Saturday, September 30, 2006

If only I golfed...

Then I could write a nasty letter to Ping. This is pretty low.

As for golf - I always thought a golf course was a perfectly good waste of a rifle range.

Now if there was someone there with with a shotgun attempting to shoot down your ball as you tee'd off - that might be interesting...

Via Blackfive

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Time for a remote starter

You are a South African bush pilot. You fly in some critical medical supplies and then enjoy a quick lunch at the hospital.

It's a stifling 100 degrees in the shade and you're eager to get back up to the cool, high blue yonder.

On the way back to your plane, you discover that the only bit of shade within 10 miles has become a very popular place. You start calculating the remaining distance to the plane door, and wonder . .

"Do I feel lucky today?"

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #73

Best of COC

Bob isn't so happy

Who's Bob?

Bob the Tomato

Our family are huge VeggieTales fans. VHS, DVD, and CD - the stories are wonderful presentations of biblical stories that kids of all ages can enjoy. And probably learn something from. Big Idea used to be located in Illinois not too far from where we live but were purchased and are now down in Tennessee. But thats now why Bob is sad.

Big Idea signed a deal with NBC to bring VeggieTales to Saturday morning cartoons. Personally I think it's an excellent idea. But NBC decided that VeggieTales is too religous and demanded edits as they don't want to advocate any particular point of view. But if you look at what was removed it's hard to see how this doesn't meet broadcasting standards:

    "Calm down. The Bible says we should love our enemies."

Who is going to be offended by this?

I'm not sure who is at fault here? NBC for being cowardly or Big Idea for caving in? Either way the public loses.

How to sell me something

I'm not talking about cars or appliances or computers. I mean candy bars, cookies, peanuts, etc - the kind that are sold to raise money for whatever charity or group that you are a part of.

I'll buy from Scouts, sports teams, Kiwanas, Disabled American Veterans, and others that have a clearly stated goal. Boy Scouts is close to my heart (just bought some Trails End popcorn yesterday as well as some Kiwanas peanuts) and sports teams are always worth some of my money.

What bugs me are the kids that show up wanting my to buy magazines. Not that they are selling magazines but the the kids themselves. Around here the kids are usually black and mumble. And if I don't buy the magazine then they are doomed to a life of drug abuse. I'm serious. The line is

<mumble>"Would you like to buy a magazine to help keep me off drugs?"</mumble>

This will never work for me.

Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm a bear

Reincarnation Station

Almost 32% of people will be reincarnated as a higher form of life than you.

You're not perfect, but you've lead a better life than most. With a few changes now, your next life could be even better.

Maybe it would help if I believed in reincarnation...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

He's back

Tickle Me Elmo. ABC has video.


I can't believe people don't know what today is?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Jay Tea has it right

    "Islam is a peaceful, accepting, tolerant, loving religion, and we will kill anyone who says differently."

My wife is great

Phone rings. Some one asks for the wife by name (and mangles first and last names). I pass the phone commenting that people who can't pronounce our name aren't worth talking to (the phone wasn't covered).

Anyway the caller is asking my wife if she is planning on voting for Tammy Duckworth for Congress. Ms. Duckworth, for those who don't know, lost both legs when the Blackhawk she was piloting was shot down in Iraq. She was handpicked by Senator 'Dick' Durbin to run for Heny Hydes seat. No real political experience and the fact that she'll be Durbin's prop just bothers me. The fact that she is anti-gun and pro-abortion doesn't help.

So the wife listens to the speel. The caller asks "Are you planning on voting for Tammy this fall?"

The wife answers "I'm not sure I'm voting but if I do it will not be for any democrat"

Yea wife!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Good news

After two years at college Thing1 had his interview for application to the schools elementary education program.

He's in!

Not that I had any doubt :-)

XBox 360 Laptop


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cocaine left in returned rental car

Via Wizbang

    Two packages left in a rented minivan in Lawrence this week led police to make the largest drug bust in city history, authorities said yesterday.

One would think you would miss something like this...

More here

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Refresher

Cox and Forkum nail it.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Why can't Google remember 9/11?

Google always seems to come up with some interesting logos based on special days. One would have thought that today would be one of those but no. It's just plain old Google., on the other hand, put together something very tasteful.

