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Finally: The 1600-volt Compact Hairdryer
You have to love Amazon. They will sell you anything. Get them while they last ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:10 PM

Emergency Food Distribution
While walking a street in Old Town San Diego one evening after a busy day on a business trip, the scene below was one I just had to take a picture of with my phone. I am sure the church did not intend the juxtaposition... Maybe the trash truck crew had some fun though ......

Posted On Saturday, October 31, 2009 8:03 PM

Merry Christmas: Santa's Goin' To Kokomo

Merry Christmas!

Mike Love's Santa's Goin' To Kokomo

Posted On Friday, December 22, 2006 8:27 AM

International Units Trivia
How many of the following 29 units have you never heard of before? The international system of units consists of a short list of base units defined in an absolute manner that does not refer to any other units. The base units are consistent with the part of the metric system called the MKS (meter-kilogram-second) system. meter for distance kilogram for mass second for time ampere for electric current kelvin for temperature mole for amount of substance candela for intensity of light Other international ......

Posted On Sunday, May 28, 2006 7:01 PM

Avoid 747s During Takeoff
A unique perspective of what happens to a car when subjected to a Boeing 747 engine producing takeoff thrust.  Do not try this at home.

Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 3:37 PM

Chinese Love and Rockets

This hurts to watch.

1) Does the guy in the background know what is going on just feet away?

2) Does the broken hand impair his microphone tricks?

Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2005 11:52 AM

God Hates Shrimp
Every once in a while, you come across a parody website that makes you smile.  Do not forget to check out their banner graphics.

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 7:12 AM

This Blog For Sale
I come cheap! ;-) I guess I need to get back to writing. My blog is worth $3,951.78.How much is your blog worth? One week later, my blog is now worth $7,339.02. Yippie ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 11:16 AM

Microsoft Legalese
I think one of the most lucrative jobs a lawyer could do would be to have Microsoft as a client. Microsoft posted their annual and quarterly results today, and the computer press went gaga over the numbers. I do not knowingly invest in the company, but I saw something else interesting on their announcement web page. A large majority of the announcement was a list of caveats that essentially absolved Microsoft from any and all responsibility for events up to and including nuclear war. I present for ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:06 PM

Office Survival: What They Say Versus What They Mean
There are many situations where the following translations apply. I am sure you can think of a few. Statement: A careful analysis and review are underway at this time.Meaning: We haven’t looked at this yet. Statement: This is an interim reply to assure you we are working diligently on the problem.Meaning: The new guy gets this project, but he doesn’t start until next week. Statement: Unfortunately, your request to attend could not be approved.Meaning: We’re going and there’s ......

Posted On Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:03 PM

Murphy’s Laws of Combat Operations
Variations of this list have appeared in many places over the years. I saw my first one while attending the Army War College (the Carlisle Barracks one, not Ft. Leavenworth). As the only Navy officer in a boisterous seminar of Army officers, I professed my lack of knowledge of Army ways early on. My classmates turned to with gusto to educate me. A list of this type was one of their tools. You are not Superman. Keep it simple stupid. Automatic weapons - aren’t Recoilless weapons - aren’t ......

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2005 10:38 AM

I Am a Safe Nerd
Or at least I think I am. Overall, you scored as follows: 31% scored higher,1% scored the same, and68% scored lower. What does this mean? Your nerdiness is: Low Ranking Nerd. Definitely a nerd, but low on the totem pole of nerds ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 6:25 PM

Aiming Low as an Operating System

It took me several tries to achieve this.

You are Windows 1.0.  You're a worthless piece of crap that should've never been born.  Luckily, your parents were able to conceive again.  They rarely let you out of the closet.

Which OS are You?

