Saturday, November 10, 2007

Styling and Profiling

The weather is finally starting to actually cool down here a bit so I dusted off the leather jacket and bought a new pair of CONVERSE and went to the final game of the football season Friday night. Many friends and the kids friends thought I looked pretty cool-for an old hick from the sticks.
And to think I would almost cry in junior high when mom made me wear stuff like this. I thought it was so dorky and dumb. Not sure if the times have changed that much or my fashion sense is finally in style! Go figure. Yall have a wonderful weekend.


Happy Birthday daddy.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I am an addict-{of Flikr}

Haven't blogged in a while-had to let my brain cells re energize and enjoy a vacation from work too. I have become addicted to playing and posting my pictures I take. I snap anything and everything. It's so much fun. Everyone watches me when I go somewhere to make sure if I have the camera-they know they gotta be careful or I'll get em. lol It is a lot of fun though and much harder than you think to take really good pictures. I got a long ways to go. I have enjoyed having the oldest one home on leave and we have done everything together. Even bought the boys a Xbox 360 so they could play Halo 3. Like the PlayStation 2 wasn't good enough-or the 90 games no fun anymore.
Later gators

Friday, October 19, 2007

devildogs


just a pic and a note from Kevin-my little Marine at boot camp-sounds a little homesick about now.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Success


The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red Lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, you will make it to a place called Success.

Almost sounded smart there for a second-haha. Later gators

Monday, October 08, 2007

Mother nature


Yesterday as I sat on the porch watching Billy playing outside-I also kept an eye on Mother Nature. The clouds were so beautiful and thunderheads kept building up and blowing away, I was able to really enjoy how awesome it was without getting wet or leaving the porch. The afternoon was cool and then warm and then cool. It was a typical Texas afternoon in the fall. But it made a beautiful backdrop for my son to be playing outside in. He laid on the trampoline calling out shapes he would see-I'd hollar he needed glasses...all in all though, a wonderful day.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

AAAHHHHH----Sunday



Twas a glorious Sunday afternoon, feet kicked up watching nature and humanity fly by in their quest for fun. HAHA-I had fun and it didn't cost anything.

Hope your weekend was a good one too.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

New Car



Kind of been busy getting everything took care of each day after work and now MY NEW CAR!!
I love it.
Got to go test it out now. HAHA

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Looks are deceiving

When I drove up after work today-Billy{8 yo}- was sitting on the porch steps with a fresh, cool, sweating, beautiful bottle of coke from the fridge. He was grinning and waved and hollared- Hi Daddy. I felt so proud as he sauntered over and handed me the coke.
Then he burst my bubble and told me to hurry up and open it for him. AAAAAHHHHHH-parenthood.

Come on Friday

This is kind of silly to put in a blog-but I'm excited. My ex-father-in-law showed up yesterday and said he wanted to ask me a question. He said his kids had talked him into buying a new car and now he was in a pinch-guess he was gonna have to let the new car go back. He wanted to know if I would pick him up Saturday at the car dealer. I told him to hold on-let me think for a second. This man is 89 years old and his kids{33, 48, 51} are not much help to him. But while I was married to his daughter and afterwards-he always treated me nicely. So I told him lets go to the car dealer and see if they would transfer the note to me and I'd let him have my 87 Blazer, which is paid for. So everything worked out and Friday evening I go get my new Pontiac G6. Ain't never had a new car, but it's time for one. I'm excited now and he's happy to not have that payment no more, and something for them to drive him around in. Isn't it strange how things work out!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

My DAD

Boy-this picture sure brought back memories. I was a little tyke at this picture taking. For many years I loved him and wanted to be just like him but always thought he had no backbone and was half nuts and didn't have the respect for him I should have.
But then I grew up and had kids of my own and guess what------I now see how strong and loving and dedicated he really was. And I followed right along in his footsteps too. In 2000 I was elected assistant Fire Chief , and fireman of the year too-just like he was all those years ago.
Hey DAD- I'm writing this to tell you I love you and respect you while your still alive-I don't want to wait till you've passed on to say these things. You live a long way away from here-but your in my heart and my actions every day of my life. I love you and thank you for being you.
Your son-Robert

