Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Naruto Go!

I've recently gotten into Naruto, a kid friendly anime. I was in FYE the other day and found the ninja headband that they wear. I think I might have found my costume next year for Halloween. They even had the extra spiky hair featured in the costume.

Cheap tickets to and from NY

Now that I'm on my savings kick, Marcie, my brother and I took the cheapest transportation from NY to Raleigh. The Chinatown bus is $30 to go from Canal St (chinatown) in NY to Buck Jones Road in Cary. The return trip is also $30 so you're looking at a round trip of $60. Granted the type of people who ride the bus are loud and show little respect for those around them however saving money is still more money in my savings account. We're just one step closer to paying off my car before our 1 year wedding anniversary.

PS, if you take the bus overnight like I did, everyone will be asleep so you don't have to put up with the noise.

Wolfpack devoured in their bowl last night

I'm not talking about the football team, I ate my Wolfpack pasta last night with Marcie. She made a rather spicy homemade tomato sauce to go with it and it was delicious. At first, you might think I was a State fan because I was eating Wolfpack pasta but then I guess it could also be said the opposite as I wolfed it down.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kung-fu Monkey Turns on Sensei

Lo Wung, 42, taught the monkeys so they could entertain crowds outside a shopping centre in Nshi, in eastern China's Hubei province.

But the money-spinning primates turned the tables on their trainer when he slipped during a show, with one quick-thinking monkey flooring him with a kick to the head.

Hu Luang, 32, a bystander who photographed the incident, said: "I saw one punch him in the eye - he grabbed another by the ear and it responded by grabbing his nose. They were leaping and jumping all over the place. It was better than a Bruce Lee film."

At one point the monkey trainer grabbed a staff to hit the monkeys, only to find himself facing a stick-brandishing monkey that cracked him over the head.

He only managed to get the monkeys under control by tangling them up in the rope that had been used to stop them running off.

Mr Hu said: "He was really furious, he made the monkeys kneel on the ground with their hands tied behind their backs to punish them and make them show remorse for their nasty attack."

Quoted from a UK paper

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Facebook Konami Code

Want to try something fun on Facebook? Try the Konami code. Press this:
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left
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left click
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You'll see a surprise and it isn't just 30 lives in Contra.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Santa's coming to town

Be good boys and girls. Santa is in town and his list has your name on it... What? Santa is in the North Pole silly, that's just me to the left. :)

Decorations are going up!


Two of four pictures have been filled but they are not shown here. Check back later for those. The trees are also empty. We need some gum drops!

Its our Christmas village above the bookshelf.

In our kitchen, we have very little canned goods left. We do however have colored lights!

I haven't had a chance to reverse the order. Nothing says Christmas like having Leon on your shelf. I hate that cord that is there though. One of these days I'm going to run that behind the wall.

Christmas Table Setting

Its a new month which means a new table setting. This month its Christmas time so she went with the snow man look. We later got some more napkins for my mom so we have better ones now. Until we put those out, to the left is our current table setting.

What does Marcie see?

Marcie and I were driving home from Four Oaks and we passed by a cotton field. I guess they don't grow cotton in MI so we had to stop. Despite what you might think, cotton isn't as fluffy as it is in the store. She collected a few balls, seeds and all and brought them back to be proudly displayed on our counter top with the rest of her plants.

Grocery Savings part 3

Here's my latest receipt from this weekend. I try to stay under $40 a week on groceries ($20 per person/week) but this week there were too many good sales on meat.

First was the sale on Butterball Turkeys. Marcie has been wanting to bake a turkey for a while and has her bags ready to stuff and roast the bird we bought. They were on sale for a pretty good price already. I think they were 99 cent/lb. That's not the best price but its good enough. On top of that, I like to check the wine and beer isle for coupons. A lot of times they will have them around their necks. I found a coupon for $1.00 off Butterball turkey so that saved even one more dollar.

Next we bought ez peal shrimp. Typically they are just under $20 per a bag but Harris Teeter had a sale where when you buy one, you get two free. We picked up three good size bag of shrimp for under $20.

There were a few other savings but those were our biggest ones. This should last us a couple of weeks. Tallying things up, we paid $51.77 and saved $39.10. That's a savings of 43%. From there we moved to CVS for our next buy.

