Thursday, November 30, 2006

Things I've Learned To Enjoy (or enjoy more than before)...

Spicy Foods // Endorphins are our friends!

Pain // Don't get me wrong about this. I've grown to enjoy what suffering through pain brings out of me.

Learning More about Others' Religious Beliefs // This has always been interesting to me, but never as much as it is to me today. My regular discussions with my physical therapist about her Hindu beliefs have helped me better understand & explain my own beliefs. This has also helped me better understand the actions of the people around me (i.e., knowing how our spiritual foundation, or lack thereof, leads our decision-making -- whether or not we are acutely aware of it as it occurs).

Football // I grew-up playing and loving baseball, but now my interest has shifted over to football -- both college and the NFL. I still love going out to the old ball game here in Chicago or across the country. But when I'm watching a sport on TV, it's usually football these days.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Yeah, I'd Imagine This Is True...

"There's always pressure when you go into the family business."

Will Graham, the 31-year-old grandson of Billy Graham and oldest son of Franklin Graham, before preaching his first evangelistic crusade.


Source: Christianity Today magazine

Does This Change the Abortion Debate?

Amazing.

This "non-human" can yawn, play, practice and learn movements, and responds to stimuli with reflexes -- all way before the time of birth approaches.

Amazing.

Flickr Picture of the Day: "50 Years from Now"

This picture caught my attention for a couple of reasons.

The first reason is that I hope to still have Nicole at my side 50 years from now. We're only a few months into our marriage, and 50 years would make me, um...let's see...

(...carry the 2, and add the 5...)

...that would make me 84. Yeah, my hand would look something like that when I'm 84 years old.

The other reason this image caught my eye was because their hands are resting on the Bible. Nicole and I were very intentional to craft our wedding ceremony around the faith in Christ that we share. Our belief and trust in Jehovah (not just in a general or generic God) is our foundation.

We don't always get our faith right. But, we have never claimed to be perfect or suddenly pure since we trust in the God we strive to serve.

Everyone has a foundation. Our foundation isn't being pushed on you just because we discuss it with you. And when you tell my wife or me about what you trust in as the foundation of your life, you're not automatically pushing your foundation on us.

Is your foundation strong. Is it in itself strong enough on which to stand? ...to occasionally jump upon? ...to occasionally ?

Choose your foundation wisely. This picture portrays ours, and Nic and I are now only 49 years and 7 months away from our 50th anniversary together upon that foundation.

Be well.

Women Talk Three Times as Much as Men, Says Study

To be fair, us guys sometimes need to hear something three times to remember it. But even that can be explained, so says this report. Guys can't help it...?

Do women actually get a "high" from talking? Men sure don't. We get worn out.

Check out this study's interesting results and comment below.

Gosh, I sure hope this post doesn't get me in trouble with my wife (read: fingers crossed).

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bomb-sniffing Bees?

It could be true. Check out the story from CNN.

Story Highlights

• Scientists train honeybees to sniff out explosives from dynamite to C4

• Researchers say bees could spot car bombs, IEDs, suicide bombers' belts

• When a bee finds explosives, it sticks out proboscis, the tube it uses to sip nectar

• Similar research done with wasps in past, but scientists say bees do better

Flickr Image of the Day -- "Little Woman"

I'm going to work on getting into the habit of showing you pictures on a regular basis from Flickr.com

I'll be taking the liberty of re-titling each image as well. Because I can.

Some images will be taken by true professionals, and others will be taken by true amateurs. Each one will simply be ones that catch my eye for some reason.

Because I want to preserve the copyrights of each photographer, I won't be copying the images here into my blog. I'll just link to them. But, don't let that stop you from checking out the images -- along with other images from each day's photographer.

So now, I give you today's inaugural picture, it's an image I'm going to call, "Little Woman."

I like how this picture portrays the natural way children desire to run away and explore. One second, a child is amazed by a shiny object, the next second he or she is enthralled and overjoyed by the wide-open space around them.

We all have times of desiring wide-open spaces. We desire these open spaces the majority of the hours of our days -- for most people at least. But, there are also times when we feel a drive to return to the comfort and peace of a confined area much like the womb we once vacated.

These ebbs and flows drive us around and around. The best of times in life are when we can find the open or confined spaces we desire.

For me, I find both of these places of creature comfort in the arms of my wife, Nicole.

It's been five months Sweetie, and we're still going strong! I love you, Nic.

Air Traffic Control Nightmare!

This picture (okay, it's a composite image) shows what our local airport here (O'Hare International) sometimes feels like when all of the jets want to take off at once.

WATCH OUT!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Teen Goes Nuclear at Home!

There was a time when drugs and halucinagenic mushrooms were one of the biggest concerns with teens. Now it's mushroom clouds!

Okay, I'm not dense enough to carry this story about this teen who created a nuclear fusion reactor in his home all the way to a mushroom cloud. Nuclear weapons and nuclear fusion (where an atomic nucleus splits into fragments) -- or fission (combining light nuclei) for that matter -- are not one in the same. But, this is quite a story (and I needed a mushroom segue).

