Yesterday was the official end of my first week at my new job. It was also my birthday, and being able to leave work at 2pm makes it a very good Friday. I ended up going back to my old job to hang out with some of the friends that I’ve made over the years. It was a great way to spend part of my birthday.

After spending my Birthday with them, they all took me out to Brunch earlier, we celebrated with another colleague of mine whose birthday was today. Happy Birthday Shiao (if she ever reads this blog).

Most people have been asking me how my first week was. Well, it was like most first weeks. I’m new, I don’t know anyone besides the people who brought me in, and I’m trying to learn the ropes. I have had several meetings with people trying to figure out what it is that I need to do. I dealt with SharePoint quite a bit more than I expected, but it was a headache like I expected. I have been given a lot of access and I feel a whole lot of pressure because they have high expectations for me.

I don’t mind high expectations but just like any normal person, it’s a lot of pressure. This results in me wanting to please everyone all the time and if I can’t, I get stressed out. Hopefully over the next few weeks, I’ll get used to everything and get enough of an handle to stop stressing and do this job like I did my old job, easily with confidence.

One thing I really like about my new job is that since it’s downtown Manhattan, it has a lot of lunch options. I think it’s too many to choose from. So far I’ve had lunch there for four days and I had lunch at four different places. Can’t wait to try something new next week.

Right now, I am enjoying the second day out of the three day Labor Day weekend. I woke up very early to go to brunch, can’t wait to sleep in until noon.

I have kept this a secret for almost two months ago. But tomorrow, I am starting a new job at another college in Manhattan. I spent time with some of my dearest colleagues and friends from work last Friday night after work. They were absolutely awesome, treated me to a steak dinner, then we hung out some more.

Tomorrow I start a new journey…a journey that requires me to dress up every day. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against dressing up, but I would prefer to go in jeans and polo shirts.  And I definitely don’t enjoy dressing up when it’s 85 degrees outside.

My new title will be Software Coordinator and Contracts Manager. This will be new to me, and because it’s new, it sounds exciting to me.  Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds for me.

On August 19th, I went to see Linkin Park live at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach. They have been my favorite band for over a decade and this is the first time I’ve seen them live. I must say, they really know how to put on a show.  Their light show was also amazing. The concert was 5 nights ago and I still feel hyped and I can’t wait to go back and see them live again whenever I get the chance.

They finished the concert with the song “Bleed it Out” – released in the album “Minutes to Midnight” back in 2007, one of my favorites. The end of the event actually finished with Chester Bennington accepting Mike Shinoda’s ice bucket challenge for ALS awareness and challenging everyone from 30 seconds to Mars and AFI.

Below is a gallery of just a few pictures that I took during the concert. I recorded a lot of their songs, but I won’t be uploading those because you can hear me sing in the background and I am NOT a singer. I took many more pictures, most of them blurry because I either used my phone or my Canon point-and-shoot camera (not my Canon DSLR).

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30 Seconds to Mars also performed. Jared Leto and the rest of the band put on a great show as well. He’s very funny and near the end, he turned the show into a pretty good comedy performance with their music. This is a band that I really want to see again. I’ve been listening to a lot of their music

AFI was the opening band. They also did great and I think this band has a lot of potential and I would like to see them live again as well.

If you were at the event, feel free to share your pictures! I’d love to see them.

Finally found some time to edit the favicon of this blog, it’s just an orange ‘N’ which you can see in the browser’s tab/header. Probably won’t get any feedback on it but if you have any, feel free to share.

I’m not a designer at all so this simple thing took me almost half an hour of thinking and poking around Photoshop. This time does not include the 15 minutes I spent trying to get the right color and shade. Once I figured that out, took me about 30 seconds to create the file, upload the .ico file, and update the header file of the blog to include it in the design.

I’m always trying to do some work on this site, if you see anything broken or have any suggestions as to what I can do, feel free to let me know, I always appreciate feedback.

A few months ago, I set up a YouTube channel called Nazbotics. I have several published videos, they can all be found in the Channel. here is one that I am very proud of. This video is basically me controlling two servo motors remotely using two Arduino Unos. It’s very simple and it kinda looks like robotic arms. This is pretty much the precursor to how robotic arms would move.

I do have the code somewhere, but I improve on it in my later videos, be sure to check the channel for those. I’ll post them to this blog slowly to showcase what I’m learning in the world of robotics and Arduino. It’s fun and if you’re a techy like I am, I’d definitely recommend investing in an Arduino. Arduino Uno goes for around $33 on Amazon.

So it seems that I have very little time available in my life to work on this side project of mine. Today is August 6, 2014 and my last post was roughly 10 months ago. I need to find some time to update this.

In the meantime, please check out my Easy Programming website for tutorials on C++ and Excel 2013 as well as Naztronomy for updated pictures of our wonderful universe.