This is a video for a company that produces videos. I’d say they know what they’re doing.
Apr 17 2012  •  0 comments

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The Microsoft smartphone from 1991
Apr 13 2012  •  0 comments

Microsoft almost invented the smartphone… in 1991

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Even if Google+ succeeds, here’s why it will fail
Apr 12 2012  •  0 comments

How Pinterest Could Save Google

Yes, Google+ has 170 million users. But how many of them actually use it is another matter entirely. The social network’s Circle-centric design works too well for its own good; it’s easy to keep private stuff private on Google+, which makes everyone act like information hermits, leaving newcomers with a ghost town.

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Some swell tips for using your electronics
Apr 12 2012  •  0 comments

How To Use Your Electronics During Takeoff Without Getting Busted

If you were cruising a cabin for people listening to music, and saw a passenger with a pair of headphones folded neatly on his lap—unplugged cord in full view—you would naturally assume he wasn’t wearing his headphones, right? You would. And you’d be wrong. Because that guy is me, and I travel with two pairs of headphones: A set of cans carried mostly as a ruse (though it is nice to give the ear canal a break and switch up ‘phones on long flights), and a couple of earbuds whispering sweet nothings into my ears under my hoodie during takeoff.

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NYT’s Kevin Roose lives like a billionaire for a day. Seems like part fun, part “no thank you.”
Apr 12 2012  •  0 comments

Living Like a Billionaire, if Only for a Day

Everywhere he goes, he gets four-star service. Doors are opened, luggage is carried away wordlessly, and at one point, warm chocolate chip cookies magically appear. When his brakes sputter and his convertible starts spewing smoke, he picks up another Mercedes.


I feel bad admitting it, but my billionaire day has been stressful. Without an assistant, just keeping up with the hundreds of moving parts — the driver, the security detail, the minute-by-minute scheduling — has been a full-time job and then some.

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The Invention of the American Football Helmet
Apr 11 2012  •  0 comments

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Nike gave this guy money to make a movie. This guy took the money and traveled around the world.
Apr 9 2012  •  0 comments

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TGV Train Station Guillemins, Liege, Belgium
Apr 5 2012  •  0 comments

[via flickr]

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Yes… I will do everything in my power to get some Google Glasses
Apr 4 2012  •  0 comments

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Two of my favorite logos as of late.
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Beers of February
Mar 20 2012  •  0 comments

A little late, but here nonetheless. I use the Untappd app for iPhone to track what I drink, simply for my own knowledge sake.

28 overall but, my goodness, the quality within the quantity was the Hopslam by Bell’s. If you’ve ever had Hopslam this doesn’t surprise you in the least.

90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Bud Light by Anheuser-Busch
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Grolsch Premium Lager byGrolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Heineken by Heineken B.V.
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas Brewing Company
Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company
IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Kudzu Porter by Back Forty Beer Company
LA 31 Grenade by Bayou Teche Brewing
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) by Pabst Brewing Company
Pacifico Clara by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Kind Beers
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Samuel Adams Boston Lager byBoston Beer Company
Snake Handler Double IPA byGood People Brewing Company
Stella Artois by Stella Artois (ABInBev)
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.

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Ellis Johnson takes a shot at Larry Fedora in the most sly of ways and I like it
Mar 20 2012  •  0 comments

From Patrick Magee’s blog:

“I told them at the end of practice today, ‘If we’re going to do something a little different here that no other team has done, we’re going to have to take it an extra step. A lot of teams have won the conference championship here. A lot of teams have double digit wins. About the only thing they haven’t done is get in a BCS game. If you want to get in, you have to beat some teams that are better than us on paper and we’re going to have to quit losing to teams that we have better players than. The way to do it is get more consistent and disciplined with fundamentals and assignments and those types of things.’ I love the competitiveness and the team speed. We’ve got a lot to build on.”

Reading between the lines: You can’t beat Houston and lose to UAB in the same year and still demand respect and a seat at the BCS table.

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Inside the mind of women and brackets
Mar 15 2012  •  0 comments

My cousin, a female lawyer with a part-time writing gig, puts you inside the mind of the woman who will win your bracket pool.

Three of my favorites.

