Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Rickrolled"- Defined.

Have you ever been Rickrolled? Have you ever heard of it? If not, I'll get you up to date. Actually, by the time you read this is probably old news. Anywho, according to WikiAnswers, Rickrolled is best described by the following:
"A rickroll is a prank played on an unsuspecting web surfer. To be rickrolled is when browsing a website (especially a discussion forum or comment board), one comes across a link expecting it to lead to one thing, but finds something completely different when the link is clicked.

The name Rick refers to 80s pop singer Rick Astley. The standard rickroll generally involves someone posting a link claiming it leads to something quite interesting (e.g. hot chicks in panties), but actually linking to a video of Mr. Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up." This is usually considered a major let-down."
Just so you're clued in to it (before every Larry, Moe and Curly try to pull this over on you), click on THIS LINK to be officially Rickrolled.

Monday, April 21, 2008

MN Swarm vs. Rochester Knighthawks - 04/19/08

The family and I went to our almost yearly trip to go see the MN Swarm lacrosse team take on the Rochester Knighthawks (whom are also from Minnesota). We scored these tickets pretty cheap as part of a ticket bundle when we went to the MN Wild game a few weeks back. If you don't know about lacrosse, it's a pretty violent and full contact sport! I'd say it combines elements of hockey, football and soccer.

We had close seats (maybe too close) in the 6th row near the corner of the Xcel Energy Center so we were able to alot of action (including some fights) up close. The Swarm lost but we had fun. The kids enjoyed the popcorn, pop, mini donuts along with the shear sight of being in that huge stadium. The next day my littlest couldn't wait to play catch with our lacrosse sticks and ball at home...maybe he'll be a future player?!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ever wanted to take certain applications on the go with you without taking your computer? With PortableApps, you can install a set of applications directly to an external media device such as a USB jump drive and take these programs with you. You could then be able to run these programs on any Windows-based PC!

Why would you want to use PortableApps? Well I've been using them for awhile and the reason I use them is so I don't have to install anything on a friends, parents or (in my case) a work machine. I simply plug in my USB jump drive and launch the 'starter' application window and choose whichever app I want to run! So for instance, I have Firefox on it so I have some common bookmarks/favorites saved on there so I can easily browse the web wherever I want and don't have to remember url's. The other main app I use is called PuTTY. It allows me to establish a direct, encrypted connection back to my home network in turn allows me to remote control or surf in complete anonymity. For example, it keeps me secure while using an open wireless access point at a coffee shop or something.

The only real downside I see to this is it may be a bit slow simply because you are restricted to read and write speeds of the jump drive, but you could always use a small external drive that is high speed. I know this is alot of geek talk but this would definitely be useful for most people these days. If you have a spare jump drive laying around, give it a shot!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

5k or bust!

I just signed up for a 5k run. I am kind of second guessing myself but have been wanting to try one for the last few years. I signed up to run the the New Prague 5k run next month with a guy I used to work with at Black Box. I'm not a huge runner but this is a good reason for me to exercise and hopefully drop a few pounds. Depending on the outcome of this one, I may do more all in prep for the big Northshore Inline Marathon I'm signed up for already. I'll let ya'll know how well/bad I did.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Blue Velveata show

t's been almost 6 months but I'll be joining the Blue Velveata lineup this coming Saturday, April 5th at the Dahlgreen Golf Course for an evening of "Music You Can Chew". I'll be making my special appearance during the second set. Music starts at 9pm.