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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

You know you live in Springfield, Missouri when (add your own, it'll be fun):

You ask for cashew chicken at a Chinese restaurant and they give you deep-fried chicken and fried rice smothered in gravy.
Having to sit through a red light for more than one cycle is a traffic jam.
You plan your commute around train schedules... that is trains crossing the road, not a mass-transit system.
You measure distance in units of time: "Strafford is only 5 minutes up 44."
You've used the A/C and the heater on the same day.
You know who John Q. Hammons is, and can name at least 4 things that bear his name.

Note: I didn't come up with all of these, some I heard or read other places.

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I've been getting more and more traffic as time goes on, mostly due to people searching on subjects I've blogged about such as:

avia hdtv convergence calibration, avia calibration test strips: people searching on how to use the avia disc that I covered here.

kspr high def, kspr hdtv, "kspr 33" + hd: people searching for info on Springfield's HDTV offerings that I covered in this post.

I added more "featured posts" to the left plus a short description that will help out people who are looking for info that I've already shared or trying to get a feel for what this blog is all about. Otherwise it's a collection of posts that either had good discussion or that I just liked.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

I guess there might be some people in the Ozarks living under a rock and didn't hear about the Motel 7 shooting. According to a News-Leader report,

"Bullets tore through a crowd of party-goers in the banquet room of a north Springfield inn early Sunday, wounding nine people in one of the most violent crimes in city history."

What the News-Leader reported originally as "family event" was obviously a, how do you say... Ah, yes "party." As a matter of fact it was the "What it do" party, as is evident from one of the flyers picked up around town advertising the low low cover charge for this all you can drink event.

You might be asking yourself, what one does at a "what it do" party? That certainly was a topic of discussion at the Springfield Bloggers meeting when I first learned about flyers.

Perhaps it was an event where in true show-me state fashion you would bring something you owned, but didn't quite understand. You would hold it up to the crowd and ask "what it do?!" The crowd would respond appropriately, like "you hang bananas from it, so they don't get bruised" if you brought one of those fancy banana hangers, or "it's where you can put some of your pretax income so you can save it for retirement" if you brought your 401(k) statement.

We decided, until more research could be done that "what it do" is get you shot. You and 8 of your buddies.

Later I found out though (by asking Google) that "what it do" are lyrics from not only a Jamie Fox song, they're in a Mariah Carey tune, as well as a Lil Bow Wow diddy, among others. Knowing all this I'm still not real clear "what it do."

But as the latest post over at Chatter points out, at least for two of the guests, what it do is get your shot... twice.

As the ever so eloquent Mr. Stone points out in the comments
"Thank goodness they can't shoot worth a damn ... someone could get killed."

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

There's quite a stir going on regarding Google's "filtering" (read censoring) of content in China. The official Google blog has a post regarding it's decision to offer Google in China, albeit a limited fashion.

I'm not sure I've formulated a solid opinion on this subject. As a one fully behind the capitalist system I'm all for a company moving into emerging markets, especialy one as lucrative as China. However, Google seems to have lost some of it's commitment to the "don't be evil" mantra by submitting to the communist government's demands to filter out content from it's searches.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

craaaazyThe weather was nice today, so you know what that means. Time for Crazy Stick Lady to start comin' round! I'm taking suggestions on what to do about Crazy Stick Lady. Jennifer adds more to the story with her recent post.

Note: That's not actually a picture of Crazy Stick Lady, though I think the next chance I get I'll snap some shots. That ought to get her riled up.

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Jennifer went down to Eureka Springs the end of last week for a little R&R and stayed at Home Suite Home. She rememberd she has a blog and actually posted, this time giving another well-deserved glowing review of our favorite place in Eureka Springs. She raves about the amenities including the gourmet pastries and tasteful decor, but for the rest of us geeks one of the best amenities is it's a wifi hotspot! I blogged from there the last time we stayed! (hint for the guys: use caution when blogging on a romatic getaway, unless it's to rave about said getaway!)

If anyone is looking for a wonderful and relaxing get-away, be sure to check Home Suite Home, you won't be sorry.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

I finally finished our little kitchen make-over, well for the most part. One more trip to Lowe's is in my future to return an un-used can of enamel, get two more drawer pulls, get some new recepticle face plates, and get some gray caulk for where the backsplash meets the counter.

Here's were this project started a couple months ago (please excuse the mess).

kitchen before

And another shot.
kitchen before

The plan overall:

  • replace the dishwasher

  • replace the countertop

  • remove all the cabinet doors and hardware

  • sand down and fill the holes from the old hardware (then sand some more)

  • use an airless sprayer on the doors and drawers to get a nice smooth finish with a bright white enamel

  • paint the cabinet frames with the white enamel

  • add new brushed metal hardware to match the fridge and new dishwasher

With a little help painting from Suey (the white on her head is not a natural marking)...

