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Purple robot PR-1000 sez HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Inspired by Red Robot +Richard Stevens
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Further evidence that the future is here, just unevenly distributed. Or just stuff I wish I had and was surprised it didn't already existed. Or first world problems. Take your pick.

I am way too involved in youth sports. I got boys, I need something to do w/ them to wear them out like the crazy pups they are. That means some youth baseball. BTW, never tell a youth league that you know anything about computers - they all desperately need help managing their data.

Little League is a great opportunity for kids to play baseball and softball, but as an organization their data management is woefully behind. Turns out that Little League is boundary oriented. You would think that in this day and age that if an organization was boundary oriented, that they made you precisely define your boundaries, that when you played in their tournaments they made you submit boundary affidavits that all your players played in your boundaries that they would have all of that geospatial data in a form that made it convenient for the new parent to find out what league they should play in. You would be oh so wrong. I asked Little League for my league's boundary map and they told me they had to mail it to me because the map was too big to scan in and email to me. Go ahead, dab the bleeding around your eye sockets where your eyeballs were before they exploded after you read that last sentence. I'll wait.

The Little League approved search by eteamz is so horrible, I will not even link to it. It gives you five or six options w/ no indicator which league you should play in. Of those five or six options, one of them is bound to be of a league that might be several hundred miles away. Three more will have no electronic contact information and the phone number there will be dead. Even worse, it won't have a phone number, just a snail mail address. I mean really? And then there will be that one league that has a serious geek parent (like me) who has carefully curated all of the their information (because we are compelled to) and it will have something to click on.

You would think that all of that hard work curating that data would be rewarded. It would be rewarded...with a flood of emails, contact hits and even honest to goodness paid for registrations from people who may live hundreds of miles away from you. All desperate to figure out how to just get their kid something to do besides minecraft (not that there is anything wrong w/ that). This causes you to now spend even more time helping other people instead of say coaching your own spawn in the sport you and they love.

Now that the rant is out of the way I will get back to work improving this data management in whatever way I can.

BTW, here is a link to a completely volunteer resource that is at least 10 times better at finding a baseball league to play in:
http://www.findmyleague.com/
Little League Boundary Maps, Tools and League Finder
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#NASA #JPL is celebrating some sort of anniversary today. As part of the celebration we received ice cream and these nifty maps about the campus. You can check out the map at this link soon supposedly:
http://mysteries.jpl.nasa.gov

Until then you can check out the video the designer made while getting the project together:
http://www.lukedjohnson.com/jpl
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If I get a sextuple latte do I get a full bike in one order?
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Can you tell that Jeff Atwood has more time on his hands? His usually excellent blog, Coding Horror has had quite a few new posts in the last few weeks. This one stood out (coming right after a great post on pagination and its demise).
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Today's "Our Valued Customers" is particularly funny today.
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Hey guys! I was at the Center of the Universe today!
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I remember a time where it looked like the more free Linux phone distributions looked like they would always be too different from Android to do this. Time and sweat have now closed that gap. Excellent job!
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Why don't I have one of these!?
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When Yehuda Moon went subscription based, I cried a little tear. Then I went right over and subscribed. MOAR BIKE NINJA!
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I am sure that this place is probably not authentic, but I don't really care. The food is good, the service is fast and the bar is fun. It has a big menu and everything we have tried is very good. Things like Wally Shrimp and Braised String Beans are always good. As long as you are looking for American style Chinese food this place will not disappoint.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
This place is so much better at Happy Hour than it is otherwise. For some reason the Happy Hour price makes this place so much more worth it. I would give this place 5 stars if their Happy Hour menu had a few more choices, their beer menu didn't run out so often and if their stools were a little more comfortable. If you don't get a booth, the stools will make you want to leave much sooner. Anyhow, you have many choices in Montrose and this one is pretty good.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
The food at Mario's is very good. We have enjoyed many of their cold sandwiches and have never been disappointed. The vegetarian sandwich is a standout. This place is very crowded at the main counter and they are a victim of their own success to a degree. Their prices on their grocery items is not very competitive. Their service ranges from nice to mildly combative. Once I used OrderAhead to pre-order a set of 5 sandwiches totally around $60. I pre-ordered. When I got to the store they had gotten the order and were processing it. The person at the phone-in desk noticed that OrderAhead did not charge me for the cheese I had asked for on my sandwich. She insisted that I pay the difference. I paid it, but I did not leave any tip and I have cut back on my visits to Mario's (and I no longer leave any tip). If OrderAhead didn't charge me enough, that is something to take up with OrderAhead. This is not the only time I have felt that I have been argued with at this place. There was another time where my wife was over charged for a sandwich platter and Mario's royally screwed up the credit to our card and disabled the card for 4 days.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
I try to get to Thee Elbow Room at least every couple of months. The place is small and cozy. It is mostly outdoor seating with only one heating lamp. Bring a wrap if you get cold. My fav is the tuna melt, but everyone else raves about the Monte Cristo. The pretzel is also popular. The beer menu is constantly changing. I've never had a problem finding something that I like. They are currently doing happy hour all day M-F. This means deals on deviled eggs, pretzels and beer. The staff has always been friendly and helpful.
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This is our go-to Italian deli for catering, a quick sandwich, gelato or a low cost meal. Parking is kind of a problem and leave yourself lots of time if you are getting food catered around a Holiday. We have never had a problem with our orders from this establishment and have always found that they try give a little extra with every order. I highly recommend this place over the other stores in the area.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Standard frozen yogurt place. It has many toppings available and this is a plus. It has the standard number of flavors available. It is close to PCC, which means that on the weekends it is pretty quiet and plenty of parking. This place us also a boba tea shop. The place is pretty clean and the prices are not bad. I would have a hard time differentiating it from almost any other frozen yogurt shop.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Punk Rock puns. Plentiful donuts filled with food that is delicious and bad for you. What not to love. Definitely worth the trip. Wife picked up the strawberries and whip cream, great. I had Fudgegazi - so dudgy (and delicious). Just go and have fun. Your donut will be 1000 calories. This is not for the calorie conscious.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago