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Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Bucks Have a Glimpse (of Hope)

The first-round playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons has been an interesting one so far. The Detroit Pistons showed the Bucks how to play a complete game of basketball in the first two games in Detroit. The Bucks welcomed the Pistons to Milwaukee for game three of the series and proceeded to light Milwaukee on fire. They were red hot shooting over 60 percent on the game.

Game four takes place tomorrow at the Bradley Center with the Pistons leading the series 2-1. If the Bucks could pull off a miracle tomorrow and come back with a win to even the series they would have a fighting chance to actually upset the first-seeded Pistons. ESPN's Dailiy Dime discuses Michael Redd's performance in the series.

If you're in the Milwaukee-area I hope to see you cheering with me at the game!

Follow all the action at Bucks.com or with ESPN's Playoff coverage.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

I apologize for the lack of posting lately. It's been an incredibly busy week as school is whinding to a close and all the end of the year meetings and assignments are happening.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Transforming Microsoft

Microsoft blogger extrodinaire Robert Scoble has five ideas to transform Microsoft. He actually titles it as "How Microsoft can shut down Mini-Microsoft", so don't be scared when you see that title.

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Grass Armchair

Want to put something really cool in your yard? How about a grass armchair? Lifehacker pointed me to it, but Purves and Purves is currently selling the armchair.

I only have one question, how do you mow the thing?

Outside of that one problem, it looks pretty awesome.

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

CEO of Ask.com to Move to Microsoft

Just when it looked like everyone was starting to jump ship from Microsoft, the CEO of Ask.com is headed over to mothership.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Home Run Derby

The Brewers hit five home runs in one inning the day after I went to a game. I have to work on my timing.

Dollar hot dog weekend, can't complain there.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mapping Services Comparison

TechCrunch has an excellent mapping services comparison comparing Ask, Google, Yahoo, Windows Live Local, and Mapquest.

What It's Like To Work at Microsoft

Michael Brundage, a former NASA employee turned Microsoft employee, details what it is like to work at Microsoft in what appears to be an honest and open fashion.

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ArsTechnica on Broadband and Popluation Density

ArsTechnica has an insightful look into broadband adoption in the United States and the rest of the world. There is a breakdown invovling population densities in the article, which I feel is really where the value is.
"Given the geographic and demographic diversity of our nation, the US is doing exceptionally well. Comparing some of the "leading" countries with areas of the US that have comparable population density, we see similar penetration rates. For example, in Belgium, ranked eighth in broadband penetration by the OECD, there are about 343 inhabitants per sq km and 18 out of 100 people are broadband subscribers. In Japan, ranked 11th by the OECD, there are 350 inhabitants per sq km and 16 out of 100 people have broadband. These countries are comparable to Massachusetts where there are 317 people per sq km and 19 out of 100 people subscribe to broadband. Alaska, with less then one person per sq km, has a higher broadband penetration rate than France." - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

Great article.

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No Aero Glass for Pirates

Microsoft is not going to let Windows pirates use the new Aero Glass graphical user-interface. An interesting move, of which I think is an intelligent one. ArsTechnica has the story.

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Bucks vs Wizards Breakdown

5-Point Bucks writer Sam Kirchner has an excellent breakdown of the Bucks loss to the Washington Wizards. The loss to me defined what has been a tough season with the team unable to capitalize on yet another oppurtunity. I look forward to a phone call from General Manager Larry Harris at some point this summer with an offer for the Bucks bloggers to take over coaching the Bucks.

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The Facebook Is Not For Sale

Despite the round of rumors about the Facebook being sale, many of which I was eager to share with the world, the Facebook isn't for sale. SiliconBeat, a San Jose Mercury News Tech blog, reports that after raising another round of funding ($25 million), Facebook employees are openly denying the "for sale" rumors.

This is probably a good thing for the quality website, I can only imagine what a buyer would do to the service.

