27 February 2006

What I Listen To/Watch Revisited

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2234

A while ago I wrote a series of posts about what podcasts I listen to and what IPTV shows I watch. A lot has changed since then so I’m posting a few more entries about the new ones I listen to. Also, IPTV shows have now become video podcasts, so that’s something new!

When this series is done, I’ll post a dump of all of my current subscriptions in iTunes, just in case anyone cares.

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One last Olympic Link

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2125

OK, OK, so you’re tired of the Olympics. I’ve been talking about the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics for 2 weeks or more now. However, I have to point out one more link that I thought was pretty cool. On the Bejing 2008 Summer Olympics site they have a page that shows all of the medal designs used in every Olympic Games and the torch design as well. You might not agree, but I thought it’s pretty interesting to see how the designs have changed.

View the medals here and the torches here.

26 February 2006

Torino 2006 Closes

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2114

Torino 2006It’s hard to believe that it was 16 days ago that I sat here in fron of a roaring fire watching the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Now here I am sitting in front of a roaring fire watching the Closing ceremony. Lucky for the althletes and attendees of the ceremony it’s actually warmer there than it is here. It’s aout 40 degrees in Torino tonight, here it’s only in the teens!

If you’re looking for info on the next Winter Olympics, check out vancouver2010.com. If you want info on the upcoming Summer Olympics check out beijing2008.com or london2012.org.

In the meantime, I’ll still be watching the Torino Games for a few more days because I still have some left on my DVR that I haven’t watched yet. 🙂

Upgraded WordPress

Category: Site Updates,Technology — Posted by Michael at 1215

After many months of of ignoring it, I finally upgraded my blog to WordPress 2. It’s a pretty significant update. You probably won’t notice any changes on the front end, but the back end it much different. Thanks to a bunch of new Ajax content you can now drag components around the screen much like you can on Google’s Personalized Homepage. It also features a WYSIWYG editor so you don’t have to tweak the HTML code f you don’t want to. Now of course, I still go into the HTML and make edits from time to time, but many of the functions that I always did by hand in the past are not automated. Of special interest to me are the graphic alignment and the link target parameters.

25 February 2006

Nothing predictable in Torino

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0051

While watching the Olympics over the past 14 days, I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I thought this year’s has been more interesting than some other years. The main reason that I could come up with was that this is the first time I had a DVR while watching the Olympics. It lets me completely skip over the really boring sports like hockey, figure skating and cross country.

However, tonight while watching the primetime broadcast I realized that there was something else. Jimmy Roberts mentioned during his nightly “Chevy Olympic Moment” that nothing has gone as predicted in these Olympics. He pointed out that there were no real sure things in these games. He also pointed out that so far during the Olympics, 26 different countries have won medals. There were some Japanese gold medalists, Croatian gold medalists, and many others you might not expect.

You can read/view tonight’s “Olympic Moment” on NBCOlympics.com.

20 February 2006

Torino 2006 Widget

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0051

Looking for a way to keep up with the latest from the Olympics in Torino without having to head to the web? I finally found a good way. You very likely already use Konfabulator (now known as Yahoo! Widgets.) If not, go get it and then continue reading.

The Turin 2006 Winter Olympics widget puts the current medal count on your desktop and continuously updates it. It also gives you all the latest photos from the games and the day’s latest news.

Get the widget right here. It works on both Macintosh and Windows.

15 February 2006

100×100 Burger

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2128

I’ve never had the pleasure if eating at an IN-N-OUT Burger. The closest one is about 3000 miles away. I did see some when I was in CA last year, but there just weren’t enough meals in the day. 😉

Anyway, there is one group of people who have not only eaten there, but ordered a 100 by 100 burger. That is a cheeseburger that consists of one bun with 100 beef patties and 100 slices of cheese. This site makes me think of the classic days of the Internet when the web was in its infancy and every odd and eccentric person posted their adventures. You know, just like the Project:Denny’s or the Home Depot Bet.

Check out the 100 by 100 burger at WhatUpWilly.com.

Simple and insanely addictive

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2058

The Falling Sand Game has been making the rounds on the internet and I can understand why. It’s REALLY addictive! It originated on a blog that isn’t even in English, but language doesn’t matter. The easiest way to figure this game out is just to play with it and see what you can do.

Check it out on DOFI-BLOG.

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14 February 2006

The appeal of curling

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2003

NBC airs some of the Olympic curling matches live in the middle of the night on its cable channels. The beauty of having a DVR means that time doesn’t matter so I decided to record a few of them. It might not have the excitement and speed of the luge, but it involves strategy and careful consideration, etc.

After watching a men’s match and a women’s match, I learned something new about curling. It’s insanely boring! Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting for an end or two but then it just keeps going and going and going at the slowest pace you could imagine. Oh well, I guess there’s a reason they show it live instead of saving it for primetime on the network. 🙂

13 February 2006

Luge

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2355

Singles luge has always been one of my favorite Winter Olympic sports to watch. I’ve also always thought it would be fun to try. Not that I’d probably ever have that chance, but if I had to try one Olympic sport, I’d pick the luge.

After watching the women’s singles luge yesterday my opinions changed slightly. It’s still loads of fun to watch. But I’m not so sure about wanting to try it now! There were a few pretty fierce crashes, but the worst was Samantha Retrosi an American girl who got knocked out and slid down half the course unconcious. Read the details here.

Oh well, maybe trying the skeleton would be safer. What? Face first? Oh…

12 February 2006

Day 1 over

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0053

Day one of the Torino Olympic Games is over. I just remembered what one of my favorite parts of NBC’s Olympic coverage is. It’s the late night coverage that begins at midnight. Maybe it’s the cozy set with the leather chairs and fake video fire; maybe it’s the fact that watching Bob Costas late at night brings back fond memories of watching Later with Bob Costas; maybe it’s the fact that they do more in-depth stories and summarize the day’s events.

Speaking of summarizing the day’s events, the US team came out of day one with their first gold medal. It’s their only medal at the moment. It was won by Chad Hedrick in 5000m speed skating.

Half.com inventory

Category: Life — Posted by Michael at 0042

After spending the past few weeks cleaning out the basement and some closets, I just added a ton of new books to my Half.com inventory. Feel free to check it out (and buy something if you find something you want!).

I especially added a lot of my old computer science textbooks. Check out my inventory right here.

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11 February 2006

Charity page

Category: Interesting Links,Life,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2359

I just added the first new page to my site in a while. Linked from the homepage you’ll find the new charitable causes page. It contains links to some charities I think are worth some attention.

Visit it directly right here.

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10 February 2006

High definition heaven

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2100

Torino 2006
Some evenings are better than others, but at the moment I can’t think of a better evening than sitting here watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in high definition with a fire roaring in the fireplace. This is the first year that the Olympics are being broadcast in HD. Very cool!

08 February 2006

Olympic Games and Genealogy Merge

Category: Genealogy,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0014

As the Winter Olymics in Torino get ready to get underway, I have to point out that there’s a connection between the games and my genealogy research.

The Gatti family is originally from Casrozo, Italy. Casorzo is a tiny village very near to Torino where the games are being held. I haven’t resarched it, but I’m sure there are some distant cousins of mine helping out with the games. 🙂 Visit my family tree site for more info about my family’s history. (It’s a little sparse now due to some family problems, but a great new one is coming soon.)

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