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Wednesday, 01 March, 2006

Billionaire Vehicles

At Forbes: Top 10 Vehicles Owned by Billionaires.

If your pockets were as deep as Bill Gates' what would you drive? A new Porsche or a seven-year-old one? Each year, Forbes magazine compiles a list of the world's wealthiest people. While awaiting the release of the 2006 list, which will be published in March, ForbesAutos.com wanted to give you a look at the vehicles driven by the billionaires at the top of the 2005 list.

Shown here is the Steve Ballmermobile -- a '98 Lincoln Continental.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:34am | Comments (13)

Onion Story About Excel

Finally, The Onion has some spreadsheet content -- even though it's a sad story: Modern-Day John Henry Dies Trying To Out-Spreadsheet Excel 11.0.

Office laborers across the nation are mourning the passing of Wallace Peters, 42, the mythic three-column accountant at Chesapeake & Ohio Consultants who pitted himself against Microsoft's latest version of the popular spreadsheet program Excel.

Although Peters was able to balance his sheet a full 10 seconds before the program did, the man celebrated in song and story as the "cubicle worker's John Henry" was pronounced dead of a coronary thrombosis late Monday evening.

Permalink | Posted in Excel @7:36am | Comments (2)

Dressed Dogs

I haven't done a "dogs in clothes" post for a while. Here's Spoiled Rotten Doggies.

Permalink | Posted in Products @7:40am | Comments (14)

UFOs Circling The Sun?

Is this something we should be concerned about? From Pravda: U.S. scientist says scores of UFOs fly around the Sun.

"I am confident that UFOs are flying in the vicinity of our star," says [Scott] Stevens. "I am talking about a fleet of UFOs operating near the Sun. I believe that both NASA and the U.S. government are aware of the existence of a certain civilization whose spacecraft are capable of resisting extremely high temperatures. The powers that be are simply afraid to admit the fact. They haven't yet decided on the tactics," says Stevens.

Permalink | Posted in General @8:23am | Comments (13)

Teach Your Children Well

Introducing The COW! This is a learning device from Ignite Learning -- Jeb Bush's company.

Ignite! Learning is thrilled to introduce you to The COW (Curriculum On Wheels), a program designed to let you deliver lessons in the same way professional presenters do.

The COW (including computer, projector, and speakers) comes pre-loaded with all of Ignite!'s Science or Social Studies courses. You just plug it in and start teaching!

Apparently, the teacher just presses a button and it shows cartoons designed to help the kids pass their standardized tests.

Permalink | Posted in Products @8:34am | Comments (14)

Clean Up The Movies

Here's excerpt from an Open Letter to the Academy Awards, from Generation Life.

Sadly, the movies which you have consistently chosen to highlight for us as "the best of the best" do not represent our generation's conscience. In 1999, the Academy chose to give the Oscar to the best supporting portrayal of an abortionist in the film The Cider House Rules. Last year, the Academy glorified the horror of euthanasia by proclaiming Million Dollar Baby as deserving of Best Picture. This year, the Academy is celebrating homosexuality and the pain that comes with embracing this lifestyle by giving the film Brokeback Mountain the most nominations.

These nominations should not come as a surprise as the Academy has a record of celebrating movies and the portrayal of those struggling with same sex attraction in films like Philadelphia (1993) and As Good as it Gets (1997).

We, the youth of America say enough is enough! f success at the box office is any indication of what we are looking for then look no further to the success of movies like The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Permalink | Posted in Movies & TV @8:38am | Comments (36)

Google-Free Day?

At Wired: Google Users: I Can Quit Anytime.

Six days a week, Shari Thurow spends copious amounts of time conducting searches on Google. But each Saturday, she makes a point of observing a "Google-free day."

The rules are simple: Use any search engine except for Google. In practice, however, the policy is surprisingly difficult to implement.

"What happens is you get stuck in a rut," said Thurow, search-engine marketing director for Grantastic Designs. "You have to expose yourself. Google's not the only search engine out there."

The article describes some alternatives -- including Singing Fish, a search engine for audio/video files.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @8:44am | Comments (9)

Reeltime Travelers

I know there are a few readers who will like this CD:

I first learned of this group at Bob Carlin's site (Carlin produced the album). There you will find complete MP3 of a great tune called "Little Bird of Heaven." At first I was interested in the clawhammer banjo part, but then I got mesmerized by Martha Scanlan's vocal. She has the perfect old-time voice.

A few more songs are available at John Hartford's site. And here's a link to the Reeltime Travelers Web site, which doesn't really have much.

Permalink | Posted in Banjo @10:16am | Comments (5)

Views From The Street

Check out the Windows Live Virtual Earth Technology Preview.

Windows Live Local Technology Preview demonstrates our work-in-progress thinking about a rich immersive experience in mapping that also explores local information.

You can walk or drive, but you're limited to San Francisco or Seattle.

Here's where I stayed when I was in Seattle. I was able to "walk" around the neighborhood. I was looking for that pizza place we went to, but I wasn't able to get my bearings.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @10:41am | Comments (8)

Van Morrison Slams Two Things

Two Van Morrison items:

(Thanks moodyblue, via Van Morrison News)

Permalink | Posted in Music @11:04am | Comments (16)

Persecuted Over The Bible

Now I know what it's like to be persecuted. The people at the Daily WTF are making fun of my Bible in an Excel workbook.

Wow...that guy took "mis-use of Excel" to a whole new level. I thought the people I deal with daily who use Excel as a database were bad.

I am a believer and am not offended. But then I am an Engineer, so I might be offended. The only question I have is: If this is in excel in this fancy format, how'd it get there? Was the whole thing typed?

Permalink | Posted in Excel @11:07am | Comments (10)

Chester Malott, Inmate

Here's the mug shot of a prisoner in Ohio, Chester Malott.

I believe he's serving 6-25 years for impersonating a giraffe.

(via A Welsh View)

Permalink | Posted in Weird @2:40pm | Comments (35)

Today Is Ash Wednesday

How could I have forgotten? Today is Ash Wednesday!

The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebrations and mixing them with olive oil as a fixative. In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence (from meat), and repentance-a day of contemplating one's transgressions. The ashes are a sacramental. The penitential psalms are read. It is also a kneeling day in the Roman Catholic Church.

It also marks the beginning of the Lenten season which lasts until Holy Saturday. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are permitted to consume only one full meal each day, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal.

When did that rule take effect? I've never heard of it.

Tip: Just eat a really, really big dinner. Then you can eat as much as you want for breakfast and lunch -- as long as those meals are smaller.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @2:58pm | Comments (16)

It’s Raining

Our prayers have been answered. It's raining in Tucson for the first time in about six months. It's not exactly a gully washer, but it's hard enough that rain is pouring off the roof. And best of all, it released the smell of the desert!

Permalink | Posted in General @3:03pm | Comments (13)

Bad News For Pat Robertson

Our favorite spokesman for God is in the news: Dissatisfaction With Robertson Grows.

If evidence is needed that the Rev. Pat Robertson's shoot-from-the-hip approach to world affairs has embarrassed some of his fellow evangelicals, it comes from the recently concluded convention of the National Religious Broadcasters.

Robertson, 75, a longtime member of the NRB's board of directors, failed to win reelection despite good odds: He was one of about 36 candidates running for 33 seats, NRB President Frank Wright said.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @3:12pm | Comments (13)

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