Merry Christmas!


Achmed sings Christmas song

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11 years later, hell freezes over


Police say woman groped Santa

A 33-year-old woman was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault Saturday after allegedly groping a man playing Santa Claus at the Danbury Fair mall.

Sandrama Lamy, 33, of Danbury, is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, according to Danbury Detective Lt. Thomas Michael.

Two messages seeking comment were left on Lamy's answering machine.

Details leading up to the alleged fondling are sketchy.

"I don't know what the deal was. It was just bizarre," the mall Santa told a reporter, referring all other questions about the incident to Cherry Hill Photo, the company that runs the Danbury Fair mall Santa photo setup.

Cherry Hill Photo did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

According to information provided by the Danbury Police Department, officers were dispatched to the mall Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

The mall Santa told police that Lamy touched him inappropriately while sitting on his lap.

"The security officer at the mall said Santa Claus has been sexually assaulted," Michael said.

Lamy was also charged with breach of peace.

"She must have caused a commotion over there," Michael said.

Must have been the mistletoe belt....


Rock and Scissors have met their match...

For a new art project, the designer Martin Postler has investigated the history, the aesthetics and the lethal seductiveness of the Kalashnikov. He has freed the AK-47 from its terrible capacity to injure and kill by deconstructing it into a paper model construction set. At the end of the construction process each person can decide if they would like to hang their own AK-47 on the wall, paint it, customize it with stickers or simply burn it.

Why burn it? The glue fumes could harm your inner child....


Majority supports gun ownership rights

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they believe the Constitution guarantees each person the right to own a gun, according to a poll released Sunday.

In all, 65 percent said they thought the Constitution ensures that right, and 31 percent said it did not. The question had a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 points.
Men and people living in rural areas were most likely to say the Constitution guarantees the right to own a gun.

Nearly three quarters of men (72 percent) said they believed so, versus 26 percent who did not. More than half (58 percent) of women said they believed so, versus slightly more than a third (35 percent) who did not.

That question had a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4.5 points.

Among rural dwellers, 73 percent said they agreed, versus 64 percent and only half (50 percent) of city dwellers who thought the same.

That question had a sampling error of plus-or-minus 7 points.

Well, there ya go. The people have spoken. Just don't ask them what type of guns people should be able to own. Zumbos of the world with their sporting clay guns will have the rest of us disarmed of everything.

EDIT: Can one person with a gun make a difference, or is that just being inane?


Quiz Time: Scattergories

SCATTERGORIES...it's harder than it looks! . *Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following... *they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial. (WHICH BY THE WAY IS HARD IF YOU ALREADY READ THEIR ANSWERS) You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl.

1. What is your name? John

2. 4 letter word: Junk

3. Vehicle: Jeep

4. City: Jacksonville

5. Boy Name: Jacob

6. Girl Name: June

7. Alcoholic drink: Johnnie Walker

8. Occupation: Jester

9. Something you wear: Jeans

10. Celebrity: Jean-Claude Van-Damme

11. Food: Jalapeno Peppers

12. Something found in a bathroom: Jug of bleach

13. Reason for Being Late: Jockeying for a parking space.

14. Cartoon Character: Lady Jaye

15. Something you shout: Jump!

16. Animal: Jaguar

17. Body part: Joint

18. Word to describe you: Jonesing

You should never cut costs on ambulance door latches

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Deviants and online gaming

Several high-profile cases involving people who met playing online games have led experts to caution that such Web sites have a unique environment that could be a breeding ground for criminal minds.

Massively multiplayer online games — or MMOGs, as they're called — can foster more vulnerability than there might be on other virtual meeting spaces such as dating and social networking sites, where participants are inclined to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior from the start.

"When you're in a social situation like that — playing a game, having fun — you're comfortable with the people you're playing with," said cyber-stalking victim Jayne Hitchcock, president of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA). "People are just not very careful. They lose all sense of reality and themselves."

Such conditions can lead participants to be more trusting of each other and less cautious. Players tend to be focused not on meeting each other, finding a love connection or promoting themselves, but on getting through the game, working as a team and concocting strategies to win. The pressure to make a good impression and project a certain persona is off.

"You're hiding behind a cloak of anonymity and false pretenses," said University of Baltimore criminologist Jeffrey Ian Ross. "They force you to pick an alter ego."

"The majority of people who play these games don't fall victim to this sort of thing," said Ross. "They're either savvy, or they're very rule-bound."

Furthermore, most of those who participate are primarily interested in devising ways to advance, defeat the enemy and win, not prey on unsuspecting fellow gamers.

Because, heaven forbid you don't want to play a game to have a good time. Heck, there are games that simulate life, like the Sims. Every facet of life will have its oddballs. Me, I'm just in it for the loot.


Taking the jiggle out of jogging

As most women would attest, it is almost impossible to take the jiggling out of jogging.

Even the most expensive sports bras can fail to stop the painful bouncing which leads to long-term damage.

But now scientists claim to have found a way to make the perfect scaffolding for every woman's set.

They have developed an "intelligent fabric" to use when testing bra designs in the lab.

Fitted with tiny sensors, the fabric will monitor and measure even the smallest movement in the breast.

This means that manufacturers can better stop the wobble - and also prevent their designs from adding to the problem.

If you take out the jiggle, what fun will it be watching the runners on the river walk outside my building at lunch.

Still, want to see what a jiggling set looks like, run the Shock Absorber Simulation.


A Date Which Will Live in Infamy...

1941: Pearl Harbor bombed

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, American neutrality in World War II ends when Japanese forces conduct a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 400 planes from six Japanese carriers bombed the harbor and airfield, and within two hours much of the American Pacific fleet was rendered useless. Losses were devastating: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than half the island's aircraft were destroyed. Fortunately for the Americans, all three U.S. Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded in the attack. Japan's losses were 29 planes and four midget submarines. The next day, Japan attacked the Philippines, Malaya, Thailand, and Hong Kong, while Britain and the United States declared war on Japan.


Wow, a WOW laptop with an OW pricetag

A legendary alliance between DellTM and Blizzard has resulted in a one-of-a-kind notebook designed to deliver the ultimate World of Warcraft® experience.

