Monday, January 29, 2007

Matt's Blog on Metro Mode

One of my friends from Detroit Synergy, Matt Clayson, is a guest blogger for Metro Mode. His latest post makes the argument that if you're not living in the City of Detroit, you're basically just wasting your time.

I can't help feeling that he took his sentiment a tiny bit too far. After having been robbed three times in three years, and getting almost no response from the Detroit Police Department, I can certainly understand those who chose to support the city, but chose to live in the suburbs.

Armchair boosters and armchair advocates, is what Matt calls them.

No matter what, I'm sure that Matt's words will stimulate some interesting conversations around metro Detroit.

And that, afterall, is one of the great things about blogs. They get people talking about vital issues that tend to get forgotten by the mainstream media.

Oh, and he didn't mention it in his blog post, but Matt is one of those who doesn't just talk about something - he lives it. He was born in Grand Rapids. His wife came from Rochester Hills.

Both of them currently own a home and live within the Detroit city limits. They vote in city elections, pay city taxes and deal with city insurance rates. (Heck, I'm pretty sure that the neighbhood that they live in is one of those that the Mayor didn't target for special tax breaks.) In short, they put it all behind what they believe in.

Things like that make me proud to call them friends and to have done their wedding video.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Cool Stuff

Okay - I really shouldn't spend so much time surfing the web. I keep finding so many cool products out there that I want to buy. At least this time, the two things that I found were relatively reasonably priced so I won't have to max out my credit cards buying them.

I found these cool stemless wine glasses at SurLaTable.com. I'm usually not a fan of stemless wine glasses so I would probably use them for something other than wine.

The cool thing about them though is that they settle the eternal debate as to whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. The glass has a line that delinates the exact middle of the glass. Above the line is the Italian word for optimist. Below the line is the Italian word for pessimist.

Those crazy Italians! Always giving me an excuse to keep my glass full.

I also got a huge kick out of the Lego ice cube tray that is available at Lego.com.

Not only can my glass tell the world whether I'm an optimist or a pessimist, but I can keep my drink cold with a playful sense of style using ice cubes shaped like the Lego building blocks that I used to play with as a kid.

I'm kind of tempted to experiment with food coloring to see if I can make my Lego ice cubes in a variety of different colors - just like the Legos that I had long ago.

Okay - so the moral of this story is that if I'm not able to make my IRA contribution for 2007, you will know why.

And you'll know that I'll spend my old age surrounded by lots of cool stuff.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The iPhone Looks So Darn Cool

Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone earlier this week. The thing just looks so darn cool!
  • Cool interface that looks easy to use;
  • Lots of great features, including the ability to add widgets;
  • 2 megapixel camera; and
  • Either 4 or 8 GB of storage space.
The only things that I don't like about it is that a) according to the press release, it won't be available until June (which means, it should be in stores by August) and b) it's only available for Cingular (which means that I'd have to change my networks; probably have to change my phone number as well and pay a cancellation fee since I'm still under contract with Sprint).

I'm also wondering a) just how many contacts one can store in an iPhone and b) if I can import them from Microsoft Outlook. It would be so sweet if the answers to those questions were a) more than 500 and b) yes. (Let's face it, manually programming a bunch of people into a phone is a pain in the butt.)

Apple's web site didn't have an answer to either question nor I could I find it in any of the reviews about it. Anyway, what all of this means is that I was originally planning on getting a new cell phone in March or April. However, I think I'm going to stick with my current one until this summer - just so I can take a good look at the iPhone first.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Weird Memories

It's weird how my memory is slowly coming back after the auto accident. I find myself remembering the strangest things.

The other day I was walking around in Greektown. This, of course, is where I was returning from the night of that collission.

I walked past the Bouzouki Club and remembered that I had one of their "No Cover Charge" passes. More importantly, I remembered that I had it with me on that fateful evening, but that I decided to go home instead of using it.

And that was when it dawned on me.

If I had used that pass, I wouldn't have been on the road at the same time as that drunk driver and, in all probablity, wouldn't have been rear-ended like I was. My life today would be almost exactly like it was on December 22.

The moral of this story: I should never pass up a chance to see naked women for free.