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    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    The World Series Is Over

    And now, with a quick annoucement that I tried to post three days ago, but it seems that Blogger dropped a post on me:
    Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox.

    But, as today, we have the Rockies Rally, I'm still happy for my team and our fans.  The Colorado Rockies, a team that no one thought would do anything of note, and certainly not reach the World Series, did our city proud.  To the Rox, the loss might be bitter at the moment, but this team has many of the pieces in place.  You, and we, will be back, and soon.  We believe in you! time, improve that batting average in the city.  Also, over week off playing baseball was probably too much.  But, I digress.  You still rock.

    Sunday, October 28, 2007

    A Halloween Shout Out To My Fans

    I haven't done a shout out to my fans for a while, so while I'm in the midst of doing yet more changes (as you can tell by the various updates on my sidebars), I figured that I'd do a little shout to some of the fans that I've got out in the world. So, hello to:

    Colorado:  Denver, Westminster, Fort Collins, Grand Junction (Go Rockies!)
    Massachusetts:  Randolph, Lawrence, Woburn, Boston (those New England Patriots are crazy good, aren't they?)
    Tennessee:  Madison
    British Columbia:  Victoria
    Ontario:  Newmarket, Hamilton
    Arizona:  Phoenix
    Nevada:  Las Vegas
    California:  San Luis Obisco (Hi, Kim!), San Francisco, Mountain View (say hello to Google, everyone!), and Upland
    Ohio, Urbana, Columbus, Perryburg
    Juarez, Mexico (been there, done that.  If you go to college in Texas, this is a stop for you)
    Washington:  Redmond and Seattle (waves to MSN)
    Florida:  Leesburg, St. Petersburg (I dated a girl from there, a long, long, time ago), Miami, Melbourne, Sanford, and Vero Beach
    Georgia:  Augusta and Hot-lanta
    Minnesota:  Minneapolis
    New York:  Manhattan, Huntington Station, Saratoga Springs, Mastic
    Tel Aviv(!)
    London, Loughborogh, Glascow
    Paris (oh, how I must go to the Louvre )
    Bredene and Brussells
    Indiana:  South Bend and Bloomington
    Bangalore and Calcutta (no, I'm not kidding)
    Providence, RI
    Texas:  Carrolton and Dallas
    Gatton and Sydney, Australia
    Pittsburgh and Erie
    Virginia:  Richmond
    Orland Park and Oak Brook, Illinois
    and finally... Kansas City, Kansas. I have relatives there.  I love you all.

    Thanks for all your continuing support, people.  I, and POW, appreciate it.

    Friday, October 26, 2007


    As you might recall, I'm a big fan of ghost stories and Halloween in general.  Yes, I do believe in them, but they don't scare me.  I don't find movies like House On Haunted Hill... realistic enough.  I do realize that's a strange choice of words given the subject matter.
    So, in honor of Halloween, I found this little slideshow (by the way, I do HATE slideshows, but meh,) on 15 Famous Freaky Ghost Pictures from KNBC, in Los Angeles.
    Go ghosts!  In the meantime, it's the weekend, and the unofficial beginning of the holiday season.  Go out there and show the world that Halloween is not just for children and candy anymore.

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    You Can Certainly Tell That There's Never Been A World Series In Colorado

    Obviously, the Colorado Rockies are rookies when it comes the mad crush of ticket demand generated by the World Series.

    DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies suspended World Series ticket sales Monday after overwhelming demand crashed their computer system.

    "Right now we're shutting the system down," club spokesman Jay Alves announced outside Coors Field, drawing boos from fans. "We expect to be online at some point."

    "We're as frustrated and disappointed as they are," Alves said.

    Alves had said last week that the Rockies were prepared for any computer problems.

    On Monday, there were 8.5 million attempts to connect with the computers in the first 90 minutes after sales started, he said, and only several hundred tickets had been sold before the system had to be shut down.


