Hello Sunshine!

A day full of sunshine is ahead for Central Indiana today.

Highs today will hit 80 degrees around Central Indiana with mostly sunny skies.  There’s a little patchy fog North of I-70 today, but that will burn off by late morning.  Enjoy the sunshine! 

Overnight, lows drop to the mid to upper 50s with clear skies.

Monday, a weak front moves through early in the morning, that could bring a 10% chance of an isolated sprinkle North of I-70 through noon tomorrow.  Most spots look to stay absolutely dry.

And, the forecast remains through Thursday.  That’s our next chance of rain.

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Rain on the Radar!

Saturday will be soggy, but we’ll see a rebound for the second half of the weekend!

Highs today will hit the mid 70s with scattered showers and isolated t-storms.  We’ll see the rain wind down late in the day.  Most spots look to pick up a quarter inch of rain, while others could pick up as much as half an inch.  Severe storms are not expected, but heavy rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible in some thunderstorms.

Overnight, we dry out and lows drop to the upper 50s.  Patchy fog is possible early Sunday morning.

Sunday, we dry out, and highs hit the upper 70s.

Our next chance of rain comes at the end of the week.

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Weekend Rain on the Way

The chance for rain increases for the weekend! Yippee!

If you want rain, it’s in the forecast!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 70s with increasing clouds.  There’s a chance for a stray shower.  Areas south of I-70 are more likely to see spotty showers today.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 60s with a chance for a scattered shower.

Saturday is the best chance for rain.  Highs will hit the mid to upper 70s with scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially for the later morning and early afternoon.  At this point a quarter to a half of a inch of rain is possible.  I know there are a lot of outdoor events happening, so keep the umbrella handy!

We dry out Sunday, and look to have beautiful conditions for most of the work week.

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Han Solo Shot First UPDATE

In Star Wars, Han Solo was cornered by a bounty hunter in the Mos Eisley Cantina.

Guido, the bounty hunter, was alone.  He thought he was good enough. Guido thought he had won.  Then… BLAST.

Han Solo shot him down.

For many years, the iPhone has been Han Solo, flying around the galaxy, shooting down contenders one
at a time.

Some smart phones had good features, but no one device could compete with Apple.

This domination continued until Google created the Android operating system.  Finally, there was a
digital empire ready to take down the iPhone.

Apple laughed and said, “You and what Droid army?”

In the Empire Strikes Back, the Empires hires a group of skillful bounty hunters to hunt down Han Solo and
the rebels.

Eventually, Han Solo was caught and frozen in carbonite. 

Google took the Empire’s approach.  They licensed the Android OS to several manufacturers and created their
own army of bounty hunters.

Google’s plan has been working.

According to Quantcast.com, Android’s share of mobile web consumption has been rising.  In the month of
August, Android was second only to Apple. 

In terms of mobile web consumption, Android left Blackberry and Windows Mobile in the dust.

While Google’s group approach is working, it is also creating an identity crisis.

When I say “iPhone”, everyone knows what you are talking about.  This is because Apple has very few iPhone models and they spent millions on advertising. Now when I say “Android Phone”, what device comes to mind?

Droid?
Droid Incredible?
HTC Evo?

On a brief web search I found twenty-three (23) different Android models!  Here they are by carrier.

VERIZON
Droid
DroidX
Droid2
Droid Incredible
Devour
LG Ally
Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S Phone


AT&T
Samsung Captivate
Sony Ericsson Xperia
Motorola Backflip
HTC Aria


SPRINT
Samsung Epic
HTC Evo
Samsung Intercept
Samsung Moment with Google
Motorola i1
HTC Hero with Google


T-MOBILE
T-Mobile myTouch
Motorola CLIQ
Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR
Motorola CLIQ XT
Samsung Behold II
Garmin-Asus Garminfone
The models keep coming!

Verizon releases new phones EVERY QUARTER.

At the most, Apple releases a new iPhone once a year!

While the Android OS is gaining popularity, the iPhone still has the name brand recognition. This is due, in part, to Apple’s limited product line.

To combat this, several carriers have rolled out large marketing campaigns.  Sprint has featured several TV ads for the HTC Evo. 

