Success!

I have had 3 projects on my mind this past few months, and I just succeeded at one of them!!

#1: Finish Moving Blog, Girl!

I moved my blog from one hosting to another and while the domain name was transferring, it got hung up for some reason.  I checked it every couple of days and it still hadn’t completed, and eventually I got super busy and forgot all about it. In the back of my mind, I was worried that I had just lost my domain entirely, because I never confirmed that it was transferred and it was past the due date for renewal at the original place.  Anyway, I finally got in contact with tech support and they said they have control of  the domain, they just had to finalize it.  That was fixed and all I had to do was copy over all the website files and the get the wordpress databases that I previously copied over working.

For some reason that is always a pain. I’ve done it a few times and I always get mixed up.  There’s only one file you have to update. It shouldn’t be that hard.  For some reason there were like 6 databases and I’m pretty sure I don’t need 5 of them.  If there is an easy way to see what’s in them, I guess I could go in and delete them, or maybe I will just leave it because I am afraid I will break something.  There’s no reason wordpress would need more than one database, right? Also about 3 of them are completely empty … I’m afraid of deleting things.

#2: Update your pic on LinkedIn!

The second project is to update my web presence (specifically LinkedIn).  I have been making quite a few business contacts recently and LinkedIn will either be entirely useless, or maybe slightly helpful, but I’ll never know if I don’t try it out. And one thing is for certain, it can’t hurt.  My only hold up here is that I can’t find a single ‘professional’ looking picture of me. I’m always making a weird face or tilting my head or … kissing a duck.  I have had this profile since grad school with no picture on it. It is time.

#3: Finish your file server.

The last project is to build a server. Just a file server so all my stuff can live in one spot. Possibly a webserver as well if I can get that working.  It’s been a while since I’ve attempted this. I sure hope all the hardware I have still works.

This is in addition to all these other projects I’m working on at work and outside of work. Prototek, a new makerspace in OKC; Nerdy Girls, a group of, well, girls who are nerds that get together and do awesome things; the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Young Professional Committee, Loss Prevention Committee, and the developing Mentorhsip Program; There’s a group called AEP (the Alliance of Emerging Professionals) that I’ve been trying to get more involved with for awhile; and  I also want to join the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s Second Century Club (another local young professionals club). Man.  That’s a lot of stuff.  I think I need to make a list so I don’t forget anything.

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After the wedding(s)

I’m done with all my wedding stuff!  I swear, if I never have to look at another Bridal Magazine it will be too soon.  It seems pretty silly after the fact. I mean, who in their right mind would have 3 weddings?  It seems very silly, but as I think about it, I wouldn’t really do it another way if I had too.  I would change some details. Like making sure the person who is planning the Moroccan wedding understands that there is budget and not taking someone else’s word for it that they will inform the planner of the budget.  “What budget?” is not an exciting phrase to hear when you arrive one week before your wedding …  And details.  I think I was pretty much overwhelmed with the details of the Oklahoma wedding. It’s hard to predict what kind of signage would be appropriate and silly things like that. Especially if you are not a details person …

My father-in-law and mother-in-law have been staying at our house since August 10th, because tickets to and from Morocco are expensive, so they’d like to stay for awhile when they come.  They don’t speak English and they don’t drive, so they just kind of sit at home all day long.  I think maybe they realized about half-way through that it was not the best idea, but in the mean time, pretty much the only thing they can do is cook.  It’s pretty nice, because I don’t have to worry about it, but it also means dinner is pretty much ready when I get home from work and I get very little say in what’s made.  I swear I’ll never eat boiled chicken again.  And I’m pretty sure that they have rice in Morocco, but I’ll never understand why they can’t figure out how to cook the kind I have in my kitchen.

They are leaving tomorrow.  I’ll be sad to see them go and to lose my free chef service (which honestly is usually pretty awesome), but I am totally ready to have my house back. Party time.

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Oklahoma City Culture

What is Oklahoma City culture?

I don’t really know.  I can’t tell if it’s getting more liberal here (doubt it), or if I am just burying myself in pockets of people that think like I do.  I never thought I’d do so well in Oklahoma, but it’s working out really well.  Instead of being surrounded by crazy, dumbass rednecks, I find myself constantly around reasonable people.  Maybe I just have better instincts about talking about certain subjects with certain people, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve become more understanding of differences in opinion than when I lived here last.  But I feel pretty free here right now.