Shame on you Google.

2996 is down

Looks like DC's site has exceeded his bandwidth limits. Many thanks to Raggedy for finding a cached copy.

If you haven't taken the time to read some of the posts - please do.

Always remember 9/11/2001.

Kathy Bantis

Kathy died on September 11th,2001 at the age of 44.

Kathy was born in Greece and emigrated with her family to the United States at age 11 to Chicago, Ill.

At Central High School Kathy was a good student. She was involved with the foreign language publication called "Little Alien" and the school's drama club.

After graduating High School Kathy attended Plymouth State College in New Hampshire where she majored in accounting. It was at Plymouth State where Kathy met her former husband, Peter Maguire. The couple married in 1979 and lived in Maguire's hometown of Hampton, NH. There, Bantis worked for the law firm of Sanders and McDermott until the couple divorced in 1986.

After the divorce Kathy began working for the New York insurance brokerage firm Johnson and Higgins. This position led her back to Chicago. At the time of her death Kathy worked for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. Marsh and McLennan, a global professional services company, had recently purchased Johnson and Higgens and made Kathy the vice president of finance. Kathy was in the process of being transferred from Chicago to New York.

Marsh and McLennan occuipied approximately 361,000 square feet of office space on the 94th through 100th floors and a portion of the 93rd floor in Tower One. On the day of the attacks, Kathy was at a training seminar on the 99th floor of Tower One. She died along with 294 other Marsh and McLennan employees.

Kathy left an indelible mark on the professional world. In her personal life she chose to remember her roots in Greece by providing funds to help inprove the lives of the people who lived there.

To those who knew her she was an exceptional person - both at work and in life (from and

"My mentor"
"well manner,sweet and smart"
"a crown jewel in the Bantis family"
"understanding ... and a great person to work for and with"
"warming my heart with your true friendship"
"a true pleasure to be with, as a co-worker and friend."
"always fun to be around. She lightened up every life she touched"
"the compassion and determination"
"My life is emptier without Kathy"
"blessed by the memories of your sassy voice"

Rest in peace Kathy. While there is no doubt that you are missed there is also no doubt that you will be remembered forever.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Blue-Footed Boobies

In action in Equador

Montgomery Gentry - Again

They are playing the Rosemont Theater in October. The wife wants to go. I don't so she talks to a friend and she'll go. Then her sister calls and wants to go. Why do I care? Cause I'm supposed to find 3 tickets in the first 5 rows!

Ok - no problem. The wife is a member of the fan club and there is a presale. Good shot there. However the presale is run by Music City Networks and they keep changing the time when seats go on sale. First 8:00 CDT on Friday. Great - no problem. No tickets available at 8:00. Then they post a message - 9:00 CDT on Friday. Crap! I've got a meeting to attend. So I go late to the meeting and still no tickets. Luckily for me it's a short (and frustrating) meeting. At 9:26 they post a message - tickets at 10:00am CDT. And it really happens.

Except the tickets start at the 8th row. Oh well. I resign to paying scalper, I mean ticket agent prices next week.

So today I'm painting the front door and I decide to check Ticketmaster at 11:00. Three tickets - way in the balcony. Two tickets - back of the main floor. Single ticket - front row just left of center! Bought it. Check again and get another front row just right of center. Will I get lucky and get a third?

Nope. Ended up with a 10th row just off center. But every one is happy and I don't have to pay scapler prices!

More money for knives!

Friday, September 08, 2006

The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs

These are great. From a blog at

  1. A site called 'Who Represents' where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is

  2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at

  3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at

  4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at

  5. Then of course, there's the Italian Power Generator company…

  6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:

  7. If you're looking for computer software, there's always

  8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is

  9. Then, of course, there's these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:

  10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website at

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Which is it?

Only Microsoft knows for sure...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Now this is a monitor

I'm in the process of redoing my office at home. I wonder if the wife will let me get one of these...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

It's Katie-TV

    On the eve of Katie Couric's highly anticipated debut on the CBS Evening News, the network was being coy about some of the big names who might appear with her this week.

More here.

I have but two words to add:

Who cares?

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