Monday, November 14, 2005


I'm in quite a pickle over here. What do you do when your CEO calls you out for not playing addictive internet games enough?

On Stone, Marc compels me to "Beat that, Kocher!" - referring to his 2,646 score on gridgame.

What to do... what to do...?

UPDATE 11:10 am -- 2934!! Right back at you Marc!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Amazing Flight Patterns

Flight Pattern Visualizations

Frigging fantastic.

Google Maps, but Better?

Yahoo released their answer to Google maps today: the new Yahoo Maps Beta. Doesn't have the satellite imagery that Google Maps has, but otherwise seems as good if not better. Perhaps the best part is the integration to my Yahoo profile. It knows my saved locations and recently used locations to make my life easier.

Only downside right now is that it seems a little sluggish. Hopefully that'll improve as it comes out of Beta.

AP story here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Grid Game - Surprising Time Sink

This game is super-simple, yet surprisingly addictive: Grid Game

My high score is 1437. UPDATE: 1755


(Thanks to GMSV for the link in yesterday's newsletter.)

Update: DAMN YOU GMSV. I can't stop!

Hawk for Frick? God, no!

Frick Nominee Bio - Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

KEN HARRELSON: 29 years overall (Red Sox, 1975-81; White Sox, 1982-85, 90 - ; Yankees, 1987-88), the last 16 with the White Sox…The 2000 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year…Finished fourth campaign with color man Darrin Jackson after teaming with Tom Paciorek for 10 seasons from 1990-99…The Hawk's exuberant "YES" call and colorful nicknames have become familiar to Sox fans…Worked in the broadcast booth for the Sox from 1982-85, leaving to become executive vice president for baseball operations…After serving as the club's general manager for one season, he resigned to resume his broadcasting career…In NY, teamed with Spencer Ross in 1987 and Bobby Murcer in 1988…Also served as a broadcaster on The Baseball Network in 1994-95…Played major league baseball for nine seasons, helping lead the Red Sox to the American League pennant in 1967…Appeared in 900 major-league games, batting .239 with 131 home runs and 421 RBI…Credited with bringing the batting glove to baseball, he played golf professionally for a time before entering broadcasting.

What's not on that resume but should be: the Hawk won the non-ESPN bracket of "The Road from Bristol" - a contest to crown the "most loathsome national sports broadcaster not on ESPN." Hawk's victory was especially remarkable because outside of Chicago only a few baseball enthusiasts even know who he is - and not even all of them have heard him call a game. Even more amazing was that the Hawk beat heavy "favorite" Tim McCarver during the baseball postseason, when McCarver's at his most-annoying.

Anyway, vote for Bill King but DO NOT vote for the Hawk.

Presidential Grace

Buckle your seatbelt and get ready for entertainment. Andy Dick, Arianna Huffington and George W. If that's not a comedy match made in heaven, well then... uh, I don't know what is.

It's funny: just watch

(Thanks to Mom for sharing the link!)