Friday, December 07, 2007

$10 off, plus $10 ebates rebate!

Seriously, buy yourself some shoes. Use this link to get $10 off shoes at

Perhaps in the time that I've been gone, I've become an avid and voracious online shopper, seriously searching all over the web for things, spending hours finding the best color, the best price, the best package deal, whatever, it's like I've suddenly become my Chinese aunts, except the cyber-age version. If you mention a product, I know I've seen it before, in a catalog, on a web page, somewhere, and I can find you the best.

Anyway, that said, I discovered today that has better prices, and all of the things that offers, and a bit more. If you go through ebates, you get 10% cashback instead of only 4%! Those are two good enough reasons as it is, except that Zappos, I've found, often has glaring omissions of major brands. Merrells, for example. And some decent models of Earth and Birkenstock shoes.

So, tip for today is, go through ebates, and buy yourself some shoes! Tomorrow I will post about the perfect winter shoe-- no, not a boot, not a sherpa-lined croc, I've tested 7 different shoes, and I think I've found one I like.

Sigh, and if you haven't started using Ebates yet, you need to. Here's a link, for $10 into your account with your first purchase, which may be shoes from shoebuy. And yes, you can use all your coupons, PLUS get ebates rebates. Think of it as my Christmas gift to all of you, readers!


Sunday, December 02, 2007

doo dee doo

right.  you have to sit, and then get up and putter around, and then sit, and then surf the net, and then get up and get something to eat, and then sit, and then type a few words, and then go out and get groceries, and then come back and watch tv, and then come back at 9 o'clock at night and write what you meant to write at 9 am that morning. 

Sunday, November 04, 2007


The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will. 

J. Arthur Thomson

i am not afraid of death, i've realized, i am fearful of a life of mediocrity, of unfulfilled hopes and dreams. 

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Airport and Leopard FIx!

hi, here is my story and my solution!
I pre-ordered 10.5 and received it Friday. I installed it only my iBook G4 first, which previously ran Panther. My girlfriend needed a laptop so I was going to give her that one before installed Leopard on my MBP and Mini. Anyway, everything worked fine, except that the Airport icon in the top right hand corner was a blank pie slice. Repeated clicking on "Turn On" did not turn Airport on. I googled fixes on Friday night and nothing worked. I went to see a Genius on Saturday who said that this problem was new, and Leopard was too new for him to know anything about it. He suggested that I reset the PRAM, which I did, to no avail. The weird part is, running Network Diagnostics showed that my networks were detected, but I could not turn my Airport card on to detect them. Connection through an ethernet cable worked fine. System Profiler showed that the card was seated corrected and detected.

Returning home, I find that an update for Login and Keychain had been posted. I downloaded and installed that, which didn't fix it. Finally, I went into Network Preferences and did a simple thing-- I added an Airport location in the drop-down menu, which previously only had Automatic and Ethernet. Whether this is an idiot savant thing or not, it worked. I could connect wirelessly. The pie slice was still blank though, so I unchecked and checked "Show Airport status in menu bar" and that solved everything. I could see that Airport was on, with five full bars, and could connect.

The only thing that I could figure is that since it was on an iBook, they didn't assume that I would have an actual airport card-- since everything after that has the card built-in. Adding the location helped.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Change Your Mind

I think that my final pep talk at our final match on Tuesday will go something like this:

On our final match together, I challenge you with this: Losing is a state of mind. In practice, you have learned all the skills that you need to succeed on the court. At games, you have been tested again and again, never quite achieving perfection. So the reason, for example, that you don't execute a perfect pass when you need to, is not because you can't, but because you don't want to. 

So. I challenge you to change your mind. Play with the confidence, with the conviction of a winner. And even if you don't win, you will know that you have done everything you can. 

"If you want to be somebody else, if you're tired of losing battles with yourself, change your mind." --Sister Hazel 

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Winners, possibly. 

And now we've lost to Mott, who has only beat Alpena, who hasn't beat anyone. So, we've had a losing streak, of something like eight matches. I've lost count. We've dropped below .300, I'm sure. I'm afraid to go to the standings page to look. But even the best batters have slumps. Granderson sucked at the end of last year. Even baseball teams have losing streaks. What is important to me is that the girls understand that losing is not indicative of who they are. They're all winners, in my eyes. 

I just wish I knew what else I could do to motivate them. 

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Mike Lindstrom Tournament

It's been a heartbreaking weekend at Oakland University in Waterford, MI. I don't want to think about volleyball anymore and yet I can't think of anything else. I can see how coaching, like gambling, becomes an addiction, an obsession.