Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our Italy pictures

Cool Building

Cool Building, originally uploaded by eschulz.

I shot this a couple of weeks ago and just liked it.

High Tech Coke Machine - Lenox Mall

Yesterday, we were at Lenox Mall and I snapped a picture of this cool Coke machine. The entire screen plays commercials and the touch sensitive screen is the interface. You can also use Debit/Credit cards to get your drink.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

82nd Academy Awards® to Feature 10 Best Picture Nominees

For the past 3 years, Amy and I have attended the AMC Best Picture Showcase. This is an event held at AMC theaters all around the country. In the past, they have shown all five Best Picture nominees. This has allowed Amy and I to see all of the nominees for Best Picture before the Oscars. I don’t guess we’ll be able to do this in 2010, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has declared that next year there will be 10 Best Picture nominees. The precedent was set in the 30’s and 40’s, but for the past 65 years, there have only been 5. This change will certainly put an end to the AMC Best Picture Showcase as we know it. This is their press release:

Beverly Hills, CA (June 24, 2009) — The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7, 2010, will have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today (June 24) at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” said Ganis. “The final outcome, of course, will be the same – one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to include a field of that size; “Casablanca” was named Best Picture. (In 1931/32, there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.)

Currently, the Academy is presenting a bicoastal screening series showcasing the 10 Best Picture nominees of 1939, arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest film years. Best Picture nominees of that year include such diverse classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach,” “The Wizard of Oz” and Best Picture winner “Gone with the Wind.”

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” commented Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2. The Oscar® ceremony honoring films for 2009 will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.


If you want to make your USB flash drive very capable, install LiberKey on it. It has up to 264 applications. It is cooler than PortableApps for one big reason and that is that it can update all of the applications at one time. If you had a drive that you hadn’t used in a month or two, with LiberKey, you could update all of the applications by choosing check software updates. If you had a flash drive with PortableApps, you would have to use the current version, or reinstall each application that had been updated. I have a fast Lexar 2GB drive and have the Ultimate edition installed with a few options.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quote of the Day - 06/25/09

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
Douglas Adams - English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Quotations Page:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Quote of the Day - 06/24/09

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
Poul Anderson - US science fiction author (1926 - 2001)

Source: The Quotations Page

Auburn Tigers hire UCF's Clinard

Eight-year veteran Nick Clinard, who led Central Florida to a top-10 finish in the 2009 NCAA Championship, has been named head men’s golf coach at Auburn, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs announced Sunday.

Source: Opelika-Auburn News

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just ordered a New TiVo

Our Series 2 Tivo will be three years old in September and I've been looking to upgrade since we got a HD TV nearly two years ago. This deal was just too good to pass up. Just over $500 (with tax) for a HD Tivo with LIFETIME Service. Fathers Day Offer - TiVo

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fiat 500 on Fast Track to America

While we were in Italy, Amy fell in love with the Fiat 500 and decided that she wanted one. Well, lucky for her, it's on its way to America!

The Fiat 500 is coming to America, and it appears to be on a fast track.

Richard Gadeselli, a Fiat spokesman at the automaker’s headquarters in Turin, Italy, sent an e-mail message to confirm plans to take the 500 — voted as Europe’s Car of the Year in 2008 — to Chrysler dealerships just in time for Christmas 2010. That’s barely 18 months away — just around the corner in auto development terms.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ribbon Cutting at the Oakhurst Fire Station

It's also known (or more correctly known as) Decatur Fire Station No 2. This was taken by our friend, Julie Ryder at the ribbon cutting yesterday at 10:00am. It doesn't look like the equipment is moved in yet.