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Saturday Night Songfest

A quick rundown of some of what I have been listening to this evening: Fire - Ohio Players Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley Tracks Of My Tears -Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Ramble On - Led Zeppelin Heroes - David Bowie The Wanderer - Dion Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)- Manfred Mann Why does my heart feel so bad -Moby Latika's Theme - Slumdog Millionaire The Winner Takes It All - Abba The Memory of Trees - Enya I Can Love You Like That -John Michael Montgomery

LA and California- Teetering on the Edge

I am a rare breed, a native Angeleno. Born and bred in the City of Angels I am none too pleased to read stories like Death of the California Dream and The Decline of Los Angeles . It is not because I am fiercely protective of home, I am. But because it is bad for my friends and family and I'd argue bad for America. I suppose that after making such a statement I should spend some time elucidating why this is so. And in truth I had every intention of doing so but I find myself struggling to do so. It is not that I cannot provide the support, I just don't have the inclination. I find myself fighting through a bit of a funk and the analysis portion of the evening is suffering. So let's compromise and I'll do my best to give it a shot. We'll work backwards and spend a few minutes talking about Los Angeles. In spite of the stereotypes about here, there is much more than Hollywood and a million plastic surgeons. People may claim that LA lacks culture but the reality is

Goodbye Paul Harvey

I have a lot of memories of riding in the car with my folks and listening to Paul Harvey. And now you can read "the rest of the story." "(CNN) -- Paul Harvey , the legendary radio host whose career sharing "the rest of the story" with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90. Known for his deliberate delivery and pregnant pauses, Harvey's broadcasts were heard on over 1,200 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces networks and his commentaries appeared in 300 newspapers, according to his Web site. He had been hosting his radio shows part-time for much of the past year, after recovering from physical ailments including pneumonia and the death of his wife, Lynne "Angel" Harvey in May 2008."

Exercise the Jedi Way

Earlier this week I succumbed to the Dark Side of the force. I was tooling down the 101 when I was cut off by a Mercedes whose driver was more engrossed in her cellphone conversation than upon driving. So I extended my arm and used the Force to take the entire car apart piece by piece. Ok, I didn't really do that, but I thought about it. I thought about it the same way I wished that I could use the Jedi Mind Trick to get out of a jam. Somewhere in the archives is a post in which I describe my love for Star Wars and how my son has come to love it as well. Throughout the week we have mock light saber fights. It is kind of fun, we chase each other through the house pretending to be powerful Jedis. But the big difference is that he is a little bit older than eight and I am just a hair short of 40. His little sister thinks it is hysterical to see her old man do somersaults and all sorts of other crazy gymnastic moves. When I started doing handstand pushups against the wall she really

Israel On College Campuses

Many Jewish college students have been struggling with the way Israel is treated on campus. It is becoming more common for adversaries of the state to hold anti-Israel demonstrations and activities on campus. Quite a few of these activities are not friendly gatherings of students handing out flowers and suggesting that we just give peace a chance. Many are populated by rampant antisemitic commentary and false accusations about the misdeeds of Israel. Counter demonstrators routinely tell stories of being threatened, intimidation is routine. The demonstrations rarely are balanced. You don't attend them to hear speakers present both sides. They are hate rallies in which the speakers do their best to whip the crowd into a frenzy. They are part of a movement that is doing its best to delegitimize Israel and make it untenable to voice dissent for fear of repurcussions. UCLA professor Judea Pearl wrote an essay that is worth reading. ...when an e-mail from a colleague at Indiana Unive

Attacked By A Dragon- He Lives to Fight Another Day

Ok, this guy's day officially qualifies as being worse than mine. But I will say that the beast is lucky he didn't find me or I'd have sixteen new pairs of boots and a belt. "A park ranger in Indonesia needed more than 30 stitches after he was attacked by a komodo dragon. The giant reptile managed to climb into a hut where 46-year-old Main was sitting at his desk. The attack happened on Rinca, one of three islands where the world's largest lizard can be found in the wild. Main, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, wrestled with the komodo dragon until it let go. He fled out a window as colleagues rushed to his aid, using wooden sticks to drive the lizard out of the hut."

