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I lost 55lbs using these two amazing simple steps–you can too!

TL;DR – I got off my butt, started eating better and lost 40lbs in ~100 days.  You can too. UPDATE: As of NOV-2014 I’m down 55lbs since this timeframe.  Feel amazing, found new hobbies that are active and loving life again. This year started very depressing personally as each look in the mirror showed another chin growing under the previous.  I weighed the most I’ve ever weighed in my life and it just kept getting away from me.  My move to Redmond brought back a different office life for me from my previous role at Microsoft and I...

Kindle Fire: my first impressions and a practical review

Well, today I received my Kindle Fire.  I pre-ordered this on Sep 28 when they were announced.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see if there is anything that can be a better-priced tablet-like consumption device like iPad.  I absolutely love my existing Kindle reading device.  Love it.  If you are looking for an e-reader device only, you should look no further than the Kindle reading-specific devices.  They are priced so good now that there is no excuse if you are an avid reader and have always wanted one. Before I get to my “review” I wanted to share a little bit...

Silverlight 5 Plans Revealed

Today we had the SIlverlight Firestarter event and revealed to the world for the first time, not only the plans for the next version of Silverlight, but also a slew of demonstrations of some key features. If you weren’t able to attend live or online real-time, we have recorded the sessions which will be available later this week on Channel 9. There has been a lot of confusion on the future of Silverlight.  Microsoft wants to ensure we have a great developer platform portfolio that supports all great technologies like HTML5, Silverlight and WPF.  We’ll continue to invest in these technologies for...

Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight!

Well PDC10 is over (note: head on over to the PDC site to view all the sessions).  There was a lot of talk about Internet Explorer 9 (and another preview update) as well as general web development.  There had been some reports on the 2nd day of PDC commenting about the shift in strategy about Silverlight. You may have read the initial story from Mary Jo Foley which led to the tsunami of information about Silverlight being done, over and killed except for the Windows Phone 7 platform.  Other popular news outlets picked up on the story,...

I want more shell applications, especially for mobile

I just got back from speaking/attending the Norwegian Developers Conference in Oslo, Norway.  It was a great time and a well run conference.  Like many other conferences I found myself looking for two things I wanted on my mobile: the schedule and a map/guide for the city (I’ve never been to Oslo).  You see every time I take a trip, here’s what I do: Search for an app that contains the schedule (or offline version).  Ideally allows me to build my schedule and gets updates for changes Find the metro/map/guide for the city...

How to sell or rent your house on Craigslist

I’m in the process of relocating.  I’m relocating to a state I’m not familiar with and have no close friends/family that can serve as my go-to proxy on a real-time basis for house hunting help.  Short of being there, this leaves the internet for my wife and me to do searching and narrow things down.  We had 2 trips to the new location to do some house hunting.  This means that we had to do all our research before to make those 2-day adventures worthwhile.  Welcome to the internet and real estate. Now, there are plenty of good real estate sites...

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution from a parent’s perspective

“This is the first generation of kids expected to live a shorter life than you.  Or...you guys can start kicking some ass.” – Jamie Oliver. There’s been a show running on ABC recently…about 6 episodes.  It’s called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  It appears to have been taped during the fall of 2009 in Huntington, West Virginia (which evidently was selected because of high child obesity data).  The show absolutely has a bit of Hollywood, a ton of editing, but I don’t think anyone can doubt Jamie’s (and the producers, who also includes Ryan Seacrest) intention to get...

Big companies changing the English language – an open letter to advertisers

Something has been bugging me lately.  I feel I’ve become complacent.  And I think you have as well.  We all are surrounded by advertising daily.  Whether it be in print, audio or video, it is always near us in everything we do.  You cannot escape it…nobody can escape it. Not even our children. Perhaps this is what is driving my frustration anger.  You see, I have two kids ages 7 and 3.  My daughter (7) is in her second year of elementary school.  My son (3) is in pre-school.  Both are learning various things.  But learning also means questioning…A LOT!  Sometimes as...

My holiday movie watching

I did my best to disconnect for a 2 week+ holiday at the end of this year.  It’s winding down and while the kids are napping (and the wife) I am bored and thought I’d post my list of movies I watched this break.  Having a full-time job that also happens to be your hobby plus two kids doesn’t leave a ton of time for theater going.  So this holiday I maximized my Netflix subscription both in DVD and (mostly) online instant watch via my XBOX.  Here’s some of my favorites.  The Yes Men –...

My move to free HDTV – Part 3 – Progress Report

It has been six months since installing my initial infrastructure to move away from paid television and toward a goal of free, digital/HDTV broadcast in my home.  On my last post - My move to free HDTV Part 2 -- it was about HD HomeRun to the rescue for a tuner solution to broadcast to my chosen infrastructure. To recap, my goals: To get free network channels in HDTV quality To broadcast to my two primary rooms To enable DVR capabilities My setup includes the following: ...

Great customer service follow-up: LG Electronics

About 2 months ago I wrote about an experience with an electronics company (LG Electronics USA) and some amazing customer service they were providing.  The bottom line recap was this: I bought a TV about 5 years ago TV started getting wonky about 8 months ago TV was self-declared dead 2 months ago TV was out of warranty by YEARS I called on a whim to LG support They extended the warranty to cover the full cost of repairs ...

Silverlight misconceptions, bad reviews, bad comparisons

UPDATE: Michael has posted a comment here and offered himself up to the gauntlet and apologized for his article.  He writes below: Tim did me a favor with this article, and his comments on Connected Internet. I have left the article up on Connected, because frankly, I deserve the lumps I get over it. Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes talking with me, reading this blog, or listening to me on podcasts (Herding Code, Thirsty Developer, Misfit Geek) will know that I LOVE Microsoft.  I’m not ashamed to admit it and I’m not ashamed about my passion for the company...

Shining customer service in a tough business economy

One of my little non-technical pet peeves in life is poor customer service.  A long while back while working at a booming consulting firm in the ‘.com days’ (which later imploded of course) the company routinely brought in different types of speakers.  Some for motivation, some for sales training (anyone who can tell me who ‘peel the onion’ comes from wins a gold star), etc.  One that stood out was from Jeffrey Gitomer.  He’s probably more famous for his book Little Red Book of Selling, but at the time he also spoke to our entire staff (non-sales, developer, etc.) about...

My move to free HDTV – over the air HD

About twice a year my wife freaks out (well, my terms not hers) about money, material things, life, etc.  It’s a good freak out actually…and it is what has kept me grounded more in life than my past habits (you know, when you felt you *had* to have everything).  I’ve learned to not care about things that aren’t worth the trouble.  Her balance in my life really has made a good impact in things worldly. Back to the freak out :-) … We’re constantly looking for ways to save money.  At times it is because we have to...

Craigslist scams – fight back with time wasters.

Forgive the distraction…I couldn’t help it.  I get frustrated when I see these things in the world I live (interwebs). My wife and I were in the market for a truck.  We decided on a particular model and started watching local Craigslist postings.  One came across our eyes that we simply couldn’t believe…it was a recent model truck with 24K miles and was listed for less than half of what others were listing.  Both of us knew either one of two things happened: 1) major typo in the guys listing or 2) scam.  But just in case we wanted...

Google Wave: the sky is falling and Flash/Silverlight are dead

At the Google I/O conference this past week, they announced Google Wave.  Almost immediately, I started seeing Twitter replies, blog posts and various articles talking about how Google Wave is going to kill Flash/Silverlight/JavaFX.  None of these made sense to me…and at that point I’d yet to see anything about Wave anyway.  I posed a few questions on Twitter as to why people felt Wave was an RIA platform killer (that’s what I was reading into a lot of the buzz against things like Silverlight).  I got more confused with all the replies :-).  So I had a moment this...

Hobby Diversification Update: Guitar Lessons

Back in December, I wrote about my attempt at diversifying my hobbies.  In October 2008 I started taking guitar lessons because I had a Fender ‘laying around’ that was getting unused.  Since then I’ve really enjoyed it and picked up an acoustic (which I actually enjoy playing more).  I’ve also picked up some computer equipment (M-Audio Black Box) so that I can mess around with software like GarageBand and actually record some of my practices. I’ve moved quite a long way from my happy birthday recording in that blog post :-) but I’ve still got a long way to...

PayPal screws sellers by holding payments

I wish to tell you a story.  A while back I purchased a Nokia E71 mobile phone.  It’s one of the latest from Nokia and has been given rave reviews for a smart phone.  I ultimately didn’t like it as it wasn’t for me.  After a few weeks, I listed it on eBay as I’ve done approximately 100 times before with other items around the house.  Now the item sold quickly and sold for roughly USD $490.  I demand in my eBay listings that the buyers use PayPal and that they have a verified PayPal account and a verified PayPal...

Why won’t iTunes behave?

In a recent Twitter conversation I was having with Peter Laudati, it reminded me of another problem I’ve been having with iTunes and wondering why it isn’t working this way.  First, here’s my setup (and logic): I have one server (Windows Server 2008) at my house that manages my backup, music, photos, etc. (no it is not a Windows Home Server (yet)). I have a public share there with Everyone read/write priveleges called “music” and it is shared out an accessible. ...

A response from my Senator

A while back I wrote to my elected officials about the passing of H.R. 1424.  I tried to be able to write to my elected officials electronically.  I submitted an electronic message to my congressman and got a reply that I’d be sent a US postal mail response, which made me shake my head. At any rate, I’ve only got 1 response, and not from my congressman…but from one of my Senators, Jon Kyl.  Since he sent it to me via snail mail, I had to find a letter opener, figure out how to hold a piece of paper...

Government is officially inept

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get to this realization.  Perhaps I’ve been more aware of my surroundings as I’ve gotten older.  I’ve always heard “write your congressman” with regard to political issues and people opposing them. Turns out, writing them is not worth it.  Why?  Because the offices of our elected officials (in Arizona at least) are lame.  Allow me to provide an example. In my latest post I ranted about how Arizona elected officials voted on the ‘bailout’ plan (that just happened to include new and extensions for bizarre tax credits...

Arizona officials vote on H.R. 1424 Economic Bailout

Here’s a letter I just wrote to the Arizona Senators and Representatives that voted on the H.R. 1424, economic ‘bailout’ plan.  Here’s their contact information as well if you need it: Jon Kyl, Senator John McCain, Senator Rick Renzi, 1st District Trent Franks, 2nd District John Shadegg, 3rd District Ed Pastor, 4th District Harry Mitchell, 5th District...

iPhone AppStore and Apps disappearing

Well, it seems that in addition to problems with MobileMe, Apple is getting into some gray area with AppStore.  Applications are appearing, disappearing without explanation to the authors.  The one that got more attention was NetShare, an app that purports to enable tethering of your iPhone 3G.  However despite it being available (actually for me clicking on the link it wasn’t even available then) it seems to be performing one of Criss Angel’s greatest feats in appearing/disappearing at will (or at Steve Jobs’ request). The latest app to fall to this scenario and be removed from the AppStore without explanation is...

Honoring your NDA and terms of use and the iPhone SDK

NDA.  Non-disclosure.  Hush documents. Not many people like them.  In the technology world they are a necessary evil.  Personally I don’t think that way.  I think NDA’s are generally a good thing.  It’s enabling legalese to let two parties participate in information exchange when they don’t want the rest of the world to know about them.  NDA is a general term, of course, and the wording in any non-disclosure agreement is subject to the two parties involved.  Heck it could say “We’re going to show you everything and you agree only to not talk about feature X…everything else is fair game.” ...

iPhone 3G: Exchange for the rest of us…because AT&T sucks?

I had been a customer of T-Mobile for 10 years (through a few company changes) and only recently changed to AT&T about a year ago.  As a general assertion, I’ve been happy.  I like the 3G speeds and the coverage in my house is far better than T-Mobile, which was the ultimate driver as someone who works primarily from a home office. That being said, I think I’m agreeing with what a friend said when the first iPhone launched.  He said (paraphrasing of course) If the iPhone has any shortcomings it won’t be because of the device or Apple, it will...

Airlines raising fares in plain view…

I just received an email from US Airways (my preferred airline) in my inbox…here’s an excerpt: It's no secret that the airline business is facing difficulties of unprecedented proportions; and 'unfortunately US Airways is no exception. Surviving high oil prices is going to require some substantial changes to the way the industry is run. Today, we announced a series of changes designed to prepare our airline for these new ways of doing business. Specifically, we announced changes to domestic capacity, the Dividend Miles program and our overall business model. We're transforming our business by initiating a 'pay-for-what-you-use' model for items like...

