Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.
But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?
Go check it out!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
The doctor who took the Quebec government to the Supreme Court of Canada, causing it to change its policy on wait times and private health insurance, wants to see more privatization.
In his Supreme Court case, Dr. Jacques Chaoulli argued "patients will continue to suffer and die" because of waiting lists.
Personally, I'm wary of any country that tries to construct an entirely socialized medical system. Let's face it, government interaction or interference with any system leads to lost time and lost money. Of course both problems are particularly troublesome in the world of medical care, and in the end, the patients end up suffering.
To quote P.J. O'Rourke, "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free."
Teachers at nursery schools in Oxfordshire, England, have asked children to change the words of "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" to "Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep" to avoid the possibility of offending anyone.
In other news, leaders everywhere are rallying for the elimenation of adjectives (which can be derogative,) verbs (which may describe vulger action,) and nouns (which may be offensive people, places, or things,) on the grounds that they may be used in an offensive manner. The fate of articles, numbers, prepositions, and punctuation has yet to be decided.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Check back from time to time. I'm sure I'll have interesting stuff to post, just not as often as usual.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
(Either there aren't as many opportunities for good puns, or I've fried my brain looking for them. Of course people always said that I would've been a good egg if I weren't a little cracked.)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I really don't read Geek-with-a-.45's blog often enough. I almost missed this awe inspiring post.
...I'd like to pass along a story a friend shared with me some time ago, a gun show story that makes me smile every time I remember it. The details of the setup are a bit fuzzy, as I'd only heard it once.
It came to pass at a show out in Virginia, the one near the Dulles airport, perhaps a year after 9/11. Apparently, there was some sort of emergency at the airport that called for the evacuation of the gunshow. A voice came on over the PA, announcing the situation.
My friend tells me that the hall grew quiet, as people listened. In that silence, just about everyone in the show simultaneously arrived at the same decision, and for the next 30 seconds, all you heard was the kerplopple of steel on kydex and leather, the snips of zipties coming off, and the glorious ka shink! of a thousand people simultaneously racking rounds into chambers.
It was, my friend assured me, the coolest thing he has ever heard.
It was followed by another moment of silent appreciation, as everyone let what they'd just heard, what they'd just been a part of, sink in. And then, everyone simply made their way towards the exit, in no particular hurry.
That, my friends, is the music of America. It is the sound of a people, of every race, color and creed who are simply determined to be ready, come what may, soberly determined that no evil shall stand in their presence.
It is the sound of my brothers, my tribe and my nation.
I love you all for it.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Go ahead and read this lousy bill for yourself.
It would appear that politicians in their ever increasing move towards a coddling, nanny government have decided that any blade over 18 inches long has no legitimate use other than cutting grass. Even better, if you do need a machete for legitimate purposes (and now that's pretty much limited to landscapers) you have to pay 'an appropriate annual registration fee.'
I really don't know what they're trying to accomplish by this, because large knives are not considered a good tool for committing crimes. They're virtually impossible to conceal and can only be used within arms reach of the attacker. Of course, what criminal will bother to register their blade. (Sound familiar? That's right; gun control!) But if you don't want to be called a criminal, you have to go to the local police, explain that you need a machete to 'cut grass' and hand over some of your hard earned money.
I'll admit, it is possible that I am somewhat biased. I do have a sizeable collection of antique blades, some of which would have to be registered if a law like this were put in place. Besides that, I think it's ridiculous to try to restrict the use of pretty much any type of knife.
The knife is one of the earliest and most useful tools invented, which most likely explains why I have so many of them. A little while back a friend of mine was over for a visit and we started talking about pocket knives. We discussed the number of knives we each had, and what different uses we had for them. After getting together most of my knives for examination, he had to take a picture just to document how many I really had.
