Author: Christopher Michael Pastore

A Change Will Do You Good

Sheryl Crow said it best in one of her songs… “A Change will do you good”. I’ve finally come around to being motivated enough to actually do something about getting in shape and dropping some of this extra weight I’ve been carrying around for the past fifteen years. So, I’ve gone and joined a gym that I pass by every day on the way home from work off of I-10 around Channel View. 24 Hour Fitness isn’t just a local fitness center; they have locations throughout the country. Their personal trainers are nice and know what they are talking about, which is always a plus if you ask me.
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I’m Getting Married Tomorrow

One of the last people I ever thought would ever get married would be me. However, when you meet the right woman it’s only natural. I met Kathleen over ten years ago. Possibly 11 or 12. We’ve been living together for about to 9 years now. Although the plan was to get married a few years ago, something always came up that made us postpone it. Well, the time is finally here.
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You’ve Got Great Expectations

It happens at every event that Apple puts on. It doesn’t matter if it’s the World Wide Developer conference, Mac World, or a special event that is announced through an invitation a week in advance. It’s inevitable; it frustrates me and at the same time makes me laugh. Have we come to expect too much from Apple? I think so.

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Moving To Crosby, Texas

I am in the process of moving to Crosby, Texas. It’s a small town near Houston. The population of about 1,700 people as of the 2000 Census. We bought a brand new house, never lived in. It’s a really quiet place. The plan is to work in Houston which is about a 40-minute drive. I should be back online with access to email on or around June 5th.

Feeling Very Optimistic

I received a phone call today from a company in Houston, Texas while I was working from home. Basically they are looking for someone with my experience and expertise in web standards, user-interface design, and accessibility for an online product that they will be launching nationally in the coming months. I believe the phone call went very well, I feel like we hit it off. We share many of the same design philosophies.

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The Switch Is On

It is well known that there is a deep bias against Macintosh computers in the Windows users world. I know about this bias because I too was one of those who made fun of Macintosh computers and the users of them for over 15 years. If you must ask why I did this, I can honestly only tell you it wasn’t from any personal experience with them. I was merely just repeating what others told me about them and they were probably doing the same as me.

SXSW Interactive 2007

I’ve never been to SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas and I was hoping to go this year but two other designers from work were chosen instead of me this year. There are no hard feelings, both of them are friends of mine, but I would have loved to go. There is just so much stuff that goes on over the span of the conference that I would benefit from knowledge-wise and of-course it’s a lot of fun as well. I think one of the great things is meeting new people and other designers. Social networking is on the rise and the more people you know in the world the better off you are in your career because you have more people you can learn from and there is a lot of exchanging of ideas at this conference.

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Twitter Is Twitterific!

A month ago or so I joined up with one of those new Web 2.0 Social Networking sites called Twitter ( and I said to myself what a silly idea! The first thing is who really cares about what I am doing now (posting to my blog if you must ask, sheesh!). The second thing is what a pain it would be to have to visit the web site each time to post what you’re doing all the time!
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300 Unexpected Surprises

This past Friday the Designer and Developer teams from PilotOnline & were treated to lunch at California Pizza Cafe at MacArthur Mall in Downtown Norfolk which is famous for its trendy eateries and shops. The service was good and the food was good but nothing special. It certainly isn’t a place I would eat at again. Afterward, we were treated to a movie and the choice by all except me was “300″. You may find it strange that I never heard of Frank Miller or the epic comic book series titled “300″ but it’s the truth. The teams were anxious to see this movie. Earlier in the week, we were able to read the comic series which I have yet to do even after I saw the movie.

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Back In The New York Groove

I was born and raised in New York City and once you’re a New Yorker you always will be a New Yorker no matter where it is that you live. It’s one of those things about New York. It’s such a totally different place than any other city in our country. Everything is open 24 hours a day and the bars don’t close at 2:00 A.M. like they do in most places.

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