My Internet Connection

I think that I am going to send a note to AT&T to remind them I pay for Broadband and not dial up Internet service. That means that I am supposed to have a constant connection to the net that allows pages to load at a speed that exceeds 24.4 Baud or even 56k.

My Fountain of Youth

In one of our ten thousand discussions the Shmata Queen and I spoke about the beauty of aging. We compared notes about the benefits of aging, the sudden appearance of aches and pains and a dozen other new developments. That wacky woman made the usual crack about how men don't appreciate what pregnancy and childbirth do to woman's body and how in some ways we have it easier. Of course she also expressed how she would do it over again a million times, but that is a different story. Anyway as has become apparent to anyone who reads this blog I am wrestling with aging gracefully. It is a bigger struggle than I like to admit, but that is because I am feeling less than satisfied with a number of things. Some of them are things that I have control over and some I can't do a damn thing about. So as to avoid being a complete hypocrite I am working on changing the things that I have control over. In particular I am less than pleased with my fitness. If you look at this picture of

Why Women Are Angry

Now here is is an article that is guaranteed to start numerous fights. If the author were close enough I'd ask her to iron my shirt, bring me a drink and change into something sexier and then I'd duck. "I never have a moment that's just mine. Someone always wants a piece of me. Yesterday, in the middle of a bikini wax, I had an urgent call from the office and had to orchestrate a crucial meeting on the other side of the world, biting my fists to stop yelping at the wrong moments. Frequently, as I reach for a file from my bag in the midst of a presentation, a pair of baby pants or a lollipop falls out. It hardly helps my image as a cool, collected professional. I watch the smug glances of the men around the table and want to slap them. Recently, the Children's Society published a report lambasting modern women for being too selfish to be good mothers. Are they kidding? I'd like to see the authors spend a week in my shoes. Most of my days are a near-precipice e

He Escaped Twice

What kind of crazy prison are these guys running. Even Andy from the Shawshank Redemption wants to know. Two men hijack a helicopter and then force the pilot to fly over the roof of a maximum security prison in Greece. They unfurl rope ladders and bam, they are on their way: Prison guards shot at the helicopter during the escape, witnesses told local media. No injuries were reported. The pilot was found gagged near the helicopter north of Athens , a state-run media report said. The inmates and the unidentified accomplices had not been located, Greek authorities said. "I will not tolerate this embarrassment and all necessary measures will be taken, no matter how stringent they may be," Justice Minister Nikos Dendias told CNN. The prison break by helicopter is the second for Paleokostas, who was convicted for abducting a businessman and escaped the prison the first time in June 2006. He was recaptured several months later.

Internet Privacy Issues

I am very concerned about taking measures to protect society and children in general, but this is problematic. Once we start giving up civil liberties they become very hard to get back and that is part of how I see this. Information can be used in a variety of ways and once this is collected I wonder what is going to happen with it. Two bills have been introduced so far--S.436 in the Senate and H.R.1076 in the House. Each of the companion bills is titled "Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth Act," or Internet Safety Act. Each contains the same language: "A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user." Translated, the Internet Safety Act applies not just to AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and so on--but also

Social Networks and Love

Here is an interesting article on CNN about social networks and relationships. It ties into how many people have used Facebook or similar media to connect with old friends and lost loves. Not to mention how social media has also facilitated new relationships. More than one-third (35 percent) of U.S. adult Internet users have a profile on a social networking site, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's daily tracking survey of 2,251 adults. As more people join social networks like MySpace and Facebook, getting back in touch with old friends and lovers is becoming increasingly easy. A search on both networks turns up a handful of groups dedicated to lost loves and first loves. Although neither site formally tracks the number of groups dedicated to the topic, MySpace spokeswoman Jamie Schumacher says it's common for users to meet on the site and fall in love and end up together.

