Saturday, March 29, 2008

tips and random thoughts

I ran across something incredibly interesting this morning.
Check out this thing on "50 Great Things you Never Knew you Could do with Tennis Balls"

Thought it was really neat. Although, since I switched to pressure-less practice balls in my hopper... I really don't need this but for the occasional match that's played where I try and use good balls.

And on a completely unrelated topic...

Ever notice how all sporty new car commercials that are trying to attract the young city night life type, always have wet roads that the car drives on all by itself. The car is never wet or dirty like most normal cars are while driving on freshly dampened pavement, and they must be driving in the 'I am legend' set, because there's not a person or another car in view for a million miles. I guess all ads are pretty ridiculous for the most part though.

And I'll end on another tip page that I find interesting...  75 Frugal Hacks for Your Home
I now find myself doing some of these things because of the purchase of our home.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Still not worried

Although slightly more now, than I was before I heard about the Justice Dept. giving the green light for the Sirus-XM merger

I still stand by the fact that people still need local radio. Satellite radio will not give local forecasts, or news in and around the community... Satellite radio will still never have... well, I don't know what else they won't have. And I guess that's why I'm slightly worried. If people were to start jumping on the satellite bandwagon, there's going to be some major trouble though.
Just think about it... as far as I know, the technology isn't there (yet) to make things local... therefore, not only won't people get weather or community news, etc. But they won't get local commercials. And I know you're saying to yourself, "That's the point of satellite radio! No commercial interruptions, etc." Yea, sure... but who's going to tell you about the red tag special at the local furniture store? Not all business is a national chain yet... and even so, some stores in chains don't do the same promotions at the same time, etc.

What happens to community events? Who's going to announce the fish fry down on the square in a small town? Who's going to promote a Hot August Blues concert coming to the local lake area? How will you know and be reminded about all this stuff? Community involvement could hit an all time low.

And I keep going back to the weather thing... I know you don't pay attention much to the normal forecasts every half hour or so... but what happens when severe weather comes along? Your power/tv is out... cable and internet has snapped... Newspaper doesn't come until the morning... and Satellite radio doesn't care about Paducah, Kentucky... Worst case scenario you've driven radio out to where they can't make enough money to pay a live board operator to stay during the night, much less a real DJ that would know how to handle the situation. The only thing you're left with is a weather radio with an automated voice that's kind of creepy as it is! (Even more so with a storm going in the background!)

I hear all the arguments about why not to change... "People won't pay for radio!"
Like they wouldn't pay for cable TV when it came out? And Satellite TV after that?

"People are just in an ipod phase, they'll come back to radio! That's where they get the new stuff anyways."
They ipod and other mp3 players have been out since 2001, and have flooded the market as quick (if not quicker) than the internet and cell phone booms of the last couple of decades. Don't think the iphone won't look at having streaming audio/internet radio on one of it's future versions if the demand is there for it. And with services like last.fm, pandora, and other (social) music discovery's... the social aspect of music will easily push new music to the new generation of listeners.

I even heard another scary thought yesterday... Some company has started to manufacture a chip that allows you to use the extensive cell phone data networks to hook a computer in the dash of your car, up to the internet. Therefore, my predictions of having streaming audio in your car will be coming true, just as I said it would 3 or 4 years ago. I've got to dig up that news release, and then find my prediction so you don't think I'm just saying that for this occasion.
I'm telling you... it's happening, change is coming, and it's coming quicker and stronger than radio has ever seen it.

Do I think radio is gone and outdated? No... but I do think we've got some catching up to do... I'm afraid we might have to take a lesson from our media friends before us. Newspapers have had to migrate to online, and even though they still do business the traditional way, they've found a way to fill in the gaps with new technology. Guess what... TV is already starting to see the shift as well, and they offer tons of content online as well. It's time for radio to get the picture and get it right, and get it online, immediately... because if we don't, someone else will.

*EDIT!*
Ran across this today, and thought it was an interesting concept.
I support last.fm, and didn't even realize that cbs radio bought them out before I read this.  I'd like to see where they're going with the plan though.  Could be interesting...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

a bit of spring

The snow has seemed to finally melted away, the days are starting to get longer, and it's not uncommon to see cold gusts of wind, or warm showers just roll in without a moments notice. the most beautiful plants start to grow, and even the weeds that are out now are the nice kinds! I don't know if these (left) are considered flowers, plants, or weeds... but they're everywhere in paducah right now, and they're a sight for sore eyes. I think they might be called an easter lily because they seem to come out in full force right before easter... but every photo I've looked at online to confirm that, none of them are yellow like this. Either way... Happy Easter, and let spring roll on!

