Maeglin (maeglin73) wrote,

Recent events

"Recent" actually covers parts of the year so far but, on the other hand, I haven't posted a real update in a while :-)

Plans for the trip to Seattle in May are really starting to come together. I now have reservations in place for a hotel room, rental car, and flight. For those of you that I know in the area (read: alathia and mieper), let me know when would be best to get together over Memorial Day weekend... I'll be there for 4 full days, and on one of those (not sure yet which one) I have tentative plans to meet with a couple of friends from Vancouver at the Science Fiction Museum. The rest of the time is pretty much open at the moment.

I've become a serious tea drinker this year... not Lipton's, not the flavored dust in bags that is sold at most stores, but good quality loose-leaf tea. I've also become a big fan of Adagio Teas as a vendor. Most of what I've bought there so far have been their sampler packs, so I can get an idea of what I do and don't like, but I'll soon settle into a list of teas for regular purchase. If any of you are tea drinkers and want to try out their products, let me know... I can send a $5 gift certificate your way for that first purchase.

In the last week or so, I've also become a fan of Amazon's Kindle 2. I bought one almost 2 weeks ago, it arrived later that week, and I already have a handful of books (mostly free... good timing there) and magazines on the device. I also plan to make serious use of the (currently) free 3G web access, mainly to read several news feeds that I have funneled through Google Reader.

CacheMate for Android is coming along well. I have a lot of the backend done now, and I'm currently working on piecing together the GUI, which the Android platform makes surprisingly easy for database-driven applications. The only major hurdle that I have left is figuring out the best way to do import and export of data, especially importing as stuffing data into the database tends to be more expensive than reading it, and a person might want to do something else while that's going on. I think I'm close to getting that figured out, though.
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