Everyone Wants Their Own Lightning Gun

Shooting lightning bolts isn't just for wizards anymore . Ok, I am kind of down on the idea of being able to shoot people with lightning. It is just not sporting, not unless your opponent has some sort of invisibility cloak or the ability to shoot magic missiles back at you.

The Bungee Cord Breaks

Maybe I'll pass on the Bungee Jumping. AMBOY, Wash. — A day of bungee jumping with friends from work came to a sudden stop when the cord broke and a man dropped into Canyon Creek northeast of Yacolt, Wash. Thursday. Mark Afforde said the cord broke shortly after he'd hit the lowest point of the jump from an estimated 400-foot high bridge — about 25 feet from the surface. Paramedics from North Country Medical said that probably saved his life as he was relatively close to the creek when the cord snapped. Afforde, 49, said he heard the bungee cord snap and he felt the impact as he went underwater. Then, he realized he was still alive and okay and made his way to the side of the creek. "I am incredibly fortunate. Not only to be with the people I'm with, but to be here. Had it been a different situation, I probably wouldn't be here," Afforde told KGW in the exclusive interview. Despite the scare, Afforde said he would bungee jump again.

The Butt Doctor

The big guy I call "Little Jack" continues to serve as a primary source of blog fodder. At eight he is finally beginning to notice that some of his friends live in bigger houses or have more toys than he does. Earlier today he asked me if I knew that some of the other fathers are doctors. I told him that I was and asked why he wanted to know. He told me that one of his friends said that it was better to be a doctor because they got more gold. I laughed and told him that if he wanted to find gold all he needed to do was take a trip to Ireland to talk to a few leprechauns. He recognized the wink in my eye and told me that he was serious. I told him that I was serious and explained made a point to make sure that he understood what leprechauns were. Then I took a moment to talk to him about what doctors do. We spent a few moments discussing it and I explained that were specialties. So he asked me to name a few of them. I told him about cardiologists, pulmonologists and surgeon

Haveil Havalim 205 - From Down Under

G'day Mate. I don't say that as well as Sarah does, but that is because she is authentic and I am an American with a bad Aussie accent. Anyhoo, I'd like to invite you to take a moment to review Haveil Havalim 205 - From Down Under , the weekly Jewish/Israeli blog carnival. Crossposted at Yourish .

Slaves Worked as Spies for The Union

I thought that this was interesting. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- William Jackson was a slave in the home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. It turns out he was also a spy for the Union Army, providing key secrets to the North about the Confederacy. Jackson was Davis' house servant and personal coachman. He learned high-level details about Confederate battle plans and movements because Davis saw him as a "piece of furniture" -- not a human, according to Ken Dagler, author of "Black Dispatches," which explores espionage by America's slaves. "Because of his role as a menial servant, he simply was ignored," Dagler said. "So Jefferson Davis would hold conversations with military and Confederate civilian officials in his presence." Dagler has written extensively on the issue for the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence late 1861, Jackson fled across enemy lines and was immediately debriefed by Union soldiers.

Where Have All The Honeybees Gone?

Stumbled onto an interesting movie that deals with " Colony Collapse Disorder .” That is the name that beekeepers have given to the sudden and dramatic loss of large portions of their hives. Take a moment and watch the trailer, it is interesting and worth thinking about.

