Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Latest news on Wilma

Well unfortunately this is not the Wilma that we are referring to...We are talking about Hurricane Wilma...

A huge Cat 5 storm brewing off the coast of Florida.

Alright FEMA, let's get it in gear.

Will Dick Cheney resign as VP? Is Condi in?

Current news articles here.

Will Dick Cheney resign as VP? Is Condi in?

Is this our current day watergate? Stay tuned folks....The story began as a slow simmer but is now starting to pick up a bit of steam. Strange times we live in...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Concert Teapot

Beauty and function are auspiciously fused in this exquisite and easy-to-use design. A gold-plated infuser produces tea unsurpassed in clarity and flavor. The body is made of tempered (sturdy) glass, and rests beautifully on a wooden (teak) stand, a very nice juxtaposition. A candle below enhances the presentation, and alights the tea with a gorgeous glow. It also keeps the tea warm. This combination of wood, glass and fire is an awe-inspiring work of art. Hope you agree - it may easily be the world's most beautiful tea pot. Dishwasher safe. Made in Germany. 37 oz.(1.0L)

Friday, October 07, 2005

U2 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Tonight U2 is on Conan, and they will be the only guest that he has on his show.

I'm watching it right now and here are some interesting bullets:

U2 is close to being together for the last 29 years.

Bono will find out if he will win the Nobel Peace prize on Friday (really).

According to Bono 36 countries have had their debt erased...hmmm...

Comedy Central - Shows - The Daily Show

Comedy Central - Shows - The Daily Show

Watching Letterman tonight and Jon Stewart from The Daily Show is his guest. I absolutely love this show and was one of the shows I really missed watching for a year while I was deployed. Even though I am a news junkie, I really do not get a kick out of all the negative news in the media, and The Daily Show really is good intelligent humor that really works like good chicken soup.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

SONY Rebate Deal on VAIO Computers

Sony has now announced that they will use carbon fiber in the manufacturing of their VAIOs. See the slashdot article...

Get a $100 mail-in rebate on select Sony VAIO Notebooks - ends 4/30/06

I have an awesome Toshiba Satellite P25-S5092 17" diagonal screen that I brought with me when I deployed to the Mideast, it was like having my own movie theatre in my tent...

However this thing is so big, that now I want a smaller laptop like the SONY VAIO to carry with me through the house....

SONY is currently running a $100 rebate promo, click on the above link for further details...

Skype ? What in the world is Skype?

What is Skype?

Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls over the Internet. Skype is revolutionizing the telecom world by allowing users to make superior quality voice calls to other Skype users for free and to landlines and mobiles worldwide for the price of a local call.

ROKR Not Selling Well

I like the whole concept of a phone/mp3 player....according to this article on techdirt the ROCKR by motorola is not selling well...

SHOCKR: ROKR Not Selling Well
Wireless Contributed by Carlo on Thursday, October 6th, 2005 @ 11:34AM
from the who-needs-vowels dept.
This is sort of anti-climactic, and not surprising at all, but an analyst report says Motorola's iTunes phone isn't selling well. While other Motorola phones are seeing good sales, the firm says people are disappointed in the product -- again, not a surprise. One dealer, who says the ROKR doesn't have "the look", says he's sold one in four weeks, compared to 25 of Motorola's popular RAZR handset. Again, the point is simple: you make a crappy phone, nobody's going to want to buy it.

Google Declares War on Microsoft

Google Declares War on Microsoft

Posted by Zonk on Thursday October 06, @10:06AM
from the they-will-fight-them-in-the-spreadsheets dept.
hajmola writes "According to an article in The Inquirer, 'Google has confirmed that it will launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online and take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets. Under the deal, Google will allow web users to access Sun's OpenOffice from a toolbar.'" This is full confirmation of a story from Tuesday. Forbes thinks this isn't anything to write home about, while InfoWorld disagrees.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Aviation Truisms

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Aviation Truisms

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
- General MacArthur
"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death ... I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
- At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan
"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."
- Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
"Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."
From an old carrier sailor
"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."
"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
"Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."
"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, . the pilot dies."
"Never trade luck for skill."
The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?"
"Where are we?"
and "OH S*&%!"
"Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."
"Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant."
Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."
"A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication."
"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
"Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."
"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
"When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."
"Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day."
Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: "When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible."
"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you."
- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
"A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum."
- Jon McBride, astronaut
"If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."
- Bob Hoover (renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
"Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."
"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime."
- Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."
"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."

Sunday, October 02, 2005


1. Ricky Nelson, Richard Burton, Samantha Smith, Laura Ashley, Orson Welles, Karen Ann Quinlan, Benigno Aquino, and the U.S. Football League have always been dead.
2. They are not familiar with the source of that “Giant Sucking Sound.”
3. Iraq has always been a problem.
4. “Ctrl + Alt + Del” is as basic as “ABC.”
5. Paul Newman has always made salad dressing.

6. Pete Rose has always been a gambler.

7. Bert and Ernie are old enough to be their parents.
8. An automatic is a weapon, not a transmission.
9. Russian leaders have always looked like leaders everyplace else.

10. The snail darter has never been endangered.
11. There has always been a screening test for AIDS.

12. Gas has always been unleaded
13. They never heard Howard Cosell call a game on ABC.
14. The United States has always had a Poet Laureate
15. Garrison Keillor has always been live on public radio and Lawrence Welk has always been dead on public television.
16. Their families drove SUVs without “being fuelish.”

17. There has always been some association between fried eggs and your brain.
18. They would never leave their calling card on someone’s desk.
19. They have never been able to find the “return” key.
20. Computers have always fit in their backpacks.
21. Datsuns have never been made.
22. They have never gotten excited over a telegram, a long distance call, or a fax.
23. The Osmonds are just talk show hosts.

24. Undergraduate college athletes have always been a part of the NBA and NFL draft.
25. They have always “grazed” for food.
26. Three-point shots from “downtown” have always been a part of basketball.
27. Test tube babies are now having their own babies.

28. Stores have always had scanners at the checkout.

29. The Army has always driven Humvees.

30. Adam and PC Junior computers had vanished from the market before this generation went online.

31. The Statue of Liberty has always had a gleaming torch.
32. They have always had a PIN number.
33. Banana Republic has always been a store, not a puppet government in Latin America.

34. Car detailing has always been available
35. Directory assistance has never been free.

36. The Jaycees have always welcomed women as members
37. There has always been Lean Cuisine.

38. They have always been able to fly Virgin Atlantic.
39. There have never been dress codes in restaurants.

Doctors have always had to deal with “reasonable and customary fees” and patients have always had controls placed on the number of days they could stay in a hospital.
41. They have always been able to make photocopies at home.

42. Michael Eisner has always been in charge of Disney.
43. They have always been able to make phone calls from planes.
44. Yuppies are almost as old as hippies.

45. Rupert Murdoch has always been an American citizen.
46. Strawberry Fields has always been in New York.
47. Rock and Roll has always been a force for social good.

48. Killer bees have always been swarming in the U.S.

49. They have never seen a First Lady in a fur coat.

50. Don Imus has always been offending someone in his national audience.

In all fairness it should be understood that students entering college this fall do have a few items on their own lists that will separate them from many of their mentors:

1. For many of them today, it’s all about the “bling, bling.”
2. They know who the “Heroes in a half shell” are.
3. Peeps are not a candy, they are your friends.
4. They have been “dissing”and “burning” things all their lives.
5. They can expect to get a ticket for “ricing out their wheels.”
6. They knew how to pop a Popple and trade a Pog.
7. They can still sing the rap chorus to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the theme song from Duck Tales.

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