the “wow” starts now ™

The other night, I was chatting with Ken, and he mentioned that he was considering a purchase of Vista to run under Parallels on his new MacBook Pro. Being the loving friend, I naturally went into intervention mode. A few days later, I checked in with him. This is what Vista will do to a man…

KEN: still didn’t buy the license for Vista
it turns out that parallels has this setting to disable the pc clock
so XP never thinks it has to activate itself

MF54: nice!

KEN: still might buy it anyways
just to get some experience with vista

MF54: haha
you’re a glutton for punishment
tell you what
you give me $20
I’ll kick you in the nuts a few times
should be about the same experience

KEN: if I give you more money, will you give me the “ultimate edition”?

MF54: totally

maybe i’m not crazy… maybe

so over the last few weeks, I noticed that every once in a while, I hear a high-pitched ringing. I would ask a2c if she heard it, and of course she didn’t. I thought maybe I was losing my hearing or something. One night, I happened to notice it while we were watching TV. Again, I asked a2c if she heard it, but again, she gave me the “crazy” look.

So, then another time, I noticed it happened during a KFC commercial. I wasn’t sure, so I just made a mental note. This evening, I saw the same KFC commercial, and sure enough, I heard the tone again. Again, a2c shoots me the crazy.

Convinced I must be losing my mind, I google “kfc high-pitched tone”. And of course, like the reliable old friend it is, it returned many results, including this article

Apparently, KFC is trying a new advertising technique based on some study that found that there are certain frequencies that only teens can hear.

I’m no spring chicken, so why can I hear this?

programming ruby

I’ve been hearing about Ruby for some time now (at least 4 years). It wasn’t until Ken got into it that I started thinking about it more seriously. It’s an object-oriented language and appeals to my academic side. It’s also pretty well thought out, and has some really great features (blocks!). Anyway, I’m working on building up my coding chops. It’s been a while, and right now ANSI C is my strongest language (C is a nice language, though).

Anyway, I purchased the PDF version of “Programming Ruby” and am reading through it. Good book. Well laid out and is getting me to the code ASAP. Anyway, I’ll post my progress!

My first real project is going to be a web-based prayer request app. I know, a CMS would probably give me what I need, but I want to design something I can use.