Back in business

June 11, 2011

So I tried to salvage the old blog by upgrading.  The process reported no problems but the blog was nothing but a blank page.  I’d contemplated moving the blog up to WordPress before and now seemed as good a time as any.  Surprisingly, my exported data was able to be imported with no problems.  I doubt any pics I had still work but I haven’t come across one of those posts yet.

TODO:

Update RSS feeds from old location to new.

Get some plugins installed.

My kind of relationship

July 25, 2010

Funny!

http://xkcd.com/769/

Rest of the 2010 SCP

May 15, 2010

Well I was 1 for 4 for round 2, putting me at 5-7, my worst year by far I believe.  I seem to be the kiss of death for the Eastern Conference teams I pick.  This will likely be my last post concerning these playoffs since I probably won’t be watching much anymore.  Best I can hope for is 8-7, which seems unlikely.

Sharks over Hawks

Canadians over Flyers

Sharks over Canadians in the Finals.

Multi-national T34 pulled from mud of lake

May 2, 2010

Check this story out.  Pretty cool.

2010 Stanley Cup Conference Semi Finals (Round 2)

April 28, 2010

Crikey!  I got every pick wrong in the East and every pick correct in the West.  At 4-4, I won’t be breaking any records this year.  I guess it shows where I pay the most attention.  🙂  As always, those predictions of how long the series will go have no bearing in my record.  They are there merely to show you how full of crap I am.  🙂

#8 Montreal vs. #5 Pittsburgh
Well, it looks like we’re gonna have to meet the Pens in the Finals again.  That was the condition if they were to be allowed out of the first round.  The Habs better celebrate their amazing series with the Caps now, their future looks bleak.  Pens in 6.

#7 Philadelphia vs. #6 Boston
Dagnabit!  I hates Pronger!  He is still on the Flyers, right?  I’m gonna root for an Original 6 in this one.  Bruins in 7.

#3 Vancouver vs. #2 Chicago
A former Wing leading Vancouver.  A former Wing actually scoring in the playoffs for Chicago.  This should be a good series.  I’m thinking Hawks in 7.

#5 Detroit vs. #1 San Jose
This is gonna be a tough one.  It’s a tough road to the Finals.  San Jose finally exorcised some demons in getting out of the first round, but not without a scare.  Hopefully we’ll be able to renew their heartbreak by keeping them out of the conference finals.  We had a hard fought series against them back in ’07, which helped lead to the Ducks taking us out the series after that.  If the Wings play like they did in Game 7 at Pheonix, they can beat anybody on any night.  Little boy Red Wing hockey light is shining bright.  Wings in 6.

Hey what a nice change.  A 9pm start last night.  Tomorrow nights game starts at 9 and Sunday’s game starts at 8.  Probably all has to do with other things going on, but I like to think that my incessant whining had something to do with it.  🙂  A rested FloydWing is a happy FloydWing.  🙂

2010 Stanley Cup Round 1

April 13, 2010

After a disappointing end to last years Finals, the Wings enter these playoffs with a different view than other years.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the Wings start Round 1 on the road since I started watching back in ’93(?).  An injury plagued year and a run from an out of the playoffs position were bookends on a very up and down season.  But they still reached 100 points.  The power play and penalty kill are much improved over last season and they enter as the hottest team since the Olympic break.

As the years have gone by, these picks have gotten more and more difficult.  The salary cap has forced the skill gap to close and it doesn’t seem like there’s any sure picks anymore.  As always, I throw out a disclaimer about my Eastern Conference picks as I pay little attention to suck unimportant things.  🙂

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Washington Capitals vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
The Caps put up a lot of points during the regular season.  Plus they have Ovechkin and probably should’ve have gone to the Finals last year.  I can’t even think of anybody who plays for Montreal.  Caps in 5.

#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers
It’s hard to go against Brodeur.  It’s easy to hate Pronger.  So I’ll continue with those thoughts.  Devils in 6.

#3 Buffalo Sabres vs. #6 Boston Bruins
Ryan Miller was amazing during the Olympics.  No reason he won’t elevate his game for the playoffs.  Sabres in 6

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators
Ottawa comes in hot and the Pens have been mediocre of late.  I don’t think I’ve heard their one Russian dude’s name all season.  Nothing will make me happier than for this one to come true   Sens in 7.  Of course, if you could guarantee me a Finals rematch, I’d take it.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche
All you’re going to hear how the Sharks turn into guppies come playoff time.  They’re still a good team.  The Avs are a young overachieving team that have been sinking like lead since around the 3/4 mark.  They’re lucky the season wasn’t 10 games longer.  Sharks in 5

#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators
The Preds aren’t good enough to upset the Hawks.  Besides the Blackhawks are slated for a Conference Final rematch with the Wings.  Chicago in 5

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings
This is the matchup I have the least feel for.  Vancouver has their own playoff demons that you’ll hear.  LA is a young team.  This could be the upset series.  It will go 7 and Vancouver will take it.

#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings
I was informed today that a playoff omen from previous years happened today.  My little Red Wing player night lite bulb burnt out today.  This happened before last years playoffs and was never replaced and we see what happened.  I think it happened the year before in the Finals but we replaced it and things turned out well.  Perhaps one good thing is it foretells a visit to the Finals.  I’ve requested that a bulb is found tomorrow and replaced before 10pm.

What the heck?  Isn’t Pheonix mountain time?  Can’t we have 8 or 9pm starts?  Yes, you’ll hear me whining about the late starts all the playoffs.  It’s what I do.  I just can’t believe the GMs of the Wings, Preds, Blackhawks, and Blue Jackets haven’t tried to get some concession for all the travel they have to do to get earlier start times when playing out west.

I’m neither committed to the optimistic or pessimistic camp for this year’s playoff run.  It should be interesting.  If Howard can continue his amazing play and not suffer any rookie jitters, we should be in every game.  It would be nice for once for us to have the hot, stand on his head, rookie goaltender that causes our opponents to die in frustration.

Wings in 6

8 bits of joy or Wasting away the moments that make up a dull day

March 31, 2010

Darkside of the Moon created for the 8-bit Nintendo NES.

Check it out quick!

A post with a forgotten name

March 12, 2010

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You won’t let me down, down, down!

Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee

I’ve been extremely unproductive of late and I really hate myself for it.  It seems like ever since I got the new job offer, I’ve not been able to find the time for the side project programming.  When time presents itself, I usually find an excuse to do something else.  It’s very distressing.  I need to just get started into something because then the drive will take over.  I want to get back into that flow when I was working on my Android conference app.  I found a way to work on that every night back when I was developing it.

I’m all about the Android phone development, but that would lock out my friends who don’t have one from playing anything I create.  I’ve got like 5 programming books laying around waiting to be read.  There’s about 2 that I’m actively reading in now and then, but their not technology specific.  One is career oriented and the other is interviews with a variety of IT professionals.

Just feeling a little sorry for myself right now, instead of doing some programming.  🙂

The posts are coming few and far between.  Facebook seems to be taking the few things I have to say of late.  I still need to figure out what’s up with not getting notified of comments.  If you post a comment, maybe send me an email to, so I know to check.  It’s supposed to let your comments show up if you’ve been approved before, but I found last week that that wasn’t working either.  Looks like I need to upgrade again.

SteamBirds

March 6, 2010

This game is a little bit addicting.

SteamBirds

Old Programmers

February 28, 2010

Holy crap!  I’m posting this so that I can read it in a few years.  I didn’t realize I’ll be considered an old programmer in less than a few years.