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Monday, November 29, 2004

Brett Favre Day

Governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle, has declared today to be Brett Favre Day. May the Packers beat the Rams.

Timo's Aces


Timo's Aces
Originally uploaded by kiukkanen.
Look it's a bunch of kids we don't know! Haha, they're so funny.

Ok, not really.

Enjoy a random soccer team, because it's the only bright spot on a Monday.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Feather and Hammer

The age old question, when you drop a hammer and feather at the same time in space, which one will hit the ground first? They should hit the ground at the same time. Thanks to Keith Rambicure we now have video proving it's true.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Google iPod


Google iPod
Originally uploaded by JoelZ.
If Google were to manufacture an iPod is this what it would look like? I think it would be more colorful personally.

Atom Feed

I want to make all of you aware that are using aggregators that I have made an Atom feed available at http://www.bobtheking.com/atomfeed.xml. For those of you with no clue what I'm talking about head on over to Bloglines and sign up, then add the BobtheKing atom feed to your feed list. It's a great way to watch for updates on many blogs at once.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Two Bad Programs, One Good

I'm always interested in new software, it's part of my geek nature. Latley I've found two bad programs. Grouper that seem to have a really bug software release and didn't allow for the music to be actually transferred, I could only stream the music. For those of you that aren't familiar with Grouper it's a program to allow the sharing of photos, movies, and music and I intended to use it to backup my music very easily over a network and the Internet. No luck there, back to FTP.

Next up on my list of things to try was Our Pictures. After loading some of my pictures into the application I was already frustrated with the interface and how I wasn't able to easily able to browse all my photos in full screen. I've found that I really prefer Picasa.

However, all this searching did lead me to one good program, w.bloggar. I'm using it write now to create this post. It's a fancy program that allows you to use a variety of blogging services (Blogger, b2, MoveableType, Nucleus, BigBlogTool, and BlogWorks XML) to post to your weblog.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Mobile Phone Christmas

With Thanksgiving Day being just minutes away for me it's only fitting that I post about Christmas. Russell Beattie has created a really fancy graphic thinger of all the cellphones currently available from Cingular, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile. Check it out.

ClearType Helps Your Eyes

For those of you out there that are using Windows XP I encourage you to check out the ClearType tuner from Microsoft that I found curtosy of Robert Scoble. It has made my two LCD screens easier to look at for long periods at a time.

Definitely worth your time if you stare at your monitor(s) for hours on end. It's also worth noting that you need to do this in Microsoft Internet Explorer, not my favorite Mozilla Firefox. Check it out.

AOL in Germany

So I'm reading this article at ESPN and I notice it says the new German NFL Europe team will play at the AOL Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Now for a minute I just keep on going, but then something hits me. Why does America Online have a stadium named after them in Germany? It strikes me as odd that a company with America in its name and happens to be a company that is struggling in America would own the naming rights to a stadium in Hamburg, Germany.

What do you think?

Magazine Overload

How many magazines do you get? How many of those free magazine offers do you sign up for? Also, if you're looking for free magazines check out FreeBizMag.com and SlickDeals.

Back to my point. I get way too many magazines. I have been working to not renew many of the free ones though.

Currently I receive Network World, Network Computing, Computer World, Info World, Optimize, VAR Business, PC World, PC Magazine, Wired, Popular Science, Computer Gaming World, eWeek, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and Xbox Magazine. I only pay for Wired, which is well worth the dollar an issue.

As you can obviously that's way too many magazines to read and still keep a normal life so I've been looking for a good system to keep and read the articles I want. For starters I stopped resubscribing to the magazines that featured only one or two articles that I actually enjoyed. This has slowly lessened my flow of magazines, however I still get way too many. My next step has been to quit reading anything that bores me after the first paragraph, I used to have a habit of reading any magazine I ever got cover to cover. This has allowed me to get pretty quick at rifling through numerous magazines in just a few minutes. I'm finally starting to make a dent in the pile of magazines I have that are a few months old.

Let this serve as a warning to anyone out there, free magazines are dangerous.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Packers-Texans

Time for some real quick blogging as I sit in front of the TV with the laptop.

Packers kicking for the win... will they get it? 4 seconds.

Timeout Houston.

Here we go, 46 yard attempt. Snap is good. Kick is good, barely. Packers Win! PACKERS WIN!

"The Packers have defeated the Houston Texans 16-13" - Packers Play by Play Broadcaster Wayne Larrivee.

Wendy's Bringing Back Dave

I must have missed it in the news earlier but Jluster brought it to my attention,Dave Thomas is back. Wendy's will be using Dave Thomas, who died in January of 2002, or rather they will be using pictures of him in their advertisments starting this past Friday. They had previously been using "Mr. Wendy's", that guy who was an unofficial spokesperson in the commercials and often alienated his wife. Goodbye Mr. Wendy's and welcome back from the dead Dave Thomas.

