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Thursday, July 31, 2008

TiVo Series 2 Introduction Animation

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One of the toughest issues with switchng from TiVo to DirecTV's DVR (which, by the way, is a piece of garbage) was the loss of the introduction animation, which had brought hours and hours of entertainment to Jacob. So, we recorded it for posterity.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Move to Flickr

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The life of this blog has officially come to an end. Photos and Videos will still be maintained and updated at Flickr; click here to go there. Thank you.


Monday, July 14, 2008


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Home Theater Project

Well, as many of you know, Steph and I undertook a home improvement project to install a home theater system in our family room. Despite the fact that neither one of us are particularly mechanically inclined, a lot of research, planning, and advice from friends (who are mechanically inclined and well-informed in this area), it turned out better than I could have imagined. Anyway, here are the pics:


Parts List:

Before Pictures:

Wiring Pictures:

After Pictures:

Before/After Pictures:

All pictures are here:


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

John W. Millhouse . . . .

My "friend" (and I use that term loosely) has asked me to post the following bit of fiction about our relationship and my progress adjusting to my new surroundings:

As most of you know, I have recently changed jobs. I am now with Miller, Canfield in Kalamazoo. This move has worked out very well for me, in large part due to my mentor at Miller, Canfield, John Millhouse. Mr. Millhouse is a source of much inspiration and guidance for me. I feel very fortunate for having him in my professional life. In addition to being a stellar attorney, Mr. Millhouse has taken me under his wing and has shown amazing patience in bringing me along as a lawyer. I am a better lawyer and person as a result of his tutelage. So as we head into this year's Independence Day Holiday, may I suggest that each of us take a moment to thank our respective mentors and shoot off a firework in their honor. Hope to see you all at BD in the near future. Have a safe and happy Holiday. Still having fun in Kalamazoo, Hollywood.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Foray into eBay . . .

Well, I've made my first foray into the wide world of eBay Sellers! If you or anyone you know is looking for a great, fully-loaded Wi-Fi PDA with Bluetooth navigation, just check out this awesome Ipaq h4155.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

What's new?

Well, admittedly, I've been a little derelict in my duties when it comes to keeping this blog up to date, but that's largely because there's absolutely nothing going on in my life right now. I mean, aside from trivial things like my son's first birthday, my father-in-law's base jumping experience, and my decision to quit my job, uproot my family, and move to Kalamazoo to take a new one, there's just nothing going on!

Really, though, my apologies. 'Tis true; we are moving to Kalamazoo. I've left Rhoades McKee -- one of the finest law firms in West Michigan run by some of the finest people I know -- for the Kalamazoo Office of Miller Canfield -- also a fine, fine law firm run by some excellent folks. There were a number of different factors (both personal and professional) involved, but in the end, the opportunity was simply too good to pass up; I think it will prove to be a very good thing on all levels.

Unfortunately, this means that we are in the process of trying to sell our house in the middle of what can most generously be described as a "soft" residential market. We've listed it with a very good broker (Ken Grashuis), though, and I think it will all work out just fine. The flip side of that coin is that it's a great time to be a buyer in Kalamazoo, and thusfar we've rather enjoyed the "house shopping" process. All told, we've done a lot to get ourselves ready for the move and there's still more to do (I had forgotten what a pain in the behind that whole process can be). We'll keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, if you know anyone looking for a nice house in Bailey's Grove, let them know that this one is available!

Well, that's the update for now. I'll be updating pictures and what not over the next couple of days. Enjoy!

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