Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Slow Carb - Stuck at 25 Pounds

So my Slow Carb weight loss has ground to a halt at 25 pounds.  Not the fault of the diet per se.  Instead, the fault of a couple of holidays and an illness induced comfort food binge.  However, the problem with Slow Carb is that it isn't easy to do when you are in a hurry or on the go.

We've done some cooking and prep work ahead of time, but at a time when you are sick it isn't easy to stick with.  So I need to jump-start the diet and get rolling again.

- How did I get so much cool?
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Denver Broncos You Stink

The Broncos game on Monday night was a joke. A practical joke on the loyal fans who actually believed that Denver was going to be better this year. Maybe only a .500 team, but a competitive team. The one area they needed to fix was defense. Last year, Denver's defense couldn't stop anyone on 3rd downs. It appears to be the same story again this year. With a 3rd and 13 late in the first half, Denver needed a stop. On a give up draw play, the Raiders ran for 15 yards and set themselves up for a score.

When trailing by just 3 points late in the game. Denver had two chances to stop the Raiders and get the ball back with enough time to make a play and tie things up. Instead. Denver gave up 2 runs of 10 or more yards that sealed their fate.

The offense managed a paltry 13 points. They Raiders fumbled away a punt on their first possession and Denver couldn't do anything from their 15. They had to settle for a field goal. The rest of the first half Denver seemed out of sync, had several dropped balls, and no running game.

Orton. I've said this before and I'll say it again. Orton will not win you many games. He is probably one of the best QBs between the 20s, but cannot do much in the red zone. He is not any good when he has to make a play. Late in the first half, he threw a pick which resulted in the Raiders kicking a record tying 63 yard field goal. When Denver was down by 3, Orton fumbled away any chances Denver had of coming back. At that point in the game, Denver was moving the ball, and the Raiders were losing their composure. Had Denver scored at that point, they might have had just enough to win that game. Instead, the Raiders scored a touchdown and Denver was out.

Orton will not cost you any games, he just won't win you any games. He will do just enough, but there are times when you need to have your QB take the team and will them to victory. Orton does not have that quality.

WebOS is NOT Dead

A few weeks back when HP announced that it was dumping the Touchpad and other WebOS devices, I said that WebOS was dead. So what has happened in between? HP got some smarts and decided to sell the Touchpad at a loss. Demand has been so overwhelming that HP is going to do one last run of the Touchpad to meet the demand. I've run into folks who had never heard of WebOS that now own a Touchpad. Sales of apps are about 5 times greater than they were just a month ago. So where does that leave WebOS?

HP wants to dump hardware. Margins are thin and they don't generate enough revenue. They are not dumping WebOS. Samsung and HTC are still hinting at using WebOS to compete against Google and Apple. WebOS apps are still being developed. There is a big community out there.

Not only did I get a Touchpad, but I have also upgraded my Palm Pre to a Palm Pre 2. I love WebOS.

25 Pounds

So my experiment with Slow Carb dieting has been a modest success so far. I have lost 25 pounds since starting at the end of July. A couple of things that I have learned from Slow Carb.

1.) It works for me. It may not be a long term solution for me, but I don't have any troubles following a Slow Carb diet. Lean protein and veggies with complex carbs provides a decent amount of variety.

2.) You need a cheat every now and then. In the "4 Hour Body" book, he advocates a cheat day. I have not really done that. I have more like a cheat meal. And even the cheat meal is mainly slow carb with a treat thrown in. A burger (no bun) with green beans and fries. The fries are a big cheat. The cheat gives you something to look forward to and it sort of shakes up your body.

3.) I can live without bread. Maybe not in every instance, but bread, pasta and rice are a treat to be enjoyed every so often.

4.) I was never a big dairy man accept for coffee cream and ice cream. I'm still enjoying half and half in my coffee. I've had about 3 servings of ice cream in the last 2 1/2 months. I have a big cheat meal coming up in a few days. I might have ice cream or I might have a variety of little treats.

5.) You cannot really eat slow carb in a fast food setting. As a result, I have only been out to eat a couple of times. Those times were the result of poor planning or just a craving.

