Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Posted in Uncategorized by beebe4 on April 13, 2009

For the first time in the history of the bird feeder contest, someone other then the elustrious John Ira Tureman took home the top prize!

With my modern architeture inspired bird feeder, I beat out the very capable opponents featured below:




Microsoft once again sucks

Posted in Uncategorized by beebe4 on December 8, 2008

My wife just tried out the new Microsoft Live Calendar (their attempt to catch up to Google Calendar), and it is a case in point why Microsoft is a bad software company.

When you go to “upgrade” to their new calendar it makes you choose between keeping your events or trying out new features. Are you kidding me?!?!?!?

I have developed many, many pieces of software over my career, and this choice should have been PRIORITY #1 when they laid out their goals for this website. Give me one example when I wouldn’t want to carry over my events with me? My wife said “It is Beta” to me to try to calm me down, and I said, “this is amateur hour and it should be pre Alpha”. This is a sad, sad excuse for a software offering.

I am voting for Barack

Posted in politics by beebe4 on October 10, 2008

Here is a video for the behind scenes at the DNC. It is a nice change from the negativity and it shows some candid moments of the Obama family.

The life I’ve always wanted

Posted in life update by beebe4 on October 10, 2008

Note: While proofing this post before I published it, I felt like I was bragging and I don’t want that to be the perception. I use this blog as a place holder (a pensive if you Harry Potter fans will allow me) for the great things about each day as I know there will be tougher ones ahead. Having posts like this available for me to go back to will someday be invaluable.

My home has become a sacred place. When I come home from work, I have come to anticipate the great, great joy of hearing …

“DADDY, You home!”

… followed by the blur of a blond haired two year old streaking to crash into my legs and wrap himself around them.

That moment is precious.

Since Noah has started pre-school another thing has started showing up that provides me constant amazement and insight into his development of cognitive skills that are manifested in his weekly crafts projects.


They are so simple, and that is what makes them so beautiful to me. I can loose myself in them, forget the stress of work, and just ground myself in the fact that the most important thing I do every day is to help shape my two little men.

In the above picture, we have our family tree (sans Bells), his owl inspired from reading Owl Babies, and his dog house from
I meant to post this a long time ago, but below is Noah’s first project. He did it with Mom back in May at the Jacksonville Public Library, I hope it at least makes you smile🙂

Spot us

Posted in Hashrocket, product review, tech, video, work by beebe4 on September 27, 2008

One of client’s at Hashrocket, Spot Us, has posted a video on his blog that he recorded this morning during our demo, showcasing the work that was completed in 3 days of development!

Don’t get me wrong, the great work by the designers was key to getting this done, and there is a week of face to face time where the client (in this case David Cohn) and the lead developer(s) lock themselves in a room for 5 days, and make the tough decisions of what can really be done in 3 days. Please take the time to watch this 15+ minute video if you want an inside view of some of the work that I am a part of.

Great work Lark, Desi, Carm, Tammer, and Joe!


Posted in Uncategorized by beebe4 on September 4, 2008

Got my first “compliment” from co-worker today….

“Have you lost weight?”

“Yeah, been doing Atkins”

“I thought so, your double chin is a little less obvious”

Whoa, Bernie Mac dead at 50

Posted in things that make you go hmmmm by beebe4 on August 9, 2008

Wow, just goes to show that you should live your life now, while you can. So sad to think that he has all this money now, and he will never get to enjoy it.

Comedian and Chicago native Bernie Mac died early Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist confirmed.

Mac, 50, had been hospitalized for about a week at Northwestern Hospital, according to his spokeswoman. A few years ago, Mac disclosed that he suffered from sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissue, most often in the lungs.

Creating Free Ringtones from iTunes

Posted in mac, tech, tips by beebe4 on August 9, 2008

After reading about it on the Apple Blog I thought I would share it here too.

To create a ringtone from any song in your iTunes library, do the following:

  1. Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info.”
  2. Go to the options tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringer to start/stop. The ringer has to be 30 seconds or less. Click OK when you’re done.
  3. Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Slection to MP3″ (or some other format) please go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).
  4. After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop (You can just right click and say “Show in Finder” if you are using a Mac). After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).
  5. Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose “Get info.” Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop)
  6. After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done!
  7. Remember to go back into iTunes and uncheck your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song.

Spanning Sync

Posted in mac, product review, tips by beebe4 on August 8, 2008

So Google announced support for CalDAV last month. I tried it out on my MacBook Pro, hoping that it would allow me to have a free way to sync my Google Calendar to iCal and to my iPhone (using Mobile Me).

I am sad to say, that if you have more then 3 calendars (i.e. shared calendars for work), that Spanning Sync is still the way to go.

The main reasons are:

  • Each calendar is a new Account in iCal
  • The Spanning Sync Pref Pane is so much simpler then having to go find some cryptic group email address and replacing the Google Calendar URL
  • Spanning Sync “just works” and is worth the $20 ($5 discount for using the code MM397X)

My first viral video?

Posted in funny, movies, video by beebe4 on August 2, 2008

So after 12 hours in the waiting room, a magical moment happened…

Barbara danced: