Memos from September 2005

Can’t Believe I’m Playing for the Giants

Any­ways, I got one “offi­cial” soft­ball team that I’m in on Sun­day after­noon-night over at Daly City’s West­lake Park. I say “offi­cial” because I actu­al­ly paid. This time I ain’t some­one named “Kyle” or “Stephen” but just lil ‘ol me. Anoth­er dope thing about this league is the online-stats!

Check it out baby! All-star =)

PS. Just in case some­one views this in the future and I don’t get the plays I want… as of 9/30/05: I am 4‑for‑6 with a 0.667 bat­ting aver­age and 3 runs scored.

Must Be Friday

Must Be Friday

Must Be Fri­day by stechico.

Work­ing on a Fri­day is some­times a bit stress­ful but fun at the same time. Any­who, TGIF every­one. Have a safe and great October(fest) week­end!

Note: This is the first pic­ture I took using my new cell­phone (Motoro­la V551). Pret­ty cool con­sid­er­ing its not even a MP-cam­era =(

Seven O’ Clock, On the Dot

My alarm just came on. This thing (cell) is loud “peri­od.” It played that “Hel­lo Moto” tune. Thank god I put it right next to me as I just reach towards the sound and pressed the snooze but­ton suc­cess­ful­ly.

I think it prob­a­bly took me two “snoozes” to final­ly get up, show­er up and head towards the West Oak­land BART sta­tion. Then, hopped on the SFO/Mill­brae-bound train around 8:20am. For what? What else—for work.

Oh what sweet fun it’ll be being on stand­by and test­ing for any­thing fishy on the net­work. Mean­while, I think I just tast­ed the best bagels ever on a Sat­ur­day morn­ing. I guess its just been a long time since I got up this ear­ly on a Sat­ur­day that any food is real­ly good.

Not to men­tion, a bit over 6 hours ago, we were just bowl­ing over at Manor Bowl (San Lean­dro, 11:30pm‑1:30am). I think I got buzzed of a $0.50 cup of beer. Yah, I know… light-weight. It’s prob­a­bly because I did­n’t get to eat any­thing for din­ner. I just went home and took a nap straight from work. Maybe that or, I’m just aller­gic and light-weight. *sigh*

Fun this day ought to be. I hope every­thing here goes well so we can roll over to some place for lunch—FREE lunch! Hope­ful­ly, it does­n’t take that long to do our (Engi­neer­ing) thing. I real­ly want to go over to Kruise Park for some pick­up-soft­ball games.

From my mind to yours, carpe diem.

10th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

Just got a word from Cice­ly that Redon­do Beach is host­ing their Annu­al Lob­ster Fes­ti­val this week­end. Damn, too bad I can’t have a copy of myself go there. As L‑boogie would say:

Two MCs can’t occu­py the same space at the same time …it’s against the laws of physics” ~Lau­ryn Hill, The Score — Zealots

Any­ways, for those going, make sure to eat a small break­fast to expand your stom­achs. So you can get as much lob­ster as pos­si­ble dur­ing the fest. Damn, mmm mmm mmm—lobster!

For more info, vis­it the site.

Basecamp Ad Somewhat Confusing

Basecamp ad somewhat confusing

Base­camp is a web-based tool that lets you man­age and track projects (or sim­ply ideas) and quick­ly cre­ate client/project extranets.

NO RISK FREE TRIAL?” I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But this thing is mak­ing me bug out. Maybe its the hand­ful of hours I spent doing ads with this kin­da copy/text on it. I know them mar­keters are real­ly cru­cial in word­ing their babies.

I mean, “Con­tent is king” to them. Even if it looks out of place, or out of pro­por­tion, they don’t care where it goes as long as its big and right on the audi­ences’ face. Oth­er than that, they just churn their rolodex and make calls to their con­tacts. I guess its all about the commission—they get bank.

Mean­while, back to the word-play in the Base­camp ad. I saw this ad in a site I fre­quent for design news and oth­er stuff. It did­n’t hit me at first till I took a clos­er look at it. I could­n’t just shake it off, you know?

Its like hav­ing the TP on back­wards so that it would­n’t “water­fall” the right way. I just hate see­ing it any­where that I lit­er­al­ly change it the way it should’ve been in the first place. Just a pet peeve of mine amongst oth­er small stuff. Any­one else have this on their list?

Any­ways, I got a cou­ple of things when I saw this copy: “NO RISK FREE TRIAL.” First, it can mean “NO RISK-FREE TRIAL”—which sounds real­ly evil. Its like, try our prod­uct that I’m sell­ing and oh BTW, if you get some growth on your neck we’re not to blame. I mean c’mon, just a major sales deter­rent that can just close a busi­ness out.

The sec­ond mean­ing that I get sounds right. “NO-RISK FREE TRIAL.” Sounds bet­ter don’t it? Not only are you get­ting a free tri­al, there’s also no-risk to doing it. Two major sell­ing point that can bring the dough from rolling in.

I guess it was just an over­sight by some­one over at the Mar­ket­ing depart­ment. With the suc­cess­ful prod­ucts that 37Signals have been rolling out late­ly (i.e. Base­camp, Back­pack and Ta-da List) to com­ple­ment the next ver­sion of the Web (aka. Web 2.0), this might just have been a freak of nature. Either that, or the design­er just did his/her thing—design. I prob­a­bly have done some­thing like this in that past, to make things look “right”. After all, “beau­ty lies in the eyes of the behold­er.”