Monday, October 15, 2007
Fortunately, I had no problems. Clearly, this flight attendant was mistaken on the technology and how it works. It's unfortunate that it happened. Hopefully thought it will educate others in the airline industry. Click on the picture to read the article in detail.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I know, I am immature. I was playing around while on hold and re-visited my days of childhood - where it took very little to ammuse me. Really though, even now at the ripe age of 35, it still takes very little to ammuse me. :)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Then, June 29th I was one of the over half-million people to get an iPhone - which is phenomenal and definitely the best all in one device, smartphone, cell phone, pda I've ever owned or used. Truly is fantastic.
Now, I treated myself for my 35th to the iPod Hi-Fi. It is quite impressive for such a small box to have such great sound. Is it ideal and set to replace traditional sound system? No, but it definitely serves many purposes for listening to your iPod in a compact device, portable even.
Hmmm... Wonder what device will be next for me?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
This is very painful to watch. I am ecstatic with my iPhone and wouldn't dream of doing such a thing - even if I did have a second one.
Freaky that it turns into virtually all black dust, but still painful to see.
If you have heart trouble or a weak stomach, you may want to look away!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
For a mere few hundred grand the future is here! As terrified of heights as I am, this would still be wicked cool to try.
Better though, strap on a jetpack while taking your Segway for a spin. When you get to some rough terrain, use the jetpack to carry both you and the Segway through/over said terrain. :o)
That way, we can have absolutely zero exercise in our lives. :)
Monday, June 4, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
I'm not a huge Ford fan. I've become rather snobby in regard to American cars in general. However, this is pretty interesting to watch - aside from the missing "film projector sound", this is fascinating to watch, in my opinion. It shows what engineers from 40+ years ago thought might make the "market" in years to come. Note the "directional" system they show in the dash that is what we all know today as GPS. Also, the marketing tactics were quite bland back then, but this is still cool to watch.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
I absolutely LOVE stuff like this. I generally get bored pretty quickly, but this stuff is fantastic. I love seeing footage of "wildlife" and "nature" in general, especially when it is unique and stunning like this series is. I have been watching it in its intended form - HD (50" Panasonic Plasma). However I am quite sure that it still would be fantastic in standard definition as well.
I highly recommend you check this out if you have not already done so.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Chicago, I do firmly believe that if our public transportation system were to crumble and close down, real estate values would follow quickly. Hopefully, this is a problem with a resolution - and soon.
From the NY Times:
Trains (and Patience) Stretched Thin in Chicago
By LIBBY SANDER
Published: March 26, 2007
The city is confronting the possibility that its century-old elevated train system, the El, may be at a breaking point.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Now, if only I could figure out how to use it as well as I know how to use PC's.... In due time.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So anyways, my overall cholesterol level was absurd - on the low end - coming in at 149!!!!!. WOO HOO! Now, in general most are probably saying "who cares?". However, for those of you who know me, you know that I eat quite a bit more food than most humans. Not necessarily in one sitting, but defnitely throughout a given day. It frightens most people and shocked my wife when we moved in together and she saw her monthly grocery bill tab triple. My tab wasn't much higher since she doesn't eat much. :o) In addition to consuming mass quantities of food; I do not gain weight - literally no matter what I eat I don't gain weight. This is due in part to my very fast metabolism as well as my Crohn's Disease. Lastly, in addition to what I've already mentioned regarding my eating habits, I eat whatever I want. I add salt to food, I add sugar to already sweetened foods - including adding sugar to Frosted Flakes.
So this is the reason I am blogging about my Cholesterol levels - because it really shouldn't be this way. Oh, did I mention I don't exercise really? Other than living in a 3rd floor walk-up which also is a Tri-Plex requiring many trips up and down stairs. So really, I should be the poster boy of what NOT to do with regard to diet and exercise, let alone cholesterol levels. Yet, I seem to be experiencing the complete anthesis result of what I should. My wife, who eats well, doesn't eat meat, uses no added salt or sugar and exercises some has a higher than normal cholesterol level. Her Doctor wants to put her on meds, but at 33 years old, she is hesitant to start. Clearly, there are genetics involved in her numbers. I suppose you could say there are genetics involved in my numbers as well, but mine don't seem quite right to others.
If it makes anyone feel better, my HDL level is far lower than it should be at 38 and my LDL level is 70, which is good. My Triglycerides came in high at 203 where they would like to see me below 150. So I'm not the perfect picture of health, but I found these results all quite interesting.
As usual, I am proving that I am indeed a freak of nature. :o)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
In general, I would say such is life - we do after all live in Chicago AND it is February. It's not like this is happening in June or July or something like that. The only major challenge I have - well, two really - is the alley's don't get plowed by the city, which I understand, but it doesn't make it any easier. The second thing is my car being lower to the ground. She (my car is a she, her name is Sally) handles quite well in the snow actually. I have 17" wheels and tires - all-season tires - and front wheel drive. On a regular, plowed or even partially plowed street I'm fine. Driving through the alley to get to and from my garage is the challenge. Being so low, it is hard to "Plow" through the drifts, etc. DSC - Dynamic Stability Control (which I'll describe as the opposite of Anti-Lock Brakes in that it functions while in motion, not trying to stop motion) is great on slick roads. DSC is NOT good when trying to rock the car to move enough to go through the drifts. I have the S version - so my car is Supercharged (no, that is NOT what the S stands for) - which makes my car very quick. Quite powerful in fact. The only way to get through the drifts (see picture) was to turn off DSC, rev the engine to near red line and go.
This is still an endorsement for the MINI, just a word of caution in deep snow.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Here's what the weather report says... It will be interesting to see how close the report is to reality. I know Meteorology is not an exact science, but sometimes, it seems really in-exact.
Feb 12 Tonight
Cloudy with periods of snow after midnight. Low near 20F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.
Feb 13 Tomorrow
Cloudy with snow. High near 20F. Winds NE at 20 to 30 mph. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Feb 13 Tomorrow night
Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low around 15F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Feb 14 Wednesday
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 17F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
This is a clip made and edited by Taylor Smith - Chicago MINI Motoring Club Board Member, MINI Owner and Enthusiast. Many thanks for the clip. I was present at this drive to the Auto Show this past Saturday, February 10th. I have a Chili Red Cooper S - however it's hard to distinguish one car from the next. GO BUY A MINI!!!!!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Now, I've had the good fortune of enjoying some amazing meals at some of the finest restaurants in Chicago - which also are classified as best in the world. My favorite experience would have to be Charlie Trotter's. I've been to Tru, Ambria and a few others and for reasons I cannot put into words extremely well, Charlie Trotter's definitely was my favorite. It was an experience unlike any other. Mr. Trotter kind of invented the experience he created there and others have imitated - that is a compliment. We did the "Grand Menu" when we were there, which changes at least a few times per year, if not more. We also did the "Wine Accompaniment" which gives a different wine with each course of the meal. It was also by far the most expensive meal I've ever paid for - at over $600 for two people. This was for a special occasion - Anniversary - as spending so much for one meal is absurd probably in general, but definitely even on occasion.
That said, while the meal was fantastic - as was the entire experience - I cannot fathom spending $25,000 for one meal. Granted, this is all relative as to those who spent that on one meal, that was surely nowhere near their last $25,000. In fact, it likely is maybe a days pay or earnings for most involved. Nonetheless, I found this interesting. My pallet is not defined enough to distinguish between some of the wines, etc that would by themselves run into the thousands of dollars. I'm generally pretty pleased with a $20 bottle of wine - often less.
BANGKOK, Thailand - A luxury hotel in Bangkok charged $25,000 a head Saturday for this 10-course menu prepared by six world-class chefs and featuring some of the world’s rarest wines. Here are the courses and wines that were served:
Creme brulee of foie gras with Tonga beans
1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
chef: Alain Soliveres from Taillevent in Paris, France
Tartare of Kobe beef with Imperial Beluga caviar and Belon oysters
1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil
chef: Antoine Westermann from Le Buerhiesel in Strasbourg, France
Mousseline of “pattes rouges” crayfish with morel mushroom infusion
2000 Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Jean François Coche-Dury
chef: Alain Soliveres from Tailleven
“Tarte fine” with scallops and black truffles
1996 Le Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
chef: Antoine Westermann from Le Buerhiesel
Brittany Lobster “Osso Bucco”
1985 Romanee-Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
chef: Jean-Michel Lorain from La Cote Saint Jacques in Joigny, France
Ravioli with guinea fowl and burrata cheese with a veal and truffle sauce
1961 Chateau Palmer
chef: Annie Feolde from Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, Italy
Saddle of lamb “Leonel”
1959 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
chef: Marc Meneau from L’Esperance in Vezelay, France
Sorbet “Dom Perignon”
Supreme of pigeon en croute with cepes mushroom sauce and cipollotti
1961 Chateau Haut-Brion
chef: Heinz Winkler from Residenz Heinz Winkler in Aschau, Germany
Veal cheeks with Perigord truffles
1955 Chateau Latour
chef: Heinz Winkler from Residenz Heinz Winkler
Imperial gingerbread pyramid with caramel and salted butter ice-cream
1967 Chateau d’Yquem
chef: Jean-Michel Lorain from La Cote Saint Jacques
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Let's all support The Bears. This is definitely a more unique version of the "classic", but definitely a Chicago honor.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The Food Network has acknowledged this and indicated it was a technical glitch/mistake made by them - not subliminal advertising by McDonald's.
We'll likely never know the truth. I can't say I have a hankering for McDonald's now, but I do want to go back to MOTO Restaurant and eat some more edible paper and laser and liquid nitrogen infused foods. It was yummy. :o)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
This is a prime example of how "average, everyday people" with no concept nor understanding of such significant wealth is not always a good thing. This is not intended as an insult, the "average, everyday people" comment. For crying out loud, I have a significant finance background and business experience. If someone dumped $113 Million on me after taxes, I would definitely make some poor decisions in the beginning.
