We had a nice, low key Christmas this year.Â Itâ€™s the first Christmas in the new house.Â We did a small amount of decorating, nothing very elaborate.Â Michael got a good amount of presents.Â Last year he got the PS3 and Wii, so this year I was at a loss for what to get him.
We ended up getting him Guitar Hero 3, which he doesnâ€™t really want.Â We also got him Assassins Creed for the PS3, the Wii gun with Linkâ€™s Crossbow game, some Yu-Gi-Oh and Chaotic cards, some comic books, and of course the usual boring clothing gifts.Â I also got him all the Smallville seasons on DVD, so I have condemned myself to weeks of nightly Smallville marathons.Â Continue reading
Steve Rubel has written a great post about creating a Portable Nerve Center.Â I think most will find it very helpful.
Matt Devost has made a great Christmas present for everyone by making the CTU ringtone for iPhone on Garageband.Â Thanks Matt!
I spent a lot of my years with fairly conservative views, at least when it came to financial and international affairs. But I have always had two core beliefs that kept me distanced from the title of right wing. First, Iâ€™m pro-choice. I, like I imagine most people, would not vote for someone I knew was going to attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Second, Iâ€™m anti-death penalty. This belief has gotten me into the most passionate of arguments. People often think that when one doesnâ€™t believe in the death penalty, that they also donâ€™t believe some people deserve to die. That is simply not true. In fact I think there are crimes that people should die for that are not even legally considered capitol offenses. Continue reading
I decided to add a politics category to my blog, which Iâ€™m certain no one cares about, but it was something I have stayed clear of in the past. If nothing else, I would like to add my own 2 cents to the world. And maybe it will spark some interesting debate.
Today I was giving some thought to drunk driving. Drunk driving is either up or down, depending on which publication you reference. But I think if you look at the overall stats, youâ€™ll see that itâ€™s still a significant problem. And I think we can all agree that DUIâ€™s are not taken as seriously as they should be. Why should one individual have the right to endanger myself and my family because they are too self-absorbed to avoid driving after they have been drinking? Iâ€™m not a saint in this either. I can think of a couple times in my youth when I probably shouldnâ€™t have been driving. But that ended before I turned 18. I also have friends that have been arrested for DUI, and to be honest, Iâ€™m not certain they really learned the lesson they needed. So how do we stop paying this a lot of lip-service, and start doing things that would actually have an impact? Continue reading
After my trip to Costa Rica, I realized that I needed a new laptop bag. I was using the Booq bag, which is a great bag (especially for a MacBook Pro), but it just screamed “laptop”, and was not really very versatile. It meant that everywhere I went with my laptop, I needed two bags. So I started looking for the perfect bag.
I knew I wanted a leather bag if possible, and something that would perform more duties than just hold my laptop, although it had to do that well since it was the primary purpose. I looked on sites like eBags.com, and checked out more high-end places like Tumi and Louis Vuitton. But in the end I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. Then one day I stumbled across a site that looked like it sold the perfect bag…Saddleback Leather. Continue reading