The one real drawback of a Slow Carb diet is that it requires prep time and effort. I eat an omelet with veggies or beans everyday. That takes about 1/2 of an hour to make. Kind of puts a dent in the mornings. A couple of tips to shorten the time needed in the mornings. Cook some of the food ahead of time. Turkey bacon has become a staple. It takes about 20 minutes to fry up a package. Usually I cook up a package on a Saturday or Sunday and have bacon for the week. Egg muffins are easy to make. They are easy to store and can be eaten cold or hot.

Salsa is the best. Salsa Verde (Green chili salsa) rocks on eggs and omelets. This isn't Adkins. This is slow carb. Don't eat hot dogs, bologna, fatty fast food meats, etc. Make sure your protein is lean. Learn to like beans. Black beans are easy to spice up with some garlic, cumin and cilantro. Lima beans and green beans with turkey bacon and tomatoes are the bomb.

Drink lots of water. Sometimes you get hungry and sometimes you get a craving for something you shouldn't eat. Drink some water. Fill up on water and soon enough the craving with go away.

I Have Not Posted In A While

The reason? I've been busy at work and I scored myself one of those $99 HP Touchpads. Oh yeah.

Monday, September 05, 2011

A tweet by @TechCrunch shared from Spaz HD

From @TechCrunch:

TV In The Cloud by @erickschonfeld

Shared from Spaz HD

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 18 - WebOS is Dead


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15 Pounds!

My first goal was 15 pounds by the end of August. I have officially met that mark.

An awesome slow carb treat...Salsa Verde. In laymen's terms, green chile salsa. I have been having it on my eggs and burgers.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

4 Weeks...12 Lbs And Counting

My goal is 15 lbs for the month of August. At the rate I'm at, I should make it. There was about a week in the middle where things seemed to grind to a halt. The weight loss has picked up a bunch over the past week. I tweaked a few things...I'm drinking more water. I'm eating more carbs. The first couple of weeks I was having either beans or a veggie with the lean protein. Now I am having both. I am also eating a little more frequently. At least 4-5 times a day.

I created an awesome slow carb burrito bowl last night.

1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup roasted green pepper. I roast the pepper under the broiler until the skin is blackened.
1/2 cup of mushrooms
1/4 cup of diced tomatoes
1 - 1/2 cups of slaw mix. The kind I used was shredded cabbage and broccoli.
1 cup of cubed chicken
1/4 cup of black beans
2 tbsp of salsa

Fry the chicken in a tiny bit of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. I have been using garlic infused sea salt. Set aside chicken. Add to the pan the slaw mix, onions, and peppers. Cook until tender. Add the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are heated thru and begin to sweat. Put in a bowl, add the chicken, black beans, tomatoes and salsa. To take it over the top, add some avocado.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Lbs in 3 Weeks

Not a bad start, but nowhere near a total transformation. My goal for August is 15 lbs. At the current rate I should reach it. Next week I'll be upping the exercise. I should see a little flux in weight for the first few days. However, I am hoping to jump start the next 10 lbs.

It is a cheat day. My cheat is cheese on a lettuce wrap burger and a side of fries. I can't wait!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Liberal "Christian" Scholars Don't Like Genesis 1

albertmohler (@albertmohler)
8/9/11 9:16 AM
RT @IvanTable: NPR profiles the debate raging among evangelicals on the historicity of Adam & Eve— @albertmohler appears

So NPR asks several CINOs (Christians in name only) why Genesis 1 cannot be taken literally.  Then NPR gives the CINOs the forum to complain about how Conservative Christians won't accept their opinions as fact.  Boo hoo.  So and so is a scholar at such and such university and he says that the Bible should be read as a poem.  Really? See if the Bible is a big book of poetry then we are not accountable to what it says.  

Here's the real issue: if Genesis 1 is to be taken literally then we also have to take literally the fact that we are sinners that will be eternally separated from God when we die.  And the only way to escape that punishment is to accept the free gift of Salvation made possible by the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Diet Cheat Day

I made homemade pizza for the kids. That was my cheat for the week. I had a big plate of green beans too. I figured it would help me limit the amount of pizza.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Lovely Bones

I just finished reading, "The Lovely Bones."

I heard so many good things about this book. I really feel bad because I didn't like it. I didn't like it because I didn't like the people in the book. Susie's father gives up and her mother has an affair and runs away from her family. Oh, and Susie get's to come back to earth and decides to have relations instead of seeing her family. Maybe I'm missing something.

