A few months back I’ve been preparing a server for Novell Teaming. Teaming is a product, Novell basically bought out another company to use their product, that can be used for collaboration on a scale similar to that of Facebook and Myspace. Generally we know that Facebook and Myspace is designed and used by the masses, including myself; however, this product allows users of an organization, ex. school district, to be productive and yet make it fun at the same time. Fast forwarding to the present I’m glad to announce that I have successfully have Novell Teaming up and running in our district. While it is not yet live I will be working on the design and learning more about the product.
Last night I flew in from Atlanta, GA. I was there since Tuesday evening and I had a blast. Of course, I went to Atlanta on business, but I still made time to have fun. I was amazed how clean the downtown area is. The Georgia Aquarium was really nice! Some how having a redneck and fish aquarium together can be a dangerous thought. One idea that was new to me was the use of MARTA ( subway like system that travels above and below ground) for public transportation.
Of course, this meant where ever your stop was you still had to walk some distance but over all it wasn’t that bad of a hike. This allowed myself to travel to the Lenox Square. When I first heard of the Lenox Square I thought of the Linux Operating System, but to my surprise it wasn’t. The mall there was amazing and big.
The Apple Store was even more spectacular.
Now I’m recovering from jet lag.
Finally, I was able to get some ink for my first pen. I’ll admit I was quite nervous the first time I put the nib to the paper when I came home to try it out. I’m glad to say that I’m very pleased. If your ever passing through Memphis, TN and you want to see an awesome selection of FP’s check out Tobacco Corner. At first, I thought the tobacco shop would be all tobacco and have very little selection of pens and I was wrong. This shop is 50% tobacco and 50% pens. Very friendly folks in there.
Recently, I’ve become a member of the Fountain Pen Network. I was actually amazed from the amount of responses I received and how helpful the fellow members were.
Well I did it. Not only did I purchase my next pen, yet at the same time I purchased my first fountain pen. I love ebay! I came across a seller that is closing down his retail shop and selling his pens at a remarkable price. The Visconti Van Gogh Midi’s color and design is fabulous. I’m so excited that I’ll probably check my mail box every day next week. Although I got a good deal on it ($68 for a $165 regular price, even on eBay) it is going to be difficult not purchasing the rollerball counterpart. While the rollerball is exceptionally affordable as well, I am going to have a hard time purchasing two pens within a week of each other. Normally I would wait for another deal, but this opportunity is rare. The rollerball version is $60 with a regular price of $145. Not only is the price tempting, yet I will have to choose between two colors. Classic black or the same color of the fountain pen I purchased. While I like the idea of having a matching pair, yet part of me wants the black. The real deal is I still need a pen to carry with me. While the fountain pen would work, I believe I may need some time adjusting to the feel of the nib.
I would like to thank, The Noble Savage, for the detail review of this line of fountain pens. I would not have been able to make a decision without his help. When I receive my pen I will post pictures of it, but in the mean time I will give you a peek of it from the eBay auction site.
I’ve never been much or a writer of sorts. Maybe it is because of my terrible handwriting or the fact I trouble putting thoughts on paper ( or this blog since I haven’t updated it in months.) Regardless of writing I’ve always wanted to carry around a nice pen in my shirt pocket. I don’t know if it the geek in me that makes me want to carry a pen in my pocket to begin with I’m not sure. A couple years back I finally did purchase a nice pen to carry in my pocket. The pen I purchased was a ballpoint model K200 by Pelikan. I paid around $65 for it and I was so proud of it. I finally had a nice pen to carry around in my pocket! It was a dreadful day about two months ago in February when I lost my pride and joy. It was during a technology professional development training for some teachers, who weren’t able to attend at the beginning of the school year, that I lost my pen. Til this day I’ve yet to remember who I might have loan it to or where I might laid it down. I find myself almost everyday trying to rewind and playback in my mind what may have happened to my pen.
Here lately I’ve been sailing across the waves of the web researching on what my next pen will be. In the mean time I did purchase a Parker rollerball from Wal-Mart for temporary use. Unfortunately, retailers in Memphis, Tn. do not carry much of a selection of pens. The pens they do carry; however, are kind of expensive for my pocket book at the moment. Now like most people before they would purchase anything off the web it makes is difficult to make a decision solely based on appearance without actually being able to touch, hold or write with the pen. Which drives me review forums where pen lovers gather to discuss pens they like and why they do. Furthermore I will need to make a decision based other’s opinions.
It has always been my luck when listening to the radio I’ll hear a song I like and the DJ decides he’s too lazy to mention the artist, group or the name of the song. Well, this time it’s different. I started subscribing to Sirius radio in which one of the advantages of having it is that the song information is always displayed on the receiver. Here’s the catch. A new song by an artist called Dandy has a song titled, “Because You Lied” was playing and I liked it so much that I started looking to buy it. I thought I’ll just get on iTunes and do a search and I buy that one song. I thought I’d take the ethical approach this time instead of using limewire. Guess what! iTunes doesn’t have a clue about the song. I did like any other person and googled the song and artist. Only information I can find is people in forums with posts with the same question I have, Where do I find the song? Then a light bulb goes off, or rather turns on in my head and I turn to Myspace. I did a search on there and like most artist it turns out that Dandy has a myspace page. Low and behold you can listen to the same song I was looking for on the page. The best part was that I could download it for free from the site. 🙂