Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Blog is Bigger than Your Blog

It's true. I was a little upset to see that all of the Blogger templates are set to 800x600 resolutions, however some quick research will show you that 90% of people surfing the internet have higher resolution, so I feel that 1024x768 should at least be the new template sizes.

So I spent an hour reprogramming this stupid template and I finally got it to work. I did, however, have to lose all of my rounded corners since they were static images that couldn't stretch. So NET - I was able to go from 800 width to 1024 for my blog.

Does this mean there will be more content? No. Does this mean more ads? No. It doesn't mean anything. Except for the fact that we have finally reached 2002 on Blogger (my current laptop supports 1920 x 1200 which means I can put web pages side by side on my screen).

WHOOPDY-DOO Bazzle - what does it all mean? Not much, but then again - it's just a blog.

Let the blog envy begin....

Friday, September 21, 2007

ESPN Pet Peeve

This is something that has bothered me for years and I can't believe it has taken me this long to blog about it.

When I go to ESPN to check the standings during a season I have certain expectations, and that includes seeing my team's record WITHOUT SCROLLING.

Check out MLB - BAM! AL East right on top.
Check out NBA - POW! Eastern Conference on top.
Check out NHL - WHAM! Eastern Conference right on top.

Check out NFL - SCREEEEEEEEEEEEECH! Wha'happened! What's this NFC league? (Is that like the minors or something?) Where's the AFC? Did they stop playing football in the only conference that matters? I don't think so because I saw my Pats romp all over baby LT and his charger team.

Mind you my screen resolution is ludicrous! I can put 2 web pages side by side on this 17" laptop screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution working. There is no excuse for me NOT to see the entire AFC standings scroll-free!

I noticed this started a few years back, I am sure it is somehow related to marketing or some network deal, however FOX seems to have a deal with NFC teams (at least they used to, most games I watch on DirecTV anyways) but still if you go and check out there are the Pats sitting on top of the entire NFL standings (it's something we have become accustomed to in New England). Check out same thing.

I plan to raise a formal campaign against ESPN's NFL standings. We will mobilize, this madness has to stop! Everyone knows that for those "other" conferences (NL, Western, Smythe Division, etc. etc.) you should have to scroll. It's related to the timezones or something. Our games start earlier - therefore we are listed 1st, why can't ESPN get with the program! Anyone willing to root for one of those loser teams deserves to do some scrolling on their dial-up modems on AOL or Compuserve. It's the natural order of things!

To top it all off, doesn't EPSN have a bad REP for being East-Coast biased (which to me isn't a bias as much as good sense). They of all people should have the NFL standings they way mother nature intended!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Red Sox / Yankees Games

Went to the 8-7 Loss (heart breaking with a 7-2 lead in the 8th)
Went to the 10-1 Win (beatdown, shout out to KJ and the gang for being at the game!)

Learned a new definition:

Optimistic op·ti·mis·tic [op-tuh-mis-tik] -
The car load of 4 guys who paid $32 to park in a Fenway lot next to us to TRY to get tickets to the Sox / Yankees game. Good luck guys... it would take a miracle!

More to come on the awesome seats and a cool parking garage feature as soon as I get home to take the images off my computer!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Vacation - Take #1

Well we are on vacation for the week, which means Shelby had to go to camp. Here is a letter I wrote to Shelby to make the transition easier:

Dear Shelby,
We just dropped you off to go to Camp Julie and I already miss you. When we got home the house seemed so quiet without you. Even though you never say a word I miss talking to you. Stay strong, we'll be home soon, and stay off those carbs (loaves of bread).

- Tom

P.S. - Be sure to thank Julie for taking good care of you with some licks.