CVS has a great program called extra reward bucks. Basically, each week they will have items that are either free or near that because after you buy them, they give you store credit for the amount of the item. They only last 30 days so any time you see something for free, its a good idea to go ahead and spend your bucks on that item so you will be issued a new store credit.

This week, we bought eight ultra lithium batteries, Excedrin Menstrual (had a good coupon for this), and two Santa hats for what would of been $36.96. After using the extra reward bucks I had, I ended up only paying $10.48 which is a 72% savings. I was issued several more reward bucks for my next shopping order making me feel good about the purchase however it doesn't stop there. I've got a mail in rebate for $5 when you buy Energizer's Ultimate Lithium batteries. If I can find it, I would have two but I seem to have lost the other mail in rebate I had. After just one mail in rebate, I'm now at $5.48 for my final total. Not too bad huh?

Now my next shopping trip, I blew all my savings and then some. I gave in and bought a Nintendo wii. I've been wanting to buy the latest Zelda game as well as the Metroid Prime trilogy for a wile so I splurged and bought the $200 console. Before you're too disappointed with my lack of thrift, I did do my homework. The price of the console is the same everywhere however Walmart was offering a $50 gift card with your purchase. Since they have stuff you need every day anyways, you could kind of say I got it for $150. In actuality, I'll end up spending that on Zelda or Metroid but it makes me feel better.

Finally, we went to Target and wasted all kinds of savings. We went in for the $15 pre-wrapped DVD for a gift and ended up spending over $10 on Christmas cards. Luckily, we got all of our shopping done except for one item. Once that is picked up, all that is left is for Marcie to finish making the Smittens. I won't describe them any more since she's making them as presents for people.

I get so excited about this couponing thing. I think it is even starting to rub off on Marcie. We've done most all of our Christmas shopping and our grocery shopping is done for the next two weeks except for a few fresh produce items we'll need to pick up next week. We went from spending $70 every week to $40 a week on food so now we can start paying off our cars sooner. As soon as those are paid off, we can look at new houses and consider having kids. Next year, Lord willing, will be an interesting year for us.

Poopin Polarbear

Since its Christmas time, we bring out all of the decorations. This table right here is perhaps my favorite. You've got Santa's chimney that drops one rung ever two days till he's at the bottom on Christmas day. Then, my other favorite decoration is the pooping polar bear. You press down on his back legs and he drops out a brown colored jelly bean. They're a root beer flavor and really good. Hilarious and tasty. I love it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Grocery Savings part 2

Ok, here was a really good one. By combining purchases of items that I had coupons with and were on super sale, I saved a ton of money. Notice most of your savings will come from store sales. Out of the $48.64 of savings, $37.89 of that came from kroger. Just another reason to start watching your circulars and hitting more then one grocery store.

Grocery Savings

Coupons aren't always the best way to shop. A lot of times you can find the product cheaper even after using a coupon if you use store brands and catch sales. With that being said, I'm trying to combine both sales with coupons for ultimate savings. Here was my receipt from yesterday's shopping. Shopping for the super sale items only and stocking up on things I'll need later, I saved quite a bit.

I spent $39.35 and saved $35.95. I'd call that a success. Any time I save almost as much as I spend, I would call that a success. We bought enough food so that our meals for the week have been taken care of. Not bad considering $40 covers both Marcie and I. Thank you Ashely for getting us into this. Who knew saving money could be this interesting.

By the way, in this purchase, I bough some NY strip steak, fresh produce, and restocked my flour. It wasn't just beans and rice.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Its Movember

You know what that means right? Gentlemen, start your whiskers.

Organization, I has it

Do you like our new fridge calendar? We're going to be super organized from here on out.

Fridge fun

I love refrigerator magnets because you can come up with nuggets of useful phrases like "Your mom is fresh!"

Pie making comes to an end

This is our last pie making attempt. It was pretty fun making. It ended up being kind of a competetion to see who's pie would be the best. Marcie although way more creative then me, did not have her pie make it onto the table for display. Personally, I thought the leaves turned out really well but her design did look really cool so I'll say it was a tie. One more pie for thanksgiving and that's it. I wonder if we should make a pumpkin or pecan pie.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon

Marcie and I went to see New Moon last night. It was CRAZY!

I expected to see lots of girls. Lots and lots of middle school girls but I was very surprised. They had six theaters at Crossroads completely filled. Before the movie started, they showed a preview for a movie that had Robert Paterson in it. The entire room erupted in girlish screams of delight.

