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Monday, 28 February, 2011
This morning I woke up with a sore shoulder. It really hurts when I move my arm outward, but not forward or backward. I did some googling, and found the answer.
here is exac hw u pamper tht sore tendon. 1st of all u must no hw 2 read txt 2 read these instructs b4 u can do anythin. 1st u must do this precis. put a heatin pad on 4 bout 15 min, thn cold 4 20 min, thn hot, thn cold, thn hot thn cold, thn hot thn cold 4 24/7 1 week. @ 7 take it off 4 20 min thn put it bck on. only @ 7 evryday. then ater tht week go in the hot tub 4 only 20 min evry 4 hrs. 4 4 weeks. then go swming <3 a day 4 76 days. then aftr that put a cast on 4 78 more days. hot tub 1ce a day. aftr tht it should be healed.
I'm going to try that.
Advances In Sales Tax
In Connecticut: Coupon Users Furious Over Proposed Tax.
Devotees of coupons and discounts are angry at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to slap a new sales tax on the original price of a good or service rather than the discounted price.
Ending the sales tax exemptions for coupons, discounts and automobile trade-ins are among tax exemptions Malloy has proposed ending to help close the state's projected $3.5 billion deficit. For example, the tax would be imposed on the $30 price of a blouse, not the $15 sales price.
Benjamin Barnes, Malloy's budget chief, isn't a particular fan of the proposal. But because of the state's deficit woes, the administration is forced to examine the numerous tax exemptions currently on the books.
How about making people pay sales tax on items they thought about buying, but didn't buy?
Jane Russell Dead
Movie star news: Actress Jane Russell dead at 89.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" star Jane Russell, who became a controversial Hollywood sex symbol, died Monday at the age of 89, her family said.
Russell, best known as the buxom star of 1940s and 1950s movie, died of respiratory problems at her home in Santa Maria, central California, according to Etta Waterfield, her daughter-in-law.
Russell, who later in life was the "full-figured girl" in television brassiere ads, was at her best in comedies that, subtly or not, spoofed her sexpot image and focused on her figure.
Here she is in her hay day:
At Mother Jones: Obama's Secret Plot To Bring 100 Million Muslims to the US.
Obama is scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims—perhaps up to 100 million—from the Middle East into the United States in order to turn this country into an Islamic nation by the end of his second term.
It's actually a 3-part plan:
- Phase One: Obama foments unrest in "each Middle East country" so that these regimes are toppled and replaced by "fanatic" Sunni Mulsims, who go on to "overthrow the competing Shiite regime in Iran without involving American troops."
- Phase Two: A massive exodus of Muslims heads toward Europe, Canada, and the Unites States, turning all of these Western nations into Muslim countries.
- Phase Three: The nations now controlled by Islamic extremists "march on Israel in an effort to destroy it" and Obama "keeps his promise…to destroy Israel."
Is this true? What have you heard?
The Milliner-Koken Collection
An old-time fiddler's dream come true. Just published: The Milliner - Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes.
1,404 tunes, annotated and transcribed. This has been a long time in the making, and it's easily worth the $90 price tag. A Kindle version is probably not forthcoming.
Someone at the Banjo Hangout mentioned that the authors have rented a booth at Clifftop 2011, where they intend to play through ALL of the tunes in alphabetical order. If they play each tune for an average of 2 minutes, that's about 46 hours of potential YouTube material.
Women Are Screaming To Meet You
Before Internet dating sites, there was this:
I found a Web site for the Help Company Club. They no longer deal in match-making. It's some kind of employment agency.
Income Growth Chart
Here's a pretty slick interactive chart: When income grows, who gains?
Use the two sliders to select a beginning point and an ending point. Then, find out what happened during that period. For example, between 2002 and 2007:
Average incomes in the U.S. grew by $8,358. The richest 10% got 87% of that growth. The bottom 90% shared 13%.
Mickey’s Suicide Attempt
It happened in October, 1930. Minnie fell for another mouse, and Mickey got depressed.
He didn't go through with the rifle attempt. Then he tried jumping off of a bridge, but that didn't work. Finally, he turned on the gas and went to sleep. But that was also foiled.
Apparently, he survived and got back with Minnie.
Read all about it at the CSBG Archive.
At Miracles of the Saints: Levitation and Ecstatic flights in the lives of the Saints.
Levitation is one of the most frequently mentioned phenomena in the lives of the Saints. Many more Saints have experienced this marvel in addition to those who will be mentioned below.
Then it goes on to describe various saints who levitated. For example, St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663):
Certainly one of the Saints who is best known for levitating during prayer is St. Joseph of Cupertino, who experienced so many levitations that were witnessed by his brothers in the Franciscan Order and others that he is regarded as the patron saint airplane passengers.
Another unusual aspect is that his garments were never disturbed during his many flights whether he travelled forward or backward, up or down. St Joseph of Cupertino was so on fire with the love of God that one could almost always draw him into an ecstatic levitation by simply speaking of the adorable love of God or the Blessed Virgin Mary, or causing him to contemplate a picture of Jesus or Mary.
A commenter notes:
If god were to have created the universe, then he created the laws of physics to govern said universe. Therefore, levitation is an act of defiance against god.
This assertion was quickly countered:
Miracles, such as levitation, would only be a "defiance against God" if SOMEONE OTHER THAN GOD was the author of said miracles. But, since it is God Himself who is the author of miracles, then there is no "defiance" as you suggest.
A few random jokes from the late Mitch Hedberg:
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said,"Here's a picture of me when I was younger." Every picture is of you when you were younger.
I want to hang a map of the world in my house, and then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.
I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. I was like, "Dude, you have to wait."
I had a parrot. The parrot talked, but it did not say "I'm hungry," so it died.
I have a vest. If I had my arms cut off, it would be a jacket.
I order the club sandwich all the time, but I'm not even a member, man. I don't know how I get away with it
An escalator can never break--it can only become stairs. You would never see an "Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order" sign, just "Escalator Temporarily Stairs.
I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale.
I saw a commercial on late night TV, it said,"Forget everything you know about slipcovers." So I did. And it was a load off my mind. Then the commercial tried to sell me slipcovers, and I didn't know what the hell they were.
I got a king sized bed. I don't know any kings, but if one came over, I guess he'd be comfortable. "Oh, you're a king, you say? Well you won't believe what I have in store for you! It's to your exact specifications! I believe I can set up your old lady, too!
Everybody's doing it: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange applies to trademark his name.
Julian Assange, the embattled WikiLeaks founder fighting extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, has applied to trademark his name.
The 39-year-old computer hacker – who will shortly be extradited to Sweden to contest the charges unless he wins an appeal on Thursday, 3 March – wants to protect his name for use in "public speaking services" and "entertainment services", it has emerged.
Assange becomes the latest high-profile figure seeking to trademark his name. Sarah Palin, who famously likened Assange to an al-Qaida operative, has applied for similar protection for both herself and her daughter, Bristol Palin.
Now I guess I'll have to do it.
Similar To This?
A Chrome browser extension that lets you see sites that are similar to the site you're at: Google Similar Pages.
The results vary, depending on which section of the site you're on. Right now, these sites are listed as similar to the main page of the J-Walk Blog:
Good idea, but I'll be uninstalling it because it doesn't work very well. About half the time, the results make no sense at all. And besides, I'm perfectly capable of doing my own searching.
(via Steel White Table)
Quote Of The Day
It's from actor Charlie Sheen:
“I am on a drug: it’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available ’cause if you try it, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
The link has a video with more. It gets even better.
New Voting Method Being Tested
Seems like a good idea: Vote With Your Gum.
Instead of spitting their gum on the sidewalk like usual, people are using it to vote whether AT&T or Verizon sucks more. "Gum Election" is a project where people download a free poster off this site, post it out on the street, and people stick their gum on the entity that "sucks the most."
Libraries And Ebooks
The craziness continues: HarperCollins Limits E-Book Lending by Libraries.
A print book can be checked out of a library countless times, at least until it falls apart and needs to be replaced. What about an e-book?
HarperCollins, the publisher of Michael Crichton, Sarah Palin and Dennis Lehane, said on Friday that it had revised its restrictions for libraries that offer its e-books to patrons.
Until now, libraries that have paid for the privilege of making a publisher’s e-books available for borrowing have typically been granted the right to lend an e-book — say, the latest John Grisham thriller — an unlimited number of times. Like print books, e-books in libraries are lent to one person at a time, often for two weeks. Then the book automatically expires from the borrower’s account.
HarperCollins said on Friday that it had changed its mind. Beginning March 7, its books may be checked out only 26 times before the license expires.
They gave some reason that doesn't even make sense:
“We believe this change balances the value libraries get from our titles with the need to protect our authors and ensure a presence in public libraries and the communities they serve for years to come."
Freeway Fracas In Phoenix
Only one arrest: Immunity prevents arrest of Arizona lawmaker after freeway fight.
An Arizona state senator involved in an apparent freeway-shoulder scuffle with his girlfriend was not detained because he has immunity from arrest while the legislature is in session, police said.
Officers in Phoenix who were called to investigate a reported altercation found that both Sen. Scott Bundgaard and his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, had marks suggesting a physical dispute, police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
Bundgaard, a Republican and the state senate's majority leader, was allowed to go -- although prosecutors will review the case and could later file charges, Thompson said. Ballard was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and taken to jail.
What started it?
Bundgaard said the dispute began on the way home from a charity "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser, after Ballard accused him of "inappropriately touching" his dance partner. "She proceeded to throw my clothes and other things out of my car on a freeway as I took her home," Bundgaard said in a statement Saturday.
Double Shooting Accident
In Alabama: Mother Accidentally Shot by Son, Father also Injured.
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said a small child accidentally shot his mother, after finding the gun near his injured father's side.
How did the father get injured?
Mr. Jones stated he had taken his Glock .40 handgun from the glove compartment of his truck. He was walking to the house when he tripped and fell, then accidentally shot himself in the leg just above the knee.
Nobody's dead. Boys will be boys.
Actors Doing Their Thing
Photos by Howard Schatz.
Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such was the premise behind his book, In Character: Actors Acting, which captures some of Hollywood’s most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces.
For example, Greg Kinnear:
Left: You’re a rookie cop whose sergeant is telling you that the boy you just killed was holding a cell phone, not a gun. Center: You’re a city kid using a telescope to spy on people in other buildings—and catching your math teacher in bed with your guidance counselor. Right: You’re a presidential candidate at an epic meet-and-greet fund-raiser, holding that smile in place as you work the endless rope line.
And Peggy, from Mad Men:
Left: You’re the secretary of state, suspicious of your Russian counterpart’s jolly assurance that his country will gladly commit 50,000 troops to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. Center: You’re an Academy Award nominee, keenly aware that a camera is trained on you, at the precise moment when you hear that the Oscar has been won by someone else. Right: You’re a Peace Corps volunteer fresh from Yale, stepping out of a Land Rover at a refugee camp and witnessing starvation and abject poverty for the first time.
You'll find 28 more where those came from.
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