Sunday, September 30, 2007

3 musketeers

Chivalry, Honor, Bravery, Faith, Loyalty---these are things seldom heard or taught anymore as we grow up. As my little boy and I watched the three musketeers in the movie, Man behind the Iron Mask, he remarked at the end, with watery eyes, I want to be just like them. They are good men. So I explained again what they believed in and stood for and told him that all people could and should live their lives in that manner.
For a 8 year old that was a lot to absorb-but it made him feel good and made me think about what I do teach him. I have become lazy in teachings like most parents do by the third child. That is something I must remedy. But it is such a powerful cluster of 5 words. If a person is taught these 5 words and their meanings and taught how to live them in his every day life - how can that person possibly go wrong.
One for all-all for one!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Be careful what you ask for-

Lately I have kind of been in a inspirational slump - if you know what I mean. Saturday I saw the young nightwatchman at work riding his bicycle by work with his 3 year old son on his arm-both of them laughing and sweating, but glad to be together. The dad is a young man raising his son by himself-much like I have been. He is financially strapped but does the best he can. I thought about that scene of them riding by all weekend. I am so fortunate and have been so blessed over the years and have much of what I would like to have. I know winter is coming and I hated to think of them riding the bike in the winter. SOOO-I got to feeling guilty and humble and gave him a car for free. I have bought 3 extra cars for parts for a racer I'm building- and I gave him the keys to the good one and said tell your boy that kindness and good people do exist in this messed up world. Thought he was gonna cry. No one had ever given him anything like that before. But I hated to tell him how good it made me feel too. I really rested good and was really at peace because I had helped out someone for no reason. I am not bragging about it-just wanted to remind you all what life is really all about. Respect, kindness, mercy, humbleness...
And to be careful what you wish for-sometimes it comes true. I really was inspired again.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

cheap solar panels?

A method developed at Colorado State University for crafting solar panels has been developed to the point where they are nearly ready for mass production. Professor W.S. Sampath's technique has resulted in a low-cost, high-efficiency process for creating the panels, which will soon be fabricated by a commercial interest. 'Produced at less than $1 per watt, the panels will dramatically reduce the cost of generating solar electricity and could power homes and businesses around the globe with clean energy for roughly the same cost as traditionally generated electricity. Sampath has developed a continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost crystalline silicon. Because the process produces high efficiency devices (ranging from 11% to 13%) at a very high rate and yield, it can be done much more cheaply than with existing technologies.'"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Homeland Security isn't telling everything

Travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.
Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip.
The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell.
"There is so much sensitive information in the documents that it is clear that Homeland Security is not playing straight with the American people," Scannell said.
The documents show a tiny slice of the massive airline-record collection stored by the government, as well as the screening records mined for the controversial Department of Homeland Security passenger-rating system that assigns terrorist scores to travelers entering and leaving the country, including U.S. citizens.
The so-called Automated Targeting System scrutinizes every airline passenger entering or leaving the country using classified rules that tell agents which passengers to give extra screening to and which to deny entry or exit from the country.
The system relies on data ranging from the government's 700,000-name terrorism watchlist to data included in airline-travel database entries, known as Passenger Name Records, which airlines are required to submit to the government.
According to government descriptions, ATS mines data from intelligence, law enforcement and regulatory databases, looking for linkages in order to identify "high-risk" targets who may not already be on terrorist watchlists.
ATS was started in the late 1990s, but was little known until the government issued a notice about the system last fall. The government has subsequently modified the proposed rules for the system, shortening the length of time data is collected and allowing individuals to request some information used by the scoring system.
The government stores the PNRs for years and typically includes destinations, phone and e-mail contact information, meal requests, special health requests, payment information and frequent-flier numbers.
The Identity Project filed Privacy Act requests for five individuals to see the data stored on them by the government.
The requests revealed that the PNRs also included information on one requester's race, the phone numbers of overseas family members given to the airlines as emergency contact information, and a record of a purely European flight that had been booked overseas separately from an international itinerary, according to snippets of the documents shown to Wired News.
The request also revealed the screening system includes inspection notes from earlier border inspections.
One report about Gilmore notes: "PAX (passenger) has many small flashlights with pot leaves on them. He had a book entitled 'Drugs and Your Rights.'" Gilmore is an advocate for marijuana legalization.
Another inspection entry noted that Gilmore had "attended computer conference in Berlin and then traveled around Europe and Asia to visit friends. 100% baggage exam negative.... PAX is self employed 'Entrepreneur' in computer software business."
"They are noting people's race and they are writing down what people read," Scannell said.
It doesn't matter that Gilmore was reading a book about drugs, rather than Catcher in the Rye, according to Scannell. "A book is a book," Scannell said. "This is just plain wrong."
The documents have also turned Scannell against the Department of Homeland Security's proposal for screening airline passengers inside the United States.
That project, known as Secure Flight, will take watchlist screening out of the hands of airlines, by having the airlines send PNR data to the government ahead of each flight. While earlier versions included plans to rate passenger's threat level using data purchased from private companies, DHS now proposes only to compare data in the PNR against names on the watchlist, which largely disarmed civil libertarians' opposition to the program.
That's changed for Scannell now, who sees Secure Flight as just another version of ATS.
"They want people to get permission to travel," Scannell said. "They already instituted it for leaving and entering the country and now they want to do it to visit your Aunt Patty in Cleveland."
The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kids!!!


