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Big Flop
March 21, 2009

So far in the tournament, the ACC is 3-5 with four teams losing to lower seeds. With Maryland's loss in the second round earlier today, it leaves only Carolina and Duke left and either of them could lose tonight. So much for having the top conference RPI, huh? The ACC might want to look into becoming a football conference. Late Update: Both Duke and Carolina won tonight, so the ACC is now 5-5.

In other news, I ordered a new monitor a few days ago, finally got it today. It should have been in my apartment on Thursday on the first delivery attempt. The notice left on my door by FedEx indicated that they would leave it at the office if someone there would sign for it but also marked a box on the notice for me to sign so they could leave it without me being there. I checked the tracking number online from the notice, and sure enough it was marked as delivery failure. I signed the notice and put it back on the door. When I got home from work on Friday, the signed notice was still on my door and the website showed another delivery failure with another attempt to come on Saturday. Uh, what? I signed where indicated.

This morning, I actually got out of bed way early (for a Saturday) so I wouldn't miss the FedEx dude if he came early. Well, early morning soon turned to late morning. Late morning turned into early afternoon. Around 3, I checked the FedEx website once more and it showed another delivery failure not more than 20 minutes before! "Customer not home." Naturally, I was hot. I signed the notice on Thursday and left it on the door, so the package should have been either at my doorstep (not preferred) or at the leasing office Friday afternoon. I waited around all day today, and to have the packaged marked undeliverable without so much as a knock on the door was unacceptable. So I called FedEx to express my displeasure, and...

...FedEx dude had left the wrong tracking number on my door. My package was at the apartment office and had been there since around 3 PM on Thursday and the package I had been tracking was headed somewhere else nearby. Thanks a lot, FedEx dude. See, this is why I prefer to pick things up in the store even if I have to drive to Mooresville to do it.

Anyway, the new monitor is a 22" widescreen monitor, far larger than the monitor I had before. It's going to take some getting used to! But the increased width and resolution will come in handy whenever I have to do some programming work from home.

Song O The Day: Salem's Suburbs, Project 86.

Big Dance
March 17, 2009

The NCAA tournament is about to begin (tonight's opening game doesn't count). Duke is the 2 seed in the east, but I'm not so hot on their chances to go very far. Then again, I didn't think they'd win the ACC tournament, either, but they didn't have to face the top teams in the conference in that one. Clemson went out in the opening round, Wake in the quarters, and Carolina was playing without their point guard and lost in the semifinals. Duke did have to avenge an earlier loss when they faced Boston College in the quarterfinals, but they were still the favored team in all three games they played. The NCAA tournament is going to be a different story. Just don't lose to Binghamton in the first round. Please.

Song O The Day: Here I Go Again, Whitesnake.

Let It Snow
March 1, 2009

It's ironic my spring theme would kick in on the day Old Man Winter makes one last plate appearance. Forecasters say we can get 3 to 5 inches of snow overnight. Think they'll be right? Will Old Man Winter finally come through? Or will it turn out like before, with scant more than a dusting that won't make it through the next day?

I don't know, but I'm hoping for a foot.

Song O The Day: The Longest Time, Billy Joel.

Post Winter Jam
February 21, 2009

Just got back in from Winter Jam. Wow, my hearing is totally shot. I'm sitting here in my apartment in relative silence, and my ears are ringing. All external sound is muffled. It's just crazy.

The two loudest acts were easily Family Force 5, who basically wrapped up the first half of the program before intermission, and then Toby Mac, who closed it. The crowd of over 20,000 was also deafening. I don't see how anyone who attends shows like that very often can have very good hearing at all. The artists who play in them? They simply have to be completely deaf by now. There's no other possible explanation. But it was a great show and maybe by the time they roll around again next year my hearing will have returned.

Song O The Day: Get Your Back Off The Wall, Family Force 5.

Winter Jam 2009
February 20, 2009

I haven't written anything for the past three weeks, but I haven't been doing much of anything the past three weeks, either, except play a bunch of Halo 3. I'm doing better online now to where the game isn't ticking me off at every turn (just every other turn now). But that's not what I'm hear to write about.

The Winter Jam tour is rolling into Greensboro tomorrow. Last year was Skillet, Barlow Girl, Newsong, and Mercy Me for the headliners. This year, it's Newsong again (I think it's their operation, really), Toby Mac, Family Force 5, and some other people I can't remember. Hawk Nelson is on the tour, but they're not playing in Greensboro (Family Force 5, on the other hand, is not a regular part of the tour, they're just doing the shows Hawk Nelson isn't). Seeing that I like FF5 more than Hawk Nelson, this swap is fine by me. It's going to be about four hours of music for only 10 bucks at the door, so you can't beat it. Winter Jam, it's what's for dinner.

Song O The Day: Fight Inside, Red.

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I'm Anthony Pegram. This site is a place where I can talk about things that interest me in music, video games, programming, and other parts of life. It's also a place where I test the latest and greatest in programming technology. Thanks for stopping by.