Friday, October 29, 2010

I remember JFK : A blog for Boomers


Are you old enough to remember JFK's assassination? For many of us, the worldshaking event was our first coherent memory.

If you can recall that sad day, you will have a wonderful time here perusing memory-jogging thoughts to stimulate pleasant feelings of nostalgia.

  • TV Dinners
  • Archie Comics
  • Kenner's Easy Bake Oven
  • Iron Eyes Cody, the Crying Indian
  • Westerns on TV
  • Rexall drug stores
  • Paintings of sad-eyed kids
  • Mood Rings and Biorhythms
             ... and plenty more.
Scroll down to "Categories" for Boomer TV shows, Clothing, Music, News, Sports, etc
  and also the "Things that Disappeared When You Weren't Looking Archives"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FW: Electile Dysfunction (take time to read the title properly)

Excellent article sent by a friend at Merck:
(you don't have to be a scientist to enjoy it)


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A date which will live in Infamy

Oct. 27, 1994: Web Gives Birth to Banner Ads
The gaudy banner ad took over the web, 468 pixels wide by 60 deep.
 HotWired launched with banner ads from 14 companies including MCI, Volvo, Club Med, 1-800-Collect and Zima, but legend has it that the first HotWired banner ad was from AT&T, prophetically asking "Have you ever clicked your mouse right here? You will."

 full @

Oh boy, he's opened Pandora's box

James Cameron's Next Movies: Avatar 2 and 3
James Cameron will take moviegoers back to Pandora in a pair of Avatar sequels that he promises will deliver the same visual and emotional impact of the original sci-fi smash.
"In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world," Cameron told Daily Variety. "I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."
The deal between Cameron and 20th Century Fox was announced Wednesday. Cameron will direct the sequels, which will be his next two movie projects. Planned release dates for the tentatively titled Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are December 2014 and December 2015.
full @
> James Cameron will take moviegoers back to Pandora in a pair of Avatar sequels that he promises will deliver the same visual and emotional impact of the original sci-fi smash.

  Same visual impact?   Cool.   Same emotional impact?   Thanks for the warning.

Navel-gazing taken to a new level.

Graham Barker has a navel lint collection stored in clear jars totaling 22.1 grams and that is a Guinness World Record for largest navel lint collection
Graham takes a few seconds at the end of each day to dig out the lint in his belly button and store it in one of the containers.

He has managed to fill three sweet jars with his fuzzy deposits dating back to 1984.

 ... and yes, there are pictures.

Loco for "Four Loko"

NY Times:
Caffeine and Alcohol Drink Is Potent Mix for Young

The F.D.A., which has never approved adding caffeine to alcohol, is reviewing whether the drinks are safe.
The drinks are dangerous, doctors say, because the caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol, keeping consumers from realizing just how intoxicated they are.

Old Bartenders Saying:
"Never give coffee to a drunk. All you get is a wide-awake drunk."


African or European ?

Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow
  Hashing out the classic question with Strouhal numbers and simplified flight waveforms

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I predict he will taste great when marinated in a ginger-garlic sauce.

  Paul the predicting octopus dies

     By NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)—Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this year's World Cup, died Tuesday.

Paul had reached octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning in an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said.

Paul seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes, Vieregge added.

"We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed," Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll said in a statement.
The moment of truth: OctoPaul correctly predicts Spain to win the 2010 World Cup.
(Roberto Pfeil/AP)

The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident, he said.

"We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds, and erect a modest permanent shrine," Porwoll said.

After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands—the result of which he also forecast correctly—and returned to his prime role of making children happy.

The blogosphere erupted in sympathy for Paul, although some saw him more as a tasty morsel than a departed friend. "Will they cook him Galician-style? I wonder how much a plate of Paul with a beer must cost," wrote Jordi, alluding to the popularity of octopus as a dish in the northwest Galicia region and much of Spain.

Others were more philosophical on hearing of Paul's death.

"For the next month I will go to class dressed in mourning, wrapped in a black suit and with my gaze lost in the horizon, as this calamitous event deserves no less," wrote 'relojero' which means watchmaker. Another blogger, Pedro, saw a sinister hand at work. "An autopsy should be carried out, it's certain some betting office killed him."

In July, the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen said Paul was stepping "back from the official oracle business.

"He won't give any more oracle predictions—neither in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy," said spokeswoman Tanja Munzig. "Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh."

Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany's games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

After his World Cup soothsaying skills were revealed, the English-born Paul was appointed as an ambassador to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He had English roots, having been hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on England's south coast in 2008.

Imitators sprang up all over the world, including Mani the Parakeet in Singapore and Lorenzo the Parrot in Hannover, Germany.

The latest was a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain's World Cup final win and called the result of Australia's general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

"El Pulpo Paul" became so popular in Spain that the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino tried to borrow him and made him an "honorary friend."

In response to hundreds of requests to bring Paul to Spain, the Madrid Zoo asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in as a tribute to the Spanish football team's victory, either temporarily or for good. But the German aquarium turned down that offer, too.

Paul also had an agent and Paul's name will live on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where a permanent sea turtle rescue center funded in part by donations generated by the famous octopus is being established.



Associated Press writer David Rising in Berlin and Paul Logothetis in Madrid contributed to this report.


Bizarre Records

 Hey, remember when albums had cover art ?
 Remember the great ones ?
This website remembers the not-so-great ones.
"Surfers' Pajama Party": cover picture of swinging teens in their full-body PJs
"You Don't Have to be Black to Love the Blues"; cover art shows an Asian child eating a watermelon.
"Recebi Um Convite" by Quim Barreiros; cover picture of Quim wearing his accordion... and nothing else.
"The Best of Brahms" with a cover picture of a frying pan with bacon and eggs.
Plenty more, and in convenient categories, too!
Teen Scream, Organ Fascination, Big Hair for Jesus, and Just Plain Weird
Index of Titles at
because sometimes all you need is a catchy title:
The Duluth Accordionaires:  "Jeno's Pizza Presents: Music to Eat Pizza By"
Joe Atkinson:  "I Have One Song"
Don Costa's Freeloaders  "Music to Break a Sub-Lease"
Freddie Gage: "All My Friends Are Dead"
Rae Bourbon: "Let Me Tell You About My Operation"
enjoy, enjoy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Epic Fail


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled "Rich Whitey" on electronic-voting machines in 23 wards -- "about half in predominantly African-American areas."

The error only occurs on screens voters would see when they are reviewing their choices (Whitney's name appears correctly on the initial screens), but officials say the error cannot be corrected before election day.
full @

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dumb joke of the day:

What's the capital of London ?

Warning! Highly Addictive Website Ahead

and more...
Hey, it's Friday.
You weren't planning to do any work, anyway.

"Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you..."

Facebook Outs Gay Users to Advertisers

Nobody on the Internet may know whether you're a dog, but on Facebook, advertisers can tell whether you're gay.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany figured this out by setting up six Facebook profiles, all identical, with the expectation that four of the test profiles listed themselves as straight, while the two others were for a gay man and a lesbian.
Simply by tweaking sexual preference, the team found that different ads showed up, even if the user hadn't made the information public. Furthermore, they found that half of the ads exclusively targeting gay men featured gender-neutral text, meaning that users wouldn't necessarily know that their sexuality was the reason the ad appeared unless they clicked on it.
For users who do click through, "the moment you arrive at the advertiser's website, they now know that the IP address and cookie value they have assigned to you is associated with someone that is gay, muslim, or a republican," Christopher Soghoian writes. From here, it's only a small step to associate that information with their Facebook I.D.

Read original story in Ars Technica | Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight (Oct 21)

Meteors from Halley's Comet rain down on Earth
Viewing opportunity, away from city lights, will peak Thursday



Halley's Comet won't zoom near Earth again for another 50 years, but the ice ball may still put on a show for some skywatchers this week in the form of a meteor shower.


Astronomers in Canada have snapped photos of meteors that are actually bits of Halley's Comet left behind during its long, looping, 76-year trip around the sun.


Twice a year — in early May and mid-October — Earth plows through this cometary debris field and chunks of Halley's Comet burn up high in our planet's atmosphere, producing a meteor shower.


This year's October shower — called the Orionid meteor shower, because it appears to come from the constellation Orion — has been going on since Oct. 15, according to NASA officials. It will peak today (Oct. 21).


Watching Orionids is easy, but conditions must be right. Skywatchers should try to find a clear, dark sky far from pesky city lights.

This skywatching table shows prime Orionid meteor shower viewing times for some select U.S. cities.


Here's how to spot the Orionids:


Go out after 11 p.m. local time, lie down and look straight up. Once your eyes become dark-adapted, you'll start to see meteors. Any of these that appear to come from Orion will be an Orionid, and therefore represent a piece of Comet Halley doing a death dive into our atmosphere.



