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Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday


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It's Friday, jump around!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Google to Buy Facebook

Is Google going to buy the Facebook? As previously mentioned here, the Facebook is on the block for what appears to be $2 billion. It appears Google is selling $2 billion in stock. Are they going to use that cash to acquire the social networking giant? It would certainly make a good match with the Google Ad programs, however I can't imagine anyone is actually going to click on those ads. So is that match in the long run actually good for Google? Probably not.

The Blog Business Summit has the details.

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WorldMapper

The Freaknomoics blog pointed me to WorldMapper “a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.” It's pretty slick.

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Yahoo Music and the Vista Sidebar

TechCrunch reports that Yahoo has released a gadget for the Windows Vista Sidebar that will allow you to listen music from Yahoo without the Yahoo Music Engine software.

I've been really impressed with the Yahoo Muisc Engine so far (I use it at Sarah's house) and this could be the push that shoves me towards actually subscribing myself.

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The Brett Favre Plan

New Packer Head Coach Mike McCarthy plans to use a more basic West Coast offense if Brett Favre returns.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

285 Dollars a User

If the Facebook is sold for $2 billion that would amount to $285/user, which is an awful lot of money to buy my two accounts (yes, I am one of the Bill Gates). That's $570 for Jeramey Jannene. Am I worth it? Hell yes.

The Business 2.0 Blog questions if the Facebook is worth $2 billion.

In all reality, I think the Facebook is actually worth that much. I can think of so many ways to generate revenue off of the site that they aren't taking advantage of yet.

I think Viacom would be smart to acquire Facebook, just think of the cross-promotion alone.

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Chase to Something: Bucks crush Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks jumped all over the Phoenix Suns. Charlie Bell had his first ever career triple-double. Sadly, I had to give my ticket to the game away because I had class.

It's amazing the Bucks haven't gone off like this more often this year.

Bucks 132, Suns 110
ESPN Recap - JS Recap - 5-Point Bucks Recap (Personal Favorite)

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Deeper in .NET 2006

Are you interested in .NET development (or spending a day with me)? Do you live in Wisconsin? Do you like the price of free? The Wisconsin .NET Users Group, of which I am a flash drive carrying member, is holding their annual Deeper in .NET event filled with top-notch speakers on April 22nd. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Visit the event page for more details. I hope to see you there!

Congressional Lies

Left on the Lake (and many other places) has an interesting story (and photo) about how a Republican running for Congress in California tried to pass off a picture of Turkey as a picture of Iraq and how great things actually are over there.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Spring is Here


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I had mentioned it felt like spring before, but then all the sudden it became cold and miserable again. It once agains feel like spring here in Milwaukee, let's hope it stays this time.

Podcasts Not Meeting MP3 Players

ArsTechnica reports that most podcasts aren't making it onto portable MP3 players. I know mine never do, so this doesn't come as a big shock for me. The only time I put them on my MP3 player is when I go on long car trips.

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China and VoIP

One of the problems of doing business in China is the immense government control. Here's an example, China has made VoIP illegal until 2008 at the earliest. This makes service like SkypeOut illegal in China, while it appears they have no concern about computer-to-computer calls. It appears to be an economic issue for China, they're trying to protect the state owned telecom business for brand new competetion. ArsTechnica has the story.

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Before The Edge of Dawn


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Happy Monday morning. One of the most painful times of the week.

Something Went Wrong

This layout is just temporary, I promise. Blogger appears to have a mind of it's own in terms of auto-republishing all my files. I'll be fixing this tomorrow during the day (which I guess is today already). I'm off to bed.

Update: Things are improving, what do you think?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Facebook and Athletes

A USA Today story discusses how university athletes are being demanded to stay off the Facebook by their respective universities. I say ridiculous! It's not fair to the student athletes, Facebook has planted itself as central to the college experience today. This is a case of people with a limited understanding of the issue overreacting. Stop the insanity!

The schools are banning students from using the site only to hide existing problems from the public eye, instead of fixing the problems.

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Kohl Not Getting His Money's Worth

Journal Sentinel reporter Michael Hunt reports on how Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl isn't getting his money's worth, which is especially after two losses in a row to the Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

ajaxWrite

ajaxWrite is a web-based word processor with what appears to be all the same basic functions at Microsoft Word. Give it a try.

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Facebook Downloader

A fun new unofficial Facebook toy.
Facebook Downloader will let you download a copy of all your friend’s profiles to your computer and then automatically export them to Microsoft Outlook, AIM Triton, Gmail, and XML. This program is completely free and easy to use.