Iowa State vs. UCONN
– The Thought Process: My heart goes out to anyone who has to wear the label of Huskie.
– The Pick: UCONN

Wichita State vs. Virginia Commonwealth
– The Thought Process: I don’t know either of these teams, but I do know that Wichita IS NOT a state, and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s a liar.
– The Pick: Virginia Commonwealth

Kansas State v. Southern Miss
– The Thought Process: I won Junior Miss.
– The Pick: Southern Miss.

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There’s a poker movie coming. Next week. It’s looks good.
Mar 15 2012  •  0 comments

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The NY Times article on “buyer’s remorse” and daily deals is the epitome of #FirstWorldProblems
Mar 11 2012  •  0 comments

This article could’ve easily appeared on The Onion. It didn’t. It appeared in the New York Times, y’all:

But that perspective can mean a bid to save money can quickly devolve into a boondoggle. Lindsay Hall Harrison, a lawyer from Orlando, Fla., bought a $6 Groupon for $12 worth of ice cream from a shop near a beach that she and her husband had visited a couple of times. The problem: the beach was an hour and a half away, and the Harrisons weren’t always in the mood for ice cream by the time they drove there.

“We started making deliberate trips down there just to use up this Groupon,” she said. “It was the principle of the thing.” In the end, she estimated that the couple burned through two to three tanks of gasoline to claim $12 in ice cream, which, she noted, was not particularly great.

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I told you that Google would do this. “This” = an extremely vague way of saying “anything.”
Mar 6 2012  •  0 comments

Regarding my article on The Digital from Monday, March 6:

>Don’t be surprised if Google and/or Microsoft and/or someone else look to rain on Apple’s parade this week. Making impromptu big announcements around the same time as someone else’s scheduled big announcement is a time honored tradition in the tech industry. Just last week Apple sent our its cryptic iPad 3 announcement invitations just as Google CE Eric Schmidt took the stage at the Mobile World Conference in Spain.

And today, exactly 24 hours before the iPad 3 announcement (actually, I was also sorta correct in that it’s rumored to be the iPad HD) Google announces Google Play. It’s Google’s answer to Apple’s iTunes and iCloud.

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Tommy West enjoys Southern Miss more than Memphis (and other obvious take on life)
Mar 6 2012  •  0 comments

[A Southern Miss web banner currently running on Mississippi new sites.]

Many Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans simply enjoy a giving a good ribbing toward Southern Miss fans because that’s what fans do.

There are the small minority who feel a little more strongly. They’s point to the 36,000 seat stadium, the association with Conference USA, the poor basketball facilities. But it’s getting harder and harder to mock what has and is being accomplished. No one can deny what the football program has done, especially over the last 18 years where every season resulted in a winning record, the school has been to 10-straight bowl games and won 5 conference championships (the most of any C-USA member). Tack on the consistent success of the baseball program and the resugence of the basketball program and Southern Miss’ “All We Do Is Win” motto stands for itself.

The Hattiesburg American recently interviewed defensive coordinator Tommy West and offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle:

“The good thing about here is this is a football place,” West said. “These guys came here to be good in football.

“I kind of see now there’s a great mentality here about winning – whether it’s baseball or basketball. It’s nice being a part of this. It reminds me a little bit of when I was at Clemson. They really don’t just expect to win, they expect to be really good. I feel that here.”

West admitted it was a very different scenario when he took over as head coach at Memphis in 2001.

“The bar was really low,” he said. “It was ‘Man, if we could ever just go to a bowl game,’ because they hadn’t been to one in 30-something years.

“We go to five bowls in our last seven years and get fired. So we moved the bar.”

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We went to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and were blown away
Mar 6 2012  •  0 comments

It’s just amazing. If you’re going to take visitors to five locations in the Birmingham area, this should be in your top 3.

We also happened to be there on a day where the Porsche Sport Driving School was in session, so that added to the ambiance.

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Birmingham’s Bottletree
Feb 29 2012  •  0 comments

An insaely awesome story via The Atlantic this week about Birmingham’ s beloved

The Bottletree’s commitment to hospitality and Birmingham also helps build the city’s emerging brand. “Every venue is a major ambassador for their given city,” Teasley says. “Often all a band knows is the eight hours they spend in your club… This is something that has never been lost on us.”

Birmingham was once a city to skip on tour; now, it is a must-visit destination.

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The Leap Year explained
Feb 29 2012  •  0 comments

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