Tuesday, February 28, 2006

All Java phones at risk from new mobile virus

Go to where the money is. Make writing (or protecting against) viruses profitable and it will spread like wild fire. Greed is a great motivator.

All Java phones at risk from new mobile virus - vnunet.com

FolderShare.com

Yet another Windows Live service FolderShare.com

Interesting how they are coming out with so many new things to play with. Hopefully the good of Google is spurring them to become better. Ahhh smell the competition.

Live Local Virtual Earth Tech Preview

Windows Live Local's Virtual Earth Tech Preview

This is a neat idea, only really works in Internet Explorer. Impossible to do everywhere, but still. That and I now realized I missed Norm MacDonald at the Moore Theater back on October 15th :(

Monday, February 27, 2006

New comments

Okay comments are now fully un-moderated, so feel free to post away. I hope I dont get a shit ton of comment spam though or I will be pissed.

Also I added code for peek-a-boo comments so you dont have to navigate away from my page to read them. Simply click on "x comments" under the post to expand the comments. To post a comment click on "Post a Comment" at the bottom of the content list.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Oh *drool*

Someone shouldnt get this excited over a new version of Excel but WOW!

I love Excel - woot Excel 12 is on it's way.

Good to be back

Well MSN Spaces was fun while it lasted but it really started to go downhill and to tell the truth, I like Blogger better.

So all new content on my blog will be posted here from now on. So update your bookmarks.

All the old content from my MSN Space was copied over here this morning. I am unable to re-date the postings so they will all show up in my February 2006 archive here, but I have posted the original date on top of each post. I think I still need to go in and add the Year to them though. I cant believe how much crap I actually post on my blog.

I normally think I dont keep up with that much, and while I could clearly post more, I still post a buttload.

And now enjoy the ability to comment on my posts freely without an Microsoft Passport account. Please use your name on the comments you post though so I know where they come from. Anonymous comments = teh suck.

Ready to be scared?

February 23 3:45 PM

I first saw this video link posted on my nephew's blog (see the trackback) and thought it so scarey and awesome and important for people to see I wanted to link it here too. *Note: If you are my mom, this shows a lot of gruesome images of JFK's assassination and may upset you a great deal.

JFK - the Bush's, the CIA, the NWO

Are you a sheep?

February 23 3:42 PM

Still about this UAE buying American ports:

Bush, talking to reporters at the conclusion of a Cabinet meeting earlier Thursday, said that "people don't need to worry about security."

"The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinized and approved by my government," Bush said, "the more they'll be comforted that our ports will be secure."

He says it again "approved by my government". Maybe he just mis-spoke and meant "my administration", but I honestly doubt he did and firmly believes that he runs the whole government and is the sole representative and shepard of the people.

So are you a sheep? He told you not to worry. So do you feel better or worse? Frankly I dont stop worrying because I am just told to do so. This feels like he is basically saying "you are far too dumb and ill-informed to understand this, so dont worry, I have this all under control" - just like the very long laundry list of things he has had under his "control". Well I'm sorry, but I dont swallow anything he says and if he's telling me not to worry, then I am going to worry like mad.

Cool Quote :)

February 22 3:54 PM

"Indeed, we might say that the whole purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the terrible things other people say about us."
Quentin Crisp

Bush's new partners - the UAE

February 21 10:28 PM

A follow up to my previous post, let's take a quick look at some data about the United Arab Emirates ...
  • The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
  • The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.
  • According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.
  • After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden's bank accounts.
And Since I dont like it when people make wild baseless claims, here are some links:

CNN
LA Times

I honestly believe that if you have any loyalty to the President now, it's nothing more than blind loyalty and misplaced faith. Other than actually growing horns and eating a baby live on TV, I dont know what he would have to do to make some people sit up and at least say "Wait a minute, somethings not right here!"

Fear This Man

February 21 8:09 PM

I think it's when those of us who shout dissent grow weary of it falling on deaf ears that's when the real trouble starts.

So I say yet again - BUSH = BAD

Here's a quote from the article:

"I can understand why some in Congress have raised questions about whether or not our country will be less secure as a result of this transaction," the president said. "But they need to know that our government has looked at this issue and looked at it carefully."

So now I guess Congress is no longer part of "his" governement. The governement that controls "his" country. Because his country sure as hell isnt my country. Bush isnt the President of The United States of America, but the President of The United Companies Who Agree With and/or Fund Me. Strange when even Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert are up-in-arms over this when they are normally Bush's top boot-lickers. Trouble in DC? Me thinks so.

So long and goodnight my sweet install

February 19 10:02 PM

Tonight I format my main computer at home. The last time I did this was November 25, 2002!

Since that original install Windows XP Pro has survived the following hardware changes:

2 new motherboards (different brands and types)
3 new CPU's (both 32 and 64-bit)
4 different ethernet cards
2 different PCI sound cards
4 different video cards

And roughly 100 different programs of all sorts of types being installed and uninstalled. It was only ever infected by one virus (from mine own non-careful testing) and one nasty adware install (CoolWebSearch) which finally done it in. Not that I couldnt use, it was still running strong, but I would get the odd pop-up and was unable to remove the 2 offending files of the new variant (and I didnt want to mount a virtual Linux kernel to try to dismantle it across the platform).

So good night my old install - you were a rock.

WOOT! Zombie DEATH!

February 17 10:27 PM

If you ever needed a reason to buy an XBOX 360, download the newest trailer to this game and find your reason.

GNC

February 17 9:37 PM

Well at the behest of a fellow co-worker, I have went out and bought some NO2 to help with my workouts.

I have to take 8 of these things a day and make sure to drink 64 ounces of water. Drinking this water and remembering (and paying for) these supplements might be harder than the actual working out.

I think I am becoming addicted to the Y in a bad way though.

No Body Armor & No Gays

February 17 9:33 PM

Everyone remember how our military is under-manned and ill equiped? Well it turns out that the government spent $360+Million last year on running the "Dont Ask Dont Tell" policy.

So not only were willing and able men and women sent home and discharged for being gay, it also turns out it cost a pretty penny to do that.

$360+Million would have bought a lot of body armor, etc for troops who fought and continue to fight without it.

Did you think you had a bad job?

February 14 1:43 PM

Once a Dick - always a Dick!

February 04 12:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - An intense debate erupted during the Ford administration over the president's powers to eavesdrop without warrants to gather foreign intelligence, according to government documents. George H.W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney are cited in the documents.

Lisa Graves, senior counsel for legislative strategy at the American Civil Liberties Union, said comparing the Ford-era debate to the current controversy is "misleading because no matter what Mr. Cheney or Mr. Rumsfeld may have argued back in 1976, the fact is they lost. When Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978, Congress decisively resolved this debate.

"Unlike the current administration, the Ford administration never claimed the right to violate a law requiring judicial oversight of wiretaps in foreign intelligence investigations if Congress were to pass such a law."