A better children cell phone service

My children are not yet the age where they are asking me for a cell phone or begging for text messaging plan or anything, but I see my friends' children going through this now.  It's weird that this new generation will expect just to have a cell phone, like we did with other items (maybe the most high tech was a calculator).  What concerns me, though, is the abuse of the cell phone and it serving as a disruption during school or other times when it shouldn't be used. The request is usually made as a "well mom, what if...

Shared project templates and ASP.NET Empty Web Site

If you are like me, you probably create a lot of projects in Visual Studio that end up getting thrown away and are intended just to test out a theory you have, double-check yourself when you are going mad because you can't find a bug, testing out something you read on a blog post, whatever. Most of the projects I create are web projects.  I've started to adopt the "_Delete" mechanism to help me identify what I can truly delete in my folders later.  But is not the point here.  One thing that I do when creating web projects is...

one man's security, another man's advertising

while leaving seattle this week and stripping down for the usual false sense of security check at the airport, i noticed a clever bit of advertising from a store that i frequent online.  you see everyone is asked to put their shoes in a bin now...here's what my bin looked like: clever.  "place shoes here.  buy shoes here."  kudos to zappos for finding an opportunity here!  they are a great store and their 'piece o' cake' return policy is exactly just that. tags: airport security, zappos, advertising, tsa, flight travel, air travel

us politics 2008

wow, i find myself every four years having the same thoughts when presidential elections happen.  i think of the same things every type of election (less on very local ones because that is where candidates actually do have some immediate impact i think). a little over 3 years ago now i remembered listening to the same type of stuff.  i wrote how my campaign for elementary school student president was that i'd put grape soda in the drinking fountains.  as i watch all these debates and the enamoring of the mainstream media airwaves, i begin to laugh again.  i'm not into...

denver travels

i hadn't been on a plane in a while and the second i stepped on i realized how much i hate it :-).  but denver was going to be a refreshing stop -- cooler weather and seeing some friends on my team.  so rob and i headed out on wednesday.  i didn't even know we were landing until we hit the ground it was that white outside the windows.  needless to say, despite going to school in constant snow, i'm reminded how much i suck at bad weather driving.  i think i made rob flinch a few times on the...

respect the permalink

recently i came across a feed entitled '.aspx considered harmful' and natural i paused.  for those who don't know .aspx is a known file extension for web pages generally using asp.net technology.  i think the title was a little misleading but it did the job -- got me to read it :-) john had made a suggestion in conversation that a blog engine (must have been the topic of conversation) shouldn't produce urls that end in .aspx.  basically, in a nutshell john is pointing out that technology changes and while you might be .aspx one day you might be .php the...

wishing the macbook air would have been 13" mbp

i was peripherally listening to the macworld keynote today waiting for something that would interest me.  i read all the rumors about a sub-compact laptop and was hoping for the best.  i am not a lover of widescreen laptops.  i love my 14" lenovo and all other standard sizes before that.  i've always felt that when you get into the widescreens, it no longer becomes a notebook, but a portable...i want the lightweight but powerful notebook.  to that end i use a lenovo thinkpad and a macbook pro (15").  i like them both...a lot.  for my daily typing i find...

return of the advertising jingle?

it could be that december sucked and i was bored, or it could have been the pain killers, but i have found that the recent freecreditreport[dot]com television advertisements have been hilarious. caveat: i am not promoting the service and i actually don't necessarily agree with it (as i think there is too much fine print involved and it isn't really 'free' but that is beside the point, this is about the commercials. their latest one had me cracking up as the guy singing the jingle in what appears to be somewhat of a red lobster type restaurant ("they say a man should...

guitar hero 3 music tracks for the holiday

for some reason my xbox live wasn't connecting for the longest time, which is fine as sadly i rarely use it.  but with my new love for guitar hero 3, i wanted to see if there were any new/free tracks i could download.  i suspect my problems are with using OpenDNS as since i started using them i noticed the problem.  anyhow, it started working again so i was able to take a look. i noticed a free 'holiday' track of we three kings that was available for download.  it's a pretty good track for GH3 as well as a nice...

new spare battery rules for u.s. travel

from the geniuses who determined that only a one quart bag full of 3.5 oz liquids is permitted, comes new rules about bringing lithium-ion batteries in united states travel. what seems odd to me is that the restriction is on checked baggage and not carry-on luggage per se.  from the site, it indicates that a spare battery is something not installed on the device.  and if you wanted to bring a spare lithium ion battery along, you have to put it in your carry-on luggage as putting it in your checked luggage is forbidden.  what?! what concerns me (as i don't believe...

tickle me wii, ebayer beware

as the holidays are upon us there always seems to be that one gift that controls your life while looking for it.  back in the early 1980s it was the cabbage patch doll, then many years later tickle me elmo was the hit (i remember that $30 item going for $2500 on a radio station).  it is amazing what we do as humans to satisfy others. Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had...

rant: state of american health care

while i'm not an entirely michael moore theorists, i do like that he makes me think.  sicko, his recent movie, made me think.  it was hard to listen to peoples' stories because i've always worked for a company that has had great health coverage and made it a priority benefit for their employees -- for that i'm entirely grateful after countless emergency room visits, 2 children, a few surgeries, and tons of medications. well this weekend, i'm starting to even hate how i'm being treated even though i still do have great coverage.  on saturday, the day of festivus...

iphone and itunes only sync a certain type of appointment

i'm very frustrated now.  the title says it all.  let me explain my scenario, tell you how i found out the problem and give you the suggested workaround from apple. the setup i have a few phones laying around, and being the gadget geek i am, i do have an iphone that i've been using lately.  my setup consists of syncing my iphone to my pc laptop for contacts/calendering and to my macbook for music/photos/movies/podcasts.  it is a simple setup really, and allows me to keep my work machine for work (i don't have music or anything on my work machine) and...

amazing survival of the fittest caught on tape

if you don't have 8 minutes to spare, don't watch this now.  you seriously need to stop what you are doing, put on some headphones (or gather some co-workers) and watch this video.  this is some amazing video footage caught on home video of survival of the fittest in action.  the video is safe for work (unless you work at PETA i suppose). let me boil it down: lions waiting to pounce heard of buffalo, they get one, other buffalo escape, alligator gets buffalo, other buffalo return to kicks some arse, initially targeted baby buffalo walks away...alive seriously, amazing. tags: kruger , battle...