Who said nap time can't be fun. Billys cousin was asleep like this on the couch when I got home. What in the world was he doing when he went to sleep? I make them keep their feet off the couch-maybe that was a way to do it and not take his shoes off. Anyway-couldn't resist the photo-sure he won't appreciate later in life.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bloggeroonies

Here lately I have been very busy and have skipped a few days of blogging. But here I am again in the blogoshere whacking away at the keybard and not really saying a whole lot. Sometimes I get afraid I rely on the computer to hide behind, instead of facing the world head on. It is a fine line to walk. Blogging has been and will always be a wonderful research tool, up-to-date-current events, a political battlefield, a fantastic group of well informed and worldly aware brain stormers. I have personally used the blog as a vent for frustrations and a what you think forum, as well as a place to just ramble. Isn't it amazing how today the technology has allowed us to communicate instantly-anywhere in the world. Isn't it amazing how much blogging has influenced the worlds methods of news broadcasting. I am not a pulitzer prize winner-but I do enjoy this daily rant. I enjoy all the different blogs I read daily.
Keep on blogging bloggeroonies
Later gators

Friday, September 14, 2007

Perils of parents on internet

I posted about kids having free reign on internet-what about parents on dating sites and such. Or long distance penpals becoming something more. Is that possible or is it just more internet caused problems. I know a lot of people who had internet {love affairs} and most of them learned the brutal truth before too long. But I know 3 people right here in town who married and are very happy with the love they found on the internet. Hmmmmm. Isn't it amazing what kind of new problems in life the internet has brought about. And yet, isn't it amazing how easy it is to talk and look and browse anywhere in the world at a few keystrokes. Maybe it is like everything around us. There is danger in everything, but as long as we are aware of it and take precautions, we can get the good out of it. Like blogging-it is good and it has some of the best informed and opinionated people in the world. I love it.
later gators

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Perils of kids having free reign on internet

oh me- This has been one heck of a week. I was faced on the 7th with the difficult task of verifying whether or not my oldest sons girlfriend{on the internet} had commited suicide. Her myspace page was changed to a memorial type page and I couldn't find out anything at all. I've searched google death certificates in Miami where I thought she lived but to no avail. Then today I was given her moms email address by a friend of my sons, after he had a email chat with the mom. Seems this girl was only 13, and had been writing all this time under another name and age. The mom had intercepted one or more of my sons letters and cut off phone and internet. So the girl and her friends apparently made this memorial page to cover up her not being on internet. So today I wrote him a letter explaining the whole thing. I am so glad no one is deceased, but there has got to be more ways to protect ones self or kids from this sort of thing happening. The girl didn't even live in Miami-or Florida at all. What if my son had found out or thought she was dead, he would have gone crazy being held up in boot camp. I think maybe this will help huim understand about why I constantly preached about using the internet like he did. Which didn't help anyway. But shouldn't sites of this nature have some sort of age verification-or something to make sure your imputting correct information about yourself?
All I can say for sure is-Parents-be more aware and bug the tar out of your kids using the internet-you can't be too careful.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

