Monday, October 29, 2007

bring it…

Just a quick reminder that I'm down with anything that will kill facebook
And support Google at the same time!

This past weekend in "the Nooga" for the TN state tournament (tennis) was fun and all... but I realized again just how low on the totem poll I am when it comes to tennis.
Good seeing Casey and family again... Good eating at some places I have missed... Good seeing the city I came to like a lot... Good getting to hang and get to know people from here... bad getting beat up and down the court though.
At what point of getting beat do you consider cheating like your opponent probably is doing?
I played some cats that I KNOW weren't 3.5 and 4.0's But whatever... My first year of combo doubles might be my last, and that stinks.

Go Titans, congrats Bo Sox, and go ahead and get geared up for next weeks show down between the best two teams in the NFL.

More later hopefully.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Big update

So most of you know I don't take a lot of time to post much here... But hopefully that will change soon. (I always say that too)

Anyways... I've got several things for you this time around.
Check out this article a co-worker e-mailed me. Yes, there is some irony in that as you'll see.

Maybe E-Mail Isn't Such a Great Idea, After All


Management Consultant Says E-Mail Has Become the Perfect Way to Avoid Solving Problems
By TOM REGAN


Oct. 20, 2007 - Ken Siegel doesn't beat around the bush. He doesn't like e-mail. "I don't even have an e-mail account," he says. "When I tell that to the executives I work with, first they look at me with surprise, and then they look at me with envy." Siegel, a psychologist and president of Impact Group, management consultants in Los Angeles, is on a bit of a crusade. He wants there to be less e-mail in the world. So he's helping his business clients organize activities such as a "no e-mail Friday" in order to increase productivity. That's right: increase productivity. "E-mail is not a communication device, it's a broadcasting device," says Siegel. "It will actually truncate communication. And in the truest sense of the word, it has become a psychological dependency. We have convinced ourselves that we can't live without it." E-mail takes up more and more of our time at work, according to Radicati Group, a Palo Alto, Calif., research and consulting firm. E-mails sent by a company's workers are projected to increase 27 percent this year, to an average of 47 a day -- up from 37 a day in 2006. And that's not the upper ranks of a company, where even more e-mails can accumulate. The question then becomes, "Do we really want our company to be spending so much of its time doing something that ultimately isn't productive?" But how can we live without it? Take, for example, my full-time job at National Public Radio. I get e-mails nonstop all day long: e-mails about stories, e-mails from human resources, e-mails about people looking for lost Blackberrys or books that they left in a recording booth, e-mails purportedly from high-ranking folks in Nigeria who want to give me lots of money, e-mail about. ... You get the picture. I can almost hear Siegel smiling on the phone as I recite this litany. He's obviously heard this before. "And how many of those e-mails are you really glad you got?" Truthfully? Not all of them, for sure. That's his point exactly. Siegel says people need to consider how much e-mail adds "to the value of their days." Most of the executives he works with say they spend two to three hours a day on e-mail (about 150 to 250 messages) and on average only 16 to 19 percent of those messages met the value-added criterion. Siegel is also blunt about another use for e-mail. "E-mail has become the 21st century's 'cover your butt' technique of choice," he says. "It's also become the interpersonal coward's device of choice." People will send e-mail as a way to avoid dealing with an issue, by pointedly not

dealing with it in a quick, prompt manner, he says. If you have a problem that needs to be solved quickly, e-mail is almost always the worst way to approach that solution. And the problem has grown worse as more and more businesses expect employees to use personal digital assistants such as Blackberrys and Treos. Once upon a time, we only had to worry about e-mail when we were at our desks. Now it follows us around, virtually tugging at our sleeves, demanding that we pay attention. When Siegel works with business executives, he tries to give them strategies to tame the digital beast and get more value from their work. Thus "No e-mail Fridays" were born. But it was not a painless birth for many who tried it. In a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal, Nancy Flynn, executive director of the ePolicy Institute, a Columbus, Ohio, training and consulting firm, supported the idea of no e-mail one day a week. But she included a warning: "When you try to take e-mail away from some users, they're going to panic." Panic? I would expect riots. Ever seen people with their Blackberrys? It's like watching Pavlov's dog. The moment the stimulus is given (an e-mail arrives), the response is provoked: "Must answer now!" Siegel agrees that it's not easy. But the benefit, he says, is -- yes -- increased productivity once you get over those initial panic attacks. Siegel says once people can't rely on e-mail, problems are solved more quickly. An e-mail string that might bounce back and forth in six to 12 messages over a day or two sometimes can be solved with a 10-minute face-to-face meeting. And that face-to-face thing actually improves relationships. Siegel offers other ideas. One executive he worked with started blocking all messages on which he was cc'd. After a while, people realized that if they wanted this executive to help solve an issue, they would have to talk to him in person. Siegel knows that e-mail is a part of our working world now, and there's no turning back. But he also believes that it's time we grabbed the e-mail bull by its horns and wrestle it into submission. E-mail should not dictate how we operate at work, or even at home, he says."E-mail is a tool with clear and viable uses and benefits," Siegel concludes. "Communication isn't one of them. Businesses and individuals need to set guidelines when it should be used and when it shouldn't be used. And we'll all be better off once we do it."

This is very interesting to me... and for the most part I agree! There are some things that I think it

I also got an e-mail today from Crutchfield... and they're starting to push HD radio.
And I thank them...
So here is a push for them!
An HD radio for EVERYONE!
And just the right HD radio for YOU!

I've got a sports post I'm going to put up later too... not today, maybe not tomorrow... but sometime.

Other than that... things are really good. Very few of you know exactly what's going on, and why I can say things are very good. But rest assured, in due time, you'll know what this crossroad coming up is all about.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Just a quick one

Hey hey everyone... Just a quick note for a couple of things.

First off... My post Titan/Colts reaction. Why, oh why did you just not try and kick it for the win on 4th down?! I just don't get it! If he had nailed a 60 yarder in December last year to win the same game... why couldn't you let him do it again this year?!
Maybe I don't know much about coaching, but I've got confidence, and I wanted that win!!!