Here's how the story begins...
On the surface, Thiago Olson is like any typical teenager.

He's on the cross country and track teams at Stoney Creek High School
in Rochester Hills. He's a good-looking, clean-cut 17-year-old with a 3.75 grade
point average, and he has his eyes fixed on the next big step: college.

But to his friends, Thiago is known as "the mad scientist."

Read the rest of the story here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

How Michael Richards Could Potentially Get Some Sympathy...

If I was his agent, I'd recommend that Michael Richards would now admit he's been suffering with Tourette's Syndrome his entire life, and that the other day was just a flare-up.


(NOTE: No, I'm not making fun or either Tourette's Syndrome or racism. I'm simply attempting to inject a little levity into this discussion that's becomming very old very quickly. It's practically all they're talking about on talk radio again today. Ugh.)

Pug Imitates Life -- I Mean, a Blender...

I'm not quite sure if this Pug is channeling a blender, or if the blender is channeling the Pug.

Either way, it's funny!

Who Are the Current "A-list" Bloggers?

Here's a link to the list of top Bloggers.

This list also includes lists for "B-list," "C-list," and "D-list" bloggers.

And no, I'm not on any of these lists -- I prefer to remain a "Z-list" blogger. I'm down here with "the people," I remember where I came from, & um ... I can't get that much traffic to save my life!

Some of the toppers include:

Rand Fish (SEOmoz)
Darren Rowse (Problogger)
Robert Scoble (Scobleizer)
Seth Godin (Seth's Blog)
Steve Rubel (Micropersuasion)
Xiaxue (Everyone's Reading It)
Trent Vanegas (Pink is The New Blog)
Kathy Sierra (Creating Passionate Users)
Richard MacManus (Read/WriteWeb)

Read the rest of the list of top BLOGGERS here!

A Few Interesting Links for Your Coffee Break Today...

Dateline: Carol Stream, November 21, 2006...

LOVE TAP: Japanese Sub, Civilian Vessel Collide
A Japanese submarine collided with a civilian cargo ship during exercises in waters off southern Japan Tuesday, defense officials said. There were no immediate reports of any injuries... READ MORE

OH BEHAVE: Apparently (Certain) Americans Are Rude To Foreign Visitors
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rude immigration officials and visa delays keep millions of foreign visitors away from the United States, hurt the country's already battered image, and cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to an advocacy group formed to push for a better system... READ MORE

LIVING FLOORS: Modular "Living Floors"
Walking on them creates play and movement of light stimulating sensations of nature and atmosphere... READ MORE

More links coming a little later...

Friday, November 17, 2006

Beer Flavored Sunflower Seeds

This item comes from the sister site to the blog mentioned in my previous post. Junk Food Blog brings us a great new product, Beer Flavored Sunflower Seeds!

The seeds actually come in a 6-pack of seed bottles, and also come in these flavors:

Dill Pickle
Hot Wings
Roasted & Salted
Spicy Nacho
Bleu Cheese
Garlic Roast
Jalapeno
Salt & Pepper
Tequila Lime

The official name of these seeds is, "Beer Baked Sunflower Seeds." Keep an eye out for them appearing at your local "Beer-flavored products store"!

Killing Two Birds with One "Stone"!


(I couldn't resist the awful pun in the title...it was just handed to me. I had no choice but to use it...REALLY.)

The following review is from a blog I've linked to in the past, it's the Strange New Products blog.



Season Shot is the name of a new type of live ammunition containing buckshot loaded with meat seasonings. (Yep, really!)

When you shoot a bird (with a real shotgun) the buckshot disintegrates inside the flesh and releases its flavorings.

The idea came about with two guys who wanted to find a solution towards people breaking their teeth on buckshot when eating pheasant or turkey.

Season Shot comes in varieties of Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki, and Honey Mustard. Supposedly, they won't be available on the market until 2007.

So, is this for real? I did a search on Google to find out some more. Other bloggers had already picked it up, and apparently at least one reporter was convinced enough to mention it in print in The Birmingham News. I found another newspaper article that someone posted on a forum.

I tried calling the company's phone number, which was listed on their website, and I left them a message, and haven't heard back from them.

What do you think?

Visit Season Shot and develop your own reaction -- and tell me about it in the COMMENTS section!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

She Commands $100,000/appearance?!

Okay, it's out there again (I had already head of this months ago). But most of us could care less ... and yes, this "us" includes me.

Paris Hilton commands $100,000 (this link goes to one woman's explaination of why Americans "Love" Paris Hilton) in order to appear at a bar or restaurant. Usually she is tagged to appear at a grand opening, but other times it's just another opportunity for a bar or restaurant to get nack into the papers. But is it worth this price for these eating and drinking establishments?

I suppose it depends on who you ask.

