Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina's Damage at a Glance

CNN has put together a quick summary of the impact of Katrina including:

Katrina's impact on sports

I know it's really not that important compared to every other priority, but I find it interesting all the impact Katrina is having on sports.

Why New Orleans is Flooded

They are evacuating the entire city. Everyone.


I finally understood all the talk about flooding and levees and 'New Orleans under sea level' better when I saw this graphic of New Orleans.

If you were to draw a line from the top of Lake Pontchartrain across the city, you'll see that the entire city would flood. The levee on that lake is what is broken. The water will not stop filling up New Orleans until the water level in NO is equal with the lake.

Monday, August 29, 2005

I want to live

Haunting words coming out of New Orleans as the flood waters rise:
'I'm not doing too good right now,' Chris Robinson said via cellphone from his home east of the city's downtown. 'The water's rising pretty fast. I got a hammer and an ax and a crowbar, but I'm holding off on breaking through the roof until the last minute. Tell someone to come get me please. I want to live.'
How do you react to this? What do you do? How do you pray?

Me? I don't know. I want to slap him. I want to help him. I want to show him love. And I want to slap him. But I don't know his situation. Why did he stay? I don't know. Was he stupid? Did he have a legit reason? Who am I to judge? But what I do know is he needs help.


Sunday, August 28, 2005

Some NFL News

Maurice Clarett will be released by the Broncos this week. Maybe the Bears will sign him. Oh, never mind.

And I was wondering what the NO Saints were doing. They're going back to Cali.

Evening Sunday News Anchors

I turned over to CNN to watch some of the Hurricane Katrina coverage. Larry King was on. Eeek! So I flipped over to FOX and it was worse...Geraldo Rivera. Eeek! So I went to MSNBC and it was some dude in a bowtie named Tucker?

I can't decide who to watch.

College Colors Day - Sept 2, 2005

Okay, I'm game.

College Colors Day - 2005:
What is College Colors Day?
College Colors Day, which coincides with both "back to school" on campus and the kick-off of the college football season, seeks to celebrate and promote the traditions and spirit that drive collegiate athletics by encouraging fans, alumni and students to wear apparel of their favorite college throughout the day of September 2.
Of course this doesn't seem too different from most Fridays...I like to wear orange on football Friday's most of the time.

Thanks to fanblogs, I know about this.

Oh NO, Get out of there!

Central Florida Hurricane Center 2005:
Hurricane Katrina is now up to 175MPH Maximum Sustained winds.

If you are near the coast and in the cone for Katrina YOU SHOULD NOT BE LOOKING AT THIS PAGE
The mayor of New Orleans has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION. The entire city!

Katrina is a Category 5. Good news is she may slow to a 4...but that's not very comforting. The satellite of her right now takes up the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Our cousin just enrolled and moved into Loyola University in New Orleans.

This stuff makes me sick to my stomach.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

BBQ: Pork or Beef?

Which do you prefer? Keith likes beef and thinks pork is weird. I think pork is the way to go.

What about sauce? SC sauce is mustard-based. NC sauce is vinegar-based. I prefer sweet/spicy ketchup-based.

The dry rub ribs in Memphis though were awesome!

What do you think?

Draft Over

Well, I feel pretty decent about my draft. We start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 DE. Here's who I have (for those who care):

QB: Drew Brees, Chad Pennington
RB: Domanick Davis, Julius Jones, JJ Arrington, Kevin Barlow, Chester Taylor
WR: Joe Horn, Laveranues Coles, Ashly Lelie, Keyshawn Johnson
TE: Alge Crumpler
K: Matt Stover
DE: Jaguars, Falcons

What do you think?

Friday, August 26, 2005

Get that crap outta here!

CCleaner - Freeware Windows OptimizationFound a great little tool to clean up the crap on my computer. In fact, it's called CCleaner - Crap Cleaner. It's good. From their website:
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
I can vouch for the speed.

