Monthly Archive: November 2006

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Turkey Day Wii Fun

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and despite a few food-related setbacks (remember to leave the oven on the whole time you're cooking a turkey…however, the two hours of letting it sit after an hour of cooking left the bird extra juicy!), my family and I had a great time playing my Wii. We spent hours playing Wii Sports after creating a Mii for everyone. While we played a little bit of everything, the bowling and boxing games seemed to...

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I'd just like to wish all my American brethren a happy Thanksgiving Day! I'm looking forward to spending the day with my family as my wife and I host them for the first time. Should keep us pretty busy! But let's make sure to take time amongst all the food, parades and football to remember to be thankful for all that God has given to us. For that's the intent behind the first Thanksgiving. The pilgrims were thankful for surviving...

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O'Reilly Claims Technology Divorces Us From Reality

In case you missed it, Bill O'Reilly recently went on a rant about how technology divorces people from people from reality and causes anti-social behavior. Of course, this is coming from the guy who's "no spin zone" regularly demonstrates how out of touch with reality he is himself. We'll just add another tally mark to the board for this one. But don't you love how these news show yammerers like to jump on the bandwagon of a small minority and...

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Wii Will, Wii Will, Rock You!

So, I spent Saturday evening at my local Wal-Mart Supercenter, sitting in the Lawn & Garden section with my sister. What were we doing there? Waiting in line for the Wii, of course!     After about 3 hours in line, they let us know that they only had 27 available (after they had earlier told us 30+ would be available) and passed out tickets. We were a little nervous, because we knew we were pretty close to the 30th...

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Missing Keys and The Day of The Dog

Well…let's just say that I didn't have my best morning this morning. As I was getting ready to head out the door for work, I couldn't find my keys. I figured my wife had grabbed them to take Jake out this morning and just set them someplace I wouldn't normally look. So, I spent the next 15 minutes scouring the apartment and coming up empty. When I couldn't find them, I tried calling Marci, who was on her way to...

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MLK Jr. Monument

While it's nice to see that a memorial will be built for the remarkable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have to admit that it seems a bit excessive to build one that will cost $100 million. Heck, King himself might even be rolling over in his graving knowing all that money was going to a memorial and not to helping further the cause of equality. For all the good intentions, I can't help but shake my head after reading...

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Hawk Tunes

The past few weeks, I've been spinning a lot of songs from the soundtracks for the first four Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. While it does bring back fond memories of sitting around in dorm rooms with the guys taking turns as we tried to beat some of the near impossible tasks set forth by the game, I have to admit that most of the music is just awesome in general. Seriously, I could just listen to most of it...

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TV's Nielsen Problem

I'm officially growing sick of "This Week's Top TV Shows" Reports, and the dependence upon which the television industry places upon them (for advertising purposes, which then influences program decision making). While the Nielsen ratings are often taken as de Facto proof, they are, in fact, a very loose approximation of the viewing population. According to Nielsen Media Research, they pull from a representative population: "Our samples include homes from all 50 states, from cities to towns, from suburbs to...

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Helicopter Parents Make Bad Pilots

One of the most atrocious and laughable phenomena of the last few decades, the 'Helicopter Parent' has reached new heights as their kids have aged. They're now highly involved in their children's job search process. For those not familiar with 'Helicopter Parents', you probably are and just don't realize it. These are parents who hover over their kids lives, getting far to involved in aspects which they don't need to be a part of. Some examples are parents who call...

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Whither The Election

Well, election day has just wrapped up and the nation's leadership for the next few years has been chosen. Now, whether or not the Diebold machines got it right remains to be seen. But it brings me to a point, or set of points about elections, which I'll open with the following statement: I didn't vote today. Now, there are several reasons I didn't vote, including not having registered as a Pennsylvania citizen yet (still switching things from Ohio slowly)....