One thing I've noticed about spring is that everyone has been itching to play golf all winter long. That seems to be the sport of choice at work at least. So at the first sign of a nice day, people are skipping out early, or just slipping out overall to try and get a round of 18 in at the local course.

And sometimes people (like myself) might ask other coworkers if they would swing at a couple of golf balls so they could try and get a cool shot for their photo blog... And sometimes things can go really wrong, and the last shot out or 4 or 5, just shanks off the side of the iron, hits a nearby wooden object, and barely misses the head of another coworker that's a spectator is this horrible idea

This (above) may, or may not of been the result of that story... probably not, but I still thought it was a very neat image that needed to be included. I still never got the original shot I wanted, but it was obviously time to stop.

The only thing that spring is not good for, is rain... and not that rain is bad, but a lot of rain is very bad... especially for some basements... like mine. As you could imagine, this was a pretty big deal.
I realize this isn't a very pretty photo... but it was the best one I could find. When I was taking them, I was thinking more about insurance than I was art... you know? But I can see where this could have been fun to shoot had it not been my basement? Look at the water reflection on the wall, and objects reflecting in the water. I think I might have learned the lesson of that there is still beauty even in tragedy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

water-free basement?

yea right...

The basement has been the only really big sore spot with the new house. We were told it was going to be "water free" and all we've had are little small leaks.  But they're leaks that make a mess and you can't put carpet down on because of, etc.
Well with all the storms Tuesday night/Wednesday morning... leaks turned into flood.

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So I'm sure you're asking yourself just how much stuff got destroyed? Fortunately... nothing extremely valuable that we know of. It's a lucky story actually. The storm woke me up in the middle of the night. Normally I sleep pretty hard during storms and rain, but when lightning starts hitting loud, I tend to get up now days. So I got up, and went to the basement to check and make sure the pump hadn't kicked a breaker or anything. Well, about that time... work called and a couple of stations were off.  As I was talking, I heard a slight "pop" and then I see this water quickly slipping up on me that's coming from the side of the garage door! So I quickly let the guy go, started grabbing boxes and putting them on the ping-pong table. Within 10-15 minutes, there was a foot of water in the entire basement. That's a lot of water... luckily, the drums didn't get hurt, and most everything else we got up in time. But if I hadn't have come down when I did... a lot of stuff would have been floating and probably ruined.

Strange enough, when the water finally started to go down the drain in the garage section, it didn't take but about 30 minutes for it all to go down. Very strange...
So needless to say, I had an interesting conversation with the guy who sold the house who also did the remodel and signed off on a "water free" basement.  Wasn't a nasty conversation by any stretch of the imagination... but I think he'll be coming to fix at least the leaks this coming week.

So today, Brooke and her dad are cleaning up the aftermath.  I'll put up some before and after pictures to let you see how they did.
I think my parents are coming up tomorrow instead of me going there... so we'll have a weekend of fun as well.  We'll at least have to replace one of the old pumps that wasn't supposed to be submerging, but got submerged... yea, it sparks now!

Fun times being a home owner...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

all for nothing...

Today, I thought I had turned a corner. I thought after I reinstalled wordpress, and everything was back up and working perfectly, I'd try to improve on things. I was excited, and looking forward to making the site better.
I went on a plugin spree... I bet I download 5 or 6 of them. And as it turns out... it was all for nothing.

What a waste of my time, effort, bandwidth, and storage space... So now that I find all this cool stuff that I can manually put into wordpress to make it even better than it already is... they say "it's coming up".
I love and hate you, all at the same time.

Do me a favor... I know everyone else is ready to jump up to 2.5
But I'm not, and I don't want the temptation to upgrade either... so for my sake, atleast wait a couple of weeks.

But still... expect to see a few changes on the site hopefully for the better.  For example... I'm starting to mess around with Tags, and you might notice the huge 'tag cloud' in the right side.  Basically, it's kind of an extension of 'Categories'.  So where the Categories are pretty broad subjects, the tag cloud can take you to something more specific that I've written about, etc.
I've also found a great photo gallery to use now, but as you can see in the article... it would be a waste of time for me to set it up and use it if I plan to upgrade with them. (*insert mad face)

I am also about to embark on a redesign journey for one of the sites I take care of. If anyone that reads this is good at making wordpress themes, I'll need some help. I'm going to try and use it as strictly a CMS for the site. I've read in several places that even though it's built for blogging, it can be a powerful CMS as well... I guess I sort of use ee.com as both a blog and cms, so I figured I'd give it at try for thefarmradio.com which desperately needs a face lift, as well as a cms for them to use.  If it works well enough, maybe I'll do it for all the sites I take care of!

