Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Yorker cartoon formula exposed!

If this isn't the true formula, it's gotta be pretty close.

Click here to view the formula.

The New $10 Bill Will Look Like This...

Click the image for more info on new changes made to the ten spot.

Here Is A List of the Best of the Worst Foods For You

These are the foods we love to eat (with information about each food), even thought we know they're bad for us.

The pictures make me hungry.

A Free Word Processor On the Web?

It's true. You can sign-up for free and work online!

Here's A List of the Most Expensive Homes In the Northeast Part of America

Quite the pictures on this list.

Do You Still Think All Religions Are Basically the Same?

30 Years Of Change For One Family

On June 17th, every year, the family goes through a private ritual: "we photograph ourselves to stop a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by."

Very cool.

Where Are the Most Overpriced Places In America?

Yes, I live in one of these places -- specifically, in the 14th highest-per capita county in the nation.

These Are Currently the Safest Cars In the World

If you can't afford the most expensive cars in the world (also known as, "the cars my brother will someday own"), then go out and buy one of the safest cars.

These Are Currently the Ten Most Expensive Cars In the World

Nice!

I've never even heard of some of these.

A Real Nice Booty Has Been Found!

600 barrels of loot has been found...

The archipelago is named after Robinson Crusoe, but perhaps it should have been called Treasure Island.

A long quest for booty from the Spanish colonial era appears to be culminating in Chile with the announcement by a group of adventurers that they have found an estimated 600 barrels of gold coins and Incan jewels on the remote Pacific island.

"The biggest treasure in history has been located," said Fernando Uribe-Etxeverria, a lawyer for Wagner, the Chilean company leading the search. Mr Uribe-Etxeverria estimated the value of the buried treasure at US$10bn (£5.6bn).

Read the rest of the article here ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I Got Engaged Last Night!

We're planning a July 1, 2006 wedding date.

Stem Cell Research Score: 65 to 0

Click the image to get the details...

When Sermons Go Awry ...

This is a prime example of something you really don't want to say from the church pulpit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Top Ten Advantages Introverts Possess Are...

There's a website called The Introvert Advantage that "helps introverts thrive in an extrovert world." A pretty cool idea. They offer all kinds of great resources.

I want to direct you to one of those resources. It's a comparative list that shows 10 Misconceptions About Introverts along side of the Top 10 Advantages Introverts Possess.

It makes a good case for some of the benefits introverted people have. But think about it, it's important that our world, and more importantly, our own little world of friends and family, have a balance of both introverts and extroverts. It makes our life better.

So, whether you're an intro or and extro, celebrate who you are and see that as a strength. Because that's who you were created to be!

100 Most Often Misspelled Words

Another great resource from your favorite blog (this one).

Print this out and use it often to look like a genius!


Thx: LifeHack.org

How to Hold a Profitable Garage Sale

Holding a garage sale is the best way to clean up your house on stuff that you are not going to use - best of all you can convert those stuff to some considerable money. If you want to sell your items as profitable as possible, eHow has some great tips.

A few of the ideas include:
-- Schedule your garage sale far enough in advance so that you can place a classified ad. Hold your sale on a nonholiday weekend unless you live in a resort town with lots of vacationers. Check the long-range forecast for good weather.

-- Dig through your garage, attic, basement and house for stuff to sell. Include everything you want to get rid of--one person's junk is another's treasure.

-- Spread the word among friends and family. The more you have to sell, the larger the crowd you can draw. Offer to sell their stuff for a 20 percent commission.

-- Scrub, wash, polish, dust and launder anything you plan to sell. If an item needs a simple repair that could greatly improve the price, fix it.

-- Round up volunteers if you expect large crowds. Friends and family may be willing to help for a free meal, the chance to sell their own junk, or just the fun of it.

Read the full list here.


Thx: Lifehack.org

Mentos + Soda (Coke/Pop/etc.) = ???

Drop a few Mentos candies into a bottle of soda, and you'll have a fun, and explosive reaction!

Check out the details here.
See the video here.

Jon Nicholson Releases New Album

An old buddy of mine (from junior high/high school), Jon Nicholson, has just released his latest album called, A Lil' Sump'm Sump'm.

Check out his site on the MuzikMafia website (the same group of artists that includes Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, and many others). He's the "soul" artist of all the artists of the group, and his music fuses together a lot of different genres.

Make sure to video the video EPK (electronic press kit) to get to know him (link is on the right side of the page). Also, click here to see Jon together with Kid Rock.

Fun Fact: The guitar that I own was bought from Jon a few years ago. It's a Gibson Gospel acoustic. A beautiful instrument. He had 8 or 9 guitars at the time, so he's not missing it.

Top Ten Ways to Handle Email Overload

Lifehack.org is linking to a list of 10 ways to effectively handle email overload by SuccessNet.org's Michael Angier.

I hope it helps you!

First Lady Bill Clinton?