leopard upgrades see blue screen of death

well, it's been over 12 hours since leopard was available to the masses and the early reviews seem to be in. yawn. i just got my discs and will be updating my machines soon to see (i'm going to try to update one and clean install the other).  but i'm reading the reviews and they aren't promising. dave winer says the upgrade process went fine, but he seems left with wondering what did he upgrade too? he says: Net-net, my first impression of Leopard is that it isn't a big deal one way or the other. interesting.  i thought this was supposed to be...

it help desk tribulations

i try to avoid support whenever i can for various reasons.  first one being that i like to think i'm competent enough to fix it myself and the second one being that i dread having to re-explain things to potentially 3 different people, all not understanding the simple issue. well, i'm trying to receive some faxes this morning (i know, how 1990 of me).  here at work we use fax servers but have inbound fax numbers that route to our email inboxes, etc.  this morning the inbound fax telephone number is not answering.  it simply is not ringing even. ...

traveling in aspen

i'm fortunate (for me, unfortunate for my family who is without me) to be traveling on business in aspen, colorado.  if you haven't heard of it, it is a mountain community north of denver...a ski destination for sure.  while there is sprinkles of snow patches already, it is still fall here, and fall for aspen trees is remarkable. i've never been to aspen so since i was here early i went for a walk.  i asked my driver from the airport to my hotel to suggest a place for lunch.  i got the usualy similar-sounding touristy areas.  why isn't anyone comfortable...

two worst pieces of technology in years

i recently wrote about my birthday binge purchases, one of which included an airport extreme.  in addition to the airport, i acquired a matching (in size so it fit right under it) lacie mini hard drive.  the reason for this (and the initial airport purchase) was i'm trying to consolidate some storage without having to have a running "machine" (OS) anywhere.  the airport touted the ability to plugin an external hard drive and share it with everyone. well, i'm happy to report that my other birthday purchases are doing me proud.  the airport and lacie, on the other hand, are quite...

new zunes announced

well, even though i haven't seen them, i'm impressed with the announcement.  maybe i switched too soon, but i still stand by my decision based on my personal needs (car aftermarket oem integration).  regardless, here's what the new zunes will bring... 80GB and 4/8GB flash versions new Zunes will have new UI and features..."old" Zune users will get those features as well! native codecs for h.264 and MPEG-4 -- no need for only...

ipod integration part 2

well, after my initial quest to complete this task in part 1, i'm happy to report success! this is a little patting of my own back ... i'm shocked that i actually did it on my own, without cursing, without getting mad at my family, and in the first attempt!  i didn't take pictures of the process as i was on a pace that i didn't want to disturb.  needless to say when my wife came to check on me while doing this project, she was in awe to see my entire back seat sitting in the garage and carpet everywhere. ...

ipod integration part 1

Be sure to read PART 2 of this adventure to see the completed project! anyone who knows me knows that i'm a super geek, but not gifted beyond that title :-).  when trying to hang something in my house, i've got about 18 different laser levelers assisting me, but i'll be damned if the thing still isn't hung right. so for my birthday i decided i was finally going to complete one of my desires...my mp3 player in my car.  i previously wrote about how i have an "older" car (2000) and that it doesn't have an aux jack or anything.  i...

tech toys for birthday

my birthday happened recently.  i am not a fan of birthdays and i don't know why.  i'm way past any age of getting additional "benefits" or discounts, and not near any age of getting any additional benefits/discounts :-) -- i'm a tweener now i suppose in a different way.  anyhow, i digress. every birthday i seem to get gifts that tie to my hobbies.  in high school i played on the golf team.  i owned about every illegal piece of golf equipment, counters, tee holders, range finders, etc. you could have.  and i wasn't fond of any of them -- people...

feel sorry for me

here's how hot it was today in hell phoenix, az: that's right...see the "Out. temp." -- i almost melted.  seriously.

setting expectations in user experience

i've finally found the ultimo mp3 integration for my auto.  i don't have a new car, i don't have an aux jack, and i'm no longer in high school where i care about deep bass or wicked features, my factory stereo works fine thank you very much.  fine, that is, except that i can't play my mass collection of audio (unless i do it 6 CDs at a time). well, i've found it.  unfortunately the actual store is in atlanta, ga, usa.  a little too far for me to drive and get it installed...so i begin my research of installing it...

one sided twitter conversations and facebook currency

i've suddenly (well okay, not suddenly, but now i've had the time) realized that twitter is pretty good at keeping in touch, especially at conferences, etc.  i wish that some partnership with facebook and twitter would occur.  i'm using both of them and wish there was only one place i could update my status that nobody cares about. one thing is annoying me about twitter (and thankfully hasn't happened over at facebook yet ... at least with my circle of friends).  that is the one-sided conversation.  you know what i'm talking about.  the one where someone you are stalking following on...

clear passwords as query strings

going to post my score from the previous weekend and got an error...look what i noticed: lovely.  anyone who might have sniffed my password while posting, would you mind ensuring that you post good rounds for me? :-)

off topic: television and reality shows

i'm sick of reality shows...except hells kitchen of course.  but seriously, everything i see on tv is some reality show.  what ever happened to raw, artificial entertainment?  well over the past few weeks i've learned it moved to other networks.  not that i'm endorsing all the actors in these shows as their best performances, but i've been entertained by them...and to me that is what counts. check them out if you are sick of the reality ones as well: the kill point (spike tv) damages...

dear gmail

Dear Gmail, Hi.  I like mail.  I like you.  Can you please fix your POP interface?  You see, because I'm starting to want to use it and started investigating the process.  I like that Gmail gives me an awesome spam filter that I would trade my vintage 1980 yoda figurine for.  I also like the filter capabilities that I can set up.  It gives me a clean Inbox...you even call it an Inbox. But when I use the POP services, my Inbox got bigger.  All my filtered mail is in there.  What gives?  Why don't you honor my Inbox the same way...

flattering marketing confuses consumers

if it looks like a red bull can, would you assume it is an equivalent energy drink?  i did.  damn marketers. :-) here's what i'm talking about:    red bull is obviously the first can.  while in costco the other day i saw this 'bloom energy' drink.  i fell for it.  looked like an energy drink can (silver/skinny), and wild berry sounded intriguing (more than taurine energy drink flavor).  i didn't bother looking at the ingredients and figured i'd give this energy drink a try. guess what.  carbonated grape juice (with white tea extract which is the source of caffeine). ...

