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Wednesday - March 30, 2005


Finally, a way to cure your Peep cravings throughout the year. Wham-o has introduced a Peeps Marshmallow Maker. Details here and product page here.

Posted by jcraven at 9:28 AM | Food

Tuesday - March 29, 2005

iPod shuffle

My sister, Sarah, received her free iPod shuffle last week.

For details on previous success stories, check the archives.

Posted by jcraven at 9:19 AM | Deals

Monday - March 28, 2005

Earthquake and potential tsunami

CNN.com is reporting that a magnitude 8.2 earthquake occurred about an hour ago in Indonesia, which could lead to a similar tsunami as the one from last December.

Posted by jcraven at 12:23 PM | Misc

Sunday - March 27, 2005

Happy Easter

Hope everyone has a good holiday weekend!

Posted by jcraven at 12:31 PM | Misc

Friday - March 25, 2005

Transparent Screens

Now this is just plain cool. Some people have waaay too much time on their hands.

Posted by jcraven at 9:22 AM | Tech

Thursday - March 24, 2005

Sony PSP

Sony released their PSP today. Bestbuy.com has coupons that bring the price down to $230. Click here for the coupon.

Or if you prefer the free route, check out FreePSPs.com.

Posted by jcraven at 4:16 PM | Tech

Wednesday - March 23, 2005

Rescue Me scheduled to return

This may not be anything new, but I just found out yesterday. F/X Networks has agreed to pick up Rescue Me for a second season. Details here. The 2nd season is set to start in August 2005.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, look for the reruns of season 1 on Sunday nights at 11:00 PM. Also, there are rumors that the Season 1 DVD will be released a couple weeks before the Season 2 premiere.

Posted by jcraven at 10:41 AM | Television

Monday - March 21, 2005

I hate spam!

So, I'm still getting trackback spam. (No big surprise). So, I installed a new plugin called MT-Moderate. It will allow me to moderate the trackbacks. I don't know why MT doesn't include this feature with their default installation.....

Anyway, check here for more info.

UPDATE: The plugin works great. Big thanks to the developers that created it.

Posted by jcraven at 10:43 AM | Tech

Sunday - March 20, 2005

Trailblazer SS

New details regarding the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS have been released from the New York Auto Show. AutoBlog has the details here. Includes some fairly impressive numbers:

.....powered by a 391 hp/395 lb-ft of torque version of the LS2 6.0-liter V-8, it can be ordered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Chevy is estimating the 0-60 time at 5.7 seconds.....

Keep an eye on Chevy's website for more info, or for details on the other newly introduced SS models. Although it looks really cool, unfortunately I'm sure it will be overpriced. And with current gas prices, who can afford to drive it?

Posted by jcraven at 1:39 PM | Misc

Saturday - March 19, 2005

Gratis updates freeipodphoto.com offer

Gratis has upgraded the offer to the newer 60GB Photo iPod. If you're interested click here. Full details of our success can be found in the Deal archives.

Posted by jcraven at 9:55 PM | Comments (1) | Deals

Wednesday - March 16, 2005

freeipods.com is great

Last week, two more buddies got their Free iPod. This makes number 3 and 4. (John, Ariel, Pete and myself)

If you're interested, I still have referral links to the most popular sites.

Free Mac mini, Free iPod, Free iPod shuffle, Free Photo iPod

Posted by jcraven at 1:45 PM | Deals

Papa John's coupons

Papa John's has a daily Click 'N Win game. The grand prizes are Best Buy gift certificates, but even if you don't win, you will get a coupon for free items at Papa John's. Here are a handful of one-time use codes that I'm sure I'll never get around to using. You can only use one coupon per order.

Free Cheesesticks

Free two (2) 20oz bottles or one (1) free two-liter bottle

Free Breadsticks

To use the codes, simply login to order a pizza online, and look for the link at the top to enter the promotional code.

Posted by jcraven at 9:07 AM | Comments (1) | Deals

Tuesday - March 15, 2005

Relay for Life

Next month, Sarah and her fellow graduate students will be taking part in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Beginning at 5 pm on April 15th and continuing until 8 am on the following morning, they will take turns walking around the Spec Town Track. This year, over 100 teams and 2500 individuals are expected to participate in UGAs Relay for Life. Their goal this year is to raise more than $200,000 to help fight cancer. These funds will be used to fund research, public and medical education, and patient services.

Any contribution will help the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made on-line by clicking here.

Posted by jcraven at 2:53 PM | Misc

Monday - March 14, 2005


We paid off our second mortgage. I love checking the account and seeing that $0 balance. :)

Posted by jcraven at 10:48 AM | Misc

Friday - March 11, 2005

Frank Caliendo

Last night we went to Charlie Goodnights to see Frank Caliendo perform. Frank is famous for his performances on MadTV and on FOX's NFL coverage. You can download some of his sound clips from his website here.