That ended and a girl there decided to take a poll. Who's for team Edward and who is team Jacob. Again, both guys got screams from the ladies in the room.

The movie started and the first time Edward shows up on the screen, the screaming started again. Luckily, they quieted down during the actual film. That is until Jacob took off his shirt the first time. And the second. And every time after that. It was actually pretty funny.

The final gasp/scream came in the last line of the movie. Bella and Edward are talking. Edward asks Bella to marry him and the place erupts. It was quite the experience I'll say that.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

TomKat names daughter Horse Mackerels

Celebrity couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes might have thought twice about naming their daughter Suri if they'd known that it means "pickpocket" in Japanese, "turned sour" in French, and "horse mackerels" in Italian, suggest Today Translations. (Reuters)

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Ladies

Here are the Ladies in their costumes.

The Guys

Do we look like we're from back in the day?

The Suspects

There was a murder at the Blanchard's Mountain Lodge. This just in, J. Ellis Man did it.

Corona Tap


No tape, no tricks, just balance. Crazy right? Marcie and I saw this lady on our honeymoon at one of the places we ate lunch.

Eiffel At Night


On the hour through out the night, the tower lights up every night. It's really quite amazing to see something that big light up like that.

View from the Eiffel Tower


This is a video I took as I was leaving the Eiffel Tower on my first visit. It got filed away in my wedding pictures some how.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pictures at Work

I feel like an old person putting my wife's picture up next to my PC. That's something that old married folk do right? Wait, that's me.

Fall Table Setting

Halloween is over and its time for a new table setting. As Marcie learned from her Apples of Gold class, table decorations should be made from things around the house. That way you don't have to store them several months out of the year taking up more space. That being said, the rooster on the table came from our bookshelf and there are always candles laying around the house. Its a work in progress but our house is really turning into a home.

I really liked the napkins for this season. On one side they are brown and have a print of grain heads and on the other side they are cream. I think the colors are cool and the napkin rings are mini picture frames holding our wedding pictures. Its so much fun seeing our special day each time before we eat.

Crane Earrings

Marcie made some paper crane earrings the other day which can be seen on the left. Once done, she applied some kind of paste to make them more durable.
Since I haven't posted in a while, I'll just post a new video that Tim will probably buy. It does look pretty decent if you like cartoons... and I do.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Coach Leach Blames himself and players girlfriends

While this to me is funny, I'm not very impressed with a guy that talks that way. Maybe this is just his way of letting his players know they need to get serious but he could have left off the description of the players girlfriends.

Eggplant Burgers

I think Marcie is in an adventurous mood these days. This is Day two of different meals. Last night she made eggplant burgers for us. While it tasted nothing like burgers, it actually tasted really good. I loved the eggplant with pepper jack cheese, spicy mustard, saute mushrooms and onions, and tomatoes. Plus, it probably better for you.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mango and Artichoke

If you've never had artichoke before, you should try it! It seems pretty easy to make and tastes great. Basically, you boil the thing till cooked then cut it in half. Take out the fur in the middle, baste in butter, garlic and whatever else, then eat. If you want to mix it up a little, you can throw it on the grill for 5 to 10 minutes to give a slightly different taste. I can't take any credit though. Marcie saw them on sale at Kroger and decided to try them. She prepared the whole meal for me.

To eat them, you pull off each petal and using your teeth, take off the small amount of "meat" at the base. There isn't much but you can go with out stopping so it doesn't feel like a waste of time. Once all the petals are gone, you can eat the heart of the artichoke. That is the base or the stalk. I dipped each piece in garlic butter so it wasn't super healthy but very good.

For dessert, Marcie surprised me with mango. I saw it in the middle of the table and thought it was yellow peppers. What a great meal! Marriage is awesome.

The Serpant and the Son

Andrew made an interesting comment. The picture seen here is Jesus crushing the head of the serpent. Pretty clever I'd say. Thanks for helping us gut and carve our snake Mark. You're a pro and we would have never finished that night with out you.

