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Moved to Dallas

I moved to Dallas last month!  It's been an interesting transition as I begin "real life."  Someone asked me if I felt different now that I was done with school and would be working full time.  What's funny is it really doesn't feel that different.  But I have a feeling that's all about to change soon.  Things really haven't been that different up until now.  When I was in school, I would come back to Dallas to visit friends over the winter break and I was working 20-30 hours at Circuit City while going to school full time (15 hours).

But things are starting to change.  Everyone has started going back to school at A&M, Oklahoma, UT, etc… and I'm still here.  Laura is going home this weekend and I'll be left here without many of my friends around.  I've been working full-time in my new career.  Although the hours aren't much difference than school+work, the actual work is completely different.  Instead of selling TV's and other electronics, I'm now working as a Business Analyst for a global manufacturing company.  The coolest part is, I'll be traveling around the world. 

The company is sending me on my first trip to SPAIN!  I'll be there for a month, so it should be pretty exciting.  I need to get a new digital camera so I can take pictures and upload them to my website.  I've uploaded a few albums as a sample, but I plan on uploading more pictures as I go.

PS. I'm living in Grapevine, just north of Grapevine Mills Mall and I'm working in Las Colinas (Irving).

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Chase Kerlin Photography

I just finished another site for a client at: http://www.ChaseKerlin.com

Chase Kerlin is an Austin, TX based photographer who does events in Austin and the surrounding areas. He is known for his excellent eye for weddings and landscape photography. The website includes an AJAX enabled photo gallery to power his portfolio of images — just click the Portfolio button at the top of his page to check it out.

Chase is an ex-Marine turned photographer. Photography is not only his profession, but also a passion. His pricing page has a listing of his rates for weddings and more – simply click the link at the top of the page. If you have any further inquiries, dont hesitate to e-mail him at [email protected] or call at 512-627-2757.

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Business in Memphis

For one of my projects at Flowserve, my team decided we needed to go to a plant in Memphis, TN. After building a business case behind our decision to go to memphis and getting buy-in from the plant manager and IT director, we were on our way to the Memphis Pump Facility. Because we bought the plane tickets last minute, the tickets directly to Memphis were almost $900 dollars. We found a cheaper flight ($230) to Little Rock, then rented a vehicle and drove to Memphis — which is just across the border.

They are working on a lot of cool projects that I sadly cannot tell you all about. But it was exciting just to see all the innovation that is going on within the company right now. Even our team project required some innovation. We were supposed to be there looking at barcoding technologies as a possible way to streamline processes and improve efficiency, but our focus shifted to a whole new type of project.

We had the GM of the plant recommend areas that he felt barcoding could improve the bottom line and increase efficiency, but then realized there were more serious issues at hand. We compiled a list of these inefficiencies and locked ourselves in a conference room and came up with some great ideas.

The whole 2006 IT Intern team took a trip to Sulphur Springs at the beginning of the summer, but this was a whole different kind of trip. We were no longer restriced to following the "safe path" that was outlined in yellow for visitors. We got our steel toed shoes and safety goggles on and we were given hands on time with the whole facility.

The first day included a completely guided tour with an agenda for meeting with various people throughout the day. We started with a general tour of the whole facility with one person giving us a very high-level explanation of what the issues at hand were. Throughout the rest of the day we met with subject matter experts within each area that needed improvement. All-in-All it was a good trip and I we should really be able to make a big impact within the company.

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Coors – Great Ideas

It seems like Coors has come up with yet another great idea — a mini, mini keg. That's right: Five Liters of Fun. What's nice about this invention is it is just as delicious as beer on tap, but in a portable self contained device. The side of the keg says to chill it for 5 hours before drinking. "It's well worth the wait!" Damn right it's worth the wait… well especially because Tom Thumb did the chilling for us. It's small enough to fit in a fridge or cooler, but big enough to get a couple people toasted.

