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A Quick Round Up

It is time for a short recap of some of the posts that have appeared here recently. On a side note I realize that the posts here have been a little weak lately. I am working on it. South Park Superfriends The Most Popular Story in the Jblogosphere Telling The Kids That You Are Going To Die This Made Me Smile Caught My Eye- Hookers, Robots & More When Does A Cow Not Say Moo Magazine Renewals Creative Writing Midnight Hour Musings What is Your Dream Job? And your blast from the past: Why I Blog How I Became a Blogger

The Most Popular Story in the Jblogosphere

The Most Popular Story in the Jblogosphere is the Hulk Hogan video about Kashrut. Orieyenta picked up on this last November. But within the last two weeks I have seen the video running on more than 27 Jblogs, including my own . And that is why I am declaring it to be January's most popular story in the Jblogosphere. If you haven't seen it here it is again.

A Lack Of Judgement

Life is not black and white. Sometimes you need to take a step back and carefully consider your actions. This story just makes me shake my head. TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- A college student who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest. While she was behind bars, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions, the college student's attorney said. The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her plight to the local media. "Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it," Moore said. "She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There's just got to be some humanity involved when it's a victim of rape." Moore said the young woman was not allowed to take the second emergency co

Telling The Kids That You Are Going To Die

GRAYSLAKE, Illinois (AP) -- Seven-year-old Nicholas Chamernik had rarely seen his parents cry. So he felt a pang of worry when he looked up one evening to see his father wiping away tears. "Dad, what's wrong?" he asked. Jim Chamernik was too choked up to respond. After 18 months of grasping for answers, he and his wife, Aimee, finally had an explanation for symptoms Aimee had been having -- slurred speech and weakness in her right arm among them. The diagnosis was Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative condition of the nervous system, also known as ALS. There is no cure. But how could they explain that to their eldest son, the first in the family to notice his mom's slurring, when she read him bedtime stories? How, they wondered, do you tell a child that his mom is dying? Wow. That has got to be so darn hard. I can't imagine being placed in that position.

This Made Me Smile

If you find flying the friendly skies to be challenging because of annoying seat mates you could try this . Just be prepared for the consequences. Oy. (P.S. This is not an endorsement of said practice. My in-house counsel made me write that.)

Caught My Eye- Hookers, Robots & More

Robot Parking Garage to Open in New York Would you trust a robot to park your car? The question will confront New Yorkers in February as the city's first robotic parking opens in Chinatown. The technology has had a good track record overseas, but the only other public robotic garage in the United States has been troublesome, dropping vehicles and trapping cars because of technical glitches. Related: Volkswagen Storage Facility Woman MP demands hookers for the troops A top female politician ín Holland wants Dutch prostitutes sent abroad with the troops to help them relax. Annemarie Jorritsma, a politician for the centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the mayor of the town of Almere, went on national Dutch TV to demand the 'extra benefits' for soldiers. She added: "The army must think about how their soldiers can let off some steam." How about some PandaMonium .

When Does A Cow Not Say Moo

I love this kind of stuff. Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French! Explore the sounds of the world's languages through the sounds of the world's animals. Example: Afrikaans: moe-moe Albanian: mu Arabic (Algeria): mooooooo Bengali: hamba Catalan: muuuu Chinese (Mandarin): mu mu Croatian: muuuu Danish: muh Dutch: boeh English: moo English (Old English): Oxa hlewð. Esperanto: muu Estonian: muu Finnish: ammuu French: meuh German: mmuuh Greek: moo Hebrew: moo Hindi: mo:-mo: This information comes from the website of: Catherine N. Ball Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics Georgetown University Washington DC 20057 ballc@georgetown.edu http://www.georgetown.edu/cball/

Magazine Renewals

I subscribe to about six different magazines. Newsweek, PC World, Consumer Reports, Better Homes and Gardens and a couple of others. I am good about reading them. It is rare that I don't spend some quiet time flipping through and not unusual for me to read them from cover to cover. Frankly I spend too much time here at the PC so it gives me another excuse to get away and disconnect from the net. There is something quite nice about sitting in an overstuffed chair to do nothing but read. There are a couple of problems with that. The first is trying to find the quiet moments in which do said reading. The second is that every time I open a magazine I spend the next ten minutes cleaning up the 27 subscription cards that pop out. That leads me to my next comment. Is it just me or does every magazine begin soliciting a renewal from you two weeks after your subscription begins. Newsweek does this all the time. I sign up for a year and then three weeks into the new year they begin bo