Near Perfect Slow Carb Breakfast

3 Egg Whites plus 1 Whole Egg Omelet - 3 Strips of Turkey Bacon - 1/4 Cup of Fresh Salsa

Throw in a side of fat free refried beans.


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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

8 Pounds In 8 Days

...And it isn't water weight! Slow Carb success. Awesome Slow Carb green beans.

Bag of Frozen Green Beans - thawed
4 Slices of Turkey Bacon - chopped
1 Medium Tomato
Tbsp of Chopped Garlic

Heat a pan on medium heat. When the pan is heated add a little bit of Olive Oil to coat the pan. Add the chopped bacon and fry until a bit crispy. Add the beans and cook. Stir frequently. You don't want the beans or the bacon to burn. Add the garlic and tomato. Continue to cook until the tomatoes and garlic are tender.

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The Broncos Need To Keep Orton

So far, Kyle Orton is the best QB the Broncos have. If Denver wants to win they need to keep him. With that said, they need to figure out a way to get Tebow playing on a consistent basis. Maybe that means using him at wideout or H-Back. The few times they did that last year it was obvious that he was going to run. Let him run the option. Do something that would give him experience and would help the team to win.

I'm tired of watching Denver lose. The fans want the team to be competitive and to win this year.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Diet - Day 7

So I am on day seven of my Slow Carb diet. So far I have lost six pounds. I didn't go crazy on my cheat day. My cheat ended up being whole grain bread with honey butter. After a week of lean protein and green veggies, it tasted better than a Snickers. I want to lose a little weight...Actually a lot of weight! My hope is to add some good habits to my lifestyle. A treat should really be a treat. Exercise should be regular. Eating should be done in moderation.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Diet - Day 1

My wife and I started a new diet on Tuesday. We would have started Monday, but we didn't get to the store until Monday night. Anywho, breakfast was a little broccoli with garlic and a grilled chicken breast. Lunch was the same. Dinner was black beans with shredded chicken and salsa. About 1900 calories and slow carb friendly.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Is Netfix Flexing It's Muscles To Force More Streaming?

I hate when the kids and I want to watch a movie only to find out that it is DVD only. When it was only a couple of bucks more a month, there was temptation to add DVDs to the account. Now it would be more than double. No thank you.

It would be interesting to see how much Netflix pays the studios for DVDs. And how big a part those purchases are as a part of overall DVD sales. The studios want control and streaming doesn't fit their schemes.

So is Netflix trying to get rid of DVDs? It would be sweet if this boosts the offerings that are available via streaming.

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We Need Congress to Pass Cut and Cap

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Best E Book Reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch

I've been reading books on a hand held device since my Palm II days. I've always enjoyed the flexibility that an e-reader has afforded me.

I will start off with what I consider to be the top e-reader apps.

• Stanza
• iBooks
• Kindle

Each has various strengths and weaknesses that I will address in upcoming posts.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

If I Had One Wish...It Would Be A Wish For A Billion Dollars

If I had two wishes the second wish would be for a Kindle app for the Palm Pre...I love the Kindle app on the iPod Touch.  WebOS (pre - 3.0) doesn't have a decent ebook reader.  

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

WebOS Touch-To-Share - Is Apple Going to Copy Or Rip Off?

Apple Copying Touch-To-Share

HP has a jump start on Touch-To-Share between devices. Their best bet would be to make it work (in a hurry) among a multitude of devices. Also, HP should share the technology with other manufacturers. Wouldn't it be great to share a browser page with your PC, tablet or even your web enabled TV?

Old People Will Still Want E-Book Readers

Tablets Are Beating Out E-Readers and Netbooks

Everything the Casey Anthony Jury Learned...They Learned By Watching TV

Casey Anthony Jury and the CSI Effect

This article just continues the trend that the jury didn't know what they were doing and as a result, a guilty person goes free.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So The Obama White House Lied?

Here's a website I think you'll like: Emails Show White House Targeting Fox News Despite Denial -

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Moody's and S & P Want To Downgrade Our Credit Worthiness

Who cares! These are the same jokers that were rating junk mortgage bonds as Triple A's.  You know the bonds that were not worth the paper they were written on.  The very same mortgages that cratered and caused the economic mess we are in right now.

So we know which side they are on.  I bet you'd find that Moody's and S & P are big Democrat donors.

