Personal, Photography

A New Marine

My step-son, Devin, recently graduated from Marine boot camp. He’s the first Marine in the family, on either side, and we’re all super proud of him. Here are some pictures of the graduation and the family day that led up to it.

.NET, BizTalk, Business, InfoPath, Mobile, Personal, Photography, Politics, SharePoint, SQL Server, Technical, Windows Workflow

First WordPress Post

I finally moved off of Community Server as my blog engine and migrated to this site using WordPress.  It’s all new to me so I’m still figuring out the settings, but with the help of my hosting company (WebHost4Life.com) and Vincent (support guy), I was able to get all the content over (I think.)

I decided to move off CS for a couple reasons.  First, I was on an older version of the software and to upgrade would’ve been a pain in the ass.  Second, I initially created the site thinking it would be used to host blogs for other coworkers and friends, and post pictures.  It seemed like folks I ran into that were interested in blogging already had a blog, so it became my personal site.  As for pictures, I’m still trying to figure that solution out, but I know CS isn’t part of it.  Perhaps a newer version would’ve been useful, but see previous first point.  Lastly, although the CS setting for allowing comments was set, no one could comment on my posts.  Not what I wanted.  I realize I don’t have a lot of readers, but I’d like to have the option for communication with anyone that stops by.

Hopefully WordPress will last a while for me.  I’d, of course, like to get on a SharePoint platform some day, but that will have to wait.  If anyone has any WordPress tips, feel free to leave them in the comments (because you can do that now!)

.NET, BizTalk, Business, Mobile, Personal, Photography, Politics, SharePoint, SQL Server, Technical, Windows Workflow

Test Twitter Notifier from Live Writer

Personal, Photography

Family Trip to Orlando and Caribbean

A couple weeks ago the family went to Orlando for a couple days and then took a cruise out of Canaveral down to the Caribbean.  While in Orlando we visited SeaWorld in about 45 degree weather, but it was still a good visit.  My girls hadn’t been there before and they had a blast.  After that, we hopped on a ship sailing for Nassau where we visited Atlantis.  It was the first cruise for me and my girls, but Bridget was well experienced.  Her parents also joined us so we had a good group.  The cruise was a lot of fun but time demanding.  We had to be up at certain times, eat at certain times, etc.  It was well worth it though.  Especially when we got to Atlantis and spent some time with the dolphins.

Here are the pictures from the trip. 

And one here if you don’t feel like viewing them all:

Family With Dolphin 

Personal, Photography

The Library of Congress’ Photos on Flickr

This isn’t good for my marriage.  I already get in trouble for spending hours messing with photos I or other family members have taken.  Now The Library of Congress is publishing photos on Flickr for our viewing pleasure.  With no copyright restrictions, to boot!  It may take some time to get through them all, but there are some good ones.  With no restrictions I may even download some for print and framing.

Some of my favorites after browsing for 10 minutes:

Personal

YouTube on Windows Mobile

My wife just got a new Treo running WM 5 and I’m planning on upgrading to a WM based phone soon as well.  Probably the HTC Mogul, but I’m not sure yet.  The wife is loving her phone and finding a whole new world of technical possibilities…kind of exciting since I’ve always been the tech geek around the house.  When I do upgrade, I’ll be clicking on this link to CrunchGear to set up the ability to view YouTube and Google videos on the phone.  Not sure why since I don’t watch a lot of videos, but it would be cool. 

And I’m all about cool.

Personal

Google’s Smart Ads too Smart?

You know those little ads that google shows you when searching for things?  The same thing it does in GMail, right?  Tries to figure out what your email thread is about and then show you ads related to the conversation.  I think they’re called Smart Ads, but I may be pulling that out of my ass.  Anyway, get this (had to share)…


I was emailing (using GMail) today with my ex concerning my daughters parent/teacher conference and how to help our daughter bring her math grade up.  When I got the last email from the ex I peeked at the top of the GMail screen and found an ad for www.AreYouASlackerMom.com.  I just thought that was the funniest thing ever!!

Personal, Politics

Green Gore?

Is Gore as green as he’s preaching we should all be?  Apparently not.


That’s a disappointment.  Democrat vs. Republican aside, I really wish we could count on folks in the public eye to not be so hypocritical.  Maybe that’s just part of the job for folks in politics, but I like to have higher expectations than that.


Note to self:  Don’t be hypocritical.

Personal

Landis Part II

It’s been a couple days, but things have been kind of busy so no time to follow up.  Landis’ B sample came back with the same results, as everyone expected.  So he’s been kicked off his team and is now in a fight to appeal the results in order to keep his crown.  Good luck to him, but no matter how this comes out it isn’t good for the sport.


On a related note, when searching for the CNN article referenced above I discovered Landis has a blog on his site.  Who knew!  I think I’ll have to subscribe to keep up with the latest.  Too bad the UCI or US Cycling doesn’t have a similar voice on the Internet (unless I’m missing it) to get the other side of the story.

Personal

Landis Doping?

Oh hell…I hope not.  Right now the story from ESPN is that his first sample tested positive for testosterone.  They’re currently doing a test on his second sample.


As a cycling fan, this might be the straw that breaks the camels back for me.  When I heard Basso and Ullrich, and others, were denied their entry into the Tour on another doping scandle I thew up my arms.  I actually only watched the last few stages this year, where in past years I would’ve watched or listened to most of the stages.  There is just way too much of this going on for the sport to be reputable.


The main question I would have is who is not being reputable.  Either the International Cycling Union is really screwed up and/or their tests are just not realistic, or the athletes are being complete idiots and trying to cheat as much as possible.  Or both, I guess.  Hell, the nine that were kicked out of the Tour before it even started didn’t even fail a test…they were just associated with the wrong doctor!  They really need to get their act together over there.