Sports — good news for Purdue’s B-Ball team

Hot on the heels of being ranked the the 29th most prestigious men’s basketball program (Thanks Gene and the Big Dog!) out of 300 teams over the last 24 years, Andy Katz’s article from ESPN.com has new pre-season poll (should it be pre-pre-season? — but he had a poll the day after the end of the tourney — does that make it the PRE-pre-pre-season poll) ranking Purdue as #10 (a slip from #8 on April 9th) and first in the Big Ten. It looks like Andy’s is putting a lot of stock in the departure of Scott Martin, even though he only averaged 22 minutes a game, 8.5 points per game & 3.8 rebounds per game. Andy forgets that Scott left the team briefly not once, but twice during the 2007-08 campaign and that he probably served as more of a distraction to the Boilermaker squad than what he really could of been. Scott was in reality the #6 man on the squad and was looking down the barrel of riding even more pine in the 2008-09 season with the arrival of Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith (both top 150 players), I say good riddance to Scott.

Staring off the tradition from my old blog — my bold prediction for Purdue for the 08-09 season, well I have a couple: #1 in the Big Ten, #5 in the country, a #2 seed in the tourney (obviously) and advancement to the Elite 8. I think they finish the season with 5 losses — that prediction will change once the final schedules are announced. The 09-10 season will be REALLY fun…

Till Next Time!

July 25, 2008 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

Computers – Using worpress iPhone app

I am in the waiting room for my follow-up appointment following my ICL surgery, I decided to try out the new wordpress app. It looks and feels pretty good, but without the sideways keyboard, it is pretty obvious that authoring long posts would not be very effiecient. I would also like a spellcheck, but I guess I sholud just learn how to spell. So of the other shortcomings are posted on approll (see link to the right), but for quick posts, this app looks like it has some promise.

I am adding a photo from my iPhone to see how the picture function works on this app. This is an example of the screen capture function on the 2.0 update.

Till next time!

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July 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Health — Does the FDA think that the FDA is broken?

For those of you that know me or know the work that I do, you know that I am no fan of the FDA. Hot on the heels of the information that another FDA approved drug does NOT work for what it is prescribed AND possibly could increase the risk of cancer, one of my colleagues has found a document on the FDA website talking about the agency’s shortcomings.

Larry Frieders of The Compounder Custom Compounding Lab of Auroa, IL posted this to his site. Within the page he has a link to a document produced by the FDA’s Subcommitte on Science and Technology. In the document, the subcomitte points our glaring defiences within the FDA, with issues ranging from the FDA not receiving enough funding to operate to finding that the FDA’s “scientific base had eroded and its scientific organizational structre is weak.”

I have had only a chance to glance over the executive summary of the report, but it appears to be a pretty damning piece from within the FDA. Take a look at it and tell me what you think….

Till next time!

July 23, 2008 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

Computers: WordPress iPhone App!!!! & another App Review site

Well, that was quick — wordpress released it’s iPhone App today. Read more about it here… Once I get to playing around with it, I plan on putting up a quick review.

It looks like iPhone Atlas is getting a little more active — as is iPhone Approll… I am adding links to them over on the right side of the page. Also, I had not mentioned it before, but I did post a link to the site over to the right — macworld had some pretty decent reviews of the iPhone Apps, but you have to dig a little to get to them. The link will take you straight to the App review area.

Also, I had my second ICL procedure done today — more on that in a bit.

Till next time!

July 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

LOLcats…. some of my favs

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July 22, 2008 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

Health — My weight loss success

As most of friends and employees know, I embarked on a lifestyle change around the beginning of February. Over the past 10 years or so, I had moved to the 300 lb range in weight. After the birth of first child, the wieght became more of a concern to me (and my wife) and we tried several different things to try to lose weight. Nothing really worked for me — I would lose 5-10 pounds, only to gain it back in two to three months.

I had always been against weight watchers, nutrisystem, etc — any “program” that required going to meeting or buying food. I knew many people who had failed on the “meeting” type programs and I alwyas thought buying food meant having to eat cardboard. Then we found out that you could buy some NutriSystem food ala carte. So, we both bought a day’s worth of food to try it out. To our surprise, the food was pretty decent. Not gourmet by any means, but pretty solid food. My wife and I both signed on at the end of January and started in February. Everything that you see on the ads is true — it does cost around $10 a day (sometimes up to $13-14 per day) and you will need to still buy milk, fruit, lettuce, etc. But the two things I like about the system is: 1) It teaches you portion control and 2) It gets you into the habit of eating the smaller portion 5-6 times per day.

Long story short, in less than 6 months, I am down to 250 pounds. Officially, I have lost 45 pounds (I was 295 the day before we started), but I know I was above the 300 mark at various times before that. I have deviated from the diet here and there (we still go out to eat about once a week and when I am away shooting, I try (usually unsuccessfully) to stay on the diet), but I am still having success.

If you are looking to try to lose weight, I fully recommend this program. Like I said, you can order a day’s worth of food to try it out and see if you like it. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Till next time…..

John

July 22, 2008 at 4:31 am Leave a comment

Sports – British Open Day 4

Boy was I wrong… Right now, Padrig is playing 18 and barring a Jean Van de Velde melt down, he is going to win. He has 4 strokes on Ian Poulter at this point — congrats to Padrig on defending your title from last year and playing it with a sore wrist.

As for Jeff Overton, well, today was not good — a little disappointing shooting +9 today, but still — he made the cut in his first major. That ain’t bad. Scary thing was, if he could have pulled even par today, he would have ended up around a T8. Ben Curtis had a little blow up with +5, but still goes home with a top 10 finish. 

Here is the count of top 125 palyers coming into the Open that finished behind Jeff (including cuts)…

1-30: 1 + 9 missed cut = 10

31-125: 1 + 14 missed cut = 15

So, 25 of the top 125 in the world fell behind Jeff or MC’d… not a bad week Jeff! Keep your head up!

Later!

July 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

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