12 Many

Found this new game curtosy of MetaFilter called 12 Many. It flashes you a great deal of stars and then you have to figure out how many were shown. It's a great alternative to being productive. Play now.

Oven Toasted Subway

Prior to engaging in the mini-LAN action that took place at my house today I ventured out to Subway to get food for Garrick and myself. As always this means pizza subs on white bread, yummy! I was standing in Subway all alone ordering when BAM right in front of me, where the microwave should have been, was an oven. It said something to the effect of super fast turbo heating awesome oven toasting machine. You know, something similar to that. I had to try it.

Due to the fact that I had to use a crazy coupon 6-inch sub trick to get the best deal I had the option of getting half of my 12-inch pizza sub oven toasted. I couldn't resist. I arrived home just minutes later, whipped that baby out, and ate it. Wow, it was marginally average. It sure tasted more like Quizno's Subs, but I'm not sure aobut the pizza sub effect. With that said the other half of my sandwich wasn't as good as it usually is due to a lack of sauce. Which leads me to one conclusion. I need to try it again. I know where I'm going to eat next week, do you?

Mini-LAN at the Jannene's

Today proved to be an interesting day. Chuck Dawg and Chris Burrow were over for the day to have a little LAN party with my brother and me (John couldn't come). We played a variety of games including Soldier of Fortune 2, Madden 2004, and Age of Empires 2. We also played quite a bit with this fancy fiber optic LED light thinger that my brother got for his birthday, it's an amazing contraption. I tried my luck playing the new Halo 2, but got almost no where. I seem to have a real problem handling the controls, they all seem very backward to me (which can be fixed by setting it on southpaw). Overall it was a great day of fragging and I look forward to getting the LAN party up and running at its new location.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Spiderman In The Park


Spiderman in the park
Originally uploaded by Inj.
Apparently inbetween movies Spiderman loses his sex appeal and becomes baggy Spiderman.

Interesting.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Safety First


safetyfirst
Originally uploaded by Kohaku.
Not to be too disgusting, but check out this poor little girl. She's trapped in between two parents, one of whom could use a lot better clothing. It's a scary world.

NBA Live 2005

For those of you who are fans of the NBA Live series of basketball games, don't buy the latest one. NBA Live 2005 is the worst version of the game I have ever seen, since 1995. Ironic that it took ten years to make something that bad. 2004 was great, it made good progress on the gameplay. I had a few complaints most importantly that the AI didn't run very good offenses even on the higest levels of difficulty and that the Franchise mode didn't include any real franchise management other than playing the game and managing the roster. Madden 2004 included all those fancy features like having the ability to change prices on everything and getting a new stadium. I expected with Madden 2005 having the player morale and media feature where you can hear about how your team is doing NBA Live 2005 would have the same features. Apparently Madden and Live don't share code, which is sad. NBA Live 2005 lacks these features.

The graphics are another big problem I have with the game. The players all seem to have a white glow around them. The camera is also zoomed much further out, even on the closest setting. This results in the players looking very small, while you are forced to watch the whole crowd, every play. Not only do you see the first deck of animated fans, but you see the second deck, which is not animated.

It makes me mad that they didn't include any of the Madden features and then that they made the game worst than years past. No NBA Live 2005 for me.

UPDATE: They do seem to have some kind of player management feature where all your information comes to you through the PDA. Unfortunately like all EA Sports PC games the game has no keyboard support in the menus, making the interfence very cumbersome.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

UWM adventure

Jeramey and I went on an exploratory tour of the highly accredited University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee today. I thought it was quite the place and will very likely be attending next year. We were only disappointed with one aspect, which was Coke at Taco Bell in the student union, as opposed to Pepsi and its notorious Mountain Dew.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Jay-Z and The Beatles

If you've ever wanted to see Jay-Z perform live with the Beatles this is your chance. DJ Danger Mouse has remade two of their songs one from "the White Album" and one from "the Black Album" to create "The Grey Album". Watch the video. You won't be dissapointed.

Grand Theftendo

For those of you who simply can't get enough of Grand Theft Auto, especially the latest incarnation, San Andres, there is a new game out for you. Grand Theftendo will feature blistering hot graphics... designed for your classic NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Enjoy.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Stick A Knife in Winamp

With the departure of Justin Frankel from Nullsoft (owned by AOL) in December of 2003 the creative genius behind Shoutcast, Gnutella, Waste, and Winamp was lost. Now all of the remaining original members have left AOL, which makes Winamp dead in the water. This is sad because I had considered Frankel an idol with his renegade nature and ability to release great products. He unfortunately has lost his great distribution channel and freedom and now even his baby is dead (even though he hasn't been with it for quite a few months).