I'm playing with it for the first time and it appears to be pretty slick. Check it out at FacebookDownloader.com.

It's written on the .NET framework, which is always cool.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dell Buys Alienware

Dell bought Alienware, boo! I used to be a huge Dell supporter (back before the "dude you're getting a dell guy") and then there customer service became terrible. Now they're dragging another company into the mess.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Chase to 50: Bucks beat Blazers (Again!)

In the second game of a home-and-home series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers the Bucks defeated the Blazers, 100 to 93. This puts the Bucks a game above .500 and only a half game back on Indiana. Awesome, the Bucks have now put together back-to-back victories over the Blazers. Let's hope the team can capitalize.

This was the first of a three game West Coast road trip which will feature stops in Seattle for some coffee, computer software, and Ray Allen and a stop in Los Angeles for the silver screen, Phil Jackson, and Kobe Bryant. Should be an interesting week, probably the most make or break moment of the season.

The Bucks are now only a half game back of the Indiana Pacers and a game back of the Washington Wizards, for the sixth and fifth playoff spots.

Bucks 100, Trail Blazers 93 - Recap

Chase to 50: 34-33, with 15 to go

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MSOE, Man at Work, and an Ugly Building

As previously mentioned, the "Man at Work" industrial art collection housed at MSOE is going to have one heck of a display case. It appears Whitney Gould at the Journal Sentinel thinks that display case (Federal Reserve Building) should look a little more like the glassy Kern Center. Enough that she wrote an article about it on Sunday.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

NBA's Big Picture (particularly the Bucks)

Bill Simmons, sports writer extraordinaire, has a rundown of every team in the NBA.

His comments about the Milwaukee Bucks confirm something that has been brewing in me all season. When does Terry Stotts actually coach the team?

There has been one great play all season that I can attribute to coaching, the game winning lob against the Spurs. Outside of that, Stotts doesn't seem to have command of matchups or of situational management of which players should and shouldn't be on the court. Someone closer to the situation (Larry Harris and Herb Kohl) needs to make a decision about Stotts' future. Is his coaching to blame for the team's struggles or is just that the players on the team aren't that good?

I think the players are definitely capable of being winners, I just think they need better coaching to give them that boost into the league's elite.

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Windows XP on a Mac Cartoon

This is a Joy of Tech cartoon about installing Windows XP on a Mac. It's moderately funny.

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Chase to 50: Bell's Defense

Charlie Bell's defensive hustle has not gone unnoticed by the press this year. The Journal Sentinel has picked up on Charlie Hustle.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sydney Boulevard


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Originally uploaded by thereallex.
This is a pretty neat photo of Sydney, worthy of me sharing on a Sunday night I must say.

Chase to 50: Magloire and Toronto


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Bucks starting center Jamaal Magloire is quite the rebounding force. He cleans the boards quite well for the Milwaukee Bucks game after game. In an article ran by the Toronto Sun (Magloire is a Toronto-native), Magloire is quoted as saying "I'm not a complacent person. I always want to do more and get better. I'm very comfortable with the role I have on this team, given we're winning games." Since they haven't won much lately, perhaps there is a problem?

I HAVE A WAY TO HELP JAMAAL MAGLOIRE! Make both of your free throws! Develop a post move that results in points, you're almost as big as Shaq. You take that almost-worthless hook shot way too often. Drive your butt into the defender, turn towards the basket, dunk the ball (you do this move every 10th time), and get to the free-throw line.

You'll get the ball once you can produce reliably. That said, your rebounding has been nice.

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Chase to 50: Bucks Split Two

The Bucks after picking up a win over the Bulls, collapsed against the Toronto Raptors, even after being up big. They rebounded the next night at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, walking away with a much-needed win. I wasn't able to catch either of the games, so I don't have any more to add other than the reviews.

Bucks 96, Raptors 97 - Recap
Bucks 93, Trail Blazers 97 - Recap

Chase to 50: 33-33, with 16 to go!

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Splitting Up Microsoft

John Batelle has an excellent post about Microsoft spinning off Live.com into it's own ultra-aggressive publicly-held company. I think it's a good idea.

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Jessica McBride's Blog

I stumbled upon the blog of Jessica McBride, a UW-Milwaukee journalism lecturer. I was expecting some great reading, all I got was a ton of noise. Do people actually really enjoy blogs that just take shots at other people non-stop? I would love to know your thoughts.

