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Technology Consulting at 318

Posted Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 3:49 PM

As I alluded to in my Disneyland post, I’ve started a new position with a California-based company called 318, Inc. My new title is technology consultant and I will be based in Minnesota. You can reach me now at 952-232-9296 or via email at dkingsbury@318.com.

318 calls itself a “boutique technology solutions company delivering comprehensive technical support services and software solutions to SMB and Enterprise businesses.” The headquarters is located in Santa Monica, with offices in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. I will be working with noted tech author and 318 partner Charles Edge to establish a new Minneapolis office.

318 has a platform agnostic philosophy, but is also one of the largest Mac consultancies in the country. Founded by Kevin Klein in 1995, they have a mission statement I really like:

“Helping business grow profitably through the smart use of technology.”

I’m very excited to work with Charles, who moved here from California about two years ago. He’s brilliant (not trying to kiss up here) and I feel this will be an excellent learning opportunity for me. I’m currently studying for both Apple and Microsoft certification tests and gain new client experience every day.

318 has internal expertise in many areas, but especially shines in Xsan, Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, OS X Server, imaging/mass deployments, Filemaker development and Kerio mail servers. If you need technology help, check out the web site or give the service desk a call at 877-318-1318.

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Wild Games 29, 30 and 31 at the X

Posted Monday, February 15th, 2010 08:34 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 8:34 PM

It wasn’t under the greatest circumstances, but I was offered the chance to watch the last three Wild home games in my aunt and uncle’s seats. He suffered a stroke last week and had to spend most of the week in the hospital, but is now home and doing better.

The first two games, Phoenix and Atlanta, were frustrating losses. I felt the Wild played OK in both of them, though, and deserved at least a point both nights.

Sunday’s game versus Vancouver more than made up for it, with the Wild earning a 6-2 win in front of the third largest regular season home crowd ever. Kid two and her best friend were “bench buddies” before the game and got to sit on the Wild bench during pre-game warm-ups (pictures in the private section of the photo gallery).

The addition of Cam Barker was a surprise to me (Kimmy and our first round pick?), but I’ll give our new GM the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know what I’d do if I were him now – the playoffs seem like a long-shot, but I don’t think I’d go into sell-off mode either.

The Olympics stuff at the beginning of the game was nice. I was especially impressed that people applauded loudly for all of the Canuck Olympians, despite the intense rivalry (and general hatred) of that franchise. Minnesota fans know (and appreciate) good hockey players when we see them, even if they do play for the Canucks. 🙂

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Quick Visit to Disneyland and California Adventure

Posted Monday, February 1st, 2010 01:07 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:07 AM

I’ve in the middle of a long training trip to California (more on that soon) and thanks to my brother and his wife, I got to spend Sunday at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. The weather was perfect – the sun burned off the early morning fog and temps were in the upper 60s with sunshine all afternoon.

Driving to Anaheim from the LAX side of town always seemed like too much work to me – today I took the 90 to the 405 to the 105 to the 605 to the 91 to the 5 to Disneyland Drive. Parking in the main resort parking area now costs $14, but I did get a close surface lot spot right next to the tram stop.

I arrived about 15 minutes before the 9:00AM official opening time, so I stopped at the La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney for a chocolate croissant and some cranberry juice ($7.74) before going through the main gate on the Disneyland side.

The first part of the day was spent hitting some of my favorites: Space Mountain, Matterhorn, It’s A Small World, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Jungle Cruise. Not much new to report: they are prepping for the return of Captain EO, Haunted Mansion was back to the original, non-Nightmare version, the Rivers of America were drained and the Jungle Cruise had a new (for me) piranha feature towards the end.

I had lunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country (chicken sandwich, fries and a coke, $11.94) and did some shopping for a shirt Colleen wanted me to look for that she saw last June. The stores on Main Street were fun to go through, although I’ve decided you need to buy what you want when you see it, as every store seems to have unique things and size selections on more common items can vary wildly between locations. And even though it wasn’t terribly busy for a Sunday, this place moves some serious merchandise.

In the afternoon, I did a “park hop” over to the California Adventure side and got a Fast Pass for Soarin’ Over California. That must be one of the bigger successes in DCA, since the return time was about five hours later in the day. I set off from there to the Tower of Terror, which was incredible (as usual).

Much of DCA is under (re)construction, which created some tight confines in parts of the park. Walt Disney Imagineering had a great center set up, though, called the Blue Sky Cellar, which contained lots of information about their plans for the next few years (World of Color, Little Mermaid, Cars Land, etc.).

I walked around Paradise Pier and hit some rides I had never tried (Golden Zephyr, Maliboomer) and one I had (California Screamin’). The roller coaster was super-smooth this time and didn’t give me a headache (thankfully). DCA now has their own Toy Story Mania (like the one at Hollywood Studios in Florida) and the line was ridiculously long here as well, so I skipped it.

I took a break from the parks and walked over to Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Hotel. The World of Disney store didn’t really have anything different from what I saw in the parks and seems to pale in comparison to the one in Florida. The new D Street store was really awesome, though, and I almost walked out with two nerd-tastic retro shirts (Space Mountain era 1977 and a sweet Tron design).

I caught the monorail back to Tomorrowland, walked through a few stores in the castle and Frontierland, then went back to a store in New Orleans Square to buy this awesome Shag Haunted Mansion limited edition shirt:

How cool is that? I also stopped back at a store on Main Street for a different shirt for Colleen (the original one she wanted was nowhere to be found). Thankfully, they still had the size she wanted – I think it was the last one in the whole joint.

The fast pass was burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to go back to DCA before heading out for the day. The information desk had no suggestions for an indoor, sit-down restaurant, so I went over to the Grand Californian Hotel and ate at the buffet served in the Storytellers Cafe. It wasn’t super great food, but it was comfortable, warm, quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the parks.

After dinner, I used the fast pass, jumped on the tram back to the parking area and hit all of the freeways again in reverse order to get back to Venice. Fun times!

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

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