Monthly Archive: May 2008

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Stock Market Facination

About a month ago, my wife sent me a link to CNBC's Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge, saying that she thought it would be something I'd be interested in. That probably came from my participation in ProTrade over the last year, which allows you to trade stock in athletes and teams based on their performance. Granted, it's nothing like the real stock market and is much more volatile (as can be seen by my 3600% portfolio growth since last April). I...

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The Andromeda Strain-ed

I enjoy the work of Michael Crichton. I've read most of what he's published, and I think his combination of science and imagination is fascinating.The Andromeda Strain is one of his most understated works of suspense, as he puts a team of scientists in a high-security lab as they try to figure out what exactly killed off an entire small town in a matter of minutes and how to stop it before it kills more. It's an interesting mix of...

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Yes, I Am A Penguins Fan

It has been a long time since I really followed hockey.  Probably since the Whalers left Hartford, I just haven't been as interested in the sport. But I have to admit that last year around playoff time, I started rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They were just a young, talented but scrappy team that was just starting to figure out how to play together.  They were a hot team that just got knocked off their rocker by the Ottawa Senators...

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Dickenson College Graduation '08: Worst. Graduation. Ever.

This past weekend, my wife and I traveled out to Dickenson College in Carlisle, PA for my sister-in-law Marissa's commencement ceremony, and it had to be one of the worst graduation ceremonies I've ever seen: The held it outdoors, despite a forecast of heavy rain (which we were told is a Dickenson tradition, which the college's president decided to stick with despite the complaints from the students). It was a lawsuit waiting to happen with all the cables for audio...

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Some "Spygate" Perspective

Shortly after I posted my thoughts on Sen. Specter earlier, I found the following posted on Mike Reiss' blog at the Boston Globe: Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said yesterday that he feels there should be an independent investigation of the New England Patriots' videotaping procedures, similar to what took place in baseball with the Mitchell report. The following are the thoughts of Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy (D-Ma.) regarding the issue. “With the war in Iraq raging on, gasoline prices...

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Good Ol' Wastin' Specter

Well, Senator Arlen Specter is at it again folks, beating his dead horse. After all, it's just one big conspiracy for the NFL to save face and protect the Patriots. We all know that either the Steelers or Eagles should have won every one of the previous 42 Super Bowls, and the NFL has just been plotting to keep that from happening year after year. He'll keep on pontificating until he gets just that!And politicians wonder why people think politicians...

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Dynamic Fraction Display For ColdFusion

Ever want to store a value in a database as a decimal value, but then display that value on your ColdFusion website as a fraction.  Well, now you can! The following function (cut out of a more general CFC) does just that for fractions as precise as 1/100, and will handle the whole number parts as well (i.e. displaying “1.25″ as “1 1/4″).  <cffunction name=”displayFraction” output=”false” access=”public” returntype=”string” hint=”Generates a fraction from a decimal.”> <cfargument name=”formatThis” type=”Numeric” required=”true”> <cfset wholePart...

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Discovering Pittsburgh: Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Last week at my job, we had one of our clients in town.  Looking for a nice place in town to take them, we decided on the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, a beautiful seafood restaurant that sits up on the top of Mount Washington overlooking downtown Pittsburgh. First of all, the view is simply amazing.  From our table, we had a direct view of all of downtown, the two stadiums (Heinz Field and PNC Park), and could see for miles...

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Workin' Hard Or…

Yea, I wish I could say “Hardly Workin'”. Instead, it's been a crazy week with lots of time critical projects, meetings, and face-to-face time with clients. Between Monday and Wednesday, I put in over 32 hours of work! Thankfully things are calming back down now, but I really don't have many urges to go near my computer this weekend.