Month: November 2010

My Boxee Review

I had some time over the holiday break to “geek out” and get some things done I never seem to have time to do.  One of the things I finally got around to was connect Boxee to my living room TV.  You may have heard about the Boxee Box which was recently released by D-Link and sells on for $199 at the time of writing.  I’m running the Boxee software which is based on an open source platform on my Linux box at home but it also runs on Mac and Windows computers as well.  So long story short you don’t need a Boxee Box unless you don’t want to mess with running long cables from your PC to your TV or if you don’t have a decent graphics card and processor.  The video review above takes you through the entire Boxee experience and so far I am in love with it (was up until midnight watching Revision3 shows).

The Person Family Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe

Christina made me chocolate chip pie which is my all-time favorite dessert (besides ice cream) for Thanksgiving.  Colonel Sanders had his finger licking good chicken but the Person family has its chocolate chip pie.  It isn’t very open source of the Colonel to keep his chicken recipe all to himself.

I’m going to fill you in on this incredibly good dessert so you and your family can also enjoy it:

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 20 Large Marshmallows
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Flavoring
  • 1 Cup Whipped-Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Shaved Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 1 Baked 9″ Pie Shell

Heat milk & marshmallows and stir until marshmallows dissolve.  Add salt & flavorings.  Chill, fold in whipped cream and shaved chocolate and enjoy!  OK so sharing is caring, what family recipe can you share with me (and the world)?

Thanksgiving 2010

I’ve been messing around with a new iPhone app that applies filters to your pictures.  I didn’t have my favorite camera with me for Thanksgiving but I did take a few pictures with my iPhone.  I got a little carried away with didn’t I?

How Thanksgiving Began

I’ve been saving this one for a while now.  When Christina and I were picking up a truck to haul her old TV this was on the wall of the U-Haul place.  I thought it was pretty funny so I took a picture of it with my iPhone.  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

How Not To Cheat Your Way Through College

I first watched the video and admired how the professor handled the situation.  However, after watching the video I read some of the comments and discovered some things I hadn’t thought about.  Why would a college professor (or any teacher) use a standard test?  I had no idea professors (and students) could buy standard tests online, did you?  I tried Googling it after watching the video and was surprised to see how many results there were.  Why wouldn’t a professor with an advanced degree create his/her own test?  I could understand an elementary teacher but not a standard test for a college course.  The professor seems to put all the blame on the students but shouldn’t the university also focus on why the professor didn’t create his own test?

If there is a 700 question standard test available and word gets out the professor uses standard questions for his 50 question test, what would you expect?  Seems to me the professor was taking shortcuts which is where things went wrong.  Note: over 200 students admitted “cheating” after the lecture.  Were the students “cheating” or were they simply doing what the professor was doing (taking a shortcut)?  Were the students who studied standard test questions doing the right thing?  Was the professor doing the right by using a standard test?  Does anyone else have more information or want to weigh in on this?