This is what Shawn Morton would look like if he had been made of LEGO sMoRTy71.com -- the personal website of Shawn Morton
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Happy 7th Birthday, Miles!
Today is BigMiles2000's 7th birthday. He has been so excited for the past couple of weeks (ever since Mahlon had his 10th on August 18th).

He woke us up early and couldn't wait to get downstairs to see his party decorations and open his presents. He got a huge 950+ piece Knights Kingdom LEGO set, a MegaBloks 3-in-1 vehicle, a big Hot Wheels truck that pops open when it crashes into stuff, a big Patrick Star doll and a smaller Spongebob Squarepants doll.

I spent over 2 hours building the LEGO set which the boys are playing with right now.

Later, we are heading to Gatti Land for pizza, some Spongebob birthday cake and games. He is really excited to do the bumper cars. The last time we went, he wore Mahlon out on the bumper cars. He is ready to do it again today.

Happy Birthday, Miles!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Beware of my 'roid rage
I went to the doctor this morning for a suspected sinus infection. The doctor gave me a prescription for some antibiotics and a steroid. According to the packaging, the steroid may make be irritable, nervous and unable to sleep. Considering that I am already irritable and cranky about 16 hours per day (the hours when I am awake), this could get pretty ugly for those that have to be around me.

That is why I want to apologize to everyone in advance for any possible 'roid rage issues they experience over the next 6 days.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Louisville Geek Dinner v3
I had a great time at the Louisville Geek Dinner tonight at the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille. I wasn't sure what to expect from the event; however, there was a really strong turnout with well over 50 people showing up. A nice mix of startup entrepreneurs, VC, IT, engineers, etc.

Tom and I went representing Profilactic. Much to our surprise, several people there were Profilactic members. The ones that weren't ended up hearing more than they probably wanted to about the site.

Had good conversations with Ben Thomas, who organized the event, Todd Earwood of Outside the Valley, More than Derby and Daily Idea, Rob May of BusinessPundit.com, CPA Dwayne Dowell, Internet marketing consultant Craig dos Santos, Allen Miller and Mark Creamer who run their own IT shops and Lenny Grover of local VC firm Chrysalis Ventures. Also got to put some faces with names like local blogger David Finch.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Happy 10th Birthday, Mahlon!
Our oldest son Mahlon turns 10 today. We've already opened gifts (he was up at 7AM ready to go). Next up is laser tag in the afternoon followed by a party and sleepover at our house. Should be fun. Happy Birthday, Mahlon!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I got cosmetic surgery today
It sounds pretty weird to say that; however, that's what I did.

See, I had a series (a constellation, really) of red mole-like spots on my head. Considering that I keep my head shaved, these spots were really noticeable.

At a visit to my dermatologist in June, I found out that the spots were actually harmless blood vessels and that removing them would really simple (and cheap).

So today, I went in and had the procedure done. The doctor used a wand-like instrument that zapped the 7 blood vessels with an electric current. It took about 5 minutes to perform and wasn't too painful (a bit like a tattoo needle). By the weekend, the little spots should be completely healed. Not bad for $87.

Next stop, breast implants!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
No cellphones in "Superbad"
I went to see a free, pre-screening of "Superbad" last night (which was one of the funniest movies I've seen in a very long time). On the back of the pass, it said, in bold type, that cellphones were not allowed.

I thought it was an interesting requirement and figured it was meant to deter some people from recording parts of the movie with their phone's camera. I had no idea that it would actually be enforced.

As we were about to enter the theater, we were greeted by 3 theater employees (one with a metal detector wand) who told us that all cellphones needed to be returned to our vehicles and that bags would be subject to a search when we returned.

Wanting to see the movie, we took our phones to the car and went back in. However, I couldn't help but feel that is a pretty extreme tactic that most people would tire of very quickly were this to be the norm.

I guess the whole treat-all-customers-like-criminals idea that the RIAA has won over so many people with is catching on at the local multiplex. Yet another reason to never leave my manroom.
Got my 4th XBOX 360
As I've mentioned in the past (here, here, here), I've had quite a history with my XBOX 360. Starting with a launch unit that crapped out 3 days before Christmas 2005, I've had 3 consoles fail.

After 27 days, I finally got my 4th XBOX 360 via UPS yesterday evening. I was actually feeling pretty encouraged about this one because the customer service rep confided that repaired consoles were better than the ones from the store because they (MSFT)) now knew what the problem was. A console in stores, she said, would still have the fatal flaw.

So after cracking open the shipping box, I find a letter that informs me that, instead of repairing my console, they gave me a brand new one. Hooray? Considering what I was told on the phone, I'm not sure this is a good thing. Of course, if they are shipping out new consoles that have had the flaw fixed, then I'm good. However, considering my history with this console, I can't help but worry that I will be repeating this process again in 8 months.

I guess we'll see. For now, I'll comfort myself with many hours of GHII. Oh, and the free month of XBOX Live Gold they included (which I don't need). One of the new premium units with an HDMI port would have been nice.
Monday, August 6, 2007
2 QOTSA shows in 1 day
We got to catch Queens of the Stone Age twice yesterday - once at a free show at Ear X-tacy, Louisville's independent record store, and once at Coyote's.

QOTSA in Louisville

Both shows were *fantastic*. After the Ear X-tacy show, we got to meet the band and get their autographs.

QOTSA

More photos from the Ear X-tacy show are here. I also posted a quick video of "Burn the Witch" on Vimeo. Photos from the Coyote's show are here (they are pretty blurry due to the low light, though).
FFL 2007 draft results
Wow, did I have a bad Fantasy Football draft. Our automated draft results posted this morning and I was suprised to find that, instead of getting the #1 pick as I was supposed to, I got the #12 pick. This meant that instead of LaDainian Tomlinson, I got Laurence Maroney as my first pick. Yikes!

My roster is:

Drew Brees (QB)
Matt Leinart (QB)
Edgerrin James (RB)
Laurence Maroney (RB)
Cadillac Williams (RB)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (WR)
Terry Glenn (WR)
Darrell Jackson (WR)
Brandon Jones (WR)
David Martin (TE)
Zach Miller (TE)
Jason Elam (K)
Bears (Defense)
Panthers (Defense)

So I've got one pretty good player for each position with the exception of TE. I was looking for better results at RB since they tend to be the big point scorers. Oh well, I guess this will make it more of a challenge :)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
QOTSA show tonight in Louisville
I am heading to the Queens of the Stone Age show tonight in Louisville with my brothers Travis and Justin. They're making the drive in from West Virginia right now. Hope to have some photos and video later tonight.

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.