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  • Blog Post: My Phone Rocks.

    It's been a long time since I said my phone rocks... three years, in fact, since I actually liked my phone . Today I bought a phone that made me want to share just how cool it is, the Verizon Wireless Samsung SCH-i760 . Despite the horrifically unmemorable name (nothing like "Chocolate"), the phone simply...
  • Blog Post: They Won!!!

    After 19 games, the last game of the season... my son's hockey team finally won a game! My son played 17 of the games as goalie, and it's really tough to lose that many games as goalie. He really got down on himself, and he's only 7... seeing him so disappointed is frustrating as a parent. He needed...
  • Blog Post: Finally... Justice for my Friend, Rocky

    Since I don't live in Atlanta anymore, I hadn't gotten the news that Rodney Battles was finally convicted for murdering my friend Rocky Tucker . I hope that Ruby Tucker can find some peace now that the trial is over.
  • Blog Post: Another Great Day to be a Dad

    I just got this email from my wife about my 5-year old daughter. Avery just called home... she's STUDENT OF THE MONTH! :)- It is a great day to be a dad.
  • Blog Post: My Son's Shut Out at the Stars / Ducks Game Tonight!!

    My son, Carson, is goalie for his Mites hockey team. He was asked by his coach to be one of the kids that went to a Dallas Stars (that's NHL pro hockey for those who don't follow hockey) game against the Anaheim Ducks to play on the ice in the intermission right after 1st period. It was really exciting...
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me

    I was tagged by Paul , and was on vacation when it happened. Here are five things you didn't know about me. I fought like hell to get a job at Microsoft. I was beat out by Keven Markham for a consulting position (which I am SO glad I never got), beat out by Doug Turnure for a Developer Evangelist...
  • Blog Post: Implemented TEST

    It's official, I implemented TEST . POST /kaevans HTTP/1.1 Host:blogs.msdn.com Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: nnnn <person> <name>Kirk Allen Evans</name> <state>TX</state> </person> Of course, the very first Saturday that I am here, Georgia...
  • Blog Post: I’ve Got That Buffett Thing Starting to Kick In

    This year, I turn 35. There's a song by Jimmy Buffett called "A Pirate Looks At Forty." Most people would recognize the opening line, "Mother, Mother, Ocean… I have heard you call." Looking back on the past 5 years and how quickly things have changed, I can't help but feel that forty is quickly approaching...
  • Blog Post: I just got a new XBox 360... now what?

    For Father's Day, my wife bought me a shiny new drill. While I was very appreciative, I knew that it would go unopened for at least a month or two as I had just completed the home project it was intended for. And since we are going to move soon, it might even go unopened longer, as my old drill still...
  • Blog Post: Find the Cheapest Gas Around Your Zip Code

    I had no idea this existed. MSN Autos can find the cheapest gas around your area, overlaying the gas station location onto a MapPoint map. Sweet.
  • Blog Post: It Needs More Cowbell

    Have you ever been working on a project and something just seems... missing? Sean Gerety pointed out the missing ingredient... we need more cowbell .
  • Blog Post: Redneck Holidays: When Cooking Is Potentially Life Threatening

    We have a slightly newer tradition around the Evans household involving preparing the Christmas meal: we deep-fry a turkey. When I first heard of the concept, I laughed for about 5 minutes straight. "Only in Georgia could someone actually think of deep-frying a 14+ pound bird... whaddya stuff it with...
  • Blog Post: My son knows how to spell Microsoft

    There needs to be a traveling businessman's equivalent of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck" jokes, something like "You are working too much when..." The first entry ought to be "You are working too much when your 4 year old knows how to spell Microsoft but can't spell Santa." I was out of...
  • Blog Post: The Coolest Commercial Curently Airing

    The Coolest Commercial Currently Airing award goes to... Visa Checkcard. A lady stands in a parking lot. She looks into her purse, then turns upward frantically, "Help me!!! Will somebody please help me?!?" The next image is a huge dude with long blonde hair, dressed like Thor. His Thunder Hammer poised...
  • Blog Post: Ignore - claiming Technorati link

    Ignore this, I am just claiming my blogs.msdn.com Technorati Profile link and my weblogs.asp.net Technorati Profile link.
  • Blog Post: We bid you a very heartfelt good night, Johnny

    I stayed up entirely too late to see Johnny's monologue and signature golf swing. On the east coast, The Tonight Show started at 11:30 pm, and I often ended up seeing David Letterman (which followed The Tonight Show, coming on somewhere around 1:00 am). This morning, I woke to learn that he has passed...
  • Blog Post: They don't talk politics on ESPN or The Weather Channel

    Gauge your readers and don't abuse your readership. Do not post your political views on a blog that your readers subscribe to receive technical information. They don't talk about politics on SportsCenter on ESPN, and they don't toss in a shout-out for their favorite candidate while giving the local weather...
  • Blog Post: BellSouth and DirecTV deal

    If you are an existing BellSouth and DirecTV customer, you can save anywhere between $2.00 and $10.00 off your monthly DirecTV bill... yep, even if you already have service, you get a free couple of bucks knocked off your bill. Go to BellSouth's page for more details. Disclaimer: This is not a...
  • Blog Post: Irritant's Top 25 Sports Movies

    Irritant has another post on the Top 25 Sports Movies. How can everyone overlook “Better Off Dead“ in the top 5?!?! Forget the dancing hamburgers... this movie was both a skiing movie and a car racing movie, complete with an unbearable Howard Cosell impersonation (complete with the old...
  • Blog Post: Bonnie Raitt at Chastain

    My wife called me last week to let me know she had seen somewhere that Bonnie Raitt would be in town soon. We went to a Bonnie Raitt concert about 8 years ago, and haven't heard about her returning since. Without hesitation, I told my wife to buy tickets. We got a babysitter, packed a cooler, and...
  • Blog Post: Not Being Rude, But...

    If you post something that is of value , you kind of expect people to quote you in articles they write . Especially when they have linked to the same information in the past .
  • Blog Post: Thrashers Beat the Bruins

    My gracious brother had an extra ticket and suite passes for the Thrasher's game last night. I took Jeff Key along for the ride, and we consumed more than our fair share of the beers in the suite's refrigerator. And to boot... the Thrashers actually beat the first place Boston Bruins , and the Thrashers...
  • Blog Post: "Link" explains the Matrix Revolutions Ending

    The actor who played “Link“ in Matrix Revisited and Matrix Revolutions was interviewed on a local radio show and explains the ending to Matrix Revolutions . WARNING! Definite spoiler included. Do not listen if you have not seen Revolutions yet.
  • Blog Post: That's some rough food

    My son went to the doctor today for his routine checkup.  We mentioned that he is extremely active (he just turned 3, so “active” is really relative).  He seems to have 2 speeds:  sleep and high gear.  The doctor said he seems normal, but suggested we cut out a series of food items to determine if it...
  • Blog Post: A Great Day to be a Dad

    My great day started yesterday night. Working late at the office, a good hour from home, my wife called to say that she was going to start bathing our children and put them to bed. Would I like to talk to them? "Daddy! Hey daddy! I am watching cowtoons!" (Cowtoons is 2-year old speak for "cartoons...
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