Monday, December 31, 2007

Good bye 2007

Well, 2007 is coming to a close. I just thumbed through my blog to review the year that was 2007. It was a good year overall:
My brother came home safe from Iraq,

I got married,

I got Boots,

I got the iPhone,

I got the Wii,

I got a flat screen TV,

I got the MacMini,

I went to Washington on my honeymoon and saw lots of cool stuff.

Good times! Happy New Year to everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lunch Update

Jimmy John's is truly a great place to eat. They make my favorite sandwich, the slim 1, a ham and cheese only made on delicious French Bread. It's done in like 10 seconds, and it tastes oh so good. I wish every place was as quick and simple as this. All right back to work I gotta make my money, for without money, life becomes decidedly unpleasant.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

MacMini in the kitchen

Fish tank getting clearer

Back from Dallas

Well I'm back from Dallas, and it couldn't come soon enough. Where we stay has to be the deepest, darkest, most depressing part of Dallas. It's nothing but hotels and hospitals. On a 6 mile walk, I saw an IHOP and two extremely shady bars that I was way too afraid to enter. If our hotel rooms weren't so nice I'd howl in protest. The weather in Dallas was only marginally better then Chicago, so global warming doesn't appear to have any effect on the Lone Star state. One good thing did come out of my 6 mile walk though, I was able to find an AT&T store right next to an "On the Go" gas station where some homeless guy tried to sell me a bus pass. It was a good thing I found the AT&T store, because I had inexplicably forgot my iPhone charger back home and the iPhone was down to 20% battery power after the first day. Thus I was able buy a new charger the next day so I could still watch Zoolander on the plane ride home.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Quest to charge the iPhone

I'm down in Dallas with no way to charge my iPhone, so it's time to
some exploring. So long for now....

Sent from my iPhone

Texas Stadium

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Brother Aaron's Family Mii Portrait

Here is my brother Aaron's Miis that they created on our Wii last night. We had a lot of fun playing bowling and tennis. Aaron also boxed, going undefeated in 6 rounds against the computer. I wish there were more Wiis available I would buy one for them for them.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Remember Pearl Harbor

I'd just like everyone to remember all of the men lying underneath Pearl Harbor in the U.S.S. Arizona. Men who made the ultimate sacrifice in preservation of our must be appreciated this and every day.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bears on NFL Network tonight

The NFL Network probably wasn't expecting a pair of 5-7 teams when
they scheduled this game. I know I wasn't expecting how bad Greg
Gumbal is at calling a game. He is absolutly horrible. I don't know
how Chris Collinsworth restrains himself from choking him. I feel
sorry for all the saps that fork over 6 dollars a month for mediocrity
in broadcasting.

Rex Grossman was hurt in the first quarter, so my main man Brian
Griese is in. With any luck, this will be the last game he plays as a
Bear. The Bears desperately need to draft some talent at QB or trade
for Donovan McNabb. Let's hope some common sense hits the Bears
management as they evaluate the rest of the season.

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Boot's new collar

Roxanne's Kidney Stones

Roxanne recently had a kidney stone which rrequired a 6 hour stay at Palos Hospital. She's passed it, but not before a considerable amount of pain. She's feeling much better now and she has gone back to work. It turns out that the stone formed from drinking too much tea, so we have cut that out of her diet. Thanks for everyone's concern over the last few days we appreciate it!

Angel IMing her friends

Litigating Voice Mail -

I think it's time to shake up the patent office. Too many people file
all these patents for stuff they never make, then sue the people who
actually implement it. It's called patent trolling, and it needs to be
stopped. This time someone is suing Apple for visual voicemail. Follow
the link below for the latest travesty.

Sent from my iPhone

So much for global warming

Dude, I just walked home from J-Dubs and it is COLD. 12 degrees cold. It's like Hoth out there. Al Gore, you suck.

Downtown Tinley Park Christmas Tree

Free Wi-Fi at J.W. Hollstein's!

I was just hangin' out at J-Dubs listening to open mic night and I noticed I was picking up all kinds of Wi-Fi. A couple of the networks were unlocked so I tried going to google. The SSID 3Com was a dead end, but SSID WLAN connected. Sweet! Free Wi-Fi is good because the EDGE network is so sloooow. I'll go back to listening to some ratty acoustic guitar play and my Bass Ale now.

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The Nanny State and Video Games

Wired News notes there is a new poll out saying slightly over half of Americans think the ever wise government should regulate video game content. Clearly, libertarians everywhere should be outraged by the ease of which Americans will give up their freedoms. I've read the Constitution several times and no where does it give government this power. Indeed, there's a little know clause called the First Amendment that specifically prevents the government from doing this. Clearly, government schools and the Nanny State that it propagates, in conjunction with well-meaning but radically misguided holy-rollers could produce this tragic state of mind. Those of us in the 49% that agree with the Constitution need to set these misguided souls straight.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Boots chows down

Christmas in Fallujah performed live for first time live

Billy Joel wrote a new song, "Christmas in Fallujah", that was performed for the first time live last night. At the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Cass Dillon, a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Long Island, belted out the war-inspired tune. Joel explained to the audience that he felt a younger man needed to sing the song, someone who "might be over there if circumstances were different". It was a powerful song, echoing the frustration of service personnel who have sent Joel letters during their time overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. The song is not the usual Billy Joel fare, no pop aspect to it all. Indeed, it may be the most serious song he has ever written. Still, while the song was probably not what the audience was expecting, it was received warmly. Joel and Dillon were given a hearty round of applause at its conclusion. Joel says the song will be available on iTunes December 4th, and all proceeds will go to Homes for our Troops.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Boots in his new bed

Another article on Libertarians!

