Sunday, December 23, 2007

Control the world in 4 easy steps

Is it real or just a wacko conspiracy theory? Whatever your point of view, the Zeitgeist movie really gets those brain cells thinking. Although, I am not sure all of the facts presented are 100% accurate, this movie paints a very interesting picture.

So here it is, my how to on how to take over the world in 4 easy steps.

1) Form a religion -> Whether God exists or not, Religion exists (and has existed) for a long time as a means of social control. Start a religion that promotes itself as the "one true religion" that takes elements from existing religions and that can appeal to others. For bonus credits, claim yourself as a prophet, and tell others God speaks to you and you can promise them true salvation (don't forget to have them donate all their earthly belongings to you). You might think this only happens in a few cults. Thinking about the religion your follow. Who are the leaders, and what power do you give to them?

2) Be a banker -> Well maybe not a banker as much as a large international bank owner. If you control a nations money, the nation is in debt to you. Those that are in your debt are essentially your slaves. Nations borrow money from international banks at large interest and collect debt they can't possibility pay back and thereby can be persuaded to do almost anything to square the deal.

3) Control the media/internet -> As a child I was taught not to believe everything I see (or hear or read). Most people have not learned this lesson. They take for truth the news the hear, the gossip they hear and just about every reporter and media outlet touting some story to increase ratings.

4) Start a War that can't be won -> and get the people involved to destroy one another, all the long fund both sides of the war and use terror tactics to keep the people in line while spouting propaganda that the reduction of there personal rights and freedoms is "for their own good"

That's all you need to do, if you can harness these four items, you can control any society group you desire..perhaps even the entire world.

When you really start thinking of it, this movie simply comes out to say what other movies and films have been hinting at for years. Consider the Matrix (Red Pill / Blue Pill), and others. Writers often try to get some message out to you in their work, often in some subtle way. It is up to each of us to wade through the mass information we are exposed to each day and figure out what is real, and what isn't. If we submit to the masses we may end up being slaves to our own apathy.

Our only defense is our own thoughts, our ability to educate ourselves on what is real and what is not, and to pass the information to others. From the time we are children which must work to develop leaders, people who think for themselves and make decisions based on facts. We must understand that we all work together to form a bigger piece of the puzzle, we are not individuals pursuing our own agenda. We must work together to pursue a common agenda, one that is not directed by the few or the one.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Weather personalities all mixed up in Atlantic Canada

By: JP Russell, If you live in Atlantic Canada, you've no doubt noticed that your local weather forecaster probably is no longer on the channel he/she used to be. Meteorologists have shifted all around in recent weeks, but do you know the "real" story? Check out this article from UnNews to get the inside scoop


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Time machine JC Penny 1977

By: Johnny Virgil 15 Minute Lunch. Ever watch one of those old movies or see an old catalog. The style of the time often isn't noticed until it is at least 10 years past, and then we all think. What were we thinking? Here's some funny pics from a 1977 JC Penny catalog. Very retro ;-) Read More...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Fun With Psychology

I knew I would not have the time to prepare an audio podcast due to the birth of my new baby. However, I had found a good one in advance, only to have lost it. Oh well, here's a funny video instead. An interesting psychological test that I found funny.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

BlendTech makes the holiday easier

When you start to feel the run around from the malls during the holiday season check out this great video from BlendTech, then sit back and relax and maybe do some web shopping


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Getting even with a telemarketer

I've been around a few times when a wrong number came into my house and my Dad would answer. Some young guy's voice would say "Is Jill there?" , to which my Dad ofet, "No she's gone out with Jim tonight". Of course no Jill ever lived at our house, poor guy probably never knew what hit him.

Today, I don't get many wrong numbers but I must get at least 10-20 telemarketer calls each day. It can sometimes be quite annoying. However, when I spotted this video it made me laugh, this wil teach them to stop messing with people.Read More...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Funny Customs from the 1500s

Well, if I ever wondered where all the funny phrases like 'bringing home the bacon came from. This article provides some interesting and funny ideas. Who knows if they are all true, but then again no one in the 1500's can defend themselves today..right?Read More...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

God Named in Lawsuit

It's not really new, but it's still funny. A Nebraska senator sued God. He is being blamed for widespread causing widespread death and distruction on millions of the earth's inhabitants. Kinda shows how frivolous lawsuits can get.

Probably the best part is that God actually responded to the lawsuit. Among his response is that Nebraska does not have sufficient jurisitiction for the lawsuit, and therefore the defendant is imune. It also states that the lawsuit fails to account for the gift of free will that God has given man. Aparantly, the archangel St Michael has been listed as a witness ! Read More...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Why are so many people pregnant?

Ever had that experience, everywhere you look you see pregnant people. Or sometimes, it seems all my spam is sending me some sort of hidden message..or maybe I'm just being paranoid..or crazy.

I talk about some of these things in this weeks short audio podlet. Hope you enjoy it.

Oh and i still can't remember the word something like "perceptual set" or something..when you notice things more about then you've noticed before due to different things going on in your life, If you can think of it please drop me a comment.

Jokes provided by by them all online today.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Newspaper retractions

Though, I hate to admit, sometimes spelling REALLY can be important.

This actually appeared in The Daily Californian--a very serious campus newspaper for all of UC Berkeley.

Friday: Big advertisement--

Greek Special--

Our huge 18-inch penis...etc. etc. Almost as good coming up as it was going down.


The 'Greek Special' is a huge 18-inch PIZZA and not a huge 18-inch penis as it was described in the ad. Blondies Pizza would like to apologize for any confusion Friday's ad may have caused.


Here are some more funny newspaper retractions...


Monday, November 5, 2007

Don't miss the Sienfeld reunion show

Coming Fall of 2027, the Sienfeld reunion show. Be sure to exercise, eat well, and take care of youself so you won't miss it. Here's a preview from fox...Read More...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Passing Blog Comment Karma

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I am often reminded of the phrase "You reap what you sow". The concept being if you want good things to come to you, you must act, behave, and think about giving on to others.

Not surprisingly this applies to blogs as well. Is it reasonable to expect people to come and write wonderfull comments on your blog, if you don't write wonderfull comments on others blogs. Indeed it could be said that the entire blog commenting system is based on the idea of Karma.

If you think going around to others blogs and spamming them will help get you more blog traffic, you may be right. You may get lots of "Attractive" blog spam. But is that what you want to reap from the fruits of your labor?

Before you think about what good things you would like to come to you. First ask yourself

"Have you passed on any good Karma yourself lately?"

Now before you go off commenting willy nilly, Be sure to ask yourself these questions

1) Have I actually read the acticle I am commenting on?

2) Do I have some usefull information or questions to ask about the posting?

3) What are my intentions for writing a comment (Do I really have something to say)

4) How good is the quality of my comment. After you have written it have you previewed it for changes before submitting?

5) If someone does post a comment on your blog please respond to it. Especially if they are asking you a question or clarification.

Again, if you think of it, these are the things you would want others to think about before commenting on your blog right?

Push out good Karma and it comes back to you. Push out bad Karma and it comes back to you as well.

Happy Commenting. And watch out - Spammers are eveywhere !

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

In this weeks podlet, I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween. I know that I am very excited this Halloween because it is the 1st Halloween that my daughter seems really excited about. We tried to take her out last Halloween 'Trick or Treating'.Read More...

