Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Two-Minute Pizza?

Keep an eye out for these Italian-made pizza vending machines. It's WonderPizza! It actually makes your pizzas when you order them.

And, it only takes two minutes until you can start eating your pizza!


I find it shameful that the multi-billion dollar company Wal-Mart is only giving one million dollars to the relief effort of Hurricane Katrina.

That kind of pennypinching isn't a donation, it's simply a small tax write-off for them. It's shameful.

With some many people losing everything, and so many others sacrificing their lives to help rescue people, Wal-Mart sits back and feels good about itself for their chump-change donation that we're supposed to accept as "generosity"?

I call you out, Wal-Mart. Up your donation to something true. And I, as well, will figure out how to make a sacrificial donation of my own.

UPDATE: That's more like it!

"Following PresidentBush's announcement today that former Presidents Bush and Clinton will lead anationwide fundraising effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott contacted President Clinton and the WhiteHouse and committed $15 million from Wal-Mart to jump-start the effort."

Read the rest of the press release here...

Way to go, Wal-Mart, way to go. They may have looted your store. But you came through.

See even more about what Wal-Mart has been doing to help here.

Chalkboard Fight!!

This is pretty creative stuff -- and funny. Well done.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Mashed Taters!

This is one you may well have seen already -- I'm a little late linking to this one, but ...

If you love Hobbits and mashed potatoes (taters), then this is the link for you!

Hilarious, and you'll play it again and again.

Just Wondering...

Why is it called "after dark" when it's really "after light"?

Are Adult Stem Cells Really Useful?

You bet! They're been the ones showing the most promise and progress in the research labs -- not the embryonic stem cells.

There's a lot of mixed "facts" out there where progress is being attributed to embryonic stem cells because reporting isn't stating what kind of stem cells they're talking about. It's the adult cells that are producing results, but the scientific and mass media communities are simply not saying which cells they're talking about when they release progress reports. Yeah, sleazy. I know.

Many people in the scientific world want federal funding of embryonic stem cells. But, if they're having trouble getting private funding, what makes them think they are in a position to receive/earn fed funds?

Check out this article that helps straighten out some of the facts. Here's another link that shows a different kind of poor handling of cell progress reporting through the media. The Wash Post tries to report the progress as possible problem in the stem cell debate. Nice twist guys, but we see right through it.

Stay informed about what you hear on the news. They're always spinning it. Know that. You cannot assume you're being spoonfed the straight facts on any story. Do your homework.
(more funny stuff soon)


Yesterday was a blur, and today may be as well. But, I'll get some more fun links posted very soon.

I've been dealing with a nasty case of waking @ 1:30. 2:30, or 3:30 a.m. in the morning lately and not getting back to sleep. It was 3:30 this morning. That got me in the office a few hours early.

My back and my neck spasms have been flaring-up really bad lately -- still related to the 18-wheeler rear-eneing me and totalling my ride. The car sustained damage a few times more than it's worth. And I think I did as well.

For now, I'll throw you this bone for your Back Four Seconds fix:

"Dog Finds His Own Way Home On a Train" (I thought only cats knew how to do this)

Secure the movie rights!!!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Baby Panda Cam

Watch baby panda Mei Xiang in the Washington DC zoo (LIVE).

"If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."

The recent words of Pat Robertson reminds us of other stupid remarks from the past.

This Is The Best Website I've Ever Seen

It's just amazing! Make sure to click on a song so you can see Billy sing.

via: The Damn

Don't Do Drugs

"Talk Like A Pirate Day" Is Coming Soon

Actually, it's going to be on my birthday this year.

September 19th! WOOT!

Cities With the Most Weather Variety

Here in Chicago, we say, "If you don't like the weather, just wait ten minutes." It's always changing.

But apparently, Chicago isn't even one of the top 10 cities with the most weather variety.

Click here to see a list from that lists the Top 10 Cities With the Most Variety In Their Weather. It's really interesting!