Travis and I took it to a friends house for game two of the NBA finals — then took it to the lake the next day. Five Liters of beer is roughly 170 ounces which works out to over 14 twelve ounce beers. The keg cost about $12 with tax. It's more of a novelty than anything. It has a spout that pulls out on the side to serve the beer and a cap at the top to open to get the beer flowing. As I hinted at earlier, the beer can be resealed and finished the next day.

[Click the image to the right to see a larger picture]

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Flavia Coffee Maker

I think I have found the coolest coffee maker ever. I noticed them the first week I got here for my internship, but I didn't decide to try it out until today. The machine allows you to choose a flavor (from many — see pic) and make a fast, single cup of coffee (or Tea, Cocoa, etc).

Here's a picture to illustrate:

I'm really tired this morning, which is probably the only reason I decided to make myself a nice cup of French Vanilla (a little sugar/creamer). I'm not usually a big coffee drinker. I've got a meeting in about 20 minutes, so hopefully it will wake me up enough to look over the details and contribute to the meeting.

Anyways… it's a cool coffee maker.

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Week 2 Done – Begin Week 3

Another week goes by and I've learned even more about the the company. It's easy to understand why the University of Texas (McCombs School of Business) recommends taking as many internship opportunities as a student can get. Don't get me wrong: school is tough… especially when working 30 hours each week while i'm finishing up with courses within my major. But working in the corporate headquarters for a fortune 500 company gives you a much better perspective on what the real world is really like. It's a lot of work, but it has its payoff.

Working 40-50 hour weeks is definitely not as long of a week as some of my dads (and friends) 70-80 hour weeks. But it is representative of what the employees at Flowserve HQ work. We recently started doing "summer hours" in which we work an hour longer on Monday-Thursday then only come in for a half day on Friday. This is perfect for me. I come in early and leave late already — just to avoid the rush of traffic — and I get to extend the enjoyment of my weekends….

I went back to Austin for memorial day this (3-day, long) weekend to see Laura and my family. Laura got back from Paris on Friday and flew into Houston. She came out Saturday morning, which was perfect because I needed to fix a friends laptop on Friday. I bought a new phone (Treo 650 smartphone) on Saturday, then on the way to my parents house my car decided it was time for a new alternator.

We pulled the cable from the alternator, jumped the car, then drove it up to Georgetown with all the power-drawing equipment turned off. This works alright for old carbed motors that dont have much computer equipment. But with my car, the computer controls all the fuel ratios and everything else that creates a smooth environment for the engine. It ran rich/rough on the way up there, but it was a hell of a lot better than fixing the thing in the parking lot with little/no tools.

I ended up spending the whole weekend modding my dad's xbox (which might I add is pretty SWEET) and Laura wasn't too happy that I didn't spend more time with her. Well, lucky me, she's moving into my apartment this weekend so I'll be back in Austin again. I was really hoping to get out to the lake this weekend to run the Jet Ski.

I can't believe I forgot! The JetSki which was down for TWO (2) years has been revived by Travis and me. We pulled the CDI (electronic) box from under the oil tank only to discover that it had a seal broken and had a nasty funk growing inside it. We bought a whole new CDI box, choke cable (also was broken), and a new battery and got her up and running for the first weekend. We went out to the lake, got burned, and had a good time.

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flamingcube – back online

Our sister site, flamingcube.com, has finally been restored. The data was lost during a transition from one host to another and the most recent backup was corrupt.

An old home-directory backup was found, allowing us to save most of the files. However, a recent database backup could not be recovered. The site had not seen many updates (to the DB) recently, so it wasn't that big of an issue. An older copy of the database was found and flamingcube was restored to it's normal self.

The forums have been locked down due to a recent outbreak in phpBB script attacks to the version currently being used on the site. flamingcube.com will now serve as a reference version of the old site.

Check out the site: http://www.flamingcube.com

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I really need to update the site to the new phpBB forums, as a new hack has been released for the version I have on the site. I think I may just take the site offline temporarily and forward the URL to this site.