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Having fun anyway

Well Georgia lost to Florida by the most points ever under Richt. But we had great seats, great food, great weather and great friends. It was a fun day.

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We are about 100 miles from Jacksonville to hopefully see the dawgs woop up on the gators. Bryson, Bryce and I are having some good conversation. After a quick stop at Chik-fil-a, we are reenergized and ready for the game!

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Some political fun

I saw this video on CNN and loved it.  Very fun.  What a great way to teach kids about our political process. Below are the lyrics from the web site of the school they attend in Atlanta. There is an opening verse about McCain that I can’t completely make out. They say something about serving in Vietnam, dropping our taxes, drilling offshore and the economy growing. Maybe you can figure out the words.

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

(McCain supporters)
McCain’s the best candidate
With Palin as his running mate
They’ll fight for gun rights, pro life,
The conservative right
Our future is bright
Better economy in site
And all the world will feel our military might

(Obama supporters)
But McCain and Bush are real close right
They vote alike and keep it tight
Obama’s new, he’s younger too
The Middle Class he will help you
He’ll bring a change, he’s got the brains
McCain and Bush are just the same
You are to blame, Iraq’s a shame
Four more years would be insane

Lower your Taxes – you know Obama Won’t
PROTECT THE LOWER CLASS – You know McCain won’t!
Have enough experience – you know that they don’t
STOP GLOBAL WARMING – you know that you won’t

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA
Stick with McCain and you’re going to have some drama
We need it
HE’LL BRING IT
He’ll be it
YOU’LL SEE IT
We’ll do it
GET TO IT
Let’s move it
DO IT!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

I’m talking big pipe lines, and low gas prices
Below $2.00 that would be nice

But to do it right we gotta start today
Finding renewable ways that are here to stay

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA,
Stick wit McCain you gone have some drama
MORE WAR IN IRAQ
Iran he will attack
CAN’T BRING OUR TROOPS BACK
We gotta vote Barack!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said

You can vote however you like, yeah

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iphone tips part 1

Over the weekend, I got an iphone.  It really is an amazing piece of technology.  I am loving it. Hopefully it will make me more productive rather than less so because I’m playing with it so much.  I thought it might be helpful for other iphone owners for me to post some tips that I discover from time to time.  The first is about ringtones.  It was pretty frustrating to realize that Apple wanted me to pay another $1 for each song I already own to use it as a ringtone.  I knew there had to be a workaround, and there is.  I would say you will need at least intermediate computer skills to do this, so if you are a novice, you may be better off just shelling out the dollar.  But, I am way to cheap for that.  So, here are the steps to taking a song you already own and turning it into a ringtone for the iphone…

1. Choose an unprotected song in your library (you cannot do this with a protected AAC file)
2. drag the song onto your desktop (this will create a copy of the file on your desktop)
3. Open it in an audio editor (I use audacity)  
4. Trim the song to the portion you want to play when your phone rings (it must be less than 40 sec.)
5. Export it as a .wav file to your desktop (I had to export it at -9db so that it wouldn’t be too loud)
6. Drag this .wav file back into itunes
7. ctrl-click on the .wav file and choose “convert selection to AAC”
8. drag the new .AAC file onto the desktop (this will create a copy of the file on your desktop)
9. delete both the .wav file and the .AAC file from itunes (this is very important- it will not work if these files are still in itunes)
10. The .AAC file on your desktop will have a .m4a extension.  Change the extension to .m4r (this effectively converts the file to a ringtone).
11. Copy the new .m4r file back into itunes (it will show up in the “ringtones” area of itunes)

I know that sounds complicated, but after I figured it out, it only takes me a couple of minutes to make a ringtone from one of my songs.  Have fun bothering everyone with your annoying ringtones.

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Egg Drop Video

Here’s a fun video of the Egg Drop…

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New Family Pictures

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Alea came to Athens to do our 2007 family pictures, and they turned out great.  I’ve updated our family pictures page with some of my favorites.

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 Well, as you can see, I’ve moved over to WordPress for my blog.  I’m hoping that the ease of use will help me to blog more often.  I guess we will see.  I have imported most of the posts from my previous blog in to the archives.  The dates are wrong now, but the content is all there if you are looking for a previous post.

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