Verizon Announces Samsung Saga…rizon-wireless/

“Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1 announced the addition of two new phones to Verizon Wireless’ robust portfolio of global phones – the Samsung RenownTM and the Samsung SagaTM The Saga is a smartphone that features a 2.55″ advanced touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard that provides business professionals with an easy way to send e-mail, text and instant messages. This productivity powerhouse is equipped with Quad Band GSM/GPRS capability, an optical mouse, Wi-Fi access (802.11 b/g), Opera mobile browser and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional to keep customers connected to their offices when they are at home and abroad.”

Hopefully the Saga won’t simply “be a a medieval Icelandic or Norse prose narrative of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family, etc” but will be an honest to goodness Windows Mobile device that brings some options to those on VZW. Opera is getting bundled more and more these days, and for good reason. Now if VZW can simply find a way to charge by the keypress, they’d be all set.

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Engineering & Server Installs

Greg, a Civil Engineering grad, stands next to his team’s bridge

Today was an interesting day. Karey & I sorta relaxed a bit and let Dan & Sue go to most of the events. A parade this morning (that I dropped them off at), and a cookout tonight (that I wanted to go to but couldn’t due to timing). We did go to the Engineering open house and see the bridge pictured above. Next to it is my brother-in-law, who I am sure is so thrilled that he’s been photographed to death this week (And has more to come).

Karey Snaps A Shot!

We sat in on the Engineering awards ceremony, and saw Greg get a lapel pin and sticker (for his hard hat) indicating his Graduation with Honors status. We then toured the building a bit, met some instructors, and headed back down to the camper. Speaking of the camper, remember those empty parking lot photos from earlier this week (They’re in my gallery), check this out:

One of many shots showing a crowded parking lot

The parking lot has grown in size quite a bit – car and RV wise! We have a prime spot by the water, however I believe others are getting envious! After this post I’ll be uploading some pics from today to the Gallery site, however since I spent most of the day at the RV (installing a server remotely tonight), I don’t have quite as many as in days past!

Stupid News Executive Alert

TV Executive Arrested At Logan Now In Treatment
BOSTON (WBZ) WHDH Channel 7 announced Thursday that general manager Randi Goldklank is now undergoing medical treatment after an allegedly drunken tirade Sunday night that ended with her arrest at Logan Airport. “The unfortunate events of last Sunday night were unanticipated and Ms. Goldklank is deeply regretful,” said Ed Ansin, president of Sunbeam Television Corp. in a prepared statement. Mike Carson, the station’s previous general manager will take over on a temporary basis while Goldklank remains on administrative leave. According to a State Police report, Goldklank, 40, of Boston, threatened to put a trooper on TV and ruin his life, after screaming and creating a disturbance at the gate of her incoming flight Sunday night. According to the police report obtained by WBZ, “She began flailing her arms and stated ‘leave me alone, do you know who the (expletive) I am? I’ll have a news crew down here in minutes and you will lose your (expletive) jobs you (expletive).”
I can just see the new reality series: News Station Managers Gone Wild… Pretty funny how the mighty can fall, yet still feel mighty, under the presence of alcohol.

Life Update (Public Edition)

Yes Boys & Girls, It’s Jon’s Life Update.  As we end Q1 this year, I figure I’ll give everyone an update on the major events in my life:

  • Last Tuesday my committee approved my thesis proposal.  This is a major deal for us acadamia nuts, as it means that now I can collect my data, write it up, and then defend my findings.  I hope to finish data collection this semester so I can use May + June for the stats & Write-up.  The day of the defense meeting will be the day I fulfill all the requirements for a M.A. (Eventhough I may have to wait a few months for the official degree since paperwork must be filed, etc…), so I’m eagerly hoping to defend before Aug 5.
  • The weather has begun to get better (Although snow is expected tomorrow night).  I’ve been keeping busy around the house with a few projects here and there, most related to finishing a book or two (I’ve been working on Ramachandran’s Phantoms in the Brain although Steve C. has pretty much relayed the entire book to me through the va
    rious meetings we’ve been in the last 2 years). I’m also trying to organize my technology stuff (An ever present goal) and put in more time on PPCT, although life has been interfering with that lately.
  • Karey tried on her wedding dress last Friday, and appears happy with it.  She dragged me to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to register (We also plan on registering at 1 other place for the heck of it), so you can look up our wedding registry and see some of her choices (i.e. china pattern) and some of mine (i.e. shoe stretchers).
  • I have 2 term papers to write up this month, each I expect to devote a full day in the office to (Most likely a Friday that I can go in super early and leave around 5, with a few meetings here and there).  One is for my advisor’s class, the other for close relationships.  I have ideas for both, now I Just have to write up 10-15 pages for each!
  • April 1 marks the end of my 2 most dreaded months (Feb + Mar for the obvious impaired). 

So in the spirit of LiveJournal, anyone reading this is hearby ORDERED to post a comment, even if it’s “heh… comments r kewl” or some other dribble.  Ideally, I’d like to know what your April plans are, and if you are happy to see April Showers or wish we could have had more winter*
* Wishing fo
r more winter may be criteria to remove you as a friend.

bundling up the animals!

I’m laying in Karey’sn bed, waiting for her to take a shower and return. She kept me up an hour longer already, watching a program on Crop Circles (or as scary movie 3 puts it: Cop Cycles). I did a dumb thing today: I drove to Kareys in light rain, on sparse country backroads, at night, alone, listening to the unabridged audio book of “The Mothman Prophecies”. this is not a good night driving book (especially since the events in the book happened within a 20 mile radius of where i was driving.) Guess next time I’ll listen to something less chilling!
This will be posted whenever I next sync AvantGo, so if you read it on Sunday, trust the author that it was written Thursday night!