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Bowling for EQ
Jason Blog - Miscellaneous
Written by Jason Boyette   
Friday, 25 July 2008 09:19

Jason BoyetteYeah, so I had this event at work yesterday. It started out like, "Hey, let's ditch work for half the day and go bowling!" It ended up with, "Why don't we pick team names, wear crazy costumes, and bowl wearing more costumes, bug-eye glasses, and more?"

Our team was named Rock 'N' Bowl, but I seem to look more like a gangsta than a rocker. I had a great time, and my team even managed to win the thing somehow, despite my whopping 107 score (and that was bowling regular style).

You may recognize Dave Dietz in there; he was part of my team too. He managed a score worth announcing.

Anniversary Trip to Chicago
Jason Blog - Family
Written by Jason Boyette   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 15:02

Back in February, Kelly and I took a trip to Chicago to celebrate our 10th anniversary, which was actually in November 2007. We rode the train all the way from Ann Arbor to Union Station, which was a first for both of us. We stayed in a nice hotel, ate expensive food, saw a cool dolphin show at Shedd Aquarium, and spent too much money in general — but it was absolutely great!

Now Microblogging Using HelloTxt
Jason Blog - Miscellaneous
Written by Jason Boyette   
Monday, 07 July 2008 13:34

As I mentioned in my earlier article about Twitter, microblogging is a way for people to update their "status" throughout the day, from various different places, using several technologies. 

For example, I could log on to Facebook, and change my status to "back to work" on a Monday morning.  Or, I could send a text message to Twitter to say I'm "sleeping in late on Saturday - yeah right!"  You can even update your status via instant messaging.

There are dozens of these microblogging websites, each with a different look and feel, and levels of popularity.  I'm currently using Facebook, Twitter, and my latest:  Plurk.  Plurk is cool because its widget that shows my last several updates works well on this web site - you'll notice it starting today.

Now, on to HelloTxt.  Since there are so many microblogging sites, and you usually have to log on with different e-mails or user names and passwords, HelloTxt makes it easy to update all of your accounts at the same time.  You can pick specific sites to update, or update them all!  Sweet.

Fireworks Tonight
Jason Blog - Miscellaneous
Written by Jason Boyette   
Thursday, 03 July 2008 13:30

Tonight we're headed out to Greenfield Village to catch a delightful music and fireworks show to celebrate America's 232nd birthday.  The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and it says there will even be live cannon fire!  Should be exciting with our new baby.

This an event paid for by my employer, EQ, so we'll be joined by my entire IT department and their families.

Follow Me on Twitter
Jason Blog - Miscellaneous
Written by Jason Boyette   
Monday, 09 June 2008 16:03

Twitter iconI know I'm asking a lot these days. For those of you interested in Baby Boyette 4, you can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonboyette. I am planning to update our new baby status as often as I can, even on the baby's birthday. You can also subscribe to my Twitter RSS.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar (or just scratching your head, saying "What in the world is a Twitter?") Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter web site. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and instantly delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.

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