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Hmmmm...A Cheap, Electronic Notepad

Here's a website I think you'll like: The E-Note Is An Ultra-Simple Note-taking Tablet | TechCrunch


I think I will wait for the version that allows notes to be saved and off loaded to another device.

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A Necktie Fan

Here's a website I think you'll like: TechCrunch

Something tells me that this wouldn't work.  A fan on your tie?  How about copper thread or tubing in the tie that is cooled via peltier?  That would be awesome.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WebOS Has A Chance In The Enterprise


I think that HP has been talking a good game.  They are trying to create the perception that the Touchpad and WebOS are really designed to compete in the enterprise.  However, at it's launch the Touchpad lacked apps that would interest serious business users.  Business is more than email and calendar apps.  As the above article points out, outside of schools and medical offices the iPad doesn't really have any foot hold in a professional environement.  That is where HP and WebOS could carve out a spot.  HP needs to concentrate on business apps for the Touchpad.  I would include development apps as well.

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Atheists Are Jerks

 BBC News - Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

It would really be easy for me to make fun of atheists.  The problem is in knowing that the consequence of their beliefs er un-belief is eternal.  Still, why do they have to be jerks?

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Prez Obama Can Raise Money...Can't Do Much Else

 Obama raises $86 million for his campaign, DNC - Washington Times

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Digg Raises Venture Money - Wait, What?


Why would anyone in their right mind continue to pump money into Digg? Maybe they are hoping that Justin Timberlake will buy it.  

Digg is dead.  

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Doom and Gloom For WebOS?


So the guy who brought Palm back to life is out at HP?  It is hard to see what HP is going to do.  They are all talk about the enterprise which is a good thing.  Android and Apple are not enterprise first devices.  WebOS could gain a foot hold in that vertical with devices and applications that would allow a person to be productive outside the office.  

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Evidence of an Incompetent Jury

 Casey Anthony Video May Be Unsealed by Court - ABC News

One of the jurors said, last week, that they were afraid that people would view them as being incompetent.  This video will add fuel to that fire...

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Casey Anthony Guilty...At Least A Majority of Americans Think So

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Think Casey Anthony Killed Caylee, Christian News

So 60% of Americans think she's guilty and yet we couldn't find a jury that could convict her?

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Liberal Hackers

Why do Liberals hack? Because the only argument that Libs have against opposing viewpoints is that those who disagree with them are evil and bad.  When Conservatives don't end up being the boogie man, then Liberals just have the make it up.

Digg is Lame

What happened to make Digg so lame? It consists of nothing but stories on Obama, evil Republicans, NSFW and the best-worst-most awesome-strange pictures.  Now that I think of it, Twitter kicks Digg's butt by being better at what Digg used to be.  Digg is the MySpace of social news.  The has been's.

At one time Digg was relevant.  Now it is nothing more than a fever swamp for the leftists and Apple fanboys.

I've Got The Day Off From Work...Gonna Get Me a Look At the HP Touchpad

Since it is my day off from work...Maybe I'll go see a movie.  Oh wait! The cineplex is right next door to Office Depot.  Office Depot sells the HP Touchpad.  I need printer ink as well! I'll let you know what I find.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Casey Anthony Verdict - By Reason of Our Insanity

Like most folks, I was shocked at the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial.  I was sure that the jury was going to find her guilty of murder.  My initial guess was that the jury didn't want to convict because they didn't want to see Anthony face the death penalty.  I think my assumption was correct. One of the jurors was interviewed by ABC News.  She said that the prosecution didn't produce enough evidence for the punishment.  Huh? The punishment? I thought that the jury was to decide if Casey Anthony had committed a crime not if the punishment fit the crime.

Another juror was quoted as saying that there was reasonable doubt.  Marcia Clark has an interesting opinion piece on reasonable doubt:

Guilt by Association Without a Doubt

I agree with her premise that most folks don't understand reasonable doubt.  My guess is that the confusion stems from not understanding probability vs. possibility.  Is it possible that the baby died in a swimming pool accident? Is it possible that the family tried to cover up the accident? Is it possible that Casey Anthony's behavior after the accident was a result of abuse? Yes to all.  Are any of these assertions probable? Based on the evidence the answer would be No.  The evidence points to the probability that she killed her baby and tried to hide that murder from her family, friends and the police.
Reasonable doubt does not mean that no doubt exists.  The standard is that no other logical explanation can be made from the facts presented.  Logically it doesn't make sense that all of this was an accident when you look at the facts and evidence in this case.  The jurors may have had doubts about whether or not this was premeditated, but that isn't reasonable doubt.

