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WIRED NextFest 2007

September 18, 2007

To celebrate my birthday (which was Monday, September 17), Kevin and I met my mother and step-father at the LA Convention Center last Saturday for the 4th annual WIRED NextFest.

What is the WIRED NextFest? Basically, it’s like taking all the cool stuff you see in WIRED magazine and being able to pick it up and test it out. They described it as "a new world’s fair". There were a total of 160 exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. And those exibits ranged from innovations in communication, design, entertainment and exploration, to health, play, robots, transportation, security, and green living.

To say that we had fun was an understatement. There was SO much stuff to see and play with, it was a little overwhelming. At first, we didn’t know where to start! We ended up roaming from one section to another, but I’m sure that we missed some stuff along the way.

Since I can’t really share every single exibit we visited, I’ll share my two favorites.

Archouse with Greenlight

WIRED NextFest - Archouse with Greenlight

A not-quite-full-sized (okay, it was small) house, that you could walk through. It was decluttered and tastefully decorated with the newest and greatest eco-living furniture and accessories. A hanging lamp that grows plants? Check! A solar-powered curtain with light show? Check! Also included was a roof with grass growing on it, as well as several self-watering flower pots. Mmmm.. Off the grid goodness.

Light Harp

WIRED NextFest - Light Harp

As you entered the pavilion, this interactive harp was playing. To make music, you can use your fingers, arms, legs (or whatever) to break the red laser beams stretching from the top steel pipe to the lower steep pipe. All the electronics needed to power the Light Harp are embedded in the steel piping. Touching different points on the beams will make higher or lower sounds, and quick moves increase volume, while slow touches produce gentle music. So cool!

There you have it. If you want to see more, I may someday post a photo of two of the bazillion we took. 😉 Or you could just go to next year’s NextFest.. See you there?

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Long Overdue

May 15, 2007

Mmm.. where to start? Well, let’s see.. I’m still working and mostly enjoying it. It’s a job, though, ya know? Some days I love it, some days I want to just walk out and never look back. It’s frustrating, sometimes, to learn as you go for a job that is all about schedules and what gets done when. But, mostly, I like it. I do. It’s more of a personality issue than anything. It’s not that I don’t get along with my co-workers, it’s just.. well, I just know I’m weird and will always be weird. Most people just don’t get me and that’s fine. I have my select group of friends who do get me and they keep me sane and happy. 🙂

Outside of my job, I’ve have lots to blog about, but just haven’t brought myself to sit down at the computer and type it all down, until now.

Firstly and I must mention this again: Kevin graduated (again). That’s right! My Kevin is a graduate of USC with a Masters Degree in Computer Science. I am so insanely proud of him. Especially because I have about 50 million credits under my belt, but still no college degree, so with him and his second masters degree (first one was a MBA), it just makes me glow inside when I think of what he’s accomplished.

USC Graduation

Kevin’s parents drove in for the weekend to attend his ceremony, and they got there in the nick of time. It was SO packed full of people there that I swear I was coming close to fists fights to ward off people who wanted the saved seats near the front. Oy! That was on Friday.

On Saturday morning, we treated his mother to an early Mother’s Day brunch and then they were headed off back home. It was a short visit, but I am glad they got to see their son at another one of his shining achievements. He worked hard for it! I’m also glad Kevin got to see his mom for Mother’s Day. It’s hard to see them often since they are several hours away, by car, so it’s nice when he can spend some quality time with them.

At the beginning of the month, I went to the So Cal Renaissance Pleasure Faire with my mom and step-father, George. That was a day I needed. I got buzzed off honey mead, ate the best wild rice ever (followed by a monkey tail for dessert), threw tomatoes at a dude who was (playfully) insulting me and watched turtle races, among other things. A lot of people drink there (including some of the volunteer staff), so it’s full of craziness and the kind of fun you can only have when one is buzzed.

That same weekend, I went shopping for the bike I’ve wanted for oh… years now. I said I just wanted to look, as I didn’t expected to find the exact one I wanted, but there it was, in all it’s sparkly splendor. It’s a gorgeous blue-green Eureka Hawaiian beach cruiser with hibiscus flower accents, a wicker basket and silver bell.

Eureka Hawaiian Beach Cruiser. Yay!

I took it for a test drive at the beach last weekend, as it was finally warm enough to go without a jacket. Kevin came with me and stayed on the pier while reading a book, as I rode up and back to either "end" of the path, where the bike path branches off from the beach towards longer routes along the coast.

I hope to take it out again this weekend, if the breeze isn’t too stinging as it can be at the beach (especially lately with these cold snaps!). Kevin says he really enjoyed sitting on the pier and reading; said it was very relaxing. 🙂

So, that’s been my life the past month. Of course, there’s always the details that I feel guilty about not writing, because oddly enough, I personally enjoy being able to remember certain events just by reading what I wrote about them. Guess I gotta try a bit harder in keeping these posts up to date, hmm? 😉

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May 11, 2007

USC Graduation: Kevin's Graduation from USC with a Master's Degree in Computer Science on May 11, 2007.

Congratulations to my husband, Kevin, for graduating from USC with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science! I’m so proud.

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Supplemental Entry

March 25, 2007

It’s been kinda tough for me to make time to blog lately, but today I’m feeling expressive. My new job is possibly the best job I’ve had since working at the Cat Clinic two years ago… and before that, well I can’t think of anything (NOLA will never count as a "job"). So, yeah, I love my job.

I’m still being trained for my position and I’ve really started to understand the process finally. The girl who is training me is awesome and when I officially transfer to my new position in a week (which is her job now), she will be promoted. Thereafter I will be known as a "Transaction Manager" and I will handle anything going in or out of the escrow process. Personally, I think the technical term for all the paperwork involved is "shitload". 😉

Other than my new job, everything else is pretty status quo. I’m working on getting Digital Tapas back on the air with Mojo Radio Live again (when they reopen). I should have more details within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

The kitties are doing well, too. Celeste is her usual princess self and wraps herself around my head at night. It’s nice to fall asleep with her purring pressed up against my ear. Not too long ago, Kev said he was worried because he thought Celeste was suffocating me because she was literally sleeping on my face, but I think she was just above my nose, so it didn’t bother me at all. I never knew until he said something after I woke up.Noni has become our personal alarm clock and has taken to meowing in our faces to get us up to feed them in the morning – heehee. Kanji is his usual playful, goofy self. He and Noni have really become close. They play often together. When they do, it sounds like we have two elephants chasing each other!

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