rant: banking and beta browsers

i needed to check something online with my bank so i fired up my browser and checked.  then it dawned on me that i remember when ie7 came out that my bank (wells fargo) *immediately* (like literally within a few hours) started blocking it and put up a message saying specifically that my browser wasn't supported because it was beta. thinking a bit i fired up safari 3 beta...son-of-a-*  double standard.  looks like i wasn't the only one who thought so...i saw these guys standing on the side of the road today as well... shame on...

missing manuals -- new 'for dummies'?

lately i've been watching this show -- i don't even know what channel it is on, my tivo decided i might like it and started recording it...i love you tivo -- with the host david pogue.  it's basically a consumer-friendly geek gadget show.  he talks about different issues like do megapixels really matter in cameras (does a great field test on that one), what laptops are the best to travel with, etc.  his shows are well thought out and balanced in my opinion -- and he does good research.  the three shows i watched i never felt myself saying 'yeah,...

virtual vandalism

do you live in an area that has a lot of graffiti?  when you walk buy you say, 'dang, that looks really good, but i just wish it wasn't painted on in my neighborhood'?  maybe, maybe not. i saw a post about dome digital taggers.  using photography and time-lapse techniques, they are able to lay down some light (as in the luminous kind) graffiti.  check out the painting in light post as well as the flickr set of other photos.  they use light sticks, etc. whatever works to get the final product. what an innovative way of using technology...

yet another iphone opinion

if you absolutely have been sick of iphone coverage, then go ahead and delete.  i simply couldn't resist the urge to pollute the interweb more with iphone opinions...so i've finally gathered some of my thoughts and decided to vent here...and i don't even have one (yet)... let me first say that the urge has been hard to resist to get one.  anyone who knows me knows that when new tech comes out and if i can't get it, i'm usually in a fetal position soaking in my own vomit with withdrawls.  there have been very few tech things that have...

building community in your community

if you read this site, you are likely a techno dweeb like myself (or for some odd reason came via a really bad google search result).  i say that because when we geeks talk about 'community' we generally mean user groups, online forums, etc...you know geek community--joining together others who know nothing about each other but only commonality is their desire for all things geek. well, last week i went golfing with scott (who i met via community and have become friends with) and we were chatting about wives and stuff and what people do to fill their time in...

food, rss, and photography == digigeek heaven

i have an unfortunate love for technology (or so my bank tells me). i have an unfortunate love for food (or so my scale tells me). i wish i was a good photographer (nobody is telling me i am, so i keep trying). while browsing some local groups, i came across chowdownphoenix.com a new site in my area combining the power of the 'blogosphere' (is anyone tired of being forced to use buzzwords?), good photography, and yummy food.  i spent a few minutes on the site and i'm going to make dinner now. cool idea i thought and i'm very curious...

airlines: when pilots fight back

well, i'm sitting at sky harbor airport waiting to get on a plane to head to dallas for the day.  the plane is supposed to depart at 6:50am (it's 6:32am as i'm writing this).  about five minutes ago, the pilot of the aircraft just walked to the counter and made an announcement. he couldn't figure out the public announcement system, so just started shouting.  he gave first an informative update about a weather issue in dallas, and then went on a personal rant about how we were being mistreated because there was no gate agent, etc.  he was pretty harsh...

act now: preserve festivus

an insult to mankind is happening in my area.  no seriously, it is.  a radio station i listen to announced a concert happening soon in the summer...and they are calling it Festivus for the rest of us.  i think i nearly caused an accident on the 101 when i heard this...my car swerved and explicatives were flying all over the place. that's right...festivus in mid-summer.  clearly the peak (98.7) couldn't be doing such an injustice to festivus?  (note: for those in phoenix and know my musical taste, i listen to 98.7 because it is the least suckiest for me on...

canceled registration reminder

ah, the irony...from my earlier post, i get this in my inbox today (and the mail merge was wrong...not in SFO) :-).  if they asked me to not participate you'd think they'd take me off the reminder list :-)

rant: cancelling competitor registrations

something has been bothering me lately.  you see, i registered for a seminar, then a few days later go this: argh.  it wasn't rude necessarily, the individual politely is asking me not attend and for the reason.  i just found it very "un-tech-community" of this particular company.  i wonder how people would react if microsoft canceled registrations for competitors attending pdc or teched or things like that?  surely they would be /.'d.  in fact oscon, railsconf and other open source conferences never do this -- and those are the audiences that don't like big blue. what do you think? ...

baseball, meet blogging

i've been monitoring 38pitches.com for a while now and if you aren't aware of it, it's essentially (well not really, it is) curt schilling's blog.  if you have no idea who he is, that's okay...you're likely a geek...and that is fine. but curt's blog is bringing blogging to the mainstream.  go ahead and argue that scoble did that, or that news agencies did that, but i'll disagree.  curt is appealing to the sports fan...not the techno dweeb like you and me, but to the everyday joe. for a minute, take a look at the number of comments he gets per post...unreal -- averages about 100,...

travel tip #137

so it's not really #137, but it sounded better than #1 and i didn't want to set myself up for a complete list, so my mental brain told me pick a number...(it's been a long morning) a while back i read chris' travel tips/realizations (here and here)...a few of which i've adopted.  while on another trip with woodyp a while back, we were chatting about hotels and such and i had been woken up earlier than desired because of the light coming in through the window.  i was commenting on how no matter how much i try to close the...

traveling woes: zune triggers alarm as a hazardous device

while traveling on my way to railsconf and the portland code camp, i headed to the airport (again).  from march-may i've redefined myself as a frequent traveler...mastering the security lines, figuring out what is and is not required, etc. as a part of code camp, i'm bringing a zune to give away.  i should note that when i travel i bring my zune with me in my backpack.  the zune i was also carrying was on a carry-on and was brand new (in the packaging, etc.).  well, going through the security line...my backpack...made it fine.  suitcase...stopped.  they needed to look....

great ux: espn and mlb

i remembered watching the super-bowl via esp.com and even mentioned my experience in a previous post.  well, tonight espn proves to be a winner for me again.  while watching the dbacks and randy johnson stomp on colorado, i moved to espn.com and their gamecast view...it is incredible.  i didn't have a tv nearby, so i have no idea how out-of-sync it was, but the play-by-play visuals were great, down to the diamond being the shape of the field where they are playing...here's a shot: when a ball is hit, they even have an animated baseball going in the direction...