Cream Reunites

Eric Clapton and the gang will be back together for a few concerts in London. Unfortunately London isn't anywhere close to Janesville, Wisconsin, so I won't be attending. I will be getting a copy of one of the shows, provided someone records them, which I would have to imagine they will. Sunshine of Your Love being played live again, I dig it.

Leaving Children Behind

We had a debate today in Advanced Placement Government about how people are treated in schools. At Craig High School and I think for many other schools kids that are able to scam the system and be labeled as a problem child can get away with a lot more. While the Janesville School District expells average students for possessing drugs, they let students that are labeled as E.D. get away with telling a teacher to "F&*K Off" or even possessing drugs at school. I understand that sometimes these people can't control what they're doing, however I feel that they are few and far between. Most students I do believe can control what they are doing and should be held to a higher standard. With school districts issuing "get tough/no tolerance" policies on issues like weapons and drugs I think they need to step up to the plate and deliver in terms of equality. They need to get tough on the kids they let slip through the cracks and punish them like they would other students. Many of these kids I feel know they can get away with it, so they do. If they know they can't away with it, they're not going to try it.

That's my view, what's yours?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Badger Hockey Game

Went to see the Wisconsin Badgers play the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in men's hockey last night. Aside from a good amount of penalties from fighting it was a normal hockey game. The Badgers pulled out the win 5-2 taking the two game series from the Sioux. A 5 goal game means one thing, free ice cream. We went to find a Culver's immediately after the game knowing that we only had a half-hour to get to one as they close at 10. We took off the wrong direction on the beltline to find the one we really wanted to go to and ended up finally getting to one, 5 minutes after it had closed. We rushed the door only to have the lady tell us that they wouldn't be serving us. It was a sad moment, but overall a good night as the Badger's won and the Ian's pizza before the game was delightful.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Crazy Resume

Curtosy of Scoble at Microsoft here's an interesting resume they received. I wish more people would submit resumes like this. On second thought maybe I don't, because I could never make something like that.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Argue!

In the spirit of spicing things up, I have decided to spark some debate.
Todays topic: separation of church and state.

It is my opinion that there should be no interaction between religion and politics.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Gmail Invites

I still have 5 Gmail invites left. If you want them just leave a comment with your email address. First come, first serve.

Mozilla Firefox 1.0

I've downloaded and installed the newest version of Mozilla Firefox, a great replacement for Internet Explorer. It blocks spyware and pop-up ads like no other plus tabbed browsing is simply amazing. Best part of all of this it's FREE.

Get it now

Chicago

I ventured down to Chicago tonight with Charlie, Scott, and Sean to attend the .NET To Go Mobility Roadshow". Sean walked away winning a Hewlett-Packard PocketPC and Charlie won a backpack, which was amazing because there were only four prizes in total. Overall it was a great time as I got to see Chris Mayo speak again and he's proven himself over and over again when I've seen him as a great speaker. Also I got to introduce the rest of the team to Jacob Cynamon who has been helping us with our independent study project at school, I think it's good that they're able to put a face to someone we've been talking to so much.

Monday, November 08, 2004

100 Photos - Ten by Ten

An interesting new service was pointed out to me by the blog of one Robert Scoble. TenbyTen or 10x10 or 100, whatever you want to call it, is a neat service that shows you 100 photos demonstrating what is hot in the news hour by hour. It runs all automatically without the need for any human intervention and I'm excited to check it out over time. Should turn out to be a pretty cool service and interesting tool for social studies classes. It's similar to Google News almost.

Cuban Speaks His Mind

Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Internet Billionaire has been fined yet once again. This time it's for blogging about the NBA. Cuban was highly critical of the decision to start the season on November 2nd, day of the Presidential election. I had been wondering about the decision for quite a few months and was happy to see Cuban complain about it, I felt like someone else had realized what a bad decision it was.

Did I expect Cuban to get fined? No. Did he get fined? Yes. It's always comical how the NBA fines Cuban so often. Mark Cuban keep doing your thing. I like it, not only is it intelligent, but I think you're right when you do it. Kudos to the NBA for being dumb enough to start the season on November 2nd, hoped the ratings were awful.

Canned Cat


pumpkin
Originally uploaded by heather2283.
Somehow this poor kitty got stuck inside the can. I must say it's a pretty awesome looking cat. Now to go put my cat in a bunch of cylinders and take pictures.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Jesusland Spreads

Jesusland is spreading. Or maybe it's shrinking, hard to tell. Either way the picture has made it onto Michael Moore Dot Com. For those of you with no clue what I'm talking about I'm refering to the previous post I made about the picture.

