Optimize the iPhone 3G Battery Life…

I’m excited to say I’m heading to Las Vegas this weekend for time with friends, gambling, and lots of free drinks.  My problem is I have an iPhone 3G so it’s battery will be dead within 6 hours of landing and I won’t be communicate with my friends.  The point of this post is me looking for some tips on improving battery life.

With the goal of maximum battery life and no need for anything but phone/text support here is my plan.

  1. Disable 3G support
  2. Disable bluetooth
  3. Disable wifi
  4. Turn the screen brightness to it’s lowest setting.

Am I missing anything?  Should I just turn the phone off, completely, and only power on when I want to make a call or check for messages?

Please provide tips/tricks that you have found to improve battery life.  Thanks…

Do You Understand How Taxes Work?

This was sent to me from my one of my old college roommates and I thought it was worthy of rebroadcasting here on my blog.  In these times of “cry baby” economics, where people are complaining about who gets the biggest tax break and who should be getting the biggest tax break I thought everybody could use a dose of how things really work.

Enjoy…

BAR STOOL ECONOMICS AND HOW TAXES WORK

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. What happens to the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ‘But he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.

They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

My Top 10 Songs… I’ve got 20.

I accepted the challenge thrown down by Shawn and Travis and spent way too long coming up with my Top 10 Songs list.  The list started just shy of 50.  I whittled it down to 20, and then struggled to get it to the required 10.  I’ll give the Top 10, and the Top 20, which better covers my musical tastes over the years.

Erik’s Top 10 Songs: angles of the silences – counting crows blow you away – robert earl keen cherub rock – smashing pumpkins drown – son volt misunderstood – wilco moonshiner – uncle tupelo new slang – the shins release – pearl jam soup – blind melon wish you were here – pink floyd

Erik’s Top 20 Songs: * angles of the silences – counting crows * blow you away – robert earl keen the boxer – simon and garfunkel * cherub rock – smashing pumpkins clocks – coldplay come as you are – nirvana come together – the beatles * drown – son volt elvis presley and america – u2 hurt – nine inch nails i am trying to break your heart – wilco jane says – jane’s addiction * misunderstood – wilco * moonshiner – uncle tupelo * new slang – the shins * release – pearl jam * soup – blind melon welcome home (sanitarium) – metallica * wish you were here – pink floyd yellow ledbetter – pearl jam

Dusting Off the Blog…

Yeah, I have totally blown-off this blog.  I apologize, but I’m hooked on twitter.  For those that are asking, “What is twitter?”  Please view this link for an explanation on twitter.  Honestly, I’ve been fulfilling my blogging needs over on twitter, but that ends now as I plan on getting back to blogging.  My first blog post is to point you to my twitter account.  Just kidding.  🙂

Topics that I warrant blog posts:

  • Our new Presidnet
  • Katie and I expecting our 3 kiddo!  (sorry I didn’t announce that here and dropped it on the twitter feed)  She is like 16 weeks.  We’ll find out what #3 is 1/6/09
  • The disgrace that was Coach Sherman Year 1
  • The comedy that is tu not playing in the BCS title game while OU, a team they beat, is.

Barack Obama is Bad for America…

Barack Obama is bad for America…

Barack is pushing a disgusting socialist platform.  You think America is getting run-down with lazy, unmotivated people now?  Wait until Barack starts his socialist handouts, it will be horrible.  His distribution of wealth will kill the American spirit and drive.

Barack is anti-Christian.  Pushing his pro-abortion, killing babies, platform.  God created the children Barack wants to allow people to abort.  Killing is killing and Barack is for it.

Barack backs, even campaigns for,  evil, oppressive foreign governments.  You just don’t hear about it because of the miserable state of the American media.

The good thing is that if Barack wins tomorrow he will so quickly tarnish his political image that he will be out in four years and the Republican movement will take over and rule America.

Top 10 US Cities with the Highest Poverty Rates

What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

  • Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
  • Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1954
  • Cincinnati, OH (3rd)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1984
  • Cleveland, OH (4th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1989
  • Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
  • St. Louis, MO (6th)….hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1949
  • El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
  • Milwaukee, WI (8th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1908
  • Philadelphia, PA (9th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1952
  • Newark, NJ(10th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1907
Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats — yet are still disadvantaged.

2008 Aggie Football Preview… We Stink.

Yeah, the title says it all. This 2008 Aggie Football Preview is not going to be positive. The only thing Aggie fans have to look forward to is our running back corps. And the problem was, that as good as the RBs were last year, the stinkin’ QB lead the team in rushing yards. WTH! Thank God Fran is gone (I’ll try not to use that four letter word around this blog anymore… He’s gone and nobody misses him. Well, maybe the Aggie QB, but that’s another blog post.)

Tonight starts the Coach Sherman Era at Texas A&M and it might be his only W all year. Being fair, New Mexico, Army, and Baylor are potential Ws. The key will be the play Coach Sherman gets out of his deadly duo of Lane and Goodson. Both Jorvorskie Lane and Mike Goodson made the preseason 2008 Doak Walker Award candidate list. I think the only way the Aggies win more then 5 games this year is if the Aggies get Lane or Goodson the 2008 Doak Walker award.

So here goes, my game by game predictions for the 2008 Texas Aggie Football team:

  • 8/30 – Aggies vs Arkansas St – W
  • 9/6 – Aggies at New Mexico – W
  • 9/20 – Aggies vs Miami (FL) – L – ass kicked, just like last year
  • 9/27 – Aggies vs Army – L – USA, USA, but embarrassing loss to the Army
  • 10/4 – Aggies at Oklahoma St – L
  • 10/11 – Aggies vs Kansas St -L
  • 10/18 – Aggies vs Texas Tech – L – it’s a disgrace to all Aggies the way Tech owns us.  Be ashamed.
  • 10/25 – Aggies at Iowa St – W – first W for the Ags in almost two months.  Miserable
  • 11/1 – Aggies vs Colorado – L – boy do I wish this was the Ags team of 1995 playing Colorado
  • 11/8 – Aggies vs Oklahoma – L – OU might put 100 points up this time
  • 11/15 – Aggies at Baylor – W – the Aggies will win after being utterly humiliated by OU the week before
  • 11/27 – Aggies at Texas – L – the Longhorns *will* hang 100 on the Aggies, and we might not score

So where did that leave us… I my math is good…  that give the Aggies 4 wins.  They might surprise me and squeak out a W against Army or Kansas St, but don’t count on it.  And to make matters worse, I don’t feel to good about the four Ws I’ve picked.

Dear God,

Please let the Aggies, somehow, squeak out four wins this year.

And I’d really like a World Series for the Cubs.

Amen

Noah Starts School…

My big guy, Noah, started kindergarten today.  We made it a family affair.  I worked my schedule so we all could walk Noah to school and then pick him up at 3pm when he finished today.  He did GREAT!  He marched in and was really excited to start.

Last year he did a Mon, Wed, Fri 9-2 Pre-K that gave him a taste of school and he loved it and excelled.  We’ve been talking about school for the past 3 months and he has always acted excited about starting.  Last week, the school had a parade in front of our park and the kids got to cheer their teachers on.  You can see it in his face how excited he was.

When we picked Noah up after school his class was all wearing matching t-shirts that said “Class of 2021”.  That’s nuts!  2021.  I think we’ll focus on 2008.  Noah is gonna be busy and Zach starts Tue, Thur Pre-K next week.

Noah…  Mommy and Daddy love you.  Do good this year!

Noah at his deskclick to see all the pics in the Starting School Set