Saturday, February 17, 2007

Saturday Randomness

Today has been the longest Saturday and random as well...

I got up at 3:30 to take Megan WonderDawg to the airport for a 6 am flight... The Nashville Airport is jumping! at 5 am

On the way back to West Nashville, I saw it spitting snow and within an hour, by sunrise, it was picture purty.

Wired on coffee, I moused around on the computer reading online articles, catching up on the morning news and posted some pictures on this here blog.

Started up a new blog: with the Promise Keepers Men's Conference coming to the Gaylord Entertainment Center June 20-21. A weblog is the best communication vehicle to recruit and inform the 500 or so volunteers that will take part as well as a good part of the 17,000 attendees that the Executive Team is gearing up for.

Blogger has been working extremely well for me, especially being able to handle hires photos and multiple blogs via the Google GMail accounts. WordPress has been hard pressed in the past to handle the volume of photos I need to have displayed, but I'll have to do some testing.

Later on in the day, after shopping at WalMart for essentials (hey, I recycle! to offset the why shop at WalMart critics), I went to Dick's Sporting Goods, the first store opened in the Nashville West shopping center. Very cool to have what promises to be a class shopping center less than 2 miles from the house. Target (not a Super Target) opens March 11, followed by Best Buy, Ross and Marshalls later in the month of March. While not a big outdoors person, Dick's is a serious place for those highly interested in camping, canoeing and gear that involve exercise. (making a note to myself...)

I was thrilled to see Engadget, ranked by Technorati as the top dog blog pickup the article Palm Treo cradle crafted from LEGO I wrote for Gear Diary. Speaking of GearDiary, the site has just been named a Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Best Site. Good stuff - Judie Hughes is our fearless leader and I'm honored to be on the writing team.

Been enjoying some music via a site that caters to independent and DRM free music. 30 Song Downloads per month for $9.99 per month...

eMusic is the world’s largest retailer of independent music and the world’s second-largest digital music retailer overall, offering more than 2 million tracks from more than 13,000 independent labels spanning every genre of music. A subscription-based service that allows consumers to own, not rent their music, eMusic is the largest service to sell tracks in the popular MP3 format – the only digital music format that is compatible with all digital music devices, including the iPod.

My latest downloads include Ane Brun, a Christmas special LP from Sarah McLauglin, some live Peter Green / Fleetwood Mac, It's A Beautiful Day, Explosions In The Sky and Todd Rundgren. I'm really stretching myself to discover some new artists and picking up some rare tracks as well.

If you sign up, eMusic is tossing in 50 free tracks...

Oh yeah, good SEC basketball game on national TV with Vanderbilt upsetting Florida.

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year - The Year of the Pig.

From the BBC News: The year of the pig is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity. But this time it is a golden pig year, which happens once in six decades.

The Year of the Golden Pig falls once every 60 years.

Some soothsayers warn that the pig can bring turbulence, and warn of a rise in natural disasters and conflict in 2007.

The Year of the Pig will also be celebrated with greater sensitivity in some Asia countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia with large Muslim populations, which view pigs as offensive and unclean.

I'm still full from the Pink Cadillac Feast from Corky's, but perhaps the Mothership BBQ can reach out to the Chinese population in Nashville with a turbulent pig special!

OK, I should turn in before I get a second wind and start messing around with a new LEGO craft.

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