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Friday, May 26, 2006

Indy 500

I'll be at the Indy 500 all weekend, don't expect anything until Monday.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Marissa Cooper Happy To Be Dead

Mischa Barton appears to be quite pleased that her character, Marissa Cooper, died on the season finale of the OC is dead according to this article on CNN.

Gigantic Pumpkin

The Bird's Eye Tourist has picked up the giant pumpkin outside of Janesville usings Windows Live Local.

I subscribed to this blog quite a while ago, but I never thought I would see something right outside of my hometown make it on the news.

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Interstate 794 and Flickr

Originally uploaded by YoLoPey.
YoLoPey decided to use one of my images of Interstate 794 in Milwaukee to create a tilt-shift image. Tilt-shifting is popular on Flickr right now, as people use Gimp, Photoshop, etc to create tilt-shift scenes that look like real-life miniatures. There is a Flickr group with over 1,400 members called Tilt-Shift Miniature Fakes.

Note: The images look a lot better when they're viewed at full size.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal Looking for Writers

Want to write for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal? It appears now is your chance.

It's all about the community here, which is what makes the JS an outstanding newspaper, especially compared to the one from Janesville.


Cameras Coming to Milwaukee

Security cameras are coming to National Ave in Milwaukee. Or at least 11 blocks of it.

I wish they would make it possible for people to come and see what the cameras are actually monitoring at the police station or wherever the film is recorded and stored at. I think that would ease a lot of people's fears. Maybe, since we're high tech enough to have these camers, we could even make a short video available online of what the camera records?

I'm honestly not too big on monitoring streets with cameras, but I'm sure they do help cut down on crime. There has to be a better way though.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Google Trends

Rubel has a post up detailing 25 things he learned from Google Trends. What did you learn?


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Prison Fiasco

I'm trying to follow this story and it appears to work something like this. Company builds prison on speculation state will buy it. Company hires all kinds of former politicians as lobbyists. Company pays off high ranking state politicians, illegally. State buys prison. State gets screwed on deal.

That's a pretty sad sequence of events for Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Flickr Layout

Flickr now has a new and improved layout for all of its pages. I like it.

The Flickr Blog has all the details.


Friday, May 12, 2006

West Wing Retrospective Cut

One of my favorite television shows (the other being the O.C.) has already been cancelled following this season, which ends Sunday. They were supposed to show a retrospective and then the final episode, but the retrospective has been cancelled for financial reasons. It's a real shame that the retrospective has to be cancelled because of what appears to be a simple money issue.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Janesville Gazette is Late to the Scene

The Janesville Gazette is up to no good, yet again. My favorite hometown newspaper recently ran a story titled "Web helps police nab lawbreaking students". GUESS WHAT? It's the same story I ran TWO MONTHS AGO! Two months ago, they've published a lot of newspapers since then!

Dan Hinkel's Gazette Story - May 9th, 2006
My Initial Post - March 7th, 2006
My Follow-Up Post - March 8th, 2006

You make the call people. I may not give you "journalistic quality", but I have the news when it's still news.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Journal Sentinel Season Wrap-up

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a season wrap-up for the Bucks online now. They state the obvious, the team was inconsistent, but blame what I think is the wrong thing (youth).

The team had obvious holes folks, they couldn't stop a strong perimeter player from driving to the hole, Terry Stotts really struggled to manage the line-ups on the court, lots of players were pretty dinged up for long periods of time, and Jamaal Magloire dropped more passes and slowed down more possessions than I thought was possible.

But that's just what I think.

Most importantly, Harris seems to be looking for the right things.
• An athletic perimeter player who can come off the bench behind Redd and Bobby Simmons.

• Another point guard since the contracts of Ford, Mo Williams and Charlie Bell will expire after next season.

• A power forward who can play out on the floor and space the court, one who can shoot the jumper but also post up.
The first two are probably going to be need to be the same person, a tall defensive-minded point guard would sure be nice.

Pete thinks Taco Bell needs a Usability Expert to help them with the flow inside their stores. I agree.


Monday, May 08, 2006

Milwaukee 2.0 Back on the Air!

A new and improved version of everyone's favorite podcast Milwaukee 2.0 is now available! Episode #012 is the first episode where we've switched to a pure debate format. I serve as a moderator offering up topics of discussion for Alan, Sam, Tad, and myself to debate about. We're taking this national too, we're now discussing only issues that have a broad appeal instead of a more local focus.

We realize we're not great at this yet, but we promise we're working on it.

Listen Now!

If you're curious what this is all about just take a quick listen by clicking on the link. The show is a simple MP3 file that contains an audio recording of our debating.