  • 17" HD widescreen notebook complete with World of Warcraft backpack
  • Illuminated speaker grills and faction specific Honor Badges
  • Back-lit keyboard stays awake as long as you can
  • Track your stats with the world's first built-in notebook Logitech® GamePanelTM LCD
  • Enhanced graphics with NVIDIA® SLITM technology and AGEIA PhysXTM Mobile TechnologyTM
  • Pre-loaded with World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade and all major game patches
  • Golden Ticket for a custom FigurePrintTM of your actual in-game World of Warcraft character with your actual armor and weapons
  • World of Warcraft Beta Club Key Card with a key to future World of Warcraft beta tests
  • World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade Collector's Edition Account Upgrade Certificates
  • Exclusive desktop background artwork and screensavers
  • Additional loot like a behind the scenes DVD, soundtrack, Warcraft novels, strategy guides, trading cards, etc

Choose your faction and plunk down $4500 cash ($5650 if you tweak the processor and RAM), and you've got the ultimate WOW gaming rig. At least, until this time next year. Darn that Moore's Law.


Hold the ice

In a test of ice cubes from 49 fast-food and casual-dining restaurants and hotel bars in the city and suburbs, the Chicago Sun-Times found that more than one of every five samples contained high levels of bacteria.

Samples taken at three of the restaurants contained an undetermined amount of fecal coliform, according to the findings of a government-certified laboratory that performed tests on the samples for the newspaper.

By comparison, a water sample taken from a toilet in a men's room at the Sun-Times tested cleaner than the ice obtained at 21 of the restaurants and bars.

Better yet, make the ice out of the toilet water. Just don't pick the yellow cubes.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

This past weekend was a doooooooozy. Family illnesses abound like crazy. Worries about little ones, new and old. Hospitalizations. Teeth getting knocked out. Lots of prayers.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • NICS ban list grows due to "mental defective" additions.
    Since the Virginia Tech shootings last spring, the FBI has more than doubled the number of people nationwide who are prohibited from buying guns because of mental health problems, the Justice Department said yesterday.

    Justice officials said the FBI's "Mental Defective File" has ballooned from 175,000 names in June to nearly 400,000, primarily because of additions from California. The names are listed in a subset of a database that gun dealers are supposed to check before completing sales.

    Just as I thought. There are a bunch of crazy people in Kalifornia.

  • Exoskeleton suit being tested.
    Imagine a Exoskeleton suit that fits around a soldier’s body, allowing the same movements and mobility but enhanced strength and reduced fatigue.

    The video below presents a demonstration of the current version of a suit such as this. It provides informative insight, explanation and live demo of this particular suit in action.

    This will allow soldiers to lift tremendous amount of weight and perform different needed functions without using their real strength and getting tired. In addition, when in need, one can simply leave the suit to perform additional separate functions, with the exoskeleton waiting to be directed once more.

    "On the bounce, trooper!"


If you recently lost two garbage sacks of pot...

...troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol are waiting by the phone.

The cops who took this photograph tell the Associated Press that a work crew found 60 pounds of weed while they were working yesterday on a busy interstate in Plant City, Fla. The Orlando Sentinel says the owners can claim the plants -- which are worth about $54,000 -- by calling police at (813) 631-4020.

Wanted for questioning:


One of the best APODs evah!

This spectacular sky is mostly human-made. Once a year, the Light Station at Pigeon Point near San Francisco, California, USA is lit as it was over 100 years ago. During this time, light generated by five kerosene lamps pours through 24 rotating Fresnel lenses, warning approaching ships to stay away. Early last week, light emanating from the Pigeon Point Lighthouse was particularly picturesque because of a thin fog, also blurring the distant Moon.


Go Elf yourself

You know the premise. Get some photos, use the editor, see your friend/family/co-workers doing a silly elf dance. E-mail it to the rest of your friends/family/co-workers. Chain letters morphed by morphing technology. :)

EDIT: While you are at it, go scrooge yourself as well.



Click the above link for a HD version. But, YouTube will suffice for embedding. :)


John, WOW a$$hole

How'd they know? :P

PS3 too dusty to be repaired?

Any PS3 owner can tell you that the shiny black console is a dust magnet, but this is ridiculous!

The Consumerist managed to get the of pictures of a PS3 console that was denied repair under the warranty due to its dusty state. Sony wanted $150 to brave the dust bunnies and filth.

Apparently Sony originally wouldn't release photos of the dirty system, but later determined that the pictures of the owner's console are "neither confidential nor private," and now The Consumerist has them to share with the gaming world. After seeing them, it was probably in Sony's best interest to show these to the world -- this system is disgusting!

Dust and electronics don't mix. However, unless the user manual states that there are certain environmental conditions that void warranty, I say screw Sony. Last thing they need is more bad PR concerning the PS3.


Nacho Libre: robber

Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Genesee County convenience store wearing a wrestling mask like one seen in the Jack Black comedy "Nacho Libre."

Police tell The Flint Journal the man went in the 7-Eleven in Grand Blanc Township, near Flint, wearing a mask and a black-and-blue outfit Thursday. He fled with a small amount of cash.

Police say a clerk thinks the same man was in the store about 10 minutes before the robbery, wearing different clothes.

In the movie, Black's character wears a red and aqua wrestling suit. He plays a cook in a Mexican orphanage who moonlights as a masked wrestler.

Nacho: I'm not listening to you. You’re crazy.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Lord Kelvin:
Radio has no future. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.

  • A 12 ga. is how NOT to loosen a lug nut.
    A US man has injured himself in both legs after attempting to loosen a stiff wheel-nut by blasting it with his gun.

    The 66-year-old man from Washington state was repairing his car outside his home when the accident took place.

    Shooting at the wheel from arm's length with his 12-gauge shotgun, he was peppered with buckshot and debris.

    The man - who police say was on his own and not intoxicated - was taken to hospital with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries.

    The only person allowed to shoot their car is Richard Pryor. Fwd to about 7:00 minutes. You'll see.

  • How not to hold a shotgun.

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Towing costs more than an arm and leg nowadays

A 54-year-old employee of a Pontiac car repair shop apparently decapitated himself early Thursday using a cable and the thrust of his tow truck.

Authorities in Livingston County released few details of the death and declined to identify the man pending notification of relatives. The man’s employer called the death outside the shop a suicide.

