What I Learned This Week For May 2 2014

By Mike Maddaloni on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 06:00 PM with 4 comments

photo of a drawing of bugs

It’s a good thing I didn’t use the piece of paper shown above to keep my learned list for this past week, as them my little girl would not have been able to have drawn this picture of bugs. I thought the circular shape was an apple, but she wondered why I would even think of such a thing. Needless to say, she’s spending some time in art camp this summer.

  • This past week my wife’s Aunt Irene passed away too early at the age of 95. As of course I was fortunate to know her later in life, I never knew about her earlier life, such as she was born here in Chicago and she enlisted in the Army as a nurse the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They don’t make them like that anymore.
  • Speaking of history and Chicago natives, if you are on Twitter you should follow Michael Beschloss, a historian who tweets regularly some amazing historical pictures. Even if you are not a history buff you will surely find some of them interesting.
  • I have been a minivan owner for over a year now. It is such a damn functional vehicle. Special thanks to the fine folks at Silko Honda for making the buying experience so enjoyable!
  • Bob Mould will be performing at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion on June 23 as park of their Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays series. I missed seeing him at Riot Fest last year and can’t wait to catch his powerful performance in a few weeks.
  • My friend Lee is still going strong with his Market Outlook blog. If you are a financial type, you may get some value out of this, as it does run a bit too technical for my capacity.
  • I was a little surprised when I saw the proofs of my daughter’s school photos and they had a solid green background. It turns out that the photography studio is employing chroma key to then allow us to select a custom background for the photo. Where this is unique, sadly the choices of backgrounds left much to be desired.
  • It is possible in the SQL Server Management Studio to change the default of 200 rows for editing to an unlimited amount. This post explains how to easily change the number of rows from 200 Thanks to my good friend Alex for finding this and letting me know about it..
  • Whenever I think of Bob Mould and the band he was with in the 80’s, Husker Du, I can’t not think about their performance on NBC’s Today Show in the mid 80’s before they broke up. Why? Watch this video on YouTube of Bryant Gumbel interviewing Bob Mould and notice the puzzled look on Bob’s face to Gumbel’s questions – clearly he did no research on the band before he asked these questions! You can follow the link or watch the video embedded below.


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That Chroma key background for school photos is an incredible idea! Things like that make me excited that it’s 2014. I hope one of the backgrounds had laser-ray patterns.

Picture of Matt Maldre Comment by Matt Maldre
on 05/08/14 at 04:47 AM
 


Hi Matt - yes, I believe there were laser patterns, but they didn’t quite my little girl’s dress and pony tails.

mp/m

Picture of Mike Maddaloni Comment by Mike Maddaloni
on 05/08/14 at 08:59 AM
 


Oh man. I thought lasers went with everything. (secretly putting my laser backgrounds away)

Picture of Matt Maldre Comment by Matt Maldre
on 05/08/14 at 09:17 AM
 


Yeah, we have the same thing, instead of everyone getting the stock cheesy background you gave a choice of 10 cheesy backgrounds.

Picture of John J. Wall Comment by John J. Wall
on 05/15/14 at 07:23 AM
 


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