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Saturday, December 02, 2006

We need a playoff system - [3:44 PM]

NCAA Division 1-A Football needs a playoff system, period. If the top four teams don't change this weekend we'll have controversy about who should play Ohio State. Should it be USC, or Michigan, oh, and don't forget Florida. One way to solve the issue would be a playoff system. I've heard all sorts of ideas but I'm partial to an eight team playoff. It would only extend the season an additional week, this years National Championship game will be played on January 8. The initial round could be played as the top four BCS bowl games; Rose, Fiesta, Orange, and Sugar, followed by two games the following weekend, with the National Championship game the week after that. One extra week would give us a true National Champion.

If we took this weeks BCS standings and created a bracket this is how it would fall out.

#8 Boise State vs. #1 Ohio State [Fiesta Bowl]
#7 Wisconsin vs. #2 USC [Rose Bowl]
#6 Louisville vs. #3 Michigan [Orange Bowl]
#5 LSU vs. #4 Florida [Sugar Bowl]

I know some will find a problem with that system, hey what about #9 Arkansas? I still think the eight team playoff is a great idea.
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College Football Picks - [3:10 PM]

Well, I'm probably going to lose more than half of these picks, but here goes...

Georgia Tech over Wake Forest [Wake Won]
UCLA over USC
Arkansas over Florida
Rutgers over West Virginia
Cal over Stanford
Nebraska over Oklahoma

Let's see how many I get correct, I've already blown the Georgia Tech call.
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [4:49 PM]

I almost forgot to post the answer, and our big winner!

Let's have a warm round of applause for Mr. James Robertson! Congratulations James!

The correct answer was...


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Apple to soon rule the world! - [4:47 PM]

AppleInsider: "I believe that, with this patent in hand, Apple will eventually be after every phone company, film maker, computer maker and video producer to pay royalties on every download of not just music but also movies and videos"
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Source Control - [10:13 AM]

Joel On Software: "The Windows team itself uses their own source control system which, it is rumoured, is just an old version of Perforce for which they bought a source license; Perforce has a reputation among developers for being expensive, solid, and extremely fast when working with extremely large source code bases." - We were told not to talk about that, but since Joel let the cat out of the bag... I really liked our source control on the Office(Visio) team. When I got to Pelco and we evaluated source control systems I was partial to Perforce because of my MS experience. I liked the atomic commits with easy rollback capability. Here at Pelco we wound up using something else.
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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Movie line of the week - [8:19 AM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!Good morning movie liners. Kim and I watched this movie over the weekend so I had to use this line, it's an instant classic.

Ready, set, guess...

Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wal-Mart DVD downloads? - [8:09 AM]

ABC News: "The world's largest retailer said Tuesday that shoppers have the choice of paying $1.97 to download the movie to a portable device, such as Apple's iPod or Microsoft's Zune, or paying $2.97 to download it to a laptop or desktop computer. For $3.97, customers can download the movie for both formats." - Wow, never thought I'd see a 'good old boy' company embrace something like this. Then again, when you're the leading seller of DVD's you carry some weight with Hollywood. It's an interesting experiment and if it works we may be able to download movies without purchasing the DVD.

I'd be down with something like this if the download site would manage my library for me. What do I mean? I mean once I purchase a download it's added to my personal library so I can download it again at any time without paying for it. Do that, do a deal with a PVR manufacturer(so it can be downloaded on that device), and I'd subscribe in a heartbeat.
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Can you say BRRRRRR! - [7:47 AM]

Wowzer, it's cold!Well, it's cold for Exeter. According to Google it's 28 degrees outside, and I believe it. I like the cold but our farmers don't. Hopefully it'll stay cool, but stay above 32 degrees so our citrus crops don't suffer.

It looks like my friends up in Seattle are having a great time with snow and freezing rain! Be careful if you're driving.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bill Weasley's Birthday? - [4:51 PM]

Harry Potter, boy wizardHPANA: "JK Rowling has updated her web site to wish Bill Weasley a happy birthday, which is November 29th in the UK." - Excellent! Bill and I share a birthday!
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MPAA report a hoax? - [9:12 AM]

BBspot [via James Robertson]: "The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown. " - This can't be true, can it? If it *IS* true these guys MUST be in huge trouble financially to ask for legislation based on the size of your television screen? How many homes these days have a television larger than 29"? I'd say it's over 80% of homes with television, yes that's conservative. That's a lot of criminal activity.

Maybe the MPAA should go after electronics manufacturers that produce televisions over 29" because they enable us to do bad things. It's like the drug supplier vs. the dealer on the street. Wouldn't it be better to stop the supply of enabling technology? (That's what we call sarcasm.)
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Monday, November 27, 2006

BCS == Bad Choice System - [4:05 PM]

ESPN: "So while the rest of the NCAA's Division I-AA, II and III qualifiers are in varying stages of 16-, 24- and 32-team football playoffs, we're stuck with BCS computer standings, mathematical formulas and a 'system' so screwed up that it sees a therapist twice a week. It ought to be called the FAC (Flip A Coin). " - A co-worker and I were talking about this very thing this afternoon. It's time for a playoff system. Top eight teams, maybe 16, play for the title?
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Time for some Christmas cheer! - [9:24 AM]

Let it snow!Time to create some snowflakes!

If you have Visio 2003 or newer check out Chris Roth's Visio Snowflake Generator.

If you need a break go make a snowflake in this wonderful Flash based Snowflake creator by Popular Front and help the Salvation Army! If you get started now you may be the three millionth flake!
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