So, I’m not really sure what Oklahoma City Culture is like, but I know some different kinds of culture here that I like! All the types I’m involved in, of course.  Since I left grad school (and oh, man I can’t believe I didn’t know about some of this stuff in grad school, because I would have had an even more awesome time), I’ve become involved in lots of new things.  I joined a hacker space, a nerdy girls group, a young professionals group, a reconciling church, a youth group, habitat for humanity, and the AIChE young professionals group (although, that’s not really specific to Oklahoma).  I also am a member of the local NPR station and the local Museum of Natural History, I’ve been  to several ballets and musicals, and I intend on getting season tickets next year!  Not to mention that I’ve spent plenty of time watching basketball games and meeting tons of new people.   There’s also plenty of music around.  Norman has a couple of music festivals every year, and I went to a jazz club just Friday night.

Anyway, there’s more I want to do in several of these organizations, but I am waiting until after the wedding in August to really get going on these things (Maybe then the stress levels will recede).  I’d like to have an organizational position in the young professionals group (I’ve been bugging them to let me help for a while), and I’d like to get on a board somewhere just to see what it’s like.  I also want to help out more at the hacker space. They do some pretty cool stuff there, but the place is a mess.  It’s a very old building and needs a lot of work, and the work seems to happen in small spurts–probably because no one wants to show up when it’s so hot outside, because there’s no air conditioning inside!

So that’s what Oklahoma City culture is to me.  Sounds like fun right?

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What to do …

Sitting the in the Heathrow airport finishing this post before I fly to Morocco to get married!

Well, besides getting married next week (don’t worry, I’m not planning this one. It’s nice and stress free), I’m re-learning (or perhaps learning correctly) CSS.  I figure my first real project will be to edit the theme here on the blog and spice it up.  When I get bored of that I learn a little python with an online class I’m taking with Udacity about making software break.  It’s something we really really need to learn how to do at work.  Basically, we test our in-house software on the project that we’re working on. Which works fine for that project.  Then we try to use the same software on the next project where something is slightly different, and there you find problems exploding everywhere.  And we’re shocked when this happens … well, not really anymore.  It’s workable that way. We fix problems as we see them.  But I think it would be exceedingly helpful to foresee a few of the problems when originally testing the software.  It would probably save time anyway … but we do charge by the hour.

And then when I’m bored of all of that …. I watch Sherlock!  I just finished the last season of Sherlock (season?? it’s 3 episodes). I finally … er, acquired it … last week. I mean, really.  Who has time to watch a show when it runs on TV anymore?  I should get a DVR so I can stop “acquiring” things just because I missed the first airing.  I’ve watched it twice already just to catch everything I may have missed.  Man.  I knew what was going to happen, though. I accidentally caught part of the last episode, because I remembered far too late that PBS was running the new Sherlock on Sunday nights.  I showed up somewhere in the last 10 minutes of the last episode where Sherlock … you know. Talk about the worst place to jump in.

Anyway there are lots of theories out there, because Moffat (guy in charge) claims there’s a reasonable explanation and if you were paying attention you can figure it out … or something.  My theory is laundry cart, ball under arm, and possibly paralysis drug … and then of course, Molly.  If you haven’t seen it, hopefully that won’t spoil it for you.

Anyway, time to jump on a plane!

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You must have your space

Kendall to Earth:

Not sure if anyone’s set up with this particular RSS feed or not.  There was a switch from blogger when they stopped supporting ftp. That was right around the time I stopped posting.  And then at the end of this year, I decided to switch hosting from godaddy (SOPA, what now?) and instead of setting up the blog right away, I just let it sit there (paying hosting for nothing apparently)–an empty wordpress blog. How sad.  With the occasional spam comment. But–

Today, I met up with some girls (an Oklahoma City group–Nerdy Girls or NG for short) who are rather inspiring in their search for knowledge and learning.  Usually when I try to learn something, it is because it will be useful in my job or because my house is breaking.  These girls just seem to want to learn things just because they want to.  Which is pretty cool.  But hey, I also like my job and my house, so I suppose I’m also learning things because I want to (although fixing toilets is less of a want than it is a necessity).  I just have some monetary (and mental health) motivation behind it all.

