Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Louisville Area Chapter of Red Cross Katrina Response DVD

Last night we had our monthly meeting of the Disaster Assistance Team at The Red Cross. They shared with us a DVD that a member had put together. It had video footage from down in Louisiana and Mississippi as well as the relief efforts that I took part in here in Louisville. Intermixed with the video were statistics based upon the Red Crosses response. I was amazed by the amount of phone calls our local chapter fielded through the 1-800-help-us number. Last night they said our local call center received a little over 50,000 phone calls. I know that we assisted a little over 2,000 individuals who had fled here. I volunteered in the call center and probably spoke to around 200 people over a few days. I hope this DVD is made available to the public. It would be a great educational and recruiting tool.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Get Your Copy of John's Backyard Weather Folklore!

WAVE 3 TV Louisville, KY :: Get Your Copy of John's Backyard Weather Folklore!
Local news reporters can be pretty scary at times. Louisville has its own fair share of B if not C level reports and newscasters. I believe that John Belski is the exception to that rule. He's a really good weather dude. He just came out with a book of weather folklore and sayings. All of the money is going to local charities. It sounds kind of corny and fun all at once.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Tractor Trailer Overturned on Rt 18 Ramp 11/02/05

Firefighter Bill sent me these photos of a Tractor Trailer that Overturned on the Route 18 Ramp in Eatontown, NJ on 11/02/05. Bill always gets the good shots. Most of all I love the fact that the past firechief has the nickname Bubba on his jacket.

One winning ticket for $365M jackpot - U.S. Life - MSNBC.com

One winning ticket for $365M jackpot - U.S. Life - MSNBC.comCan you imagine winning 1 millions dollars let alone 365 million? Gina and I are not avid lottery participants. When the jackpot jumps 200 million we find ourselves paying attention. This week was one of those moments. I bought 2 tickets for this past Wednesdays drawing. When there wasn't a winner for that drawing I went ahead and bought more for last nights contest. Gina and I have had many conversations about what we would do with that kind of money. Paying off debts is at the top of the list. Giving gifts to family and friends is up there as well. We also have a dream with some friends of starting a Youth Ministry Organization that would provide retreats and training opportunities. What would you do if you won a huge lottery jackpot?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Podcasting Kit by M-Audio

I've seen a lot of companies come out with their own version of a podcasting kit and this is the best yet. M-Audio has come out with a pretty decent quality and a really nice package deal for the price. Check it out if your interested.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Thoughts on "The Bookless Future: What the Internet is Doing to Scholarship" written by David A. Bell

Our President and Publisher here at Presbyterian Publishing got his hands on this article and has begun to pass it around the office. When I first read the title, "The Bookless Future", I assumed that it was going to be some gloom and doom article about the end of the printed word and how technology was just going to mess everything up. I was pleasantly surprised. The writer describes the need for publishers to be more creative in how we think about selling our products and in what form. We might just need to create a new category. Hardback, paperback and an e-copy. This is not a new concept. For years different companies tried to sell these ebooks. They were these thin tablet devices that were created for the sole purpose of reading e-books. It was a total flop. The units were cheap and hard to read from. The screen resolution was painful for reading ad page let alone a whole book. This writer specifically speaks about the a new device called the Sony LIBRIe. Its currently only available in Japan.
If you visit eBay! you should be able to find one up for auction. What makes this electronic book different from the past attempts is it uses a cutting edge technology called "electronic ink", in which the screen is composed of tiny "microcapsules" that can turn black or white through the manipulation of an electronic field. In basic terms it makes the picture very clear and comfortable to the human eye. From what I understand this technology makes these devices very readable even in full sunlight. Almost like the real thing. But is it really? I'm not sure how easily this will be adopted in this country. The first version is supposedly going to cost around $400. How many people do you know are going to plunk down that kind of money for an electronic book when they could buy almost two PSP's. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Friday, February 10, 2006

How to fold a fitted sheet...

This is a question I've asked myself many times. At first I'll try to fold in half in one direction. Something never feels right, so I'll give up and try the other way. That ususally doesn't seem right as well so I'll just roll it up into a ball and shove in into my closet. Now that I'm married that just doesn't fly. If your really interested in this art of folding please check out this link. http://www.boingboing.net/2006/02/09/howto_fold_a_fitted_.html

Friday, February 03, 2006

Boing Boing: Mini modded into desk

Boing Boing: Mini modded into deskA desk made out of an old Mini Cooper or I guess there just called Minis. Who knows. I just thought this was the coolest thing. How fun would that be. I wish Gina and I could get one for our office at home. If anyone would like to give that as a gift I would gladly except. I can't speak for Gina.