Verizon has featured it’s line of Droid phones, which brings me back to Star Wars.

Have you noticed the fine print on any Droid ad? Part of it says: “DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.
and its related companies. Used under license”

To learn more about the licensing process I contacted Lucasfilm Ltd. 

Paul Southern – Sr. Director, Domestic Licensing & Marketing, Lucasfilm Ltd. provided the following insight.

How long does the licensing process take?

There’s really no set formula, it’s truly case by case. Sometimes it happens very quickly, usually when both partners are on the same wavelength, other times it can take years before we’re able to find common ground on an opportunity. 

How many licensing requests do you get a year?

The whole mobile space – phones, apps, e-books etc – is clearly a very dynamic area at the moment and we’re getting several calls a week from organizations interested in leveraging the power of the Star Wars brand within their businesses. 

Does the process take longer for a major commitment like the Motorola Droid?

No, this was one partnership that made complete sense to everyone involved from the very outset and as a result, for a partnership of this scale, it came together surprisingly quickly.

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Verizon is using the well known “Droid” name to gain brand recognition.  It will be worth the money, if the Droid can catch the iPhone and freeze it in carbonite.

Maybe then the iPhone will have better reception

Todd Donaldson

p.s. In the original version of Star Wars, Han Solo shot first, and killed Guido.

In the most recent DVD release, Lucasfilm changed the movie and made Guido shoot first.

Why change it?

Han Solo was a smuggler, not a saint!  He doesn’t need an image make-over.  It made Guido look stupid, he missed a 3 foot shot!

Just in case George Lucas needs more money, Lucasfilm will be releasing the Star Wars saga to Blu-ray DVD in the Fall of 2011.

When you buy it, and I know you will, look closely and see if Han Solo shot first.

NOTE: Special thanks to Chris Argyropoulos and Lucasfilm Ltd. for your communication and insight.

Dry Today… Rain on the Way?

I am loving these temps in the 70s, but we all know that we need the rain. As we get closer to the weekend, a better chance of rain appears in the forecast!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 70s with a very high clouds around Central Indiana.

Tonight, expect temps to drop into the low to mid 50s .

Friday is tricky.  What’s left of Hurricane Hermine is trying to move towards the state, but it looks like it wants to fall apart just before it gets north of I-70.  There’s a chance of rain south of I-70 Friday, but don’t get too excited about it… for our viewing area, the chances don’t look incredible.

A better chance of rain moves in Saturday when a cold front moves through the state.  Saturday morning through the early afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.  Up to .50″ of rain is possible.  However, that doesn’t mean everyone will get that much!  Highs Saturday will hit around the 80 degree mark.

Do you rain dance!  If we don’t get the expected rain Saturday… we’re in for another dry spell in the extended forecast.

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Dave’s Fit Faves!

Here are a few of my favorite things broken up into categories for your viewing pleasure:

Carbohydrates

  • Whole Grain Brown Rice– A true superfood that naturally has a great flavor, so seasoning and additions can be kept to a minimum. Great source of slow-released energy for quality training and recovery without unwanted bodyfat.
  • Sweet Potatoes Another superfood with a great natural flavor and long list of benefits that need not be goofed up by adding sugar, butter and anything else that people add to them. A dash of cinnamon is really all that is needed from time to time, keep it simple!

Protein

  • Egg Whites- Amazing protein that metabolizes into your system close to 100% and helps you add lean muscle and recover from tough training.    
  • Bison- A great source of red meat that is more lean than chicken breast, offers more recuperative benefits for those who train hard at any discipline and it cooks really fast due to it having such low amounts of fat. The Native Americans had it right, the settlers were ignorant and stupid…America is addicted to an inferior source of meat because of this historic stupidity. Take some time to compare Beef to Bison. “Wow” is the only word that will come out of your mouth!

Veggies

  • Asparagus (simple, packed with nutrients and needs very little to make it taste amazing…tad bit of olive oil, garlic, dash of salt & pepper…mmm!)
  • Broccoli- (simple, packed with nutrients and needs very little to make it taste amazing…tad bit of olive oil, garlic, dash of salt & pepper…mmm!)
  • Spinach- (simple, packed with nutrients and needs very little to make it taste amazing…tad bit of olive oil, garlic, dash of salt & pepper…mmm!)

