Through My Eyes

the thoughts and musings of Justin Thorp; the 21 year old college student...son...brother...child of God...friend...boyfriend...and internet geek


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Moving Soon! - Word Press Coming

I am in the process of migrating my Through My Eyes Blog to a different web host. I will also be using WordPress for my blog.

I will also be at JustinThorp.com

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Apple Store Grand Opening - Grand Rapids, Michigan


Apple Store in GR
Originally uploaded by thorpus.
This morning we woke up early and went to Grand Rapids for the Grand Opening of an Apple Store at the Woodlands Mall.

When we got into the mall, we heard a roar of people. You would have thought that it was the opening of a new Star Wars movie or that there was a geek convention in town. When we got there there were 200-300 people in line. Starbucks was open so we got coffees.

After waiting for about an hour and half we actually made it into the store. My dad picked up an Apple iBook and my mom got some card games software for her laptop. We all got our commemorative t-shirts.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Grand Rapids is Gearing up for an Apple Store

Grand Rapids is gearing up for getting it's own Apple Store. The Grand Rapids Press writes about some of the preparations at the Woodlands Mall. They say the Apple Store launch will be their biggest store launch yet.

I will be there. I won't be there when the mall opens at 7am. I will try to take some photos of the grand opening and post them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Panera Bread & Sticky Hands

Panera Bread is easily my favorite place to eat.

When I was eating there on Sunday with my family, my mom made the observation that at the stations where you put away dishes and throw away trash they should have things of sanitizer.

Your hands get sticky when your throwing away the trash and you need something to clean them off with. So Panera Executives, work on that...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Are you geek enough?...iPod + Linux

Apparently there is a iPod Linux Kernel out there. If you are tired of Apple's iPod OS, you can free yourself.

Wow...this is too much, lol.

The Justin Thorp Show

Check out my first podcast of the Justin Thorp Show. (.mp3 3.5mb)

You can subscribe to it using my blog's feed.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Movie: Batman Begins

As my friends can tell ya, it takes a lot for me to stay into a movie. I will usually start to get really tired and start to doze off.

The movie Batman Begins kept me into it everystep of the way. Christopher Nolan directed this series prequel. Nolan brings a stroke of excellence to what most would consider to be a struggling series. Recently, the last two Batman movies had received bismal reviews and disappointing outcomes at the box office.

This wasn't just some action movie but it had a considerable amount of depth to it. It takes a look at how Batman came about, how Batman's struggles and his fears brought him to where he is and who he became.

Christian Bale I think is the best Batman yet. He really masters the character.

I hope that Paramount Pictures keeps the Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale team together for a Batman sequel. I would be excited to see what they can do.

Rating - 9/10

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Podcast coming soon

I am working on doing a podcast. It will probably just be ramblings about my life. Episode One should be coming soon.

Chef Justin...

I made dinner last night for the family. It was fun. With going back to Rochester in the fall I need to get better at cooking.

I got a little ambitious and found some interesting recipes of the internet and didn't want to just make something simple. I made fetta cheese-stuffed turkey burgers. They are served on a pita with romaine lettuce and peppers.

One other plus of being able to cook better is that I will be able to make dinner for Alex and me some time. :-)

Friday, June 17, 2005

Apple Store is opening in Grand Rapids, MI

There is an Apple Store opening in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 25th. I'm pumped.

Who wants to go that Saturday morning and stand in line to be some of the first people that get in?

If your part of the first thousand people in the store, you get a free t-shirt. They are also going to give a bunch of huge prizes away.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Two Must Have CD's


Recently two cds have come out that have absolutely knocked my socks off.

One day I was flipping through Apple iTunes, I must have been a little bored or something, I found Shawn McDonald. He has a very fun acoustic raw kind of sound. He is a very talented guitarist. His lyrics are pretty intense. It sounds like he had a pretty intense up bringing. Shawn McDonald's Live in Seattle album is a must buy.

