…in case you were wondering.

Black 47 – Funky Ceili
August 31, 2007, 4:57 pm
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What was your favorite song in eighth grade?


Canada Is Different, Eh?
August 31, 2007, 4:11 pm
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We only had one day in Canada but it was long enough to get a taste. Now I am not going to judge the entire country by one stop, but that place was different. It felt like everyone I talked to was interviewing for a job. Very friendly. Very professional. Very clear, complete, wordy sentences. It kind of weirded me out. Even though a bunch things weird me out.

“So you’ve heard of The Great Lakes, have you?”, I was asked. “Ummm, yeah. This is my first time to Canada, not the first time out of my house.”

Crossing the border was fun. A hair disorganized, but fun to watch Canadian chaos. Lot’s of “Eh’s” and “Go over there’s”, but eventually we figured out how to get across. Coming back into America this morning was as easy as showing a passport from the car window.

Tonight we are in Canton, Ohio at Malone College. Then we have a freaking early flight to New Jersey tomorrow. But at least there are two, yes two, high school football teams staying in the same hotel as us tonight.

Isn’t this some kind of holiday weekend?

Apple + Volkswagen =
August 30, 2007, 9:08 am
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i-hope-it-doesnt-look-like-this.jpgComputer maker Apple Inc. and German automaker Volkswagen are discussing the possibility of building an “iCar” that would feature products by the producer of the ubiquitous iPod personal music player.
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn met several days ago in California and plan to meet for further discussions, said Hans-Gerd Bode, a spokesman for VW.

There are “scores of ideas” but few concrete plans at this point, Bode said. Apple could not be reached for comment.

Market experts say a compact car upgraded with Apple products would be of substantial interest to young target groups, according to German financial magazine Capital.

Apple already works with VW and others to offer an integrated in-car hookup for iPods.

Electronics are increasingly a selling point. Ford Motor Co., for instance, will debut this fall an in-car communication and entertainment system developed with Microsoft Corp. for $395 as an option.

The system, called Sync, allows drivers, using voice recognition or steering wheel controls, to listen to digital music players and have text messages on cellphones read aloud.

See I Told You

Three Words
August 29, 2007, 7:32 am
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What three words describe how your day is going? Three words describing your week? Or even describing where you are at in life right now?

LJ Urban – Sacramento
August 28, 2007, 1:28 pm
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A friend of mine and his company are out to alter the face of cities in this country. Starting with Sacramento, their goal is to create eco-urban communities using resources that cities already provide and combining modern, environmentally friendly housing.

“We think its time to deconstruct this whole thing. Let’s break down the barrier between “the developer” and “the community” or “the home buyers.” Let’s do this for the right reasons for once. Let’s think long-term and big picture and holistically about the work we do. Let’s find ways to empower others.”

I just started working with them creating quick YouTube video’s for their blog, to help promote what they are doing. Check them out and spread it around. And make sure to check out their blog for new things they are doing.

My Day With Captian John
August 26, 2007, 8:49 am
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I got up early yesterday morning, dropped Shaun off at the library, and Shawn (with a “w”), Josh and I headed for a “marina” to meet up with our guide. After getting the boat off the trailer, we were ready to go.

Captain John looked like he stepped out of the movie “Jaws”. He had white hair, a button up shirt with the top four buttons undone, showing his shark-tooth necklace, and kaki shorts. He gave us a quick briefing about not letting any of our things fly into the giant fan behind us and we were off.

what.jpgMy goal for the day was to touch an alligator. Not the mouth or the teeth or anything stupid, just reach out and touch one, until I saw this sign. “Well, I’m cool with the second part of that rule, in fact, I’m not sure there is someone that would have a problem with the ‘no molesting alligators’ rule”, I thought, “but I wonder if Captain John will bend the rules for that first part”.

We started out down the channel that looked like it was man made winding it’s way toward Lake Okeechobee. After a about ten minutes of hot wind in my face, we turned a corner and slowed down. I could see things moving around in the water and figured they were alligators, but as soon as we got close they would dart down under the dark brown water.

Soon we started to see baby alligators walking along the side of where we were drifting. I think we must have seen at least fifty running around, jumping in the water and swimming around. I would guess that most of them were around four to six feel long, but I don’t really know. Captain John pulled the boat over to the side and stopped the engine. All the little alligators ran away and dove in the water. He gave us a few facts about where they lay their eggs and how they can eat once every two to three years if they want. Then he complained about the amount of water being drained from Lake Okeechobee and sent “down to the rich people in Palm Beach“. “Don’t let anyone fool you,” he said, “that’s exactly what is happening.” Ummm, okay, settle down Captain John.

usonaboat.jpgWe asked if we could catch a baby alligator and he went into a rant about how he used to be able to come out at night, catch one and flip it upside down, rub it’s belly, let the girls kiss them and then let them go. “That was before the cops started arresting you for everything”, he told us. I don’t know if he thought we were police or we were going to tell on him, but he was pretty hesitant to hop out of the boat and give it a shot.

I think if we pressed we could have gotten him to, but he was wearing a shark tooth necklace, so I wasn’t going to argue much. After floating around for about twenty minutes, trying to catch a picture of anything that moved, we started back.

It was a quick trip, but we had a good time, got pretty sun burnt, and saw some alligators. Thanks Shawn and Josh for making it happen. See you next time, when Captain John will take us shark hunting.

Guess Where I Am Going Today.
August 25, 2007, 9:24 am
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I mentioned the other day that I wanted to go into a swamp and see some alligators. Well, today I am going to. Shaun has to do some “work” or something, so I am dropping him off at a library. Some friends of mine here in Florida have offered to do some research and take me out on one of those boats, and try not to get eaten.

The place we are going is called “Big O’ Airboat Tours“, which makes me laugh and realize that, yes, though it’s Florida, it’s still the south.

I will post some pictures later and let you know how it goes.