Sunday, September 30, 2007

Taft memorial

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Top 10 things I wish iPhone had

I love my iPhone, don't get me wrong. But there is some room for improvement. Here are the top things I'd like to see addressed in the next few firmware updates: 1. Games. Steve, my man, sometimes were not in range of even the crappy slowness of the EDGE network, never mind Wi-Fi (When? I don't know, when we're flying maybe?) We need some on board games to kill time during these unpleasant bouts of non-connectivity. It's not going to kill you to put some pac-man and brick breaker on now, is it? 2. E-books. Another wonderful time killing mechanism for the aforementioned flights. Especially since they would look great on the awesome screen! (Yes, I know you have audiobooks available from the iTunes store, but it's just not the same thing.) 3. Landscape keyboard mode for everything. The virtual keyboard isn't that crappy, but it's way better when it's widescreen mode. I keep tilting my iPhone to side, thinking it will appear. Not having the option for SMS and e-mail is very disappointing to say the least. If I were a text junkie this would be my number 1 request. 4. Downloads. What is the deal? I know you don't want anyone hacking your precious creation, but come on Steve, sometimes we need to have our .PDF files and what not on device, again, because we're not always on the network. 5. GPS tie-in to Google Maps via bluetooth. This would be killer for those of us who have mounted their iPhones in the car. 6. Syncing the notes. Come on Steve, Treos have been doing this forever. God forbid this thing gets reset, I don't want to type it all back in. 7. Multiple delete mail option. Everybody could plow through the junk a lot better if we had this. 8. Change sounds and volume for the voicemail and text alerts. I don't know what the alert sound for the text is, because I've never heard it. It is so quiet! Let me switch it to something annoying like Alarm so I might actually notice it. 9. Flash support for Safari. Please? I know it's a pain, but I'm missing a sizable fraction of the web here. 10. Video capture. Yes, video from smartphones suck. I'd still like the option in case I'm witness to some UFO sighting.

The Brian Griese Era begins!!!

I am so excited that Brian Griese is finally going to start for the Bears. Even though he has been better then Rex Gross Man since day one, he has had to endure over a year of holding the clipboard waiting for his chance. No longer. Now the weight of the Bears offense is on him, and I'm sure he'll respond like a champ. After all, this is the guy who quarterbacked Michigan to its 1997 championship team. Now all we need to do is ditch Cedric Benson for A.P., put in Devin at wideout, make Greg Olsen starting tight end, and kidnap Ron Turner. Chicago, the agony is over!!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Socialized Medicine Is Broken and Can't Be Fixed

This is a great article by the incomparable John Stossel, perhaps the
only mainstream libertarian journalist. Read it to be properly
enlightened on the "virtues" of socialized medicine.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Aaron is home!

Well, at least back in Indiana. But he's definitely out of Iraq,
out of the Middle East, and out of the Eastern Hemisphere. There will
be a coming home party in Streator on Saturday. I can't wait! Thank
you God!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What is a harrier, anyways?

People sometimes ask why this blog is named the Tinley Harrier. The Tinley portion is fairly obvious, as Tinley Park has been my sole residence for my entire life. A harrier is a cross-country runner, and running is something I've been doing since I've been 14 years old (Thanks Mom!). Running is very important to me as it prevents me from getting FAT. When I go into bouts of running apathy (i.e. earlier this year when my Treo headphone jack broke and I had no music), I tend to gain a lot of weight. I peaked out at 175 pounds and 18% (where the Tanita body fat scale begins to indicate "overfat", I love that term.) Overfat is not where I like to be so I bought an iPhone and now I look forward to my runs. I've developed a wayward 7-mile route to the First Midwest Ampitheatre aka Tweeter Center aka New World Music Theater aka World Music Theater. Since in my my mind it will always be the World Music Theater and I like appreviations, I'm just going to say WMT. The human body cannot sustain 7-mile runs on a daily basis without losing fat (unless you eat like a cow) and sure enough, I've lost some weight. Still a long way off from my 152 pound, 8.8% body fat pinnacle of four years ago, but you have to start somewhere!

iPhone price drops $200, still in shock

Look don't get me wrong. I still love my iPhone. There are days, however, where I wish I had a little crystal ball that would tell me a 33% price drop would happen. Do I regret not waiting? A little, but hindsight is of course 20/20. The Treo really was being unworkable to the point where I was missing calls, the headphone jack was busted, and it crashed 5 times a day. I needed to jump ship. I couldn't stay with that piece of junk one moment longer. In fact, I give myself credit for sticking with it as long as I did. Besides, if I would have waited to switch, the last three weeks of my life would have not had the great joy that having an iPhone brings. I'm running almost every day, I'm down 5 pounds and 3 percent body fat, and there is just something about watching YouTube on the gorgeous that's just too cool to describe. So be on the lookout. There are going to be a lot more iPhones out there, since all the patient souls who weren't too quick to drink the kool-aid are now going to be diving in tomorrow. Oh, and expect Apple shares to crack 200 before the end of the year.

Monday, September 03, 2007