Coldplay is a band that I had listened to previously but had never really appreciated them. They recently came out with their new album X and Y. It has taken the world by storm. Some are saying that they are the next U2 and I would tend to agree with them. The album has had great internet sales. I was listening to it at work today and had it on loop. I bet I went 3 or 4 hours just listening to that album. Go buy it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Birthday Weekend - Part 3: Indianapolis, IN

Sunday - June 12, 2005

Sunday morning I woke up around 7:30/8ish. Krista had to be at church around 9am. She is the head of the first impressions ministry at her church. That is the ministry that makes sure everything looks good to people that might not necessarily go to church will feel comfortable. It was pretty cool. It was funny because Krista was the one giving orders. She ran a tight ship.

Her church is pretty cool. Everyone seemed really nice. Her pastor talked about how we ask ourselves where the a line is that we can or can not cross in certain situations, what is a sin & not a sin? He said that is the wrong question to ask. The right question to ask is, how does it help you run? When we make lines for ourselves we see how close we can get to them.

After that, we grabbed some lunch. We went to go b-day present shopping for Alexandra, my girlfriend. I was a little nervous because I wanted what I got to be perfect. I liked having my sister there with me. I think her and Alex have similar styles. After an hour, I am really happy with what I found. I think she will love it.

We went back and hung out and my sister's apartment for a bit. After that we went out to Verizon Music Center to see Dave Matthews Band in Concert. It was already starting to rain a lil bit so we were a lil nervous. We got to the amphitheater and it just started raining more. We were going to stick it out though. We sat through just drenching rain and eventually the Dave Matthews Band came out. It was a fantastic concert. He sang some great great songs. The improvisational jams were incredible.

After the concert, the roads were so poorly layed out that it took 3 1/2 hours to get back to the express way.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Birthday Weekend - Part 2; Lansing/Indy

Saturday - June 11, 2005

Friday nite was mega hot out so I slept in the basement. I woke up to my dad telling me that I had a package that had arrived. Alex, my beautiful girl friend who is currently in Rochester, had sent my b-day present in the mail and it had just came.

So I open it and she got me a copy of the Complete Hitchhikers Guide the Galaxy (all the books.) Our first date was seeing the movie Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and I hadn't read the book yet. I opened the book up and there were lil baseball card sized paintings placed inside the book. Some of the paintings were even of her and I. I love the lil paintings and I can't wait to get into the book.

Later that day, we all went to Panera Bread (my favorite restaurant.) Then mom and I went suit shopping. She had gotten some JC Penny gift cards and they were having a sale on suits. We found this really nice charcoal colored blazer and some nice black dockers.

We came home and then I drove to Indianapolis to spend time with my sis and go to the Dave Matthews Concert on Sunday. It was a long drive but not too bad. It is a quick drive compared to the drive to Rochester.

So I got to her apartment, we hung for a lil bit then we went to the house of some of her friends from church. They were mega nice. They even sang me happy b-day. We played a card game with pennies and the game Mafia. It was very fun.

Birthday Weekend - Part 1; Lansing, MI

Friday - June 10, 2005

So Friday was my birthday, I had to work. Work was fun. I had my W3C WAI EOWG conference call first thing in the morning. We are talking more about the redesign of the WAI web site. It should be launching in the near future. I'm excited. Later, the guys at work bought me lunch which was fun. We we went to Crunchies which is our favorite, whole in the wall bar/restaurant in East Lansing.

I came home after a full day of work. My parents and I went out to a nice restaurant for dinner. I wanted to go somewhere that wouldn't have the loud and obnoxious wait staff serenade me with happy b-day. Some places I hear even put a hat on you and make you stand on something. We found a nice quiet restaurant. For my alcoholic drink of choice, I went with a nice glass of wine, a Riesling.

We all came home. I opened presents. I got the book 1776 by David McCullogh, some nice dress shirts, and then my mom and I were going to look for suits or suit coats.

Then Andy, Nate, and Tara came over for beer and cake with my family. It was fun. They brought over Corona and Guinness. Both of them are very quality beers.