Humor from The Onion

Feds 'Friending' People On Facebook To Spy
Federal documents suggest both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security have encouraged agents to "friend" suspects on Facebook in order to check for evidence of misdeeds.
What do you think?
David Convex, "So, these agents. How good are they at tending virtual crops?"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

a toast to my mother-in-law

Largest toast mosaic

Toast loving Laura Hadland turned a photo of her mother in law into the world's largest toast mosaic - using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread from 600 loaves.
The 27-year-old roped in 40 friends and used a battery of nine toasters as they browned the bread to varying degrees before arranging it to make the about 32-by-42 feet picture of her mother in law's face.


Time-sucking website ahead !

This is the "oops" list

dozens of pictures showing "when things go wrong."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How fast do you get your information from the internet ?



Go here- Speedometer shows you the speed of your internet connection.


Monday, October 18, 2010

From this you make a living?

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Hello Grandkids of My Original Fans

The Enduring Appeal of Singer Songwriter Allan Sherman

FarmVille Causes Mass Facebook Privacy Breach

If you thought strict privacy settings would allow you to tend your FarmVille crops in peace, think again.
All 10 of Facebook's most popular "apps," including the ubiquitous farm game, have been caught transmitting vital user information to outside marketers, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal.
The applications reveal users' unique Facebook ID, which can be used to learn a user's name, even if he has successfully navigated Facebook's labyrinthine privacy settings. For those less fastidious about Facebook security, the ID can be used to access anything from age, to occupation, to pics from Saturday night. FarmVille (along with two other major applications) has even been caught passing on information about users' friends.
Given that 70 percent of Facebook members use the independently developed apps, the breach affects tens of millions of people. A Facebook spokesperson said that user IDs "may be inadvertently shared by a user's Internet browser or by an application" and that the company was taking steps to address the problem.

Read original story in The Wall Street Journal | Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Perennial Halloween Favorite

 see attached video

FW: Introducing MechaniCards™

My buddy Brad Litwin's latest amazing project:

Introducing MechaniCards™

Mailable kinetic sculptures, made by Bradley N. Litwin. 
They're made primarily of paperboard, with few bits of wood and plastic. 
Available for purchase at

From news item to reality show to video game

Chilean tech and design firm Root33 has made a playable Flash game called Los 33 in which you rescue the Chilean miners trapped underground. 

 Rotate the wheel to get the rescue vehicle underground to pick up miners one-by-one.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010-10-04 The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Here are 2010 Ig Nobel Prize winners. They were introduced and honored at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, on September 30. Two days later they gave free public talks at the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT.
ENGINEERING PRIZE: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin of the Zoological Society of London, UK, and Diane Gendron of Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Baja California Sur, Mexico, for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter.
REFERENCE: "A Novel Non-Invasive Tool for Disease Surveillance of Free-Ranging Whales and Its Relevance to Conservation Programs," Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron, Animal Conservation, vol. 13, no. 2, April 2010, pp. 217-25.
MEDICINE PRIZE: Simon Rietveld of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Ilja van Beest of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride.
REFERENCE: "Rollercoaster Asthma: When Positive Emotional Stress Interferes with Dyspnea Perception," Simon Rietveld and Ilja van Beest, Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 45, 2006, pp. 977–87.
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PRIZE: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi of Japan, and Dan Bebber, Mark Fricker of the UK, for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks.
REFERENCE: "Rules for Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network Design," Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Dan P. Bebber, Mark D. Fricker, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Science, Vol. 327. no. 5964, January 22, 2010, pp. 439-42.
[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE CO-WINNERS BOTH THIS YEAR AND IN 2008 when they were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for demonstrating that slime molds can solve puzzles: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Ryo Kobayashi, Atsushi Tero]
PHYSICS PRIZE: Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes.
REFERENCE: "Preventing Winter Falls: A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Novel Intervention," Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest, New Zealand Medical Journal. vol. 122, no, 1298, July 3, 2009, pp. 31-8.
PEACE PRIZE: Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston of Keele University, UK, for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.
REFERENCE: "Swearing as a Response to Pain," Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston, Neuroreport, vol. 20 , no. 12, 2009, pp. 1056-60.
PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews, and Larry Taylor of the Industrial Health and Safety Office, Fort Detrick, Maryland, USA, for determining by experiment that microbes cling to bearded scientists.
REFERENCE: "Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men," Manuel S. Barbeito, Charles T. Mathews, and Larry A. Taylor, Applied Microbiology, vol. 15, no. 4, July 1967, pp. 899–906.
ECONOMICS PRIZE: The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.
CHEMISTRY PRIZE: Eric Adams of MIT, Scott Socolofsky of Texas A&M University, Stephen Masutani of the University of Hawaii, and BP [British Petroleum], for disproving the old belief that oil and water don't mix.
REFERENCE: "Review of Deep Oil Spill Modeling Activity Supported by the Deep Spill JIP and Offshore Operator's Committee. Final Report," Eric Adams and Scott Socolofsky, 2005.
MANAGEMENT PRIZE: Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random.
REFERENCE: "The Peter Principle Revisited: A Computational Study," Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo, Physica A, vol. 389, no. 3, February 2010, pp. 467-72.
BIOLOGY PRIZE: Libiao Zhang, Min Tan, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, and Shuyi Zhang of China, and Gareth Jones of the University of Bristol, UK, for scientifically documenting fellatio in fruit bats.
REFERENCE: "Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time," Min Tan, Gareth Jones, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, Shuyi Zhang and Libiao Zhang, PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 10, e7595.

