This Google App user still can’t hang out in Google+

October 27, 2011 · Filed Under Calvert · Comment 

I’ve been waiting quite a while to try out Google+. I’m a Google Apps user so it wasn’t available to me at first. Which was surprising because you’d figure that would be one of the first groups to have that functionality since they’re invested Google users.

Still, I’m used to being left out in the cold so it wasn’t a big deal to wait.

As I sat through the initial online craze, with some impressive initial adoption numbers, I began to hear the murmurs of a “names” policy. As the details leaked out I decided that I’d never use Google+ if that policy stayed in place.

In virtually every community on the web, I have two identities. One where I do all my real work, including posting sometimes controversial opinions on various subjects. The other acct is my real name…mainly so people don’t keep asking me about my Facebook account. Yes, I gamed the system on Facebook to have two accounts. Many people do it.

Can Facebook connect the two? Probably. And it probably isn’t that hard.

Can the average person? Probably not, which is what I care about.

Wired did a very nice article a few months ago about the whole names thing so I won’t rehash it any further. There were many more people with plenty of influence that were vocal enough that Google changed their policy.

Or so I thought.

I just went into my apps control panel and turned on Google+. Everything went fine until I went to turn on Google+ and entered my name, the one I actually use that is known across the web.

Guess what?

Yep, it doesn’t accept it.

I’m sure it just needs to be updated to reflect the new policy or I’m doing something wrong. If I am just let me know because I’d really like to try it out. But until then…

I just went back to my control panel and turned Google+ off. As long as the real name policy is in place, it’s of no use to me. You can find me as Goofy G on Facebook though.

Holy Smokes, Dunkirk Bank (BB&T) robbed

March 4, 2010 · Filed Under Calvert · Comment 

Is it me or does it seem like there’s been more of these crimes lately in the upper patch on 4. Man, not good times.

Get the story here. Another story here.

At 12:15 p.m. today, the BB&T Bank in Dunkirk was robbed and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, a press release from the Calvert Investigation Team stated.

The robber, described as a black male, handed a teller a note requesting money. No one was injured. Anyone with information or who can identify the subject pictured is asked to contact Det. Nick Defelice of the Calvert Investigation Team at 410-535-2800 ext. 2669.

They got a nice photo of the guy though.

dunkirk8pgb Holy Smokes, Dunkirk Bank (BB&T) robbed

Super Bowl commercials

February 3, 2009 · Filed Under Calvert · Comment 

The one game a year that my wife and kids don’t miss is of course the Super Bowl. The fellas watch it for the football but my wife, of course, loves the commercials. My favorites this year were the Clydesdales (I always like those) and the baby traders. How about you?

Here’s a link to Hulu with all the commercials for your viewing pleasure.

superbowlcommercial Super Bowl commercials

The expert’s guide to napping

January 27, 2009 · Filed Under Calvert · Comment 

Do you nap? I’m not much of a napper. i just can’t sleep during the day. My wife, on the other hand, can nap at the drop of a hat. I guess that’s why we have a cat and not a dog. Get it, cat nap? Yes, I am a communications professional and not a comedian.

Still, if you are a napper, then you need to visit the Expert’s Guide to Napping. Some of the highlights:

  • A short afternoon catnap of 20 minutes yields mostly Stage 2 sleep, which enhances alertness and concentration, elevates mood, and sharpens motor skills. To boost alertness on waking, you can drink a cup of coffee before you nap. Caffeine requires 20 or 30 minutes to take effect, so it will kick in just as you’re waking. Naps of up to 45 minutes may also include rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which enhances creative thinking and boosts sensory processing.
  • Limit your nap to 45 minutes or less, if you need to spring into action after dozing. Otherwise, you may drift into slow-wave sleep. Waking from this stage results in sleep inertia, that grogginess and disorientation that can last for half an hour or more.
  • However, if you want a long nap, nap at least 90 minutes. Many of us get about an hour to an hour-and-a-half less sleep a night than we need.

How about you, do you nap?

napping The experts guide to napping

Tracking Santa

December 24, 2008 · Filed Under Calvert · Comment 

For those that want to keep track of Santa, here’s a link to Norad.

norad1 Tracking Santa

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