Friday, May 30, 2008

Hypnosis - Revisited

The Hypnotist

As Claude went to the front of the meeting room at the senior center, he announced, "Unlike most hypnotists who invite two or three people up here to be put into a trance, I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience."The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat.

"I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very special watch. It's been in my family for six generations."He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch.

"The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until, suddenly, it slipped from the hypnotist's fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into a hundred pieces.

"Shit," said the Hypnotist.

It took three days to clean up the senior center.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Misheard Lyrics - CollegeHumor video

Funniest shit I ever did see...

You know how older Pearl Jam lyrics are kind of moaned?

Check out this funny, funny clip of the Yellow Ledbetter song.

Misheard Lyrics - CollegeHumor video

Fourth right foot found on Kirkland Island - Must Read!

Associated Press Writer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- For the fourth time in less than a year, a human foot in a running shoe has been found along the British Columbia coast.

Police said Friday that they don't know if there are any links between the cases of the four severed right feet found on island shorelines in the Vancouver region.

Authorities say they haven't reached any conclusions about the origin of the feet. But local speculation has been rife with some reports claiming they belonged to victims of violent crimes or a plane crash.

Police said a passer-by found the fourth human foot on Kirkland Island, about 15 miles south of Vancouver on Thursday.

Ummm... This is severely weird..

Wired News - AP News

Simply Google - All of Googles Gems on one page!

Everything Google (mostly) on one page!

Simply Google, Google search and service, Google Desktop, Google Earth, Google Video Player,Google Talk

Where does SharePoint fit?

Where does SharePoint fit?

I just think it will bring up the question from the Business of "Why do we need SharePoint"? Immediately everyone relates back to the 6 pillars. Now some of these won't be relevant if it can be done in Office and most likely quicker due to the overheads of SharePoint and Web development in general (Solutions, Features, Web Parts, BDC).The strengths of the Web Platform are that it can be made accessible outside of an internal network and does not rely on external Users having Office 2007 Applications on a Windows Operating System.

Microsoft have a Showcase for Office Products and now I can see WHY they renamed SharePoint to "Microsoft Office SharePoint Server" make it part of the "Office Family". Business facing sites e.g. promote this, but then looking at the developer community it appears to be quite a clear division between Office Application Development and SharePoint Development.

More Resourcing Issues

I can see this as becoming another problem similar to the one mentioned in my Governance post last week. Are Developers now expected to add Office Application Development to their skill set along with everything that Joel Olsen listed before? by Jeremy Thake

The Most Hilarious Outlook Configuration Utility Ever

OneNote Testing : The Most Hilarious Outlook Configuration Utility Ever: "This utility was literally using the Outlook UI to drive its configuration process. To 'Customize Outlook,' the app sent the keys to open Tools \ Options and then tabbed through the dialog to set the default reminder time to 15 minutes and made other settings like that. I was so stunned when I saw it running that I couldn't even act and get a screenshot until it was on step 5 out of 13. Amazing - at one point of my Outlook testing career I tested and ensured that these settings could be deployed via reg keys and login scripts programmatically. To see a vendor use the UI to drive the process is simply mind bending to me."

Doesn't this sound familiar? LOL!

---Don't forget that you are a role model for someone---

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jay Leno tells Detroit to make better cars - Autoblog

Jay Leno tells Detroit to make better cars - Autoblog: "Americans just can't seem to build a low-bucks economy car. 'In order to make the more expensive car more appealing, U.S. companies feel as though they have to dumb down the cheaper car,' the comedian reasons. 'When you get into a high-priced, well-made American car today and the key is in the ignition, you hear a melodic bong, bong. But when you get in a cheap American car, like a rental, and the key is left in, it goes plink, plink, plink. It's just horrible. Every time you use the turn signal, it's like breaking a chicken leg.'"

Genetic Discrimination becomes a Crime

If you ever worried that information from a genetic test might be used to deny you a job, insurance or entrance to an elite training school for genetically-engineered astronauts, you can breathe a little easier now.

