They never let me anywhere near the studios but I'm sure I'd have the best "one hour - all request hour" if they did!
I've got a phone that sometimes works and an email account that I can't remember. Best way to reach me - just COMMENT below. Thanks!
Hi! I'm Mike The Web Guy. My boss told me that I should start one of these blogs, even though I'm not "on the radio." After being told that it was a "good idea," I figured, "why not?" I could always use another thing to do. Things about me... I'm a HUGE San Diego Chargers Fan (Any SoCal Locals who want to get together for a game - COMMENT back at me and let's HOOK IT UP). I live in Clifton Park. I'm all about APPLE (sorry PC people). I have a woman who lives upstairs in my house who is related to me by marriage. We have two kids who pretty much run our social life.
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In Brazil, Nivea created a print ad that doubles as a cellphone charger, allowing beachgoers to use solar energy to recharge their phone. The ad, distributed in Veja Rio (Rio de Janeiro) the weekend of May 25th, was made with a paper-thin solar panel as thin as paper and a connection for people to plug in their smartphone. It took eight months to produce, including six months of technology development and two months of printing.
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Today is my third Kindergarten graduation ceremony. Well, it's the second I'll be attending. Today, my little guy graduates. He's excited about this because of the promise of a present if he can remember his part in his class presentation of the alphabet.
Do you remember Kindergarten?
I don't remember too much about my Kindergarten days. I remember that we would sing songs. There were arts and crafts. I think I learned how to cut my shapes. I definitely remember trying to learn how to spell "Michael," which seemed weird because everyone I knew called me "Mikey."
We didn't take naps at my school. When I learned later in life that other kids got to do that, I really feel like I missed out. Perhaps that why I like them so much as an adult. I'm making up for my lost nap time!
How sad is this? I don't remember any of the other kids in my class or even my teachers. I do remember the school. The classroom. And the clock on the wall that I would stare at because even though I didn't understand the concept of time, I knew that my favorite show (Sesame Street) started at 1pm and that's when I HAD to be home!
I certainly don't remember a kindergarten graduation ceremony, although I know I had one. I do recall my parents being excited that I was going into the first grade; with my not understanding what that was or meant.
It's different now though.
I remember my daughter Maddy's kindergarten ceremony. I remember the song they sang, "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan. How my heart was beaming with pride when she sang those words and made the hand gestures. I still get a little weepy when I play that song on my iPod. I remember being excited for her that she was going into the first grade, that she was growing up, and that the days of arts and crafts, snacks, naps, and story time were soon going to be replaced with homework, spelling tests, science projects, and math.
This afternoon, my Mikey finishes his time in Kindergarten. We've been working with him on his role in the graduation ceremony. His teacher is having all of the kids learn a poem about a letter in the alphabet. I'll have some time to get the perfect camera location because Mikey's got the letter "Y." It's is the letter that makes you want to say, "YAHOO!"
Hopefully there will some ice cream after graduation today. Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa will most like need a distraction as we wipe away our tears of joy.
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At first glance this morning I thought was passing a large rock or boulder near the side of River Road in Latham. After I passed it, I saw a little head poke out. About two seconds later another turtle appeared, followed by about five more spaced along the side of the road.
My initial reaction was to stop, pull over, and pick up the turtle to move him to safety. Then I noticed the size of these guys. These are the little box turtles that I we had in science class as a kid. These things were HUGE. Like ocean turtles except for the fact that they live in the Mohawk and their little turtle home was probably flooded due to the rain this week.
While driving this weekend, heads up for TURTLE CROSSING near water!
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According to Science Fiction we are all supposed to have personal communicators that we press and can communicate hands-free across space. The Cubs are supposed to beat an un-named Miami baseball team with an alligator logo in the 2015 World Series. And when the weather is not to our liking, we call down to the building superintendent who pulls a lever that raises the structure above the clouds.
Obviously, we're still not there yet.
Although Apples next big thing will take the term personal computer to a whole new level. Apples CEO Tim Cook, during the All Things Digital conference, said the company has some, "incredible plans that we have been working on for a while." He then teased the idea of wearable computing, holding up his Nike Fuel Band saying, "Nike did a great job on this," he said. "The ones that are doing more than one thing, there's not a great product that I've seen."
