Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States of America.  We give thanks for all the great things we have in life that many across the country are not fortunate enough to have.  Here’s my list.

    1. My health
    2. A loving family
    3. A supportive school community
    4. A phenomenal group of friends, both locally and around the world
    5. A roof over my head and food on my plate

I am obviously forgetting many elements of my life that I take for granted each and every day, but I wanted to restrict this list to five items so I didn’t go on forever.  If you have made a positive influence in my life, consider yourself thanked.

Today’s festivities also remind me of my first exposure to the ForceCast.  On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006, I was traveling to Michigan for a get-together with relatives.  I knew I would be bored during the flight and the drives, and I anticipated being bored with occasional down time during the weekend.  I’m not sure how I thought of podcasts as a way to kill time, but once I did, I was downloading MP3 files like crazy from shows like Buzz Out Loud, This WEEK in TECH, and others.  I started with tech because that was my current passion, but I decided to try searching for “Star Wars podcast” on Google on a whim.  My Star Wars passion was dwindling, but the first result on Google definitely rekindled it.  It said “TheForce.Net – Podcast”, and the attached MP3 file -- “Forcecast-111706.mp3” – launched me into a whole new world of Star Wars fandom.  So today, in addition to the essentials, I give thanks for The ForceCast, for opening a new door for me.

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Technology Sucks (But It Still Rocks)

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My laptop’s screen broke.  Again.  Same issue as before, or so I assume (turning on the laptop produced the same problem as before).  Same fix too: I dropped off the laptop at Staples EasyTech on Saturday.  The repair process is estimated to take 7-10 days, which means I’ll be without it for about two weeks, given how much they underestimate.  I am fortunate enough to have a working desktop that I can fall back on, but not having the portability of a laptop certainly hampers some things.

I’d like to think I practice smart computing; I do complete backups of my laptop daily, and I’m careful to keep the most precious data online as well.  I have a copy of all my data on an external hard drive, so schoolwork should proceed as normal.  It’s the legwork needed to re-migrate new data back onto the repaired laptop – among other little things – that annoys me.

Luckily for me, I’ll be getting a new laptop for college.

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Four Days

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If you know what college this is, chances are it's still not the one to which I'm applying.

In four days, I will need to have all my ducks in a row vis-a-vis college.  I’m applying Early Decision and the deadline is November 15.  My teacher recommenders haven’t yet finished (started?) my letters, but on the bright side, my school sent out the required secondary school information.  For my part, I am still working on an essay or two – including the main Common App essay – but I think I’m 99% done with that.  Pending another read-through or two, I think I will be ready to submit the entire package.

Being ready to submit everything doesn’t change my trepidation.  In exactly thirty-three days I will know the result of this application.

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