Friday, December 21, 2007

Hand bell hero

I found this flash game, "Hand Bell Hero" it is very similar to guitar hero and it is played with your key board. You get to play Christmas songs. Have fun.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Demolition Lately

In my travels back and forth from work lately I've been noticing a lot of demolition. In the picture that I snapped they were knocking down a building behind Sanger Branch Library. I think it was a school or something.

Along my route to work I noticed 2 different buildings get knocked down. One a Grave marker seller or something and an old bar or store. Hopefully these are developments happening rather than just buildings falling apart.

I also noticed in the old west end quite a few houses that either were damaged or caught fire that look like they have been boarded up and probably will get knocked down eventually. It seems like a shame since many of those houses are beautiful Victorians.

Also there is the destruction of the old Jeep Plant. It looks like they have gotten rid of a lot of that. And as some of you know they are leaving one of the smoke stacks up as a reminder of the old factory.

You also have the demolition of the old arena and the demolition of the old Club Bijou who moved out to Byrne from their old N. Superior location for the new arena. Which you can see the progress of the construction of the new Arena here. I'm looking forward to this Arena I think that it will help liven up the downtown scene a little. Plus I have a passing interest in hockey.

Eventually there will be the demolition of the buildings that are along the river on the East Side of the River near Downtown for the Marina District.

I just thought that it was interesting how many buildings have been demolished lately. Some for progress some we will have to see about.

Update: I found an article on "The Blade's" web site. That covered the same thing. Turns out one of the buildings was a motorcycle bar. Link

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

NWOACM Social Gathering

The guys at the NWOACM are having a get together at Cucina di Betto in Bolwing Green, OH on Thursday, October 18, 2007. This gathering will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will be open to any ACM member and their guests.

r.s.v.p. to chair AT nwoacm DOT org .

I'll try to make it. Can't say yet.

Friday, July 27, 2007

TARTA to offer free "Family Learning Loop"

I received this in the mail this morning and I thought that it was interesting. TARTA Busses are offering a free trip around to area attractions including The Toledo Museum of Art, Zoo, COSI, the Main Branch of the Toledo Public Library On July 28th. Link

Monday, May 14, 2007

MS Silverlight presentation at NWNUG

Josh Holmes is going to be presenting on Microsoft's new multi-platform plug-in Silverlight at the NWNUG Meeting on Tuesday the 15th which is tomorrow at 6:00 PM at the HCR Manorcare building located at:

333 North Summit St.
Toledo, OH 43607

Silverlight is one of Microsoft's latest technologies. It is still in beta but from what I've seen it is pretty cool. They talked a lot about it at the Mix 07 conference. If you want more info about Silverlight go here.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

RGP gets $3.2 Million in grants

Northwest Ohio gets another shot of money from the state throgh the State Entrepreneurial Signature Program.

The $3.2 million will be used to establish a business grant called Ignite, which will fund $50,000 grants to assist and support early-stage businesses, according to Steve Weathers, president and CEO of the RGP. The original grant is being used to create Rocket Ventures, a nonprofit organization whose sole focus will be to execute the plan. The remaining $6 million will be used to capitalize a pre-seed investment fund.

It looks like in order to get the money they will have to raise $1.6 million to match the state's money.

I hope that these injections of money really help the area.


Friday, April 27, 2007

Day of .NET in Ann Arbor

I heard about the Day of .Net in Ann Arbor Link from the good folks at the Northwest Ohio .Net User Group

I'm going to try and make it.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Happy Earth Day

It is Earth Day again. There has been a lot of talk lately about climate change and going green.

There is information all over the place when it comes to going green. If you like watching TV then go to the Earth Day Network TV. They have some interesting information about alternative fuels, going green and some other environmental information. Some of their stuff is kind of alarmist but I feel that the issue is very important. Taking what the scientists who study the Earth's Climate are saying things could make a change for the worse here on Earth.

There are so many ways that we are damaging our environment but I think that the most interesting way that we can reduce the impact that we have on our environment is that we can seek different forms of energy production. We have the First Solar manufacturing plant in Perrysburg. There are 4 wind turbines in Bowling Green. There is also a web site about renewable energy in Ohio.

TARTA is participating in a government funded study by driving biodiesel buses.

Also to see what what the government thinks about the environment you can go to the Ohio EPA

I don't know much about them but I thought that I'd mention if you would like to become active the environmental action go to Environment Ohio. I'm sure that there are some local environmental groups but I couldn't find any with a simple Google search.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Earth Day.

Walk about my neighborhood part 2

The second interesting part of my walk around my neighborhood was when I went into the Ottawa Park. I found out that there is a very interesting amphitheater in the park. It is just screaming for a show to be performed in it. maybe some live musical performances or a play. I just wonder if anyone knows about it.

I noticed that there was a fallen tree in the amphitheater. I hope they clean it up soon.

There was a small group of University of Toledo students going around and cleaning up around the park. I stopped for a while and helped out. Unfortunately due to my terrible memory I have forgotten their names and the name of the organization they are members. (please forgive me) If you ladies happen to stop by and read the post then please let me know and I'll fix it. I think it is wonderful that some of the student in the area are contributing to the area surrounding the university.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Walk about my neighborhood.

Today I took a walk around the neighborhood usually I just stick to walking around my house but today I felt like walking along Central and Monroe.

There are a couple of interesting looking buildings along the way. There were two major surprises along the way. First I looked around a very interesting almost abandoned building on the corner of Monroe and Central. I've been fascinated with this building since I moved into the area. It actually has a lot of architecturally interesting features. What surprised me was when I looked into the window of the once "Doctor's Inn" The inside actually looked very nice and respectable.

The Front side of the "The Doctor's Inn"

The Back Door to "The Doctor's Inn"

A Peek inside "The Doctor's Inn"

The font of the Building

I think that this building has suffered from poor accessibility There is no way of turning into the building going East along Central. Additionally there is no way to park in the front which used to be a feature of the building as you will see later. But due to traffic streamlining the front parking has been eliminated. Though as a driver I think it is great that it is so easy to drive around Toledo I think that it is one of it's downfalls as well. People are too busy going where their going they don't have time to look around themselves. I think with a couple of modifications this intersection could be a more desirable place to stick around.

I found this picture of the same spot from the 1930s in the book "Images of America Toledo A history in architecture 1914 to Century's End. By William D Speck which is an interesting read.

Click image above for a larger image

More in the next post...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Playing Darts with cars.

Totally entertaining! I love that they are shooting cars with a gas powered gun into a giant dart board.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Who is sick

I came across a site today called It is a web site that lets you post your symptoms if you are feeling under the weather. You can see trends of who is sick and with what.

Right now there are 4 guys in the Toledo area who aren't feeling all that that hot. I bet there are some more of you out there. Go ahead and post your symptoms. You may find out you're not the only one.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Darwin Day

I just found out that today was Darwin Day. I want to wish everyone a happy evolution.

I want to thank Jenni Laidman for posting on her blog letting everyone know.

edit: Sorry it was late last night and I didn't find out that it was Darwin Day till past midnight.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wi-fi Network covers Toledo

Here is an article that I found on the city web site. The city is looking for a company to provide wi-fi to the entire 88 square miles of Toledo. At least that's what it sounded like to me. The article was a little tough to decipher. I had to read through it twice. I think the part that threw me off is their term "Request for Proposals" I'd assume that means they are looking for someone to provide this service. I'm going to have to do some more research on this.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

RGP gets Grant for $11.8 Million

Looks like the Regional Growth Partner is doing a pretty good job of getting Grant Money from the State for our region. I'm not sure exactly when this announcement was posted but it must be pretty recent. The money is supposed to go toward high technology Not necessarily Computer technology but that is fine by me I suppose but it would be nice to see some of that go to computer tech.

Part of that $11.8 million award includes $6 million to capitalize a pre-seed fund, investing in 32 to 38 companies, primarily focused in the signature areas of Advanced Materials and Agbiosciences. Advanced materials is focused around the region’s national leadership in thin films materials, but also includes polymers, nanomaterials and other structured materials. Agbioscience supports business in the food production industry, food manufacturing/processing industry and agricultural biofuels

I hope they do some good with that money. I'm still wondering what the results are going to be from the consulting they did with IBM.


Normally Dell has given me wonderful service. But this time sucked. I bought a new laptop over the x-mas season. I was and still am excited about it. But when I got it the monitor was flaky and later that day went dead. I called and I had to send the darn thing to get repaired. It finally came back today. I start using it. Then I notice that the screen looks weird. I check the settings. It turns out that the resolution is at 1280x800 and won't go any higher. I paid for a screen that can go up to 1440x900. It is looking like they put the wrong LCD screen on my computer and now I get to send it back to get the right one. I won't get to play with my new laptop till it comes back in a week or more. I'm soooo unhappy right now. I just want to play with my new toy.



I should have posted about this months ago but I have been shirking my blogging duties...

There is a major conference going on for programmers of all types to swap skills and listen to speakers. It is happening right at our back door over in Sandusky Jan 18-19. I believe it is only $99.

CodeMash It looks like the site is down for the moment but hopefully it will be back up soon.

Monday, January 15, 2007

NWNUG - Writing Quality Code

NWNUG is hosting a talk by Dustin Campbell about writing quality code on the 16th of January.


Monday, January 08, 2007

Fun over the holidays.

Over the X-mas season my wife and a couple of my friends made our way to the annual "Tour de Noel" hosted by the Women of the Old West End. On the tour we were able to see several of the historic homes in the old west end of Toledo. My favorites on the tour were the Libbey House, and the Mansion View Inn

Here are some pictures that I took.


It was a good time. It was the only time this winter that it was actually cold. I highly suggest catching it next year if you can.