Instant Messengers

Instant messenger (IM) programs have had a large impact on communication. It is a form of instant communication like talking on the phone or in-person. We can send a message and get an immediate response from someone else. We can hold conversations (or chats) with several people at once, which we cannot do on the phone or in-person.

The most popular IMs are AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ. I have accounts on all four (I’ve never used my ICQ account), but prefer them in the order I’ve listed. I also have the most contacts/buddies/friends on each IM in that order.

Back in the day, to have a conversation with someone that was online you either had to respond back and forth through email or join a chatroom. Both are a pain in the ass. IMs have improved this immensely and have added a lot of extra features. The greatest advantage IMO is the ability to see when other people are logged into the service and if they are “away” or not. Away messages could be a whole new topic in itself. AIM has the most customizable away messages in my experience.

I can remember being back in college and instead of walking into the next room or yelling to a roommate, we’d chat on IM. We didn’t have to go find the phone and call downstairs to find someone who wanted to go grab some food. We could just switch over from the paper we were writing to IM and hit up multiple people at once. It was a whole new definition of laziness. Because of IM, the “freshmen 15” has turned into the “freshmen 20.”

IM is so convenient and easy that I can’t think of something that could take it’s place. I’m sure that someday something will (maybe some new form of video chat), but it will have to be easy to use, full of features, and just amazing. IM is here to stay for awhile. Send me a message…what are you waiting for!

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen Edition)Since I had the afternoon off I figured I’d watch a movie.

This movie was pretty good. The story was set back in the 1800s and is based on a comic book. It’s an action movie with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing where things are going.

The movie had some pretty good action and fight sequences. Nothing absolutely stunning, but better than your average movie. There were some special effects, but again, nothing absolutey awesome. Most of the clothing and surroundings were darker colors because of the Victorian time setting.

Sean Connery is still a great actor. Who wouldn’t want to have his voice? He was the only real big star in the movie although I recognized a few of the others. Would I watch this movie again or buy it? No, but I’m glad I watched it.

Overall, I’d give this movie a B-.

University Closing

Just got word a little while ago that SVSU is closing at noon because of all the snow on the way. Looks like I get to go home early and play! 🙂

On Purpose…

Purpose – The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.

Do your everyday actions have a purpose? They should.

Life is a series of actions and reactions that lead to the next. Everything we do is linked to events in the future and in the past. We can’t do anything about the past, but we can do something about what will be in the past; the present. We need to realize what we do will have an effect on the future. The sooner we realize this, the less we’ll have to look back on it later.

Most people go through life without thinking about the future or how their actions affect it. These people have no direction, have done no planning. They might as well tie strings to their limbs and play to the pupper master, because they aren’t doing much to make their lives meaningful for themselves or the people around them. With a purpose, life can fly like an arrow, slightly affected by wind speed and direction. Without purpose, life is a featherless arrow. This second arrow will fly, but not nearly as far or as straight as the first.

If you stop and think about it, our lives affect many more people than we imagine. My actions, in some shape or form, have an impact on everything else that I do. These actions in turn will affect friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, the store clerk, the bank teller, customers at work, the waitress at dinner, and so on. Since their lives have now been altered, the chain continues to the people they interact with. It’s a never ending cycle that often doubles back.

Place expecations on your own life. Create short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. At the same time, don’t overwhelm yourself with purpose. Use it as a guide to living a better life and creating a better world. Remind yourself that you may not make the news, but you can make a difference.

After writing this, I’m reminded of the movie Pay It Forward, which has my recommendation.

Green Hut

Well, it’s like 3 a.m. and I’m not quite sure what to say. My sister and I came over to Bay City tonight and hung out with my good friends, Hater, Case, Kate, and Jeff. We had a good time. After playing some drinking games here at their house, we walked to a bar called the Green Hut. At least I think that was the name of it.

It was your typical hole in the wall bar, but they had live music and the guys playing were probably the best I’ve heard. Both guys were playing guitar and could really sing to go with it. I was actually looking forward to going out to Midland Street, where there is always a lot of “tail”. It’s too far to walk and no one was in shape to drive there, so we walked to this “local” bar and still had a good time.

While we were playing darts, a girl walked into the back room. I took a look and thought to myself, “she looks familiar”. After another glance, she also recognized me. It happened to be my first cousin Sara from Grand Blanc, Michigan. It was pretty weird to meet up with her at some bar where neither of us had ever been before.

I have a few pictures from the night. I’ll post some of them to the photo gallery tomorrow when I get home.

Binion's Forced To Close

A historic day in the world of poker. The world famous Binion’s Horseshoe Casino was closed late yesterday. Get the full details by reading the article. I hope they don’t have to move the WSOP somewhere else this year.

Another Winter Semester

Monday marks the beginning of the winter semester at SVSU. The week at work went by suprisingly fast since I was dreading working again after the long vacation. Students were registering for classes at the last minute, as usual. New faculty wanted access to their accounts at the last minute, as usual. It still amazes me that the majority of society loves to procrastinate.

My sister moved back into the apartment yesterday after living with our parent’s for the holidays. It’s good to have her back. Heather is a great cook and we have some fun when we go out to the stores and shit. I don’t know how we ever hated each other so much during high school. All a part of growing up I guess. Her friend Katie should be moving back in today or tomorrow, I don’t really know for sure.

Once this semester is over, I’m either going to have to find a new place to live or get some new roommates, since the girls will be done with classes. I definitely can’t afford this place on my own! I guess it all depends on if I still have the same job or not. I don’t anticipate still working for the Help Desk, but who knows. I have a bet with my friend Lindsay that I’ll have a new job by September. I don’t intend to lose that bet! I’ve had thoughts of maybe buying a house if I get a new job in the area. It’s a big step and I’m not sure I’d be ready for something like that, but renting sucks ass.

All of my friends are coming back from their holiday break today. I’ve missed hanging out with them. Not going to Hooters every Monday has been a killer. I think I’m in withdrawal from not having the chicken wings as a part of my weekly “diet”. Tonight we are planning to do some drinking. Maybe at my place, maybe in Bay City at their house, maybe at the bars, maybe hit up Midland Street. It’s all still up in the air. I’m looking forward to a long night of drinking though.

I’m feeling better already after running for the past 3 days. I finally got up the nerve to weigh myself the other day and WOW! I’m up to 185. I was thinking maybe 180 tops. It’s not the most I’ve ever weighed, but it’s close. I need to get back down to the 175 area. I suppose I should go run and then get in the shower…the day is wasting away.