Some Updates
Some Updates
2006-10-03 18:22:42 by Andrew Hitchcock G+

It's been a while since I've posted, so I thought I'd give you an update. I wanted to have one last adventure before school started (which happened last week), so on September 22nd, I rode my bike to Vancouver. I got to visit my brother and finally get a tour of UBC. I enjoyed visiting Vancouver, but was disappointed by their liquor store's selection of beer. Fortunately the on-campus pub had a good selection.

In other news, I've gotten a part time job helping with content over at Programmable Web. The website is based in Seattle, but I get to work from home. I think it is a good match because I am very familiar with the space.

In computing news, I've switch from using Safari to Firefox. This is big news because I've used Safari as my main browser on OS X since day one. Well, more precisely, I've used Safari since hour one. I switched because I don't have much free hard drive space on my computer anymore (I keep acquiring music), and Safari was wont to consume hundreds of megs of space. I switched about the time FF 2.0b2 came out, which was part of the reason for the switch. Some of the new features are really nice (like rearranging tabs). Each tab now has its own close button, which is how Safari has always done it. I do miss the integration with the rest of the system and being able to use some of my favorite commands (ctrl-cmd-d), though.

By switching to Firefox, I no longer had frequent access to my RSS feeds. Fortunately, not too long ago, Google released a new version of Reader. I dropped all my original feeds (which were created just to play around with Reader) and put in my current reading list. Hopefully it'll be good enough that I won't have to switch to something else for a little while (I've already noticed that it is slow at picking up new stories).

Lastly, I've started working on a presentation about carfree cities. I was inspired by the success of An Inconvenient Truth, so I started creating a Keynote slideshow in the style of Steve Jobs. I'm imitating Steve Jobs because he is one of the best speakers I've ever seen. I've discovered it is way more difficult designing simple, concise slides than I anticipated. As I near completion of the slideshow, I'll post some of the slides and perhaps other information.

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