Whiskey Basin – Music by Dustin Seymour

I am not sure why I always say that I listen to everything but country music, when in fact I don’t turn it off when it’s on.  I find much if it to be very good.

That brings me to a friend a co-worker, Dustin Seymour, lead singer of Whiskey Basin.  They released a CD (Seven Sundays) not too long ago that is quite good.  Actually, I have gotten to it on my iTunes playlist a few times and always forget that I know the singer. 

Watch this, and let me know your thoughts.  And better yet, buy the CD off their website.

Programmer's Mindset

I Need More Cache

I hate knowing the answer to a problem, but taking for ever to implement it.  Cacheing is probably one of the most important things I can do to improve a website, and yet it is one of my worst nightmares.  It shouldn’t be at all.  I have a fear of using outdated data because of my spaghetti code. 🙁

I am working on this and coming to solutions slowly.  It really was apparent on the last update I made.  I had a script that was running probably a thousand plus queries.  During testing by myself, of course I didn’t notice it.  Launch it live to thousands of users running thousands of queries and you quickly learn about the mistake.  To the tune of taking the server to its ‘knees’, which is kinda neat because they don’t have knees.  Throw some quick cacheing into the mix and you have a happy system, and a happy system administrator (ME).

Check out the new feature that caused my little nightmare on top sellers and popular searches.


Brunswick announces the new Diamond Back Bowling Ball

Continuing on their recent series of snake bowling balls, Brunswick has just announced the [bowlingball value=”7587″/].

This Advanced Performance series of balls has been a great seller for Brunswick.  Again, the information was just made available yesterday, I will put some more out as soon as I can.

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Strike at will with Brunswick’s new Diamondback!  The [bowlingball value=”7587″/] registers a [bowlingball value=”7587,ps”/] and is current [bowlingball value=”7587,price”/].

Activator Solid Coverstock: The Diamondback™ is the first ball with Activator Solid coverstock available at the Advanced Performance price point. The original Activator coverstock used on the Diamondback is a proven formula that provides strong downlane recovery, longevity of ball reaction, and unprecedented durability with superior resistance to cracking.


Low RG Rocket Core:
The Diamondback uses the proven Brunswick multi-sided Rocket™ core system, providing a low RG core that when combined with the original Activator coverstock produces a ball reaction that is unmatched at the Advanced Performance price point. Clean through the front with an aggressive move at the breakpoint, the Diamondback gives amazing bang for the buck. There isn’t another ball in this class that’s even close.

Reaction Characteristics

Ball Motion:
With its 2,000 Siaair Micro Pad finish, the Diamondback will provide good length with a strong continuous backend reaction that matches up on medium to oily lane conditions for a wide range of bowling styles.

Reaction Setup:
The Diamondback can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for symmetric bowling balls.


The new Brunswick Wild Card Bowling Ball

Now you can hold the Ace up your sleeve with the new [bowlingball value=”7586″/]!

This bowling ball is set to release in November.  The information was just release about this new bowling ball today.  As soon as more is available, I will be sure to put it out there.

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A Better Picture of Myself

I recently wrote a post “I was raised a typical boy“.  A few weeks after I wrote it, I had forgotten the exact details of what I put in it.  All I knew was that it represented a very emotional response to a picture that I had received from my dad.  I received many comments from friends that it was well written (which is unusual for me).  During a phone call with my mom, I felt like sharing the emotional side of myself and told her of the post.  Not realizing how much the post itself would hurt her.  I alluded to a conversation where my dad said he had no clue we were moving.  He may have said it more along the lines of, at the time of the divorce, I expected to get to see my kids at least every other weekend and two weeks in the summer.  I don’t remember the exact wording, but he has never talked badly of my mother.  Mom, I am very sorry for the post and the feelings that it caused.  I know you don’t want to talk about it with me, so I hope this means as much to you as it does me.

She did a great job raising me.  Can’t confirm or deny the same for my sisters… 😛

I made allegations about her destroying pictures without knowing the truth.  I got home last night after bowling to a box on my doorstep.  It included many things and was a very precious gift.  My wife and I sat down to look through it and I was overwhelmed with emotion once again.  I will post some of them here, eventually.

It started with newspaper clippings of the announcement of my mom and dad’s wedding.  Many of them, different newspapers and pictures.  It was great seeing my mom at that time of her life.  Then there was a photo album that had pictures of my mom the day before my birth and then my first year.  Seeing my family was exhilirating.  I don’t remember much about many of them, but many memories did come rushing back.  I was surprised that I could point out so many people to my wife.

There was also a newspaper from the day I was born.  I was afraid to open it and look to much, I didn’t want to rip it or have it fall apart on me.  It’s old, which means I am too…. :’-(

There was a scrapbook of my first year of school, with pictures, colorings, writing, and math work that I did.

I can’t believe all of this stuff has survived the past thirty three years.  I can’t believe I didn’t know about it.  And what gets me the most is that I can’t believe how much it meant to me.  If you had asked me two months ago if this stuff would have meant anything to me, I would have said “It would be neat…”  I would never have imagined the emotional response that it had elicited from me.



I love you all and feel very lucky to have such a great family (my sisters included).


Bowling Shoes

Often, many people do not realize how easy it is to own their own bowling shoes.  How often have you gone into a bowling center and watched them spray down the bowling shoes that have been on someone else’s stinky sweaty feet?

For as little as $20 you can get your own bowling shoes from  When you do the math, most bowling centers are charging up to $4 to rent shoes.  So if you use the shoes just 5 times, then they have paid for themselves.  As you become a better bowler, you will see the benefits of the higher end, more expensive bowling shoes.  But if you are an occasional bowler that just wants to have fun, then the cheap bowling shoes are the way to go.


Lane #1 Massacre Red Death

Lane #1 has long been a grass roots type of bowling ball manufacturer.  They had a tendency to get into leagues and have always played the little guy roll among the manufacturers.  Well they are stepping up their game and are introducing the [bowlingball value=”7566″/].

We are looking forward to shooting a bowling ball reaction video to show you.  Keep an eye out for it.

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Storm Reign Bowling Ball Release Coming Soon

Storm is coming out with a new Advanced Performance Bowling Ball called the [bowlingball value=”7137″/] on 9/24/2009.  We just shot a bowling ball reaction video and plan on having it posted by the end of the week.

I must say that this bowling ball was very aggressive and reactive.  Tony Ruocco pointed out that whenever I put a balance hole on my access, the ball seems to react well for me.  It could be the visual cue that I am releasing the ball well that helps me, or it could just be coincidence.

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