Do you prefer to read or listen to the news?

GUIDE  is an application that turns your online news and favorite blogs into a personalized television program.  It is delivered to you in a television news-style broadcast.  The headlines of the articles will be posted on the screen, while a customizable digital anchor reads the information to you.  There will be numerous characters that are available to choose from, including from animals, humans, and robots.

If you are like me, sitting down and reading the newspaper sounds a whole lot more enjoyable than it actually is.  I am also a person who is constantly trying to multitask.  This program would make it much easier to perform morning activities while still being able to get the daily news, or other information, simultaneously.

The video below shows a small demonstration of the program.

– JG

Pre-Vacation Stress

How can planning something that is suppose to be non-stressful, be so stressful??!!  I am currently planning a trip down to Florida for Spring Break, well technically it is the girlfriend’s Spring Break, but for all intents and purposes lets just call it my Spring Break as well.  Working stiffs, such as myself, usually aren’t just granted a week of freedom in the middle of Spring. 

I am looking at going to St. Petersburg beach.  I have been told that it is enough of a party, without having to deal with the young Spring Break crowd!  My parents actually ventured to this beach last year and have said that they loved it.  But since I am not a wealthy middle aged man, I do not have the funds to just spend as they did.  Which calls for intense hotel shopping. The worst!!!

Picking a location was not much of a battle because of the assistance from the parents.  But finding a hotel in the right price range has proven to be a struggle.  Needs to be on the beach, have a bar, refrigerator (for when said bar drains my wallet), be next to restaurants, and at least be cleaner than my own house. 

Now after several hours I have actually narrowed it down to 3 hotels.  But that’s not saying, there are a lot more places that could be looked at… I just don’t have that kind of time. I still have to make time for the blog!!  But with all that being said, I’m so close to having my vacation planned.  Just waiting on one little detail….  My Boss’s approval for taking that time off!

50 YARDS!!!!

There is something to be said about what a network commentator can add or take away from televised sports.  Commentators are always different, but can usually be classified as followed.  There are the monotone former athletes that make you wonder what in the hell the network was thinking, the former coaches that really seem to add that back story you never thought you wanted to know, the middle aged man who seems to have an obsession with a players’ significant other, the legends who have country songs written about them, and then there is GUS JOHNSON!  While in college, I was introduced to watching/listening to the greatest man to ever put a sports moment into words.  I believe that the man could make the commentary of a Paper Football game sound as incredible as when America stormed the beach of Normandy.  Gus is a commentator that takes every excited emotion in his body and throws them all at you in one.

Gus was a NFL commentator when I first heard him.  I have posted a link to the video of the greatest game I’ve heard him commentate, and this is where this post’s title is from.

But I was then robbed of hearing his roaring yells on Sunday. He had moved to the NCAA Basketball spot.  While this was still interesting to say the least, it did not have the emotional affect on me as before… But then, while patrolling my Twitter feed in pure boredom, I discovered that I could possibly be hearing Gus’s sweet, sweet voice on one of the world’s most emotional stages.. That’s right, Soccer!!! or futbal for you people across the pond.  Gus is even signed up to commentate the World Cup, which is one of my favorite sporting events. 

Here’s to many breath holding Cross Passes and diving Headers in the future…

– JG