Still... it's should be a great year for my Titans, and I'm really looking forward to not starting the season 0-5.

Found a really good article today that I liked. Explains things pretty well about the technology gap of my generation vs. my dad's or similar age difference.
Check it out and read at least a little of it.

OUT

Sunday, September 2, 2007

I’m not dead… yet

Just wanted to write something to let everyone know I'm still alive.

I've just been super busy with everything, and haven't really had any time to write anything substantial for the site. Sure I can do stupid and boring stuff... but why?

If I had time, I know I'd be writing about lots of stuff though.
Sports stuff obviously. Cards are trying to make a comeback for the post season. Titans tuneups are over and I'm geared for a great season with V.Y. And the Open is making me happy and annoyed all at the same time as usual.
Personal stuff too. Work and radio in general is always a subject that gets me talking. I Had a fun time last weekend at Eddy Creek marina. And I still never wrote about the vacation!
And of course just the normal day to day stuff that happens. You know, the stuff that amuses me and would normally warrant a post here.
You get the point. I don't have time for real meaningful posts... so I make time for one post that I write "I don't have time for real posts" and I crawl back into my busy hole. You know how it works... You've been here before and long enough to know how it works!

So with that... I guess I'll see you when things slow down in... Let's shoot for a month?
See you then!

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Now playing: Flyleaf - All Around Me
via FoxyTunes

Friday, August 3, 2007

Another b-day has come, and gone

25 as of yesterday...

Thanks to all that wished me a happy birthday. And to the rest of you... it's cool. Honestly, I won't remember yours either. But really, it's just another year. Who makes a big deal about turning 25? It's only half way to 50! I get cheaper car insurance, and I'm expected to be more of an adult now... which I guess I'm ready for.

Quick story, and I'll move on.
So I went to a local hang out in Murray last night. (Yes, I drove to Murray for my b-day) I ordered a beer, and the waitress proceeded to card me... which is fine. Here's the kicker though... It's obviously my birthday, and she didn't say anything!
I know what you're saying... "But Evan, they look at the year first and then move on!" That what I would have thought... until her only words to me were, "Be careful, this license expires pretty soon." Ok, if you're paying attention to my expiration date on my drivers license, you better pay attention to the full date, and instead of lecturing me... you better wish me a stinkin' happy birthday! TIP = $0
Actually, it was a group of more than 8, so she added gratuity to the check... but if I had a choice, it would have been a fat ZERO!
Here's the really strange part. Went to the restroom... there was a guy in there. As we both did our business, somehow or another, we found out that both of our b-days were yesterday! Not only that, we were both born in 82! Weird... Not that weird though, because as you may or may not notice, August is a very popular time of year to be born. I know of more late July and August birthdays than I know any other time of year.
And now for the most strange part... the same thing that happened to me with the waitress, happened to him too!!! So I left "the john" and sat down, and he came out afterwards, and as he passed my table... we wished each other a happy b-day. Not normally the type of guy I'd try and befriend... but we're cosmic brothers. So there's some love there.

Moving on

So there's like a hundred things I've been meaning to post here, but I just haven't gotten around to it, and I apologize. I still owe you vacation stories, and some new photos, etc.

In the meantime... take a look at me when I was 5 years old.
Not really, but it'd be cool if I was.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

it’s coming… promise

I've been super busy lately, and I just haven't had time to sit down and write about the vacation... but I promise I will soon.

I'm getting tons of spam comments lately too... I don't guess they realize that I can easily delete before it ever gets on the site. I like this feature a lot better in WP rather than MT.

Either way... I promise it's coming. Just give me some time.

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Now playing: Blue October - Into the Ocean
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vacation is over…

:-(

I wish I could put up a bigger frowny face... but I can't.

It was a good much needed break. Photos, stories, and reviews all coming soon hopefully.

Preview:
"The little punk puked, and I then felt a little splash back on my calf"
"Don't ever go to six flags St. Louis... not because they're the next to cut off your feet or something... but because it just sucks"

If that won't make you come back, then I don't know what will!

Also... since vacation is over, so is "the beach" look to the site. If it made you feel a little more like summer, and you want it back, let me know.

Holla'

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get my old professor out of jail!

Not exactly what you were thinking... but yea.

Help my old College professor and good friend Jeremy McKeel get out of jail

Good cause, & good fun...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

For the free loaders

This post is for my free loading friend(s) that need cool free software... especially if they're traveling out of country sometime within the next day or two. Billie P, I'm looking at you ;-)

Faithful readers of ee.com know my love for google. So much so that I advise you to take advantage of everything they offer, because rest assured, they will rule the earth before it's all said and done. Sign up for a gmail account first, and use all your mail on it. Then that same log in info works for everything else google too!
google calendar to keep appointments and remind yourself of things (even send reminders to a cell phone I discovered today!)
blogger in case you want to publish your thoughts and photos in a well layed out format.
picasa for those photo albums you want everyone to see
google video for those rich enough to own a camera, or a cool phone that takes good video
google pages for people that need some space to upload their own pages, or even files like mp3's and pdf's etc.

Google honestly offers just sooo much stuff, these are just a few of the things I use, and I think could be used for people that are supposed to be reading this post... Billie
I also personally use Google Docs, Google AdSense, Google Analytics, Google checkout, and all kinds of specific searches too like image search, video search, and of course... google maps. (I honestly don't know why I use google maps, because they don't even have my apartment as a physical address! crazy.)
One thing I really love is the fact I can get a lot of my favorite services on my cell phone too! I use the Gmail and Google Maps applications a lot on my phone. I also found today that I can use Calendar on my phone as well now!

Now for some other stuff that's free that I love.
Can't afford photoshop? Get GIMP, no question about it, the best free editor out there. Even now that I have photoshop... I sometime still just use GIMP

Computer didn't come with Microsoft programs like Word, excel, Powerpoint, etc? Well, if you can't get the job done with Google Docs... get Open Office! Big download, nice programs.

