Friday, June 29, 2007

Callie and Iggy

our australian shepard is quite intimidated by this brave bird. check out this youtube video by our dog-sitter.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Kelly and Amanda's Wedding

well kelly and amanda tied the knot at gross pointe / detroit this weekend and we were there to witness it. it was my first time to the detroit area and it was a fantastic weekend in terms of atmosphere, weather, celebration, etc. the photos are up on picasa, so check them out.

  • random thoughts:
    • the detroit airport is pretty crappy, reminds me of midway before the renovation 5+ years ago
    • the downtown area of detroit by the renaissance center / gm buildings is really nice
    • casinos right in the middle of downtown and underage drinking so accessible in nearby windsor probably gives that city a strange dynamic to the under-21 crowd
    • it's really fun to see your good friends very happy

Sunday, June 3, 2007

new hosting company - dailyrazor

i bit the bullet and decided to go with an external hosting provider, dailyrazor, that i found with google.
i was very impressed with the simple setup.  i'll be able to run tomcat5 with mysql, which was my minimum requirement.  it'll run about $10+ a month.
in the past i'd always used dyndns and hosted things on my home machine, but i've always had availability issues.  my uptime is probably around 5% given that my wife always puts that computer to sleep!  actually, it's probably a good thing in that my old dell machine is loud and runs hot.  using a shared hosting environment feels like the right thing to do.

Windows Live Writer Test

i'm really impressed with windows live writer.  very intuitive and well done tool that takes the complexity and tediousness out of creating blog entries.


i'm going to give Blogger a go and see if i can't get in the habit of blogging regularly. i'll probably use this blog to post on politics, pop-culture, sports, books, movies, etc. most of this is probably for selfish reasons to catalog some of my thoughts on things and look back on them later, but there may be some folks interested in some of the drivel i put up here.

i watched the democratic debate tonight on cnn. i thought barack and edwards did pretty well. clinton did alright also, but i feel like some of her answers (not all) were more rehearsed than the others (because they are). biden sure got animated a few times! cnn keeps patting themselves on the back for the format, but i thought it was awkward when they went to the crowd. it took them awhile to get their feet under them. also, cnn sure had a rough a/v night. the mics were always not balanced right or the wrong mic would catch stuff happening off screen.

lebron james's performance against detroit in games 5 and 6 were incredible, simply put. can't believe he's still in his lower 20's and so dominant.

the cubs are really in a trough with the fight and lou getting ejected and suspended. nowhere to go but up and they still aren't in that bad of shape in the standings. i just can't imagine it getting much worse than this.

emily and i are going to vegas next weekend, so it should be fun to get in a little poker while the series is going on.