Work in Progress

The title says work in progress… Thats what I am.

I have been learning a lot about myself lately. And consequently, I have been happier with who I am, and who I see myself becoming. And I think that it is a very good thing that I can look ahead and like what I see. Even while I am unsure as to what is going to happen in the future, especially related to my career, I am content with what I think it could be.

I thought of all this as I have been struggling to find a job somewhere around my school, and thinking about where and how I’m going to live next year. There are a whole lot of question marks in my future, but I have faith that it will all work out. Maybe it won’t work out exactly as I think it should, but I know from experience that I will be able to make whatever happens work for me.

Funnily enough, I started this post merely to say that I have found a job I am going to look into and that it excites me. And also that I am trying to progress myself further in the electronic media field by trying to get more involved in things that interest me. And it turned almost philosophical when I came up with the title “Work in Progress”. Funny how my mind works sometimes.

Related to my trying to gain more experience in the electronic media field, my debate blog will be releasing a podcast sometime in the near future, which Rob and I recorded last night. With a few more tweaks, it will be ready to post when we finish the written part of our debates. Stay tuned for that, I will post another link to the site when the podcast is up. Please let me know what you think of it, this is the first time I have done anything like this before (Rob never has either), so any feedback would be more than welcome.

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘stream of consciousness’ style posting! Til next time.

October 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

I’m still Writing!

Hey there readers! Its been… well… a whole summer since I last blogged here. But I promise, I’m still at it. I fell out of routine this summer as I was really busy with work, and I was barely on my computer. So I didn’t really find any links to post the entire summer, and I didn’t do that much that warrants blogging about.

That said, I did do a few interesting things this summer. I went to Kings Island (an amusement park in Cincinnati for those who aren’t familiar) with my girlfriend and her family and forgot to tell my parents I would be gone for 4 days. I took a family vacation to Dauphin Island, Alabama. I went to Cedar Point (another amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio for those that don’t know). I spent some time with family, friends, and my girlfriend. And I made money while working the rest of my time away. So it was a good summer, but now that I am in a routine again I’m kind of glad it is behind me. Thats just the kind of guy that I am.

I am currently working on finding something interesting to write about, so stay tuned! For now, check out the debate blog I run with my roommate, Rob. It is called Bone of Contention, and we are starting a new debate this week. We plan to have a new post every day on debate weeks, and to have a debate week every other week. We are also planning on starting a podcast for it, so stay tuned for that!

Til next time,

Aaron

October 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

I went to Operation Everything ’09… kind of.

This week was my church’s annual summer camp, Operation Everything. It is a week long camp for teens who just finished 6th grade up to 12th grade. I went all 7 years I was able, and loved every year, and I was sad that I was too old to attend this year. But just because I’m too old didn’t stop me!

I helped Zach Younkin to film the events and did other miscellaneous things to help the week go by smoother. I might be able to post the final video later, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed. Once I clear the rights and everything (Zach knows all about it, I don’t), I will either post the video I helped make or not.

OE is a mixture of fun, work, and church, essentially. I filmed some of the kids at their work sites around Delaware, some of the water balloon battle games they played, and even filmed music videos they made. The cast of the videos were the cabins, and they compete to create the best video they can in one take and in about 15 minutes. Of course, there were some technical difficulties (when aren’t there?) and so all the videos I filmed on Monday were lost and had to be redone. Oops.

If you want to know more about the week, leave a comment, I have tons of stories about when I went there, and even a few from this year. For now, I’m off to finish off the week strong, and tonight I have a lot of editing to do on that video I mentioned earlier!

June 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm 2 comments

Last batch of Freshman links!

This is it, the school year is almost over! I have an exam to do tonight, and two projects to be done by Friday, then its all over! I will be a freshman no longer! Part of me might miss the freshman experience, but most of me is glad to have survived and to move on next year. Right now I am checking over my finances for next year, and once I post this I will head out to the apartment to sign my lease for next year! I am excited to not live in a dorm next year, and to have my own room too!

Before I go, I would like to share some of the links I found while stumbling (read: procrastinating) last night. I really should have been working on one of my two projects, but yesterday was one of the laziest days I have ever had. Fortunately for you, that means more links!

First off, a sign that should not be on the internet. I don’t know why, but it says it right there: Do not post on the internet. Ok then.

Next, a new computer virus. I’m sorry to infect you, but I’m bound by honor to do so. Another side effect of the Amish Virus… I laughed pretty hard when I saw that.

Third, someone turned the original Donkey Kong into Russian propaganda? Believe it! This actually makes me want to play DK now, maybe its time to find an emulation… (Check out my post on emulators!)

Finally, a comic that related to a few posts I have written about personalities. I’m usually one of the guys on the right, thinking about how negative someone is but unwittingly agreeing anyways. Recently I have been trying to take a more proactive approach to life however, and I have been trying to be more of a positive guy than just a non-negative guy. I’m a work in progress, but hey, aren’t we all?

