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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New blogs

A buddy from college has started a travel journal for his international excursions. He offers great insight into popular destinations like Vienna and Prauge plus some not so popular places like Kraków. In addition to descriptions of the destinations he includes very specific details regarding the planning and execution of a successful travelling light and cheap.

On his prevous choice of luggage he writes:

The other problem is that the frame itself kept the bag above airline regulations for carry-on, pictured here. Even if one were to squash and bungee it up in every dimension (something I've never done), the frame would take it several inches at least above the length limit. After Iberia Airlines lost the checked bag twice in 2006, I vowed to not let it happen again, if at all possible.

From international travel to another local blog, I'd like to point you to Chase Davis' View from the Country. Chase, a recent graduate of MSU, adds his two cents on local goings on, from the recent killing of a wolf to the ethanol plant debate.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Michael Spyres

My buddy Sean showed me some youtube videos of his brother and my friend Michael Spyres performing some opera.

I don't know much about opera, but if I remember from what Sean was saying, this is part of a comedic opera. Sean noted on how big his voice has gotten.

Here's another where Mike shows off how well he can impersonate... I understand this is a good impersonation, I always thought he had a good Homer Simpson voice.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Happy 50th Anniversary

Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
They got em good. The Cantrells had no idea their friends and family plotted behind their backs to get them at their surprise 50th Anniversary!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Another game down

It seems the Ozarks Football site doesn't archive off (for public use) their game descriptions. So here's the most recent account of the Bulldogs and my cousin Aaron Creson:

Harrison Stadium
Red Division
Bulldogs vs Chiefs

On a warm spring evening, the Bulldogs continued to improve.

Quarterback Aaron Creason led the pack with 136 yards rushing on 9 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns. Creason continued his attack hitting Jake Gagliardo on passes 3 times for 58 yards. He also connected with Markus King for 2 yards, Jared Williams for 12 yards and Jacop Hurlich for 9 yards. Hurlich returned the favor by passing to Creason for 23 yards. Steven Cody churned out 36 rushing yards for 2 scores.

Jake Gagliardo was lead dog on defense counting 8 tackles and sacking the quarterback once. Dylan Deckard also posted a QB sack.

The Chiefs offensive stand out was Quarterback Luke Gibbs, credited with 95 rushing yards on 9 carries and a touchdown and connecting with Chandler Scott on 3 passes for 77 yards. Gibbs also hit Austen Beason on a 14 yard pass play.

Austen Beason and Darreon Johnson led the Chiefs in tackles with 6 and 5 respectively. Robert Schroff tallied a QB sack and Andrew Vaughn picked off a Bulldog pass.

This game had plenty of action, but the Chiefs couldn't outrun the dogs, 30-6.

Aaron was everywhere in this game from Quarterback, wide reciever, kicker, punter, and linebacker, and the stats show it. One of those rushes was a botched punt he ran from their own end-zone to around the 35 (when he ran out of steam and the other team caught him). It was a pretty funny site to see. I told one of his coaches they obviously need to work on conditioning as he couldn't sprint full speed for 100 yards!

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Best restaurant in Springfield

Head over to Marmot-land and add to the list of best [insert your own category] restaurant in Springfield.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


After years of doing commerce on-line I've finally been ripped-off. I ordered what I though to be a replacement remote control from remotecontrolwarehouse.com. This company also operates under the banner of New Remotes, Inc, electronicadventure.us. The image here shows the item I ordered and paid for on-line.

What I got was far from the image presented.

For nearly 40 bucks ($6.95 shipping and handling and the envelope had $1.35 in stamps on it) I got a cheap knock-off remote that didn't have the same features or controls as my original remote.

The first thing missing is the logo. I paid for a Mitsubishi remote to go with my Mitsubishi TV. It may seem silly, but I can buy a $10 universal from Wal-mart if that's what I wanted. I wanted OEM, and that's what I was led to believe I was getting.

Second, my original remote controlled 5 devices. What they sent me was a remote programmed for my TV and no instructions on how to program it for the one other device it can control.

Third, this "replacement" remote can't even change the aspect ratio of the TV. In truth, it's the only reason I need the brand-specific/OEM remote. I haven't seen a universal remote with that button on it, and since my old remote is destroyed, I have nothing to "teach" a learning remote with.

Fourth... well I don't need a fourth reason. But here's the kicker: they include a letter in the package that, in summary, says you'll be satisfied or your money back. That of course translates to we'll be operating on your 40 bucks for the two weeks it takes to deliver, find out we screwed you, then get the remote returned to us. But the part that got me was this line from the letter:

"...Your original remote is not available but no need to worry. Enclosed you will find a full function replacement remote... ...We have sent you the best replacement remote available so you can fully control your unit... ...Often customers are concered when they receive something different then what they ordered. Please try it for a few days. If for any reason you are not satisfied, ou can take advantage of our 30 day no questions asked refund policy."

If what I ordered wasn't available, they should have cancelled my transaction and notified me, plain and simple. I would bet serious money that their business model depends on people just taking what they get instead of going through the hassle of being without a remote control and having to go through the returns process.

So, in true geek fashion, I'll be linking the words "scam" and "rip-off" to their domain. Hopefully the next person looking to do business with that site will find this blog entry and avoid them at all costs.

In addition I'll be reporting this incident to the Better Busines Bureau.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Lunchtime Kart Action

Lunchtime Kart Action
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I finally got a better picture of the gang of four mario kart players. This time, however it included our boss!

Does the addtion of a senior member of management make this a legitimate pass-time?