Monday, December 03, 2007

little niece

Baby Ava

she is

small and cute.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Really ....

Classic. This is a preview into the teen years...

Umm Dad? Like totally. I like seriously don't have to wipe my nose, ok? Ok. Sigh.

And who did you think she gets it from????????

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


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Monday, November 19, 2007

Bring it on Down.

Ta Daaaa!!!!!!!!
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Friday, November 02, 2007

Halloween Fun

Good times...
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Halloween Apples

Scary Stuff ... Jason and the Kitty!

B and Emmy preparing the blood bath

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Friday, October 26, 2007

More news - Microsoft

It's not what you think; but it is. They grow by just a little (12%) and the company earns $35 Billion.

It just means that they HAVE ALOT.

Way to go Vista; maybe now everyone won't trash it so much! At least until SP1 is relased.


Microsoft Surges After Sales, Profit Beat Estimates (Update5)

By Dina Bass

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. shares soared to their highest level in six years after first-quarter sales beat projections by more than $1 billion, proving the new version of Windows has reinvigorated growth.

Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, rose the most in seven years on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The shares advanced $3.87, or 12 percent, to $35.86 at 12:01 p.m., the highest since July 2001. The company added about $35 billion in market value and posted the biggest gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Sales of Windows Vista for personal computers climbed 25 percent, helping Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer reassure investors who'd been disappointed by the operating system's lackluster early adoption. The stock had lagged rivals this year, and the report allayed concern that Microsoft's growth depends on cracking Google Inc.'s dominance in Internet advertising.

``This is a big deal,'' said Jane Snorek, a Minneapolis- based analyst at First American Funds, which manages $55 billion in assets, including Microsoft shares. ``It will change the sentiment on Microsoft absolutely.''

Net income increased 23 percent to $4.29 billion, or 45 cents a share, beating the 39-cent average of 15 projections in a survey by Bloomberg. Sales advanced 27 percent to $13.8 billion, driven by orders for the pricier versions of Vista and the debut of the ``Halo 3'' video game.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A good Move

It's always good to see innovation get rewarded. This little cash injection will help Facebook get to the next level.

Oct. 25, 2007, 7:38AM
Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft

© 2007 The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Analysts said Thursday that Microsoft's $240 million investment in Facebook should help the software company gain a stronger foothold in the online advertising and search market.

The investment, for a 1.6 percent stake, values the social networking Web site at $15 billion, a substantial sum considering the online hangout's beginnings in a dorm room less than five years ago.

"We believe that the Facebook partnership represents another step in the right direction for Microsoft in its effort to build a larger online platform," said Lehman Brothers analyst Israel Hernandez. He maintained his "Equal weight" or "Hold" rating and $34 price target.

As part of the deal, Microsoft will sell Internet ads as the site grows internationally, expanding a marketing relationship that began last year.

The investment should help Microsoft claim a piece of the $40 billion advertising market, especially considering Facebook's 50 million active users, Hernandez said.

Cowen and Co. analyst Walter Pritchard maintained his "Outperform" or "Buy" rating on Microsoft, and said the advertising component of the deal is a positive.

"The additional Facebook partnership announced yesterday keeps Microsoft relevant as the strategic provider of display advertising for one of the hottest online properties," said Pritchard.

The partnership, he said, underscores the need for Microsoft's online growth, especially in the face of extreme competition from Google Inc. and News Corp.'s

Over time, Hernandez expects Facebook to integrate Microsoft's online services _ including its Live Search, a Google rival _ providing the company "a more captive forum for hosting and monetizing" the Internet.

Shares of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft rose 30 cents to $31.55 in premarket trading Thursday.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Some good comics

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Avatar of Might

Testing this funny Simpsons tool:

Monday, September 24, 2007

Birthday Shootings

A great gathering - Daren/ Nigel celebrate getting older by shooting each other with hard little paint balls.
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Friday, September 07, 2007


It's friday night and although I am usually at the cabin relaxing over a large fire this evening is different. I am at home and playing on the computer so I have time to talk about some things on my mind lately.

