Archive for March, 2005

Bloglines Now Does Package Tracking

A nice addition came out today, especially since I’m waiting for a package–Bloglines now allows you to track a package from FedEx, UPS, or USPS just like a feed.

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37 Signals Says No to IE 5

37 Signals, creators of the popular project management system, Basecamp, is officially dropping support for IE 5 and older. It’s great to hear when bigger, or well-respected companies drop support for old browsers. I surely hope that all companies have abandoned Netscape 4.

CityTeam uses Basecamp, by the way, and it’s a great way to manage projects. Try it–it’s free as long as you keep only one project on there at a time.

Snipers Lose, Now 3 – 2

Well, it was a hard-fought, tight game, but in the end, the Bruins just edged us out, 9-1. Yeah…it was a game reminiscent of the Sabotage games at the “Mission Open Tournament last December, though not quite that that bad.

It’s not that we played horrible…these guys were just better. So much so that I think these guys should’ve been in B league. Well, at least every other team has gotten pounded by the Bruins this season, so we don’t feel too bad.

Out of all the games we’ve played this season and lost, we’ve never gotten so badly beaten, and of course, this is the one Chesney came to watch. But, she did get some pretty nice pictures!

Here's a close-up of me trying to make myself useful.
Here’s a close-up of me trying to make myself useful.
In the last few seconds of the game, I found myself in a breakaway...
In the last few seconds of the game, I found myself in a breakaway…
...and made a last-ditch effort to score.
…and made a last-ditch effort to score.

Tim’s Guide to the Perfect Cup

After years of study, I have perfected the art of making a good cup of coffee or tea, REGARDLESS of who made the coffee or tea. It’s become somewhat of an art, but I can at least roughly describe the approximations of the perfect balance between the actual drink, creamer, and sugar (pictured at right):

  1. Pour 1/2 a cup of the hot drink.
    (IMPORTANT: do NOT pour more than this, or the perfect cup will be ruined!)
  2. Pour about the rest of the cup with creamer–I suggest the flavored creamers like “French Vanilla” or “Hazelnut.” Those are good.
    (Note: It’s normal for the coffee to turn almost the same color as pure cream, or white)
  3. Add about 3 heaping teaspoons full of sugar, or roughly about 5-6 of those small packets of sugar at restaurants or at church. If the packets are an irregular size or you lost count of how many scoops you’ve already done, it’s better to just put one more in–don’t worry, more can only make it bettter.

And there you have it folks, the absolute perfect hot drink. Another advantage over simple, normal drinks is that it works even better at keeping you up!

If you have you’re own recipe for a good cup of coffee, feel free to share.

A Snipers Win, and Kneecaps

Funny that I wrote about injuries last week and people commented on how cool they are…

Vince, a guy on the other team slammed into his own player and didn’t get up. He was calm but said there’s something wrong with his knee. The ref carefully removed his shinguards and there it was in all it’s glory: a kneecap about 2 inches to the left and 2 inches down from where it’s supposed to be.

Even though some were nearly ready to throw up at the sight, Vince didn’t really say much, even when the ref said something even more disgusting.

“Ok, we have to pop it back in.” So they did. I watched as he straightened his leg and it silently slid back into place. I say “slid” instead of “popped” because there wasn’t any popping sound. Vince must have been on some steroids or something because he got up with some help and skated to the bench (he didn’t play the rest of the game though).

Man, that’s pretty gross, but that’s the king of hockey injury stories, aside from getting injured from a fight.

The game itself was pretty exciting. We played neck and neck and we were leading by one point until they scored with 35 seconds left in the game. We had a shootout and I got to go up against my buddy from church, who was the Stars’ goalie. He beat me, but we ended up winning the shootout. I got one assist. We’re now 2 – 1.

A Web-based OS?

Today I read this very interesting article about how we might be headed for a completely online OS, headed up by none other than Google. The first thing I thought of when I started to read this was privacy issues, and not physically having your own files, but it addresses that as well with some pretty good points.

Imagine being able to walk up to any computer, logging in, having all your files, all your purchased software, all your games come up. Every computer would literally be “your” computer.

Narnia comes to the big screen

The Chronicles of Narnia books are finally being made into full-length movies. Andrew Adamson, co-director of Shrek and Shrek 2 will be directing; Peter Jackson’s WETA Workshops has signed on to build much of the set; and Disney will co-finance and distribute it.

The big question, especially since Disney is involved, is whether it will be secularized, or whether the Chrisitan elements of the books will remain intact. Douglas Gresham, co-producer and stepson of C. S. Lewis has promised not to “change the words of the master.” I’m hoping that he can keep his promise. I’ve been especially interested in this because I met Douglas Gresham last year when he came to Biola, and Katie stayed at his home in Ireland for a couple days the semester that she studied at Oxford.

The first movie, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is scheduled for a December 2005 release. See the first video featurette, and the second one.

Did you know…

The Law…
–In Chico, CA it is against the law to bowl in the street.
–In Kern County, CA it is illegal to play Bingo while intoxicated.
–It is illegal to intentionally burp in church in Nevada.
–In Utah first cousins can marry, but only after they are 65 years old.
–In Arizona if a person asks you for a glass of water by law you must comply.
–It is illegal to drive a herd of cattle down the street in Chico, CA.
–It is illegal to sleep in a parked car in Cathedral City, CA.

Misc facts…
–Sheep in Scotland faint if you jump out at them.
–Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language
–Count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide by 2, add 9 and divide by 2 again, you would have the correct temperature in celsius degrees.

Having the Wind Knocked Out of You

The Snipers lost 4-7, so now we’re 2-1 so far. One of those 7 points was off of my skate. Hate it when that happens, but it’s not uncommon for that to happen to a defenseman.

I got the wind knocked out of me. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve had that happen. Even with playing full-checking with the cousins, we always seemed to check “nicely,” and I never got smashed so bad I couldn’t breathe (bruises are another thing, entirely).

So me and this other guy are charging toward a loose puck and we’re both trying to poke it away like the amateur C league players we are. I don’t even remember who got to the puck but a split second before it happened I knew this one was going to hurt. We were both going pretty much full speed and this guy weighs a good 50 lbs more than I do, so I bounced off him like a ping pong ball off a brick wall. Sad thing is he didn’t even fall. I think he staggered a little bit, so that’s good.

I left my feet, landed, and slid for a while. When I tried to inhale it hurt, and got up to my feet pretty quick and skated over for a sub, all the while feeling an interesting burning sensation in my chest trying to breathe.

At least I drew a penalty.

Todd Dominey Interview

Todd Dominey is one of the web designers I’ve come to admire and have been following his blog, What Do I Know ever since I searched for “flash slide show” on google early last year (I implemented a fade in, fade out flash slide show on the previous version of TimChes.com). This interview sheds some light into a talented web designer.

One a side note, he recently released a full-version of his flash slide show, SlideShow Pro, a more full-featured version of the flash slide show I used on TimChes.com.

Netscape 8.0 beta

Netscape makes a comeback? I haven’t tried it, but just from looking at the screenshots, the UI alone looks…AOL-ish…