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Originally posted to chadandmelissa.org

I have way too many email address, im accounts, social network accounts, websites, etc. I don't even use them really. My spreadsheet of accounts hit over 60 items before I gave up and began relying on "forgot password" to retrieve them if I need them.

I have four email accounts. This is after some significant pruning over the last few months. I receive almost no email from human beings. It is almost all spam, mailing lists, and "forgot password" messages.

I also have accounts on five different social networking sites. I get curious about the interface, etc and create an account. I rarely use them but they're there so I have urge to logon periodically and see if anything has changed.

First, there was Orkut. It is apparently Google's social networking site. I'm told its popular in Brazil but otherwise unremarkable. I do remember the first few months it was just so slow it was unusable.

Second, there was Bebo. I'm not sure who originally signed up but they emailed all their friends who signed up and emailed all of their friends. Near as I can tell no one knew what it was and never touched it again. I'm told its big in Europe.

Third, there was imeem. I have some friends who work there. I'm not sure how much socialization is done but they have deals with all of the major record labels so you can stream music from their site for free. It is probably worth looking at just for that reason alone.

Fourth, there is Myspace. I created this one because a friend of mine from college had a page on it and I figured it would give me a chance to reconnect with him. I got lazy, never emailed him, and now he's moved to Pennsylvania. I really should email him but than again I haven't spoken with either of the guys who were in my wedding in a long time either.

Fifth, there is Facebook. This one is the most interesting because it seems to have a bunch of active users. Although, that could just be the people I know rather than an overall thing. I do like the fact that it seems to keep things a little more private by default. Which in the modern world means pretending you have privacy when they're selling it out the back door to the highest bidder.

The IM thing isn't any better. I use Adium for instant messaging because it can connect to a number of different services at once. This is nice that you can be logged into them all without having a bunch of apps running. It is bad when you consider that I chat with someone approximately once a month. I'd list them for posterity but unlike the Social Networking sites they're tied to email addresses and I get enough spam. :-)

Not sure what the point of this article is but it killed some time and isn't that what the internet is for?

Good Bye Party for Tim

A friend of mine finally got a full time job, which is good. Unfortunately, it is in Massachusetts. The guys down in Kalamazoo decided to throw him a good bye party. I found out about it late but Melissa was cool enough to let me go. It was an interesting experience because, although I knew most of the people there from talking to them online, I had never met most of them in person. So I got to ask "Who are you?" a lot. Not sure when I'll see any of them again so I don't expect to remember but hey you never know.

Celebrating the end of the week and someone's new job

Melissa and I went to dinner with a bunch of her friends. Apparently, one of them is getting a new job and just in time. Their old job is about to lay off a whole bunch of people due to losing a big customer. Melissa seemed to have a good time. I was constantly looking over my shoulder to see what the Tigers were doing. Surprisingly, they won. In retrospect, I think I was anti-social because I don't think I actually spoke with anyone. I didn't really think about it at the time. Oh well.

Sick...

Sick and Miserable...

Klackles, mountain climbing, and cheap honeycrisp apples

We made another expedition up to Greenville to visit Klackles. We had the usual fun with the kids, cider, donuts, and exhaustion after five hours of running around. The highlight was seeing Sammy climb up an inflatable mountain that was fifteen to twenty feet high, fall about ten feet to the bottom, and than climb back up again. The terror on her face was classic but it didn't stop her. She got back up and climbed again. Eventually she went up and down the slide on the other side four or five more times. She may be tiny but there's a lot going on underneath those pigtails.

One fun thing was that the place had honeycrisp apples several dollars cheaper than any other place we've seen. We would have stocked up but we'd already picked a peck of cortland apples as part of our admission. Honeycrisps weren't available to pick just at the store.

Everyone had fun and Henry and Mommy slept from when we left at 4:30pm through the night. :-)

Too many accounts... Too many places...

I have way too many email address, im accounts, social network accounts, websites, etc. I don't even use them really. My spreadsheet of accounts hit over 60 items before I gave up and began relying on "forgot password" to retrieve them if I need them.

I have four email accounts. This is after some significant pruning over the last few months. I receive almost no email from human beings. It is almost all spam, mailing lists, and "forgot password" messages.

I also have accounts on five different social networking sites. I get curious about the interface, etc and create an account. I rarely use them but they're there so I have urge to logon periodically and see if anything has changed.

First, there was Orkut. It is apparently Google's social networking site. I'm told its popular in Brazil but otherwise unremarkable. I do remember the first few months it was just so slow it was unusable.

Second, there was Bebo. I'm not sure who originally signed up but they emailed all their friends who signed up and emailed all of their friends. Near as I can tell no one knew what it was and never touched it again. I'm told its big in Europe.

Third, there was imeem. I have some friends who work there. I'm not sure how much socialization is done but they have deals with all of the major record labels so you can stream music from their site for free. It is probably worth looking at just for that reason alone.

Fourth, there is Myspace. I created this one because a friend of mine from college had a page on it and I figured it would give me a chance to reconnect with him. I got lazy, never emailed him, and now he's moved to Pennsylvania. I really should email him but than again I haven't spoken with either of the guys who were in my wedding in a long time either.

Fifth, there is Facebook. This one is the most interesting because it seems to have a bunch of active users. Although, that could just be the people I know rather than an overall thing. I do like the fact that it seems to keep things a little more private by default.