Each one of these knives has it's own purpose. Two of them are my camping knives (the large ones on the left and right) which I very seldom carry. The serrated blades are good for cutting through corrugate, rope, chords, or (in an emergency) seat belts. Another knife is exclusively used for food preparation and consumption (it comes in handy if you camp or fix your own food when you want to avoid eating at truckstops.) Some of the knives are used for model building work because they hold a good edge, while others are simply handy to have around. The Swiss army knives and multi tool on the right all have different features and I carry them according to which situations I expect encounter. The small knives at the bottom are my first pocketknife (left) and my grandfather's pocketknife (right.) And of course the big knife at the top of the screen is part of my militaria collection. (I also keep it around because I think it's good to have a big knife in your house for those 'just in case' scenarios)
I started acquiring knives back when I was in grade school, and yet in all this time, my blades have never cut anyone (except perhaps myself) Nevertheless, if legislation continues in the same direction as the bill mentioned above, I could foresee a day when I was legally required to register, or even surrender all of these knives.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
CHICAGO -- Mayra Ramirez thinks driver's ed is a waste of time. And in her case, it is. She's blind. But the 16-year-old and dozens of other visually-impaired sophomores are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam to graduate from Chicago schools.Don't you just love it when the people are so strict about rules they can't even use common sense.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Two high school students were arrested on burglary and theft charges after allegedly stealing hundreds of cookies from the school's kitchen.The teens in question have been arrested, but police suspect there may be more here than meets the eye. Some say there may be a yet unidentified ringleader behind these robberies.
About 300 cookies, which cost 75 cents each, had been stolen from the kitchen over several days so surveillance cameras were set up. The cameras allegedly caught the two ninth-graders carrying garbage bags. They were then identified by a coach, The Stuart News said Friday.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect who is wanted for questioning. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the police immediatly.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
"One day a boy and an old man were walking through a village with their donkey. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk." They then decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.
Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey.
As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass good-bye."
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
First up: Mad scientists are fine, just don't be a bad, mad scientist!
Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit.
This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.
They don't know how they did it.
For something which they don't understand and was, in a sense, sort of a goof, this could turn out to be really big news. Read on.
One thing that puzzles scientists is that the high temperature was achieved after the plasma's ions should have been losing energy and cooling. Also, when the high temperature was achieved, the Z machine was releasing more energy than was originally put in, something that usually occurs only in nuclear reactions.So they may have discovered a rather amazing energy source. Let's just hope they don't burn down the lab before they figure this out.
Next up: Some people may be smarter than they appear (at least on paper)
About 4,000 students who took the main SAT college entrance exam last October received incorrectly low scores because of problems with the scanning of their answer sheets.How bad was it?
Great! Glad this kind of thing didn't happen when I was applying at the University of Illinois.
Admissions officials, however, said Tuesday some students had been affected by as much as 130 points forcing schools to scramble to re-evaluate candidates at a time when many are trying to make final decisions.
Here's another great one.
Do you remember a while back when I mentioned that the Malaysianan government was sponsoring a search for bigfoot? Well Guess what? No, they didn't find him. In fact, nobody wants to try.
And of course I would be remissis in my duties if I didn't mention this:
In a fairly obvious attempt to strike back at Google, Yahoo, and all the others, Microsoft has released it's beta Live.com.
Don't you just love competition?!
Let's wrap things up on a light note.
Does anyone remember the opening scene of "Back to the Future" when Michael J Fox (Marty McFly if you prefer) gets blown across a room by that giant amp? Well here's a subwoofer that might actually be able to do just that.
I'm just glad these guys don't live next door to me.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Idiot World's Math G
I'll admit, I'm not much of a math nerd, but this is a fun(ny) way of wasting a little time, and since it's somewhat academic in nature, you can feel like you're improving yourself.
Monday, March 06, 2006
I guess no matter how good you are at something, a spelling mistake can eventually catch up with you.
A Cyprus court jailed Pakistani national Fazal Ur Rehman for eight months for forgery after police spotted spelling mistakes on stamps on an Afghan passport he was carrying -- otherwise it was a near-perfect copy.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
“Drivers of passenger vehicles should avoid the Dan Ryan entirely,” said IDOT Secretary Tim Martin. While many motorists will use public transportation or IDOT-designated alternate routes, truckers will be urged to stay on the expressway because their vehicles are too heavy for local streets. “Our message is ‘Cars Off, Trucks On,” said Martin.Work is set to begin at the end of this month or beginning of next depending on weather. Looks like I'll be taking 55 downtown from now on.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Some people are saying that there's a hidden image in the Cleveland police logo on the side of their cars.A recent newspaper article did some editing, taking away bordering and edging on an image of the logo -- and the result was the image of a pig.
I guess I can kindof see it, but the editing makes it pretty noticable. Don't you just love photoshop?!
Friday, March 03, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Whew!! It's a good thing this car can moves so fast, because I'd hate to be stuck right behind it in traffic.