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I've really needed a better way to keep up with my blogs, so have been looking at various ways to make it easier to post to and keep track of different sites.  One program for the Mac, MarsEdit, looked pretty nice but doesn't yet support most of the blog sites I use.

Having heard good things about the social web browser Flock recently, I was planning to check it out. Today I got a pleasant surprise - it already supports most of the sites I'm using: Blogsome, Xanga, LJ, WordPress  (.com or self-hosted).

So, anyway, I'm posting this from Flock 1.0.8 on the Mac, which also seems to be a pretty good browser for viewing media, as you'd expect for what's billed as a "social web browser".  There's still a lot of features to check out, but so far it looks like it may be the tool I've needed.

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OK, now's there's a name for that play I mentioned last time. They're calling it the Eli Miracle:


An impressive effort to avoid the sack and make the throw by Eli Manning, and a great jump and catch by David Tyree, holding the ball to his helmet and keeping the Pats' defender from taking it away.

Definitely a game-changing, Super Bowl-winning play.

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I enjoyed the Super Bowl tonight. The first quarter went by so quick it was already 3-0 and mostly over by the time I started watching.

My favorite ad this year was Bud Light "Language of Love". I laughed and laughed, but then I love geek/romance jokes (kind of like the movie Hitch, which I thought was hilarious the whole way through).

Mahalo's got a page of Super Bowl Budweiser ads. The clip to the Bud Light ad on YouTube is only 8 seconds, though:


I thought the game was really good and of course had a great finish (the pass Eli Manning made on the last drive, after barely breaking away, will be a staple of future highlights, surely). Couldn't say I was sorry the Patriots lost, since I was just rooting for the underdog.

My youngest son complained in the third quarter that the game was boring (it stayed 7-3 for a long time), but it was great to see the Giants shut down the Patriots offense, which only really got into a groove a couple of times the whole game.

I remember when I was a kid going to a hockey game and loving it, even though we lost 3-0, because the other team's goalie was really amazing. It's when you can love watching good defense that you've become a real fan of the sport.

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Hmm... still haven't figured out how to use LiveJournal. I've been having a hard time keeping up with writing on my various blogs, but posting is the easy part on LiveJournal! What's hard is keeping up with everyone else.

Are folks still using LJ as much or is everyone moving to something else?

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I haven't posted in LJ in a quite a while, which isn't too surprising since I haven't really known what to do with this blog and mainly signed up for the communities and to leave comments on others' posts.

Every so often I've tried going through my friends pages, which is interesting but a huge diversion! I've only been signed up here a few months, so it's not as if I have that many, but LJ is already a huge time sink.

Not that I don't like it ... In general, I'm still struggling to find a way to organize things so I can easily post on my various blogs/sites. I think Twitter (http://twitter.com/aeroG) has kind of taken over things this summer since it's so easy to post on there when you don't have very much time.

Today I thought I'd try a new strategy; since I recently switched from Safari 2.0 to Opera 9.2, I decided to try making Safari my "dedicated" blogging browser. This was made easier by the realization that for some reason a lot of my blogging sites don't play that nicely with Opera, including AeroGo (http://www.xanga.com/AeroGo) where I spent quite a long time this week writing a post on the 787 delays!

I'll see how it goes blogging in Safari and Twittering, doing other sites like Facebook, and general surfing in Opera, which is overall much better at handling lots of tabs open at the same time (until you open a site it doesn't like). It also has the advantage of remembering what was open if it crashes (which happens when you have lots of tabs and lots of thunderstorms.

Since I'll just have my own sites mainly open in Safari, it shouldn't be any great loss if it crashes. The main thing there is to save drafts every so often, since most sites - unlike LJ - don't do that for you.

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I don't know why listening to Naked Eyes' music, which was some of the best synthesizer pop of the 80s, always puts me in a positive, pensive mood. Sometimes I wonder if I should listen to it every day!

It's really too bad that their very talented keyboardist, Rob Fisher, died back in 1999.


Also, I added some links to my profile page.

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It's funny how often, at least in my experience, the same idea will come up several times in a short period. This gives me the chance to look at it from different perspectives and maybe learn something new.

Recently I was reading some blogs and I ran across one I thought looked interesting. I'm an information hog, so I skimmed through the first page of his blog quickly and moved on to the next page or two. The guy had discussed several topics of interest and I was really starting to think about adding him as a friend, until I ran across a post that went something like this (maybe a bit exaggerated):

"I'm lazy. I don't like to work, to exert myself, etc. I'd love to just be able to lounge around and not do much. Maybe that's why I find the prospect of getting a job in academia appealing."

As my kids say, "BONK!" I learned a long time ago to stay away from lazy people. Who knows, maybe this guy is thinking he's being cool by writing something like that, that people will be impressed that he's laid back, doesn't take himself too seriously, etc., but for me it's a complete turn-off.

My wife is the same way. She was discussing some folks she'd worked with, recounting various shortcomings, some fairly serious, but all in a calm voice, until one guy's name came up and she blurts out "Oh, I can't stand him - he's lazy", as if that was the cardinal sin!