But, let's look at it another way. General consensus among financial planners is to expect to live on roughly 4% of your liquid net worth - and by doing so, you theoretically will never need to dip into principal. So let's say you take $100 Million and stick it into some investments that produce income for you and you keep the other $13 million for "let's get stupid money". You will get $4 million a year every year for the rest of your life and every single one of your descendants lives. Additionally, the $100 million will still be there. Quite frankly, it will grow considering the "market" historically has returned upwards of 10% when annualized.
How do you go through that much money in 4 years??! $4 million a year is a crap ton of money. There is not a lot you can't do with that kind of income stream. Yes, I recognize there are unsavory people out there and he undoubtedly got duped into giving people money, etc. But eventually you start seeing the bank balance go down some and start re-thinking, don't you?
I am not condoning nor condemning Girls Gone Wild or other such videos. There clearly is a market for it - or the owner wouldn't be making millions and millions of dollars. But, the reality is this guy (Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson) is trying to legislate based on his own personal moral and ethics structure. He can follow whatever path he wants to follow, but threatening fines and making the decision for others - thereby trying to get them to follow his same path, really bothers me.
I am a big proponent of freedom of speech and expression and I really hate it when Politicians get on their soapbox - 98% of the time for the wrong reasons and with the wrong solution.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee state senator is tired of girls going wild on raunchy late-night TV ads, so he introduced a bill to fine cable companies up to $50,000 for airing ads for obscene products.
Whatever happened to Free Speech? This does qualify in my opinion.
Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, said he got the idea after seeing commercials for "Girls Gone Wild" videos that show young women baring their breasts and acting out other sexual situations. "This is being interjected right into our living room," Jackson said Friday. "People feel like, as they sit in their living rooms, they just have to surrender; there's nothing that can be done.
Um, not true. First, people can choose NOT to order cable TV or Satellite. Should they forget that is their option, guess what else they can do???? Hmmm. Any ideas? Change the channel if you don't like what you see. Simple as that!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
last day or so. Fortunately, we have two heating and cooling zones, so the entire apartment wasn't freezing. This readout was this morning at around 10am in the back - bedrooms and bathroom. It was indeed chilly. It actually was awesome to sleep in - I like it cold when I sleep. Lori was a little less enthusiastic however.
It was a simple fix though, just needed to change the filter to allow for better air flow. It's interesting though, as the front "zone" was perfect at 70 degrees. You can feel the difference immediately once you hit the stairs going from the back to the front. I was joking that with the collision of such drastic fronts - cold and warm - we were lucky it didn't start raining. :o)
Monday, January 8, 2007
When I started working when I was a teenager, I
saved up money and bought myself a Sony stereo system - I actually still have it. This was also my first CD player - this would have been the late 80's or perhaps '90 or '91 at the absolute latest - Yes, I am getting old.
In any event, I bought Pink Floyd: The Wall two disc set and I listened to it constantly. It quickly became my favorite album. I've since expanded my music taste, but Pink Floyd still is - and always will be - my favorite band. I also was fortunate enough to see them in concert some number of years ago - it was the tour that coincided with their Division Bell album.
This was actually my first "real" concert. I went with my cousin Paul and his dad and a friend of Paul's. We drove to Indianapolis (roughly 3 hours) and then back again after the concert. It was a fantastic concert, filled with lots of "air guitar" from Paul and me as well as thousands more. I drove all the way there, but I distinctly remember dosing off on the drive home and pulling over to let Paul's dad drive. In retrospect, this was not the kindest thing to do since his dad had to work very, very early that morning whereas Paul and I and his friend all would go home and sleep for as long as we wanted to.
It's a great memory, to this day. Well, now to the original point of this post - Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. This is the first in depth look at Pink Floyd's long and storied history by an insider - Drummer Nick Mason. I emailed Paul about the book and he informed me he already has it! I will probably pick it up at some point - unless someone buys it for me - however, I rarely have the attention span to sit down and read for long periods of time. It is something though, that I will want to have no matter what.
So what or who is your favorite band? What is your first or best Pink Floyd memory?
Saturday, January 6, 2007
So I counted and I cannot say for sure as I may have been through a few states I don't recall while driving through, etc. I can say for sure I've been to at least 18 US States and possibly 21 or 22. I've not yet been to D.C. either. I have though, been to Alaska - I HIGHLY recommend taking an Alaskan Cruise. It was fantastic! In any event, I'm in my mid-thirties (YUCK!), so I figure I've got time to get to the other half+ United States.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Google - with their rapid growth rates - is seeing the challenge of too high of standards. There is a tremendous amount of talent below the 4.0 GPA.
Check out the article. Very interesting.
Monday, January 1, 2007
I've never gone to a convention or anything like that - nor would I go out of my way. That's not to say I wouldn't go if there was one in my neighborhood, just to check it out and see the people. I love people watching.
In any event, this parade was organized in honor of George Lucas - who was the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Had to post this simply because that's an awesome picture!