The IM thing isn't any better. I use Adium for instant messaging because it can connect to a number of different services at once. This is nice that you can be logged into them all without having a bunch of apps running. It is bad when you consider that I chat with someone approximately once a month. I'd list them for posterity but unlike the Social Networking sites they're tied to email addresses and I get enough spam. :-)

Not sure what the point of this article is but it killed some time and isn't that what the internet is for?

Convervative Archbishop helps write a pulp scfi novel

A convervative Archbishop in New Jeresy apparently is friends with an author. They bonded as kids over pulp science fiction novels. This seemed reason enough for them to write their own. I figure it is going to be bad. The question is will it be the kinda bad that you can't put down or the kinda bad that you wonder who in their write mind published this? Either way, I'll give it a shot because it is a fun story.

Rain... Rain... Go away! Little Johnny wants to play!

We're at about 48 hours of near constant rain. I feel sorry for the kids. They desperately want to get outside and run around. We've tried to find places for them to get some energy out but it hasn't been easy.

Melissa's sister and her family are out for the Houghton Open golf tournament. Melissa's dad and brother in law go up north to golf and the mom and sisters get to spend some time together. Unfortunately, the rain cut the tournament short early. Plus, three kids and two dogs underfoot made it difficult for the girls to get much time together. I did the best I could to help keep the kids busy but there's not much you can do when everyone's in the house together. Last night we had Miss Jessica come over and baby sit Henry, Samantha and their cousin Nolan so all of the adults could at least get out of the house.

We went to the Flat River Grill. It is one of The Gilmore Collection and we've pretty much determined that other than Rose's, none of them have food that is particularly great.

I'll also take this time to mention that I'll never willingly go back to the The B.O.B. I've never been treated so rudely anywhere else. I am normally a pretty laid back guy but these folks seemed to go out of there way to make me go away. We were there less than five minutes and I see no reason to go back. There's plenty of other places that I haven't tried yet.

Shopping and Tiger Stadium

One of these days we're going to do more than see the Tigers play and leave but not this time. We drove past the old stadium and it was in pretty sad shape. It looks like they're about a third of the way through demolition. It sounds like they may be able to save the field at least. I figure that's more important than building. Although, I liked the old double-decker more than the newer style stadiums. It felt more like a world apart.

We stopped at the Howell, outlet mall on the way home. It was interesting to see the different types of outlets. Most of them were just normal retails stores but there were a few that got into the spirit of things. Those ranged from a small section of discount stuff to a couple who were almost entirely clearance stuff. We got some gift shopping done and picked up a few things for ourselves. We should have checked out the downtown. I suppose if we have more time when we go next.

It was nice to get away but I'm glad to be back with the kids. I'm not away from them much and it still feels weird.

The Tigers' lost but it was still fun

Melissa and I dropped Henry and Samantha off with my mom this morning and headed out. The kids love visiting the farm because there is so much room to run and my mom is really good with them.

The drive out was pretty uneventful. The only thing interesting was a brief detour back to a rest area to retrieve Melissa's pedometer. It is tied into a weight loss "game" that Melissa has for her Nintendo DS. Luckily it was waiting for us and we only lost about twenty minutes.

The hotel was a Holiday Inn Express that was a little nicer than last year's and much cheaper. It was also about the same distance from the stadium. This time around we walked instead of taking the people mover. The people mover was fine last year but we had time and could use the exercise.

The weather for the game wasn't bad but it was a bit chilly. We got there plenty early so we were able to get our free hat, wander the stadium, and get Melissa a new Tigers t-shirt. I'm not sure what the deal was but the "D" on the shirt we got her last year faded to almost invisibility. I'm not sure what the deal was since I had an almost identical shirt and it looks as good as new.

The game was good and close. Nate Robertson pitched a pretty good game and we led most of the way. Unfortunately, they blew a number of opportunities to extend the lead. The end was pretty typical for the season. Leyland called in the bullpen and soon we were losing. Throw in a few more blown opportunities to score and the game was over. I'm glad we went and overall the game was good. I just hope that if we go again next year that the pitching will better.

Tigers tomorrow

Melissa and I are going to see the Tigers play tomorrow. I feel kinda bad taking two days off the second of school knowing that we're really busy but this is one of the few things I do for fun so they'll just have to survive. Next year though I'm going to have to try and get tickets earlier so we can find a weekend and make it a non-issue.

The one thing I am concerned about is that it is supposed to be rainy this week. One report said it may clear up long enough for tomorrow's game. We'll just have to see though. If it gets called on account of rain we'll probably not get a chance to see the makeup game. It doesn't happen too often and the report's seem to think we should be fine. Here's hoping that it's a good game and not a blow out.

Melissa getting closer to full time

Melissa's getting closer to full time at her new job. It looks like people taking vacation time and going on maternity leave will open up enough time that she'll be close to full time. She won't be officially a full timer but its closer to that goal. The only problem is that she'll be working second shift most of the time so Melissa and I won't see each other much. :-(

Andy's wedding

We went to my cousin Andy's wedding. He finally married Sara and everyone seemed to have a good time at the reception. Melissa's parent's were watching Henry and Samantha so we didn't have to worry about watching them or getting them home by bed time. Melissa had a good enough time that we stayed for the dancing. I got to talk to a few people I normally only see once or twice a year.

Color palette

I really wish MovableType came with a good light text on dark background layout. I know what I want but no one else seems to be a fan of it. I never really get around to polishing the CSS before it is time to upgrade and I need to start over.