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Bucks the Worst, Pistons the Best

As you are of course aware (wink wink, nudge nudge), my beloved Milwaukee Bucks are set to play the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. ESPN's Marc Stein says that the Bucks are the worst team in the playoffs and the Pistons are the best. He's probably right, this Jamaal Magloire experiment just hasn't worked.

Don't be surprised if you see the Bucks steal a few from the Pistons though.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I am a Democrat

One of the easiest political surveys I have ever taken believes that I am a Democrat.

You scored as Democrat.

Democrat

92%

Socialist

75%

Green

67%

Anarchism

50%

Communism

25%

Republican

0%

Nazi

0%

Fascism

0%

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
created with QuizFarm.com

Monday, April 17, 2006

UW-Milwaukee to go Green

The Journal Sentinel reports that UW-Milwaukee is considering adding all kinds of green spaces around campus that would reduce run-off and make the campus look a little better.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Miller Park and Parking

I never realized just how big the parking lots are that surround Miller Park until now with Yahoo's new map service. Take a peak.

Local Live still takes the cake with the Bird's Eye feature, but these are easily the best overhead shots of Milwaukee I have seen to-date.

Update: The images seem to be from sometime in mid-2004, the Kern Center at MSOE is complete but the Marquette Interchange project doesn't appear to be on the go yet. The parking lot next to my dorm also hasn't been redone. Finally I have good images of my neighborhood.

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Terry Porter Wants To Buy Trail Blazers

Former Milwaukee Bucks coach and Wisconsin-native Terry Porter is rounding up investors to buy the Portland Trail Blazers from Paul Allen. Allen, one of the richest men on the planet, has recently indicated that he would be willing to sell the team, claiming that he is losing millions each year and needs public money to support the team. Personally, I think it's amazing that super-rich Paul Allen would even ask for public money, but that's what is happening. According to NBA Commissioner David Stern the team and the Rose Garden stadium are worth at least $300 million.

I'm excited to watch this unfold. Porter's interest of course stems from the fact that he played for the team.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

I Put The Stud in Study Clothing

The "I Put The Stud in Study" clothing line is going to take off at MSOE.

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Game of Shadows

You should really read Malcolm Gladwell's blog post entitled "Game of Shadows" about how to identify steroids users and what we should do about them. There is also a follow-up to read once you tackle the first post.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Routers and the University of Wisconsin

I was reading about a current incident involving D-link routers when I stumbled upon a story of flawed Netgear routers flooding the University of Wisconsin network with requests for one of the campus' public Network Time Protocol servers. Amazing how things like this happen and how much bandwidth they suck up. I'm honestly surprised this hasn't happened more often.

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Free TV!

Jeff Jarvis writes about ABC/Disney's plan to release its shows online for free with advertisments built-in. Desperate Housewives, Lost, and more! Wow. Totally didn't see this coming, especially since Disney's biggest shareholder is Steve Jobs and this move will certainly erode his Apple iTunes online-tv marketshare.

I can't wait to see the finished product! Read Jeff's post for more information.

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Favre and His Personal Assistant

NFL.com has a story on Brett Favre's press conference or lack of one last Saturday. I was initially confused by the whole issue and was wondering why Brett Favre had invited everyone to this press conference and then told them he had nothing to say. Turns out Favre's personal assistant was at fault, she had led the press to believe that Favre would be making an announcement regarding his retirement-status.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wikipedia and Distributed Knowledge

I've noticed an interesting "flaw" on the Wikipedia today on my editing of the National Industrial Basketball League (NIBL) article. When I found the article today there was barely any information on the page. After using the "What Links Here" feature I was able to run-down a few articles that just happened to have more information about the league. So the Wikipedia, while not having much information about the league on the specific article, was storing information elsewhere on the NIBL. Fulfilling my civic duty, I went on to try and form that information into a coherent article on the NIBL page.

