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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Wednesday
Nov112009

A Thank You to Veterans

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed on November 11.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

Congress amended the act on November 8, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

Tuesday
Nov102009

Baseball GM's say Instant Replay is Fine... Huh?

Following a regular and post season of missed calls and widespread umpire incompetence, Major League GM's voted today to keep instant replay the wait it is.

Commissioner Bud Selig said umpires will have more training, and will enhance the current structure of umpiring.  Selig does have the power to change the scope of instant replay if he wants.  Other pro sports like tennis and football are contently changing their instant replay format, and baseball should get a clue. 

Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins even went so far to say that he thinks instant replay is working great.  Making individual umpires accountable for their bad calls is one thing, but I guess it will take blowing a World Series call against The Yankees for GM's and baseball in general to do the right thing. 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov102009

Google Serves up Free Wi-Fi for Holiday Travelers

Google today announced it is working with airports around the United States and a trio of wireless providers to provide free wi-fi in 47 airports through January 15, 2010.

Representatives at Google seemed as excited about the holiday promotion as the travelers.   "We're very happy to extend our Holiday WiFi gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months," said Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google.

Due to bad weather and other extenuating circumstances, travelers often have extra time on their hands in the airport after they pass through security - 70 minutes, on average. Not surprisingly, having an Internet connection during this time can make a difference.  "I thank Google for the early Christmas gift", one United passenger said in Las Vegas.

The list of the participating airports is as follows:

 

  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Billings (BIL)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Bozeman (BZN)
  • Buffalo (BUF)
  • Burbank (BUR)
  • Central Wisconsin (CWA)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Des Moines (DSM)
  • El Paso (ELP)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers/SW (RSW)
  • Greensboro (GSO)
  • Houston (HOU)
  • Houston Bush (IAH)
  • Indianapolis (IND)
  • Jacksonville (JIA)
  • Kalamazoo (AZO)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Louisville (SDF)
  • Madison (MSN)
  • Memphis (MEM)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Milwaukee (MKE)
  • Monterey (MRY)
  • Nashville (BNA)
  • Newport News (PHF)
  • Norfolk (ORF)
  • Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Omaha (OMA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Panama City (PFN)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Portland (PWM)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • San Antonio (SAT)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • South Bend (SBN)
  • Spokane (GEG)
  • St. Louis (STL)
  • State College (SCE)
  • Toledo (TOL)
  • Traverse City (TVC)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)

You can also check out www.freeholidaywifi.com for more details.

Tuesday
Nov102009

More Rain for Metro Atlanta

Though not needed, more rain is on the way for a still soaked Metro Atlanta.  The remains of Tropical Storm Ida could bring up to 5 inches of rain in some spots.

The good news is the rain will blow in and out quickly, so not much flooding is expected this time.  Many areas of Atlanta are still trying to recover from the downpours of September.  A wind advisory is also in effect since this was a tropical storm. 

The rain is expected to continue into Wednesday and then move on through.

Monday
Nov092009

Extreme Makeover: Sammy Sosa

Appearing at the Latin Grammy Awards, Sammy Sosa looks like he has enlisted Michael Jackson's doctor as he shows off he new light skin tone.

A friend of Sosa's said he is going through a skin rejuvenation process and his skin appears lighter than it should.  The friend also said it looks weird in photos.  Well, onlookers at the awards show said it look weird in person as well.

See for yourself: