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Monday, December 31, 2007

Auld Lang Syne - Happy New Year 2008


Most popular posts and pages for 2007

I took a few moments with my statistics today and pulled out the most popular blog posts and pages at WelchWrite.com. Did you miss any of these?

Most popular blog posts and pages on WelchWrite.com for 2007

My Word: Elsewhere Online: 10 Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photography
My Word: Norton Internet Security Problems
Career Opportunities: The Right Way to Resign
Career Opportunities: Leave Voicemail Feedback for Free
My Word: California Wildfire Viewer
Career Opportunities: Time for you
My Word: Total Lunar Eclipse - March 3
Career Opportunities: Zoom In
How-To: LAN Server Rooms
A Gardener's Notebook: Preparing your garden for a vacation
My Word: Computer Tip: Donít lose your CDs
Career Opportunities: When Opportunity Knocks
Photo: Leaving the dock
A Gardener's Notebook: Guest Post: Beneficial Wild Creatures in Your Garden
My Word: A Chat with Nolan Bushnell
Elsewhere Online: 100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter
The Ultimate Paper Airplane
Casting concrete leaves from/for the garden
Book Review: Book: The Lost Gardens by Anthony Eglin
My Word: A rare warning - Avoid 1and1.com web hosting
Career Opportunities: Who are you talking too?
My Word: YUM! - Ferrero Rocher reviewed on CandyBlog
My Word: Make a desktop trebuchet

A few of my best photos from 2007



The Friends in Tech guys are getting into photography in a large way, so we each put together a sampling of some of our best photos from 2007. Enjoy!

Douglas E. Welch - Best of 2007
Friends in Tech - Best of 2007

Do something for yourself this year!



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Sunday, December 30, 2007

What are you reading? - from Seesmic

So what are you reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Utterz: Get your finances in order for 2008



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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Douglas speaks French...poorly (SMILE)

The Seesmic video IM service was created in France and therefore has a lot of French speakers. I thought it would only be right to try out my high school French skills (with some awesome assistance from Google Translate) to say hello in their native tongue. Enjoy!

Video: Sometimes all we can do is live by good example

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Neat New toy for Christmas

Joe got this neat toy for Chritmas...and I have gotten some flight time, too.

Heading towards 2008!



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Elsewhere Online: Free reading of Alice in Wonderland

I love the fact hat others are catching the "reading" bug and developing their own audio books frmo out of copyright texts. Here is one of my favorite stories read by author, Cory Doctorow.

Free reading of Alice in Wonderland

Happy xmas! I've just posted a 2:23 reading I did of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland -- the first book I ever read to myself, and one of my all time favorites. The reading's under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license, so do anything you'd like with it!

(Via Boing Boing.)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Silent Night - Merry Christmas


A little Christmas song from me to you!

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Favorite Christmas Stories @ Friends in Tech.com



14 Favorite Christmas stories in The Wish Book produced by Friends in Tech. (http://friendsintech.com/)

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Audio: 2nd Annual LIVE Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A grand time was had by all as we read A Christmas Carol and sent it out, live, over both Talkshoe.com and uStream.tv. Below is the audio version for your listening pleasure. If you would like to see a partial video if the reading, you can watch it on my uStream.tv page.

Listen:
2nd Annual LIVE Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Christmas Carol - A LIVE reading featuring YOU! - Dec. 22, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 6 pm, I will be hosting our 2nd Annual LIVE reading of Dicken's A Christmas Carol LIVE on Talkshoe.com. This is a service that allows LIVE call-in talk shows with audience participation.

You can join us in reading the story by visiting http://talkshoe.com and setting up a FREE account. Now you can JOIN IN for free, using just your computer.

I will be joined by my wife, Rosanne, some friends and anyone who calls in and wishes to read a section of the story. We will be using a condensed version of A Christmas Carol, created by Dickens for his own public readings.