truemors: another site i don't get

people are saying guy kawasaki is behind this latest truemors.com site.  while i'm starting to see less value in twitter, when i opened up truemors i shook my head.  it certainly looks/acts/feels like a twitter-ish type application...and the content surely has parity with twitter posts...here's a sample of some of the "rumors" posted: "Jello wrestling for Charity?  Yes, it happens." "the iphone gives you herpes" "hey mark, give me a call later and we'll get dinner" "the truemors homepage is easy to spam." "Guy Kawasaki started this up? must be losing touch with reality." "I heard that this...

some tuesday entertainment

humor: entertainment:

bad ux: disable your pop-up blockers

attention site builders: if your site copy has any words that are similar to "disable your pop-up blockers" please change now.  i've been seeing this a lot lately and it really bothers me.  i haven't seen it on any microsoft site yet, but if someone has, please let me know so i can pester the site owners as well (you know, trustworthy computing and all).  here's an example of one from samsung: If you selected the "Software" link from the SGH-i607 (BlackJack) page and reached article regarding the Update for your BlackJack but were not taken to the End...

random: thanks mtabar for sharing your music

so while waiting for a replacement hard drive in my local office (i received an event log telling me "your hard disk driver has reported imminent failure...do not save anything more to this hard disk" -- yikes), i was working on some silverlight 1.1 cross-platforms stuff...i decided to fire up itunes to listen to some ambient tunage.  lo and behold two "shared libraries" popped up (i was on a public wifi connection).  sweet, i took a look and started lurking...mtabar had the broadest selection, from 2-pac, to my all time favorite band, black sabbath (the original, not the current). i...

advertising panels need service packs

i was walking in our local mall the other day and noticed that they have completely done away with the standard poster advertising and hired a company called "eye" to install huge plasma displays and rotate advertising on them -- it is much more eye-catching (as the ads are dynamic) and much more appealing.  i walked around and saw one the other day: looking closer here you go: nice.  well, at least they are running windows :-)

decrapify your new pc

one of the things that i think we all hate with pc's purchased oem (original equipment manufacturer - dell, hp, etc.) is that they come pre-installed with about 8,038 programs that a) you didn't ask for and b) likely don't need.  in recent conversation sharing with some friends who also regularly play nick burns, i heard a story of a brand new vista machine (which has really good built-in firewall/spyware protection) that also came with mcafee protection suite.  essentially, every internet request was going through two layers of firewall...yikes.  every computer i've purchase has had step 1 being "fdisk" or...

omg, 13yo 1 d cntst

well, texting has officially arrived (if it hadn't before)...when LG is hosting the 'national texting championship' i'm curious where we've gone! even last night i saw a commercial (albeit funny) where a mom and a young girl have a conversation about her texting phone bill...the girl doesn't speak, but rather speaks in text codes to her mom.  anyhow, i just caught this tidbit on msnbc. girl wins texting championship by typing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' in 15 seconds.  um, congrats?  i wonder if that will improve SAT scores?

how many avoidance tools do you use?

this whole twitter craze got me thinking a lot lately.  besides the curious thoughts of the business model behind twitter (not for others, cell phone companies are making money with their plan upgrades, people building twitter apps are making money through ad-funded models, etc.) for themselves, it caused me to think about my use of technology and how other people use it as well. twitter has become a new instant messenger of sorts i think.  i see much more messages flying across with @username: what are you doing, etc. type comments.  i chuckle when i see messages like that and...

rant: how bad health multiplies...

...or another lesson in common sense. i've not been in a great mood lately, namely because of random health (not serious...at least not yet) 'situations' that have caused me to continue to ponder about how i've gotten to that point. probably one of the triggers was me watching a late night show on the learning channel called "i eat 33,000 calories a day" (note: i tried to find the description but the learning channel website has a broken link to it).  it's a profile of about 4 people in england who are obese, in the morbid sense.  we're talking 600lb+...

avis is realtime

when i travel and need a rental car, i use avis...not by choice really, but it's a company standard i guess.  to me, to be honest, a car is a car...service is where it is at.  i'm a member of the preferred program (which anyone can be, you don't have to 'earn' it) which entitles me to essentially skip the main counters when i rent (although the preferred counter is quickly becomming the 'main' one it seems).  i've also recently received 'select preferred' probably because i've rented enough.  i'm not sure what the difference is other than the fact that...

instantcake and 20 minutes = happy family

i'm having an excellent customer service day.  why?  well, my tivo series 2 busted last week (actually probably earlier, just haven't been in town) and i was pretty pissed as i still have "lifetime" service on it.  so i hunted around on tivocommunity.com and found that my problem looked like a bad hard drive.  everyone recommended getting a new hard drive and using instantcake to bring it life.  well, after conferring with the family cfo, i was able to procure the $20 to try it out.  why only $20 and not more for a new hard drive?  well, a while...

social hacking: no computer needed

i've always seen stories of identity theft and virtual identity theft.  and i've not been a victim thankfully.  but in those stories (the ones that make the "big" news) there always seems to be a technical hacking going on to get more information, etc.  nothing really exposes as it should the social side of hacking. the hp scandal really started to do this and added "pretexting" became the latest favorite word of journalists.  kevin mitnick has said that this type of social hacking is the best weapon that everyone seems to forget about. well, the other day i was looking...

lifetime service != lifetime hardware

when tivo first came out, i thought it was the bomb (and it was really).  sure windows media center was out there but they didn't really have good component boxes like they do now. so, when i got my series 2 tivo, i figured...lifetime service...sign me up.  well, my literal box died last week and i've been staring a "Welcome, powering up" screen thinking that if i stare long enough, it will finally go back to the home screen.  well, been staring too long and nothing is happening.  sigh.  quick search on the tivo community yields a likely bad drive. ...

random thought: guydudebroboss

at what age do people stop saying "can i get that for you bro?" or "how did it go today boss?"  i see this all the time on golf courses when returning from a round and the "cart boy" (i'm okay saying that because i used to be one) greets you with any one of the guy-dude-bro-boss salutations.  man, do i still look that young?  i guess that's a blessing, but i prefer to keep my "dude" references to people i know. tags: woodingo

ambient music: a programmer paradise

when i start writing code, i like to get 'in the zone' -- and i'm sure all you developers are no different.  you want to enter a state of bliss and utter ignorance of any world other than that between your eyes and the screen of squiggly lines and foreach statements. well, usually i help get in this developer "rem" state by using music.  for me, ambient music is almost essential.  sure, i like the occasional heavy metal to really get the motivation going, but at the end of the day, i found myself concentrating on the song more than...

