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Sunday, 30 August, 2009
Bacon Review Coming Up
The Senior Executive VP of Bacon Reviews has informed me that another bacon review is forthcoming. At this point, I can't say when it will be posted. But I can tell you one thing: It's Bayou Brand Bacon - BBB.
High School Band T-Shirts Unacceptable
Religious crazies in Missouri: Band shirts hit wrong note with parents.
T-shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School band have evolved into controversy among parents.
The shirts, which were designed to promote the band's fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background and the words "Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band" and "Brass Evolutions 2009" are emblazoned above and below the image.
Assistant Band Director Brian Kloppenburg said the shirts were designed by him, Band Director Jordan Summers and Main Street Logo. Kloppenburg said the shirts were intended to portray how brass instruments have evolved in music from the 1960s to modern day.
You can probably guess the rest of the story.
While the shirts don't directly violate the district's dress code, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said complaints by parents made him take action.
"I made the decision to have the band members turn the shirts in after several concerned parents brought the shirts to my attention," Pollitt said. Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned.
So now, the school district is discarding the old shirts and getting some new ones made.
Scooter On Wall
Would you hang this on your wall? Scooter Wall Decor.
Intricately detailed from her classic front fender to his highly detailed scooter engine this Vespa wall Decor decor is a must to you biker bar or game room! Casted on durable fiberglass reinforced resin painted and polished to perfection! This large-scale, display-quality wall decor transforms any home, bar, restaurant or hotel into something truly magnificent!
It's only $637.13.
(via Foolish Gadgets)
Pope Bears False Witness
Mich J. Stone writes about a recent speech by Pope Ratzo: Pope blames atheists for global warming.
The speech was given last week:
"Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature's relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the final authority,' and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible."
The irony is that any historical evaluation places the blame for global warming and the degradation of the planet firmly in the lap of Christians and the Catholic church. The Holy Bible, a book atheists firmly reject for good reason, claims that God gave man dominion over the earth. Christians, including Catholics, took these words to heart. They used those words as carte blanche, a justification for all manners of planetary abuse...
The fact that the Pope would bear false witness should surprise no one. Such is the stuff of most religions. The hypocrisy of the Pope is monstrous. He lives in opulent luxury, surrounded by obscene material wealth, while paying lip service to the poor unwashed masses. Children starve for lack of the most minimal of nutrition, while the Pope parades around in designer shoes. Words fail to describe the obscene perversity of this hypocritical buffoon.
Setting Up A Kool-Aid Stand
Found at Stupid Comics. Complete instructions for the young entrepreneur. Click to see the full set of instructions.
Notice how they use the ® symbol?
Here’s Some Energy
Here's a spiritual guy on Hungarian TV, sending energy to you. Or something.
Be careful at 1:41. You might get some germs along with that energy.
Macro photography news: Single molecule pictured for first time.
It may look like a piece of honeycomb, but this lattice-shaped image is the first ever close-up view of a single molecule.
Scientists from IBM used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to reveal the chemical bonds within a molecule. 'This is the first time that all the atoms in a molecule have been imaged,' lead researcher Leo Gross said.
Next time maybe they'll focus!!
The researchers focused on a single molecule of pentacene, which is commonly used in solar cells. The rectangular-shaped organic molecule is made up of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms. In the image above the hexagonal shapes of the five carbon rings are clear and even the positions of the hydrogen atoms around the carbon rings can be seen.
To give some perspective, the space between the carbon rings is only 0.14 nanometers across, which is roughly one million times smaller than the diameter of a grain of sand.
Here's how it's normally pictured:
Pentacene Crystal T-shirts are available.
Faith-Healing Death In Washington
Another one: Okanogan teen's faith-healing death under review.
The Okanogan County prosecutor is waiting for the sheriff to complete the investigation into the death of a 17-year-old boy who died at home of a burst appendix.
Zachery "Zakk" Swezey had no medical care during a three-day illness in March because his family, members of the Church of the First Born, believe in faith healing. Prosecutor Karl Sloan says he'll decide if charges are warranted...
In a story published Thursday the documents say the parents, Greg and JaLea Swezey, gave their son the choice of calling an ambulance and seeing a doctor.
"We don't force our kids, our kids have a choice. At no time did Zachery ask to go to the doctor," Greg Swezey told investigators. The parents also said their oldest son once broke his leg, and they gave him a choice of going to the doctor, but his son chose not to.
And get this:
Washington's child abuse law has a religious exemption for parents. It specifies that a person treated through faith healing "by a duly accredited Christian Science practitioner in lieu of medical care is not considered deprived of medically necessary health care or abandoned." Other religions are not mentioned.
Wikipedia has an entry for this religion: General Assembly and Church of the First Born.
The group have been known as the "Followers of Christ", "True Vine" or "Viners", "Peculiar People", "McDonaldites" and "Kissers".
Reminiscing With A Caption Contest
Back in the old day, we had a Caption Contest every Sunday. That feature has been discontinued, but here's one more.
Saturday, 29 August, 2009
Watch For Tortillas And Tecate
Be careful when camping in a national forest.
A federal warning to beware of campers in national forests who eat tortillas, drink Tecate beer and play Spanish music because they could be armed marijuana growers is racial profiling, an advocate for Hispanic rights said Friday.
The warnings were issued Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service, which is investigating how much marijuana is being illegally cultivated in Colorado's national forests following the recent discovery of more than 14,000 plants in Pike National Forest.
"That's discriminatory, and it puts Hispanic campers in danger," said Polly Baca, co-chairwoman of the Colorado Latino Forum.
The U.S. Forest Service quickly retracted the warning.
Alanis Morissette’s Twin
You ought know this. Alanis Morissette has a twin. I didn't.
Pat Boone has found a cure for the liberal virus.
A deadly virus has been loosed throughout our system, and wherever it takes root, it changes the functions and the structure that gave us the grandest, strongest, freest system of government the world has ever known.
I call it liberalism.
Why? Because, unlike conservatism, which by definition seeks to conserve, to preserve the very structure our Founding Fathers provided in which individual liberty could flourish, liberalism seeks to take everybody under a controlling, supposedly benevolent government, and provide not individual liberty, but a society in which all needs are met somehow - at the cost of personal independence.
And then, some clever word play:
The liberal virus, I believe, gains entrance through the I's. Not the eyes, but the I's. The afflicted liberal proclaims "I think ...," "I want ...," "I'd rather ...," instead of asking "What does the Constitution say?" or "What does the Bible say?" as did our Founding Fathers.
But we're seeing the even more powerful antidote - the lymphocytes, the white corpuscles we call ordinary Americans, who are confronting the blistered spokesmen for the unwanted, socialistic takeover under way. At town halls and gatherings all over this country, they're rushing in to create an environment in which the virus cannot prevail.
Can’t Take A Joke
In Toronto: Dog menu prankster annoyed with critics, police.
A prankster who left a fake menu on car windshields in High Park, a place where dog poisonings have occurred, professes himself annoyed with what he sees as an over-reaction.
Mel Glickman created a flyer for the Dog Liver Cafe, a fictitious restaurant that offered "authentic Asian canine cuisine" and more than "100 ways to wok a dog." This outraged some real dog owners. They called the police.
Glickman said he's a dog-lover, and it was just satirical humor -- an exercise in creative writing.
I must admit, the Poodle With Noodle sounds pretty tasty.
Bear In Cleveland
One of the best local news stories ever produced.
Friday, 28 August, 2009
I started reading a novel, and the main character got fired in the first chapter. He said:
"Being fired doesn't fully hit you until you leave the building, look around, and take your first breath as an unemployed person."
That got me thinking. Have I ever been fired from a job? Not that I can remember. I've never even been laid off from a job. I was working at a large S&L during the S&L crisis. The Feds came in and took over. People were leaving left and right, but somehow I slipped through the cracks. I didn't get fired or laid off. I eventually quit that job because I had nothing to do and it was very boring. So I pursued the American Dream to see if I could make it as a self-employed guy. I could.
So let's hear your getting fired stories. What did you do that was so bad that you got fired from a job?
Your Name In Books
Search for your name in Google Books.
It found 316 books that mention my name -- not including those that I wrote. It also includes some periodicals. I found this old InfoWorld article from 1992.
And yes, Wendy!, it found your name too.
Weekend Panel Discussion
No open mic this weekend. Rather, it's a panel discussion.
A nice compilation of experts discussing the facts: