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Friday, April 18, 2008

Saturday Show Topics

Free Nationwide WiFi?
Sign the "Save Windows XP" petition
Greatest invention EVAH...Pizza Beer
Microsoft DigiGirlz event

Friday, April 11, 2008

Saturday Show

Got very little sleep Thursday night as I was studying every single Masters stat I could find. Woke up at 4:45am to hit the 790 Sports Animal studio for a 4 hour co-hosting stint. Apparently Houstonians aren't too vocal about the first major championship of the year - or the Rockets, the Astros or any other sport. At least they didn't seem to chime in on the phone lines.

No big. I interviewed several sports "insiders" from across the country and predicted that Tiger would be leading the tournament by the time my show is off the air Saturday afternoon.

Was in a zombie-like trance from sleep deprivation most of the day but not until I prepped a strong Saturday show on The 9-5-0. Tune in at 11am for hot news, listener calls and giveaways!
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Greatest Day Of My Life

While we are talking sports - and while I am talking sports Friday morning on 790 The Sports Animal - here are some photos of the greatest day EVAH.

Texas 41 USC 38

Any questions? Hook 'em Horns!


The Sports World Gets Turned On Its Ear Tomorrow

I knew this tech thing would lead to bigger and better things for me. Tomorrow morning I get called up to the Bigs as I fill-in for Brad Davies on 790 The Sports Animal. You want comedy and sports? Ain't nothin' better than me and Craig Roberts together from 6a-10a (or we shall see).

Get prepped for 4 hours of UT talk. But if the producer steps in and forces me to talk about other things, I have hours of b.s. about the NHL, WNBA and cricket. It's gonna be groundbreaking.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Live from the Shell Houston Open

Fore! I'm back live for the first time in a few weeks. We don't need a studio to broadcast so we continue the 4 year old tradition of doing our show live from the Shell Houston Open. It's not really a stretch...I'm a golf fan, the organizers asked us to go out there plus I can hang up the mic and quickly head over to the Redstone Villa on the 18th green.

The three hours should fly by with topics like:

West University cell phone ban (I can't wait to here your thoughts on this one)
Money lost on Net scams hit an all time high
iTunes is #1 in music sales but MySpace launches a challenge
XP hanging around a few more years

Plus we'll hunting for pro golfers coming off the course and a strong interview with a representative of Disc Inc. Ths is the company to call if your hard drive freezes up.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

West U Banning Cell Phones?

What's all this crap about blogging? More important things to talk about...

West University Place City Council is making news with its recent vote to ban cell phones in its school zone (note the singular). As reported in the West U Examiner...(note how I give credit!)

The council unanimously approved an ordinance March 24 that would prohibit the use of cell phones or other mobile communications devices — including hands-free attachments — in the three-block area around West U Elementary when school zones are in effect. The council’s final vote on the ordinance is expected April 14.

After the council’s first vote, [Mayor Bob] Kelly pronounced that West U had “made history,” by becoming the first Texas city to ban “hands-free” cell phone use.
Nice to see they are so proud of this.

Now I am all about safety especially when driving while yapping on a phone but c'mon people. Technology has caught up to the driving generation as cars have built-in Bluetooth and most all cell phones come up with a wired earpiece. There really is no reason that drivers should hold a phone up to their ear but one-handed driving is the the norm nowaday.

I'd like to think that people obey all street signs including school zone warnings. But is banning cell phones the answer? My 13 year-old son has a cell phone and if I see him calling me right after school I'm damn well going to pick it up.

And how are they are going to enforce this law? I use to think enforcing the seat belt law was tough but this one is next to impossible. Even West U Police Chief Ken Walker said it would be difficult to enforce a hands-free ban.

A few other cities in Texas have made hands-free talking mandatory when in school zones but nothing as stringent as West U. San Antonio is thinking of jumping on the BANdwagon too.

AT&T has already stepped up to oppose the West U ban by asking residents to send letters to the mayor and city council. Other wireless companies probably won't be far behind.

What say you on this matter? No doubt this will be a hot topic with my callers this Saturday. Just make sure you don't call me on your cell from West U while in your car.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Apple Sued For Failing To Deliver "Millions of Colors"

Apple's getting sued because the marketing material for its new iMac desktop monitor promises people "millions of colours." In actuality, the 20in version only displays 262,144. Those bastards! (The iMac 24in screen does display millions of colours -- 16.7 million, to be exact, 9.7 million of which human beings apparently can't even see.)

Brian Kabateck of LA-based Kabateck Brown Kellner, the firm seeking class action status for the suit, said that "beneath Apple's good-guy image is a corporation that takes advantage of its customers. Our goal is to help those customers who were deceived and make sure Apple tells the truth."

The moral of the story: don't say "millions" when what you really mean is "hundreds of thousands." Don't you just love lawyers.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sorry Ags, That Was A Foul

I shouldn't be shoveling too much b.s. around since the Longhorns were handed their britches by Memphis on Sunday, but this video is just too good.

The UCLA fans finally got fed up at all the justified whining from Texas A&M fans about the no-call in Round 2 and made an entertaining video response. This was really well-done. I especially like the fact they gave up about 2 minutes in and admitted, "You're right, that guy got hacked." Which he did.

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Don't Let Google Fool Ya

Set your clocks. When April 1 rolls around each year you can bet those wacky kids at Google have a few things up their sleeve.

Last year Google turned your love life into an algorithmically solvable search problem. This year it's teamed up with Virgin to give us Virgle: the adventure of not one, but many lifetimes.

Apply to become a Virgle pioneer and you could win a coveted slot on a ship to Mars. It will be dangerous. It will be uncomfortable. It will be unnecessarily expensive. "But your enriched descendants will appreciate your sacrifice, which should render worthwhile your choice to spend the rest of your (perhaps radically foreshortened) life in deprivation and uncertainty," Virgle assures you.

Save scoffs for tomorrow. Google released Gmail on April Fool's Day, and it's changed the way we email. Think about that.

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