Jews on Vinyl

Jews on Vinyl 
The exhibit's over, but you can still read about it:

"Jews on Vinyl spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 1940s to the 1980s, weaving an account that begins with sacred songs and ends with the triumvirate of Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow. Set in a retro 1950s-style living room equipped with listening stations, the exhibition features a soundtrack of LP highlights—much of it no longer available in any format—providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience lost moments in American Jewish pop history and new perspectives on Jewish identity. Complementing the music will be an abundance of often kitschy and surprising album art to discover and enjoy! "
And I have a copy of the Irving Fields Trio album "Bagels and Bongos."
  oh yes I do.

xkcd does TECH SUPPORT

see attached
re: the password Shibboleet

I'm pretty sure it's a clever combination of "Shibboleth" and "Leet"
A shibboleth is a password, but it's not based on knowing the password; it's based on being able to pronounce the password.  It's actually from the Hebrew Scriptures. 
In the story, two Semitic tribes, the Ephraimites and the Gileadites, have a great battle. The Gileadites defeat the Ephraimites, and set up a blockade across the Jordan River to catch the fleeing Ephraimites who were trying to get back to their territory. The sentries asked each person who wanted to cross the river to say the word shibboleth. The Ephraimites, who had no sh sound in their language, pronounced the word with an s and were thereby unmasked as the enemy and slaughtered.
The full account is in Book of Judges, Chapter 12, verses 1-15

So if you are Elite, you change Shibboleth to Shibboleet.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nuck, nuck, nuck.

USB ports can be used to power many peripheral devices.

This USB Eye Massager must have been designed by Moe Howard of Three Stooges fame.

As the promotional material says:

USB Eye Massager is the latest-designed health care Product specially for
the Person which long time use their eyes, Such as the Computer operator.


for anyone who's ever shouted at a movie: "THERE'S NO SOUND IN SPACE!"

 from the website:
Most of the top-grossing movies of all time are science fiction... with emphasis on the word fiction.
The movies may not be bad, but sometimes the science is. I know they are fiction, so I try not to take them too seriously.
My philosophy is: these movies have made an impression, and if it's wrong, at least I can use that impression to teach Good Astronomy.
Sure, they're fiction, but why not use that fiction to show some fact?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


A graphic montage created from your Google search:
(put in something visually fun, like "superman" or "jackson pollock" or "beatles yellow submarine")

Monday, October 11, 2010

Counting Down the Days 'till HALLOWEEN

Halloween Costumes

halloween costume idea

I wandered into a Halloween store for some costume ideas, and I saw two Star Trek costumes.
One "Captain Kirk" costume with the gold tunic, and a "Spock" costume with a blue tunic.
I wanted to find one with a red tunic, and wear a name tag that said,

"Hello, my name is 'Expendable.'"


Humor from The New Yorker

from The New Yorker:

Don't Be Evil

by Simon Rich


My favorite Google feature is Google Dictionary.


Whenever I need a word defined, I just type it into the search box and the meaning pops right up. It's really convenient, but sometimes the definitions can be strange.


For example, here are some words I looked up recently on Google Dictionary.

Yahoo: A stupid Web site for stupid people who only want crap.
Ask: A crap site for idiots.
Bing: Just a bunch of crap.
Monopoly: A term that idiots like to throw around to sound smart at parties, but really they don't know what the hell they're talking about.
Information: A thing that Google makes instantly accessible to anyone for free. And that makes them the enemy? Explain that logic to me.
Charity: A thing that Google gives to.
Environment: A thing that Google gives to.
Barack Obama: A cool guy who uses Google.
Lady Gaga: A cool lady who uses Google.
Privacy: An overrated thing that people should maybe chill out about.
Relax: A thing that some people should learn how to do, especially journalists.
Victim: A nice company that gets attacked all the time for no reason.
Jesus Christ: A guy who made people's lives much easier and then was crucified. Sound familiar?
Books: Something people can read online for free now.
Thank You: A thing it wouldn't kill people to say.
Computer: A thing for using Google.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

FW: Cosmic Enlightment

from my friend Mike
(no, the other one)

This coming Sunday is 10/10/10.
Binary 101010 converts to decimal 42
DeepThought would be pleased.