Country Folks

Me and some of my urban friends have just had a discussion with a girl from Janesville Parker High School, who says aside from going mudding, one wholesome activity in which she enjoys participating is deer shining. This where some kids apparently drive around looking for deer, and when they find one, they shine it in the eyes with a spotlight, making it freeze, and this is apparently a good use of these people's time. I had never heard of this and can not believe that it is enjoyable.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Network Diagrams

Think you're a real geek? Do you visit Rate My Network Diagram? If not you sure should. Submit your own network diagrams (drawn by hand, Visio, or whatever) and have others rate them and then go rate a few others. It's all good geeky fun.

Greetings

I, Johndawg, would like to kick off my bloggability by saying hello.

hey.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

More, More, More


mirror
Originally uploaded by redhair.
Like reality television, Bush rips are the hot item, at least on BtK Dot Com. I figured I would keep them coming as long as you're enjoying them. Feel free to comment your mind if you disagree. I thought this was a good one though, and it is a question I've been asking myself a lot lately.

Planes Shooting Up Schools

From the news of the strange, an F-16 fighter has reportedly fired 25 rounds of ammunition into a New Jersey intermediate school. Apparently the custodian that was inside the building went ahead and called police to report bullets entering the building. The pilot was apparently supposed to be shooting in a target area 3.5 miles away. Reuters has the story.

First Game

My predictions held somewhat true after the Milaukee Bucks first game. They lost to the Orlando Magic on a last second shot by Steve Francis, even after team leader Michael Redd put the Bucks up by one with 3.5 seconds left. A defensive breakdown by Mo Williams allowed Francis to drive the lane and lay it in to put the Magic up by one. Game over. Read the full story.

Another Photo


All that gray is so boring
Originally uploaded by emdot.
Another photo along the same line as the Jesusland image I posted yesterday. Interesting to note the new Wisconsin state name. Mini Willinois.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bucks Season

The Milwaukee Bucks are entering a new season of NBA basketball. It's just moments away from the tip off of the Bucks season. They open against the Orlando Magic.

I would like to make a few predictions. First the Milwaukee Bucks will continue to be an average team hovering around .500 and making the playoffs. They will be eliminated in the first round again until they can find a reliable big man. Joe Smith however will blossom and become better in the middle, however a lack of support in the post will slow his offensive production as teams figure him out. Dan Gadzuric needs to step it up at center and start to develop otherwise he will forever be banished to the bench. I look for more of the same All-Star production from guard Michael Redd. Desmond Mason will develop as a player, but still have numerous weak spots in his game. T.J. Ford will return in early 2005 and have an immediate impact on the team, which will propel them to a strong finish. However, like previously mentioned they'll be eliminated early in the playoffs by a team like the Pistons, Pacers, or Heat.

The rest of the NBA will witness the decline of Shaq, but still we will marvel in his dominance as a tower of power. Jason Kidd will be traded to a team in the Western Conference. Maybe to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Latrell Spreewell and Sam Cassell. The Mavericks will struggle, but Devin Harris will emerge as a great player along with Jason Terry. It'll be proven that Dirk Nowitzki can't play big in the post, however he will remain dominate from the outside. The championship will go to the defending champion Detroit Pistons.

Candy Theft

It's good to know that Janesville possesses fine enough individuals to steal candy from little children on Halloween. It's better yet that I know people that are friends of one of them. I'm not sure that these two geniuses should be facing tons of prison time, but I would sure love to see them punished.. a lot. Here is the story from the Janesville Gazette.

Jesusland


Pretty Much
Originally uploaded by sarahs.
Found this photo and thought it was pretty darn good. I'm proud to be a resident of the United States of Canada.

Election

I make this post from an unexpected position. I thought for sure the American people would elect John Kerry, the people of Wisconsin did. It's okay though, Bush was elected and the people that elected Bush will get what they deserve. I'm not quite sure what that is yet, but I'm sure it will be interesting. I did my part to get rid of him.

In working at the polls yesterday after I voted I learned a few things. First, there were a lot of people that it was their first time voting, that's expected. Second, a lot of those people don't know how to vote, even after receieving the connect the dots directions. That scares me. I had one guy ask if he could vote twice for Bush by writing him in one and selecting him normally. I had to restrain from laughing when I told him no. Interesting it was.

Overall I think we need more third parties. And those third parties need to be bigger. On that line we also need to get rid of the elctoral college, it's the worst possible democractic system we have to elect a President. I'll have more on this when Wired magazine publishes their article about it online.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Windows XP Service Pack 2

I'm already uninstalling Windows XP Service Pack 2 after having it installed for less than one day. Having thought it had no conflicts with any of my applications I installed it on my computer mid-day yesterday. This morning I realized that it's already made my computer restart randomly twice and is making my computer overall run like it's half the speed it really is. The removal wizard looks like it is working fairly well right now, so that is a plus. I just don't think this bad boy was tested enough before it was released, even if it took months to release it. Has anyone else had problems or success with it?