Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Culvert & Roadwork $230,000
Aggregates (crushed rock) $35,000
Replace water main $41,265.45
Engineering services $9,000
Concrete pipe $188,880
TOTAL $504,145.50, not including the asphalt to come.
It did not seem like that big of a hole!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Below is my favorite review of the movie:
"Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again."
Rick Polito, Independent Journal, Marin, Northern California.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Nope not due to the credit crisis!
"Because of 'changes in geographic earnings mix,' the company said."
That means they moved profits to tax-havens offshore. The firm reported a $2.3 billion profit for the year after paying $10.9 billion in employee compensation and benefits.
The kicker: Treasury Secretary Paulson gave Goldman $40 billion of our tax money! If you tax rate is 1% you probably don't care. Mine isn't and I feel stabbed in the back, yet again!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Ranked by Increase in Households
Rank Programs Network Difference in Households (000)
1 American Idol/Tuesday Fox 2153
2 American Idol/Wednesday Fox 1945
3 Heroes NBC 1832
4 Lost ABC 1793
5 Fringe FOX 1602
6 House FOX 1454
7 The Mentalist CBS 1445
8 Survivor: Gabon CBS 1396
9 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 1358
10 Bones Fox 1331
Source: The Nielsen Company
Here is a parial list of the programs that I have Season Passes for on my Tivo, in no particular order:
Cities of the Underworld.
Jon & Kate plus Eight
Recently deleted Little People Big World because the one son is a bigot at the same time his parents are making money preaching peace, love, and understanding, but apparently only for little people.
Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Once again, I see no pattern.
State Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, announced today that she “will file a bill to repeal several obsolete and universally ignored provisions of Missouri law dating to the 1890s that restrict the manufacture and sale of imitation butter and in some instances make producing, selling or even possessing such products a crime.”
Among the actions that are illegal under Missouri’s butter laws:
· Manufacturing or selling imitation butter that is yellow (RSMo. 196.755). Virtually all imitation butter sold today is yellow.
· Using the word “butter” in connection to selling or advertising any butter substitute (RSMo. 196.725). Many popular brands, such as “I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter,” run afoul of this section.
· Failing to label packaging for imitation butter with the words “substitute for butter” in Roman type that is at least one inch in length and one-half inch in width (RSMo. 196.760). A spot check of various brands at any supermarket will reveal that none are so labeled.
· Possessing imitation butter that isn’t properly marked, except when possessed for personal consumption (RSMo. 196.780).
Violations of most of the above provisions a carry maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $100 fine for a first offense, with the penalties for subsequent offenses increasing to up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. The exception is RSMo. 196.725, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $100 fine.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Dreamed someone I know was drafted -- not by the U.S. military -- but by Omaha Steaks!
In the dream, the guy tried to beat the draft by claiming ignorance of seasonings.
Then, the dogs woke me up.
[All of above is true.]
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
2. Rooty had his one-month checkup. He's perfect.
3. The first book has been delayed from before Christmas until mid-January.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Death Penalty Information Center said on Thursday that 2008 has been the third straight year of declining executions...
High legal and security costs are a key factor behind a rethink of the death penalty in many of the 36 U.S. states that still sanction it -- especially with the United States gripped by a deepening recession.
The report said by one estimate each of the five executions in Maryland in the past three decades cost about $37 million.
"Both New York and New Jersey recently abandoned the death penalty after weighing the merits of a system in which tens of millions of dollars were being spent with virtually nothing to show for it," the report said.
Oh, did I mention that the site crashed today (Wednesday)? As a registered user, I received an email that did not sound hopeful! And, a Merry Christmas to you all from your friends in the IT Department at the U.S. Postal Service!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I supposed this would not be a problem except offenders do not take into account that they are pulling into a lane that other drivers are turning into because they have a green arrow! I seem to be ranting.
On any trip through town, I see at least one and usually two or more near misses. And the idiots who have run a red light, and do not yield to cars with a green arrow, always seem to be thoroughly miffed that someone almost hit them!
The picture: I have no idea, but I do have a caption. :)
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
I hedge (put in an order to Buy at a ridiculously low price for a stock that I own) to keep my average stock price low. The market, however, just kept going lower.