Happy Halloween

In this weeks podlet, I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween. I know that I am very excited this Halloween because it is the 1st Halloween that my daughter seems really excited about. We tried to take her out last Halloween 'Trick or Treating'.

Play the audio file below to here some of my thoughts about Halloween, how it has changed, and to listen to a funny irish folk song from Marc Gunn.

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Here's some funny Halloween photos to watch while you're listening

And don't forget about. It just wouldn't be Halloween without..

Monday, October 29, 2007

Arrogant Worms in Fredericton Nov 2

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The Arrogant Worms will be in Fredericton this Nov 2, 2007. You can get your tickets for $25 @ the playhouse ( (458-8344) DRM Free MP3

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Attack on Blog Commentors - Watch out

One of the blogs I frequenly comment love to comment on has posted a warning about "Fake blog commentors" Those Sneaky [Explitive Deleted] Spammers!

It appears someone was attempting to use my email address to post fake comments on the sites I frequently visit. Apparently it can be difficult for current anti-spam methods to easliy figure this out, so you may see comments that appear to be from me but are actually fake.

As I thought about this more, it reminded me of something else. Often, when commenting on a blog there is a checkbox to subscribe to blog comments by email. This can be a nice feature because it allows you to easily follow the conversation as it evolves. A few times, I noticed I was recieving blog comments on threads that I had not subscribed to. I just blew this of as a "bug" in the blogging software and never thought anymore about it. Now, however, I wonder if someone was adding comments as me, using my actual email address.

Has this happened to anyone else out there?

I am thinking of working on a new script using some form of OpenID and/or PGP to validate form comments, but until then here are a few suggestions:

Tips For Webmasters:

I know you are busy enough waving through thousands of spam messages already. But please watch out for "fake" commentors. You can usually discover this by checking the url submitted with the comment (is it a normal url used by this person), is it the right email address?, is the commnent coming from an unusual IP address.

Add the URL's of known spammers to your automatic spam plugins

For the commentors:

Keep a list of the blogs you are commenting on and watch out for people using your name/email to spoof themselves as a valid commentor.

If you do find this is happening to you, please be sure to let others know including the blog you are commenting on, so that this can be resolved quickly

Friday, October 19, 2007

3 Trivia Questions

Perhaps they are a bit lame? Perhaps they will stump you? Either way, here they are. If you've seen the related cosby show episode you've already heard them..

Either way Enjoy !

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wifi T-Shirt for your Christmas wishlist

Your might be a geek if...
Okay, so your in a new area, you crack open your laptop turn it on, turn on your wifi, and are sadly disappointed to see there is no Wifi access. Of course you could have one of those keychain wifi detectors, but who remembers where you left your keys anyway?

Now, you can just look at your Wifi detector T-Shirt
(Yes, it really works). For that lazy geek inside all of us.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

A choice in Time

By: WBWard

I've been looking like a video like this for some time, and considered creating one myself, but this guy bet me too it.

I've always loved magic tricks, but was never very great at them myself. Check out this cool metalist trick. Hope you enjoy it !

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Web Crash 2007

Thank God the web is back up now, Woah that was quite the outage wasn't it. Thank god for onion news :-)

Breaking News: All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash

Web Crash 2007

Have you heard? The Web has crashed, well it's been fixed now, but check out this report from the leader of news..onion news..Read More...

Monday, September 17, 2007

911 Humor

911 is an emergency service, but I guess some people don't always get it. Here is a funny video of 911 calls you might find interesting...Read More...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Comedy Answering Machine Messages

Anyone who has ever called me has no doubt heard the sometimes bizaree,strange and quirky answering machine messages I have. Here's a great list of some of my favorites. Hope it gives you a good laugh during your day...


To catch a ..Rabbit !

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals.

The President decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it.

The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist.

The FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming.

The LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: "Okay! Okay! I'm a rabbit! I'm a rabbit!"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Video comparing iPhone to Microsoft Surface

Here's an awesomelly funny video parady from selling the new Microsoft Surface product.

"It's not an iPhone. It's a Big A** Table. Take that Apple."Read More...

Compae iPhone to Microsoft Surface

From College Humor:

Remember, the recent news about Microsoft Surface? Here's a great advertisement for it !

LOL.. Why buy a silly old iPhone when you can get a huge table.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

George Burns at Vincent Price's Party

Geroge Burns has always been one of my favorites. I first got into his comedy watching his 'Oh God' Movies from the 80's. Since then I'm always looking for and listening to all of his old works.

Here's one of my favorites. It's from a show he did about going to a party hosted by Vincent Price. I found it on

Hope you enjoy it as much as me ;-)

Guys at Home Depot

Two guys, one old and one young, are pushing their carts around Home Depot when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going.

"The young guy says, "That's OK. It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

The old guy says, "Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 24 yrs old, tall, with blonde hair, blue eyes, long legs, big boobs, and she's wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does your wife look like?"

The old guy says, "Doesn't matter --- let's look for yours."Read More...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Family Guy meets Star Wars

Rumor has it the 5th season kick-off of Family Guy will be a spoof of Star Wars. Here a possible sneak preview from YouTube. Enjoy !

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Google Google Mail Video

The folks at google asked people to make small video clips of a mail icon moving across the world to symbolize the movement of email across the internet.

It's pretty cool what they came up with. Check it outRead More...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Getting a cork out of a bottle

Here's a cool trick to play on your friends, bet them you can't get the cork out of the bottle.Read More...

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Happy SysAdmin Day

Every last Friday in July is System Administrator Day..I used to be a SysAdmin, and it's hard work, so give a thanks to your sysadmin, and send them this funny video link....Read More...

Family Guy meets Star Wars

Rumor has it the 5th season kick-off of Family Guy will be a spoof of Star Wars. Here a possible sneak preview from YouTube. Enjoy !

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Computer Stupidities Operating Systems

From the support desk:

One user -- a regular caller of ours -- got herself into some serious computer trouble when she set about cleaning up her system. She had been exploring the hard drive in the file manager and discovered hundreds of files in the Windows directory with all different file extensions. Being of an orderly mind, and with several hours of free time, she had created a TXT folder, a COM folder, a DLL folder, and so forth, and moved all the files into these subdirectories.

Guys at Home Depot

Two guys, one old and one young, are pushing their carts around Home Depot when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going.

"The young guy says, "That's OK. It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

The old guy says, "Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 24 yrs old, tall, with blonde hair, blue eyes, long legs, big boobs, and she's wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does your wife look like?"

The old guy says, "Doesn't matter --- let's look for yours."

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

FunkyThoughts: Would you want this girlfriend?

I once found a gag gift in a store called "The perfect husband", you pressed it's back and it had different "funny sayings". "Why don't you take the remote dear", and "you've had a long day, let me make dinner"

This one's for the guys
Anywy, here's a similar video except for the guys

Monday, September 3, 2007

Review of Ratatouille | jells muse news

Linguini was a young man working there who found himself in danger of losing his job because he couldn't cook. Read More...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

20 Quick Ways to Increase Your Alexa Rank

From Dosh Dosh: Read about ways for webmasters to increase their alexa ranking and why (or why not) this can be usefulRead More...

