Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Outsmart Best Buy, Circuit City

Outsmart Best Buy, Circuit City...Save Hundreds on Electronics | storyevent

Monday, February 26, 2007

11 dead, 100 injured in Kite Flying festival World: "At least 11 people died and more than 100 people were injured at an annual spring festival in eastern Pakistan celebrated with the flying of thousands of colourful kites, officials said today.

The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops yesterday at the conclusion of the two-day Basant festival, said Ruqia Bano, spokeswoman for emergency service in the city of Lahore."

Sunday, February 25, 2007

FlightAware > Airport Activity > Amery Municipal Airport (Amery, WI) [KAHH]

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Jesus’ burial site found - film claims - Israel Culture

Jesus’ burial site found - film claims - Israel Culture, Ynetnews: "If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history."

Most commenters believe the story is a hoax.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

My Experience with Hawking Technology (and WOOT)

I saw these cool WiFi locators on Woot about two weeks ago. They were on sale for 2 for $25 I think.

Anywho, I buy two. They arrive and both don't work. So's I go to the Hawking site and
look up the support number. I call in and get the hold music that drifts in and out, in and out. This for about four minutes. I hang up.

I find the support email and send out the following to:
date Feb 20, 2007 9:04 PM
subject HWL1 Problems

I've just received two units that I bought online.

Neither of them will start. Batteries have charge of 3.20v, 3.30v,
Second unit 3.00v, and 2.99v.

Batteries are inserted as directed into the lid with first battery
positive side up, the second battery positive side down. Inserted the

Nothing happens within 20 feet of a working wireless router.

Here is the reply from Hawking tech support;


You can try one battery and make sure the metal on the middle have good


Do you understand that sentence? Me neither....

So I sense a good communication thread coming. I will post more as I receive them. This should be a good one.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Global warming will intensify Southwest droughts

Can you say Dust Bowl II?

With Californians trying to irrigate the desert and water mis-management rampant, it was only a matter of time.

Move to Canada now!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Al Neuharth: Bush Is Worst President of All-Time

Al Neuharth: Bush Is Worst President of All-Time: "NEW YORK Al Neuharth, the former Gannett chief, USA Today founder and currently weekly columnist for that newspaper, has had a change of heart.

A year ago, in honor of President's Day, he stated that while he was often critical of George W. Bush, he did not, and probably would not ever, crack his list of the five worst presidents we've ever had.

A year later he admits he was wrong. In his USA Today column today he announces that Bush has not only cracked the bottom five, he's now at the very bottom.

Last year, Neuharth, a World War II hero who has met every president since Eisenhower, listed his five worst as Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon. 'It's very unlikely Bush can crack that list,' Neuharth wrote. "

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Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources

Probe Ministries - Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources: "Although there is overwhelming evidence that the New Testament is an accurate and trustworthy historical document, many people are still reluctant to believe what it says unless there is also some independent, non-biblical testimony that corroborates its statements. "

"No" is a good thing!

Say 'No' and Mean It!

For John and Becky Schweitz’s children, Christmas came far more than once a year.

"Because Christmas was every time we went to Target," said John.

It was so bad, in fact, that John’s family and friends nicknamed him, "Santa Claus."

When they went to Target, John’s kids would ask for all sorts of things. The requests came, not for big items, but for a lot of little ones, like DVDs and M&Ms. John would almost always say, "yes."

"You don’t realize it’s a problem until you realize there’s no more room for the DVDs where the DVDs are supposed to go," said John.

John would say "yes," partly because it was easier than dealing with a temper tantrum from his children, and partly because he felt guilty.

"I think that part of it is that Becky and I are both working parents and when you’re spending time with the kids you don’t want it to be a frustrating time, you want it to be happy times," he said. "When have those moments at the store, I would just take the path of least resistance and say, 'sure.'"

By giving in, John may have felt has was keeping the peace, but according to psychologist Dr. David Walsh, he was really robbing his kids of a big opportunity.

"What they’re being robbed of is the lesson of self-discipline," said Walsh. "That’s what’s going to be the key to their success and happiness. It doesn’t grow automatically. It’s like a muscle. The more we exercise it, the better it’s going to get."

John began to realize that when he heard Dr. Walsh, author of the book "No," speak out on the issue.