Creative Writing

I enjoy writing. If I could figure out a way to support a family by being a full time writer I probably would, especially if it meant being a full time blogger. I love doing this. I also very much enjoy writing stories about all sorts of stuff. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but some of the things that appear here are fiction. Now that I have switched over to the Beta version I am labeling them as Fragments of Fiction. If you are interested in reading any of it here is a link to a story that I have been working on for quite some time as well as a couple of pieces that I enjoy. He Put a Gun To My Head Stumbling Through Life Me & The UItimate Fighter- Road Rage Sometimes the hardest part of life is just living Two Kinds of Pain The Story of Two Souls Fragments of Fiction- Version 178

Midnight Hour Musings

I am a night owl. During my college years I would routinely be up almost all night and then sleep until about 11 am or so. Sometimes it was because I was out with the boys, but more often than not it was because I enjoy this time of day. It is quiet. Here in the dark I gain perspective on the events of the day. Sometimes my perspective is colored by the time. Sometimes the things that bother me feel worse, but that is not a frequent occurrence. Even now years removed from college my inclination is to be up until 2 or 3. It is not so easily done. There are so many responsibilities. It is not just the kids or work, but the combination of the two. This leads me to my next complaint. My fragile male ego is having trouble dealing with aging. I truly don't get too riled up at my hair loss. It is thinning, but I am no where close to bald. What bothers me is the gym. In particular running at the gym on the basketball court. I seem to be losing a step. Some of it can be attributed t

Stories That Caught My Eye

Caffeinated Pastries- Add To the health score of your cravings. DURHAM. N.C. Jan 27, 2007 (AP) — That cup of coffee just not getting it done anymore? How about a Buzz Donut or a Buzzed Bagel? That's what Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with. Bohannon says he's developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee. Doc Prescribes Penis Therapy She was a 19-year-old trainee nurse when, suffering from depression, she was referred to a psychiatrist called William Kerr.In the privacy of the consulting room, she says, the doctor exposed himself to her, saying that 'this is what you need'. The Best Public Restrooms in America CINCINNATI, OH, April 20, 2006 – The finest restroom in America is at a Wendell’s restaurant in Westerville, Ohio - says the Internet public who cast online ballots in the 5th annual “America’s Best

Calling Her A Baby Making Machine Is Not Wise

Yanagisawa calls women 'birth-giving machines' MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Health minister Hakuo Yanagisawa referred to women as "birth-giving machines" in a speech Saturday on welfare and health care. Addressing prefectural assembly members of the Liberal Democratic Party in Matsue, the 71-year-old Yanagisawa touched on the nation's declining birthrate and said, "The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head, although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines." Something tells me that these types of comments are unlikely to be well received.

What is Your Dream Job?

Very few of us are Trust Fund Babies so it is safe to say that the overwhelming majority of readers are employed or were at one time. Sadly, relatively few of us have the opportunity to work in our dream job. Sometimes that is because you do not know what that would be. And sometimes it is just because you haven't found a way to live your dream. My question for you now is what is your dream job? If you are not currently doing it what do you intend to do to rectify that situation? I look forward to hearing from you.

A Quick Comment about Labels

One of the reasons that I switched to the new blogger is that I very much wanted to be able to use labels. I have long wanted to have some sort of categorization of my posts. I like being able to refer back to older posts and the labels make it much easier to filter and sort. Of course it is still a major pain-in-the-ass to try and go back and label all of my old crap, but what can you do. Also, I have found that I am not really sure how to label some posts. Random Thoughts is designed to be a bit of a catchall, but at the same time I would like to try and be specific. Again I will be sure to keep you posted.

