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Diana and Kyle's Wedding

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:16 AM

Diana and Kyle walk across the bridge at night

This past weekend I went to Des Moines for Kyle and Diana's wedding.  I drove out Wednesday night after work and got to Des Moines at about 2:30 am on Thursday.  On Thursday, Andrea and I went to the Polk County administration building to get our marriage license, then we went to pick out the tuxedos for our wedding.  We ended up picking out the Perry Ellis Groove style from Milroy's Tuxedos.  After that we went out to Kiwanis Riverview Island for the rehearsal and then to Spaghetti Works for the rehearsal dinner.

On Friday, we got up and went down to the wedding site to help set up.  I ended up running a number of errands for them as we finished the setup.  We then went home and changed and went back to Kiwanis Riverview Island for the wedding.  It was a beautiful ceremony and the weather was as close to perfect as you could get.  Diana and Kyle had some very nontraditional touches, such as the bride in black and the groom in white and a series of decorative rock vases that they combined instead of a unity candle.  The reception lasted until about 11 when Andrea and I took Brendan and went home so Diana and Kyle could have the night to themselves.

On Saturday, we had a big family breakfast at Andrea's parents' house and everyone came over to watch Diana and Kyle open presents.  After that, Andrea and I went and paid for the room we got Diana and Kyle at the Stoney Creek Inn.  After paying for the hotel, we went to Younkers and registered for our crystal and silver.  We then went and had our first formal pictures taken at Portrait Innovations.  After portraits, we went and had dinner at The Iowa Machine Shed, where we will be having our rehearsal dinner in August before heading back to the hotel to hang out with Diana, Kyle, and Brendan at the hotel pool for a while.

Sunday was relatively brief as we got up and Andrea's mom cooked breakfast before I got in the car to head back to Denver.

 
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90 Years at Bandelier

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 6:46 AM

Ceremonial Cave at Bandelier

Today the Rocky Mountain News is running an article on the 90th Anniversary of Bandelier National Monument.  Growing up in Los Alamos, we spent a lot of time in Bandelier, camping, having picnics, hiking, and touring the ruins.  Bandelier was designated as a National Monument on February 11, 1916, predating the town of Los Alamos by almost 40 years.  The main visitor area at Bandelier was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was designated as a CCC Historic District in 1987.  The Rocky Mountain News article talks about some of the 90th Anniversary events that are planned for the rest of the year in addition to talking about the history of the Monument.  Read the rest of the article on the Rocky Mountain News.

 
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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 3:57 AM

Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter!

 
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Weather Info Update

Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:46 PM

All versions of Weather Info have been permanently removed.  My reading of the weather.com EULA differs significantly from their lawyers' reading, and as a result, Weather Info will not be available in any form.  Their EULA definitions contain clauses that neither I, nor any other developer I know, could work with for a publicly available application.  I will be investigating using other data sources including the National Weather Service, EJSE.com, and Yahoo but any solution using these sources will not be available under the Weather Info name.  I will no longer be providing support for any versions of Weather Info that may have been downloaded and I ask you to uninstall and stop using any versions that you may have installed.  Continued use of Weather Info is no longer licensed for use in any form.

 
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Weather Info - All Versions

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 3:51 PM

I have pulled all versions of the Weather Info application following a cease and desist letter from weather.com today.  I believe I am fully in compliance with their terms of use for their XML data services, however I am pulling all versions of the Weather Info application as a precautionary measure until this situation is resolved.

 
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Barrister's Ball 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006 1:44 PM

This past weekend, I went out to Buffalo for Andrea's last Barrister's Ball.  I flew out of Denver on Thursday night and got into Buffalo pretty late.  On Friday morning, we got up and drove to Seneca Falls, NY where we toured the Women's Rights National Historical Park.  We went through the museum and then took guided tours through the Wesleyan Chapel, where the first Women's Rights Convention was held, and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house.  Following that we drove down Cayuga Lake to Ithaca, stopping at a few wineries on the way.  The Finger Lakes wineries have all proved to be be pretty disappointing on the quality scale.  Near Ithaca, we also stopped at Taughannock Falls and Ithaca Falls before heading back to Buffalo.

On Saturday, we got up and drove up to Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada.  We stopped at the Frogpond Farm winery before going into town.  In town we wandered around for a while, browsing some of the shops and also had lunch.  After lunch, we went out to the shore of Lake Ontario before visiting Palatine Hills, Coyote's Run, and Chateau des Charmes.  Following that we stopped at Brock's Monument, which is a monument to the Major-General Sir Issac Brock who died during the defense of Queenston Heights from the Americans in the War of 1812, before heading back to Buffalo for the ball.

The Barrister's Ball was held at the Statler Towers again and featured the exact same meal as last year.  The food was ok and we had a good time dancing and hanging out with Andrea's friends.  Sunday, we woke up, had breakfast burritos, and just hung out until it was time to head home again.

Photos from the weekend are on my photo page.

 
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Front page of Slashdot!

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 9:53 AM

For the first time, I got an article accepted by Slashdot and it's on the Slashdot home page right now.

 CUShane writes "The Washington Post is running an article on the patent case between Tivo and EchoStar regarding Tivo's DVR technology. The article states that Tivo has a better than 70% chance of winning, while a loss would basically doom the company. Is there a possibility that the patent system is working right in this case?" From the article: "TiVo attorney Morgan Chu has been arguing in court that TiVo's inability to turn a profit, despite the popularity of its product, is partially because of EchoStar's infringing on its patent. TiVo co-founder Michael Ramsay testified that he showed EchoStar executives the TiVo product and pursued a licensing deal with them, but that a deal was never struck even though EchoStar began selling its own DVRs that used technology very similar to TiVo's."

Read the article and comments on Slashdot.

 
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Opening Day!

Monday, April 3, 2006 6:35 AM

Opening Day 2005 at Coors Field

At 2:05 pm today, the Rockies open their 2006 season at Coors Field.  While I won't be able to go this year, Opening Day is always a special day.  Go Rockies!

Update: I've posted a new Rockies Pocket PC theme on my Pocket PC Themes page for Opening Day 2006.

Update 4/4/06: Rockies win 3-2 in 11 innings over the Diamondbacks, moving into first place in the NL West!

 
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Fire comes close

Monday, April 3, 2006 6:32 AM

There was a 1600 acre grass fire yesterday afternoon near my office that also caused the evacuation of a nearby subdivision.  Luckily no structures burned down, but you can see the blackened hillside just a little over half a mile from my office.  More on the fire in today's Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, and the Boulder Daily Camera.

 
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