Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

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Sooo… I’ve been neglecting my blog

November 12, 2008

Ok, so I haven’t blogged in a while, and I realize that.  Things have been crazy lately.  Slamwire and AJU have launched a joint venture and it has absolutley taken off.  Marriage plans are moving along nicely, and business trips to Phoenix and Notre Dame are behind me.

So anyway.. a full post is coming tomorrow.  Maybe two!  Wait, no. Pace yourself, Jarrod.

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Rays make the postseason for the first time, and I will be there.

October 2, 2008

I am looking forward to this weekend.  Not just because it’s the weekend, but because I am going to take a much needed, “mini” vacation to Central Florida to see Matt, Slamwire’s muscle in the programming department, get married.  This gives Alaina and I a chance to revisit all of the places we used to frequent when we first began dating.  A nice “pre-honeymoon” as I have called it.

Alaina and Jarrod, watching the Devil Rays circa 2005

Alaina and Jarrod, watching the Devil Rays circa 2005

As I planned this trip over 8 months ago, I realized I would be running through Tampa and thought “holy cow!  I can go see a Rays game!”  Many of you may know, I have sat through many a game at Tropicana Field (when living in the Tampa area) and watched them get their brains beat out.  I had a deep passion for my loveable-loser Devil Rays.  Since I have left, the team was sold, the stadium improved, the team changed thier name to the “Rays” (no Devil), and changed their colors.  And oh yeah, they started WINNING!  After sitting through countless beatdowns in the cheap seats, I moved to Birmingham and never had a chance to share in all of the great things that are going on with that franchise.

Which brings me to my planning stage.  I looked at the baseball schedule and realized that the regular season would end the week before, and thought, “dang!  I won’t get to see a game.  Unless they make the playoffs (snort snort).”  And I watched this season unfold, with them leading the AL East the whole way.  What an unbeliveable turnaround.  Worst record in baseball in 2007.  First place in MLB’s toughest division in 2008.

So Friday night, I will be at the Rays-Whitesox playoff game at Tropicana Field.  This weekend will be sureal.

Sureal because Alaina and I will return to places we last visited as a struggling (financially), post college couple.  And we will return only a few months before we become husband and wife.

Sureal because I will see Matt Jaeh, a guy I have known since elementary school, get married.

Sureal because I will get to sit in the Trop, where so many baseball games were lost and not cared about, and watch a team now know for winning, where fans suddenly care ALOT.

And sureal, mostly, because…. well, I never get a day off anymore.

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Hurricanes + Gas = Freakout

September 12, 2008

God, I hate hurricanes.

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Prayers For the Gulf Coast

September 1, 2008

Gustav is layin into the Gulf Coast right now…

Alaina and I were in Pensacola this weekend and had to cut our trip short due to the storm.  The interstate was PACKED with people running from the weather and I 65 in Escambia County, Alabama was a gridlock, forcing Alaina and I to take Hwy 31 north for quite a ways.  I now know why they invented interstates.

Anyway, I am glad we left.  I can’t believe the Gulf Coast (and particularly NOLA) is taking another hit with a storm.  Growing up down there, I just don’t remember there being hurricane problems this often.  It seems like now there are 6 storms a year that threaten or hit that area.  Anyway, I will be praying for the coast today, hope you will be too.

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Godaddy.com’s Quick Blogcast: Total Ripoff

August 26, 2008

For those that remember the first version of this blog, it was hosted with godaddy.com using their Quick Blogcast Service.  Now I am at wordpress.com, and I have never looked back.  My reason for going with Godaddy was simple.  It costs a few bucks a month, so I assumed it would be much more solid than all of the free versions out there.  Boy was I wrong.  How does Quick Blogcast come up short?  Let me count the ways:

1.  SPAM, SPAM, and more SPAM. I got (at least!) 10 SPAM Trackbacks a day for zoo sex, cialis, or something else revolting.  When I finally had enough, I sent an email to support, and this was their reply:

Dear Jarrod Morgan,

Thank you for contacting online support.  You will need to ban IP addresses for the creator of the trackback to be prevented from creating new trackbacks from that IP.