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Google Google Mail Video

The folks at google asked people to make small video clips of a mail icon moving across the world to symbolize the movement of email across the internet.

It's pretty cool what they came up with. Check it out

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game has Wii wand controls -

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game release date is between sometime in June and July 6th, before the fifth Harry Potter movie comes out on July 13th. The game will be released for the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and PC.Read More...

Friday, August 31, 2007

FunkyThoughts: Naughy things not to do with your iPhone

Checkout the linked video. It combines two of my "favorite" new things tied together "BlendTech" and that new fancy iPhone thing. If you got a lot of $ to burn...Read More...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A1 Race Tickets

Buy INDY AND NASCAR tickets today before your tickets are sold out.

Theres a few INDY tickets left, get them now!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hiding files in Jpg images (jpeg)

Here is a tutorial on how to hide files in Jpg's. Please note it isn't the most secure method, because the information is stored in plain text but it's still cool to play with. A simple solution to make this more secure, is to use encryption on the RAR file when your create it, but thats not the point of this tutorial :) The idea is to show how files can be 'slammed' together, to stop the average PC user from finding them.Read More...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sixties San Francisco Posters and Memorabilia

Since most of the artwork of the sixties was throwaway, advertisting for concerts and various gatherings being the most common, its hard to find. Included here are posters, album covers and a few of the be-in, hippie and San Francisco happening flyers.. and, even, an R. Crumb Mr. Natural cover… enjoyRead More...

Useful Life Tips

Here are some great strategies I picked up that you may find helpful.

These tips present an overall strategy for coping and dealing with emotional conflicts. Inner tormoil can be created when a situtation occurs or you are about to make a decision and you are unsure, lack confidence, or are simply sad/angry/upset and are not sure how to improve your outlook.

To use this strategy follow each step in order, and ask yourself the 'critial thinking' questions assoicated. The 'root cause' of you problem likely revolves around one of the three items below (or some combination of these items). Continue to re-examine the questions until a plan is developed for resolution

1) Always be true to yourself

Remember when you were young, and someone told you about that little voice inside your head that tells you right from wrong.. (you know about the voice don't you?). Often times we find ourselves 'trapped' trying to figure out what is the "right" thing to do. We make seek advice from others and solicit opinions. (Sometimes, we get unsolicitied options as well). Although outside advice can be helpful (why else are you reading this). It is important never to fogot the little voice inside ourselfs. What it wants, what it believes is best, what it can live with.

You may find yourself sometimes arguing with your little voice. Trying to make excuses for why you "can't" or 'shouldn't do something. I can't stand the word "should" by the way, I think it needs expundged from our langauge, but I digress. Sometimes there is so much "noise" around us we can't even 'hear" what our inner voice is telling us. (or if you're like me there are so many voices, you don't know which one to listen too ;-))

Here are some strategies to re-discover your inner voice:

a) Sit in a quiet place alone. Pratice being by yourself, for 10-15 minutes alone each day without distractions. Ask yourself questions ("How do I feel about..." or just reflect on your day, or just try to clear you mind of distractions

b) Create a pro/con list. On a blank piece of paper right down your ideas "for" and "against" a certain decision or item you are trying to make. Often your inner voice will become clear as you are creating your list, or after you have created it, and take a look at what you've written. Important: make you list alone if you want to discover your own inner voice and elimate others

c) Imagine that you have made the decision (a). Walk yourself through the process, consider how you feel about it. Can you still look yourself in the mirror after making the decision. Are you beating yourself up about it. Are there things that maybe you hadn't considred. Sometimes you won't know these things until after you've made the decision, but then you can add it to you 'lessons learned about life' list for future reference.

One little "Test" -> When you are being true to yourself, you will find you are confident in your choice. You won't feel like you have to "defend" yourself. If other people question your decision you will find it easier to respond confidently and easily about your decision, without a hieightend emontional / stressfull state. You won't find yourself overly nervious or anxious. Often these feelings arise from not listenting to our inner voice, we are not being true to ourselves.

2) Communicate

Okay, so if we have decided we are being true to ourselfs. The next important question to ask ourselves would be: "Is there something missing communication/clarification that is causing me undue grief". Similar to being afriad of the dark, our minds can twist information to build a story that is bullsh... well let's just say less then accurate. One clue that there is a lack of communication is when we find ourselves going over a situation over and over in our minds and asking ourselves the question "Why did so and so do that, or Doesn't he realize when he did that it hurts me?", Perhaps we drift into the past and try to construct a reason why someone did something to us.

When this occurs, what is actually happening (normally), is that there is some lack of communication or clarification. We would like to say something to someone, or tell something to someone, but we have not. This is not to say we are holding in "telling someone off" and that we won't feel better until we do so. Rather, we have not constructed the words in an approperiate manner, or are holding off communicating our message, and again this causes an inner turmoil within us.

Key points to consider in communication:

To whom do I need to communicate this message? Am I requesting clarification of an event that had occured. Do I need to communicate my feelings to someone about something that is bother me? Am I avoiding communicating a message because I fear the consquences of the communication?

How do I frame the message? This is actually a 2 part question. In part a) we ask ourselves, what do we hope to accomplish by communicating the message, in part b) we ask ourselves, will this communication meet my goal?

A well framed message normally does the following:

1) Clarifies any mis-communication. Asks "when this event occured, was it your intention to.. [x]"

2) Explains feelings... When this event occured, I felt like....

3) States your pro-active approach for resolution: As I don't want to experiance this again, here's what I propose as my plan to cope with this issue...

In general, communication should not be aimed with the intent of modifying or changing the behavior of another. In a toxic environment your best defense is to remove yourself from the situation causing the issue. The only person you can be assured of changing is yourself..not others.

It is also important to note, that it is not necessarily the cast that you need to actually deliver the communication to a person. Sometimes, just the act of framing the conversation (writing it down). Allows your brain the ability to take a rest, and you can relax and stop thinking about things over and over. Sometimes actual communcation is not possible, reasonable, or even safe.

3) Take responsibility for your actions

In this area we may find ourselfs stuck in a "guilt loop". We may find ourselves replaying a situation over and over again, wishing we could change it, or asking why we reacted this way or that and wanting to fix it.

Every choice/decision we make will have consequences, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Often a mix of both good and bad. While it is important to reconize when we have made a mistake, it is equally important to admin "Oops, I screwed up" and develop a plan to move on with life. Everyone will make a mistake, and when this happens and we recognize it we can work on ways to improve in the future. However, if we are true to ourselves we can see, sitting around and mulling over the mistake solves nothing.

Making a bad decision is not to be equated with being a bad person. Otherwise we would all be "bad" people because everyone one of us has made a bad decision at one point on our life and will probably do so again in the future.

A big part of "taking responsibility" means choosing our response. We, as humans, have an amazing capacity to look at a situation and exercise our free will to choose our actions. Other animals act on instinct but we don't have to do this, we can choose to act differently then our instinct. This is not to say that we should hide our feelings or dis-regard them, rather we should recognize our feelings and accept them, we should recognize our instinct re-action and accept it. BUT we should also recognize that we can choose differently.

Another view of this is as follows:

1) The world acts on YOU -> This is the belief that things just 'HAPPEN' to you and there is nothing you can do about it. This belief subscribes you to the fact that you are not in control, that you are not responsible for your actions. Things happen and you re-act and there was no way to do otherwise.

