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Baseball Begins Today!

Monday, March 31, 2008 12:01 PM

Opening Day 2008

In just over an hour, the 2008 Rockies season begins in St. Louis versus the Cardinals.  The defending National League Champions (I still get goosebumps saying that!) send Jeff Francis to the hill to begin the defense.  I went out last night and bought a pocket AM radio so I can listen to the games at work as opposed to just watching the MLB GameCast like had in the past.  Unfortunately my cube is not well situated for the radio, but I did find a spot where it will work.  I'm extremely hyped up with excitement today and I can't imagine being all that effective at work on Friday before we go down to Coors Field for the home opener.  It's baseball time!

Go Rockies!!!

 
By: Shane
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Leaving Handango

Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:36 PM

Handango - Just Say No

Due to some recent changes to the Handango Content Distribution Agreement (CDA), I have stopped offering all of my software through Handango.  Handango's new CDA changes the percentage commission that Handango makes for each sale to 50% on all revenue under $250,000.  As a small developer who makes only a very small amount every year on the applications I offer here,  this represents a very significant change in my revenue stream and, as a result, I have decided to terminate my relationship with Handango.  More information on the changes in the CDA can be found at Boy Genius, and Pocket PC Thoughts.

All of my applications are still available through this site and through MobiHand.  Thanks to everyone who has purchased any one of my applications.  I truly appreciate your patronage and your feedback.

 
By: Shane
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Best Basketball Game in a Long, Long Time!

Friday, March 28, 2008 3:52 PM

Jackie McFarland celebrates CU's victory over Villanova in the WNIT

Last night I met my friend, John, up in Boulder to watch CU take on Villanova in the third round of the WNIT.  Coming into the game, Villanova was one of the best 3-point shooting teams in NCAA Women's history, and they showed it right off the bat, hitting their first two to go up 6-0.  It was quickly 9-2 and Villanova had their working margin for most of the night.  CU got down by as many as 11 in the first half, but cut the lead to 7 at the break. 

In the 2nd half, we never really made a run, and Villanova kept the lead between 7 and 11 points.  With just about 4 and a half minutes to go, Villanova led by 11, and we were commenting that someone other than Jackie McFarland needed to make a shot at some point for CU.  That's when Brittany Spears (no, not that Brittany Spears), decided to show up.  She knocked down a pair of threes and the comeback was on.

From that point, CU outscored Villanova 20-3, and took our first lead with just over a minute to play.  CU then knocked down some free throws and won 64-58 in the most amazing game I've seen in a long time.  Now CU goes on to play TCU in Boulder on Sunday in the WNIT quarterfinals.  Go Buffs!

 
By: Shane
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Pyramid Updated

Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:01 PM

Pyramid Updated

I've updated the Pocket PC version of Pyramid to version 2.1 and the Smartphone version to version 1.1.  Both versions fix an issue where a covered king could be removed if the card that was covering it was selected.

The upgrades are available for free on my Pocket PC software page and my Smartphone software page.

 
By: Shane
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Big Day at Visa

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 10:48 AM

NYSE Takes Visa

Today is a big day here, where I work as a contractor for Visa (V).  Visa debuted today with the largest IPO in history at approximately $17.9 billion or $44/share.  Coming into work, we were greeted at the entrance with a huge sign, much like the image on this post, reading "NYSE Takes Visa."  There was also a big screen set up in the cafeteria with live news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and a free continental breakfast.  Later today there will also be an ice cream social for everyone here.  Andrea and I managed to get a few shares earlier this morning and it's up a few dollars from where we bought in at, and I think it's a pretty good growth stock going forward.  All in all it's shaping up as a pretty exciting day here.

 
By: Shane
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Jefferson County Democratic Convention and Assembly

Monday, March 17, 2008 2:12 PM

Jeffco Democratic Convention and Assembly - March 18, 2008

This past Saturday, March 15, Andrea and I were delegates to the 2008 Jefferson County Democratic Convention and Assembly at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.  It was another interesting day of learning about the nuts and bolt of getting a candidate on the ballot actually happens. 

The morning session was largely well organized.  All 3500 or so delegates were seated in the main arena in the Mines recreation center.  We went through some basic rules and credentialling, then Senator Ken Salazar, Congressman Mark Udall, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter addressed the assembly.  Following that, we voted on a number of platform resolutions and unopposed candidates for county and statewide offices before breaking for lunch.

After lunch, we moved into the House District 24 Assembly.  This was so poorly organized as to be a major turn off for most of the first time assembly delegates.  The assembly was held in a gym with terrible acoustics and an equally terrible sound system, with the net result being that most everyone couldn't hear any of the instructions.  There were 4 votes taken for delegates to various Congressional District and State Assemblies, though none was in any way well organized.  The final vote of the day was in the race between Dave Ruchman, whom Andrea and I supported, and Sue Schafer for the Colorado HD 24 seat.  I imagine that both made quota, so there will be a primary election in August to determine the candidate for that seat.

None of the results from any of the votes taken on Saturday have yet been announced, and I'm sure there will be a credentials fight for the CD7 and State Assemblies based on the chaos of the HD24 Assembly.  It was definitely an interesting day though and Andrea and I will be waiting to hear whether either of us will be delegates to the later assemblies.

 
By: Shane
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Happy 85th Birthday Grandma!

Friday, March 14, 2008 11:50 AM

Grandma and Grandpa with all of the grandkids in December 2007

Yesterday was Grandma Ideker's 85th birthday.  We surprised her for dinner at 240 Union.  Grandma just expected to have dinner with Grandpa and Doug, but Mom had flown in from Baton Rouge, and Brandon, Tyler, Andrea, and I joined her in the surprise for dinner.  It was a great time and a great celebration of a truly wonderful woman.  Happy Birthday Grandma!

 
By: Shane
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Denver Restaurant Week 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008 11:29 AM

Denver Restaurant Week 2008

This past week, Andrea and I went to a number of restaurants for Denver Restaurant Week.  The week is highlighted by 3-4 course meals at hundreds of Denver's best restaurants for $52.80 for 2 people. 

On Tuesday, we went to Samba Room on Larimer Square.  Samba Room is a latin fusion restaurant with a Cuban and Brazilian bent.  I had the South American Pumpkin Soup, Grilled Hanger Steak with Rosemary-Honey Adobo over Black Beans & Pickled Jalapeno, and Tres Leches cake for dessert.  Andrea had the Latin Caesar Salad, Oven Roasted Orange-Coriander Marinated Half Chicken, and the Guava Banana Empanada.  It was definitely an excellent meal.

On Wednesday, we went to The Briarwood Inn with Dave and Margie from church.  We all enjoyed the appetizer tray of crackers, fresh shrimp cocktail, chicken liver pate, smoked salmon butter, and cheddar cheese spread and then we all had the house spinach salad.  For the main course, Dave and I had prime rib, Andrea had the Chicken Rochambeau, and Margie had the Tilapia.  We finished with their dessert tray of fresh fruit and a number of different sweets.  This was definitely the best meal of the week.

Finally, we went to the Palm Restaurant in the Westin downtown on Thursday night with some of Andrea's friends from the Colorado Women's Bar Association.  This was another excellent meal as we led off with arugula and endive salad, then I had the Steak Oscar and Andrea had the Chicken Scallopine Medici.  For dessert, I had the New York Cheesecake and Andrea had the Chocolate Indulgence cake.

All of the meals this year were wonderful, and we both look forward to next year's Denver Restaurant Week.

 
By: Shane
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