Author Archives: Brian McNitt

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Registered for the 2009 Chicago Marathon

It’s official — I registered for the 2009 Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2009. It will be my second marathon. w00t! My plan is to train with the San Francisco Road Runners Club and suggest friends in the Chicago area look into training with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA). Registration for the Chicago Marathon […]

Lindy Bombing…

“Lindy bombing is the act of a group of swing dancers going to a non-swing dancing venue or location and dancing swing. The purpose of lindy bombing is to expose dancing to other people in an amusing way.” — Wikipedia on Lindy Bombing

How-To: Increase Happiness, Good Times in Life

Where does happiness come from? How does one minimize dissatisfaction and create the greatest number of happy moments in life? Last night a friend asked, “Looking back on your life to date, at what points were you the happiest?” A simple enough question, I thought of a list of happy moments, some general time periods […]

Text Cloud – President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Moments after Barack Obama took the oath of office, a new White House website was launched where President Barack Obama has published his agenda for the new administration. In reading The President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, I thought it would make for an interesting text cloud. The new site also includes the addition of […]

Notes from the Universe

Created by author Mike Dooley, “Notes from the Universe” is a humorous, inspirational daily email service based on the book by the same name. I first learned about Notes from the Universe several weeks ago from users on Twitter and have enjoyed receiving the emails since. Today’s note: Brian, today, be the person of your […]

How-To: Get Out of Shoveling Snow

Check out this pimp house feature in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Your Opinion: Short or Long Hair? (Vote!)

So I’m trying to decide if I should go back to short hair or not. Figured I would create a poll. What do you think? Vote! The fate of my hair is in your hands. Thanks for your opinion.

Dealing with Difficult People (Ajahn Brahm)

Holding up the Zen end of this blog, an entertaining and practical dharma talk, Dealing with Difficult People, given by Ajahn Brahm from The Buddhist Society Western Australia. I especially enjoyed the story, “The Donkey Who Fell in the Well,” starting at 0:53:25 and “What mosquitos taught me,” starting at 1:05:00.

How-To: Upgrade MacBook, MacBook Pro Hard Drive to 320GB/7200RPM for Under $100

Buying a new computer in a down economy might not make sense but there are plenty of ways to upgrade and get more horsepower out of your existing machine. The most obvious upgrade is to add more memory. The next is to upgrade to a larger, higher RPM drive with faster read/write times. As many […]

“Prop 8 – The Musical” starring Jack Black, more…

A viral video spreading across the social networks, Prop 8 – The Musical was created by award-winning composer Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and stars Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and more. Shaiman’s video lampoons California’s controversial Proposition 8. (Credit goes to Max Kiesler on Twitter for the initial discovery.)