Me either. I just assumed they still used Chinamen to do all the hard work like I learned in history class, but turns out the trains lay their own track now. This is a pretty cool video...
My brother sent this, it is a video of a guy driving a small boat through about 300 alligators in a feeding frenzy so he can go fishing!!!!! Southerners (he is from Georgia, but the video is in Florida) are crazy when it comes to fishing! You couldn't pay me enough money to have been in that boat!!!
I have an iPad and I think it is pretty neat. If nothing else, it is a large iPod touch with a REALLY GOOD battery and I can play music all the way to Florida when I drive down to see my parents and still have lots of battery left. It also has great features with the large screen and photos look great on it, and maps are awesome and if Google ever releases a GPS app for the iPad, it will beat any other GPS out there hands down.
But there are some things missing that should be there. In fact, that is the iPad's dirty little secret. Steve Jobs will tell you that the iPad will run most of the 100,000+ apps already available for the iPhone and Ipod Touch, but what he doesn't tell you is that they look like crap. An app needs to be programmed for the iPad's screen resolution to look good, and what's the point of running an app that looks like nintendo (the original one) graphics on your new hi-tech device?
Facebook seems to have been caught totally unprepared by the iPad, so you have to use the iPhone app which looks like junk. That's just one of the many missing apps for the iPad. I'm an app junkie, and I check the app store on a regular basis. The truth is, there aren't a lot of new apps hitting the store right now. It is a slow curve as the apps start to come to the iPad. That is the dirty little secret. In a year, the iPad will probably have a rich, mature app store with most everything you can imagine and want but right now it is slim pickens.
And one of the things that I thought would be REALLY COOL for me, as a radio announcer, would be an app that would let me edit wav or mp3 files (think Adoble Audition or something along those lines) and that I could bring into the studio and play from my iPad. I haven't seen anything like it yet.
One other dirty secret, apps cost too much on the iPad. Not sure why an app that is $0.99 for the iPhone is $2.99 on the iPad (and many games go as high as $9.99, when you can get the same game for $2.99-$4.99 for iPhone) but apparently developers think that since it has a better screen we should pay more for the app, even when in many cases it is identical to the iPhone version except for the graphics.
Don't get me wrong, I love my iPad, but there are a few little hassles that you should know about before you plunk down your $500+ for one.
We talked about the C-Prime bracelets on the show the other day. Hawk had seen Harry Connick Jr. talking about them at a concert and was curious about how they worked. After doing some research, I found that fitnews.com is reporting that they are being promoted in South Carolina by former University of South Carolina running back Rob DeBoer who was implicated in the Burnlounge pyramid scam that was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission.
Now there is this magic bracelet that somehow improves your balance, ability to stretch, strength and more. We had a distributor in the studio to demonstrate it and I was not convinced. Of four tests, I could only find one that seemed to make any difference at all, and in some cases I was able to perform the test better without the bracelet. So, how does it work? I know many of you have been convinced by the tests that distributors of the C-Prime bracelet (or irenew / power balance) give and seem to really make a difference.
I did some research and I have come to believe it is good old-fashioned placebo effect. This video with a blind test on the Power Balance Bracelet (which used the exact same tests and the C-Prime bracelet now uses) probably shows it better than anything I could say. Basically, they did the tests that the distributors do and they worked exactly as they were supposed to work. But when they put the bracelets / cards in the person's pocket and neither the tester or the person being tested knew who had the actual product, they failed every time. By doing that, they took away any mental bias on the part of the person testing, and the person being tested.
In short, save your $100.00 for something that actually works...
Well, we finally got around to taking the kids to the Greenville Children's Museum. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the kids loved it and even us adults had a good time. Here are some pictures of our trip!
They loved the water exhibit where the could play in the pool with all the toys!
Quinn may end up working the pit crew for a NASCAR driver one day!
The farm was a big hit!
And so was the Bi-Lo grocery store!
And at the end of the day, the whole family had a great time!