If you're wondering, these cities have the least variety.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Left Behind: World At War Movie

The Left Behind Book Series went to the top of the NY Times fiction chart. The best-selling adult fiction series of all-time.

Not bad.

Now the third movie related to the book series will be coming out later this year. The authors of the book series don't endorse the movies, but many of the readers really liked the first two flicks.

Personally, the first one was almost unwatchable, but the second one was an improvement. I'm guessing that the next one will be the best one yet.

No matter what your opinions are of the first two movies (if you even saw them), you can check out the trailer for the next film here.

The movie will actually open in churches (NOT in theaters) on October 21. The DVD will be released the very next week. A very interesting strategy. Truly unorthodox.

More info here in this USA Today column.

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

What are the 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet?

Well, there are ... Apricots, Avocados, Raspberries, Mango, & Cantaloupe. And those are just the top 5 fruits!

The whole list, along with explanations as to why each of them are so good for you, can be read right here.

Was a Real "Chupacabra" Captured?

A Texas farmer may have found what some would call a "chupacabra," a legendary animal known for sucking the blood out of goats. It's a mix of a hairless dog, a rat, and a kangaroo.

Hobbit Music Video

A fairly well-done video with a hooks that'll stay in your hard (that's a warning). A lot of Orlando Bloom for you "Bloom-lovers."

A Urinal Gallery?


You Think You Know 'bout Then Canadians, Eh?

Well, Jacob Birth set out to abolish your stereotype of Canadians, through poetic verse.

Do we now have to change our stereotype of them toque-wearing, beer drinking friends to our north? Oh, you betcha.

This Is the Best Coverage On That Pat Robertson Hub-bub

Hugo Chavez is a bad man who is doing bad things. But, should Pat Robertson have called out for his assasination, then lied about saying it, then admitted to it again and asked for forgiveness when the tapes were played back to him?

Here's the best coverage out there, in any media, about this matter. It's over at

AN UPDATE: Pat Robertson was quoted back in 2003 saying this about President Bush supporting efforts to bring peave to the war-torn country of Liberia ...

"And how dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, 'You've got to step down."

Yep. He said it. Then just the other day, that very same Pat Robertson calls for the assasination of Victor Hugo, the President of Venezuela.

Supporting Charles Taylor in Liberia was one thing. Saying that quote (above) was another. But calling for the assasination of Hugo -- if there is any sense of justice in the minds of the "Pat-ites" -- that should get some of Robertson's supporters off of the "Pat Bandwagon," and right quick.

I'm out.

Thanks for the link, Ignorance Pulls

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

More About Me...

I am currently 17,319,877 minutes old.

How about you?

Biggest Party School? Of Course, the University of ...

You have no idea how much this do NOT surprise me. The University of Wisconsin held this "title" for many years before losing it and now gaining it back. No school drinks like U-Dub student drink. No, that's not "good," but that's currently how it is.

Did I ever go out to bars there during my college years? Um, well ... yeah.

The Excuse-O-Mat

This tool can help you put your feelings into words when you need to ask for forgiveness, explain why you were not where you should have been, etc. I don't condone using this in order to lie. But, this tool can be fun to play around with.

The Excuse-O-Mat has 3.6 million ready-made excuses for pretty much any and every situation you can get yourself into. Click the "Create Excuse" button after choosing the basic category. Then, click it again and again to scroll through the options you have to find the perfect "excuse."

Find the Four-leaf Clovers

It's a game.

Another Wicked Weird Face Thingy

It's a fun little, unique face applet to play around with. Click and mouse-over all over the face.

Chart of Worldwide Gas Prices

Here's a very interesting list of what a gallon of gasoline costs in various countries around the world.

