October 2007


Ever since I got my first Gmail account a couple years ago, I wished it had IMAP support. As many probably know, Gmail has recently enabled IMAP on accounts. My account still doesn’t have it enabled, but my Gmail for domains does. I was excited at this news, but then I started thinking about it. What do I really need it for? This isn’t a few years ago when desktop email was more popular. With everything going web-based, this is a step in the opposite direction. Sure, I can use it so I have a backup of all my mail, but I could do that with POP access as well, which is what I’ve been doing for backups the past year. I don’t have an iPhone or another phone that does IMAP, so I don’t need it for that. Truthfully, I don’t have any reason for IMAP. So, here is my request Google. Change the interface of Gmail. Make it look more like the redesigned Google Docs and Spreadsheets or something. You’ve had the same interface (for the most part) since you began. A new design would be a welcome change. (Just don’t do reading panes. I hate those and hate how Hotmail and Yahoo both now feature them so they can be more like Outlook.)

For reasons I won’t discuss here I am searching for a new host. I don’t need crazy amount of space and/or bandwidth that many budget hosts oversell. I would like around 10gb space and 25-50 gb of bandwidth. I want a reliable host with CPanel (or Plesk) installed and the ability to host more than one domain (would like to host 5, at most). If anyone can recommend a reliable host that meets my needs, drop me a line.

There are several things I would like to accomplish before I die. This post isn’t about those. This is about a goal I wish to accomplish before someone else dies. I have a huge sense of St. Louis pride. I take pride in the city, the teams, and the music. Whenever I see someone successful come out of St. Louis, it feels good. There is a legend that still lives in St. Louis. He is known to many as the Father of Rock n Roll. People such as Eric Clapton, John Lennon, and Mick Jagger have all praised his talents. Who am I talking about? None other than Chuck Berry. And at 81 he is still touring. He plays at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis about every other month, when he’s not still doing shows around the world. I am making it my goal to see Chuck Berry perform before he passes. Only problem is, I need someone to go with me. It’s no fun going alone with no one to share the experience with.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. Joey Bishop was the last surviving member of the group. From The New York Times:

Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra’s celebrated retinue of the 1960’s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 89.

His death was of multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan.

Mr. Bishop was the least flamboyant of the Rat Pack and no match for the others — Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Sinatra himself — in their dedication to hell-raising.

But he shared in their phenomenal success in the early 1960s, when they headlined music and comedy shows in Las Vegas, appearing at the Sands, and made movies like “Ocean’s 11” and “Sergeants 3.” When John F. Kennedy, a friend of Sinatra’s and a brother-in-law of Lawford’s, was elected president in 1960, Mr. Bishop was master of ceremonies at the inaugural ball.