House Hunting

Marcie and I have been house hunting recently. We've decided we want to move to a single family home in N Raleigh. This came after much thought and although it isn't necessary to move at this time, it would be nice. We're hoping that the government will offer a $15k tax credit as has been suggested. We would love to buy a new house and move but several things would have to happen first. We would need to be financially responsible so we can't buy anything too expensive (the $15k would seriously help out with that though). Also, we would need to sell our current house which requires a few repairs. The patio needs a slab of concrete and the whole house could use a paint job. Before all of that though, we want to redo the entire master bath first. We've bought a lot of the fixtures already so once we get the walls patched up and painted, we'll be ready to go.

Now, for a completely random picture. I've got to find something to do with the pictures so I might as well start posting them in every post. I could probably make this one fit as we might make pancakes in our new house but it doesn't matter. Its my blog and I don't have to make sense.

Mike & Stacy

Stacy finally brought Mike to meet us. This was Keri's famous pumpkin and pastry night on Winners. Marcie and I went to the fair with them Saturday night but those pictures are in my phone and not on the card. I ran out of room on the card so I'll be moving those over later.

Bumblebee Dance

He's break dancing or something. Yet another useless pic to post.

Blackmail pics

Oh have I got a picture to blackmail Christopher. He got away naked and started running down the street! Kids do that sort of thing but its still embarrising when you look back at it. I would post it but that probably wouldn't be appropriate. I'll just have to store it for when he hits high school and threaten to put it in his senior yearbook.

Jayden Pics

A little late but here is the first picture I took of Jayden once he was born. Mom and Daniel are looking over Mike's shoulder.

In case you can't tell, I'm cleaning out my phone's pictures so I can make room for more. :)

TV has been mounted!

Marcie and I mounted her... i mean our TV. Doesn't it look nice up there? Now I just need to run the wires through the wall and we'll be all set.

Table Setting October

Marcie loves to decorate. She's been going to Apples of Gold to get more inspiration for our house. As if she needs more inspiration. She's already decorating our house, making meals from scratch with out a recipe, and all that other Martha Stewart stuff. Not that I'm complaining. I love it! Its good to get new ideas and she's coming back with many each Tuesday night. Girls in CYC who are reading this. If you want to make your bf or hubby happy, take the Apple's of Gold class. He'll be glad you did.

Panoramic Photo


I'm just playing with the panoramic option on my camera. We were hanging out at my parents house when I took this. Kind of cool right?

Pie Trial Three

I wanted to make this pie normal looking (no food coloring). It was my mom's birthday and she said she liked apple pie so I made this for her. I tried to make it look like leaves were blowing in the wind but due to the size of the leaves and pie, this is what I got.

I'm trying to figure out what I want to do for the cherry pie for Steph's wedding. I'm thinking about doing a flat crust but doing 3 cherry cut outs with the stems. Then I'll use a few leaf cutouts for the end. I need to stop practicing though. I love pie but it really isn't helping with the wedding 30.

Butterfly Soccer

Its our last game this weekend. Its been a hard but fun season. We've won two games out of six or is it seven. I'm not sure but they are some great girls and we've had a blast. That may not sound like much but the girls really have improved so much! When the season started, they didn't even know how to kick the ball. Now they're running and kicking and for the most part playing their positions like I wont them to.

Lord willing, I'll be backpacking this weekend so Marcie will be left to coach our last game. I know she'll do great coaching our butterflies to victory over the ladybugs. Good luck sweetie!

Batman Vanishing In Thin Air

Friday, October 23, 2009

WIFI Downtown

Raleigh Downtown now has free wifi. Check out the map to the left to see spots where wifi is available.

Gramparents in Olympic games

Monster Mash

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Free Software - Free compression software

You've probably heard of winzip or winrar but while using it, you found it always nags you about buying their software. Legally, your trial ends after some time and you should purchase the software or remove it from your PC. I for one compress and decompress files daily and have need for an integrated system that does that for you.

If you are running cygwin, another free program on your pc, you can 7zip, bzip, gzip, and compress your files as well as remove those compression formats for free. Most however do not use the shell based commands often enough therefore you want a program that will do it all for you. IZArc is a great program for that. It does every type of compression you would ever need and best of all, its free. Just go to download.com and search for IZArc. After trying winrar, 7zip, winzip, and a few others, it is my favorite on the market so far.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Free Software - Free Internet Browser

If you thought you didn't have choices on how you will surf the internet, think again. Most people use Internet Explorer and that's ok. It works but in my opinion, it is not the best. It strays from the industry standard rules and displays code incorrectly at times. Older versions of IE lacked some of the nicer features of the browser I'm going to talk about in a moment and newer versions aren't as stable or compatible with certain pages. This is good browser to have (comes standard on Windows) as there are some pages that only work on IE but isn't the best. There are also known security violations in it that could put your PC at risk.

