Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chicago Blackhawks poll

The Chicago Blackhawks begin conference semifinal playoff action Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. How far will the Blackhawks go this year?

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Finally took the plunge!

This afternoon I finally took the plunge and bought an iPhone 3G S. We switched over from our T-Mobile family plan and joined my wife (and her iPhone) on a family plan at AT&T. I've been spending part of the day loading apps onto the phone and syncing it with iTunes. So far I've played with the Facebook, Tweetdeck and Yahoo! fantasy baseball apps. Looking forward to downloading more apps including one from Gibson that will let me tune my guitar. Still trying to decide between Foursquare and Gowalla.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Microsoft Docs

I just signed up for Microsoft Docs at This is a new service currently in Beta that works with Facebook to share documents (Word docs, Excel and Powerpoint) within the Facebook platform. They are now accepting invitations so I have been unable to use the service. Apparently you need Office 2010 to be able to upload and download files to your computer. That might be a limiting factor for many. Does anyone know if Office 2007 will be supported?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring football

Most college football teams held their annual spring game (scrimmages) the last two weeks. Nebraska held their game last Saturday and drew nearly 78,000 fans. The largest crowd to see a spring game was defending national champion Alabama with over 91,000.

Spring reports are here and here.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

SNL: Larry King and the Iceland volcano

Sunflower photo

I like to take sunflower photos, but mine are mainly of flowers we grow in the backyard. Here's a real nice picture I found on Flickr. It looks like it might be HDR, but none of the tags associated with the photo indicate that it is HDR.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Trying ScribeFire for Posterous

I have ScribeFire as a Firefox plug-in. I use it to create short blog thoughts "on-the-fly." ScribeFire just released an update to include posting to Posterous blogs. They also released an Alpha extension for Google Chrome that also now supports Posterous. I'm creating this post using the new Chrome extension.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Looking at things differently

I went grocery shopping today. Because of traffic, I parked near the opposite entrance to the store that I usually use and proceeded to shop in the opposite direction. At a minimum, I go to this store on a weekly basis so I know it inside and out.

Or so I thought!

By shopping "backwards," I managed to forget where most of the items on my list were located and it probably took me an extra 5 minutes or so to finish my shopping.

How about you? Have you ever shopped "backwards"?

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The Endless Rows of Arlington Cemetery

Another beautiful, yet somber, photo from stuckincustoms.

I have been here twice. The first time was in the early '60s with my parents and then Lisa and I spent most of the day here in the late '90s. Very beautiful, awe-inspiring place!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Having a stressful day?

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02 Barber_ Agnus Dei, Op. 11.m4p (8250 KB)

Relax and listen to this beautiful soothing music! It's Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei sung by The Sixteen.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Sexual addiction?

The 2010 Masters Tournament is over and the main storyline dealt with the appearance of Tiger Woods in the tournament. As we all know, Mr. Woods is involved in a sex scandal and has been allegedly undergoing treatment for sexual addiction. More recently, someone named Jesse James (not the famous outlaw) announced an addiction to sex after found that he had been cheating on his actress-wife Sandra Bullock. The first I ever heard of sexual addiction was when former professional baseball player Wade Boggs announced he was a sexual addict. The announcement was made after it was discovered that he had been often accompanied on road trips with a woman who was not his wife!

Apparently sexual addiction is the province of wealthy men, professional athletes and celebrities and is only evident after their philandering is made public. Medical researchers are yet to discover evidence of this "disease" in truck drivers, welders, market research analysts and other males of more modest income levels.

Bach: Violin Partita in F Major - Prelude

One of my favorite classical works. This is Rachmaninov's transcription (for solo piano) of Bach's Violin Parita as performed by the late Ruth Laredo.

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Taking a break

Kevin is taking a short break to rejuvenate his creative juices. Look for new posts soon.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Twitter apps for iPhone

With the recent news from Apple that iPhone OS 4.0 will be released this summer, I am giving very serious consideration to getting one. I have a 2+ year-old Motorola RAZR 2 from T-Mobile and it no longer is practical for what I want to do with my cell phone. I was hoping to get the Nexus One, but Google has made it difficult for existing T-Mobile customers to obtain one (I have a family plan). My wife bought an iPhone around Christmas and loves it. Now that Twitter has announced the purchase of iPhone app Tweetie, I'm more than ready to get an iPhone. My wife has experienced no problems with AT&T's coverage (we live in the Chicago area) so network performance is not a concern.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Is anyone experiencing problems with Firefox? I have the newest version (3.6), and have had nothing but problems with it. It's slow to boot up, slow to load and it's hung on me a couple of times. I have heard from others that there have been problems with it. Too bad. It was a great browser when first introduced, but Chrome has become my browser-of-choice...for the time being.

Obama vs. Palin

President Obama recently responded to Sarah Palin's criticism about his nuclear policy. “I really have no response,” he told ABC News. “Because last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.”

A video has now surfaced (they always do!) in which Candidate Obama admitted in 2008 to not fully understanding America's nuclear policy.

ScribeFire for Chrome now available

I'm testing out a new Chrome extension. It's ScribeFire and it's a blogging platform previously available as a Firefox extension. The Alpha version is now available for Google Chrome. More information is available here and you can download and install the extension from here.