Need some audio editing? We all do from time to time... Check out Audacity, it's nice and free. Still does a lot of stuff that Audition and ProTools does.

Need to talk to friends with computers for free? Check out Skype... although I'm interested to really try out google talk and see if it rivals Skype. Anyone messed around with google talk before?

There's other stuff that I love too, and maybe one day I'll just list my favorite software... but for now, all those people heading to Turkish countries know what to get now before they get on a plane and leave the US.

Take care Billie p, and if you get a different blog address... which I hope you do. ;-) Let me know.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Oh, this will be a good tourny

Just check this out, and look the draw...

I can't wait.

After a very disappointing French open... I'm ready for the All England Club to step it up.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

who’s the spy?

So now I know I'm being spied on. Dad and I had a conversation about this exact thing over the weekend!
Now, all of a sudden it happens?

I'm ready to watch some good tennis though... and that's all.

Is it really so much of a coincidence that my vacation starts when Wimbledon does?
I think not...

Monday, June 18, 2007

shut up… it’s my site (edit 6-19)

Yea, so I said like over a week ago I'd have the second rant up.
It's my site... and if I don't want to put it up the next day like I told you I would... then it's not going up till I'm good and ready for it!

We're still cool though, right?
thought so...

So on to rant 2.
I can't believe I know someone that got busted. Yea, so all these scare stories about the RIAA coming to get people... must be somewhat true. I know someone who downloaded 10 songs illegally. What makes this person any different from the other people I know that have downloaded thousands of dollars worth of music and movies?
4,000 bucks is what.

Yep... that's no typo! I know a girl that downloaded 10 measly songs at college, got caught, got threatened with jail time, and ended up paying the RIAA 4 grand for 10 freakin songs.
Is it just me, or is that just a little much? Sure she should have paid for the songs... but come on! I know guys that have downloaded 4 grand worth of stuff... I don't see them behind bars, or paying a mark up. (in case you're doing the math, it's 400% and they'd owe $1,600,000)

What if 4000 is the minimum payment or something? You'd be better off downloading a bunch of stuff so you atleast make the 4 grand mark to make it worth your while!

You ready for the saddest part about this? I remember a time when I downloaded stuff for free... back when I was at wku and Napster was the coolest thing going. I look back at the stuff I got online, and listen to it, and quickly realize the quality is CRAP! So not only did she most likely download 10 songs she could have easily paid $9.90 for, but she also got someone's crappy hand-me-down that sounds like it was ripped in as an mp3 at 128 (if you think that's good quality, please leave this site now) and got rammed for more money than I used to make in 2 months!

I'm not saying I don't agree with her being caught. I'm not saying she shouldn't have to pay at least a little more than what she would have doing it legit. But come on... this is just too much. It really is ridiculous. There's a lot worse people out there, that are downloading a lot more. Don't pick on the little people. Pick on the people that really abuse the system... don't be stupid.

I hope you're as burnt up about this as I am, and have been ever since I heard it... and I gave it plenty of time to die down too so I could find out if 4 grand was a stretch, but it's for real.
The world is just stupid...

I'm almost hoping that she just got scammed by some clever people who saw a naive college kid, picked out 10 popular songs, accused her of downloading... got lucky that she didn't ask for proof, and that she actually paid that much.
That would really suck for her if that was the case... but I just don't want to believe that the RIAA is that unfair. You know?

I'll have another rant sometime soon... I had already forgot what else I was going to write about a week or so ago, but I'm coming up on a vacation, so it's hard to be too upset. I'm just relaxed actually. You should be too!

Here's some mellow out music (not mello yellow) to cool you down now.
Plus, we're actually in the month of June! How cool is that!

I heard a different song from Madita on a radio360 podcast and got hooked right away. Bought the album, and just chill to it.
I really need to thank radio360 for introducing me with several cool artists. Fink being another one recently that's just cool.

So I had a great fathers day weekend this past weekend too.
I should have got a photo of dad and I... but it slipped my mind till now.
It's still funny to me that my parents have a much much much better entertainment center than I do. Just the fact that I'm the techy geek type, and I've still got a 19' sanyo with a pieced together sound system in my living room... and my parents have this whole cool set up!
And I just added to the problem, We got dad a new sound system, and while setting it up, dad and I even went to the wally world to get him a dual deck vcr/dvd recorder... something I've been wanting for a while too.
So he racked up for his holiday... it's all deserved if you ask me though! I hope you always have a bigger TV than I do, dad.
I'm sure I'll get something else cool to write about soon.
If nothing else, it's time for the beach background... right?

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Beware… it’s a rant

This is a vent session. I'm not really mad, but I do need to get this out. It's been a while since I've posted obviously... but I've been strategically planning this one out in my head for a few weeks now. Ok, not really much strategy involved... just some ranting about everyday things.
Since it's rants... I'll break them up into a few posts each day. Plus I can't ever remember everything while I'm typing this stuff.

On to rant 1.

If I had known the future when I was a kid... I would have never let Kris get me hooked on Mello Yellow or Mt. Dew. Because apparently the world has gone mad. Who among you is supporting Surge, aka Vault? Please comment with a name and address, so I can come to your house and lock your fridge so you're never allowed to buy this threatening beverage again.

For some unknown reason, as I've mentioned here before... Jackson doesn't like Mello Yellow, and doesn't have a lot of pepsi contracts at restaurants for Mt. Dew either. Why? I don't know... I'm here now Jackson! I can support a Mello Yellow contract by myself!!!

What's worse? Places are now starting to replace my drink of choice with this god awful, caffeine infused, nectar from hell called Vault. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME COKE?!
I just don't get it... Have I not been good to you over the years? Sure, I've now made the switch to Citrus Drop... the Kroger version of your wonderful product. But that's not your fault, and I promise I still ask for Mello Yellow before I do Mt. Dew in every restaurant!

