Posting from phone

Ok, with a modicum of effort, I can now send blog post from my phone.

My motivation for doing this was to write about my flickr account. For some reason my blackberry flickr uploader has not been working. All my photos from the holidays – captions and all have not been uploaded.


Look for a flurry of photo uploads soon.

Happy New Year!

Obama’s Odd Choice

President-elect Obama’s selection of the prominent evangelical minister Rick Warren is disappointing to say the least. As much as I am delighted that Obama is headed to the White House, I can’t help but agree with what Joe Solomonese of the Human Rights Campaign says in a letter to Mr. Obama:

“We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of the architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

I can’t help but think that the man who fought so hard to (successfully) take away my civil rights will have broader reach and more legitimacy than ever after the inauguration. This is very sad to me.

Thankgiving ala Chef Kris

The Menu:
Roast Turkey
Sweet Potato Salad with Candied Pecans
Green Been Salads with Roasted Shallots and Walnuts
Herb and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Butternut Squash with Red Grapes and Sage
Cranberry Orange Relish
Cornbread Dressing with Turkey Sausage and Dried Cranberries
Herb Turkey Gravy

F***’n Awesome…

I’m just saying

Happiness is a Warm E-Mail Filter

I am getting way to much email. Some of the email I receive is from lists that I subscribed to but cannot unsubscribe from. Oh I try. Some sites claim to unsubscribe me but don’t. Some sites won’t unsubscribe me because I can’t give them the right email address. All of this adds up to way to much email.

Enter my gmail filter. For each unwanted email stream, I click a few buttons and voila! all new emails are delivered to my trash can.

Oh sure – I do feel guilty that I’m wasting precious computing resources but I figure at some point google will get smart and start blocking mail from sites that are filtered in this manner.

At any rate, I am looking forward to less noise in my inbox.

I love Vlingo – Voice Recognition that works!

I just downloaded a new voice recognition app to my BlackBerry. It’s called Vlingo and boy was I impressed. Every voice recognition system I have ever used has been terrible. If I am talking to an automated sales agent on the phone I always have to ask to talk to a real person. Now comes Vlingo – an application that I install on my phone.

You use Vlingo like a dictaphone. You press a button, speak and release the button. Vlingo then figures out what you were saying.

To test Vlingo I tried several test. For my first test said “Google World Peace”. Vlingo figured this out correctly. My next try was “Google Whirled Peas”. Ok Vlingo messed up on that one but it got my next request: Google Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” perfectly!

I then went on to test twittering, emailing, texting, creating notes, creating reminders and calling. When I wasn’t trying to trip the system up with Whirled Peas, it worked perfectly.

My only complaint is that in some cases you still have to look at your phone and press a button in order for Vlingo to carry out your commands. This ruls out using the Vlingo when driving but this is still an impressive and useful speech recognition application.

Picture of Madrid in Schmap Guide Book

atocha station

One of the pictures I took in Madrid has made it into the Schmap Guide Book.
One morning, I left the hotel at about 6am and went wandering through the city with my camera. One of the pictures I shot was of the Atocha Train Station. After the trip, I posted my photos on Flickr. Much to my surprise, I was contacted by Schmap about using the photo in their guide. You can view the photo here. Given my photographic skills they must be desperate but I am pleased nonetheless.