Tracking Katrina

Now this is REALLY cool! It's a hack of Google Maps and plotting the path of Hurricane Katrina. Google Map Plot of Katrina (2005) Google Maps Hurricane Track Overlay

Tigers Sell Out

Coming off a mediocre season last year, I'm happy to see that fan support for Clemson is still at an all-time high. We can pack out over 80,000 people there and already we have both the Florida State and Texas A&M game sold out.
The September 3 season opener between Clemson and Texas A&M at Clemson Memorial Stadium is sold out. The announcement was made late Thursday.

It is the second preseason sellout for the Tigers, who earlier announced the Florida State game on November 12 was also sold out.

Limited tickets remain for the other four Clemson home games, Miami (FL) on September 17, Boston College on September 24, Temple on October 22 and Duke on November 5.
Go Tigers!

Foto Friday


Wilsons 5 and Dollar

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Fantasy Football Geek?

Laughing at a fantasy football article:
Everybody has a buddy who is a little too geeked about his or her Fantasy Football draft...

...Nervous about a Fantasy Football draft? It's not your wedding, pal.
I confess I've had those feelings some for my draft Saturday. Not nervous though. I'm anxious to play!

Supply and demand

Seth Godin has a very thought-provoking thought about oil and supply and demand:
So they said on the radio today that for the first time ever, oil consumption worldwide is exceeding oil production.

How does that change your world? How will it change your world a decade from now?
It's making me think. What do you think, if indeed this is true, this could mean for our future? It's kind of fun to dream.

I know this brings up all sorts of political views (drill for more oil, wean off the Middle East, etc), and there are environmental issues (drill for more oil, alternative fuel).

Makes me think though...why does the price of technology get cheaper while the price of oil and other mechanical processes increases?

Katrina Forecast

Every time I think we're going to be fine, I read more maps that say once Katrina gets out into the Gulf, she may swing back our way again.

These models I'm looking at are taking her more to Jacksonville via north of Tampa. That gives us more wind and rain.

The good news is if it does that, it won't pick up much strength because it won't be over the Gulf long.

No matter what, it looks like she's going to hit Florida twice.

Good grief.

Tropical Weather

I hate tropical storms and hurricanes. We're going to be fine from Katrina, but I just hate it. After last year it's worse. Can't help but remember the stress.

I walked outside this morning and I could feel it. Smell it. There's something about the air when a tropical storm is coming. We've already had a couple of fast moving rain clouds. We've had worse thunderstorms...almost daily! But there's something about tropical storms...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Katrina and the Waves

Someone had to use that as a title for Tropical Storm Katrina. She could be a Category 1 hurricane when it hits Florida...the first time. Right now they are saying she'll come over south Florida (getting us in Orlando wet and breezy), head out into the Gulf, and turn up into the panhandle again.

Looks like that area (FL panhandle to New Orleans) is this season's Central Florida.

VT Home Field Advantage

What team has the best home field advantage? The Hokies do...according to

I've been there for a game or two. It was about 10 years ago...back when my wife was my girlfriend and a hokie undergrad. I wasn't all that impressed. It was also pre-Vick. That boy changed everything in Blacksburg.

It'd be fun to go back.

The best sports blog, Fanblogs let me know about the rankings.

I'm now waiting for the Tech cheer to appear in the comments...

Google Talk vs Skype

Well I said I was looking forward to trying out Google Talk and I've enjoyed it so far. I've had two conversations: one with a friend in Spain and one with a friend in Little Rock. Both calls were clear...or at least just as clear as Skype.

I started my conversation with my Spanish friend using Skype. Our signal bounced in and out sometimes and once we had to restart the conversation because the signal was so bad. We switched to Google and went for 30 minutes without any real problems. A couple blips here and there.

Comparing Google Talk to Skype, I'd have to say that Google right now is clean and easy to use. I like that it integrates my GMail account and contacts in there. That's a bonus. What I'd like to see is the ability to conference call like Skype can do. I really like the ability to conference call with this technology.

