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Wednesday, 01 June, 2011

Make a Bugle

Complete instructions: Make a Homemade Trumpet/Bugle!

Here's how to make a trumpet out of household items. It sounds just like the real thing, except for the fact that it has no valves.

I'm pretty sure he's referring to a bugle, not a trumpet.

Make A Homemade TrumpetBugle! 

You'll need:

Small length of garden hose
Medium sized funnel
Trumpet mouthpiece (found at any music store) OR use the metal connector at the end
Duck Tape

Best of all, it really looks nice.

Permalink | Posted in Music @6:45am | Comments (6)

Governor Goes To Baseball Game

In New Jersey: Gov. Christie arrives at son's high school baseball game in State Police helicopter.

Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son's baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter.

christiecopter Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field, a noise from above distracted the spectators as the 55-foot long helicopter buzzed over trees in left field, circled the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field.

And then:

Christie disembarked from the helicopter and got into a black car with tinted windows that drove him about a 100 yards to the baseball field.

He couldn't stay for the entire game, though. It was getting to be dinner time.

During the 5th inning, Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie got into the car, rode back to the helicopter and left the game. During a pitching change, play was stopped for a couple of minutes while the helicopter took off.

When asked about the transportation, a Christie spokesperson sez:

"It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands. This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use."

One of my favorite quotes from Chris Christie:

"Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution."

Permalink | Posted in General @6:50am | Comments (25)

Amateur Exorcist Guilty Of Murder

In Indiana: Exorcism claim fails mom guilty of murder.

exorcist Latisha Lawson still believes she did what God told her to do in November 2009 when she forced her toddler to drink a mixture of vinegar and olive oil.

Even though it killed him. Even though she was convicted of murder and other charges in Jezaih King’s death.

Gull set sentencing for late June. She faces at least 45 years in prison.

She was found guilty of murder, battery causing death and neglect of a dependent causing death concerning her son, as well as neglect of a dependent causing injury, neglect of a dependent and battery for allegedly beating and neglecting her 10-year-old daughter.

She testified in court, and talked about her faith in God and the Bible. But the jury didn't fall for it. She faces up to 45 years in the slammer, where she'll have plenty of time to read her Bible.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @6:57am | Comments (4)

Amazing Wrestling Footage

If you're not a wrestling fan, you might be after watching this amazing sporting event.

It's been called the "most illegal move in the history of wrestling." And yet the referee just stands there!

Permalink | Posted in Sports @7:00am | Comments (14)

Teaching Kids About Money

Free PR for Bank of America: Money-saving lesson backfires on kids.

smartt A San Francisco mother wanted to teach her kids the value of saving money, so when they were very young, she took them to a bank to open their very first savings account. But it turns out the lesson they learned was not the one they'd expected.

It was a milestone in their lives when Leslie Smartt took her three children to the bank to open their very first savings accounts. "The idea being, save your money and it will grow," says Smartt.


In January, the children went to the bank to deposit Christmas checks from grandma and banking reality hit.

"Basically, my account was completely gone," says Kate. "I was losing money not gaining money," says Clare. "My bank account was gone and it wasn't there anymore, and so I didn't have any," says JJ.

It turned out bank fees had kicked in after one year and slowly drained the accounts at the rate of $3 per month per child in 2008, increasing to $5 per month in 2009.

Why didn't the mother teach the kids how to read their bank statements? The bank probably charges a fee for statements, so that's another way to save money.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:08am | Comments (11)

Little I Words

Here's a handy list of Apple Trademarks.

There are more than 250 words and phrases, and only 35 of them begin with a little i:

iAd, iBook, iBooks, iBookstore, iCal, iChat, iDisk, iDVD, iFrame Logo, iLife, iMac, iMix, iMovie, iPad, iPhone, iPhoto, iPod, iPod classic, iPod Hi-Fi, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Socks, iPod touch, iSight, iTunes, iTunes Download, iTunes Extras, iTunes Logo, iTunes LP, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Pass, iTunes Plus, iTunes Store, iWeb, iWork

little i

They need to add iCloud to that list.

Permalink | Posted in General @8:04am | Comments (17)

Interfaith Billboard

This will help bring all religions together: Muslim Group Runs Provocative Billboard Campaign.

Billboards have emerged across Sydney, Australia, carrying the slogan “Jesus: a prophet of Islam”. The advertising campaign is being run by Islamic group “MyPeace”, which has said that the purpose of the campaign is to encourage interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims.

Prophet Jesus

However, a number of Christians in the region have condemned the controversial campaign and called for the billboards to be removed, labeling them as provocative and offensive to Christianity.

