Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Boots up close

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Bears are done

The Bear's season is now over. The starting running back is a bust, the receivers drop balls, the offensive line can't block, the defense can't tackle, the offensive coordinator is too conservative, and the quarterback play is inconsistent. Throw in the injuries that have been sustained and this season is now a "no code", a do not resucitate. The best course of action is to tank the rest of the season, move up in the draft, then try and get some help at quarterback, running back, saftey, offensive line, and wide receiver. I'll check back in on the Bears on Draft day. Until then I'll watch the Patriots and thier assault on the record books.

Sent from my iPhone

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Electorally speaking, it's all Rudy

Do you want to know why Rudy Giuliani is ahead in all of the GOP polls despite being pro-gay, pro-gun control, and pro abortion? No, not 9/11, although his performance that day didn't hurt. Two words: Electoral College.

Just because Democrats in general (and Al Gore in particular) loathe the Electoral College, it does not change the fact that it remains the method we choose the President. Republicans, who hate the prospect of Madam Hillary as President more then anything pn God's green Earth, realize Rudy is the Electoral College Golden Boy.

Repeat after me: Rudy Giuliani puts New York into play. Ditto New Jersey. Pennsylvania, which had gone from purple to blue, would be up for grabs again in 2008. Heck, even the People's Republic of California could be in contention for Giuliani.

Even if Giuliani doesn't win any of these states, his viability as a canidate in these Democrat strongholds will force Hillary to pull resources from Florida and Ohio. Hillary must capture one or the other to win the Oval Office. She has little chance of turning other states that went red in 2004.

It's this fact that has savvy GOPers drooling for Giuliani. If nominated, he would be the most formidable candidate since Reagan, and there is potential for an electoral landslide a la 1980. Considering the deplorable state the Republican party is currently in, there is little wonder that the socially liberal Giuliani has emerged as the front runner this primary season. If the GOP wants to win in 2008, they will be wise to keep him there.

Sent from my iPhone

Boots trusts me

Griese jersey came in!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bears win!

Thanks to a certain Brian Griese, the Bears make a miracle comeback to
defeat the Eagles 19-16. Down by 4 with less then 2 minutes on the
clock, the former Michigan QB rallied the Bears back with a 97
touchdown yard drive. Perfectly executed, Griese hit 4 different
receivers on the drive, culminating with a lofted pass to Mushin
Muhammed in the end zone. Griese had over 300 yards passing on the day.

There had better be a #14 jersey at Dick's sporting goods tomorrow!

Boots makes a new friend

Boot's new hiding place

Boots is now sleeping in our closet!

Friday, October 19, 2007

RealClearPolitics - Articles - The Media's Dilemma

Sent from my iPhone

sleepy boots

Gore can stick it to Hillary with Green run

Remember all that smack Bill Clinton talked about Al Gore after the Ozone Man lost to Bush 43 in 2000? Al Gore might think of having some sweet revenge by running third party with the Greens. While he would have no chance of winning, it would guarantee Hillary would lose, and lose big.

What does Gore have to lose? Nothing. He's already got his Oscar, his Emmy, and his Nobel. His adoring fans will love him that much more. He's already lost the White House once, so there's no shame in running a losing effort again, especially when no one expects him to win. His campaign will bring millions more to his global warming cause. Lastly, but by no means the least, he can stick it to Billary for being the Albatross around his neck in 2000. Go ahead and run Al, you've got my vote.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

iPhone to get SDK! Thank the Maker (Steve Jobs)!

Well, after finally realizing that web based applications suck on the interminably slow EDGE network, Apple has finally decided to release an SDK. An SDK, for those of you who may not know, is a Software Development Kit. This will allow independent programmmers (like me!) to develop programs that will run natively on the iPhone (no more going on the web to play Solitaire!) I haven't been this excited about programming since I found out I could program my TI-82 graphing calculator to play games. Although we have to wait for February (boo!), this is significant event in mobile computer history as now the greatest phone ever can now be the greatest pocket computer ever. Thanks for seeing the light Mr. Jobs!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

myspace hates iPhone

Yet another reason I hate myspace is the fact that it always crashes
Safari on my iPhone. I wish people would just e-mail me on my regular
g-mail account seeing as I check that about ten times more often. I
can't wait for Facebook to trash MySpace so I never have to deal with
a garish, impossible to read website with some God-awful music in the

Friday, October 12, 2007

Stumping the Apple "Geniuses"

Yeah, it turns out that my camera syncing issue (or lack thereof) turned out to be unresolvable even by the Apple "Geniuses" at the Apple Store of Orland Park. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they're very smart, but I would've appreciated at least an explanation as to WHY my iPhone quit syncing pictures off the phone. The best I could get out of them was that I had too many photos on the phone. Supposedly some dude who took his iPhone to Europe took a thousand pictures and then, WHAM, photos stuck on iPhone. Since I, too, had well over a thousand photos thanks to my honeymoon, I suffered the same fate. The solution to this issue is the dreaded "Restore", which, if you read my previous posts, is anything but a complete restore. Still, I feel good having stumped the "Geniuses" with my problem. I mean if I would have strolled in there, and they would have fixed it in 30 seconds, I would have felt pretty stupid and maybe would've started to question the worth of my computer engineering degree. Nice to know that I'm at the same level as the "Geniuses", but disturbed at the crappiness of the iPhone operating system.

What you lose after iPhone restore.