I'll be honest in that I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if she gets the Democratic nomination. But, this website promoting Hillary in a backwards sort of way did make me laugh.

It's promoting Bill Clinton as the future First Lady of our country -- in a pink dress too!

Hilarious.

Google Fun Facts

Just like the subject of this post, this is a link to some fun facts from Google.

"House" Deconstructed

This post from the blog, The Cluture Beat, beautifully breaks down one of my favorite TV shows, Fox's hit, "House."

If you've seen the show, and especially if you haven't seen it, take three minutes to read this smart deconstruction of what this show does so well ... right before our eyes.

Hear House-isms here.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Just the Bullet-proof Bed You've Been Shopping For!

This bed protects you from bio-chemical terrorist attacks, kidnappers, intruders, natural disasters, and even from your own kids if you need it.

Filr under: "Crazy Products That Were Created By Even Crazier People"


Once again, Thx: TheDamnBlog

L.A. To NYC In Just A Few Minutes (time-lapse video) Very Cool!

This well-done video takes the viewer along for a drive from Los Angeles to New York City in the span of just a minute or two. And, he makes the trip in a classic convertable, which makes it that much more fun. Live vicariously through this ride on the open road!

It's a time-lapse style film that you'll want to forward to your friends.


Thx: TheDamnBlog

101 Things You Didn't Know About Rock N' Roll

If you're even a casual fan of rock music, you'll already know some of the facts presented in this offering from Ultimate-Guitar.com. That makes the title of the feature a misnomer. But, it's still a great source of trivia for the music buff that'll surely come in handy at the bar, during a game of Trivial Pursuit, or on a first date with a music lover.

That's what this blog is, a wonderful public service to you, my wonderful readers.


Thx: TheDamnBlog

Vending Machines of Japan // Crazy Contents!

PhotoMann recently decided to 'collect' images of unique vending machines found in Japan. They are everywhere. Estimates suggest there are 5.6 million vending machines which works out to be one for every 20 people in Japan. Sales from vending machines in 2000 totaled $56 billion!

The most common are drink and cigarette machines followed by machines with pornography. And, there are some things being vended that you'd never image could be vended. It's a really interesting part of the current Japanese society. Below is a sampling of some of the machines to be found...

Eggs, Rice, Rice Cleaning, Fishing Supplies, Toilet Paper, Flowers, Pachinko, Flight Insurance, Fried Foods, Liquor & Beer, and a lot more.

40+ Gmail Tips

You'll find more than 40 great Gmail tips here, at GmailTips.com.

Worthless Baseball Card Collection...and their untrue fun facts

Make sure to read the "fun facts" that go along with each card. They're hilarious!

Worthless Baseball Card Collection (I've got most of these cards)


Thx: Kottke.org

Severe Hurricanes Actually Becoming Less Frequent...

Some people are proclaiming that the example of hurricanes Katrina and Rita hitting land with such for and so close together is a another sign of Global Warming.

But, if they had done their homework, they'd find that strong hurricanes have actually been less frequent in the past decade or two (or three?).

Take this well-researched piece from The Drudge Report. Matt Drudge hits the nail on the head as Barbra Streisand tries to rally the troops around a "Global Warming Emergency." While in truth, Katrina and Rita didn't even hit landfall with hurricane category five strength. These recent storms are weaker than the ones that were common while Streisand was growing up...

DRUDGE:
"We are in a global warming emergency state, and these storms are going to become more frequent, more intense," Streisand urgently declares.

But Sawyer did not remind Streisand that a Category 5 hurricane struck the Bahamas with 160 mph winds -- when the singer was five years old, in 1947!

And when Streisand was 8 years old, a Cat 5 hurricane -- named "Dog" -- packing 185 mph churned-away in the Atlantic.

When she was 9, a Cat 5 storm named "Easy" ripped the seas with 160 mph sustained winds.

Streisand was 13 years old when "Janet" hit Mexico with 150 mph winds.

Streisand was celebrating her sweet sixteen as "Cleo" formed with 140 mph.

At 18, Streisand read news about "Donna" AND "Ethel" -- both storms carried 140 mph winds and formed 9 days apart in 1960!

One year later, when Streisand was 19, it happened again: Two Category 5 storms scared the world: "Carla" and "Hattie!"

"Carla" maxed out at 175 mph winds the year Streisand made her television debut on "The Jack Paar Show."

And who could forget Hurricane "Camille" -- which smashed into the United States with 190 mph, just as "Funny Girl" garners eight Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture and one for Barbra as Best Actress.

Up next on the weather warning watch, Streisand says to ABC: "There could be more droughts, dust bowls. You know, it's amazing to hear these facts."

Read the full article here.

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The Global Warming theory has yet to be scientifically proven. But don't get me wrong. I do believe in protecting the environment, just not to the level of the detriment of humans. It sounds strange to say that, but some environmental groups believe in doing anything to protect the environment, even to the point of putting humans at risk in other areas. These kind of priorities need to be based on common sense as well.
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Friday, September 23, 2005

TV Weatherman Quits To Pursue Hurricane "Conspiracy Theory"

I guess we all have to do what we each think we have to do ...

... but sometimes you just have to wonder about choices some people make.

The article begins:
"To the rest of the country, Scott Stevens is the Idaho weatherman who blames the Japanese Mafia for Hurricane Katrina. To folks in Pocatello, he's the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6..."

Read the rest of the article here.

A Great Quote...

"If a Sunday School superintendent cheats on his wife, the hypocrisy is very real. God condemns it, and offers forgiveness. The world condemns it and offers no forgiveness at all because the guy is obviously a beady-eyed fundamentalist. But if a nihilistic English professor cheats on his wife, the number of broken promises is exactly the same. Does anyone turn from the life of relativistic grime at his university with disgust? "I could never write authentic fiction. There are too many hypocrites in that department." Not a chance. One guy breaks a promise and it is a sign of his inauthenticity, or to use Sartre's phrase, it is his bad faith. The other guy breaks his promise and it is a sign that he is trying to struggle free of the inauthentic constraints that bind him -- a sign of his true and deep authenticity. A Christian needs to respond to this incoherence with "a plague on both their houses." There is an alternative to all this. It is called keeping your promises, or truly repenting if you have not. What a concept. And in all the stories we tell, we need to learn how to honor those who keep their promises, and to receive with kindness those who repent of not having done so."
-Douglas Wilson


As seen at: The Boar's Head Tavern

Scientists Have Also Figured Out Some of the Secrets About Shyness

These scientists have been so busy lately!

The Cheerio Effect Has Been Cracked By Scientists!

Scientists have explained the Cheerio Effect, answering why things like Cheerios floating in milk tend to clump together.

Hooray!! Now we know why!!!


Thx: Kottke.org

Games of Gondor -- LOTR-Themed Online Games

GamesOfGondor.com offers dozens of Lord of the Rings-themed online flash games to enjoy.

Have fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Women's Hands Are Cleaner Than Men's Hands

This probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, other than our friend Monk, that women's hands are generally much cleaner than men's grubby paws.

But, I also read a report yesterday that women blink almost twice as much a men, so that makes us even ... right?

Some other random facts include:
- In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.
- Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during W.W.I.
- In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.
- You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.
- About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it. (not me)
- An average person laughs about 15 times a day.
- Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
- Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
- The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
- A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h.
- Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
- The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
- In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan.
- Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.
- Every person has a unique tongue print.
- Women's hearts beat faster than men's.
- You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog. (not as it stick, they smell 20x worse in that sense of the word)
- Only 55 percent of all Americans know that the sun is a star. (and you wonder why I put no faith in polls?)
- The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello. (who's E.T.?, ask your parents)
- Most American car horns honk in the key of F. (there's a joke in there I'll refrain from typing out here)
- The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people. (we'd be overrun by them if it wasn't for The Coloniel)
- In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
- Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.
- Some toothpastes contain antifreeze.
- Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.

Read more amazing facts at StuffUCanUse.com.

What Should I Read Next?

This interesting online tool will probably interest the readers in my audience.

You type in the name of a book you've read and it'll give you a suggestion of what to read next.

What Should I Read Next?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ten Restaurant Trends We (Americans) Hate

Check them out here.

Here are the first three:
1. Celebrity chefs who never cook: Put down the glass of champers, trade your pin-striped Hugo Boss for a white chef jacket, and get back behind the stove!

2. Restaurants with more publicists than cooks: Telltale signs that an eatery will be short-lived: More attention and money are dedicated to the decor than the menu; the phone number or address is a "secret." We've reached our tolerance for overhyped "hot spots."

3. Fancified raw cuisine: Despite several prominent chefs' exhortations, this pretentious, tasteless, unhealthy trend, both time-consuming to make and expensive to buy (think $12 "tomato tartare" — a.k.a. salsa), has far outlived its 15 minutes.

ARTICLE: List of the Most "Pointless" Celebrities

Read this humorous article about the celebrities who were voted as the most "pointless."


Thx: TheDamnBlog

New Bible Version Can Be Read In Only 100 Minutes

Interesting. Whenever a new version of the Bible comes out, various groups of Christians will argue as to whether it's a good thing or not. So, I'd imagine people will definitely be talking for and against this one real soon.

But, if it helps people who wouldn't otherwise crack the pages of a traditional Bible, then it looks like a good idea. Then, if someone wants to read more specific details about a certain part of what they read, they canturn to a traditional Bible to learn more.

As long as the theology of the new Bible stays true to the most important ideas of the original Bible, then I'm all for it.

Take a look for yourself. Here's a link directly to the product/publisher.

Writing Sensible Email Messages

You and I can both improve our email writing skills. Everyone needs it to various degrees. And as Napoleon Dynamite tells us, girls like guys with skills. :)

So, check out this great writing guide that will help you get your emails answered more often and more quickly. Who wouldn't want that?

