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While I have not yet posted the remaining photos from the trip (why are the last ones always the most difficult to move off the camera?), I wanted to share a photo of the results of the hair cut I received while in Minnesota. He lopped off almost 4 inches! I feel so free!

In other exciting news, the office is presently undergoing renovations.  The entire IT department is being more or less overlooked, but they’re going to re-paint and carpet our area, so it’s not all bad.  The problem is, we have no storage room!  So while the phone guys were re-wiring our server room, we had to remove all of our stuff from it.  Guess who’s office became the new storage facility!

That’s my chair on the lower left there.  It has been challenging, concentrating while the sounds of construction workers ripping up carpet and knocking down walls surround us, but we’re enduring!  How nice that the Agents were relocated to another office during the construction.  I work entirely from a laptop, and thanks to a now broken chair that we’re awaiting a replacement for, I have taken the liberty of relocating myself to the home office for half days.

Our department isn’t the only one being shuffled about:  The Accounting department is having their carpet replaced and walls painted today and they have a great deal more heavy stuff to relocate then we do.  Thankfully for them, they have a storage room which holds most of it.

I sometimes dream of working for a company that actually cares about it’s IT department.  Ours is so frequently treated like nothing more than a debilitating disease which attacks profit.  …and steals candy from little children.  Oh, also a handy scapegoat.

No Comments Written by in Life at 7:56 am

Ever since the first release of Portal, I have been an ecstatic fangirl.  I used to play tons of video games, but these days, I find too many other things that seem more interesting to do (like making websites, or entertaining guests and such.  What happened to me?  Anyway).  Portal grabbed me and re-taught me what a spectacular gaming experience could be.  After an experience like that, I started seeing other games-  2K’s Borderlands, I was floored by the story in Bioware’s Mass Effect 2, but for gameplay, nothing could possibly compete with the simple, brilliant, intuitive and challenging levels of Portal… Except maybe a sequel.

My dreams have come true.  Not only is this sequel continuing an interesting storyline, bringing back old characters and concepts; it introduces a whole new world of possibilities for ways to enjoy the game.

First and foremost, it has a Co-op player mode.

There’s also a robust and story packed 1st person campaign that I can’t wait to explore:

Then there’s the host of all new interesting toys to add to their puzzles.

2011 can’t come soon enough!

No Comments Written by in Games at 8:56 am

Sep 02 2010 New friend

I have a new friend here at work.  He is very curious.

5 Comments Written by in Amusing at 12:45 pm

Having used both jQuery and MooTools in various projects, it’s safe to say that both are extremely useful in the right applications, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other. No one could explain this better then Aaron Newton (MooTools contributor and author of “MooTools Essentials“):

If you go to the jQuery site, here’s what it says at the top of the page:

jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.

…and if you go to MooTools, this is what you’ll find:

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

I think this really sums it up. If you ask me (and you’re reading this, so I’ll assume you just have), the question isn’t about which framework is better or worse. It’s which one of these things above do you want to do? These two frameworks just aren’t trying to do the same things. They overlap in the functionality they provide, but they are not trying to do the same things.

I tend to use jQuery because of it’s smaller footprint and wider capabilities, but in my experience, MooTools tends to be a bit more precise then jQuery, so it still has a place in my arsenal.

No Comments Written by in Web Development at 6:00 am