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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The End

After nine years, the J-Walk Blog has closed and will no longer be updated. However, the site will remain online (at least) through November, 2012.


Thanks for all of your support over the years. I'll see you on G+ and The Spreadsheet Page.

Permalink | Posted in Site News @2:49pm | Comments (0)

Final Open Mic

If you have something to say, now's the time to type it. Please don't get all sentimental and mushy. I'm not dead, you know.


Permalink | Posted in Open Mic @12:04pm | Comments (199)

Tall Peoples

A site with detailed information about giants: The tallest man.

My interest in giants started in the mid 1970's, when I for the first time looked at a copy of the Guinness book of records. In it I saw a picture of Robert Wadlow and Sandy Allen. I just could not believe what I saw, how people could get that tall.

Here are two example:

tallman tallman2

Permalink | Posted in General @10:08am | Comments (3)

Canned Snow

Just add water: Instant snow in a can.


It's $4.99 per can. You'll need about 50 cases to make a decent snowman.

Permalink | Posted in Products @8:56am | Comments (5)

Google Plus: Understanding Circles

gpluslogoPeople tend to be confused about circles on G+.

The concept is really pretty simple:

  • A G+ user can have any number of circles.
  • When you put people in a circle, their public posts appear in your stream.
  • You can also use circles to filter your stream. For example, view only the posts made by people in a specific circle.
  • User can choose to make a non-public post that's visible only to people in specific circles.
  • You can add as many people as you like to your circles, and remove them when they get annoying. In other words, what you see on G+ is completely up to you.

That's it. To keep it simple, you can easily get by with only one circle.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @8:22am | Comments (8)

Man Lives On Roadkill

He's a taxidermist: Meet the man who has survived on a diet of ROADKILL for 30 years.

Rat stir fries and owl curries hardly sound like the stuff you would serve your friends for dinner.

But surprisingly, Jonathan McGowan's exotic roadkill dishes are a big hit with his guests.

The 44-year-old bachelor has lived on a diet of roadkill for the past 30 years to avoid buying meat from the supermarket.

He has shunned pre-packaged meats and instead dined on mice, moles, hedgehogs, pigeons, crows and gulls.

This is probably pretty good:

badger stew

Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @8:12am | Comments (10)

Canned Pea Carnival

Something you don't see much any more: The Canned Pea Carnival.

There really was a Canned Pea Carnival from October 20 to November 15 in the early 1940s, sponsored by the Canned Pea Marketing Institute. According to a trade magazine called The Progressive Grocer in 1940, the Institute wanted "to move 23,000,000 cases of canned peas."


Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @7:44am | Comments (2)

Woman Defends Husband’s Faith

A touching story about Anita Perry: GOP attacking husband ‘because of his faith'

Rick-Perry-Anita-Perry-AFP Texas First Lady Anita Perry says that her husband is being persecuted by the media and the Republican establishment “because of his faith.”

“It’s been a rough month,” Anita Perry told supporters at North Greenville University Thursday. “We’ve been brutalized, eaten up and chewed up in the press.”

“After Rick had won being elected for the governorship for the third time in Texas, there was a nagging, a pulling at my heart for him to run for president,” she recalled. “You know what we have no leadership in Washington. We have nobody to guide our country… God was already speaking to me, but he didn’t want to hear it… He felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said, ‘Look, let me tell you something. You may not see that burning bush but there are people who see that burning bush for you.”

Anita Perry continued: “So he truly felt like he was called to do this. We still feel called to do this. We are being brutalized by our opponents in our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith.”

The couple is shown here posing with a bottle of water.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:41am | Comments (14)

How The Post Office Will Survive

In Connecticut: Post office charges family postage for block party invites.

random mailbox The Sickles, of East Hampton, thought nothing of slipping notes in the neighbors' mailboxes about an upcoming Halloween block party, until the U.S. Postal service stepped in.

The couple had no idea it's against postal code regulations to leave notices in  residential mailboxes unless they have postage.

The U.S. Postal service charged the Sickles 44 cents for postage for all 80 invites they placed around their Royal Oak neighborhood.

"One Monday I had a note it is illegal to put these in mailboxes.  Day 2 I had a bill for assumed 80 in the box, times 44 cents for the stamp," said Jeff Sickle. "I haven't paid it yet. I'm trying to have the conversation that no one is willing to have."

That's $35.20 the Post Office wouldn't have earned. It probably cost them $350 to investigate it and do the billing, but that's how things work at the Post Office.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:38am | Comments (14)

Man Visits Heaven

Another one of those stories about a brief visit to heaven: Man believes he is in heaven after finding a free beer truck.

What does heaven look like? To a 46-year-old Deerfield man, it looks like a free beer truck.

The man apparently stumbled across a refrigerated beer trailer Tuesday used by the Schwaben Verein German heritage club and Grove Banquets in Buffalo Grove.

The trailer houses kegs connected to taps on the outside. Realizing he had nearly unlimited access cold beer, the man grabbed a nearby pitcher and began drinking.

At noon, staff at the banquet hall found him and called police. When police showed up, they found the man extremely intoxicated and called an ambulance, Buffalo Grove  Deputy Chief Steve Husak said.

Before being sent to Northwest Community Hospital, he told police he didn’t think he had done anything wrong. He thought he had died and gone to heaven – a free beer truck, Husak said.

Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @7:34am | Comments (1)

Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Government Priorities

This country has lots of problems, and this is how the federal government uses its resources: Feds to target newspapers, radio for pot ads.

Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration's newly invigorated war against the state's pot industry.

Remember his campaign promises? For example:

“I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using ... medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” — June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire.

That was before he realized how much money Big Pharma has to offer people like him. It's just like the wars. Before he was elected, he didn't fully understand the old military industrial complex thing.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:50pm | Comments (10)

A Plan For Bisbee

This is from last year, but it's still irrelevant: Underground Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient Desert City.

As we deplete our natural resources, we are left with huge gaping holes in the ground - scars from our open-pit mining exploits. Matthew Fromboluti of Washington University in St. Louis has a plan to heal those scars with an underground skyscraper that fills the hole and creates a self-sustaining community in its place.

His proposal, Above Below, is proposed to infill the 900-foot deep and nearly 300-acre wide crater left by the former Lavender Pit Mine outside of Bisbee, Arizona.

lavender pit

Once that negative skyscraper is built, Bisbonian could rent some space for his banjo factory.

Permalink | Posted in Arizona General @5:08pm | Comments (7)

Educational Toys

I found this at The OnionToy Prepares Child To One Day Pull Around Real Telephone On Wheels.


It's odd, because that's all there is. There is no actual story -- probably because The Onion is complying with some law suit which stipulates that they post occasional serious educational pieces.

But if you have a child, you can buy that toy here: Fisher Price Classic Pull Toy: Chatter Telephone.

Permalink | Posted in Humor @4:59pm | Comments (1)

Google Plus: Lesson 1

Google Plus (G+) is a free service offered by Google. Anyone who has an account can post items, much like blogger make blog posts. G+ posts can consist of links, photos, videos, or just text. If the items are posted publicly, anyone can read them.

Here are examples of user pages of some G+ users (just six out of millions of such pages):

You'll notice that each user's list of posts resembles a blog. Although they all look the same, you'll find that each user has his or own style of posting. Like a blog, the most recent items appear at the top, and each item can be viewed on a single (permalink) page by clicking the timestamp. G+ users can also post comments.

Remember, anyone can read those posts just by visiting their user page. But if you'd like a better G+ experience, get an account and then put those people in a circle. G+ users have a "stream" that shows all posts made by people in their circles -- all mingled together, but listed to show the most recent first. In other words, you can basically create a multi-author blog that shows posts only from people you're interested in.

Other advantages of becoming a G+ user: (1) You can make your own posts, (2) you can leave comments to posts, and (3) you can be notified when people comment on your post or a comment is posted after your comment (these "notifications" are good way to see who has responded to something you wrote).

That's how it works.

Next: Understanding G+ Circles.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @4:23pm | Comments (17)

Boys Will Be Boys

In Florida: Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say a 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the head while showing his girlfriend a handgun.

Deputies say Chaz Ursomanno was taken to Bay Front Medical Center early Thursday with life-threatening injuries.

According to an incident report, 24-year-old Naomi Ensell told her boyfriend to put the gun away about 2 a.m. Thursday. But he told her it was safe and put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.

Deputies say he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger again. This time, it went off.

Just a freak accident. It could happen to anyone.

Permalink | Posted in General @9:51am | Comments (5)

College Not Fun

This co-ed eventually talked to the Dean, and solved her problem.


Why didn't Ruth's classmates like her?

Permalink | Posted in General @8:45am | Comments (11)

Penmanship Is Important!

tjloveIn Delaware: Man arrested after bank teller can't read note.

Delaware State police have arrested a man they say presented an indecipherable bank robbery note to a teller.

Troopers say about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, a man walked into the WSFS Bank branch in New Castle and gave a teller a deposit slip with a note written on it.

Police say the teller could not read the note, handed it back to the would-be robber and asked him to rewrite.

The man fled the bank on foot. Troopers say a New Castle County police officer saw the suspect and took him into custody.

Permalink | Posted in General @8:42am | Comments (3)

My Exit Interview: Part 3

I just have a few more questions. Shall we continue with the interview, Mr. Walkenbach?

Sure. Whatever.

Given the opportunity, the wish list, the ability to mess about with the Space-Time Continuum, who from the past or present would you invite around to your place to enjoy a meal with and what would be your menu of choice?

Dorothy Killgallon. Liver and Onions.

What is the thing that you have done that has made you the proudest?

I don't know.

Did something change in your lifestyle (health concerns, aging, jamming, writing, exercise) that made continuing the blog less important?


If it's Obama vs Romney, who will win?

I have no idea, and I don't even care.

jwmontana Do you happen to have a photo of yourself sitting in front of an ancient computer?

As a matter of fact, I do.

On a deserted island, can have music by only three artist, who would they be?

I hate questions like that. Next.

What's something you know you do differently than most people?

Nothing. I do everything just like everyone else.

Cheers, Bon Voyage and what the heck will I fill my time with at work now?

That's your problem. Maybe try doing some work for a change.

Can I come spend a night at your place when I make my trip across the United States on my bicycle from Cape Canaveral?


Do you have any interview questions you'd like to ask individual commenters?


Is it true that your books were a major influence on writers as diverse as Tom Clancy, Douglas Adams and the guy from the book with the movie with Tom Hanks?

Are we finished here?

Yes. The bottom of the barrel has been scraped. Thank you for your time, Mr. Walkenbach.

Don't mention it.

Permalink | Posted in Site News @8:27am | Comments (38)

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