Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Top 100 Speeches -- Audio File Format

I love lists! We all do.

I saw this one over at LifeHack.org, it's the list of the Top 100 Speeches of all time (compiled by American Rhetoric)

It Finally Happened...

A cell phone ring-tone has not only crossed-over into the mainstream music charts, it went to the top of the charts over in the U.K. outselling Coldplay's latest single 4-to1.

The ringtone is called, "Crazy Frog Axel F."

Ouch.

The "Ladies" Love R2-D2

With the new Star Wars movie out, R2-D2 is reaping the rewards of being a celebrity again.

Hot appliances have always gone for Luke's little buddy and his beepy, witty banter.

Freaky Kids Show

There's a Christian Science church down the road from me. I never stopped there, and I've wondered what kinds of things they believe in comparison to my own beliefs.

This kids video they put out gives a bit of an insight into what they believe. They believe in secret books from God, in addition to the Bible (FYI, the Bible says not to add or subtract from it, so there's a problem there if this group desires to follow the entire Bible. But, they seem to choose to believe only what fits their desires. If they want to call the Bible the "Holy Word from God," as they do, then they need to take its words seriously...in my humble opinion.)

The opening alien song states, "There is life on many planets, just like people have many talents." Hmmm ... enlightening? The whole song sounds like a speech that pauses once in a while to indicate a new song verse. It just goes on and on, without rhyme or effort given to make it feel like a sound. Basically, it comes off as propaganda put to a really BAD alien voiceover ... once again, in my humble opinion. (Please feel free to slam my videos if I ever (ever?) put out my own line of alien videos.)

But, that in itself isn't worth blogging about. It's the freaky nature of the video and the singing alien.

Kind of makes me think of this group (Hale-Bopp followers).

Oh...the cross-eyed "Otto" is my favorite character in this video. He shows-up around 2/3 through the program. This is high-quality programming!!

Here's more info on the program and the "genius" work behind it.


Courtesy of Boing Boing

Friday, May 27, 2005

Happy Memorial Day

What I'm Listening To These Days -- Jaci Velasquez

The new project from Jaci Velasquez is totally different from anything she's ever done. And I LOVE IT!! Think Indie-pop, and she spends a fair amount of time down in the lower ranges of her voice. The songs are catchy, creative, and I can't get enough of it!

Check out this review to get more insight.

Listen to the samples (HERE) from tracks 6, 7, and 8 in order to get an idea of what I'm saying in how different this is to anything else she's ever done. The clips don't capture the sections of those songs I'd like you to hear, but trust me.

Ms. Velasquez a quality person as well from my experiences with her. I've had the opportunity to talk and hang out with her a number of times, ever since she got into the music scene quite a few years ago.

The last time I talked with Jaci, it was at her home for a Apostrophe Records label event. She has a very nice place, but nothing over-the-top at all. I liked that she didn't pour all kinds of cash into a fancy house for the sake of living the successful musician's image thing. It was equal with the homes in the neighborhood. Her husband seems genuine and a lot of fun to hang out with, and she's as candid as anyone I've ever met. That wasn't the case only a few years ago, but I can see a level of new joy inside of her since her marriage began.

Good for her. She's one of the good ones out there.

Mad Bargain Friday!!!

Check out these CRAZY deals!

Divine Discontent, Compact Disc [CD]
By: Sixpence None the Richer
$0.99 (really)

Sixpence None the Richer, Compact Disc [CD]
By: Sixpence None The Richer
$0.99 (really)


More...


(nope, I don't make money off of any sales. they're just pretty good prices I found...for you, of course)

This Really Made Me Laugh Today

VIDEO: Verizon's Commercial About Really Bad Jobs

With moments such as a woman in a nursing home demanding, "Now sit over here and scrub my buns!" how can you not watch this funny commercial?

New Search Engine In the Online Search Game

Here's a slick-looking new search engine that's still in beta, but should be released soon. It's called Exalead.com

You can see that the search engine results pages ("SERPs," for you Internet geek wanna-bees) are vastly different from Google ot MSN Search. How is it different, exactly? Read this article to get a better understanding of what you're looking at.

I like what I'm seeing!

Not All Evangelicals Voted for Bush. That's News?

Ah, the media...bless their little hearts. I'm sure their collective heart is in the right place (once every couple of years).

The controversy at Calvin College looked nothing like it played in the media.

Somehow, I missed the story. You see, I drove to Calvin College for President Bush's commencement address on May 21 looking to report a fight—not a physical altercation, mind you, but something more suited to reserved Dutch Reformed intellectuals, like the righteous indignation of a cold stare. All I really got for the trouble was a lousy display of political diversity, academic celebration, and Christian charity.

I heard that Karl Rove had finally been hoodwinked. Author of the great plan to win evangelicals for President Bush, Rove couldn't even tell his Calvin from his Wheaton. Oh, the Calvin profs would teach him....

Read more...

How Late Is "Late"?

Researchers have finally decided how late is late - 10 minutes, 17 seconds.

That is the lateness threshold at which people feel it necessary to telephone and admit they are going to be late.

During that time, 12 babies will be born in England and Wales, there will be eight road accidents, 3,804 people will board an aeroplane and 590 million e-mails will be sent worldwide.

Read more...

"Luke, I Am Your Farmer."

Some school kids took the idea of "Darth Tater" and came up with these puns.

Thank you, Seattle school system!


And that you for finding this gem, Boing, Boing!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

USA Today Lists TV Character Deaths of Past Season

ARTICLE: Gathering the Dearly Departed

Such a sad list, but really, all of these actors get to move on to bigger and better opportunities.

Who was I most sad to see die on their program? That would be Caitlin 'Kate' Todd, from NCIS. She kept the boys in the office behaved, and was a well-developed character. This is a big risk for the program because the formula of that show will have to change. If they attempt to keep it the same with a new female character in Caitlin's place, not even the good old Navy will be able to save that sinking ship.

As a sidenote, I didn't keep-up with the show "Lost" this season (PARTIAL SPOILER COMING if you haven't watch the tape of the show yet), but I watched last night. It was deeply disturbing to watch how those guys on the boat took that boy. Too many thoughts went through my head about their intentions. Terrible.

It's terrible because this kind of thing happens in reality (no, not reality TV) every day.


The Crabs

This is one serious crab buffet!



Wait, I don't like crab. Nevermind.

Thanks, Boing Boing.

Just One Present!!

If it's your birthday, don't act like this, it's rude.

Back To the Funny Stuff

What would a city full of stuntmen & women look like?

Something like this.



Thanks to TastyLog for this one.

COMMENTARY: Speaking Out Against a Wrong...

This short article is something that Christians and non-Christians can generally agree with. Sure, there are people who'll disagree with views expressed in this writing. But, I agree with what is said here.

Yes, I'm a Christian. But what this church pastor (described in this article) did was very wrong -- and he has since apologized. I can only hope and trust that it was sincere. But, anytime something is confessed and forgiven by some, there are often still consequences for those actions. In this case, the consequences could very well be related to the safety of Christians living overseas.

Sure, it would be very easy -- and I see this occur all of the time -- where a non-Christian says that Christianty is bad/a joke/wrong/etc. because people who call themselves Christians (and many of them truly are) do messed-up things like this. But that would be a lopt like sitting me down at a piano, asking me to play a tune by Bach, and then calling Bach a terrible composer because I butchered it. No one of even a room temperature IQ would state something like that.

Any attacks on Christianity should first be investigated by the one choosing to attack. If you want to attack Christianity, then know what you're attacking -- find out what the Bible says about this or that (it's really in there). Know that many of the things that are done in the name of Jesus are not things that Jesus would've done. So, to call Jesus a sham would be as intelligent as calling a Bach a "hack."

The same standards must go for Christians deciding to comment about the world about us. We need to do the "homework" to know what we're talking about. And what was done in this church sign case was wrong. It was not wrong because it endangered the lives of Christians worldwide -- that is one of the potential consequences -- but instead, it was wrong because that action does not line up with how followers and worshippers of Jehovah should act. There was no love in that act, there was no mercy, no grace. And every true Christians knows that they themselves were given much love, mercy, and grace at Calvary -- and still today. Those gifts aren't for us to keep, they're for us to give away to everyone around us.

