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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Save Toby

So this crazy guy (or genius) finds this rabbit. He shows you all these pretty pictures of it and then tells you he is going to eat it. Of course, if he raises 50,000 dollars by June 30, 2005 he won't eat it. Big deal right? Typical Jeramey Internet humor. Wrong. He has raised what appears to be about 20,000 dollars. It's amazing. I am simply amazed. I wish I had thought of this idea first.

Follow it all on SaveToby.com. Special thanks to David Moe for sending this my way.

My Burger King Conflict

So I have this thing with Burger King. It's some kind of inner-personal conflict. I ate breakfast at Burger King in Gainesville, Florida and the lady that took our order was popping a lot of pills right before she took our order. After popping the pills she did some quick head shake move, gave us a "you better run" grin, and went on to ask us what we wanted to eat. Ten minutes later, while cleaning the restaurant, she put a St. Patrick's day hat on my head, while I was eating. This was after we had driven 24 hours on a bus to get to Florida on the band trip last week. It was needless to say, a crazy adventure at Burger King.

Last summer I had ordered a king size drink at Burger King with my meal and had it spill all over my lap and car seat, on my way to work. I spent the next five minutes attempting to clean up the mess and marveling at my stupidity for ordering something bigger than my van's cup-holder could handle. Dr. Pepper sure feels good on your pants. So begins today's story.

On my way to the club today (that's work, not play), I was compelled to get Burger King. I was running late on time, hadn't ate today, and it's the closest place to where I was headed. I knew I was really hungry and I wasn't going to be eating for quite a long time. I decided it was time for a king-sized Double Cheeseburger value meal. Five dollars and twenty-four cents later I was on my way. Knowing my previous conflicts with the drink I was well aware of the fate that lie ahead for me. I figured I should be good though, I have a different car now (white 1998 Plymouth Breeze).

I left the parking lot, hadn't spilled the drink yet (a step up from my last king-sized drink). Success, right? No. I drove across the street, through one stop light and then came my mistake. I wanted a drink, just one drink. I couldn't resist.

Splash!

All down the front of my blue pullover jacket and white shorts goes Dr. Pepper. I arrived at the club parking lot a mere one minute later, drenched in my lunch. I sucked it up and walked in the door. Sadly, no one said anything. They wouldn't even give me the satisfaction of making up some smooth excuse.

The moral of the story is, stay away from the king-sized drinks at Burger King. They're great, if you can hold them. They're not too great on your pants.

For those of you that really know me (or have enjoyed even just one meal with me) you're probably well-accustomed to the fact that I spill on myself all the time and find this story predictable. For those of you that don't know me too well, I'm happy you're now aware that I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to eating.

I'm going to go back enjoying wearing my half-brown white shorts now.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Problems with Blogger

As you are probably aware, I'm a Blogger user. I've been a big fan of the Blogger API, using it to publish from my desktop with W.bloggar (site is down at the moment) and to put my pictures up with Flickr. The API was very reliable until Google went public (Google owns Blogger). Steven proposed a theory that the reliability of Blogger is inversely related to the stock price of Google. This has held true even today as the price is up, but Blogger has been down.

My point, other than to get Steven's theory in the open, is to note that this is the reason you are seeing multiple posts of the same thing. I'll often hit the post button, either on Flickr or W.bloggar, and get a failure error. Try it again, get a failure error. Try it again, success. I go to check the site and whammy! I have three posts up of the same thing. I know there are a few things with the post-publish style of Blogger that may be causing this to happen, but these uses of the API used to work perfectly. I want the service to just flat out work, like it used to.

Please Google make your service more reliable.

World Wind Take 2

Monday's post about World Wind being great was completely wrong. THE PROGRAM IS AMAZING. John and I, along with a cast of others, spent Monday and Tuesday night cruising around the world looking at places through different satellites and just sitting in amazement. John tracked down his Grandma's farm and I was able to find the two houses I've lived in along with numerous other places of interest. We took spur of the moment trips to Africa, New York City, and New Orleans. This morning I took a tour of baseball stadiums starting with Milwaukee County Stadium and Miller Park (under construction in the image), moving to Cosmiskey Park in Chicago, and then I was off to the Bay Area to visit Pac Bell and Network Associates Coliseum in San Fransisco and Oakland respectively. Tonight maybe I'll have a tour of all the basketball stadiums in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Never before have I seen something like this, a standard website-based search does not compare. Yes I can pull up an image of an exact address in Terra Server, but I can not go view downtown Milwaukee as easily and start hunting for buildings. The ability to spin the mouse and move around the world effortlessly is one of the killer elements of NASA's World Wind.

