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2010 Recap – Technology, Food & Drink

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2011

Technology
Obsession with Twitter and Facebook continued and deepened. Enjoyed other things like Manage Flitter, FourSquare and MailChimp.

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Food & Drink
Arizona Diet Green Tea, Noodles, White Russians, Mom’s Eggplant Parm, Stove Top Stuffing, Thanksgiving x 2. Meal of the year goes to dinner at Bern’s in Tampa, in September. Had 2 disappointing meals to celebrate milestones at restaurants that were great in the past but now sort of suck.

White Russian

Terrible Blackberry photo of my New Year's Eve White Russian.

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Guest Post: Custom Engraved Leatherman Tools.

by Jamie Sanford on October 12, 2010

Today’s guest blogger is my husband William.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of him, taken quite a while back. He didn’t know why I was photographing him at the time, which is why he’s looking at me like that.

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I like tools, and taking things apart, and MacGyvering things. I occasionally fix bits of equipment at the research lab I work in, but I don’t get to tinker much otherwise, so I end up having to live vicariously through other people’s tinkering by visiting sites such as instructables.com and MAKE magazine.

MAKE has a store that sells all sorts of cool things, and I have my eye on some custom-engraved Leatherman tools.

They are each $36.00 and share the following tools:

  • 420HC Clip Point Knife
  • Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Flat/Phillips Screwdriver
  • Bottle Opener

In addition, the Warranty Voider includes regular pliers, and both the Bomb Defuser and the Circuit Breaker include a wire stripper for various wire gauges.

The engraved versions are only available for a limited time, but these babies would be nice even without the writing.

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Well played, NBCOlympics.com!

by Jamie Sanford on March 8, 2010

Obviously I’m a bit behind, because the Olympics have been over for a week now.  However, I wanted to be sure to comment on the online coverage available from NBCOlympics.com.  In this post, I will focus on the “You Be The Judge” feature that was available to use during the figure skating competitions.

So here you can see the first panel that was present – there’s some information on the skater (in this instance, my favorite figure skater, Johnny Weir), along with their planned program elements on the right.  As those elements are performed in the program, they become highlighted so that you can then score the skater on their grade of execution for that particular element.  As you can see in the image, I’ve given Johnny the highest scores for each element.  The unfortunate thing here (and I am fairly certain that you can’t fix this) is that skaters sometimes change elements in the middle of the program – they can fall, make a planned triple jump into a double, etc.  This means that you are scoring that person on whatever they do, which means that the base value of that jump is going to reflect what was planned, not what actually took place.  In addition, what looks like a triple jump to us at home can be downgraded based on super slow-motion replays that the judges are using these days.

Anyway, so after scoring the individual elements, you are shown the following scales:

So once you determine these ratings, you are given the final score.  If you go back to the first image, you can see that I put Johnny in first place.

In addition to “You Be The Judge,” the less ambitious watchers could use the scoring that was live updating after each skater, and also provided a bit more information than was was on the television screen.

So, at the start of Johnny’s program, this was on the screen:

As soon as the scores were up, it updated to this:

…and then, of course, also being live-updated are the overall results.  A bit less detailed but the information was still available for each skater.

As you can see, the Olympic judges know nothing and somehow Johnny Weir ended up in 6th place, underneath other skaters who were messy and fell down, but that isn’t the point.  I was already a big figure skating nerd, and this has just added to the fun.  I’m interested to see if we will be scoring gymnastics the same way for hte London summer games in 2012.

I’ll be writing part 2 soon, where I will cover the online event coverage!

Did you watch the Olympics? Did you utilize NBCOlympics.com to enhance your experience?

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