Painted Suey

We have the finished product:

PS, many many thanks to my buddy Timmo for all the help!

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Kitchen 1 - Duane 0

I had to take one more day off to try and finish up the kitchen.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Zoom zoom

Zoom zoom
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Another night shot.

Friday, January 20, 2006

There's much going on this weekend in Springtown. I think I might make a stop at the Kick 'n 2006 Paintball Tournament at the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds and try to take some pictures. It's been a long time since I played paintball, but it's a fun sport to play and watch. Addmission is free and it starts at 5:00 PM tonight and continues this weekend.

A buddy of mine, Sean Spyres, and the rest of the Sprignfield Regional Opera is performing this weekend at the Pythian Castle. Also another venue where I think I could get some interesting pictures (not during the performances of course).

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Oooo look, another racist in the Ozarks.

The recent hotel shooting the day before Martin Luther King Day is the precise reason that so many of us do not desire to have more minorities in the Ozarks.

We don't need diversity if we've got generalizations and stereotypes! Because white people never commit crimes, right?

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I'm at home working on my honey-do list, taking a couple days off from work. By the time this weekend is over we should have a new counter-top and freshley painted cabinets! I'll post pictures of the progress after the project is complete.

Another sucessful bloggers meeting was held last Tuesday. It was the biggest turnout yet. Now that I've met a few more of the "local yokels" I'll add them to my blogroll on the left. I was glad to meet everyone and we had some good food, drink, and conversation.

Present and the meeting was Gay and her husband of Granny Geek, Amy of the Snarling Marmot, John a.k.a. the Curbstone Critic, Dan of Vapor.org, Michael of Numb Thumb, Ron of Chatter, and Andy of Rhetorica. Andy, as usual, has the podcast for those interested.

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Monday, January 16, 2006


Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I saw this technique elsewhere on flickr... Had to give it a try. Though it came out pretty cool.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

A buddy of mine e-mailed me some Chuck Norris facts. I'm sure they're found elsewhere on the internet, but I thought they were funny enough to repost:

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried. Ever.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting implies the probability of failure. Chuck Norris goes killing.
There is no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard. There is only another fist.
The quickest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris' fist.
Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris once challenged Lance Armstrong in a "Who has more testicles?" contest. Chuck Norris won by 5.
When Chuck Norris falls in water, Chuck Norris doesn't get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris doesnt shave; he kicks himself in the face. The only thing that can cut Chuck Norris is Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris uses a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

On occasion I find the opinion section of the News-Leader to be of some entertainment. Lately, there seems to be lots of cop bashing. Is Springfield anti-police?

I understand the general fear of authority Joe-Schmo has, but most police officers are good people. It irks me to see negative generalizations on a group of people who put their life on the line everyday.

For example, Mark Britt of Springfield pretty much says you can't trust a police officer who chases after a fleeing vehicle. He implies that chasing after an offender that gets killed in the chase is the police's fault. I see, they broke the law and were ordered to stop, then broke the law again and ran, and it's the cops fault. Got it.

Or how about David Atkins' letter where he's blaming the use of red light cameras on lazy cops, "The cops in Springfield, I think are lazy and they eat too many doughnuts." He says that he's been rear-ended 4 times for stopping on a yellow light and that this will only happen more with the red-light cameras.

I try my best not to run yellow lights. I'm one of those guys that won't creep into the intersection for a left turn hoping that the yellow light will give me time to go, and I haven't yet been rear-ended.

Mr. Atkins is probably one of those guys that gets broad-sided when turning left because someone in the opposing inside-lane of traffic was waving him on.

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According to the News-Leader, Battlestar Galactica is tonight's must see, and I have to agree.

On another note, I watched My Name is Earl last night, and it was pretty funny. It was also in high definiton, so that's good. Earl recently had a HD easter egg where only those watching in the 16x9 aspect ratio would see Randy holding up a sign saying "High Def ROCKS!"

It looks like NBC might finally have a nice Thursday night line-up again. Here's another HDTV easter egg.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Definitely not good news for the folks over at UndergroundOzarks:

Comment from: Facilities Administration St. John's Health Systems [Visitor]
….Warning....Criminal charges are currently pursued for the violations detailed on this web site. Any past and/or future criminal actions will receive prosecution under the fullest extent of the law.

St. Johns Facilities Administration

Wuh oh!