The Marquette Warrior blog seems to be the only conservative political blog I can stomach most of the time. Due to my political opinions, the liberal blogs I can handle more, but they still make me want to cry. The back-and-forth bantering between the what appears to be endless amount of conservative blogs and very few liberal blogs is SO BORING.

For every blog post where the blogs take a shot at one another I would love to see them contribute one hour of community service.

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Chase to 50: Bucks Crush Bulls

The Milwaukee Bucks absolutely stomped on the Chicago Bulls last night at the Bradley Center. It was awesome to see the team jump out to such a strong start and maintain the lead throughout the game. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an excellent recap.

My dad was in town for the game, so that was an extra perk. I think his attendance was what pushed the Bucks towards the win.

ESPN has a great article about the Bucks and how their playoff situation is shaping up.

The Bucks face the Toronto Raptors on the road Friday night, with Mo Williams battling a nagging injury. Every game is a big game from this point forward.

Chase to 50: 32-32, with 18 to go!

Improvement

In an effort to be a better writer/blogger I've been trying to do more of that proofreading thing. If you notice any errors at all in my blog posts jump all over me in the comments, email, by phone, whatever. I want to get better.

UW-Madison and the Facebook

While students at UW-Whitewater continue to get ticketed as a result of Facebook pictures (story), the people of UW-Madison are using the Facebook to get ahead of the game. A friend was recently asked by The Daily Cardinal, a student run newspaper, for an interview as a result of his posting Freakonomics as one of his favorite books.

Here's the email my friend received...
My name is "name withheld", and I'm a reporter with the Daily Cardinal. I'm dropping you an email because I'm currently working on a story about the book Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, and on your Facebook profile you listed it as one of your favorite books. I wanted to know if you'd be willing to answer a few questions about it, so I can get the opinions of econ students who read it.

If you are I'm available to talk tomorrow morning, all of Monday and Sunday afternoon, or if you'd prefer to handle this over email we can do that as well. Please let me know as soon as possible by email or phone (my number's at the bottom), so we can get something going - the story deadline is Tuesday, so the sooner the better.

Amusing how one school is able to use the features of the Facebook (instant polling of user interests school-wide) so effectively to enhance the quality of a school newspaper, while another school is using the Facebook (and the photos on it) to crack down on kids and invade what they believed was private.

Have a story of how the Facebook is being used at your school? I would love to hear it.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Deconstruction of the Knicks

The deconstruction of the New York Knicks continues as it appears Larry Brown and Stephon Marbury are now sharing some "fighting words". I, like everyone else, had already predicted this team wouldn't work.

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Chase to 50: Bucks vs Bulls

In the game that is shaping up to be the make or break game of the season for both teams, the Bulls appear to hot at just the right time. The Bucks on the other hand are pretty terrible right now, especially on the defensive end. Tonight would be a good night to fix that.

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Office 2007 User Interface

If you've talked to me in person in the past couple months about Microsoft products one of the big things I've talked about are the changes coming to Office that I think will make it a lot easier to use. Today I finally have something to show you. The Office User Interface Blog has a whole bunch of official screenshots.

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OneNote and Origami

With all the buzz around Microsoft's new Ultra-Mobile PC, it sould come as no surprise that people are talking about what applications are going to work the best on the device. Chris Pratley agrees with what I have been thinking (OneNote is going to be the app) and has posted about using Microsoft's OneNote on the Ultra-Mobile PC.

He works on OneNote so he may be a little biased, but what can you do?

I can't wait to get one of these devices in my hands to play with.

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Microosft Created the iPod Packing Parody

The iPod Packaging Parody, which I posted not too long ago, was created internally by Microsoft. Here's the story.

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Amazon to Offer Online Storage

Amazon.com is going to offer online storage of your data for a very cheap price with their new service S3 (Simple Storage Service). They have a quasi-press release about it.

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More on Zoomr

I had posted about Zoomer yesterday (or at least before I went to sleep at 2 this morning) and I now have more. After rereading the article, I noticed a few things. The site was developed by a 17-year-old! I now, being 19, feel tremendously lazy. He made the site in three months, that's amazing!

The neatest thing though was that by the time I woke up Kris had left a comment on my blog. He's actively out there listening to the community and what they're saying. That goes a long way to building a great reputation.

Will someone at Yahoo please buy this site and integrate it into Flickr?

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Amazon to Offer Movie Downloads?

Amazon.com is apparently in discussions with three large Hollywood studios about starting a service that would let users download movies and tv shows. The New York Times has the story.