Another one is Safari. Safari is like IE for the Mac and has a lot of the same problems as IE. There are certain websites that crash the browser and it has several large security holes that are not patched. They are also much slower at patching known issues then other browsers. I would not suggest this browser either.

Google Crome is one of those newer browsers that seems pretty good. Its fast and has a lot of cool features however this browser lacks something all the other ones have... privacy. Google's aim is to create software that "knows you." That means any time you do a Google search, that search is saved in your profile. Anytime you log into blogspot or gmail, your name is linked to the IP you are using. Now, if you use Google's browser, Crome, it also knows every webpage you visit. Google can now send you advertisements based on your personalized interests. Also, Google doesn't allow you to block Google adverts for obvious reasons. I would not suggest this browser either.

Opera, I've never really used this one so I don't know much about it. Its not very popular so it probably doesn't get support for bugs like others will. I would not suggest this browser either.

Ok, so now that you know I don't like IE, Safari, Crome, and Opera, you may be wondering what I do like. Mozilla Firefox is my favorite browser. Its safe, has a lot of features, you can download an add on called "add block plus" which removes almost all advertisements, and it has a large development team that constantly patches bugs and puts out new releases. Its fast and in my opinion, the best on the market.

You can get Firefox HERE.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Health?

I listened to this on the way to work in the morning and got so frustrated at the president and democrats! On some level I am glad I don't have cable, but then on the other hand I feel out of the loop. I wouldn't mind watching some Fox news about now.

Listen here!
Focus on the Family with Dr. Dobson

Baby its cold inside

The thing about me is I love the cold. The thing about Marcie is, she doesn't. Marcie can be cold outside on a 85 degree day with a winter coat on. That's why its funny that she's living with me. In the summer time, I run the AC so that the temp is no higher then 76 degrees (74 when I sleep). I'd turn it lower but that would waist too much electricity. In the winter time, because I like it cold and because it saves a lot of electricity, I set my thermostat to 68. Lol, it was 71 in the house yesterday and I was walking around in just my boxers. Marcie ran in the room and jumped in the bed with all of her clothes on. I laughed when I told her what I used to do in the winter. I have a feeling I won't be able to get away with 68 this year. I suppose I can turn it up to 72 for her. That is after all, room temperature. What do you think. Do you think Marcie with go for 72 if I tell her how cute she looks in her sweat pants and winter coat? I keep telling her "your body will adjust." I don't think she believes me. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pie Trial Two

This is our second go at pie. We were in Williams and Sonoma and saw leaf cookie cutters. Being fall time, what better way to cover your pie then with a crust of freshly fallen leaves.

I thought it would be a good idea to add a little color so I added food coloring to the water before mixing it into the crust. It turned out pretty well and really looked like fall after brightly colored leaves have fallen.

The next question is how does it look cut? We were pleased with the final product even in slices. You can see to the right what it would look like. The pie was peach which isn't my favorite but it still tasted pretty good.

Oh, in case you are wondering what that ghostly thing in the background is, it is our October napkins. Marcie and I a little while back bought fabric for each month of the year. Halloween being Marcie's favorite holiday means our October napkins have bones on them and the rings are ghosts.

IKEA Pot Lid Rack

If you've been keeping up with my blog, you'll recall on my trip to MI that I wanted to stop by IKEA for a pot lid rack. Marcie and I were able to make it and as you can see, the lid rack has been installed in our kitchen. Although it looks like a mess in there, it is actually much easier to work with now. We can now nest all of our cooking pots with out their lids being in the way. When we find we have use for a lid, it is easily accessible on either side of our lower cabinet. Some may not think it the the most cosmetically appeasing rack but it looks better then a messy cabinet that is hard to use.

Snuggies Rock The Pack

No, the Wolfpack football team have not turned to snuggies to keep their players toasty. Now you can keep your pack warm as you watch tv. You and man's best friend on the couch keeping up with the soaps. That sounds umm... nice?

Pie Trial One

Marcie and I baked our first pie together the other day. We're not concerned as much for how it tastes but how it looks. This is more of the traditional look as you can see but it turned out well enough. Our next one was much better looking.

