FXX Simpson’s marathon

Joni and I watched a good chunk of the FXX network Simpson’s television show marathon. I’m not sure it was a good idea to play every Simpson’s episode back to back, but it was entertaining.

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Traveling from Denver to Cleveland

The next 30 minutes will be devoted to stream of consciousness based writing. I’m stuck on a flight to Cleveland, Ohio today. For some reason, traveling to Cleveland does not seen to be all that inspiring. Maybe it will be a good trip. This morning I managed to get to the airport about 3 hours early. That gave me enough time to grade an entire week worth of business ethics papers. Last quarter, I was able to teach strategic planning for business. That class was actually pretty enjoyable to teach. This term, I’m enjoying reading the book and thinking about business ethics this term. I have had a lot of time think about things while flying around the country.

I’m pretty sure that the flight attendant from Frontier Airlines just wanted to charge me for a soda. It seems like the airlines are quickly trying to charge for just about anything. I keep a water bottle with me on flights. I have been trying to drink less soda this year. For the most part the plan to drink less soda has been working.

Apparently, the Emmy Awards on television tonight. I paid the 5 dollars to be able to watch television during the flight. During the flight I ended up watching 30 minutes of Alton Brown talking about curry powder and about two hours of CNBC. The pundits are pretty focused on how many awards Netflix will win tonight. The second season of House of Cards was pretty good. I’ll probably continue to watch the series.

Yesterday I attended a fantasy football draft at Scott’s house. Yahoo analytics gave my draft a “B” grade based on instant analysis. I have been playing both fantasy football and fantasy baseball. For the most part, the entire league mocked my draft. I had tried to corner the market on kickers, but that did turn out to be a viable strategy.

Last week during my trip to Chicago I realized just how heavy my work laptop gets while walking a mile. Lenovo ThinkPad computers might last a long time, but the older ones are truly heavy. My HP Envy X2 laptop is easy to carry around. Carrying around the ThinkPad really took a toll on my shoulder.


Nels Traveling

Nels Traveling Picture in Picture Photo

Over the last few weeks, I have done a large amount of traveling. I have traveling all over the Midwest. I even managed to try out the picture in picture mode on my HTC One Max.


Employment Update: I got lucky this time. I really did. On Friday two paychecks came. It lined up perfectly this time. Things could have worked out differently. It was time to make a change. In terms of employment options, I’m fairly risk adverse. The choice to make a change was pretty easy to make. People seem to be transitioning from job to job more often. Throughout my career I have taken changing companies very seriously. Making an employment change seems like a life event. I know most of the changes are not major life events, but they are serious changes.

Weblog Update: Let’s change directions for a minute… I’m going to change up my writing habits. Conducting research brings me joy. Research can easily take on a variety of forms. Over the years, I have always enjoyed conducting research and writing reviews. On a go forward basis, I will be conducting research and writing reviews to publish online. That research will be mixed into my functional journal.

Daily Notes Update: I used to keep each day worth of notes in a separate file. I have been doing that for years. Opening a new document and starting fresh has always been a fundamental part of my process. I’m going to transition to keeping notes in a single file. This change is being initialed to help facilitate the publishing process. The change will be effective as of August 1, 2014.

One Drive Sync Problems

Frustrating. Computer problems can be very frustrating. A computer software problem wasted a few hours of my time. It has been happening for about a week. It happens every time a user saves a Microsoft Office 365 Word 2013 document. During the One Drive save process the entire thing crashes and restarts. You can imagine that this type of problem is frustrating in a very epic way.

One Drive runs natively within Microsoft Windows 8.1. The application does not appear to have a repair function. Other people seem to be having similar problems. The specific error includes the verbiage, “There was a problem signing you into OneDrive.” Most of the troubleshooting advice surrounds checking to make sure the “OneDrive Sync engine host” application is running. I was able to force a restart of the One Drive sync service by hitting the Windows key + r to get a run dialogue box then typing “skydrive.exe /reset”.

That command forced the One Drive application to sync. The sync took several hours. That command did remove the “There was a problem signing you into OneDrive” that occurred anytime the application was opened. However, the main problem related to saving Microsoft Office 365 Word 2013 documents remains. Every time a document is saved to One Drive the application restarts. Documents can be saved locally. The whole point of the One Drive service revolves around saving to the cloud. Right now that functionally is broken. The Microsoft support team needs to encourage One Drive developers to provide a few more troubleshooting options.

World Cup League Update

Today is the big day for my “World Soccer Pick’em” league. Without any real soccer knowledge I have managed to climb the ladder to 2nd place in the league. Picking the correct score on the Germany vs. Argentina game today will make the difference between winning and losing the league.

Android Application Management Day

My HTC One Max has been running a little slow this week. One of the Android applications probably has run amuck burning battery and making me sad. The phone has been restarted and any applications that are not currently being used have been uninstalled. The Chili’s restaurant to-go application, Yahoo Baseball, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, Netflix, and Cisco Jabber have all been uninstalled. We will see if the recent purge creates an improvement.

Website Update

I switched out the rolling homepage for a static post. I’m going to give it a week and see how I feel about the change. Today took a strange turn when I decided to watch Season 1 of The League on Netflix.