badinage \bad-n-AHZH\ , noun:
Light, playful talk; banter.
What's so bad about light, playful talk?
Seems like it should be called "goodinage".
You Are Confident
You are self-assured and together. You have high self esteem.
Other people see you as outgoing, hyper, and even a bit overwhelming.
Your ideal romantic relationship is unconventional, wild, and very public.
You do best in tasks that require you to be logical, hard-working, and courageous.
From the "Wish I had thought of that" dept.
From the site:
Coffee stains? Lipstick smudges? What a Dirty Mug! Ceramic coffee mug is purposely and strategically "dirtied" for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Mug
Convert any file into a web site!
From the site:
File2.ws is a free website that converts any of your own files into a public online web page. Every converted file to a web page has a unique web address so you can share it with friends, or other people on the internet. This allows information to be shared quickly and efficiently to a large audience.
Nifty as all get-out, especially as Google Sites are being discontinued and there's no registration required. Seems to be a great place to share files, but the FAQ says any files can be taken down at any time. There are also stipulations about copyrighted material, but I think this ringtone of mine wouldn't violate any laws since I'm only using a bit of it. I'll take it down after a week or two.
quidnunc \KWID-nuhngk\ , noun:
One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.
All sorts of July 4th printables to be had, free to download, print, and use.
US History printable coloring pages
Independence Day printable coloring pages
Patriotic stationery design
Firecracker recipe card
Patriotic free business card template
Certificate of Achievement - Flag certificate design
Military printable coloring pages
From the email archives:
Play The Operation Game
Not a "game", but a commentary on the current US healthcare system.
From the site:
Try and fix healthcare.
Any attempt to reform our collapsing healthcare system is up against powerful political forces. Who can save it? The clock is ticking!
The Operation Game
A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain and is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.
That the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show and then just a few hours later (meaning a too-short career, not literally) performing their last time together on a rooftop with an extra-long version of "Hey Jude" and ending with "Get Back".
Here's a cool website that has some early, unpublished photos of the Fab Four.
Unpublished Photos Of The Beatles When They Were Young.
I saw a post about a show of which I wasn't familiar: "The Real Housewives of New Jersey". I Googled the show and decided to go to the official web site to see what it was all about. This is what greeted me when I arrived on the site:
(I've blacked out my IP number)
Like I said though, I'd only just heard of the show, so I couldn't understand why I'd been banned. They DO have msg. boards, but I've never been on them to stir things up.
Maybe my reputation is starting to precede me all over the 'net?
Your Address Says You're Friendly
Right now, you are enjoying your life as it is. You wouldn't change a thing.
You feel happy for what you have. There's a lot to be thankful for.
At your best, you are welcoming and outgoing. You have a lot to give.
At your worst, you are a bit too giving toward other people. You need to think of yourself first sometimes.
For over a week now this has been the message on my US Flag Counter:
That's pretty neat, considering it's only been 3 weeks since I put in the counter.
BUT, when navigating to the Flag Map, I noticed two states haven't visited this blog, both North and South Dakota:
Looking through the list, I see that it counts the District of Columbia as a state, so there's the problem.
OTOH, I better not hold my breath waiting waiting for visits from President Obama's "57 States".
On a related note, I noticed that there's now a Visitor Log which details more on each visitor, whether they're a new visitor or a new visitor from a new state (the same with the country flag counter) and what sort of operating system they're using as well as what browser.
The country count is now up to 75, and that's in less than two months of the counter being on this blog.
Cool. I suppose it's nothing really to brag about; I know of some blogs that probably get that many visitors a day as I've had total, but I think it's still neat.
One day a man spotted a lamp by the roadside.
He picked it up, rubbed it vigorously and a genie appeared.
"I'll grant you your fondest wish," the genie said.
The man thought for a moment, then said,
"I want a spectacular job - a job that no man has ever succeeded at or has ever attempted to do."
"Done!!" said the Genie,
"You're a housewife."
Labels: bad jokes
NOTE: Original vid was taken down, but this one was recently uploaded.
A little soothing Sunday music.
This is a video of a friend's group based in Austin. I featured a post about his mother after she passed away a few months ago. I accidentally stumbled across this video and a few others at YouTube after doing a search for the group.
