Monday, May 30, 2005

What Halo 2 character are you?

I am:


What Star Wars character are you?

I AM:


Sunday, May 29, 2005

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Links for the Kensington Rune Stone

Click here to go to the links page for the Kensington Rune Stone mystery.

The Kensington rune stone

Kensington stone

Space Audio - Sounds from outer space

These are the "sounds of space" collected by U Iowa instruments on various spacecraft.

Monkey apes temple rituals:- - India News

Balasore (Orissa), May 25 : Aping Hindu rituals to a T, a monkey appeared at an Orissa temple, prayed for an hour folding its hands in the traditional sign of respect, took prasad, put vermilion on its forehead - and then fled.

Looking at it as a miracle are residents of Junia village in Balasore district, who responded by worshipping it in turn and garlanding the simian before it ran away.

It all happened earlier this week Monday when the simian, who had never been seen in the area earlier, appeared at about 10 a.m. near a Shiva temple and offered flowers at the shrine.

It was the day that devotees were formally inaugurating the stone symbol that is seen to represent Lord Shiva.

Said Aniruddha Behera, a village resident: 'The monkey folded his hands, observed silence, put vermilion on his forehead and also took the prasad from the devotees.'

'When we saw the monkey joining us we were surprised. We did not try to drive it out and it continued praying for nearly an hour amid hundreds of devotees,' Behera told IANS.

It stayed around till evening when it ran into the nearby forests.

'We have not seen any monkey around for the last two years. This is a miracle for us,' Behera said.

(IANS)"

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Experts Say Wormholes, Time Machines Unreliable

Hahahahha! Got to love those experts!

Blogthings - I am 55% Normal





You Are 55% Normal

(Somewhat Normal)



While some of your behavior is quite normal...
Other things you do are downright strange
You've got a little of your freak going on
But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself


What my birthyear means. Yes this is different.

OMG, this is so me too!

You Were Actually Born Under:
You are quick witted, charming, and bring luck to all who know you.
A bit greedy, you tend to go after what you want - with success.
Clever, you seek out knowledge... and eventually use what you know to your advantage.
You are very loyal, and you treat your real friends like they are family.

You are most compatible with a Dragon or Monkey.
You Should Have Been Born Under:

You've got a ton of energy - and need plenty of room to roam.
You tend to follow your whims, and it's hard for you to stick to one thing.
Specific jobs, loves, and friends are always changing and never a part of your life for long.
Very intuitive, you tend to know what people are thinking before they say a word.

You are most compatible with a Dog or Tiger.


Un-freekin-believable!

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Skynews for the next couple weeks

SkyNews for June 2005

June 6 - New Moon - New Moon at 21:55 UT

June 15 - First Quarter Moon - First Quarter Moon at 01:22 UT

June 21 - Summer Begins - Summer solstice begins at 06:46 UT

June 22 - Full Moon - Full Moon at 16:14 UT

June 25 - Saturn, Venus Approach Mercury - Western hemisphere observers
can see Saturn, Venus and Mercury close to one another in the evening

June 27 - Mercury Close to Venus - Mercury and Venus only 3.9 degrees
apart at 20:01 UT

June 28 - Last Quarter Moon - Last Quart Moon at 06:23 UT

Ed Ehrlich
Jerusalem, Israel
http://www.sky-watch.com

© 2005 SkyWatch

Friday, May 27, 2005

My Love Type..


Your #1 Love Type: INTP

The Thinker

In love, you are honest and serious about commitment.
For you, sex is something you think about and desire a lot of the time.

Overall, you are pure in your affection and feelings.
However, you tend to be suspicious and distrusting at times.

Best matches: ENTJ and ESTJ

Your #2 Love Type: INFP

The Idealist

In love, you crave a long term, harmonious relationship.
For you, sex doesn't come quickly - it takes time for you to open up.

Overall, you are supportive, nurturing, and expressive.
However, you tend to be shy and protective of your personal space.

Best matches: ENFJ and ESFJ

Your #3 Love Type: ISTP

The Mechanic

In love, you are exciting, alluring, and definitely hard to catch.
For you, sex is physical and sensual - but not romantic or emotional.

Overall, you are confident, fun, and optimistic.
However, you tend to also be flighty and overly private.

Best matches: ESTJ and ENTJ

Your #4 Love Type: ISFP

The Artist

In love, you feel deeply and experience intense emotions.
For you, sex is serious. It's how you best express your feelings.

Overall, you are laid back, warm, and a good listener.
However, you tend to seem lazy and disinterested sometimes.

Best matches: ESFJ and ENFJ

Your #5 Love Type: ENTP

The Visionary

In love, you are always trying to improve and grow your relationship.
For you, sex should be a spontaneous adventure.

Overall, you are magnetic, inspiring, and a charmer.
However, you tend to get bored and want to change partners frequently.

Best matches: INFJ and INTJ


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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What's Your Sexy Brazilian Name?

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Ernest T. Bass is DEAD!

Dear friends,

I have extremely sad news to report of my dear father, Howard, who suddenly passed away this afternoon (May 21, 2005).

He was without a doubt the most amazing father.

In show business, Howard Morris 'the star' was one in a trillion, a true genius, and an entertainment dynamo. So many 'greats' in this business followed his career with incredible admiration and respect. I for one am one of his biggest fans!

The Andy Griffith Show became a major part of my father's life. He appeared in only five episodes. Regardless, he made a permanent impression on so many people, and was always amazed by and grateful for all of the love and support his fans gave to him.

I shared with Howard every bit of mail that came in, so I know firsthand how important your cards, emails, and gifts were to him over the years.

All I can really say now is that I miss him beyond words.

Thank you for being there!

Sincerely,
David Morris"

Thursday, May 19, 2005

I am NOT a bad boy!

Q. A lot of my friends are constantly talking about 'bad boys.' How can you avoid them, and what are the signs that you're dating one?
— Melissa in Arkansas


A. Dear Melissa,

Ah, the bad boy, or BB (as I like to call him). Unlike his evil twin — the coldhearted cad — a BB is not a true jerk. He just happens to jerk you around. This is what makes a BB such a serious threat to a woman's sanity. His heart is in the right place — for about nine seconds out of every 24-hour period. And somehow, those nine seconds always seem to coincide with him smiling at you. How can you resist?

In general, bad boys are hard to spot. Irish actor Colin Farrell is an unabashed bad boy, but what about Bill Clinton? Who would have guessed?

Lucky for you, Lifetime has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Dating Division to generate this foolproof list of warning signs that a bad boy is on your radar, so you can steer clear and save your heart:

1. He's way too smooth. If he kisses you good night and says, 'I hope to relive this moment a thousand times' or 'It was my pleasure to take out the most beautiful woman in the city' (both real lines laid on real women whom I know personally), you're dealing with a bad boy. Bad boys tend to be overly endowed in the charm and charisma department, and they have a knack for making women feel oh-so special. Here's the litmus test for figuring out whether his moves are BB material: When he says something romantic, you believe it; when you repeat it later to your girlfriends, they fall over laughing.

2. He's got a sketchy living situation. He's vague about his address ('I'm kinda crashing with a friend for a few weeks until this great sublet comes through'). Or he lives in a studio that is unfurnished except for a mattress on the floor, one towel and an elaborate stereo system. Or he never invites you to his place and is always happy to go to yours. Bad boy!

3. He doesn't have a phone. Or he never answers it. Or he has a cell phone but it's always off. You find yourself leaving longer and longer messages on his various voice mails.

4. It's never his fault. A bad boy never says he's sorry for being late, letting you down or standing you up, because, honestly, it wasn't his fault. Life is crazy! And s__t happens. Especially to him.

5. He has lots of toys. For a guy who could carry the contents of his apartment on his back, he has an eye-opening array of, um, playthings in his bedside-table drawers.

6. He has had very few relationships. When you ask him if he has ever been seriously involved with someone, he looks devastated. Yes, in fact, he did have one major relationship. They met at Tower Records and dated for almost a month. But it's OK, that was nine years ago — and he is pretty sure he's over it.

