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10 Years of Coors Field

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 5:14 PM

Coors Field

Ten years ago today, on April 26th, 1995, the Rockies christened Coors Field in dramatic fashion with 14th inning, 2 run home run off the bat of Dante Bichette to beat the New York Mets 11-9, and that was just a precusor to the fireworks that were to come.  I have had the privilege of watching hundreds of games in baseball's most exciting ballpark, including the first snow-out, Opening Days (1996-2000 & 2005), and the 1998 All-Star Game.  While the Rockies have been consistently mediocre over their 13 year history, Coors Field is easily the best venue I've ever been in to watch a baseball game.  To quote Dan Lucero from Up In The Rockies, "I wouldn’t trade our jewel in LoDo for all the “winning” ballparks in the league."  Photos from my many trips to Coors Field are in the Rockies section of my photo page.

 
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Last Transuranic Waste Leaves Rocky Flats

Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:46 PM

One of the last major pieces of the cleanup at Rocky Flats was completed on Tuesday when the last shipment of transuranic waste left for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM.  I approach these milestones with mixed emotions as it is sad to see the end of a place where three generations of my family have worked, but at the same time we are making the site safe for the millions of people in the Denver metro area.  Not that long from now I will begin my transition away from working for Rocky Flats and start a new phase in my life.  More about the shipment in the Denver Post.

 
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Statistics Update

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:34 PM

I've made some minor updates to the Web Statistics page.  I've added a list of most popular pages on my site and I've also trimmed the referrers list to only sites that have made more than one referral.  This change should help keep the referral spamming down in the displayed list.
 
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Statistics

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 4:31 PM

Mostly for the curiosity factor, I've built a statistics tracking system into my site here.  It has produced some interesting results so far.  Most notably, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are almost identical percentages of the visits with SharpReader (an RSS reader that Andrea and I both use) coming in a close third.  The other interesting thing has been watching the referrer URLs that seem to be sending people (or bots) to my site.  I seem to be getting a number of referrals from bots attempting to pitch online poker sites and online phamacies in the older comments sections of my Journal, though my CAPTCHA image appears to be keeping them out.  Beyond the absurd number of spamming attempts that I'm filtering out of the results, it has been interesting to see what searches at MSN, Yahoo, and Google have been bringing people to my page.  I've published the statistics results on my new Web Statistics page and I plan on continuing to refine the results there.  The only piece of the statistics engine that I did not code myself is the excellent WebChart control by Carlos Aguilera that generates the graphical charts.
 
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Barrister's Ball 2005

Monday, April 18, 2005 11:01 AM

This past weekend I went to Buffalo for Andrea's Barrister's Ball.  I flew out on Thursday afternoon.  After arriving, we headed back to her apartment where her friend Jamie met us for dinner so they could finish the 2005-06 Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) budget. 

On Friday we mostly hung out and ran errands during the day.  While we were dropping off the PAD budget, we ran into Andrea's favorite professor, Professor French, and ended up talking to her for the better part of an hour about Colorado politics and the University of Colorado since Professor French had been at CU before going to UB.  Friday night Andrea hosted a pasta party for PAD and had a number of friends over. 

On Saturday we got up and went driving around the Canadian side of the border.  We drove up to Niagara-on-the-Lake where we stopped to get some more British chocolates for my parents and myself.  I also collected some water from Lake Ontario for the baptismal faunt at church.  Following that, we drove back along the Niagara Parkway all the way to Fort Erie before we drove back over the Peace Bridge to Buffalo.  Saturday night was the Barrister's Ball at the Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo.  It was a good time and we danced the night away with a bunch of Andrea's friends.

Sunday we slept in and then had breakfast before I had to head back to Denver.  Photos from the weekend are on my photo page.

 
By: Shane
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2005 NCAA Hockey Champions

Saturday, April 9, 2005 10:04 PM

Denver Pioneers Congratulations to the 2005 NCAA Champion Denver Pioneers!  DU defeated the University of North Dakota 4-1 tonight in the championship of the NCAA Frozen Four.
 
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Grrrrrrrr

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 10:03 AM

Would someone please tell me where the sign on my car that says, "Please Hit Me," is?  Last night I came out of the Mercury Cafe to find that the car who had been parked in front of me had backed into my bumper on the way out.  So I ended up needing to get a police report for the hit and run and I got home a lot later than I would have liked.  Luckily the damage is not bad and it looks like it will just require a sand and repaint, but this is still getting irritating.  Why can't people take responsibility for their actions when they do something like this?

 
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Opening Day 2005

Monday, April 4, 2005 11:48 PM

Today I went to the Rockies Opening Day with a number of friends from swing dancing.  Prior to the game, we danced in the inagural Opening Day Parade to represent the Denver Turnverein.  The parade was a little disorganized, but it was a lot of fun and I briefly got to talk to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.  Following the parade, we danced for a while outside Fado on Wynkoop to advertise for the Turnverein and the Swing Club some more and then went into the game where the Rockies "GenRation" youth movement provided a phenomenal game.  After the Rockies took leads of 4-0 and then 7-3, San Diego stormed back to a 10-8 lead going to the bottom of the 9th.  But then the patented Coors Field comeback struck and the Rockies staged a 4 run rally capped by a 2 run walkoff home run by rookie Clint Barmes to win 12-10.  So the Rockies (picked 29th out of 30 MLB teams by SI) are in first place for at least one day this year and if the rookies keep this up it will be a good year.  Photos from the game are in the Photo Album.
 
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