So let's get on the pepsi bandwagon. I went through a spell where I REALLY liked Mt. Dew Live Wire (the orange stuff) and drank it a lot... till I realized it was turning my teeth yellow. MY POINT BEING... I didn't ask for pepsi to replace something with this great product. So if I WAS a fan of Surge/Vault... I wouldn't expect it to make it's way to the restaurant taps so soon in it's career. That's just ridiculous to think that just poof, all of a sudden, we'll replace a staple of the coke brand! What's wrong with you?! Why would you even put the bug in places ears to make this switch?! Great eaterys as well! Chick-fil-A, Noble Romans, McDonalds, Steak and Shake, etc. I can except a whole town like Jackson to revolt against a drink together... but the next time it happens here... I will be extremely pissed. It's not like I don't have to put up with not having the comfort of walking into a establishment knowing my favorite beverage is only a couple of words away... Now I've got to go into places that DID have mello yellow, only to find out you conviced them Vault is a more popular drink, than the time tested nectar of the gods.

Who's in charge of your marketing? I want to put cotton in their mouth and then make them order their favorite drink. I'm betting it's the M.Y. HEY! That's a good marketing plan. "It's my M.Y." Just don't over-do this whole fad energy drink stuff... I'll be forced to switch to Sprite or some crap I don't want to drink.

I'll give you 48 hours to change everyone back... get to it.

Tomorrow, I rant about someone I know that got caught illegally downloading $10 worth of music, and received a jail threat, and ended up paying $4000 in fines... that's right. Not a typo.
$10 for $4,000 with a comma... You won't want to miss that one.

See you then!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

time for a catch up…

Well, sorry. It's been a while. My bad.

Since my last post... let's see, I have:
-Stopped doing the morning show on 'The New Z105', but still continue with the PD duties. (Which is at least a fairly light load.) I also think I'm going to be able to get going on what I was actually hired to do fairly soon as well! It's been an interesting few months at work. We'll say that.
-I've had my second successful year of Derby. Fun stuff... photos turned out OK. I personally don't think they were as good as last years, but what do I know? Thanks to my uncle for playing a great host again! Advice for next year; never bet $20 on a parking job without specific rules in place.
-And I also had a great mother's day weekend with my family. Got into the Rville at a decent hour on Friday night, and actually spent time with my parents and family. Fun stuff there too.

My Mom and Me on Mother's Day

Surely there are things that I'm missing or forgetting... I am forgetting something, and don't call me Shirley.
Unfortunately, I can't think of what it is... so forget it.
I am going to attempt to upgrade my wordpress after I post this... so if you can read it, either everything went well, or I haven't tried yet.

Post Script... I didn't try to upgrade yet

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

There they are…

ok...
So randomly, Google/Picasa upped the storage space to 1 gig for free!
Thanks, Future ruler of the universe! (No seriously... google sounds kinda close to God doesn't it? Will Google end up being God? Struck by lightning...)
Either way, that makes things easy because I can just say
Go Here for those Derby Shots I was talking about. And here for the Mint Jubilee stuff.

I promise I'm so close to getting my own gallery here though.
I just need some free time to play with this program a little. I'm Sooo behind on everything.
Need a break... if you get an extra one, mail or e-mail it this way. THANKS!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Yep, I’m in magazines too now!

Howard Stern once said he was the "King of all media"
I beg to differ...
NOTE: THIS POST WILL SEEM LIKE I HAVE THE BIGGEST EGO IN THE WORLD, BUT IN REALITY IT IS ONLY THE 6TH BIGGEST ON EARTH, AND 25TH LARGEST IN THE UNIVERSE...
No, seriously... take this in the lightest sense, and remember to laugh often while reading.
This post is slightly overdue... but I haven't exactly had tons of time to spare to do a new post.
As some of the faithful to ee.com might know, I took some photos last year with my uncle (the photographer for Louisville Magazine, and possibly one of the top 10 most well known people of Louisville?) during the weekend of The Kentucky Derby. Well, believe it or not, with a little bit of coaching, and someone else's expensive camera... I took some shots that were good enough to be published in Louisville Magazine!


That's just one of the features in April's issue that has my "beautiful" work. ;-)
You may or may not have seen the originals of the weekend back when I had them up on the photo gallery on the old site. Either way, that site is gone, those photos are off the site now of course, and I'm yet to find a replacement photo gallery, even though I'm super close now!

But since you're here, and you're still reading this post... I'll share the original non edited photos that made me a published photographer... And the funny stories that go with them, of course!

Steve_and_David
Steve Shaluta and David Fattaleh get things kicked off.
This is after The Derby running, and I think I'm testing my camera for something?
Either way, this was used in the Contributors page... as photos of obviously two major photo contributors to the issue. The reason this is funny is because I thought I didn't get any credit for my photos in the magazine because I didn't make the "contributors" page... which was fine with me to be honest. I mean seriously... I don't even think I could have made up a fake paragraph about my so called "photography experience"
I'm stupid because I didn't even check the title pages of the features I have pictures on. My mom said something about seeing the pages with my name on it, and I said... "What pages?!"
Yea, I had no idea... My name's in there, twice... I'm dumb........... NEXT!
notBMXguy
This is some Jockey at The Mint Jubilee.
The reason this is funny is because it's credited to be some BMX racer named David "Tinker" Juarez.

You can be the judge... but I'll go ahead and tell you... they look nothing alike.
But hey... whatever.
This is even funnier to me because it was a section that focused in on "Seeing Stars"
Yet, I made it a point to get several decent photos of the beautiful Alyssa Milano. Say it with me men... mmmmmmmm beautiful. Anyways... I got photos of her, for obvious reasons... that's the reason we were at that event was to get pictures of stars!

If you looked at the article in link at the beginning of the post, you may have seen two quarterbacks got photos that were printed. What quarterback shot of mine didn't make it you ask? Hall of fame QB John Elway! Oh well... Tom Brady has one a few games in his day... and who knew Peyton would finally get his ring this year too? Last time I checked though, Elway is still a better QB stat wise... right now, that is. MOVING ON!

