Monday, July 22, 2013


Semester Over

I turned in my final Pathfinder Project for Government Documents and my last two homework assignments for Abstracting/Indexing last Friday. I still do not believe this semester is over. It has been, by far, my most intense semester to date.

Strangely, Gov Docs turned out to be the more taxing class of the two. My professor really required a great deal of work between weekly reference lists, weekly end-of-chapter question responses (I haven't had to do those since High School) and other assignments every couple weeks on top of those! Never mind the fact that he wasn't exactly clear with his instructions, that added even more stress. But I feel that I did some quality work and earned a good grade in the class.

A&I was supposed to be my hard class. But it turned out to be fairly straightforward and simple. Maybe metadata just comes natural to me. All I know is that I didn't have all the headaches I thought I would have with that class. Although it was strange to write an entire paper on the index of a book.
Hopefully this semester has sharpened my skills and prepared me to take and completely destroy the comprehensive exams. Comps, I'll be seeing you in October!

Friday, July 12, 2013

iOS7 Beta 3 and The Broken Phone App

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The Developer Life

A friend of mine gave me the awesome privilege of being an Apple Developer so I could get the shiny, new iOS7 on my iPhone. It has been pretty much everything I expected. Cool User Interface. Buggy third party apps. Glitchy native apps. Overall probably not something I'd want to pay for but the fact that hardly anyone else outside of work (I work in IT) has it makes me feel cool, so I put up with it.

However, Beta 3 brought a big problem. I noticed that I was getting voicemails with no record of a missed call. What? I know, crazy. And unacceptable. I mean, messaging UI issues is one thing, but making people feel like I was ignoring their call when I actually wasn't? Not cool.

My first thought was to blame the Google Voice app for interfering with my Phone App. I made several changes to GV that did not resolve the issue. Then, I did what I should have done in the first place. I googled the problem.

Disturb Me Please

According to the internet, iOS Beta 3 may have issues with the Do Not Disturb function. So if you find that your iPhone running iOS Beta 3 is not allowing calls to come in, change your DND settings to "Allow Everyone" to interrupt. I know, it defeats the purpose of DND, but if the Phone app doesn't display incoming calls, it defeats the purpose of owning a phone.

I'm not going to go through the trouble of giving screenshots, the link to the article I found will be posted below. It has all that fancy stuff. Please refer to that for more detailed instructions.

Happy developing!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

#litnerd Progeny

I'm a Parent (to be)!

I don't have much time for an extensive post, but I had to announce this with a literary quote about parenthood. Who could be more quotable than my main man, Oscar Wilde?
Oscar Wilde in New York
Oscar Wilde in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. 
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
This quote takes the natural tensions between parent and child to the extreme in order to illustrate a message. At some point, love become intense. I hope and pray that I'm ready to experience that kind of love.

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