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Thursday, November 30, 2006

St. Louis Here We Come (Hopefully)

The tickets are bought to ride Megabus and the hotel room is booked, however, it is going to snow like crazy starting after midnight.  We leave at 6:30 a.m. from Milwaukee tomorrow.

Hopefully the interstate has been cleared.  If you look at Weather Channel data, the caution area is our route.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Night Walk in Milwaukee

I went for a walk with my camera on Sunday night.  All the photos are up on Flickr (with a map).

I made a movie out of the whole thing.  Check it out.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

To St. Louis I Go

I'll be in St. Louis this weekend thanks to Megabus.  The schedule is already filling with things to do, but what should I be looking at doing?

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Miller Park To Get More Use?

The Milwaukee Brewers have created Brewers Enterprises, an entity aimed at bringing more revenue-generating events to Miller Park.  I say, it's about time.

Miller Park is an underused stadium, especially during the winter, with its roof.  The roof should allow the team to attact more musical performers and large shows during the winter.

It seems to me that the Badger hockey game at Lambeau Field last year would be well-suited to also be played at Miller Park.

I support this entity not as something that will take away from business downtown at the Bradley Center, but as something that will continue to expand entertainment in the area.

Heavier use of Miller Park will further expand the demand for a transporatoin system that goes downtown and out to the western suburbs (Waukesha, Brookfield).  How about a train?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pick of Destiny

The new Tenacious D movie "Pick of Destiny" is worth your time and money.  It's excellent.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

The last Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was really good.  It would be great if they would spend more than a dollar on the intro though.  Show clips of old shows, show all the actors, get a better song.  Don't just show the "Studio 60" logo up on the screen.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Janesville

Not being in Milwaukee is depressing.  High-speed internet is not.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Cutting, Running, and Building in Iraq

Cutting and running in Iraq right now would probably be a cheaper and easier way to stabilize the country.  There isn't light at the end of the tunnel of violence in Iraq.  Pulling our troops out would eliminate the targets.

We can either keep putting our children in humvees and paying billions of dollars to fight a war where there isn't an opponent that we can actually defeat or we can pull our troops out and build culturally-sensitive buildings and transportation networks that will restart the Iraq economy and provide a framework for prosperity, which is the true guiding force towards peace.

As evidence that prosperity leads to peace, look at our own United States.  While our economy was soaring in the late 90's there was never a moment where anyone was saying we should deploy all our troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Economy takes a tumble, a bunch of Saudi Arabians attack us, and we march into Iraq.  The war is justified not only in a search for WMD's, but as a way to what?  Ensure prosperity by putting money into the pockets of American companies.

Peace for the Iraqi people will come not from the barrel of a gun, but from the strength of the free market economy.  Instead of patrolling the streets with massive guns, we should patrol the bazaar with CPAs to ensure a free market where the Iraqis can rebuild their country.

People are a lot less likely to attack you when they have food in their stomachs, engaging and enjoyable entertainment venues, and a sense of stability in their life.  We haven't done anything to convince the Iraqi people that this will happen, and hence we keep getting attacked by suicide bombers.

Make money, not war.

Urban Planning

As of today, after graduating I plan to see a master's degree in Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee.  It's just a thought though and is of course dependent on a bunch of ducks getting in a row (and one of them having a bunch of money).

I would probably (and perhaps preferably) do this as night school.

Just a thought, perhaps as a result of not knowing what I truly want to do with my life.

I clearly want to do something involving technology and I would prefer to be self-employed (consultant or entrepreneurial serial business starter) or to be in a management position.  I think combining Management Information Systems with Urban Planning could lend me well to working with businesses to develop new buildings, stadiums, and/or neighborhoods.  I also want to run for mayor of a large city, because I think it would be fun and I think I would be good at it.

I'm information obsessed.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is a very funny man and well worth the money it costs to see him.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Website Troubles

Fighting through some website troubles, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Attending A Conference

It's incredibly frustrating to go to a conference in a subject area that you're interested in (entrepreneurship) and not getting anything out of it.

I literally walked away from the CEO conference with one business card that I didn't really want and a whole lot of frustration.  There is a world of difference between a conference planned by people who are passionate about what they do (see - BarCampMilwaukee) and are interested in the pursuit of knowledge compared to a conference that is concerned with getting people through the door and having speakers speak at you, instead of engage in discussion with you.

The McCormick Place in Chicago is an example of what is wrong with traditional conferences.  It has huge rooms, lacks modularity for the participants to rearrange things on the fly, and doesn't mesh well with the community around it (read: money trap).

The high point of the trip for me?  I got to ride the train from Milwaukee to Chicago and actually get a feel for how that works (or doesn't work).  Germany's train system made more sense to me this summer, and it was all in German, a language I don't really speak. 

Want a real entrepreneurship tip?  There is a lot of money and fame to be made in building regional railroads that care about transporting your customers quickly and efficiently between urban hubs, while providing friendly and accommodating services.  Amtrak is currently terrible at this, they don't care.

Outside of the conference, and something that was briefly addressed at the conference, MSOE will be partnering with IIT and hopefully that will pay dividends for both schools.

Just a Thought

There isn't a doubt that I learn more from research and writing on the Wikipedia (we're talking only cited sources here) and reading technology blogs than I do in my actual classes.  I think that's a problem.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Me with the Senator


Me with the Senator
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
Herb Kohl, along with Jim Doyle and Gwen Moore was re-elected yesterday.

It feels good to wake up in a blue state yet again.

Picture is from the victory party last night.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Vote!

Make sure to vote!

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Old Man is Older


Dad
Originally uploaded by compujeramey.
The great Dean Jannene turns 50 today (okay, so in twenty minutes). Everyone make sure to wish him a happy birthday.

Studio 60

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will be back on the air tonight after taking last week off.  My life is complete.

On a side note, the OC is back on the air.

I somehow became a tv junkie.

Michael J. Fox Visits Milwaukee

Michael J. Fox made an appearance to support Governor Jim Doyle this morning at Serb Hall in Milwaukee in front of a very energized group of Democrats.  It was great to be there and see both Fox speak about stem cell research, but more importantly that Doyle had a coherent vision and mission to support stem cell research and a reason why.

Week Before Exams

The week before exams is always the work week of the quarter.  It's the week that all your papers are due.  Don't expect too much from me this week, unless you want to read a marketing plan or a finance report.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Wifi On A Train

The train had to stop because they're doing repairs to the track ahead so they're down a few lines, and guess what?  We're next to a bar with wifi.

Friday, November 03, 2006

McCormick Place

The McCormick Place in Chicago makes me sick.  More on that later, internet access is expensive here (which is part of what makes me sick).

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Chicago

I'm at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization Annual Conference in Chicago until Saturday night.  Don't expect much here for the next few days.