7. He's a musician. He used to be in a band, he's currently in a band or he's about to be in a band. He might play the drums or the sax, but most likely he plays guitar or bass. He probably drives a van or just sold his van, or he has a friend who drives a van or is about to have a friend who drives a van.

If you somehow miss all the red flags above and fall for a BB anyway, just remember the two eternal truths about bad boys: 1.) They always lose interest first and 2.) When they leave, you can take comfort in the fact that whatever you're going through, several hundred million other women have been through the same thing.

Lake disappears, baffling villagers - Yahoo! News

Lake disappears, baffling villagers

Mo, weren't we just talking about this?????

Sunday, May 15, 2005

When you thought I wasn't looking..

A message every parent should read, because your children are watching you and doing as you do, ... not as you say ...

"When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking."

Each of us, a parent, a friend, or even another kid, influence the life of others. Remember that.


Cats on catnip

Rules for Alex's boyfriends

Rule One:
If you pull into my driveway and honk you'd better be delivering a package,
because you're sure not picking anything up.

Rule Two:
You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long
as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes
or hands off of my daughter's body, I will remove them.

Rule Three:
I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear
their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips.
Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are
complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue,
so I propose his compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear
showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However,
in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the
course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and
fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

Rule Four:
I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a
"barrier method" of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes
to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule Five:
It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we
should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do
not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of
when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only
word I need from you on this subject is "early."

Rule Six:
I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date
other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter.
Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to
date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I
will make you cry.

Rule Seven:
As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and
more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on
time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her
makeup, a process that can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge.
Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like
changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight:
The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places
where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places
where there are no parents, policemen, or nuns within eyesight. Places
where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or
happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my
daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than
overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka - zipped up to her throat.
Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies
which features chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folks homes
are better.

Rule Nine:
Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a potbellied, balding, middle-aged,
dimwitted has-been. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the
all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are
going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole
truth and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and
five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.

Rule Ten:
Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the
sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a rice paddy
near Hanoi. When my Agent Orange starts acting up, the voices in my head
frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter
home. As soon as you pull into the driveway you should exit
your car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password,
announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and
early, then return to your car - there is no need for you to come inside.
The camouflaged face at the window is mine.

Administratium

NEW ELEMENT DISCOVERED
Passed along by Wayne Clark

Investigators at a major research institute have discovered the heaviest element known to science. This startling new discovery has been tentatively named "ADMINISTRATIUM" (Ad)

This new element has no protons or electrons, thus having an atomic number of ZERO. It does, however, have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take more than four days to complete when it would normally take less that one second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years. It does not decay but, instead, undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons, vice neutrons and assistant vice neutrons exchange places.

In fact, an Administratium sample's mass will actually increase over time since, with each reorganization, some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isotopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "the critical morass".

You will know it when you see it.

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GazetteOnline - Iowa hunters find American Indian skeleton

A team of archaeologists from the Nebraska Historical Society unearthed the skeleton on Tuesday, about three weeks after Klay Evers and Rob Dermit of Sioux City, Iowa, decided to begin digging around a skull that was protruding from the ground.

"The first thing you think of when you see a skull is wrongdoing. But there was no dental work, so then you get the feeling that it's very, very old," Evers said Wednesday.

Evers and Dermit notified the landowner, John Wortman, who in turn contacted local authorities. The site is near Newcastle, 27 miles west of Sioux City, in an area known to contain artifacts from nomadic tribes.

Official NASA Swift Homepage

Official NASA Swift Homepage: "Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most powerful explosions the Universe has seen since the Big Bang. They occur approximately once per day and are brief, but intense, flashes of gamma radiation. They come from all different directions of the sky and last from a few milliseconds to a few hundred seconds. So far scientists do not know what causes them. Do they signal the birth of a black hole in a massive stellar explosion? Are they the product of the collision of two neutron stars? Or is it some other exotic phenomenon that causes these bursts?"

Saturday, May 14, 2005

SkyWatch Gallery - Possible Aurora event tonite

A coronal mass ejection (CME) emanating from sunspot group 759 on Friday which might cause increased auroral activity (Northern and Southern lights) on Saturday night.