Read the whole fun here

I link, you link, we all link

February 03 7:43 PM

Been real busy lately and havent had a chance to post as much as I like, so I thought I would drop by and at least do a "Crazy Links" post:

Name a band

January 26 4:36 PM

My friend is trying to come up with names for his band. Submit a suggestion for it as a comment to this post or follow this link to submit it directly.

New Futurama

January 26 1:41 PM

Woot!

Brokeback Mountain

January 26 1:33 PM

Was finally able to catch Brokeback Mountain last night. Wow. A very powerful and very good movie. It really did not pull any punches or make light of the pain or tragedy of the character's situation.

I definately recommend this movie. And no it's not just a gay cowboy movie, but a movie about love, love-lost and what small places some people are able to live when driven to that point by certain situations.

Government subpoenas Google

January 20 12:17 PM

Government subpoenas Google

Jan. 19: Google has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The agency wants to see exactly what people are searching for. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

This is just absolutely ridiculous. And the boy in this interview has NEVER hung out at a Care Bears website.

Lexicon of Snow

January 20 12:15 PM

One often hears the old tale about how the culture that we exist in closes us off from much of the world around us. This assertion is usually illustrated by the chestnut about the Innuit having so many different words for "snow", implying that they have a greater understanding and sensitivity toward snow than non-Innuit because they have so many more ways to talk about it. This is kind of crazy, because surely the Innuit are more sensitive to snow because they live in snow all the time! Anyone else living there would have an equal appreciation for the subtleties of snow even if they didn't speak Innu or know anything of the Innuit culture. In fact, it might also be crazy because it might not be true. Let's take a look at the various words that the Innuit use for snow and compare them to English words.

Giant Jellyfish

January 19 9:57 AM

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan's fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles.

Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches.

A diver is dwarfed by a giant nomura jellyfish in waters off Echizen, Japan.

Steve Jobs is an Idiot

January 17 3:44 PM

NEWSWEEK: Will the new machines boost Apple’s market share?

Steve Jobs: Our market share has already increased this last year by almost a point [approaching 5 percent], according to the sources. We’d certainly like to keep that trend going and we’ll find out. All we have to do is just convince four percent of the Windows customers to buy a Mac and we’ll double our market share.

Personal Note: If you take one crap and then the same day take a second crap you have DOUBLED your total crap output for the day.

NEWSWEEK: How will the speed of these machines compare to Windows machines?

You’re asking a very interesting question, a software question. On the same hardware, what is the performance of Mac OS X plus Safari [Apple’s browser] compared to Windows XP, plus Internet Explorer? You need to get the apps in native code [to judge], so I can’t say definitively. But I think people will be surprised at how fast OS X is.

Personal Note: Basically he is saying that OS X cannot compare to XP on the same hardware. Sit one next to the other and do the same tasks and you will see the difference.

NEWSWEEK: At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, there didn’t seem to be any iPod killers.

The problem is, the PC model doesn’t work in the consumer electronics industry, where you’ve got all these companies and some does one thing and another does another thing. It just doesn’t work. What’s going to happen is that Microsoft is going to have to get into the hardware business of making MP3 players. This year. X-player, or whatever.

Personal Note: Every "PC" MP3 does EVERYTHING the iPod does already - thing is that they also do MORE. So basically he's saying that people are too stupid to use devices that dont all look the same and act the same. Originally he said that only the iTunes business model worked and now that he's been proven wrong (again and again) he claims that it's all based on something else. The iPod is only popular because it's enjoying initial ubiquitous status as an MP3 player - much like Nintendo used to be synonymous with video gaming before Sony and Microsoft joined the fray.

Link: A (New) Chip on His Shoulder - Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com

Soldiers for the Truth

January 17 11:59 AM

Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits

By Nathaniel R. Helms

Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.

Story Link

Personal Note: Maybe all you people who bought those "Support our Troops" car magnets yet do nothing else for the troops in any way shape or form could glue all of them together for them to use as replacement body armor.

My Cat

January 13 11:03 AM

My cat Jonesy is apparently not a fan of me making DVD's - as you can see by the pictures here of her attacking the video rendering portion of the software I am using.

Recent Silence

January 13 8:26 AM

Sorry I havent posted much lately - I have began playing World of Warcraft again and it's consuming a LOT of my time. I am trying to cap out my character at level 60 before they release the expansion and raise the cap another 10 levels.

This is the best picture ever

January 09 12:48 PM

Take that number 4!

January 03 11:30 PM

Researchers set prime-number record - Science - MSNBC.com

The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson

December 26 11:24 PM

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the world and meet the sky;
And through the field the road run by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.

By the margin, willow veil'd,
Slide the heavy barges trail'd
By slow horses; and unhail'd
The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her wave her hand?
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?

Only reapers, reaping early,
In among the bearded barley
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly;
Down to tower'd Camelot;
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers, " 'Tis the fairy
The Lady of Shalott."

There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot;
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls
Pass onward from Shalott.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad
Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes through the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two.
She hath no loyal Knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.

A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.

The gemmy bridle glitter'd free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
The bridle bells rang merrily
As he rode down to Camelot:
And from his blazon'd baldric slung
A mighty silver bugle hung,
And as he rode his armor rung
Beside remote Shalott.

All in the blue unclouded weather
Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather,
The helmet and the helmet-feather
Burn'd like one burning flame together,
As he rode down to Camelot.
As often thro' the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, burning bright,
Moves over still Shalott.

His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow'd
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
"Tirra lirra," by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look'd down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower'd Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.

And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance --
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right --
The leaves upon her falling light --
Thro' the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
And around the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.

Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."

Newsweek Quotes of the year 2005

December 26 1:47 PM

Fun quotes by newsmakers in 2005. Stellar year for the Bush family.

Perspectives 2005 - Newsweek Periscope - MSNBC.com

Merry Christmas

December 23 9:42 AM

Talking about Judge rules against 'intelligent design'

December 20 11:19 AM

I am pleased with this ruling. It upholds the true value of science, but not only that it is a ruling against heavy-handed religious ideology. Whether it's the Taliban or the Christian Neo-Conservatives in this country, pushing a religious tenet on someone is wrong and it is doubly wrong to set the state up to do so.

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Judge rules against 'intelligent design' - Science - MSNBC.com
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Ancient Glaciers Still Affect North America

December 19 9:57 PM

We are taking the fight to the Miami Valley. If you know me IRL, you know what I mean. The north land is slowly creeping south on the MARCH TO WAR. (So eat it Gary - hehe)

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Ancient Glaciers Still Affect The Shape Of North America, Say Scientists

Brrrrrrrrrrr

December 19 9:23 PM

COLD ARCTIC AIR ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY COMBINED WITH WINDS SPEEDS AROUND 10 MPH WILL CREATE WIND CHILL READINGS OF 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. EXPECT WIND CHILLS TO IMPROVE TUESDAY AS TEMPERATURES RISE INTO THE 20S. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN THE WIND COMBINES WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS BETWEEN 10 AND 24 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY, MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED.

