Archive for April, 2010

5 Google tools you probably don’t use

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

So i was watching a webcast today on the mac-iphone-Gizmodo debacle and a tool was cited in the web cast that I’ve seen and played with once or twice before but didn’t really use, Google Scholar. I figure that it might be nice to have a  list of some of the tools that I see and use and some that I just catch a glimpse of.

In no order I toss out 5 of em.

1. Google Scholar(wiki)- You can search through research, legal briefs, scientific papers and pretty much the whole gambit of scholarly works. All of it is referenced and cited and can be used to further other research. Play around with it and just keep it in your repertoire when the time comes that you need it.

2. Google Wave(wiki)-  I love Google wave. I actually am loathe to do certain things via email now. I am a tech guy, and I like specific areas of technology but others I don’t find as interesting. Well I have a few other tech guys in the same situation and I find that it is very easy to leverage the things I am weak at and they are strong at in the wave environment. Its hard to explain why, but there is no pressure in a wave. With an email, when someone sends me something I feel like I have an obligation to reply, even if just to say Nope, I cant help ya. In my professional life i find it extremely annoying when the courtesy of a return email isn’t proffered, and although i do perpetrate the crime on occasion I attempt  not to do so. With Wave though someone can ask a Citrix question and if I am added to the wave even though i know little about the system or how to run a Citrix server I can still gain from it, without feeling obliged to answer. Generally in email, if it doesn’t pertain to you, you will not be copied in, not to exclude but to save you from the increasing bombardment of email. I kinda went a little long on the wave thing. but i like it, get a friend on Google wave and plan something together, you wont go back to email for that stuff anymore. If you get a wave account and wanna check it out, add me I will wave with ya.

3. Google Public Data Explorer(About)- This is an app that takes a ton of publicly available data and allows you to graph it. There are a plethora of interesting data points you can glean from the data. This is more of a fun thing to use and try out on those late nights you are roaming the internet.

4. Google City Tours – This app is one you might use if you are  visiting a city for a day or so and want to have a nice walkabout. You enter the city or you can be more specific with a street address if you so choose and it will plot out the interesting sites to see. Its a quick way to take a backup plan with you when you travel in case you have some time and you want to explore a little. Try it out, put a city in it you know well and see if it is a LIAR! 🙂

5. Google Fast Flip – This app displays the cover of almost any magazine, newspaper or site you can imagine and link to their web address.  I find that this tool makes it very easy to scan many articles quickly until one tickles my fancy. I can also see what is trending and what folks are talking about. I find it a fascinating and useful resource.

And of course you can always find something cool to play with at Google Labs. They are constantly releasing new and interesting tools.

Just 5 fun apps that add to the whole internet experience, check them out.

Categories: Tech

good morning kiss

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

have a good morning kiss

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How sweet it is…

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

So Sarah is home in the evening for the next 4 weeks. This will be the longest we have been together as a family in the past 3 years. Needless to say my family is extremely happy to be back together even if it is for a short while.

Today we went swimming after work and just got to hang out. It’s seems like a very simple thing to have a few hours with someone you love and someone that loves you.

But I think humans get used to what they have. We are built on the what have you done for me lately mentality and get used to how good we have it very quickly. I hope that our seperation allows us to ward off some of these feelings, to learn to embrace most of the moments we have together and remember how lucky we are. I don’t know if we will succeed all the time but I do think the distance has given us a great perspective on how to cherish the moments we have and make them count.

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10 Awesome Sketches using the iPad

April 22, 2010 1 comment

So a few days ago I caught a tweet from Jim Lee(@jimlee00), comic book guru extraordinaire mentioning a sketch he did on the iPad. Well I was impressed as heck, enough so that I wanted to post up a few examples of the wonderful work that is being produced by artists with an app or 2 and the iPad… and a ton o talent.

The Joker - by Jim Lee on iPad

Catwoman by Jim Lee on iPad

Wonder Woman by Jim Lee on iPad

iPad Sketch One - Lawrence Yang

First Sketch on iPad -

First iPad painting with sbp - Mikedia

Grizzled Colored - Mikedia

Poppy Field iPad painting by Corliss Blakely with ArtStudio

Old Cupboard iPad Painting by Corliss Blakely created with ArtStudio

Devil In The White City - KevinBee

Unfolding - Anti_christa

Those are all just bad-ass. It blows me away what these folks can do. My attempts look more like a drunks exorcised exuberance.

