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April 2010

Natalie's TBall Team

I got a call out of the blue asking if I wanted to coach a TBall team since my daughter was signed up this year.  I've been told I have no people skills and my kids would tell you I have no patience with them, but I accepted anyway.  Fact is, I really enjoyed watching Jackson play TBall last year for the Orioles.  It's really incredible watching (some of) the kids go from zero skills at the first practice to making outs in the field and hitting the ball to the outfield by the last game.  Not to mention it is really a lot of fun helping out.  So far we've had a game and a practice where a game out SillyBandz for the kids based on the outcomes of hitting/fielding/running competitions.  Corny, but the kids loved it.  

The team is the Athletics, and I'm an Athletic Supporter!

 

 

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Jackson's Coach Pitch Team

Jackson's coach pitch team at KYAL had it's first game.  I've been asked to be the scorekeeper.  Here are the pictures.  And here are the stats.  

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Welcome to our new website

I finally migrated everything from SharePoint to Drupal.  Why?  

  1. Performance.  It takes a ton of CPU and memory to run a stand-alone SharePoint installation.  My Drupal VM takes about 300MB.  
  2. Better features.  Blogging sucks in SharePoint, so do wikis.  
  3. Open source.  If you want to do something in drupal, odds are someone has done it already and will share the code.  
  4. Better SEO compliance.  I'm tired of sending long links and query strings to people, or having to go to tinyurl first.  
  5. It just seems more intuitive.  I generally think MS software is very intuitive.  For instance, I'll take SQL Server Management Studio over Oracle Enterprise Manager any day.  But Drupal is hands-down better.  
  6. Picture galleries.  They are faster, more customizable, and easier to migrate in Drupal.  Why on earth would you store .jpg's of your family vacation in your DBMS?  That's why we have a file system.  Which makes Drupal...
  7. Easier to backup/restore.  Much easier.  

Some of the links will be broken but all of the content is there, looks nicer, and is indexed better.  

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Whatever it is, I'm against it

I'm told at work that I'm adverse to new technologies.  Well, here's what me and Groucho have to say about that.