Cheney's deception and fear campaign begins

December 19 6:20 PM

So now Cheney is saying it's okay for Bush to spy on Americans AND if he was able to do so he could have prevented 9/11 from happening at all. If you think even 1% of that is true then read on:

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Think Progress » Cheney: Warrentless Wiretapping ‘Might Have Led Us To Prevent 9/11′


Vice President Cheney from tonight’s Nightline:

It’s the kind of capability [that], if we’d had before 9/11, might have led us to be able to prevent 9/11.

We had two 9/11 terrorists in San Diego prior to the attack in contact with al Qaeda sources outside the U.S. We didn’t know it. The 9/11 Commission talks about it. If we’d had this capability, then we might well have been able to stop it.

This is false and sensational. The secret surveillance program authorized by President Bush did not provide the National Security Agency any new “capability.”

The NSA “already had the capacity to read your mail and your e-mail and listen to your telephone conversations. All it had to do was obtain a warrant from a special court created for this purpose. The burden of proof for obtaining a warrant was relaxed a bit after 9/11, but even before the attacks the court hardly ever rejected requests.” Indeed, from 1979 to 2002, the FISA court issued 15,264 surveillance warants. Not a single warrant application was rejected.

Nothing in the law pre-9/11 prevented the federal government from conducting surveillance operations on terrorists. Cheney simply can’t resist using that tragedy to shield himself from criticism.

Bush authorized NSA to spy on Americans

December 16 9:27 AM

Oh goodie now not only is the Pentagon spying on us, but now Bush authorized the NSA to do so with warrants or oversight or anything.

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Bush authorized NSA to spy on Americans - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com

History of Christmas

December 14 11:47 AM

Historians are unsure exactly when Christians first began celebrating the Nativity of Christ. However, most scholars believe that Christmas originated in the 4th century as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. Before the introduction of Christmas, each year beginning on December 17 Romans honored Saturn, the ancient god of agriculture, in a festival called Saturnalia. This festival lasted for seven days and included the winter solstice, which usually occurred around December 25 on the ancient Julian calendar. During Saturnalia the Romans feasted, postponed all business and warfare, exchanged gifts, and temporarily freed their slaves. Many Romans also celebrated the lengthening of daylight following the winter solstice by participating in rituals to glorify Mithra, the ancient Persian god of light (see Mithraism). These and other winter festivities continued through January 1, the festival of Kalends, when Romans marked the day of the new moon and the first day of the month and year.

Although the Gospels describe Jesus’ birth in detail, they never mention the date, so historians do not know on what date he was born. The Roman Catholic Church chose December 25 as the day for the Feast of the Nativity in order to give Christian meaning to existing pagan rituals. For example, the Church replaced festivities honoring the birth of Mithra, the god of light, with festivities to commemorate the birth of Jesus, whom the Bible calls the light of the world. The Catholic Church hoped to draw pagans into its religion by allowing them to continue their revelry while simultaneously honoring the birthday of Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church took a slightly different course. By the end of the 4th century the Eastern Church in Constantinople had also begun to acknowledge December 25 as Jesus’ birthday, but it emphasized the celebration of Christ’s baptism on January 6 as the more important holiday.

Over the next 1000 years, the observance of Christmas followed the expansion of Christianity into the rest of Europe and into Egypt. Along the way, Christian beliefs combined with existing pagan feasts and winter rituals to create many long-standing traditions of Christmas celebrations. For example, ancient Europeans believed that the mistletoe plant held magic powers to bestow life and fertility, to bring about peace, and to protect against disease. Northern Europeans associated the plant with the Norse goddess of love, Freya, and developed the custom of kissing underneath mistletoe branches. Christians incorporated this custom into their Christmas celebrations, and kissing under a mistletoe branch eventually became a part of secular Christmas tradition.

During the Reformation of the 16th century, Protestants challenged the authority of the Catholic Church, including its toleration of surviving pagan traditions during Christmas festivities. For a brief time during the 17th century, Puritans banned Christmas in England and in some English colonies in North America because they felt it had become a season best known for gambling, flamboyant public behavior, and overindulgence in food and drink.

Europeans who settled in North America often found they had to change their Christmas celebrations because they could not faithfully recreate the traditions of their homelands. For example, colonists in the American South may have aspired to recreate a sense of the English Christmas. But colonial accounts of Christmas celebrations in the South do not mention the presence of mummers (masked or costumed merrymakers) or waits (musicians or carolers paid to perform at Christmastime), both of which were central figures of the traditional English Christmas. Nor do historical accounts describe settlers engaging in such traditional English customs as feasting on boars’ heads or drinking from wassail bowls (bowls filled with spiced ale or wine).

Colonists from England, France, Holland, Spain, and other countries also gradually modified their Christmas ceremonies as they encountered new cultures and traditions in the New World. For example, in large towns, where diverse groups lived close together, the common ground for celebration could often be found in public and secular festivities rather than in potentially divisive religious ceremonies. Thus, at least in New York City, the winter’s holidays often culminated on New Year’s, not Christmas.

The History of Christmas on Encarta

Bed Hog

December 14 9:50 AM

Below is what I find when I go to bed every night. My cat's routine is to come in in the evening, pig out then sit on the back of my recliner (under the heat vent) take a bath and have a quick nap. This gets her plenty of rest for a good night sleeping and around 7 or 8 she will retire to my bed and sprawl way out and sleep there the rest of the night. Most nights she is so groggy and warm that she wont even move so you have to try to squeeze in around her to get warm. My cat's cool, but god she's a bed hog!

I like Ike (well except for the whole H-Bomb thing)

December 13 11:18 PM

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?

December 13 11:09 PM

There was once a dream called America and it existed right at the edge of the waking world. It was brought to life in a cloud of unity for the sake of equality and prosperity. It would appear that that dream is now dying as the Military/Industrial Complex sets it's sites on the next logical enemy everyday citizens (whom it claims to serve) who have done nothing wrong, but only disagree with them.

Were we truly woken from our sleep against our will or is it that others have begun a dream of their own?

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Is the Pentagon spying on Americans? - Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit - MSNBC.com

Link to an excerpt from the PDF detailing some intelligence gathered by the Pentagon.

'Brokeback Mountain' Trailer

December 11 7:44 PM

'Brokeback Mountain' Trailer

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star as young cowboys who meet in 1963 and form a special relationship that remains strong years after they part ways. Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway co-star; Ang Lee directs.

But the enemy is over there!

December 08 3:52 PM

Every time I watch Hot Shots: Part Deux I also think that President Bush acts like Lloyd Bridges behind the scenes too. This mental image helps me deal with the plain fact that he is a detestable moron and gives me the will to progress thru my daily existence in a country where he is the leader.

Enjoy the sound file from Hot Shot: Part Deux that is now playing with my page. Close your eyes and repeat, "2008 is almost here".

WOW!

December 08 10:42 AM

The next time you think the winter weather is bad around you, check out Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Also during a discussion at work the other day we may have proved that god does exist (dont know which god so dont ask) and that he lives on top of this Mountain.

How much more help could they have asked for?

