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Archive for August, 2008

Lucas at Kennedy Park

August 30th, 2008, 7:46pm by Kelvin

Lots of fun: Merry-go-round, petting zoo, train, even a pony ride, although Lucas was too scared for that.

Gustav is one nasty storm

August 30th, 2008, 2:39pm by Jake

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Lots of news everywhere, I’ve been reading the Weather Underground blog, including the latest entry. Right now, the storm looks headed for landfall west of New Orleans, which might be very bad news. They’ve already started evacuating, so even if the storm hits New Orleans harder than Katrina, people should be much safer.

Wi-Fi in the Sky

August 29th, 2008, 7:44pm by Derrick

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Thought I’d be the first to make an in-flight post to The Board. I’m testing out American Airlines’ Go-Go in-flight high speed internet service. Not bad – as you can see from the speed test results: download speeds are decent, but you’ll be waiting a little while to upload large files. I don’t see too many people with laptops open either, so my guess is that everything slows down even more if this catches on…

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Walking on Air

August 22nd, 2008, 4:56pm by Jake


Walking on Air

That’s Nathan, trying to make himself the cover boy for the 2009 Project Adventure product catalog.

Per Kelvin’s Flickr comment, we’re all having a lot of fun, but probably not as much fun as Nathan was having this particular moment in time.

Neighborhood Cup

August 16th, 2008, 1:43pm by Kelvin

We’re down in Laguna Beach for a wedding (sans Lucas, woohoo!). We thought we’d try out a cafe called the Neighborhood Cup that gets good reviews on Yelp this morning. But the map is making me laugh; are all the street names really the same? Is this the Bermuda Triangle of Aliso Viejo? Good thing I have GPS on this phone!

More homework

August 15th, 2008, 4:12pm by Jake


More homework

Reading material.

Evernote

August 13th, 2008, 2:34pm by Mike

logo.gifAt least two of us (Kelvin and I) have been playing with Evernote, one of the ever-growing stable of Web 2.0 apps/websites/whatevers that allows you to store and retrieve notes “from the cloud.” My main use is to take pictures of wine labels of wines we like, so that when I’m at Trader Joe’s, I can remember which $5 bottles of wine were good and which ones suck.
There are some things to like about Evernote, the coolest of which (to me) is the ability to search text in images, which makes it a great combo for the iPhone. There are a lot of things to not like, too. Until the most recent iPhone update (yesterday), you couldn’t edit a note after uploading, only view it, which is sorta dumb. Also, ideally, I think the notes database would be local, so that you could access it without a network connection.
Anyway, I figured that we needed a place to discuss it. Anybody else using Evernote? What for? What do you think of it?

New phone

August 12th, 2008, 3:16pm by Kelvin

Our Motorola Q’s have been getting long in the tooth, and in the past month, both Serena’s and mine started experiencing charging glitches. As a hedge against total breakdown, last week I bought a used Q9c on eBay. I figured that way, I could continue to take advantage of our nice plan with Sprint without extending our contract. Got it for a pretty good price at $87, and it’s in pretty decent shape.

The phone is a subtle refinement of the original Q.  The hardware feels a bit more solid, but is pretty much unchanged except for the addition of GPS (which works well with Google Maps and Live Search Maps). Software-wise, it comes with Window Mobile 6.1 instead of WM5 on the original Q. WM6.1 has a few niceties, like HTML email, search-as-you-type in email (which also searches your exchange mail server), etc. Nothing earth-shattering. It does have a nifty "sliding panels" homescreen, show below and on the next page, where the selected module expands as you scroll up and down.  Within each module, you can scroll left or right to select different options.  I like using it to quickly sift through photos or music without leaving the homescreen. It doesn’t have the same "everything at a glance" quality of my original Q’s homescreen, but it’s more fun and dynamic (eye catching).

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I like it, and I’ll probably try to get Serena one too in the next couple of weeks.

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The Olympics Thread

August 9th, 2008, 2:32am by Jake

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Any want to talk Olympics? Not many sports yet. The opening ceremonies artistic portion (I caught the 2nd half) actually looked good for a change. Now, the parade of athletes… why is the American team wearing freakin’ berets? Berets? Seriously? I was shocked at how un-American those uniforms looked. Is that the image we want to project to the rest of the world? Put me in charge next time, and I’ll outfit the team in fitted baseball caps. No headwear is more American.

Lucas’s Smile

August 8th, 2008, 8:58pm by Kelvin

He makes this face whenever we ask him to smile. Something he must have picked up from Brandon way back when, right?


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