An apology goes out to anyone whoever felt hurt by the words expressed on this site. I have been wanting to kill it more and more as evidenced by months of inactivity.
I will try and be a better writer. I used to write and I will try and do so. The New blog is a work in progress. This one has been nothing but a thorn in my side with trying to change page elements, the RSS buttons not working, etc etc.
I will try and do better.
If you come across this, that means the blog is dead. Happy reading, the past four years but It kind of deserves its rest in peace.
Keep moving forward and further the progressive Reason-driven agenda.
Didn't know Monkey Grass was supposed to blossom flowers.
This was taken from my front yard. It has been incredibly HOT as hell and humid. Now I am sitting in my house on a Sunday night 23:12 and its still 85 deg F (29 deg C) with 63% RH outside. This equals instant sweat. You get sweaty swamp balls and it sucks. It also doesn't help that my next door neighbors have a 500 gallon pool that they filled a month ago and left the water sitting in it. So now there are a shitload of mosquitoes out everywhere. They never heard of West Nile I am sure.
Amid all the complaining and bitching and moaning from many people Twitter seem to have prevailed over the problems they have been plagued with lately. (Mostly High-Schoolers, Mainstream hair gel wearing persons, Pop-Top 40 types and Abercrombie Zombies) I am glad its more stable and frankly have not updated Plurk in a long time. I am thinking about placing a Twitter badge here but I always have a problem with layouts and sidebars and display - Even if you look now you can see the RSS badges don't line up with the descriptions. Sesame Street Terror Alert is out of whack etc etc.
I may just replace Sesame Street with the twitter html badge. Just something to ponder.
I sure hope no one gets pissed off from my morning upload but I didnt notice any ill effects. The upload speeds here are incredibly many times more fast than the DL speeds.
I am waiting for Last.fm to become regular again. I know my tracks are getting scrobbled but the site is incredibly slow. I get a timeout on the tracert to last.fm
While Standing in line, waiting to pay at the Gallatin Goodyear, a Gallatin Police officer comes in and jokingly (although I am not laughing) says to the guys who work at Goodyear "So, what are y'all doing today besides making easy money?"
My company vehicle firstly would not start, so it needed a new battery. Then it needed new front tires. The back tires, though old had good traction. They saw that I had a national account and their eyelids flapped like a cash register and $$$$$$ replaced the eyes. They called the national account and managed to ask for 4 new tires, a new battery (which I did need) and new brakes (which I probably needed) The truck is like a whole new truck now but god they do try and exploit these situations. The final bill to the national account was $880 Easy money for 4 hours of work.
This was my dinner tonight. Cracker Barrel never seems to upset. It doesn't look too good in the picture, but we can blame this on lighting and the digital camera on my cell phone didn't have a flash. However, it was very good to eat. I also got one of those Strawberry Icebox pies. That was quite good.
(the following was typed out on my N810 when I finished the meal in Cracker Barrel)
Anyway I shouldn't be judgmental and I realise I can be a dick at times. But I have to mention. There is a power couple that just sat down for dinner. They both weigh in excess of 400lbs so their combined weight is in excess of 800lbs. This made me ponder for a second. I thought to myself I am sure glad that the chairs are made of sturdy wood because they would surely break and buckle under the stress. I know its not nice to make fun of people but this isn't really making fun. This is speaking critically of the obesity problem we are witnessing in the western world. The lifespan of their vehicles' suspension system is undoubtedly shortened by their added weight. Again I know it sounds ugly and mean however these comments are not directed at them as human beings. Just the obese in general. I myself am above ideal human male weight for my height.
One time there used to be this guy who was a real dick to me on an online forum - a real crappy conservative site. ( I will not mention it here but if these people still read this blog expect a deluge of comments - of which I will publish freely. But after which I will post the link to this sorry website.) He stole this tagline and used it for his own. I think whoever came up with the tagline was very clever. But it is essentially meaningless. You could put anything you wanted in its place as he did. He said "Know Guns, Know Peace. No guns, no peace nor safety". There was a deluge over at my blogsite from this board - that I left in December 2004 - from the website's administrator and all of the members. I still have every single email regarding the incident - only because I have Gmail and I have that luxury of never throwing anything away. Looking back, I should have kept those blog posts on my site flaming that retarded site - but I took it down. This was in an era before captchas and smooth editing. A quick check of the domain that was this awful board today shows that the board is still in operation. More folders than active members on the site. Its a mess. Nothing but a circle jerk of right wing hate speech.