For those of you that are using the program and experiencing lackluster results, try changing the satellite at the top. The urban area one works great for the countries biggest cities, because it's in color. The Digital Ortho feed is great for finding your house or any other building (that isn't covered in the Urban Area Ortho).

World Wind has also managed to start making a nice cache on my hard drive. It's currently weighing in at over 2.3 gigabytes of space, however this makes my most commonly visited cities load real fast.

NASA, keep up the good work.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Star Wars in ASCII (via Telnet)

Via Brian Tinkler's weblog, a copy of Star Wars you can watch through a Telnet session. Please note that you will only be able to do this with a Windows machine. Enjoy

Monday, March 28, 2005

NASA's World Wind

NASA has released one awesome application that I have been waiting a few days to try. Now that I am finally home I have had a chance to really play around with it. World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. The program utilizes Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data. It's an awesome way to zoom in on your town in 3D. I was able to zoom into Janesville to find where my school, work, and home with ease. I was also able to trace the way I drive to Milwaukee and get a glimpse of all the towns that I just miss seeing while cruising down the road. You will however need a broadband internet connection to utilize the application as it downloads the maps in real-time. Check it out.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Top 11 Reasons A Messy Office Is Better Than A Clean One

Here's a link to BBspot's story about the "Top 11 Reasons A Messy Office Is Better Than A Clean One". It's a good story.

Johndawg's triumphant return

It has come to my attention that I have not posted in a while. Therefore:

I went to Florida with the band nerds.
It was awesome.
I also recently played hockey in the WIAA state tournament.
That too was awesome.
More to come.

State Patrol

The WI State Patrol is having a great Easter, I have seen at least ten cars pulled over in the last two days.

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Cell Phone Coverage

It is amazing that there is not coverage everwhere including my grandparents house in central Wisconsin.

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Candy Day

Happy candy day everyone, hope your sweet tooth was satisified.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Lost

Kerstin got lost today and is embarrassed.

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Disney

Wow, Disney World is a river made of garbage

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A View of the Beach


A View of the Beach
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
Went to Cocoa Beach today, but managed not to see much sun. It was still nice and warm outside and I was able to play lots of good ultimate frisbee with the likes of John, Jack, and Perry. Florida, what a great place.

Beach Time

To Cocoa Beach we go. The high of 80 sure beats whatever the high is in Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Jurassic Park

The Jurrasic Park ride line is really long, you have been warned.

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Trip Reactions

We arrived today in Florida and went to Wet and Wild for the vast majority of the day. It proved to be a great way to spend some time, although there was a dissapointing lack of beautiful women in Orlando today. After checking in at our hotel I was pleased to find that there was free broadband, a plus for a geek like me. Going to head out now though for a pool-side meeting. Pictures to be posted on Flickr tomorrow, I hope.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Kentucky

So it turns out Kentucky looks a lot like Wisconsin at night.

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Phone Blogging

Worth noting that it is difficult to write blog posts with the character restrictions I have (105 characters).

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The Road To Florida

The band buses are safely cruising their way through central Illinois and our bus is great, pics to come.

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Fork Fun Time

After hard work to be detailed later it is now frozen pizza time. Another day another plastic graveyard.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

A Test Post

Testing out the ability to post via email with my phone. My hope is that I can blog from the beach in Florida.

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Say No Jim Doyle

Dear Jim Doyle,

It appears that you, the governor of my home state of Wisconsin, are up to thinking of ways to raise money (and you should be). This one however appears to be a pretty bad one, a sales tax on Internet downloads. The tax would be a completely voluntary 5%. It's almost as scary as a per e-mail message tax. Please stop here Jim Doyle, this is not a good tax. Others out there are agreeing with me. Let's do things like tax those that are dodging taxes (the wealthy) and develop some more casinos along our borders (think tourism + tax money).

Sincerely,
-Jeramey Jannene-

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Sick Again

I've managed to have a relapse, so once again there may be a few days without posting. Stay healthy kids.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Mount St. Helens


IMG_0079
Originally uploaded by ja_macd.
A flickr user was lucky enough to have a camera when Mount St. Helens started to spew again last week. My aunt (who lives in Portland) said the ground has been rumbling the past few days. To think that I'm worried they're going to build a weight station and that will affect air quality, how about a volcano?