I know that I'm fortunate to be at $0 since many people have portfolios with negative values, but ZERO is still a shock!
Again, I have only a very small sum invested in stocks -- just enough that I can watch the values change during the day. I do the same thing with the weather radar and the price of Rhodium (No, I don't know what Rhodium is and I don't own any that I know of, but I like to watch the price change via a ticker on my desktop. Once again, the phrase "Get a like!" applies.)*
*UPDATE: Rhodium is the most expensive of the precious metals. It is used in catalytic converters (so I do own some!) and in jewelry.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
The trooper took the time to write a ticket for another car. Then he wrote the ticket for Daddy Davis. The trooper also asked Mommy Davis to undo her jacket to see if she was indeed pregnant. She was, but he gave Daddy a ticket anyway.
This is the email address for the Massachusetts State Police: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sourse: WCVD Boston
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I usually leave cash for the tip. Bad. When the waiter enters the credit card info, he just adds an extra tip for himself to the credit card bill.
It's not much better if you add the tip to the credit card slip that you sign. The tip amount still has to be manually typed into the credit card system, making it easy to a a dollar or two to the tip. Not many people match their receipts to their monthly credit card statement.
The third variation is for the waiter to add an automatic 20% tip but not tell the customer, who then adds an additional tip. This is easy for the waiter to do since most food-service computer systems have a special key or function to add an automatic 20% or more tip. (Many restaurants add the automatic 20% or more for parties of six or more.)
If you catch the switch on your bill, the restaurant will usually refund the full cost of your dinner, and maybe a free coupon. Waiters are seldom prosecuted, the restaurant do not want the bad publicity. How much can a waiter make using tipjacking?.
The Post gives examples of greedy waiters adding tens of dollars to checks but the dollar or two approach is probably more common. An extra $100 a night times five nights a week times four weeks and the waiter is taking home an extra $2,000 a month -- $24,000 a year.
Because of the ecomony, tip amounts tend to be lower, so some waiters justify the tipjacking as "we're just getting what we deserve."
Remember, there is no tipping at McDonald's!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
GM's reaction to the criticism provoked by asking for truckloads of federal tax dollars while flying around in private jets, GM has asked the FAA to prevent public tracking of its jets!
FAA Tracking Info HERE. [Many sites use the FAA data.]
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I just happened across the photo on the web.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
View disputed ballots here: MPR
"You begin to speak in numbers. When someone at the table sneezed yesterday, instead of saying 'Gesundheit,' I said, 'Seventeen.'"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Young mother getting herself a soda. Daughter, maybe 6 or 7, busily pulling cups out of dispensers and throwing them on the floor. Mother's only response, "Do you want ice?"
With hotdog in hand, I was waiting to pay. One the the clerks picked up a telephone and announced over the outdoor speakers. "Please put the nozzles back on the pumps. All of the pumps have stopped working." Pandemonium ensued.
Tonight the Discovery Channel aired Extreme Loggers.
The loggers were were neither extreme, exciting, or interesting.
They used mules. That didn't make it extreme, just outdated.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I never counted but there must be thirty soda fountains -- places where you press your cup of choice against a metal thing and soda comes pouring out.
Several times now I've noticed people who put soda from three or four or five fountains into a single cup. Not things you would expect -- root beer and Diet Pepsi and 7Up, combinations like that.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
No Internet connection yesterday so I did all of the selfhelp things.
Then I called Charter. They have one of those awful voice-activated help systems! After 20 minutes of it telling me to do the same things that I had already done, it decided I needed to talk to a real person.
The real person had me redo all of the things that I had now done twice. He then decided to schedule a service appointment. While he was doing that, he discovered there was a service outtage in my area!
Wouldn't you think that would have been the FIRST THING he would have checked? Or the FIRST THING the automated sytem would have checked.
The video part of the cable went out later in the afternoon. It all must have come back up in the wee hours of the morning.
Did I mention that I HATE CHARTER!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
[The legal stuff: Copyright 2008]
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
You have to be published by a traditional publisher to get into bookstores. The Catch-22 part.
You have to have a publicist. Being dyslexic, I have trouble spelling "publicist" much less finding one.
I do plan to send free copies of the book to regular visitors -- so decide on an address that you want to use.
The book is a mystery, with sexual content, strong language, and -- this will shock some of you -- profanities and vulgarisms.
While trying to sell the first book, I am working on the second in the series.
There will be a third.
Collectively, they will make good presents, and doorstops.
[The legal part: Cover protected by Copyright. Subtitle registered trademark. Image used by permission.]
That is a lot less of a decline that many places.
But the home values are so high that -3.10% is still lots of money
With the average price of a home in 90210 at $2,930,000, the average decline is about 90K -- the price of a good Mercedes. I feel so sorry for those folks!
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I live in an area where people can be outsmarted by fowl!
That actually explains a great deal!
Full article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Southern Illinoisan
Gas is always cheaper in Missouri than on our side of the Mississippi River.
Even though the oil refineries are in Illinois.
Even though if you turn right instead of left when you get off the freeway -- on the way to my house -- you end up in an oil field!
But then, what about the price of gas ever makes sense?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
"Hey, I watched 'American Idol' last night, the Barack Obama show. Did you all see Barack Obama’s infomercial? It was called “American Stories.” You know why they called it “American Stories”? I guess it sounded better than 'Barack Obama Running Out the Clock.'"
"Here's the amazing part, this is true, it was the highest-rated show on NBC last night. NBC's already talking to Barack about picking it up for 13 more episodes."
"And after Barack Obama, I watched John John McCain's ad on TV. I thought it was McCain's ad. Turned out it was just Wilford Brimley for Liberty Medical. 'Check it often! Check your blood sugar!'"
"And McCain says he's ready for Halloween. McCain says he's going to wear a Barack Obama mask and go as a socialist."
"And Republicans now say that the $150,000 worth of clothes they bought for Sarah Palin will probably go to a charity. Charity, is that a good idea? Isn't that kind of counterproductive? I mean, you're going to give a homeless woman your spare change when she's wearing a Dolce & Gabbana jacket and Jimmy Choo shoes, you know?"
"John McCain was on Larry King’s show last night, and it got kind of awkward when Larry had to tell John McCain that 72 percent of his ex-wives were for Obama."
"But on that show, Larry King and John McCain looked like two guys who would be fighting over Cloris Leachman."
"And how about last night, when Barack Obama had his half hour infomercial TV special. I mean, thank God! It’s about time this guy got some media coverage, don’t you think?"
"But I thought it was one of those heartwarming infomercials. It had a wonderful ending. In the final scene Barack Obama is adopted by Angelina Jolie."
"In Senator Obama's quest to become the president of television, Obama bought a half-hour infomercial and ran it during prime time on seven different networks. Opening with actual footage of amber waves of grain [on screen: opening to Obama's infomercial] presumably to demonstrate he's the type of guy you want to make a beer with."
"I've noticed a number of athletes are now endorsing candidates in this presidential election. Barack Obama has been endorsed by Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley, and John McCain's been endorsed by Ty Cobb and Jim Thorpe."
"Joe the plumber was supposed to appear at a John McCain rally today, but didn't show up. Yeah. So, apparently, the guy really is a plumber."
"Obama is ahead in every major poll. One online gambling site has him as a seven to one favorite to win. They're saying the only way Obama could lose this election right now is if they made him bowl for it."
"The governor of California is the actor and former body builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He announced that he opposes Proposition 8. Proposition 8 is the proposition in California that would ban gay marriage. ... Arnold also opposes Proposition 14, which would require all Governors of California to speak some English."
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Anyway, one thing that distinguishes Red States from Blues States is the Starbucks/Walmart ratio.
From FiveThirtyEight.com (a meta polling site):
Starbucks:Walmart ratio is exactly what it looks like: take the number of Starbucks in the state and divide by the number of Walmarts. While there is a connotation that Starbucks is a place where liberals go and Walmart is a place where conservatives go, it's probably more strongly correlated to population density. There are rarely Starbucks sitting out in the middle of farmland, and you can't have a Walmart on every corner of a big city.
Either way, though, lots of Starbucks relatives to Walmarts is a good sign for Obama. The ratio in Oklahoma is one of the lowest in the country.
Top 7 highest Starbucks to Walmart ratios:
New York (4.6:1)
All of these states will/should go to Obama on Tuesday.
Now the bottom 7:
West Virgina (0.41:1)
New Hampshire (0.42:1)
Except for independent leaning New Hampshire, you get the picture.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It's very popular.
So popular that military intelligence is afraid it will be used by terrorists, you know, people like these:
"Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences."
READ MORE HERE
I've added a Twitter "badge" to this blog so you can know what boring things I'm doing!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Police suspected all along that she might not be telling the truth, since the "B" was backward, you know, like you might do if you scratched a "B" on your own face while looking in a mirror! Dah!
Two. One to carve and one to watch for cars.
Why do Aggies hate M&Ms?
They're too hard to peel.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If you look closely, you can see that T is the highway heading south out of Foristell -- Foristell is on I-70 west of St. Louis.
Foristell has a population of 350 people, and 16 cops!
Ya might want to check your speedometer!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
There is a section on the Books page called "Interesting." (see above.)
Below is one of the four books. Says geeks to me!
From Wikipedia: In mathematics, computing, linguistics and related subjects, an algorithm is a sequence of finite instructions, often used for calculation and data processing. It is formally a type of effective method in which a list of well-defined instructions for completing a task will, when given an initial state, proceed through a well-defined series of successive states, eventually terminating in an end-state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as probabilistic algorithms, incorporate randomness.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It's in Lancaster, California.
It's their second.
The first was for a Honda TV commercial -- the road played the William Tell Overture (perhaps better known as the theme for The Lone Ranger). The folks living next to the road got tired of it so the city paved over the William Tell groves.
Many folks sad.
So city grooved a highway in the desert.
It will be Lancaster's major tourist attraction.
That's little sad, but the road seems to make people laugh and smile.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
More about the novel tomorrow, today's topic is elance.com.
I just stumbled upon elance. It is a site where you post a description of a project and people from all over the world can bid on it.
I have listed four projects: two programming and two proofreading. I had three responses to the programming project and eleven responses to the proofreading projects. I awarded both programming projects to the same company in Calcutta, how cool is that? One proofreading project was by invitation only and it was awarded to the fellow who is quoted in the headline. The other is still open.
And then there is this guy -- Tim Ferriss -- who wrote a book about outsourcing his life. It was #1 New York Times. The book is The 4-Hour Workweek; his website is thefourhourworkweek.com. I mention him because, among other things, he outsources both his work and personal life. On his webpage, click on Book, then on Sample Chapters >Outsourcing Life. About half way down he tells about using his "remote personal assistant" to compose and send messages to his wife. That's right, he's outsourced talking to his wife.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
You could get a degree in grass without ever having to go outside.
Previous experience counts towards your degree. Does that include mowing lawns when I was a kid?
Click the image for additional information.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Yes, my driveway is cracked.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I needed to send identical printed files to a company in Austin and to my sister in Kansas City.
I submitted the file to Office Depot by email and it was indeed ready when we arrived. Each copy was in its own neat little box.
Unfortunately, at the local Office Depot, the copy center, UPS drop-off, and checkout are all at the same register, manned by the same person.
The little boxes had to be put inside bigger boxes for shipment, so while the clerk did that, I filled out the shipping information.
The computer screen on the counter actually swivels around so you can fill in the UPS information yourself. That's right, Jim, the most dyslexic person on the planet (there are days I cannot read the big green sign over the freeways), had to type in the addresses.
Remember, there are two address and two packages.
I types in my sister's name and address first (along with my name and address). I asked "Should I click CONTINUE?" The guy said "Yes." I did, and the next screen asked for the package size, that kind of thing. So I turned the screen back around so he could see it.
He took one look at it -- and remember I only had two packages to send -- and said "You should only have to enter the shipping information once." And then he cleared what I had typed.
That meant that I had to enter both sets of names and addresses again. If you've kept count, you've realized that meant that I still had to enter all of the information a second time.
Meanwhile, the crowd waiting in line was getting unpleased. They have other registers, but did not open another until the crowd was getting restless.
For the company in Austin, I only had a PO Box. That is what I typed for ADDRESS. Turns out the package could not be sent to a PO Box. I did not know the address -- I knew it was on Austin's MoPac Expressway. So he swung the screen around again so I could access the Internet and find the street address. I did that, as the crowd began to talk of tar and feathers.
Then, turns out I needed the name of a person at the company in Austin. The screen did not say that. No matter. So, he swung the screen around again so I could pick a name at the company in Austin to type into the computer. I did that.
Then, I look inside one of the boxes. On every sheet, DELETE was printed in the top right corner. On every sheet! It was not on the original. As I was beginning to fear for my life, I decided to just ignore it -- there would have been physical violence if I had asked to have both copies reprinted.
So the guy puts the little boxes into their respective big boxes and then he has to weigh and measure each. Remember, they were identical! He made identical copies and placed them into idential boxes but he still had to weight and measure each seperately.
If I go missing, check the credit card receipts from Office Depot from yesterday afternoon. Find mine and then the logical suspects in my disappearance would be any of the people in line behind me.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Why don't they just switch to the lanes to their rights and exit?
Is it some terrible need to be seen?
Can we blame this on bad potty training? Do they expect an M&M?*
I blame MODOT, which I do for almost everything.
*Obscure reference meaningful only to viewers of Jon & Kate Plus 8.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
When I was on I-44 in Missouri on Sunday, heading back to Illinois, it mistakenly but consistently said 80. Then, Fat Biker Chick passed me as if I were standing still!
I'’m not being insensitive; FATCHIK was the personalized plate on her motorcycle. She was wearing a white halter-top, above which I could see the tattoos on her shoulders and back in the warm glow of the fading September evening sun.
When I got to the top of the hill west of Six Flags, she was already rounding the curve into Eureka. When I got to the railroad bridges at Eureka, she had cleared the Meramec east of Times Beach. When I got to the top of Powder-Dump Hill, she had disappeared from view across the asphalt horizon that weaves towards 141.
Is there anything sexier than a woman who really knows how to drive? I love you Fat Biker Chick! Take care of yourself.
[Originally posted September 14, 2005]
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
- three fried egg sandwiches, with cheese; tomatoes, lettuce, fried onions, and mayonnaise;
- three chocolate-chip pancakes;
- five-egg omelette;
- three sugar-coated slices of French toast;
- bowl of grits;
- two cups of coffee.
- one pound of enriched pasta;
- two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise on white bread;
- energy drinks.
- one pound of pasta, with carbonara sauce;
- large pizza;
- energy drink.
Friday, August 15, 2008
NBC has most of its shows on the Internet so I so can still watch Jay Leno's monologue, and 30 Rock.
Fox also has most of its shows online, but there are none that I really watch.
To keep up, I read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, and the New York Times site.
I also check Drudge, but mostly for the offbeat stories.
I was on the road this week so I did see most of the Olympics, in the evening, when I wasn't on the road.
I also watched some cable shows. When did CNN and CNN Headline News become exactly the same thing?
Why are there no music videos on MTV or VH1?
How many more wives can Larry King possibly have? The soon to be ex-Mrs. King is the 7th. He must have pre-nups printed in bulk, with a fill-in-the-blank space for Wife!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
1173 – The construction of a campanile, which would eventually become the Leaning Tower of Pisa (pictured), began.
1945 – World War II: USAAF bomber Bockscar dropped an atomic bomb named Fat Man, devastating Nagasaki, Japan
1969 – Followers of cult leader Charles Manson brutally murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in her Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles home.
1974 – The Watergate scandal: Richard Nixon became the first (and to date only) President of the United States to resign from office.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
That's not uncommon, especially among men. I have big bones in my legs and relatively little fat. I go down feet first, like the bow of the Titanic!
All my fat is in my head, it has it's own gravitational field.
I can swim, but I have to keep moving, like a shark.
I've known guys who could not swim under water because they were so buoyant, no matter how hard I tried to hold them under.
Monday, August 04, 2008
How hot is it?
It's so hot today that Dick Cheney waterboarded himself.
It's so hot that I saw two trees fighting over a dog.
It was so hot in Palm Springs the Betty Ford Center said, "Screw it, open the bar. Drinks for everybody”
It was so hot out that North Korea test launched a long range Popsicle.
It was so hot today I saw a funeral procession pull into a Dairy Queen.
It was so hot today I saw an Amish guy buying an air conditioner.
Its so hot, the squirrels are handling their nuts with potholders
It's so hot that I have discovered that asphalt has a liquid state.
It's so hot water now comes out of both taps.
Friday, August 01, 2008
His "wire hair" color coat comes in first, which means he'll look like an over-sized Jack Russell terrier for a while.
Then his soft undercoat will come in and he'll be all fluffy and look like Rooty again.
(That's his Teddy Dog on the floor, he was playing with it when I bribed him with some food to look up . And, yes, my carpeting is exactly the same as in your local Cineplex.)
My guess was 2!
Here are some of them: LINK
Here is a list that answers the question: LINK
["Me Tarzan, you Jane" was never said in the movie, just as "play it again, Sam" was not in Casablanca.]
Thursday, July 31, 2008
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when...
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Once on land and downgraded to a tropical storm, however, Dolly decided not to follow the neat path like Rita on the oil industry map above. She headed west, way west, maybe to see Moni, then she (Dolly, not Moni) made a hairpin turn and headed back east. So Dolly finally got here!
There is nothing like tropical rain. It looks different (grey skies), it smells different, and it never stops. Sometimes, a tropical storm that came ashore in Southern California will make it all the way to Missouri/Illinois. That rain smells like San Diego.
[Yes, I also was always taught that "sky" is never plural (skies) because there is only one sky. Dictionaries, however, include an entry for "skies." Best bet: use "sky" when it clear, meaning everyone in a given area has exactly the same sky. Use "skies" when the sky might be different from place to place within a given area.]
China has only one time zone.
Prior to 1995, the International Date Line split the country of Kiribati. The result was that the eastern part of Kiribati was a whole day and two hours behind the western part of the country where its capital is located.
In 1995 Kiribati decided to move the International Date Line far to the east- which placed the entire country into the same day.
The state of Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. The Navajo Reservation within Arizona does change to Daylight time. But, the Hopi Reservation within the Navajo Reservation does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
You were probably taught to write four in Roman numerals as IV.
The Romans would have written it as IIII.
The use of IV did not take hold until the Middle Ages.
Clocks use IIII instead of IV because clock faces were based on sun dials, which gets us back to the Romans
If you multiply the number 21978 by 4, it turns backwards!
Monday, July 28, 2008
No, this might be the scary part: The professor found that some granite countertops contain levels of uranium that might expose homeowners to 100 millirems of radiation in just a few months — the annual exposure limit set by the Department of Energy for visitors to nuclear labs.
The I feel much better part: "Junk Science" says a spokesman for the Marble Institute of America, a trade group that represents the granite industry
Oh no, it just got scary again: The industry spokesman cited a University of Akron study that found granite varieties used in 85 percent of countertops were safe. [Emphasis added.]
Read more at the Houston Chronicle.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
[An unhelpful hint --> Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order. One is the only number whose letters are in reverse alphabetical order.]
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Jay Leno: "I don't want to...say McCain is running a lackluster campaign, but his Secret Service codename is 'Bob Dole.'"
This is a formula joke. It can be written in several ways, for example.
John McCain is so dull he makes Bob Dole seem interesting.
It was suggested that I needed to add an Obama joke:
Jimmy Kimmel: "It was...surprising" and "kind of exciting. They really love Barack Obama in Germany. He's like a rock star over there," which is "impressive until you realize that David Hasselhoff is also like a rock star over there."
If you like politics, and political humor, you might want to subscribe to US News & World Report's email Political Bulletin. At the each of the daily emails are the best political jokes from the latenight talk shows. The main part is a summary of how the media has covered a politcal happening.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Look closely. Notice anything really odd in the photo?