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Friday, December 30, 2005

The folks at the Official Google Blog are doing the requisite year in review. I'm fascinated with some of the things Google is doing and how they go about it (internally, corporately speaking). I'd love to be a fly on the wall in some of their design meetings!

I just got off the phone with Mike Brothers, a feature writer at the News-Leader. Mike asked me some HDTV related questions for an upcoming story. I hope I was helpful!

On a related note, be sure to check out the hdbeat.com flickr pool for some other enthusiast's set ups.

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Happy birthday to my wonderful wife, Jennifer!

The Atlas

The Atlas
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I almost forgot about these pictures, they were stored on an old photo site. I'm going to try and do a little photoshopping and repost them to flickr.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Good news if you're a BattleStar Galactica fan. The folks at the Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog report that at least some of the series will be broadcast in HD! Schweet!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I want my HDTV so I recently signed up for DirecTV since there was a freebie/discount deal going on (sorry Dish Network). I noticed quite a few more digital over the air stations showed up on the program guide when I searched for local stations. Besides the NBC station (KY3) which has been deliver high definition content for sometime, I saw CBS (KOLR), Fox (KSFX), and ABC (KSPR) on the program guide. I was pretty excited that I might get to watch the superbowl in HD, plus any of the other prime-time shows. Sadly though, none of the content is actually in high definition and upon further reading they are broadcasting at minimum power, just enough to get by the FCC's requirements for broadcasting in digital, which explains why I have to hold on to the antenna, looking west, while holding my mouth open to get the stations to come in at all.

It's not really much of a surprise I guess, just take a look at the news broadcasts of any of the straggling stations and you can see that they are pretty low budget operations. I can't quite pinpoint what makes KY3 look so much better; the production value is just so much higher. I'll admit that KSFX's new broadcast has improved, they've toned down the gold on theme they had to something bearable.

The other two stations, KOLR 10 (which shares studios, news anchors, and a broadcast tower if I'm not mistaken with KSFX) and KSPR 33 just look cheap. The studios, the tight uncomfortable headshots of the anchors, the poorly edited video and audio... It just feels cheap.

Maybe someone else prefers one of the other local stations or could help me figure out why they look so cheap.

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Update: Looking for info on the Superbowl in HD in Springfield, MO? Read my latest post here.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

We had dinner at our favorite Springfield, Mo restaurant, Tong's Thai Restaurant. Here's a short list of why this is absolutely our favorite restaurant in Springfield.

  • Bangkok Crispy Duck - mouth wateringly delicious.

  • Wonderful attentive staff - never far when you need them.

  • Quiet and classy ambiance - no need to yell to have a conversation, perfect for a romantic dinner or relaxing dinner with friends.

  • Tong's after dinner visit - always an entertaining story.

  • The Salmon in the Crispy Duck sauce - Tong's staff willingly tweaks dishes to your liking

  • Siam Beef - simply delicous

  • Mango and sticky rice - no meal is complete without dessert

We've never had a bad experience at Tong's, and every single dish we've tried is simply perfect. Tong's is located just South of Walnut Lawn on Campbell.

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My apologies to all our friends and family, but we didn't send out any Christmas cards this year... We kept looking for the perfect Chistmas cards but let time get the better of us. So, to our friends and family, Merry Christmas!

Some good friends of our gave us a great little book for Christmas, "I & Dog, the monks of new skete."

The book is a philosophical look at the special relationship between a person and a dog, for example:

"Ultimately, dogs enchant us with their honesty, a trait increasingly rare in the nexus of relationships that make up our lives."

Worth a read if your an animal lover or one who doesn't understand animal lovers.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

The folks at Google are always doing neat things. This Google Blog post,Official Google Blog: Setting trends, explains the new trending feature of Google's personalized search. Neat. And scary how much data they've got.

Today's GVOD, The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves, is a classic.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Some German artists are have come up with an inventive take on subway graffiti, the parasite. Basically a laptop, a projector, and a power supply suction cupped to the side of a moving subway car. [via creativegeneralist]

I met Zach, of zachishere.com last night at the bloggers meeting. We had a few drinks, some good food, and some fun conversation. All the no-shows missed out!

Zach introduced me to Creative Generalist, a very cool blog worth a read. For example a recent post links to a list of rules Google follows to keep their staff happy.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Tommorrow (12/19/2005)is the monthly Springfield, MO bloggers meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Patton Alley Pub.
Think of it as a drinking club with a blogging problem (copyright 2005, all rights reserved by vapor.org).

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Check out the newest local blogger and fellow O Team member at the Jacobs' Family Update.

Monday, December 12, 2005

If you haven't already wateched the Google Video of the Day: Insane Christmas Light Show set to Rock Music, now is a good time.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

It was an eventful weekend. My Dad got me a great birthday gift earlier this week, he's paying to fix where my truck got keyed. So Friday I dropped of the truck at the body shop and my Dad picked me up. I'll be driving his F-150 for the next couple of days while mine is repaired.

Friday night I watched War of the Worlds [imdb.com] on DVD. I'm not quite sure if I liked it. There were several action sequences where I was tensed up, but almost to the point of wanting the scene to be over with already. The acting was believable, but the ending was a little too sudden. A little anti-climatic...

On Saturday midday I attended Duncan Roetemeyer's first birthday party, check out the shot of Duncan offering the camera some cake from earlier.

Saturday night was Steve J's 40th birthday party. It was quite a lot of fun. It was good to hang out with everyone outside of work. I suggested we do it more often. Steve said as long as the tab rotates! Steve rented basically the whole of the Skybox Grill & Lounge. The food was excellent, the booze was flowing, and the service was truley outstanding. I highly recommend the Skybox for such events. It's also a great place to watch a game as the place boats multiple projection screens. It has high ceilings too, for the smoke-sensitive folks (like myself).

Today Jennifer and I (mostly) finished the painting in the living room, and we finally put up our Christmas tree. Merry Christmas!

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Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
DSR offering me some cake this weekend.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bappy hirthday mo te!

Local blogosphere coverage of some of the railroad meetings:
LocoFocoRampant: Railroad Plans Unveiled

Monday, December 05, 2005

There's a meeting tonight, December 5, 2005 at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Comerce to discuss the
Springfield Railroad Reconfiguration and Grade Seperation Study, which include potential plans to reroute the tracks at East Chestnut Expressway and East Division Street.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Check out these real ping pong players,
The masters of Ping Pong - Google Video [via gvod].

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