The 10 most expensive are:

Netherlands, Amsterdam: $6.48
Norway, Oslo: $6.27
Italy, Milan: $5.96
Denmark, Copenhagen: $5.93
Belgium, Brussels: $5.91
Sweden, Stockholm: $5.80
United Kingdom, London: $5.79
Germany, Frankfurt: $5.57
France, Paris: $5.54
Portugal, Lisbon: $5.35

So quit complaining!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Just So You Know...

If all the blood vessels in your body were laid end to end, they would reach about 60,000 miles.

Facts via

Beastie Boys Remix Project

If you haven't heard it yet, the Boys are offering free downloads of pure vocal tracks (a cappella) from a number of their famous songs.

They're encouraging people to re-mix their lyrics in whatever ways we want. What a great idea to generate a buzz for this band that just won't go away!

Now that this is being done by a well-known group, let's see how many others bands offer these kind of downloads to generate some excitement for their group.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Overheard In NYC

This site offers daily helping of various bits of conversations that were overheard in New York City.

Why? I suppose it's because there's a website for it. That's a good enough reason for most people.

Solider Treats Attacker's Wounds

This isn't an Internet Urban Legend. It was reported in USA Today. It's a great story of putting words into action.

Solider Treats Attacker's Wounds
Many of us can think about loving our enemy in esoteric terms. Unknown enemies on the other side of the world are easier to love than those we meet face-to-face. During the war in Iraq in 2005, one American soldier found out how proximity changes things.

Stephen Tschiderer, an army medic, met his enemy's bullet before he met his enemy. While patrolling the dangerous streets of Baghdad, Tschiderer was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper. Although he was knocked to the ground by the impact, Tschiderer was saved by his bulletproof vest.

In company with the combat team that tracked down the sniper, the soldier discovered his assailant had been wounded. At this point, loving one's enemy was no longer a theoretical concept. The enemy was directly in front Tschiderer, wounded and in need of prompt medical attention. Only moments earlier, the sniper had put Stephen Tschiderer's heart between the crosshairs on the scope of his rifle and pulled the trigger, fully intending to end Tschiderer's life. Tschiderer could have roughed him up. He could have simply walked away and justified his actions. Instead, Tschiderer treated and dressed the wounds of the man who had tried to take his life.

Citation: "Soldier Survives Attack; Captures, Medically Treats Sniper," USA Today Online (7-15-05)

Link found at:

Facts About Your Favorite Songs is a great site where you can learn more about your favorite songs.

Did you know that...

For the Nirvana song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the line "Here we are now, entertain us" was something Cobain used to say when he entered a party.

Cobain didn't know it when he wrote the song, but Teen Spirit is a brand of deodorant marketed to young girls. Kurt thought Hanna was complimenting him on his rebellious spirit. Sales of Teen Spirit deodorant shot up when this became a hit, even though it is never mentioned in the lyrics.

The girls who played the cheerleaders in the video were originally supposed to be very fat and unattractive (Cobain's idea). The Director did not like this idea, but still allowed the cheerleaders to have "sleeve" tattoos and the symbol for anarchy on their shirts.

At many of their later shows, Nirvana did not play this.

Courtney Love deliberated a long time before allowing this to be used in the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who along with Love control the Nirvana catalog, claimed Love was trying to get the title role in the movie, which went to Nicole Kidman.

There's so much more about thousands of songs out there. Enjoy!

Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Resume

If you're looking for a new gig, or if you recently graduated from college and are still looking for a full-time job, here's a great list that'll help you offer your future employer that best representation of you possible.

Shoot me an email when this list helps you get that great job!

Live Dental Cam

Why would anyone want to watch others going through drillings and fillings?

We already don't like going to the dentist, so why would we spend more virtual time there?

Okay, it is kind of fun to watch. :)

Who Are The Top 100 Bloggers Today?

Amazingly, I didn't make the list.

Just Wondering...

If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Scientists Mess with the Speed of Light

You can do that?

(For the techie(er) readers in my audience.)

Forbes' Best of the Web

These are the websites that says are the "Best of the Web."