2) YOU act on the world -> This is the definition of being responsible. With this philosophy you understand that things HAPPEN in the world, some of these things are in your control but many things are not. Nevertheless, you proactively choose your actions to a situation. You are in control, you have a plan and you are following your plan. You understand there will be obstacles, but you also have the confidence to know you can handle each new event as it happens and tackle it head on.

My favorite analogy was a story I read one time about a man at a carnival. This man had never before been on a roller coaster ride, and was trying to decide (get the courage) to go on. Armed with his trusty digital camera, he took snapshots from the ground of others riding on the roller coaster.

He noted, there were basically two types of people riding the coaster. Person A) held there arms out high and screamed in enjoyment as the roller coaster swished by, Person B) had an ongoing terrified look on their face the entire time. Person B often closed there eyes and it was obvious they could not wait for the ride to end.

The man thought to himself for a moment, and decided to board the roller coaster. He asked his wife to take a picture of him as he went by. She did this, and his picture was one of the excited passengers with his hands out wide and a huge smile on his face. When his wife asked him later what this was all about, he replied "Well, I figured I could either be a person A) and enjoy the experience or a person B) and be terrified. So I choose to be a person A) and I enjoyed every minute of it !!

Dislcaimer: I am not a pyschologist or any type of theripist. None of the advice I give be taken as an expert in the field. These are suggestions that were passed down to me (that I've modifed to fit my thinking), and I am passing them along in hopes they may help others

Sunday, August 26, 2007

TV Review: 24 - Jack Goes Rogue

Written by Victor Lana: Jack does a little babbling about a Presidential directive, and soon he is inside the gate where the nukes are waiting and he's got Chloe on the line ...Read More...

Ubuntu Mplayer resume posistion

I made a few edits to this perl script for my configuration, and have placed it here to help others.

Basically, I was having problems getting the script to remember my position when playing full screen on my television. I spent several hours of my
life tweaking this to try and figure out why it wasn't remembering my screen saver. It seemed to be a combination of things including the fact that it
would not write to the same location as my videos.

One "key" thing I seem to have noticed is that it is VERY IMPORTANT to a) Press STOP and not BACK on the remote to save the position correctly and b) when changing the setup (command line) options in Myth-Front End Video Settings -> Player. use %s don't use any other options (espically -quiet) which seems to prevent the perl script form reading the image


Make sure the files are +x (execuatable, and copy the scripts to the same directory as mplayer (/usr/bin maybe)
Modify your player settings in Myth Front End Video player to $s

Modify mplayer-g as desired. Currently it disables the gnome-screensaver because as much as I tried I could not get the config option to work with
.mplayer. If you want to be fancy you could test to seen if screen is enabled first. Otherwise if you don't have a screen saver, this script might turn
it on unexpectantly.

Enjoy !

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Coca-Cola 600

a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend.Read More...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Microsoft Surface Video. A whole new desktop experience

I've heard of this type of desktop interative interface before, but this video really shows some cool things that can be done with it.

I don't expect to see one under my Christmas tree anytime soon though :-(Read More...

Gender Biased Pricing

In this episode of Air Farce they debate the idea of gender based pricing.

I thought it was funny. I have never embedded real player stuff into a blog before though, so I'm not sure it it work work.

Let's find out ;-) You may need real player to get it to work

Disclaimer: I'm assuming it's okay to embed this, since it's freely downloadable from

Hopefully I won't get any complaints, if so I'll remove it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Take your mobile off the grid… (TreeHugger)

The environment, energy, and mobile phones?

One of the things that give me the most hope about the future is that we really haven’t begun to tap the potential for reducing the amount of energy we consume in our lives.Read More...

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Fish Game in Haight Ashbury Land | Old Hippie\'s Sixties Pad

2. You must hand in a joint to play the Avalon and the Fillmore. You get joints by landing on the squares marked score one joint. Keep score of joints.Read More...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Duck and Cover

we still practiced Civil Defense drills, along with the fire drills causing some people to get a little confused at times, so it was made really clear to us when we were supposed to evacuate, and when we were to line up in the hallway and 'duck and cover'Read More...

An Ode to Cranky Geeks

One of my favorite podcasts is Cranky Geeks, hosted by John C Dvorak. This panel discusses various IT 'hot topics'

I love waiting for it to be downloaded each week, and I'm attaching my 'homage' to their show. Please remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

This podcast sums up every episode of cranky geeks so that you can be up to date with the latest episode. Enjoy !

Saying Hi to a Busker

If you get a chance to see a Busker festival, don't miss the opportunity. Busking is an form of street theater and it's awesome entertainment for the entire family. Buskers come from all over the world to preform, and they have some really amazing acts. It is live, and puts "America's got talent" to shame.

Busking is a way to bring entertainment to the people. Many buskers have been practicing their talent for years. Normally, at the end of a show is the famous passing of the hat. Often, this how buskers earn their back to school money..there is no set price/dontation, they just ask that your takes 5 of those little golden Canadian coins to make 1 US$, so please give generously.

The 21 buskers festival just concluded in Halifax, NS (Aug 12-18), so keep your eyes open for buskes in your area, or make sure you go visit them next year

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Nascar Strictly Stock

The first NASCAR "Strictly Stock" race ever was held at Charlotte Speedway (not the Charlotte Motor Speedway) on June 19, 1949 Read More...

Getting a cork out of a bottle

Here's a cool trick to play on your friends, bet them you can't get the cork out of the bottle.

Watch this video and see how it's done. Shhh..keep it a secret LOL

Friday, August 17, 2007

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Unlike, AVG Software, ClamWin is an excellent free software solution for business. It does not have the same licensing limitations as AVG Software. ClamWin works well, though I find sometimes it identifies false positives (files that are not really a thread) and it does not have an on-demand scanning, but it is still an excellent alternative and it's free.Read More...

Looking for a baby name...why not use "@"

Found this funny article from reuters . Apparently a chinese couple recently had a baby and wanted to choose the name "@"

Aparantly, the symbol has a special meeting in Chineese "love him" the story goes. The articles do not say if they were legally allowed to use this name.

I think it would be a cool name to have, and although the baby may be teased later in life, I can't think off my head a nasty school rhyme that uses "@". My understanding is that it's not pronounced "AT" like the common email pronounciation.

...I suppose they could have tried to name the baby Coca-Cola

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

YouTube vs. Google Video vs. Revver

Something’s gone wrong at Chris Pirillo’s blog, because some of the major video sharing sites are engaged in an all out-brawl! To understand, just click play on all three videos, as quickly together as you canRead More...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

San Francisco Sound - Quicksilver Messenger Service

Quicksilver released Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1968, followed by Happy Trails the following year. These two albums define a classic period in Quicksilver's career and are most strongly associated with their unique soundRead More...

Monday, August 13, 2007

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bulgaria Number 1 Sports Site

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Top Idiot Awards

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Is reality TV Real?

From: Charlie Brooker. Don't believe everything you want on reality's a video that explains whyRead More...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Is reality TV Real?

Here's an important lession about Reality TV, and...what's real about it and what's not

From: Charlie Brooker

Friday, July 27, 2007

Danica Gallery 2

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Happy SysAdmin Day

A friend sent me this video back in my SysAdmin days. I thought it was quite funny and ever since then I've tried to keep this day on my Calendar. It's the last Friday in July. To all the hardworking SysAdmin's out there. I say Thank-you ! and hop you have a great day !

