Welcome to the front-page of my Functional Journal! Right now I’m focused on completing a new book tentatively titled, “Multichannel Contact Strategy for Campaigns.” I’m endeavoring to write something everyday…
18 days ago… on launch day the Windows 10 Technical Preview became available to download. A clean install of the new operating system occurred on my ASUS Eee PC hard drive. That machine has been stable. This morning I downloaded a 32bit version of Windows 10 Technical Preview evaluation copy build 9841. That version was moved to an 8 gigabyte USB drive via the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. My HP Envy X2 is now sporting the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The install occurred without having to wipe out my files or settings. Everything seems to be going well so far.
I’m about to take my 2nd nonstop flight form Love Field Airport to Denver International Airport. Traveling to Dallas has been pretty stressful throughout the last two weeks. Everybody seems a little nervous. I have seen people using a lot more hand sanitizer than usual. Both the local newspapers and television stations have been fairly alarmist.
Amazon Prime services had one of new Halestorm albums available to download this week. I have downloaded a bunch of free Amazon Prime albums to listen to during flights. In general, Pandora streaming provides a better music experience, but sometimes I cannot get a stable internet connection.
My 2008 Honda Civic was totaled during the last hailstorm. I’m thinking about getting a new 2014 Honda Accord. What options do you have for me with a backup camera, Bluetooth, and XM radio?
The Kansas City Royals baseball organization has won 10 consecutive playoff games dating back to 1985. That is a mind boggling statistic. I watched part of ALCS game 3 last night from my hotel room in Dallas. Kauffman Stadium looked fantastic. Everyone at the stadium seemed to be truly having a great time during the game.
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The Southwest Airlines employees all seem pretty excited about “Nonstop LOVE 10.13.14” today. Apparently, I accidently booked my nonstop ticket to Love Field in Texas from Denver on the first day the flight is offered. I normally take the 5:50 AM American Airlines flight to DFW from Denver, but the 8:50 AM departure time seemed favorable.
The employees had cookies, streamers, and a news crew showed up. The end of the Wright Amendment seems to have opened up a few more nonstop flight options.
I’m not sure why Southwest Airlines executives have chosen to avoid flying to Hawaii. Most of the flights to Hawaii seem pretty expensive. I slept through most of my last flight to Maui, Hawaii. It seemed to be a pretty long flight and I remember people had boxes with fresh pineapples. We brought back a bunch of coffee, but we did not get any pineapples. Most of the Hawaiian coffee I have had over the years seemed rather mild. I want to go back for a vacation at some point. It could be fun.
Over the course of the last few months, I have become convinced that airline flights are experiencing more turbulence than before. I’m not sure if it is related to the time of year or if the Jetstream is just bumpy. The Southwest Airlines crew provided me a cookie, lightly salted peanuts, and some pretzels during the flight. For the second trip in a row I was able to remember my Nalgene water bottle. Denver International Airport water fountains areas include a special station to fill up water bottles. They seem to work pretty well. I fill up my 16 ounce water bottle before each flight. I have saved myself about $20 in bottle water fees so far.
During my travels to Dallas, Texas I have not made a large effort to see all the local area attractions. For the most part on work trips I mostly work, eat, and sleep. During the course of this trip I’m going break my habits and including going to the gym in that list.
For the first time in a couple years, I’m taking a break from teaching an online class this quarter. I’m going to focus on Android application development for the next three months. I already have a list of games to build. I’m going to write a sandbox game this week and go through the motions of taking it to market next week.
My Bose Quiet Comfort headphones are starting to wear down. The head strap needs to be replaced. I might be able to find a Bose store in Dallas. About a year ago I replaced the ear pads on the headphones. That was a relatively painless procedure. Changing out the head strap padding might be a little more involved. The pad coating has started to flake off. I have had these headphones for a number of years. I’m not sure why I keep repairing them. I pretty much only use them during airline flights. A number of new types of noise canceling headphones have hit the market since the first generation Bose units. Some of the new designs will even take up less space in my Timbuk2 messenger bag.
On the topic of Nature Box snacks – I have to admit that the entire sample box lasted about 45 minutes. I ate every one of the sample snacks in one sitting. I had meant to eat lunch, but ended up powering through the entire sample box in one grazing session. The snacks were pretty decent. I immediately ordered my next full box to give the delivery service a try. I tried the service to support Leo Laporte’s broadcasting company. The first big box will provide enough data points to decide if keeping the service will be worthwhile or if I should cancel Nature Box deliveries. I watched episode 270 of This week in Google (TWIG) during the flight. Gina, Jeff, and Leo were the best part of the flight.
The first nonstop DEN to DAL flight seems to be rather uneventful. I really do like watching the Southwest Airlines flight tracker application update during flights. Every flight should have WIFI.
Both of my fantasy football lineups are set for the day. This year I’m working out of both the ESPN and the Yahoo Sports fantasy football applications. I picked up JJ Watt on the waiver wire today. I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to bye week drop the potential defensive MVP. My Comcast XFINITY X1 box has a lot of capabilities, but it does not have the total NFL package. Today will probably include watching the NFL RedZone channel.