SEC Sports Roundtable 148: Week 14 in the SEC

The college football regular season is officially over and we look back on a memorable rivalry week, including the highest scoring Iron Bowl in series history. Shane, Britton and I break down the SEC Championship Game and I give a brief eulogy of UAB’s now defunct football program.

Missourinet – Alabama Scouting Report for the SEC Championship Game

I was once again privileged to join Bill Pollock of Missourinet to give a brief scouting report of the Alabama Crimson Tide heading into the 2014 SEC Championship game against the Missouri Tigers.

SEC Sports Roundtable 147: Week 13 in the SEC

After a couple weeks away, I join Shane and Britton to discuss a less than stellar week of SEC football and preview one of the biggest weeks of the year – rivalry week. We look forward to each SEC game including the Egg Bowl and the Iron Bowl and discuss Mississippi State’s chances at birth in the College Football Playoff.

The Curious Connection Between Baseball and Technology

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors:

So I am a baseball fan, and my team is in the World Series. Last night’s game was in San Francisco, and I somehow won the lottery to buy tickets, and so my wife and I went to the game. We went early, had a beer at the 21st Amendment Brewery that’s next door to my old office and right down the street from the ballpark.

Sports were my first love, especially baseball. Baseball was the first sport I played as a child and the first sport I avidly followed. I am still a diehard Braves fan to this day and well, to put it lightly, I still love sports.

My love for technology came a bit later in life, but as I began following the tech industry I noticed something extremely interesting. Those in technology, especially in the Apple space, share my love for baseball.

It’s unexplainable, really. Baseball is a relatively archaic game. Granted, technology has changed the game in some ways, but baseball has stood the test of time.

Jason Snell’s recent article detailing his trip to the final 2014 World Series game in San Fransisco featuring the Royals and the Giants reminded me of the strange connection between baseball and technology.

Jason is known for his love for sci-fi, video games, television shows and other extremely geeky hobbies. So, what drives this crazy connection between baseball and technology?

Is it the draw of keeping your own book and observing all the little details that go into a baseball game? To be quite honest, I’m not sure.

Baseball has always been my favorite sport to consume in person. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, doesn’t require your full, undivided attention and features some great personalities and quirks that only come alive on the baseball diamond.

Whatever the connection, it’s there and it’s fitting that the MLB is the first major sports league in the U.S. to support Apple Pay and Passbook.

Either way, anytime two of my loves collide, it’s bliss.

Section O, Row 61 – Wright Thompson

When it’s all said and done, Wright Thompson may be the greatest sportswriter of my lifetime.

That’s just it though, Wright Thompson doesn’t write about sports. He just tells stories. Powerful stories.

Section O, Row 61 is a story that Wright recently wrote and narrated for ESPN’s College Gameday.

His words are powerful, but there’s something even more powerful about hearing his deep, scratchy voice read his own words.

College football Saturdays are how we talk to the dead in the south. It’s how we remember the past, escape the present and look forward to the future.

Wright makes me love writing. His work constantly reminds me why we need good writers. The stories are out there, they’re just waiting to be told.

iFixit’s Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown

iFixit:

It’s been two years since the Mac Mini’s last appearance on iFixit’s teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple’s lineup this week. Is this truly a refreshed Mini, or merely a mini-refresh? Stay tuned to find out just what two years of innovation has to say for itself—it’s Mac Mini teardown time.

As always, iFixit has done a great job in their teardown documentation and outlines exactly what you need to pry into the latest Mac Mini.

I love my Mac Mini. It’s quiet, is extremely reliable and provides just what I have always wanted – a Mac desktop experience that allows me to use my own monitor.

My Late 2012 Mac Mini has been rock solid since the day I bought it. It performs nearly any task I throw at it reasonably well and even drives two monitors (including a 1440p Monoprice panel). But, many Mac aficionados have lost interest in Apple’s cheapest Mac offering.

Well, Apple finally released a revision to the Mac Mini line, updating nearly every aspect of the internals of the system but leaving the external components nearly unchanged – except for one aspect.

Apple axed one of the Mac Mini’s most marketable features, user replaceable RAM.

Although this isn’t a shocking move, it still marks the end of an era as we know it. Now nearly every Mac that Apple sells has non-user replaceable RAM. In fact, most of Apple’s notebooks and even the Mac Mini have the RAM soldered to the logic board.

The Mac Mini is still a great little computer for the price, but it’s sad to see upgradability once again be neglected by Apple.

SEC Sports Roundtable 142: Week 8 in the SEC

Shane, Britton and I recap another crazy week in SEC play. Mississippi State is still the number one team in the land and the states of Mississippi and Alabama own four of the top five spots in the Top 25. Georgia seems to be pulling away in the east and we look back on how our preseason predictions are holding up.

Video: John Gruber – XOXO Festival 2014

John Gruber is one of my online heroes. For those that run in the “Apple space” online, he has been the voice of our community for years.

John recently spoke at the XOXO Conference in Portland, Oregon. XOXO is quickly becoming one of the premier conferences in the tech industry. The speaker lineup was simply amazing this year. John was joined by several other amazing men and women of the internet including Gina Trapani, Jonathan Mann, Hank Green and Paul Ford.

John gives an in-depth look back at the history of his site, Daring Fireball, and looks forward at the future of web publishing, Apple and many other fascinating topics.

If you would like to learn more about this year’s XOXO Festival and Conference, Shawn Blanc has a great photo essay on his newly revamped site, Tools and Toys.

SEC Sports Roundtable 139: Week 5 in the SEC

I joined a full panel this week to recap the Week 5 action in the SEC and look forward to what could be a historic Week 6. Nearly every team in the SEC West is ranked, no one wants to take control of the SEC East and Amari Cooper is quickly becoming a dark horse Heisman candidate – plus, Shane gets to celebrate a Kentucky victory.

Why?

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Why?

Why do you do what you do?

This is a question I believe we don’t ask ourselves enough.

Ultimately, as Christians, our faith provides an answer to this vague question.

God should be the center of our lives and no matter our calling, no matter our task. He should be the one that drives it all.

In essence, He is the answer to our “why?”.

Martin Luther King Jr. describes what I believe to be the best answer to “why?” in his sermon, “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”:

When I was in Montgomery, Alabama, I went to a shoe shop quite often, known as the Gordon Shoe Shop. And there was a fellow in there that used to shine my shoes, and it was just an experience to witness this fellow shining my shoes. He would get that rag, you know, and he could bring music out of it. And I said to myself, “This fellow has a Ph.D. in shoe shining.”

What I’m saying to you this morning, my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; (Go ahead) sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill
Be a scrub in the valley—but be
The best little scrub on the side of the hill,
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a highway just be a trail
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or fail—
Be the best of whatever you are.

The answer to “why?” is in who we serve.

Dr. King’s favorite shoe shiner woke up every morning and set out to be the best shoe shiner he could be.

No matter who you are, God has blessed you immensely.

Maybe it’s with a great talent, maybe it’s with a great personalty, maybe it’s with a great mind.

Why waste it today?

Wake up every morning and strive to be the best you can be.

Let all the host of heaven and earth pause and say, “Here lived a great doctor”, “Here lived a great mother.”, “Here lived a great father.”, “Here lived a great teacher.”, “Here lived a great student.”, “Here lived a great friend.”

Dr. King reminds us that no matter our calling, we are God’s children and that is “why?”.