Archive of July 2005
Saturday, July 23, 2005
A long time ago I railed against golf and bowling not being sports. Basically, for most people they are recreational activities. But theycan be consider to be a sport at the appropriate competition level. The litmus test of course is "if you can drink beer while you're doing it, it's not a sport".
So, now let's look at poker…you can drink while playing poker, so it's not a sport, right? Alright, you can also play poker, not drink, take it very seriously and make some outrageous money at it! No doubt about that, but sitting around a table making staring at a handful of cards and chucking chips is not a sport. There's almost no physical exertion. It might be an intense mental battle and prove challenging, but that makes it no more that a friendly(?) competition. But it's not a physical activity that is required for it to be a sport. With the serious money that can be made playing poker these days you might stand a better chance of arguing that it's a legitimate livelihood!
So I guess my litmus test now needs to be modified too: "If there's no physical activity and you can drink beer while you're doing it, it's not a sport." July 23, 2005 @ 08:44 am | Category: Brainwork
Saturday, July 16, 2005
ongoing upgrade, one of the features I wanted to add to my CycleLog was a monthly calendar. I've written some calendar stuff previously, but I didn't want to do another "one off" or reinvent the wheel if I could find something that potentially would be reusable. And I must say, I was certainly not disappointed when I found Active Calendar. This is an absolutely wonderful and well written piece of calendaring software licensed under the LGPL. So this is my plug for Giorgos Tsiledakis and his well thought out and implemented work. Thus if you're a PHP developer looking to do something with calendars, I'd highly recommend you check out Active Calendar before you waste your time writing something inferior and less flexible to this work. July 16, 2005 @ 08:42 am | Category: Software Development
reading this, I'm pretty sure he's a jackass. I'm all for competition, and a T-ball coach should be teaching it as well as the basics of (yawn) baseball. But what's the lesson here? That's it's okay to whack out a disabled kid if it's going to prevent you from winning? Nice life lesson Mark. Like I said: Jackass! July 16, 2005 @ 08:18 am | Category: Brainwork
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
For all of you who have been whining "It's too hot", please just shut the hell up! You're likely the same people who will be whining about it being too cold next winter.
Summers here in Western New York are generally a nice 75-80 degrees most of the time. I can accept that, but the past month we've seen a lot of 85-90 and even several 90-95 degree days. Warm, you bet. Oh, and it's also been quite humid so it is somewhat suffocating. What can I say? Bring it on!!! Sorry, I miss the warmer, muggy weather I grew up with in Illinois. I believe it was just last week that I heard on the news that this is the warmest summer we've had in a decade. Let's hope we don't have to wait that long again! In the meantime, it's wonderful weather to hop on a bike and go climb the steepest hill you can find! July 8, 2005 @ 12:41 pm | Category: Brainwork
Sunday, July 03, 2005
LIVE 8 concert. After a couple of acts there was a musical montage of photos featuring malnourished children in Africa (obviously). After this was a commercial break…for TRIMSPA. So as I was watching this I'm thinking it's kind of strange that here I am watching something about the plight of poor starving people in Africa and it's sponsered by this? A company that exists and thrives off selling pills to overfed, fat, lazy Americans to help them lose their world leading excess pounds! It was at this point that my wife turned to me and asked, "Does anybody else see the irony in this?". I doubt most people did, but I certainly did honey! July 3, 2005 @ 07:35 am | Category: Brainwork