Phoned-in Order

September 18th, 2008

I just thought I’d write to let you know I’m using my phone to write this… while listening to music from the phone through stereo headphones… which become a hands free headset when someone calls me. Basically I’m experiencing the opposite of “buyer’s remorse,” and it feels pretty good. Thanks, Ben!

Broncos go 1 and Cheated

September 14th, 2008

So was anyone WATCHING that game? The Broncos were handed the game in the final minutes… not by the Chargers, not by their quarterback, but by the refs, who made no attempt to hide the fact that it was an incorrect call. But this incorrect call decided the game, and I think the NFL needs to acknowledge that, and record this as a victory for San Diego. Period. (I know, I’m dreamin’)

New Phone

September 4th, 2008

Well, I got a new phone!… like a couple months ago. I’m just lazy.

Anyways, it’s a Samsung i730 that I bought from my brother. Really, it’s more of a computer than a phone. It’s really cool to be able to do stuff to my phone without having to go through other companies that charge me for stuff (like games, ringtones, etc).

Among the features I absolutely love are a remote control (yeah, my phone can control my TV), WiFi (meaning I can connect to a network to get high-speed internet without using any air time), a bluetooth ftp client, and a dial-up internet service that I can use anywhere I get a digital signal… and it only uses minutes (instead of “data” which is more expensive and isn’t free on nights and weekends).

Basically, my phone is sweet and my wife thinks I spend too much time with it… 🙂

Good Hands

July 30th, 2008

Oh, hi everyone! What are you doing here? Blog? OH! My blog! Right… I kinda forgot about it. Sorry about that. But I do have something to write about now.

Allstate car insurance. Their catch phrase is “Are you in good hands?” implying that their customers are. Now I can’t vouch for how they treat their customers, but I can imagine that the service is amazing. I assume this because of the service I just received.

A little history: I got rear ended pretty lightly by a guy who is insured by Allstate. No one was hurt, and the only damage to my car was a small barely noticeable crack in the plastic bumper cover. The wreck was on a Friday.

The next Monday Allstate calls me (as opposed to the other way around) and has me set up an appointment to have my car looked at. The appointment was set for 8AM on the next Monday. I gave myself 30 minutes to get to the place since I hadn’t been there before, but it only took me 15, so I was 15 minutes early, and the sign on the door said the place didn’t open until 8. Well, the adjuster was there, and he told me to come in and sit down. After 15 minutes and about 3 or 4 questions and answers, I was driving away with a check for $435.57. Awesome. And if the bill for the repairs happens to be more than that for some reason, I just ask the mechanic to fill out a fax form that the Allstate guy gave me, and have them send it in, and Allstate will work it out directly with them. No hassle.

Now, I don’t plan on spending that much money to repair such a little thing, so it’s money in the bank. I was very pleased by how smooth the process was, and how quickly I got money for it. So if you want a few hundred bucks with no work or hassle, get hit by somebody who has Allstate.

Pennies

June 16th, 2008

Well, My wife and I have been married for a year now! That’s exciting!… Yeah, that’s all I have to say.

191 🙂

Cast Iron Camping

June 5th, 2008

Rachel and I just got back (a few days ago) from our anniversary camping trip! It was all kinds of fun, and details and pictures are coming soon over at our private Sweet, sweet, cast iron! site (ask me about it if you don’t know about it). This particular post is about my new cool pan we used for the first time. It’s an 8″ cast iron skillet, and I absolutely LUFF it.

I bought it (at a garage sale for a buck) because I needed something heavy duty that would be able to easily withstand the heat of cooking over an open fire (or even ON an open fire if I have to set it right down on the wood). Little did I know that cast iron is also naturally non-stick, as long as it is seasoned and cared for properly. I’m very excited about my new toy, and have already had all kinds of fun cooking with it. I know that this pan could easily be with us for many many years.

As a side note, I learned all about how to restore and care for my new favorite pan from Linda Stradley over at WhatsCookingAmerica.net. If you ever need info on cast iron skillets, this is the place to go.

Laptop Shop-Hop

May 22nd, 2008

This weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), Rachel and I are hitting the tech stores in search of the perfect laptop, compliments of the US government and the all-too-exciting economic stimulus package. It’s really mainly for Rachel, so that she can do more with her pictures, and have her own computer on which to do it… although I may be borrowing it from time to time for my own devious intents. 🙂

Both of us are very excited about this… and I just had to write about it. This is the first time I’ve ever shopped for a computer without simply looking for the cheapest one that wasn’t a piece of junk. Oh, and the best part… It’s gonna have 4GB of RAM! (For those who care, that’s about 21 times the size of the hard drive of the first family computer I coded on).

Cross Browser Testing!

May 15th, 2008

I’ve been looking for a way to test my websites on several different browsers. For those of you in web design, you know that once you have one version of IE on your computer, you can forget about testing your site on any other version.

Well, I finally found a service that solves this problem. It’s called CrossBrowserTesting.com. Pretty straight forward, eh? They offer a free service, but you can only use it for 5 minutes at a time. Other than that, you can pay $1 per 5 minutes.

The service, as far as I can tell, is made up of several work stations that you can access remotely. The workstations are running on a variety of different operating systems with several different software configurations. When you use the free service, you get in line for one of the configurations and wait. If someone who is paying for it gets in the same line, they get to cut in front of you. The good side, though, is that you can see all the people who are waiting ahead of you, and whether they are paying for the service or not.

It’s CSS Naked Day!!!!

April 8th, 2008

Well, for the next 48 hours, I’ll be letting it all hang out! for those of you seeing this on Xanga or facebook, come see me nekkid at Stevish.com.

So is it just me, or is it a little breezy in here?

Why am I not Naked?

April 5th, 2008

If you read my post about CSS Naked Day, you’re probably wondering why I have all my CSS on. Well, it turns out they moved it. CSS Naked day will now be celebrated on April 9th, so come back and celebrate with me then!