    Were I the person in charge of coming up with the online system used to sell World Series tickets, probably the first thing that I would do is find the largest ticket selling organization that I could, and then mimic their e-commerce solution as fast as possible.  That there were 8.5 million requests/hits in 90 minutes isn't the slightest bit shocking.  The poor Rockies crashed their own site, effectively fashioning their own Denial of Service attack.

    As I speak, the streets around Coors Field are closed as hundreds of fans are clamoring the ticket offices looking for tickets.

    Ah, I love baseball in October.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Be Bold!

    The Colorado Rockies are going to the World Series?!


    Ah, yes. Yes, it's sweet indeed.

    Monday, October 15, 2007

    Have I Seen The Future Of Vampire Movies?

    I simply must see the movie 30 Days of Night.

    The IMDB page.

    The trailers.

    The Graphic Novel.

    See it, I must. I shall.

    Another Life Lesson For Your Children (And For You)

    I find it funny how a rut can begin and how quickly familiarity can breed contempt.  Even a person that spends time on the ever-changing Internet (like myself) is not immune from the boredom that everyday life can bring.  So, I have found myself considering that topic, and how I might teach my daughter how to avoid the tedium the everyday world can bring.  As is not particularly unusual, I caught myself learning something new as well.

    Perhaps you might have perceived that I'm quite the reader.  Exercise for the brain is really what opening up a book and reading really is.  Not to say, all books are particularly enjoyable - they aren't.  Some are awful, at least by my estimation.

    But not all are.  On occasion, a good book will remind you of something that you can use everyday; there's a lesson there that can make you a better person, parent, and teacher.  And today, I remembered this some lines from this poem " If" by Rudyard Kipling:

    "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools"

    …and so on.

    There's a lesson to be learned here, that I believe is similar to a quote that Joy Behar attributes to Rush Limbaugh in the worthwhile book Got What It Takes? Successful People Reveal How They Made It To The Topby Bill Boggs.  That is, be bold.  BE BOLD.  Mostly I can get behind that theory.  Very few people accomplish things of note without some measure of risk and hard work. 

    For my daughter and myself, I will reinterpret that slightly. 

    The real lesson is this: in whatever you decide to do, sure, be bold, but don't let that be an excuse to be stupid.

    Yes, I think that's a good plan for us all.

    What bold thing have you done today for your children or yourself?  Perhaps today, more than any day, is the perfect moment to try something radically different.

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    Compare And Contrast, For Your Amusement

    Two famous people.  Two audiences whose popularity are worldwide.  Two equally powerful American political parties.
    Today, for your consideration, from
    "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"
    Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
    1/2 of the prize
    b. 1948
    DEUTSCH: "Let's wipe Israel off the earth." I mean, what, no Jews?

    COULTER: No, we think -- we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.

    DEUTSCH: Wow, you didn't really say that, did you?

    COULTER: Yes. That is what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners --

    DEUTSCH: In my old days, I would have argued -- when you say something absurd like that, there's no --

    COULTER: What's absurd?

    DEUTSCH: Jews are going to be perfected. I'm going to go off and try to perfect myself --

    COULTER: Well, that's what the New Testament says.

    DEUTSCH: Ann Coulter, author of If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, and if Ann Coulter had any brains, she would not say Jews need to be perfected. I'm offended by that personally. And we'll have more Big Idea when we come back.


    DEUTSCH: Welcome back to The Big Idea. During the break, Ann said she wanted to explain her last comment. So I'm going to give her a chance. So you don't think that was offensive?

    COULTER: No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be. I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to, you know, live up to all the laws. What Christians believe -- this is just a statement of what the New Testament is -- is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament.

    DEUTSCH: You said -- your exact words were, "Jews need to be perfected." Those are the words out of your mouth.

    COULTER: No, I'm saying that's what a Christian is.

    DEUTSCH: But that's what you said -- don't you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic --

    COULTER: No!

    DEUTSCH: How do you not see? You're an educated woman. How do you not see that?

    COULTER: That isn't hateful at all.
    I suppose you should read the whole transcript.
    Ann Coulter.
    ...and that is probably the last time I will ever write your name, Ann.  May you soon be regulated to the political discourse dustbin that you so obviously deserve. 

    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Office In A Thumb Drive, yet another of my favorite websites ever, put out an excellent article on how to turn your USB thumb drive into a mobile, primary office
    With very little work and no money aside from the original expense of the drive itself, you can easily turn a thumb drive into your primary workspace — complete with the software and settings, reference material, and documents you uses the most.
    How nice.  With the six (all good) ideas that they mention in this article, you are pretty much set.  Web pages like this are the reason that I started POW in the first place - here's a nice reference point for safekeeping.  Don't forget, many flash drives now contain simple word processors, anti-virus, and other valuable software preinstalled.
    It's hard to believe that just a few years ago my primary computer had 4 GB.  Now you can buy a thumb drive with that much for next to nothing.  I have one, and feel like I have the whole world under my thumb.  There's your pop culture reference of the day, people. 
    Heady times, my friends.  Read the article.

    Monday, October 08, 2007

    Grade Your Website (And Justify Your Existence)

    Over at How To Change The World, Guy Kawasaki ( you know, the Mac guy) tossed out a post about a tool called Website Grader. This free tool gives your website a SEO "grade" based on a few criteria that you enter into the site. Being that I'm always interested in the reach that my website has, I entered in this site's information and was given, within minutes, a score and a few items where I can improve my site reach to my audience.

    It would seem that I have a lot of room for search engine optimization improvement. In other words, my scores were…lacking. I definitely will be working on that presently behind the scenes. Successful networking is certainly something that I am all about these days.

    How are you working on SEO? Feel free to email me, or drop me a note in the comments.

    Saturday, October 06, 2007

    Popular Podcasts On POW

    Last night, I had this crazy dream that I added some of my favorite and more popular podcasts to this blog.  Imagine my surprise when I actually got up this morning and did it, changing my sidebar yet again.

    Yes, I've added podcasts.  Not my own, mind you (I'm not that crazy yet), but if you have an iPod or some other device that can accept podcasts, a few of the more popular ones are located on the right hand side of this page.  They'll change frequently.  Let me know if there are any particular podcasts you'd like to see listed, and I'll try to put them up.  Enjoy!

    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Another New Widget - Blogrush

    You might have noticed yet another change to my sidebar.  I've added Blogrush, a blog syndication tool featured in Business Blogging Tips.  I've only had the Blogrush widget on my blog for a couple of days, but the service seems to be getting updated continually and I'm wondering if it will be effective in generating additional readers for this here website. 
    You see, I've been feeling ashamed because I've been devoting so much of my time to my other projects that I feel as though you, my first readers, deserve a little more love.  I like to improve your experience, so I'm always looking for little updates.
    Take a look at it, and if you feel so inclined, put it on your own site and tell me what you think.

    Black Power + Gay Pride > Mental Disorders

    One might think that the combined cultural power of racism and homophobia would doom a fairly large portion of the population that was both black (or African-American...oooh, I hate that term almost as much as the phrase Oriental) and gay to depths of depression and other mental problems that would doom them to their own private hells.

    Not so fast, says the Science Blog. Turns out that black gay men and lesbians have fewer mental disorders than similarly situated whites.

    According to a study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health among lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations, blacks and Latinos do not have more mental disorders than whites. Based on the theory that stress related to prejudice would increase risk for mental disorders, researchers typically expect that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals face prejudice related to both racism and homophobia and therefore would have more disorders than their white counterparts. Contrary to this expectation, however, the Mailman School study found that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals had significantly fewer disorders than white individuals.

    There's an interesting finding. The first thing that comes to mind is this: perhaps homosexual blacks feel more culturally accepted in society than white homosexuals? Is that possible?

    It's a valid question. If you are expecting a enlightened and well reasoned response, I honestly don't have one. But it's still curious.

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