Then again, maybe I should just wait for the new version to come out since it seems like it might be different enough to have to change a lot of things around, etc.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Bracket time

First off... sorry if anyone reads this site with an rss reader. Somehow I lost the wordpress mysql database? But things sorta worked still, just very slowly and with connection errors from time to time... so rather than fighting it while trying to figure out the problem, I just backed up and reloaded the whole thing. So I'm sure that it showed all new posts or something to that effect. Either way... I dodged a bullet, because I have no clue how to fix anything that sounds complex... which this did. If you see something that's missing that I had on the old site that needs to be on this one... let me know, please.

Next... Have I told you that I love march, lately? Well, I do...
I filled out several different sheets this year unlike my normal "Sheet of Integrity" and even though most of them are pretty much the same, I can say that this will be a tournament for the ages. I just think there could be tons of upsets this year. And I know saying this might make me sound like a homer because they put UK in despite a loss on a lucky shot, and b.s. call with UGA... (Glad they went all the way though after beating us)
But I'm really liking the teams that are in it... I think this is the best bracket we've had in a while. I think I'm actually going to have to agree with Dicky V, and say the only team that really got screwed was Arizona State... I really think they meant to put them in instead of Arizona, but they just forgot to put State after it, and didn't have the heart to tell them they couldn't come.

Anyways... I'm going to put my brackets up for you all to see. I'm only putting two up, but it's all pretty similar and I don't pick a lot of upsets even though I think there will be several this year.

First Bracket This was the first one I filled out... and I did it quickly without thinking a lot. First instincts, you know?

Last one This is the one that has money and pride riding on it... This is probably my "Sheet of Integrity" If I had to pick one.

What does yours look like? Who do you have winning it all, etc.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Yet ANOTHER google feature

Testing a new feature

You know me and my google features... I found another one today that I might love.
or not...
This is a test to see how googledocs can post a blog entry directly to sites.

I'm honestly not sure of the advantage here... but just to know I can is kind of cool

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dancin’… (edited, again)

UK better be dancin' this year!!! I've been saying it since before we played UT the second time... If we can win out, including Florida... we'd be in. It's been a long year, with some roller coaster turns and twists... but we made it! And even if I sounded negative at times... I was :-)

BUT now after today, I think it'd be hard to deny us. Especially if we get a win or two in the SEC tourney.

Good and bad news for my Racers... Girls won the OVC tournament and are going to the big dance for the first time EVER! Great job lady racers and first year head coach what's her name.
Bad news is the boys lost before they even got to the finals... so of course, Austin Peay won the whole thing again, and are going dancin. If you're interested, you can read all about it at goracers.com

Ready for the SEC tournament to start now! Should be some fun... I LOVE MARCH! It's like January and February with Football!

OH! And on the tennis side of things... Two in a row! He's back!

This part could probably be in a new post... but since this has become the "support UK basketball" post, and sports post all together... figured I'd just tack it on to the end.
So one of UK's losses early in the season that everyone still harps on is San Diego... right?
So if they're in now, all of a sudden it shouldn't be such a big loss on our resume... correct?
Just a thought! :-)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Winter Wonderland... In March?

Today started out very surprising actually. Everyone was talking about this huge winter storm yesterday, that was coming through and was going to blanket the area!
I originally had said... Nah, nothing will happen. Then I let myself get talked into believing all the hype. Well, for the morning hours ,when we were supposed to be getting 1-2 inches of snow... my original theory was correct. In fact, I had a completely different photo blog post lined up to be honest! It was only at around 2pm or so that it all changed, and we were quickly blanketed with snow. Which was fine, because let's face it... you can get some pretty neat shots in the wintry weather! So I did... I brought my camera to work after lunch, and had a blast taking shots of different things and got some great shots!

The above photo is similar to what I had planned on taking if there was very little snow on the ground... sort of my way of "sticking it" to the weather man, etc. But instead, I get this... Green, trying to make its way through the snow. Neat contrast of colors I thought.

Right outside of our office/shed... there's always been this shovel. It doesn't move, and to my knowledge... it hasn't been used in a while either. I just found the snow dust swirling around it, a very neat site to see.

