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Earlier this week, Gather Little by Little ran an article about Omaha Steaks, and how expensive it was in comparison to the grocery store. His calculations had the meat comingDoes steak cost less delivered in bulk?

I am not a big sports fan. I enjoy watching tennis from time to time, but have even lost touch with that mostly. I like watching televised sports in shortWhy Dads of girls watch sports

I don't talk much about the technical side of having a blog, but though it might look technical, this is really about the business side of blogging. One of the thingsSo long, BlogGlue

Two "robots" found on YouTube today... One: paint this dark grey and it would be the coolest homemade AT-ST (All Terrian-Scout Transport) Halloween costume on the block. Just add a WookieYouTube robots

Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded inWhat is it with this kid?

I recently experienced one of the things on this list. See if you can figure out which one it is: Things that don't go together easily: Oil and water Drinking and driving Fine wineThings that don't go together easily

For simplicity's sake, I'm combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3). Kids: I don't like much boys. Me: Why don't you like boys? Kids: I don't know. Me: Oh. Kids: You're aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

Creating Passionate Users Risk aversion can take a good idea and make it useless. And risk aversion is rampant in corporations. That's one of the points in Kathy's post. It's aRisk aversion can hurt you

I'm curious what you all use for your RSS feed readers. How do you keep track of the blogs you read? If you choose "Other" leave a comment below and letNew poll on Feed Readers

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Spaced Out: Hawking Colonies & Re-Booting Star Trek Bryce Zabel (Dark Skies, Lois & Clark) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Crusade, Jeremiah) wereStar Trek, Babylon 5 style: Concept pitch revealed

For all you dad's out there, and mine specifically, Happy Father's Day. Thanks for all you've taught us, thanks for all the fun we've had. Thanks for the trips to theHappy Father's Day

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training? Don't worry. I'm not going off on another long post about this. I'm really just linking in here because it validates that I'm notWhat’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

This post is all about me feeling better about myself and bragging a little. If you can't handle that, well, sorry. I promise the next post will get back toStatistics and Ego Stroking

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news, weather, sports and video - Man in wheelchair takes ride on semi's grill A man in a wheelchair was struck by a semi,Buckle up!!!

Free business cards! That's pretty cool. Via the excellent Parent Hacks site (see below) I've now found two online printing companies that will print business cards for free. You have"Free" business cards

So long, BlogGlue

I don’t talk much about the technical side of having a blog, but though it might look technical, this is really about the business side of blogging.

One of the things I do on the back-end is choose “plug-ins” that add features to the blog that (hopefully) enhance your experience here or at a minimum help me accomplish something that the blog software (WordPress, in my case) doesn’t do natively. For example, and at issue . . . → Read More: So long, BlogGlue

Identity: 7 day challenge

I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, and wanted to get focused on it again. As it happens, I ran across the 7 day Challenge from Andrew Emmett‘s blog (via Lee’s entry), which seems like a good idea to get me started again.

The idea is to write 300 to 400 words about each of the following questions over the next week:

What the purpose of my website is, who I am and . . . → Read More: Identity: 7 day challenge

Old movies, new reviews

Well… “reviews” might be pushing the definition of the word. It’s more like a couple of self-proclaimed geeks talking about the movie, which, as it turns out, is kinda fun.

If you’ve ever wondered how geeks converse about movies (though I’m not sure why you would), Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club is a good place to go. It’s not a monologue, like most blogs, it’s a conversation. That’s what I find most interesting about . . . → Read More: Old movies, new reviews

Jon and Kate Plus 8… plus 10 million… minus one

I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard of Jon and Kate Plus 8, even if you don’t watch the TLC program yourself. It’s getting a lot of publicity lately, led by a focus on the potential break-up of their marriage. For any who may not know what it is, a family with a pair of twins followed by sextuplets have invited cameras into their home and lives to follow them around and show what life . . . → Read More: Jon and Kate Plus 8… plus 10 million… minus one

Will you win?

For the first time ever, this blog is involved in a contest. This isn’t like a “who’s got the best blog” kind of thing, but one that gives you the chance to win a prize. I know, I know… that’s mighty nice of me, isn’t it?

Well, to be honest, I’m not really the man behind the curtain on this one. The contest is actually being run by Andy over at commentluv.com. That’s one of . . . → Read More: Will you win?

New theme

I thought I’d give the site a new look, so I went searching for a new theme. I’m not entirely sold on this one yet, but I’m giving it a shot. There are some tweaks I definitely want to make, but it seems like a pretty decent theme. I’ve made a couple changes already.

If anyone has any thoughts they want to share, I’m all ears.

Oprah’s Online Training – Part 3: The blog

I had the opportunity to visit the blog connected to Oprah’s “A New Earth” course on Eckhart Tolle’s book. I’ve been looking at this training experience over the last few weeks from the perspective of a corporate training professional. You can see my thoughts on the recorded sessions and the live sessions as well.

Something that is hard to get across to executives who see blogs as strictly online personal journals is how a blog . . . → Read More: Oprah’s Online Training – Part 3: The blog

Jim Mirkalami – the actual story revealed – Quit Your Day Job

Jim Mirkalami – the actual story revealed – Quit Your Day Job

A while ago, I deleted a comment left on an old post. I thought it was Spam, but I wasn’t sure. There was something about it, though, that made me research it a little bit, and I found that it was being left on a lot of blogs, which reinforced the notion that it was spam. The real story has come out now, . . . → Read More: Jim Mirkalami – the actual story revealed – Quit Your Day Job

Upgrade successful!

This time I followed the directions to delete (almost) all the WordPress files on the server before uploading the new versions. That seems to work much better than overwriting them.

So far I haven’t seen any errors (though the database upgrade page was filled with errors, it also said it was successful at the end). Here’s to nothing cropping up moving forward.

And it even looks like I might be able to keep my theme. . . . → Read More: Upgrade successful!

Upgrading broke half my stuff!

Argh.

Well, I finally upgraded WordPress to 2.3.3. I’d been putting it off because I was afraid it would break things. It ended up being worse than I thought.

I’m still finding errors in the upgrade itself! I had to pull old versions of files just to get it complete the upgrade procedure. Who knows what I’m going to find when I finally get through all this.

Most of the plugins I use actually work . . . → Read More: Upgrading broke half my stuff!