Friday, December 31, 2004
"By itself or with the vodka?"
Is your child about to make a decision you wish they wouldn't? Like join the chess club? Or announce they want to become a comedian when family tradition states they should become a lawyer?
Well, you know how much influence you really have on your child - practically none. But a good beating out by the bike racks at school will change their mind in a jiffy. That's right - Bullies For Hire will put them on the straight and narrow.
My new car (bought last March) has a few luxury amenities. Like seat heaters, for example. Darlene just loves this feature, being most intolerant of the cold. There have been few times I have been more afraid than the time I recently went to turn said heater off, before her posterior had a chance to get sufficiently warm. My problem? I guess I have this weird fear that if the seat heaters are left on too long, they'll drain my battery and I won't be able to start my car on the next attempt. Is this a baseless fear? Oh, very likely. I mean, I've seriously gone different routes to get where I'm going just to give the alternator a chance to put a little more charge into the battery after turning her heater off. Do I need therapy?
2. Take more pictures.
3. Try to ignore the blatant dents and scratches on my car left by inconsiderate parking lot users.
4. Give away any clothes that have been hanging in my closet (unworn) for more than 12 months.
5. Stop getting upset whenever I find those plastic tags lying around that Darlene has cut off new clothes.
6. Eat more fibre.
7. Accept that red-necks' opinions are just as valid as my own.
8. Give the hair-cutters at First Choice another chance.
9. Try to contain the pee-splash from going everywhere.
10. Spend any money that has been sitting in my account for more than 12 months.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
If you've noticed any common mis-pronunciations in your favourite music, please add them via the comments.....
Monday, December 27, 2004
I was browsing through my music collection the other day and came across this gem. "Sheer Heart Attack" by Queen, off the News of the World album.
Well you're just 17 and all you wanna do is disappear
You know what I mean there's a lot of space between your ears
I can remember rocking out to this tune with Shawn and Glen Drover, who lived next door to me where I grew up. Now here's a piece of music that, 27 years later, would fit right in next to Blink 182 and the White Stripes.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
- Open up the music player on your computer.
- Set it to play your entire music collection.
- Turn on the "shuffle" option.
- Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty.
- Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
- If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd like.
Here's my list:
Tom Tom Club - Love To Love You Baby
Seal - Prayer For The Dying
James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
Pink Floyd - Great Gig In The Sky
FC Kahuna - Hayling
The Herbaliser Band - Forty Winks
Big Wreck - Blown Wide Open
Erykah Badu - On and On
Air - Talisman
Go Home Productions - Rapture Riders
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
A solar-power project built by a Berkeley company may point Germany toward a pollution-free future. Set in the heart of Bavarian farmland, the 30-acre facility went online earlier this month, becoming the biggest solar energy plant in the world. Germany's approach is being closely watched by officials in California and elsewhere as a possible model for developing renewable energy. PowerLight's three Bavarian solar parks, consisting of 57,600 silicon-and- aluminum panels, will generate 10 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 9,000 German homes. The amount of electricity produced is much less than power plants fueled by coal or natural gas, but with very low operating costs, the solar project is expected quickly to turn a profit while emitting zero pollution. The country is now the No. 1 world producer of wind energy, with more than 16,000 windmills generating 39 percent of the world total, and it is fast closing in on Japan for the lead in solar power. Wind and solar energy together provide more than 10 percent of the nation's electricity, a rate that is expected to double by 2020.
Windmills and solar panel farms are considered by many to be a blight on the landscape, but this is at least a step in the right direction. In Germany, any surplus power you generate can be sold back to the utility company at a price 10 times higher than what they sell to you. Read more.
And here was a posted answer: The toothbrush uses the power of Jesus to charge. The cradle has a cross inside of it and thus a direct connection to Jesus. Actually you don't even need the cradle. Just go to church on Sunday and hold your toothbrush high in the air. Jesus will smile upon you and charge your toothbrush. Keep Jesus in your heart and say goodbye to satan and goodbye to gingivitis!
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
So that's why on the way out the door, I will often ask Darlene if I look OK - expecting an honest answer. Nine times out of ten, the answer is invariably 'yes'. But a quick glance in the mirror often reveals shirt collar half-flipped up, hair gone awry or food still staining the corner of my mouth.
So how is it that you have the attention to detail required to make sure you look so good, and still be able to ignore blatant deportment faux-pas(s) on our part?
Monday, December 20, 2004
I think our society would benefit greatly from a little nap-time around noon.
Imagine what weekends in dorms would be like if this kind of course was offered at our universities....
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Star Wars Trilogy:Insert the fourth special features disc of the set. From the Main Menu go to the 'Video Games and Still Galleries' section. On the following screen use your remote control to type '11' and then press the Enter key. Depending on your player you may have to press the '10+' and then the '1' key. Next, type '3' followed by the Enter key and then '8' once again followed by Enter. This will give you access to an almost 5-minute long blooper reel with the DVD credits, consisting of hilarious clips from all three films.
It was time to replace our aging digital camera. Primary reason - Darlene doesn't find it easy to use. Enter the Canon PowerShot A75. Comfortable to hold; simple to use; uses regular AA batteries; fully automatic (but only if you want);but the best part is the price - $300CDN. So if you're thinking of getting a digital camera this Christmas, you owe it to yourself to give this one a look.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
Honey does not spoil. Because of its high sugar concentration, it kills bacteria by osmotically lysing them. Natural airborne yeasts can not become active in it because the moisture content is too low. Natural, raw, honey varies from 14% to 18% moisture content. As long as the moisture content remains under 18%, virtually no organism can successfully multiply to significant amounts in honey.
Man I love the Internet...
Check out these lines:
Mine’s a tale that can’t be told, my freedom I hold dear;
How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air;
T’was in the darkest depths of mordor, I met a girl so fair,
But gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.
Sounds like something from Lord of the Rings don'it? But in fact it's lyrics from "Ramble On" by none other than Led Zeppelin.....