After a decade of false starts, dead ends and back-room squabbles, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was signed into law by President Bush today. In a nutshell, it prevents employers and insurers from using genetic data against you.

The bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), calls it the "the first civil rights legislation of the 21st century."

I agree! This will be discussed for hundreds of years to come.

Genetic Discrimination by Insurers, Employers Becomes a Crime Wired Science from

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Symantec disses Vista, says corporations 'not comfortable'

Microsoft seems to be fighting a losing public relations battle for Vista, as companies continue to criticize the latest Windows operating system.

In an interview with InformationWeek, Symantec's chief operating officer Enrique Salem said his customers in the enterprise sector are sticking with the older operating system.

BetaNews Symantec disses Vista, says corporations 'not comfortable'

The kakophone: the music-composition machine for mobile phones

Need a new FREE custom ring tone?

The kakophone: the music-composition machine for mobile phones

R2D2 Translator

Need some chirpy r2d2 noises?

This is the place to go! Download in mp3 format!

R2D2 Translator

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dunvegan Keep - Austin, TX

IF I were ever to get married again, it would have to be here.....

Check it out.

South of Austin TX in the Hill Country somewhere....

The Dangers of Focusing Solely on Climate Change

No one with any scientific sense now disagrees about the severity of the climate crisis. But some people — and some magazines — believe that climate change trumps every other problem. If we take this argument to its extreme, we should ignore any environmental concern that gets in the way of reducing emissions. And that's just plain wrong.

Counterpoint: Dangers of Focusing Solely on Climate Change

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Diesel Engines Clean Up for an Encore - Automobiles - Cars - New York Times

Diesel Engines Clean Up for an Encore - Automobiles - Cars - New York Times: "By LAWRENCE ULRICH
Published: May 18, 2008

AFTER years in the automotive wilderness, largely exiled to the smoky borders of truck stops, diesel is coming home. Americans may not recognize its freshly scrubbed face."

Monday, May 19, 2008

XP SP3 Problems? - Jesper's Blog

There are several issues that can cause a Windows XP computer to not reboot properly after installing Service Pack 3. Most of them affect relatively specific configurations, and most appear to have relatively simple work-arounds.

Please: do not do anything rash. I have seen a lot of reports of people who reformat and reinstall when they run into this problem, losing all their data in the process. There is often no need to do anything that drastic. First read this post, and see if anything here helps you. If not, call Microsoft's technical support line and see if they can't help you.

Jesper's Blog

Tools and Resources | Remove Virus and Malware with Online Virus Scanner

More resources on cleaning your infected computer.

Tools and Resources Remove Virus and Malware with Online Virus Scanner

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Minnesota Company To Pay For 'Doctored' Yearbooks - Minnesota Company To Pay For 'Doctored' Yearbooks: "More than 30 students had their photos altered in the yearbooks that were handed out this week. Several heads were atop bodies wearing the same clothes. Some students' necks were stretched, one girl's arm was missing, and another girl's head was placed on what appeared to be a nude body, with the chest blurred."

Who's The Worst Boss?

NPR : Who's The Worst Boss?: "Who's The Worst Boss?
Workplace Warriors Share Tales of Rotten (and Good) Bosses"

Whiskey Geeks Keep Moonshine Tradition Alive

As a result, today's home distillers are quintessential do-it-yourselfers. Many are engineers and techies, much like the liquor connoisseurs who attend the Whiskies of the World Expo each year in San Francisco. "We have a whole audience that we refer to as the whiskey geek," event founder and organizer Riannon Walsh says. "I think 90 percent of them are techies."

"People are trying to keep a tradition alive," Robison says. "They're not selling it. That's looked down on in the home distilling crowd. Most people I know aren't making more than a gallon at a time. Some people on the forum come from the moonshiner tradition, and we've learned a lot from them. But I've never met anyone who makes it for money."

Robison runs the popular Home Distiller forum with more than 2,000 registered users and 50,000 unique visitors per month. Other online home distilling resources include Smiley's Home Distilling and American Distiller.

Depending on the efficiency of the still, home-distilled alcohol can vary from 120 to 192 proof, or 60 percent to 96 percent pure alcohol.

Whiskey Geeks Keep Moonshine Tradition Alive

60 mpg Volkswagen Jetta TDI Blue

By Matthew Phenix

Volkswagen has at last finished working on its 60 mpg Jetta BlueTDI diesel, and not only does it look great, but it's coming to America later this year.

Autopia - Wired Blogs

Homemade Jet Wings! Better than Iron Man!


This is real!

Soaring Over the Alps on Homemade Jet Wings | Autopia from

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Become a Ham Radio Operator

Become a Ham Radio Operator - Wired How-To Wiki: "Amateur radio is a popular hobby with over 650,000 participants in the U.S. alone."

Ellen Church becomes the world's first airline stewardess

1930: Ellen Church becomes the world's first airline stewardess, working a Boeing Air Transport flight from Oakland, California, to Chicago. The flight takes 20 hours and involves 13 stops along the way."

May 15, 1930: The Skies Get a Little Bit Friendlier:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dead Sea Scroll Put on Rare Display in Israel

Dead Sea Scroll Put on Rare Display in Israel: "Matti Friedman in Jerusalem
Associated Press

May 13, 2008

One of the most important Dead Sea scrolls is going on display in Jerusalem this week—more than four decades after it was last seen by the public.

The 24-foot (7.3-meter) scroll with the text of the Bible's Book of Isaiah had been in a dark, temperature-controlled room at the Israel Museum since 1967. It went on display two years earlier, but curators replaced it with a facsimile after noticing new cracks in the calfskin parchment."

A Sporting Gesture Touches ’Em All

A Sporting Gesture Touches ’Em All - New York Times: "The moment of grace came after Sara Tucholsky, a diminutive senior for Western Oregon, hit what looked like a three-run homer against Central Washington. Never in her 21 years had Tucholsky propelled a ball over a fence, so she did not have her home run trot in order, gazing in awe, missing first base. When she turned back to touch the bag, her right knee buckled, and she went down, crying and crawling back to first base."

14 Stupid Things That Drive me Nuts About Online Sign up Forms - The Red Ferret Journal

My favorite: Forms that ask for a password plus a confirmation of the password, then clear the confirmation box if the form submit fails for any reason

14 Stupid Things That Drive me Nuts About Online Sign up Forms - The Red Ferret Journal

Monday, May 12, 2008

DOE Report: Wind Could Power 20 Percent of US Grid by 2030 | Wired Science from

DOE Report: Wind Could Power 20 Percent of US Grid by 2030 | Wired Science from

By Alexis Madrigal EmailMay 12, 2008 | 4:03:05 PMCategories: Clean Tech, Energy

Driving future A new report from the Department of Energy claims that wind turbines could generate 300 gigawatts by 2030, which would power about 20 percent of the US electrical grid.

The forecasting scenario would require tremendous growth in the wind industry, which currently produces about 17 gigawatts of electricity, or a little over one percent of total capacity.

Computer problems after installing XP SP3

Jesper Johansson has a solution.

If you have an AMD processor or motherboard and your machine is in reboot hell, visit this site for instructions on how to fix. (from another machine I am guessing..)

Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3? - Jesper's Blog

Saturday, May 10, 2008

To install or not to install?

The temptation to use tools not offered by the IT department is luring increasing numbers of office workers to using on-demand software from the web. Yet in doing so, they could be opening up their organization to new security threats.

Controlling on-demand software could become an “endless game of whack-a-mole” warns the report. As quickly as IT administrators find and forbid unauthorized applications, new ones will be downloaded, creating potential security threats.