So the flaw in the system is the fact that the Wikipedia is unable to say to users "this page doesn't have much, but there is information elsewhere on the wiki". This problem of course will be marginalized with time and careful editing.

As of today on the Wikipedia it is essential if you're trying to learn about a topic and stumble upon a stub that you check out the "What links here" page, you'll find a lot more information.

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Has Jesse Jackson Lost His Mind?

Has Jesse Jackson lost his mind? The civil liberties activist appears to have reversed his stance on civil rights. Jackson recently, following the incident where a harmless, needless-syringe was thrown at Barry Bonds, has called for better security for Barry Bonds. However, Jackson will certainly soon be hooting-and-hollering about the cruel inspections fans are given when they enter baseball stadiums, a violation of their rights.

The only way, that I can think of, to increase security at the ballpark in terms of incidents like this would be to search every fan at the door with a metal detector and pat-down of their body. That would certainly be a pain for fans in attendance at games, myself included. Security, I think, is fine at games already. Sure, someone could probably sneak a gun into a game, but they don't. Just like they don't shoot Barry Bonds at his house.

Judging by the fact that there was not a needle in the syringe, the fan cleary didn't mean to hurt Barry Bonds. Is it offensive that he threw it at him in the first place? Yeah, I guess, but Barry Bonds has not done anything to really calm the hurricane that surrounds him. The tosser should probably be arrested, just like someone that would throw a beer at a player should arrested. But it's not any case of attempted murder.

Jesse Jackson does not need to worry, the only person that can hurt Barry Bonds is Barry Bonds himself. It doesn't appear that anyone else wants to get close to him.

The New Yankee Stadium

The New York Yankees are looking to build a new stadium next-door to the existing Yankee Stadium. They're looking for $215 million in public money, which some critics think could rise to as much as $400 million by the time the project is done. That $215 million is an insane amount for the Yankees to ask the people of New York to pay, they're the richest team in baseball. They have had the highest payroll in baseball for years. They have the money to spend.

The people of New York should spend that money on schools, not a new baseball stadium for the richest team in baseball.

While I see the value a sports stadium may bring to a community, I am not entirely for the spending of the public's money to build a stadium for a private company. Milwaukee's Miller Park is one of my favorite places on the planet, but I don't think I would have approved spending that much public money.

The salaries in sports are run by supply and demand laws. The public is essentially giving a boost to high salaries when they fund a stadium. Less money in the game will lead to lower salaries and more affordable tickets. Ok, I'll quit ranting now.

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Wikipedia

Is editing the Wikipedia an act of public service? Should you be able to count it as volunteer hours? As long as the Wikipedia remains an open and free project, I would say the answer is yes.

What do you think?

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Monday, April 10, 2006

OneNote and Note Taking

Someone just saw me using a copy of Microsft OneNote in class to take notes and was interested enough to ask me for a copy. He said Microsoft Word "sucked" to take notes on. During tomorrow's class he'll be a OneNote user and I'm quite sure he won't go back.

OneNote is viral and addicting because it's a great product, not because Microsoft is attempting to push it on us.

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Winer and the West Wing

Turns out Dave Winer didn't like the West Wing last week as much as I did. I thought last night's episode was pretty good, but it wasn't incredibly dramatic as other big episodes have been.

Update: As I cantinue to read through my feeds, Winer thinks tonights West Wing was great. I just wasn't as drawn into this one as the last, even though it was huge in terms of ending the story of the Presidential campaign and beginning the story of the President-elect.

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Monday Morning


She's got big feet!
Originally uploaded by jaimetong.
Here's a pretty rabbit to make your Monday just a little bit better.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

AT&T Spying On You?

A former AT&T employee is blowing his whistle in support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company. He alleges AT&T used a secret room to monitor customer phone calls and internet traffic. Should be interesting to see how this pans out.

