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Wednesday, 02 February, 2011

Mailing A Puppy

In Minnesota: If not for postal clerks, puppy would have been DOA.

unmailed dog A 39-year-old woman was charged with animal cruelty after she tried to air-mail the dog to Atlanta from downtown Minneapolis, authorities said.

The postal worker was stunned when the package moved by itself and fell to the floor. Then came the sounds of heavy panting.

Within minutes, she and co-workers had unwrapped a tightly sealed box and rescued a 4-month-old puppy that a Minneapolis woman tried to mail to Georgia.

On the outside of the package Champion wrote "This is for your 11th birthday. It's what you wanted," he said. She also told the clerk that if sounds came from the package, not to worry, it just contained a toy robot, Ojoyeyi added.

Then she asked for a refund of the $22 postage.

Shown here is the actual dog.

Permalink | Posted in General @8:04am | Comments (10)

A Claim And A Question

A double book by Dr. Jack Hyles.

double book

Read some excerpts here.

He's been dead for 10 years, but he still has a powerful Web presence: The Jack Hyles Home Page.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @8:09am | Comments (6)

Apple Wants Free Money

Another reason I will never buy an Apple product: Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales.

Buzz began Tuesday morning when the New York Times said that Sony's e-reader app had been rejected, citing Apple's restriction on in-app book purchases. This in itself was not a new policy—Apple doesn't allow apps to sell content to users unless that content passes through the official Apple ecosystem, where Apple gets a 30 percent cut.

apple Apple also allegedly told Sony that the app couldn't access content purchased on other Sony Reader devices, which is where most of the outrage was focused. Amazon's Kindle app and Barnes & Noble's Nook app are both popular mechanisms for users to download and read books that they have purchased from the respective stores. Many feared that this supposed change in Apple policy would take their e-books away from their iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.

Apple's second statement indicates that this is indeed the case—sort of. If an app lets users access content that they purchased via Amazon's website, for example, then that same app must also let users buy the same book via Apple's own in-app purchase system. If the app developer doesn't want to use Apple's in-app purchases to sell content, then the app can't access content purchased elsewhere either.

This is notable because it will require Amazon and Barnes & Noble (as well as Sony, whose iOS app is not yet available) to change how their offerings work. Apple wants its 30 percent share of content sales whenever possible.

Dell should run with this idea, and require 30% of everything purchased on one of their computers.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @8:17am | Comments (26)

An Honest Charitable Organization

Here's an organization that doesn't even pretend to be useful. It's has a mission, it has a vision, and it has future program goals. But apparently, it does nothing but provide salaries for its two staff members: Science of Creation Foundation.

science of creation Science of Creation (SOC) is a charitable non-profit foundation based in Cleveland, Ohio that is dedicated to bridging the gap between science and creation. We are a community-based foundation advancing the common good by creating hope for a better way of life. The focus of Science of Creation is to scientifically identify and investigate the force behind creation.

The staff members are

  • Maureen Leimkuehler -- who worked in the real estate industry, and has fundraising experience.
  • Charlene Kalo - A former bakery chef, with event planning experience (i.e., catering, I think).

Yep, that's all it takes to start a tax exempt charity organization. A fundraiser, an event planner, and a fancy web site that accepts tax deductible donations.

Actually, they did have an event last year -- A church presentation by some nutjob faith healer named Issam Nemeh.

Each ticket to this private event is $50 with proceeds benefitting the Science of Creation Foundation.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @8:52am | Comments (6)

Blasphemous Teen

In Pakistan: Boy arrested for exam blasphemy.

Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy for writing an allegedly blasphemous remark in an exam paper.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws can carry the death penalty. School authorities in Karachi lodged a complaint against the boy, identified as Sami Ullah, in January, said police officer Qudrat Shah

Everyone's dying to know. What did he write?

Mr Lodhi said he could not repeat what the boy, who is a Muslim, had written because he would be committing blasphemy if he did.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @9:00am | Comments (8)

Groundhog Day

I've just been notified that today is Groundhog Day.

Big deal. I hate Groundhog Day. Every year, the same photos of the man in a top hat and a stupid groundhog. And everyone thinks about Tom Hanks Bill Murray.

generic groundhog

I don't even care if that groundhog sees his shadow or not. I really don't.

I'm sick of it, I tell you.

Permalink | Posted in General @9:35am | Comments (31)

Exorcist Makes Imprudent Decisions

He'll be back on the job before you know it: Former HLI head admits 'imprudent decisions' led to his departure.

exorcist Father Thomas Euteneuer, former president of Human Life International and a popular Catholic media figure, has broken the silence regarding his abrupt departure from public life last August.

He left HLI after “violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care,” Fr. Euteneuer said in a Jan. 31 statement.

“I state without reserve that I am deeply sorry for my actions. I have personally apologized, where possible, to anyone I have harmed,” he added.

In recent years, Fr. Euteneuer had become increasingly involved in the ministry of exorcism. He became a popular speaker on the topic and wrote a highly regarded book, “Exorcism and the Church Militant.”

At least he didn't violate the boundaries of chastity with a demon.

The exorcist is shown here wearing a white thing where a tie should be.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @10:06am | Comments (6)

Dem Vs. The

Clay Bennett sums it up nicely:


Smart money's on The.