Shooting in this type of weather made for interesting compromises. No one wants to get their camera wet... so you're forced to find places to hide from the wind that whips snow flakes into you.

While I was out here, I talked the other two members of the "trio" into playing football, and I got some really cool shots of them as well. I shared their photos with them, and would have easily put those photos above these... but since I work with them, and they might not want to have their pictures up on the web, etc. I'll go with these.

And finally... on the way up the dangerously slick hill in my Jeep... I stopped at the top of the road for what I thought was an interesting site for some reason. Can't exactly put my finger on it... but I enjoy looking at this.


I'm sure there will be some other snow photos tomorrow as I plan to have a snow fight at some point. Hopefully though, it's the last winter weather of the year...

A new adventure

Anyone that knows me very well... probably knows how I have a tendency to try a new project from time to time.
Well that time has come. Things are going pretty well for me... enjoying the new job a lot, loving the new house, the new life, etc. So that's usually when it's time for a new adventure for me.

Frequent visitors to ee.com also know my love for google, and google products. So you can imagine how bad I've been wanting a way to try and use my blogger.com account somehow. Since I'm pretty fond of wordpress, and because of older projects I've done, I can't just use blogger.com as my blog and get rid of the web server... So needless to say, I was pretty excited when it finally hit me yesterday as to what I should do with it.

As I've said here lately... I am really starting to enjoy photography more and more. Though I'm not great at it, I do enjoy it... so I've decided to turn evanelrod.blogspot.com into my "photo blog". In doing this, I'm going to try my best to at least post one new photo once a week, and more if possible. I'll also break out some older shots if they fit the topic of the post. Though it won't exactly be a "photo a day" blog like others have... I'll try and put as many on there as I can. (limiting myself on the sub-par stuff, obviously) I just wanted another opportunity to do something I like a lot, and explore the art of photography even further. No big deal really... just for fun and learning.
You can read the other introduction to the new blog here

So check it out next time you get a chance. You'll also find the link to the page from now on under the 'My Other Links' list

Old Fashion Shoe Shine

Ironically, I was trying to think of my first photo to put up here tonight, when it hit me.
Brooke scuffed her shoes up pretty bad this morning, so I told her I would polish them for her. As I was doing this tonight, I remembered one of my favorite shots of the 06' Derby. Caught this young lady trying to do the same thing, only the old fashion way.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I've decided...

Well, it took me a very long time to figure it out... but I've decided to make this a photography blog.
Just out of the blue really. Figured I didn't have enough interesting content for a radio or technology blog... and I love taking pictures. So why not do more of that and give myself a chance to learn the art of photography a little more?!
So I'll be posting photographs both old and new of things I've taken.
I will try and at least post one picture a week... but would love to do more than that.

So here we go... the journey of life behind the lens of an amateur photographer.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Otis Jam 08′

So the Jam session a couple weekends ago is officially being called Otis Jam 08'
And I now have the main attraction. ;-)
I'm playing percussion on these pieces btw... not drumset
Visit HERE for now... but I should have it up on this post as soon as I figure out why it's not working.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

well… crap (EDIT!)

Just when I thought big blue nation was going to turn a crap year into something decent... This happens

Here comes 3 or 4 more in the right side of the column... See ya at the NIT! Or next year...

THEN AGAIN!!!

After watching the second half of a tight game with UT, I think we could have a shot at still making it in the big dance. We played well, and hung in there with a good game plan from Billy G.
Dad and I have been talking about this quite a bit lately, because I don't think I was alive the last time UK wasn't in the big dance! (due to a lackluster record that is) But I stand by the fact that if we can win the next two... including the gators, (sorry friends and family down in the sunshine state) and win at least two games in the SEC... there's no way we can be ignored for the tourny.

BUT, if we are ignored, and we must go to the NIT... dad pointed out that in 78' (a year we won it all) the season before, we went to the NIT and won it all. So the point is... big blue nation just has to be patient.

Just a quick note to mention I had over reacted about the loss of our big man, and that I'm going to be positive the remainder of the year... no matter what.

On another note... GO RACERS GO! They beat the crap out of UT-Martin to lock up a close second place in the OVC. And as always, it's just us and Austin Peay at the top of the heap. Good luck tourny time boys! Hope to see you in the big dance!

And on a final note... Federer might just be on his way down! Not that I really think that, but dad and I were also talking about how nice it would be for Pete to keep the title as best player ever, etc. :-)

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