So, in other words, make sure you stay an HP shop and HP will give you the layers of security you require... heeheehehe

To install or not to install?

Stamp prices go up Monday

Stamp prices go up Monday - "WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of mailing a letter goes up a penny to 42 cents on Monday, the latest in what are expected to be annual price adjustments by the Postal Service.

A new law regulating the post office makes it easier to raise rates as long as the agency doesn't exceed the rate of inflation. Rates are to be adjusted each May.

But the post office also has introduced a way for people to save money when the price goes up, the Forever stamp, which remains valid for first-class postage regardless of any increases.

With the rate increase approaching, sales of the Forever stamp reached 64 million-a-day in April, postal officials said.

Forever stamps currently sell for 41-cents, but can be used after the rate increase without any additional postage. However, when the rate goes up, so does the price of Forever stamps."

Thursday, May 08, 2008


Everything you ever wanted to know about WSUS!

wsus - WSUS Integration With AD

Quakes Keep Shaking Reno; Scientists Stumped

Quakes Keep Shaking Reno; Scientists Stumped: "Sandra Chereb in Reno, Nevada
Associated Press
April 30, 2008

Scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno, are scrutinizing seismic readings and studying damage at residents' homes to try to figure out what's happening beneath Earth's surface under a northwest Reno neighborhood rocked by a seemingly endless string of earthquakes."

I'd move...

Opera browser now has its own alternative to Firefox' Firebug

Today, it's Opera which is changing that picture, with the introduction of its own live development environment add-on called Dragonfly, whose alpha version was released yesterday. It's produced by the Opera team itself, is recommended for recent builds of version 9.5, and is being billed not only as a Web development environment but also as a standards conformance tool.

With Opera reportedly scoring very high or perfect in recent Web Standards Project conformance tests, its creators may see Dragonfly as a way to build Opera into more than just a browser, but a development tool in itself.

BetaNews | Opera browser now has its own alternative to Firefox' Firebug

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Yugma: Free Web Collaboration Forever — anytime, anywhere.

Share your computer screen in real-time so that everyone sees what you see - regardless of the application, software or operating system you are using. With this powerful YugmaTM feature, you can accomplish any task you can in a traditional meeting.

As the host of your Yugma session, you can make any attendee the Presenter at any time. That way, meetings can flow organically between multiple parties, and you can accomplish more in a single session.
You can also share mouse and keyboard controls at anytime with other session attendees, allowing you to collaborate in "real-time" on virtually any application or software. With this powerful Yugma feature, sales professionals can review proposal changes with clients; technical support representatives can more effectively assist remote customers; project leaders can have more effective weekly reviews; lawyers can review and revise contracts with clients; and you can collaborate with your online communities on topics of interest.

Yugma: Free Web Collaboration Forever — anytime, anywhere.

This looks to be the poor man's Live Meeting - Formerly known as Placeware.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Ron Paul supporters not lining up behind McCain - Los Angeles Times

About 600 well-organized Paul supporters overwhelmed McCain's forces and engineered a rule change that permitted national convention delegates to be nominated from the floor, wresting the task from party leaders.

That evening, party leaders unexpectedly adjourned the session, saying the proceedings would take too long to finish that night.But tongues were set wagging about whether the adjournment was a maneuver to save McCain from the embarrassment of being swamped by Paul delegates.

Eric Herzik, a political scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno, said the fracas reflected, among other things, that McCain had "yet to capture the hearts and minds of Nevada Republicans."All of which suggests there might be some drama at the GOP's national convention in September after all.

I am for Ron Paul, and I may vote by write-in...

Ron Paul supporters not lining up behind McCain - Los Angeles Times

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Cougar Shot in Chicago has WI roots

Biologists have confirmed that a cougar shot to death by Chicago police came into the city by way of Wisconsin.

The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control says a DNA sample obtained from the cougar was a match to a sample from a cougar seen in southern Wisconsin's Rock County on January 18th.

Cougar Shot