Sunday, April 29, 2007

Video: RSS in Plain English

There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start.
Found this via

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

If only I had an unlimited "T-shirt" budget

My buddy Joe shared a wonderful t-shirt site with me the other day, when he emailed me a link to the following t-shirt design:


Here are some additional design options from

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Yep, that's my girl!

Several weeks back:  Sarah applied for an academics camp, which only accepts 28 Oklahoma students in the 10th-12th range.  She and her mom found out about it using a Google search for academic camps, only a day or two before the application deadline.  As such, they hand-delivered the application to Oklahoma Baptist University, the site of the camp.


Fast forward to last night: Sarah and I attended a concert by Matt Wertz along with presentation by Joe White (speaker to the NFL, major league baseball, and CEO of Kanakuk Kamps).  After we got home, she checked her email and found that she had been accepted to the Summer Academy in Forensics:


Short Description: . Instruction in forensic techniques, discussions of case files, and laboratory work will help introduce each student to the use of forensic science in law enforcement. Twenty- eight rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will be introduced to this exciting field. Fingerprinting, arson accellerant analysis, drug identification, and many other topics will be covered.

Location: Oklahoma Baptist University, OK.


Features: (edited list)
Copy of The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation
Hands on laboratory work
Work on a mock criminal investigation


Additional note from a proud daddy: "...After we got home, she checked her email"

Like daddy, like daughter  ô¿~

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How ACD's should work

Most Automatic Call Directors (ACD) are currently set to inquire language

    Example: Press 1 for English, etc


Wouldn't it be wonderful if they were programmed like the following:

Good morning and welcome to Acme Company Customer Service Center

Press '1' if you speak English

Press '2' to disconnect until you can

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Classroom Desks (cleared thru Snopes)

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.  On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.


The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no desks.  They obviously looked around and said, "Ms.  Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."


They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."


"No," she said.


"Maybe it's our behavior."


And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."


And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom.  Second period, same thing, third period.  By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms.  Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom.  The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class.  They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room.  And she said, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."


Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S.  veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.  And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall.  And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids for the first time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.


Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks.  These guys did it for you.  They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."



"We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave"


Remember our Troops...


Urban Legends Reference Pages: Veterans Return Desks •••
Teacher imparts lesson in value of freedom by having veterans return students' desks.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

How to start each day with a positive outlook

1. Open a new file in your computer.
2. Name it "Hillary Rodham Clinton"
3. Send it to the trash.
4. Empty the trash.
5. Your PC will ask you, "Do you really want to delete rid of 'Hillary Rodham Clinton'?"
6. Firmly Click "Yes."
7. Feel better.
PS: Next week we'll do Nancy Pelosi

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Feel like voting?

Next year is when the Oklahoma quarter will be put into circulation.  The final designs for the quarter have been placed up for public opinion vote at the following site:


Here are the options, in no particular order:



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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Three 'funnies' from yesterday

1. The following picture:

Hamster Powered Shredder!


2 & 3.  The following statements:

...You mom can't concentrate!

...Burst of friendliness


The quotes occurred within conversations that just had to be heard to be believed (and understood)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Who took all of the hours out of the day?

I have been busier than a one-legged man at a butt-kicking party lately.  Where have all the hours in the day gone lately?


For various reasons, activity related to the website have increased almost exponentially in the past week or two.  Being that I am now communicating directly with two surgeons and at least one board member, instead of a single contact point (Tony Barr), it makes keeping everything straight somewhat more difficult.


While the increase in activity has some to do with Tony's death, the forth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars has had something to do with it as well.  If you spend just a little bit of time Googling about the show's first amputee participant Heather Mills, you will find out that she is an "Ertl Amputee" (near the bottom of this message).  If you aren't following the show, but would like to watch some of the dancing, you can view dance videos here (Heather has been doing an outstanding so far!).


In mid-2005 I got an email from Tony telling me that Heather Mills was going to have an Ertl revision (follow-up surgery to repair previous amputation surgery) due to excessive pain, but that I wasn't to tell anyone since it was a secret.  My first thought was "who am I going to tell?".  Later when it was announced, it was kinda cool being that it was old news to me.


In early February of this year, I started working with the webteam for Heather (like how I am on first name basis with her now ô¿~ ) so that we can get Barr Foundation & ErtlRecon info on her site, and in turn, get some of Heather's info on our site.  That process is taking longer than I would like since her site is getting a complete overhaul.  While Heather has mentioned the Ertl procedure in some of her various interviews, she has no control over the editing prior to them being aired.  Hopefully she will advance far enough that they time slots for interviews will allow for more details about her level of amputation.


There are a few other 'news worthy' items in regards to Dancing with the Stars and Heather Mills, but I will leave those for a future post. 

(note to Joe: don't ruin the surprise in the comments area)

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Introducing: GMail Paper!

Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Well, you asked for it, and it’s here. They are bringing it back.

A New Button
Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and we’ll send it to you in the mail.

Simplicity Squared
Google will print all messages instantly and prepare them for delivery. Allow 2-4 business days for a parcel to arrive via post.

Total Control
A stack of Gmail Paper arrives in a box at your doorstep, and it’s yours to keep forever. You can read it, sort it, search it, touch it. Or even move it to the trash—the real trash. (Recycling is encouraged.)

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
Google takes privacy very seriously. But once your email is physically in your hands, it’s as secure as you want to make it.

Learn more about Gmail Paper

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