Anyway, they were discussing how it’s good to have a blog just to track your progress, and also so you can look back on things and remember where you were or what you were working on and when.  Which made me feel guilty for having an empty wordpress blog, of course.  So I pulled in all of my old blog posts finaly (most of them probably)–even the posts from when I was in Germany. Now it looks much buffer!  Maybe I’ll pull in some stuff I’ve written on a wedding journal site (yikes).

But to the title of the post.  I have always imagined that everyone should have their own little webspace.  They’re own homepage or frontpage to the internet.  A little place to say: “Look, internet! I exist! You can tell, because I have a website.”  So here mine is. Back in action.

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This blog has moved

I am updating my blog. I am trying to redirect the RSS feeds so that you don’t have to do anything, but in the mean time, you could just update it yourself (www.kendallcorner.com/?feed=rss2)

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Maybe you don’t want green cleaners

Turn off your lights! Fossil fuels are evil! Buy hybrid cars! Clean you home the green way! Be environmentally responsible. Vomit green if you have to!

It’s everywhere, and very little of it is completely understandable which causes much confusion. For instance the tiny electric car which, since it was electric was subsidized 50% by the state government and 25% buy the federal which made a 16000$ car a mere 4000$. Impressive. Makes me think that someone forgot to tell the governments that all the power plants in Oklahoma and most in the US still burn fossil fuels to make electricity. Of course the cars and plants are more efficient–for one thing they are tiny–but probably not worth the government footing 75% of the bill.

But the products that are making me laugh right now are the green household cleaners. I love the commercials (like this one, which makes me squirm–especially the octopus part) which say things like “stop torturing our aquatic life,” “say no to hazardous chemicals,” and “use a safe and natural way to clean.” So here’s the problem:

The main ingredient in nearly all of these “green” cleaners is going to be (and has been in all that I’ve seen) SDS or sodium dodecyl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate–It’s all the same. It’s a nice molecule. It makes some nice bubbles, cleans really well, and is cool with dissolving in small amounts of water so it doesn’t fall out of solution and create soap scum. It’s a biodegradable surfactant that is created by combining sulfuric acid and a 12 carbon chain.

But wait! Guess what is the main ingredient in all of your not-so-”green” household cleaners? If you guessed not SDS, you are totally wrong!

So what is so special about this surfactant that makes it greener when it is exactly the same thing?! Well, it’s how they make it. Most industrial surfactants are made from petroleum products. But certain surfactants can be made from the oils of plants (like from the palm kernel) that come out to be the exact same molecule. The only problem with this is that there are not nearly enough palm plants in the world to produce the surfactant we consume, so most often, petroleum is used. Which is fine. It is the same molecule and just as biodegradable, it just comes from a different source.

These companies try and come across as though you are using less harsh chemicals that are better for the environment, and in the case of a small percentage of their products (such as disinfectants where they use antiseptic plant oils instead of bleach) they are. But in the majority of their products, they are simply trying to reduce our dependence on oil. Which is probably a laudable effort on its own. But they are pretty much straight up lying to you if they say the chemicals in their products will ‘torture aquatic life’ less than your old dish soap.

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No no no, why?!? No!

Happy New Year! As a present, a post I wrote a couple of months ago when I was writing my thesis one night trying desperately not to do what I was supposed to be doing and became easy distracted by flashing lights. I should have known I would never actually get through it, but here, I finished it off for you today:

I haven’t blogged in ages. And I’m probably not going to start up again until I graduate, just so you know. I just haven’t had time, and when I found something that would have motivated me to post before, I had something else to do and I quickly forgot about it. Then Zero Water happened … two weeks ago. Which I promptly forgot about after having written half a post and now was reminded. But I’ll try and display my frustration for you 2 weeks later.

Yeah, I quit on this post like 3 times. Should that have been a sign not to post it? Probably, but I am determined.

Oh my god.

I’ve seen these zero water commercials lately and laughed them off as I tend to do when I see stupid things for sale on TV, but every time I wonder what that little meter does that says 000 when you put the water through the Zero Water filter, but then I stop worrying about that and continue worrying about N-methyl glucamine. However, this time, I (stupidly) decided to google it to see what exactly it’s measuring when it comes up with “000.” I wandered around for a bit mostly spotting Zero Water propaganda and people who are selling it, and then I found this guy. I started reading, because I thought it was a joke. Oh silly silly me. I have been away from blogging for far too long. I did learn that the Zero Water meter is measuring total dissolved solids PPM (parts per million), which, it’s not actually doing. It’s just a pH meter–measuring the acidity or conductivity of the water. This doesn’t measure TDSPPM as well as other things, but it gets within 10%. Super pure water doesn’t measure properly this way anyway, but you don’t want to drink that, because it will kill you … seriously. But don’t worry. Zero water is not anywhere near that pure.