Healthy Fats

  • Flaxseed, Primrose, Fish and Borage Oils- Look them up! All great for helping the body believe it or not…metabolize and transport other fats. You need fats to utilize fats. These oils are also great for recovery, lubricating joints and even aiding in the process of adding lean muscle. A favorite blend of mine is called EFA Gold by a company named Beverly International.

Strength Moves

  • Squats-There are obviously countless moves that I use in the gym but one I can’t do without is the Squat Movement, it is the fountain of youth!
  • Pull-Ups– Nothing like a bodyweight movement that requires no equipment yet always provides a burn and great muscular development…and I mean always!
  • Shrugs- Keeping your Trapezius muscles strong and conditioned is very important. They are present in almost every upper body movement you make yet so many people fail to train them. Don’t be “that  person”…train your traps!

Cardiovascular

  • Cycling- Mountainbiking, Road cycling, and BMX….ahhh Bicycles….can’t imagine life without them! I call them “the toys that give back”…
  • Trail Running– The wind, the leaves, the trees, the nature, the smells…sniffle… it’s a true experience! It is running without the boredom. It requires more than just a pace, it requires skill, balance, coordination and much more focus than a boring run on a busy run or bike path. The ever-changing terrain forces you to constantly adapt on the fly and adjust your pace and strides.
  • Sprint workouts at whatever local track you can find– Great way to mix up your routine and for many people, it is much more effective at burning fat rather than running mile after mile. How many fat sprinters are there? Not many at all!

Flexibility

A city that’s deserved its omelet

Of all the places my wife has dragged me on vacation, Denver is now among my favorites.

If I’m good at one thing around the office, it has to be scheduling my vacations right before holidays and other miscellaneous days off. It seems, without fail, that my vacations always end up in a “2 on, 2 off, 1 on, 8 off, 2 on, 2 off” type schedules. So, to honor the “MondayFriday-ness” of today’s one-day work week, let’s get caught up.

First and foremost, if you’re a music fan, or if you’re not a music fan but have a little bit of room in your soul for an “OMG! Breathtaking!” moment or two, you have to see a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver. Years ago, my wife said that was one place she always wanted to see a show and was slowly starting to move her plans from seeing “a band she liked”, to “a band she could tolerate”, to “a band she had heard of.”

Then something happened this spring.

Not only was her absolute, top-of-the-list favorite, David Gray, going to play at Red Rocks, but he was splitting the bill with Ray Lamontagne, a solid member of the top five “others” on the list. In fact, the only thing that kept her from likely labeling them one-two is Lamontagne’s less-than-stellar history in live performances. Two out of the three times she’s seen him live, he seemed like he’d rather be elsewhere.

Not last week.

An amazing venue, amazing weather and an outstanding show by two great talents. I’ll go see a David Gray show every time, but it was great to see Ray rock it out and restore my faith in his live abilities.

As for the trip to Denver, I don’t know what it is about my wife and I, but we always seem to come back from a trip with a “no way, really?” type moment (or three). For example, our trip to Japan in June featured an appearance on the Jumbotron at a Yakult Swallows baseball game and a 6 a.m. World Cup soccer celebration in the streets of Tokyo.

In Denver, it might have gotten even a little more out there.

First off, we hit a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field. Beautiful ballpark, with (once the sun went behind the roof) great weather and an exciting game. It would have been enough of an obscurity to see a game that featured three triples, a 2-for-3 performance at the plate by the starting pitcher and Manny Ramirez getting booed, taking a strike and being ejected in about a 30-second window, but toss in a foul ball snagged by yours truly and it was quite a trip just seven hours into the day.

Two days later, we hustled a tour of the Colorado Statehouse into our departure plans. My father-in-law had heard some stories and thought it seemed interesting. Always a bit of a history buff, I learned that the dome is plated in 250 ounces of gold leaf, they used every last ounce on earth of a native stone (a type of red granite, I think?) to fancy up the interior hallways and then there were the west steps.