My blog doesn't have many posts such as this one, and I'm not a preacher. I'm a man who has strong beliefs and who highly respects others who do as well -- no matter what their faith. But, I believe posts like this could interest people of all spiritual beliefs who read this blog.

What was done with this church sign was very wrong, but let's not go out and do our own wrongs today. Let's seek to get it right so no one will have to write an article of response like this one about our actions some day.

Grace and Peace,
mike

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I Am Burt Reynolds, and I Am a True Jerk

Burt Reynolds is an idiot to think that we would believe that this slapping of an interview was just "a playful act done in jest."

Judge for yourself by viewing this video.

After acting like a little child because of his pride and ego, Reynolds should've acted like a man and apologized.

What an idiot.

Navy Battle Game Online

This is such a GREAT free online game. It's called Navy Battles ...

You play it like the old Battleship game, but you also can gain cruise missles that you can use to find a ship, bombs that allow you to bomb 9 squares at once, or air raids (that scatter their bombs, but only if you still have your carrier floating on your side of the game).

It's a lot of fun, and it just took up my entire lunch. That's what I was looking for today, a distraction.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Phil Spector (no words necessary for this entry)



Thanks for finding this one, Boing Boing.

Nutter Butter

Here's a great way to keep an eye on the strangest of the strange items over at eBay.

It's a site called King Nutter.

This site likes to watch for items that eBay will probably remove for one reason or another, so they tend to keep copies of those pages. It's a unique reason to have a website - a public service of sorts.

I just discovered it today, so I'm not sure what type of rating would go on their future content. But, it's pretty entertaining and looks pretty clean from what I saw.

Enjoy!

Better Advertising...

Why wear a sandwich-board when you can wear a sandwich?

Nabbed!

Early this afternoon, I was going through an intersection and was not wearing a seatbelt. The problem was that there were about 6 or 7 police officers standing there pulling drivers over for not wearing their seatbelts.

There was a sign that looked like a construction sign, but by the time you were close enough to read it, the officers could tell that you did or didn't have your belt on.

The good news is that I wasn't driving, I was out for a walk during my lunch break. It was an especially painful walk today because of some extra strong muscles spasms I've been dealing with the past few days. But, I have to force myself to get out there and exercise -- even if it's only a short 20 or 25 minute walk. It's supposed to help me, even though I'm still in a lot of pain.

But I digress...

I saw between 12 - 15 cars get pulled over, and they were processing them quickly so they could grab as many people as possible. Not sure what the fines were, but it didn't sound like they were giving warnings. Citations all the way.

So, for the sake of your life, not just because it's the law, BUCKLE-UP!

I never would've survived a fully-loaded, full-size 18-wheeler semi tractor trailer truck hitting me at 45 m.p.h. (in my little Saturn) unless I had my seatbelt on. I'm glad that I did.

If there are any mathematitions out there reading this that could calculate the force put upon my vehicle, and upon me, from those bits of information, that would be very helpful! You could probably safely say that the truck that hit me was carrying at least 70,000 pounds in its load.

Email me or comment if you need more bits of data for the calculations. Thanks!!!

Narnia Movie Website Open for Business!

If you haven't seen it yet, the Narnia Movie website is now LIVE!

File this one under, "Bad Idea."

Couple fills flourescent light tubes with gasoline in order to create "lightsabers."

When someone told them that these tubes are filled with gas, they should've specified that it wasn't "gasoline." Ever heard of Argon, Neon??

Pure genius.


With that said, I hope they recover quickly.

I, Hurt.

Sorry, there were no postings yesterday because my chronic pain was flaring-up in ways it never has before. I was in some intense pain, and the last thing on my mind was to post "happy things." Today is a little better, but I'm still forcing myself into my day, with the hopes that my meds will work, to some degree, better than they did yesterday.

Hopefully, even though I'm riding some of that pain hangover, I'll be able to get back to shiny, happy posts...and stuff like that.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Funny Search Results

Search for "waffle" on Google, and you'll get "The Waffle House" as the first result.

Search for "waffles," and -- I kid you not -- John Kerry's official Web site comes up first in the search results.