A couple of things to point out. The writer of the linked blog discusses a few things that make me smile. For one thing, 000 TDSPPM isn’t “zero total dissolved solids” like the dude says–it’s just less that .5 parts per million. Trust me, there’s a lot more than a million parts in your glass of water, and that’s good, because like I said earlier, totally pure water will kill you. Also he complains about chlorine and iron being in his water claiming that chlorine is ‘bleach’ …. while that’s sort of true, but he better not feed his kids salt, because by his definition, that’s bleach too. This contraption also removes iron and mercury. Now, of course mercury is bad for you, but Iron is good for you. Is it worth it to take out the good with the bad? The answer is “Who the hell cares??” They EPA and the FDA set regulations on tap water so that it will be safe. If you don’t like the way your tap water tastes, I can see getting a filter. If you are trying to be overly safe, you are worrying too much and a paying too much money.

And nevermind that some places like New York have some of the best tap water you can find because of all the minerals it picks up on the way to your faucet naturally from the reservoirs in that area. Your water is not going to give your children autism or make them sickly or anything like that. Unless it’s brown … don’t drink it if it’s brown …

That’s it for the previously written post. If I haven’t talked to you in a while, I just graduated (hence the spare time to post), and I’m starting a job in Oklahoma City after a quick vacation in the Virgin Islands (it’s really hard to find a floppy beach hat in Oklahoma in 20 F weather, and I know you feel really bad for me about that). I’ll probably be moving half an hour North to chill in the city (yes, OKC has big buildings and *gasp* culture … when I find it, I’ll tell you all about it) soon and trying some new things with my oodles of spare time now that I only have one job and it does in fact end at 5 pm.

The burning question that I’m sure you have is, “Kendall, will you restart your blog?? (since it is so awesome and I miss your continual musings about crazy people??).” The answer to that is, I hope so. I am am working on a list of long term and short term goals because my friend @stephtheblogger was talking about it earlier this week, and jump starting the blog is on the list, so I hope to talk with you more. That’s all for now.

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The Phantom 30 gig

I thought I’d write about Windows Vista before I forgot about the experience … Most people seem to hate it and because of this no one uses it. Strangely enough, that seems to be the biggest problem I’ve found with Vista. Nobody likes to use it, so there’s more scattered and confused tech support for it. There’s also less software for it and just a general confusion about it … You can tell, because Microsoft tried to attack this general dislike and confusion with the Windows Mohave ad campaign. I discovered this lack of support when I had a rather interesting problem with my system.

I was trying to partition the hard drive in order to put things like music on one partition so that when I inevitably need to reformat I wouldn’t have to copy all 32 gigs of music I have to a back up drive and then back again after the reinstall. I figured I would split my 100 Gb hard drive in half and leave around 50 for windows and whatever I might need to install. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? I’d had the computer about a month and hadn’t done anything crazy to it, so I went in to look at how to partition it, and … there were about 60 Gb used. And my music wasn’t even on it!! As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t even fit nicely on there! I was astonished that vista took up that much space, so I went hunting to see what exactly needed all that room. I tried sizing the folders on the C drive, and then I became even more perplexed. The total space all the files on my C drive took up was about 30 Gb. There was a completely missing 30Gb. Like I said, I was very very perplexed. So I did what I always do when I am very very perplexed. I googled it. Because I have found that no matter what my compter problem is, someone, somewhere has already encountered and kicked the ass of said problem. It’s a good situation to be in. Unless you’re running Vista … I searched for what I found to be an exceptionally long time for a computer problem for an answer to this question and not simply the confused question posted all over support forums. I even went to *gasp* the Windows tech support site … I know. I was desperate. Anyway, I finally stumbled upon this forum thread which had the answer to my question!! but even that guy had a seemingly difficult time finding this ridiculous problem, *and* it was posted on an Ubuntu forum. The one good answer. Was posted on an Ubuntu forum. Really? So I turned off the system restore feature and recovered about 20 Gb (the other 10 it turns out is an additional Lenovo backup … man that system was backed the heck up).

