Archives for July 2002

Armstrong Wins 4th Tour de France In A Row

Posted on 7/28/2002 to Sports

It's final, Lance Armstrong has won his 4th Tour de France in a row!

Coffee Good

Posted on 7/23/2002 to In General

A couple of weeks ago, this place opened up in the lobby of the building I work in. At first, their product tasted a bit weak, but got better over the next couple of days. Today, I learned that a large latte gets only one shot of espresso - no wonder I wasn't getting the same boost from that as I get from a venti latte from Starbucks. I had them add another shot, it was yummy.

What a Weekend

Posted on 7/22/2002 to Family & Friends

What a weekend! It was non-stop action from the time I left work, until I went to bed last night. Jacob turned two on Saturday, and we had a big birthday party cookout for him over at my in-laws. Everything went real well, and a fun time was had by all.

Thanks to all those who came on Saturday, and to everyone who helped put it together. Jacob really enjoyed it.

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Heras Takes 2nd Place

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Heras has raced around Beloki to claim a US Postal one-two. He was 1'04" behind his team leader.

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Lance Takes The Day!

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Lance Armstrong has won the stage to Plateau de Beille! His time is 6h00'29" - an average speed of 33.21kph for his 14th stage win in the Tour de France.

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Final Kilometer

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Lance is now less than 1km from another stage win in the Tour de France. He is 55" ahead of Beloki and Heras who are still together in the battle for 2nd and 3rd place.

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Heras Drops Beloki

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Heras has attacked Beloki and is now racing for 2nd place behind his team leader, Armstrong.

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Lance Goes Alone!

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Lance has now come around Heras. He's not going to follow today. He has dropped both Beloki and Heras and is now racing on toward stage win number 14 in his TdF career!

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Heras Goes To The Front...

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Roberto Heras has surged to the front and again only Lance and Joseba can follow. There are now just three riders racing for stage honors...

TdF - Stage 12 Update - Let The Game Begin!

Posted on 7/19/2002 to Sports

Floyd Landis has taken his place at the front of the peloton as they begin the final ascent of the day. All nine US Postal riders are at the front of the main pack. They are 2'45" behind the leading trio of Jalabert, Dufaux and Nozal.

Jacob's Site Gets a Facelift

Posted on 7/17/2002 to Family & Friends

Jacob's website received a facelift recently. I originally designed his site while in the hospital after his birth (don't worry, mom and baby were sleeping). It was definitely time for a fresh "kid friendly" look. I think I accomplished my goal. I also wanted to begin using metaBlog, the weblog application that I am building.

For those of you looking for content from the old site, it is still available, though I will be moving the content into the new site soon. Webservices

Posted on 7/17/2002 to Developer Stuff

After learning of the Webservices yesterday, I went right out and downloaded the SDK and got myself a dev token.

I finally had a chance to look at it today, and have built a simple page that searches for books about ASP.NET. You could see it, but I broke it.

The webservice looks like a good start, though there are some things missing, such as a product description. However, I could see this being used by someone who is an Amazon affiliate, like myself, to display a list of books to their visitors. Taken a step further, I might look for visitors coming to my site from search engine sites, get their search terms, and display a list of books based on those terms. I nice personalized list of books reflecting whatever it was that drew the visitor to my site.

aka Jerk

Posted on 7/13/2002 to Sports

I just watched a replay of Friday's stage of the Tour de France. The stage itself was inconsequential for the most part, it's what happened afterward that has me posting.

For those of you that watched the race, did you continue watching as the camera followed the stage winner, Erik Zabel, as he got off of his bike? If you did, then perhaps you know why this post is titled "aka Jerk". For those of you that missed it, Zabel pulled down every video camera within arms reach as walked away from the finish area. He reached out and grabbed the front of the cameras and violently jerked them down. None of the camera's were doing anything wrong as far as I could tell, yet he did this.

Does anyone know what the deal is with this?

MLB All-Star Game Called After 11

Posted on 7/10/2002 to Sports

Bud Selig and the powers that be within baseball brought this years version of the Mid-Summer Classic, the MLB All-Star Game, to a fitting end. With the score tied 7-7 and both teams down to their final pitcher, the game was called after 11 innings.

I can't help but think how fitting the ending is considering that this season will most likely end unresolved in a strike.

Armstrong Wins 2002 TdF Prologue

Posted on 7/6/2002 to Sports

Lance Armstrong started defense of the Yellow Jersey on the right foot, or wheel if you will, with a win in 2002 Tour de France Prologue. Armstrong topped Laurent Jalabert by 2 seconds.

The .NET Weblog Tool

Posted on 7/2/2002 to Developer Stuff

Well, that sort of defeats the whole idea behind content generation and publishing, doesn't it? The whole power of Radio is that it's "desktop publishing". Your server doesn't need to be anything except a dumb HTTP server that supports the GET protocol basically.[Drew's Blog]

Except that my web server already has I get a few hundred hits a day. What do I care? :-) I understand what motivates someone like Dave to make it just require FTP and no active server components. He has a monetary interest in working with the largest crowd possible. Personally, I don't have any such need. I'd rather prefer something powerful and dynamic over something static and flaky, but that's just me. :-) [The .NET Guy]

Exactly! Let me burn cycles on my server - it has plenty to spare. :-) As to Drew's later point about caching and page regeneration, I actually don't care too much about complex caching and page generation algorithms for this application. If I have to re-generate a page every time I get a request, that's ok with me, assuming we're not talking about a huge amount of CPU time (which we shouldn't be). I'm also willing to have to tweak .aspx files and/or code to customize my site (theme, page layout, etc.), rather than have a complete customization engine...[Greg Reinacker's Weblog]

There sure is a lot of talk about a .NET weblog tool. I suppose I really should get metaBlog finished. Speaking which, I still don't know about the name, but I just can't think of anything else at the moment.

Coming Along Nicely

Posted on 7/2/2002 to Developer Stuff

In case you haven't been keeping up with the progress of the .NET weblog tool that I am building, it is coming along nicely.

Follow along at

Rain Rain Go Away

Posted on 7/1/2002 to In General

Can't this rain go somewhere else? Someplace where it is needed more?

At least we haven't received as much rain as south and central Texas.

Texas Longhorn Football

Posted on 7/1/2002 to Sports

Does anyone know what F.I.T. stands for? Email with your answer.