TaraConnor
Miss USA Tara Connor and entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie at The Mint Jubilee.
I have no idea who Blake is... but if you've watched any TV in the past year... you know who Tara Connor is!
Answer... no, we did not "party" with her. I mean come on, I have enough trouble with my nose and allergies with out drugs in it! :-)
So pretty though... no wonder the Donald went light on her. MORE?!

nicehat
Nice hat! I found this tipsy girl on the walk back to our vehicles after The Derby.
Not really too much that's funny about this one. It is the biggest photo I have in the magazine as this one takes up over half a page.
Something hit me while looking at the 6 photos that did make it in. Between myself, and the professional photographers... I'm betting that we all had our "favorite" shots... and I'm also betting that the majority of them didn't make it in... I know mine didn't.
I guess it's not up to us though...
It's not like the ones that did make it in are bad. But you know... NEXT UP!

horsehump
Are those horses doing what I think they're doing?
Yes they are... and neither Uncle John or myself can believe this one made it in!
Cool shot though... probably my favorite out of everything that's in the issue.
And Finally...
shoes
Lots of different shoes during Derby weekend!
Guess I need to thank Grace for this one... because it's her shoes that stick out and make this an interesting photo. Although the socks and white shoes would have been a neat shot by it's self. No real funny story with this one though... what a disappointing way to end the short slide show!

Either way... that's it. I'm pretty sure that's all I've got in it. Sure is neat though. It was tough waiting almost a whole year to see if any would get picked up. But I guess I've got a little bit of that natural talent from hanging around uncle John for so long now. I forget sometimes that I've been to several shoots with him while I've grown up, and I've seen what a good photographer sees... not necessarily through a lens like him, but from behind with the natural eye. Once I got the camera and some good pointers from him, it just was fun like it always has been hanging out with him during a shoot. It's especially neat for someone like me who doesn't like big crowds of people, to escape behind a viewfinder and keep my mind focused on the small things you might not see going through the motions of everyday life, as well as those not so everyday occasions...

I look forward to The Derby again this year... as now as a "published photographer" (and I use the term very loosely) I don't have to be Tom Downs the second time around... long story.

Radio, Internet, TV, and now magazines... what can't I get my hands into? ;-)
So this is the new "King of all media" saying goodnight.

Don't forget about the "NOTE" up top that says any form of ego in this post is meant to be a joke...

Oh, and I'll try and get the gallery back up asap so you can see all the shots from last year again... should get you geared up for the 5th of May, and the run for the roses! My vote is to bet on a Mexican horse... they're sure to win on Cinco de Mayo!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

NO! Why Vince?

This is not good...

I don't care if he doesn't believe in "the curse" it's just not what we need.
It's hard to not believe the curse really. But even if we just shrug it off, I don't think we need him getting a big head!

The sad part is, I don't see him getting a big head before I see the curse happening!
He seems like a kid that knows he's a good player, but wants to stay grounded and learn as much as he can to prove his doubters wrong. Plus he's got good teammates to keep him afloat as well.
But a Madden Curse can axe all of this!

A mist all of this, it seems trivial to talk of such things when something so tragic has happened in America. My heart goes out to those family who lost loved ones in the Virginia Tech Shooting.
I just hope you find some peace during this traumatic time.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

I guess this will work

Next best thing maybe?

Congrats different Billy... We'll treat you right if can keep us on track and get us back on top.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

crap…

see ya later chance at quick greatness...

Friday, March 30, 2007

Where else but UK?

So I haven't commented too much on the Tubby thing.

Want my opinion?
I think like the rest of the country should... Tubby is one of the best coaches in the country, only a decent recruiter though. Let's face it... to reach UK basketball standards, you have to be the best at both of those aspects. So should he have left? No... Should he have gotten someone else to do recruiting for him? Yes... Will this end up being a good move? Yes, most likely. Here's why...

I'm a HUGE Pitino fan. That's the UK basketball I remember the most of in my childhood. He was the one that brought some of the quickest success even after taking over a program that was on the verge of being a laughing stock despite all the history. But he quickly took decent players, and put them on the court with a fantastic freshman player named Mashburn. Yea, Pitino did pretty dang good in my book.

And even when I look back to Tubby's one championship, it was with Pitino's team. Proving, yes, he's just as good if not better of a coach. But it soon became obvious that he was not the recruiter Pitino was.

Why do I bring up Pitino?
Because of the coach I'm almost positive we'll be getting in a couple of weeks.

Billy Donovan has done a bang up job, bringing Florida to be a team to be reckoned with. And he's at a school that on the surface would be a great gig.
But people forget sometimes that Florida is a football first, basketball second school. Even if he does repeat this year... it'll still be a bigger deal to Florida fans that they won the BCS this year.

I really like what the above article says about the situation. But what they don't point out is the obvious.
If Donovan wants to be at a place where not only basketball is king, and is the always competing to be at the top... But also gets the most attention no matter what else is going on. Come on up to the bluegreass Billy!

I mean come on... what other program in the country could steal a bunch of the news headlines without even being in the tourny for a couple of weeks now?! I can only think of a few that could even come close. You think UK is the only team in the country looking for a new coach? Yea right... Seems that way though doesn't it?
Even before Tubby decided to move on... UK was getting press. Before we even lost to Kansas, the stories were going on. After we're out of the dance, it's still going on.

Bottom line... Billy, your team is on the verge of making history... and yet people only want to talk to you about the Blue and White. That should say something about how we'll treat you.
Come on over... we'll make you a Wildcat, and pay you what you deserve.
After all, you're the closest thing to Pitino we'll find.
That is all...
80's Friday continues!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Save it! It’s the future!!!

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"Save Internet Radio!"

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
service, at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SIR2007r/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.

