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Month: November 2010 (page 1 of 2)

Brilliant: Swivel Tree Stand

Last year I decided I had enough of our old tree stand and got rid of it. We decided to pick up our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving but I needed to get a new tree stand.

We made a quick stop at Settergren’s Ace Hardware and I asked the guys there what they recommended. The guy I was talking to said he loved this Swivel Tree Stand. I decided to get it. It wasn’t the cheapest, but it looked really nice and easy.

We went to Wagner’s and got a tree, and then headed home to get it in the stand. After putting the tree up I won’t use one of the old tree stands ever again. This thing was amazing. You put part of the base on outside, with the tree in an easy place to put part of the base on. No laying on the floor trying to get everything put in place. Simple, easy.

You then walk it inside, set it in the stand, press the swivel lever down with your foot. At this point the tree moves anyway you want it. Get it perfect, let the lever release and your done! Wow. Great!

It's When You Wake Up?

Why is it so different to go to sleep at 2am and get up at 6am, versus going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 2am? Both are a miserly 4 hours of sleep, but the later is immensely less desirable.

I’ll be doing the later tonight to head into the office for a product release.

Upgrade Bonanza!

Some of you reading this realize how much I like to upgrade things. I really do. I’m not saying it is wise, but I feel a nearly unstoppable urge to upgrade as soon as I can. And my favorite kind of upgrade? Firmware. Upgrading firmware is absolutely delicious.

Tonight was a marvelous feast. Upgrading iOS on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, two iPad’s and two 2nd generation Apple TV’s. Just great!

My friends Dennys Bisogno and Layne Kennedy sent a link around to this amazing video of “that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of” by Sean Stiegemeier.

He captured that on his Canon 5D Mark II. That is the same camera I shoot with. Seeing something like that come out of kit that is on my shelf is both inspiring and intimidating.

No More Beatles Rumors

Finally we have The Beatles on iTunes. Now we can be done with all the rumors about The Beatles on iTunes. Thank you!

I’m working on creating my very first photography book. The editing process is arduous. The light is nearing though. The book is laid out. The photos are selected and tweaked like I want. Using a great combo of fonts. I just need one more marathon push and it will be done.

My dentist has a guest WiFi network. For some reason this surprises me. Stream a movie rental while I’m “in the chair”?

Shipping Air

This one, 5 foot section of rubber was the only thing shipped in this box. Wasteful.

“It is hard to feel like you are better than everyone else when you ride the bus.” — me

Tyler and Grandma Rosalin

My mom had us over for a wonderful breakfast this morning. Here is a nice shot of Tyler and Grandma.

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