Everyone, the Libertarian revolution is here. It may take us 50 years
for to get one in the White House, but it's going to happen. Once all
of the old folk generation dies off (the ones that need Social
Security), it will be our time. People are tired of government taxing
the bejesus out of, they are tired of the government censoring us,
they are tired of the "nation-building", and they are tired of the
Ron Paul won't win, history will remember him for bringing
liberatianism to the mainstream. For that, he should be thanked.

Sent from my iPhone

Saturday, November 24, 2007

e-books for iPhone on

Well, seeing there is no way to store e-books short of hacking the phone, I am reading books online via Safari. The best site I have found for this is

Currently I'm reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne. I find it's easier to read the books with the iPhone vertical as opposed to widescreen mode. The font is plenty big and I find it very east to read. Obviously this only works if the Internet is available, but within in the wi-fi bubble of my condo this is not a problem.

I'd still like a dedicated e-reader application with e-books I could buy from the iTunes store, but with thousands of books available on, it should keep me entertained for now.

Sent from my iPhone

Boots in a bag

Boots in a blankie

Friday, November 23, 2007

Isn't Boots the cutest kitten ever?

iPhone quits playing while blogging

Well this is annoying. I get my first non honeymoon day off in forever, figure I'll catch up on some blogging, listen to some tunes, and then lo and behold, the music just stops. This is eerily like what would happen to the Treo, with the exception that unlike the Treo, the iPhone doesn't need to be reset. Still, I'm a little irked. I didn't spend 600 dollars to buy a single tasking device, I expect multitasking. That means if I'm on Blogger I should be able to write my posts, listen to music, and if a phone call comes in, I expect to be able to answer it without missing a beat. Let's work on that for the next firmware update, shall we? Update: Turning off the iPhone via the Wake/Sleep button and clearing out Safari's cache and history has consideredly improved the situation.

iTunes lost my Lollapolooza album!

I was just thumbing through my albums with cover flow, and I noticed that my Pearl Jam live at Lollapolooza album was missing. I quickly went to the Mac and confirmed that it wasn't there either. Just disappeared into thin air, apparently. I'll keep a closer eye on the stuff I buy on the iPhone iTunes from now on lest I lose Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".

iPhone Flash?

This is not a complaint, but I would really appreciate it if Apple would put flash support in the next firmware update. It's just that so many people imbed YouTube videos on their sites and I have to go on my Mac to see what they are. Just a suggestion.

The new I-355

I finally had the opportunity to try out the new I-355 extention yesterday as I travalled up to Bartlett from Tinley Park. I was tremendously impressed with the highway as we picked it up off of I-80. It was the smoothest ride I've ever had on a highway. There was open tolling across all three lanes so there was no slowing down. Before I knew it we were past I-55 on to the "old" I-355. Going this way probably cut off a good 20 minutes off the trip. If only this had been done when I was working in Naperville!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Giving thanks

Well, it's Thanksgiving again, that most American of holidays. This year I'm giving thanks that my brother returned home from Iraq safe and sound. He's now back with his family and he's back at work. There is nothing to be more thankful for!

Monday, November 19, 2007

The pier at Structure 32

This was from my Sunday Run.

Kindle: Worst idea ever

An absolutely god-awful piece of electronics was released by Amazon today, the Kindle. It's a $399 electronic reading device, even uglier then the Sony Reader, and certainly more expensive. I could spend hours ripping this kludge, but why? Instead, I will once again reiterate my plea to Steve Jobs: For the love of Jehovah why is there not an e-reader on the iPhone? IT'S A NO BRAINER! I don't even care if Apple develops some proprietary format (iBook?) that won't work on any other device (I'm used to FairPlay), just sell it on iTunes and make it simple to sync with the iPhone. I would buy books left, right and center if Apple would do this. I love reading but I hate paper books. They are heavy, expensive, and they don't have a backlight. Heck, they waste trees, use the environmental wacko argument, I don't care. Please Apple. Do this one thing for me and everyone else who would like to see electronic books succeed. Change the publishing world just like you changed the music world. It's your destiny.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Boots says hi

Boots under the blanket

Boots pokes his head out

Boots on the bed

FireWire: The greatest thing since plastic plumbing

I just hooked up my new camcorder to my MacMini. It was so simple, I had to pinch myself. It was so easy my Dad could do it: 1. Plug in 6-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable into Mac and camcorder. 2. Put camcorder in Player mode. 3. Launch iMovie. It was this utter simplicity that led me to buy a Mac. Now I'm living the dream. My fir st documentary, Quest for the Six-Pack is now starting. The subject matter will my large gut, aka "Cornelius", as he turns from a disgusting 15 pound spare tire into a rock hard structure. This task will not be easy, but I'm determined to gut it out.

Thursday, November 15, 2007