Permalink | Posted in General @1:36pm | Comments (11)

The Prelinger Archives

More than 2,000 streaming films: The Prelinger Archives.

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction.

Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions.

Here's an example, featuring the voice of Jimmy Stewart:

Others you might be interested in:

  • Word to the Wives - How two women trick a husband into buying a new kitchen.
  • Junior Prom - Experiences of two couples on a double date at the Junior Prom.
  • Don't Be A Sucker - Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers."
  • Japanese Relocation - U.S. government-produced film defending the World War II internment of Japanese American citizens.
  • This is Hormel - Perhaps one of the most disturbing films in the Prelinger collection. Do you really want to see your meat being prepared?
  • Let Yourself Go - How architecture, furniture and transportation have been designed to help Americans relax.
  • Relaxed Wife - Remarkable, surreal industrial film promoting "Atarax," a tranquilizer, and asserting how "ataraxic medicines" can help us all to achieve the relaxed state we long for.
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Imaginative film (1958) showing how automatic gadgets in homes and workplaces alienate people from one another.

Permalink | Posted in Movies & TV @1:47pm | Comments (4)

Confession? There’s An App For That

It's $1.99 from the Apple store: Confession: A Roman Catholic App.

iPhone Screenshot 2 Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance.

Features include:

  • Custom examination of Conscience based upon age, sex, and vocation (single, married, priest, or religious)
  • Ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience
  • Choose from 7 different acts of contrition

Bugs fixed in Version 1.0.1:

  • Fixed prayers not displaying on iPad prayer tab
  • Fixed hidden login buttons when logging in on iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Fixed missing splash image on iPhone & iPod Touch

Permalink | Posted in Software @2:03pm | Comments (4)

Gator Hazard

In South Carolina: Man sues golf club for that time an alligator ate his arm.

The only lawsuit I’ve ever heard of that includes the sentence: “the alligator swam away, having eaten plaintiff’s arm,” is currently underway in South Carolina, as James Wiencek, 76, is suing Fripp Island Resort and affiliates in Federal Court for loss of said limb.

While playing a round of golf with his son on the Ocean Creek Course in October of 2009, Fripp was playing a lie near the water when a 10-foot alligator dragged him into the lagoon.

There's a photo of the man's arm being retrieved from the gator's stomach. I made it really small so those who don't like to see that kind of thing don't have to see it. Click to embiggify.


Permalink | Posted in Sports @3:16pm | Comments (12)

O’Reilly Still Yapping About The Moon

Last month, Bill O'Reilly embarrassed himself by claiming that nobody understands how tides work:

"I'll tell you why [religion's] not a scam, in my opinion: tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that."

Here's his latest:

"Okay, how did the Moon get there? How'd the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How'd the Moon get there? How'd the Sun get there? How'd it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn't have it? Venus doesn't have it. How come? Why not? How'd it get here?"

moon man

Permalink | Posted in General @3:33pm | Comments (45)

Cold Enough For You?

In the 6.5 years we've lived in Tucson, I don't remember a colder day than today. It started out this morning at thermometer28 degrees (-2 C), and I doubt that the temperature exceeded 40 degrees (4 C) all day. But it's been bright and sunny. Just bitter cold.

In fact: Record cold temperatures hit Southern Arizona.

Cold Arctic air dropping in from Canada and is bringing Arizona record cold temperatures through Friday. Gusty winds will accompany this bitter cold air.  After freezing temperatures this past morning, a widespread hard freeze will occur across all of Southern Arizona Thursday and Friday mornings with near record lows.

A hard freeze warning is active Thursday and Friday mornings for all southern Arizona. That means that temperatures will drop to below 25 degrees and stay there for several hours. This can cause harm to people, animals and vegetation.

And that concludes my small talk.

Permalink | Posted in General @5:02pm | Comments (69)

Roku Gets Even Better

That cheap little Roku device, best-known for its ability to stream Netflix movies to your TV, has a new feature: Roku USB Media Player launched.

Today, we released the Roku USB Media Player channel. If you have a Roku player with a USB port (Roku XDS or Roku HD-XR), you can use the channel to play back personal video, music and photo files from a USB drive right on your TV!

I haven't tried it yet, but Pamn really likes her Roku.

Permalink | Posted in Products @6:00pm | Comments (12)

Thursday, 03 February, 2011

Three Seconds

Research: Hugs Follow a 3-Second Rule

Tiger Hug Ever wondered how long a hug lasts? The quick answer is about 3 seconds, according to a new study of the post-competition embraces of Olympic athletes. But the long answer is more profound. A hug lasts about as much time as many other human actions and neurological processes, which supports a hypothesis that we go through life perceiving the present in a series of 3-second windows.

Crosscultural studies dating back to 1911 have shown that people tend to operate in 3-second bursts. Goodbye waves, musical phrases, and infants' bouts of babbling and gesturing all last about 3 seconds. Many basic physiological events, such as relaxed breathing and certain nervous system functions do, too.

And not just humans:

A 1994 study of giraffes, okapis, roe deer, raccoons, pandas, and kangaroos living in zoos, for example, found that although the duration of the animals' every move, from chewing to defecating, varied considerably, the average was, you guessed it, 3 seconds.

(Thanks wormpicker)

Permalink | Posted in General @7:38am | Comments (12)

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