Blogger Beta- Part Deux

In between comforting the beautiful 2.5 year old girl in my arms I have been trying to take advantage of the quiet to do some more blog work. In doing so I noticed that when I migrated from old Blogger to the new one some of the comments were affected. Specifically it seems to have knocked out the names of some commenters and made them anonymous. I can't tell you why, just that it happened. Also, I seem to have screwed up some of the labels. What that means is that some of my posts have an inaccurate label on them. It is kind of irritating, but there are worse things. I'll keep you posted as things go along.

Blogger Beta

I finally made the switch. Am slowly going through old posts to label them. Thus far I haven't encountered too many glitches, but I am still holding my breath.

Audio Blogging

it has been a good three or four months since my last audio post. Since audio blogger is no longer available I no longer have a service to use. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Pictures That Blow My Mind

Click Here P.S. Soccer Dad has some good links too.

Some Old Posts Revisited

The post below this is really important, but so very heavy I felt the need to end on a slightly different note. Here are some older posts that some of you probably haven't seen but might enjoy reading. My Son Speaks to G-d But He Doesn't Answer Some Things I'll Teach My Children Death- My Son Asked Me Not to Die What Brings You Joy? A Boy Named Mookie The Search For Answers About Our Ourselves

The Future Of Israel/Judaism

Daniel Gordis released another dispatch. It is worth reading the whole thing, but for now try this. "Jimmy Carter writes a book calling Israel an Apartheid state, and despite the numerous reviews which point to the book’s unfairness and numerous errors of fact, the book rockets to the bestseller list. In the United States, not Egypt. It should be lost on no one that people tend to buy books that espouse positions with which they agree. Who cares how Jimmy Carter tosses the Apartheid word around? We should care. Recall the comments of Jostein Gaarder, the author of “Sophie's World” and a well known Norwegian intellectual. Gaarder didn’t like Israel’s policies during this summer’s war in Lebanon. His reaction? “We could not recognize the Apartheid regime,” he recalls about South Africa, so therefore, “We no longer recognize the State of Israel. We need to get used to the idea: The State of Israel, in its current form, is history.” When any other country in the world does som

Iraq

Playing in the background Marvin Gaye singing " What's Going On" "Mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today - Ya Father, father We don't need to escalate You see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hate You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today" It is a nice sentiment, I truly like it. The problem is that I don't believe that love conquers all. I wish that I could. I wish that I believed that people really could beat their swords into plowshares, but I don't. Some will lay down their weapons. Some will gladly reach across the lines and shake hands. But the problem is that there are people standing on the other side of the divide who will smile as they cut off your head. And that leads me into Iraq. Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. I supported going in and even wh

A Quick Roundup of Posts From the Shack

If you blink you might miss two or three posts so here are links to some recent posts. A Few Posts That Caught My Eye 867-5309 Tuesday Night Tunes Rappers Delight John Cusack Movies That I Can Watch Over And Over The Jesus Diet How To Boil Water What Is Your Favorite Topic To Blog About? Cemetery Blogging Today is Link to Jack Day

Tuesday Night Music

Here is a list of the tunes of the evening. Feeling Alright Joe Cocker Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix Life in the Fast Lane The Eagles Joey Concrete Blonde Ode To Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry Baby Grand (Duet With Ray Charles) Billy Joel with Ray Charles And So It Goes Billy Joel Goodnight Saigon Billy Joel Time Of The Season The Zombies Tomorrow People Ziggy Marley Heart Full of Soul The Yardbirds Behind Blue Eyes The Who Everyone Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung Whenever God Shines His Light Van Morrison I Love A Piano Tony Bennett Runnin Down A Dream Tom Petty Proud Mary Tina and Ike Turner Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) Toby Keith Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears for Fears Mr. Roboto Styx

Rapper's Delight

Rapper's Delight - So Many Memories tied up in this. How many of you know the lyrics? (Wonder Mike) I said a hip, a hop, the hippie, the hippie To the hip hip hop, a you dont stop The rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat Now what you hear is not a test - I'm rappin to the beat And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet Ya see: I am Wonder Mike and I like to say hello To the black, to the white, the red, and the brown, the purple and yellow But first I gotta bang bang the boogie to the boogie Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie Let's rock, you don't stop Rock the rhythm that will make your body rock Well, so far you've heard my voice but I brought two friends along And next on the mike is my man Hank: Come on, Hank, sing that song (Performed by Big Bank Hank but written by Grandmaster Caz) Check it out, I'm the C-A-S, an' the O-V-A And the rest is F-L-Y Ya see: I