In 1909, local college students measured the height above sea level and engraved the “one mile high” mark on a granite step on the west side of the statehouse. Sixty years later, they realized they measured it wrong, and placed a plaque two steps higher. Thirty or so years later, Congress decided to “officially” designate sea level and the mark was wrong again. So a final (?) plaque was placed several feet lower on the stairs.

So as excited as you could be to see historical markers, we were geeked. Until we came across the abortion rally blocking two of the three monuments. And it wasn’t just a “hey, hey, ho, ho” type picketing, it was a full-on podium and presentation. With a 2:45 flight and an undetermined drive to the airport, we stretched it out about as long as we could, then as the organizers of the rally finally broke things down (20 minutes after we needed to leave) and we got our picture, in between a throng of locals who didn’t even realize the plaques existed.

So to wrap it up, Denver was awesome. A clean, developing city with generally nice folks (though a few too many exercise nuts for me!) and I’d gladly go back again, especially if I was promised such an awesome concert (and 4th row seats, too!)

Talk vs. Action

Talk or action, which describes you when it comes to your health?

When it comes to your personal health, fitness and nutrition, there is too much talking going on. While everybody talks, the statistics in terms of lack of activity, obesity, type II diabetes and many other types of problems that create our country’s long list of ills and causes of death continue to rise! I don’t mean to come off as “preachy” or the voice of doom and gloom but sometimes things just have to be said.

However, shutting me up is simply a matter of you putting one foot in front of the other and getting consistent exercise. If you already consistently exercise, explore ways of diversifying or improving your current endeavors.

 As of late, I have been encountering a lot of people who are more consistent with researching and talking about getting results rather than actually getting out and garnering them. For example, I was talking to a friend and we had a long conversation about all kinds of formats and topics with regard to fitness. As we were finishing our talk, she said that she needs to actually try some of the things that she had read, researched and heard about.

Fitness doesn’t have to be a complex puzzle to figure out, it really is a simple process of starting with the basics, working your way up to higher levels of conditioning and letting the natural process of common sense paired with trial and error unfold. Are there basics to learn? Certainly but make sure that there is just as much experimentation with your body actually doing the things that you may find interesting or exciting in your “fitness research.”

I have been in the fitness industry for many years and I never take for granted the fact that there are endless amounts of training formats, philosophies and activities for me to learn about and try. The key word is “try” because without getting in the mix and trying different things, you will miss out on the many benefits that come with the process of personal exploration. I learn something new every day with my fitness research but my research has me out in the field doing rather than talking. I say this not because I think I am Mr. Awesome but because early in my fitness career, I thought that the world revolved around the weightroom, tight abdominal muscles, how much weight I could lift and making people sore when I trained them. Wow, what a narrow scope huh?

 Through a series of ah hah, moments that came from opening my mind up to new activities, sports and training techniques, I now have a long list of amazing experiences on top of new levels of conditioning to treasure and enjoy. I  am very confident you can do the same, so keep talking but just make sure you are moving too. Fitness is yours for the taking….so take it!

Windy, with a Slight Chance of Rain

Get ready to hold onto your hats, or whatever else you carry today!

Highs today will reach the mid 80s in Central Indiana with increasing clouds and a very slight chance for a shower or t-storm this afternoon as a cold front pushes through the state.  Winds will gust up to 30 mph, so that’s going to be the big issue.

Overnight, temps cool off to the mid 50s with partly cloudy skies.

For Wednesday and Thursday, get ready for highs in the upper 70s with partly cloudy skies!

The chance for rain doesn’t move back into the forecast until the weekend.

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Labor Day Outlook

If you were hoping for pool weather for your Monday… you’ll get exactly that!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 80s with partly cloudy skies.  Some of our northern communities like Peru and Wabash will see some sprinkles this morning, but those will quickly fall apart.  Wind gusts up to 25 mph are likely today.

Tonight, we stay mostly clear and dry with lows in the low 60s.

Tuesday, we hit the mid to upper 80s, with a chance for a few rain showers as a cold front moves through the state.  Don’t expect much rain with this system, however, winds will gust up to 30mph.

Wednesday, we cool down to the upper 70s with sunshine!

Our next best chance for rain moves in for the weekend.

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