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Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog seems to pro­vide a big­ger bark. It also pro­vides new oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn new thing http://www.37signals.com/ buy­ing spree of Web 2.0 app-groups, I just won­der when and if they’ll ever re-align their own site to Web 2.0 stan­dards. One can wish but all can be sur­prised. I guess that’s what makes Tech­nol­o­gy so interesting—anything is pos­si­ble.

PS. There’s sup­pose to be a rumored launch of Camp­fire some­time this week by the great folks of 37signals.

Web 2.0 and the Super Bowl

Oh the things you find while Blin­go-ing. Since it’s that time of year again for the Super Bowl, with it comes: the back­yard-BBQ par­ties, the trash-talk­ing between teams, the mil­lions-of-dol­lars-worth of bets, fun­ny & cre­ative com­mer­cials and last but not least, the office Super Bowl Pool. A cou­ple of friends and I have been doing this for the past cou­ple of years now. Too bad, no one want­ed to do it this year. Don’t know why?

Mean­while, hav­ing the feel­ing of just try­ing to get into the spir­it of the Super Bowl (even though the teams weren’t my pick from the start of the sea­son), I asked around MA to see if we are doing one this year. Turns out there was­n’t even one for last year’s. So, I just vol­un­teered not remem­ber­ing how John-John facil­i­tat­ed it.

Any­ways, with a call to J2 and some Blin­go-ing, I found some tem­plates. The best one I found was through:

Num Sum. Easy, Sharable Web Spread­sheets. Keep your records, lists and spread­sheets in one place online. Eas­i­ly slice, dice and share with oth­ers.

It’s FREE. You have the abil­i­ty to share with friends and fam­i­ly that don’t even have an account but with they just won’t be able to update the sheet direct­ly and save it. You may also inter­act with a group or team, and share a sheet for col­lab­o­ra­tion. It’s a nice, FREE and great web app.

Oth­er obser­va­tions that I found while study­ing and using Num Sum was it’s home­page lay­out. It strikes sim­plis­tic sim­i­lar­i­ties with the very-out­stand­ing Base­camp in its ear­ly days. Why not, right? Why not fol­low some­thing that has done very well in per­for­mance.

So, after spend­ing some time to get every­one to join in on the fun, I man­aged to get a 10x10 (100 squares) Pool filled out . The pot is big—$500. It’s $5 per square and you get $75 for the First, Second/Half and the Third. Then a humon­gous sum of $275 for the Fourth/Final, no OT. I was get­ting wor­ried Wednes­day night (after send­ing the email on Mon­day morn­ing about the Pool), that only half of the Pool was tak­en. But alas, every­one came through to chip in for a cou­ple of squares and com­plete it even­tu­al­ly.

After hav­ing indi­vid­u­als pick from a som­brero (lit­er­al­ly, the one from Chevy’s), I got the fol­low­ing num­bers (Steelers/Seahawks): 5/1, 3/5, 5/4 and 4/7. The 5s might be hard to get but there is very great hope on the jew­el “4/7” com­bo: 14 & 7, 24 & 7 and 24 & 17 to name a few. I can’t wait. This should be a fun way for MA to do some­thing togeth­er. Good times.

Update
Here’s the com­plete Pool. Ain’t it col­or­ful? Damn skip­py, it took a while try­ing to get the same back­ground-col­or when some­one want­ed to add a square. I hope Num Sum adds the fea­ture to do some kind of eye­drop­per tool to just pick the same col­or, font-style, size or what have you.

January Has Come and Gone

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Here Ye! Here Ye! by stechico.

Wow! That was one fast month. The day seems to be get­ting short­er and short­er, and the weath­er changes more fre­quent­ly than ever (at least in SF).

Since the start of the year, I cre­at­ed a new project for myself just to use my new toys more and get more expe­ri­ence as well with pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s pret­ty much a‑pho­to-a-day. It’s hard to pick one pho­to that describes and sums up my day as I tend to take a bunch. But what can I tell you, so far so good. You may take a look at the Flickr set over here.

Amongst oth­er things in the world of muah, I’ve been active as ever doing beta-test­ing for dif­fer­ent Web 2.0 com­pa­nies. It’s fun see­ing and expe­ri­ence peo­ple’s accom­plish­ments and cre­ativ­i­ty. Not to men­tion, it gives you ideas when the bulb is dim.

Besides the wait for my Yahoo! Mail Beta invite (still), I just signed up for a beta-test with OmniDrive. Hope­ful­ly, I can grab one and see what the fuss is all about. Techcrunch’s Michael Arring­ton seems to like it ver­sus oth­er com­pa­nies cur­rent­ly in the online stor­age mar­ket.

Mean­while, board­ing sea­son is fun so far. I went up with a cou­ple of friends to North Tahoe for MLK Hol­i­day Week­end. I can’t wait to go up again. Hope­ful­ly, some time soon but most like­ly for Big­gy’s BDay first week­end of March around the South Tahoe area.

Any­ways, three big trips for me this year: Hawaii, Japan and P.I. Oth­er than the major sav­ing-up for cash, I also need to save PTO days from MA. Going to go to Hawaii for Fari­da & Brad’s wed­ding on the first week­end of August. I think it’s in the north-west part of the Big Island. Should be good times as the old roomies from 916 are com­ing. That’ll be cool too as I have nev­er been to the Big Island but have been to Oahu back in the ear­ly 90’s with my fam­i­ly.

Then, dur­ing the first week of Novem­ber, Japan with some UCI buds. Belle seems to be the ring-leader of this trip. It’s just hard to get every­one on board this one as it is like­ly to span 10 days (a day or two more for relax­ation after we get back from the flight). Hope it goes through, and we get a good group size to go. I can’t wait to take pho­tos over there.

Last but not least, ever since my bro and I got here in 88–89, we haven’t spent Christ­mas nor New Year’s in the P.I. So, my grand­ma blurt­ed out the idea that we should all go for the Hol­i­days this year. What can I say, it’s all gravy with my grand­ma’s idea. Damn, that should be fun.

From my mind to yours, if you are ever in a rutt… turn to your friends for some good times!

Update:
After writ­ing this, I got an email from Yahoo! Mail Beta regard­ing my invite. Final­ly! This thing is clean. I hope to see more new func­tion­al­i­ty. Dope­ness.

Tuesday with AMF

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A Game of Weights and Bal­ances by stechico.

Boy oh boy. Anoth­er week, anoth­er Tues­day. Since when did my weeks become so long yet so short? Long, in terms that the week­end is a stretch; short, in terms of not get­ting to do a lot of stuff that I’d want to get done, or start­ed with. I’m telling you, it’s all a con­spir­a­cy. Some­thing is mess­ing up our time on this great Earth. It seems to hap­pen after high-school.

But alas, noth­ing like a nice game of bowl­ing to take your wor­ries away. Although a “peace­ful” sport, you can get more stressed out just try­ing to knock two pins (a split) over one. And we thought we got “sim­plic­i­ty” fig­ured out. What does the val­ue “less is more” hold in this game? Nada.

Oh boy. Bowl­ing. A game you think you know, but you have no idea.