The Jesus Diet

You'll forgive me for laughing at these people. PLANT CITY - Roger Swanson wants to walk again. Daina Roughgarden hopes to rid her body of nodules that could prove cancerous. Rocio Mazzetti desires to keep symptoms of multiple sclerosis at bay. They each sought help this month inside a rust-colored house on Thonotosassa Road, home to the Central Florida outpost of the Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center. For about $1,200 a week, leaders at the center teach would-be adherents the basics of the Hallelujah Diet, a vegan eating plan that centers on the consumption of raw foods and Christianity."

Crying Child Forces Family From Plane

Jan. 23, 2007 — Every parent has dealt with a child having a tantrum and causing embarrassment at the worst times — in a grocery store, in a restaurant, and at weddings. For a Massachusetts mom and dad, however, their toddler's tantrum cost them their flight home. On Jan. 14, 3-year-old Elly Kulesza and her parents, Julie and Gerald, were kicked off an AirTran Airways flight from Florida to their Worcester, Mass., home because Elly would not stop crying. Elly, who had been a model passenger on the flight to Florida four days earlier, began to cry uncontrollably once she got on the plane, throwing a temper tantrum on the floor. AirTran employees demanded that the Kuleszas calm down their child. When Elly didn't stop crying, the crew banned the Kuleszas from flying for 24 hours. Later, AirTran offered an apology to the family along with a refund on their tickets. "As we have an obligation to the 112 other passengers onboard the flight to operate the fli

How To Boil Water

Another useful tip from the Shack. Choose a pot that is large enough to hold the water you wish to boil. Fill pot with water and place on stove. Turn the stove on. Do no watch- watched pots never boil. Ok, that last line is a myth. Watched pots do boil, but they are kind of dull to watch. ;) This last post is for people who are still having trouble making hard boiled eggs .

Cemetery Blogging

I am sitting with my grandparents, or should I say next to their stones. The last week has been a little rough. In the past I would have picked up grandpa and had lunch. He would ask about the family and laugh at stories about the kids. Sooner or later we'd talk about the challenge of supporting a family and this and that. I miss those moments. Our relationship had matured. We were friends who could relate to each other. When he died I lost a confidant. It is really hard not being able to see him. So I drove out to Eden and here we are together. I am still telling him stories and I imagine that he is still laughing even though I can't really hear his voice. It makes me feel better to be here close to him. Sometimes I get upset with life because I feel like I have been robbed of people I love. But then again I think about what I had and what I have. Surely things could be worse. That is all I have to say right now.

Making Boys Into Men- Summer Camp

It is hard to believe, but we are already in the process of trying to figure out what summer camps the children are going to attend this year. It is freaking January, but if you don't do it soon you risk missing out. So here I am like another lemming reading and reviewing camp brochures. One of the brochures had that tired old line about turning boys into men. It is a phrase that I find tedious, if not downright irksome. It is overused, overplayed and turned into a cheap cliche. More than that I don't see a need for it to be included for a camp for six year olds. It could be because I find that many of the people who use that line are not people that I consider to be the definition of masculinity. Or maybe it is just because it reminds me of an experience I had during a school camping trip. The year was 1982 and I was one of about 100 students who were attending a two day overnight at Leo Carrillo State Park . For the most part I have good memories of that trip. There wer

How Many Toilets Must A Man Post About

I read on some other blog that they thought that they were the king of bathroom commentary. Well, I am not going to try and win that competition because I find it a crappy thing to do. But I will demonstrate that I have spent more than a little time posting about this topic. Maybe too much time. Stupid Toilet Tricks A Bullet Proof Toilet It is Better Than Toilet Paper Some Thoughts About Toilet Paper The Truth About Toilet Seats A Simple Toilet Just Won't Do Excuse me, There is Toilet Paper Stuck To Your Tuchus Rough Toilet Paper/Getting Dressed in the Dark Snake In The Toilet The Auto Flush The Talking Penis- A New Bathroom Adventure Bathroom Etiquette- A Follow Up to The Courtesy Post Urinal Talk With Air Time Urine For a Story Jack's Experience In the Ladies Room A Little Digestive Distress- Chicken Vindaloo The Germophobe Teach Your Boy to Pee Like a Man Men Urinate Sitting