December 03 8:17 PM

For all of those who blamed the people in Louisiana, including the Governor:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco and others blamed the federal government for a slow response. The White House said that the governor was slow to ask for troops and that state and local officials were unorganized and indecisive.

The 100,000 pages of documents that Blanco sent to Congress on Friday include a series of letters starting with one Blanco sent President Bush a day before the hurricane hit.

"I have determined that this incident will be of such severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance will be necessary," Blanco wrote.

Three days after the storm, Blanco wrote Bush asking that the 256th Louisiana National Guard Brigade be sent home from Iraq to help. The governor also asked for more generators, medicine, health care workers and mortuaries.

Five days later, Bush assistant Maggie Grant e-mailed Blanco aide Paine Gowen to say that the White House did not receive the letter.

"We found it on the governor's Web site but we need 'an original,' for our staff secretary to formally process the requests she is making," Grant wrote. "We are on the job but appreciate your help with a technical request. Tnx!"

The stack of documents also includes a timeline put together by Blanco's staff detailing the state response; notes expressing frustration about missing items such as a communications center for police and rescuers promised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and e-mails working out logistics for New Orleans visits from Bush and cabinet members.

You going to draw that rant or just whistle dixie?

November 28 9:20 PM

10) Gophers

I normally dont hate on random animals, but gophers have really gotten to me the more I think about it. I mean they just dig holes all day and contribute nothing to society. Sometimes I think they are plotting to take over this planet. I am going to keep my eyes peeled.

9) People who think they can argue but can not

Dont try to throw my points back in my face unless you can back that up. I love to argue, debate, discuss, whatever - but dont try to take me one-on-one, because I am the master.

8) Garbage Day

Waiting for garbage day is a pain in the ass. I either have two small things to throw out or 18 full 30 gallon bags. I wish they would open up the dump again so I could take it there myself and have that option. Stupid trash maybe I will just start renting my own dumpster.

7) Parents who dont use pacifiers

I totally understand that you read some book that said you dont want to get your kid addicted to sucking on a pacifier until he's 32 years old, but for all our sakes take one with you in public and when that kid starts to scream (which is invariably) jam that bastard in his mouth. And if he wont keep it in use staples and large amounts of duct tape and tube socks to hold it there.

6) Sticky pop bottles

Ever get a Mt. Dew from a machine and the whole thing is sticky. And you think 'Gee a bottle must have burst' - but then no other bottle in the whole machine is sticky. Your bottle is the only sticky one - how the hell does that happen? What demonic scourge is making random pop bottles sticky? I dont know if I am more mad at it being sticky or more mad that I am so perplexed as to how it actually got sticky.

5) Charging a weird amount of change over a dollar

I hate it when local gas stations and convenience stores duke it out in mini-price wars by jacking up their bottles of pop in weird amounts. Store A charges a $1.00, but for some reason Store B decides to raise it to $1.12. Well then Store A is like - 'Hey I am losing money now, but I cant be equal to or more than Store B - I know I will charge $1.11." Just make it an even amount. I might be lazy some times but I think I would be more willing to pay an even $2.00 than $1.59 for something. Damn change.

4) People who feed their families from the drive-thru

The drive-thru is a convenience not a full on option to the inside register. If you have 8 people to feed and 8 special separate orders go inside and do it there. I am going to start getting out of my car and asking these assholes for gas money while I idle behind them as they check their 13 different hamburgers for all the various pickle, ketchup, mustard combinations because, heaven-forbid, little Billy might have to eat something he doesnt like. Oh god a pickle the HORROR!

3) People who (in the absence of some medical condition) cannot understand why they are fat

You are fat because you eat TOO MUCH and move around TOO LITTLE. It's that simple. Your daily caloric intake is exponentially higher than the amount you burn off. If you think you are fat because you eat too much fat, or carbs, or because you dont eat healthy or because you sleep facing the wrong direction or the 1000's of other bogus reasons, you need to shut up. I am one of the most unhealthy eaters I know and I am only about 20 lbs overweight. Because I watch how much shit I actually eat so I dont balloon up to 100lbs over or more. If I plan on horking down a giant combo meal for dinner, I skip lunch. Or I make sure I park far enough away to get a little exercise. And even though I am hungry I suffer thru it - god lunch and dinner are only about 4 hours apart you impatient lardass. If you are fat and are fine with that that's great, I dont hate fat people. But if you are fat (and dont have some weird tropical disease that makes you weigh 100lbs more than you should) shut up about how you cant understand why you are fat the answer lies in the box of Ho-ho's you just ate.

2) Eurasia

This is the term people use when talking about the continents of Europe and Asia together. Get a better name for this or just stop referring to it. Eurasia sounds like some sort of lower intestinal disease that makes your farts smell like horseradish.

1) Any building that has an arboretum

There's a whole lot more outsides than there are insides in this world. Quit trying to build shit with the outsides inside - it's confusing and unnecessary when the inside thingie has windows and doors which gives you the choice to then be outside. Arboretums dont give you that choice. They are like 'Screw you, you are getting a little of the outside - inside!'. This is the only time this concept is used, you dont see people randomly putting bits of inside things outside. Like on a hike in a remote woods you dont randomly come along a toilet and 3 filing cabinets do you? No you dont, so knock it off.

Just some stupid random thoughts

November 22 10:34 PM

Download Google Earth and check out Iowa the next time you think we havent began messing up this planet. There doesnt seem to be more than 3 square feet of that state that hasnt been altered by man.

Why cant I find more pairs of button-fly jeans? Man I love those things.

People that leap from fad to fad in an effort to define themselves because they fear they have no real sense of self are annoying. Oh god, what if their genre flitting is infact the definition of who they are and not a definition of who they arent! Ouch my brain.

If my name was Brian I would market a bran diet supplement and I would claim it would boost your intelligence. I would call it Brian's Brain Bran. And then I would hope it would get banned to see the headline - "Brian's Brain Bran Banned"

I agree with Lewis Black, if New Zealand wants people to come and visit them so bad, then they need to figure out how to get their island closer to us.

"Dont cry for me Paraguay!" just doesnt have the same ring.

I really like The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and I dig that it's a parody of shows like The O'Rielly Factor, but man I have a hard time watching it. Is his voice really loud all the time or is it just me?

Anne Coulter is a dumb bitch. There I said it and I feel better.

Why arent there more Ninja excersize videos? Ones that are based on Ninjitsu to help the average person lose weight and also ones targeted to help Ninja's stay in shape.
If you are a "anything-on-the-go", shoot yourself.

It's Over

November 22 10:54 AM

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of Iraq’s sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq’s opposition had a “legitimate right” of resistance.

The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.

The participants in Cairo agreed on “calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces ... control the borders and the security situation” and end terror attacks.

It's over. The leaders of Iraq have now asked us to make preparations to leave and by when. If Bush and his administration still insist on staying at this point it is NOT for Iraq's own good or because they have requested it. If we stay, we are staying against their will.

Bush is probably thankful as this will let him off the hook from actually having a real exit strategy - unless his concept the whole time was to simply overstay our welcome until they kicked us out.

