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February 27th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Nicolas Cage Movies

Honeymoon in VegasFive favorite Nicolas Cage movies:

  1. Honeymoon in Vegas – 1992
  2. Next – 2007
  3. Wild at Heart – 1990
  4. National Treasure – 2004
  5. The Rock – 1996
February 26th, 2009 @ 12:11 am
Post-Workout Power Shake

And now, for your fitness fix, here is the recipe for the mega-awesome shake I had after the gym tonight: 4 ice cubes 1 cup 2% milk 2 cups water 1 banana 1 4oz Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 1 raw egg 2 scoops Cytosport Chocolate Muscle Milk Throw everything into a blender. Hit the ice-crusher […]

February 25th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: How to Display the Age of Your Site

If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that in my footer I display how long I’ve been publishing this site. It’s pretty simple to do this; all you really need is the DateDiff plugin and PHP’s default date() function.

February 24th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
Spaghetti Cat

I find it tremendously awesome that the mysterious and unbelievably cool Spaghetti Cat makes a cameo in the Fall Out Boy video for I Don’t Care.

February 23rd, 2009 @ 2:44 pm
How to Understand the Economy

This excellent presentation has been floating around the ‘net for a few days now, but I just got a chance to watch it. If you are confused and mystified by how everything seemed to suddenly fall into the toilet, by what caused your 401K to wither away, or just by why everyone is getting laid […]

February 20th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Tom Hanks Movies

Saving Private RyanFive favorite Tom Hanks movies:

  1. The ‘Burbs – 1989
  2. Sleepless in Seattle – 1993
  3. Saving Private Ryan – 1998
  4. Apollo 13 – 1995
  5. You’ve Got Mail – 1998
February 19th, 2009 @ 11:05 am
Eloise: Los Angeles Music

There’s a woman in my office who also happens to be the lead singer of Eloise. If you happen to be in Los Angeles and you get a chance to catch a show, you really should. I haven’t been able to see them live yet, but I have several of their songs in heavy iTunes […]

February 18th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: Current Plugins

Here’s a handy list of all the WordPress plugins I’m currently using to publish this site.

February 17th, 2009 @ 8:40 am
The Long Halloween

I have been reading Batman stories for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I used to gorge myself on Detective Comics, Batman, and — my favorite — The Brave and the Bold (which was back then always tales of Batman and Superman teaming to fight the bad guys). One of […]

February 17th, 2009 @ 8:09 am
It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium

This weekend I finished reading It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium by John Ed Bradley. The book is the memoir of an LSU football player who decided to become a writer, but it is so much more than that. Bradley writes about coming to terms with no longer being on the team and his decades-long […]

February 13th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Mac Software

The software programs I use most frequently on my Apple MacBook Pro:

  1. Firefox
  2. Adium
  3. Photoshop
  4. Coda
  5. iTunes
February 12th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
Bally’s Total Fitness Account Update

Dealing with my hacked checking account has been a major pain in the ass. I have had to update dozens of companies who were automatically debiting my checkcard. The fine people at Bally’s Total Fitness allow you to pay your bill online, but for some reason it is near impossible to determine how to update […]

February 11th, 2009 @ 9:53 am
Mwah-Ha-Ha-HA!

He used to be more sinister — he was able to hypnotize and stun people and he laughed in typical scary-villain-type fashion after completing a count of something and thunder and lightning would occur. He was quickly made more appealing to little kids, though. He is apparently quite the ladies’ man — he has been […]

February 11th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: Ping Services

Every time you post an entry, you want the world to know. If you tell it to do so, the WordPress engine will notify several site update services with a ping to let them know that there’s something new on your site. On the “Settings” panel, at the bottom of the “Write” tab, there is […]

February 9th, 2009 @ 11:53 am
Hacked Checking Account

Well, it’s finally happened. After over a decade of using the Internet for 10+ hours/day, someone has attempted to steal my identity. I went to my Washington Mutual online checking account to review my balance this morning and discovered a dozen charges that were most certainly not made by me (or my wife). Someone using […]

February 6th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Awesome Beatles Songs

It would be near impossible for me to list my five “favorite” Beatles songs. I have over 60 of their 238 tracks tagged with five stars in iTunes, and I take my ratings very seriously. So here are simply five really awesome songs:

  1. Hey Jude – 1968
  2. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window – 1969
  3. We Can Work It Out – 1965
  4. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? – 1968
  5. I’ve Just Seen a Face – 1965
February 4th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
WordPress Wednesday: Scheduled Posts

There are dozens of awesome features in the WordPress CMS, but one of my favorites is the ability to schedule a post for future publication. You can write a birthday wish to someone months in advance so you don’t have to worry about forgetting. You can plan to have an anniversary note appear on your […]