Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HootSuite My Twitter Client of Choice

I have to agree. HootSuite is the most fully-functional web-based Twitter client I have found. I use it almost exclusively while on my notebook!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

For Immediate Release: SeV Travel Clothing Eliminates the Hassle of New TSA Regulations

For Immediate Release-SeV Travel Clothing Eliminates the Hassle of New TSA Regulations

Everyone knows that the new TSA rules are designed to keep us safe, but they can be a major hassle, too.  Remain seated for the last hour? What if you need something from your carry-on bag stored above?   There is an approved solution already on the market from SeV/SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing  Since SeV products are clothing, and not a bag, all SeV products by defination comply with the new TSA regulations which prohibit access to your carry-on bags during the last hour of flight. 

SeV travel clothing is stylish and designed to carry a multitude of electronics and other things in discreet pockets, to be used in place of a carry-on.  Passengers can stay seated and still access their convenience items for a better overall travel experience.

Containing slim, interior pockets, each SeV piece is designed to carry what you need on your flight– even a netbook or eBook reader – and can be easily taken off and passed through the x-ray at security without emptying each pocket.  With some pieces containing upwards of 50 pockets,  SeV clothing contains an impressive array of features for the traveler, including:

  • Easy-access pockets designed for specific items travelers carry, such as boarding passes, ID, cameras and much more. Icons stitched onto the interior pockets act as a map to help you find what you're looking for without fumbling.
  • SeV's patented Personal Area Network (P.A.N.) - which manages wires and earbuds through the jacket's lining, keeping them from tangling.
  • Clear Touch fabric, which allows a traveler to see and control their iPod® (and cell phone, when appropriate) through the fabric without removing the device.
  • NoBulge™ pocket design - just because you "actually wear your carry-on" as travel expert Peter Greenberg points out, you don't need to look like the Michelin Man.
  • Weight Management System™ engineered to balance the weight from these added devices. This system is much more ergonomic than wearing a bag that puts all the weight on one shoulder.

Holiday travelers are already commenting via Twitter on how SeV is improving their travel experience under the new regulations, in addition to the hundreds of other favorable tweets about SeV:

  • "Traveling with my @scottevest is so much easier" - @Dorv via Twitter
  •  "So I just went through airport security with my @scottevest travel vest and they didn't believe all the stuff I had in it when I took it off" - @chadmanfoto via Twitter
  •  "Just gave the fatherinlaw an @scottevest classic vest I bought him. Him "What's this for?" Me "you travel all the time now. You need this!" - @dmcohen via Twitter

SeV travel clothing makes it simple for travelers to comply with the new TSA regulations while still enjoying their flights.  Please visit to see the full line of SeV clothing and let me know if I can answer any questions about our company.


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Friday, December 25, 2009


If it rains on Christmas morning and snows Christmas night, is it still a white Christmas?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Unaware Motorist Pulled Over By Police

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Love My Pack Windbreaker

The Personal Area Network, pockets galore, including the see-through fabric for the cell phone and MP3 player -- this thing is awesome! It's my first ScotteVest, but it certainly will NOT be my last! Review coming soon at

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Magnatune Song of the Day
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Genre: Ambient
Album: Trances-Drones CD1
Artist: Robert Rich
Song: 2. Hayagriva

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Trances-Drones CD1

Total time: 71:57
Release date: 8/14/2007

Location of artist: CA, USA

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Merry Christmas!

Last year I started a new Christmas tradition with my kids, reading them my own kid-friendly rendition of The Christmas Story. I share that with you today, along with a Christmas message from America's last great President.

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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for Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Genre: Folk
Album: Karma Dogs
Artist: William Brooks
Song: 11. Convertible Girls

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William Brooks
Karma Dogs

Total time: 51:52
Release date: 3/24/2004

Location of artist: NY, USA

This artist has 5 other albums

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hook, Line, and Sinker

It has been one week since we added a little Chihuahua puppy named
Nacho to our family. Both the puppy and his name were chosen by my

Neither my wife nor I ever thought we would own a Chihuahua. I
certainly didn't think I would become so attached to one so quickly!
But this little guy has certainly captured my heart.

We had agreed after the passing of Maddy, our beloved Dalmatian of
nine years, just three weeks ago that we were going to wait at least
until spring to get another pet.

Tonight, there is snow on the ground, and little Nacho is curling up
beside me to go to sleep. It's a testament to the powers of persuasion
of a little boy and a little puppy.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Book Review: Dream On by Aaron Patterson

Book ReviewAaron Patterson and his hero, Mark Appleton, return in book two of the WJA series, Dream On.