NOTE: One of the jurors said something to the effect that their job is done and they deserve to be left alone.  I disagree.  I think that each of them owes the public an explanation of how they arrived at the verdict.  Especially when you consider that the majority of folks who heard the same evidence and watched the same testimony drew a different conclusion.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Check out this web page...

 webOSroundupHP Licensing webOS? | Buzz, News |

Ah...That makes better sense.  HP wouldn't license WebOS to another smart phone manufacturer, instead a company that could use WebOS in products that HP doesn't manufacture.  Think TVs, media devices, home automation, cars, etc.  Touch to share between your WebOS phone and your TV sounds interesting to say the least.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fwd: Home School or Private School Not a Factor in Making Millions?

 Public School, Private School, Home School

So 85% of millionaires next door went to Public Schools.  And the point is? Maybe I'm missing the point since there are many other factors such as how folks save and spend their money.  Or how they have invested.  I would guess that socialization would be far down the list of factors.

Also, the point about parents finding the best public schools...The key there is parental involvement.  There are some home school curriculums that are nothing more than sitting your kids in front of a TV and letting the video instructor teach them.  If the parents are involved whether it be home school, public school or private shool...The child will in most cases be more successful in school and in life.

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How did I get so much cool?
Matthew Stertz

No Mention of the Gospel Here...

 Schuller ousted from Crystal Cathedral board - Orange County Register

First of all, I think that the Crystal Cathedral left it's first love a long time ago...If it ever loved the Gospel to begin with.  Back in Junior High, I ran the projector (AV Club...Yeah I know...) for the Friday afternoon assemblies.  One of the films we ran was a biography of Robert Schuller.  If the film is to be believed, he did preach the Gospel sometime in the 50's.  Heh, my Dad used to call him Batman because of the colors of his robe.

Secondly, the Crystal Cathedral isn't a church.  A church is made up of born-again believers.  I think it is strange that Schuller would have been upset that choir members were being asked to sign the documents regarding Salvation and marriage.  Anyone can come to church, but service should require membership and membership is only for those who are Saved.

Lastly, passing a gold medallion to someone qualifies tha person to preach? Um...Don't think so.  I think that all of this comes down to money.  At one time they made a lot of it.  Now they are fighting over what remains.  

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How did I get so much cool?
Matthew Stertz

Monday, July 04, 2011

Oh HP Touchpad Where Art Thou?

HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32 GB 9.7-inch Tablet Computer

I went to my local Sam's Club to do some shopping and thought I'd mess around with the new HP Touchpad. Sigh. They didn't have any on display. I thought that Sam's Club was selling them. Maybe only online. I will have to go elsewhere to get my hands on one.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

HP Touchpad - Kindle

The Kindle app for the new HP Touchpad looks awesome. I've been reading books on a Palm device since the Palm III color. Sadly, the experience hasn't changed much since. In fact, the ebook experience on my Palm Pre+ is rather lame. I much prefer to read on my iPod touch. Even though the iBooks app is a little sluggish from time to time, the text is easy to read and the experience is enjoyable because there is a book like page turning effect.

It appears that HP is going to change that with the HP Touchpad and the Kindle app. I can't wait to get my hands on one to play around with it.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Why WebOS Rocks - Reason #4 - Synergy

WebOS Synergy combines GTalk, Facebook Chat, SMS, etc, into one chat window for every contact.  If I'm chatting with a friend via GTalk, my chat coversation remains in the thread when the friend moves to SMS.  Another nice bit is that I can see in one place if any of my friends are online on any of their chat apps.  The best thing about WebOS synergy is that one app is all I need.  I don't have to switch from one app to another in order to go from SMS to Yahoo chat.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

PC Magazine's Review of the HP Touchpad

PC Magazine - HP Touchpad

Another good review. The common theme among all of the reviews so far is that the HP Touchpad has an intuitive user interface with cards and stacks, true multi-tasking, and snappy performance. Those are truly the best of WebOS.

