Ultra Street Fighter IV came out this week and I’ve been playing a fair bit. (If you’d like to see an example of how bad I am, feel free to play the below video and skip around a bit.)

I’m subscribed to updates from the only place that hosts fighting game stuff here in the St. Louis area (it seems to be a small crowd). This week, I was informed that they are going to have a tournament for the release of Ultra this upcoming Monday night:

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Now, why would I not want to attend such an event? It has a game I like, competition that I don’t normally get to experience, and could be a fun time. I could learn something about how to play the game.

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Oh, there it is. That’s why I wouldn’t want to attend.

Thanks for reminding me, St. Louis fighting game community. You’re the best.

This is my daughter. She is not yet a year-and-a-half old. We took her to her first Cardinals game when she was 2 weeks old. (She was adorable then, too.)

It appears I have already set this child on the right path:

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I’m spending a good chunk of the next few days composing what I’ll be talking about at this year’s WordCamp St. Louis, which is this Saturday the 22nd at Maryville University. I’m honored to have been asked to speak at two sessions during the day and if you are in the area I hope you will attend.

The first talk I’m scheduled to give is a Getting Started with WordPress session. It’s a challenge to boil down the very essentials to 40 minutes.[ref]Each session is scheduled for 40 minutes of talk, with 10 minutes of Q&A. I’m debating having the beginner workshop limited to 30 minutes with an extended Q&A.[/ref]

Right now I’m planning on covering security basics like password selection, backup practices, and the upgrader; settings basics like setting titles and taglines, discussion settings, and plugin installation; comment moderation basics and setting up antispam; and touching on the Visual Editor and the options available there.

Some of the topics we could cover in the intro session look to be covered by some of the other sessions throughout the day, so I’ll touch lightly on those things and recommend those other sessions for more information. It’s also important to note that there will be a Happiness Bar at WordCamp.

The second talk I’ll give won’t have any Q&A; it’s the closing talk for the day. My theme for the talk is going to be “Make Awesome Stuff” and has four areas of focus:

  1. What’s going on with WordPress everywhere
  2. What’s going on with WordPress in St Louis
  3. The power of open source
  4. What’s coming down the road and a call to action – make awesome stuff!

Again, if you are in the area, I would encourage you to attend. It’s $20, there’s a bit more than 50 tickets remaining, and you get some awesome sessions and a lunch for that low, low price.

You can learn more about WordCamp St. Louis at the official site, here.

Neat-o video by Anastasis Films showcasing a lot of the things that make St. Louis what it is. Automatticians who visited here last year will surely recognize some of the places we went.

About a decade ago, you wouldn’t have been able to convince me that this would be home. Now I can’t really imagine wanting to live anywhere else.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the TV ratings for the MLB All-Star Game:

The Nielsen Co. says that Fox’s telecast of Tuesday night’s contest from Kansas City was seen in 20.5 percent of homes with a TV in the St. Louis market. That’s up from the 17.8 rating last year and tied with the figure from 2010. The local All-Star rating soared in 2009, when the game was played at Busch Stadium and drew a 37 figure.

All those games were on KTVI (Channel 2). Coming in second this year was KC (18.7), followed by Detroit (16.1).

Best baseball fans in the country. It’s one of the main reasons I like living here. People “get it” when it comes to the game itself.

In the envelope in which I received a recent Cardinals ticket order, there was a game schedule. This year’s marketing theme for the Cardinals organization is “We Are Cardinal Nation”.

On the back of the schedule there was this text. I found it especially neat.

We are Cardinal Nation.
We are the 3 million in the stands and the millions more at home.
We are generations of generations.
We are a father, a son, and a scorecard.
We are Ducky, Dizzy, and The Rajah. Albert, Yadi, and Waino.
We are a hard nine.
We are a kid, an old radio, and a disregard for bedtimes.
We are curtain calls and the Clydesdales.
We are sac bunts, hitting the cutoff, and the 4-6-3.
We were “America’s Team” before there was such as a thing as “America’s Team.”
We are 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 24, 42, 45, and 85.
We are “Go Crazy Folks” and “That’s a Winner.”
We are Hornsby’s .424 and Gibby’s 1.12.
We are Bonilla’s hamstring and a rookie named Albert.
We are Robison, Sportsman’s, and Busch.
We are “Seat Cushion Night.”
We are Ol’ Abner, among other Shannon-isms.
We are “Brummer’s stealing home!”
We are 1892, and 1982. (And not to mention ’26, ’31, ’34, ’42, ’44, ’46, ’64, ’67, and ’06.)
We are the Gashouse Gang, Slaughter’s Mad Dash, and Brock for Broglio.
We are backflips on Opening Day.
We are peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and home runs that break things.
We are a porch swing, a summer night, and the crackly of the Mighty ‘MOX.
We are Whiteyball and the baby blues.
We are Mike Laga and the Legendary Foul Ball.
We are “Meet you at Musial.”
We are 42,396 on a Tuesday night.
We are 475 home runs, 3,630 hits and 3 MVPs, despite WWII.
We are George Kissell.
We are two birds on one bat. And always will be.
We are 43 Hall of Famers, 10 World Championships, and counting.
We are the first team this side of the Mississippi…
And the best fans this side of anywhere.
We are Cardinal Nation.