Archive of November 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Site Update

I've been doing a bit of housecleaning on the site over the past couple of days…

First off I finally updated my resume.  Not really looking for work, but generally it's a good idea to keep it up-to-date, right?

Another thing I've been going to do, but just hadn't found the time for was adding a Beer page.  This is basically a single-page index of the Beer! blog topic.  If nothing else, this helps me avoid creating duplicate entries…of which I did find one while working on it.  See, once again beer has helped to make things right!  ;)
November 29, 2008 @ 11:53 pm | Category:

Summit India Pale Ale

Summit India Pale Ale
November 29, 2008 @ 01:00 am | Category:

Summit Extra Pale Ale

Summit Extra Pale Ale
November 29, 2008 @ 12:54 am | Category:

What have I done?

I came across this meme and liked it so I thought I'd give it a shot…

I did this.
I ain't did this.
Kinda dun it.
  1. Started your own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis.
  10. Sang a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown your own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitch hiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught yourself a new language
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelos David
  41. Sung karaoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had your portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person - Seen the outside, they wouldn't let me in!
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten Caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job - It was mutual and on good terms though.
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a book - Self Published
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  88. Had chickenpox
  89. Saved someone's life
  90. Sat on a jury
  91. Met someone famous
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby - Fathering counts, right?
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned a cell phone - Although I don't "own" one now! (corp)
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Read an entire book in one day - I'm lucky if I can read one in a year!
November 29, 2008 @ 12:33 am | Category:
Friday, November 28, 2008

Arts and Crafts Rocking Chair

My wife and I are both fans of the Arts and Crafts style.  We're slowly remodeling our home in this fashion, including furnishings.  A couple of years back my wife bought herself an arts and crafts rocking chair.  I was jealous and thus we began searching for one for me.  So back in February we finally came across one at an antiques shop that, although a grimy and in need of repair, was basically solid and seemed comfortable to me.  And best of all, it only cost $50...  Read more…
November 28, 2008 @ 09:49 pm | Category:
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Killing Sandy

I was way out of the loop yesterday due to some personal issues, but it was truly bummed out this morning when I found out that Sandy (previously discussed in My Organizational System (GTD)) will be shutting down on December 8th.

The announcement calls it a fork in the road.  At this point it's more like a fork in the heart…Sandy's or mine I'm not sure.  Rael Dornfest, the CEO and developer is shutting it down, while he and the IP from Sandy (and it's predecessor Stikkit) are moving to Twitter.  Maybe at some point Sandy's functionality will reemerge there, but a complete and immediate Sandy shutdown leaves us loyal users high and dry.  There's a lot of bitter words in the comments of the shutdown message (above), but it's not completely unexpected from my perspective.  But it was a very small company and times are tough in the free Web 2.0 world so I'm not completely shocked.  It's just that I never expected a full shutdown.  I always felt it would get gobbled up if nothing else —which it has, but that it would keep running until fully absorbed.  That's unfortunately not the case here.

I was using Sandy a lot in the past, but then had waned a bit when I joined the iPhone Cult.  I thought I would move on to something else, but after a while I found that even with a more full featured phone I didn't really want to use another service/method.  Guess I will be now.  At this point it's likely to be Remember The Milk or Toodledo.

Goodbye Sandy, I'm going to miss you!
November 26, 2008 @ 11:22 pm | Category:
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Magic Hat Hi.P.A.

Magic Hat Hi.P.A.
November 20, 2008 @ 12:56 pm | Category:

Houghton Shiraz (2004)

Houghton Shiraz (2004)
November 20, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Category:
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