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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Jumbotron Picture

Originally uploaded by rudolph52.
So I watched this kid take a picture of himself while he was on the Jumbotron at the Bucks game tonight. I end up finding the picture online after I get home, just minutes ago. Simply amazing.

Update: We're now talking via AIM, what a small world it is. Check out his blog.

Bucks Raptors Game Experience

Just returned from Milwaukee where I witnessed the Milwaukee Bucks take on the visiting Toronto Raptors. The game recap will tell you the story of how the Bucks managed to lose, it won't tell you about the fun drunk people sitting behind me though. Opposite of my experience this summer in San Fransisco at a Giants game, these people were fairly polite. Turned out one of them was a Janesville Craig graduate, a rank of which I shall soon be joining. After he gave us (myself and three friends) a hard time for a few minutes asking if I came to the game to see Keith Van Horn (who was traded away yesterday) we both proceeded to rip on the efforts of one Toni Kukoc.

Kukoc went on to play what I would consider a pretty awful game, which is something that is easily fixed. TAKE HIM OUT! But of course, Bucks coach Terry Porter did not. Porter seems reluctant to substitute the players in and out, the only time he does substitute players occurs when a player enters foul trouble (like Dan Gadzuric did tonight) or inbetween quarters. This results in not 4 minutes of a bad matchup or awful shooting, but 12 minutes of Marcus Fizer playing instead of the hustling Joe Smith (second quarter). I don't understand the logic behind Terry Porter's player management and it makes me doubt his ability as an NBA head coach.

We upgraded our seats for the third quarter to the sixth row behind the Bucks bench, only to have the true owners come back towards the end of the quarter. As a general warning to anyone who attends a sporting event with me, I'm always looking to get closer to the game. Unfortunately I lost my chess match with the Man this time and had to head back to my still good seats in the corner. Glad that my tickets said section 439 row X.

A night well spent in Milwaukee.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Mr. Met & I

Mr. Met & I
Originally uploaded by kenjibaseball.
This guy put a picture up on Flickr, so I thought I would put it up on here. Great thinking right? I thought so.

The Prez

Originally uploaded by Froggy1.
We've been lacking a good picture on this site for a week or two now, so here we go. I'm not sure it's really all that relevant, but I had a couple seconds of laughter.


Marquette Interchange Project

If you're going to be traveling in the Milwaukee area anytime soon, the Marquette Interchange Project website should be of great help. Great site with details as to what roads will be closed and what routes you should be taking instead. If you're a transporation freak like I am you might even find yourself spending a half hour looking at the current interchange vs the future one.

Milwaukee Brewers Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Single ticket sales start tomorrow for the Milwaukee Brewers home games at Miller Park. April 11th is the home opener and I fully plan on being there, you should too.

Marc Stein Reviews The NBA Trades

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and a huge amount of deals have gone down. Two involving my beloved Milwaukee Bucks and I loved both of them. Any move to get rid of Keith Van Horn has to be good, right? I'm most shocked by the Boston Celtics trade for Antoine Walker and the Knicks trading for 2 overpaid players, giving them the highest team salary in the league. That said, you should really read ESPN's Marc Stein and his review of the trade deadline trades.

Big plus for the Milwaukee Bucks to acquire Reece Gaines, former Madison West High School standout, a day before I'm going to begin a weekend where I will see two games.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Odd Twist - Cuba Bans Smoking

Cuba, you know famous for cigars Cuba, has banned smoking in public places, the sale of tobacoo to inidividuals under the age of 16, and sale of tobacco at a store within 100 yards of a school. This all doesn't surprise me all too much, as Dicator Castro had stated in regards to cigars, "the best thing to do is give them to your enemy." Crafty.

Daunte Culpepper and His Ice

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper has proven again why men shouldn't play football in purple jerseys (I know I'm stretching for a Vikings-Packers joke). At a Fedex NFL players award ceremony Culpepper handed a paralyzed kid some of his jewelry in what apparently was a way in which the boy thought he would get to keep it. Turned out that after the show Daunte wanted his $75,000 of jewelery back. I'm sure that created a few nice awkward moments for everyone around. CNN has more of the story.