HP Touchpad Review

 webOS takes on tablets: Ars reviews the HP TouchPad

Take it for what it's worth...I think they are really fair in their assessments.  However, Ars tends to lean Apple.  So the whole comparison to the iPad is a little slanted.

I would love to get my hands on a Touchpad.  I have exactly $124.99 in the HP Touchpad fund! I would love to see it in action to get a better idea of look and feel.  I'll have to head over to my local Walmart to take a look.

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Why Do Liberals Hate?

Here's a website I think you'll like: What Do Michele Bachmann and a Serial Killer Have In Common? | Power Line

More specifically, Why Do Liberals Hate Conservative Women?

At the end of the article the question is asked if the strategy to label Bachmann as a crazy will work.  I believe that it will work.  Here's why: It worked with Palin.  I think that Sarah Palin is a smart and gifted pollitician.  However, I don't want to see her get the nomination.  The media has spent the last 3 1/2 years finding every way to destroy her not just as a candidate, but as a person.  We Conservatives try to convince ourselves that what the media says doesn't matter.  People still listen though.  Even if they don't accept the media version at first they will over time because the media will repeat the nonesense as long as they have to.  See Dan Quayle, Clarence Thomas, etc.  

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tom Hanks...Stay Away From Math

Tom Hanks

So according to Tom Hanks, President Obama has saved a billion jobs or something. These guys must be so far from reality that they actually believe the nonsense they peddle. Are there even a billion jobs in America? Well, there are about 300 million Americans. I would guess that at least half of them are either old enough or able enough to work at said jobs. We know that there are not more jobs than people to work them. 150 million is a long way from 1 billion.

NOTE: I think my estimation of 150 millions jobs is high. It seems to me that it is actually in the 70 - 80 million range.

Currently Reading...The Girl Who Played with Fire

I just finished reading, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and immediately started in on the next book. The books are a fun read. A little hokey at times, but I'm guessing that is the result of them being translated into English. Either way, they are worth the $10 - $15 you'll pay on Amazon.

Friday, June 24, 2011

HP (Palm WebOS) Touchpad

I gotta get me some Touchpad.  I have a fever and the only cure is an HP Touchpad.  I gotta hankering for some tablet and the HP Touchpad...OK you get the point.  I want an HP Touchpad.  I used to want an iPad until HP announced the Touchpad.  The main reason? WebOS.  It is by far the best mobile operating system around.  Couple that with fact that HP loves developers and you don't need permission from HP to test an application on your device.  I'm not saying that Apple doesn't like developers, but they do make it difficult both in cost and language.

Cards, Stacks, and Gestures...

Apps are opened as "Cards" in WebOS.  Switching between open Apps is as simple as swiping to the card and tapping on the card.  Sometimes, when you have many open Apps running, finding the open app by swiping through all Cards might be a bit tedious.  That is where Stacks come in.  Stacks gives the user the ability to group together any open Cards.  If you have multiple Apps open, grouping them makes it easier to find them when you need to interact with them.  So if you are working on a document, having the document stacked together with email and the browser Cards makes it simple to switch between them all.

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Microsoft Dumping .Net? Not So Fast...

 Windows 8 for software developers: the Longhorn dream reborn?

The above link from Ars Technica makes an interesting point: Maybe what Microsoft is planning is full integration of .Net and Win32.  So instead of .Net being the un-loved stepchild on the desktop it will instead have full access to the OS hooks.  Coupled with a modern display API, .Net's future is brighter than ever.  

As an interesting side note, most of the information comes from leaked builds on the interwebs.  Could it be that Microsoft needed to quell some of the rumors? Especially since thousands of developers started asking questions?

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hey Danny Glover - You're gettin' to old for this

Canada wants to build an oil pipeline from their oil sands to refineries along the Gulf Coast. It is estimated that the US would net at least half of what we consume and buy from the Middle East with this pipeline. So what does the wacky left want to do? They want to stop it. Most of this pipeline will be underground. Of course they will find something that might be threatened by the pipeline to justify their silly stance.

Danny Glover is asking people to go to Washington this summer to protest. Do these guys really believe what they peddle or are they just being jerks? Either way it doesn't make any sense. Maybe this is why he has given up acting...He is only good at playing the fool.