Andy, Nate, Tara, Danny, Jeff and I then went to go see a late showing of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. They all REALLY loved it. I thought it was fun but wasn't great. It wasn't worth the 8/10 that our local paper gave it.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Happy B-Day to Me!

I turn 21 today!

Beer and Cake at my house tonite.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Drink a Slurpee, Win a iTunes Song

It has been really hot here in Michigan the last few days. It has gotten up into the high 80s & low 90s the last few days.

Well to beat the heat you should go to Seven Eleven (7-11) and get a big Slurpee. According to iPodLounge, there is a huge promotion starting where on specially marked Slurpees you can get a free iTunes Music Song. They are giving away eight million songs...wow.

Michael Jackson Trial...Who Really Cares?

One thing that has been the top of the news lately is that the jury in the Michael Jackson Child Molestation trial is in deliberations over the charges. I turn on Sean Hannity yesterday, expecting some good liberal bashing, what do I get? They are doing analysis of the different members of the jury.

My questions is..WHO CARES? (Apparently not too many people.)

I think we should pray for Michael Jackson. He needs to hear about how about the joy of having a relationship with Jesus.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Apple's arrogance ;-)


Longhorn: You'll find it in Tiger
Originally uploaded by jmissig.
One of the fun things about being an Apple user is their just blatant arrogance about their superiority over their competitors.

The photo was taken at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference which is taking place in San Francisco this week.

Steve Job's keynote is in a couple hours. We will be able to find out if there is any credence to the Intel switch rumors that have been going around.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Credit Cards Starting in Iraq

A cool story coming out of Iraq. Credit and Debit Cards are starting to be distributed in Iraq. Getting people to use "plastic" in a very cash oriented culture will help to revive the economy in Iraq.

USA Today - For first time, shoppers will have credit
Some business owners say they are excited about the cards. The cards are "very useful for not only businessmen but for common people as you do not have to carry money with you," says Basil al-Hadithi, 42, an owner of mobile phone shops.

Movie: Cinderella Man

Yesterday I saw the movie Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti and directed by Ron Howard.

This movie is about James J. Braddock, who is a depression era boxer. He is a man who was a great boxer but ran out of steam and lost all of his credibility. But during the depression, when everyone thought that all hope was lost, James Braddock was able to make a comeback into the boxing mainstream and give hope to the masses.

This is really a fantastic movie. Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger have really great chemistry together on screen. Paul Giamatti plays the Russell Crowe's manager. Paul also does a really fantastic job in the movie. By the end of the movie you feel like you have been taken back to the 1930s and your sitting in Madison Square Garden rooting for James Braddock to win the boxing match.

I think once Academy Award time comes around next year, I wouldn't be surprised if you saw this movie being mentioned a few times. Paul Giamatti got snubbed for an Oscar last time around in the movie Sideways. I predict he will get the nod this year.

I think this movies is a MUST SEE. If you only go see 2 or 3 movies a year, I would make this one of them.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

busy, busy, busy...

I have been really busy lately. After my little trip to MIT, I have spent the last two days getting back into the swing of things at Michigan State. We have a couple of big projects on the table with them right now. One of them I'm in the process of wrapping up. I am kind of excited about it. I think their new web site is going to help them a lot.

I am also excited about doing more of my work with the W3C WAI. It is really such an awesome opportunity. I have really been blessed.

I have also seemed to contract a cold. I have been hugging my Kleenex box all day. *sneezes*

I turn 21 next Friday. I am pretty excited. I am going to get beer and pizza with my parents which should be fun :-) Then on Saturday I am going to drive to Indianapolis so that I can see the Dave Matthews Band concert with my sister on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

back from W3C @ MIT

Last night I got back in from Boston around 11:15pm.

It was a really good couple of days. It was fun walking around the MIT campus and being able to see a little bit of Cambridge. I met with some people about work they want me to do for W3C WAI.

One of the highlights of the trip was that I got to meet Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. I sat next to him at lunch yesterday also. That was really awesome.