We first met Mark Appleton in Patterson's debut novel, Sweet Dreams, a year ago, and we were wowed! As Appleton makes his return in Dream On, the excitement continues.

Appleton finds himself teaming up with an unlikely ally in Kirk Weston, a former Police Officer believed to be dead. And he finds himself in a titanic struggle with the very personification of evil, as he battles a Russian mafia kingpin also known as the Red Dog.

Dream On is filled with shocking twists and turns that one wouldn't expect from a story such as this. Best of all, the ending promises us great things to come in Patterson's upcoming continuation to the WJA saga, In Your Dreams.

If you haven't yet read Patterson's debut novel, Sweet Dreams, you should start there today. Patterson lays the foundation for the events that follow in Dream On.

Patterson continues to excite and engage readers with his colorful narration and creative dialogue.

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Book Review: NKJV Greatest Storeis of the Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers

Book ReviewThe Bible. It's the number one selling book of all time, with something like six billion copies sold in more than two-thousand languages and dialects. Whether you prefer something traditional, like the King James Version, or something more contemporary and modern, like The Message, you are sure to find what you're looking for in one of the many, many translations of God's Word.

In NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers, you will find the Bible presented in just a slightly different way. Different, because the Bible is presented as a collection of scripturally accurate stories rather than presented in a book-by-book format divided into Old and New Testaments.

Have you ever wondered just where you can find the story of Christmas? Or the tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors? Or Sampson and Delilah, David and Goliath, or Moses parting the Red Sea? With NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible you simply open up to the table of contents and scroll for what you're looking for, then flip to the appropriate page and read the full scriptural context of the story -- just like that.

While NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible does not present the entire text of the Bible to us from cover to cover, it does present hundreds of favorite Bible stories in an easy to find, easy to read format.

While I would normally choose a translation other than the New King James Version, NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible is presented clearly and I found it quite readable and quite enjoyable. It's a great resource for family devotion times, for home schooling, or just for spending some quiet, personal time with the Word.

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for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Genre: New Age
Album: The Depths of a Year
Artist: Ehren Starks
Song: 5. Dad's song

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Ehren Starks
The Depths of a Year

Total time: 58:33
Release date: 7/17/2003

Location of artist: KS, USA

This artist has one other album

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Our New Chihuahua, Nacho

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry X-mas!

Merry XmasThis time of year there is always great debate (among those who just need a reason to debate) about the meaning of Christmas. Whether you celebrate it as the birth of Christ, or just a time to give gifts, or some other manufactured holiday [see Kwanzaa], Christmas should be a time of great joy and happiness, shared with family and friends, blah, blah, blah. Right?

I say, emphatically, NO!

Christmas is a time of year that we recognize the birth of our Savior. Period. You may give gifts, which is great, as on that first Christmas day we received the greatest gift of all from our Creator God in the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ, sent to take away the sins of the world. But as I mentioned earlier, much of the debate of this time of year centers around the terms "Christmas Tree," or the use of the letter 'X' instead of 'Christ' in the word Christmas. It is that which weighs heavily on my mind today.

Christmas. Xmas. Or X-mas. What is the difference. Is there really any difference? Many people -- including some of my own loved ones -- intentionally use the letter 'X' to replace 'Christ' in Christmas, as if by writing the word differently they can remove the real reason for the season.

But what does the 'X' really represent? Consider this, from Wikipedia:
"The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning 'Christ's Mass'. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes maesse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.[6] 'Cristes' is from Greek Christos and 'maesse' is from Latin missa (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century.[12] Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas."
But maybe you're one who views Wikipedia as flawed, due to it's social editing structure. In that case, consider this:

From Bill Purdue, an Open University historian:
"I suppose to us it will always look like an abbreviation, but it would first seem to be an abbreviation used by clerics with a good knowledge of ancient languages."
Or this, from
It is said that when the Emperor Constantine had his great vision that caused him to convert to Christianity, he saw the Greek letters Chi and Rho intertwined. Chi is written as an 'X' and Rho is written as a 'P', but they are the first two letters of the Greek word Christ 'savior'. 'XP' is sometimes used to stand for Christ. Sometimes X is used alone. This is the case in the Chi (X) abbreviation for Christ in Xmas. Thus, Xmas is not directly a way of secularizing the holiday, but since 'X' is not Chi in English, we read the word as X-mas and see no connection with Christ.
Still not convinced? Then maybe you should consider this, from, one of the most reputable sites for debunking urban myths (presented as a screen capture as well as text -- click image to enlarge):
The abbreviation of 'Xmas' for 'Christmas' is neither modern nor disrespectful. The notion that it is a new and vulgar representation of the word 'Christmas' seems to stem from the erroneous belief that the letter 'X' is used to stand for the word 'Christ' because of its resemblance to a cross, or that the abbreviation was deliberately concocted "to take the 'Christ" out of Christmas."