Search by category. It's a pretty good collection of links. I don't agree with every choice, but who would? It's a big list.

Anyway, check it out and discover a few new cool sites to frequent.

All 100 Senators Ranked -- Very Interesting ...

Survey USA released approval ratings for all 100 U.S. Senators.

Here are the top five:

1. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
2. Susan Collins (R-ME)
3. Barak Obama (D-IL)
4. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
5. John McCain (R-AZ)

...and the bottom of the barrel:

96. George Voinovich (R-OH)
97. Mike DeWine (R-OH
98. Mel Martinez (R-FL)
99. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
100. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Read the rest of the list here ...

Thanks for the link, In the Agora.

Design Your Own T-shirt

Your text. Your image. Too easy.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cool Techo Wallpaper For Your Computer

These wallpapers are not for decorating your bathroom.

There are six pages of images, so be sure to click from one to the next. It's in French, but it's self-explanatory. Well, self-explanatory in another language ... whatever.

Universal Packing List Generator

Can't decide how much clothing (or which items of clothing) you should pack for your upcoming trip to Spain? The solution is simple!

Just type in a few details about your trip, and the Universal Packing List Generator will create a list of items you should bring with you while keeping your luggage efficient.

What a great way to use this InterWeb thingy!

Quote O' Today

"I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it."
- Edith Sitwell

Thanks for the quote, Jeff.

Just Plain Freaky...Gotta See This!

If you want to get a little creeped out, then check this out!

(just gross or scary, just weird)

Hat Tip: The Damn Blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dr. House-isms

I love the show House on FOX. But no matter whether you're a fan or the program or not, you can still get a good kick out of these "House-isms."

1. House-ism: "I'm too handsome to do paperwork"
To use when: Your colleague asks you to file a document.

2. House-ism: "Are you comparing me to God? I mean, that's great, but so you know, I've never made a tree."
To use when: Your boss asks you to do the impossible (again).

3. House-ism: "Check for evil stepmothers. This much sleep usually indicates poison apples."
To use when: You catch your colleague falling asleep at work.

4. House-ism: " It turns out your best judgment is not good enough. Here's an idea: next time, use mine"
To use when: Your boss made a mistake.

5. House-ism: "I hired you because you look good. It's like having a nice piece of art in the lobby"
To use when: Your subordinate asks you why you don't listen to his/her opinion.

6. House-ism: "Perseverance does not equal worthiness. Next time you want to get my attention, wear something fun."
To use when: Someone's been trying desperately to get your attention.

Here are the rest of the "House-isms" for any and every situation ...

Pope forgets to bless pilgrims

Oops! I guess we all have our days when we forget things ... especially when we're new on the job.

As for anyone who still thinks the Pope is perfect ... oops. Guess not.

Walken For Prez

"America needs more cowbell!!!"

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Saddam Hussein's Philanthropy of Terror

Read it for yourself, and develop your own conclusions. I'm not telling you what to believe. But, I haven't been able to disprove the information in this website yet. I choose to believe these as facts until I know otherwise.

But, if someone believes in something, I believe they should be able to back it up. And conversely, if someone disagrees with something, I think they should truly investigate the facts of boths sides of the story before they set their decision in stone. I'm trying to get better at this myself.

Regarding whether or not Saddan Hussein supported terrorists, I suggest reading this collection of information and then choose what you believe in this matter.

The decision you make on this subject will surely affect how you believe in other greater "questions of the day" in our culture.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Where Company Names Came From

Here's an unofficial list of major tech companies and descriptions explaining how each of them were originally named. Very interesting.

HUMOR/VIDEO: An Ode To The American Hillbilly

Check out this video to get a video snapshot of the general history of the American Hillbilly -- all set to the music from the movie, Deliverance.

Thanks for the link, BoingBoing.

The "Star Wars" One Man Show!

For those who have never seen the original "Star Wars" trilogy and can't face six hours staring at a screen, a one-man show in New York recounts the whole story in under an hour.

