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Friday, April 22, 2005
Napoleon Dynamite time machine on eBay
Go back to 1982 and win the state football tournament with this.
Google Search History
I stumbled upon a cool new feature from Google today. It's called Search History. Basically, it lets you keep a list of all of your search queries.

After playing with it for a few minutes, it appears to be a Google version of Instead of using tags, it uses your queries.

In addition to storing the queries by date, Search History allows you to jump to any day's queries with a little calendar widget and remove items that you'd rather forget that you searched for.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Now Rhapsody promises cool things
This must be Long-time Customer Appreciation Day or something because I just got an e-mail from about my Rhapsody subscription. In addition to thanking me for being a customer (blah, blah, blah), it alludes to an April 26th product launch/improvement:

"On April 26, we are taking Rhapsody and digital music to the next level. I can’t say more now, but I do encourage you to visit on the 26th to learn more."

If they take Rhapsody mobile (somehow), they will rule the world! I guess we'll see on the 26th. BTW, this guy has some interesting thoughts about Rhapsody and mobility.
3 more reasons to love Flickr
Just got an e-mail from Flickr this morning. As their way of saying thanks for being a longtime Pro member, they are giving me the following:

"1. Double what you paid for!
Your original 1 year pro account has been doubled to
2 years, and your new expiry date is Dec 28, 2006.

2. More capacity!
Now you can upload 2 GB per month.

3. 2 free Pro Accounts to give away to your friends!
This won't be activated for a day or two, but when it
is, you'll see a note on your home page telling you
what to do."

Monday, April 18, 2005
Got our closing date
Amy and I signed the final paperwork needed to get the building process rolling. We found out that our tentative closing date is September 30, 2005. We were expecting something early in September.

Because we are planning on listing our house in the middle of May, there is a good possibility that we may have to move twice: once into a short-term condo in the summer and then into the house in September. I am definitely not looking forward to that.

I guess someone giving us our full asking price could make that a more attractive option, though.
Started painting exterior of house
Painting exterior of house
Because we want to put the house up for sale in the middle of May, I have been running around like a total idiot doing really big projects in really short period of time (6 day kitchen).

My latest idea was to paint the exterior of the house. The good news is that the house is all brick except for the eaves and gutters. The bad news is that the eaves and gutters have gotten really dingy over the past few years and scrubbing them just doesn't work anymore.

If you were to look at my house, you might think that painting the eaves and gutters would be quick and easy. In fact, I thought the same thing. However, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, I'm acting like a total idiot, so I was wrong (and so are you!).

The first round of painting, which was just the front of the house, the front and side of the garage and the side garage door (and which I thought could be done in a day) took over 14 hours! I had to apply over 3 coats to cover it all. And that was with really good paint (Behr Premium Plus exterior which costs like $25/gallon).

Anyway, I finished that up last night and I am miserably sore. Worse than with the kitchen project. Luckily, I am going back to work today where I can't possibly do anymore home improvement projects (well, at least not for 8 or 9 hours).
Friday, April 15, 2005
Entered ROME logo contest
ROME logo submission
A friend at work forwarded me the link to a logo contest that the developers of ROME are having. So, I got a wild hair and decided to crank out a submission. The logo above is what I came up with.

The ROME project is basically a set of Java utilities that makes it easy to work with all of the various RSS and Atom formats. The orange in the logo plays off of the RSS/XML chicklets that sites use to identify feeds. The arrows are supposed to symbolize that all roads (and all feeds) lead to ROME. Pretty goofy when I explain it; however, I kind of like the logo.

The winner will get some swag like a t-shirt with the logo on it and a bunch of stuff from Java One.
No Ron Mexico jersey for you!
I just read on that the NFL has banned the name "Ron Mexico" from being used on customized jerseys ordered in its online store. For those who didn't read the Smoking Gun story, "Ron Mexico" is the alias attributed to Mike Vick by a woman who is suing him for allegedly giving her herpes.

IGN has posted an image of what the banned jersey would look like. Damn, I want one of these!
Friday, April 8, 2005
Kitchen is almost finished
Well, the week-long ordeal of remodeling the kitchen is almost over. I've gotten most of the big stuff done (cabinets, countertops, plumbing, electrical, flooring). Amy and the kids return from Memphis this evening, so I've got to crank out a couple of small projects before they get here.

Photos of the remodel project are here.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.