Zaissian Logic » General Logic http://zaissianlogic.com Mon, 07 Jul 2008 05:50:26 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.3 en Settling In http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/07/settling-in/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/07/settling-in/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2008 13:13:10 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/07/settling-in/ It’s been a hectic month, but I’ve managed to settle in over on the west coast. As part of moving across the country, I decided I wanted to take the step up and buy instead of rent. I’ve ended up with a great condo in Capitol Hill, and I wanted to show my readers! Pictures (and a 4th of July Fireworks video) after the jump.

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Top 10 Ways You Know You’re Ready to See Eddie Izzard Live http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/top-10-ways-you-know-youre-ready-to-see-eddie-izzard-live/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/top-10-ways-you-know-youre-ready-to-see-eddie-izzard-live/#comments Mon, 26 May 2008 13:26:20 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/top-10-ways-you-know-youre-ready-to-see-eddie-izzard-live/ It’s an exciting week for me. I’m starting the new job tomorrow, and I’m taking off on Friday for a joint Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gift: Driving with my parents to Kansas City to see Eddie Izzard live.

If you know me, you know that I’m an Eddie Izzard fanatic. If you think you are too, then run through the abbreviated checklist below, and see if you’re ready to see him live. (more…)

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Omaha, Boston, and Horses http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/omaha-boston-and-horses/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/omaha-boston-and-horses/#comments Thu, 22 May 2008 13:06:09 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/omaha-boston-and-horses/ As I prepare to leave Boston, I find myself reflecting on where I’ve lived, and the differences between the various cities.

Omaha is often thought of as part of “flyover” country – a different world within the United States. When I was in high school, a girl who transferred in from the coast was afraid she’d be riding horses to school.

Well, that’s one rumor I want to put to rest today. People in Omaha (and the rest of Nebraska) have cars, just like everyone else. What’s more, unlike Boston, we don’t feel the need to explicitly prohibit horses on the freeway – it’s generally understood that they aren’t allowed.

A road sign with no walking, no bicycles, and no horses shown on it

That’s a real sign on the on-ramp to I-95 / Rte 128 in Newton, MA, just outside of Boston. I would think the horse indication wouldn’t be necessary, but what do I know. I guess the culture in Omaha is just too modern for me to understand Boston’s ways.

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Spain… 8 Months Late http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/spain-8-months-late/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/spain-8-months-late/#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 14:49:29 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/05/spain-8-months-late/ My recent free time has found me cleaning, organizing, and tackling projects that have been on the back burner for far too long. Top on that last list: Cataloging and posting my pictures from my trip to Spain with Shipra last September.

Even though it’s old news by now, some of the pictures are pretty cool. Even if you saw them on my iPod, I’ve added commentary and interesting facts, so you should take another look. You can browse my entire Flickr stream if you want; after the jump, I go through some of the highlights.

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Portfolio, Banking, and Other Tidbits http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/04/portfolio-banking-and-other-tidbits/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/04/portfolio-banking-and-other-tidbits/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2008 22:19:15 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/04/portfolio-banking-and-other-tidbits/ Yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks. It’s actually been a big couple of weeks, but more on recent developments coming soon. In the meantime, my 12 half-written blog posts were giving me the evil eye, so yet again, I’ve returned to my neglected blog.

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I am Jack’s Intriguing Movie Theory http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/i-am-jacks-intriguing-movie-theory/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/i-am-jacks-intriguing-movie-theory/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2008 02:51:15 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/i-am-jacks-intriguing-movie-theory/ Edit: This post deals with a theory about the movie Fight Club. In discussing the theory, the ending is revealed (after the jump). If you haven’t watched Fight Club… well, why haven’t you? But you may want to avoid reading this until you have.

As someone who has an outside-the-norm view on a few movies, I really enjoyed reading this interpretation of Fight Club. It’s almost seven years old, but it was new to me, and I thought it was great.

The idea is that the movie Fight Club is a continuation of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strips, some 15-20 years later. The author offers a lot of great comparisons, and overall it’s very enjoyable reading.