Best wishes,

Evan Elrod
Ok, that's what they want me to e-mail... But I'm telling you in my own words now.
This law isn't going to help anyone but the big radio stations that can easily make enough money on their streaming services alone. In fact, this will eliminate their competition!
Not only will "Internet only" broadcasters be pushed out because they can't afford to keep their streams afloat... but smaller companies like mine will be pushed back from going online anytime soon.
Seeing that this is my new job, and that I hear from every jock that there are listeners out there that want our radio stations to stream online... don't let them hold us back, because this new law will.
Not only will this hold us all back, but this will make internet readio somewhat regulated. You come to internet radio so you can get something different than what is offered over the air, don't you?!
Then don't let this happen. Sign it, please...
I see very little good that can come of this, if the new licensing law is passed.
It may save traditional radio, and promote the advancement of HD radio... but honestly, I think we'll be missing out on something just as great, (if not better) if we get rid of all the small companies, and the independent broadcasters that are already losing money staying online.

Sign it... If not for reasons you believe, then for me, my job, and my vision of better radio in the future.

Thank you.
ee

Also... make sure and check out the comments on this post... got a nice argument going on.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cool… literally

I'm not a hippy or anything... but anything to lower bills and such is fantastic.
And I think we slowly need to move toward solutions that will help the world.
This may be a start.


Why it wasn't a thought sooner is way beyond me though. Seems like a pretty simple concept.
Oh well... that's why I'm not a rich man.

The last few weeks have been ridiculously busy, so I apologize to anyone I may have snubbed, or not taken 'time out' for. Hopefully things will be slowing down just slightly now, and I will welcome that with open arms.

I can't seem to wake up... I thought writing this and making the brain work might help. But I think it's just made me more tired... I'll try the shower method.
Everyone have a good day...
NOW!

Monday, March 12, 2007

I can’t believe I’m putting this on…

but I am...

So most everyone knows my hatred of American Idol. And if you didn't, you do now. I think it's stupid. End of story. I try not to watch it... but some girl who shall remain nameless, some how sucks me into the program... let's say her name starts with a B and ends with a rooke.

Anyway, this year is a perfect example of how it is a popularity contest, and not a talent competition. So I've watched like two what I call "See ya!" shows, where they kick some people off. Most of the time, it should be the worst performer... yes? Not so much.

I'll try not to rant on about the skinny long hair punk that is just awful, but somehow still on the show, and about how I can sing Pearl Jam better than the hippy named sundance, a finally, the world can now decide that if you've been naked infront of a camera, you can't be an american idol no matter how good you are. Guess that's why Madonna isn't American anymore? Oh wait, we're still drooling for news of a dead Anna Nicole, watching Brittney's every move, and hoping that another pop star sheds her clothes so we can exploit her too.

On to the real point of the post.

EnVogue had a hit back in 96 called 'Don't Let Go'
The studio cut was cool... but it was the live performance that allowed me to fall in love with the song. I believe the drummer was Lil Jon (not the rapper) who I later saw at a PASIC convention and got to talk to him about that song. It was then that I really wanted to join a live urban or R&B group. Of course, I never did... and probably for the best. But still, the performance if done well still gives me chills and gets me absolutely pumped.

Well, of course... I've got a "see ya" show clip for you now! Don't know the name of this chick, and honestly don't care. I just like listening to the drummer, and she does ok I guess.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

UPDATE YOUR COMPUTER!

Thanks to a new energy law I don't understand... Not only do you have to roll your clocks ahead early this year... but I bet you didn't know you have to update your computer this weekend too!

Normally your computer would do this change automatically. Instead, now your computer is out of date. No matter when you got it.

To easily fix this problem there are several solutions. If you've got a yellow shield in the lower right hand corner of your computer screen that keeps on popping up and bugging you... just double click and automatically update your computer.
Another solution is to go to 'Windows Update' in your start menu. It'll either be at the top of the list when you press 'start' in the lower left hand corner... or it will be in the top of the 'All Programs' list.
And the third solution is to download the utility here on my website. This is patch KB928388.
Use this patch if you have Windows.

I would suggest one of the other two options because it's always good to keep your computer updated. But I wanted to give you three options instead of just two.

Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

I feel that I should post something…

I don't know what that something is.
But I know I've had a lot of thoughts lately that I say, hmmm... i should put that on the site.
Then I forget about it.

So instead of profound thoughts... how about just random thoughts?

I have found that I'm a Nabisco guy... and not so much a Keebler guy. This recent discovery took place in the Jackson Kroger that's close to my apartments. Crackers are rarely a hard choice correct? Well... for me, Zesta the Keebler brand, will just not do. I've found that only Nabisco's Premium brand crackers work for me. Same goes for the wheat thins and other Nabisco stuff that Keebler also makes a version of.

I'll continue this thought into my brain later...
Because if you can't tell, I've been super busy lately... hence the delay in posts.

I feel that I should post something…

I don't know what that something is.
But I know I've had a lot of thoughts lately that I say, hmmm... i should put that on the site.
Then I forget about it.

So instead of profound thoughts... how about just random thoughts?

I have found that I'm a Nabisco guy... and not so much a Keebler guy. This recent discovery took place in the Jackson Kroger that's close to my apartments. Crackers are rarely a hard choice correct? Well... for me, Zesta the Keebler brand, will just not do. I've found that only Nabisco's Premium brand crackers work for me. Same goes for the wheat thins and other Nabisco stuff that Keebler also makes a version of.

I'll continue this thought into my brain later...
Because if you can't tell, I've been super busy lately... hence the delay in posts.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Blast from the waaaay past

Ok... so when I was younger, one of my favorite movies that played just about non stop on HBO in the day time, was a film called Airborne.
It was such a cool movie to me at the time. I loved to rollerblade, and it was just a neat movie.

Well last night, it was on the HBO family channel. I guess it is a family friendly movie. But mostly it was fun for me to look back at one of the movies that shaped me to who I was at that time.

So the movie was made in 1993... which means I didn't see it till atleast 94, maybe later.
But either way, looking back at it... it shaped my looks, my attitude, my thoughts and interests, and maybe my speech for a while too!

So I didn't surf, and I'm not exactly a beach head or anything... but seriously looking back at it, it's weird to see it all come together when you're older and can understand who and what influenced you.