Congress and Google

So I hear today that Congess is talking about doing an anti-trust investigation of Google.  Why? Plain and simple: Money.  The Federal Government needs money and Google has plenty of it.  Now I know what you are thinking - Uncle Matty is off his rocker.  The Federal government would never waste precious time and money investigating Google.  They must have a good reason...Yeah 50 billion good reasons.

When the DoJ went after Microsoft...What did you get out of the deal? You can sort of uninstall IE, but who does that anyway.  Chrome works just fine on my Windows 7 box and that isn't the result of the government imposing a big fine on Microsoft.  The Federal Government and the states walked away with a big chunk of change and the folks most affected got nothing.

Big Tobacco...again government got and spent billions.  What did you get? So the government wants money.  In a couple of years they will go after Facebook.  Then they will go after...Whatever the next big company or thing is.  

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hall Pass - Save your money

I just finished watching "Hall Pass."

Let's just say that it could have been very funny. The premise is that Owen Wilson gets a Hall Pass from is wife to have a week off from their marriage. So now you are thinking, "Wacky hijinx commence!" Two funny moments from the entire flick: the first is from the ad where the ugly girl surrounds herself with even uglier girls. The other is when Wilson and his friend don't know that they are being watched as they rip the hosts of the open house they are attending. Find both on YouTube and you will have seen the best parts of the movie.

James Hubner - Romans 1

I'm listening to James Hubner preach on Romans 1...He starts out talking about the un-Biblical view that non-reformed churches have of the office of Pastor.  

The New Testament mentions only two offices: elders and deacons. For whatever reason folks glom on to that and say that having a senior pastor is not in the Bible.  However, our form of worship and church leadership comes from the Synagogue form.  A Synagogue had at least 3 elders in which one of the elders was the bishop or elder of elders.  So there you go.  I think it is kind of funny because they (reformed) describe one elder as being more forward facing and in the public...Well what you have there is a Senior Pastor.  

Sometimes our reformed brothers get a little hung up on the wrong things...Or if you are not reformed then you are Arminian.  

This isn't meant to be some deep discussion...just a pet peeve...

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Deal Detectives...Where Have You Gone?!?!

One of my favorite sites is  I've got their RSS feed on my phone and my Google Reader.  Along with, they are in my stable of daily deals and coupon sites.  What I like the most about Deal Detectives is that their site is nothing more than a simple list of deals and coupons.  Nothing fancy or elaborate.  

I went to the website and they are still there.  However, they are in the process of revamping their daily deals.  I'm not so sure I like the sound of that.  Up to this point their site consisted of some of the best deals on the internet for any given day.  I hope they are not changing to compete with the likes of Groupon where the deals are artificially created and targeted to specific demographics.  

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Is Groupon a Ponzi Scheme?

This is an interesting article for two reasons: it gives a good explanation of Groupon's business model...Which up until this point I didn't quite understand.  Secondly, it gives a little clearer picture of why Groupon could be a big bust.

So if I understand this correctly...a business bids on doing a deal with Groupon and if they win the bid the offer is made.  So if a business has a product or service worth $100, Groupon offers the deal at $50.  A certain number of purchases have to be made in order for the deal to open up to all Groupon users...Some sort of minimum threshold agreed upon by Groupon and the business.  So, for every $50 dollar deal that is purchased by the customer, Groupon gets %50 and the business gets %50.  So a product or service that a business charges $100 for, they will get $25 back from Groupon for each customer.  Groupon pays out percentages of the money over a 2 month span.  The payoff for Groupon? They are making a %50 commission on every sale.  The payoff for the business is the potential of thousands of new and instant customers.  According to their public filings, Groupon appears to be under water in the hundreds of millions of dollars at they float this money back and forth between the customers and the businesses.  The logical conclusion would be that Groupon is using money from current deals to pay off businesses for past deals.  That is where the whole thing begins to sound like a Ponzi.  Groupon has to continue rapid expansion just to keep up with current and past offerings.  

I just finished reading "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis.  It is all about the subprime mortgage industry and how it crashed the housing market and the economy.  An interesting analogy used in the book is that of a balloon.  The subprime market was a balloon and all of these banks and brokerage houses were holding on to the balloon while at the same time trying to make it go higher and higher.  I think the same analogy could be applied to Groupon.  The value of it is being pushed higher and higher and yet nobody seems to be thinking about how it will ever be able to sustain the amount of growth needed to keep the insane amounts of money flowing.  

