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Garrett Quotes

The Jungle

[toy/person] is lost in the jungle!

Garrett – Age 1
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Garrett Quotes

Don’t say that!

Don’t say that!

Garrett – Age 1
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Misc

Back to School

It’s almost time for school again. I can’t say that I’m not looking forward to having class and learning again, though it will come at a price of my free time. Free time which, I have to say, I’ve been enjoying as of late, despite the lack of games.

I always find a way to entertain myself, and this website is usually a good outlet for creative pursuit. Optimization and crafting clean CSS/HTML is always fun, plus I briefly toyed with Google’s AngularJS,which is quite neat. In fact, I may put my skills to the test using Angular by building an “app” for my employer, using the technology I’m familiar with.

I’m also excited to finally finish the prerequisite math courses that I need to really get into my core classes. Since I didn’t do that well on my entrance exam’s math portion, I’ve been paying for it in spades with beginner math courses that I, apparently, needed after such along hiatus from High School.

Now that I have some courses that don’t require long term papers, I think it will be up to this blog to help hone some of my English skills. May FSM have mercy on it’s soul.

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Awesome Misc

Noodlers

Noodler’s Bad Heron Blue

So, I love fountain pens. It’s a new hobby of mine to collect and tryout various kinds along with different nibs and inks. While its a bit expensive and probably more than a little esoteric, I find that having a nice writing implement with a unique color is very much my style.The pens I tend to buy are understated and if you didn’t really pay attention, you might mistake them for a standard ballpoint or marker.

There are lots of different inks to choose from, too. I had picked up some ink in the form of Lamy’s black (as my first pen was a Lamy I thought that it might make sense to try their ink). I then sampled a bunch from Pilot, Diamine to Waterman’s. All very good inks, if a little expensive for a full bottle.

Noodler’s is probably better known for their “54th Mass” line of ashy blue. They’re also known for everything being made here in America, a kind of small miracle given the severe lack of interest in anything but ball-point pens here.

All-in-all it was a good purchase. The site I keep linking to is Goulet Pens, a family-run pen supply company up in Ashland, VA. I really like his prices for supplies and they pack things almost to a comically overdone extent to ensure nothing breaks en-route. I try to give them as much business as possible. While I like saving money as much as the next guy, there is something to be said about customer service in this age.Plus they drop a free Tootsie Roll Pop in the box with your stuff. Win!.

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Awesome

Fitbit is Awesome

I seem to have an on-and-off relationship with technology. Either it’s working in near seamless harmony with me, or as it seems lately: it conspires to end me through stress, messed up configurations and endless errors.

My wife, however, seems to have a perfectly reasonable relationship with technology. That is until the price point hovers somewhere between $100to $500. It’s at this point bizarre things begin happening. Her iPhone,shortly after getting it, decided it didn’t like connecting to most WiFi access points (except for those at the store…).

Recently, she purchased a Fitbit to track steps with me and help get in shape with me. Things seemed to be nice and dandy for a week or so, that is until her Fitbit stopped charging what-so-ever.

She dutifully contacted Fitbit via e-mail and, as they stated they contacted her back to say that they’d be happy to help. Since she purchased her Flex through a retailer, they suggested that she try there first. They also said that if they were unwilling to return/exchange the product that they would do so without question. The retailer in question (Target) did without hesitation, and now she is beating my pants off via steps.

Customer service is a rare thing today. Good companies do it well and generally have a strong following. I guess that I’ve had so many bad customer service experiences (looking at you, Acquia) that I had almost been sworn off contacting them when something goes wrong. I know that,as someone who works in IT, delaying or hiding the problem doesn’t get anything fixed and only breeds resentment on both sides of the equation,but the having to slog through the same troubleshooting steps and having to repeat the same questions to eight different representatives, as I get passed around like an unwanted fruit cake during the holidays.

So, *thank you* Fitbit. You’ve done my wife and I a solid. I didn’t trust you initially because I don’t like it when I can’t get the data you’re collecting on me, but the excellent Flex and the incredible service have given you a shiny gold star in my eyes.