Thats it for this school year, but expect more from me over the summer and throughout next year! My surroundings may change, but I’ll still be right here, at A Rock in the Stream of Consciousness.

June 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

A Call For Help

Last night I posted that my website, http://ahecker.com would be up and running by 9:00 this morning. I’ll save you the trouble of going there – it doesn’t work yet. The works perfectly fine when tested locally, but when I put the files up through FTP (I used CyberDuck), the links were all broken. I have double checked everything and it seems to be fine, but the results are still the same.

So I am asking for help. My website is being hosted through DreamHost, which does not have a lot of customer support, or at least any that I can find about this topic. If anyone has a website through DreamHost, or knows what I might be doing wrong in the FTP process, please leave a comment here or email me at toledo8904@gmail.com . Or if you just know someone I should talk to about it, drop me a comment or email.

I spent a lot of time working on this site, and I don’t want it all to be for nothing. Thank you for any help you may be able to give, and I will be back with an update and a story by the end of the weekend.

June 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm 2 comments

Procrastination Revisited

Its the week before finals week again, which means I have been spending most of my time either working on projects or stumbling while thinking that I should be working on my projects. The good news is that I found some pretty awesome stuff to share today. The bad news is that I have 9 hours until my website is due to be live (http://ahecker.com – check it after 9am on June 4). But, I’ll finish that later. For now, lets get linking!

Sadly, I only have two links to share tonight, but please also check out the website I have spent many hours learning how to code, and that I am paying money to host. Let me know what you think of it, what might be improved upon, or if you just think it is great! When I post it today it will not be totally done, but it will be a workable template for which I can work on. The url is: http://ahecker.com so please check it out and give me some feedback!

Now for the two random links I have today. First, a pair of headphones that I am seriously considering buying. They are just really cool looking, and would definitely be a conversation starter. I don’t know what the audio quality on these are, but for casual listening it wouldn’t matter, just because they look awesome!

And second, a really funny ‘nastygram‘ from a city, informing the homeowner of their wrongdoings. Whoever did this is funny, and I would probably enjoy being their neighbor, except for that it would require me to live in a neighborhood that doesn’t allow giant rubber rhinos on the lawn. I mean, c’mon.

So, thats all for today. This is one of my shortest posts in awhile. Hopefully I will have a more in depth post later this week, maybe this weekend, about how I transformed from a PC guy to a Mac guy. So that is what I’m thinking about right now, and also the possibility of a joint debate blog with Rob at Piece of My Mind. Also, just a thought at this point, but something that we both hope to do in the near future.

Til next time!

June 4, 2009 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Popular does not mean subpar

I love music. If you know me personally, you probably know that. If you go to school with me, you probably know that I am studying music production (of sorts). If you don’t know me (first, welcome!), just take my word for it, I really love music.

There is something that annoys me about many people who love music though, and something that I strive to avoid. It enrages me when people take a song, possibly even a good song, and dislike it because it is popular, or overplayed. This happens with everything from movies to books, but I’m going to focus mainly on music because that is what I love and know most.

Before I get ahead of myself, I too think it annoying to hear the same song played on the radio repeatedly, and will even change the station on a song I like because I have just heard it too many times recently. That is understandable, in fact, I don’t even like hearing a song played two times in one listen. But the fact that it is overplayed doesn’t make me necessarily dislike it, it just makes me sick of it for awhile. It is still a good song, and in a week or two, I will listen to it again and enjoy it (if it was ever good to begin with). I don’t like when people take a song they might have enjoyed before it was on the radio and crucify it once it achieves stardom. I think this is a way that people try to set themselves apart from the masses and try to claim superiority. “I think that popular song is garbage, I listen to music no one has heard of, I clearly have better taste than those people”. Yeah, that quote is made up, and yeah, its an exaggeration. But its how I feel about people who abandon songs/artists at the first sign of popularity.

Examples of songs that I am glad I did not drop at the first sign of popularity, even if they were overplayed: Anything from Green Day’s American Idiot, Linkin Park, The Offspring, Creed, Fall Out Boy. There are many others, but not that I can think of off the top of my head.

I like stuff that isn’t popular too, so I’m not one of those guys who only likes the popular stuff. This is annoying, but not as annoying as forsaking anything popular. I like to think of it from an outsiders perspective: If I had not heard this song on the radio before, and didn’t know it was popular, would I like this song? If I say yes, then I get over the song being popular and accept that it is just a good song that the radio stations picked up on. In fact, when I think about it, I am glad that the radio stations are able to pick up on some of these good songs and play them to death; at least they are playing something that is fairly good. They could be playing crap to death, so why complain that they are playing good music?

I guess thats about all I have to say on the topic for now, if I go too much further I’ll become angry and stop making sense. I don’t like doing that, it makes me look like an idiot, it makes me stop listening to other opinions, and it turns people off of my blog. Same for everyone else who gets really mad about a subject, but I can’t do anything about them. So, I hope you enjoyed my insight for the day, and please leave a comment as to what you think about overplayed music.

June 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm 2 comments

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