Test Post from WordPress iOS App 2.6.2

This is a test post from the recently released WorsPress iOS 2.6.2 app. This version is supposed to fix a lot of the issues that the previous version had. I can confirm that you can now write a post in horizontal mode without any problems. The other thing that is noticeable is that the app feels a whole lot faster.

WordPress 2.7 Available Here at WordPress.com

Cool, WordPress 2.7 has been released here at WordPress.com. I have to say that I like the new layout of things. It reminds me of the days when I use to use MovableType. All the modules are now configurable which is cool although I haven’t played with them much. 

Congrats to all who put the work in to get this released. I can’t wait until this is released to WordPress.org.

Amazing, I Still Get Traffic Here

The last time I posted on this blog was in February of this year yet I still get traffic every day to it. Granted, it is not a lot of traffic, but it is not forgotten. 

The reason for the lasck of traffic around here is because I have 15 other blogs that I write for. I have not written on them that much over the last year but I am starting to ramp up again.

I am not sure if I will write very much here but I am keeping this blog none the less.

I Watched My First T-Ball Practice Last Night

wil_tball My wife, my son, and I went to the park last night to sit in on another 4U T-Ball team’s practice. I wanted to see how a coach that actually knows what they are doing handles the practice. I am really glad that I went as I was not feeling very confident about getting the kids from our team out in the field and having them all look up to me to tell them what to do.

Basically the coaches are teaching the very basics of playing baseball. They broke the kids up into a couple of different groups (they had 4 coaches). Two groups worked on catching while the other two worked on batting.

The catching group had the players line up along one of the base lines facing the coach without their gloves. What the coach did was roll the ball to each player one at a time and had the kid get used to using both of his hands together to try and stop the ball. They did this several times with each kid until it looked like they were getting it and then had them do it with the glove.

The batting group had the T’s setup close to the fence and the coach would have the kid hit the ball into the fence to try and learn how to line the ball up with the bat. He would run through the proper time to hit the ball which was after a series terms. The terms were:

  1. Baseball Ready
  2. Pitcher Pitch
  3. Batter Bat

After Batter Bat it is time to hit the ball.

From there they got all the kids together and had 8 kids on the field with 1 on each base, a pitcher, and 2 kids in between each of the bases for a total of 8 in the field. The remaining 3 kids (one was not at practice) were the batters with 1 at the plate, one on deck, and the other one waiting.

What they would do was have the kid hit the ball and then have whoever the ball came to get the ball and throw it to first base. After they got the ball to base the would have the kid hit the ball again and this time run the bases. After each kid would hit he would be rotated on to the the field and then a kid on the field would be rotated off so they could bat. They did this until each kid got to bat.

tball From there they split the kids up into 2 groups with one group lining up at home plate and the other at second base. They gave the first kid in each line a baseball and had them run the bases until they got around all four bases. When the kid came to the final base they would hand off the baseball to the next kid and then they would run the bases. They would do this until all the kids had run the bases.

It was a pretty good program and I was really happy to have seen it first hand. I went from being apprehensive about coaching to actually looking forward to it.The kids all had a really good time and the parents looked like they were having a good time as well.

I already have 3 parents that have said that they would help out so I think that things should go really well at our first practice.

One on My Most Daring Challenges to Date – Coaching My Son’s T-Ball Team

baseball I have taken the plunge and have volunteered as the “Manager” of my son’s T-Ball team. I put “Manager” in quotes because as I get deeper into this “Manager” position it actually seems to mean “Coach”. While that may not be such a big deal to most it is a big deal to be because:

  1. I have never played organized sports before (Unless you count the day I tried out for football in high school and on the same day dislocated my finger and I never showed up again)
  2. I have never seen any of my kids play organized sports before. My son will pretend to hit a ball and then run around imaginary bases – the wrong way.
  3. This is 4U team which isn’t even at the T-ball level yet, it is mostly kids dressing up in uniforms and trying to hit the ball off the T and trying not to get hit if someone is actually lucky enough to make contact with the bat.

Despite all this the league was short a couple of managers and I really wanted my kid to play so I stepped up. I was told that I would not need to coach since parents usually like to get involved and help out.

The more I get into this the more I see that I am indeed the Manager and Coach. My wife was nice enough to buy me a book on how to coach so at least I will have book smarts if not experience. The way I see it I was the only one willing to step up so I cannot see how people can complain too much (let’s hope THAT doesn’t come back to haunt me later).

While trying desperately to find some info out on the net to vanilla_ice_1help with the impending first practice I came across this funny post about Coach Danny’s Rules of Tee-Ball. It made me laugh because it is probably a good glimpse of what I am in for during the next few months. I wince at the thought of all of the kids and parent looking to me to see how we play this wonderful game.

Well I will be posting here regularly of my exciting exploits of coaching my kids 4U T-Ball Team.

Am I Goofy or What? I Came to Work on a National Holiday and There is No One in My Office

mlkYep, I am sitting at my work right now. It is quiet, dark, surreal. Yes, I got up this morning (earlier then usual even!) and came into work on Martin Luther King day.

It is not that I do not celebrate what MLK did for this country, it is just that I have been so busy that I missed today somehow.

Oh well, this is an extra day off that I just got so I will take advantage of it and get some work done to try and stay ahead of the curve.

Happy MLK day!