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Thursday, November 22, 2001

[11:47 AM]
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Today I fully expect everyone to eat entirely too much turkey, have too many pieces of pumpkin pie, and watch more football than should be legal in one day.

I don't know about you but I'm very thankful that God has blessed me as he has. I hope you can find something to be thankful for today!

Have a great day, and save some room for desert!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

[3:30 PM]
More Visio stuff

Here's another Chris Roth creation. Our splash screen for Visio 3.0 reminded him of Tetris, thus...

Go here for another of Chris' creations! He's a pretty talented fella.
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[9:51 AM]
Howdy neighbor.

This morning as I was driving to work I noticed a bumper sticker on a man's truck. It made it quite obvious that he was a farmer. Do people in America know how important farming is to our nation and the world? Do people know that the San Joaquin Valley, right here in California, has the richest agricultural land in the entire world? Last I heard this valley accounts for 80% of the worlds food, 80%! (I need to verify this, any one know where I can find actual data to support this claim?) So I'll share with you what the bumper sticker said.

Have you fed your children today? Hug a farmer.

That just about sums it up, doesn't it.

More Visio history

Back around the time we were doing Visio 2.0 we actually had it running on the Macintosh, believe it or not! Chris Roth, our resident artist and the man responsible for a TON of the content you use in Visio daily, created this nice little splash screen for us. I loved it so I thought I'd share it with all of you.

BusinessWeek Online: Microsoft's Office suite of productivity software has never been, as the English say, a "looker." - Since we're on the subject of the Mac I thought I'd share this article about Office X. I sure wish we'd do a Visio for Mac OSX. I'd love to work on it! A lot of people probably wonder why? Well the Mac is a wonderful computer and I think OS X is absolutely beautiful. I guess in the end the answer to that question for me is "It would be a TON of fun, and a nice change of pace!".

Y'All come back now ya hear!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2001

[3:13 PM]
.NET Services?

So who want's to do a .NET service that works like You could implement the ping method for both SOAP and XML-RPC using the .NET Framework and generate the changes.xml file like with the added bonus of sending a notification to folks logged into MSN Instant Messenger. Then you'd get the little toast popping outta the toaster window telling you a site was updated. Does that sound reasonable or just really, really annoying? You be the judge, it was just an idea.

The Grinch is available on video and DVD today! Ooooooo, better run right out and buy it! My daughter just called and asked if I could go by Wal-Mart and pick one up, I'm sure mom put her up to it.

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[10:38 AM]
Richard Caetano: Breakfast at McDonald's. - Wow! This will bring a tear to your eye. A life lesson learned at a fast food joint, ain't America grand!
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[9:11 AM]

Business 2.0: An Exodus From Exodus? (via CNet News) - Since the dot com bust we don't need huge server rooms to run businesses, right?

Fortune: Can Amazon be saved? (via CNet News) - No it can't. I've said all along they'll fail as a company. It was a great idea but brick-and-mortar stores can do the same darned thing and they already have a presence. Even though I don't support them, and am pessimistic about their future, they may be the only large dot com to make it. Only time will tell.

Cass McNutt: Don't wait to live. - Truer words were never spoken Cass. I think I'm guilty of this at times. In fact I'm guilty of it more often than I'd like to admit to. DOH!

On the dot com thing. In 1996 Jeremy Jaech, President and CEO of Visio Corporation, paid a little visit to Stanford's business school. He attended some lecture for folks getting their MBA's and presented Visio's business plan to them. When the question was asked about funding such a startup nobody in the room said they would fund it. Why? Because it didn't have an internet story, that's why. Now we've come full circle. Would the new crop of MBA students fund it today? Hmmmmmm... makes you wonder doesn't it?

Does it bother anyone else that people talk about the internet as a revolutionary thing? I don't see it that way at all. It's a natural evolution. The next logical step. We still use computers on our desktop to do our daily jobs and that's not going away in the foreseeable future. We've just opened a new door and have stepped through it. Systems connected around the world, desktop applications embracing the internet, computers exchanging information in ways people didn't see even ten short years ago, and all driven by NEW OPEN technologies (SOAP, XML-RPC, XML) built on top of OLDER OPEN (HTML, HTTP) technologies! WOW!

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Monday, November 19, 2001

[3:29 PM]
More on Potter controversy

Well I had asked the question "What is it Christians have against Harry Potter", and I got a taker on the subject. Mr. Cass McNutt sent me an e-mail with an article that contained some interesting reading by Mr. Charles Colson. I must make it known that I am a Christian and I like Harry Potter so I was torn by all the hubbub over the books. See for yourself what a search on Google for "Charles Colson" + "Harry Potter" produces.

Here is a "Pro Potter" and a "Con Potter" article.

Personally I like Charles Colson, so that con article is really hard to put up here. Ouch!

Lots and lots of controversy Mr. Potter!
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[10:19 AM]

Scripting News: Sorry for the lack of posts this morning. I'm head-down on a programming project. Just what are you up to Dave? It's not like Dave to be quiet for too long.

Otaku No Zoku: M.A.M.E. on the XBox! This rocks, release it please, please, please, please, please. My wife and I grew up with these games. It would be nice to be able to play them on a console.

Amy Wohl: Harry Potter isn't just for kids. Another positive review of Harry Potter.
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[9:25 AM]
Mornin' Y'All

On Friday afternoon we took the girls to see Monsters Inc. What a great film! John Goodman and Billy Crystal are wonderful as Sulley and Mike, and the little girl that played Boo was absolutely adorable. If you haven't seen this movie I'd highly recommend it. Two thumbs way up!

Happy 7th birthday to The Twirler! We celebrated my nieces 7th birthday yesterday at John's Incredible Pizza Co. Man that place is truly incredible! The kids had a great time and my brothers and I managed to sneak in a game of lazer tag. Sorry Doug and I beat you up Jay!

Harry Potter

Told you Harry was going to kick butt over the weekend! Scoble interviews his son after seeing the movie, it's a smash hit!

Yesterday while we were in Borders I heard part of the sound track to H.P. I love John Williams. Not only are we going to have to buy the movie on DVD when it's released but I'm going to have to get the sound track as well!

Friday afternoon is our day with Harry Potter. Expect some blogging afterwards. I'm certain I'm going to love it.


After the party yesterday the family took a little side trek to Krispy Kreme! YUM! We skated outta the place with a dozen glazed and a half dozen pumpkin spice donuts. These things are addictive. I had three last night and had to make myself stop. The three I ate probably account for three days of calorie intake, but I don't care. They're solid butter and sugar and they melt as soon as they hit your tongue. Mmmmm, mmmmmm, good! Run right out and buy a dozen, then try not to eat them all at once! I dare you!
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