I admit I don't really know much about the Mary Kay Regime - but I have read that it is a completely private company so it is not required to report its earnings. I dug a little further and its a huge Pyramid Scheme. I saw this and thought it to be a rare sight - considering no one is making any money except the select few. Had to document.
I had to take the truck to Goodyear to get the oil changed. Of course the mechanic tried to take me for a fool, but I suppose he saw me as someone who didn't know much about cars. Trying to sell me a bunch of extra bullshit. I took this -everyone who doesn't change their own oil knows this site very well. a TV with no cable or satellite - only over-the-air channels showing some variant of either a Judge program, Oprah, Jerry Springer, or Montel or Maury. Filled with bullshit "Do you want to make more money? Of course we all do." commercials.
Q. Should I be concerned about flushing my cats waste?
A. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that pet waste be flushed down the toilet allowing waste to be properly treated by sewage treatment plants and septic systems. Not properly disposing of pet waste increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into storm drains and eventually into local waterbodies.
What I believe - this is a bit misleading. The EPA are probably talking about dog poo (how else could cat waste that's thrown in the trash migrate to the storm drains) What is harmful is the possibility of toxoplasma (only found in cat poo not dog poo) getting into the drinking supply of humans.
Good on you GCG for training your cat, that is a remarkable task (not being sarcastic). I admit myself I have not seen hard evidence or peer-reviewed studies or papers on the release of toxoplasmosa into the drinking water supply of cities. I will be the first to admit I am wrong if shown otherwise. I guess it also depends on how your city handles its water treatment. I wish I could train my dog to use the toilet but it is just not possible.
Thanks for your response.
You know you're in the Bible Belt when...
...You have commercial businesses wearing their religion on their sleeves.
(sorry for the rain et al. on my window. I was at a red light and had to take a quick snap with my cell phone. And sure enough, as soon as I had the picture the lights changed and he was off.) The photos I have submitted to the Bible Belt group are just the tip of the iceberg. I see this stuff every single day. I am only quick/fast enough on the draw with a camera to capture it 5% of the time. The group does give you a feel of the in-your-face, you're-gonna-burn-in-hell tacky Christianity being force-fed down our throats on a daily basis here in middle Tennessee.
“This will mark our city for God,” he said. “If this doesn’t work – nothing else will work. But if we get it right, everything will fall into place.”
So God isn't powerful enough he needs a big ugly cross similar to
to find a city of dumbasses.
For Grace Community Church Senior Pastor Steve Riggle, the sign of the cross can mark Houston like no other city in the country.
Riggle last week disclosed a plan to erect 150-foot crosses at the south and north entrances to the city. The crosses would be on the Grace South Campus and the North Campus properties.
Riggle doesn’t mince words when he says that the country is headed in the wrong direction politically and spiritually. The only way out, he adds, is what he believes the Founding Fathers always intended the United States to be – a Christian nation. He says the project is a start in the right direction.
“If we do it here,” Riggle said, “I believe it will happen in Los Angeles, Washington, D. C. and New York City.”
Riggle feels that, in recent years, rulings and regulations have fabricated, “the truth of history. We are not afraid of the truth, are we?” he asked. “We can make up our own mind what the Founding Fathers meant.”
There are forces out there busy tearing at the fabric of America, he said.
“The proof is abundant. They want to re-write and color history.”
Speaking at last week’s news conference at Grace’s Gulf Freeway location, Riggle unveiled a large billboard featuring the cross. A second billboard also was placed at the North Campus, located south of The Woodlands.
“This will mark our city for God,” he said. “If this doesn’t work – nothing else will work. But if we get it right, everything will fall into place.”
Eventually, Riggle would like crosses at every entrance to Houston.
“I would surround the city,” he said.
The crosses are not about Grace Community Church, Riggle pointed out.
“This is a symbol of a much larger vision – it’s for the city,” he said. “Here is an opportunity to physically and spiritually mark the city in a tangible way.”
Actually, Riggle would like to start with two 200-foot crosses, but that would need further FAA approval. But he is not discarding that idea just yet.
The total cost of the cross project doesn’t have a bottom line yet, and Riggle also plans to ask non-members of Grace from around the city to donate.