Not only can Skype conference call, but you can call phone numbers for a cheap price. That's only significant for me when I travel out of the US because it makes it cheap to call home. In the US I have a national mobile plan with Sprint and at home use Vonage to call the US and Canada free.

My wish list for Google Talk: add conference call ability, maybe add the ability to call phone numbers cheap, and allow me to chat with other IM accounts like AIM, MSN, etc (a la Trillian). I love convergence and I love Google's clean and functional products.

UPDATE: I just realized Google Talk CAN get your Trillian account in there IF you have Trillian Pro. So if you pay for trillian, you can get Trillian in Google Talk. Bummer.

More on Robertson

After I wrote this I felt a little bad. I started thinking about how I was name-calling and casting stones. But that was my first reaction. I thought about taking it down but decided for authenticity of my reaction rather than censorship.

I wouldn't call him names again...though I have my own strong personal opinions about him and his ilk. What bugs me is that he is seen as a leader in the Christian world and represents the US to many -- but he doesn't represent me...though what I do have in common with him is we both say things we shouldn't. I can relate to the poor sap, that's for sure!

Another fleeting thought I had was what's the difference in calling for Chavez' head and being upset when missile strikes on Osama bin Laden were scrubbed? In the latter, I'm upset the strike didn't work (BTW, these were pre-9/11). The former is assassination. Murder is murder. Argh!

No matter what, this was a dumb statement for Robertson to make. That's what frustrates me. But then again, I'm glad it's him and not me. I'd probably say dumb things too if more mics were pointed at me.

What I want my life to look like is not like Robertson, but more like Jesus. Unfortunately, what scares me a little, is when I examine my life, I see more of the boneheaded-ness of Robertson then the righteousness of Jesus in my life.

That's when I really shudder.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Google Talk

Google Talk is here. I look forward to playing with it to see what all it can do.

Tropical Depression 12

Keeping an eye on TD 12. Will become TS Katrina soon probably and head through Florida this week.

Watch the feed

Fantasy Football has got Juju

Bet you didn't know that, did you?

The Marketing Juju of Fantasy Football: juju [happens when a brand is] (1) facilitating, not dictating the usage of its products, (2) fostering community and (3) assisting consumers in actualizing their aspirations.
That and fantasy football is fun. The Orlando Chupacabras are going to rock the East Coast Football Club this year...again!

Pat 'The Idgit' Robertson

I'm about to tell you some news that might scare you -- might shake you -- might annoy you -- might sadden you -- may not surprise you.

Pat Robertson is an idgit.

Robertson wants the US to assassinate Hugo Chavez.

Bush thinks Robertson is an idgit too.

Chavez thinks Robertson is a terrorist.

I want to humbly apologize on behalf of knuckleheads like Robertson to all people who think he represents Christians. Please know, most of us look to Jesus, not Robertson.

Andrew and Ryan have more.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Fantasy Football

Oh man, it's coming. I'm itching. Our live draft is Saturday. I'm Commish again and I can't wait to get it going again.

Just how crazy is fantasy football? I invite you to read this post called Fantasy Obsession. He tells you how Fantasy Football
...warps you, though, it really does, beyond the fact that the real fantasy footballer is more concerned with his fantasy team winning than his NFL team. It warps you when you watch the game, placing you in unbelievable conundrums.
I can relate to his post.

I'm ready for some fantasy football!

When Animals Attack

Sounds like a show on FOX, no? Maybe it has been...or will be.

But this weekend I watched a couple of shows about different animal attacks. 2 animals specifically.

First was a program about two shark attacks in as many days off the panhandle of Florida. They said there are only 3 types of sharks that have the reputation for attacking people. The Great White, Tiger Shark, and Bull Shark.

Usually when a Great White or Tiger Shark attacks, they bite once and let go. We are not part of their diet. Of course one bite can be lethal. About 50 people a year die from shark bites in the US. These two also usually are deeper-water sharks.