Unless the make-up of the band has changed, I believe all the members are legally blind. (although the guy playing the bass glances at the camera, but that doesn't mean he's not visually impaired. You will notice them being led into the venue near the first of the vid) My friend Jimmy is the one playing the keyboard and is a very talented young man. (His face is never pictured and he's NOT the man playing the piano, but there are several shots of Jimmy's hands, esp. at the first. You can also see him at the right of the video when the song first starts)
Their music can be purchased at CD Baby. They also have a MySpace page with a selection of a few of their tunes.
Who were you in your last life?
To know the answer, just type in the date when you were born in your present life.
Here lately I've been getting my political fix at Big Hollywood, a fantastic site that blends movie reviews with conservative views on current events and politics. (a rare treat indeed, because the words "Hollywood" and "conservative" are seldom, if ever, mentioned in the same sentence) I like it for that reason, plus it's a chance to see a seldom-seen side of the celebs who post and at times interact with them.
They've been having some trouble with their IntenseDebate forum software; comments not going through, double replies and pages taking forever to load. (shades of MSN Groups!) Most of the time it's not funny, and even though I've taken a screenshot of a similar glitch, this IS still funny:
Was just going through some vids at YouTube and noticed there were several new ones taken during the May 15th storm I wrote about in "Dodged a Bullet" and "Friday's Storm".
This first one is from a tornado watcher's vehicle, taken just a few blocks from my house. (I'd already left by that time, headed away from the storm, although I did give some thought to trying to take some photos...the first huge hailstones changed my mind for me, though)
These next two are vids of one of the tornados that touched down. The first one was shot just off of Hwy 60; I think the second one was on the opposite side of the storm; it looks to have been shot on Hwy 282, just a few miles from where I grew up.
From the website:
The inflation calculator uses U.S. government provided Consumer Price Index (CPI) data to measure the purchasing power of the dollar over time. It’ll provide a look into the present, past or any time between.
How to use: You can start with any date from 1913 through 2009. The first date field can also begin in the present, like 2009, and then move backwards – each method is interesting. The inflation calculator starts with default values just to give a quick glimpse into how it works. Simply clear or edit the numbers with your own.
This site made me think of the first wages I ever made at a "real" job. It was back in the early 70's and like most kids then and now, I made minimum wage: $1.90/hr. Sometime shortly after that, it went up to two dollars an hour. Working for the county, which wasn't bound by overtime laws, we were allowed to work fifty hours a week for a cool hundred bucks, less taxes.
(which I seem to recall was something like seven/eight dollars taken out of each weekly paycheck. I was annoyed that I had to work a half day each week to pay Uncle Sam. Little did I know those were the good ol' days, huh?)
Using the inflation calculator, I input my first hourly wage and what it would be now adjusted for inflation:
Ten bucks an hour is quite a bit above minimum wage now! I guess I was luckier than I thought! Discussing what we wanted to do when we got out on our own, a friend of mine said he wanted to be a cowboy; "400 bucks a month, a house furnished and all the beef you can eat!" he exclaimed. "What more could you want?"
Going to a "flashback site", I found that milk was $1.18 per gallon in 1971.
Of course, milk is an agricultural commodity and is subject to the vagaries of the markets, but I bought 2 gallons for five dollars just the other day. I see it for 3 bucks or less all the time.
(and speaking of agriculture markets; I noticed in the paper that the hog market was something like $73/cwt. It was .53 cents a lb. during my first foray into the pig raising business...then dropped to .17 cents just a couple of months later)
I then wondered what gasoline should be adjusted for inflation. I remember when I first started driving it was 28.9 cents, then went up to 32.9 and stayed there for several years...except when there were gasoline wars between stations and sometimes the price would drop to less than .20 cents. (probably at cost to the station) After the first Arab oil embargo the price went up to 53.9 and hasn't looked back since.
So, I found something that outstripped the cost of inflation, or did I? Gasoline was $2.49 yesterday when I filled up, having increased quite a bit since the last time I filled up a month or so ago. The federal tax on gasoline was .04 cents a gallon in '71; by 2008 it had gone up to 18.4. State taxes on gasoline vary from state to state; here in Texas it's .20 per gallon.
At first glance, even allowing for the increase in federal and state taxes, it would seem that gasoline has gone up much more than it should have, all things and inflation considered, but there is a larger demand for it now than was then, so I don't think the current price is so much out of line.
I could have compared the then and now cost of dozens of different things, but the few I tried were enough for me. I remember my ex-wife, then girlfriend, buying one of the first hand-held calculators in 1977 for $79.99. Now you can buy one that has much more computing power for less than ten dollars; you can even buy a keychain calculator for less than a dollar!