Just this afternoon this idea came up in a different way. I was talking with our oldest daughter who's back after six weeks in LA. She was remarking how the people she met were all very active. I told her that's one of the things I've been trying to convey to her and our other kids, that they should find stuff to do and not just sit around watching TV, playing endless computer games, or whatever.

There are active people here in Houston, too, but I think they're fairly invisible, so it's hard to impress on our kids growing up in the suburbs (a bizarre culture, in my mind...) how it's "normal" to be that way, and especially how MANY opportunities there are to do stuff by their teen years.

She also remarked how people are more encouraging and positive in California, which seems to be the case. I've always been fascinated by the Silicon Valley culture, for example, and how someone could blow $1 million on a failed startup, and people would still think they were great, or at least OK, for trying. I think that attitude's had a lot to do with why it's one of the wealthiest places in the world.

Folks most places, on the other hand, seem to get slightly puzzled whenever someone does something, as if the default state is "Don't do anything"! As I've told our kids many times, it's the ones who actually try that get criticized, because until you do something, there's usually not much to find fault with.

I can't help but wonder if misplaced/excessive criticism at an early age can engender laziness. Maybe kids grow up afraid to be less than perfect and end up criticized.

As an entrepreneur, I've become amazed over the years at how risk-averse most adults really are. They'd rather not do anything than try and risk looking bad.

I guess you could say the inability to truly appreciate upside opportunity (as opposed to just downside risk) is one of the leading indicators of laziness!

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OK, I've been posting/commenting on LJ on and off this evening, so I guess I ought to write something here. The last few weeks have been very busy ... and very wet. I wish the folks in Alabama could have some of our rain! At least we hopefully won't have too hot a summer because of it.

When I've got too much other stuff going on, I don't feel that much like writing; it's just too hard to concentrate. I've been meaning to write something on AeroGo for a couple of weeks now, but that takes 2-4 hours to really put together.

I finally realized some years back that the hardest thing for me in writing is to write something short, so I've wondered if writing a book wouldn't be so bad (despite what Churchill said). Hopefully I'll get to find out soon.

Hmm... maybe I should stop now!

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I haven't written here the past week, but have been writing on several of my other sites and commenting ... and Twittering, which seems to actually have a useful purpose not so obvious to many.

Anyway, I've been thinking about a lot of stuff, maybe I'll write some of it here soon. I've also been checking out some software I've wanted to try for a long time, such as OmniOutliner and DevonThink (both for Mac OS X).

Learning new stuff is fun, I just wish I had more time for it!

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Well, I thought I'd write something before I have to go pick up a couple of my kids.

Today I went with the younger children to the airport open house. It went pretty well this time, very few withdrawal symptoms. You see, I'm part of a very large club, the Used-to-Fly Club. There's probably half a million or more Americans in this club; I've been meeting them all my life.

Indeed, we're all in various stages of pilot withdrawal. Years ago I used to meet lesser cases, from the time when a lot of folks apparently just got as far as soloing and didn't do much after that. They didn't seem to miss it much.

Others of us had/have more of a passion for flying, so it's been harder to let it go. It's been quite a few years since my private pilot's license was current, but I'd still have pretty mixed feelings going to the airport.

I'd console myself thinking about how I've met a number of fairly well-off folks who finally concluded they just couldn't afford an airplane. I remember one from back in the 70s, when flying was much cheaper. He was a lawyer with all sorts of toys, but told me he'd sold his Beech because it was just too expensive.

A few years ago, some folks we know had bought a plane back when the NASDAQ was sky-high, but several years ago he had to sell it, and I told my wife that I really doubt his wife had any idea what he was going through. Recently, though, he was joking about how all his friends with planes were broke, so maybe he's doing better now.

I don't know if I've really ever gotten over it, but at least I've understood what kind of trade-off I was making. To start your own company and have a bunch of kids (and then raise them) all at the same time was enough to have to put some other things on the back burner.

That was OK with me because I've always figured the time would come when I could start flying again and (finally) finish my instrument rating, among other things, but it was annoying at times to visit the airport (and other aero places) for events like this and get treated like a neophyte.

This wasn't really a problem with true aero folks, but rather with the folks who'd get all pumped up (and then puffed up) over being around some expensive aircraft. They'd assume I didn't know a thing, while it'd just take a moment for someone knowledgeable to realize I was asking an intelligent question or making a good comment.

As in any field, there's just a certain language that everyone speaks, just like with medical folks or lawyers.

Real aero folks are usually fairly humble and often actually friendly. They're doing it because they love it, not because it's a snobby, exclusive, luxury sort of thing. I hope that flying can somehow again become affordable enough for average folks to do it, whether through certificated planes, the EAA, or whatever, and not just degenerate into some sort of status symbol.

Well, all the folks at the open house today were quite friendly, so that was encouraging. If you really like flying, then you can get serious about the airplanes but still have a lot of fun at the same time.

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