All Booked Up: Books = Life

Book Collection

At the beginning of the year I was extremely overzealous and decided to read one book a month. Now that we’re approaching the end of the year I am forced to read a book a week to catch up. I predict that it won’t be long before I start having nightmares of being trapped in a “table of contents” page with no arms and no way of escaping.

My Reading List:
Bulletproof Your Job by Stephen Viscusi
Apples are Square by Susan Kuczmarski
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
How Toyota Became # 1 by David Magee

Time and Money…wasted!

2006 Calendar

While in the process of reloading gigabytes of information onto my new computer I sifted through lots of data that I’ve diligently collected throughout the years. Two pieces of data that has consumed a significant amount of space on my computer were my calendar entries and my personal financial records–both dating back to January 2006.

In 2006 I thought that it would be useful to begin tracking every minute and dollar that I spent throughout my life. At the time, I made it a monthly practice to analyze all money spent and I cross referenced the records with my calendar to eliminate inefficiencies in my life. Now that I have three solid years of financial and calendar information and six years of journal entries, I am looking for a useful way to use this information to improve my future decisions.

My only finding thus far is that my trips to the sneaker store were always followed by a 20-50% reduction in my bank account balances. Maybe my horrible, horrible sneaker buying habit is the reason why I’m not a gillionaire right now.

I’ve been Upgraded: New Macbook

Nearly two months after suffering the horrible, grueling death of my laptop and enduring through the inadequate replacement, I’ve finally gotten a new machine in my possession. In addition to getting a brand new machine, the Apple store manager also saw fit to upgrade me with:

  • a NEW 3-year warranty that’ll probably get me a new laptop in 2 years
  • a NEW, SHINY LED lit screen that’s bright enough to light up Poughkeepsie, NY at midnight
  • a NEW, SHINY, QUICK 320gb Hard drive that can adequately store all infinity digits of pi
  • a NEW, SHINY, QUICK, FAST Processor

Now that I’m back on track with a decent computer, let the updates resume!!

The Plight of the Macbook Pro Fan

Macbook Pro No-No

I’m a huge Apple product connoisseur. Currently in my Apple product arsenal I own a Mac Pro, deceased 17″ Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and most recently a new 15″ Macbook Pro that I’m involved in a love/hate relationship with right now.

Macbook Pro No-No Macbook Pro No-No

Two weeks ago I bought a new Macbook Pro to use in the interim while my laptop is in repair. Initially I loved the laptop–its smooth high-contrast glass display, slim profile, long battery life– it was all great in my eyes. Just when I started to believe that Apple achieved “laptop utopia” I realized two deal-breaking flaws for me:

  • No firewire port Since I’m involved in media production, a lot of my equipment uses firewire to connect to the computer. No firewire = NO NO
  • Less-than-genius placement of the screen brightness sensor There is a sensor on the top of the screen which senses the brightness of the room and adjusts the screen accordingly. The biggest problem is that the sensor is aimed at your face, this measuring the brightness reading based on the amount of light that is being reflected on your face by the screen. If you’re in a dark room, as the screen gets brighter your face gets brighter, which makes the screen get brighter, which makes your face get brighter, which makes the screen get brighter. When you suddenly move your head out of the way to protect your corneas, the screen quickly becomes dark again.

Though fixable, these things are annoying flaws that I can’t bring myself to live with. As I began to appreciate my laptop and its perfect design I got a message from my local “Mac Genius” stating that my laptop is truly dead and I’d have to choose a new laptop. Which leaves two choices–the laptop that I have now and the downgraded Macbook that suffers from the same problem. Woe to me!

What’s a Geremy to do?!

Home Ownership Anniversary

My House

Today marks the 4 month anniversary of the day that I pursued “the american dream” and bought a house. Closing day was a very bittersweet day–I was happy that I was a homeowner but at the same time I felt like I signed my life and possessions over to Countrywide home loans.

My house is a two-family house that was constructed several decades ago and completely renovated in the early 2000’s. Being the picky person that I am, I felt the need to further renovate and update everything. After a month of making sure that the house was up to my own standards, I was finally ready to rent out the apartments.

Now it’s four months later, I am still alive and the house is still standing. My mortgage payments are never late, utility payments are always up to date and the house still remains the nicest on the block. Now that I’ve partly conquered the world of home-ownership, I believe that I am ready to venture into more unfamiliar lands–maybe office space ownership or private jet ownership?? On ne sais pas!

The Telefone!

My New Phone (5)

I had a bit of spare time in my life without my laptop, so I decided to create an enterprise-level phone system in my home office. Why?? Because I decided that I needed to hear an automated voice when calling my own telephone number. Just two or three more weeks and this thing should be live! The 10% “nerd” in my DNA is finally rearing its beautiful head!!

My New Phone (2) My New Phone

She Died in My Arms

This experience happened to me on October 21st and now I’m finally calm enough to write about it.

There she was, sitting on my lap while I did my work. I was good, she was good, we were all good and everything was going very well. I gently picked her up and rested her on a nearby chair as I quietly exited the room to run a quick errand. When I returned to the room, I ushered her back onto my lap but then it dawned on me that she was dead.

I panicked because I’ve never been through something like this before. I’ve had dead fish, dead plants and even dead battery, but I’ve never this! I calmly left the room and stepped into the hall with her in my arms as I called a support line that should have instructed me how to bring her back to life, but their instructions were to no avail. I suddenly realized that she might be dead for good– my prized possession– my Macbook Pro!

Later in the day I rushed to the nearest emergency room (Apple Store) as I urgently beckoned for the doctors (technicians) to revive her (make it work again). The nurse (Apple technician) saw the look of urgency on my face and quickly called for their head doctor (lead Mac Technician) to take a look at her. The doc (technician) brought her into the intensive care unit (workbench) and did a quick diagnosis. Minutes later he arrived in the waiting area and sadly said, “this is bad..we’ll have to take a longer look.”

So now I’m Mac-less until they’re finished repairing everything. With my entire life stored on the hard drive, my sanity is dependent on the Apple technicians’ ability to revive my unresponsive machine. Pray for us!

Hear My Advice

Since the age of 15, one of my goals in life has been to become a speaker at colleges across the planet. In preparation for this, I’ve written my first speech for Rutgers University titled, “You Rejected Me, But I Got the Last Laugh–lol.” Ironically, I received a call a few weeks ago for me to speak at my alma matter (and Rutgers rival), Seton Hall University.

In mid-November I will visit the school to participate in a round table discussion on the subject of “life after graduation for marketing, management and sports management majors.” Hopefully this will be the first of many, leading up to the grand finale–an invitation as the keynote speaker at Rutgers, where I start my speech by hysterically laughing.

To all SHU students who are reading this as a result of my speech, I’ll be demanding 10% royalties after you become wildly successful, thanks to my great advice!

P.S: I’m not kidding…expect an invoice from me!