With that said, Daunte said he will giving the kid something in return, hopefully it's something cool, say a Viking trade of Randy Moss. That would sure do the team good. That's "good" in the sense that the Packers would be able to crush the Vikings next season.

Bluebirds Once Again Victorious

We've done it again. Tonight we offed the Purple Knights of Beloit 3-2 in the first overtime period.

Next game: Saturday 7:00 PM Madison Ice Arena vs. Middleton. (SECTIONAL FINAL)

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Daily Show on Blogging

From Dave Winer

   Daily Show segment on blogging. Hey they like us.

All I can say is that the Daily Show has once again proven why it is great.

Permalink to Dave Winer's post.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Petals Around The Rose

David Moe hooked me up with this quick mind bender, remember to think about the title of the game.

Billion Dollar Losers

Marc Cuban has delivered a good post about Bog Goodenow, President of the NHL Players Assocation, has managed to lose 1 billion dollars. I've never thought of it quite like that, but it's clearly true. For those of you that aren't aware the NHL season was just cancelled, a quick scan of ESPN will tell you more.

It appears the players want to play as many are going to minor league teams, it's a shame that a few at the top are keeping the season from going on.

My Crack Addiction

I've found three services that I now swear by. My daily use of Flickr, Delicious, and Bloglines has enabled me to really stay connected with the world, or at least what I consider reality. My question is how many of you are using these services? What results are you having? Why aren't you using these services?

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bluebirds Upset Memorial

Your very own Janesville Craig/Parker Bluebirds hockey team has defeated the Madison Memorial Spartans. This is merely the second time in Bluebirds history that this has happened. The game was won 3-2, in a second sudden death overtime period. This was the regional final, and after two sectionals the Birds could be making an appearance at state.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Folding Table Theory

Ross Mayfield, delivering as he did last time, posted a link to an interesting story entitled R.I.P Microsoft. The article discusses an important success indicator entitled the "Folding Table Theory". The theory details that a start-up company using folding tables is more likely to succeed than one using fancy desks and plush chairs, reason being the start-up on folding chairs and tables is most likely focused on getting the job done and being financially responsible. Interesting theory, no doubt, but is it accurate? I would assume it is, just think of all the garage/dorm room to riches stories you know (Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Napster, Janesville's Lab Safety Supply, and countless others), they didn't start with fancy desks and comfy chairs.

Frozen Truck

A very, very bad day
Originally uploaded by onohoku.
A nice pickup truck covered in ice. Apparently this person wasn't able to move their truck for a couple of months.

Sunday, February 13, 2005 Tag Rendering

Via Ross Mayfield and created by Kevan comes a great little web applet thinger called Extispicious that will render your Delicious tags graphically. For those that don't know, is a great service for organizing your bookmarks (using tags like Flcikr) and for finding others that have similar interests utilizing those tags and common bookmarks. Check out my bookmarks or the graphical representation of my bookmarks.

Finding Nemo Animator Passes Away

Robert Scoble has ran a post about the death of an artist that he caught via the Blog of Death...

Dan Lee, a Canadian animator who designed several characters on "Finding Nemo" died on Jan. 15 of cancer. He was 35.

It's always unfortuante when someone dies at a young age. My question is what kind of impact does this have on a sequel to Finding Nemo?

Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Internets

Originally uploaded by Ross Mayfield.
The debates are over, but Bush's mistake never gets old.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Cell Phone Abuse Card

Found via Geek Muffin, the "Dear Cell Phone User" card is an amazing item. It's a card that you can give to someone when you're irritated by their conversation. Perfect for those people you find talking really loud that just won't quiet down. I'm going to carry a few of these in my wallet from now on so I can use them on unsuspecting victims (or are we the victims?).

