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Friday, July 29, 2005

Madzax found a DIY Projector site. If I only had a room big enough, I'd do something like this DIY Project Project. I'll probably just help out on Madzax's until that time.

I read a book. That's saying something for me. When people ask me a question that begins with "have you ever read..." I can almost always answer "nope."

I picked up a copy of Sleeper Cell by Jeffrey Anderson recently (I was in for a period of waiting in one place for a while, and Jennifer suggested I read something). The book is about a group of elite scientists, doctors, computer hacker-types that make up our national bio-defense team and a threat to our country from enemies within. Timely stuff I guess...

The reviews on amazon are mixed, most complain of how he introduces too many characters to keep track of. I rarely read and I had no problem keeping track of the characters. I also tended to agree with some of the reviews citing some cliches. Again, I rarely read, so that's probably not such a good thing if I can recognize the cliches.

I did however enjoy the book. I managed to read it in the course of about a week and doing so has sparked my interest for reading some of the books Jennifer has on the shelf. I hope my 55" TV and Xbox don't feel too neglected. :)

On another completely random topic, the Japanese Beetles won the battle for the green beans. I put the plants out of their misery last night and uprooted them. They weren't doing well at all. For the record we dried sevin dust, multiple spray poisons, as well as the bag-a-bug bug trap. We killed a many Japanese Beetle, but we still couldn't save the green beans. Now it's a fight to keep the roses alive.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

You Are Ed Wood From "Ed Wood."

You definitely have your name in history, although probably not for the reason you believe. Yet you are very accepting, non-judgemental, and optimistic almost to a fault. You also have a thing for angora sweaters. How could anyone not like you?

Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

I've been on a kick lately reading blogs that are "work-related." Well perhaps, "productivity-related" is better description. Here's a few links and my short takes on them:

- always has neat "lifehacks" to save time/money or both
Slacker Manager - articles on how to manage effectively
Genuine Curiosity - lots of business productivity and lifehack posts like mind mapping for better performance reviews

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I stumbled upon an interstesting blog post regarding, well blogs, but more specifically "why corporate blogging works". The article discusses how "conversations" with customers and the internal corporate workings easier and points out that internal company blogs can also be beneficial. I like this idea and I think I'll do more research on the subject. I think it could be very useful, just on the web apps and gui teams, let alone all of IS or even the entire corporate structure of my company.

On a completely different subject: running is much easier if you actually wear the right sized shoes. After purchasing a pair of running shoes, then running in them (outside, thus making them unreturnable), I measured my foot and found out I don't actually wear a 9.5 normal width but a 10 4E. I bought some new balance (in the correct size) and my feet are much happier. I'll donate the other pair...

Friday, July 08, 2005

There's an article in the Springfield News Leader about Springfield Blogs, and this site was listed. Now I'm suddenly feeling self-concious about the content, or lack-thereof, of my blog. What you see is what you get folks!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

If you haven't discovered Google Maps yet, do so. It's hard to explain to the non-techy what's so neat about it. Obvious things are the satellite overlay, and the way it allows you to scroll around and change the map without reloading the page. But the really cool part is the API that google has exposed which has launched a bunch of new applications based on it.

My favorite so far is the gmapPedometer. It starts in NYC by default, simply zoom out and find your area to map out distances you'll be traveling by foot. Jennifer and I have been walking in the mornings. She has a pedometer, but I think it's way off. So I measured out route and saw that it wasn't giving enough credit to her. Of course the map could be wrong too, so I tested it by mapping out one lap at the St. John's Fitness center quarter mile loop. Results were pretty dang accurate: