Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Visiting Oak Ridge Cemetery

I traveled to Springfield recently to give a lecture on virtual desktop systems. While I was in town, I decided to visit Oak Ridge Cemetery which is famous for being the burial site of Abraham Lincoln. Oak Ridge Cemetery also boasts an impressive World War II memorial and is also home to several ornate tombs belonging to a number of former Illinois governors.

I've uploaded an album of photos to Sharalike. The album includes some pictures of Lincoln's Tomb and the World War II memorial. Have a look at them:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Double Letters In The Chrome Address Bar

A very weird thing happened in the advent of my Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.4.2. Whenever I would try to type a URL address into the Chrome address bar, the letters would be repeated. So, I would type "m" and end up getting "mm". Sometimes, I could type "msn" and then I'd get "msnmsn". The letter and phrase repeating never happened anywhere else but in the Chrome address bar. I had thought that it was an issue with autocomplete or predictive text, but that's not the case.

I had two keyboard inputs enabled. Using both the Samsung keyboard input and the Swipe keyboard and having them both using predictive text seems to be the culprit . Turning off the predictive text option on Swipe solved the problem.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

An Audience With The Mayor

I met the Mayor of my town last night. I had finally cleared away enough time to get my hair cut and moseyed on over across the street to my local barber shop. Upon walking into the one-chair shop, I saw that the Mayor himself was in the chair getting a trim. I was impressed, not only because the Mayor was hanging out just like any other regular Joe at the barber shop, but also because His Honor seemed to have lost a considerable amount of weight from how he looked in his campaign photo.

I took my seat and waited my turn. While I was waiting, I talked with the other folks there about the state of the local economy, the weather and other fairly mundane things. Another customer entered and the conversation among the group lulled. A little uncomfortable with the silence, I looked at the newcomer and said "What do you think about the Mayor?". I had thought that my tone indicated that I was asking the guy what he thought about having the Mayor in the barber shop. However, the customer thought I was asking for his opinion on the Mayor and went into an expletive-laden rant about the Mayor.

The barber silenced his clippers for a moment and asked the customer if he knew what the Mayor looked like. The customer seemed a little incredulous and indicated that he did. The barber shook his head while the Mayor just smirked. A few moments later, the barber finished the haircut and the Mayor strolled out of the shop without saying a word to the customer. The moment the door closed, the rest of us erupted in laughter.

I felt like a Kennedy.

Monday, June 2, 2014

White Sox

I'm not a huge fan of sports. To me, a sport is something one does, not something one watches. But, I do have to admit that there's something appealing about the atmosphere that encompasses a day at the ballpark. So, on Friday night, I put on my Spider-Man Jersey (#62), slipped on my vintage White Sox cap and set out to watch the White Sox get clobbered by the Padres at U.S. Cellular Field. My oldest brother and my sister were both in attendance, because, after all, watching a game isn't any fun unless you've got someone to watch it with. The general air of excitement made me forget that I was paying $8 for a beer and $7 for a bratwurst. I didn't even mind dropping $50 on some over-priced White Sox apparel.

The one thing I do regret is sharing a nacho helmet with my brother. That greasy mix of seasoned beef, chips, gooey cheese and sour cream made my stomach cry.