Thursday, February 26, 2009

[your first name here] likes to...

A fun diversion from what you should be doing at work:
a. Go to Google
b. Type your name and the words "likes to" all in quotation marks. (e.g. "Christie likes to")
Then see what Google says you like to do


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

xkcd explains the Kindle ebook


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So, God drives a Honda, huh?


Sunday, February 15, 2009

: Economic Stimulus

This year, taxpayerswill receive an Economic Stimulus Payment.

This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:


Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. No, they are borrowing it from China. Your children are expected to repay the Chinese.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.


Monday, February 09, 2009

Blake remembered

If you want to see some photos of Blake from toddler years on, you can visit my Facebook page photo album of Blake
 you can share this with anyone who's interested; it's public access

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

25 things about me

I once lost a bet and had to wear pink panties for a week

I’ve read “War and Peace”

I can recite Pi to 33 places

I have a copy of the Beatles “Butcher Cover” LP

I can whistle two notes at once

I’ve talked to Adam West.

I’ve seen a tornado… from a trailer park!

I once bench-pressed twice my weight

I passed the JEOPARDY! qualifying exam, but didn’t make the final cut to appear on the show.

I own a decent size chunk of the Berlin Wall

I’ve been backstage with Bruce Springsteen

My face has appeared on the “JumboTron” TV screen at an Eagles football game

I participated in making the World’s Largest Pizza

I’ve been caribou hunting

I am a member of the “Mile High” Club

I’ve been inside an M1A1 Abrams battle tank

I wrote a joke that was used on the Colbert Report

I’ve met Washoe (but I only knew how to sign “Hello.”)

I’ve held a tiger by the tail (…it was unconscious)

I own a solid gold golf ball

I’ve actually held the Hope Diamond

I’ve French-kissed Julia Roberts

I pitched the “Death Star” idea to George Lucas

I was the 2nd shooter on the Grassy Knoll

I’m an incorrigible liar.

And you thought Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" was naughty?

Scientists produce smallest-ever printing

Scientists produce smallest-ever printing

PALO ALTO, Calif. (UPI) -- California researchers say they have broken a key barrier in the realm of small writing, engraving letters that are sub-atomic in size.

Two Stanford University physicists have succeeded in writing two letters -- an "S" and a "U," in honor of their employer -- small enough that if used to print out the 32-volume set of Encyclopedia Britannica 2,000 times, the contents would fit on the head of a pin, the San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday.

The nanoscribes, Hari Manoharan and Chris Moon, say the accomplishment, in which they used electron beam lithography, has no practical purpose but proves that information can be stored at small sizes below the level of the atom, giving theoretical backing to continued efforts to reduce the amount of time and space necessary for computers to store and retrieve data, the newspaper said.

"Writing really small has a long history," said Manoharan, assistant professor of physics. "We wondered: What are the limits? How far can you go?"

The information can be written on the head of a pin, but the reading device will still run out of battery power in 2 hours...

: Old Jews Telling Jokes

No, really:


Oh where, oh where has that Space Station gone ?
Oh where, oh where can it be ?
Find the International Space Station (and plenty of other satellites)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages

NYTimes article:
Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages
Entasopia, Kenya, is the last place on earth that a traveler would expect to find an Internet connection. Yet it was here, in November, that three young engineers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with financial backing from Google, installed a small satellite dish powered by a solar panel, to hook up a handful of computers in the community center to the rest of the world.
 At last!
 Entasopia, Kenya has access to internet porn.

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Incredible LEGO constructions of New York by Christoph Niemann

An artist's daydream in a roomful of his kids' toys leads to a view of New York you've never seen.


Christoph Niemann's illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. His work has won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Best. Dinner. Ever.

On Sunday, Cozy and I hosted a small Superbowl party. Everyone was asked to bring some type of food, and I was planning on making Sloppy Joes sandwiches.

Notice I said "was" planning.
This is called foreshadowing.

I arrived home with 2 one-pound shrink-wrapped trays of ground beef, and other assorted grocery items. I had "urgent business" to attend to, and I made the mistake of leaving the bags on the living room floor, rather than putting them on the kitchen counter.

A moment later, Cozy called to me that the dog was sniffing the grocery bags. I rushed back and saw our dog Kasha happily clearing the contents of a Styrofoam tray.

"You ate a pound of ground beef?"

Then I saw the 2nd empty tray.

"TWO pounds?"

I knew it wasn't her fault. Dogs know that any food found on the ground is legally theirs. I can just imagine what went through her mind when she discovered the packages: "Oh boy, fresh kill. And I didn't have to chase it or anything! This is the best day of my life."

We didn't have Sloppy Joes at the party, but it wasn't missed. Everyone had a good time. The living room was filled with happy Steelers fans.

And in the corner, one VERY content dog.