“We are going to go outside the church and even to business people and businesses,” he said. “We hope that they see the value of this serving the entire city.”
Each cross will have an elevated prayer center that groups can use.
Riggle’s eventual vision includes connecting, “One thousand churches a month in prayer through technology. All the churches would be praying for the mayor and city council. I think they would appreciate all those people praying for them.
“Politically we cannot solve our problems,” he added. “It’s a tragedy that our nation is in this shape.”
Riggle also realizes that this project may not have a smooth path to completion. Some opposition or objection will likely surface.
“That won’t surprise me, but it won’t bother me. We have the right.”
Riggle is no stranger to adversity.
Prior to starting Grace, he and wife Becky were missionaries in the Phillippines. While ministering to inmates in prison, they were taken hostage. Holding threatening knives against the Riggle’s bodies, the prisoners attempted to escape in a bus with their hostages. The guards opened fire. Both Riggles were stabbed several times and were fortunate to get out alive. All the escaping prisoners were killed in a hail of bullets. Becky Riggle was hospitalized in serious condition.
In 1983 the Riggles started Grace with 12 people at the first service. Later Grace moved to a Webster location. In 1990 a larger Grace Community was built on Crescent Landing in Clear Lake. In 2006 the present 10,000 seat worship center opened on the Gulf Freeway. In 2007 the Grace North Campus opened off I-45 North and the Spring Crossing exit.
Ill bet he attributes his good luck to "Gods intervention" no mention on the 26,000 children who die every single day of starvation on earth. No mention of all the suffering and dying world wide. No mention of the millions who die of malaria and curable diseases every year. Why should God save him and his wife in his ordeal and let thousands suffer?
So according to Mr. Dumbass, the founding Fathers wanted America to be a Christian Nation. I wonder where in the constitution he thinks it says that.
"I think it allows people of faith to profess that they believe in a higher calling, they believe in God," said Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.Bauer has offered to personally pay a $4,000 deposit required for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin producing the plates. The fee would be returned to him later...
...While individuals can ask the DMV to print plates for other faiths -- for a $4,000 fee -- the request would be subject to significant limits and rules not imposed for the Christian plate. Other tags could feature a religious symbol -- such as the Star of David -- but no words would be allowed...
... Bauer said allowing Christians to have a specialty license plate is freedom of speech. He said those who oppose are prejudiced against Christians.
(No dumbass. We oppose the sanctioning of any religion from the state - i.e. yourself being that you were elected by the people. You are charged with running the government as a secular republic. Not a theocracy.)
"We're not going to back down," Bauer said. "We're going to fight for a change. I'm tired of seeing Christians back down in fear of a lawsuit."
Bauer also said he is not afraid of a personal political backlash against him.
"If I were never to get elected or serve in another capacity because I pronounce my faith as a Christian, I don't have a problem with that,"
I really don't like that for someone to be president, someone has to be Christian. It doesn't actually say this in the constitution. But an atheist stands zero chance of being elected. I believe Barack is the best and most sane choice in this year's election. I know he is doing what is necessary to get elected. I am a supporter and believe he can effect real change in this country - despite being a member of the democratic party - a party that has rather disappointed me in the last 2 years. We kicked the republicans out of the congress in 2006 because we wanted change. The democrats have not delivered. From the Bill Clinton School of Triangulation, I understand Barack, Harold Ford Jr., Hillary et al are just doing what they feel are needed. To McCain voters: You really need to take a step back and look at who McCain is pandering to. The evangelical right wing is a step backward in time. They are anti-science and filled with superstition and supernatural believers. They are destructive to modern society. Science has freed us from this superstition and supernatural hocus pocus.
I am disappointed but we all know how important it is for Barack to win. Lets hope we get a good VP to complete the ticket (like maybe John Edwards) and hope that the republicans don't pull any hocus pocus of their own a la voting machines, Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004.
I took this exam back on 14 May and the guy finally calls me up yesterday and says "yeah we have the results." ...... Heart pounding..
I say "Yeah..."
He says "And yeah, you passed."
I say ok great (wiping sweat from my forehead).
He says "We will mail them to you."
Great I am thinking. After all this time of hanging on my seat waiting for the results - my company paid $500 for me to take the course and we spent $1250 for me to go down there. I would be very disappointed if I had failed. However - I knew I couldn't have done too bad. I used tried and tested study techniques. Glad to have crossed this hurdle.