Mammoth Found in Los Angeles

I thought that this was pretty cool . Think that I might have to take a walk on down to the George C. Page museum. Been a while since I got to see the tar pits. Now, at least 10,000 years later, visitors in Los Angeles, California, can see the remains of "Zed," a Columbian mammoth whose nearly intact skeleton is part of what is being described as a key find by archaeologists at Los Angeles' George C. Page Museum. Zed was discovered at a construction site in the heart of Los Angeles. An earth mover helping to build an underground parking garage near the L.A. County Museum of Art uncovered the mammoth's skull, according to project director Christopher Shaw. "The skull was hit and shaved off ... by a scraper," Shaw told CNN Thursday. "We don't know just how smashed up it is, but it's fairly intact because it's a huge jacket we put it around." The mammoth's fossil was among 16 deposits at the site that archaeologists wrapped, alon

Jack Speaks- Does Anyone Listen

Few comments about this audio post: 1) My headset must not be working well because the audio quality is poor. 2) There are moments when I sound like Yosemite Sam. Not sure that I like that. 3) I need to write. I need to write. I need to write.

Hitler Had Bad Gas

I first came across the story about Hitler's flatulence problem in this post here . YNET expands upon it here : A document discovered in Britain more than 60 years after it had been produced claims that Adolf Hitler, the late fuehrer of Nazi Germany, had horrible table manners and chronic intestinal gas. The UK's Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that the document, currently up for auction in Britain, says the Nazi dictator would bite his nails and twist his moustache incessantly during mealtimes, but that he truly believed that he was the "greatest military genius of all time," as Josef Goebbels had written of him. The document consists of an interview with a Nazi official held by a British agent, and is dated three days after the fuehrer's death. Its heading orders the document to be destroyed within 48 hours, but the British agent kept them in his home for over sixty years, where they were discovered before the house was sold. The final days of Hitler's l

Stop Breaking My Sprinklers

I am relatively certain that my gardener is not reading my blog, but on the off chance that he is I'd like to ask him to stop breaking my sprinklers. Not only does it cost me money to buy replacement speakers it costs time. And that my friends irritates the hell out of me. My time is far too valuable to have to spend on repairing and replacing sprinkler heads each week. If he keeps this up I may break down and buy a lawnmower and he'll be out of a job.

Strange Links

I used to rely upon Blogrolling.com to display my reading list. It was a work in progress that was updated on a regular basis. At least until Blogrolling.com was hacked and removed the ability to edit the blogroll. For a while I stood pat and waited to see if they'd restore the editing function. But in time I grew impatient and decided to switch to Blogger's "Blog list." It made sense to do so I want the ability to add/subtract blogs/news sites without any delay. Anyhoo, I have noticed that some of my posts are now showing up as links to posts of other bloggers on the list. However, I haven't linked to them within the body of the bost. So there must be something in the code that is causing this to happen. Kind of odd, but I suppose that there are worse things.

Explaining My Judaism

The Blues Brothers Are On a Mission From God . I keep writing and rewriting the opening paragraph of this post. I don't like the title. I hate it. It sounds ridiculous and idiotic and it sets a poor tone, but for now it will do. Sometimes I'd like my religious beliefs to be based solely upon critical reasoning and logical thought. It'd be really nice and exceptionally convenient if they fit together like a cool set of legos. I'd start by providing you with an outline and then follow up with sections that built upon each other. It would be like a pyramid with a wide base that served as a foundation and then blocks upon blocks until it reached the narrow top. And the best part would be that it would be easy to simple to understand. You'd look at the bottom and by the time you reached the top you'd have a clear understanding of why I believe what I believe. Or maybe what I am really saying is that I'd like that. I'd like to be able to just whip out an e

Political Posts Generate More Traffic

Political posts typically generate more traffic than the personal ones. I find that to be kind of odd. Sure, the Shmata Queen has always told me that I am the smartest and best looking man she has ever known. It is a tactic that she has used upon occasion to try and prevent me from making fun of the midwest, especially the land of the burning river where she once lived. I must admit that it does get old trashing the people who went to heights just as it gets old to trash those who attended New Trier or Niles West. But really, I find it curious and strangely satisfying to know that some people choose to enter this humble domicile to hear what I have to say about political matters. I like to think that people come here because I provide superior content and and insight that you can't find anywhere else. Upon occasion that may happen, but really is what I write that different from the five million other bloggers out there. I'll grant that it happens sometimes, but not as freque

When Your World Is Collapsing- A Letter To My Children

I drank a huge cup of coffee and am not going to find a way to sleep anytime soon so I thought that I'd write a letter to my children. I don't intend for them to read this for many years. In fact I'll probably revise it a number of times, but for now this is the edited for the blog version. Dear children, It is the middle of February 2009 and am almost 40 years old. Until this year I hadn't really found any of my birthdays to be difficult, at least not from the perspective of feeling old. I can list a number that I found to be exciting because my age meant that I had gained new privileges or responsibilities that I wanted. This is different. It is different because I am realizing that my expectation for what my life would be like at 40 is different from what it is now. I can't tell you exactly what it was that I expected it to be. When I was 13 I was certain that I was going to be a professional baseball player. I was good, among the best in little league. But

Tales of Brave Ulysses

Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream Have you ever read the Odyssey? As a kid it was one of my favorite stories. I loved mythology and reading about Odysseus just fascinated me. A general who was one of those who went to war because of Helen of Troy. A hero who fought for ten years to find his way home and then when he got there still had to undergo more challenges before he could regain his kingdom. When I find myself feeling overwhelmed with the challenges presented by life I sometimes think about these kinds of stories. I look at the challenges faced by Hercules and the little boy that still lives within imagines what it would be like to be that guy. Part of what I have always enjoyed about these stories is that the heroes have a tragic flaw. They may be capable of incredible feats, but they are also subject to doing incredibly stupid things. It makes them far more human. I suppose that is part of why I appreciate Harry Potter or The Lord of The Rings stories. The hero is an ordinary p

Monday Evening Music

Music and assorted lyrics from the evening. Walk On -U2 "I know it aches How your heart it breaks And you can only take so much Walk on, walk on Leave it behind You've got to leave it behind" Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf 99 Problems -(Grey Album) Jay Z Latika's Theme -Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack Can't Get It Out Of My Head - ELO "And I can't get it out of my head No I can't get it out of my head Now my old world is gone for dead Cos I can't get it out of my head" Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp November Rain - GunsNRoses Somebody To Love - Queen Princes of The Universe - Queen Strawberry Fields - The Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles Lust for Life - Iggy Pop Space Oddity - David Bowie Social Distortion - Ball And Chain

Do You Handwrite Letters?

Earlier today I had to fill out some forms by hand and noticed that I no longer seem to have any stamina for writing. After a relatively short time my hand began to ache and I wondered why these forms weren't online. As I silently cursed the unknown person(s) who was responsible for this I thought about how bad my penmanship is. Somewhere in the archives is a post that I wrote about this topic, my penmanship that is. I'll save us both the time of searching for it by summing it up. My penmanship was never great, but it was relatively legible. If I had to choose between cursive and printing I always chose and still prefer to print. It is easier for me and I have fewer concerns about whether people will be able to read my writing. So dear reader I am curious to learn if you still handwrite letters or does most of your communication take place electronically. Inquiring minds want to know.

Facebook Owns Your Content Forever

I was none too pleased to see this story on The Consumerist : Facebook's terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore. Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.

Wii Fit

This past holiday season we succumbed to the call of the wild and were assimilated into the collective. That is geek for we got a Wii. I love it. Been having a field day playing Guitar Hero and Lego Star Wars with the big guy. My BIL recently gave us Wii Fit as a gift. If you're not familiar with it go take a gander at this link . Ok, for those of you who refused to click the simple explanation is that Wii Fit is an accessory that turns your Wii into a useful tool for exercise. It combines Yoga, Aerobics, strength training and balance games that you can use to get yourself to improve your personal fitness. I used it for the very first time early Sunday morning. It was a bit disconcerting when I stepped on the Wii board and it told me that only one person at a time is allowed on the board. Fortunately the kids weren't close enough to hear me tell the machine to go bleep itself. In return the machine flashed a picture of Homer Simpson on the television and made some sort of lau

Blogrolling Notes

We're in the process of making some adjustments to the blogroll as well as some tweaks to the template. Please bear with the dust and noise. We'll do our best to make this as painless as possible.

President Obama Loves Air Force One

This article is a bit of fluff . Does anyone really expect to hear comments that are critical in nature about Air Force One. Anyway, I never get tired of reading about the history, specs and capabilities of the plane. "The aircraft is maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group, which falls under the White House Military Office. It was founded at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 and originally called the Presidential Pilot Office, according to the White House Web site. During the next two decades, different propeller planes served as the main transportation for the president. That was until President Kennedy became the first to travel in his own jet aircraft, which was a modified Boeing 707, according to the site. The current plane was first used in 1990 during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. The aircraft, which is longer than the length of a hockey rink, has 4,000 square feet of floor space stretched across three lev

Haveil Havalim Lots to Read Edition

Friends I'd like to invite you to read the latest edition of the Jewish/Israeli blog carnival, Haveil Havalim at Leora's place. This edition is called, Haveil Havalim Lots to Read Edition . Next week is going to be hosted by ~ Sarah's View ~ . Here is a partial list of past editions: Feb 08, 2009 Esser Agaroth Feb 01, 2009 Ima on (and off) the Bimah Jan 25, 2009 SuperRaizy Jan 17, 2009 The Rebbetzin's Husband Jan 11, 2009 Random thoughts Jan 03, 2009 Ima on (and off) the Bimah Dec 28, 2008 Material Maidel Dec 23, 2008 Jewlicious Dec 14, 2008 Random thoughts A complete list can be found here .

San Francisco & The Healthy Penis

And people claim that LA is weird. The Bay Area takes the cake. Please, they have inferior sports teams and an undeserved superiority complex and a bizarre mascot. San Francisco, home of the trolley cars, Rice O'Roni and The Big Dick . "Yup, the Healthy Penis campaign is back in San Francisco and organizers claim it is better than ever. Not since the Sexual Harassment Panda or Larry the Lobster has a mascot been so confusing. Only in San Francisco (believe us they tried to move the campaign to Los Angeles and our neighbors to the south were not too excited) is a campaign that may be headed by the worst, at least the strangest, mascot in history. An effort to educate people about syphilis is spearheaded (sorry) by an eight foot healthy penis and his friends. The campaign began in 2002 after the San Francisco Department of Health conducted several focus groups to see how best to raise (sorry) awareness about syphilis in the city and how best to persuade gay men to get screene

A World Without Chocolate?

Oops, sounds like someone is trying to kill The Shmata Queen. ABC reports : It's hard to imagine Valentine's Day without chocolate, but some scientists say that it's possible that chocolate could one day be in short supply. What would the world be like without this decadent, delectable and divine dessert? If you read the rest of the article it suggests that there is a potential sustainability issue for cacao. I am not an expert on any of this, but what I read sounds plausible. Perhaps now would be a good time to change professions and dedicate myself to becoming a "Green" Willie Wonka.

Vocabulary Words #10- Obscure but Interesting

Welcome to the tenth edition of Vocabulary words. I love to write and enjoy learning new words. Below you will find a list of words that I have stumbled upon and decided to share with you. It is not in alphabetical order. Instead sets of words appear from their respective editions. Here is part one , part two , part three , part four , part five , part 6 , part seven , part eight and part nine . Here are the new words for this edition: Raconteur -One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit. Callipygian - adj. Having beautifully proportioned buttocks. Lachrymose - adj. Weeping or inclined to weep; tearful. Causing or tending to cause tears. Perspicacious - adj. Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted. Flibbertigibbet - n. A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person. Jejune -adj. Not interesting; dull: “and there pour forth jejune words and useless empty phrases” (Anthony Trollope). Lacking maturity; childish: surprised by their jejune responses