If you think you might like to join us, as a listener or a reader, please RSVP to douglas@welchwrite.com, so I can get a feel for how many core readers we will have.

Link: Download the script now

A Christmas Carol - A LIVE reading featuring YOU!
Saturday, December 22, 2007 -- 6 PM PST/9 PM EST

A LIVE Reading of a Christmas Carol - Tonight!



Click here to chat with other listeners


Christmas Light Extravaganza

My friend Ric, in Santa Clarita is at it again this Christmas season. His holiday light show recently got a mention in Gizmodo, where the blogger calls it "...true artistry. Spectacular."

See it for yourself in this YouTube video or, if you are in the LA area on Philbrook Ave in Santa Clarita.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Full moon walk on a chilly night



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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Project: Crazy little toothbrush robot

This is so cool! A robot that with about 4 parts that works amazingly well. Check out the video below to see how you can make your own. Once again, this could be the beginning of a very cool science fair project.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Elsewhere Online: A Book Store Made in Heaven

One of the most beautiful bookstores I have ever seen. I would love to spend time here. It might even be worth flying to the Netherlands to see it! (SMILE)

A Book Store Made in Heaven Whoever said that reading was a religious experience was right, especially when taking a visit to Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Having just won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize 2007, this newest addition to the Selexyz book chain is well worth the visit to this Medievil city if you are ever in the area.

Erected inside a former 800 year old Dominican church, this bookstore is said to hold the largest stock of books in English in Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in the country.

(Continues on Web Site)

(Via The Cool Hunter - Latest Articles.)

An Audio Christmas Card from Douglas, Rosanne and Joseph at WelchWrite.com

Christmas BowsWishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays and the very best for your New Year!

Listen: Silent Night - Performed by Douglas E. Welch

Tuesday, December 18, 2007



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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Wish Book - Douglas E. Welch

The Wish Book: Stories inspired by the Christmas Catalogues of the Past.
A holiday gift from Friends in Tech.

Listen: The Wish Book - Douglas E. Welch




Share your Christmas stories. Visit Friendsintech.com for more information.

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Friend of the Welchs - TedTalks: Arthur Benjamin

Our friend, Art Benjamin went to high school with my wife, Rosanne, and several years ago we all re-connected out here in Los Angeles.

Below is Art's TedTalk from 2005, based on a similar act he regularly performs at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and for school kids around the world. Watch his "MathMagic" and be amazed. Even better, his books will show you how to do it yourself. (SMILE)


Music is not a spectator sport




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Piano Recital 2007


Merry Christmas at Keri and Michael's 2007

Short videoblog of a Christmas Party at our good friends, Keri and Michael

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Douglas E. Welch Photo


Douglas E. Welch
Originally uploaded by Kreg
My fellow Friends in Tech member, Kreg Steppe, took this shot during the Podcast and New Media Expo last September.

The Wish Book: Rosanne Welch

The Wish BookRosanne's episode of The Wish Book, the Friends in Tech Holiday series is now available.

Listen: The Wish Book - Rosanne Welch

You can hear the entire series, ending Christmas Day, at FriendsInTech.com.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Video: A Presentation to the Orange County Podcasters

Wednesday night I spoke at the regular monthly meeting of the Orange County Podcasters on "What's Next and What Needs to be Next in Podcasting."

As is typical with podcasters, they were a great group of people and I had a great time, both during the meeting and later at some after-meeting time at the local WingNuts. Below is a link to the audio from my presentation and the following Q & A session.



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Watch: A Presentation to the Orange County Podcasters (MPEG 4)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Demo Utter from LIVE from the Library




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Event: Rancho Parks Archery Ranges 1st Archery Fair at Rancho Park

Dec 15, 2007: Rancho Parks Archery Ranges 1st Archery Fair at Rancho Park

This event is a Archery Fair Sponsored by the Rancho Park 3D Club, in West Los Angeles, held at Rancho Park Archery Range

2459 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90064 http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/ranchopark3d/


December 15 &16 from 10am -4pm


We would like to invite you out to the range to see some exciting demonstrations of archery.


At this event you will see full dress Japanese Archery (Kyudo) full dress Medieval Archery and see some of the top Olympic Shooters and Bow Hunters and 3D Shooters in so. Cal..


We are also hosting our Bow Fair where you can buy, sell, trade new used and vantage archery equipment. We will also other item for sale as well as a great Bar-B-Q so come out see some great demonstrations, buy a bow and shoot with us sat and sun.

See you there..

Event submitted by Eventful.com on behalf of kyudoka.


(Via Upcoming: Event search in Los Angeles County in Festivals Events.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What's on My Wish List #10

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#10 HDTV and Accessories

I love the look of HDTV and would love to have one of my own. Of course, I would love to see some reduction in the costs of these units. I also see the ability to plug my computer into the screen as a big plus over older televisions.





#09 Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB External Hard Drive

As I continue to make more and more video content I am eating up hard disk space at an alarming rate. In this case, I couldn't wait any longer and bought this for myself today, but it, or something like it has been on my wish list for a long time. Expect more videos now that I have the space to edit them.



#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.



#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)



#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.



Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tie down your load and keep everyone alive!




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Monday, December 10, 2007

What's on My Wish List #09

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.





#09 Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB External Hard Drive

As I continue to make more and more video content I am eating up hard disk space at an alarming rate. In this case, I couldn't wait any longer and bought this for myself today, but it, or something like it has been on my wish list for a long time. Expect more videos now that I have the space to edit them.




#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.




#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Places LA: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

As if to prove that there is always something new in LA, I came across this photo of the LA River Center, which I had never heard about before. I didn't realize that after Lawry's closed shop, this new venue opened.

I am definitely going to have to head down there sometime soon and check it out.

Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

casual clicks has added a photo to the pool:



Los Angeles River Center and Gardens



This is the ornate entrance to what used to be a Lawry's spice plant which also offered delicious restaurants and patio terrace dining. The gardens and courtyards are still spectacular and the entire facility is now used by the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. Open to the public.



(Via Southern California Gardens Photo Pool.)

Douglas @ the OC Podcasters - December 12



http://ocpodcasters.com

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

What's on My Wish List #08

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.




#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Cookie Party 2007



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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Nativity scene


Nativity scene
Originally uploaded by dewelch
A repost of one of my better Christmas pictures from 2005. Someone added it as a favorite on Flickr and reminded me that it was there.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Douglas speaks at OC Podcasters - Wed, December 12 @ 630 PM

OC Podcasters Logo


Come on down to Aliso Viejo and hear me speak on "Podcasting: What's Next!...and What Needs to be Next!".

Orange County Podcasters December Meetup
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30PM
Where: Corpus Christi of Aliso Viejo
27231 Aliso Viejo Pkwy
Aliso Viejo CA 92656

You can find complete information on the OC Podcasters web site.

I will be recording both audio and video for later podcast in case you can't make it, but why not stop by if you are in the area?




Writers! Produce Thyself!

Do you know a WGA member who is on strike? Do they want to learn about podcasting, producing and distributing their own work on the Internet. Have them send me an email. I am looking to gather up a group of interested folks for a free presentation on the Why, What and How of Podcasting.

What's on my Wish List #07

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Question for 2008: Am I having fun?




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The Wish Book - Now running at Friends in Tech

Remember the Christmas catalogs of the past. They were often called Wish Books and I and my sisters would spend hours pouring over them "wishing" for almost everything. Friends in Tech has collected a series of stories and memories about the Wish Book and is presenting them throughout the month of December.

Hear the stories on Friends in Tech.com, subscribe to the Friends in Tech RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader or subscribe in iTunes to get every episode automatically.

If you hurry, you can even share your own Wish Book memories.

Submit your own story!