100% fat free links 4 yooo

November 21 9:50 PM

Ohio in @ #36

November 21 3:49 PM

Ohio is #36 on the list of Bush's approval ratings when ranked by state. We disapprove more than some states that were for Kerry in 2004. Hopefully my fellow Ohioans are waking up.

Dems show continued growth in testicle area

November 17 2:27 PM

Vice President Dick Cheney jumped into the fray Wednesday by assailing Democrats who contend the Bush administration manipulated intelligence on Iraq, calling their criticism "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a Marine intelligence officer in Vietnam, angrily shot back at Cheney: "I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

Links and the Links you rode in on!

November 14 8:31 PM

Teddy Quote

November 14 8:10 PM

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

Theodore Roosevelt
Source:”Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star”, May 7, 1918

Web Source: NativeAlien.us

Bush talks about the War

November 14 8:07 PM

"Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war, but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people," Bush said in his prepared remarks.

"Only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world - and that person was Saddam Hussein," Bush added.

I hate it when Bush speaks for me, because he doesnt. I am not a member of his America and I am sure his America wouldnt want me anyway. I was and still am a member of normal America. Not the one's who are Democrats or the ones or are anything else but everything else and we dont like being lied to. And no matter how he spins the fact that he was going on the best intelligence he had - WE WERE MISLED!

Whether or not he knew the intel was bad (which I believe he did) is beside the point - WE WERE MISLED. And making comments like this only serve to cover up the fact and to assuage his own guilty conscience for his horrible actions.

Misled or not, wrong intelligence or not, bad call, misguided feeling, ill-conceived plan, fleeting notion - none of it matters - he made the decision to take us to war - HE did that. Congress (Democrats and Republicans both) backed his power and right to do so, but HE took us there. He made the choice, he is the top of the responsibility chain, but apparently he cant see that.

Saddam said he didnt have any WMD's and no ties to Al Qaeda - so as a point of fact he didnt mislead anyone about those things (remember the books and books and CD's he submitted about all of this to the UN?). And if those things dont matter because Saddam was a bad man, then maybe you should be asking this guy more questions than what you are.

And if you think that I am wrong about my conclusions, if you think that I am misguided and making connections and assumptions about all of these things then look at one thing:

The Bush administration said they went to war based on bad intelligence and now they cant pull out and should not be held accountable because all the intelligence seemed to agree that Saddam was dangerous and had links to 9/11.

Then why is the intelligence on EVERYTHING (North Korea, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Pakistan, India, China) so trustworthy and accurate but the Iraqi stuff and ONLY the Iraqi stuff was wrong. Come on - they wanted this war, they made up facts, they massaged facts, they silenced disenters and pushed and pushed to get it and now they just want us all to shut up and let them war on with out question or rebuke?! The arrogance of these people.

Still feel like the old America to you?

Journal Type Posts

November 14 5:59 PM

I'm not a journal keeper and so this blog has been lacking the normal day-to-day notes about what has been going on in my life. It's been a lot of the same lately - working, working on the Jeep, mudding, shooting, working on the Jeep some more, waiting for snow to work on the bike. I got a whole host of projects to keep me busy this winter. So just so no one is confused - this blog isnt my personal journal - more of a soapbox and a way to relate things to people that I know.

Woman charged after marrying boy, 15

November 14 2:56 PM

Thankfully Georgia voted to keep gay marriage illegal and protect the sanctity of the special union of marriage between a man and a woman from the moral decay and degeneration that homosexuals could have brought on. BTW that was all sarcasm for the sarcastically impaired among you.

Woman charged after marrying boy, 15 - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com

Original Xbox Games on Xbox 360

November 13 10:56 PM

For those wondering, the official list is 207 original XBOX games will be playable on the XBOX 360, with more still to be added.

Xbox.com | Xbox 360 - Original Xbox Games on Xbox 360

Televangelist warns of evolution doomsday

November 10 6:47 PM

Pat Robertson spouting off again. What an asshole. This guy speaks for Christians? People really need to start denouncing this nut job and places like Fox News need to keep him off the air and not give him more of a voice.

“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected him from your city,” Robertson said on his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, “The 700 Club.”

“And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there,” he said.

The 700 Club claims a daily audience of around 1 million. It is also broadcast around the world, translated into more than 70 languages. (People for the American Way provided a video file of the 700 Club statement.)

Televangelist warns of evolution doomsday - Science - MSNBC.com

My Political Standing

November 10 4:11 PM

My Political Compass is:
What's yours?

I still have your picture

November 09 9:19 PM

Jim I still have the picture you took at your new place in Celina so many years ago - it hangs on my bulletin board and has for quite some time.
You were a great guy and I am glad to have known you as a fellow employee and a friend.

White House Alters Transcript of Press Briefing

November 09 7:19 PM

It appears the White House has altered their transcript of a press briefing about the CIA leak to make it read something that was not said to keep it from appearing the Scott McKellen (the WH Press Secretary) implicated Karl Rove, Scooter Libby as well as someone else. It's obvious he is saying "That's accurate" - watch the clip for yourself.

Think Progress » That’s Not Accurate: White House Alters Transcript of Press Briefing

Dover voters oust intelligent design supporters - Science - MSNBC.com

November 09 1:43 PM

Yay - thankfully the people in Dover arent as stupid as the people that WERE on the school board who stuck "Intelligent Design" in their text books.

Dover voters oust intelligent design supporters - Science - MSNBC.com

Vote

November 08 12:24 AM

General Elections are today (the 8th) get out there and vote for the big D!
Go Democrats!
Let's get some Dems into a majority position in the House and Senate to start putting the screws to some of these elitist criminals in the White House and all over the other halls of government.

Trailer Parks and debris

November 08 12:19 AM

National, state and local government have all sorts of laws to help protect citizens in their day-to-day life. An example of what I am talking about is how wiring is standardized in your home or if it's legal to keep a lion in your house for a pet. What I never have understood is how this train of thought has never been carried over to people who live in trailer parks. The recent tornado to hit Indiana has brought this back into my mind. I always thought there should be some sort of government regulation for people who own and run trailer parks that makes them have a storm shelter that will fit and protect everyone who lives in the trailer park. One central place to go to so they dont have to ride it out in there trailer or try to flee to some place safe. It couldnt be all that expensive and if you want to help subsidize the cost then build a laundromat on top of it for use by the tenets. Just seems like a no brainer to me - I dont understand why it's not done.

And also along those same lines - when does the stuff you own officially turn into "debris" when flung around by nature's fury? The news always posts captions like "debris scattered about a field", but what if that stuff just flew off someone's porch a few feet away? Is that still debris or just a localized mess?

Is it 2008 yet?

November 07 3:15 PM

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) - President Bush vigorously defended U.S. interrogation practices in the war on terror Monday and lobbied against a congressional drive to outlaw torture.

"There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again," Bush said. "So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law."

He declared, "We do not torture."