He hinted that Apple's product would not be like Google's Glass, which are basically reading glasses that look like something out of Mission Impossible. He sees the wrist as the body part we would most interact with. Even though most young people today don't wear watches, Cook says "I think the wrist is interesting… but to convince people they have to wear something it has to be incredible."
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When did our phones start receiving the Emergency Alert Messages? Was your buzzing or screaming at you before the storms roared through? Me too. I felt really bad for my kids who were terrified when they saw a TORNADO WARNING scroll across the TV screen before we lost power at my house.
Huddled together down in the dimly lit basement, every time my phone would go off it was like telling the kids a monster lived outside and was trying to get in. Of course the real dramatics of the howling wind, driving ran, booming thunder, and flashes of lighting didn't help.
After our half-an-hour in the bunker, we emerged from the basement to see the street flooded, its water creeping up the driveway. I ran to the garage, grabbed my rake, threw open the door, and walked to the storm drain to clear the debris. Like a giant bathtub, the drains emptied the water from the road, leaving behind river like watermarks on the yard. I couldn't help but laugh when my wife joined the neighbors in taking pictures of the water level, which according to one neighbor had never been the that high in the twenty plus years he's lived on the street.
By 8PM, the storm had cleared, and I sat on my porch listening to the sound of the emergency sirens going off all over town. Now here's what I don't understand… the need for people to come out of their house and drive around town to survey the damage. I get that you're bored, the power is out - there's no TV. But that is not the time to play "looky-loo." You're actually IN THE WAY of the real storm heroes trying to do work.
After the storm, here's what I have learned:
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The days of June Cleaver are getting farther away. The "stay-at-home mom" that many of us grew up with since the 1950s is becoming a part of American history. Working moms, who gained popularity in the 1980s, are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40% of households with kids.
Yes, today's modern family works.
The new findings from the Pew Research Center, released today (5/29), show the change is all but irreversible as moms are actively entering the workforce to keep their families afloat. And the idea of the "stay-at-home housewife" is becoming less popular in our country. 79% of Americans are against the idea of women returning to their tradition roles of "domestic management."
I remember when my mom quit "working for us" and re-entered the workforce. My mother, like many in the 1970s, put her career on hold to raise her family. She took a part time job in the mid-80s when the economy was bad, working as a secretary for a Jack In The Box franchise owner in Southern California. My younger brother and I thought it was cool at the time because we got to eat all of the burgers and fries we wanted for that summer! She went back to work full time during the recession in the early 90s, again as a secretary for the Farm Broadcaster in our small town. That job brought a lot of change in our house. Sure her added income helped keep the family afloat but the home cooked dinners at 5PM, laundry, and other household chores were distributed between my brothers, sisters, and myself.
Thanks to technology, the working mom in 2013 can tele-commute to work, dial in for meetings, and conduct business with a screen share. Plus, she can still be home for dinners, homework, and "how was your day at school" conversations.
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During the day of yard work yesterday, I decided that I was going to shave my beard. Since I been married, I've always had some form of facial hair: goatee, beard, or 3-day beard. And from time to time, I get the urge to go clean shaven for a day.
I remember as a kid how different my dad looked when he would shave off his trademark mustache. Now I understand why dad did it - some times it just feels nice to feel the sun on your face. The other highlight is the reaction I get from my kids when they see my bare face.
I'm pretty sure I got a good scare out of my son when he saw me last night. He's six, so his reaction of running out of the room yelling, "Dad looks SO DIFFERENT!" to his sister was pretty much expected. My wife's reaction was pretty much the same. She told me I look like a stranger, joking that I should sleep in the guest room.
The sunshine, sunroof open, and cool breeze all felt nice this morning on the way to work. The compliments from co-workers was nice too. But just like I tell my family, "it's just hair and it will grow back." So enjoy the clean face like a sunny day - while you can!
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Remember as a kid how entertaining a piece of sidewalk chalk and blacktop could provide? Hours of imagination at work. One of the highlights of my day is pulling up in my driveway to see my kid's hard work and creativity at work. I love it.
These artists take sidewalk art to a whole new level. I don't know how they do it, but their art is like the kind Burt created for Mary Poppins - art that is so realistic you could almost JUMP into it.
Now, if we could only get to stop raining around here for an afternoon! I feel so inspired!!!
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, K-Marts new "Gas" ad. Enjoy!