Personally, I can see that if $100,000 is the take for 3 or 4 nights of business, then yes, it would be worth getting it into the papers that yes, Paris does hang-out here from time-to-time. That'll keep the curious masses of clubbers coming to the bar, drinking their drinks, and running up large tabs as they stay all night in hopes of seeing the one famous for being famous.

That got me thinking about what I would "command." The word "command" seems like a misnomer in relation to my "appearances" at eating establishments. I'd take a discount on my and my wife's meals. That's good enough for me!

What would an appearance by you command? And why?
Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Check Out "Favorville"




Facilitating the Exchange Of Helpful Acts**
Sites pop-up on the Web every day, and disappear the next ... who knows, perhaps this one might be one of the few exceptions. I like the idea of this site, so I hope it gains some momentum.

Favorville.com is a social networking tool which provides members with the opportunity to help and be helped by others. With Favorville, members can post help requests, offer help and help grow the community. Favorville makes it easy to get in touch and build lasting connections with helpful neighbors, both in your locale or across the global village.


**Thanks to Marcus P. Zillman's great blog of useful online resources for finding this one.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

"Swing Blade"

The Makers of Sling Blade & Swingers...

...have nothing to do with this film.

You get two movies for the price of one when you watch, Swing Blade!


("Mmm-Hmm")

Archerfish Video!

The more I learn about the elements of nature that make up this world, the more I'm amazed at God's creativity & forethought.

This Archerfish is just one more example of our complex and awe-inspiring universe. It "shoots" its prey with a stream of water which knocks it down to him for dinner.

Perhaps I'll try this tonight in our kitchen. Hmmm...I'll have to think about this a little in order to pull it off. It could be messy...

Monday, November 06, 2006

This Will Pick You Up Today...

If this short video doesn't make you laugh, check your pulse...you don't have one.

Have a great start to your week, friends.

Friday, November 03, 2006

WMD Proof? Tis True, Tis True

The New York Times reports that Saddam Hussein's Iraq did have a nuclear weapons program after all. It's hard to believe that it's the NY Times actually printing this, but, that gives it more credibility in the eyes of those who've called President Bush a liar about WMDs.

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to "leverage the Internet" to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

Last night, the government shut down the Web site after
The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials. . . .

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein's scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

You can read the entire article here.

So, here we are back to knowing that Saddam did have WMDs. Time for another prediction (Yeah!)...

Unless the mainstream media plays down this very important story, we'll be hearing flip-floping Senator Kerry switch back to remembering that he actually did see the intelligence reports about Iraq's WMDs. And, that he was one of the members of Congress who approved the invasion of the Middle Eastern country, and the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.


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The Next Time Someone Tells You...

...that they hate President Bush because he's banned stem-cell research, you can choose one (or all) of these options in response:

1. The president has not banned stem-cell research. He simply did not choose to expand the current law to allow our tax money to fund EMBRYONIC stem-cell research. No president before Bush chose to do so either.

2. Ask them, "Can you tell me who the only president is who's ever allowed ANY embryonic stem-cell research?" (Answer: Yep, President Bush. He allowed a specific group of embryos which had already been prepared for this kind of research.)

3. Tell them that you are in favor of stem-cell research as well, just as President Bush is. But you and the Prez are in favor of ADULT stem-cell research. At present, there have been more than 70 different viable, or already in use, ways adult stem-cell research is working. Embryonic stem-cell research (which is going on in many places in America -- through private funding) has yet to produce one viable result.

Chose one, or choose them all, but 92-94% of Americans (just my own estimate) don't understand the information listed above.


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Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Not-so-bold Prediction about the Voting Machines/Ballots/etc.

Bold prediction of the week:

If the Democrats win control of the Senate, then there will not have been problems with the voting machines. And if they lose, I guarantee there there will be "problems with the voting machines."

Ta-da!!! Thank you very much.

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Two Things about How John Kerry Is Dealing with His Latest Mess...

Read about this picture here. It's related to the latest gaff from a politician, John Kerry in this case. There are two things (at least) which bother me about the way John Kerry has backpeddled out of this misstep.

At first I was willing to give Kerry the benefit of the doubt -- because we all mix-up our words at times. And leaving only one or two words out a sentence can definitely change the meaning of what was said. But, I've come to believe that this actually is how he feels, that he sees the military as the place where kids go in order to clean-up their lives, get out of trouble, do something other than further their education in college or university.

Why? Check out this story. This message about his view of the military is a consistent theme of his.


"'A volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown'... " -- Kerry, in 1972

The second thing that bothers me with the way Senator Kerry has handled his "mistake" is this. Do you member when former senator Trent Lott was forced to step down from the Senate for saying something offensive? Who was the first political leader (read: that's using the word, "leader" loosely) to call for Lott's resignation? Yep, it was John Kerry.

Can you image someone with this view of the military controlling the military? Thanks to Ohio, back in 2004, we weren't subjected to that scenario.

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