What does he think his Administration has been doing to the American people for the last 5+ years - I feel tortured. And what's interesting is while he is making these statements Vice President Cheney is lobbying for an exemption to a bill by Sen. McCain (that seeks to ban all forms of torture) to all the CIA to be exempt from this. So I guess when George Bush says "we do not torture" he means all of us except the CIA. This is so absurd and yet another example of how these pricks say one thing and do and mean another.

Quote of the Day

November 06 9:21 PM

"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."
Oscar Wilde

Links and This Title

November 03 9:56 PM

F-R-E-S-H That's right these links are fresh

October 30 8:32 PM

Okay gotta go and enter the rest of my Mt. Dew caps to try to win an XBOX 360.

New Category, New Content

October 30 8:25 PM

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Jeep Update

October 30 8:18 PM

Yay I think I FINALLY got all the bottom of the Jeep sealed and patched up. Now I gotta take the back seat out (the front one came out today) and begin scrubbing the inside down to prep it for Rhino-lining.

My plan is to use spray on bed liner from the firewall all the way back to the tailgate so it is all nice and sealed up and UBER protected if it gets muddy. And you can just spray it clean if need be. Hopefully I will be ready to start spraying on Wednesday.

Halloween

October 29 12:11 PM

Yay for Halloween! Although I didnt get to see any good Halloween type shows I was able to catch a rerun of an old Simpson's Halloween special so that was cool. Going to a Halloween party tonight, which I have to go help decorate for in a little bit. Everyone had lots of fun last year at it, so this year should be good too. WOOT.

And then tonight Mars dips super close to the Earth, so I am going to try to pack up my equipment and go out to my Grandpa's farm and take a closer look at it. But then again it's supposed to be like 35 tonight so I might freeze my butt off doing it.

I did some patchwork on an old pair of shoes yesterday and cut my thumb right on the end which is now slowing down my patch work on the Jeep. Every time I grasp something to tight with my thumb I bust it open and bleed all over everything. I got tired of that, so I super glued it shut last night and it appears to be holding.

Watched the new Ammityville Horror movie last night. It was good and scarey at first and had some good surprise moments but it just slowly spiraled into stupidity as it went on - I was so glad when it was finally over. Please dont make a sequel.

Merry Fitsmas!

October 28 8:24 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney volunteered glowing endorsements and expressed no criticism of I. Lewis Libby on Friday as the senior White House adviser was indicted, resigned and lost his security clearance.

Later, the president glowered at NBC News reporter David Gregory, when he shouted at Bush, "Are you embarrassed by these charges?" The president had to walk within a few feet of the correspondent to get to his helicopter on the South Lawn, and Bush stared hard at Gregory as he continued to shout questions.

Bush flew to Camp David, his mountaintop retreat in Maryland, for the weekend.

Libby was a driving force behind the administration's march to war against Iraq and helped assemble evidence - later proven false - asserting that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which became the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.


One liar and criminal down, a lot more to go.

New Shoes

October 27 9:57 PM

My old shoes finally have reached the point to retire them from daily wear. They are currently being glued right now to salvage them for work shoes. Which means I bought a NEW PAIR OF SHOES! WOOT!

I dont know why I get so excited when I get new shoes, but I do so just deal with it.

Trick or Treat

October 27 9:51 PM

Tonight was Trick-or-Treat night in my town. We only had about 5 kids show up which sucked. I really wish they would start it later like when I was a kid. I mean it's hard to get into it when the sun is still out. Could be worse though - the next town over holds their's on a Sunday at 2pm! What a bunch of losers they are.

Fitzmas Eve

October 27 9:48 PM

Ah it's Fitzmas Eve - what a special time. So named for Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald who is investigating the White House over a leak of a classified CIA agents name to punish her husband for not supporting them as they tried to build a case to go to war with Iraq - and tomorrow the grand jury is set to expire. So what does this mean? It means indictments are going to be handed down tomorrow of the persons believe to have committed crimes so they can be tried and convicted. On the hot seat right now is I. "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove, heck it might go all the way to Cheney.

Such a wonderful time to watch these business-suited criminals finally get caught and held accountable. I just wish they all could have neat little mug shots like republican Tom Delay had. Apparently he thinks the whole thing is a game and it's fun for him to represent the United States and have a warrant out for your arrest.

And poor little Harriet Miers gave up. Well to speak more clearly she was asked to give up to save Bush from publicly dropping her which would have made him look even weaker. But then again with an approval rating of 37%, I dont know how much weaker he could look.

Merry Fitzmas Eve all you republicans, tomorrows going to begin a very different time.

A new day, a same day

October 25 8:40 PM

2000
... men and women, U.S. Soldiers have been killed in Iraq. Bow your heads, be thankful it was not your loved one and if it was, know that we grieve with you for you and yours have given the ultimate sacrafice.
You might not agree with his opinions but every American alive should see these pictures and know these stories.
Personal thanks to Jeremy, Lincoln and Dorie.

Spend spend spend

October 24 6:59 PM

Record debt is washing over the Treasury Department, recently breaching the $8 trillion mark in money owed to foreign governments, private investors and the Social Security retirement fund used to finance deficit-spending.

Republicans, who also control the White House, have now presided over an increase in $2 trillion to the national debt over four years or so, despite contending that they are the only U.S. political party that practices fiscal discipline.

Eight years of Democrat Bill Clinton's presidency resulted in around $1.6 trillion being added to the U.S. debt, but with the possibility of paying it all off by 2015.

Reuters

You want a Rant, well you got one

October 21 11:25 PM

Ranting is normally not a quick post to make and I hate leaving one half finished so I am really bad at finding the time to get one out.
But you want Rants - you get rants ...

1) People that send me Pro-Bush spam

If you know me or talk to me for longer than 3 seconds or see me drive by, you know I hate George Bush. I dont send you anti-Bush emails for no reason, so dont pass along these forwarded messages about how great he is or how bad someone is for not thinking he's great. Save them for the brain washed - I aint buyin'.

2) Stupid company slogans that treat you like an idiot
Smith Inc. "Doing everything we can do give you the best." - gee really? Do you really need to tell me that? I mean I sort of assume that if you are in business to provide me with a product or service you are going to attempt to do your best all the time, stop it with these lame ass slogans.
Or a semi-trailer that says "Always on time delivery". Oh yeah Mr. Slogan maker? How would you like to be the driver of the truck who is late with that plastered all over it. Or are you trying to say your company can time travel? Dont insult our common sense - people sometimes fail to deliver on promises or packages. Stop talking in absolutes when you cant back them up you are breeding a culture of people who expect to much and will complain until their unrealistic demands are acknowledged.

3) People who cant shut their mouths

No, not people who cant quit talking (although that's bad too) - I am talking about people that due to poor oral hygiene, poor genetics or some form a jaw muscle degradation are unable to fully close their mouth and walk around with it hanging open. Close your damn mouth. Make a habit of keeping it shut - no one wants to see inside your mouth.

4) Anyone who cant show you the new thing they bought without telling you how much it cost

I think everyone knows someone like this. Do us all a favor a slap them.