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Commitment Via Contracts? http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/commitment-via-contracts/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/commitment-via-contracts/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2008 20:47:28 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/commitment-via-contracts/ I read about stickK this morning on TechCrunch, and I was instantly intrigued. The quick explanation is that the site, like many others, helps you to set and track goals. Some of the big ones listed are losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking, etc.

What sets stickK apart is that, as you set up a goal, you set up a contract with yourself. And you put money against it. So every week you don’t make progress to your goal, you have to pay up (all the money goes to charity). The contract is legally binding, so once you sign up, you’re in it for the long haul.

I love this concept. I’ve been trying to get back on the 20/20 program since I moved to Boston, and incorporating a contract forces a few things into the equation:

  1. Preparation. It’s easy to say, “I’ll start tomorrow.” But have you taken the necessary steps to get there? I almost set up a contract this morning, and realized, “Oh crap! I better go grocery shopping and get everything I need to really make this happen first.”
  2. Accountability. They give you a buffer to enter your information every week, but you have to do it every week. If you don’t, it counts as a week where you didn’t meet the goal, and you pay up.
  3. Drive to stick with it. The contract is binding until you meet your end goal. So giving up because of one bad week really isn’t an option. I think the contract refocuses the problem in a positive way: It pushes you to brush off bad weeks and get right back up again, which is so critical when you’re trying to meet a difficult, long-term goal.

So I’m going to give it a try. Ask me how it’s going in a month. If I’ve paid out a ton of money, I’ll probably be unhappy. But as stickK’s founders say, money is a great motivator!

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Rotating Art is a Great Thing http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/rotating-art-is-a-great-thing/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/rotating-art-is-a-great-thing/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2008 23:25:46 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/rotating-art-is-a-great-thing/ If you haven’t heard the news, we recently had our much-anticipated office move. These days, we’re working out of The Meadows in Framingham, Mass, which is really an awesome building.

A picture of the the new office building where Im working

One of my favorite things is the art that they have in the hallway. I feel creative as soon as I walk in the door, and since it’s all in the common space between the different companies, I can go wander around and get inspired any time I want.

Apparently they have an arrangement to rent the art from a local museum - and I saw them swapping out the paintings two days ago. There’s a new piece by the sandwich stand that’s super awesome… if I had the money, I’d totally buy it for my place.

I got curious, so I started looking around for programs that allow you to rent art for your home or office. I instantly found that the Seattle Art Museum and the MOMA in San Francisco have programs like this. It seems like a great way to get exposure to a lot of cool modern artists. Anybody have experience with a program like this?

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Welcome Readers, New and Old! http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/welcome-readers-new-and-old/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/welcome-readers-new-and-old/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2008 03:48:53 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2008/02/welcome-readers-new-and-old/ After alluding to my redesign intentions (twice), I’ve finally gotten around to it. What you’re seeing here is the results of my efforts. Welcome! I’m glad you’ve followed me to the new blog. I have lots of great content that’s been on the back burner for the past month during the redesign, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, don’t forget to update your bookmarks. While you’re at it, subscribe to the new feed! You can also read more about how this blog is structured, or leave me some feedback. I designed this to be a better experience for my readers, so please, let me know what you think.

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Nobody Got the Memo http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2007/12/they-didnt-get-the-memo/ http://zaissianlogic.com/general/2007/12/they-didnt-get-the-memo/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2007 07:15:22 +0000 zsz http://zaissianlogic.com/2007/12/14/they-didnt-get-the-memo/ It may have taken a couple months, but I can finally say I’ve settled in on the east coast. I’m down to two boxes (OK, I’ve been down to two boxes for a month now… which makes me wonder if I actually need whatever is in those two boxes), and I’ve got my apartment arranged more or less the way I want it.

Settling in has come with it’s share of interesting moments. My apartment is half of a 2-story duplex that used to be occupied by the landlords for the complex. The benefit is that they completely repainted and remodeled everything before I moved in! The downside is that nobody got the memo that the landlords moved out.

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