Month: April 2007

MSNBC Sliding Scale of Candidate Performance

MSNBC has a unique “sliding scale” to rate how the Democrat Presidential candidates performed this evening… Head over to MSNBC and try it out based on how you thought the Democrat candidates did at tonight’s debate in Orangeburg, SC.

First Democrat Debate in Orangeburg, SC

Just got through watching and digesting the first Democrat debate in Orangeburg, SC at SC State University. Barack was on his A Game, Hillary seemed flustered and Edwards was great until the very last question. When asked “Who Is Your Moral Leader?,” Edwards paused for an awkward ten seconds before stumbling out something about his personal lord. Come on, John.  I’m a huge fan.  I supported you in ’04 and I’m supporting you in ’08, …

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Productivity Meme: Play More

(Photo from Freder1k on Flickr) Andrew Wee has tagged me on the latest meme sweeping the interwebs… Write a post on your best productivity tips. Challenge yourself by picking your single best productivity tip (although this isn’t a requirement; you can give us more if you want!) Wow.  I am probably the most disorganized person in the world, yet find some way to manage all that I have on my plate.  Distilling my crazy practice …

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My Mom is Using GMail

Yep, it’s true. I’ve gotten my mom on GMail.  I think it will change her life and improve our communication as she is already taking advantage of GTalk within GMail. Congrats, mom!

Teaching College

My first semester of teaching Intro to the Old Testament (Religion 101) at Gardner-Webb University is almost over. Wow. What an experience.  I can’t tell you how quickly the semester has flown by and how much we still have left to do.  There’s one week of full classes yet and I’m just getting to Hezekiah and Josiah!  Yikes! So, I’ve got to squeeze in the Exile and the post-Exilic periods in the span of a …

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Who is Jacob (on Lost)?

I am a complete Lost geek. I can’t believe I just read through this entire thread with the same excitement as I have when reading a great book… http://www.thetailsection.com/lost-news/lost-the-great-jacob-debate.php

I’m Using OpenDNS

So, I took the plunge and decided to try OpenDNS. I’m impressed. It seems to really speed things up, especially in Firefox.  Plus, the shortcuts are awesome… I’m already using my toolbar less!

Baby Harrelson

Anna and I are more than proud, happy and excited to announce that we’ve got a baby on the way! The due date (which you can follow by the awesome widget above) is around October 10, 2007. My dad’s birthday is October 5 and Schaefer (my beloved firstborn son and dog in the pic over on your right) has his birthday on October 12, so it looks like the baby will fall somewhere between those …

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Buick Can’t Buy Marketing Like This

Say what you want about social media and social networks, but I think this is just one small example of how organic and non-induced marketing can seriously improve a brand, campaign or even offer. This week, General Motors unveiled the new concept for the Buick Riviera model at the Shanghai Auto Show. Designed at the GM Pan Asia Technical Center, the car is yet another stylish Buick designed by GM’s China design team.  The Riveria …

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Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04

I downloaded and quickly installed Ubuntu’s new version, Feisty Fawn, last night. I even skinned it to look like OSX… I’ve used 6.06 and 6.10 since last summer, but Feisty (7.04) is by far and away the best Linux distro out there for my needs. Comparing Feisty to my Windows Vista laptop and my Mac OSX machine, it is my favorite because of cost, ease of use and customability. Plus, it’s darn fast and seems …

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Humor

The older I get, the more I realize that humor (“good” sarcastic humor) shows more of an understanding of a subject than just recitation or memorization of facts.  If I had time, I’d love to do some research into the human humor response and see what the evolutionary treadmill has to say about the development in the human animal. Now I’m trying to think of a way to tie-in humor to the classes that I …

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Virginia Tech Tragedy

Working and studying in a college environment everyday, I can’t tell you how profoundly shocked and sad I am at today’s shootings at Virginia Tech. Colleges and universities, of all places, should be places where young and old people alike can study, learn, walk, live and inquire without feeling the least bit threatened. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, faculty, families and loved ones who suffered so much today and will continue …

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Corporate 2.0? Drifting Too Far From the Shore

The gap between the digerati and the corporate world continues to grow, and both sides are to blame. Both sides will eventually suffer as a result, although it is the web2.0 digerati that will suffer more than the capital backed corporate world. According to a March 22 McKinsey Global Survey, “How Businesses are Using Web 2.0,” the number of high level corporate adopters that see the value in platforms such as blogs, wikis and RSS …

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The Occultation Went Down to Georgia

One of my favorite sites on the web, Bad Astronomy, has news of an interesting event happening tomorrow night in Georgia and Florida… If you live in southwest Georgia or northeast Florida, on Tuesday evening April 17th at 8:56 p.m. local time, you might see the star Iota Cancri blink out as an asteroid named Xanthe passes in front of it. As Phil points out, this is called an occultation. What a rare and unique …

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Crazy Weather

I can’t believe it’s snowing in April!

Back Here (On WordPress)

I’ve had my blog on Tumblr, but decided to move it back to WordPress for email reasons. You can still get to my Tumblr page (and you should) at sam.tumblr.com. More changes coming here very soon!

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