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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Flickr Explore

kinetic sunset
Apparently on April 26, 2006 if you clicked the Flickr Explore page, and paged 16 pages in, you'd have seen my photo of sunset over Jordan Valley Park.

Ok, so that's not that exciting, but I didn't know about until today.

Be sure to check my stream for some of my latest photos, including shots of the farrier that I blogged about on my other blog, Geek Acres.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

A Real Barber

I thought I needed a stylist when I got out of college. It was part of landing a new job, getting new clothes, driving a new car. I had "arrived" and I needed to look the part.

Well then I came to my senses (for the most part). Paying a stylist was silly, since my hair pretty much only does one thing anyway (grows straight out, fro-style). After an $18 haircut I'd be pressured into buying the latest hair gel, and I'd have to listen to lots of pretentious people go on and on about the "drama" in their lives.

So I decided to find a real barber. One where I could get a regular haircut for a few bucks and where they still used the shaving cream on your neck.

I found that place at Lawson's barber shop at the corner of Division and Glenstone. Terry Lawson cuts the hair of my father as well as some of my uncles so I already had an in with the barber. There's no pretentious conversation here, just a bunch of old codgers ranting about the latest local gossip. It's a place where I can pay $8 bucks (plus a tip, of course) for a good old-fashioned standard haircut.

You never know how long the wait is going to be, they don't take appointments at barber shops. But if you're looking for a good barber I can recommend this one.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Google Tools

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Meghann and I were discussing and comparing out Google Homepages recently; she beat me to the blog post but I thought I'd cover mine as well.

When you go to Google you'll notice an option to "personalize" the site in the upper right hand corner of the page. I highly suggest giving it a try, there are some very useful and time saving modules. What separates this from other portals like My Yahoo! is the open API (or application programming interface) Google has provided. This allows people from all over the world to write plug-ins for others to use.

When RSS (Really Simple Syndication) arrived I didn't really get the point. Now with all the blog reading I do and keeping up with different changing topics combined with the ease of use of the Google homepage RSS is my best friend.

On the left you'll see I have 3 RSS feeds of my different blog stats. Of course the obligatory Google Mail preview gets a top center position.

Below my mail preview I have the Google Reader, which I have all my favorite blogs added as subscriptions. This allows me to make one stop to find all of the updated blog entries for the blogs I care about. I also have RSS feeds subscribed to for different news topics (such as the company I work for), that way I keep up to date on any new news items. Another useful bit with the reader is you can make items you find interested available to others. You can see the items I find interesting in the in "Interesting Reads" widget on the left side of this blog.

I have two weather related modules, a Google Maps-based radar as well as a forecast on the right column. Google Maps is yet another invaluable tool. Try the hybrid or satellite views for some fun! I have a forecast on the right column.

Google Calendar is also another awesome tool that I'm very impressed with. In the lower right hand column is my Netflix feeds which shows me my queue, recommendations, and shipping status for the movies I rent.

Below the fold, so to speak is a number of different modules, mostly news feeds. I have a "word of the day" type module and a quote module among others.

The Google Personalized Homepage along with all the Google specific tools I mentioned requires an account with Google, which is free. I highly recommend checking out the personalized homepage to see if it can save some time for you on-line like it has me.

Fair pics featured on the Camera Club Blog

My fair pictures are featured over on the Southwest Missouri Camera Club blog. Despite misspelling my last name, I'm still honored!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Vote for Change?

Wow, I'm not sure what to say about the bio for Midge Potts, Republican candidate for US Representative for Missouri, District 7. Perhaps the day of the primary is a bit late for me to be doing investigation on candidates, but I have definitely learned something.

From her site:

Midge was born in Gainesville Missouri in 1969. Named "Mitchell" at birth, she has been transitioning to become a woman for nearly 3 years and has had her name legally changed to "Midgelle Regina". A 1987 graduate of Kickapoo High School, Midge attended SMSU before having served in the U.S. Navy deployed in 1991 to the Persian Gulf on the USS Yosemite. After an honorable discharge in 1993, a became a freelance writer working for publications including the Washington Peace Letter and the Tacenda Literary Journal.

"Vote for Change" is the page title. Change indeed!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ozark Empire Fair Pictures

tickets please
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I made another trip to the Ozark Empire Fair. Take a looksee at the photo set here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Theme park calls off "Muslim Fun Day"

Theme park calls off "Muslim Fun Day", where the plan included:

...halal food, a strict dress code and prayer areas.

Music, gambling and alcohol were to be banned for the day and theme park rides such as "Ripsaw," "Corkscrew" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" all segregated by sex...

The event was called off due to "insufficient ticket sales." What?! Who wouldn't jump at the chance to practice some sexual segregation, a little prayer, and a strict dress code at a theme park devoid of music, alcohol, and gambling?

Another Bloggers Meeting

Another bloggers meeting is down. Take a listen to the podcast over at Rhetorica or check my previous posts or my flickr site for pictures of the festivities.

I took the chance to break out my off-camera lighting kit that I purchased to study techinques I've learned on the Strobist site.

We had some interesting discussion and something might even come of it. Ron recapps the topic of a blogger supported community forum (or forums) over at Chatter.

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Bloggers Meeting pictures, the Erratic Ranter

Erratic Ranter
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Another fun evening with the Springfield Bloggers. Pictured here is the Erratic Ranter himself, of Fat Jack's Erratic Rants. The podcast is available at Rhetorica.

Bloggers Meeting pictures, the Marmot

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Another fun evening with the Springfield Bloggers. Pictured here is Amy of the Snarling Marmot. The podcast is available at Rhetorica.

Bloggers Meeting pictures, the Critic

The Critic
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Another fun evening with the Springfield Bloggers. Pictured here is John of the Curbstone Critic. The podcast is available at Rhetorica.

Bloggers Meeting pictures, the Journalism Guys

Journalism Guys
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Another fun evening with the Springfield Bloggers. Pictured here is David of the KY3 Political Blog and Andy of Rhetorica. The podcast is available at Rhetorica.

Bloggers Meeting pictures, Gentle Ben and Granny Geek

Gentle Ben and Granny Geek
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Another fun evening with the Springfield Bloggers. Pictured here is Gentle Ben and Granny Geek. The podcast is available at Rhetorica.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Bloggers Meeting, Tuesday August 1, 2006

Tonight is another Southwest Missouri Bloggers Meeting. It's great fun with a diverse group of folks. We'll be enjoying the conversation and the spirits at the Patton Alley Pub at 7:00 PM.

In other news, Amy of the Snarling Marmot posted her interview of yours truly.

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