Those AT&T ads you see all over will read "Spying Delivered" in just a few days.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Milwaukee Sports Roundup (Tuesday April 4th, 2006)

The Brewers are off to a strong start winning their second in as many chances. I can't wait to get out to the park on Friday (and again on Sunday). The management skills of Ned Yost, Doug Melvin, and Mike Maddux are clearly showing. Robin Yount and Dave Sveum are only going to support the already strong leadership in place. MLB.com has a recap of today's 7-5 win over the Pirates. .

It doesn't concern me one bit that Prince Fielder has yet to get a hit (with seven strikeouts). The team appears to be already on track and once he clicks, watch out.

The Milwaukee Bucks on the other hand fell hard tonight to a very hot Miami Heat team 115 to 89. The Bucks definitely need to step up the defenese to compete with the playoffs right around the corner. ">NBA.com Recap.

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Google Analytics

I am now officially beta testing Google Analytics, a Google product I'm actually excited about. I'll be sure to report back on how things go.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Memry

Memry, another fun Flickr game for you to enjoy. It's a lot of fun to bunch in the tags of my own photos and play along.

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Fastr - A Flickr Game

Here is a fun game you can play with your friends where you identify the common tag between ten photos. The fastest person scores the most points. Play Fastr.

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Milwaukee Brewers Baseball


Miller Park
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
The Milwaukee Brewers season kicks off tomorrow. As you can read at any source for baseball news, the season holds much promise for the Brewers. For the first time in my lifetime, the Brewers have a good chance of finishing over .500 and making the playoffs. It's one of those things you wish they almost wouldn't talk about so that you're not as depressed if it doesn't happen.

For me the start of the season also signals the availability of my favorite drug. There are two situations in life that always bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. One, of course, is the closing minutes of a close Bucks game after the opposing coach is forced to call a timeout after the Bucks go on a run. The other is the walk to Miller Park after tailgating in the parking lot and the subsequent first inning of baseball during a Brewers night game. Numerous factors create an experience like none other: the setting of the sun, the warm weather, the taste of Johnsville Brats, Sun Chips, and Mountain Dew in my stomach, and the always entertaining conversations with Chris Burrow, the low cost parking, the great (and cheap) food, my faux grillmaster skills, Langan forgetting something essential to the grill, the hot girls that always have boyfriends, the card games, the sound of Bill Michaels on the radio, the hum of I-94, the kids playing baseball before the game, the cheap tickets near the top, the 5-6-3 double play, and the crack of the bat. The memories made, the losses watched, and the winning sought.

Take me out to the ballpark. I don't care if I ever come back.

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Charlie Bell at the Buzzer

I wanted to share this video before, but never got around to uploading it. In the video Charlie Bell drops a half-court shot at the end of the quarter against the New York Knicks. It was one of those lucky moments where I was just playing with the camera and something exciting happened right in front of me.



It's pretty depressing how nice this video looks before YouTube downsamples the quality significantly.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Chase to the Playoffs: Bucks Trounce Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks trounced the Indiana Pacers last night in a great all-around showing. The Bucks set an NBA record by turning the ball over only twice, besting three turnovers, which had been done seven times. Redd was hot, he dropped in 39 points (including 20 in the third quarter alone). Andrew Bogut played a real good game and showed some tenacity in his battle with Jermaine O'Neill. Bogut is going to be a great player in the coming years as long as his energy and desire stay high.

This win was absoultely huge as it gives the Bucks a game and a half of seperation between the Indiana Pacers in the playoff race (6th and 7th seeds). It also puts the Bucks only a half game back of the 5th seed Washington Wizards. The Bucks will face the Wizards twice in their final nine games. As long as both teams maintain their current positions, those games will be the showdown for who gets the 5th seed in the East and gets to play the Lebron and the Cavs and who gets the 6th seed and has to play Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, and the Nets.

NBA.com has this nifty feature called Nifty Numbers, which gives you all kinds of important information about the playoff race.

Bucks 96, Pacers 89 - NBA Recap - Journal Sentinel Recap

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