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Pole Vault Videos

I don’t have anything new to post, so here are some videos of me pole vaulting in high school that I have been meaning to digitize and upload as a monument to when I was athletic and in shape (and, dare I say, hot). As a bonus the last video is me totally missing the mat and somehow managing to land and roll perfectly without hurting myself. Then you will see the swagger of a guy walking away from something he didn’t understand, but has to try and pull it off like it was on purpose.

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SPAM Comments Review

As anyone with a weblog knows, SPAM comments are a fact of life. Even a site such as this one with an average of two readers a day gets some occasional spam comments. Here are some examples:

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Why does spam always seem “over the top” in language usage? This is by far the most complementary spam comment I’ve seen. We ARE blessed to dwell in a fantastic community with many outstanding individuals with insightful concepts and I don’t think we say that enough to each other.

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Ummmm, ok. Nice thoughts, but this was a comment on a story about the war on general computation. Good to know your thoughts on iPod vs Zune (does that even still exist? Did anyone actually buy one?) but really, try to make your spam comment remotely relate to the topic at hand.

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I’m glad you asked and the answer is Yes. My random political and technology posts will soon be accompanied with video of me presenting the topic via interpretive dance. Viva la Multimedia!

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Musings on Travel

I travel for work a lot. I have opinions on every airport in the US (O’hare sucks – for example) and I know without checking roughly how many points I have on 3 airlines, two hotel chains and 4 car rental places. Having established my sad credentials, here are some thoughts.

  • Maid Service – This is stupid. I’m usually only going to be here at most  a week. I can survive on just the 4-6 bath towels already in the bathroom, the shampoo and soap will last through more then 5 showers, and coming home to a made bed every day with all of my toiletries arranged is mildly creepy at best. I pretty much immediately put up the do not disturb sign and leave it up for duration of my stay.
  • Rental Cars – I like a small keychain. I carry my house key, car key, and that’s about it on mine. So when I rent a car it is very annoying to be given a keychain with two car keys, two keyfobs, and a plastic thing which is SUPPOSED to have the car information on it (like license plate) for when I inevitably need to tell the hotel front desk what car I am parking. This is unnecessary, even if the thought was that by giving multiple keys and keyfobs that could give me an option to keep one set at the hotel incase I lock the keys in the car or lose them or something. This idea is kinda ruined by the fact that the keychain is permanently crimped together and nothing can be removed from it.
  • Airplanes – Flight attendants should have personalities. It makes the whole otherwise agonizingly painful process of flying entertaining. However, having been on nearly every airline serving the continental US I can state with some authority that Southwest is the only airline that permits personalities and *gasp* humor from their attendants. The others seem to think a monotone customer interaction with just a hint of “I hate my life” vibe is what we are looking for after dealing with the insane and pointless security theater that is the TSA. So to the flight attendants who vary their otherwise easily memorize-able preflight announcements with some humor and personality, thank you. Especially whoever did the one on my SFO -> PIT trip where they said “Please put on your oxygen mask before assisting your child. If you have multiple children start with the one that has the most potential and work down from there”. That had me smiling for a good chunk of the flight.
  • Power – Having wandered around airports at all hours of the day and night, like a demented zombie searching for an unguarded power outlet to charge one of my phones, laptop, mp3 player, or other inflight necessities, I appreciate the recent trend of providing charging stations in the waiting area. With one exception though, those new vending machines they have that expect you to pay in order to plug in your device and charge it, who are you fooling? I’m just going to unplug the vending machine and plug in my phone charger.
  • Speaking of TSA and laptops, nobody tell the TSA that laptop batteries have roughly the potential energy of a hand grenade and it does not take much work to over-volt it, breach the cells and cause a larger explosion than my “slightly over the size limit” aftershave bottle could, not matter what it was filled with. On second thought, I’m pretty sure most of them think laptops are powered by wisecracking hamsters running on wheels inside it so no worries there.
  • Skype video chat – It is the only thing that makes life on the road when you have small children bearable for all involved.

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Testing wordpress for android

If you can see this, it worked. If not, I will be demanding my money back.

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Another freaking blog, dear lord why?!!

Because sometimes I have thoughts (rants) that are just too big to be contained in the restrictive environment of twitter and facebook, or too personal to go on linkedin, and I forgot my password to tumblr. So stay tuned and see if this one “takes”, or if it will wither and die like most of the other blogs I have started and forgotten about.

Why earnestdesigns.com? I, like many others with basic html knowledge in the 90s, ran a small company doing websites for local businesses. Remember back then the pinnacle of web design was frames, animated gifs, and wordart. Every company on earth needed to get on that internet thing (they didn’t know why, but they knew they needed to). Since I closed it down, earnestdesigns.com was released, someone else bought it, made it a porn site (because why not), then let it expire as well so I bought it back for no other reason than nostalgia and figured I better find a use for it. So here we are.

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