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Google Search Results

Seth Godin put up an awesome picture on his blog of what areas of the page people look at when they glance at the search results they get from Google. Interesting to note that people do actually look over at the sponsored links on the far right. I would imagine that they would be looked at even less than they currently are.

Font Joke

I thought this was worth passing along from RasterWeb, another Wisconsin (Milwaukee area) blogger.

   In tribute to the font joke spotted at prolific.org, I offer this:

   1st Designer: “Wow, you always have so many fonts, where do you get them from?”

   2nd Designer: “Oh they come from Monaco, Geneva, Chicago, New York… I get them delivered at various Times throughout the day…”

   1st Designer: “By who?”

   2nd Designer: “A Courier!”

   (At least you can’t throw tomatoes at me…)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Where Have You Been Jeramey?

To answer the title of this post, I've been here, just busy. And then, I got sick. I'm recovering though and feeling good enough (and having the time) to get some words up here. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and it doesn't look like it will get any easier utnil the week after next.

On a side note I'm getting ready to launch another blog based just on technology. This is something I've wanted to do for quite a long time and now finally have a reason to do (more on that in the coming weeks). This blog will soon be free of most of my technology ramblings and dedicated to my fun things like disco squirrels.

I took this from Robert Scoble's blog knowing that you would enjoy, so enjoy.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Janesville Blubirds - Miracle

A buddy of mine and a true sports super fan, Eric Schmoldt, has posted a great article on UW-Madison's Daily Cardinal about the success of the Janesville Bluebirds. Special thanks to Ben Sager for linking me to the article.

Janesville Bluebirds 02


Janesville Bluebirds 02
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
The Janesville Bluebirds are announced at the start of their 2005 WIAA State Tournament Quarterfinal game.

Janesville Bluebirds 01


Janesville Bluebirds 01
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
Awaiting a face-off after an icing call at WIAA State Quarterfinal matchup between the Janesville Bluebirds and University School (somethings?).

Bluebirds Win State Quarterfinal Game

In a dazzling display of start to finish hockey the Janesville Bluebirds were able to defeat the University School of Milwaukee. Winning their fourth straight game in overtime, the Bluebirds finished regulation with a 1-1 tie. I was there with my trombone to provide some pep band music to fellow BtK blogger John Reddell as he took the ice to play defense for Bluebirds. The Craig Pep Band will be joining the Bluebirds tomorrow night at 5 as they take on Arrowhead (who defeated Fond du Lac today 5-0) at the Madison Coliseum. Wisconsin Prep Hockey along with Gazette Extra and the WIAA hockey website will all be able to provide more detailed information than I will.

Pictures to follow online soon.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

World Wind from NASA

Wanted to let you know about a fancy program from NASA called World Wind. The program lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth by using your broadband internet connection to pull in the data. Version 1.3 was released today and I'm about to check it out, you should too.

Apple Lanyards

Joy of Tech posted today this cartoon about Apple lanyards and how they can be used on just every device. It was a good quick laugh, if you see lots of iPods I'm sure it will mean more to you.

Vincon Bin From Recycled Tires

Treehugger brings us a post about used old tires to make vincon bins. I can't seem to find it on the Vincon website, but maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. That said it is still a very cool item, it's always good to see old tires being used since they're awful to burn.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

American Star


American Star
Originally uploaded by FastPhive.
Found this picture via the Flickr Blog and I thought you might enjoy it. I seem to enjoy anything transportation-wise the bigger it gets. Crazy how clean the water looks and how "dirty" the ship looks.

Yahoo Buys Flickr (Maybe)

My favorite photo service, Flickr, is rumored to be on the auction block. Om Malik has a rumor posted about Yahoo buying Flickr. I can't say I'm against the move as Yahoo seems pretty dedicated to the small people lately.

Cheese Dogs are Great!

It's lunch time and I have a few minutes to kill before having to head back to school. While sitting in calculus today I announced to the class that I would be heading home for lunch to have a cheese dog. I was lying though, I had two. Oh my, are they great. Comparable to Taco Bell in supreme food quality, I have a certain way I prepare my cheese dogs. After heating in the microwave for 35 seconds (Oscar Mayer brand cheese dogs), they need to be placed in buns. After consuming the first dog free of ketchup, ketchup should be added to the second dog to increase the flavor ensuring a complete feeling in your stomach. Following my simple advice (eat cheese dogs) will allow you to enjoy a much higher standard of living.