Read the news story here...

Want Insurance For Speeding & Parking Tickets?

Now you can get it! All you have to do is move to Sweden where a company in that country is offering protection against both speeding tickets and parking ticket fines.

"Swedish drivers who register with the Bisso company at the Web site and pay an annual fee of 850 crowns (62.76 pounds) are covered against three speeding tickets a year, as long as they are not more than 30 km an hour (19 miles an hour) above the limit.

"For an extra fee, drivers can buy cover against parking fines. Fines in Sweden, which has one of the best road safety records in the world, range from 800 to 2000 crowns for speeding and 425 to 700 crowns for parking offences."

Read the rest of the news story here...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Life Lessons From Poker

Take a few minutes to go through this blog post. It's a great read!

Tips for Working @ Home

If you work at home, or even if you have an office job and only occasionally do some tasks at your home, here are some great tips to keep you as productive as possible.

Some tips include:

  • Get out and about as often as you can. Take a walk, go outside, meet people for lunch—that kind of thing.
  • Reward yourself when you’ve done something significant.
  • Get dressed everyday. Don’t wear pajamas all day. It’ll make you feel less work-like.
  • Set, and stick to, deadlines. Even when you don’t need them.
  • Keep your weekends. Working from home shouldn’t change the work/life balance you’ve got. Well, unless it lets you do more “life”!

Read the rest of this list

NARAL Falsely Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Roberts

Oops! "Facts" are only facts if they're true. Even the Dems are crying foul about NARAL's false ad attacking Judge Roberts.

More info here from

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Fantasy Fashion League

Forget Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball, now there's the Fantasy Fashion League!

It costs a little cash to get in, but then you can win prizes.

How are points earned? You get points when your team's desingers apepar in print -- either in headlines, photo captions, etc. Even simply the initials count.

Do I think this is a great, creative idea???

No, it's actually quite stupid.

Monday, August 08, 2005

SOMBER: Sudanese Kids Draw Darfur Genocide Scenes

The genocide situation in Darfur, Sudan is terrible.

These drawings are a way for us to get a taste of what not only the children are going through. Truly sad. But, it's important for us to learn about the situation so we can figure out how we can assist those who are lesser off than us.

I've found some ways to help in direct ways, visit here if you want to learn how you might be able to help (check out the sidebars and the left hand navigation for more ideas than simply donating).

With privilege comes responsibility.

Revenge of the Sith = "Backstroke of the West"

This blog entry is truly hilarious. It shows images from a bootleg copy of the movie, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with captions.

That in itself isn't funny. What's funny is that the captions are translated into English by Asian interpreters.

Trust me (have I let you down yet?), you'll see the humor immediately. Click here to view the post from the "Matthew In Beirut" blog.

INTERVIEW: Anna Popplewell, Narnia Movie Actor

Anna Popplewell, who plays Susan in the upcoming Narnia movie, fell in love with Aslan when she first met him as a 7-year-old bookworm. But those mice at the Stone Table? Now that's a different story.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Popplewell is, in many ways, the perfect choice to play Susan, the older Pevensie sister in Disney's upcoming film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Like the Susan of C. S. Lewis's beloved Chronicles of Narnia, Anna actually is an older sister, she's studious, she's pragmatic and logical—and thus an unlikely candidate to fall for such a far-fetched fairy tale. But like Susan, once she meets Aslan face-to-face, all of that pragmatism and skepticism falls aside, and she embraces the magic.

But for Anna, there was one little problem: Mice. In the story, when the great lion Aslan is killed, he is bound by ropes to a huge slab called the Stone Table. Before his resurrection, tiny mice come to his rescue, gnawing away at the ropes to set him free. When it came time to shoot that scene for the movie, Anna freaked out: She's terrified of mice.