msnbc mobile: 50 pixels wasted

i'm all for advertising your brand, etc.  but when it impacts my ability to use an application/website, it makes me mad. take msnbc mobile for example...50 vertical pixels wasted: a huge banner ad for windows mobile.  here's my questions: shouldn't the site know i'm already using windows mobile? shouldn't it know my device capabilities and realize that they just wasted my screen space what would msnbc publishers think that i can't even see the top headline... this site has turned from a news site to a banner ad...hey anyone on msnbc listening? tags: msnbc, windows mobile, mobile, msnbc.com,...

skiing and zune

this weekend lisa and i went skiing with some friends at sunrise park in the arizona white mountains.  this was the second ski trip i've taken and needless to say, i'm a big time beginner...spending most of my time on the bunny hill or the easiest green run!  i brought my zune with me for the trip, thinking i'd play it while skiing and have some rockin' tunes to listen to as i go down the slopes. well, i found a few problems in that concept (not zune specific).  i wired it up my shirt so that it wasn't in...

vonage: high pressure cancel

i've been a vonage customer for about 2 years (28 months according to them).  all-in-all i was satisfied with the service.  sometimes the quality wasn't that great, but as a technical person i understand latency, etc.  however, vonage still doesn't pass the mother-in-law factor test from a quality and reliability standpoint...i think VOIP technology is there, but if you are relying on a 3rd party (ISP) for the connectivity, it can become troublesome. at any rate, as part of the new year, i've been just generally looking for ways to 1) cut recurring liabilities and 2) remove some hardware from...

rant: e-tailers who don't mesh with their brick and mortar

well now that the holiday season is over (well to some it is, i'm officially writing it off -- santa came and stayed up very late putting things together in my..er...um his garage), let the red ink for the retail industry fly.  i'm talking about the "other" season that is hitting the stores...returns/exchanges. i'm taking some time off this week and had no other better excuse so my i accompanied my wife to the mall to return some items (note to self: don't buy women clothes).  i was extremely hesitant as i'm a terribly impatient person and completely selfish...but i...

rant: purchasing goods or rights?

ever since people started getting zunes, there has been some discussions about ipod owners wanting their content from itunes to be played on their new zune devices.  on forums you see posts about tools and techniques to get the music into a format that any device can play.  one technique is to burn to a cd and then rip back in mp3 form (losing tags as well as decreasing quality of original content).  another is using a tool to strip the restrictions of the file and change them to a different format. this has caused quite a big debate.  this...

how to know your wife has assimilated -- and no driving for gifts

i have the tri-fecta of gifting for december: wife b-day, anniversary (10 years this year!), and the holidays.  yikes.  needless to say, we go broke in december. i love my wife.  i really do a lot -- but i love it even more when she makes things easy for a neanderthal like me.  if you haven't figured it out yet (unless you're really astute in your relationship), shopping for women is hard.  it exponentially increases in difficulty when clothes are thrown into the mix.  this year my wife detailed a list of things she wants/needs for the tri-fecta holiday season....

'cable guy' appointment scheduling

file under: poor customer service and planning i'm sure you've all had the infamous 'cable guy' scheduling thrown at you by your actual cable company or another vendor...you know the "between 8am and 12pm" type stuff?  yeah, basically the "we'll get there at some point" mentality. my dishwasher broke.  we called for a service appointment (still under warranty).  this particular service company only services my area on thursdays...no problem, i can schedule around that.  the appointment time they give me?  between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  ouch, that hurts.  that is double-worse.  "we'll get to you at some point, but...

bug if firefox 2 as default browser?

so i saw that firefox released v2.  i always have firefox on my machine as i think it is good to check pages i'm working on in multiple browsers (or at least multiple browsers that make up the market share).  i think it wouldn't surprise anyone that i use ie7 primarily (not because i bleed microsoft blue -- i do though -- but i think it is a great browserserves my needs completely), but i had to use firefox when ie7 was released because my online bank put up the big 'you aren't using a supported browser' wallpaper when i...

gmail mobile sucks

found another annoyance of gmail -- gmail mobile.  since gmail isn't doing a good job of flagging obvious spam for me, then i get heavy use out of the 'report spam' feature.  guess what's not available on gmail mobile?  trash/trash conversation available, but no report spam. argh. tags: google, gmail, gmail mobile, google mobile, spam

hey feedburner, don't make me work so hard

i've been looking at options on feedburner and saw something called a 'photo splicer' that you can add to your feed.  basically your provide them your user name of a photo service and they'll add that feed into your current feedburner feed -- a feed merge if you will. cool, i thought i'd try it out (i immediately took it down because for me it just didn't make sense).  the first thing i noticed was something akin to seth godin's new site www.thisisbroken.com.  here was one of the configuration options: note the text box label: "Flickr ID or Screen...

rant: the real oprah winfrey

i'm about to generalize here, so forgive me :-). i'm married.  my wife doesn't watch that much tv.  but she does watch the homewreckeroprah winfrey show.  as a result of that sometimes i get stuck watching them in the bedroom while she's watching etc. recently oprah has been on this roadtrip across the country where...hold your breath...she actually drives.  this is actually quite a misnomer, because behind the car she's driving is a team of producers, personal trainer, make-up stylists, etc.  yeah, she's not roadtripping anything. it is filmed in a bit of reality mode (cameras/microphones in the car) and...

gmail sucks

i only use gmail as a shell for webmail...mainly because i thinkthought their spam filter was awesome.  giving credit where credit is due, it is good, i generally find only relevant mail in my inbox. but i've been getting a TON of russion spam lately.  why on earth does it not recognize that as spam?  why can't i input a setting (like outlook) that says anything with these languages are spam?  but okay, i can maybe get past that -- but since i go through every russian spam message, select it and click the "report spam" button that gmail provides,...

voice command recognition

i've been playing around with some voice recognition stuff and decided as a test i'd leave my phone on voice announce for a few days to see what it does.  this has helped me learn a bit more about windows mobile 5.0 features, laugh a lot, and learn how voice command/text-to-speech determines certain things. i'm reminded of the onion's hilarous radio bit about "voice-activated gps system takes top gun soundtrack fan into the danger zone." here it is: powered by ODEO pretty funny (at least to me). here's just some dump of what my experience has been so far with...