I can't wait for more competetion with Apple's iTunes store. Drive down those prices!

If I Link To You, Will You Go Out With Me?

I need to start using this one on women, "If I link to you, will you go out with me?" Hugh made a sketch about it.

BravoLog - The Logbook That Speaks

My friend Blaine Iler is working to create a "comprehensive online pilot logbook and aircraft maintenance record-keeping application". I suggest if you're into flying, you check out BravoLog.

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Microsoft's Labor Troubles

Sam Nobiensky sent CNNMoney this story my way about Microsoft's current labor problems.

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TechCrunch - "Flickr has something catching up to do"

My favorite photo site Flickr has some catching up to do according to TechCrunch's Michael Arrington. Zooomr has some pretty awesome new features such as integration with services such as Google Maps and an easier time tagging people you know (and are friends with) in photos. Zooomr also makes it easier to see a larger copy of the image and this whole fancy audio feature. You can read Arrington's article or go play.

Update: Scratch that play with Zoomr thing, it appears their servers are not able to handle the current load. Bummer.

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Live.com

Michael Arrington thinks Microsoft's Live.com is now the best image search on the web.

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Buy the Milwaukee Skyline

Who wouldn't want to live up above the Milwaukee skyline? In what I promise is my last post of the day from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (stories 1, 2, and 3), it appears if you have the money you're going to be able to do just that. There are condos for sale just a few blocks from me that have a stellar view of both Lake Michigan and the center of Milwaukee. The catch, they're very epensive (try in the ballpark of $2.65 million). The Journal Sentinel has more.

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Factory/Warehouse to Office in Milwaukee

I want to someday own a warehouse-like office space. This Journal Sentinel story indicates however that it is becoming quite the trend already just a few blocks away from me in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

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Ethanol in Milton

There is quite the ethanol disagreement in Milton, right outside of my hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. It's all about the construction of a ethanol plant in the city. The debate has become big enough that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has picked it up.

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Chase to 50: Update

I haven't posted about the past few games, but if you're a Bucks fan you've been following them somewhere else. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a great source of coverage and has an article that details the recent happenings.

Chase to 50: 31-32, with 19 to go.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Spring

I busted out the shorts and sandals today. It's time to think warm. It's 43 degrees outside right now.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Cow Abduction

Are you prepared in the event of a cow abduction? Learn more at CowAbduction.com.

UW-Whitewater and the Facebook

My source reports that the Whitewater police are still having a field day at the students expense by viewing their Facebook photo albums and then presenting them with tickets for things such as underage drinking. I would be deleting pictures of anything remotely illegal quickly.

My previous post on the topic.

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The Daily Show available in iTunes

The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are now avaible via the iTunes Store for $9.99 for 16 episodes in a quasi-subscription model, learn more.

Still a little pricey for me. I would prefer to buy a year outright for say 50 bucks.

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Google Calendar

Techcrunch has exclusive screenshots of Google Calendar. I don't see anything awesome yet that is really going to push Microsoft to really innovate with Outlook. It would sure be nice (speaking from experience) if there was an easy way for consumers to put their calendars online with Outlook. I'm thinking Live.com would be great for this.

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Spring is Here

Spring has arrived in Milwaukee. That's what my body was trying to tell me today.

As I walked to work at the Kern Center this morning there was a different feeling in the air. When I looked down Broadway at the rest of downtown Milwaukee, I was mystified as to what I was feeling. Thankfully, it hit me. The dark, depressing, and consuming haze of winter had been lifted, the feeling of spring has been injected into me!

Victory is mine. Bring on the warm weather and the restoration of my sanity (I'm quite sure I lose numerous IQ points to the cold).

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Control Your Computer with Your Nintendo DS

Lifehacker has a post up about how to control your computer with your Nintendo DS. If you're a DS user (like my brother) this might be worth your time.

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New NBA Stadiums

Oregon Live has a story about how five NBA teams are looking at new stadiums or large upgrades, one of those of course is my beloved Milwaukee Bucks.

The article points out, as many people are missing at the moment, that the Bucks will not be moving out of the Bradley Center for at least four or five more years, depending on the length of the next lease they sign.

When the Bucks finally leave the Bradley Center (hopefully to somewhere very close by) the stadium will be at least 20 years old. The new stadium, I would assume, would be more than just a stadium, with a restauru=ant, store, and who knows what else that would be open year-round.


