Eavesdropping. On the train you really just can’t help it. Its generally dead silence in the train. Pretty amazing actually, with so many people on it.
Dead silence that is until someone gets a phone call. Many will just quick silence their phone and not even take the call like they’re at the movies or something. Others don’t really care who is listening and take the call.
Yesterday I was sitting across from a girl who was talking on the phone that I just couldn’t stop myself from listening to. “You know that is just a theory, right? I couldn’t believe it was just a theory when I found out. I was 20 years old when someone told me it wasn’t fact. They teach you all through school that it is fact.”
Wooh. What is she talking about? Do I believe whatever she is talking about to be fact too? I wonder if everyone else is wondering like me. I should have asked her what she was talking about. I guess I’ll never know.
Commuting. Random thoughts about it.
I recently took on a new gig where the client is requiring me to work on site. They’re in Minneapolis and I’m 60 miles northwest in the St. Cloud area. Luckily I have 2 options: drive or take the rail.
I’ve mainly been taking the rail. I actually have to hop on a bus that takes me down to the start of the rail. There are goods and bads with the rail.
- I don’t have to pay attention to the roads. No falling asleep at the wheel, no sliding off into the ditch in a blizzard.
- Free WiFi. I pretty much work the entire way there and back. Its really nice.
- No miles on my car. I’ve only got so many left on that thing.
- Longer time on the commute makes for a long day. Avg is 1 hour 40 minutes one way.
- Rigid schedule. Maybe that is a good thing.
- Delays. They can be so frustrating especially when you just want to get home.
- Cost. Its $18 per day round trip for rail and bus.
Its been an experience to say the least. Probably the main reason I took on the gig, try something new and shake it up a bit.
I wouldn’t want to do this forever. It just eats up to much time in the day and wears on you.
- Buy a monthly pass for the bus and rail. Dealing with paying every time is a hassle and the bus only takes cash.
- Boots. Wear boots at a minimum. The sidewalks are sloppy.
- Snowpants. I wear snow pants everyday. The walk after getting off the rail is cold and I don’t have to worry about getting my pants dirty or wet.
- Like/Follow. Metrotransit is pretty good about posting delays on facebook and twitter.
- Go to the top. The upper level rail cars have tables and plugins.
That’s all for now.
I wrote this on my phone on the bus. Time to board the train!
I’ve got a big season coming up for fitness. Here is a list of the events I am registered for;
Still considering one or all of the Graniteman Series events.
And I am sure I will do the Singletrack Escape (mtb race) if I am in town.
Anyone else doing any of these?
by Dahlin Development on Flickr.
Here is a picture of the whiteboard wall in my office. I really REALLY like it.
I used Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Brush on Paint. I believe I did about 3 or 4 coats of this stuff. It goes on very thin, and reading reviews everyone suggested to do multiple coats. I picked this stuff up at Home Depot.
I first inquired in about whiteboard paint at Sherwin Williams but believe the cost was way more than the Rust-Oleum. I figured I would give this stuff a try first. I am very happy with how it works.
I did put Rust-Oleums magnetic paint on first to make the wall also magnetic. I would highly suggest not doing that. It doesn’t hold very well and makes for a rough surface for the whiteboard.
If you have the option, put this paint on a smooth wall, but it should still work on a textured wall as my wall is partially textured from the magnetic paint.
Anyone else have one, do you like it?
I am a big fan of Jason Fried. I’ve read all of his books. Here’s a good interview with him on CMD+Space on his latest book Rework and more…
This week Myke is joined by Jason Fried. They discuss the beginnings of 37Signals and how it developed in to a long-running, very successful company, before going on to talk about how it moved Jason towards co-writing some best-selling books.
Special guest Jason Fried.
I upgraded to Windows 8.1 last week. Ever since I’ve had major issues with it. Here’s a list of what has gone wrong:
For the Dual Monitors I got going somehow by simply restarting since in the device manager for my graphics card that is what it said I needed to do.
I then tried working with MS Support over twitter but didn’t get very far. They asked me to take it offline and call support or connect with Answer Desk.
I worked with someone on Answer Desk for about an hour, in the end what he did was “reinstall” IE11. That was my main concern at the time and I couldn’t reproduce Windows crashing at the time.
It seemed to have worked for a couple of days but then the issue came back again.
Today I connected with Answer Desk again. The support specialist remoted into my machine and took a look at my event log. It was filled with Internet Explorer and Explorer.exe errors. He claimed it was the graphics card causing everything. He uninstalled and reinstalled the graphics card. In IE he also enabled in the internet options:
Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering*
Disabled, Enable Enhanced Protected Mode*
IE11 appears to be working again without crashing and I am now able to open Metro Apps. I am hoping that is all it was.
Emotional baby! Too cute!
Rise & Shine!
If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why…