Random short

Wow time gets away from you.  I have not made a post in a while.  I started watching baseball thanks to Spring Training.  It gets me excited for the time coming.  I have been really busy at home and such.  Searching for the right job.  Also working on the house and helping my dad figure out what he will do.  I have just been super busy.

Being busy is my fault.  I get excited about some new stereo equipment and have gone full into that.  The basement stereo is sounding fantastic.  It is 90% done when it comes to audio.  The visual side will get worked on eventually.  Music is more important than movies anyway.  Finding great deals on the speakers and other equipment is definitely and issue though.  Cannot afford any more.  I have cut myself off.  At least until I sell some of this stuff.  But I hope everyone can find that joy of hearing some great speakers that play some of your favorite music.

I will go on and on about Klipsch here sometime soon.  It is just some great stuff.  This random blog will get some of my HiFi musings soon enough.  I wish everyone the best.

MLB Dream Job

MLB has this dream job available.  I would love to get it and plan to apply.  It sounds like fun and I think others should apply.  I want to throw out my thoughts on the MLB Dream Job (http://mlb.com/dreamjob/).  There is a feeling that there is some “East Coast Bias” with baseball.  I understand that the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies are three of the most talented and popular teams.  But I just hope whoever is chosen is not a fan of one of those teams just so we do not have to hear about the “East Coast Bias”.  I know anyone who loves the sport enough will be able to put fandom of one team aside for the good/love of the game.  It will already look like a bias with the person being in New York, but MLB is headquartered there.  I could also see if this goes well, the idea could be expanded.  On the New York topic…wouldn’t it be better if the person was in LA or somewhere out west?  That would put the games earlier in the day.  The days would be the same length, but it would shift the day some for the person.  The west coast games would not be so late at night.  Just spitballing.

The key to the project will be to listen to all of the teams’ announcers.  It would be great for that person to highlight some of the announcers.  I know I would listen to the Dodgers games a great deal just to hear Vin Scully.   And there should be no blackouts.  If the person who is watching all of the games wants to hear the Cardinals announcers when they play the Mets, they should be able to.  This person should have access to every feed possible.

Following that thought, 3D televisions may be nice for this person.  I hear they have different feed of the game and such.  The glasses may get heavy watching every game.  On the technical side, getting all feeds to line up is important.  That is to say, if the person watches the game, but wants to listen to the radio feed, it would be nice for this to line up.  HD television, radio, and everything rarely line up on their own.  This should all be worked out for the writer.

This dream job will not be all fun and games.  Watching baseball every day for the summer really does give up some stuff.  I know I watch almost every game I can currently, but sometimes I ignore an MLB game for some college baseball.  And family time sometimes leads to going outside and being away from a game.  We usually have the games audio on all the time though.

White Sox thoughts 2/22

The White Sox and spring training.  It is a wonderful time.  Full of hope for all baseball fans.  I love it.  Everything can have a positive spin to it in Spring Training.  Let’s go through some of the Sox thoughts.

  1. Peavy Throwing: Peavy is making process.  That is a good sign.  It looks like the rotation will stand strong even if he is not ready to start the season.  If he does not start the season with the team, it will give some other pitchers a look in the Big Leagues.  With Peavy’s injury, the Sox will take care of him.  They will bring him along slowly.  He will be fresh for the second half and a playoff push.  Also, the Sox have the secret weapon: Herm Schneider.  I know it is an unusual injury, but Herm always does a great job.
  2. Chris Sale in the Bullpen: I hope the Sox make the right decision with Chris Sale.  I think the bullpen can be the right decision.  I just hope the Sox make sure he gets more innings than last year.  Build up that inning count.  Give him some multi-inning appearances with longer rest in between.  Let’s not ruin him like the Yanks and Joba.
  3. The Bullpen: With Sale, Thronton, Crain, Santos, and Ohman set, the bullpen is looking good.  I know that many say relievers need a set role.  I do not believe this.  Ozzie claims he goes by his gut.  I hope he does with his bullpen all year long.  Forget save situations.  Know the game.  Sometimes the most important outs for a relief pitcher come in the sixth or seventh inning.  That’s why they were originally called firemen.  Come in to put out the trouble.  Here is hoping he uses his best/hottest reliever at the most important times.
  4. Third Base: Mark Teahen, I never thought you were the answer for third base.  I thought you could help the team though.  Your defense was below average.  But I think your below average to average defense at multiple positions can be an asset if your bat comes back to its height.  Brent Morel, I hope your bat catches up to your defense.  I think you can help the team.  If you are not ready, I hope they send you back down to play every day.  Ozzie says he will try to make the decision quick.  I hope he does, but only because both of these guys are hitting well and look good in the field.
  5. The Wild Cards: The Sox have a few of these in camp.  Viciedo, Lillibridge, De Aza, McPherson, Milledge as well as the pitchers and catchers.  The fifth starter if Peavy does not start the year with the team will hopefully impress in his few opportunities because the league is not used to him.  It would also be great to see those five listed smash the ball and make things real interesting.  Milledge has the tools to be great, and I could see him making the team with a great spring.  De Aza will get a chance eventually.  Lillibridge offers that true Utility ability.  Viciedo would have to show the ability to play outfield which we are now finding out he did back in Cuba.  And McPherson can be nice insurance in case everything blows up at third base.  Let’s hope it does not come to that, but wish him well with his audition for a MLB job.

