Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Testing

Want to see how well blogging would work from the Jesus Phone

Friday, August 15, 2008

My Jesus Phone

So I went and got myself an iPhone.  I wasn't going to wait in line all day for one, so I waited until I could stroll in and complete the whole process in about 10 minutes.  

I REALLY want to like the iPhone.  I really do.  There are some really cool things that you can do with it.  However, at the end of the day, it is nothing more than a toy when compared to a Blackberry.  Unfortunately, my needs just do not allow me to use the iPhone as my primary device.  I am on the phone or email (or both) all day long.  The problem with this is that the iPhone battery is a piece of shit.  Seriously, it can't hold a charge for a day.  Apple's answer to this is to turn of 3G, locator services, Bluetooth...etc.  Ok, so if I turn every useful feature off, essentially rendering the device a paperweight, then the battery will last from sun up to sundown...maybe.

The Blackberry CRUSHES the iPhone in the battery area.  And no matter what anyone says to me, you will NEVER convince me that it is as easy to type on.  It just isn't.  People who say that have never used a Blackberry.  The tactile buttons on the Blackberry allow me to use it with one hand, and this is something I do often.  There is no comparison in the device input area.

I will not get into the whole "cut and paste thing."  I think everyone knows that iPhone MUST have cut and paste soon.  Really, it is a MUST.

The other big problem for me is a lack of a "Search" in email, contacts, or anywhere useful for that matter.  You cannot use this device for business if you can't search email and contacts.  I applaud Apple for the Active Directory Sync, but they still come up WAY short in the mobile business user arena.

Hopefully, these are just software matters and can be addressed soon.  Until then, it is nothing more than a toy.  A really cool one, but still a toy.  It doesn't free me from my Blackberry in any way, which is what I was rooting for.

So, if you need me, I'll be playing Cowbell or downloading free apps...at least until the battery goes dead.

TP

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Homeward bound!

We are sitting on the plane in London, ready to take off. As beautiful as Venice, Milan, Nice, Cannes, the French countryside, the Alps, the Italian countryside, Reggio, Soveneiro, Parma, Le Puy, Craponne Sur Arzon, along with the countless other places we drove through this week are, I have to say Combine is about the most beautiful place in the world to me. Ok...that isn't true. As the Euro-Mullet parking attendant in San Marco Parking Garage screamed to Marshall, "don't you f'ng bullshit me man!" (Pronounced "bull-sheet!")

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Fart jokes...

Funny in any country apparently.

Soveneiro

First of all, Max and Christian booked an entire hotel for us. It is literally the top of the mountain. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. A little ways down the mountain is a village called Soveneiro. The have 52 people living in this village, and at the festival last night, there were 75 volunteers. The festival has become very large for such a small village.

Max's band played first and it was great. They rock. Then Bonnie and Matt, and then Darren and the band.
All of them did a great job. But the best part of the show was an impromptu jam session with everyone on stage. I think they did about 10 more songs!

Then, the staff and all of us got together and they made us pasta (amazing). So at 4am, we ate, drank wine, grappe, and beer. Very cool. I have a strong suspicion that everyone may sleep late. Only Kim and I are at breakfast. Pretty much the same as always. Well...not really...usually I am the only one to make breakfast. Ha

TP

Friday, August 1, 2008

Modena with Max and Fabio

Kim and I just arrived in Modena, dropped the PA, and went to Max's home. Ever where you look is Texas Music hats, cds, photos. Very cool. They display photos from their visit to Texas proudly. We had cold Bud, and a fabulous meal prepared by Max's girlfriend. Awesome. All fresh local cheese, and several things we have never had. It was really neat. Not to mention that the view from their balcony is amazing. It overlooks vineyards on one side and olives on the other. It is ridiculous how beautiful everything is! Played guitar for a bit, and now Fabio is taking us to meet the rest of the gang to go to the festival. Bonnie Bishop and Matt Skinner are playing with us tonight. Good times. Amazing folks too. I love these guys. Lots of laughs and great conversation. Listening to Bleu, EYB, Steve Earl, and Bingham in the car. They are ate up with it. I have seen them 4 times in two weeks, and each time we see them they are wearing another band shirt, and there are like 8 in their group. Makes us feel at home. They showed me my name in liner notes from some of the guys. They are fanatical. Love it!

We talked about Wade, Stoney, Darren, and just about everyone else at lunch. I also saw 4 different people from 4 different countries wearing Wade Bowen shirts. Gotta love that.

TP

Just like home

After a great show last night for a bunch of awesome folks, we got to the room at 4:30. Packed for an hour, slept for two...Kim and are the early risers, so we are heading to Modena with the van to meet up with Max and Christian. Tonight will be a long one for sure. Our Italian friends don't hold back much with anything they do. Good times for sure.