We do it for your listening pleasure.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Jamaal Magloire Trade Possbilities

5-Point Bucks writes Sam Kirchner has a list of Jamaal Magloire trade possibilities.

Two things...
1. The Bucks must must must trade Magloire
2. The Bucks need to acquire either a defensive stopping perimeter player (say Mo Peterson) or a fast big man (such as Pryzbilla to run with Bogut and Gadzuric).

With a big defensive player or a much faster style of play they would instantly become a much bigger threat in the East. As they showed earlier in the year they could simply out-run everyone with a starting lineup of something like Ford, Redd, Simmons, Bogut, and Pryzbilla/Gadzuric/Smith. They could also add that big perimeter defensive stopper (that I thought Simmons was supposed to be) and become a team that is able to make stops in the clutch.

Note to General Manager Larry Harris... if the Bucks acquire Ruben Patterson, Eddie Jones, or Wally Sczerbiak the team is going to go nowhere. You should also mention to Terry Stotts that he could play that Dan Gadzuric guy more.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Yahoo Tech

Yahoo has a fancy new site up called Yahoo Tech with all kinds of information on using the technology you own and buying more (digital cameras, laptops, PDAs, MP3 players, etc).

There are lots of product reviews and recommendations. I'm looking forward to giving the site a full spin when I go looking for my next new technology toy (probably a phone).


Illegal Immigrants

The Onion has a couple of excellent headlines in this week's edition.
Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico for American Jobs

NASA Announces Plan To Launch $700 Million Into Space

Bill Cosby Announces Dates for U.S. College Commencement Tour
Read it all at The Onion Dot Com

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Immigration Rally

Originally uploaded by Reggiesgirl.
They had an immigration rally just a couple blocks away from where I live in Milwaukee and wow, was it loud. Someone got a realy nice photo of the crowd here.

Colbert Lights Up White House Correspondent's Dinner

The New Vernacular reports on Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. In case you missed it live (whch you certainly did), you can watch it on YouTube.

My favorite parts of the speech...
"I believe democracy is our greatest export. At least until China figures out a way to stamp it out in plastic for three cents a unit. ”

“And as excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story, the President’s side and the Vice President’s side. But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on N.S.A. wiretapping or secret prisons in Eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason, they’re superdepressing. And if that’s your goal, well, misery accomplished.”

NBA Officials Miss 5 Percent of Calls

David Stern finally has confirmed it NBA Officials do miss calls, at least 5 percent of them.

Wait a minute, he's also talking about toning down noise levels! No way! The best basketball is played at the Bradley Center when the stadium is rocking. I love NBA basketball for the in-game music and intensity of the last few minutes of the game. I'm sure the Bradley Center isn't as loud as other stadiums in the league and I would love it to be louder, but I can't believe they're asking teams to tone down the noise. The noise level is part of the home-court advantage, one of the best elements in sports. The NBA does not have nearly the stadium-to-stadium home-court advantage that the NFL has. The increasing noise level plays a part in creating the home-court advantage in the NBA.

David Stern stop the insanity, you love it live and you love it loud!

Bucks Still Fighting

My beloved Milwaukee Bucks still think they have a fighting chance in the playoff series against the Detroit Pistons.

They're down 3-1 and are facing elimination tonight in Detroit.


Soda Bad for Little Kiddies

One Impressive Can Pyramid
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
CNN is reporting that Pepsi and Coke are going to quit selling non-diet pop (soda) in public schools! That's crazy! It's obviously a good thing for students weight, but wow, no Mountain Dew in schools? Insane.

The picture of the pop can pyramid to the right shall serve as a lasting monument to the days of Mountain Dew in schools. It's from one of my infamous LAN parties.

Come to think of it, while this change may be revolutionary at many schools it's no big deal where I went to high school. I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a pop there, with open campus lunch I always bought pop at Taco Bell.

Out of the Woods

Janesville Outdoors
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Finally I can see a return to free time, victory!

No one told me that the end of my first year of college would be so busy.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Dennis Hastert is Funny

Left on the Lake reports House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois (R) amongst other members of Congress did a photo-op in a hydrogen vehicle then proceeded to get out as soon as the cameras were off and drive his Tahoe back to the U.S. Capitol. They even have a picture of him switching cars, oh the humor!

Yahoo has the story.

UW-Milwaukee staying UW-Milwaukee

For the moment the movement to change UW-Milwaukee's name to Wisconsin State University is dead. If they spend my tax dollars on changing the name of the school, I am going to be an angry man.

The original Journal Sentinel story.