I'm serious, try it for yourself. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Christianity Today Book Awards 2005 Awarded

Every year, Christianity Today magazine awards their book awards. People in certain circles wait anxiously for these awards.

These books represent the year's best -- from more than 300 nominations from 52 different publishers.

Make sure you don't miss the RELATED ELSEWHERE section at the bottom of the page. It contains links to past coverage that CT magazine has given to the winning pieces of literature.

If you're interested in checking this out, then click here and see who they're saying are the top books of the past year.

Star Wars Quiz

Prove your Star Wars series acumen by taking this fun quiz!

Testing 1, 2, 3...Testing...

Here's my first audio blog post. It's just an MP3 file I created on my cell phone. The quality is so-so, but I'll work on creating cleanly-recorded messages with some substance in the future.

Now, you'll be able to listen to my messages on your iPod or other portible media device (or on your computer, of course). How exciting for you!!

Thank you very much, once again, for being one of my readers.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Name Generators and Such

Here are some various fun name generators to have some fun with.

To my understanding, all of these generators are family-friendly...

Star Wars Name Generator
Now, you can also call me, "Miche Malib." I am the, "Namvan of Hcir." Somehow, even after learning this, I don't feel any different.

Mexican Name Generator
Just call me, "Don Jose."

Japanese Name Generator
My name would be, "Masakazu Gojo."

Irish Name Generator
My name would be, "Quinn Quinn."

Also:

What Does Your SAT Score Mean?
Learn which schools fit well with your score, and which public figures/celebrities you scored better than.

How Normal Are You?
This quiz said I am 35% normal, or, "Occasionally Normal." My friend might disagree. They'd put me closer to 0% normal.

Pop Culture Math

One of, or possibly, my favorite television programs is the CBS Friday eveing show, NUMB3RS. It's tied at the top of my list with Alias.

NUMB3RS is the latest pop culture item to continue the ongoing effort to bring math out of the bad memories section of our educational past, and into an entertaining and applicable part of our lives.

Past efforts include Matt Damon's, Good Will Hunting, some episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episodes of the Simpsons, and others.

True mathematitions look at the main mathematition on NUMB3RS, played by actor David Krumholtz and they say he protrays them very well, and in many ways.

It's an addicting show directed and produced with creative and effective cinematography. And, I'm sure it'll soon be moved out of the Friday night spot in which it currently resides, and into a more popular slot. It's currently the top Friday night show -- even beating out Law & Order: Trial By Jury.

Will you be the next viewer to begin enjoying this quality program?

I hope so!

Here's a great discussion about the growing popularity of math in popular culture from NPR's "Science Friday" show. It explains how math gets into the program, and what the mathematitions who consult for the show do to inject math into crime-solving. It's a great listen!

(The link for the audio if off to the right side of the page, at the top.)

Google Maps + Crime = This...

This website is a great way to use the Google Maps technology! It's called ChicagoCrime.org.

This site offers updates (through the website or through RSS updates) for the Chicago area and what kind of crimes have recently occurred.

You can keep an eye on a specific street or "beat" with immediate RSS updates. You'll be the first on your block to know if a crime has occurred in your area, and what kind of crime happened.

You can also search the website for certain types of crimes -- very detailed.

This is quite simply one of the best uses on Internet technology I've seen in a very long time.

BRAVO!!!!

Chris Rice, Anyone?

Whether you're a fan of musician Chris Rice, or if you're a fan of discovering new, quality music, you're gonna love the upcoming project from this artist titled, Amusing.

Chris is one of those songwriters who says things about life the way we want to say them, when can't exactly find the words to do so. This new project is definitely going to be my favorite release by this veteran in the industry.

It's being released on INO Records ... that's new. And, it offers a few songs with some new musical flavors you might not normally associate with Mr. Rice.

Keep an eye out for it. Street date is, um...well, it's not printed on the pre-release I'm holding. It normally is. Just a sec, I have to look it up ...

...

...

August 23rd!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Which franchise has made more money overall, "Star Trek" or "Star Wars"?

You probably can guess the correct answer, but what are the numbers?

In Honor of the Release of The Revenge of the Sith...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

iPOD: Besides Listening To Music...

Here are "50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod."

