn't know that!". Well, no one told me, lol.

So then I drive to this little photo studio about 5-7 miles away, on Sage Ave. It was a REALLY small building, and had only 1 old man there, running the place. He told me they're not really hiring right now, they're just trying to stay alive (meaning that their business is going real slow), but I gave him my resume and told me he can call me if he needs anyone. He then showed me a photograph, the original was BADLY damaged (looked like an old 1930's photo), and another photo to the right of it. The 2nd photo was nicely cleaned up and restored back to it's original condition. He asked how much I would charge to do that (restore photos), and I said $50 per photo. He told me "that's not a bad price". I then went to a 3rd place, called "Calagaz Photos", and I put in my resume and portfolio video, and they said they might contact me. After that, I went to find another photo studio, and I had a map, but I couldn't find the damn road to save my life. I swear I was going in the right direction. So after that 20 minute delay of trying to find a 4th place, I was getting real hungry (I hadn't had breakfast), and so I decided to stop off at my favorite resturant, JR's Smokehouse BBQ. I ordered a BBQ sandwich, coke, and fries. They have free Wi-Fi there, so I did some web browsing and stuff while I ate. So if you saw me on AIM, or TD, or CHF around 11PM or so, that was me at lunch.

After that nice and relaxing time, I went real close to downtown Mobile, on Springhill Ave. This was a tough place to find, the 5th place I tried to go. It was off in "the ghetto" of Mobile, and it was kinda a run-down place, with a lot of history. I then found "Davis Photoraphy", and went in to ask about hiring. The lady that worked there said that the manager is out of town, and won't be back until like a week from now. She gave me his business card, and I gave her my resume and portfolio video. After that, I was so worn out, so I took a 20 minute drive from there, to go to my favorite coffee shop, "Carpe Diem". Which is where I am right now, sipping on a coffee, and writing on my laptop. It feels good in here, the cold air is on. Well, I'm about to head home, finish up my post there, and take a nap.

And now, I'm back home. I'm going to sleep now. What a long day.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Going on a job hunt tomorrow, with Photoshop as my guide

I've decided to go on yet another job hunt. But this time, I'm doing things differently. I've created a special re-working of my Art Portfolio video, and I got the_d from the Computer Help Forums to help me create that video into a SWF file, that autoruns in full screen, on a CD. So I got the ISO from him, burned it, and looks great. Also, I've printed out my resume, and I will hand prospective employers my Portfolio CD, and my resume. I'll be driving to a lot of Photo Studios, Photo Retouching labs, and a Kinkos. I will amaze them with my Photoshop skills.

I know I'm an Information Technology major, but I don't wanna sit here and let my skills from Photoshop go unused, and if I can make some money from it to help out in college, the better. I'll be blogging on how everything goes. So stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

What's up in the world of Cody?

I've had my head stuck in Photoshop and the Computer Help Forums for the past few days (or is that EVERYDAY, lol). Here's a few things I've done with my time:


A drawing of Uma Thurman, done in Photoshop (click for large image)

A photo of myself, created to have a "Max Payne" look to it, took like an hour (click for large image)

A cool wallpaper I created in Photoshop (click for large image) Posted by Hello

And a bunch of kickass Photoshop Video Tutorials!

So yeah, that's what I've been up to? What have you been up to?