Aliyah Musings

I know, another old pos t. I was going to write about the World's Strongest Man Contest and my training for it, but I am just too tired. "1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps. 3 For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.' 4 How shall we sing HaShem'S song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy." Psalm 137 I have written about my love affair with Israel on many occasions. There are times when reading Eicha feels overwhelming. There are times when my not being there has been among the great heartbreaks of my life. This is a topic that has been

Commenting on Comments

As is my wont I am going through the archives and using some old material again. ( Originally Posted Here ) I have been blogging for a little more than 18 months now. In that time I have generated a little more than 3000 posts. Yes, that is right, more than 3,000 posts. Some of those posts have been pulled down, so the number of posts that is actually live is likely to be different, but you get the general idea. I am prolific. I have a lot of interests and a lot to say and I do stop every now and then to consider whether what I have to say is meaningful. When I consider why I got into blogging and the reasons why I come back to the same place in which I do see meaning. I blog because this gives me a running diary of my life, a place to vent and the opportunity to engage and interact with interesting people. I try to visit as many blogs as I can , but time is fleeting and it can be a challenge. Nevertheless I make an effort. I also make an effort to comment. I am not muc

The Science of Hanging

Soccer Dad has a link to an interesting article about the science of hanging someone. This brings to mind the post The Most Renowned Executioner In Saudi Arabia . Most people probably haven't spent any time considering the various factors involved in running a proper execution, but it makes sense that someone has. Not your every day line of work or thought, but someone has to do it. **Just to be clear my comment is in reference to the link over at Soccer Dad's place.

How To Be An Astronaut

Mental Floss has a blurb about this that I found interesting. Here are a couple of excerpts. Take Your Aspirin Here’s the secret they don’t tell you about space travel: It hurts. Spacesickness is common, particularly for first-timers and anybody who launches into a bunch of fancy spins or soaring across the station before they’ve had time to get acclimatized. And trust us, hurling in zero-G is no fun. Worse, the effects of weightlessness can really do a number on your body. One symptom is lower back pain, caused by your spine stretching as the fluid within it floats. You get taller, but you also get achier. Headaches are another major issue. Without gravity, it’s harder for your heart to do its job. Blood pressure drops and your blood doesn’t reach your feet as reliably. Instead, it flows to your head, turning your face puffy and red and giving you a headache, just as if you’d been hanging upside down on the monkeybars. and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell That’s the official NASA stance on

Name Five Movies That You Can't Stand

Can you name five movies that you seriously dislike? One more question. When you go see a movie are you the kind of person who walks out if you don't like it or do you insist on staying. More often than not I stay. It is a combination of this naive hope that it will get better and my irritation with having paid. In LA a bargain matinee will run somewhere between eight and ten bucks a person. Throw in snacks, parking and dinner and you could easily drop sixty or seventy bucks and you haven't done all that much. Just to get things rolling here are a couple of movies that I didn't like: Like Water For Chocolate As Good As it Gets How about you?

How You Ended Up Here

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Smokey The Bear Guidelines

Most American readers of this blog should be familiar with Smokey The Bear . I can hear him say in that deep voice "Only You Can Stop Forest Fires" But how many of you are aware of the Smokey The Bear guidelines for proper use. 1. Use the costume only to further public information, education, and aware- ness of the prevention of wildfires. 2. NOT TO SPEAK during appearances. Conversations or explanations should be carried out by the accompanying official (escort). 3. Never appear in less than full costume. 4. Remain anonymous at every appearance and in any publicity connected with an appearance. This includes being photographed without the head. 5. Use only costumes that are clean, complete, and in good condition. 6. Keep costume out-of-sight before and after use. 7. Appear dignified and friendly. Avoid clowning and horseplay.8. Always be accompanied by an appropriately uniformed escort in public appearances, except where not practical, such as on a parade float