Still amusing for those of us who don't own one.

MORE TV NEWS: "Three Wishes" To Run This Fall with Amy Grant

NBC has announced that Three Wishes, starring five-time GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Amy Grant, has been added to the network’s new fall season and will air on Fridays from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EST).

The hour-long, unscripted series features Grant as she leads a team of experts to "grant" wishes to help make the hopes and unbelievable dreams of deserving people come true. Viewers will follow the deeply personal and heartwarming stories as Grant and her team transform these hopes into a life-changing reality.

The full spectrum of wishes ranges from paying tribute to an unsung hero to helping a despairing family in the grip of a loved one's life-threatening medical crisis. Additional "wish" examples include: tearful reunions with long-lost relatives; living out a mind-blowing sports fantasy, and helping to save a dedicated teacher's job.

Carpenter Carter Oosterhouse ("Trading Spaces"), contractor Eric Stromer ("Clean Sweep") and architect Amanda Miller ("Knock First") comprise Grant's team of experts. Andrew Glassman (NBC's "Average Joe 1-4") and Jason Raff (NBC's "Average Joe 1-4") are the executive producers, and Tony Croll (NBC's "Average Joe") is the director of this pilot from Glassman Media and NBC Universal Television Studio.

Three Wishes is one of six new series to air in September on NBC including a series with Martha Stewart picking a protégé and one comedy: "My Name is Earl," featuring Jason Lee ("Chasing Amy") as a downtrodden lottery winner.

TV News: Run's House

MTV has greenlighted the reality series Run's House, which centers on the everyday life of Reverend Run, a member of the influential rap group Run-DMC.

The show will focus on Run as he juggles family life, church life and the recording of his first solo album

Courtesy of RelevantMagazine.com

Everybody Loves Royalties!

Now that the hit sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, is over, can you imagine having a contract that says that you get a small percentage of the syndication royalties from this show?

Wow, you'd be in great shape, even if your agent only grabbed 0.02% for you. That's $100,000 out of even Five Million they bring in (if my math is correct). And that show is pretty much being syndicated somewhere at all hours of the day on one channel or another.

Just a thought.

Public Service Announcement

It has been reported that Dave Matthews has released a new CD (called Stand Up...I haven't picked it up yet) with a Windows DRM (Digital Rights Management) disc that crashes your PC when you put it into your drive.

Redneck Joke

My cousin Dino sent this joke to me today. Many of you may have already heard it, but for those who haven't, here it is...

Hello, is this the FBI?"

Yes. What can I do for you?"

I'm calling to report about my neighbor Virgil Smith. He is hiding marijuana inside his firewood!"

"Thank you very much for the call, sir."

The next day, the FBI agents descend on Virgil's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave. The phone rings at Virgil's house. "Hey, Virgil!

This here is Floyd. Did the FBI come?"

"Yeah!"

"Did they chop your firewood?"

"Yep." "Happy Birthday, buddy!"

(Who Says Rednecks Aren't Real Bright?)

Monday, May 16, 2005

Optical Illusions Blog

Check out this blog with optical illusion postings, fractal images, and a lot more.

It's a fun, and sometimes creepy, blog to visit from time-to-time to see what's new.

AMAZING VIDEO: New NASCAR Gadget?

Apparently, according to this video, there's a new device that allows pit crews to use a remote control to direct wayward tires to safety whenever they are accidentally knocked off a car.

NASCAR is considering adapting this new technology to their cars.


Thanks to TastyLog for finding this one.

Darth Vader's Blog

As the new Star Wars movie comes out, you can keep an eye on Darth Vader's take on everything at his blog...

Darthside

Babies Talking In the Womb?

Here's a 30-second commercial that shows what babies in the Mother's womb might be trying to say...

Friday, May 13, 2005

Realism...

Check out the realism of these high-end figurines from Spawn.com (and click on the various photos on each page):

Larry Walker
John Elway
Military Series
More...

Very impressive, and they really look at the details under a microscope. I don't work for them. I'm just impressed.

QUESTION: What movie character, sports athlete, cartoon character, or other personality would you like to see a company such as this one create for you?

Leave a comment and let me know?