Blocking and Allowing IP Addresses in Quick Blogcast
Managing Trackbacks in Quick Blogcast

Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.

Excuse me?  Ban IP addresses?  Why, your exactly right!  Surely this is a fool proof way to foil spammers!!

What is this, 1998?  Blocking an IP address will do absolutely nothing, especially since they all come from different addresses, and spammers are not likely to use the same one again anyway.

2. Clunky design. After using wordpress and it’s easy interface, I don’t understand why I suffered through the poorly designed flash that godaddy uses.  It has strange pauses, and it generally takes 3 or 4 steps to log in and post something.  While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it really discourages spontaneous blog posts (like this one).

3. Strange Characters. Very often, an apostrophe or some other character will look fine in the window where I am entering in a new entry.  But upon publish it turns to gibberish in the RSS feeds, making me look like I don’t know what I am doing.

Lastly, let me say this.  Godaddy on the whole is a solid company.  I really admire Bob Parsons, the founder and personality behind the company.  He is innovative in his marketing, and took a very sleazy industry (web hosting and domain names) and became the #1 brand name by treating customers ethically.  He even made godaddy a safe haven for people who were scammed by registerfly.  Heck, I even have a poster of his 16 Rules for Life and Business hanging in my home office (it’s very inspirational, if you haven’t before, go read it).

This is just one product that they completely missed on.

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Josh Hamilton = Superhuman

July 15, 2008

I know I have been lax on the blog updates.. but I’ve been busy with several exciting projects I will talk about soon.  But I had to share this…

For those who don’t know who Josh Hamilton is, he was the #1 Baseball Draft Pick by my Tampa Bay Rays in 1999.  Hope were high for him as he was labeled the next A-Rod, but a car wreck and a fall into drug addiction put his career and life in jeopardy.  After the Rays gave him chance after chance, he was banned from baseball and told to go clean up his life before he even made it out of the minors.  The story is well publicized, he almost died, and ended up on his grandmother’s front porch, starving and begging for help.  She nursed him back to health, and he slowly kicked his heroine addiction.

During his journey back, Josh even appeared on AE’s Flip This House, where he worked for Richard Davis’ construction team while Richard taught him life lessons.  At the end of the show, Josh began playing independent baseball again.

After three years out of organized baseball, Hamilton began his slow climb back, eventually landing with the Rangers in the major leagues this year.  Never one to hide his past, he has always been open about his demons, and advised young people to not make the same mistakes he did.

We all love a story of redemption, and Josh’s rookie year has been breakout.  The one time phenom even made the all-star team!

So fast-forward to last night.  After years of struggle, mistakes, and a long journey back, Josh Hamilton entered the major league home run derby. And in what was probably one of the most redeeming nights of his life, Josh lit the world on fire on the grandest of stages: the soon-to-be defunct “House That Ruth Built” (Yankee Stadium).

So take a few minutes and watch the video below and revel in a man’s moment… his resurrection to all that he was supposed to be. Josh Hamilton blasted a record 28… wait… 28!!!…  homers in the first round, with some of them being some of the biggest bombs I have ever seen in Yankee Stadium.  My only regret is that he doesn’t play for Rays.

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My Visit to the Good People Brewery

June 7, 2008

So at the Magic City Brewfest this year, I met some good people. Specifically, I met THE Good People from the aptly titled Good People Brewing Company. They are Alabama’s newest beer brewing outfit, and they are setup right in downtown Birmingham. Their brown ale was at the festival, and Stuart Carter (Free the Hops President) called it the best he had had of that style. In passing, one of the Good People told me I should stop by the brewery sometime. There was an email waiting for him the next morning to take him up on it. Careful what you offer me, folks. I will come-a collectin.

Anyway, GP’s Michael met us downtown and walked us into their 5 Points Brewery setup. For those who don’t know, if you walk just past the 5 Points Grill, there is a sign with their name on it over a giant window looking into the second story of their brewing equipment. Read more after the jump….

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