This town had a cross mounted to a shopping center in between a subway and a video rental store but I wasn't fast enough with the camera. Also had loads of "Jesus is coming, R U ready?" signs but still wasn't fast enough. This town has serious issues! I recommend not visiting Huntsville, TN - unless you are a white, southern, christian.
I like how I can be sitting in bed and a thunderstorm/tornado comes rolling through and I can pull this thing out and look at the current radar - using my wifi. No need to worry about power outages (for 30 minutes anyway) cause I have a APC UPS - and plugged in to it are my DSL modem, the D link Wireless router and my desktop (sans monitor) which last about 30 minutes when the power goes out. Most of the time with our lame ass power company - the power goes out for 1-5 seconds and is restored. No reason, not even bad weather. It has happened on sunny days for no apparent reason.
Well I have the EnV2 (LG VX9100M) cause I didnt want to pay for a data plan, and also I am tied to Verizon (family/work etc) - It has some annoying UI problems but its great for texting. Verizon handset lineup sucks a dirty wet gym sock but their customer service is tops for sure. I HATE the fact that I can't have a Nokia handset from them (WTF is up with that??!?!).
I use the Nokia N810 for "smart phone" uses and although I drool at things like the E71 The EnV2 serves my needs just fine. I HATE the fact that Verizon (and others) - when after raping you financially having already bought the handset and the monthly service, rapes you again when wanting to use simple features (from email to vz navigator to ringtones to web usage and their joke that is V cast or other mobile equivalent)
My favorite quote:
"When it comes to bullshit, big time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do every minute of the day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you!"
Thanks to engadget I upgraded my software to the latest version. Now I still had to flash the device which pisses me off, but they say this is the last release in which you will have to do such a thing. I am glad :)
One minor bug I came across is when I clicked on the omweather settings, it wipes out all my applets!! WTF!!!?
Other than that, I can shift cities and update the weather with out any harm to the applets.
Obama seems to be hitting a home run with his energy plan. The right has been mum on the subject. I like McCain and all, I think its cool that a former POW is even up for the job, but he would tow the party line - we just need solutions to the energy crisis. Obama Has them.
.5 USG = 1.89 L, 64 US oz., 66.6 Imperial oz.,
according to Calorie Count :
100 KCal per 8 US fl oz. , so MEGA JUG has 800 KCal
27g of sugar per 8 US fl oz. , so MEGA JUG has 216 g of sugar! or 72% of your Daily allowance as recommended by the govt. Or .476 Lbs of sugar thats HALF A POUND OF SUGAR!
In one FUCKING drink!
Made a trip to Monteagle, TN. Took this snap in the median at I-24 exit 135.
Took this one at the I-440 I-65 interchange.
And I wish I had my camera set to a faster speed than 1/2500 on this one.
The wings arent totally clear. Oh well Still a great photo in my opinion. The Bumble bee ones can be seen really well in full view. (original size)
I was driving at 80 - a rare thing now a days, cause of the high cost of gas. Anyway, this useless skinbag started tailgating me so I got over and then the twat passed me. I couldn't make out who was driving but there was a female passenger. I then notice the license plate and its a special license plate (for whatever reason, maybe its to get out of being ticketed - I guess being a State House member has its privileges. Upon some digging. Ill bet it was this person's car. as thats the only Cooper in the TN house. Whoever she had driving her around she needs to teach that fucker how to drive. Or I guess it doesn't matter when you are immune from receiving a ticket. Anyway, click on the photo and click on "all sizes" and look at the original size for full license plate goodness. Or just click here.
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I don't know what would posses someone to stalk and harm a child. But I hope they catch this sick fuck. Video can be seen at Newschannel5's site (Link)
Suspected Flasher Pursued 4-Year-Old In Store
Posted: June 10, 2008 10:22 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police said a man flashed a 4-year-old girl at a Rivergate store.
Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said he pursued the child as she shopped with her grandmother at the Rivergate Wal-Mart, 2232 N. Gallatin Pike. The incident happened around 7 p.m. on May 31.
"They were essentially being stalked by a man as they made their way through the store," he said.
Surveillance video showed the man walking through the store.
