Archive for January, 2010

Research Triangle Park (RTP) on new Apple iPad

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

What app will look like when iPad available.
iPad RTP home page
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New Orleans Saints & the Indianapolis Colts in # 44

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Maybe it will rain or snow in Miami on February 7th as I’d enjoy seeing which dome-team plays better in a real football stadium, e.g. no roof nor artificial thermostat. Hard for me to root for the Saints even though I worked as an usher for their games at Tulane Stadium in 1969 (walked 4 blocks from our apartment on Broadway Avenue). Awful job and the only way to make money was to sell the intermission passes. Winning Saints are like the winning Red Sox: aren’t we suppose to secretly revel in their persistent even genealogical failure as these patterns are more like our own lives than the achievements of the Yankees or Roger Federer.
The Jets play one quarter of excellent football and three quarters of ‘Colts aren’t killing us yet.’ Minnesota and then the refs in overtime conspire to send the Saints and the disheartening tragedy now known as New Orleans to the Super Bowl (for all of the interest around the SB commercials and the associated cost, couldn’t someone, these 44 years later, think of a more appropriate name for the game. How about ‘Winter Game in Summer Stadium Championship?’

It’s not all sour grapes. I still chuckle at Tom Dempsey’s 63 yard field goal to defeat Detroit in 1970; of course, he left for the Eagles the next year. Whatever happened to Les Kelly, the first pick of their first draft whom the coaching staff converted from a running back to a linebacker. Three years and out. Great fun to recall Billy Kilmer and Danny Abramowicz and Doug Atkins and crew of Aints (but that started after I left home for the Navy).
On Feb. 7, Peyton Manning, the quarterback of the Colts who grew up in New Orleans because his father, Archie, who was the first real QB of the franchise (won NFC Player of the year in 1978 and the only player so awarded from a losing team) settled in NOLA after his career. Could only be true for the City That Care Forgot.
I see the Colts winning by two TDs even though I’ve never forgiven them for abandoning Baltimore. I’ll save that diatribe for another day.

USAA Fed. Savings Bank on Android

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I love these guys! You should see their deposit from home app: simply photo check and it’s deposited.
usaa android

Book of Eli: film for the times?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7


I believe that man will not merely endure, he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. William Faulkner 1949 Noble Prize Banquet speech.

Blue Pane Studio’s 3rd Web App: Science On Line 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

SoL10 Web App

4th Annual Gathering of science blogger and science journalists from around the world. Total attendance of about 260 including keynote address by Michael Spector of the New Yorker. Hosted by Sigma Xi and the RTP.

Additional info:

ScienceOnLine 2010: RTP Science Journalist Conference

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Those closed eyes! Thanks to Ernie Hood for filming the interview.

Blue Pane Studio’s second iPhone app

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Tuck web app

Our team at IBM helps to sponsor the annual Tech at Tuck series with its early winter annual roundtable. The theme this year is mobility. Blue Pane Studio, an IBM business partner (my wife is the Art Director), offered to develop this simple app for Tuck. As I’ve learned from the sidelines, and probably won’t surprise you, is that Apple is easy to work with and provides a wealth of support and tools for designing web apps. The approval process is quick and easy.

Blue Pane Studio’s 1st iPhone application

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

RTP web app

Search RTP or Blue Pane Studio at the App Store if you are one of the iPhone 13 million and interested in RTP, NC activities.

Happy Y2K+10

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Greetings friends and welcome to the new year
Begone 2009, 2010 I say you’re welcome here
Remember the panic of Y2K wondering if computers would no longer work
Welcome to Y2K+10, for employment & housing what yet may lurk?!
We greeted our new president, retirement plans gone bust
what to do about our homes and cars, but health care reform is must
Roy Williams and his Tar Heels soothed some of Carolina’s sadness
with his second victory in the much revered annual March madness
Tiger has long showed the marvel of his focus to achieve
now we’re again wondering who were supposed to believe
On Sevier Street in Durham, we’re up to the same tricks
both working from home with cocktails at 6
Alex in year 2 at UC Boulder while serving the Navy
Owen near 6 feet in grade 8 seems only to say ‘pass the gravy’
Tessa’s studio blossomed avoiding the misery of the subprime dark
designing for All About Beer and the Research Triangle Park
Trips to New York including the chance to see Roger, Venus & Serena
favorite moments are the NOLA memories with David and the dinners of Christina
Certainly the news from friends is not always bright
illness, divorce and sudden passing darkened too many a night
As the last hours of this first decade depart in bright lights all donned
let’s celebrate the occasion with some of the friends of whom I am fond
Lts. Chris and Noah at Duke NROTC perform their duty
Anna and Suzanne match this braun with brains & beauty
Jim and Heidi of new MBA and new PhD fame
are about to explore the lifestyle of the Cupertino Apple game
Before joining Granite, Phill coached Duke into the lax final 4
then sent to Japan to show the country boss the exit door
In touch with the Billings 4 and Hoffmann 5 on their Michigan turfs
while wondering if I’ll get to San Diego to see if Steve Gilmore truly surfs
In late October Jack joined the population as a healthy boy
Brian & Jen, Nigel & Patrick look to January for their bundles of joy
Sabine, Anton, Bora and Delene
boosted scienceinthetriangle onto the blogging scene
Ben, Bill and Seth applied their skills with barely a moan
producing workshops, WordPress and even apps for the iPhone
Tennis with Kris, Wendy & Tom always a great feeling
dining out with Artem & Troppe, our upstairs toilet leaked thru the living room ceiling
Long time shipmates Schreiber, Whit, Petersen and David Mclellan
Gary retiring to Florida for his slice of Smarter Planet heaven
Tweeting aunts Neddie, Linda, Sandra, Brenda of Mt. Airty hometown
Incredibly cousin Chase met Hermione in their first year at Brown
Sayonara, Adios, Bon Chance I’ll do better in twenty ten
whatever the awaiting adventure let’s remain each other’s friend