First off - Facebook. This site is CRAZY and I realise the impact it is going to make to humans. Take a closer look: you have Google the creative, innovative monster that has pushed the envelope and basically ruled search since inception. Their development team has immense strength and knowledge. They are young, driven and on top of everything on the up and up. But they haven't really done anything like Facebook. I admit I am midly blown away by the ease of use, presentation and walk through I am able to see everytime I login. I consider myself a power user of the web but I know first hand that Facebook is so easy to use ANYONE can get on and connect with friends/ family/ foes/ the past in a very short time - it really only takes one invite and you will start the chain reaction that so many people have nicknamed crackbook. So why hasn't Google made one? They bought one; Orkut - but in my opinion it is CRRRAP.

Second - Myspace. Such a massive network, sold for a record amount of money and was probably a decent networking site .. until Facebook came along. I have tried and tried to get into Myspace but I just find it too clunky and difficult to manouver. It is hard to find friends, hard to add things, and they deleted my profile 4 times for no apparant reason! I have given up on Myspace for the time being. Now imagine someone without alot of web experience trying to figure it out...not saying it hasn't been done; it is in the top 10 traffic spots online still today. But it isn't easy.

Third - Google. Wow. These guys buy a company just about everyday? And look at how crazy the YouTube deal was. Oh wait, don't forget how much crazier the doubleclick deal was. To really push themselves it has been said anonymously that Google is the only one on the horizon who could remotley have a chance to make a run at Microsoft.

Last - Microsoft. Double Wow. After delivering such products as Vista and Office 2007, these guys make the industry push hardware standards to the next level just so their stuff could run. I mean quadcore laptops and 8Gb Ram? I still hear stories from my Dad about the hard drives of his day that were in the Kb.

Just some stuff to think about.
Catch you at the fire
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A day and a night at the fire

This time we had fun in the sun and it went all the way through the night till the fire. Another great weekend.

Me and Emmy goofing off at the Lac du Bonnet park.

Emmy and her 'dog' going for a slide.

Yoga anyone?

So cute! Found you...

A fine dinner and general overeating, Mom and Dad Matthes finally made the journey.

Yes we are taking our own picture ....
Dan playing in the shadows

Yes we are still lovers ...
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Mom and Emmy playin
Jumping pigtails!
B's fire skills are awesome.
Gage and Emerson debating the theory of general relativity.
Dan just found out his dal was burning. WHAT?!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Great Holidays

I took a few days off with the famiy, we had some great weather and a great time at the cabin once again. I think this is definitly considered my summer home!

Dan spent some time with us and we introduced him to water sports, he took on a role as a professional tuber ... and showed a fine display of tubery.

Gage, Dan's master trainer, shows him how it's done:

Emerson is famous for boat naps; she always makes sure she has her soother and blankie 'for a little nap on the boat'. Brandy has skills; her wakeboarding is getting awesome except for two scorpion falls that might have ended the season a little early (we won't say that the water is too cold for her!).
G man, gettin the boat ready for another TUBE session.Another favorite passtime of Emerson is playing in the car, she is doing a fine job supervising me pack up.
Stanozolol enjoying the sun and crisp air of Lee River.Little Emmy havin some fun with the sprinkler at home.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Lake

Well it seems all the posts are about the lake; but that has been the santuary since coming back from India...just a few pics of playing in the water.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The dogs - Ocho and Ollie

We had another great weekend at the lake, Matty was dog sitting Ollie so he had both pups over at our place one night- I think Ocho is a rocker spaniel? Anyway he is really cute and both Gage and Emmy really took to him. Ollie is getting old (105 yrs) so she was a different kind of fun.

G -Man rocking out the riding mower "Mc Pig" (Gage calls it his quad since I won't buy him one! Accepting donations to the quad fund...)
Emerson pretending to be a puppy:

Emmy and Ocho on a walk:

Emmy and Ollie on the couch ...

Just Chillin...