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Thursday, September 28, 2006
3 new Slingbox models
After lots of rumors and speculation, Sling Media has officially announced 3 new Slingbox models: Tuner, AV and Pro.

As a v1 Slingbox owner and a Slingbox AV beta tester, I can say that Sling has made a great product even better. If you've been thinking about getting a Slingbox, now is the perfect time. Check out the new Sling Media site for specs on each of the new models.

I can't wait to get my hands on the Pro model and connect some HD sources...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Jackass Number 2 is hilarious!
Amy and I went to check out Jackass Number 2 last night and it was terrific (of course, I loved the first one, too). Apparently, critics are even jumping on the bandwagon this time. It is currently 63% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
FFL: sMoRTy71 95, FMFU! 63
I am now the lone undefeated team in our Fantasy league at 3-0. This week, I face the 1-2 Blue Bombers who will be without Shaun Alexander. I am going to be dealing with my own QB issues with the announcement that Kurt Warner is being benched. My other QB is Trent Green who got knocked out in Week 1.
Monday, September 25, 2006
The Madden Curse strikes again
Shaun Alexander, who is on the cover of Madden 07, is the latest to fall victim to the Madden Curse. It is being reported that Alexander has broken his foot and is out indefinitely.

Alexander joins the long line of athletes including Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick and Marshall Faulk who were hit with some very bad luck the year that they appeared on the Madden cover.

See this Wikipedia article for the complete list.
Someone lost an SUV into our pond
The CNET offices in Louisville sit next to a small pond which we affectionately refer to as "Malaria Bay." Over the weekend, we got 10 inches of rain (yes, 10), so the Bay expanded into our parking lot and the basement of the building.

Apparently, someone who wasn't familiar with the layout of our parking lot tried to drive through it while it was under water. Here was the result:

Someone drove their car into the flooded pond

It wasn't anyone that works at CNET, so we're not sure what they were doing in our parking lot on the weekend. This photo was taken this morning after the water had receded several feet. The vehicle would have been completely submerged when it was driven into the pond.

I can only imagine what a surprise that was. I guess it's one of those Jeep things that the rest of us aren't supposed to understand.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
I know the new World's Strongest Man
Just got an e-mail that one of my high school classmates, Phil Phister, just became the new World's Strongest Man. It's the first win for an American in 24 years.

Here is a photo from our 15 year reunion in 2004.

Phil’s luscious melons

And here is a shot from the WSM competition.



Congratulations, Phil!
Friday, September 22, 2006
"Mortified"
I got a little surprise in a project meeting at work yesterday. Someone had coined a new term based on my name. See, we are in the midst of finishing a major redesign/revamp of a site that I am responsible for, so I have been verifying all of the bug fixes in Bugzilla. And I'll be the first to admit that I can be a real pain in the ass when it comes to getting all of the little, nitpicky details taken care of.

So yesterday, when reviewing some of the recently resolved bugs in the meeting, someone is our SF office remarked:

"This has been *******ized and Mortified"

I'm touched :) BTW, I've obscured the name of our Art Director; however, he got his own word earlier this year.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Why are people buying the Series 3 TiVo?
OK, I don't get all of the people rushing out to buy a Series 3 TiVo. Sure, it does HD. Sure, it has CableCard support. However, at the end of the day, it is still a 32 hour (if you do HD) DVR for $800! My Windows Media Center PC records more HD than that.

I've been a TiVo customer (via DirecTiVo) for over 5 years and I love it. However, I don't love it enough to shell out $800 plus the $13 monthly fee. I know most cable DVRs really suck (we suffered with one for a month while we waited for our house to be finished), but come on. I've said it before, but if I didn't get a discounted TiVo fee from DirecTV ($4 per month), I would give up TiVo.

I am going to wait until DirecTV finally comes out with an affordable HD DVR ($200 range). In the meantime, I will be happy with my OTA HD recordings via Windows Media Center.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
FFL: sMoRTy71 87, Suicide Kings 76
Week 2 ended with another win, although my point total was disappointing. This week, I face the 0-2 FMFU! without Larry Johnson.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I've been a lazy blogger lately
Nothing like a 2-week vacation with no e-mail or internet access to turn you into a lazy blogger. That's what happened to me, I think. I've still got lots of things I could blog about (playing lots of new video games, got a promotion at work, beta testing a very cool product-- wait, I can't blog about that last one), but I just haven't felt like it lately. I'll try to do better.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
FFL: sMoRTy71 122, Madmen 106
Week 1 of the Fantasy Football season is in the books and I am 1-0. I played a tough Malaysian Madmen team who put up over 100 points. In fact, our game was the only one in our league that saw both teams hit 100.

Next week, I play division rival Suicide Kings (1-0).
Sunday, September 10, 2006
"Dead Rising" is gory fun
I've never really played games in the horror genre before. In fact, I got so creeped out by the XBOX 360 demo of Condemned: Criminal Origins that I didn't even finish it. However, "Dead Rising" looked like it had a nice blend of over-the-top gore and humor (plus it got great reviews), so I decided to give it a try.

What I really like about the game is that it feels very cinematic. You don't jump right into gameplay (which may annoy some people). Instead, you get a little backstory that helps you understand what you're getting yourself into. There is even a little minigame during the backstory portion that lets you take pictures (you play the game as a freelance photographer who wants an exclusive on the strange events that are taking place in a small town) as you arrive in the zombie-infested town by helicopter. This was a nice way to give you something to do while you are learning about why you're there.

Once you get to the shopping mall, which is completly overrun with the undead, is when "Dead Rising" kicks into high gear. Your mission is to survive 72 hours and return to the helipad to get a ride out of town.

You can spend that 72 hours pretty much however you'd like. You can hide out in one of the mall's offices (which isn't any fun) or you can splatter zombies with random objects that you find around the mall. These objects include boards, sickles, TV sets, trash cans, and my personal favorite, the lawn mower.

One thing that you will notice right away is that zombies are filled with lots (and lots) of blood. So hitting them with a board will result in them almost exploding and splattering blood everywhere. Hitting several of them at a time with a lawnmower results... well, you probably can imagine in what that results in.

If you're a fan of the horror genre, you will definitely enjoy "Dead Rising." I would even recommend it to non-horror fans who are looking for a fun (although very bloody) change of pace.
Saturday, September 9, 2006
Back from vacation
Whew! I'm finally back in Louisville after a 14-day vacation in Florida. We spent a couple of days in Sarasota visiting my grandfather, 10 days in Orlando at Disney World and Universal Studios and another 2 days in Navarre Beach visiting Amy's brothers and sisters. It was a really great time.

Altogether we drove about 2,100 miles and I took about 500 photos which I am slowly uploading to Flickr. I'll try to post more about the trip later. I was without e-mail the entire time, so I am still digging out from under my inbox.

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.