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start of a new era

Monday, July 31, 2006

After almost 6 years, I've left TIGI.

it was a long 2 weeks after i gave my notice that included a hard talk with Bruno (CEO) as he tried to pursuade me to stay. I wouldn't say a bad 2 weeks, just long. I was ancy to start the new job. I was sad to leave all my friends there, but it wasn't hard to leave. I'm really excited about my new position. I've got my own office in a fun enviorment, a fridge full of beer, covered parking and what looks like a full plate of exciting work.

Today was my first day. I spent more than half the day loading programs and getting my computer set up. The rest of the day i used to knock out a couple small projects. So far things are going really well and I have lots to do.

Superbikers

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I finished and launched a site for the Oklahoma Superbikers last night. I'm pretty happy with it, mainly becuase i figured out (with a little help from steve) how to make blogger feed the content. Every section on the site except for the galleries is fed by a blog. What makes that special? anybody that can figure out how to use blogger.com can update their site at will. that means they don't have to bug me to update, or pay someone else to do it.

there are still a couple of things I'd like to improve. One is the banner on top. I'd like to find a better, clearer picture. The other is that the site is really tall to accomidate the longer sections without creating a second scroll bar in the content window (like this site has in the longer sections - YXR100). I figured out how to make the window as big as it needs to be automatically according to how long the content is using CSS (cascading style sheets). CSS is amazing and i'm excited to learn more about it. I'm going to try to get around to redo-ing the site in CSS, but i dont' know when i'll be able to make that happen. for now it'll have to do as is cause i have to go home and put together a dirt bike motor.

New Job

Monday, July 17, 2006

I FINALLY got a new job. i had an interview last week with a company called Telligent. They are a software company comprised of some of the best guys in the country. They develop community type programs that run things like match.com and various other community/blogging/forum type sites. I'm super hyped about it. I've been looking for a job for something like 9 months now, and I finally got one, and its a good one.

My official titile is "Web Designer", but i'll also be doing some print when it comes in. I was originally going for an Art Director position, but I have to move on and get more experience in web design and the workings of an agency type enviorment. I think that if i do well, an Art Director position might not be too far off.

I guess it's not an agency really. Theres only about 3 people in the creative department, and their primary job has been to design the projects that the software guys have been creating. The demand has grown enought that they are actually branching off from Telligent and creating a creative group called Sound Creative. I'm pretty excited about this as well. It's a small group of people trying to make this new "company" successful. I'm excited to be a part of it in these early stages and i hope that i can become a key player in making it a success.

Anyways, I start 2 weeks from today. Monday, July 31st. I'm ready... I'm afraid these next two weeks are going to be looooong.

Oak Hill Raceway

Monday, July 10, 2006

This past weekend we went to Oak Hill Raceway near tyler, TX. we normally don't race this track because it's not in the Texas Mini GP series that i run (its part of the big bike series, the CMRA), but its a lot of fun so we do it anyways. the tracks we normally run on average about a half a mile. this track is almost 2 miles long, so you're wide open almost the entire track railing around fast, bumpy turns. at first its a really scary track due to higher speeds and lots of bumps and sealer all over the track, but once you get the hang of it you realise that you can go flat out around many corners without even slowing down... thats a rush.

unfortunatley our weekend didnt' go so well. i won't go over the endless list of things that went wrong, but i'll tell you the 2 big ones.

1. when you go to oak hill, you get the luxury to drive on the hot pit and unload all your stuff from the truck right into your pit. well we unloaded, and then the truck died. dad had to tow me off the track. turns out it was the fuel pump wich is inside the gas tank... and i just filled up. while we raced dad rounded up the parts, drained the tank, took it off, repaced parts and waited for me to finish racing so that we could lift that heavy bitch back up under the truck. this is no easy task. you're laying on your back in the dirt under a truck with about 4 inches of clearance from your face to the truck. then you have to figure out how to lift this heavy tank off the ground from that position.

2. our bike died after 3 and a half hours of non stop racing. we were suppose to do 6. we thought the top end siezed, but turns out it was the bottom end. i felt really bad that everyone didn't get to finish the race, especially since we were in 3rd and not far behind 1st and 2nd. I'm trying to keep my head up with hopes that after i fix this problem the bike will be good for a while... thats what we said last time. these bikes are suppose to be low maintence, cheap racers... i've dumped a lot of money into that bike trying to keep it on the track this year.

besides that, we still had a lot of fun with the time we did get on the track. Mom and dad were there as always, dusty flew in from pheonix and ayden was with us too. overall i was still able to keep a smile on my face.

picts of us from the race can be found here Oak Hill 2006