First few things right off the bat that I notice. Black Jack and Seth Green were large rolls in this movie. I remembered Seth Green, but I didn't realize that was Black Jack till I looked back and saw him again! Most of the actors in the movie did something with their careers! which is great!
But the next thing I realize is that Stewart Copeland did the score!!! (and yes, it was very good) Maybe that's why I got into drumming! Maybe it wasn't really Kris Keeton after all! (and I can't leave out Joe Berry, Josh Hunt and Mikey Cowan for the extra early influences)
Next... long hair. Yes my friends... I had long nappy hair at one time, trying to be cool like Mitchell off this movie. (and I think Mikey and Joe are partly to blame on that too!) Didn't work though. since I was just a little skinny punk, it just looked... dumb.
I also remembering slightly wanting a ear ring till I remembered about the pain factor.
Baggy jean shorts became the thing to wear, especially while I was rollerblading. And cool helmets were a must along with knee pads.
There are other things too that really reminded me of now too! To this day, I still say "Picking up what I'm putting down?" And that was from the movie! I don't know if that's where I got that from. But I know I also used to say dude a lot. But that's more of a culture thing I think.
However... if you've known me within the past 6 - 10 months... you might know me by the nickname, "Moon-dawg" courtesy of Casey Orr. That's what Jack Black's character calls Mitchell at one point in the movie! HOW WEIRD!

Since I've taken a little while to write this... more thoughts have come through my mind.
Talking to my new pal Gregg Rivers down here in Jackson, we got to talking about Chuck Norris... and of course I had to tell him about all the fun Adam Bittel and I had talking Chuck Norris facts back when I was in Murray. But after sitting at a stop light for a second laughing about it... I remembered back to another favorite movie of mine!!! Sidekicks, which also played ad nausea on HBO, and may have had some influence on that long hair thing... and maybe Home Improvement too... but that's not a proven fact quite yet. ;-)
HIII-YA!!! ninja chop. Did you know ninja is pronounced neen-ja? We're dumb Americans that can't speak correctly I guess.
So I just needed to tell you how fun it was to see this old movie of mine. And I think I took this opportunity to name drop a few times too... wow, very unlike me.

I think this post could have actually been meaningful if I let it be about who and what molded me growing up... but that would actually take me putting time and thought into this... and we both know that's not going to happen.

Blast from the waaaay past

Ok... so when I was younger, one of my favorite movies that played just about non stop on HBO in the day time, was a film called Airborne.
It was such a cool movie to me at the time. I loved to rollerblade, and it was just a neat movie.

Well last night, it was on the HBO family channel. I guess it is a family friendly movie. But mostly it was fun for me to look back at one of the movies that shaped me to who I was at that time.

So the movie was made in 1993... which means I didn't see it till atleast 94, maybe later.
But either way, looking back at it... it shaped my looks, my attitude, my thoughts and interests, and maybe my speech for a while too!

So I didn't surf, and I'm not exactly a beach head or anything... but seriously looking back at it, it's weird to see it all come together when you're older and can understand who and what influenced you.

First few things right off the bat that I notice. Black Jack and Seth Green were large rolls in this movie. I remembered Seth Green, but I didn't realize that was Black Jack till I looked back and saw him again! Most of the actors in the movie did something with their careers! which is great!
But the next thing I realize is that Stewart Copeland did the score!!! (and yes, it was very good) Maybe that's why I got into drumming! Maybe it wasn't really Kris Keeton after all! (and I can't leave out Joe Berry, Josh Hunt and Mikey Cowan for the extra early influences)
Next... long hair. Yes my friends... I had long nappy hair at one time, trying to be cool like Mitchell off this movie. (and I think Mikey and Joe are partly to blame on that too!) Didn't work though. since I was just a little skinny punk, it just looked... dumb.
I also remembering slightly wanting a ear ring till I remembered about the pain factor.
Baggy jean shorts became the thing to wear, especially while I was rollerblading. And cool helmets were a must along with knee pads.
There are other things too that really reminded me of now too! To this day, I still say "Picking up what I'm putting down?" And that was from the movie! I don't know if that's where I got that from. But I know I also used to say dude a lot. But that's more of a culture thing I think.
However... if you've known me within the past 6 - 10 months... you might know me by the nickname, "Moon-dawg" courtesy of Casey Orr. That's what Jack Black's character calls Mitchell at one point in the movie! HOW WEIRD!

Since I've taken a little while to write this... more thoughts have come through my mind.
Talking to my new pal Gregg Rivers down here in Jackson, we got to talking about Chuck Norris... and of course I had to tell him about all the fun Adam Bittel and I had talking Chuck Norris facts back when I was in Murray. But after sitting at a stop light for a second laughing about it... I remembered back to another favorite movie of mine!!! Sidekicks, which also played ad nausea on HBO, and may have had some influence on that long hair thing... and maybe Home Improvement too... but that's not a proven fact quite yet. ;-)
HIII-YA!!! ninja chop. Did you know ninja is pronounced neen-ja? We're dumb Americans that can't speak correctly I guess.
So I just needed to tell you how fun it was to see this old movie of mine. And I think I took this opportunity to name drop a few times too... wow, very unlike me.

I think this post could have actually been meaningful if I let it be about who and what molded me growing up... but that would actually take me putting time and thought into this... and we both know that's not going to happen.

Monday, February 19, 2007

New Blog!

This is a new blog for me...

I'm trying to decide what I want this place to be though.
Do I want to use this for my person blog? Or should I use it as an outlet to write about my interest in radio? Or should I use it for something else like Tennis, or music, or what little bit of technology I know?

You should let me know, and that's what this will be.

Keep in mind, I've already got my own blog at evanelrod.com
But I'd like to have a place where I could write about only one thing.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy times…

Well, another Valentine's Day has come and gone... all is well.
But I must pass along a photo to you that is a result of love... love love love and marriage.
This is me and my parents at the fancy NYC wedding I've talked about a little on here.
Again, congrats to EAP and MC!