Actually, this usage is nearly as old as Christianity itself, and its origins lie in the fact that the first letter in the Greek word for 'Christ' is 'chi,' and the Greek letter 'chi' is represented by a symbol similar to the letter 'X' in the modern Roman alphabet. Hence, 'Xmas' is indeed perfectly legitimate abbreviation for the word 'Christmas'...
So there you have it. No matter how you slice it -- or spell it -- Christmas is just that, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Merely substituting 'Christ' with an 'X' does not change that. Am I suggesting that you shouldn't celebrate Christmas if you haven't accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Quite the contrary. Instead, I suggest you continue to celebrate Christmas with your friends and family, giving gifts and singing carols, and all that has come to be a traditional Christmas celebration. Oh, yeah, and I strongly encourage you to come to a personal relationship with Christ, because without that, everything we do on this Earth is for nothing.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bearcats: Good Riddance BK

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for Friday, December 11, 2009

Genre: Ambient
Album: Due Acque - Live Archive Vol 2
Artist: Robert Rich
Song: 3. Due Acque part 01

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Robert Rich
Due Acque - Live Archive Vol 2

Total time: 72:32
Release date: 7/3/2009

Location of artist: CA, USA

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Genre: Jazz
Album: 12 String
Artist: Jeff Wahl
Song: 10. Starting Over Again

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Jeff Wahl
12 String

Total time: 38:24
Release date: 8/12/2008

Location of artist: CO, USA

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Google Chrome Extensions

This is the last thing that Google Chrome was missing to make it the only browser you will ever need. Google Chrome Extensions

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Indiana Road Crews #FAIL in Snow

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First Snow and Icy Streets

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Working Sundays

For the first time in 15 years in Retail Management, I work for a
company that has adopted a set Management schedule for every store in
the chain. This set schedule has me working 7 of 9 Sundays during the
holiday season, after always having Sundays off.

Sundays for me are family days that begin by taking the family to
church. We then do activities together at home or go to lunch, and
just basically enjoy the day as a family.

Today, I'm at work, wondering which bean counter in corporate who has
never worked a day in a store made this set schedule. My family is
home without me.

Later this week I'll be meeting for the second time with two different
companies about a career change. My motivtion for changing is

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Random Holiday Thoughts

Being in Retail Management, this can always be a hectic and stressful
time of year for me. In past years, the job has actually killed my
Christmas spirit. There can be a great deal of chaos, people arguing
over who got to the last widget on the shelf first -- many people are
just rude in general at this time of year to those in the service

Thankfully I've been away from the core retail business for the past
five years. I work now in a specialty retail market that barely even
extends store hours for the holidays. And with Thanksgiving (my
favorite holiday) behind us and Christmas rapidly approaching, I can
let the joy of the season flow through me.

There is nothing better at Christmas than seeing my kids happy. It
makes up for all of the rudeness and chaos I see at work.

Next time you're shopping, tell a Retailer "Thank You" for being there
for you this Christmas. It just might make their day.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Day At The Museum

Today was my first day off work since Thanksgiving, and we decided to
spend it doing something fun and family-oriented. So we took off after
lunch and headed to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

My daughter got to see Santa Claus (my son avoided him), ride the
carousel, and slide down the Yule Slide (a la "A Christmas Story"). My
son did and arctic treasure hunt and played in Science Works.

We always have a great time at The Children's Museum, which is why we
became members last spring. Check out some pics of our day at

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

NaNoWriMo 2009

NaNoWriMo Winner 2009With only two days left in the month of November, I have crossed the 50,000 word finish line for National Novel Writing Month. My novel, the sequel to my first novel is only approximately half complete at 50,000 words, so it looks like I'll be writing well into December.

I'm very pleased with where the story is going and where my characters are taking it (because I lost control long ago when they quit following my direction around word 264 or so). Stay tuned for updates on the editing and eventual publishing process.

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