Don't forgot to turn up the volume !

Thanks-to Three Dead guys rock !

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..And if you like this one, Check out Internet Helpdesk Training as well

Learn more about System Administrator Day..Yep it's real !

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Would you want this girlfriend?

One time I found a gag gift in a store called "The perfect husband", you pressed it's back and it had different funny things to say like, "Why don't you take the remote dear", and "you've had a long day, let me make dinner"

Anywy, here's a similar video except for the guys.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Google Streetview meet Soios

Okay so here's the idea:

Sell people on a 360 camera that they can walk around snap images of their streets, and upload to Google Streetview. It should be a simple point, shoot, and upload system, that would help others add to the work Google is doing.

Just a thought...

Yahoo and Google share avatars

Ever notice the similarity between Yahoo and Google's avatars.

Coincidence? :)

Naughy things not to do with your iPhone

Thought this was funny, if you got lots of $ to burn

Wake up and get noticed

Here's a funny clip from a newspaper about improving police response time when in danger...


Saturday, June 16, 2007

FunkyThoughts: Little Kids

Little Johnny and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they just know that they are in love. One day they decide that they want to get married, so Johnny goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bubba becomes Catholic

Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up him outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. But all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic....and since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday.


Monday, June 4, 2007

Deer in Government Members Office in Fredericton

This is reported to have happended May 31, 2007.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

FunkyThoughts: 20 years

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee.


Friday, June 1, 2007

20 years

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee.

He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye. "What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room. "Why are you down here at this time of night?"

The husband looks up from his coffee. "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly. "Yes, I do," she replies.

"Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car ?" "Yes, I remember," says the wife. "Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for twenty years!" "I remember that, too," she replies softly.

The husband wipes another tear from his cheek... "I'm a freeman now!"

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Guys at Home Depot

Two guys, one old and one young, are pushing their carts around Home Depot when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going.

"The young guy says, "That's OK. It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

The old guy says, "Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 24 yrs old, tall, with blonde hair, blue eyes, long legs, big boobs, and she's wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does your wife look like?"

The old guy says, "Doesn't matter --- let's look for yours."

Friday, May 25, 2007

Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer. ABBOTT: Mac? COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Church Rules

A young couple wanted to join the church, the pastor told them,"We have a special requirement for new member couples".

"You must abstain for one whole month." The couple agreed, but after three weeks they returned to the Church.

When the Pastor ushered them into his office, the wife was crying and the husband was obviously very depressed.

"You are back so soon... Is there a problem?" the pastor inquired.

"We are terribly ashamed to admit that we did not manage to abstain for the required month." the young man replied sadly.

The pastor asked him what happened.

"Well, the first week was difficult... However, we managed to abstain through sheer willpower.

The second week was terrible,but with the use of prayer, we managed to abstain.

However, the third week was unbearable. We tried cold showers, prayer, reading from the Bible...anything to keep our minds off carnal thoughts.

"One afternoon my wife reached for a can of paint and dropped it. When she bent over to pick it up, I was overcome with lust and I just had my way with her right then and there. It was lustful, loud, passionate sex. It lasted for over an hour and when we were done we were both drenched in sweat." admitted the man, shamefacedly.

The pastor lowered his head and said sternly, "You understand this means you will not be welcome in our church."

"We know." said the young man, hanging his head, "We're not welcome at Home Depot either."

Monday, May 21, 2007

FunkyThoughts: Importance of a name

A good 'lesson' on why you should always admit to your 'mistakes' and not put the blame on others..LOL !


Little 'Kids'

Little Johnny and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they just know that they are in love. One day they decide that they want to get married, so Johnny goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.

Johnny bravely walks up to him and says "Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage." Thinking that this was the cutest thing, Mr. Smith replies, "Well Johnny, you are only 10. Where will you two live?" Without even taking a moment to think about it, Johnny replies "In Jenny's room. It's bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely." Still thinking this is just adorable, Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, "Okay then how will you live? You're not old enough to get a job. You'll need to support Jenny." Again, Johnny instantly replies, "Our allowance.. Jenny makes 5 bucks a week and I make 10 bucks a week. That's about 60 bucks a month, and that should do us just fine."

By this time Mr. Smith is a little shocked that Johnny has put so much thought into this. So, he thinks for a moment trying to come up with something that Johnny won't have an answer to. After a second, Mr. Smith says, "Well Johnny, it seems like you have got everything all figured out. I just have one more question for you. What will you do if the two of you should have little ones of your own?" Johnny just shrugs his shoulders and says "Well, we've been lucky so far..."

Importance of a name

Peter decided to go skiing with his buddy, Bob. They loaded up Peter's station wagon and headed north. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. They pulled into a nearby farm house and asked the attractive lady of the house if they could spend the night.

"I'm recently widowed," she explained, "and I'm afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house."

"Not to worry," Peter said, "we'll be happy to sleep in the barn."

Nine months later, Peter got a letter from the widow's attorney. He then went up to visit his friend Bob and said, "Bob, do you remember that good-looking widow at the farm we stayed at?"

"Yes, I do."

"Did you happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and have sex with her?"

"Yes, I have to admit that I did."

"Did you happen to use my name instead of telling her your name?"

Bob's face turned red and he said, "Yeah, I'm afraid I did."

"Well, thanks! She just died and left me everything!"

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Recueilli: Virtual Haircut

You can do anything online ! When my hair gets too long, this is the place that I go to get my virtual hair cut.


Monday, May 7, 2007

Person Making Contest...

Updated 'politically correct' Man Making Contest Joke...

So one day a very well-known and prominent Engineer had a spiritual crisis. She decided to take off a month and partake in a quest to find the meaning in life.

She wandered through the forest, and climbed the tallest moutain she could find. She fasted for 10 days and nights.

Eventually, GOD came to her in a vision, and said, "Hello, my child, what is troubling you?"

"Lord,", she responded, "We humans have come a long way in our science and technology, we have created many wonders, we can bulid massive structures, we have harnessed the power of the wind, the sea, and even the sun. We have learned to clone and grow our own children.I fear that you are no longer needed in this world that we have created.

God thought and pondered on this for a moment and finally he said, "Very well, my child, how about we have a person making contest." If you can make a better person then I have, then I will leave you to be on your own.

The Engineer thought for a moment, bent down and grabbed a handfull of dirt, with a smirk on her face she said "Okay I'm ready when you are !"

But GOD, looked at her, shook his head and stated, "No, my child, you must get your own dirt !"

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Survivors Guide to Mullholland Drive

By Brad Detchevery

Orginal: May 20, 2002

If you are reading this guide than I will assume that you just finished watching Mullholland Drive, a film by David Lynch. If you’re anything like me, your mind is grasping and anything and everything to try to make some sense of this picture, the storyline, plot, characters, what the whole movie was about. This guide cannot make sense of the madness of this film or its director, but rather gives an overview of the picture, surmises on why the movie maybe why it is, and makes grand assumptions on what the movie is about. These are my faint attempts to make sense of a movie that make a surrealistic painting look like a true work of art.