The man, who had worked at S&R Route 66 Auto Center on the western edge of Pontiac for about four years, appears to have tied a cable to a sign in front of the business and the other end around his neck.

Then, at about 4:30 a.m., he got inside his tow truck and popped the clutch.

The truck careened through the S&R parking lot and adjacent Superior Gyros parking lot eastward, then struck a sign and crossed old Route 66. It went down an embankment and came to rest behind a business on the other side of the road.

When police arrived, they found the man’s head in the S&R parking lot and his body inside the truck.

Sounds deliberate to me. I guess that it beats getting decapitated by a telephone guide wire by your drunk-driving buddy.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • It's Photoshop Phriday: Anagrammed Video Games.
    I'll take a MathNun!

  • F1 Lawnmower.
    I absolutely hate mowing the lawn, so anything that can help accomplish this task quicker than my hand-me-down Toro is worth considering. An F1-inspired mower just might do the trick. Complete with an F1-style front wing, full race suspension, rear view mirrors, vintage John Player Special-style livery and a steering wheel sporting an LCD gauge display, this CG mockup of a concept racing mower by Kadeg Boucher of France could easily shave a few tenths off my mow time.

    Hopefully it won't require a pit crew to service.

  • GunTalk TV
    Shooting for 50 years? Never picked up a gun? Either way you'll find what you need on Gun Talk TV. The top shooters and instructors are here to train you! Whether your interest is in personal protection, trap, skeet, sporting clays, action pistol, long-range rifle, or you just want the gun basics, you'll find it here.

  • Man Tasers Carjacker, Gets Shot 5 Times
    An Atlanta man was shot five times when he used a taser to fight off a carjacker.

    Officials said the incident happened Wednesday afternoon on Forest Park Road near Conley Road in southeast Atlanta.

    Police were called the scene after receiving a call that a man armed with a gun jumped into the victim’s van and told him to drive. Police said the victim gave the man money but at the same time, he tasered the man. Officials said the man then shot the victim five times.

    The van crashed into a tree after the incident and the gunman fled. Police are still looking for him.

    Officials also said it is not a good idea to use a taser against someone armed with a gun, especially in a confined area.

    Don't bring a stun gun to a gun fight. And I say stun gun, because if it was a true taser weapon, the suspect should have been incapacitated. It was probably a gun show special. Still, it isn't a replacement for a real gun. Crashing was a good alternative, especially if the suspect wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

  • Cops' bigger guns level field
    CNN reports local cops get increased firepower to level playing field.

    Of course, it is all the AWB's fault.

  • Bodega owner beats gunman with machete.
    A Queens bodega owner defended his store against a gun-wielding robber by way of a machete. Johan Marte, who owns the Erick Deli Grocery in Woodhaven, explined to the Post, "He had a gun and I took him out."

    The would-be robber, 28-year-old Omar Rodriguez, had fired twice before asking for money, but Marte managed to chop off the gunman's ear and finger. The Daily News has a photo of the robber that shows crime really doesn't pay - and the Rodriguez is at Jamaica Hospital in serious but stable condition.

    Marte said, "I cut his hand, I cut his finger, I cut everything. When the guy has a gun and you have a machete, it isn't easy." A resident spoke to the Daily News about Marte, "He doesn't bother nobody, unless you try to rob him. You do what you gotta do. He has all his money tied up in the store." Charges are expected against Rodriguez, while Marte was not charged since he acted in self-defense.

    So, I guess sometimes you can bring a knife to a gun fight.

  • Pancho Villa's revolver on auction block
    Item No. 1, for him: a Remington single-action revolver engraved with a scroll pattern and "Doreteo Arango" — Pancho Villa's real name.

    Item No. 2, for her: a pocket pistol in a leather case that bears the name Martha Jane Cannary — the true identity of Calamity Jane.

    The barrel of Villa's revolver is marked "Chih_1914," around the time he became governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The gun was made about 40 years before that and was expected to fetch at least $30,000, auction managers said.

    Jane's Hopkins and Allen Ranger pistol, from the 1870s or the 1880s, was expected to sell for at least $35,000.

    A rare chance to own a piece of history....for a price that is.


Don't eat the Aqua Dots

What was touted as one of the hottest new toys this Christmas is being pulled off store shelves because of fears it could poison children.

Aqua Dots, distributed in North America by Toronto-based Spin Master, are liquid-filled beads that can be arranged into designs and sprayed with water to hold them together. But if swallowed, the beads' coating reportedly metabolizes into the hallucinogenic "date rape" drug gammahydroxybutyrate, also known as GBH. An overdose can cause seizures, coma or death.

The toy, aimed at kids age 4 and older and heavily advertised on TV, is made in China by Australian company Moose Enterprise. Marketed in Australia as Bindeez, it was withdrawn there this week when three children needed hospital treatment after swallowing beads.

Sounds like they marketed it to the wrong crowd, cause I'm sure that teenagers would love to get their hands on free GHB.


Star Trek Casting Call

Ages 18-70, any ethnicity: to play Cadets: young, fresh-faced, Military types: marching experience preferred, thin, regal talent with BROWN or BLACK hair AND are OK with their eyebrows being shaved from the arch outward to portray a Vulcan-type eyebrow shape.

Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people, pure wholesome looks, twins, triplets, emaciated talent, regally poised and postured talent, or other visually unique characteristics.

Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit; wardrobe will be form-fitting.

Well, that last requirement pretty much excludes most of the Star Trek geeks I know of. Unless, of course, they are looking for someone to play the part of Ensign Fat Elvis.


Just because you have it doesn't mean you can use it.

A White Rock-area convenience store clerk who was slain during an apparent robbery last Saturday night was also armed with a gun, police said Friday.

Police now believe that the slain clerk, Abate Z. Hailu, 43, saw that the two men were armed as they came into the Fina Food Mart on Garland Road shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

The clerk pointed the gun at them, said Lt. Craig Miller, a homicide supervisor.

"There was a malfunction with the weapon, and obviously Mr. Hailu was not able to use the weapon" because the safety was still on, Lt. Miller said.

The two robbery suspects then fired their weapons at Mr. Hailu, who died at the scene, police said. Store surveillance cameras recorded the crime and images of the two men. The two suspects also went behind the counter and took a small amount of cash and some property, police said.

One suspect, Howard Lee Simon, 22, was arrested Monday in connection with Mr. Hailu's death. Police are looking for a second suspect, Deshawn Larkin, 26.

Unfortunately, it appears that there was NOT a problem with the weapon, but with the operator. Just because you have a gun doesn't mean you will be able to instinctively use it correctly under pressure unless you train to use it. I am guilty of not training enough with my weaponry. Of course, you could go with a less complicated firearm, like a Glock, where all you have to do is pull the trigger (assuming the gun has been readied to fire).


This costume wins Halloween

And if you have no clue what this is about, you missed one hell of a game.

Prepare for the upcoming Zombie apocalypse

Behold the ultimate in home safety kits to defend against the legions of the undead! I call it the Emergency Zombie Defense Station. Think of it like one of those fire alarm kits with an axe and an extinguisher or an emergency eye wash station

I made this kit for the Zombies Are Love Swap and I've been working on a second one for myself since After all Halloween is just around the corner and who knows when one might need a boomstick in a hurry?

I was initially inspired after seeing this Zombie survival kit on the internet, but I had some ideas on how to take it to another level. I really liked the transparent riot shields used in 28 Days Later and I figured, "Why not make the case multi-functional at the same time?" So when the plexi-glass cover is removed it becomes the perfect protection against zombie related carnage and splatter. Inside the case is arguable the best tool to have during a Zombie attack. None other than the trusty shotgun! Along with it are some spare bullets shells and a machete for when you're all out of ammo. I also have a bit of a thing for those easy to understand safety signs with the little diagrams of stickpeople on them. So I created a sign to be posted next to the station for quick, last minute instructions.


Happy Halloween. Now go save London.

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According to legend, when the ravens depart the Tower of London, it will crumble to rubble and disaster will befall England. As man became more dependent on science, believing only in what he could define or create, ancient knowledge and rituals were lost to the antiquity of time.

Combining the depth of traditional RPGs with the frenetic, visceral feel of first-person shooters, HellGate: London offers infinite replayability with dynamically created levels, monsters, items and events that gives each player their own unique hack-and-slash experience.

A post-apocalyptic London has been overrun by hordes of terrifying demons, leaving the city desolate and scorched by hellfire. Those who were unlucky enough to survive now gather in the only sanctuary left, the Underground, banding together in order to gain a foothold against the minions of darkness and ultimately save the bloodline of humanity.

I liked the demo. I think I might pick it up as an impulse buy.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • It's Photoshop Phriday.
    Magazines O' Mayhem!

  • Apple releases Leopard OS today.
    No word when the urban cougar version will be released.

  • The Dodge Avenger Stormtrooper.
    A completely safe car, because it can't hit the broadside of a barn from 10 feet away.

  • Galactica could move to NBC due to writer's strike.
    Of course, the dark side to this news is that should the writers strike happen, it will cause delays in the production of the fourth season of “Battlestar Galactica” and lead to the inevitable wait until 2009 or even as late as 2010 for the final ten episodes.

    Frak! Hopefully there will be enough Katee Sackhoff on Bionic Woman until then.

  • Ultimate SUV for Kids
    If you love your kids, then you give them this electric SUV for Christmas. This ride-on SUV has dual high-performance 24-volt electric motors which allow it to travel on grass, dirt, or hard surfaces up to 7.5mph.

    Sounds like it handles better than a real H3.

  • Woman tricked into phone sex.
    Police said the man called the mother at work on Thursday and said he would molest her daughter if she didn’t have phone sex with him.

    The daughter was safe at school the entire time.

    Which should have been the place she made a phone call to first.

  • Here is a Halo 3 video. It shows off one of the coolest features of this game, the video replay. That is because it isn't just a replay of things you see, but a replay of anything on the map at any time. Check it out.

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  • Winchester revives classic rifle model
    U.S. Repeating Arms Company announced this week it will revive production of the Winchester Model 70 rifle, the classic bolt-action repeater that has been known as "The Rifleman's Rifle" to three generations of American shooters and hunters.

    The new rifle also will be American-made at a state-of-the-art factory in Columbia, S.C., owned by USRAC-Winchester's parent company Fabrique Nationale (FN).

    The new Model 70s will be available beginning in 2008 in four basic models - the Super Grade, Featherweight, Sporter Deluxe, and Extreme Weather - retail priced from $1,000 to $1,200. The guns will have an upgraded, state-of-the-art trigger system along with the Model 70's time-honored claw-extraction feeding and ejection system and its three-position bolt safety.

    The Model 70, first announced in 1936, was one of the most famous sporting firearms ever made and more than two million had been sold when production ceased last year.


Have remote, will screw with soccer fans.

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Remember, it's only a game. Also, keep your TV away from openings that could allow a random (or deliberate) signal through.


Have some cake.

This came from a friend of mine ......

We had a "going away" party yesterday for a lady at our Little Rock claim office. One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered the cake. He told them to write:

"Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that write "We will miss you".

As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out right. It was too funny not to keep it.


Staying classy in J-Ville

What monster are you?

You Are A Vampire

You have a real thirst for bliss, and you consider yourself a true hedonist.
And you're not afraid to walk alone in life, if it means getting what you truly crave.
You truly enjoy entrancing people. Not to mention the ensuing pleasures of the flesh.
Your tastes have been called decadent and bizarre. You usually give in to your temptations, no matter how primal

Your greatest power: Your flawless ability to seduce and charm

Your greatest weakness: Human flesh

You play well with: Werewolves


Bedside Backup for home defense

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Without some way to secure the weapon, it is truly for an adult-only household. Also, I can just imagine getting out of bed and scraping the back of your leg/knee on one of the shotgun holders. Ouch!


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • Semi-auto MP5 in .22LR coming soon.
    GSG-5: A World Innovation
    The first semi-automatic rifle in the legendary design of the MP5. Estimated delivery time: Autumn/Winter 2007.

    Estimated Technical Datas: Fixed Stock Version
    System: Semi-Auto only
    Caliber: .22 lr HV
    Magazinecapacity: 10 or 20 rounds
    Weight: 4.9 lb
    Length Over All: 26.7 inches
    Barrel Length: 7.7 inches
    Market launch: Autumn/Winter 2007

    I'll take three please. One in pink for my wife. One in Dinoco blue for my son.

  • The French Military/Police Gun Show.
    In France we don’t have GUN SHOW with modern armament like in some of your county. We have small show with antique weapons, black powder, hunting rifle, or Excepted for antique weapons or ineffective weapons.

    But every two years, we have a professional show (MILIPOL). Normaly reserve for law enforcement and military forces only. But civilian shooter could be invite buy a gunsmith friend. So every two year I go to “DISNEYLAND” ha ha ha !

    Ah, that reminds me, SHOT show is coming soon. I should go this year. I can get in because of my C&R license.

  • F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to use speech recognition.
    Hopefully, "Ooops" will not be in the vocabulary.

  • Pistol-packing grandma shoots laundry room intruder
    An 81-year-old Mobile woman shot a homeless man Monday morning after finding him washing his clothes in her laundry room, police said. Sanders was carrying a handgun and shot the man when he came at her, Gallichant said. Sanders fell to the ground and dropped the gun after firing, Gallichant said.

    The man grabbed the gun, pointed it at Sanders and took his clothes from the washing machine, Gallichant said. The man fled and Sanders called police just before 8 a.m. Officers caught the man at the nearby Plateau Community Center.

    James Penn, 25, was taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center. Gallichant said he is expected to survive. Upon release from the hospital, Penn will be charged with first-degree burglary, Gallichant said.

    Good going granny. Next time, remember to not drop the gun.or downsize the hog-leg. Either way, the last thing a robber wants to see is...



Better to be pissed off than pissed on.

Baylor offensive line/tight ends coach Eric Schnupp was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after school officials learned he was cited for urinating on a bar early Sunday.

Schnupp, 30, was not arrested but was ticketed at 2:20 a.m. Sunday for disorderly conduct/reckless exposure inside Scruffy Murphy's, Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said.

The Class C misdemeanor will result in a $258 fine, according to the Waco Municipal Court.

Waco police were in Scruffy Murphy's to help a woman who passed out in a bathroom stall, Anderson said. An employee saw Schnupp urinate on the bar while employees were moving patrons out at closing time, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Well, I'm surprised he wasn't being charged with being drunk.....in....public.

Hey, hey, hey. I was drunk in a bar. They threw me into public. Arrest them.


60 grams of fat for breakfast

Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country Breakfast Burrito -- two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calories and 60 grams of fat.

Brad Haley, marketing chief for the St. Louis-based fast-food chain, said the burrito offers the sort of big breakfast item normally found in sit-down restaurants with an added advantage.

"It makes this big country breakfast portable," he said.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, has called the Hardee's line of Thickburgers "food porn."

It is simple economics. They wouldn't make it if there wasn't some demand for it. Besides, calling it porn just makes you want it more. However, this has a lot more reasonable price tag.


The best 5 hours of gaming I think I've had in a long time.

Portal is a single-player first-person action/puzzle video game developed by Valve. The game was released in a bundle package known as The Orange Box for PC and Xbox 360 on October 10, 2007, and will be released for the PlayStation 3 sometime in November. The Windows version of the game is also available for download separately through Steam. The game consists of a series of puzzles which must be solved by teleporting the player's character and other simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, with the goal of getting to an objective point. This "portal gun" and the unusual physics it creates are the main selling point of the game.

Fantastic game that doesn't end when you think it should. GlaDOS, the nefarious but insecure and goofy AI, rocks! Also, like quite a few games I've played recently, it has an ending song that is fantastic. "But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake." "The cake is a lie!"


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • Here's a nice little piece of crap from the state of Commi-fornia.
    Assembly Bill 1471 would require that after a certain date, the make, model, and serial number of a firearm be microstamped onto the interior surface or internal working parts of all handguns in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted onto the cartridge case upon firing. The manufacture, sale, and transfer of handguns that do not imprint their identifying information on a cartridge case would be a crime.

    So, any gun in existence that doesn't stamp can't be sold. So much for antiques. So much for black powder. So much for curio and relics.

    Also, think about this: How many unsavory types would think to police the brass at the firing range, keep their brass, and sprinkle someone else's at a crime scene?


Happy Birthday, Puck Man.

1979: Before Halo, before World of Warcraft, before Myst, there was Pac-Man. On this day, Pac-Man makes its debut in Japan.

While it wasn't the first videogame -- arcade games, including video ones, had existed for years -- Pac-Man turned videogaming into a phenomenon by burning it into the collective consciousness in a way that previous games did not.

The brainchild of Toru Iwatani, a designer for Namco, a Japanese software company, Pac-Man is a model of complex simplicity. The concept -- the player controls a blob with a mouth that navigates a two-dimensional maze, eating dots and ghosts while trying to avoid being eaten itself -- could have been dreamed up by a 10 year old. But try racking up big points; ah, there's the rub.

The game received a lukewarm reception in Japan (where it was originally sold under the name Puck-Man), but became an instant hit when it arrived in the United States. The name was supposedly changed to Pac-Man for the U.S. market for fear that some bright wit might alter the spelling into an obscenity.

Regardless of the name, Pac-Man quickly left every existing arcade game in its wake. Versions were made to accommodate virtually every platform out there and spinoffs of the game itself, such as Ms. Pac-Man, were marketed to feed off the popularity of the original.

Nearly three decades after its appearance, Pac-Man is still being sold and remains one of the most popular videogames of all time.

OMG, the Wii-tards won

Nintendo recently announced a new accessory, the Wii Remote Jacket, which will now be included with all Wii hardware systems and with separately sold Wii Remotes. The Wii Remote Jacket provides cushioning for the Wii Remote for people who might accidentally throw or drop their Wii Remotes while playing games. For Wii system owners who purchased their products prior to this addition, Nintendo is offering free Wii Remote Jackets for their existing Wii Remotes.

First the thicker wrist straps and now Wii rubbers. What's next? Replacement TVs for idiots that can't hold on to their controllers?


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Deputy Jo Lupo, Eureka.
Boys, there is plenty of back door access for everyone. Um, that didn't come out right.

  • Here comes a lighter Judge.
    The latest of the Judge series revolvers from Taurus is their new lighter weight Ultra-Lite Judge, and is the subject of this review. I did not find the original all-steel gun to be cumbersome, but after carrying and firing this Ultra-Lite, I like this version much better.

    By comparison, at 25.1 ounces, the Ultra-Lite weighs 12.9 ounces less than the all-steel Judge. That three-quarters of a pound is significant if carried in a holster all day while fishing, backpacking, or just hiking around the woods. Other than the weight, the Ultra-Lite has all the features of the original Judge. The front sight is a highly visible fiber-optic unit, and the rear a square notch in the top of the frame. It is a fairly rugged and dependable combo, and the sights are very easy to align quickly. The Judge holds five shots, in any combination of .45 Colt or .410 bore shotshells, as the situation warrants. For general woods-roaming in the summertime, I like two shotshells followed up with three .45 Colt loads. The first two can easily dispatch the largest snake, and the last three can handle everything else.

    Shooting the Ultra-Lite Judge, I tested a variety of .45 Colt and .410 bore shotshell loads, including some triple-ought ( 000 ) buckshot. Personally, I prefer birdshot and solid .45 Colt ammo in the Judge, but after many requests and an update on the previous Judge review to include buckshot, I tried some in the Ultra-Lite Judge. The revolver patterned numbers four and six birdshot very well at any range at which a snake could be a danger, clustering a tight pattern at six feet from the muzzle, and still pretty effective out to seven yards, as can be seen in the pictures. With .45 Colt ammunition, this Judge wasn’t as accurate as the earlier gun, but still displayed usable accuracy at close defensive ranges. Seven yard accuracy offhand was pretty good, entirely acceptable for close range social work.

    Interested in just how close the social range of the Judge is, check out this video.


Sputnik turns 50

Sputnik means "traveling companion". Despite the innocuous sounding name, the launch of planet Earth's first artificial moon, Sputnik 1, by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, changed the world and set in motion events which resulted in the creation of NASA and the race to the Moon. Sputnik 1 was a 184 pound, 22 inch diameter sphere with four whip antennas connected to battery powered transmitters. The transmitters broadcast a continuous "beeping" signal to an astounded earthbound audience for 23 days. A short month later, on November 3, the Soviet Union followed this success by launching a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2.


2 Construction Workers Drown In Pond on a Dare

St. Johns County deputies say one worker bet another that he couldn't swim across a retention pond next to a construction site. When the first man disappeared under the water, his friend dove in to try and save him.

Both died.

The incident happened just after 9 a.m. Monday in a retention pond on Stratton Boulevard, next to where the Golden Lake Condominiums are being built.

Channel 4's Jim Piggott was told one man jumped in the water to cool off.

"The second then dared or made a bet with him that he couldn't swim to the other side of the pond," St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan said. "At some point in time in the water, one subject went under water. The second subject, his friend, went in after him. And then, of course, both men went under."

And alcohol wasn't involved? I'm afraid that Darwin was shining up those awards as soon as the first guy went in.

10-year-old gives birth

A ten-year-old girl from Charleroi gave birth to a baby last year. The father was 13.

"The pregnancy was a big surprise to the girl and her mother," says doctor Robert Chef from Charleroi. "The child came to me with unexplained abdominal pain. She had also put on weight. Her mother had even put her on a diet for a while but that had little effect. When we examined her it turned out she was nine months pregnant. The child was carrying a full term baby."

What surprised the doctor the most was that the 10-year-old really looked her age. "Some girls look like a teenager of 15 or 16 at that age. But not this girl."

Yesterday the medical weekly De Huisarts reported that 57 Belgian 10-year-olds had been prescribed a birth control pill last year. Some for medical reasons, but others for actual birth control.

So much for wearing white on her wedding day. Still, 10 years old. Hell, I was reading comics (well, still do), playing the Atari 2600, and enjoying sports. A relation with the females just wasn't on the radar. Maybe I'm old school, but 10 years old is a bit young to be screwing around.


A speedy recovery indeed...

Kevin Everett, injured weeks ago in a hit that left people wondering whether he will walk again, is doing better. There is still a long recovery period to go through, but chances are that he will walk again.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • A perfect mount for your weapon.
    Robert Anderson, President of Sure Set Holster Mounts, has come up with a product that keeps you from rooting through drawers and fumbling around shelves. The SSHM attaches to just about any hard point, under a desk, work counter, bookshelf or wall. Another good application is in the console between the seats of the car or even tucked out of sight on the floor. It can be adjusted any which way to aid in a smooth natural draw from your holster.

    Picking a gun up off a shelf doesn’t lend itself to a proper firing grip. You’ll have to regrip in order to bring the gun into the fight. The SSHM gives you the necessary clearance to secure a proper grip when you truly need to have one. It comes with a lockable security cable to keep the kids away and even a special mounting bracket allowing you to attach it to either side of the bedframe.


"Is our children learning?"

Offering a grammar lesson guaranteed to make any English teacher cringe, President George W. Bush told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens do learn."

Bush made his latest grammatical slip-up at a made-for-TV event where he urged Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the centrepiece of his education policy, as he touted a new national report card on improved test scores.

During his first presidential campaign, Bush -- who promised to be the "education president" -- once asked: "Is our children learning?"

On Wednesday, Bush seemed to answer his own question with the same kind of grammatical twist.

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured," he said.

Apparently, it is having to write the speeches phonetically that is getting his staff screwed up.


When you chum the water, you just might get a shark.

With a rod and a reel, a local man landed a huge shark off the Central Florida coast. The 12-foot-4 hammerhead was pulled ashore in Flagler Beach, just blocks away from a popular swimming spot.

After putting out his bait at Flagler Beach Saturday night, he fished for two hours with no bites, but then it hit and he knew it was big.

"I hopped up cause I knew something picked it up and then it just started screaming, whiiirrrr, and it didn't stop for a good half hour. I couldn't stop that fish," he said.

His reel spun so fast he had to get water to cool it off. It turned into a three-hour battle that ended with him recruiting 12 people to actually pull the shark ashore.

"When we were trying to pull it up onto the pier, it was bigger than the pier. We had to use a truck," said eyewitness Matt Grosse.

The full fish was so big, he couldn't keep it. Just the head measures almost a yard from tip to tip. It's so big he's still not sure how he can keep just the head.

Okay, so, he chums the water near a popular swimming spot and gets a shark. Then people wonder why sharks bite people there. Hmmm, maybe they passed it around that there was free food?


Halo 3 released today

When last we left Master Chief, he was headed towards Earth, determined to stop the Prophet of Truth and his cadre of Brutes from destroying the universe in a blaze of zealotry. Cortana had been captured by the Gravemind, a disgusting creature intimately tied to the Flood. The Arbiter and his Elites, once bitter enemies of humankind had made an uneasy truce in order to conquer a greater evil. Frankly, things didn't look so hot for Earth and its inhabitants. For three years fans have been waiting to find out what comes next. Most won't be disappointed, as the story eschews some of the ambiguity of Halo 2 and tells a more straightforward narrative. Events play out like a sci-fi action blockbuster.

This is a good thing. Ambiguity is not very endearing to gamers who want closure, not the promise of having to buy the sequel.

It should be noted that the difficulty level is a bit out of whack, though done purposefully. Bungie has to service an enormous casual crowd who (let's face it) suck at games. There are millions who will play Halo 3 and only Halo 3 this year. All they want is to finish the fight and take a nap on the couch. But at the same time, there are an equal number of hardcore gamers who have become immensely skilled at Halo over the past six years. For these folks, the single-player version of Heroic and Legendary difficulties has been ratcheted up just a tad. Many will immediately jump into Normal difficulty, and never see the more aggressive AI that calls in reinforcements and makes better use of its weapons and equipment. Frankly, Normal on Halo 3 is too easy for the average gamer and that lack of challenge may actually bore some.

Casual difficulty is a good thing. Heaven forbid they make the game like the Devil May Cry series, where pretty much only the hardcore need to apply.

While Heroic and Legendary single-player offer a good challenge, the same can't be said for co-op. A decent Halo player can get through the campaign alone on Heroic in 10-13 hours. Four decent Halo players can burn through Legendary in 4-5 hours easily. Unlike Halo 2, you aren't penalized for having a teammate die. As long as you aren't amidst a swarm of enemies, your dead buddy will respawn, whereas in Halo 2 if either player died, you were forced to restart from the last checkpoint. But don't worry, Bungie has set up an interesting system to add a bit of challenge and replayability to co-op for those who don't want to be able to obliterate the enemy with ease.

I'm glad to see CO-OP mode back again. CO-OP mode is something many games could use. Not everyone that plays online wants to deathmatch all the time.

If you don't dig the layout of a particular map, you can make some adjustments with the Forge. This new addition to the Halo series will keep these eleven maps fresh for years. While you can't alter the geometry of the level, you can make any other adjustments you wish in the Forge. On your own, you can hop into any map using The Forge and rearrange the placement of objects, weapons, power-ups, spawn points, and objectives. You can also access a Counter Strike-style menu and spend money to drop new vehicles, equipment, objects, and more anywhere you like in the map. Then you can save the new map you've created and upload it to Bungie.net for others to check out.

Audience participation....yeah!

By now you're frothing at the mouth thinking of the thrilling battles in the campaign, of blasting people online with all the cool new weapons, and mucking around with the Forge. Now imagine if you could keep a visual record of everything you ever do in Halo 3. It's not only possible, it happens automatically. Every time you play Halo 3 -- be it a campaign level, Forge, or multiplayer -- the 3D game data from your match is saved to your hard drive or memory card. The file is only a few megabytes, but you'd never guess it from the replays you witness.

Giving the PWNZ crowd one more tool to be obnoxious and flaunt their e-peen.

The campaign, which is very good, is Halo 3's weakest point. It doesn't capture the cavalier spirit of the original Halo, but you'll still have fun playing through it. There's no first-person shooter on 360 that can equal Halo 3's blend of cinematic action, adrenaline-pumping shootouts, and male- (and female)-bonding gameplay. Look beyond the gameplay and you have a rich feature set unlike anything ever delivered in a videogame. The Forge and the replay functionality raise the bar for console shooters so high, it may never be surpassed this generation. There will be plenty of aspects for fans to nitpick, but it's hard to argue against Halo 3 as the most complete game available on any console.

Too bad it won't be available on the PC for another two or three years, and even then only on a Vista machine. Ah well, I guess a working Vista beats a "red ring of death" X360 anyday. :)

EDIT: With any popular gaming series, you sometimes have to deal with the rabid fanbois out there. Hopefully, an apology to the fanbois for apparent grievances will be good enough.


Man Beheads Tame Hotel Duck

A man was in custody Sunday after police said he ripped the head off a tame duck that lived in a hotel lobby's ornamental pond.

Scott D. Clark, a guest at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul, cornered the duck early Saturday morning, grabbed the bird and ripped its head from its body while a hotel security guard and others watched, police said.

Clark then turned to onlookers and said: "I'm hungry. I'm gonna eat it," St. Paul police Sgt. John Wuorinen said.

"He was allegedly drunk," Wuorinen said.

Allegedly? What, was there no "Hey Ya'll, Watch This!"?

Best play of the weekend...imho...


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Andrew Meyer (UF Tased student):
"Don't Tase Me Bro!"

  • Should teachers be allowed to carry?
    In court documents, she's known as "Jane Doe." Innocuous enough, but the woman behind that pseudonym pushes one of the nation's hottest political buttons: guns and school safety.

    What Ms. Doe wants to do is take her Glock 9-mm pistol to the high school in Medford, Ore., where she teaches.

    She's licensed to carry a concealed weapon and she has what many supporters say is a legitimate reason for being armed: a restraining order against her ex-husband based on threats he's allegedly made against her and her children.

    But district policy prohibits anyone except a law-enforcement officer from bringing a weapon onto campus. When word got out that she had a concealed-carry permit, administrators reminded her of that policy. There's the political rub: According to state law, "any element relating to firearms and components thereof, including ammunition, is vested solely in the Legislative Assembly."

    Backed by gun-rights groups, Doe intends to challenge the school district in state court this week. Meanwhile throughout the country, lawmakers are filing bills that would make it legal for adult school employees to carry firearms, in some cases providing special weapons safety training for those who want to be part of their school's security force in addition to their classroom teaching duties.

    Gun-rights groups and school boards around the country are paying close attention to the Oregon case.

    "There's a specific state statute that prohibits local governments, including school districts, from passing laws or policies prohibiting people from owning or possessing firearms," says James Leuenberger, the Portland, Ore., lawyer representing the teacher.

    "Jane Doe," who agreed to be interviewed by phone on condition of anonymity, says she does not want to be viewed as an "Annie Oakley." Trying to extricate herself from an abusive relationship led her to buy her first gun just a few years ago, she says. Prior to that she had not been an activist in defense of the US Constitution's Second Amendment provision regarding "the right to keep and bear arms."

    But as a veteran teacher, she has come to believe strongly that having responsible armed adults on campus could have prevented tragedies such as those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Thurston High School in Oregon, and Virginia Tech University last April.

    I'm for it. It would behoove any institution, not just one of learning, to make the safety of those people entrusted to it a high priority. Better yet, allow people to defend themselves. "Gun Free" zones are gun free only if people abide by the law.

  • Orem man shoots attacking pit bull.
    If John Erickson hadn't had his gun with him when a neighbor's pit bull attacked him, there's no telling how bad things might have been.

    Erickson, 22, was walking up to his house on 400 South near 700 West in Orem on Wednesday when a neighbor's pit bull bit him from behind. As he rode his scooter to his house around 8:30 p.m., Erickson saw the dog sitting calmly while a neighborhood girl petted it. Then he parked and took three or four steps toward his house when the dog bit him.

    "All of a sudden the dog grabbed my leg from behind," he said.

    He swung his scooter helmet at the dog, which backed off for a moment. But when the dog charged forward, Erickson, who has a concealed weapons permit, drew his 9-millimeter pistol and fired at the dog's head. Erickson said he worries about what would have happened if he hadn't been armed.

    "There's nothing I could've done. I couldn't run. There's no way I'm going to outrun it. There's nowhere I could go," said Erickson, a student at Utah Valley State College.

    At Erickson's request, no charges were filed against the dog's owner, said Orem police spokesman Lt. Doug Edwards. Vicious animal citations and letting dogs run free are misdemeanor offenses.

    "You can't allow your dog to run at large. It doesn't matter how they get off the property, whether it's a hole (in the fence) or a broken leash. Dogs can't run loose," Edwards said.

    CCW is all about being prepared. This just goes to show that it isn't always the human attacker you have to be on the lookout for.


The 5 Most Kick-Ass Apocalyptic Prophecies

#5.Judgment Day
#4.The Coming of Gochihr
#3.The Return of Pahana
#2.Nahui Ollin – The End of the Fifth Era

Personally, I think it will be some sort of biological zombie apocalypse. That's why I would want to buy an abandoned, underground missile base. That would make the perfect place to hole up and wait for the end of humanity.

Things aren't always as they seem

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Prosecutor sought sex with 5 year old girl

An assistant U.S. attorney from Florida was arrested in an Internet sting operation after flying to Michigan to have sex with a 5-year-old girl, authorities said Monday.

John D.R. Atchison, 53, was arrested Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after several weeks of Internet conversations between the prosecutor and a detective posing as the mother of a 5-year-old girl, authorities say.

He was charged with using interstate communication to entice a minor to have sexual contact and traveling across state lines with the intent of engaging in illicit sexual contact. If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

According to court records, Atchison initiated an online chat Aug. 29 with an undercover officer posing as a mother interested in letting men have sex with her daughter.

At one point, Atchison said: "I'm always gentle and loving; not to worry; no damage ever; no rough stuff ever ever," according to an affidavit filed in court.

This crime is the reason I support Florida installing an express lane to the electric chair.

Hand drawn Zork I map

I had Zork I on the Commodore 64. The first game I got that needed the 1541 floppy disk drive. Wow, some good memories with that machine. Of course, getting one that worked was a different story. I think my parents took me to about five different department stores. Each one had mass quantities. Each one but the last wouldn't function. Each one but the last was returned. I guess quality control wasn't a strong suit back then. Ah, the memories. Makes me want to find the Apshai trilogy...


Team Fortress 2 is coming

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Something squirrely going on here.

Why like the NFL? Because men can play dress up

There are three reasons the NFL packs in fans: violence, beer and the ability of grown men to get away with dressing up in stupid costumes.

Without those three items, all intertwined, the only people who would go to NFL games would be the corporate stooges in their tax-deductible luxury boxes and club seats, the ones not cheering because it interrupts their networking.

Otherwise, why pay the outrageous ticket price (average seat — $67) for the privilege of paying hefty sums for parking, drinks and food and then sit in the parking lot afterward, waiting for traffic to crawl out? Why kill so many minutes viewing the down time for those TV commercial breaks?

It would be a lot easier to watch the game at home, and if you wanted a crowd, invite family and friends over, then charge them semi-outrageous prices for parking, drinks and food. They’ll thank you for giving them such a break. And they don’t have to deal with parking.

That is the NFL’s real power. For all that violence and beer supply as a fan’s release, the freedom to dress however you want is the ultimate sign that this is a sport different than others. Sure, people do this at college football games, but not anyone over the age of 22.

People sometimes wonder why soccer hadn't caught on here in America. They have violence, alcohol, and people dressing up in the stands. Ah well, as long as there is a Pop Warner game around, there will be a training ground for NFL fans.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

"An amateur practices until he gets it right. A professional practices until he can't get it wrong."

  • Gamma-ray annihilation lasers.
    Di-positronium, as the new molecule is known, was predicted to exist in 1946 but has remained elusive to science.

    Now, a US team has created thousands of the molecules by merging electrons with their antimatter equivalent: positrons.

    The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, is a key step in the creation of ultrapowerful lasers known as gamma-ray annihilation lasers.

    "The difference in the power available from a gamma-ray laser compared to a normal laser is the same as the difference between a nuclear explosion and a chemical explosion," said Dr David Cassidy of the University of California, Riverside, and one of the authors of the paper.

    "It would have an incredibly high power density."

    As a result, there is a huge interest in the technology from the military as well as energy researchers who believe the lasers could be used to kick-start nuclear fusion in a reactor.

    No word yet on if sharks will be involved or not.