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Origami

I don't have any inside scoop on Microosft Origami, other than Microsoft's Channel 9 will feature a video about Origami at 5 a.m. my time on Thursday. I'm ready to learn more.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

UW-Whitewater, the Facebook, and the Police

An anonymous source tells me that numerous people at UW-Whitewater in the Wells dormitory have been busted by the police via the Facebook for various petty theft crimes. They had been taking things like signs from various places around campus and were eventually caught by the campus police finding the picutres in their Facebook profiles.

Make sure you're careful what you're putting in those pictures kids.

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Fun With Windows XP

I have a class on Tuesday's nights that is five hours long and all about Windows XP. I can't wait to test out of it.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Scott Adams and Airport Security

The man behind Dilbert, Scott Adams, has an interesting post on his blog about airport security.

For the record, I'm quite sure the metal detector works great in Milwaukee, I pretty much have to undress to get through the thing.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Girl Scout Madness

Sam Nobiensky's younger sister sold 852 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. That's a lot. Coincidentally, it was good enough for the most cookies sold in Wisconsin.

AT&T to buy BellSouth

AT&T (which is now SBC and AT&T merged) is on the move already, they're looking to acquire BellSouth. Scary to think they would be the largest landline company and control Cingular, the largest cellular provider.

Chase to 50: Bucks Fall To Knicks

I am a mad man. The Bucks lost to the terrible New York Knicks tonight at home, 103-98. ESPN has a decent recap, along with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Gah! The Bucks needed this game to start a winning streak.

Chase to 50: 29-30, with 23 to go!

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Who I Am


My Personal Dna Report


It appears I'm a advocating idealist, which Betsy says is very me. Interesting.

Take the test yourself.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Aaron Sorkin is Back

Aaron Sorkin, creator of Sports Night and the West Wing, is back with a new show this fall. I'll spare you the details and let you read the blog post about it.

As a big fan of Bradley Whitford, I'm happy to see that he will be part of the new show.

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Jon Stewart on Larry King

Jon Stewart recently made an appearance on Larry King live. As always with a Jon Stewart interview, it's worth your time to watch it.

Thanks to The New Vernacular for the pointer.

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Windows Vista

Extreme Tech - Why Windows Vista Won't Suck

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bouncing Balls

A long time ago (July), I had put up a post about a picture of 100,000 falling bouncy balls. I now have found the reason for those bouncy balls, they were used in a Sony Bravia commercial. Watch the video, it's awesome.

Thanks to Charlie Wanninger and Tom Steingass for the pointer to the video. Turns out if I had went back and looked at the comments for the photo on Flickr I could have found the video that way too.

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The New Michael Jordan Commercial

ESPN has a story up about the Michael Jordan commercial you've been seeing on TV. I despise Jordan and I still think this commercial is pretty awesome. The article talks about how the commercial is made and what is done to draw you in.

You can watch the commercial when you view the article, in case you haven't seen it before.

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Simmons interviews Gladwell

Sports writer Bill Simmons has posted the first of a two part interview of author, speaker, and super-human Malcom Gladwell on ESPN.com Page 2. Definitely humorous writing relating both to sports and the real world. Highly recommended that you check it out.

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Chase to 50: Bucks fall in Phoenix

The Bucks fell last night to the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee hasn't won in Phoenix since 1987. This win puts the Bucks back at .500 for the year and in the 8th and final playoff spot in the East. That spot of course is not where the Bucks want to be because it means a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons.

Bucks 110, Suns 123 - Recap
Chase to 50 - 29-29 with 24 to go

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The Onion

You have to love the Onion. My inbox this morning contained an email about the Onion's new Daily Dispatch.
Dear Weekly Dispatch Recipient,
It has recently come to our attention that news happens more than once a week. We have been deliberately ignoring this trend for years, but sadly it has not gone away. Therefore, we have opened a new chapter in the illustrious history of America's Finest News Source: The Onion Daily Dispatch, to which it would behoove you to subscribe today.

I should really try this with school, go just once a week. I'm sure that would work out great for my grades.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Local Live - Street Level

The Virtual Earth team has released a preview of a new street-level view map view. First it was the bird's eye imagery, now it's street level. Awesome. Keep in mind that this is just a preview. You can play with downtown Seattle and San Fransisco in the preview which is available at http://preview.local.live.com.

I'm interested to see how many cities they are actually going to do street-level photography for.

I wish when you were scrolling around and using the interface, it would only let you move your view to positions where there is imagery available.

Update: They anticipated request, it appears you just need to hold shift to lock yourself onto the street. The Virtual Earth blog has more.

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