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2004 8:21 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Surviving Pontificating Weathermen
I had a great post ready yesterday until the blog ate it. Silly me did not copy to clipboard prior to hitting the Post button. Sigh. That I will be able to survive. What may kill us all will be the meteorologists. Two storms are brewing -- TS Cindy and soon to be TS Dennis. Let the hyperventilating begin! Each burst of thunderstorms since June 1 has been cause for alarm. Each Special Tropical Disturbance Statement has been thoroughly chewed over. Each satellite loop played endlessly over and over ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:30 AM

I Am a Modern File Extension
I had always wondered. It figures that I am something that evolved after DOS. I am still very happy that I chose to not program in C for Windows286. Which File Extension are You ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2004 5:56 PM

The Industrious Clock

I got a link to a neat web clock display that can keep you watching.  Here is the Industrious Clock.

Here is an earlier effort - the Clock Block.

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2004 8:21 PM

Defense Department Threat Response
As seen in the Pentagon... When faced with a 20-year threat, the government responds with a 15-year plan, in a six-year defense program, managed by three-year personnel, attempting to develop a two-year budget, which in reality is funded by a one-year appropriation (which is typically three to six months late), actually formulated over a three-day weekend, and approved in a one-hour decision briefing. ...or something like that. Shake well or stir before repeating annually ......

Posted On Thursday, August 5, 2004 7:00 AM

On Meetings
Are you lonely?Don't like working on your own?Hate making decisions? Then call a MEETING!!! You can:- SEE people- DRAW flowcharts- FEEL important- FORM subcommittees- IMPRESS your colleagues- MAKE meaningless recommendationsALL on COMPANY TIME!!! MEETINGSTHE PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE TO WORK ......

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2004 2:53 PM

The Snake Model
I came across an old email that forwarded The Differential Theory of the US Armed Forces, commonly referred to as The Snake Model. I have personal experience with the first 12 or so examples, and find they tend to support the personalities described with the exception of the Marines. Overall, I thought that this was quite appropriate once you get to know them, although some content could be viewed as rude. So for those who may, from time to time, have difficulty sorting out service operational differences, ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:21 PM

Hurricane Baby Boomlet
I guess it was inevitable. Hurricane Charlie roared through central Florida on August 13, 2004. Many people were without power for days. In some cases it was almost two weeks. Forty weeks later was May 20, 2005. Hospital data for the last 3-4 weeks shows a 18-26% rise in the birth rate. The story is here. I guess it had something to do with all those candles ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:39 AM

Page 23
Picked this meme up from here. "And I must say immediately what a great honor and a great privilege I think it must be for you, the people of Cottington, to have this gleaming new motorway going through your cruddy little village ... I'm sorry, your little country village of cruddy Cottington." - From the fifth sentence on page 23 of Douglas Adams' The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts. Here's what the meme suggests you do: Grab the nearest book.Open the book to page 23.Find the fifth sentence.Post ......

Posted On Saturday, April 17, 2004 12:35 PM

You know you live in Florida when...
Those crazy people at the Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) have been at it again. I think they need to go bake on a beach for a week or two. You just gotta keep laughing. Of course, they also claim that this was a "once in a lifetime" kind of hurricane year. Yeah right - until next year. - - - - - Whether natives or newcomers, residents of the Sunshine State (Ha!) have faced a multitude of, er, weather challenges the past two months. Yet, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne have made us get ......

Posted On Saturday, October 2, 2004 1:21 PM

Clippy Resurrected

Oh ... my ... God --- please save us!

Clippy has a blog.  ;-)

Posted On Saturday, September 11, 2004 10:26 AM

Hurricane Terminology: Then and Now
The Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) staff has too much time on their hands and has again created yet another comparison of experiences in our hurricane-drenched world. Four weeks ago today Hurricane Charley swept through Florida, and the tropics have remained in attack mode ever since, in the form of Frances and Ivan. Can anybody remember what life was like B.C. (Before Charley)? For sure, the last month has changed our view of certain things in our blustery world. Spare batteries Then: ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 9:24 PM

Florida Hurricane Reality
Any day now, you may turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some blob of clouds out in the Atlantic Ocean and making two basic meteorological points: There is no need to panic. We could all be killed. Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 8:22 PM

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