In this interview, which Anna granted to us via telephone from her London home, we learn how she ultimately dealt with the little critters, what she thinks of the Narnia books, how she perceives Susan's character, what she makes of Aslan, and other thoughts on the movie, which arrives in theaters December 9. This will be the first of many exclusive stories about the film at Christianity Today Movies, so keep watching for more coverage in the months ahead.

The movie isn't done yet, but are you happy with the way things are turning out?

Anna Popplewell: Yeah. I saw a couple of scenes when we were shooting, some roughly cut scenes, and then recently I just finished doing post-production. And it all looks really good. It's obviously really nice to see the animation too [added later via computer graphics]. But I'm really looking forward to seeing the whole thing together come Christmas.

Is the role of Susan a part you really wanted?

Anna: Oh, yeah, I really wanted to get it. I had read the books when I was about 7 years old, and really loved them. I just thought they were great stories, really fun page-turning adventures. And then I read the movie script and really loved the script as well.

I also really like Susan and what the script did with Susan. Not that it's very different from C. S. Lewis's Susan, but the way in which C. S. Lewis wrote the books means that the characters are open to a certain amount of interpretation, because he writes with this wonderful style and tone that encourages you to use your imagination and create characters for yourself slightly. And I really liked that Susan was brought to life a bit more in the script than she was originally in the book.

How would you describe Susan's character?

Read the rest of this interview here...

Silencing Our Critics, Wade Boggs-style

Perhaps there's an example in this story for all of us as we think about those who regularly get under our skin with their criticism...

Former Boston Red Sox Hall-of-Fame third baseman Wade Boggs used to hate going to Yankee Stadium. Not because of the Yankees—they never gave him that much trouble—but because of a fan. That's right: one fan.

The guy had a box seat close to the field, and when the Red Sox were in town he would torment Boggs by shouting obscenities and insults. It's hard to imagine one fan getting under a player's skin, but apparently this guy had the recipe.

One day before the game, as Boggs was warming up, the fan began his typical routine, yelling, "Boggs, you stink" and variations on that theme. Boggs decided he'd had enough. He walked directly over to the man, who was sitting in the stands with his friends, and said, "Hey fella, are you the guy who's always yelling at me?" The man said, "Yeah, it's me. What are you going to do about it?"

Wade took a new baseball out of his pocket, autographed it, tossed it to the man, and went back to the field to continue his pre-game routine.

The man never yelled at Boggs again; in fact, he became one of Wade's biggest fans at Yankee Stadium.


Do you Agree?

Imagine how much better summer would be if Noah had swatted those two mosquitoes after he got off the ark.

FACTOID: Your Luggage...

27,000 pieces of luggage are lost or misdirected by U.S. airlines every day.

Now you know!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Ultimate Guide To Shooting Rubber Bands

In case you were looking for the ultimate guide to shooting rubber bands, here it is.

It includes: The History of Shooting Rubber Bands, Rubber Band Warfare Rules, Delivery Methods (more than I imagined there would be), How To Disarm Your Opponent, The Physics of Shooting, and a lot more.

Very comprehensive, and sure to please that rubber band shooting friend of yours who just won't quit doing it.


VIDEO: Dog's Phantom Leg

You may have seen this brief video before, but it always makes me laugh -- no matter how many times I watch it.

The dog doesn't realize that the leg he's growling at and trying to bite is his own hind leg.

This is simply the best when you need a good laugh.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Spray Freezes Dog Poo So ...

I'm posting this because it's a practical discovery of a new way to do a nasty job...

New spray freezes dog poo so they don't squish when you scoop. Yeah!!

Thanks BoingBoing.

Detailed Info On Energy Drinks

Now here's a great use of the Internet. Getting the complete 411 on all drinks designed to keep your energy strong ... until your crash from the caffiene or sugar buzz hours later (just drink another one when that happens!).

This page details drinks such as: Red Bull, Mt. Dew, Bawls, Monster, Mt. Dew AMP, Jolt, Rockstar and many others. 15 drinks in all (plus energy mints).