I think this year will be fun to watch.  Interesting developments always around.  If Peavy comes back healthy, I actually give the Sox rotation a 1 in 5 shot of being better than the Phillies.  That is a completely biased opinion but Herm Schneider and Don Cooper will keep them Healthy and on target I think.  The best trainer in baseball and one of the better pitching coaches.  Other teams like the Red Sox and Giants have a shot at being the best rotation in baseball.  The Cardinals or another team might surprise as well.  But I look forward to the season with hope and anticipation.

 

 

March 4th

March 4th.  It is an important date.  I am sure most people do not know why.  But that is the day the budget must be worked out by the keep running.  It is a day I will be watching closely.  It is sad that the government has not worked past the issue yet.  I seem to remember the same thing happen to Clinton after he lost some votes in Congress.  It is following the path closely.  Obama should realize if there is a shutdown, he will get the blame.  It is easier to blame one person than everyone in Congress.  Something needs to be worked out though.  A government shutdown does not save money.  Most of the employees get back-pay once the doors open again.  The lost productivity then has to be made up.  I hope something gets worked out as well as an Increase in infrastructure spending gets passed.

 

 

 

Lunch Anyone?

As you may know, I have been away from school since I graduated in December.  As you may also know. DT Kirby’s was my favorite place to eat when at school.  Well I have been missing the food for quite some time.  Now lunch today is not the same, no fried sides, but this sandwich would not be an outcast on the menu at DTs.  It is just thrown together from what we had at the house.

Here is what made two sandwiches:

  • 1.25 lbs of Beef (made into two patties and grilled)
  • 2 eggs fried
  • Grilled onions and mushrooms
  • 4 year old Cheddar cheese
  • Chipotle Mustard
  • Guacamole
  • Tomato
  • 2 French Bread Rolls

Catching up with Wayne

Wow, I haven’t made a post in a while.  These things always seem like a great idea to start and taper off.  Well this one tapered off real quick.  I have been busy with many things.  The job search is going.  I have had a few interviews and they went well.  No positions open as of now, but things are starting to turn around and the companies are hopeful for the coming months.  I have been doing some professional development stuff in this time.  I already have 5.5 Professional Development Hours for the year.  I also have been working on some CAD to MicroStation skills as well as doing training on GIS software.  These skills will hopefully help me in my job in the future.

I had to switchover my phone since my ear speaker died.  My GF gave me her old phone so it didn’t cost me anything.  I am up for an upgrade but I want to wait until I get a job.  At that point, I will make the decision if I want to get a data package.  And I bet some good phones will be available in the coming months.  No iPhone for me though.  I am thinking DroidX or Bionic.  We will see.

I have also been working around the house.  The home office has been completely redone now.  New insulation, drywall, paint and carpet.  I can’t believe how much stuff was in there.  It is nice to have it done.  That means there is one bedroom left and then everything in the house has been redone.  That is an accomplishment.  (This does not count the storage room, or the laundry room that have to be redone but they are in the basement and have doors).

Not everything has been work though.  I have spent some quality time with friends, family and my GF.  Birthdays are plentiful around this time.  I spent a quality afternoon with my grandmother a few days back.  We talked and had lunch.  It was good to spend time together.  I have seen some of my friends and spent time doing fun things in Fort Wayne.  New Thanksmas was a hit in the Fort.  I hope everyone had fun.

Lots of quality time with the GF has been had/is coming.  Lots to celebrate in early February: Anniversary, Birthday, and Valentine Day.  We had one fun weekend in Fort Wayne, and will have a great time in Chicago this weekend.  At least I hope it will be great.

I sold four 1500 Concert Monitor speakers this past week as well.  These were great speakers that can just flat out rock.  They can take 400 Watts a piece.  I was sad to see them go.  The proceeds will go to funding other stereo purchases.  The first was a Soundcraftsman RP2212 Equalizer.  The second was to agree to purchase some Klipsch Heresy’s in decorator cabinets.  The cabinets will need to be finished at some point.  And a third may be a SACD/DVD Audio Player.  We will see.  I hope everything works out.  I am still looking for a Preamp, Center Channel, and maybe a new computer tower (or at least a sound card upgrade).  Those will have to wait for work I think though.  Need income to continue spending.

And finally, a project I have undertaken is to put every CD in the house on the computer.  But this is no basic ripping.  I am using lossless compression so that the sound will be just as good from the computer as from a CD.  This is a large project for me.  We easily have over 300 CDs and I will probably continue this process.  I hope it turns out as good as I am wishing it will.

 

Da Bears

I cannot believe these Bears.  I have always questioned Todd Collins being ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart.  Hanie did not play too bad.  I wish he would have had a longer chance.  I do not want to question Cutler and his toughness.  But standing on the sideline and pacing does not look good.  And what of that play call on 3rd and 3?  Put your players in the best position to succeed.  The coaching staff did not do that.

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I started this blog as my random/everything blog.  Where my http://hofthoughts.blogspot.com/ blog is focussed on one subject, this one will be all over the place.  Shorter posts and longer post will abound.  We will see how far I venture into some subjects.  If anyone read my notes on facebook, this may be a rehash or similar sometimes.  I will bounce around from sports, to speakers, to music, to life and love, to politics and religion.  Well we will see how far I get into the last of that stuff.  I will take suggestions but may just ignore them.  We will see how this ends up.

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