Friday, July 31, 2009

Be an activist for a day

And throw your shoulder to the cause of eliminating one of my biggest pet peeves.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/30/david-pogue-launches-all-out-war-on-canned-voicemail-messages/

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

And it is Karianne and Anthony in the final showdown!

Bracket is updated here.

And since I waited so long for the semifinals, I will make up for it by sending the final email right now! It should be interesting since both are online and in Gmail.

Awkward conversation with an old roommate

After noticing my old roommate from a year and a half ago in the grocery store...

Me: Hey! How's it going?

Him: Good, I guess...

Me: You guess?

Him: Yeah. What are you up to?

Me: Oh just about to leave this city.

Him: Yeah, me too I think. My brother has a job for me in New York.

Me: Oh really? Did you graduate already?

Him: No, I pretty much flunked out.

Me: Oh... What job is this?

Him: McDonalds...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Semifinals

Bracket's updated.

Check it out here.

You should also check out the prediction leaderboard. :-)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Round One Completed!

Check the bracket!

Great first round guys :-).

In other news, I am competing in a Wii Sports tournament at work... I hope I win! The prize is a Wii! Too bad I am terrible at Wii Sports. If only they had Wii running...

Oh and btw, the most creative response and therefore the style points for responding go to Shannon with:

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
If Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
He wasn't very fuzzy, was he?

Runner up was Carianne with:

Oooga booga

Watch your inboxes!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

World Series of Competitive Emailing

Hopefully ESPN will pick up on this, cause this sport is going to be hot!

Anyway, the idea is simple. This is perhaps why Competitive Emailing has been heralded as "The sport of sports" and "The purest of all competitions, measuring little more than pure technological talent."

Rules:
An email is sent to the two opposing competitors.
The first one to respond advances.

So, the emails will start sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, here is the bracket:

The Nerdiest of All

It is single elimination with a randomized seed. I've also included bios for all contenders. This will be crucial in creating your own prediction brackets.

The emails will be sent from my email address to yours. Unless I hear from you sometime today, I will be using your last known email. So, email me your competitive email addresses, carbo load, and get psyched!

Also, as seems to be the trend in this world with office pools, fantasy sports leagues, and market futures, there is an important sideshow in speculation. So, regardless of whether you are competing or not, you can sign up for an account with bracketmaker and create your own predicted results. The site seems alright, just a few ads. Make sure you make yours today before the tournament starts.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Competition

I am going to be having a competition on this blog. It will be simple, that is all I will tell you for now. But if you want to participate in this tournament, leave a comment.

Really, I promise you it will take only a few seconds to compete. So sign up.

This Blogpost is about Nothing

Agh! I know I've had thoughts that I wanted to post but have just put it off until they disappear. Maybe I will just ramble.

The Army emailed me yesterday and I have to admit, doing the military thing for dentistry is really tempting at times. Especially with the whole 20k bonus thing. Agh! I don't think I will do it though. But man, is it tempting. I guess the main deterrent is the possibility of a year long deployment. But still, so tempting.

I am trying to decide whether to get PRK or LASIK or not. I think I am going to go forward and get PRK. Man, too many decisions in my life.

I leave for dental school in a month. At least, that is the plan now. Orientation starts on Aug 20 and so I think I am going to leave on Aug 10. Will that give me enough time to drive across country and spend a couple days in Chicago with my friend? Sheesh, this is a huge change! I don't know how I feel about it. Part of me is really exciting to take the next step in my life and actually be studying dentistry. The other part is scared and sad to leave my comfortable life here. But, it will be good to be back in Pennsylvania. There are tons of nice LDS dental students out there. They are mostly all married though so I know I'm not gonna be hanging out with most of them on the weekends.

But yeah, I am moving to Pittsburgh, and I looked at a lot of places further out from the school which were quieter and nice areas. This was more preparing for the possibility of if I moved out there married. But, I won't be, and so instead I am living with a 3rd year dental student named Sean. And to be honest, it isn't the nicest neighborhood. The street is a little run down, but the rent is right, Sean seems cool, and it is 1 block away from the school. So, I am excited for it. I am excited for the prospect of a new place, a new ward, a new experience.