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The iPhone 4: Pre-order Denied!

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I’ve been toying with the idea of replacing my iPhone 3G and went online yesterday to try and preorder a new iPhone 4. Tried on both Apple’s site as well as AT&T’s.

The result? Negative.

Both sites gave me a message saying they’ve temporarily suspended online preorders. This continued throughout the day and even at 3 am, a mere six or so hours ago. My guess is they’re flooded with orders and requests. Hmmm, I wonder if I’ll get cold feet and just try to wait out the hype.

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June 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

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2010 Masters: Just to prove my point

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Phil Mickelson wins wearing what? All black…

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April 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

NFL Week 16 Menu: Bye Week

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I hardly caught any football yesterday. That’s because I was stuck in a car driving 900-ish miles (more on that later) to get home from my parents’ house. As a result, all the food I ate was the ‘on the road’ variety. So I took my bye week. I’ll be back in full force next week.

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December 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm

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Umpires marring World Series

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In my opinion, the umpires are really messing with this year’s baseball playoffs. Many of the mistakes have been well publicized so there’s no real reason to rehash them all here. But my biggest problem with all this is the inconsistency with which they call balls and strikes. The exact same pitch will be called a strike one inning, a ball the next, a ball and then a strike again. Every ump is entitled to his interpretation of the strike zone. It’s a big part of the game. The key to this all working is the ump interpreting the strike zone consistently.

I’ve seen this game after game and no one team seems to be benefiting from it more than any other. But it’s stuff like this that is really putting a black mark on what should have been a great postseason. The Phillies and Yankees have some of the best professional hitters in the game. The number of times you see them confused, irked and upset about a call is clear indication of the umpires’ inconsistency.

 

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November 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

The Snow Leopard has landed

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The disc arrived very inconspicuously in the mail today. Installed and upgraded my computer to 10.6. More thoughts on the matter to follow.

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September 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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Just a perfect weekend

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from the NY Times

from the NY Times

Had just about as good of a weekend as I can have.

Preseason football started. Which isn’t all that great but it does mean we’re one step closer to actual football. Had some good meals and tried some chorizo tacos at a Mexican place in our neighborhood. I’ve been putting diced potatoes into our tacos when we make them at home and it was good to see a restaurant doing the same. Made me feel like I know what I’m doing, at least with tacos anyway.

I read a really good book. Started in earnest on Friday and powered through it during the weekend. If you like Chuck Palahniuk or wanted to check him out, I really enjoyed Lullaby. This was especially gratifying because I started reading Shelby Foote’s 6000-ish page (literally), three volume Civil War anthology and got about 450 pages into the first volume and then just petered out. Reading the other book was just what I needed to dive back into the Civil War.

But perhaps best of all, the Yankees swept the Red Sox in a four-game homestand. I can’t tell you how much I hate the Red Sox. I hated them as a kid. I hate them as an adult. My parents who emigrated from another country hate them as well. Even my dog hates them. They’re that unlovable.

If only all my weekends could go like this…

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August 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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The NFL Preseason is here

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Tonight kicks off the 2009 NFL Preseason with the annual Hall of Fame Game. I’m so, so desperate for pro football that I’m going to watch some of it for sure. Hope everyone else out there enjoys the quarter and a half of football that’s worth watching. The good news? We only get closer to the real thing from here.

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August 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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