NFL Football and Raisins

It’s no secret that at this time of year, my (un)healthy addiction to NFL football rears its ugly head. I’m a lifelong Giants fan, which means that by law, I have to root against all other NFC East teams, and later in the season, against any other NFC teams that might prevent said G-Men from landing a playoff spot.

My daughter Alana is 5, and is just starting to discover professional sports and the differences between them. So last week, I thought she might have an interest in a 4pm game between the Eagles and the Ravens. The dialogue went something like this:

Me: Alana, who do you want to win – the Eagles or the Ravens?
Alana: The Eagles or who? The Raisins …?
Me: No, the Ravens
Alana: (thinking) … I want the Raisins to win
Me: No, no, it’s the Ravens, not the Raisins
Alana: (spots closeup of Haloti Ngota) Wow! Look at that giant Raisin!

I’m now hoping that the Ravens continue to be the Raisins for a few years to come, as it is now standard practice to find out who the Raisins are playing this week. Turns out it was the Patriots in a hard-fought contest last night, and now the Browns this coming Thurs.

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Knicks’ 2011-12 schedule – Knicks Blog

Says Ian Begley:

“Knicks vs. Heat, April 15: LeBron James says he doesn’t want to play the “villain” role anymore, but he won’t be able to avoid it on this night. James will be making his third trip to the Garden since spurning the Knicks [and others] to form a big three with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. This matchup is Game No. 60 of the season, so it could have serious playoff implications.”

via Rapid Reaction: Knicks’ 2011-12 schedule – Knicks Blog – ESPN New York.

This will be a good one to revisit in April …

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Eclipse and SFTP

One of my students at ITP just asked about file sync between one’s local file system to a remote file system using Eclipse and SFTP, so I put together a quick how-to, which might be of interest. The actual text/steps may vary, depending upon your version of Eclipse, but all the basics are there.

The one caveat of this process is that I’ve only been successful in setup and sync with an existing remote directory, and then importing it locally, not the other way around, e.g. exporting local to remote (though I have not tried very hard in this area — for whatever reason, the target has always existed whenever I’ve set up sync). So a remote target folder of some kind must already exist before you sync it to a local one, if you’re using these instructions.

To equate a local directory with a pre-existing remote one:

  1. Help > Software Updates
  2. Choose Available Software Tab
  3. Click Add Siteā€¦, and then put http://eclipse.jcraft.com/ for the URL field.
  4. Choose SFTP Plug-in, and then click Install …, and then restart after the install
  5. Using Project Explorer view, make a new local project
  6. Create a folder within that project that will map to a remote folder
  7. Right click on the local folder in Project Explorer and choose Import
  8. In the Select dialog, choose Other > SFTP
  9. Choose the local folder as the one to receive the import
  10. Create a new SFTP site and give your host and login info
  11. If successfully connected to remote site, you should get the remote directory tree
  12. Choose the remote folder to import
  13. The remote files should now be in the local folder

Now to keep sync between these two:

  1. Go to Window > Show View > Other… > Team > Synchronize
  2. Click the first upper right icon in the Synchronize tab
  3. Choose SFTP from the Synchronize dialog
  4. The previously mapped folder should appear with all files selected
  5. Click Finish
  6. Eclipse will ask you if you want to use Team Synch perspective. Personally I don’t use this. I just keep the Synchronize view as part of my workbench

To test:

  1. Make a change in a file within the local folder
  2. It should then appear in the Synchronize view in Outgoing mode
  3. Using the buttons at the top of the Synchronize tab, or the right-click menus on any of the items that have changed, you can upload or check the diff between the local and remote counterpart

So there you have it. For projects that involve multiple people, I would recommend using a version control system like Subversion, but for quick one-person, one code-base jobs, this works nicely …

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Where I Don’t Want to Work

Today, I got a call from some telemarketer. Yes, we’re on the Do Not Call list, but my guess is that really has very little to do with anything.

Anyway, my new technique is to take the call with the express purpose of pitching to them whatever new feature or promotion we’ve created on the ActiveMusician site. And we actually have something pretty good going on right now. You can win a Fender Strat, amp, case, and cord simply by filling out a quick entry form. It’ll probably come down to only a few thousand entries, and the prize is worth about $1000 US, so in terms of the ratio of prize money to odds, it’s better than Powerball or any of those other sweepstakes-y types of deals.

Anyway, after the initial pitch from the telemarketer, I start in and it goes something like this:

  • Me: Hey, do you or anyone you know play the guitar or want to start playing?
  • Telemarketer: (small pause) Um …. no.
  • Me: Well, do you or anyone you know want to win a free guitar and amp?
  • Telemarketer: (longer pause) No …
  • Me: Ok, well what about winning the guitar and amp, selling it, and then pocketing the money for anything you like. Does that sound good?
  • Telemarketer: (even longer pause) Umm … No.


Now, I don’t know exactly where this person works, but I do know any workplace that either:

  • inspires such ambivalence to winning free stuff
  • or conversely, employs those that do not, nor do they know anyone who likes to win free stuff

well … then that is a place I do not want to work.

The flip side, of course, is that this type of reverse marketing (marketing to telemarketers) may now be so commonplace that it was the quickest way for him to get me off the phone.

Come to think of it, I guess he could have also just hung up, but that would be rude — maybe even for a telemarketer.

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Gimme The Strat

Squier Classic Vibe Strat

ActiveMusician.com is winding down their Classic Vibe Strat Giveaway this Friday. How does one enter? Glad you asked.

Simply give a like to ActiveMusician’s Facebook page and you’re entered. Right now, this is at ~1500 likes, so that’s your chances. Not bad for a guitar with a street value of $350.

Guitar will ship from our warehouse in NJ same or next biz day — depending on how long it takes to hear back from the winner (my guess is that it won’t take long).

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