Catholic bishop, Julian Poreous, of the Archdiocese of Sydney, has clarified that for Christians Jesus was “more than a prophet” as the campaign suggests. He said: “He is the Son of God. He is acclaimed Lord and Savior of humanity.”

They need to settle this with some type of holy war.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @8:36am | Comments (23)

Everyone Can Have Red Soles

Red soles for everyone: Rosso Solini Designer Soles.

red soles

You just cut it to size, and stick it to the bottom of your shoes. Why? Because shoes with red soles are outrageously expensive. And you can thank Christian Louboutin for that.

Christian Louboutin is a French footwear designer who launched his line of high-end women's shoes in France in 1991. Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. On 27 March 2007, Louboutin filed an application for U.S. trademark protection of this red sole design.

Because of that, everyone wants red soled shoes.

Permalink | Posted in Products @8:44am | Comments (14)

Chord Counter

Found at Flickr:

two chords

Nice idea, but it should say three chords. There are some good two-chord tunes, but you really need three chords most of the time.

And just ignore the missing apostrophes.

Permalink | Posted in Banjo @8:54am | Comments (21)

Be Aware Of Goat Trauma

Today begins Goat Trauma Awareness Month.

In order to promote widespread knowledge of the dangers of goat trauma, The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation has designated June as Goat Trauma Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the CGTF will sponsor programs across the country to teach people of all ages about the dangers of goat traumas.

Each year, over 6000 people are traumatized by goats in the United States alone.

If a child is traumatized by a goat before age five, he/she is five times more likely to become some form of social deviant.

Here's a little girl being traumatized by a goat.


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Permalink | Posted in Humor @9:07am | Comments (13)

Emergency Response Not Very Responsive

In Alameda, California: City reviews emergency response after drowning.

City officials are investigating why police and firefighters remained on a beach and watched as a 52-year-old man stood in the surf and apparently took his own life on Memorial Day.

The officers and firefighters -- who later said they are not trained in land/water rescue -- also remained on the beach as a passer-by waded into the water and pulled the man's body to shore after he drowned.

"We are absolutely going to do an investigation," Mayor Marie Gilmore said. "And we are planning to do it in as transparent a way as possible."

Raymond Zack paced back and forth along the shore for several minutes before he waded into the waves about 11:30 a.m. on a stretch of Robert Crown Memorial State Beach along Shoreline Drive near Willow Street, according to witnesses.

For nearly an hour, Zack stood in the neck-deep water -- sometimes raising his arms above the surface -- before he eventually floated away about 150 yards from shore.

Police and firefighters said they arrived within minutes of receiving the 911 call that Zack was attempting to commit suicide at the beach. But firefighters did not enter the water because they are not trained in land/water rescue, while police said they did not immediately step in because Zack was suicidal and possibly violent.

The Coast Guard was also notified, and they sent a boat and a helicopter.

The boat could not reach Zack because the water was too shallow, Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson said. The helicopter was initially delayed because it needed to refuel.

Permalink | Posted in General @9:27am | Comments (27)

New On Netflix

It's the first of the month, so that means a ton of new movies start streaming on Netflix.

I quickly scrolled through the list of about 200, and five of them caught my attention:

  • The Red Violin - One of the best movies ever. I've seen it twice, so if I watch it again it will be on my "3 or more times" list.
  • The Hustler - I think I've seen it, but I'm not sure.
  • Clerks - I've always wanted to watch this one.
  • Day Night Day Night - An indie film about a suicide terrorist. Sounds interesting.
  • Two Bits - A movie about 25-cents.

Permalink | Posted in Movies & TV @2:53pm | Comments (17)

Teens Pig Out At Denny’s

In California: Teens Take Advantage of Denny's All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes for 24 Hours.

Denny's currently offers an all-you-can-eat pancake special for $5. Over the weekend, seven teenage boys went to a Foothill Ranch Denny's and ordered the promotion. And then they began to eat. And eat. And eat. And eat. For 24 hours straight. Nothing but pancakes.

The seven of them ate 301 pancakes, for an average of 43 pancakes each. Just picture 100 plates like this:


Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @2:59pm | Comments (9)

Stripey The Bobcat

AZJohnB sent me this photo taken by a neighbor. It's not a great quality photo, but you can click it to enlargify.


This is what happens when you allow zebras to breed with bobcats.

Permalink | Posted in Arizona @4:06pm | Comments (9)

Seen In Concert n Times

Gary suggested this one:

What musical act have you seen in concert at least n times?

I'm going to set the value of n to five, so who have you seen in concert five times or more?

For me, nobody. And even if we set n to 2, I think my answer would be the same. I'm not really big on concerts.

concert audience

Permalink | Posted in Music @4:16pm | Comments (70)

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