I also remember my folks buying a Curtis Mathis color TV in the 60's for something like a thousand bucks (probably two months wages for dad). It was a large "console" model and although I haven't seen one like it in years, fairly large screen TVs can be had for at least half that amount.
Good old days? Maybe we're living in 'em right now!
nimiety \nih-MY-uh-tee\ , noun:
The state of being too much; excess.
Thanks to this post on Reddit, this blog has had 3-4 times the normal daily new visitors as usual. (my regular readers aren't "normal" or they wouldn't be here)
They were following a link left to a post from over a year ago: The Week I Was Born. The subject of the Reddit post was the photo of the man with the huge grasshopper.
Earlier today I took a screenshot of the Feedjit counter and the page changed a half dozen times as I watched, with most new visitors coming from the Reddit site.
(click to view larger size)
There's not been any new non-US visitors, but thanks to the link, there's only one more US state to complete the entire fifty!
In Bozeman City, Montana.
Bozeman City job requirement raises privacy concerns
If you want to work for the city, you'll need to "list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.," the City form states. There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords."
Good Grief! It's bad enough for them to require the names of your blogs and forums to which you belong, plus your usernames....but they want your PASSWORDS too?
I always figured that Texas would be one of the last places where stuff like this would be required,but also thought Montana would be THE last place.
"1984" has finally arrived. The end is near when fascists have invaded Montana.
Today marks the day, 194 years ago, that Wellington defeated Napoleon's forces at Waterloo, shaping history to this day.
(one of the funniest things I ever read on a bathroom wall was "Waterloo: Where Napoleon pulled his Bonaparte.")
I could've posted a video in honor of the historical event, but decided on this one instead.
To my close friends who read this blog and know of whom I'm writing, the blonde in ABBA, Agnetha Fältskog, is a spittin' image of elle when she was about 17 yrs. old.
NationStates is based upon a novel, Jennifer Government by Max Barry.
From the site:
NationStates is a free nation simulation game. Build a nation and run it according to your own warped political ideals. Create a Utopian paradise for society's less fortunate or a totalitarian corporate police state. Care for your people or deliberately oppress them. Join the World Assembly or remain a rogue state. It's up to you.
I've signed up!
Location: The North Pacific
Regional Influence: Minnow
The Republic of ToTG is a fledgling, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 5 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The large government juggles the competing demands of Religion & Spirituality, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 21%. A substantial private sector is led by the Soda Sales industry, followed by Uranium Mining and Retail.
Crime is moderate. ToTG's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the mike.
From the email archives:
Test your ambidextrous skills with this double screen game.
In this game you control 2 balls, one on each side of the screen. Control the left ball with A and D and the right ball with right and left. Your goal on the left side is to go through the spaces without being forced out the top, while on the right side it is to find the spaces to avoid being squashed at the bottom. The game gets harder and time goes on.
Play Double Fall
Was saddened earlier today to hear of the passing of Bob Bogle, co-founder and lead guitarist of the Ventures.
From The News Tribune of Tacoma:
Bogle, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was 75 when he died on Sunday. He suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma and became too frail to play with the Ventures in his waning years, but lived long enough to see his band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008.
When I was a kid, I used to listen over and over and over again to the Ventures albums we had until I wore them out; Golden Greats was the first thing I bought with the very first money I ever earned. It's one of my Top Ten favorite albums.
Back in November I posted Sleepwalk.
RIP Bob Bogle
You Are Nachos
You are outgoing and generous. You love to share your life with other people.
You are carefree and light-hearted. You try to always make the best of things.
While you enjoy being with other people, you also value your alone time.
You like to reflect, think, and pick things apart. You like to study everything carefully.
From the email archives:
From the website:
From the email archives:
Welcome to the new news. (in the right-hand column)
I've decided to change the news feed from KFDA, the Amarillo CBS affiliate, to KVII, the Amarillo ABC affiliate.
The reason? CBS is the home of David Letterman, the gap-toothed, bitter old grouch who has a late night show on that network. Letterman recently had a Top Ten list lambasting Sarah Palin, the Alaskan governor and recent VP candidate. (article) Jokes at Palin are all fair game, even if he did say she looked like a slutty airline stewardess (you should see HIS wife; unattractive would be kind), but he also made the "joke" that Palin's daughter was knocked up by A-Rod during the seventh inning stretch when Palin and her daughter recently attended a Yankees game.
