July 26, 2007

The Simpsons

Here's my self-created Simpsons avatar, as designed on the Simpsons Movie website. Go ahead and get your own.

July 24, 2007

I can see your house from here

Windows Live Maps is pretty cool. It can do pretty much everything Google Maps can do, but it has this neat bird's eye view feature in certain areas. Consider the picture below. That may be Tim and Kathi Hillner's house. I say "may be" because the accuracy on addresses isn't perfect, but it gets you in the ballpark.

You can even rotate to get views from other directions. See if you can find your house (if you live in the Cove, don't bother).

July 14, 2007


OK, so this Beckham guy is coming over here to play soccer, and some think this will make soccer more popular in this country. I'm not convinced. Soccer is just not a mainstream sport at the professional level in the United States and probably never will be. If you like soccer and like to watch it, that's fine. I'll never tell someone not to enjoy a niche sport. I'd be quickly out of a job if everyone stopped enjoying niche sports. All I'll say about Beckham is that one aging player with diminished skills cannot make soccer popular here no matter who he's married to.

July 10, 2007

The man himself

We went to Frontera Grill today for lunch. This restaurant won the James Beard award this year given out to the best restaurant in the United States. It's moderately priced, given the honor. The owner and executive chef is Rick Bayless, author of several cookbooks and host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time which airs on PBS.

You never figure guys like that are ever at their restaurants, let alone at 2pm on a Tuesday. Yet, as I sat waiting for the waiter to bring me my receipt to sign, I looked up to the right and saw the man himself standing there. Then he walked behind Janet and over to the kitchen to talk to some of his staff. I told Janet to look to here right, since I didn't want to point, so of course she looks over and wants to know why I'm having her look at a guy on his Blackberry. I did eventually get her to look at the right guy. It was cool. If I had my Mexican Everyday cookbook with me, I'd have asked him to sign it.

Rick's brother, incidentally, is Skip Bayless, a completely unbearable ESPN personality. Rick is clearly the good brother.

July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July

This is what I did to Janet today to celebrate:

July 2, 2007

Let me tell you

When I put a dollar in the machine and push the button for Cherry Coke, I am not a happy camper when bottled water comes out. If I wanted water, I would go to the drinking fountain. Sure, it was better for me, but this just means I'll have to eat an extra chocolate iced eclair later.

Ok, fine, here's a bonus video
Jedi Baseball

Been Camping

Wrestling camp was fun. Lock Haven University's facilities don't match up to those at Messiah either in terms of air conditioning or food, but it was livable, if only for five days. If I'd had a fan, things would have been better, but I didn't really have room for one of those in my luggage, and my plan to have a roommate with a fan backfired when all the staff had their own rooms. Finally, with the weather cooling off, on the last night I dragged my plastic mattress (it was like sleeping in a crib) off the frame and plopped it right under the window to catch some of the cool air that could not penetrate any further. Thus was I able to actually get some good sleep.

It's always a ton of work, and I leave exhausted, but I always want to go back. This year, the wait is shorter than most as the Messiah College camp kicks into gear in just two weeks. You should go.