Slumdog Millionaire

Managed to find a way to catch another flick. Slumdog Millionaire was excellent, I really enjoyed it. It was one of those films that I really didn't know much about and truth is that I was hesitant to go see it, but I am really glad that I did. It truly was outstanding. I might take some time to write more about it later, but not now. Anyway, I decided to list all of the movies I have seen in the past two months. The order below reflects how much I enjoyed them. Slumdog Millionaire Gran Torino Defiance Frost/Nixon Milk The Wrestler Rachel Getting Married Doubt The Reader Benjamin Button

Philematology-The science of Kissing

The science of kissing . Sounds like a study that I might have concocted in my college days, except back then it would have been funded solely by me. ;) At the risk of ruining my reputation I'll concede that a good kiss has always influenced my decisions. In fact one kiss changed my life, but that is not a story to be told now. "the practice of kissing is nearly universal. It is practiced in at least 90 percent of cultures among sexual or romantic partners, experts say. Now, scientists are investigating the biological factors underlying that ubiquitous expression of love. The science of kissing even has a name: philematology. Research on the subject was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on Friday. "Kissing is not just kissing. It is a major escalation or de-escalation point in a powerful process of mate choice," said Helen Fisher, professor at Rutgers University and author of the book "Why Him,

Credit Card Problems- The System is Broken

In the years since I graduated from college I have grown to be quite wary of late night and early morning telephone calls because invariably they only come when there is a problem. The sole exception that comes to mind are the early morning telephone calls that I received about the birth of nieces and nephews, those were pretty cool and worth losing sleep over. But aside from those moments the primary association I have with the odd hour telephone call is not positive. They have been notices of death or illness, not good news. So when the phone rang at a little past ten I was instantly on guard. The caller ID was restricted so for a moment I was hesitant to answer it, but then concern got the best of me so I picked it up. It turned out that a dear friend was on the line and in need of a friendly ear. He made some small talk and then launched into a story about bad his finances are and how he can't pay his bills. I felt for him. He has a good work ethic and has always worked hard,

A Valentine's Day Card

Men, if you're like me and you wish to protest against the holiday one way to do so is to hand out this as a card. Please note that I take no responsibility for any positive or negative response generated as a result of the card.

Valentine's Day- A Day That Should Live In Infamy

If for some reason you are unable to listen to the audiopost above let me give you a basic rundown on what it contains. It is a repeat of my call to arms for men to free ourselves from the bonds of servitude of forced romance. It is time to rise up and remove the shackles, to no longer be burdened with trying to serve a cruel master. Valentine's Day is a fake holiday whose sole design is to use pain and suffering to guilt people into spending money on foolish cards and foolish gifts. I say enough is enough. It is long past time for us to push this sad day into the dustbin of history. Ban the day from our lexicon, rise up and be free. Romance should be spontaneous and not forced. Frak this holiday. So say we all.

Octuplets- An Abdication of Medical & Parental Responsibility

In concept I am a big believer in giving people freedom to live their lives and do what they are going to do with the caveat that the limits are drawn when their actions hurt others. Nadya Suleman and the doctor who helped her have crossed the line. They have abdicated moral and parental responsibility with little to no regard for the impact of their actions. Their actions are selfish and misguided and it infuriates me that the public is going to be forced to help support the moronic decisions made by all of the parties here. The LA Times has a number of articles that document the sad state of affairs of a mother who has 14 children, no source of income and owes $50,000 in student loans. Oh and did I mention that she is already receiving money from food stamps and that three of her children are disabled. This makes me want to tear my hair out. This article outlines a number of serious issues and her complete lack of touch with reality. I believe in social responsibility. I believe tha

Recommendations on LinkedIn

At some point I must have written about being overwhelmed by the hordes of social media applications that I am tied into. I have several blogs, a Facebook account, Twitter account, Plaxo and one on LinkedIn. I rarely do anything with Plaxo and have been relatively uninvolved with LinkedIn, although I think that it is time that I begin to pay more attention to it. If you are not familiar with LinkedIn here is a simple explanation about it: LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and th