Mark Cuban's Blog

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, has his own blog. And, he's just as open and straightforward as he is offline!

Check out his blog here...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Wendy's Free Frosty Giveaway -- This Weekend!

Wendy's restaurants are giving away free Frosties frozen desserts this weekend as a thank you to customers who supported the burger chain following an embarrassing incident in California where a women allegedly planted a severed finger in a bowl of chili.

Enjoy!!

Secret Recipies...You Didn't Hear About These From Me

Browse "top secret" recipies so you can perfectly replicate menu items from your favorite restaurants, along with sauces, candy bars, and more.

You'll look (and taste) like a cooking STAR!

I'm Not Afraid!

Here's a pretty comprehensive list of phobias.

You might not think you have a genuine phobia, but you'll probably find one if you search this list long enough.

Nike Ovolo

Check out the slick design of the new Nike Ovolo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Darfur, Sudan Update

"With privilege comes responsibility."

That's something that we Americans often forget, as does our government. But sometimes our government does get it right. Really. But sadly, that isn't the case -- yet -- when it comes to Darfur, Sudan.

We, along with other countries, sat along the sideline (actually, we were off tending to our own "important" matters) when the Rwandan genocide was taking place. Will we do it again while Sudanese people, real human beings, are slaughtered every day by the thousands?

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly is offering an update on the crisis. Read it and learn more about what's happening. If you are a praying person, please pray for God to bring an end to this matter. If you aren't a praying person, then do what you do.

Yes, I've donated to an organization to help the people directly, but I can do much more by helping to spread the word and get people interested in this unconfortable thing to learn about.

It's such a tragedy, and these people need our help in all kinds of ways. Learn about it, then see what role you should play.

Other Resources:

Hotel Sudan Isn't a Film—Yet Genocide in Darfur must be stopped.
http://ChristianityToday.com/ct/2005/005/21.26.html

More from Christianity Today News:
http://kedesh.christianitytoday.com/cgi/texis/webinator/search4/?query=darfur

Kansas Evolution Hearings Online

Audible.com is offering free downloads of the 4 days of recent hearings on evolution.

A subcommittee of the Kansas Board of Education holds hearings on whether the state's science curriculum should require the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolution. During the first three days of hearings, proponents of intelligent design present their views. They are represented by a retired lawyer, John Calvert, who heads the Intelligent Design Network of Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The witnesses are questioned by the members of the subcommittee and by attorney Pedro Irigonegaray, who supports the teaching of evolution.

This could end-up being a very historic event -- maybe not to the level of the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, but historic nonetheless.

Thanks for the free files, Audible.com!

Narnia Teaser Trailer!!

Here it is!

The teaser trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.


Exclusively brought to us from our friends over at MovieFone.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

404 Errors

This is apparently what a 404 Error feels like for computers -- translated to human terms...


Random Info On Me

What I learned about myself today, thanks to the Internet...

As of 5/10/2005 4:11:39 PM CDT
I am 32 years old.
I am 392 months old.
I am 1,703 weeks old.
I am 11,921 days old.
I am 286,120 hours old.
I am 17,167,211 minutes old.
I am 1,030,032,699 seconds old.

There are 132 days till my next birthday on which my cake will have 33 candles on it.

Those 33 candles produce 33 BTU's,or 8,316 calories of heat (that's only 8.3160 food calories!) .

You can boil 3.77 US ounces of water with that many candles.

Thought You Had a Bad Day?

Check out this video from Quebec City -- up Nort, eh?

The singer couldn't get past the second line of the U.S.A. Anthem (kept forgetting the words). So, she went off the ice (it was a hockey event, Canada vs. USA), got the piece of paper with the words, and slipped on the ice as she entered.

That was enough for her, understandably. And by this point, I'll bet she's wishing the Internet had never been invented.

Because of this, watch it yourself...

Speaking of Canada, I want to send my congratulations to Jeremy Theissen and his new bride (getting married this upcoming weekend). He's the drummer for the amazing band, downhere.

(Make sure your speakers are ON when you visit the site!)

Real-life Superheroes (with capes too!)

There are real "normal people" attempting to be "Superheroes" of sorts out there in this big, spinning world of ours.

