Archive for February 1st, 2006

Better than iPod
Wednesday, February 01st, 2006 | Author:

I know that the iPod is a tremendously popular electronic toy for music… during one of our recent flights for a family “power vacation”, I noticed that my wife didn’t have access to any entertainment.   Since I didn’t want her to be left out during our future travels, I purchased for her an Archos Gmini 402 (No, that’s not a misspelling).  This device costs about the same as an iPod and of course it plays MP3 music.   However, it also allows her to view family photos from JPGs… and watch DVD videos (converted to MPG format)!!   A complete review of the Archos can be found in CNet.

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UD & WSU Basketball
Wednesday, February 01st, 2006 | Author:

In addition to attending seven University of Dayton games each season, I also go the the Division I basketball games at Wright State University.  I’ve been to four WSU games this season, and I think that I’m somewhat of a good luck charm for the Raiders — they’ve won each of the games where I was in attendance (the most recent game on Monday).  This certainly is not a banner year for college basketball in the Dayton area.  Both the UD Flyers and the WSU Raiders are sitting below 150 in the recent RPI ratings.  Nevertheless, I enjoy catching an up-tempo basketball game in less than two hours of actual time.

It’s quite a contrast in fan support between the two programs.   Although UD has a much more storied basketball history, both schools have arenas of approximately the same size and roughly the same student enrollment.   However, UD typically gets more than 11,000 fans in attendance for every game while WSU is lucky to get 3,000.

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Food Flavors
Wednesday, February 01st, 2006 | Author:

If you’re interested in understanding the flavoring business (i.e., how McDonald’s gets the flavor for their french fries), you will want to read this insightful article from Atlantic Monthly.

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