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Introducing My App for

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So this baseball season the fine folks over at have released their app development platform, or as they call it “ Development Center” to the masses this year. I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to these kinds of things as I enjoy figuring out how technological things work. I’ve got some half-baked iPhone apps around here somewhere; as well as pile of barely used API keys for just about every service you can think of. Perhaps I should combine them all and make: a Google map with pins of your Fantasy baseball players and pictures of that day’s weather forecast that checks you in to foursquare while tweeting about it. I’m sure everyone will be shelling out the big bucks for that app. Right?

Techno Crap
If all my APIs had a physical form, this would be what my office looked like

Actually, the reason I’m posting this is that I’ve actually completed the process of creating a little app for fantasy baseball. Introducing the Nerds on Sports Nickname App for Yup, I made an app that will display players nicknames.  Some of the names are real, many are completely made up. For example the most recently added nickname is for Mark “Mayonnaise” Buehrle: That’s not a name that anyone (other than myself so far) is calling him, but I think it works well for a couple of reasons:

1) It makes fun of him for not being able to make a sandwich without injuring himself.

2) As a pitcher, he can be told to “put some Mayonnaise on it” instead of the usual slang of mustard.

See what interesting name/news tidbits you can learn from just a silly name? This is why I decided to create the app. Of course the list of players in the CBS Sports database is over 4500 players long, so if I really want to have tons of names, I need everyone’s help. That is why I created a suggestion box for new names. Please give me some new names — If you do, you’ll get to see your name in the app! Or perhaps, go spend the $1 to buy the app (You can sign up for a free league and buy just the app if you want to donate a (portion of a) dollar to me, if you do, please give me a good review :smile:).


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Man there are a lot of cobwebs around here. Does anyone still have this place in their feed readers? That would be crazy. Especially since our readership may have been in the high tens (3 years ago).

Creepy Cobwebs
I wonder if I can get any of the other writers out of their tombs


Anyway, I’m doing some cleaning and organizing. Perhaps even some calculating and computing too as that’s what a nerd like myself is supposed to do. I’m going to mess with the theme and the plugins and the inner workings of the WordPress, so if you have suggestions now is the time to foist them upon me.  Let’s see what happens.

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As you probably noticed (unless you’re reading this from the RSS feed only)  I have changed the theme for Nerds on Sports – I hope you like it. There are still a lot of tweaks that I want to to but just haven’t gotten around to doing. I have also added a plugin so now the feed contains the entire post even if the “Read More” tag is used to keep the front page and tag search pages from being too long. I’ve updated some of my other plugins and the WordPress engine itself. If you notice any issues or have suggestions, please do not hesitate to tell us.

Also, while watching Sunday Night Football this evening I decided that watching football should be like playing games online on Xbox Live – I want the ability to mute certain people. Do you think that will ever happen?