5) Honor Student bumper stickers

This bumper sticker tells me less about your "smart" child and more about you. You are a loser who puts WAY to much undue pressure on your child under the guise of "pride", when really it's simple idolizing and exercising of your child fetish while you vicariously live your life anew thru them and ultimately screw them up. Save your bumper for more meaningful stickers, like that one about tailgaters getting a booger flicked at them.

6) Apathy as a cop out

Oh I just "dont care enough about x to do anything". Shut up. Apathy has become a generational excuse for laziness. You dont have to CARE about everything, but find something and care enough about it to do something. Pitch into humanity for god sakes you lump.

7) The human condition of not correcting someone for fear of embarrassing them

This one sucks bad - I have it bad. My neighbors call me Chris. They have for the last 2 years, trouble is - I'm Cory and I am too afraid to embarrass them by pointing out I am not Chris. I am also a little worried that I might let them down about fulfilling some fantasy about living next to someone named Chris. And who am I to dash their dreams?

8) Forgetting the simple

Ever forget how old you are or what day of the week it is? I hate it when someone asks you something like what size shoes you wear or whether you stopped at a red light or not and you cant remember.

9) People who like Voltron for the wrong reasons

There was only one reason to like Voltron - because it was a bunch of robot lions that joined together to form a giant robot that fought with a sword. If you liked it for other reasons, such as, it's a good example of a certain genre or the quality writing of a certain episode - you are liking it for the wrong reasons.

10) Oprah

Nowadays when I think of Oprah I think of one of those paintings of a person and in the painting hanging on the wall is a painting of the exact same painting of the person with yet another painting on the wall of the whole thing that seems to go on forever. How many more things does this woman need to plaster her name and face on and then practically beg people to cheer her on about? Oprah - retire - it's over, you're done. The only people still cheering are the ones who are still hoping you will throw them free cash and the ones who's spinal cord doesnt attach fully to their brain.

Links, Glorious Links

October 18 9:30 PM

Have fun :)

New Gallery

October 18 8:38 PM

I got tired of the pics of the Jeep being up there, so I thought I would freshen up the space with a new gallery. Enjoy. :)

Marvin rules!
"Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't."

Jeep Update

October 16 2:53 PM

Working on the Jeep is going well. I finally got my fuel sending unit to get a good connection and now my gas guage is working perfect now.

Got a lot more patching done on some holes coming thru inside and only have two more spots to patch and that should be all done. Not sure about the one spot though. It's part of the fender-well and I am afraid while reversing on the trail I will kick up something and stab thru that weak section. I was thinking about getting some stronger steel plate and tack weld it underneath to help deflect debris but that will have to wait. I will just becareful going crazy backwards.

I didnt post this last week, but I took my friend Jason out on the trail finally and it was the shit. We did a small hill climb that I thought the Jeep wouldnt do since it's got a carb and not fuel injected but she climbed it awesome the second attempt (the first one was too slow). And the heater is working great and all that, so other than tweaking the windshield wipers a bit and finishing sealing up the holes I think the old girl is ready for winter.

I am going to run a load out to the farm for my neighbor tonight and have a nice big bonfire, so that will be fun.

Dissent in America

October 15 12:09 PM

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

There has been a discussion here at work about a new purchase and it has become apparent to me that one of the participants has now been completely broken of the idea of questioning anything or anyone. This person (oddly enough, haha) voted for George W. Bush. He listens to Rush Limbaugh all day long while here at work and ONLY watches Fox News. Prior to his "fall to the dark side" in voting and continual support of George Bush he would question EVERYTHING, but now it appears this trait has been removed from him.

Now I hate Bush and all of that and I am not knocking this person's opinion on any matter (at least not in this post), but it seems to me lately that the people who still (and seemingly blindly) support Bush have drank the Kool-Aid that makes them believe that questioning anything is wrong and a sign of disloyalty to the common cause. The Right Wing media has pummeled the American public for the last 8 years that if you question their reasoning or motives than you are no better than the terrorists (and in some extreme cases are branded a terrorist).

Just because I hate George Bush or question the reasons, motives or how things are done by the government does not mean that I love the country any less. In fact I would have to argue that I love my country enough to be this upset about how things are going.

You can be a patriot and love your country and disagree with me, afford me the same right and understanding as well.

A look into the past

October 15 11:37 AM

Yesterday I took the day off and went to the Dayton Art Museum with my mom. They are hosting the traveling exhibit "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt". If any of you have a chance to go and see this exhibit, in Dayton or not, go and see it.

They have a recreation of Thutmose III's tomb. He ruled Egypt in the 15th century BC (1479-1425 BC). It was amazing to see the cartouches explain the process and guide the dead thru the whole process. Eqyptian focus on death is so interesting too because so much of their daily life was focused on these death rituals and creating these difficult monuments to this portion of life, but it's not done in a macabre way. It's was just another passage of the whole life process.

I am so glad we went and saw this - this was definately a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.

After 10 years...

October 10 11:20 AM

Well my second project met it's next goal over this weekend. This project is getting my Dad's old motorcycle running and drivable again. It's a 1982 Honda Silverwing GL500 Interstate. It really is a beautiful bike and very nice to ride.

It has sat in storage in the garage for over 10 years and hasnt been started that whole time. I replaced the battery, spark plugs, oil and filter and put some gas in it and it started right up. I just had to turn up the idle speed on it a bit and it runs just great!

I need to rebuild the front brake master cylinders (plural because it has dual disks in the front). They dont seem to be taking brake fluid yet and as such the front brakes arent working yet. The back one is working fine. Other than cleaning and some little touch-up maintenance items, like new mirrors and one brake light bulb and a new headlight.

I am going Tuesday to get my temporary permit to ride it and this week finish getting it into my name and tags on it so I can start practicing to ride.

New Project

October 05 7:46 PM

Guess who has a new project?! Muhaha

I am really going to like this one too. The first steps on this have already been completed. Below is a picture of the results of step #2.

More details and pics of my latest project will be forthcoming.

Record Profits and Volatile Markets

October 04 7:49 PM

Democrat Harry Reid has started Give 'Em Hell Harry this website is devoted to try to get the CEO of the nations largest gas companies to testify before Congress why in the face of national tragedy and record profits for their companies why Americans are paying 50% more at the pump than ONE year ago.

No Healthcare at Gunpoint

October 04 7:44 PM

So you cant afford to have preventitive healthcare and you cant afford to have healthcare when you are sick - I want to round you all up at gunpoint to keep you from infecting the rest of us. Lovely. So much for the 127 year old Posse Comitatus Act.
I wish I was joking about any of this.

I will link you in the linkin' face, you dirty linker!

October 03 8:45 PM

Bored? Lonely? Dont have any friends?
Here enjoy some freshly picked "Crazy Links":

Self-promotion

October 03 8:12 PM

If you like reading my Space, and frankly who doesnt? Go over and drop MSN a line about how much you like it at the following link:
Look for the link next to the picture of the woman in the chair that says:
Know a Good Space?
Tell us about it!

Stupid Food

October 03 8:10 PM

Ugh, I am so hungry and only have a bag of Doritos here to eat. Well apart from the other "food" in my house, but if you know me, then you know you dont eat any of that food.

