June 2008 Blog Posts

Stoked about the NIN concert

I had always enjoyed Nine Inch Nails’ music.  But it wasn’t until Kelly explained to me that NIN is really just one guy, Trent Reznor, that I really became a fan.  Frankly, when Kelly told me about this, at first I didn’t quite believe it.  But then I went and read up on Trent and NIN, and was blown away.  What Trent does and how he composes his music is very unique and impressive.  I’ve now become addicted to his music. Kelly saw a NIN concert several years ago and has said it was simply amazing.  When the 2006...

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Feedback (0)

Improper Assumptions

We are in the final stretch of moving into our townhouse in Redmond.  We have to be out of the apartment by Tuesday morning in fact.  One of the tasks that's been on my plate since we bought the townhouse was to adjust the water heater to a manageable temperature, as it seems to have been set to "Melt your skin." I finally got enough boxes out from in front of the water heater that I was able to somewhat comfortably look at it.  I just had to figure out where the thermostat is.  There are 2 "doors" that...

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2008 5:49 AM | Feedback (0)

Big Brother

Back in May, a couple hours after we arrived at the temporary apartment in Redmond, we pulled the laptop out to jump online.  Aboda furnishes their apartments with wireless cable modems, which is very nice.  We needed to pull up directions to go to dinner, and my instinct was to hit Google Maps, but since I was about to start working at Microsoft, I thought I'd give that Live Maps thing a try! The first thing I clicked when I got to the site was "Directions."  Then, I put the cursor in the "from" box and then paused, trying to remember...

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:08 AM | Feedback (1)

Property Changed Events

When creating a class that can be used with data binding, you have to implement the INotifyPropertyChanged interface.  This interface requires that you have an event for PropertyChanged, specifying PropertyChangedEventArgs that provide the property name that was changed. Here’s what I mean: 1: public class Person : System.ComponentModel.INotifyPropertyChanged 2: { 3: private string _name; 4:  ...

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Feedback (4)

I don't like magic anymore

Growing up, I always liked magic.  I actually spent a significant portion of my childhood earnings at a local magic shop in Milford, Ohio.  I remember vying for the really fancy tricks, but I always had to settle for the simpler, cheaper tricks.  I have always been excited to see magic performed and try to figure out how it might be done.  When The Illusionist came out on DVD, I watched and loved it.  Then I saw The Prestige, which blew The Illusionist away.  (If you haven't seen The Prestige, go add it to your Netflix list right now, it's...

posted @ Monday, June 2, 2008 10:14 PM | Feedback (1)