Yahoo's daily column, "Ask Yahoo" covers the question of whether there are Superheroes out there. It's a fun read.

You'll learn about people such as the woman in New York City named, "Terrifica."

Monday, May 09, 2005

NOW AVAILABLE: See My Pix As I'm Out and About!

I started my own Moblog, my Mobile Blog, today. It's called "Pix On the Run."

I'll be taking pictures and posting them to my new moblog as time goes on.

Thanks to Adam Riggins' Here I Am blog for the link to Blogger's Moblog set-up.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Sand Sculptures!

I've never seen sand sculptures this good, or this good, ever before!

WOW!

Relax, It's Just a Game

Here's a game I wish I owned and could play every day. It's called, "Relax To Win."
(creativity anyone??)

The game is based on the concept that the more you relax, the more you will achieve in the game -- it's perfect for someone, like myself, with fibromyalgia.

Philips Design designed a device to measuer the player's galvanic skin response and sends the data by wireless connection to a PC or cell phone screen. To play the game, simply slide it between any two fingers and relax. You see yourslef on screen as a friendly dragon; the more you relax the more your dragon will float and eventually fly. the mesh-like textile material contains sensors but is soft to the touch.

Here's a shot of the sensor.


Thanks: BoingBoing & Gizmodo

Friday, May 06, 2005

The iPod Spam/Butter/Toast Shuffle

If the iPod Shuffle were made of food, they'd look something like these prototypes.

(scroll down on linked page to view images)

UPDATE: Re: Google's Web Accelerator

BoingBoing has an important post today about the Google Web Accelerator. Apparently, it's causing some big problems for users and site owners alike.

Read on...

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

In celebration of Mother's Day (Mom, I'm glad you're already enjoying the flowers), this story struck me as interesting because it's about "a face only a Mother could love."

A Romanian traffic cop has been demoted after he fined a driver for "having a face like a moron and being a big monkey."

Marius Vlasceanu pulled over Gheorghe Tosa as he drove through Craiova in Romania, local daily Jurnalul National reported.

But Tosa failed to see the funny side as Vlasceanu fined him £22 and handed him a ticket explaining the reason for the fine was "having a face like a moron and being a big monkey".

Head of the Romanian police Dan Fatuloiu said Vlasceanu, who claimed he had handed out the fine as a joke, had been demoted for "inappropriate behaviour and defaming the police force".

He has now been given a desk job in a remote village.

Big thanks to Ananova.com for this chuckle.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

eBay Item: Minor League Baseball Player for a Day!

I grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player -- even had a scholarship to play ball in college and was team captain my senior year. But, that was as far as my baseball "career" went.

Now, you can bid high and bid often in a chance to play for the The River City Rascals for a day. The Rascals, the professional independent minor league baseball club located in O’Fallon, Missouri, began play in the Frontier League in 1999. The proceeds from this auction will benefit United Way, a charity with which the team works throughout the year.

The highest bidder in this auction will get the opportunity to be a River City Rascal baseball player for a day. He or she will star in the Rascals’ sole home preseason game on Friday May 20, 2005, when the club takes on the Gateway Grizzlies.

The winner will receive the following: a minimum of one at bat, guaranteed to play half an inning in the outfield, a one-day professional contract, and 20 tickets for family and friends.

The winner of this unique auction will be furnished with a jersey, hat, pants, and socks. He or she must provide a glove, shoes, transportation, meals, and housing, as well as sign an injury waiver. The winner must also be at least 18 years of age.

The Rascals opened their auction last night at $999, and received a bid almost immediately. This eBay item, numbered at 6528846325, will end May 8, 2005 at 18:02:12 PDT.

At the time of this posting, the bidding was up to $8,301.25!

Someone's dream will soon come true!!

Don't Forget To Flush, Mr. Peebles

An Australian housewife has invented a three-step program for training cats to use the toilet. It's called Litter Kwitter.

With all that time you'll save by not cleaning out the litter box, and with all that money you'll save by no longer purchasing kitty litter, you'll be able to buy more books, do more reading, get smarter, desire more in your career, go back to school and get another degree, get a better job, be happier, make more money, buy a bigger house, invite your friends over more often, make the evening news because your friends tell a reporter about how great you are, get the attention of the President of the country as an example of a "Great American," receive write-in votes in the next governor election, become governor, 4 years later you become president after another stunning write-in vote victory, and become the most powerful person in the world.

