Posted February 16th, 2016 @ 01:06pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted February 14th, 2016 @ 03:33pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Vegas wins again: the Panthers were vastly over-rated, and were panicked and confused when they were down.
One has to wonder how the game would have gone if that catch that was upheld as an incompletion would have been ruled, IMO, correctly as a catch. The Panthers wouldn't have been so close to the goal line, would have been moving the football, and… things might have been quite different.
Posted February 14th, 2016 @ 03:33pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The new fitness crazy (not the one that's currently out there). Invented today by me with input from Jason and Dave.
Posted February 2nd, 2016 @ 07:18am by Erik J. Barzeski
The dentist visit a few weeks ago was just to update the smaller X-Rays. Today was my cleaning. Same grades - not great, not terrible. The woman had to use the electric scaler briefly. That thing sounds so much worse than it is, but in some ways, it feels better than something just scraping along. The former sounds more like a power drill (it sounds like you're having some serious work done) while the latter is closer to nails on a chalkboard.
I also made an appointment with my daughter's orthodontist for next week. I hear they can do some pretty intense things with Invisalign these days1 With my bottom left wisdom tooth coming out in a few weeks, I'm curious - not at all hopeful, though, really - what they can do.
- My wife reminds me that she heard they can shave your teeth a little bit, too, though.↩
Posted January 16th, 2016 @ 02:46pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Phantom is now only about $1250, but the new top-of-the-line quadcopter is about $5k. Ouch.
Maybe the LSW DVDs will sell really well… 😉 Or someone will want to trade a new Inspire 1 Pro for about 50 hours of golf lessons.
Posted January 15th, 2016 @ 06:30pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm bummed. The PodiumPad has been a great thing I've used for over a decade. I wanted to pick up one or two more, but the domain name roadtools.com is no longer responding or active.
The whois entry is still active, though.
Posted January 14th, 2016 @ 07:17am by Erik J. Barzeski
So, I had my first trip to the dentist in, well, more than six months. More than seven, even… 😛
Predictably, things weren't as good as they should have been, but they weren't what I'd call bad. Internally, I'm telling myself that it's far worse than it was, too, as motivation to do a better job. I've always had a hard time caring about my teeth since the orthodontist screwed up when I was a kid. I followed his instructions to the letter (my parents were paying a good amount of money after all!), and my teeth migrated right back.
One of the lasting things… my last wisdom tooth (bottom left) is coming out. It's always tough to brush1, and it's always been crowding the other teeth. This will now make eight teeth I've had removed for crowding.
- I've resorted to using a child's toothbrush to reach the back teeth as much as possible - the smaller brush head makes this easier and makes me less likely to gag.↩
Posted January 13th, 2016 @ 10:46am by Erik J. Barzeski
Dave Wedzik and I are putting the finishing touches on the Lowest Score Wins class and clinic. This will be a great way for instructors to quickly teach students how to shoot lower scores without changing much (or nothing) with their swings.
It is, of course, based on our best-selling book "Lowest Score Wins," and will be available to the instructors immediately after the class.
Each student will receive two books for the class: a "Playbook" and a "Decision Maps" book.
Posted January 12th, 2016 @ 10:43am by Erik J. Barzeski
Once again we've decided to drive from Erie, PA to Orlando, FL for the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show. We (Dave and I) prefer this often over flying because we can stop and stretch when we want, we can talk and carry on, we can transport a heck of a lot more stuff, and it's more inexpensive.
Flying to Orlando consumes almost an entire day. Driving consumes more, yes, but not too much more when you consider the perks: again, stopping and eating and stretching where and when you want, ability to carry more stuff, and the ability to get actual work done (phone calls, Internet) relatively easily too.
Posted January 11th, 2016 @ 08:11am by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm going to give it one more try. As I write this I have a bunch of half-finished posts but none have made it to the blog. I simply need to find five minutes a day to write something up.
Posted January 10th, 2016 @ 10:29am by Erik J. Barzeski
I should probably do a better job of marking false positives and negatives, but I do maybe half of the time. I do have to look into why my Penn-State Behrend email always seems to go to spam, though. Those are responsible for about 1-3 of the false positives each day.
Filtered Mail 454,700 Good Messages 612,743 Spam Messages (57%) 146 Spam Messages Per Day SpamSieve Accuracy 2,019 False Positives 4,615 False Negatives (70%) 99.4% Correct Corpus 18,834 Good Messages 23,138 Spam Messages (55%) 2,222,373 Total Words Rules 34 Blocklist Rules 12 Whitelist Rules Showing Statistics Since 8/24/04, 8:00 PM
Posted January 9th, 2016 @ 08:55am by Erik J. Barzeski
It's now been many, many years, and many, many OS X upgrades, and I still can't get past a problem that's plagued me: minimized Finder windows will appear in the Dock after a restart, but then "disappear" when I un-minimize them. Only killing the Finder (with them out of the Dock) works.
I've tried many, many things to fix this issue. I've cleared caches. I've removed .plist files. I've obviously installed and upgraded every copy of the OS, and even re-installed a few.
My previous post is from 2014, but notes that I've had the issue for years. I think it's going on at least six or seven years now, and it would not surprise me to learn that it's eight.
Posted January 8th, 2016 @ 10:23am by Erik J. Barzeski
Short one here today, but basically, as I watched my daughter struggle to use Pages on her (fairly old) MacBook, I realized that kids these days are actually less computer literate than their preceding generation.
Don't get me wrong - they're more technology-literate. They're just less capable of using devices they don't touch directly. They know how to use a mouse or a trackpad just fine, but they don't understand the concept of toolbars that have more than three or four items in them, or menu bars. The concept of saving your work doesn't make as much sense to them1.
It's interesting. I don't think iPads are going to take over. Apple still sells a lot of MacBooks. But kids are less prepared to "get real work done" on a computer than they have been for the last 20 years or so.
- And sometimes, as with Google Docs, they don't even have to save when they're using a computer.↩
Posted January 7th, 2016 @ 09:01am by Erik J. Barzeski
At one point, ordering 100 books through 48hrbooks.com and getting the 25 free was the best deal. There were, essentially, no incentives to buy 500 books at once (even if you still only got 25 books free).
This meant we often had to order 100 (or 125) books four or five at a time.
Somewhere between two Junes ago and today, though, this policy appears to have changed. There are cost savings now if you order 500 books (even though you still only get 25 free). I wonder when that changed, because we asked about it in May, 2014 as we were prepping LSW to print, and were told to submit multiple 100-book orders.
Posted January 6th, 2016 @ 10:37am by Erik J. Barzeski
When I'm signed in to Twitter.com in Safari, there's a high likelihood that visiting twitter.com/someusername or a t.co link will fail.
80% of the time I do this, in Safari, the site fails to load, or sputters for a minute before finally loading.
When the site loads, or the redirect works, it's fast. If I delete the cookie, it's fast. Signing back in again, though, is slow.
It's just Safari. I can visit the same link while signed in to twitter.com from Chrome, or Firefox, and it works fine.
What's going on?