tivo finally gets hdtv

<sarcasm>whew, that didn't take long </sarcasm>.  TiVo finally got their hdtv dvr in the market...i saw the ad, clicked the link and -- what!?  $800!?  holy crap.  maybe it's me, but that's priced out of the park for me (in a bad way, not the homerun way). sure, i'm still 'renting' my dvr from my cable provider, but for a nominal fee that gives me 16 years of rental (and i can upgrade whenever to their newest stuff) relative to plopping down $800 for a fixed-technology device. wow, i think they missed the boat on pricing.  too bad, as a...

random: check your hygene at the gate

i haven't traveled in a while, so when i went on a recent trip this past week, i wasn't sure what the experience would be like in light of the recent threats in london, etc. i had heard that 'no liquids' would be allowed on the plane.  i was only on a trip for overnight, so i just had a change of clothes and my overnight kit (which has toothpaste).  so i decided to ask if it needed to be checked...i was assured it did, so i checked it. as i browse through the airport i see tons of people...

giving dsl a try

a while back i ranted about my woes with high speed internet companies and choices.  when is a monopoly not a monopoly?  apparently when it is a utility. argh, i get frustrated thinking that i have 1 choice for electricity, 1 choice for telephone, 1 choice for gas, etc. -- argh. anyhow, because of the cox acquisition of cableamerica and my concerns about cox services and customer service, i figured i'd jump on the opportunities presented to my by qwest dsl (higher speeds).  anyhow after some bumpy starts (i placed the order 45 days ago and it is just getting...

microsoft and open source

there's been a lot of coverage lately about open source and microsoft projects, namely sparked by the 'death of ndoc' postings all over the internet.  this has caused me some pause to reflect on why...and i'm not sure i have the answer, but it is just interesting to see the surroundings discussions on this. here's one comment i found interesting (speaking on ndoc, etc. -- tools ported from java tools)... The big difference is that the ports are usually maintained by a single person or a very small team whereas the Java tools have a thriving community supporting them...

send me an internet

i've been reading about the aol snafu about releasing search data.  if you haven't caught that yet, aol released some search data from 650K subscribers (wow, i didn't even realize people used aol search -- i'm assuming that is all from aol subscribers only) for research purposes.  while they removed account-identifying information, it was clear that any intuitive person would be able to sift through the search results and identify trenst based on same user -- thus increasing probability of identifying that person. aol has retracted and removed the data and offered an apology without trying to evade their logic...

movie stars in the desert

universal studios is filming a movie near my house the past few months.  well, okay, they've been building the set (which i originally thought was some serious low-rent housing) since april, and started filming in june. my house is the pushpin on the bottom, the movie set is the one just above pecos road -- about 1.5 or so miles away what's been interesting about this whole process is a few things.  first, queen creek isn't exactly the mecca that attracts stardom.  we've been trying to figure out *where* they stars (which namely are jennifer garner and jamie...

getting screwed by cox

where i live, i actually have a few choices for high-speed internet services.  it's actually been great having that feeling of choice in a utility (yes, i consider high speed internet a utility -- municipalites should as well and start offering it), especially when you generally (or at least i don't) have one for electricity, water, etc.  i'd been a customer of cableamerica services for a while.  they were a small provider servicing more rural areas [at the time] of phoenix-metro(and somewhere in missouri, which i found odd).  their customer service is awesome, their services great.  i was one...

about to be scammed on ebay

it's sad to say, but yes, i am knowingly (i think) about to be scammed on ebay.  i started looking around for some new geek stuff.  naturally i look to ebay for some ideas on pricing, etc.  i see this auction about to close in 20 hours with no bids and no reserve and an unbelievable deal (complete with pictures and everything). being the skeptic, i look at the sellers rating (or more appropriately their 'feedback rating').  generally, as a rule of thumb, this can be a good measure of how active/new/etc the ebayer is.  this seller has a rating...

vista water instead of glass

i'm on our campus and we've got some new cans of water in the fridge...hard to see a bit: windows vista branded cans of lemon lime...mmm vistasty tags: vista

some cool interactive sites

a friend of mine who's a designer/developer type of fella turned me on to some interesting links today, and i thought i'd share. first, Max Kiesler -- a 'strategic designer' -- he has a ton of posts on ajax designs, etc. -- interesting reads for web developers second, is computerlove...a fun site, but as a golf fan, here's one of the links (in case it isn't on the home page when you visit) that i thought was awesome: a phantom5 digital camera (4000 shots per second) captures tiger woods' golf swing.  very cool. and design 101 for programmers :-) tags: ajax, atlas, web2.0, tiger...

primecondition.com beta uses atlas

[warning: if you are reading in an aggregator, this post has some video, so visit the site if you can’t see it] well, some cool stuff hapening in the land of heat.  two really smart guys have been working on a project that one of them alluded to earlier this year. well, i’ve been invited to beta test the site/product.  this isn’t necessarily a review of the product…i’ll have to download the end result and get motivated to exercise first :-), but i thought their use of technology use is cool and they are microsoft developers who are passionate about technology. i think simon got motivate when...

ken lay dies

Enron founder Ken Lay dies of heart attack honestly, i don't know how i feel about this.  luckily i wasn't affected by the enron devistation.  i don't even know anyone who was affected.  but i read the reports, saw the lives ruined, and saw the expose movies, shows.  all of which made me sick about corporate america.  after reading/seeing 'the smartest guys in the room' -- which of course is only one view -- i was so angry at what seemingly was clear corruption and fancy accounting trickery.ug.  anyway, i'm curious if those affected will feel 'justice' served?  not that anyone's...

hey kitt, come save my career

my wife desperately wanted to watch the new nbc talent show thing.  i reluctantly set the tivo (repaired after a new hard drive from weaknees.com). while feeding my newborn tonight i watched it.  or tried to. (note: what follows is what is commonly referred to in the english language as an ‘opinion’ — it is mine…feel free to differ.) i cannot believe that show exists.  find america’s best talent?  in what category?  apparently juggling, horn honking, snapping fingers, singing, magic, comedy, and stripping all in one!  how can you honestly find the best talent when you are mixing all the genres together (don’t...

you see, i got a high score tonight..

...and i just wanna save my game... tags: humor, geek humor


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