Here is another talented traveler showing leet skills on video.

Hope yall enjoy. Thanks a bunch for reading.

HootSuite and Historical Tweets

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Hootsuite is a web app you should get to know. It’s a extremely easy to use free social networking dashboard. For the most part I use it for Twitter maintenance but it allows you to hook up Facebook, multiple Twitter accounts, and a myriad of other social networks using a single password. It’s pretty darn nifty. I’ve used a ton of other twitter clients and don’t feel the others give the options and flexibility Hootsuite does.

It allows customization so Twitter can be used the way you need, and it really lets you find out what’s pertinent quickly. If you haven’t ever tried Twitter, Hootsuite is an awesome guide. I suggest checking it out.

I have set a few folks up on it in the past couple days and it really changed the way they looked at Twitter. I wouldn’t say they fell in love with Twitter but it did allow them to see the brighter side. Much of the content of Twitter is a bunch of garbage but in amidst the junk are some very interesting and useful nuggets, and this is one application that can help mine them quickly.

In other news, tweets will now be going into the library of congress.  This article has some interesting insight into the matter. It discusses how social networks have changed the way we rally behind causes, how we now have a louder voice and how these networks give us a visible quantifiable measure of social reaction to different events. Down the road all of those tweets will be used to get some very interesting social commentary. One small thing that wasn’t really lingered upon was whom has access to this information. It does say that the data will only be used for research and academic work but those definitions are pretty fluid when they need to be. I  kind of hope and wonder if in 80 years my great great grandkid will be able take a look at what I was tweeting.  I bet that happens. And I think it would be cool as beans.

Categories: Current Affairs, Tech

Bigot Rant

April 13, 2010 1 comment

I cant stand Mike Huckabee. In a recent interview he once again discussed his views on Gay marriage. I don’t understand how there can be such bigoted bullshit by TV pundits, politicians or political hopeful’s in this day and age. Take religion out of it. No one can ever convince me that an all good, all loving God, that knows what is going to happen and controls everything would ever condemn a person for something they couldn’t choose. Alot of folks will say they did choose. I disagree. They are always finding out more and more that it may be genetic. And who the hell would choose to be gay, especially in this  hypocritical non tolerant society? And then we have Jesus, the coolest, most self sacrificing man in history. I just do not see him giving 1 iota about whom or how 1 person shows love to another.

80-90 years ago it was women’s rights(sufferage), 50-60 years it was blacks(civil rights movement) and now it is Gays. And that’s not to say that women or non-Caucasions are playing on a perfectly even playing field. Hell look at this article from the Wall Street Journal showing the difference in woman’s pay compared to men’s, its jacked. Especially as I eagerly await the arrival of my soon to be dentist wife, i get a little blue when I see that there is a 67% difference between her pay and his. I mean lets say the stat is 20% off to the good, thats still 87%. So Sar gets .87 cents to his dollar for the same work? That shit confuses me, because there is a vagina and breasts? Truly i don’t understand.

I think bottom line, I am just tired of people hating, not trusting and thinking the worst of other people because their experience and life has been a bit different. How would it affect my marriage or my family if I had Bob & Bob down the street from me? I mean at least 35-40% of marriages end in divorce with out gay marriage. It cant get much damn worse. So why don’t we give the gays a chance to do as Mike Hukabee says – “They have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing.”  And take a look in 5-10 years and see where our divorce rate is.

Categories: Current Affairs, Drivel

SQL Server 2005 SSIS tutorial with Universe ODBC connection

April 12, 2010 1 comment

A friend of mine was asking me about some beginner SSIS examples or tutorials and I remembered that I had one that I had created from a conference I gave on hooking SQL to Universe a few years back. Well I dug it out and looked it over and its pretty strong.

Now this is a tutorial dealing with some things that are specific to UV but it will work for anyone wanting to learn SSIS. Instead of creating the data source pointing to UV you would just point it to your other DB. It can be any other database you will just have to make sure to use the appropriate data connecter and data source. If you have questions or concerns or just want to chat about SSIS SSRS or SQL in general you can always hit me up at

Dont just watch the powerpoint, download and go through it manually as the notes give the specifics of what is going on. If you want the SSIS package that was created in this email me and I will get it to ya. Thanks and I hope you are having an awesome monday.

SQL Server 2005 SSIS tutorial with Universe ODBC connection