And now I cant decide what I want to eat for dinner. I am leaning towards some hot wings from Domino's, but I dont know.

Well at least I can use the "Food and drink" category for this post. Woot. Yay another category added to my category list.

Around the bend

October 02 1:00 PM

Has it been a whole week without a post? Guess so. I've been real busy at work lately and finding plenty of stuff to keep me busy after work as well.

Work on the Jeep has slowed to a crawl. Working with a lot of annoying holes in the body. They are small, but still a problem - so I am trying to get all of them sealed up. I was going to leave the bed bare metal, but now that I think about it - I think I will cut a big piece of wood underlayment to help protect it and muffle the noise a bit.

I think next weekend I might take another trip down to the mountains and check on my aunt and take her some supplies. I would love to take the Jeep down there, but I need to fix my fuel sending unit first so my gas guage works and what with gas being so expensive it would really suck. Oh well. I want to see the ocean again, I wonder what's the shortest route to the coast - maybe I will go do that.

See you in another 10 years

September 25 11:19 AM

Last night was my 10 year high school reunion and I know this must be a cliched response, but I cant believe how much some people have changed and how others have changed very little.

It was interesting to see all the same cliques reforming, where people jockeyed for position at certain tables to align with a certain social status that they thought they held in high school. It's amazing to see how fake some of these people still are. And my god was this the plastic surgery crowd. I simply couldnt believe just how many people were surgically skinny or had a different nose, or in one extreme case looked like a completely different person.

At any rate, it was good to reconnect with some old friends and, I have to be honest here, it was fun to see everyone bald fat and ugly. I cant wait to see all these folks in another 10 years.

I've got sunshine in a bag.

September 24 1:25 AM

I havent done a "Crazy Links" post in awhile and I am tired of talking about how utterly hopeless the government is and blah blah blah - so without further delay, I give you some crazy internet links:

Okay sleepy now - have fun.

One less song ...

September 19 12:09 PM

This year there is one less song, one less cake, one less special dinner and one less gathering of family. One less time candles are blown out, one less buying a card. And most importantly one less you.

I miss you Dad and I love you. Happy Birthday.

Jimmy crack corn and here are some pictures of my cat

September 15 10:33 PM

Just some pictures of my cat Jonesy :) Enjoy.

The Evolution of Thought

September 15 10:29 PM

I am a bit of a news junkie and I love watching The Daily Show (TDS) on Comedy Central (even though they dont always update their show info and that makes my Tivo record ALL their 200 replays). This week TDS is taking a week long look at the debate between people who want Evolution to be taught right along with a concept called Intelligent Design or completely taken out of schools.
Since this is not a TDS recap blog and in light of the aforementioned 200 daily replays of TDS, I will simply get to my point.
If you dont want your kids taught the concept of evolution in public school you can do one of the following things:
  1. Stop having kids and sell the ones you have now
  2. Send your kids to a privately funded religious school (hell even use a voucher to pay for it - you can now)
  3. Become Amish
  4. Accept that evolution is a scientifically proven fact and is the basis for all bio-sciences and just shut the hell up.

Then again if you like the idea of a public school's science class muddying the waters and adding to it a purely religious centric concept such as Intelligent Design, then I on behalf of science want something back from you - um I think I will take the scientifically conceived, designed, crafted, installed and utilized pacemaker. I think that's a fair trade, you want a little of God in science then you have to give science something back too.

Arent you glad science doesnt get together and ask you to do crazy stuff like that?

Get Max or ... oh I dont care

September 13 10:50 PM

Couple things to get blogged out of my system.

I hate George Bush, but what I am hearing this Roberts guy say, I might actually support the President's choice in him. Then again this is the same President who appointed Brown to FEMA and then followed that up with the duct-tape-safety guy to Brown's spot now that Brown has ran for the hills - so I guess the jury is still out on Roberts and his position is infinitely harder to remove him from if he's a total screw-up.

I am search result number 4 if you use MSN Search and look for "how to fix a nose bleed". Although I feel a bit guilty about not providing any good information on how to actually fix a nose bleed and still making this rank. So if you are here right now attempting to secure and stifle a stream of blood from your nose ... go look somewhere else.

God check out and play with Microsoft's MAX Beta demo. I am trying it now, so this isnt an editorial on how cool it is, but why do I always have to be the first one to try new things? You need to take one for the team on this one.

Go sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here

September 12 11:07 PM

Not much going on here the last couple of days. Getting ready for the moon to get fuller to use my telescope, so that will be cool.

Working on patching some holes in the Jeep's bed to prep it for the wet months and to keep the splash from mudding out of the body - hehe. Then I have to put a new fuel sending unit on as the one that's there now is severly corroded and I cant get a good reading for my fuel guage off of it. I am really really glad I bought my Jeep. I know if anything happens, I will always own it and I can drive it thru a brick wall or overtop of a house if need be.

Here's a link to the blog posting I was telling my friend Scott about on Saturday. This sums up VERY well how I feel about Bush on a personal level during this whole Katrina fiasco and the misery in the South. This is definately a MUST read.

And finally goodnight and good luck to my very good friend Dorie. Tonight is her last night to spend in the states. Good luck and stay safe serving in OIF6 in Iraq. Go 16th!!!

BTW, OIF6 stands for "Operation Iraqi Freedom 6". Yes they are officially up to number 6 of this conflict. The pentagon realized they can just change the name (or number at the end) of the situation and it changes all soldiers commitment terms to the conflict. This is how they can keep people over there for so long or send them back right away because each name change is technically a "new" conflict for them to serve in.

More Katrina Fun

September 09 10:09 PM

Well finally the government is making some kind of a change. The are finally getting rid of FEMA Director Michael Brown. This might be the first good decision I have seen so far, even if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff made it. I heard Chertoff at the press conference today say that "he thought he spoke in clear enough English the first time" when asked a question about his reassigning Brown. Well, Chertoff, we demand answers and even if we ask the same question 500 times you better answer it with a smile on your face. If you had been doing your job in the first place we wouldnt need to be asking you these questions.
Now I see FEMA is pulling out of it's $2000 credit card to the victims, but not after handing some out already. Now if you want expedited aid from FEMA you need to fill out a form on FEMA's website. Wow that's handy, because I know when I am displaced by large natural disaesters I always take my computer and displace myself to somewhere that has internet access.

And a testament to how dumb Brown was, this is what he said about these cards when he debuted the idea on Wednesday: "a great way to ... empower these hurricane survivors to really start rebuilding their lives."

Your house, car, workplace and everything you have ever owned except for what you are wearing are totally destroyed and possibly you have lost loved ones, but here is $2000 to set you on the road to financial freedom. Reminds me of the Bush "tax relief" $300 bullshit checks from a couple of years ago.
But then again with people like Barbara Bush at the top of this country and saying things like the following:
I guess they figure $2000 is like winning the poor-ass lottery.
So to the whole Bush family - go fuck yourselves. Thank you and goodnight.