I believe my subconsciousness needs my life to be somewhat of a circus or at least a little strange. Today I got home a little late because Wednesday is my volunteer day. I went into my room without much thought, changed and started out my door to go take a shower. I then noticed a note on my door that said to not be startled there might be a large black dog hanging out in the bathtub. Sure enough I went to the bathroom and a big black dog was staring at me.
In my current adoption of Google Guice I ran across a link to Google Collections, an extension of the Java Collections API much like Apache Commons Collections. They both make the Collections API easier to use by providing additional common convenience classes and extra useful data structures. The benefit of Google's effort is that it lives in the land of Generics, while Apache's project needs a big refactor and rewrite to be updated. Looks like any of my new projects will be going with Google.
Sony's CEO proves to us that he gets it: Guardrails for the Internet: Preserving Creativity Online. Here's the paraphrased recap: "I don't like the Internet because it takes away control and power from the people at the top." Of course he gets it. He completely understands that the Internet without so-called "guardrails" negatively impacts the status quo power structure. The power structure that lines pockets of the people in control with dollar bills.
Just got back from NYC where I discovered how much I like Brooklyn. I think having a bunch of artist friends gives me a nice perspective on the NYC borough. Funny actually, only one "direct" friend remains in NYC. The people there now are friends-of-friends, but obviously I consider them my friends. Interesting people doing interesting things and also providing some cool connections into the film and publishing industries...
I took Mega Bus which is a double-decker bus that stops in Hartford, CT. I like being separated from the bathroom just in case something bad happens. It also has wi-fi and the seat I had going to NYC had an outlet, but the seat coming back didn't appear to have one. Additionally Mega Bus uses Back Bay station which is the closest T stop for me so it's convenient.
I'll be back in June!
I decided that gyms can suck it and I'll figure out a workout I can do at home with minimal equipment and still build muscle. Maybe not get ripped but get stronger and faster. Sure everyone knows push-ups and crunches but there's a big world out there of some awesome exercises:
Not that I ever really needed to justify going hiking or why I recommend it to anyone else, but for those stubborn people who need quantitative measurements to enjoy life:
Both uphill and downhill hiking reduced LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Only hiking uphill reduced triglyceride levels. The study's surprise finding was that hiking downhill was nearly twice as effective as uphill hiking at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.
But I found this obviously true but still hilarious to hear:
In fact, they found that taking a hike in the countryside reduces depression, whereas walking in a shopping center increases depression.
My aunt, the one my mom "gave" me to, the family story teller, has passed away today in Vietnam. Her stories are the stuff of movies. The fire, sorrow and discipline in her eyes are my inspiration.
See the last post.
Because when all is said and done that's what we leave behind.
I didn't think I'd be doing desktop Java any more with the prevalence of rich internet applications (RIA) and my background in Adobe Flex thanks to Thetus. Here I am though realizing that one of the greatest hurdles in medical informatics is the lack of user tools for epidemiologists and public health researchers. So I'm getting into the "swing" of things again and picking up Java Swing and SWT development.
I believe I am being consistent in my choice of the more challenging road when it comes to my core values. I live by the idea that I will always take the mountain with the steepest cliffs and climb as high as I can, even if the fall is inevitable. As always I'm a man of process. I might be the loser in the end but I want to walk away walking a path that I will always cherish and a story that others dream of... a story others write movies about.