Now, I'm sure he meant Bristol, the oldest/18 yr. old daughter who had a child out of wedlock (and Dave had a child out of wedlock, too), but the problem was it was Palin's younger daughter Willow who attended the game with her mom.
Willow is 14.
The "joke" wouldn't have been funny even if Bristol had been the one attending the game, and although Letterman issued an obviously insincere apology, the damage has been done.
I quit watching Letterman years and years ago; I used to be a huge fan, getting up earlier than I usually would before my evening tour shift on the rig to watch his morning comedy show and after he moved to nights, hurrying home to watch. Shortly after he switched networks from NBC to ABC, I changed shifts and rarely got to see his show, then managed to catch a few back during the start of this decade and found him to have turned hateful and mean and into a left-wing tool.
What's astounding are the posts I've seen defending Letterman. I'd like to know if jokes about Obama's daughters getting raped would be all right?
Of course they wouldn't.
I've seen thousands of cases of hypocrisy from the right-wing, especially from the "Religious Right" but the MSM never, ever points out the many instances of that same sort of hypocrisy from the left. How can they defend the indefensible? Don Imus was forced to resign because of his remarks; I think CBS should do the same and cancel Letterman. Imus' remarks were bigoted, but Letterman was joking about rape. Which one is worse?
If you have a single functioning brain cell, you'll know which one.
Sure, my action won't affect the network one iota, nor will there be a molecule's worth of difference to the local station, but it's a stand on principle.
I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I recognize a real bastard when I see one.
At this moment, I'm sitting here listening to online radio, namely the Michael Smerconish Show. (that's his website; I'm listening to AOL Radio which replaced my Yahoo/ATT Launchcast) I wouldn't ordinarily listen to him; he's a blowhard, it's "all about him" and he fills in the time between commercials with plugs for his book. To top all that off, he says he's a conservative Republican, yet admits to voting for Obama. Sheesh. I can listen to liberals, but I don't much care to listen to hypocrites.
I wasn't paying a lot of attention, but instead was concentrating on trying to win the 122,347th game of Hearts I've played, then Smerconish brought up a topic I thought interesting and the show started taking phone calls. The subject was "What president would you most like to play golf with?" One of the first callers brought up Ronald Reagan and I immediately thought you'd have to give him a pretty extreme handicap being as how he's dead and all that. I understood the premise, though, so I played along with the fantasy picks.
My first choice of a president I'd like to play golf with was Eisenhower because I think it'd be cool to talk to him about WWII while we played and one caller echoed my choice. The other presidents named were Bush I and II and someone called in and said "Nixon" because he knew he could beat him. (And the inference was he'd not only beat him in the match, but he'd beat him with his nine-iron. Good Grief, the guy's dead and the hate still lives on)
Another guy called in and named Obama because "I've heard he's honest with his scorecard." I didn't doubt that, but figured you'd never get to see it and you'd also get stuck with the greens fees and the tab from the clubhouse bar...for the next 20 years.
Then some woman calls in and in a gushing voice said she'd LOVE to play golf with Clinton. "I think it's be SO COOL to play a round with him". Hmm, from the sound of her voice, it sounded like "play around with him"....and that's probably what she meant, from the unbridled admiration that came through the speakers. She went on: "I'd love to sit there and smoke a cigar with him, just talk about STUFF!"
Uh, dear heart, I'm sure Mr. Clinton would want to talk about "stuff", probably "your stuff". I also wouldn't take a cigar from him, not in any shape, form or fashion.
redivivus \red-uh-VY-vuhs; -VEE-\ , adjective:
Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.
"Who do you want to be today?"
Another cool website for those of us who are Photoshop-challenged. Just like the photography places one can find at tourist traps, FaceinHole.com lets you put your face (or someone elses) onto someone else's body.
Pick a template from the many offered, upload the photo of your choice and using the controls, manipulate it to best fit.
I didn't want to post MY photo, so I chose our President's mug. This is one I made for a political forum I sometimes post in; it's in response to a thread that was condemning Obama for cutting NASA funding. (although I don't think that's happened yet and funding is controlled by Congress)
Here's another one that will be sure to gain me some favor the next time they accuse Obama of being a coward in regards to (pick one) Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea, Russia, etc.
Here's my favorite (so far): Ringo Hussein Starr
There's even a game you can create with an uploaded pic. (my conservative political forum should REALLY like that one) They also offer the code for embedding in websites. (although it's a bit too wide for my blog post column)