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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Filtering for the month December, 2004. Clear

It's Going to Be a Good Year

by Ben

Today’s been shaping up pretty well.  I actually woke up at a decent time.  The last few days, I’ve been enjoying sleeping until noon, but today I was up and about at nine.  Not at night either, nine this morning!

I’ve been getting tons done with this new laptop.  I’ve spent most of the week moving files from other computers to this new one.  At this point, I have most of my personal files all in one place.  Believe it or not, that’s a truly gratifying experience.  And now, I can have an extra copy of all these files on me at all times, thanks to the USB JumpDrive I received for my birthday.

However, there was one thing that made the day great.  I finally received my ACT scores.  I’m not going to say what I got, but I will say that I solidly qualify for all the scholarships that require at least a 30.

And that’s not all: earlier this afternoon I got my car washed.  I paid for a regular automatic wash–no wax, no dryer–but I received both of these free.  I asked the manger if he wanted me to pay extra, but he said it wasn’t necessary after thanking me.

Let’s hope things go as well next year!  Happy New Year everybody!

by Ben

I must say I was surprised to see this.

For those of you who don’t know, our much-beloved football coach, Coach Bladt, has been hospitalized. For more details you can view his website, of course.

Really, I hadn’t grasped the severity of the situation, but it’s starting to come into view. Please recover soon, Mr. Bladt. We’re counting on you for our third straight football state championship! How can I make that not sound pompous without using smilies?

Podcasting for the Palm

by Ben

I’ve been listening to some podcasts lately, mainly Engadget. However, since I listen to these on my Palm, I’ve been having to sync these manually. It’s a pain.

The iPodder software comes in a variety of flavors, including a PocketPC version. Now, why are we, as Palm OS users, getting handed the shaft? I haven’t experimented much, but when I get this much fabled laptop of mine, it’ll have a card reader and I could sync to the “Audio” folder on it, but that’s really just a workaround. I guess it’s a pretty similar situation for the PocketPC users, which leads me to wonder why they don’t have a Palm-friendly solution.


by Ben

I would love to do things like this for a living. Wow.

I don’t know if that would sell many more cars, but it leaves a strong impression on everyone that sees it, I’m sure.