All it takes is remembering one or two things every time you write a message.

This is definitely one not to miss!

Sorry, posts are delayed today...

I'm off to a tough start this morning with a lot of extra pain. I'll be posting a bit later than normal today.

Look for the good stuff in a few hours.

Thanks for being my faithful readers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Color Photographs of Americans from 1939-1945

You don't see many color photos from this era that spans from The Great Depression through the end of the second World War.

These color photos help give a better perspective of the colors and the vitality in many of the shots. A very unique resource!


Thx: BoingBoing

Drum That Cheese!

Even Tommy Lee has never pulled off this feat in cheese history. Make a drum set out of various cheeses, and then drum away!

Photoshopped News Images...On Purpose!

Some of the news images we see have been touched-up, slightly modified, or altered in a big way. But this website called FreakingNews.com is honest about it, that's exactly why they want you to visit their site. They have photoshop contests to create the best fake news images.

It's a lot of fun! You'll see images like this one from the contest encouraging people to modify products in a way that would produce a need for a recall:

Monday, September 19, 2005

CONSIDER: Do You Believe the MTV Myths?

MTV is trying hard to train a whole generation to follow their rules for living ... have you let them into your head?

The MTV Myths include:

Myth #1 -- You Are What You Have

Myth #2 -- You're Interesting if You're Famous

Myth #3 -- Sex Is Only for Enjoyment

Myth #4 -- Have Fun—Whatever the Cost

There are very little or no consequences to actions in The MTV World. Not so in the true real world -- and not so much on the television show, "The Real World."

Reality Check // By thinking about the messages MTV is sending us, we can better understand what is true in the real world and what is true only in MTV land. Here are some questions to keep in mind if watching MTV:

  • What is this show saying about the way the world works? Is it true?
  • How is this show different than my daily life?
  • Am I uncomfortable with the choices these people are making? Should I be?
  • If my friends and I were in this show, how would it be different? How would people see my faith?
  • What consequences of people's actions are shown? Is this realistic?

By thinking through these questions, you can best decide whether you should visit MTV's alternate reality … or just keep channel surfing.

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BLOGGER'S NOTE: I'm not telling you what or how to believe. I just don't want these important life decisions to be made for you. Know what the myths are in your own life. That is how you'll be able to mature and grow in the way that'll make you proud of your life years from now.

Fattest/Fittest College Campuses

Men's Fitness magazine says these are the fattest and fittest colleges in America.

The fittest U.S. colleges:
1. Brigham Young University
2. University of California, Santa Barbara
3. Boston University
4. University of Vermont
5. Northwestern University

The fattest U.S. colleges:
1. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2. University of New Orleans
3. Mississippi State University
4. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
5. Portland State University

For students attending any of the "fattest" schools (really, for anyone out there wanting to live a little healthier), may I recommend this article about how to avoid the "Freshman 15." Or the sophomore, junior, senior, or post-graduate versions of those weight gain periods.

This blogger believes that those who are heavier than the average person of their gender has no less worth in this world of ours. It's a shame that we sometimes put down those are big. They have at least as much to offer to us as anyone else. We just have to be open to accepting them just as others choose to accept you and me. We're better people than those who put down a fat or obese person -- prove it the next time you get a chance.

11 Negotiation Strategies

Don't go into any future negotiation sessions without this vital information.

Negotiate Like a Pro

50 Coolest Websites

Time magazine's online "TechTime" section has compiled a list of their favorite cool websites.

View the complete list here. There are some great choices in there, even though I wouldn't have chosen all of their sites on my own list. But, that's the beauty of lists, they create controversy and conversation. Enjoy!

Today Is "Talk Like A Pirate Day"

Happy Birthday to me, and Happy "Talk Like A Pirate Day" to you!

Here's a great primer to help you get started talking like a true pirate.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Headline Of the Day...

"Karl Rove's kidney stones may have hurt Bush..."

I've heard of sympathetic pain, but that's ridiculous!

AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator

Calculate the estimated fuel cost of your trip.


BLOGGER'S NOTE: If you enjoy this blog, please tell three of your friends today. Thank you!

20 Things They Don't Want You to Know

Who are "They" and what don't they want you to know?

Find out here.

Some of the secrets include: Why You Never Need To Pay Full Price, Why Faster Shipping Isn't Always Faster, Why Portable Game Consoles Are Hackable, and more.

How to Go From Introvert to Extrovert

This is how to do it.

It begins with ... Undervaluing extroversion, Learning underdeveloped social skills, Envisioning yourself as the wrong kind of extrovert, and it goes on from there.

It's a very interesting "How-to" piece to read.

FUTURISTIC: Floating Signs @ Your Favorite Stores

This is what future signs might look like. Fun to imagine!

(click the "next" button to view the complete portfolio.)

Gorillaz Geep Driving Game

This is definitely one of the very best free online driving games. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Search eBay Like A Bargin Bin With This Resource

This cool online tool shows you all of the current auctions that expire in less than an hour that are currently going for less than a dollar.

It's like a constantly updated dollar store @ eBay!

Very Cool Chemistry Interaction Videos

Enjoy these cool videos showing chemical reactions, and pass this link to all of your friends!


Thx: BoingBoing

Festival Con Aid Workers?

Here's an example of a band coming up with a creative use of their resources...

Newsboys Build Tent Village For Hurricane Katrina Relief Workers
Gulfport, MS-based volunteers take shelter in former Festival Con Dios tents

Gulfport, MS -- The Grammy nominated rock band, newsboys, constructed 20 tents for the temporary housing of relief workers in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged city of Gulfport, Mississippi, on Monday.

The 20 x 20 ft. tents, formerly used as a portable music venue on the traveling Festival Con Dios tours, will serve as temporary shelters for the next few months. Volunteers from the relief agency PRC Compassion will manage the compound. PRC Compassion has been on the ground in several large cities in Mississippi and Louisiana providing supplies and support to those in need.



"After reviewing all the options for how we could provide aide to the region, we decided an appropriate first response would be to utilize the portable tents from our Festival Con Dios tours," said newsboys Band Manager/Inpop Records President Wes Campbell.

On Monday, a team of newsboys crew members, management staff and band members, including keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein and drummer Duncan Phillips, landed at the Gulfport International Airport and spent the day setting up a village that will house over 100 relief workers from various hurricane aide organizations.

"To see the devastation first hand was a real eye opener for us," said keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, "and we felt called to help out in whatever way possible."

Additionally, newsboys are working on benefit opportunities in conjunction with its fall touring schedule. More details will be announced soon.

Public Thinks They Know What's Best Regarding Energy Issues

Here are the results from a poll taken just over a month ago. Please understand that the results are explained in a way that is intended to develop a specific set of fears and concerns in us. See if you can spot it as well...

Given several choices for dealing with energy problems, the public has some clear preferences:

--Almost seven in 10 want the government to establish price controls on gasoline and want more spending on subway, rail and bus systems.

--Just over seven in 10 want to give tax cuts to companies to develop wind, solar and hydrogen energy.

--Just over eight in 10 want higher fuel efficiency required for cars, trucks and SUVs.

--Slightly more than half, 52 percent, favor giving tax cuts to energy companies to explore for more oil.

The rising anxiety over high gas prices has caused a shift in public priorities about the importance of exploring for new energy.

Almost six in 10 now say exploring for new sources of energy is more important than protecting the environment. People were evenly split on that question in 2002. Half now support drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska _ up from 42 percent who felt that way in March.

Only four in 10 wanted to promote the increased use of nuclear power, while slightly more than half opposed that step.

BLOGGER'S NOTE: Approximately 100% of those polled have spent exactly 0 (zero) hours researching this issue and simply go off what they are fed from their passive intake of the media.

Also, approximately 100% of those polled have no idea how the EPA's ultra-strict guidelines (thank you very much to the powerful environmental lobby in Washington D.C.) have essentially restricted our country from building more oil refineries in the past 40 years.

Based on the ignorance of those polled for this survey, the above stats mean zilch. Thank you very much for yet another attempt at developing public interest by gauging interest from those who essentially aren't interested enough to research this on their own.

(oh, how I needed that rant today...i feel cleansed. thank you for your time)

With that said, I'm all for protecting our environment, just not in the ways that put our society's priorities out of order.

THIS IS TRUE: State of Michigan Threatens Dam Beavers

(This is an oldie but a goodie.)

Really, this actually happened...

The state of Michigan wrote a letter to Mr. Ryan DeVries back in December of 1997 with this letter:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files show that no permits have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
David L. Price
District Representative Land and Water Management Division
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Mr. DeVries' response is a classic!

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan - I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize, their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials "debris." I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

My first concern is - aren't the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation - so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names. If you want the dam stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition - contact the dam beavers - but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter-being unable to read English) - be sure you read them their dam Miranda rights first.

As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers - be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State - I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy, or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green, and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem: bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!) Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Sincerely,
Stephen L. Tvedten

Why is gas priced to nine-tenths of a cent?

Theories abound, but none are definitive. The Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford, Oregon, quotes Craig Randolph, an oil company's V.P. of retail operations. He says the nine-tenths of a cent is just a marketing gimmick that likely begun during the 1970 "gas wars." Over the years, it became the standard.

Read the full response to this question at "Ask Yahoo."

NOT A SURPRISE: Katrina Makes Top 10 Deadliest Disasters

Not a goal to aim for, but it did make the list.

Read about it here.

Even the President Needs A Bathroom Break Once In A While

He's only human...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I'm More Creative Than You Are!

I'll let you in on my secret ... it's right here.

(Now we're even.)

"Stop the Bop" Fundraiser For Katrina Victims

A school is playing irritating music to get them to make donations in order to help the Katrina victims along with getting the terrible music to stop.

One man's fundraiser is another man's Camp Gitmo. Go figure.


Thx: BoingBoing

Find A Recipie From What Food You Have In the Refrigerator

Take a look in your refrigerator, see what food you have, and enter each item into this great online tool. It'll give you a recipie to use with what you have to work with.

Brilliant!! It's yet another way of turning around an online resource so it essentially works "backwards," and offers a great new service!

HOW-TO: How To Beat Those Rigged Carnival Games

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-"Carnies" Spill the Beans!!!

Here's a strategy guide to beating the most popular midways games when the carnival comes to your town.

Google Blog Search Tool Is Born!

Now, you can search blogs for your favorite content through Google's Blog Search tool.

What are you waiting for, a permission slip? SEARCH!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Top 10 Colleges Where Students Rarely Study

Here's an interesting list of schools where the students rarely study.

Here are the bottom five schools. You'll have to click the link above in order to see the top five colleges:

10. Auburn University
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
8. Louisiana State University
7. Florida State University
6. Emerson College

(explanations are given along with the rankings.)

Reverse Dictionary

There are a lot of things that are be especially helpful if they are services we commonly use, but in reverse -- especially services we use online.

Here's a great example, a Reverse Dictionary.

How Was the Apple iPod Nano Created? The True Story...

Read how Steve Jobs and his team of Apple innovators created this season's must-have gadget, the iPod Nano.

(There's a Monk & Mindy joke in there -- "Nanoo, nanoo!" -- but I'll refrain from listing my ideas.)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Just Clearing This Up...

I forgot to bring some medication to work today, so I'm dealing with some extra pain. This is still all releated to the truck rear-ending me 2 1/2 years ago.

What I want to clear-up is that this was not President Bush's fault. It was actually MY fault. I should've remembered to bring it. Silly me.

Again...not Bush's fault. This was all my fault. Thank you.

You May Hvae Raed Tihs Bfreoe, But Jsut In Csae...

Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt.

Win A Trip To New Orleans!

It's true. The Price Is Right game show recently ran a prize for a game where the winner received an all-expense paid vacation to New Orleans.

Oops.

Household Hacks

If you spend much time on the Internet, you'll come across a lot of info about how to hack or modify things in our lives.

Some great household Hacks & "Mods" are lampooned here.

This Is What Advertisers Tell Us Is True...

The first three myths of advertising (as seen in commercials of all media types) are:

1. Men are obsessed with sex but will forego sex in order to watch football or drink beer.
2. Women are locked in a constant battle with their weight/body shape/hairstyle.
3. Career success is entirely based on your ability to impress your boss.

Read the rest of the list of 26 advertising myths here.

Friday, September 09, 2005

The World's First Photograph

Have you ever seen the world's first photograph? It was taken way back in 1826 in France.

Here's a link to view the image, along with more infor about the first photo.

Here's the thing, it had an exposure time of 8 hours!

The image isn't much to look at, but now you can say that you've seen the first photograph ever taken. See, you're special!


Have a super weekend, everyone.

Bill Rancic (Apprentice-boy) To Jump the Trump Ship

“I'm going to go out and start another business of my own. That's in my blood." Rancic said Wednesday at the Foundation for the Future’s Global Leadership Forum in Malaysia.

Rancic went on to say that he's learned a lot from Trump and hopes to one day have a real estate business as big as his.

Even Democrat New Englanders Boo Kanye West

Actually, this didn't surprise me. The Democrat New England Patriot crowd booed Kanye West yesterday during his performance before the Patriots/Raiders NFL season opener last night.

The reason I'm not surprised is because of the 13% I spoke of two days ago.


Did Kanye West "jump the shark" with his recent statements???

Thursday, September 08, 2005

FindShelter.org & HurricaneHousing.org

I'm currently aware of two websites that are legit and well-run that have been set-up in order to help Hurricane Katrina survivors find a family/person who has opened their door, their home, to whomever needs a place to call home.

FindShelter.org

HurricaneHousing.org

Please spread the word about these resources so those who need them will be able to find the answer to this important prayer.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Getting Slapped With A Slice of Cheese

If you've ever wondered what it would look like if someone slapped you with a slice of cheese, this is what it would look like.

Now you know!

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll: Only 13% Blame Bush

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 609 adults taken September 5-6 shows:

Blame Game
The 13% who say this is all President Bush's fault (the hurricane tragedy, that is) is basically made up of that group of people who would blame a sneeze or a case of hay fever on Bush.

So, what does this poll essentially say?

This country does not blame this on Bush. The troubles began and continued primarily because of the strategies (or lack thereof) of the New Orleans and Louisiana local and state government levels.

POLL RESULTS:
13% said George W. Bush is "most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane"
18% said "federal agencies"
25% said "state and local officials"
38% said "no one is to blame"
6% had no opinion.

29% said that "top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired"
63% said they should not
8% had no opinion.

Government Performance
10% said George W. Bush has done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
25% said "good"
21% said "neither good nor bad"
18% said "bad"
24% said "terrible"
2% had no opinion.

8% said federal government agencies responsible for handling emergencies have done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
27% said "good"
20% said "neither good nor bad"
20% said "bad"
22% said "terrible"
3% had no opinion.

7% said state and local officials in Louisiana have done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
30% said "good"
23% said "neither good nor bad"
20% said "bad"
15% said "terrible"
5% had no opinion.

Federal money that was intended for improving the levee system was, in one instance, allocated toward refurbishing a Mardi Gras fountain. The money simply didn't go where it was suppsoed to go. There is a specific board that governs each levee system in Louisiana. That board for the levee that broke needs to be held accountable.

To blame President Bush for that lack of correct use of federal funds would be similar to blaming every crime committed in this great country of ours on the President.

"There was a shoplifting crime committed today, why didn't Bush stop it from happening. I want a commission to look into this!!!"

Yeah that was over-the-top, but it illustrates my point. Blame Bush? Nah-uh.

I guess even though the Democratic Machine & the Mass Media is trying to generate blame against Bush, it just isn't working. Apparently, we're a country of people who are smarter than they realize -- or more intelligent than they take us for.

Just Wondering...

Why do they say "an alarm is going off," if it is really going on?

Converting Galleons To "Real Money"

J.K. Rowling has written a series of book that apparently are sort of popular. Something about a guy named "Harry" I guess?

Okay, I'm not THAT much out of the times. I just wanted to have a little fun with you.

This was also fun to read. Some currency experts have come up with a real world value to the "galleons" currency in the Harry Potter books.

Why President Bush Is Not To Blame. Yes, You've Been Had By the Media...

This article is for those who have had the sense to look at what we know about the recovery efforts of Katrina for what they are, knowing full well that most of the facts are not available yet.

This article is also for those who have chosen to look for another way to accuse our President of wrongdoing, most likely knowing full well that their arguments are not grounded in truth and facts, but in heresay.

I'm willing to say that in order to get everyone of my readers to read this article. This is was written a week ago for you. Ben Stein is the author, but if you think his fame comes from hosting a trivial game show, then you need to catch-up on your history. Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer who was a Presidential speech-writer.

This article lays out what facts we do know about President Bush role, or non-role, in this terrible natural disaster. If you're currently a basher of the President on this issue, then take a moment and enjoy it. Take a deep breath. That's it. Because you will probably feel a little silly for believing what you've heard from people and assigning blame to Bush.

Yes, you've been unwittingly been at the tail end of the Democratic telephone game. By the time the message got to you, it no longer held any facts or truth.

Wait, the game didn't began with facts and truth.


No, this article is not a hoax.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

How To Win An Argument

This is how to generally win an argument.

Where Was God When Katrina Hit?

If you're one of the people who are still asking the question, "Where Was God When Katrina Hit?," I won't blame you for wondering. It's a natural question for many people.

As for an answer, here are a few links that can help you better understand how the answer to this question goes back quite a ways in the history of mankind.

I hope this helps you find some answers that give you more peace regarding this tragic event.

On Wisconsin: Badger Football Starts 1-0

I'm a huge fan of the Wisconsin Badger football program, and they began the year with a convincing win over Bowling Green and their star QB, Omar Jacobs (who was very impressive).

The big story for the good guys was the first game for junior-transfer (from Colorado), Brian Calhoun. This guy can play -- and it helps that he's running behind the Badger offensive line (Read: Huge).

Calhoun rushed for 258 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Yes, that's FIVE TDs.


Tag: /badger football/

Things Hagrid The Half-Giant Would Say If He Served Jesus Instead Of Harry Potter

I haven't read the Harry Potter books, but my girlfriend has been reading sections to me when I'm stuck in bed with too much pain from my accident injuries.

This is well-written.

"The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" Movie Review

If you're looking forward to seeing the upcoming movie, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, then click here to read one of the first reviews of the film at NarniaWeb.

The first screening has now happened, so gear-up for the film by getting a glimpse of what the movie has in store!

Only 94 days to go.

Friday, September 02, 2005

PHOTOS: Before & After Katrina Flooding

This link shows various areas of New Orleans before and after the flooding.

It's one of the best sites of this kind I've seen so far.

Here's another one that helps explain how wide an area has been affected by the flooding.

Mr. New Orleans Mayor, I Have A Question...

If you can take just one moment to stop blasting the federal administration, that would give me enough time to ask this question.

Why weren't these buses mobilized to get the poorest people out of town during the mandatory evacuation?

I understand you have a lot to do, and that hindsight is 20/20. But, if you knew you dropped the ball and made mistakes, you should pipe down and quit shifting blame to everyone but you. You haven't taken responsibility for anything yet (not that I've heard at least). It's true that I'm glad I don't have your job, but listen, you DO have that job. Because you do have that job, act like a leader and quit whining. Forget about your ego and get things done. You called in the National Guard, so live with their decisions. I could go on, but I'd rather move on (no, not "dot org").

There will be time for political wrangling later on (got that all you democratic mayors and congress representatives). Don't be trying to turn this awful event into profit for your political party any more. Let's actually work together to help the people who need our help.

And if you insist on complaining, then begin with finding out what the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana did with all of the federal funds they received from Homeland Security for strengthing the levees and purchasing satellite phones for emergencies such as this. That should keep you busy and quiet for a while.

Games and Fun To Get a Break from Reality

Teagames.com is where I've been playing games lately. The Funky Truck game is the most addictive one of the bunch for me.

10 Reasons Why The Iraq War Has Been Successful

Can you think of 10 ways this war on terror has been a success?

If not, then here's a little help.

(Don't just read the 1 -10, make sure to read the rest of the article too for context.)

Idea Generation Methods

Has your brainstorming effort hit a wall?

Does your office team have a lot of problems coming up with new ideas?

Is your group simply out of new ideas for your project?

If so, then this is where you need to go. It's a really interesting list of various ways to methodically generate ideas.

Some of the methods include:

The 6–3–5 method

Bunch of Bananas

Card Decks

This site offers dozens of methods.

Police Scanner From New Orleans -- LIVE

This link seems to be the most active of the rescue links I've been listening to.

Here's the link to listen to the live radio police scanner from New Orleans.


(from the Objective Justice blog)

Wal-Mart Comes Through!

I was upset to hear that Wal-Mart had merely donated one million dollars to the relief effort. But, now they're a model for other companies to follow.

Read the update by scrolling down in this post to my UPDATE.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

25 "Direct" Ways To Save At the Pump

Here they are.

There were some new ones in there I hadn't read before.

Some examples from the list include:
Park in the shade. This minimizes fuel evaporation and helps keep your car cool in the summer.

Fill up at night because pumps deliver more gas when temperatures are lower.

Fill up on weekdays—because prices usually rise on the weekend. The cheapest times to buy gas are typically Tuesday midday or Wednesday morning.

Lighten your load. Don’t carry around items you don’t need. For every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag.


Read the rest here ...

Fill-up At High Gas Prices w/o Changing Your Budget. How?

Just look elsewhere in your budget.

Think about it, there are little things you are not doing right now that can save you enough money to be able to easily pay the higher gas prices without having to change your personal budget in any way.

The easiest way it to begin clipping coupons. I rarely use coupons, but now I'm beginnig to do so, and it doesn't take much effort to save $8, $10 or even $15 and $20 on your groceries, That'll cover how much more you're paying for gas these days. Just buy a Friday or Sunday paper that contains coupons and shop wisely. Or even use online coupons from sites such as: CoolSavings, CouponDispatch.com, and others.

Get other ways to save money that you can apply to your gas budget at AllThingsFrugal.


This solution has worked for me. I just looked around and did a little more work here and there (in 3 or 4 areas of my life), and I've saved enough to cover the rise in gas prices and then some!


You're welcome. Who's your Buddy??


Pope Tells Catholics To Get Busy Making Babies

In a surprise move today, the Pope spoke at the Vatican pleading for Catholics to get it on.

UNBELIEVABLE: Man Shoots & Kills Sister Over Bag of Ice

"Police in Hattiesburg, Miss., said a man fatally shot his sister in the head over a bag of ice.

"Authorities say 35-year-old Antonio Page shot his sister with a handgun on a street corner Tuesday night."


If Katrina doesn't kill you, the idiots will. Simply unvelievable. Sad.

VIDEO: Dog Attacks Roman Candle

This is one you may have seen as it's gone around the Internet a few times. But, if you're in need of a laugh during the depressing news of the hurricane, then this should do it.

It looked like the dog's owners were fortunate to have survived this event!

EPA Lifts Some Fuel Restrictions

This is a very important part of the steps our country needs to take to move toward progress in the current gasoline crisis.

Read about it here. The move by the EPA was made only two hours after Rush Limbaugh suggested this. Very interesting. The important thing is that it happened -- no matter who began the deal.

Watch Out For Phony Katrina Donation Scams

Check out this link for more information on how to be smart in protecting yourself against phony scams that play off as genuine donation routes to help the victims of the hurricane.

Here are some other links with quality info regarding Katrina, updates, needs, et al...

How the Technical Community Can Help: Part One / Part Two

Hurricane Katrina "Headquarters" Online

Economic Impact Questions

Get the Latest Reports From Bloggers Here

Before & After Photos From Space

Spy Satellites Being Used To Aid In Recovery

Gas Being Rationed At Airports

Katrina Facts So Far