First things first, the movie doesn’t make sense and it’s not supposed to, Mr Lynch never intended it to. It is very important to understand this simple statement before going any further. The human mind has a need to make sense of everything, and it is this need that MullHolland Drive preys upon. The yearning to make sense of a random sense of events, untied subplots, and changing character names into a nice easy flowing story that we can easily grasp and then move on with our lives.

Mr Lynch is the same director that brought us the TV story Twin Peaks. A careful examination of this director’s style reveals that a common thread in his pictures is to leave open ended subplots and untied up endings to leave the audience wondering what is going on, what does this scene have to do with the movie ?, what happened to this character. Mr Lynch fills our minds with scene after random scene as our mind tries to grasp the meaning and continues to come up with nothing. Mullholland Drive is no exception.

Mullholland Drive was originally intended to be the pilot for an ABC TV series. Rumour has it that ABC/Walt Disney invested close to 7 million dollars into this pilot and got a story that was so twisted and confusing they did not want to take the gamble and release it to TV. It appears that the original screenplay revolved around 2 characters (Betty/Rita) as they start a new life together in Hollywood, after discovering that Rita has lost her memory, and appears to have been involved with some type of murder. Of course, many of the numerous subplots regarding the blue key, the director, the strange guy behind the restaurant (Denny’s) may have advanced further in a mini-series style TV show, but there isn’t time to do this if the picture is being turned into a movie, and since leaving loose ends is Mr Lynch’s style, who would notice any difference.

Okay, so imagine for a moment that you just wrote a pilot for a TV series only to be told that your picture is too confusing for the TV audience and that it would not be aired. Well like any mentally instance storyteller and director, you take your vengeance out on your work, totally mess it up so that it is un-recognizable. This is probably similar to what a writing or painter might to

do respond to criticism, or what a ‘sur-realistic’ artist does. Mr Lynch does this with his movie, he attempts to condense what he thought of as a TV series into a 2.5 hour motion picture and still convey the message of life in Hollywood, while at the same time making a statement about the way he ‘see’s life as a filmmaker, director, and his interaction with the actors, and actresses in his life. Or so I imagine anyway.

I think that the changing of the characters name in the last 30-45 minutes of the movie is to make a statement on the many faces of people in Hollywood. One one hand, there is a distinction between the lives of the actors and the characters they play, the way people think of actors and the attributes the general public have of them, and their actual lives, something which the general public knows nothing about. Another possible statement is the many faces of a person. How one day a person can be open and willing to help with a movie/series and then the next day close everything down and turn against you. I think Mr Lynch felt this way before ABC cancelled his MullHolland Drive series idea, but further enhanced it in his last 30 minutes after this experience.

I think he also tried to portray the many different types of actors in Hollywood from the naive/innocent type (Betty) to the cut-throat do anything to get ahead type (Joe – the guy that botched the fake suicide/murder). I think Lynch probably identifies most with Dan, the guy that has the dream about the monster behind the restaurant. He is afraid of things that he knows can/does happen yet is powerless to do anything about it, and he cannot stand to be directly confronted with it so has to approach it from this unique sur-realistic viewpoint. (the dream)

When Betty first gets of the plane, she says goodbye to an old Woman, and man. I think that these represent the ‘audience’ from Lynch’s point of view. Again with multiple faces here, as interested and excited about a new film, but at the same time a ‘stress’ to live up to, a ‘something’ to satisfy. Perhaps, no matter how hard he tries, he can never quite get there and they are always on his mind.

These are just some ideas of what might have been going through Mr Lynch’s mind as he mangled his twisted TV pilot, into a confusing array of random scene’s sewn together by his hopes and desires. Some would say that you can’t fault Mr Lynch for this because this is the way he makes his movies, so he is simply holding true to his nature. These are probably the same people that look at abstract art and see meaning in it.

I hope that this paper has helped you to put to rest the many thoughts that may flow through your mind after watching the picture, if not I urge you to try. Destroy the movie and forget you ever saw it, because the deeper you look into it, the more confused you become, and in the end only Mr. Lynch knows what his movie was about, what was going on in his head, and I doubt he will ever tell us in plain and simple terms.

© 2002 Brad Detchevery. All thoughts expressed are the opinion of the author and may hold no resemblance to reality.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Is this real? Hammering a nail with a lightbulb?

Can it really be done. Checkout this video of a guy hammering a nail with an incandescent light bulb

Once the new light bulb law passes, this might be all they are good for

Is there in TRUTH no BEAUTY ?

As any good student of philosophy will tell you ; the proper way to begin any debate/discussion is by first defining the terms which will be used through out the discussion and then promising not to change the definition anywhere. Well I hope to do this and I also hope to define the terms in such a way that the statements I will make will be agreed upon by everyone.

In the spirit of my introductory paragraph let me define TRUTH. Whenever I use the word TRUTH this is what I mean:

TRUTH is what an individual believes and is based on the individual knowledge of what he/she believes to be true. Furthermore Universal Truth is imaginary.

There isn't one TRUTH about anything that is universal under all circumstances. Oh, but the smart folks out there are probably saying: “What about those TRUTH'S which are TRUE in virtue of there meaning such as 2 + 2 = 4”. For the time being I will just say that those “TRUTHS” should be more properly called "FACTS" since they are understood to be true no matter what. For example, suppose I'm a space alien...If I understand the concepts of 2,4,+, and = then I can understand the equality of 2 + 2 = 4. So it is important to first realize that when I say, ‘This is TRUE’ what I am really saying is this is my belief of truth and furthermore I am impressing that you should also hold my belief. This is how I define TRUTH.

Okay So given the above definition what shall I do with it? I want to become a computer programmer. (In case you skipped my apology). With my definition of TRUTH it is TRUE that I AM a computer programmer simply by believing it is so. What I have just done is to explain the concept of all those self-help books.

Step 1: Assume (believe) ...insert thing you wish to improve upon... is true.
Step 2: Read the self-help book and realize what you at first believed to be true actually is true.

By my definition you may have realized what you believed to be true was true from the start and it took a whole book to realize a simple truth that was there all along.# This is the first applied example of what I call "common knowledge". Try using my definition of TRUTH and only my definition and many things should become clearer.

To push my idea even further let's take a look at those people whom, as it is generally regarded, have no conscience and feel no remorse. No such person actually exists but if a person believes he/she has no conscience and does everything in his/her power to prove they have no conscience than the TRUTH is that person has no conscience. Okay, so then you may ask why does it matter if the person only believes it would not that be the same thing as not having one? The answer to this is "NO". Other definitions of TRUTH lead us to believe that what is TRUE cannot be changed it just is TRUE, however, this is what I subdivided into what is a FACT not a TRUTH. With my definition of TRUTH we can simply change the TRUTH by changing what we believe. The next question is this "Is it that simple?", "Can we give a person a conscience by making that person believes he/she has one?". If the words are powerful enough we can make anyone believe anything so you can see that TRUTH is a very flexible thing.

For those of you who are bored let me bring in a little Star Trek oldie. Ahhh but I already did! The start of this chapter starts with the question "Is there in TRUTH no BEAUTY?". One of the old Star Trek episodes has this very title. It is probably some infringement of some law somewhere to tell you what that episode was about not and that it's necessary to get into anyway. If I may restate the question, and I think I have that power, to this "What is the BEAUTY of TRUTH?"