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Monday, June 13, 2011

Windows 8 has no love for .Net?

I know I know Microsoft is not getting rid of .Net.  However, I do think it is interesting that in all of the hoopla surrounding Windows 8 not a single word was uttered in regards to .Net.  I do think that HTML 5 and javascript are the future of the web desktop.  Do you like that? Web desktop...You heard it here first.  Just as HP is moving forward with WebOS on the desktop I think it is smart of Microsoft to follow suit with their Windows 8 knockoff.  Here's the kicker: a lot of developers have invested in .Net - myself included.  It'd be nice to be given some assurance that .Net is part of a Microsoft future.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

What's The Deal With Groupon?

So I read a while back that Google wanted to pay some insane amount to buy Groupon.  I've used Groupon a couple of times...It depends on the deal you are getting, but it wasn't bad.  I purchased 4 tix for $50 to see the USF Bulls play at Raymond James.  I saved a few bucks over the worst and cheapest seats.  

Here's what I don't get.  How can anyone in their right mind think that Groupon is worth billions of dollars? I've read that Groupon isn't always a good deal for the businesses involved because in some cases a business will offer deep discounts via Groupon as an enticement hoping to get repeat customers.  I don't think Groupon has that kind of customer base.  I probably won't go to another Bulls game unless I can get another Groupon like deal.  

I think that the current economy is driving this from both ends.  Investors are looking for the next big gold rush.  Times are tough and consumers are looking for the best deals.  

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Why WebOS Rocks - Reason #3


I have not used an Android personally, but from what I have heard, the notifications are OK. They stink on the iPhone. Notifications are supposed to subtly let the user know that they have received an email, message or an application needs their attention. On WebOS, there is a notification bar at the bottom of the screen.

When you click on the notification, the notifications expand into a stacked list (see the above image). The notifications can be dismissed either by swiping them individually, or by touching the application on the top half of the screen. If you click on say the chat notification, the chat window is opened to the point in the conversation when the last message was sent. Clicking on an email notification opens up the email that prompted the notification.

WebOS notifications rock.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Why WebOS Rocks - Reason #107

Just Type 

Looking for an App? Want to send a quick text to a contact? Looking for something on Google.  Side open the keyboard and start typing.  So instead of having to scroll through your entire list of apps, you can start typing the name and WebOS will find it for you.

I had an iPod touch before getting the Palm Pre Plus.  The biggest habit I had to break was scrolling to find something or someone.  

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Monday, June 06, 2011

Why do liberals hate so much?

Here's a website I think you'll like: The dangers of bone-headed beliefs

I have a much better idea.  How about those that believe in climate change get a tattoo on their foreheads or their hands to identify them.  That way when they are proven correct we deniers will know who was right and can offer our congratulations to each as we come into contact with them. 

Even better! How about allowing only those who have a tattoo to buy and sell.  If you don't have this mark you will starve.  That way we deniers will suffer for our "stupidity."  All that will be left are those who take the mark.  I expect it will be utopia for at least seven years for the climate change believers...They can run the world anyway they see fit.

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. (Romans 1:22-24 NET)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

And Now Something Completely Serious

I realize that this is a touchy subject.  I hope to be discreet.  I hope to be compassionate to those who suffer.  However, it is important that we talk about Facebook hemorrhoids.  Facebook hemorrhoids are the "friends" that feel the need to comment on every post you make.  They have to "like" whatever it is you like.  They attach themselves to your Facebook life.  They are an embarrassment.

PhattMatt likes to take walks in the rain...

Facebook Hemorrhoid likes your status...

Facebook Hemorrhoid likes rain...

Facebook Hemorrhoid wants to invite you to to join a group that likes your status.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Testing from email...

Oh Yeah!

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Lemme see if I can blog from my phone...oh yeah. I rock!

I sure did write a bunch of goofy stuff

I'm going back through some of my earlier posts...oy. I sure ranted about some silly and goofy things.

I'm Back...on Blogger That Is

I didn't realize that I have not been keeping this version of the blog up to date. I've tried running a blog from my home and that has been OK. Server problems and the like have kept me from doing anything consistent. However, since I helped my daughter setup her first blog, I thought I would start to use Blogger again.

This will be basically the same ol' garbage I posted before only newer.