Saturday, January 31, 2009

4 channels, and no news

The cable has four 24-hour, all-news channels, none of which ever seem to be giving the news.

Fox -- political propaganda.
MSNBC -- prisons full of guys with tattoos.
CNN HLN -- about some missing kid.
CNN --who knows?

"Television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy." Richard Nixon

United we stand, divided we rode!

A driving test from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Note: Some of the questions are about Missouri and Illinois.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The bookest comest soonest

The book is still on schedule to be out by mid-February. I corrected the galley proof today.

I am more than happy to send a free copy of the paperback to regular visitors.

I need your address (I have Stan's). I created this email address for that purpose. I will nuke the email account after the copies have been sent.


Following is the description from the back cover. Please note: The book is adult fiction. It contains strong language, graphic descriptions of violence, and mature sexual content. (I know, that doesn't sound like me at all.)

An argument against evolution and creationism!

Red-eyed Tree Frog

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This is new...

Car in front of me today at McDonald's:

"I'll probably have the chicken McNuggets."

"The 4, 6, or ten piece McNuggets?"

"I'll probably have the 6 piece."

"Barbeque, Hot Mustard, or Sweet 'N Sour Sauce?"

"I'll probably have Barbeque."

This went on while she ordered for herself and three kids. It finally ended with a drink order:

"I'll probably have Iced Coffee."

"Regular, Carmel, Hazelnut, or Vanilla?"

"I'll probably have Regular."

"Medium or large?"

"I'll probably have large."

"Plain, sugar, Equal, or Splenda?"

"I'll probably have plain."

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Wastie Timie Mondie


You have to move your mouse over the P on the first screen and click.
P is for PLAY.

Friday, January 23, 2009

This brings new meaning to 'beauty pageant'

Every contestant in the Miss Navajo Nation contest must slaughter and skin a sheep.

It's held in New Mexico, we could all stay at Moni's house!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A guy way

One of the commodes has a leak.

A very small leak, between the tank and the basin.

I tightened the bolts, but you can only do that so much for fear of cracking the porcelain.

So I put a big floor fan next the commode and turned it on HIGH, which evaporates the water from the leak.

It's a guy solution to the problem.

The alternative is to remove all of the water from the tank, unbolt it, lift it off the base, removes all the seal and working parts, and reassemble.

I like the guy way.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I had my hair cut.


I'm not going to leave the house until mid-Summer!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Tighty Whities!

Today is the 74th birthday of Jockey Shorts.

They first were sold on this date in 1935, at Marshall Fields in Chicago.

I like an absolute waste of time!

First, click the PAUSE symbol in the top menu bar.

Then, build your machine using the components at the bottom left. A MOUSE OVER will show what each does.

Click the FORWARD symbol at the time to start your machine. You can edit.

CLICK HERE to begin!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Told you so!

Regular visitors know my opinion of geese ("Flying pigs").

Now they're bringing down airplanes!

Beware a coup d’├ętat.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A sigh! of the times.

I have had a credit card for the past six years. I charge my entire life to it every month -- McDonald's, groceries, gas, online and offline purchases, standing bills (like TIVO). Since my sister and I still have my mother's house, and I still have my aunt's house, the credit card bill usually runs several thousand each month (sometimes more).

Each month, the credit card company sends an eBill to my bank. My bank pays the balance due, which is therefore outstanding a few nanoseconds at most each month.

The paper statement came yesterday -- the credit card company raised the annual interest rate to 27.5%. I called them. Since I have been such a good customer, they agreed to lower the rate to 22.5%. I said goodbye and good luck, and cancelled the card. It's a bank that got $25 billion in TARP tax dollars so I guess they don't need to be too customer focused.

The new card that I signed up for today has an interest rate in the low single digits.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

It is presently 8-degrees F.

The high Thursday will be 10-degrees F.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A religious mystery?

St. Clare of Assisi -- born July 16, 1194, died August 11, 1253 -- founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.

In 1958, she was declared by Pius XII to be the Patron Saint of Television.

1253 - nun dies.
1941 - commercial TV begins in U.S.

The connection between the two would be?

Okay, this might be a little strange.

Cherry Danish are my favorite.

But I don't like the cherries, so I scoop them off with a spoon and throw them away.

I told you it might be a little strange.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't let the History Channel scare you!

The world will not end on December 21, 2012!

Although it's going to get a lot nuttier than the Millennium change before we get there.

December 21, 2012 will be the Winter Solstice, at midday, the sun will start moving back north. It does that every year, on about the same date.

The difference in 2012 will be that the sun will rise in the constellation Aquarius for the first time in about 26,000 years. Before American Idol, what people did at night was look at the sky. They though all them things up there had effects down here. They also believed that throwing virgins into volcanoes was a good thing so they did get lots of things really wrong.

We are now in the Age of Pisces -- and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. On the 21st of December 2012, the Age of Aquarius will finally be here, at dawn (dawn being relative to where you are on the planet). In another 26,000 years or so we'll all be back at yet another dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The rotation through the entire zodiac is called the Long Year and is the result of the Procession of the Equinoxes.

It's an easy prediction, whether by Mayans, Nostradamus, or your crazy uncle Fred. Mostly, it's the History Channel going "boo!"

Who started this, and why?

Body paint. Foam finger. Whistling.

My first year at UT-Austin, everyone still wore suits to football games!

Lengths real fans will go to in order to get away from body paint, foam fingers, and whistling.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

They lowered the lake even more!

I know you have always wanted to know what the bottom of the lake looks like -- well, here it is. The brown line to the left of center is my seawall. The gray things to the far left are weathered landscape timbers. The little plastic things are the fixtures for the fiber-optic lights.

This shot looks straight out from the seawall. (No, I don't know why it's called a seawall instead of a lake wall.) Most of the things that look like rocks are the shells of deceased fresh-water clams. What you see is about thirty feet of mud flat exposed by the lowering of the lake. Distances around a lake are very deceiving. The whitish line about mid-picture is some type of natural sand bar that is normally covered by water,

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Did Adam have a navel?

Just curious.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I want my school taxes back, Vol. 272, No. 17

From Wikipedia:

Leaving Springfield is a non-fiction anthology of essays analyzing the impact of the television program The Simpsons on society.

I just love 'wrong-numbers' who argue!

PUNK: What's showing?

JIM: Sorry, you have the wrong number.

PUNK: Is this Cottonwood Cinema?

JIM: Sorry, you have the wrong number.

PUNK: Is this Cottonwood Mall?

JIM: Sorry, you have the wrong number.

PUNK: Are there movie theaters there?

JIM: There are no theaters in my home. You have the wrong number.

He called back about four minutes later, recognized my voice, and hung up. Punks, I assume, cannot grasp the concept of Caller ID.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Peace comes to Jim's mountain, er, hill.

Holiday company all gone away.
Back to the two dogs and me
Hope the ringing sound in my head also goes away soon!