Job Appreciation

I had a moment of extreme amusement today as I stepped outside my normal everyday routine to realize that not many people have jobs which entail them entering the subject “Mutant goo tub is really shiny” or “Crazy rock around goo lake” into a database.

Coolest keyboard ever

Once again it is time to spread my geeky joy and evangelize!
I recently started using the Logitech G15 keyboard at work. Awesome. First off, I love the feel of the keys. They are just a pleasure to press. A lot of people might dismiss this keyboard because one of the big features is the LCD screen on it, which in my opinion, is just the icing on the cake. The LCD is cool, but it’s not the biggest selling point to me. It normally displays time and date, and can also display CPU and RAM usage if you like. For games that build in support for it, it can also show game relevant information like your characters health, or a mission objective.
Aside from the feel, the coolest thing to me were the “G” keys. 18 keys in 3 groups of 6 on the left side of the keyboard Which can be totally customized to do just about anything you want. you can set them up to open your favorite programs, or even execute macros, which can be very helpful in games or other programs to easily execute pretty much anything that can be done with keystrokes. For example you could program the keys to open various game menus or execute certain powers. Maybe you normally have to type “//godmode on” to enable god mode, but now you could just set up a macro so that if you hit the G1 key it automatically does that. One key press and god mode is on!
While it is touted as a gaming keyboard, these functions could easily be as useful in any of your everyday programs. If 18 keys isn’t enough, there’s actually three different sets of 18 which are selectable with the M1-M3 keys above them for a total of 54. As if that weren’t enough you can also set up profiles which you can switch manually or which will load up automatically with a certain program. For example I have a “City of Heroes” profile which automatically loads up when I’m playing that game and has all the keys and macros I want within that game, but if I switch back to my email program then it either uses the profile for that program or else the default profile if I don’t have a program specific profile.
The keys are all lit from underneath with a blue glow, and it has the usual media dedicated buttons such as play/pause, stop, next/previous track and a volume wheel. Even though there is no ergonomic version of this yet, I will be ditching my ergonomic keyboard at home in favor of this one. It is far too cool. Now that I use it at work, I could never go back.

And I thought I was just kidding!

As I’ve made several posts lately expressing my joy for all things Google, I’ve made passing and joking comments about the “Cult of Google” and Google taking over the world and such.
Per haps I was closer to the truth than I knew!
How did I find this article? Through the news links on my Google home page.

Google overload!

I quit using the Google Toolbar when I switched to Firefox since it had a little search box in the browser. After checking out the most recent version, which is now compatible with the Firefox 1.5 Beta that I’m running, I once again have added the Google Toolbar to my browser. In addition to being able to do any kind of Google search (web page, images, etc.) it has built in spell checking for any web forms such as posting a message or creating a blog entry, it has an auto-fill function which can automatically fill in personal info for you so you don’t have to type your name and address every time, and some other pretty nifty features. Head over to the link above and check it out for yourself!

Charlie Brown and the Football

You ever feel like you’re in the role of Charlie Brown, and life is in the role of Lucy holding the football? Even though she always yanks the football away at the last second causing you to fall on your ass and get the wind knocked out of you, you keep thinking that this time is the time that she really means it when she says she won’t move the football.

Another Mitch Hedberg moment

I had another moment today where I felt I must have been posessed by Mitch Hedberg:

“I make six figures. Unfortunately the first one is a 0.”

Sexy dreams!

Involving me and Dr. Cuddy from “House”. That was unexpected.

The Amy Poehler Conspiracy Part 2

It all started with this entry and, of course, its accompanying haiku.Then tonight, I was watching Saturday Night Live and there was a skit about a group of friends who keep getting together for a series of funerals as they each die in various ways. In one part Amy Poehler turned to her boyfriend in the skit and said “Oh, Heath!” In the next part when they’re all at his funeral she explains “we were making love and he had a stroke.”
Coincidence? I think not! Amy Poehler totally wants me.
In other conspiracy news, when we were finished watching “Threshold” tonight I proclaimed “Alien conspiracy? Alright. Alien audio signal able to alter human DNA? Alright. Last minute plane ticket which was transferrable? I don’t think so!”

More fun with Google!

As I’m sure you all know by now, when I find some cool thing I feel the need to share it. I already knew about Google news and how you could totally customize it to show what you wanted, but today I found the customized Google home page. Just go to Google and click on “personalize this page” then go to town. It’s now my home page and every new tab I open loads it up showing me the news of my choice, miscellaneous daily tidbits, movie times, weather, my Gmail inbox and more. Geeky joy!

Pandora.com

Music lovers check out www.pandora.com. Very cool. You can make your own music station by putting in an artist or song and pandora then uses the Music Genome Project to “program” the station with stuff you might like. You can give songs a thumbs up or thimbs down to help train it. You can try it for free for 10 hours, and if you decide you dig it, it’s only $36 a year!
It’s quite in depth in it’s methodology. Let’s take a call from a listener! Hello, you’re on the air!

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