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Party at Fudruckers

At 6 P.M. on Sunday the 13th (that's this Sunday) there is a meetup going down at the Janesville Fuddruckers. The Janesville Craig High School Band (of which I am a member) will be receving 15% of the cost of all orders as a generous fundraiser offer from Fudruckers. I figure, hey, I get groups together at Fuddruckers all the time, so why not this time? So here's your chance to come enjoy a meal with myself, John Reddell, and a host of others and support an awesome band at the same time. Give me a call (608-774-0704) or send me an email if you have any questions.

Who? Everyone
What? Dinner
Where? Fuddruckers in Janesville
When? 6 P.M. on Sunday February 13th.
Why? Because it's fun and you should support the Craig band

Milwaukee Bucks Pick Up Another Win

The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up another win tonight. They're now up to 2 in a row, which I know isn't amazing. I am optimistic however, they've been playing much better basketball as of late and I'm confident now that Dan Gadzuric will emerge as a good center. Michael Redd getting snubbed for the All Star game? I hope he proves them wrong and leads the Bucks to a great second half of the season. When T.J. Ford comes back next season, we're in great shape for a return to the playoffs.

Tonight's win was 110-107 over the Toronto Raptors, after last night's slaughter of the Boston Celtics.

The Office Space - Game

Here is a great one for you. The Office Space, it's a game where you try and collect file folders and avoid the boss. All with the goal of making it to July 4 (your next big vacation). The game comes complete with it's own level editor, a great feature. Enjoy and say thanks to the Internet.

Duct Tape iPod Cover

Boing Boing has a post up about an eBay auction for an iPod skin that was created completely out of duct tape. Once again I am amazed, but I enjoy it. Thank you Internet.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Pokemon Gameboy Advance SP

Originally uploaded by blogwatcher.
Game Boys are so crazy now, back in the day they felt awesome and it's clear that they are just pale in comparison. The new DS model would be pretty sweet to own, if you could sync it with USB and run programs such as AIM. Unfortunately I'm going to have to stick to the Palm/Pocket PC world. Either way I'm just amazed that they have fancy character Game Boys.


Originally uploaded by datatw.
Oh no, it's Monday morning. Unfortunately that means school for a lot of us, so I thought this picture kind of summed up how I felt about that.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Badger Hockey at Lambeau Field

Talks have begun to have a University of Wisconsin Badger Hockey game at Lambeau Field next year. Lambeau Field is of course home of the Green Bay Packers and a football stadium, not hockey. It would create an awesome venue to watch a game and possibly set an attendance record. I would sure be interested in going, who wants to pay for my ticket?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Mitch Ratcliffe on The State of The Union Address

Mitch Ratcliffe has an excellent article on the State of the Union Address that was on last night.

Bullet In The Head Shirt

Talk about a weird t-shirt, how about a girl shooting off her head? Oh, and then the blood turns into butterflies. Pretty weird, but I wouldn't consider it graphic or truly offensive.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 Scam

Wanted to pass along news of this scam, a little consumer protection. Rather than retype it all or force you to click on a link I'm going to repost part of a post by Russell Beattie, hopefully that's okay with him. Check out his site though, his feed is one of the first feeds I turn to daily in my RSS reader and I'm not even a mobile phone addict like him.

Wow, I'm sorry I didn't mention this before online!

I got billed for $25 on my carrier bill from this service a while ago after signing up then getting all this SMS spam constantly for days. I finally went in and shut all the stuff off within a week or so, but at the end of the month it turns out that all those messages were Premium SMS messages!...

Rest of the post (worth the read).

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Child's Play

Child's Play
Originally uploaded by spyzter.
Want to shoot your crayons? You do, good. This guy shot a whole lot of stuff and then put it all online, brilliant. Enjoy.

Jeramey's Book Reviews

I've taken to reviewing books on (and soon other places). I know my first few reviews aren't too good, but I'm working on improving them. The latest book I reviewed was The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll, it was excellent. Let me know if you are reviewing things on Amazon, I want to see your opinion on things.

Jeramey's Book Reviews on