"Then he started talking about the new book. I swear he was looking at me the whole time because he was talking to me," John recalls.

So what if, like John, you are reading this story and saying, "that’s me!"

How do you turn things around in your house?

The younger your children are, the easier it will be.

Daycare director Alice Journey has worked with kids and observed their parents for 26 years.

She says her parents know the right script. They say the right things, but then they don’t follow through.

"They are allowing their child to go out the door when they say, 'no, you don’t have your coat on.’ I often think that parents are saying the right words but they’re not willing to get their tennis shoes on and be there," she said.

Dr. Walsh says, make sure your kids know the rules and the consequences if they break them. Then, follow through on those consequences because if your kids figure out you don’t mean what you say when they are little, imagine how difficult it will be when they are teenagers.

We talked to some seniors at Eastview High School in Apple Valley about the way some of their friends run right over their parents when they don’t get their way.

"Sometimes they just yell and scream and say how unfair it is. Sometimes they just throw a temper tantrum and they end up getting their way," said Ryan Lynch. "They do it all the time. It’s almost too easy."

But even if your kids are teenagers, there is still time to turn it around.

Dr. Walsh says the first step is to sit down with the teenager, not in the heat of the moment, and tell him or her that a bad pattern has developed and you are going to change it.

Then, Dr. Walsh says, tackle just a few things.

"Pick just a few things that we really want to start to get under control. Maybe it’s the amount of time kids are playing video games, maybe it’s tantrums when kids are going to bed. It can be any number of things but you start to identify what are the things that are really causing a lot of the problems. Because then what you’re doing is putting in place a pattern that can be translated to other situations."

Your kids are not going to like it, but that’s okay. It is their job to push the limits and your job to enforce them.

And remember, by choosing the harder path, by standing your ground and saying 'no,' you are investing in a future full of 'yes' for your children.

Dr. Walsh says kids are only going to be successful in school, successful in relationships if they can manage themselves.

"We don’t learn that automatically," Walsh said. We have to be taught that. We outsource that to our parents."

So for the sake of your kids, get your tennis shoes on.

As John Schweitz found, "'No' is a good thing. No doesn’t hurt. It hurts a little at first, but kids get used to it and the more they get used to it, the better off they’ll be."

By Julie Nelson, KARE 11 News :: KARE 11 TV - Print Article Say 'No' and Mean It!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Quick-thinking pilot thwarts hijacking

Quick-thinking pilot thwarts hijacking: "Quick-thinking pilot thwarts hijacking
Realizing the attacker didn't speak French, the pilot told crew and passengers his plan for them to foil the gunman. It worked."

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids -- New York Magazine

Dweck sent four female research assistants into New York fifth-grade classrooms. The researchers would take a single child out of the classroom for a nonverbal IQ test consisting of a series of puzzles—puzzles easy enough that all the children would do fairly well. Once the child finished the test, the researchers told each student his score, then gave him a single line of praise. Randomly divided into groups, some were praised for their intelligence. They were told, “You must be smart at this.” Other students were praised for their effort: “You must have worked really hard.”

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids -- New York Magazine

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Monday, February 05, 2007

2007 February 5 - Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning

The most awesome Astronomy Picture of the Day photo!!! Stitched panorama, but real nonetheless. Contains, fireworks, a comet and a lightning storm!!! Must see internet!

APOD: 2007 February 5 - Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning

Friday, February 02, 2007

Bet you didn't know about this....

Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)


January 10, 2007

Mr. RANGEL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the favorable treatment afforded combat pay under the earned income tax credit, and for other purposes.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Jim Gray Missing - Desperate Search at Sea for Microsoft Researcher

Desperate Search at Sea for Microsoft Researcher
By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews
January 31, 2007, 4:52 PM

A Turing award-winning scientist who leads Microsoft Research's eScience Group, and whose seemingly spontaneous innovations have touched nearly every aspect of technology, including financial databases, astronomy, and geography in a career that spans four decades, remains missing at sea since having signaled home from his sailboat last Sunday night.

US Coast Guard search vessels and aircraft have thus far been unable to locate any trace of the 40-foot craft belonging to Jim Gray, age 63, who set out alone for the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco on a personal mission to scatter his mother's ashes.