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TomTom and Man v. Food POI

So for my recent birthday I received a new toy, a TomTom GPS. I love these things! Immediately of course I set out to exploit the device and see what else I could do with it.  Boys will be boys… Turns out, I can’t really modify it so much right now, which is a bummer! I’ve yet to find a place that can walk me through installing a text to speech engine to have it read books to me on long drives, but I can get by just the way it is.

Anyway, once I was shutout on really digging into this thing, I set about loading it up with custom points of interest and even made a set of my own, which although nerdy, I find cool, so suck it.

I found a great site, that houses a collection of user generated Point’s Of Interest (POI’s) and set out finding something to get the locations of Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, one of my favorite shows btw,  onto my new toy. There is a great set maintained by arount and I’m happy to say I loaded it as soon as I saw it. The site makes POI’s available for a number of manufacturer’s GPS units so Garmin and TomTom users can both use the site, which is a plus.

Taking cues from arount’s set up I decided to fill a hole in television food and travel POI’s and created a set for The Travel Channels Man v. Food. You know the show, it’s the one where the guy (Adam Richman) goes and gorges himself on 46 lbs of pizza or ends up crying like a girl because he ate chicken wings covered in sauce made from a hot pepper fertilized with the excrement of poisonous lizards and airliner fuel or something… I make no arguments for his sanity…

Anyway, now I, and anyone with a GPS system they can hook up to their computer, can follow in his footsteps or more likely, go to the same places and watch some other fool follow in his footsteps!





A blonde and a redhead walk into a bar…

So my best female friend and my lady friend spent last weekend with friends in Nashville. Here’s my souvenir…


I’d like to believe they didn’t deface the bathroom stall themselves, at least that’s the story they tell.


Requested Writing

I’ve been told that I should spend some time at a keyboard…

This probably doesn’t count, but I’ll see what I can do about getting some more regular visits in here.


Dream World

Rarely do I have dreams that I remember… well, rarely do I have dreams that I remember that aren’t foretelling in someway. I’m sure I dream like everyone else as far as frequency, but usually they don’t resonate in my head long enough to remember them.

This is not one of those dreams. It’s a completely garbled tangle of absurdity, which I will layout for you now. Below is my original description of last nights befuddlement.

For some reason I was in WalMart on Election Day. I was hanging out with a bunch of people from work and I guess we thought we had to go to WalMart to vote. Well, we get there and turns out the local Wally World was not the polling place. It was the Best Buy across the street. It was obviously late in the night as we ran across five lanes of traffic and along another parking lot to get to the Best Buy before they closed. We got there and were pounding on the doors yelling for them to let us in so we could vote.

Finally the cat at Best Buy felt bad for us and let us in, but all the lights were off so we had to be walked over the to the plasma screens by hand and get voting instructions on how to vote in the dark. Then when we finished, I handed my little hand held voting machine to a guy I recognized from my days out west, and who I know lives in California. Well of course we struck up a conversation and the people behind me started getting antsy because they were sure their votes weren’t going to get counted.

Now how is that for odd? Presidential polling at WalMart? Rushing to vote before the store closes? Being let in by a flippin’ cat?

I don’t have a clue about the meaning of this dream.

I can tell you I was aware it was weird while it was happening. I was somewhat in control because I remember the hand-held voting thing changing shape from the first time I looked at it and the way it looked when I handed it over to my friend from California. I wouldn’t say I was lucid, but I remember influencing the dream a little, though I’m not sure why or to what extent that control actually reached. Let’s face it, I was trying to vote at WalMart and I talked a cat into opening the door at Best Buy… Crazy what the mind can do.

Any deep ideas from the peanut gallery?

I personally think I got too much sleep.

Have to fix that.


I May Have Created a Monster

Ok, so maybe not a monster… but, I did set my Mom up with StumbleUpon.

Not sure how good of an idea this really is, but I’ve used it for a couple years and always liked it so why not. I told her it would make it harder for her to get to sleep. She laughed a little like I was crazy for thinking that, but I know from experience. She played with it a bit, asked me to send instructions to install it to my aunt in Ohio and then announced shes not going to get anything done tomorrow.

Pretty sure she was kidding, but you never know.

One of these days I’ll sneak on and change all of her settings to “Adult Content” just for giggles. She’d likely try to disown me then, but Dad would think that was HILARIOUS.


The Voices

So I was listening to my music library tonight and I went on a streak I thought was pretty damn cool. That little run got me to thinking, “Who is it I really like listening to?” Not the band, not the music, but the voices, who is it that has something that makes you sit back, or stand up, and listen. The song and the music may not have even been that good, but that voice grabs at you. With a little help, thanks Devlin, here is “The List“. In no particular order, these are in my library somewhere.  Agree? Disagree? Have some additions?

Alison Krauss

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Amos Lee

Ani DiFranco

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish

Miranda Lambert

Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks

Sarah Brightman

Louis Armstrong

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Anna Nalick

Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (Of a Revolution)

Eva Cassidy

Nina Simone

Jack Johnson

Kevin Martin of Candlebox

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland

Scott Anderson of Finger Eleven

Sarah McLachlan

John Denver

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

Damien Rice

Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and The Monsters


Norah Jones

Tracy Chapman

Ella Fitzgerald

Michael Stipe of REM

Dobie Gray

Marc Cohn

Terri Nunn of Berlin

Amy Ray and Emily Sailers of Indigo Girls

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Shirley Manson of Garbage

Patty Griffin

Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders

David Gray

Sarah Dugas of The Duhks


Chris Martin of Coldplay


Diana Krall

Madeleine Peyroux

Ray Charles


Ed Kowalczyk of LIVE

Annie Lennox

Al Green

John Mayer

Emiliana Torrini

Bono of U2

Melissa Etheridge


Joann Armatrading

Robin Hackett

Gemma Hayes

Chris Daughtry of Daughtry

Sophie B. Hawkins

Edie Brickell

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

John Hiatt

Joss Stone

Katie Melua

Paul Thorn

China Forbes of Pink Martini

Regina Spektor

Rosie Thomas

Siobhan Fahey of Shakespears Sister and Bananarama

Aaron Lewis of Staind

Steve Earle

Sylvie Lewis

Nina Persson of The Cardigans

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries

Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon

Jack White of The White Stripes

Cat Power

Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy

Natalie Merchant

Ok… thats a start…


Obama in Battle Creek

From the Obama-Biden Camp:

Please join us for this special event in Battle Creek:

An Evening On the Road for Change
with Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Brown Stadium at Bailey Park
1392 Capital Avenue NE
Battle Creek, MI

Sunday, August 31st
Gates Open: 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required but an RSVP is encouraged. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP using the form to the right.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and please limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted.

Parking is very limited. Please carpool or take public transportation if possible.

I’ll be there, as I hope many others will be. It’s time for a change.

To RSVP, follow this link.

Found this this afternoon and I thought it was worth sharing.