FW: LOLcat

I'm sure you've seen hundreds of LOLCats, but this one had me LOLing Out Loud.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

How to Play Golf


Golf is easy. See ?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

FW: Our Wired World

from my friend 1L :

Found this Bing Map Mash-up on Transoceanic Cables.
There are also links out to pages that describe the cable runs in more detail. 

NY Times: Spaghetti Tacos and the Extremes of Young Cuisine

It started as a gag: spaghetti tacos.
On an episode of the hit Nickelodeon series "iCarly," the lead character's eccentric older brother, Spencer, makes dinner one night. Glimpsed on screen, the dish consists of red-sauce-coated pasta stuffed into hard taco shells.

That punch line has now become part of American children's cuisine, fostering a legion of imitators and improvisers across the country. Spurred on by reruns, Internet traffic, slumber parties and simple old-fashioned word of mouth among children, spaghetti tacos are all the rage. Especially if you're less than 5 feet tall and live with your mother.
Mom blogs and cooking Web sites are filled with recipes from dozens of desperate parents who have been confronted with how to feed their offspring the popular gag. A Facebook page has sprung up with more than 1,200 fans.
There's a dessert version, made with brownie mix, white frosting and strawberry preserves; a guacamole-covered version, with Mexican-flavored tomato sauce, at Barefoot Kitchen Witch, the Web site of the Rhode Island blogger Jayne Maker; and a recipe available at that uses Italian sausage and peppers.
full @

varying degrees of ‘blondness’ in Europe
This map, indicating the varying degrees of 'blondness' in Europe, shows that central parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, at least 80% of the population is fair-haired, the highest figure in all of Europe.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ordering "off the menu" at Starbucks

Given that all U.S. cities seem to have a Starbucks outpost on every corner, it may not come as a surprise that this coffeehouse megachain quietly brews up almost as many clandestine concoctions as it does the standard tall, venti, and grande cups of joe.
No amount of caffeine, flavored syrup, or whipped cream is frowned upon when you order one of these beverages:
Short Drink: if you're craving just a mini pick-me-up, order a "short" version of any drink on the menu; it comes in a kid-size cup and costs less.
Biscotti Frappuccino: buy an individual biscotto and ask your barista to blend it into any Frappuccino drink for a crunchy treat.
Red Eye: a shot of espresso in regular drip coffee
Black Eye: two shots of espresso in regular drip coffee
Green Eye: three shots of espresso in regular drip coffee (with a side of insomnia and serious heart palpitations)
Poor Man's Latte: order an Iced Americano with no water and half ice, then pour in your own half-and-half at the condiments station; the result is a Breve Latte for a fraction of the cost.
Chocolate Cream Frappuccino: a Frappuccino made with chocolate syrup and chocolate Frappuccino base
Cake Batter Frappuccino: a vanilla Frappuccino made with both vanilla bean and almond flavoring
Crunch Berry Frappuccino: a strawberry-and-cream Frappuccino with hazelnut flavoring; it tastes just like Crunch Berries cereal.
London Fog: Earl Grey tea blended with vanilla flavoring
Zebra Mocha (aka Penguin Mocha): a combination white-chocolate/chocolate mocha
Red-Tux Mocha (aka Bleeding Penguin): a Zebra Mocha plus raspberry flavoring

Monday, October 04, 2010

This day in History

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit

Attached is photo of the Sputnik Monument.
Sputnik's signal can be heard at:


Where do you stash your crack cocaine? In your crack, of course.

News Item:
OCTOBER 1 -- A Florida man arrested Wednesday on drug charges told cops that a bag of cocaine found hidden inside his buttocks did not belong to him. Though the suspect did cop to ownership of a bag of marijuana hidden alongside the coke.

Friday, October 01, 2010

This SATURDAY ! Battle of Germantown

The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment will participate in the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown this Saturday, October 2nd.
  • Colonial soldiers
  • British soldiers
  • Mass musket fire
  • Cannon fire !
  • ... and ME !!!
    Battle Reenactments at Cliveden House in Germantown
    12 – 1 PM  &  3 – 4 PM  
    See for details

    (There are many other things going on during the event besides the battle.)