It was a great show, and I'd recommend checking out the other dates if you are free. The opening acts were good too. Lumpy was the host, and did a funny 10 minute set. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the opening act, and the wrong guy is listed on Charlie Goodnight's site. Sorry.

After the show we talked with Frank for a bit and got him to sign a couple of his CDs. Seems like a nice guy. Overall, definitely worth 35 bucks for the show.

Posted by jcraven at 10:41 AM | Television

Thursday - March 10, 2005

Bootable Linux iPod

Now here's an interesting idea. Terra Soft Solutions is now accepting orders for their new line of Linux bootable iPod and FireWire drives. Order here.

Boot Yellow Dog Linux from your iPod and play your music too! Yes, this really works. We have partitioned your iPod and installed Yellow Dog Linux for you. You need only select it at boot having held the OPTION key. Linux + music on a single box the size of an ... iPod! You don't need anything else but a G4 or G5 Mac at your destination and you are ready to go!

Apparently, if you already have an iPod, you can download the installer if you have a YDL.net Enhanced account.

Posted by jcraven at 11:38 AM | Tech

Wednesday - March 9, 2005

Good Luck Andy!

So today is Andy's last day. Good luck at NetApp. Things will definitely be less interesting around here.

Don't forget his alter ego.

Posted by jcraven at 12:59 PM | Misc

How to buy an expiring domain name

Mike Davidson has a very interesting article on how to snatch up an expiring domain name. Full story here.

The whole process seems very shady, but if it's something you really want, I guess you don't have much of a choice.

Posted by jcraven at 7:56 AM | Tech

Tuesday - March 8, 2005

Chris Paul suspended

Wake Forest's Chris Paul has been suspended for the first game of the ACC tournament. Full story here. I agree with the decision. If there's one thing you don't do, it's punch somebody in that 'special place'.

This could make for an interesting tournament. N.C. State plays Florida State in the first round. The winner will play Wake Forest. So there could be a rematch of the WFU/NCSU game on Friday, except this time Wake will be missing one of their star players.

Posted by jcraven at 12:34 PM | Sports

Monday - March 7, 2005

Google Desktop

Decided to install the 1.0 release of Google Desktop this morning. It now includes FireFox and Trillian support. You can get it here. Don't forget to pickup the Trillian plugin here.

So looks like Scott beat me to the punch.

Currently my install shows:

One-time index update in progress.
1% complete with about 0.1 idle hours left.
122 items indexed so far.

So it will be a little while before I get to give it a test run.

Posted by jcraven at 9:00 AM | Tech


The word of the day is Arachibutyrophobia.

"A fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth"

Posted by jcraven at 7:47 AM | Misc

Sunday - March 6, 2005

Spam sucks

I've decided to turn off trackback on new posts. MT-Blacklist catches the majority of the spammers, but sometimes they get through for a bit until I can blacklist them. Since I don't have hardly any 'real' trackback pings, I don't think it's worth the hassle to leave the feature enabled. Maybe eventually MT will figure a way to truly stop the spammers, until then I'll live without trackback.

Posted by jcraven at 9:30 AM | Tech

Saturday - March 5, 2005

How did I miss that?

The Teutuls were in Clayton yesterday showing off their newest creation, the Caterpillar chopper. I wish I would have known earlier, so I could have gone to check it out. Video from WRAL here (IE only). It looks pretty sweet. The episode airs April 4th on Discovery.

Also, here is some information about the CAT factory in Clayton in case you want to take a tour.

Posted by jcraven at 10:38 AM | Comments (1) | Television

Friday - March 4, 2005

freeipods.com works (again)

My buddy Pete received his free iPod last week. For anybody that missed it, I received mine last year. If you're interested, I still have referral links to the most popular sites.

Free Mac mini, Free iPod, Free iPod shuffle, Free Photo iPod

Posted by jcraven at 12:43 PM | Comments (2) | Deals

Wednesday - March 2, 2005

iPod integration part II

Previously, I mentioned I was working on hooking up my iPod to my truck's radio. I have now completed the install.

First, I bought an accessory power outlet from Radio Shack similar to this item. I spliced the outlet into the rear accessory power in the center console. This will allow the original port to continue functioning. The Belkin F8V7058-APL adapter works great, and includes a nifty adjustable amplifier to boost the sound output of the iPod.

I then removed the 'bucket' where the CDs are stored in the center console and drilled a 1 inch hole in the back. I wish I could have made a smaller hole, but unfortunately the dock connector is fairly wide. After that, it was just a matter of hiding all the cables and plugging everything up. Now I have a fully concealed installation, with easy access to the iPod if I want to change songs. Overall it was a fun little project, and when I have some time, I'll post some install photos.

Posted by jcraven at 8:06 AM | Comments (1) | Tech