Out of the camera's view, Aaron said, "At that point, the man who had been following them in the store pulled down his shorts -- or opened his shorts -- and exposed his genitals to the girl. Smiling at her."
Police said the middle-aged man has either a bald or shaved head.
"What we're concerned about is if he was brazen enough to go into a public store -- a lot of people in there on a Saturday night -- and expose himself to a young child in a merchandise aisle, what's he going to do next? What child could be his next victim?" Aaron said.
Police said Wal-Mart security is putting out the all-call to stores in the area to warn them of the suspicious man.
The police department's Sex Crimes Unit wants to hear from anyone who thinks they know who he is to call 862-7540 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Around the world
A bit interesting (as of March 2005 - old data wtf)
Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35
Hungary Budapest $4.94
Croatia Zagreb $4.81
Ireland Dublin $4.78
Switzerland Geneva $4.74
Spain Madrid $4.55
Japan Tokyo $4.24
Czech Republic Prague $4.19
Romania Bucharest $4.09
Estonia Tallinn $3.62
Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
Brazil Brasilia $3.12
Cuba Havana $3.03
Taiwan Taipei $2.84
Lebanon Beirut $2.63
South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
Nicaragua Managua $2.61
Panama Panama City $2.19
Russia Moscow $2.10
Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
Egypt Cairo $0.65
Nigeria Lagos $0.38
Venezuela Caracas $0.12
Reason #1: He says its ok if we stay in Iraq for 100 years.
Reason #2: He wants to bomb Iran.
Reason #3: (which pales in insignificance to the previous 2) He says the solution to the problem of high Gas prices is to eliminate the Federal gas tax ($0.184 per gallon) Which -in some places in San Diego- is only 3.8% of the cost of a gallon of gas.
Just the beginning of the election season.
Went out tonight armed with my camera (flash) and a flashlight. The crayfish like to come out at night (burrow maintenance and also probably to eat. I made a set in flickr of all the crayfish burrows and some snaps of the crayfish. There are at least 5 of them. I went to the 5 holes and saw 5 different crayfish.
Well I decided to get a new personal cell phone. I started off with the LG VX 8350:
I thought I would do fine with this. And it was ok. I - being the geek that I am immediately started to try and set up bluetooth to communicate with my N810. And it fails. I also find out that after texting with it that the UI is incredibly cumbersome. Reminiscent of the old LG that I used to have. (not a fan of LG) anyway I end up taking this bad boy back. I was not too disappointed with it, but felt I should replace it while I could. 3 days after the purchase.
So I got this thing, which is the LG VX9100M (sorry these are not great pictures)
Great UI (I do have to get used to the Nokia-esque joystick if you will, its a little different. but I am happy with it.
The Crayfish has been making more and more burrows in my backyard. There is a whole set of these on flickr that are adjacent to this one:
And on Sat night, there was a hellacious storm that blew through. The lightning was incredible. The strike rate was about 12-15 per second. And the storm front captured in this photo
was moving at a high rate of speed. it was something incredible like 30 m/s! I saw this incredible lightning and so I got the tripod, turned out all the lights, and tried some different exposures using my remote. The damned street lighting fuqued up the effect I was trying to create. I was also trying to get a lightning strike. No such luck. Nevertheless there was a whole shitpile of lightning that night.
as an aside, if you are in Nashville I recommend Gigi's cupcakes.
These things were damn delicious. They only shifted cause I was driving them home - and it was hot in the truck.
Trying to get a good N810 screenshot - format.
Lastly and most importantly, I am a proud papa. My daughter Daniella can write her own name. She is only 3.8 years old.
My new policy on Twitter, is follow a whole shitpile of people especially in Nashville and turn device updates off except the inner circle. (I dont want a new text message every 3 seconds) and act as a public service. Today I saw those sneaky fuckers Metro Nashville police lining the pockets of the govt. by stopping cars on D.B. Todd. They had one guy on foot, with a radar gun hiding behind the bushes with a radio. He would radio to 3 unmarked Impalas down the road to wave people to the side streets to ticket them. Bastards! They pulled this shit on Rosa Parks near Bicentennial Mall too. So I tweeted about it, telling people of the speed trap. Hopefully it did some good.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Now tired. Busy. Will be going to bed after my scrobbles and the iPod sync. No storms tonight but humid as hell. Lets see how this summer is going to shape up to be.