[Update: the post has been removed.]

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The monthly Springfield Bloggers meeting is next week, Tuesday January 17, 2006, 7:00 PM at the Patton Alley Pub. Come join the drinking club with a blogging problem, meet some fellow bloggers, and enjoy some interesting conversation.

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Bank of Mansfield

Bank of Mansfield
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I liked this shot of one of the columns at the Bank of Mansfield.

blind view

blind view
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Clever tittle if nothing else, but this the view from the blind at the Nature Center in here in Springfield.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Be sure to check out Numb Thumb, a new local blog devoted to gaming.

I e-mailed the local TV stations this weekend to see if I could find out more regarding their plans for broadcasting in HD. The folks at KOLR and KSFX both responded this morning with similar answers of "late 2006" for broadcasting in high definition. Nancy Bignaman of KSFX also added that "the only HD content will be whatever shows the FOX Network broadcasts in HD."

Dean Wasson of KOLR didn't specificy if the only HD content would be from CBS, so I responded to his e-mail and asked if local content (like the news) would be in HD. Mr. Wasson responded with "to be determined."

I'm hoping to hear answers back from KSPR and KY3. Since KY3 is already broadcasting in HD the NBC feeds, I asked if they would be producing the local news in HD in the near future.

Update: Dave Tillery of KSPR had this to say:
"KSPR is currently broadcasting a low power digital signal on channel 19. We are working toward converting to a full power signal. Unfortunately, at this time, I am not able to provide a precise timetable of when this multi-million dollar project will be completed. We do expect to provide an HDTV signal to Mediacom cable subscribers in Springfield by early February."

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Phew, what a whirlwind celebrity makes of your life, and all thanks to a news-leader article on HDTV. OK, maybe celebrity is a bit of an exaggeration but I did get a lot of jokes cracked on my behalf, that's like being a celebrity right? What are friends and family for if not to point out the senior picture quality pose that shows off the weight I've been gaining since college? :)

The article was a good article, hats off to Mike Brothers! I was hoping at least some of the story would put some pressure on local broadcasters to jump on the HDTV bandwagon based on what I previously ranted about (the lack of HD content in Springfield, MO). Mr. Brothers focused on the techincal and consumer aspect of the subject, however. I guess I'll have to write in again, but I'm betting my chances of getting published again are getting slim!

My choice of Toy Story 2 for a background image was questioned a time or two, so let me explain. First, I know it's not in HD, but we needed something with bright colors. My apologies to other HD zealots that will be offended by a story about high-defition that pictures an HDTV with a *gasp* 480p signal!

Second, as I previously noted, there's a limited quantity of HD Content, escpecially locally. On Tuesday January 3, 2006, when Dean Asby of the News-Leader came to take the photo, there was absolutely nothing on in HD. HBO and Showtime had some chick-flicks on, not really what I was thinking for a back-ground image. The usual stand-by "show off the HD set" station, Discovery Theater HD, had Wild Nights showing (show about nocturnal creatures) which wasn't really bright enough for the photo. ESPNHD wasn't showing a game in HD at the time. Locally, nothing good was on. I almost used Universal HD which had Knight Rider on in high definition. I thought better against having David Hasselhoff in all his high-defition glory behind me on a photo spread. So the safe choice with plenty of bright colors was Toy Story (2, in this case).

Lots of people asked me how I got involed, and it's because of this blog. Which has spawned at least one more blog to take a peek at, Blog O' Bench, authored by another O' Team member. Blog O' Bench promises to be a good place for a laugh (can you feel the pressure mounting to perform, Shane?!).

Any questions?!

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Here's the HDTV article. Damn I need to loose some weight.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Mighty and Majestic Pigeon

Mighty and Majestic Pigeon
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Here's another "lost" travel photo. This time of someone feeding pigeons at the edge of Central Park in New York City.

Dam Tourist

Dam Tourist
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I took this photo on my trip to Vegas in 2001. I met a couple college buddies (Aaron Schrader pictured) there for some recreation. We took the "VIP" tour at the Hoover Dam. This shot is of Aaron sliding around the tunnels.

Here's another video via Google Video of the Day, nice little video that makes you think about Linux.

Holy racist-redneck Batman!

The HDTV story mentioned here and here should appear in the Thursday (1/5/2006) edition of the paper.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The News-Leader is taking a photo of me in front of my TV for their HDTV story I previously mentioed. I think my wife might get a little jealous if I'm hugging the TV in the photo.

On a seperate but not unrelated note, I just saw that Time Magazine announced Battlestar Galactica as the best show on TV in 2005. I told you so.

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