Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bluetooth GPS

I got a Bluetooth GPS device today. The memory card for my Smartphone hasn't arrived yet, so I can't use it for real. Curious to see how it works though, I paired it with my Windows box and fired up HyperTerminal (remember that program?) direct to its COM port. The thing just spits out its NMEA data once per second. Awesome. NMEA is so easy to parse—it's just a comma delimited line of text. I think I have a project to work on this weekend!


I saw U2 at the United Center last night. It was a great show. Bono did his soap box thing (I was told that he was actually pretty restrained this time). I agree with what he has to say (promoting human rights and equality), but I paid for the music, not the preaching. Still: it was a great show.

I'll leave you some jokes: What's the difference between Jesus and Bono? Jesus knows he's not Bono. How many U2 members does it take to screw in a light bulb? One: Bono to hold the bulb while the world revolves around him.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


I just checked in to a flight tomorrow and noticed that I'm Gold on American now. That means I get to board with Group 1 regardless of my seat and I have the option of picking exit row seats. Rock on! I'm special!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Air Show pictures

I finally got my pictures from the 2005 Chicago Air and Water show online. I took them from the fire escape of my apartment. The shot of the F-15 with contrails trailing off of the wing tips like thread from a spool is one of my all time favorites.