In the shallows is where the Bull Shark can and does attack. And as this special pointed out, these actually can attack. In June, one killed a teen girl and another(?) almost took the leg off teen boy. The Bull Shark bit, and fought to keep coming back attacking. He bit the girl several times even after she was rescued on a long board surf board.


Their advice was not to swim in murky water, be near those fishing (the boy was fishing and had dead shrimp in his pocket), or swim near the sand bars because that's where the sharks feed.

Then last night I was watching another special about an animal that kills on average 3 people a week(!) in Bengal. That animal is the elephant. Can you believe that? I didn't. There was an account of a 4-ton elephant SNEAKING UP on two guys. He killed one and the other escaped with his life. There's like 4-6 inches of fat on the bottom of their feet.

I think the conclusion was that short/no-tusked bull elephants are more aggressive. But they don't know why they are attacking people more. Makes you reconsider relocating them in the US, doesn't it?


25 Ways to Save at the Pump

Steve has compiled the Top 25 Ways to Save at the Pump.

Not a bad list.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Simply Cool

Color, Bendable Electronic Paper

Friday, August 19, 2005

Tuesday's Got Nothing

I've thought this for a long time, but a co-worker disagrees. Here's my take on the days of the week.

Sunday: Weekend
Monday: At least we know going in it's Monday
Tuesday: Got nothing
Wednesday: Middle of the week
Thursday: Almost Friday
Friday: Friday
Saturday: Weekend

So you see, Tuesday just has nothing going for it. Heck, there isn't any football on Tuesday's either (usually). It can't be all that great.

Foto Friday



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A Colorado Elephant?

I think they're serious.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

2 Weeks From Tonight

Oh football on TV starts 2 weeks from tonight!

C'mon football!


Wow. Will TiVo evolve or erode? I love where technology is taking us for watching TV!

Check out this example from TV Squad.


I finally watched all 3 installments of The Lord of the Rings. We watched 1 and 2 Sunday and finished 3 last night. I liked it. I've seen 1 a couple of times and 2 once or twice. This time I really enjoyed all 3. I think I needed to watch them back to back to back to really enjoy them.

But I have a question. Why did the evil white wizard (whatever his name is -- the Count Dooku guy...names were confusing in the movies) lose his power? Seemed like a little flood washed out his little slave hole and he lost his power? I didn't get that.

Jerry Palm and the NCAA

Jerry Palm is one of those guys that just gets college football. He runs and just knows this stuff inside and out. I respect his knowledge and having gotten to know him a bit through a couple emails but mostly his blog and websites, I listen to what he has to say.

That's why I'm pretty excited about his questions he's taking to the NCAA regarding their recent legislation on "hostile and abusive" names:
1. Why did the executive committee limit the ban to mascots, nicknames and imagery and not include the names of schools?

2. Since this is only in effect for NCAA championship events, can we assume that the NCAA will no longer enter into sponsorship agreements for those events with companies that use hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin names and/or logos?

3. Why is Central Michigan, which has no Indian mascot or imagery -- only the nickname Chippewas, forced to cover up its nickname as hostile and abusive, but the University of Mississippi Rebels, which disposed of its Confederate imagery in the 80s (if I recall correctly), gets to continue to display its nickname?

4. This is a broadly written policy, but for now anyway, narrowly enforced. Can we assume that other racial/ethnic/national origin mascots will be included eventually as well, such as Highlanders, Spartans, Trojans, Vikings, and Fighting Irish (to name a few)?
So far no answer from the NCAA. You can read more on Jerry's site.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Transparent Screen

Transparent Screen - peon.master
Originally uploaded by w00kie.
Transparent Screens are a trip.

Monday, August 15, 2005


You want some perspective on life? There's many places to find it. Because I'm about to link to one place doesn't negate the others.

