Thursday, April 30, 2009

Putting MADD in Charge of America's Highways: President Obama's troubling nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Reason Magazine

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soggy 3 miler

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Family Guy legalize marijuana episode

How the FCC let this on the air is beyond my comprehension. The best Family Guy episode ever! Seriously, you will not see better political satire on network television better this.

It's the spending, stupid!

Here's a great article on the real meaning of the tea parties. It never was about the taxes (although they are bad), it's the out of control spending of TARP, stimulus packages, and 4 trillion dollar budgets. Enough is enough! Because when the government goes bankrupt, there will be no one around to bail it out. -- Post From My iPhone

Lord of the rings available as e-book

I just got an e-mail from both e-reader and kindle saying the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is now available to read as an e-book. Maybe now I can finally get through this rather verbose piece of literature. After taking down "Atlas Shrugged" last year, I think I'm up to the challenge. -- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bluetooth fixed. Sort of.

OK, I think the whole bluetooth issue is simply due to the fact that my mouse is too far from the Mac Mini. I never thought three feet was too far, but apparently it is. As long as it is pretty close to the Mac Mini (i.e. when it's on top of the couch, it seems to work. If that's what I have to do to keep it working so be it because there is a huge difference in Feng Shui using the wireless devices!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Apple Bluetooth sucks!!

Look, I don't mind paying a premium for Apple stuff, but I fully expect the stuff to just WORK. I spend all day dealing with craptacular Windows machines at work and I don't feel like dealing with any computer drama when I get home. Now I went and bought (against my better judgement) a wireless Apple keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse for the Mac Mini in an effort to clean up the spaghettification of my couch. For three weeks, they worked great. Then I moved my wall mounted LCD screen. I always shutdown the Mac when I do a move of my equipment, and when I turned it back on, the mouse and keyboard were still working fine, for about 30 minutes. Then I got the dreaded Connection Lost. I figured the batteries died, but no, after a reboot of the Mac Mini I briefly regained bluetooth connectivity, looked at Keyboard and Mouse in System Preferences and they both had 5 bars of power. Apparently this is not unknown to the Apple community I saw 80 post on an Apple forum regarding this problem with zero solutions. It's a damn shame because I really love the Mighty Mouse, with all it's extra buttons it makes is a snap to navigate through all my windows using Spaces and Expose. And the keyboard was nice and small, not bloated with the superfluous number pad that I still have never used in my life. Oh well, I haven't given up hope yet, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. My other mouse and keyboard work fine, I just get sick of being all tangled uo in the wires on my couch.

Yet another iPhone SDK beta

These betas are big, so I have to wait for the weekend to install them. I got the third beta cooking now, should come out of the oven in about 10 more minutes, then I'll risk the iPhone's life again while I put on the the new beta. If you get my voice mail when you call you'll know why....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I've entered the 2009 Chicago Marathon

Well it's official: I've entered the 2009 Chicago Marathon. This it's not just about me though, I'm running for a cause: The Chicago Diabetes project. My sister's trying to raise money for some very important research in battling this terrible disease. They are making incredible progress over at UIC (where my sister works) and are making breakthroughs in growing healthy pancreas cells. So I'm really looking forward to running the race this year. I've already run a half-marathon this year (unofficially) so it's just a matter of dropping some pounds and finding a way to run 4 hours without hitting the "wall". I'm leaning towards carbo loading with stuffing.

Tea parties

I wish I could have taken a half day off to go to the tea party downtown, but I have to work to pay all my taxes! Hopefully Chicago will have a July 4th Tea Party so I can actually go. All in all, it looked like the tea parties were a big success, with parties in all 50 states, with a dozen in Illinois alone. My favorite sign is saw was an Obama sign with the "O" made out of the hammer and sickle. Hysterical! I'll try and make that into a T-shirt. A good day for libertarianism today as we get our message out that the government is not in the business of bailing out bad business. Keep up the good work guys!!!!

Liberty-loving Gen-Yers will reshape politics - JSOnline

Couldn't say it better myself.

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Tax Day Becomes Protest Day -

Wish I could go to the tea party day...

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iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 goes live - Engadget

Another iPhone Beta!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Misty is spayed

Well, Bob Barker would approve. We got Misty spayed today and she is very tired from her ordeal. She's sleeping next to me right now, I'll watch over her for a while as she's not supposed to eat or drink anything for an hour.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Palin 2012? Found this on some guys website while looking up some Objective-C code. Made me laugh.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Google Maps crashing on iPhone

Google Maps has been crashing on my iPhone lately. I finally figured out a way to get it working yesterday. I went into Settings and turned location services off, then I launched the iPhone Google application, from which I launched Google Maps. For whatever reason that got it too work. I then went back into settings to turn location services back on, because I like to see where I an when navigating through Chicago's SW side, where I was trying to find one of my coworker's houses. Google Maps has been a little (OK maybe a lot) sluggish with the location services, so I've decided to hit the current location button once inside the app, any more then that I think it crashes. Anyways just thought I post that for anyone who might be having problems with the iPhone Google Map app crashing because I didn't see any other posts about it.

iPhone programming class on iTunes U

OK this is just cool. Stanford's CS193P course in iPhone programming (here is the class website and iTunes link) is now online on iTunes U. I just watched the video from the first course and really enjoyed it. I felt like I was back at college, except I can't remember ever getting this excited for a lecture back then. I felt a little bit better about myself when the Apple engineer teaching the class crashed his demo program on the fly. Using the Interface Builder is tricky indeed! I plan on doing viewing all the lectures and doing the assignments, it's almost like I'm a Stanford student! This iTunes U is a great idea and I hope more colleges, including my alma mater IIT, provide lectures online. This it was education is really about. Thanks for Engadget and Wired for the tip.