The Northern and Southern lights are more likely to be seen in higher latitudes. You will need a very dark location to be able to see the colorful lights.

For more information see: http://www.spaceweather.com/

Ed Ehrlich
Jerusalem, Israel
http://www.sky-watch.com
© 2005 SkyWatch

Shorthand Dictionary for text messaging

The new lexicon for phone users

LiveScience.com

Weird science stuff. Interesting stuff. Requires a visit.

Friday, May 13, 2005

The Xbox 360

"Microsoft today announced their latest Xbox gaming console with a promo on MTV. And the venue is very appropriate, as this console could be the most popular, most open, and most powerful gaming platform yet delivered by any manufacturer."

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Report: Chappelle in Psych Facility

Now comes word that Dave Chappelle is undergoing treatment in a psychiatric facility in South Africa.

Can you say "Andy Kaufman?"

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Airport police find Vikings' Onterrio Smith with kit to beat drug tests

Yahoo! Sports - NFL - Airport police find Vikings' Smith with kit to beat drug tests. "Police at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport questioned Smith on April 21 after a search of his bag discovered vials of white powder, according to a police report.

Smith told officers it was dried urine used in conjunction with a device called "The Original Whizzinator.'' The officer who filed the report wrote that Smith "told me that it was dried urine for making a clean urine test.'' In addition, he had a bottle of pills labeled "cleansing formula."

So much for my third round fantasy running back draft pick....

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Microsoft Freeware?

It appears so.

I want to try the Startup Inspector for Windows.

Awesome sweet deal on a wireless router!

I have one of these with a NAS, a Samsung laser printer, two laptops using WLAN, two desktops wired and one Xbox for xbox live. The best router used so far, now with REBATES!

This is also more powerful than the Linksys I had previously.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Monkey Escapes From S.C. Island Labratory - Yahoo! News

A classic case of ufo abduction.

Pooping at Work

Back by popular demand!!!!

We've all been there but don't like to admit it. We've all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something brew down below. As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is inevitable. For those who hate pooping at work, following is the 2001 Survival Guide for taking a dump at work. Memorize these definitions and pooping at work will become a pure pleasure.

ESCAPEE.
Definition: a fart that slips out while taking a leak at the urinal or forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of panic embarrassment. This is similar to the hot flash you receive when passing an unseen police car and speeding. If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee, it is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

JAILBREAK (Used in conjunction with ESCAPEE).
Definition: When forcing poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom so to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

COURTESY FLUSH.
Definition: The act of flushing the toilet the instant the nose cone of the poop log hits the water and the poop is whisked away to an undisclosed location. This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

WALK OF SHAME.
Definition: Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you have just stunk up the bathroom. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with all farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER.
Definition: A colleague who poops at work and damn proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

THE POOPING FRIENDS NETWORK (PFN).
Definition: A group of coworkers who band together to ensure emergency pooping goes off without incident. This group can help you to monitor the whereabouts of Out Of The Closet Poopers, and identify SAFE HAVENS.

SAFE HAVENS.
Definition: A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex. This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the bathroom.

TURD BURGLAR:
Definition: A pooper who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when taking a dump at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.

CAMO-COUGH.
Definition: A phony cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with an ASTAIRE.

ASTAIRE.
Definition: A subtle toe-tap that is used to alert potential Turd Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you hear an Astaire, leave the bathroom immediately so the pooper can poop in peace.

WATERMELON.
Definition: A turd that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion. See CAMO-COUGH.

HAVANA OMELET.
Definition: A load of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often accompanied by an Escapee. Try using a Camo-Cough with an Astaire.

UNCLE TED.
Definition: A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever. Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An Uncle Ted makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to drop your load when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees.

FLY BY.
Definition: The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping. Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER. People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

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The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005

The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Daughters Magazine Previous Articles

If you are like me, the dad of a daughter, then the information within these articles is invaluable!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

New Method Predicts Monster Waves

2 Ships a week sink? I actually considered a luxury cruise vacation. Not anymore....

Windows XP - Speed up your boot!

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