You should read this: When Grown Men Cry

I want to personally thank those who are in service to me and this world for what you have chosen (or more properly, been chosen for you). May the Lord strengthen you. May you find His pleasure...and His rest.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Response to the NCAA

By now I'm sure you've heard that the NCAA has put a ban on "hostile" and "abusive" mascots and nicknames if they refer only to Native Americans.

Well, this is an incredible response from the President of the University of North Dakota.

Saturday, August 13, 2005


I am me.
I will do.
I will be.
I will go.
You are He.

Charley Anniversary

It was one year ago today that Hurricane Charley came ripping through the state of Florida. It was a wake-up call to Central Floridians to be sure. We hadn't had a hurricane make it to Orlando in 30 or so years. Last year 3 of them made it in, and Charley started it.

Feel free to check out my collection of posts called Hurricane Charley: A Retrospective.

Friday, August 12, 2005


I think it's time for some changes around here. Any suggestions? I have my thoughts already but I want to hear yours.

What do you like/dislike about this blog? Content, style, layout, colors, sidebar, features, web address, feed...

Krystal Wi-Fi

More and more companies are offering free wi-fi. I like that.

Now it's Krystal offering free Wi-Fi. There's one down the road. I'll have to check it out.

Foto Friday

Bye Bye Derby

A tribute to our pet cockatiel since he recently died.


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Tuesday, August 09, 2005


I've wanted a TiVo for a long time. We went with the next best thing today and got a PVR through our cable company.

So far it's pretty sweet!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Bono and Jesus

Who would you expect these words to come from? CS Lewis? Martin Luther? Dr. Martin Luther King? Joe Pastor?

Try Bono of U2.
It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.

...At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics -- in physical laws -- —every action is met by an equal or an opposite one...And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that...Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.

...I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge...It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity.

...The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death...It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.

...the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says, No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: 'I'm the Messiah.' I'm saying: 'I am God incarnate.'...So what you're left with is either Christ was who He said He was -- the Messiah -- or a complete nutcase...The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that's farfetched.
I know because Ryan told me so.

Blogspot Is Popular

Ken says it's hard to believe, but I'm not surprised. Blogger has more visitors than the,, and

Guess this blog thing is here to stay?

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Oh! I forgot to post this...on the trip home, it rained in only ONE place then ENTIRE trip from Fort Collins, Colorado to Orlando, Florida.

That place was Jacksonville, FL.

Seriously, only while we were in the city it rained. It stopped when we left.

For those of you not familiar with JAX, it's notorious for bad weather.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


I forgot to say that we're finally back in Orlando after being gone a month and driving home from Colorado.

I have nothing really to say. More on this later...

Oh, I did watch two cool DVDs yesterday and today: The Bridge On The River Kwai and Tora! Tora! Tora! Both good movies worth watching sometime if you get the chance. I borrowed them from my dad.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Foto Friday

Public Works

Pubilc Works

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Thursday, August 04, 2005


That's how old I am today.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

All Your Fads are Belong to Us

Great list of internet fads compiled by C|Net. I couldn't think of a more creative title than Andrew used so I just used it too.

Top 10 Web fads

One thing I disagree with though...this guy didn't make the top 10...nor did the Badger.

OK, AR, TN, NC, and SC

Our trip is coming to a close. I've told you about some observations of driving in Colorado and Kansas. Even mentioned some of Memphis. I thought I'd make a couple more observations about the rest of the trip so far:

More Hurricanes

Read about this yesterday and can't say I feel so god about it.

NOAA: More hurricanes to come

Monday, August 01, 2005

Drivin' In Memphis

This is our second day hanging with friends in Memphis. We're trying to decide what to do tonight, but last night I had my first slab of real Memphis dry ribs from Corky's. They were great!

We also drove by Beale St, the FedEx Forum, and saw the hotel where Dr. King was shot.

And of course we drove by Graceland and the Heartbreak Hotel. I'll try to get some pics posted eventually...though we didn't take a lot.

This is an interesting and pretty cool place.

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