Saturday, June 30, 2007

A bit of fun...


Here's a little novelty - a site that rates your blog similarly to the MPAA ratings.  One word of warning - don't copy their code into your template. It appears to contain a link to some sort of dating site.  I just copied the image and then manually linked the image to their site.


If you get your blog rated, leave me a comment telling me how it turned out!

    (yep, shameless cry for comments)

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Friday, June 29, 2007

I am thinking of going into the Phone business

I have a design for a phone with the following specs:

-Glass screen (easily broken so will get replacement charges)
-No 3G (to complicated)
-2MP camera (all the other phones are moving to higher specs so I should be able to get them cheap)
-No GPS (see 3G)
-No expansion slot (no fiddling allowed)
-No replacement battery (more support charges I can make)
-No MMS (people only use it for naughty video clips anyway)
-No IM (hey use your phone if you want to contact someone)
-No video calling (see 3g and MMS)
-No video capture (see above)
-No VOIP (see IM)
-No 3rd Party apps (see expansion slot)
-No Stereo BT A2DP - (I want to sell some special headphones so everyone will know what you have)
-Oh and for good measure I will lock the phone to specific carriers and charge you a fortune as part of a 2 year deal.

I'm thinking of calling it The Lemon. Do you think I will get much of an interest in people buying it?

Hang on - there's the phone, fax, snail-mail and emails going mad - seems everyone wants one!.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

HMM Promotes the Ertl Procedure

If you visit Heather Mills McCartney's website (her logo is linked to the site), click on the Ertl Procedure link at the top of the middle column.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My Favorite Things

To commemorate her 69th birthday last year, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music".  Here are the lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things...


Cadillacs and cataracts ,and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.


When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.


Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.


Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.


When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.


Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.


Urban Legands Reference Pages: My Favorite Things 

Claim: Julie Andrews sang an old folks' parody of "My Favorite Things" to celebrate her 69th birthday

Status: FALSE  (but too good to pass up!)

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

To the dads:


Sent via my Windows Mobile device
(which may explain why it was short)
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Someone has too much time on their hands.....

Besides several personal and work related blogs, I have also looked for various law-enforcement related blogs to read.  One of them is My 5150 World.  As stated in the header of that blog, "5150" is California Welfare and Institutions code for Lights are on but nobody's home!  The blog is maintained by a dispatcher who is married to a cop, so there are plenty of opportunities for great law enforcement stories.  She posted a series of entries (intended to look as one long post), using her kid's toys.  The following is a repost of those entries (posted here with permission):


Yes, As a Matter of Fact, I DID Have too Much Free Time on my Hands...

I was walking through the room yesterday and I glanced down at what I at first thought was an intact, discarded Cookie Monster. Then I noticed the stuffing and those two little plastic eyes staring up at me from nearby. I looked at my dog, Gabby and she had a little Cookie Monster stuffing, caught in her whiskers. I busted up laughing, and thinking, I caught you! And then my crazy imagination took over. And the result is the following story. I really hope you enjoy it.


Uh, OH! "C" is for "Crime Scene"


Our Hero in Blue, is the First one the Scene!


Here Come the Firemen


The Ambulance has Arrived. Oh, no. Looks Like "C" is for "Coroner's Case!"

     (Notice the tourist. Tee hee.)



Sorry, Mr. Policeman, There is Nothing For Us To Do. We Are Outta Here. Good Luck!


And They are, Going, Going, Gone...


But You KNOW the Firemen Will Get All the Glory.....


...And the Police Will Get All the Paperwork



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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My Blogging Story

I Found this on Joe's blog, who found it on his sister's blog, who found it on Chili's.

Hummm ... that beginning reminds me of Mat 1:2-16:  Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; ....  


1. How did you start blogging?
Joe (see above) had started a blog and I thought I might as well.  There was a lot going on in my life at the time (leg trauma) and I thought I would keep a history of that.


2. Did you intend to be a blog w/a big following? If so, how did you go about it?
I never thought I would have more than few readers on a daily/weekly basis ... primarily family and close friends.  However, in the past I have found (via StatCounter) that I had a steady following from several states and a few other countries (UK, Australia and Germany).  Who would have thought?


3. What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?

No political, religious or other  set agendas to promote with the blog ... other than fun, open sharing and an occasional joke or pun, no matter how un-funny they may seem!

Have I been successful? Well if there hasn't been an agenda, I guess I have been successful, in regards to the blog at least. 


4. Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

Not really.  There have been times of 'soap box preaching' and other times of dropping off the face of the planet.  I simply find something I want to share on my blog and then make it happen.

5. What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?
I wish I would have known about Windows Live Writer, but then again it didn't get created by Microsoft until several months ago, so that doesn't really count! 

    (Note: I am still using Beta 1, Beta 2 is having serious issues)


6. Do you make money with your blog?
Not yet, but feel free to help me change that answer to YES!


7. Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
Yeah they know about it, but really don't know how often they visit, other than my brother.  He is pretty regular about stopping by.


8. What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

1. Don't be pressured to post more often than you are comfortable.

2. It's your blog, if a comment is shared that you don't believe is in the best interest of your reading audience, simply delete it.  If the person leaving the comment doesn't like it, TIS GAR PLEN!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

DUI ... in a wheelchair?

The legal limit for most of the 50 state in the good old USofA is 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol content).  In Germany the legal limit is 0.05%.  Imaging the shock of running a breathalyzer test on a handicap man, who was driving his wheelchair down the middle of the road, and getting a result of 0.5%.  Yeah, ten times the legal limit!


From Spiegel Online (International News):


When a squad car patrolling the village of Ventschow, in northeastern Germany, spotted a wheelchair-bound man out on the open road late on Saturday night, the police officers suspected he might be under the influence. They were right. When he was given a breathalyzer test, they were stunned to find that he was a whopping ten times over the legal limit for drivers. He had a 0.5 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) -- the legal limit in Germany is 0.05 percent.


"He was right in the middle of the road," a spokesman for the police told Reuters Tuesday. "The officers couldn't believe it when they saw the results of the breath test. That's a life- threatening figure."


The 31-year-old had been out partying with a pal, he confessed when pulled over. In fact he was just a mile from home when he was rumbled.


The concerned coppers tried to get the inebriated man to hospital in an ambulance, but he was not going quietly. After he resisted and put up a fight, they were forced to give him a police escort.


Now the authorities are faced with the tricky task of how to penalize this kind of behavior. Technically the man was traveling as a pedestrian, and so cannot be charged with a driving offence.


When I was in law enforcement, I kept a file of my more unbelievable/unusual cases.  This would have been filed right near the front!

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!

Between work, family, work, friends, work, various website maintenance and a few other things (did I mentioned work)  .... I haven't had a chance to put any blog entries together lately.


I will when I can.

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