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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Aquatic Sorry!

Aquatic Sorry!
Originally uploaded by DrBaloney.
Who knew they had water versions of board games? I want a copy of Monopoly so I can play it in the hot tub I don't have.

Man, that just looks like hours of entertainment. I'm jealous.

Russian School Incident

Remember that school that was taken over in Russia September 1st? According to this article by CNN the attack was aided by Russians ranging from police officers to federal officials. Interesting, but not unexpected. I'm waiting to hear more.

On a second note, I need to subscribe to more news RSS feeds other than CNN. It seems a little odd that I always end up putting up stories from CNN. (Example 1, 2, 3)

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Inside All Day

Originally uploaded by ldavison.
In honor of the winter that is dumping so much snow on Wisconsin and me being inside all day at a LAN party in Madison, here is a picture of the outside. Take note of how warm it looks, because that's how I wish it was outside.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Boys Poisons Family

We've got kids suing about homework in Milwaukee and now we have a Portage, Wisconsin family being poisoned with rat posion by their own son. CNN has the rest of the story.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Downtown Janesville in the Early Morning

In case you were wondering what Janesville, Wisconsin looked like at 4 in the morning, it's your lucky day. I took this during a 24-hour Network of Gamers LAN party.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Hockey Game

Janesville Bluebird Hockey Game. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Night. 7:00 P.M. Janesville Ice Arena.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Error Message Generator

Looking to create your very own error message? Smash's Blog alerted me to a great site to create your own error message with just a few easy clicks.


Grabbed this video off of Ross Mayfield's daily posting. Like Ross, I don't think I get it either. I do get his daily Delicious posting though, I think I may have to start doing it myself.

Going To Kill Yourself?

Are you thinking about committing suicide? If you are, hold off, at least if you're doing it because someone is in a coma. An unlucky guy in Italy decided to kill himself after watching his wife in a coma for four months, she woke up less than a day later. Reuters carries the story.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Hanging Out at Taco Bell

Last night after jamming to/creating a few songs with John Reddell, Matt Kruzka, and Adam Reilly, we decided to go to the Taco Bell. After eating we were talking and watching cars slip and slide outside in the snow. Two and a half hours later we decided it would probably be a good time to leave. Now let me tell you, Taco Bell is one cool place to hang out. I only remember the main ideas we talked about, and they involved a fair amount of college discussion and then a fair amount of discussing grocery stores. Definitely though, hang out at Taco Bell.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Google for Security Cameras

Looking to kill some time watching security cameras or just want to be generally amazed?

Search for inurl:"ViewerFrame?Mode=" on Google.

I watched one that appeared to be some kind of data center security camera and than another camera that overlooked a city in Asia. Definitely crazy stuff.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Robin Williams At Mac World

Doc Searls reports about Robin Williams attending Mac World..

I was at Macworld for a few minutes yesterday when I spotted my old friend Tom Rielly at a booth, talking with some people and handing out literature for TED, where Tom's performances are a legendary fixture. Tom didn't see me coming because he was busy talking to the guy next to him, while also collecting gear from some people at the booth, at one point saying "You could come on my show." (Which is Tech Toy Tuesday on Sirius OutQ (channel 149). From behind him I said "Hey, I'd like to be on your show too." Tom spun around, said "Oh, Doc! Hey, I want you to meet..." and he gestured toward the guy he'd been talking to. I said "Holy shit" or something, and shook his hand. Then Tom introduced me as "One of the top five bloggers in the world." I said "No, more like Number 23, adding "but most of the other 22 are duplicates." Robin said something funny I wish I could remember. Then somebody from the booth handed him a giant bag of goodies. I said "Let me take your picture. I'll call it man overcome by schwag."

And we all moved on.

Interesting story, always good to hear that people you consider famous are still shocked by others that they consider famous.

Blogging T-Shirt

"She wanted to stop reading it- but she had nothing better to do! Produced by average people who seem to think their lives are interesting. Filmed in thrilling HTML-O-Scope with exciting new fonts!"

Get your blogging t-shirt.

Dog Delays NBA Game

As reports, a seeing-eye dog delayed a game between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic three minutes after relieving itself on court during half-time.
Read the whole story

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Picasa 2.0 Now Available

Google's free Picasa photo management software is now up to version 2. The latest release comes with a host of improvements including CD burning, more editing and organizing features, picture captioning, and integration with more online photo services. I've used the program (with the Blogger API) to post a few photos to this site. I personally love it does a great job managing my huge collection of photos. The slideshow mode that plays MP3s in the background is a great feature, excellent for creating instant presentations. I use it now (instead of Windows XP) to manage all my picture importing from my digital camera to my hard drive as it creates quick and easy folders that allow me to take a better look at all the photos I've taken over time.

It's impressive that the program is still only 3 megabytes and runs so fast. I recommend you download Picasa 2.0, especially because it's free.

Golden Globes

I just finished another round of reading my CNN RSS feed and I came across an article about the Golden Globes. I started thinking and realized I didn't care. These shows are packed with commercials, drawn-out boring award presentations, and interviews of partially dressed celebrities. So here is our chance, let's stick it to the man, no more watching award shows. You're not going to miss anything exciting, I promise. If anything cool happens (which it won't), it will be on the Internet to download in a day or two.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Happy Monday

Originally uploaded by tie.
Another great Monday, another great photo. Man, I love Flickr.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Run A Company From A Coffee House

Wired reports Delicious Monster is the Mac software company behind the hit Delicious Library, a program for cataloging collections of books, movies and games. The software is selling like hot cakes and has garnered rave reviews and awards, yet the company's headquarters is a Seattle coffee house. I am impressed to say the least, that and inspired. Definitely would be interesting to see more companies run this way.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Search Over, Still No Weapons!

CNN reports that United States inspectors have ended their search of Iraq for weapons of mass destruction. After two years of turning over every stone in the country, they have yet to find a single illegal weapon. This leads me to conclude once again, the war was started for oil (gasp!). 9/11 was an excellent cover, thanks Saudi Arabia. Along with the missing weapons, we have a lot of missing money. That said, the debt from it sure isn't missing.

The economic revival plan just isn't working King George. Probably should have tried to kickstart innovation, not killing, to revive the economy.

Man Getting You Down?

Is the man getting you down? Apparently if you're trying to open a lemonade stand he will be. A 10-year-old in Florida found out the hard way she couldn't sell lemonade to help tsunami victims. However she ended up selling lemonade outside of the capital building in Tallahassee thanks to a congressman. CNN has the story.

NBA Quarterly Report

Bill Simmions has released a story featuring a list of his favorite things in the NBA going on right now. As a big basketball fan, I found it a great read.

Since we're at the 33-game point of the regular season, what better time to rank my top-33 favorite things about the current NBA season? In reverse order ... Read on.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Originally uploaded by Donald Andrew Agarrat.
I'm not sure if I would trust this guy...

Monday, January 10, 2005

Stewart Book Banned

David Moe was kind enough to show me a Yahoo story stating that the Jon Stewart book, "America The Book", has been banned in two places in Mississippi.

Dubya Can't Spell.

Dubya Can't Spell.
Originally uploaded by nerdtech.
Found this on Flickr. Interesting stuff for sure, thought it would make your Monday better.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

43 Things

If you're looking for a social networking + goals site, I have something for you. 43 Things allows you to publish goals for yourself and see how closely they line up with other people.

Interesting, I'm not sure how much this is going to help someone to be productive and achieve their goals, but I like it.

Bill Gates and General Motors

It appears this rumor/article/random-thingamajigger has made it's way from forwarded emails onto the Internet. I definitely thought it should be shared with you.

From Blogarithms

Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times! as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

LEGO Computer Case

Want to see computer cases built out of LEGOs? You know you do.

Click here, you know you want to. Do it.

That said, I got this link from Slashdot. Happy Saturday!

Cringely's Predictions

Robert X. Cringely's technology predictions for 2005 are now available. They have been my favorite predictions for the technology industry for a few years now as he seems to do a great job finding out what's going on now and leveraging that to figure out what's going to happen. That said it doesn't hurt that is about 75% accurate every year. Give them a read.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Pee Mail

In the spirit of the snow parading itself into town, it's time to pee in it. Check out Pee Mail, the only website I've found where you can right yourself a message in the snow and then show it to your friends.

Update: I really need to start proofreading these better, I used the wrong right. I really meant write.

Penguin Baseball (Full Screen)

In honor of the snow day that occured for the students of Janesville, Wisconsin today here is a great game to play. Penguin Baseball.

My farthest was 323.4, I know you can beat that.

CNN Cancels Crossfire

ArsTechnica has the story.

"CNN has canceled Crossfire, and the president of the network gives proper respect to Jon Stewart's chastising of the show."

There you have it. Crossfire gone as a result of Jon Stewart going on the show. Hurray for the Daily Show and Jon Stewart, a true voice of change in the world. I'm excited to see the power of blogs spreading this episode (which you can watch by going to the ArsTechnica story) and the power of Jon Stewart to actually go out and make the world (or at least CNN) realize they're wrong. My small amount of faith in CNN has now increased, ever so slightly.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Kangaroo Caught

That Kangaroo that has been running around the Dodgeville, Wisconsin area has been caught. I was hoping it would make it to Janesville, but I guess not.

Channel 3000 and CNN both have stories.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

T.J. Ford Awaits Tests

My hopes are that Milwaukee Bucks guard T.J. Ford is told he will be able to return to basketball. His spinal cord is supposdly delicate enough right now that rocking his head back could cause further damage. Ford was injured in a foul by rough fouling Mark Madsen last year. ESPN has the full story on T.J. Ford's upcoming tests.

Monday, January 03, 2005

867-5309 Results

Jenny, Jenny what happens when I call you?

The results of dialing every area code and using the classic Tommy Tutone song 867-5309 have been posted online.

Way To Go Angels

The Anaheim Angels are attempting to change their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the hopes of getting more fans to come to their games and creating more deals with sponsors. They think they'll appeal to more of Southern California. Unfortunately for them, I think they're wrong. First, there is already a team in Los Angeles, the Dodgers. Second, making your name longer just makes you harder to talk about, not more likeable. SoCal Angels? That might work. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? Not going to work.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Inside G4TechTV

Copied from Slashdot because reinventing the wheel serves no purpose, "Former G4TechTV employee, Dan Huard, blows the whistle on G4. In the last half of his article, he states that TSS manufactured questions and used 'ringers' to ask their questions on the show."

Personally I think they screwed up big time. Dumping what I felt was the better hosts and trying to align themselves to a new market of people (which I think is failing). I wish they would have stayed in Silicon Valley and broadcast to the geeks, allow them to have a choice of what kind of content is produced. I thought it was working, but I guess not. That or Paul Allen just wanted to cash out.

Mozilla Thunderbird, A Great Outlook Replacement

My latest article is up at IT Observer. It's titled Mozilla Thunderbird, A Great Outlook Replacement. Is it my greatest writing? Not really. Does it get my point across (use Thunderbird)? Yes, I think so.