The Elrods at the EAP and MC wedding in NYC
So there ya have it... All fancy and stuff. Good Family photo.

More later!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

fun fun fun

This update is more for me actually. Seems like as each day passes lately, I keep saying... hmmm, I should blog about that! and then something else will happen. So I'll see if I can recap all that I remember to talk about.

GO COLTS! Good game, fun times had by all... except by bears fans that is. Also, I learned that deep down, I despise high tech electronics because I can't have them. If I could have a nice new TV, sound system, and next generation gaming system... I would be forced to love them. But since I've got a 19 inch free Sanyo TV that was given to me years ago, a sound system that has been pieced together from different systems I've owned in the past (coupled with my audio brilliance ;-) ) And the first version of xbox that I only got because of Topspin... I'll just keep despising the good stuff.

So i'm sort of moved in... I know I keep saying that... but it's true. I just haven't gotten over that hump. Can't decide on a replacement computer desk, and other stuff. Though I think Brooke has it all mapped out in her head how it's all going to work... I still just can't pull the trigger because there's too many variations I think I could be missing out on. That makes no sense what so ever. Do they do makeover shows for apartments? There ya go! a new reality show for TLC or something!

I did get cable and internet Tuesday. Cool stuff... oh wait, I haven't even turned on my computer since I left Chattanooga!!! Thank God... er, Forever Communications for this laptop.... But seriously, the cable is cool because I get movies again. I was looking forward to getting the sports stuff, all until I stayed in last night, did no work, and watched Stealth on the Encore Action channel on a jerry rigged entertainment center. Fun stuff... not that great of a movie though. But i've seen much worse.

Check this crap out!!! So it begins. I got a telemarketer call on my cell phone last night. It said unknown, but I had gotten an unknown last week from Charter, (when I almost got screwed ordering service off the internet) So I decided to answer the call. The guy even said, "i know we're calling your cell phone tonight, but..." I quickly declined their invitation to earn $10 by doing something i wouldn't pay attention to either. And before I pressed end, I told him I appreciated him calling. I think i got that trait from dad... I've heard him tell that to telemarketers before. I got to thinking about me saying that when I hung up. Maybe I made a mistake by saying that. Do you think he's hooked up to a computer and typed in, "Caller really appreciated us calling... call back with new promotions" ????????????? AM I SCREWED? Will I get calls all the time, slowing taking off my plan minutes? Why is this still a business? Does telemarketing actually work? If it's marketing... don't you think they'd be smart enough to know the people they can't market to? Like me on a cell phone on a night I'm trying to relax for two seconds. That job must suck more than your job... if you have a job. I used to feel sorry for them slightly. Can you imagine how many times they get the seinfield joke? Or any of the other standard hangups. But you know what... do your job... call the people that want to be called. And you might want to check the do not call registry first, because I'm pretty dang sure i put my cell phone number on that list too.

Enough on that.

Job is coming right along I think. I'm running into issues here and there... but that was to be expected. Nothing ever worth while is perfect, right?

I think I'm done for now. I know I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff, but there will be other chances. I think I'm slowly going to turn the blog into a radio thing again... posting my thoughts on this new position I'm in and stuff... make it more interesting to others. Or just less interesting to you, and still no interest with others. Either one... the site will continue to not flourish, which is fine.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Winter Wonderland

ok, so I've been meaning to update everyone for a while now.

I'm moved in, here in Jackson... finally. In fact, let me just rundown the month.

I worked, stayed in a hotel, and left town every weekend for different engagements.

One of those engagements included the end of an actual engagement, and the beginning of an actual marriage! Congratulations again to Matt and Elizabeth. Guys, if you read this, I wish you the best of luck. It was a beautiful weekend to what I expect will be a beautiful marriage. EAP, you'll still be Elizabeth Ann, even though you've got a new last name at the end of that.

When I get some more photos, I'll see if I can dig up the memories out of my brain and type them out here with some images so you can see just how classy the weekend was. (This is obviously the New York wedding I've talked about on here... atleast I think I've talked about it.)

The job is really starting to move along. I'm getting some things moving in the right direction, and I think Bowling Green is on the right page now after a meeting this week.

I think we'll finish moving in this weekend... so I'll let you know how awesome my new digs are next week... But i'll say this, it better be awesome for what I'm paying!!!

This is going to be shorter than I planned. But I plan on editing some more later on too.

But just in case I don't get around to it before Sunday...

Go Colts!!!

Oh yea, it's snowing right now too... that's the reason for the title.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

update (nothing big)

Ok, so here's a quick update.

Job got started this week. Should be interesting! Honestly, I'll have to be in this one for a while to really be able to tell if I like it or not. I've got a lot of things that I want to get done in a short amount of time. I can already tell I'm going to have to pace myself. Can't do it all at once.

I had to give a presentation Thursday at our spot show. (that just about everyone was at!) I wasn't super ready, but I think it went ok. People paid attention and were asking questions. So that means they're interested in it and hopefully I won't have to explain over and over why this change is being pushed.

Still getting adjusted to the dress... I wore 2 ties this week! Unheard of for me...

I've been living in a hotel for the whole week too... which hasn't been too bad. It's a great little place. Doesn't have internet, but I don't have a computer down there either! But it could be a lot worse... it's got a fridge, microwave, tv with cable... no movies, but it's got espn and comedy central, and that's all I need. They clean up after me everyday even if it doesn't need it... Plus, breakfast in the morning! Actually, if I could just make that place my home, put all my stuff there, I'd love it! It'd be better than a home then!

Anyways, I'm sure I'll have more updates as I really get into it.

For those of you that have computers I've worked on in the past year or so. Chances are you've got AVG free installed and it's about to stop being supported.

I was worried that there wasn't another good free anti-virus solution out there. (You might have read about it last week) Boy was I wrong. AVG free 7.5

So if you've got that little message that says it's going away on the 18th... I've uploaded it to the website so you can download it and install it yourself.

Any questions, feel free to contact me

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!