map services do it again


A man looking for a new home on an online mapping service has stumbled across an aerial image of a US nuclear-powered submarine in dry dock showing its secret propeller design.
The image - which appears on Microsoft's Virtual Earth mapping service - is of the seven-bladed propeller used on an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine.
The vessel was being worked on at a dry dock at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington State, in the north-west of the United States.
The base is part of Bangor's Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific which houses the largest nuclear weapons arsenal.
Propeller designs have been closely guarded secrets since the days of the Cold War.
It is still common for them to be draped with tarps or removed and covered when a submarine is out of the water.
The propeller design is an integral part of a submarine's ability to remain undetected during operations, ensuring that it can patrol the seas in stealth without giving its position away to surface ships.
The find has triggered a debate over whether online mapping services offered by the likes of Google and Microsoft should be allowed to snap and publish images of sensitive US military installations.
Reporting the discovery, the Navy Times newspaper quoted military analyst Nathan Hughes as saying that exposing the propeller was a major blunder that had compromised "sensitive naval technology".
The paper quotes a Pentagon public affairs officer as saying that the Defence Department does not have a policy - or the legal authority - to demand the removal or blurring of commerical aerial or satellite photography.
The discovery was made by Dan Twohig, a deck officer on a ferry service in Washington State. He made the discovery in early July when he was looking at real estate near Seattle using Virtual Earth, a mapping service similar to Google Maps and Earth.
Twohig lives in North Bend in Washington State. Situated about 50km east of Seattle, it was the setting for David Lynch's landmark TV series Twin Peaks in the early 1990s. Twohig was looking for a place closer to his work.
He subsequently posted the find on his blog, MonsterMaritime, and the story found its way into mainstream media late last month.
"You can also use the zoom in and out keys and move around the Bangor Sub Base taking a close up look at the bunkers and magazines where they keep the nuclear weapons," he wrote in his blog.
"You would think the US government would keep better tabs on this stuff."
Twohig's discovery was made around about the same time that Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons analyst for the Federation of American Scientists, spotted an aerial image of China's new Jin-class nuclear-powered submarine on Google Earth.
The Chinese sub, which is capable of firing intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the US mainland, was snapped at the Xiaopingdao Submarine Base south of the city of Dalian - a facility named in honour of the late paramount Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping who died 10 years ago.
An article written by Paul Forsythe Johnston, Curator of Maritime History at the National Museum of American History, and posted on the museum's website, explains the significance of submarine propeller design and the "tip vortex flowfields" the propeller creates.
"Once [the propellers] reach a certain speed, the blades begin to create a partial vacuum, which results in air bubbles," he writes.
"This is a state known as cavitation. Bubbles are noisy, and submarine propellers are designed and shaped to reduce cavitation and exploit other relevant laws of physics as much as possible and still maintain useful speeds."

Saturday, September 08, 2007

to chip or not to chip

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."
But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
"The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.
Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.
To date, about 2,000 of the so-called radio frequency identification, or RFID, devices have been implanted in humans worldwide, according to VeriChip Corp. The company, which sees a target market of 45 million Americans for its medical monitoring chips, insists the devices are safe, as does its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, of Delray Beach, Fla.
"We stand by our implantable products which have been approved by the FDA and/or other U.S. regulatory authorities," Scott Silverman, VeriChip Corp. chairman and chief executive officer, said in a written response to AP questions.
The company was "not aware of any studies that have resulted in malignant tumors in laboratory rats, mice and certainly not dogs or cats," but he added that millions of domestic pets have been implanted with microchips, without reports of significant problems.
"In fact, for more than 15 years we have used our encapsulated glass transponders with FDA approved anti-migration caps and received no complaints regarding malignant tumors caused by our product."
The FDA also stands by its approval of the technology.
Did the agency know of the tumor findings before approving the chip implants? The FDA declined repeated AP requests to specify what studies it reviewed.
The FDA is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, which, at the time of VeriChip's approval, was headed by Tommy Thompson. Two weeks after the device's approval took effect on Jan. 10, 2005, Thompson left his Cabinet post, and within five months was a board member of VeriChip Corp. and Applied Digital Solutions. He was compensated in cash and stock options.
Thompson, until recently a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, says he had no personal relationship with the company as the VeriChip was being evaluated, nor did he play any role in FDA's approval process of the RFID tag.
"I didn't even know VeriChip before I stepped down from the Department of Health and Human Services," he said in a telephone interview.
Also making no mention of the findings on animal tumors was a June report by the ethics committee of the American Medical Association, which touted the benefits of implantable RFID devices.
Had committee members reviewed the literature on cancer in chipped animals?
No, said Dr. Steven Stack, an AMA board member with knowledge of the committee's review.
Was the AMA aware of the studies?
No, he said.
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Published in veterinary and toxicology journals between 1996 and 2006, the studies found that lab mice and rats injected with microchips sometimes developed subcutaneous "sarcomas" — malignant tumors, most of them encasing the implants.
• A 1998 study in Ridgefield, Conn., of 177 mice reported cancer incidence to be slightly higher than 10 percent — a result the researchers described as "surprising."
• A 2006 study in France detected tumors in 4.1 percent of 1,260 microchipped mice. This was one of six studies in which the scientists did not set out to find microchip-induced cancer but noticed the growths incidentally. They were testing compounds on behalf of chemical and pharmaceutical companies; but they ruled out the compounds as the tumors' cause. Because researchers only noted the most obvious tumors, the French study said, "These incidences may therefore slightly underestimate the true occurrence" of cancer.
• In 1997, a study in Germany found cancers in 1 percent of 4,279 chipped mice. The tumors "are clearly due to the implanted microchips," the authors wrote.
Caveats accompanied the findings. "Blind leaps from the detection of tumors to the prediction of human health risk should be avoided," one study cautioned. Also, because none of the studies had a control group of animals that did not get chips, the normal rate of tumors cannot be determined and compared to the rate with chips implanted.
Still, after reviewing the research, specialists at some pre-eminent cancer institutions said the findings raised red flags.
"There's no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members," said Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Before microchips are implanted on a large scale in humans, he said, testing should be done on larger animals, such as dogs or monkeys. "I mean, these are bad diseases. They are life-threatening. And given the preliminary animal data, it looks to me that there's definitely cause for concern."
Dr. George Demetri, director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, agreed. Even though the tumor incidences were "reasonably small," in his view, the research underscored "certainly real risks" in RFID implants.
In humans, sarcomas, which strike connective tissues, can range from the highly curable to "tumors that are incredibly aggressive and can kill people in three to six months," he said.
At the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, a leader in mouse genetics research and the initiation of cancer, Dr. Oded Foreman, a forensic pathologist, also reviewed the studies at the AP's request.
At first he was skeptical, suggesting that chemicals administered in some of the studies could have caused the cancers and skewed the results. But he took a different view after seeing that control mice, which received no chemicals, also developed the cancers. "That might be a little hint that something real is happening here," he said. He, too, recommended further study, using mice, dogs or non-human primates.
Dr. Cheryl London, a veterinarian oncologist at Ohio State University, noted: "It's much easier to cause cancer in mice than it is in people. So it may be that what you're seeing in mice represents an exaggerated phenomenon of what may occur in people."
Tens of thousands of dogs have been chipped, she said, and veterinary pathologists haven't reported outbreaks of related sarcomas in the area of the neck, where canine implants are often done. (Published reports detailing malignant tumors in two chipped dogs turned up in AP's four-month examination of research on chips and health. In one dog, the researchers said cancer appeared linked to the presence of the embedded chip; in the other, the cancer's cause was uncertain.)
Nonetheless, London saw a need for a 20-year study of chipped canines "to see if you have a biological effect." Dr. Chand Khanna, a veterinary oncologist at the National Cancer Institute, also backed such a study, saying current evidence "does suggest some reason to be concerned about tumor formations."
Meanwhile, the animal study findings should be disclosed to anyone considering a chip implant, the cancer specialists agreed.
To date, however, that hasn't happened.
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The product that VeriChip Corp. won approval for use in humans is an electronic capsule the size of two grains of rice. Generally, it is implanted with a syringe into an anesthetized portion of the upper arm.
When prompted by an electromagnetic scanner, the chip transmits a unique code. With the code, hospital staff can go on the Internet and access a patient's medical profile that is maintained in a database by VeriChip Corp. for an annual fee.
VeriChip Corp., whose parent company has been marketing radio tags for animals for more than a decade, sees an initial market of diabetics and people with heart conditions or Alzheimer's disease, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
The company is spending millions to assemble a national network of hospitals equipped to scan chipped patients.
But in its SEC filings, product labels and press releases, VeriChip Corp. has not mentioned the existence of research linking embedded transponders to tumors in test animals.
When the FDA approved the device, it noted some Verichip risks: The capsules could migrate around the body, making them difficult to extract; they might interfere with defibrillators, or be incompatible with MRI scans, causing burns. While also warning that the chips could cause "adverse tissue reaction," FDA made no reference to malignant growths in animal studies.
Did the agency review literature on microchip implants and animal cancer?
Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a privacy advocate and RFID expert, asked shortly after VeriChip's approval what evidence the agency had reviewed. When FDA declined to provide information, she filed a Freedom of Information Act request. More than a year later, she received a letter stating there were no documents matching her request.
"The public relies on the FDA to evaluate all the data and make sure the devices it approves are safe," she says, "but if they're not doing that, who's covering our backs?"
Late last year, Albrecht unearthed at the Harvard medical library three studies noting cancerous tumors in some chipped mice and rats, plus a reference in another study to a chipped dog with a tumor. She forwarded them to the AP, which subsequently found three additional mice studies with similar findings, plus another report of a chipped dog with a tumor.
Asked if it had taken these studies into account, the FDA said VeriChip documents were being kept confidential to protect trade secrets. After AP filed a FOIA request, the FDA made available for a phone interview Anthony Watson, who was in charge of the VeriChip approval process.
"At the time we reviewed this, I don't remember seeing anything like that," he said of animal studies linking microchips to cancer. A literature search "didn't turn up anything that would be of concern."
In general, Watson said, companies are expected to provide safety-and-effectiveness data during the approval process, "even if it's adverse information."
Watson added: "The few articles from the literature that did discuss adverse tissue reactions similar to those in the articles you provided, describe the responses as foreign body reactions that are typical of other implantable devices. The balance of the data provided in the submission supported approval of the device."
Another implantable device could be a pacemaker, and indeed, tumors have in some cases attached to foreign bodies inside humans. But Dr. Neil Lipman, director of the Research Animal Resource Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, said it's not the same. The microchip isn't like a pacemaker that's vital to keeping someone alive, he added, "so at this stage, the payoff doesn't justify the risks."