Hurry, though, Christmas is almost here!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Stay Awake and Stay Alive! - Fire trucks



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What's on my Wish List #06

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Christmas Lights at the Welchs


Christmas Lights at the Welchs
Originally uploaded by dewelch
I went out and played around with the camera for a few minutes and came up with this 3 shot panoramic of our (sedate) Christmas lights. There are color light people and white light people and I am white light people. (SMILE)

What's on my Wish List #05

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife

I love to cook and I would really like some nice knives to speed my way through onions, potatoes and other raw ingredients. Most knives cost an arm and a leg, but recently Cooks Illustrated Magazine and America's Test Kitchen television show and book rated this knife as one of its top recommendations. Cool! Good AND cheap. Who can complain with that? Heck, for that price I would buy 2 or 3.

See also:
Victorinox Stainless-Steel 8-inch Chef's Knife





#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System

I have a pretty good sense of direction, but I also like to know where I am going and how long it is going to take to get there. I have been drooling over these high-end navigation systems for a while. Good to see some of them are starting to come down in price.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Monday, December 03, 2007

Event: $ - Dec 11, 2007: Rome Reborn at Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

I assume there is some cost to attend, but I have been unable to locate any mention of price. I will call tomorrow and try to find more information -- Douglas




Dec 11, 2007: Rome Reborn at Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles Rome Reborn is a technologically sophisticated project that recreates a digital 3D model of ancient Rome as it appeared in 320 A.D. First conceived by professors Bernard Frischer (University of Virginia ) and Diane Favro (UCLA), the project has been accomplished after a ten-year collaboration among scholars from around the world. The result is a virtual reproduction where viewers are immersed in the past as they move through the recreated ancient city in real time, and can enter buildings, change perspectives, and browse Emperor Constantineís Rome.


Virtual visitors gain an extraordinary sense of what the city really looked like and how it functioned, thanks to the simulation of some 7,000 buildings, 170 temples, eight bridges on River Tevere, 19 kilometers of Aurelian walls with 400 towers, theatres, waterworks, the Foro, the Senate, and much more. On June 11, 2007, Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni officiated at the first public viewing of Rome Reborn in Campidoglio, Rome. Christmas party to follow catered by chef Gino Angelini, La Terza Restaurant


(Via Upcoming: Event search in Los Angeles County in Education Events.)

What's on my Wish List #04

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System

I have a pretty good sense of direction, but I also like to know where I am going and how long it is going to take to get there. I have been drooling over these high-end navigation systems for a while. Good to see some of them are starting to come down in price.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

What's on my Wish List #03

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Latkes at the Lefkos

A great Hanukah party at our friends house

Grant's Advent Calendar Video Podcast 2007

Back for another great year, Grant's Advent Calendar Video Podcast is greater than ever. Watch breathless as Grant opens each door, little knowing what's inside. Could it be money? Pens? Paper clips? Fidgert? No one knows for sure! Tune in to find out!


Update: Cookies are basically done!

After checking my list, I find that there are only 2 things left to make for the party.
  • Corn Flake Holly
  • Chili

Woot! Another fabulous orgy of baking, just so you folks can enjoy it! Aren't I a great guy?!? (BIG SMILE)


As always, some cookies will be in short supply, so come early to insure a good selection.

Book: Train Robber's Daughter from Raven River Press

Train Robber's Daughter Book CoverHello, please check out friend, Jay O'Connell's new website, Raven River Press.

You can read about his latest book as well as the others he's written.

The most recent is "Train Robber's Daughter," which is a biography of Eva Evans who was the daughter of one of California's most notorious train robbers. Her life story is nothing short of fascinating/bizzare. The book is currently being printed and will be available very soon.

Link: Raven River Press

Cookie Party Prep - Day 8

Stained glass cookies and walnut cookies

What's on my Wish List #02

Instead of my typical holiday guide, I present a selection of items that I would love to receive this Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Cookie Party Prep - Day 7


What's on my Wish List #01

Instead of my typical holiday guide, I present a selection of items that I would love to receive this Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List