But really I’d just like to complain about the ridiculous situation Microsoft had got themselves into. I actually think that Windows Vista is pretty cool. The neato graphics are awesome. It looks cool. The search option in the start menu is *spectacular.* It utilizes IPV6 if that’s your thing. Tablet functions are already built in if *that’s* your thing. For the not-so-computer savvy, I think it’s a great OS, because it pretty much does everything for you. The only reason I’m not using it now is that I had a nasty LAN problem with the network in my office. I had and IT person come look at it, because, well I didn’t have time and it was a really weird problem and it took me so long to find Vista help the first time … He couldn’t get it to work (He was seriously in my office at least twice a week for about a month, poor guy.), so I quit and installed XP over the break. Now I have a few more moments to look around for a good answer, and it turns out it wasn’t even really a Vista problem.

For the computer savvy, it’s rather annoying, because you have to navigate through about 4 or 5 menus to get to things like network connections just to disable the wireless connection. It does a lot of things on its own, and that is pretty cool, but never take away my manual option, because it never fails that something will go wrong and even if the manual option doesn’t work, it could still give me more information as to what is going on. But I don’t think Windows is really going for the small percent of the population that is computer saavy with their general OS.

So what happened with Vista, which has done nothing evil to me besides eat some of my hard drive space and waste a little bit of my time due to an incompetent OU network? Well, the trouble is something that causes problems, I think, in most of the world. Too many people take other people’s word for it. Newscasters, Oprah, Politicians, the New York Times (who once “wrote” an article stating that blonds will die out by the year 2020 or something ridiculous. This story had months before circulated as spam and was proven to be incorrect by snopes.com and apparently has been around for a loooong time. Seriously? I wrote them a nasty email), bloggers, Wikipedia (don’t get me started on high school science teachers who don’t bitch slap students for using wikipedia as a reference–though it is generally very good, and I do love it … ) Obviously the internet and TV don’t really help this situation.

I find that to be a recurring theme in this blog and something that generally annoys me about people. If someting can easily be experienced first hand, don’t be lazy and just rely on stereotypes and public opinion. Everything is spun. I think that will be my new year’s resolution: Experience more things first hand. (What? I’m only like a month late–you should ask my professor how late my papers get in ….)

… Or maybe Vista really does suck ;-)

PS. I’ve got a new polymer post coming up! At least Steph should be excited about that!

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Hiatus

Hi friends!

I’ve been very quiet for the last month or two (holy crap, has it been that long??). I could tell you what went on, or … no wait that’ll take up good blog-space. Let’s see, the last post was on … wow. November 17th. Well, now I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone stopped reading it. Thank goodness for RSS feeds, eh? Anyway what happened was: First my brothers and I raced my Mom and Dad down to Houston for Thanksgiving to meet up with my dad’s side of the family. Then there were only 3 weeks left before school was out, and silly me thought I would be able to get work done while all the profs were assigning everything they forgot to teach us during the semester. Directly after that there was Christmas break, which really was not a break, and consisted of a drive to Tulsa, losing my purse (dumby), a nice quick drive down to San Antonio, a friend visiting for New Years (no, I know. He sucks–his website does not work.), a crazy awesome New Year’s party, and catching up with all my Tulsa buddies, and a drive back to Norman–whew. And since then, it’s been a paper turned in that my prof didn’t really agree with … or it didn’t agree with him … I dunno–I have yet to figure that out, as well as a ton of lab work to catch up to where I think I should be …

But since the year has turned, I went back through the blog (rather quickly between DCA runs if you know what I’m saying). And pulled up all the titles of unpublished or draft ideas I had started but never finished (well, not all of them. One was not really ever meant to be printed–just funny and … lude, and the other one is a surprise I’m saving for 2009, so it’ll stay secretlike in my blogger account). Some of them are pretty funny. For the most part, the reason they are here and not an actual post is because I either lost interest (The Phantom 30 gig was supposed to be about Vista, but I’ve since given up on Vista … but I might still write the post), or not gotten around to it, or I’ve totally forgotten what it was about (Reverse Psychology Girl, Spanish Thingy)

Reverse Psychology Girl
More Polymers
Math Tutors!
Spanish Thingy
The Phantom 30 gig
TV is a lie!
Google is creepy
Wikipedia as a research tool
Free in a package of batteries

Anyway, now we may take time to meditate on things past … and things to come. Hopefully in 2009 I can take a few minutes to stop thinking about decanoyl-N-methyl glucamine and sodium docecylsulfate to write a post or two.

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