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FailBlog

Not that I have that many followers, but I know some people still come out here and check things out.

Well, I guess you can stamp a big FAIL on the project…at least for now.  With all the work stuff that happened over the last year, the new job, and the new focus of my web stuff (i.e., mainly Facebook), I haven’t been out here since last March to post.

So, for now, if you’d like to keep up with me, head over to Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/mylesbecker

Cheers!

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  • Slow Progress

    Well, all, first I want to say thank you if you are still following the website.  It has been a slow journey to get everything back up and running and I’m not even really close.

    The main thing is this: the old blog’s database got corrupted, so I’ve been having to re-create the entire blog by hand, which isn’t easy (or fun), although it’s kind of neat to see all the old posts come back to life.

    At any rate, please hang in there with me and in the meantime, I do end up updating my Facebook about 15,000 times a day (not really, but those of you on FB know the addictive nature of that site).

    Cheers!
    -m-

    MylesBecker.com v3 Coming Soon!

    Greetings!  If you’ve stumbled across this…congrats!  You are witnessing history in the making…heh.  Not really, but I am in the middle of getting the new site set up.

    As you can see, I’m switching over to WordPress, and I’m hoping it will work out a little better than the last setup.

    The look and feel will be changing over the next few days while I tweak everything to my liking.

    Thanks for reading, as always, and I look forward to being back up and running.

    -m-

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  • Happy Birthday, Nater Tater!

    Nate and His Cake

    Nate and His Cake

    Well, if you can believe it, the Nater Tater is 3.

    It’s been a fun year this past year. Nate went from almost zero verbal communication to full blown sentences. His speech therapy has been amazing to watch and I praise all the great folks who have worked with him so diligently.

    Nate’s also turned into quite the computer guru. He can turn on the computer by himself, log in, open a browser and he knows which link will take him to “games.” And if he’s feeling in the mood for a little Disney Toontown action, he asks Mommy or Daddy to “type it” - referring to the password needed to get in (he hasn’t figured out how to do that yet).

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  • Happy Birthday, Honey Pie Sugar Bunch!!!

    Birthday Roses

    Birthday Roses

    My wife is very smart. Most of you know this by now, but I need to throw that out there because she single-handedly figured out ALMOST everything that was going to happen surrounding her birthday today.

    Now, granted, she told me what she wanted:

    • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - We are both huge Depp fans (obviously she more than I for, again, obvious reasons), and have been looking forward to this for a while. I still wish we could have seen it in the theatres, but ah well. The big screen TV will have to do.
    • “If you are going to get me flowers, I want roses: red, orange and yellow.” - Well, this blew part of my plan, as I had already placed an order last weekend for her usual favorite: purple irises. Thankfully I was able to call and cancel it since they hadn’t left yet. But, she knew, somehow…and here’s the kicker. She wanted the roses from Safeway or King Soopers. WHAT?!?! I thought she was crazy. But I forgot that one little thing: my wife is smart!
    • “I’ve got dinner covered.” - Again, ruining part of my plan. I had secretly talked to Cathy to make sure she could babysit, then I was going to pick up dinner from one of the places close, so that Delphine didn’t have to cook (or Cathy, who is kind enough to watch the kiddos), and so that we could go out. But she already had the big chicken pot pie pulled out and ready to drop in the oven tomorrow afternoon.

    [SIGH] She’s so smart. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Well, my friends, it’s official!

    Today, the European Commission gave their blessing for Google to complete it’s purchase of DoubleClick for $3.1 B.

    From the press release:

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the online advertising technology company DoubleClick by Google, both of the US. The Commission’s in-depth investigation, opened in November 2007, concluded that the transaction would be unlikely to have harmful effects on consumers, either in ad serving or in intermediation in online advertising markets. The Commission has therefore concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area (EEA) or a significant part of it.

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    Trent Reznor Does It Again!

    Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I - IVBy now, you’ve probably heard all about this. But just in case you didn’t, let me fill you in.

    As more and more artists are getting fed up with the way that the RIAA is treating it’s customers, and even worse, it’s clientele, a few of the more savvy ones are doing something about it.

    Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails released his new musical project last night. It’s called Ghosts. Check out the site at http://ghosts.nin.com/. Reznor simply calls it “…a new collection of instrumental music…Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall.”

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  • Dean Glandt Tribute

    Greetings, all!

    For those of you that weren’t able to make it to the memorial service for Delphine’s dad, Dean Glandt, it was very beautiful. The folks from Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes did a great job of making sure everything was taken care of, instructions were given when needed, and everything went so smoothly.

    After the memorial service and the graveside service, we all came back to the church for an early dinner. During dinner, Dean’s children and grandchildren presented a PowerPoint presentation that we had collectively put together. We had all gathered pictures and stories from the past, and put it together with music chosen by Perriann and Delphine. We got a really nice response from a lot of folks and afterwards a few people asked if I could put it on CD or DVD.

    After doing some research and trying a few programs out, I finally decided on Camtasia, a screen capture software package that allows you to record audio and motion from your computer for sharing in several different formats.

    Right now, I have available a web-based version. It requires Adobe Macromedia Flash Player, so if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to see the presentation. You can get it by clicking here.

    Tribute Presentation: Click here to launch the video in a separate window. If you have any pop-up blockers, be sure to allow my site to launch pop-ups. Also, depending on your Internet connection, it may take a little bit to load enough to start playing, but it will show you the loading progress when you launch the presentation.

    I’ll be working on getting this on DVD for those in the Glandt family that aren’t on the Internet on a consistent basis, or for those that would just simply like a copy of the tribute.

    Enjoy!
    -Myles-

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  • Rest In Peace: Dean Glandt

    As some of you have already heard, my father-in-law, Delphine’s dad, Dean Glandt, passed away at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 17, 2007. So it goes…

    A few weeks ago, Dean had fallen out of his bed at the Life Care facility in Cheyenne and broke his femur at the hip. The doctors gave him about a 1 in 20 chance of even surviving the surgery. However, those of you that knew Dean knows that those were very beatable odds for him.

    While he made it through the surgery just fine, recovery over the next week and a half did not go as well. Dean was just too weak to fight this final battle.

    A week ago last Friday they transferred him to a beautiful hospice facility in Cheyenne where they kept him very comfortable for his last days. His wife, his two daughters and one of his grandsons were by his side when he passed away.

    Dean was used to fighting for his life. When he was very young, he had Rheumatic fever and was not expected to live past the age of 11. He grew up with a damaged heart, had one of the valves in his heart replaced, and had gone through several pacemakers. About 10 years ago, he fell down the stairs at his house in Cheyenne and had to have steel rods put in his legs to get everything back together. A surgery that made his leg 2 inches shorter than the other. He had a couple of nasty spills after that, as well. I tell you all that to say that through each incident, when people thought he might just give up, he fought back. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • My Faith is Renewed in Americans

    “So,” you must be thinking, “is Myles talking about the Presidential election polls, the topic of war in Iraq, or even Ford launching a new hybrid fuel SUV?”

    The answer, of course, is: none of the above. My story is much more important than any of those. My faith has been restored in Americans, because unlike the debacle of Fox’s “Cupid” where stupid people kept voting for the creepy Ahnold-like beast, my fellow Americans have voted to let Jay London back in the “Last Comic Standing” house after being ousted just a week before.

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