OK, after a second sync after my restore I got my calendar and address book back in the iPhone, and I have my e-mail accounts back (I had to re-enter my password). However, all my notes are gone (although I expected that), all my google maps searches, all my text messages, all the wi-fi info, my weather cities, and all the recent calls are wiped. I guess I was spoiled from Treo years, so if you went to restore from a backup, EVERYTHING got restored. Indeed, I had every a record of every phone call and every text I ever placed with the Treo. This is something the Apple engineers really need to look into, especially if the phone's not quite there OS is going to keep being flaky.

Apple iPhone Restore SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. Wow. I just want everyone to know don't restore your iPhone unless it is absolutely necessary, because the restore doesn't really restore that much. Address book: Gone. Wi-Fi settings: Gone. Recent calls: Gone. YouTube favorites: Gone. Safari bookmarks: Gone. Damn this sucks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day 1: Run to TPHS

Back to blogging about running. On my first run as a married man in Tinley Park, I only had enough time to run to my old high school. It got COLD over night, and with the wind I'd better find my winter cap. I put Metallica's ...And Justice For All on my iPhone and it turns out to be excellent running music. Nothing like a little a speed metal to juice up the run.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It's not just me, iPhone can't sync photos to iPhoto

Good news and bad news on the iPhone syncing photos front: Bad news: I still can't sync my photos from the iPhone to iPhoto. Good news: I'm not the only one. Read the threads in this forum here for an idea of the agony people are going through to get photos off their iPhones. Steve Jobs, I hope your ashamed. Releasing the iPhone with what I am now convinced is half cooked camera software at best, then making it nearly impossible to get the photos off the phone was a really nice touch. I mean for $600 you'd think the phone would at least be as functional as a Treo, which synced photos without a hitch. And yes, I really do use the iPhone as a camera. My main camera as it turns out. For some reason I NEVER remember to bring my real camera (we even forgot it for our honeymoon), so the little camera on the iPhone really turned out to be a real life saver. Really, the whole point of getting an iPhone or any smartphone for that matter is you only need one device. FYI, Apple software engineers: Even WINDOWS can read my iPhone photos. If that doesn't fire you up, I don't know what will. Get this s*** fixed ASAP before you see this start showing up in Wired or Slashdot.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Novak's great Chief Illiniwek article

Thanks to the great folks at for linking to
the article. Bob Novak laments the loss of the Illini's Chief to the
forces of political correctness. It's too bad the Chief is not around
to see Illinois' recent gridiron success.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

boots in a box

Back from Honeymoon

Well I'm back in Illinois after my honeymoon in Washington, D.C. I have managed to put up more pictures from the last three days of the honeymoon in my Picassa photo site, and I even put in captions and map locations, which is visible if you go here. We saw a lot of stuff including the Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, National Archives, the National Botanic Garden, the Navy Memorial and Ford Theatre. If you've never been there you really should go to DC because there's just so much to see. I plan on going back some day!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

iPhone not syncing

You know how they say in the Apple commercials that it just works? Well, I'm here to offer definitive evidence that it doesn't "just work". This is so frustrating to me. My DELL interfaces better with my iPhone then my MacMini. I have 2000 photos on the iPhone from my honeymoon (Roxanne left the real camera at the wedding) and the only way I've been able to get them off is by using the Scanner and Camera wizard in Windows XP. Steve Jobs, you should feel embarrassed right now. So it's off to unpack the XP laptop to get the photos off since Apple's Image Capture refuses to recognize the device and iPhoto is just mentally challenged. The whole reason I bought Apple is so that stuff like this would be simple. What a joke!!! P.S. Yes, I have set in Image Capture>Preferences>When camera is connected open iPhoto. All I get is "No Image Capture Device Connected". Lame!!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

hope diamond

Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1

This is the first plane to break the Sound Barrier.

Thomas Jefferson, aka The Man!

TJ and I

I ran out the Jefferson Memorial on Wednesday. He seemed kind of lonely.

The Wright Flyer

I can't believe I missed this the first day, so I went back for this

The Thinker

I thought it would be bigger but it still was cool:

Short.Dead.French dude.

Portrait of Napolean at the National Gallery of Art.

pyrarmid at outdoor sculpture museum

hope diamond

The famous Hope Diamond, at the Natioal Museum of Natural History.

Einstein monument

Thanks to Mike for telling me about this!

Cook County to demolish toboggan slides - Boo!

There was an article in the Sun Times today saying that the Toboggan Slides at Swallow Cliff would be demolished and turned into a sledding hill. Obviously I think this is a horrible decision as people have been sliding down them for generations and now future kids won't have the chance. On a more personal note, I'm going to miss running UP the slides, since that's what they're good for the majority of the year when there is no snow. I assure you there is no greater hill workout then running up the slides. While I suppose you're not actually supposed to do it, I still think those of you looking for an adventure give it a shot before they tear them down

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Honeymoon Gallery uploaded!!

Hey just because I'm on my Honeymoon doesn't mean I'm not hard at work. I've put up 100 pictures from the iPhone in my Honeymoon Gallery. Check back tomorrow for some more pictures!

Saying hi to G-dub

  This is as close as you can get the White House. It's like a fortress. I don't think G-Dub wants us to get too close.
Posted by Picasa

Lincoln memorial

reflecting pool

Vietnam memorial

Seabees memorial


jfk and the eternal flame

Iwo jima memorial

our hotel