I’m sure most of you are aware of what LIE is and differences such things as a white LIE and a black LIE and all the other things which we call lies. A Lie is a bending of the truth and if truth is as flexible as I say it is, and if we truly believe our lies than our lies must be the TRUTH which means Lying can't be all that bad now can it? The truth is we LIE to make things sound better or more interesting. We hope that by shaping the truth in our own fashion we can somehow accomplish a sense of pride from others

This bending of Truth to our own needs is something we are all guilty of. Most of the time it is probably unconscious we don't even realize what we are doing. The important thing to realize is we should not bend the truth for our own needs but for the needs of everyone. This way if we make everyone believe a bent truth, which will benefit the world as a whole, this becomes the real TRUTH by my definition and this is the BEAUTY of TRUTH.

Funny Student Exam Answers

Stumpled upon: I don't know if people actually answered questions this way, but I thought they were funny none-the-less


Sunday, April 29, 2007

Double Delicious Fruit Cake

LOL...I love it, here's a super funny recipe for Fruit cake...I wonder how many out there have actuall tried it !


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Someone Moved My Damn Waste Basket: A Better Mouse Trap?

On October 19, 2006, somebody moved my waste basket. I don't like change when it is forced upon me. Should this blog be put in a waste basket? Perhaps. Only time will tell. Work is really boring, and now I have a reason to go to work. To find out who moved my trash can. I'll keep this blog going until I find out who did it and confront him, or until I get fired from my job for making this a priority over any task I have. Just in case:(This blog is meant to be humorous, funny, and silly.)


Friday, April 27, 2007

Delusional Calgaria - Watch the Intervention Video

Check out this funny, but controversial satire produced by the Nova Scotia government. It is aimed to keep people in the maritimes from moving away for jobs. What's your opinion?


Thursday, April 26, 2007

FunkyThoughts: Long Swim...

Google Maps can be great finding directions from one place to another, but what do you need to do when traveling across the ocean. This question was asked from Google maps and look what was discovered. LOL


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Unfortunate Domain Names

From DreamHost Blog, check out these folks who didn't give enough thought to their domain name..which had rather unfortunate circumstances...


Computer Terms

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

Things like 'chalk' or 'pencil,' she described, would have a gender association although in English these words were neutral. Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?" The teacher wasn't certain which it was, and so divided the class into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine.

One group was composed of the women in the class, and the other, of men. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:

1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.

3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you might have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to in the feminine gender because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Funny Magic Mind reading Card Trick

Here's an interesting, but old magic trick video. It has been preformed countless times, but I thought'd I share it with everyone interested as a video.


Weird brain thing when stopping in a parking lot (Opitcal Illusiosn)

Ever have this happen to you?

You're just pulling into a parking lot, you start to put your foot on the break and are coming to a stop...

At the same time a car (usually to the right of me), starts pulling out of the parking lot. You just catch it out of the corner of your eye..

Now your (or at least my) brain is confused, and thinks that my car is still moving forward, even though I am at a complete stop. Especially if you are parking near a building you may push the brake hard because you are worried for a second.

In the next second you realize what has happened, and maybe feel a little silly about it.

Whatever way you look at it, it's interesting how our brain interprets visual cues and makes assumptions which aren't always true.

More Optical Illusions...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Funny Magic Trick Mind reading

Here's an interesting, but old magic trick video. It has been preformed countless times, but I thought'd I share it with everyone interested as a video.

I remember back in elementry school, I used to show magic tricks at lunch time, they become dubbed 'Stupid Magic Tricks'...perhaps this is such an example.

Sorry the audio is so low, I have to remember to increase my mic volume sooner or later.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive Distortions are ‘traps’ that we can sometimes fall into which may lead to negative believes and reduced self-confidence. It is believed that by recognizing these distortions we can create positive statements to help make the situation less subjective, and thereby prevent decreased self-esteem. These are combined notes from several self-esteem books that may be you may find useful.

All-Or-Nothing: You see things as black or white categories

Overgeneralization: You see single negative events as a never-ending pattern of defeat

Mental Filter: You pick out a single negative detail, and dwell on it exclusively so that you vision of all relative becomes darkened.

Disqualifying the positive: You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count:” for some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences

Jumping to conclusions: You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts to support the conclusion:

Mind reading: You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you and you don’t bother to check this out

The fortune teller error: You anticipate that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction is already an established fact

Magnification or Minimizing: You exaggerate the importance of things or you inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny.

Emotional Reasoning: You assume that your negative emotions reflect the way things really are. “I feel it therefore it must be true”

Should statements: You try to motivate yourself with should and must, the emotional consequence causing guilt

Labeling and mislabeling: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization where you attach a negative label to yourself.

Personalization: You see yourself as the cause for some negative external event which in fact you were not primarily responsible for.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The concept of Nothing

Any discussions involving nothing will immediately lead to a paradox yet for some reason we use the word nothing all the time. Those of you mathematicians out there, of which I certainly am not, have devised a nice mathematically representation of nothing which they call zero (0). Well could you please explain something to me? Okay by the definition of nothing (0) and the definition of 1. I will agree that 1 + 0 = 1. Which only makes sense, we are taught if Joe has 1 apple and I give him no apples (or take no apples from him) than Joe still has 1 apple. Even I, with my limited mathematical knowledge understand that, what I don't understand is 1 X 0 = 0. I was told to memorize it since the third grade. The definition of X is to add the number (in this case 1) 0 times. If I put that into English I would be saying this: Joe has 1 apple and he never(0) adds no (0) apples to it so he now has no(0) apples. Okay, so I agree that 0 X 0 must be 0 because that statements says: I have nothing and I never add nothing to it at all (which is a double negative in English) so I still have nothing. By the mathematicians very words he eliminates a definition for never dividing nothing up. (0/0). From what I do know about mathematics everything must solve (0/0) since all objects of any kind X 0 = 0. All I'm saying is we base a great deal of mathematics on a paradoxal concept which even leads to error's in English such as the above double negative. As a matter of fact a computer does not even understand this concept of nothing and will undoubtedly complain should I ask it to tell me (0/0). Calculators do the same thing.

Well I still didn't tell you what nothing is have I? (that sounds like an interesting statement) When all else fails, when all idea's have been exhausted, when thought breaks down into elementary concepts, and when we are absent from all we know to be TRUE what is left then is nothing.

You can't touch it, you can't smell it, you will never see it but it "exists" nevertheless. What is between any two objects in a vacuum? The moral is be VERY careful when using a concept such as nothing.

Okay the last concepts I wish to discuss is the word GOOD and the word RIGHT. These are two other concepts that the dictionary conveniently jumps around on. RIGHT I think I can easily define because I have already defined TRUTH. In this book what is RIGHT is what is held to be TRUE. Keep in mind that this means that RIGHT is as individual as TRUTH and it is not collectable as society might make it appear to be. We only make it appear so because we do function in a society and as such we must "bend" the "truth" so everyone will believe one thing is RIGHT and another is WRONG.

The concept of Good is a difficult one because it involves some emotional assumptions that won't be discussed in detail until later in this book. An individual does GOOD when he/she commits an ACT believed to be RIGHT, also believing the consequence of that ACT to be RIGHT and furthermore having a "feeling" that the ACT benefits people as a whole. The "feeling" is the most important part of this definition because we "feel" Good when we do Good.