I made the pie and the crust but the man and woman in the middle was Marcie's creation. She decided it needed a little something to make it unique... something artistic.

Free Software - Free code editor

This is probably a wasted blog post since people who would have need of editing software would probably know about all the free Windows software out there but just in case, you do not need to run a linux based box to have its functionality. There are many alternatives out there depending on what you are looking for. If all you want to do is edit a file, I found vim to be very useful. As a fan of vi, it allows you to quickly edit and move around in your code with all of the functionality of your normal notepad edits. Cygwin is great for having the Linux environment in case you want to run shell scripts, ruby, pearl, or expect scripts. If you want to run java eclipse is a great tool for that. There is plenty of resources out there if you have a need.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wedding Reception Music

Depending on your event, you probably won't need much for music. If you have a home stereo system, you could use those speakers to set up. If you hook up your laptop, you have access to as many songs as you can download. The best thing is after the event is over, you get to keep all of that music. My brother downloaded a bunch of jazz and big band type of music for me so now when ever I host a dinner party, I've got that music to keep. Check out THIS link for one of the cheapest ways to buy the music.

If you want to have a dance party with YMCA, Shout, and C'mon Ride that Train, then you'll need to rent a dance floor and have a dedicated dj who can select music based on the crowd. Otherwise, a laptop and some decent speakers are all you need.

Wedding Reception

So much time is put into the wedding ceremony, we actually forgot to plan for our reception. We had the food and table and all but we didn't think about what to do when we got there. My advice, come up with a time line for everything even if you don't follow it. That way you know when to cut the cake or toss the flowers. Plus, that makes it more fun for the guests when there is a general progression to the event.

Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses

I suppose its time to move on from what I learned from our wedding but I remembered one other thing. Everyone hates David's Bridal. If you haven't been in that store yet, think of an accounting office where nobody smiles. For the Seinfeld watchers out there, I could dub them the wedding Nazis. Why do people shop there when their service is so bad? Because they have a large selection and are everywhere. Some of the girls from Marcie's wedding were from MI but that wasn't a problem since she could go to the David's Bridal up there to pick up her dress and get it fitted and such. I don't have any advice for picking out the perfect dress for your girls but sometimes it helps to know what to expect before you go there. If more people knew what to expect before they stepped in those doors, maybe it would be more annoyance then dislike while shopping there.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please support healthy breasts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jasmine Rice

I love Jasmine rice! I think I've posted this before but although it is only slightly more expensive, it is worth it. Jasmine rice has a great taste unlike most long grain rice that doesn't really taste like anything.

Marcie was at Apples of Gold last night so I was left to fend for myself. I decided to make rice and black beans for dinner. The rice was perfect but the beans took around 45 minutes to cook. I always forget they take so long when they don't come from a can.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Java Resources

I've been working on this java program for the last couple of months. Honestly, I've only been working on it for about two weeks since things have slowed down enough to actually get working on it. Its basically a GUI that accepts text input, check boxes, and select menus and converts them into a script file to set up a program for my friend Doug.

The nice thing about Java is that you don't have to write much code to get a big result. If you want to add a button, you just say add button and there it is on the screen. I've found three websites that provide great examples on how to use portions of the java code.
  1. Sun's Java website about swing: HERE
  2. The Java Almanac from ExampleDepot: HERE
  3. Leepoint's descriptions and examples: HERE
They is a wealth of information on Java out there but I like these because they are concise. Leepoint in particular describes classes in a sentence or two and gives sample code for each. The other two provide great examples but I tend not to read their descriptions. Maybe there's some better sites out there. I just happen to like these.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ArtSpark Part 3

ArtSpark was this past weekend downtown. Marcie said this year was much larger then last year by almost double. Local artist set up tables to sell their merchandise and some dance studio set up a dance floor for people to learn to salsa, cha-cha, and other social dances.

The main event as you have probably guessed by part 1 and part 2 of my posts as well as the picture in this post was the sidewalk chalk competition. People from all over registered and were given a square on the street to work with. Using sidewalk chalk, they created art on Friday night. Saturday, they should be done and a booth was set up to collect money in a jar. Viewers would put money in the jar they thought was best. The artist with the most money won. I don't know what the money went to but it doesn't matter. We just got to see a lot of pretty cool art.

ArtSpark Part 2