February 25, 2006
According to the Business Opportunities blog, my blog is worth $13,548.96. That's certainly higher that I would have expected.
By contrast, the IE blog is worth $1,018,994.70. Honestly, that's less than I would have figured given that it's the #1 blog on MSDN and a CNET top 100 blog (Yes, I know this doesn't render correctly in IE7 -- we're working on it. Yes, I understand the irony.)
Anyway, fun stuff. How much is your blog worth?
We went through the mountains this weekend to Leavenworth for a little outing with Michelle's team. As we approached Stevens Pass, Michael (5) started listing all the ways we could die.
After he enumerated things like driving off the road or getting attacked by bears, he said "If we get stuck in an avalanche, we eat Andrew (8) first."
Where does he get this stuff? I'm going to have to start sleeping with my eyes open.
February 20, 2006
In a fit of madness and with the poorly optimized decision to save the Active.com registration fee by doing it person, I signed up for the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) bike ride at the Bike Expo this weekend. (The cute woman at the sign-up counter egging me on in front of my two sons didn't help, but hey, I got a low number - 358 - and I saved $5.25!)
This is a 200 mile bike ride between Seattle and Portland (as evidenced in the name of the event. I'm doing the somewhat more sane two day ride; the real crazies do this in a day. Of course, since I've never ridden more than twenty miles in a stretch, I have some work ahead of me to get to back-to-back centuries before the July 15 date.
Who else is in?
February 15, 2006
Andrew (8) participated in his second Pinewood Derby this year and won first place out of 35 cars! What made it more fun was that he did a lot more of the work on the car this year than last year, so it really was more of his effort. Andrew, of course, was delighted.
The event was much faster this year too thanks to a new track setup we used from Northwest Scouters. They have a slick four-lane metal track with computer scoring. We ran all 35 cars and were done with the racing part in maybe 35 minutes (vs. the two hour ordeal last year.) I think all the dads were more excited than the kids to see the track go together and check out all the computerized gear.
February 5, 2006
Congratulations to the Steelers on the victory in tonight's Super Bowl. The Seahawks gave it a good try, but ultimately self-imploded.
It was fun the watch the game with the boys tonight. We don't have a TV signal normally (I'll blog on that sometime), but today I hooked up a pair of rabbit ears to watch the game. We all sat around, snacked, yelled, and watched the game. The guys enjoyed it, although Michael (5) kept referring to the Steelers as the Robbers.
We'll have to watch more games in the future. It was fun.
February 2, 2006
Links to the various IE7 pages on microsoft.com are three of the top five "Latest Buzz" entries on Newsgator (an online RSS aggregator).
According to their definition:
What is "The Latest Buzz" all about?
The Latest Buzz box provides links to the most talked-about articles tracked by NewsGator. The top 5 most linked articles are listed as links to provide you with easy, "one-click" access to today's hottest articles.
While we've certainly had a range of opinions expressed about the Beta 2 Preview build so far, it's great that there is so much interest.
The only thing worse than being hated is being irrelevant.
February 1, 2006
IEEE Spectrum (my daily reading and probably yours too) published an article on ten geeks who landed amazing jobs from the dude who builds unmanned spy drones to the guy to built the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel to the woman who designs rides for Disney.
Cool stuff, but I can't believe that Group Program Manager of Internet Explorer didn't make the list. Do those other ten get to post random football entries on a highly visible technology blog (and get 85 rude comments in the process)? What could be cooler than that?
Anyway, judge for yourself.