All that for simply purchasing this product!

(Okay, I used a little Snickers candy bar logic there, but it could happen.) If you haven't seen those commercials, then that wasn't very funny.


FOLLOW-UP REPORT: A Science web-magazine has actual pictures of this product in action.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Google Says, "Hurry Up!"

Google's Lab is always cooking up something new. This new invention is no exception.

It's the Google Web Accelerator (GWA). It's designed for broadband users, and is available for immediate download here.

Check out the Learn More page for answers for all (or some of) your FAQs.

Get Your NTSA-confiscated Items Back!

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of those things the NTSA confiscates at our nation's airports?

Here's where a lot of it goes...to eBay! It's true, and a lot of the items are sold in weighted lots such as 50 pounds of nail clippers, 50 pounds of power tools, 100 pounds of corkscrews, etc.

It's fun to bookmark and browse every once in a while.

My favorites? How about 35 Pounds Plastic Handled Scissors - NTSA, 175+ PIECE NTSA SEIZED KNIVES! SOME RARE & VINTAGE!, and 50pc. AMBER & BLACK screwdriver NTSA LOT Screwdrivers.

What in the world are you going to do with 50 screwdrivers. All you could ever need would be a small, medium, and large flathead and Phillips drivers. That makes 6. Do you sneak them into Christmas and wedding gifts as a little bonus or something??

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The 15 Pound Hamburger

For my U.K. readers, I'm not talking about a hamburger that costs 15 pounds. We're talking weight here, 15 of those good old American POUNDS.

Think about it, McDonalds' big sandwich is called the "Quarter Pounder." Multiply that amount of meat by 60, and you have the new 15 Pound Hamburger from Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania -- no, not THAT Denny's.

Okay, actually there's only 10.5 pounds of meat, then there's 25 slices of cheese,a complete head of lettuce, three whole tomatoes, a cup-and-a-half each of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard and banana peppers - and a bun. That all equals 15 pounds.

It'll run you $30, and they say it can feed a family of 10. A family of ten?? What's in that Clearfield, Pennsylvania water that there's a niche market for familes of 10??!!

My stomach aches just thinking about this. You can read the rest of the article here...

Another "Story of the Week" Nominee

Check this out (from my hometown). It's unbelievable, but true...

Tim Brender was getting ready to move and "knew he needed to start getting things organized," said his wife, Lani. The Madison, Wisc., man went to the basement of his rented townhouse to start packing.

He moved a table, which knocked over a can of spray paint, which landed on a hammer on the floor. The can was punctured, and it started to spray wildly, shooting paint into the water heater.

The paint fumes were ignited by the pilot light, which ignited a cushion, which spread to stored gunpowder. The ensuing inferno destroyed everything in the home.

"You couldn't set up this scenario to happen," Lani said. (Madison Capital Times) ...Fire investigators believed that, since the couple wasn't insured.

Read the full story here...


Ask, And Ye Shall Receive!

Sometimes, even if other people doubt your idea, you just have to ask people for what you want.

It sounds simple, but you'll never receive what don't ask for. Take Joel for example.

Joel creates websites, and he "needs" snacks to keep himself going day after day. He'll even list your name on his website if you buy a snack for him. He has the site set-up so you can choose the snack you wish to purchase. You can even become a monthly sponsor!

Great idea, Joel. It doesn't hurt to ask...and, people are buying snacks for him. Great deal!

Moral of this story? Be a Joel, and don't be afraid to ask for stuff. People are generally nice if you ask the right way.


This site was found in the Youth Specialties Student Newsletter, 5/2/05



Naked News...

INVERNESS, FL - An Inverness man was arrested Saturday after breaking into his neighbors' house and threatening them, shocking himself by sticking his fingers into a lamp socket, threatening a deputy with a metal rod, running naked through his yard and chewing through a cable in a patrol car, authorities said...

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This story is sure to be the wacky news item of the week. But, we still have quite a few days left...