I hope your not bored with all this defining business but just look at it as bookkeeping so later on when you disagree with something I've said you can just go back to the definition and try and see it from my point of view. Of course you must agree with my definitions and I hopefully have convinced you of their validity. Here is the biggest application of my definition, which is the scope of this entire book. In other words if you skipped this entire chapter you should READ at least this part:

All knowledge in any form, whether spoken, written, acted, once it has ended you are left thinking. This is the key of a good story but after a while that thinking subsides and other things enter your mind. I want to leave you thinking with this book and continue thinking the rest of you life this is DOW. The end result of all knowledge is the same if we think about it long enough. From Stephen Hawking, to All My Children, to Sesame Street. They all DO the same thing. They all invoke thought and when we invoke thought we open up worlds which otherwise would never be possible.

Well I hope you can see how one definition can spawn a number of different things about life. I should stress that I am not saying we should let everyone out of prison just because they'll promise to be good. However when a person really does believe they can feel remorse...when they really do feel it of there own accord and when they are prepared to re-enter society then those people deserve the a chance to start over because those are the people who will not go back to prison and those are the people who have earned it. It just takes some longer than others.

Monday, April 16, 2007

What is Choas Anyway?

Funny Thoughts:

What if ‘chaos’ is simply an un-understood pattern?

What if there exists another ‘realm’ beyond self-awareness. A ‘total’ awareness of how all things in the universe work together and form a common relationship.

What if the discovery of this relationship, and the gap between the mind (imagination, thought process) and reality, is contained within this ‘total awareness’.

To understand, to become ‘totally aware’ might be a kin to ‘touching god’.

The clues/puzzles may be already laid out for us, (full or in part), as we grow and evolve we understand more and more about the word around us. Eventually we will discover that everything is inter-related (perhaps to be expressed in mathematics) and thus we will understand the true nature of the universe.

In summary, the universe may in fact be an entity onto itself, An entity which we can observe parts of, but not yet the whole. Something which we cannot yet fully comprehend. Something that lives and breathes. That all apparent ‘random’ events are set in motion by one governing law, one ultimate destination that eludes us. If we were to discover it, if it were to be known by all people and shared, live would be changed forever

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Long Swim...

Special thanks to Jason for this funny item I received in an email. Try it out for yourself first

Go to:
Go to: "Get Directions"
Type in From: "new york, new york"
Type in To: "paris, france"

funnyness is about step 23 or so

[ If you don't see the same funniness you can check out the what we received when we tried it]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Effective Meetings

To get maximum benefit from any meeting, consider these questions:

  • Do I know the purpose for the meeting, why is it being called ?
  • Is it clear who is leading the meeting ?
  • Is there an agenda ?
  • Did I get the agenda in advance, so that I could prepare for the meeting ?
  • Is there a time limit set for the meeting ?
  • Do I need to be present for the whole meeting, or can I just attend for a shorter period of time ?
  • Did I get minutes from the last meeting ?
  • Will minutes and actionable items be tabled at this meeting ?
  • Was I given enough notice of the meeting ?
  • If the meeting has been called with very little, or no notice, is it a real emergency ?
  • Should I be attending the meeting versus working on the priroties I have set for the day.

Qualties of an effective meeting:

Generates: Focus ; Enthusiam, Clear expectations ; improved communication; Synergy
Acheives Results

Some valuable types of meetings to have:

Planning sessions- Figuring out what as a team we plan to do

Brainstorming - get lots of ideas from different perspectives.

Identifying problems and needs

Setting goals

Engergizing & Supporting People

Evaluating Results and celebrating sucesses

Focus on ‘what’ needs to be done ; not necessarily the details of how it should be done ; generate owners for ‘hows’ ; expected results; and a timeframe to members of the team, and avoid getting bogged down in conflicting suggestions and methods from everyone.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

It must be true - I read it on the Internet

I was on my way to the post office to pick up my case of free m & m's (sent to me because I forwarded their e-mail to five other people, celebrating the fact that the year 2000 is "MM" in Roman numerals) when I ran into a friend whose neighbor, a young man, was home
recovering from having been served a rat in his bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken - which is predictable, since as everyone knows, there's no actual chicken in Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is why the government made them change their name to KFC.

Anyway, one day this friend went to sleep and when he awoke he was in his bathtub and it was full of ice and he was sore all over and when he got out of the tub he realized that HIS KIDNEYS HAD BEEN STOLEN. He saw a note on his mirror that said "Call 911!" but he was afraid
to use his phone because it was connected to his computer, and there was a virus on his computer that would destroy his hard drive and infect all the electronics in his house if he opened an e-mail entitled "Join the crew!"

He knew it wasn't a hoax because he himself was a computer programmer who was working on software to prevent a global disaster in which all the computers get together and distribute the $250.00 Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe under the leadership of Bill Gates. (It's true - I read
it all last week in a mass e-mail from BILL GATES HIMSELF, who was also promising me A free Disney World vacation and $5,000 if I would forward the e-mail to everyone I know.)

The poor man then tried to call 911 from a pay phone to report his missing kidneys, but a voice on the line first asked him to press #90, which unwittingly gave the bandit full access to the phone line at the guy's expense. Then reaching into the coin-return slot he got jabbed with an HIV-infected needle around which was wrapped around a note that said, "Welcome to the world of AIDS."

Luckily he was only a few blocks from the hospital - the one where that little boy who is dying of cancer is, the one whose last wish is for everyone in the world to send him an e-mail and The American Cancer Society has agreed to pay him a nickel for every e-mail he receives. I sent him two e-mails and one of them was a bunch of X's and O's in the shape of an angel (if you get it and forward it to more than 10 people, you will have good luck but for 10 people you
will only have OK luck and if you send it to fewer than 10 people you will have BAD LUCK FOR SEVEN YEARS).

So anyway the poor guy tried to drive himself to the hospital, but on the way he noticed another car driving without its lights on. To be helpful, he flashed his lights at him and was promptly shot as part of a gang initiation.

Send THIS to all the friends who send you their junk mail and you will receive 4 green m&ms, but if you don't the owner of Proctor and Gamble will report you to his Satanist friends and you will have more bad luck: you will get cancer from the Sodium Laureth Sulfate in your
shampoo, you/your wife will develop breast cancer from using the antiperspirant which clogs the pores under your arms, and the U.S. government will put a tax on Your e-mails forever.

I know this is all true 'cause I read it on the Internet.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Parmasean Chicken Recipe


  • 1/2lb chicken or chicken pieces
  • Mozeralla Cheese(Shredded)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Salt, Pepper, Parmesan Cheese
  • Pkg of spaghetti or spiral noodles


  1. Preheat ovan to 350F
  2. Line glass dish with tin foil
  3. Place chicken on tin foil
  4. Shread the cheese (if needed)
  5. Place 1/2 the spaghetti sauce on the chicken then add the cheese
  6. Bake chicken until cooked
  7. Boil the spaghetti noodles or spiral noodles
  8. Heat the remainder of the spaghetti sauce
  9. Drain cooked noodles
  10. Add heated sauce and cooked noodles together
  11. Place noodles on plates and add a piece of chicken to each plate
  12. Add salt, paper, and Parmesan cheese to test
Enjoy !