Send the link of my page to your friends. Give them the info on energy products, and introduce them to my Back Four Seconds blog! Thank You!!

Monday, August 01, 2005

CREATIVE: Coke Can Tuxedo

Every year around prom season there are people who create duct tape tuxes, and they always seem to make the news.

This idea is truly unique. This student created a complete tuxedo solely out of cans of Coca-Cola.

On the downside, apparently he created his hair-do out of Brillo Pads.

In A Huff Over Mr. Bolton (No, Not the Singer)

Get the image of that long-haired love song singer out of your head. I'm talking about John Bolton, the newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations. The U.N.? That's another post in itself.

Anyway, so many people are in a huff about Prez Bush making this recess appointment today, but ol' George has a long way to go until he catches up with everyone's buddy-president, Bill Clinton.

Clinton made 140 recess appointments during his 8 years in office. Far less than the elder Bush, and also much less than the current leader of the free world.

Check out the details here ...

I will also say this. I get a kick out of how Teddy Kennedy is always able to come out of his drunken stupor long enough to state, once again, that the current Republican President -- whomever it may be at the time -- is "abusing their power."

We all know that unless Bush would've appointed Ted Kennedy himself as ambassador, Mr. Teddy would, of course, be offended, outraged, swashbuckled, etc. etc.

Relax people. No one had a problem with this when Clinton did it, just like no one had a problem when Clinton stated -- along with agreements from Kennedy and the rest of that bunch -- that there were WMD's in Iraq, and that Saddam was an imminent threat to the United States.

It wasn't until the Republican said it that it became a lie.

Folks. It was all based on the same intelligence data. In 1998, and again when Bush and the majority of the Congress agreed with him the second time around.


I'm out.

Atkins' Bottomline Shrinks Too Much

Yep, the company that recently had their day in the sun is now filing for bankruptcy.

Other possible headline could've included...

"Atkins Runs Out of Dough" (as seen at Fox News)


"Atkins Faces Loss of Fiscal Gains"


"Atkins Loses Too Much Fiscal Weight"


"Atkins Loses More Than Weight"

and finally, my favorite after the one I went with...

"Atkins' Obese Losses Incite Weighty Measures"

Best Paper Airplane In The World?

Apparently, according to its designers, this is the best model for a paper airplane.

Build it yourself, test it out, and let us know how it works.

Coca-Cola Product To Burn Calories As You Drink It...Enviga!

I'll believe it when I no longer see it (my flabbiness, that is).

According to ...

Coca-Cola is planning to launch Enviga, a soda that is said to burn 50 to 100 calories just by drinking a 12-oz. serving, next year, per one executive.

Enviga, a green tea-based, caffeinated, carbonated drink, is in clinical testing and is said to speed up the user's metabolism. The beverage will target active lifestyle consumers. A Coke rep said, "Some [of our projects] may find their way to market and some may not." Studies have shown that drinking green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories.

Product launch is current set for sometime in 2006.

FACTOID: The Average American...

The average American spends four minutes each day searching for lost things.

Now you know!

Makeover Day Today

You'll see that the last previous three links are all about making your life just a little bit better if you're willing to put a little effort into it.

I swear I'm not turning this blog into the next Martha Stewart-like place online. But, sometimes we just need a little direction in order to make the changes/improvements in our lives that take us up to the next level we've been trying to reach in our own journey through this world.

So, with that said, scroll down and click away!

7 Things Happy People Have In Common

You might be thinking about skipping this link because it sounds cheezy. Well, I admit that, yes, it does sound a bit cheezy...but, it's worth it -- if not for the first tip alone.

Yep, #1 is an important tip for anyone in life

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9 Simple Strategies for Home Organization

This is something I've been working on lately at my place.

When it comes to organizing, every little bit helps.

6 Simple Ways To Save Money On Gas

Here are some reminders about some common sense ways to save money on gas.

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