Friday, September 07, 2007

What to do?

Wellll-it's been a long week. The weather has settled down at last and my wireless is back to normal-thank God. I have a dilema and am not sure what to do so tell me your opinion please. My oldest son is in his 3rd week of Marine bootcamp and I just found out his girlfriend commited suicide. Everyone wants me to tell him but I hate to mess up his head right now. But I know I would want to know and would be mad if no one told me. His DI is supposed to call me and discuss it tomorrow. As a parent-this is a hard choice to make.
What do you all think?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

wild weather and crappy internet

the weather here has been so wild lately and the internet has been off and on sporadically. Im posting this before it goes off again. Hopefully they will figure why this happening.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

pay to drive?

Some powerful elected officials say they strongly oppose a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) effort included in the agency's federal lobbying plan. The effort asks Congress to allow the state of Texas to buy segments of the Interstate system and turn them into toll roads. The Texas Department of Transportation says the agency included this idea in it's Congressional lobbying plan in January as an option for replacing federal highway dollars, which are declining. Experts at the legislature say behind the scenes opposition to the issue erupted publicly following several news reports. Now U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she opposes the concept because it would force Texans who financed road construction with tax dollars to pay again with tolls if they want to drive on the same highways. Texas Senator John Carona calls the recommendation dreadful and predicts state legislators will take action. Chris Lippincott is a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation. He says if Congress approves the idea local governments will still have the final say. Sound:19Oucue: or here at homeBut legislative staffers say it is unclear whether current state statutes would guarantee local governments the power to prevent existing interstates from becoming toll roads.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Everythings bigger in Texas

A monstrous network of sheet-like webs covering several acres has been spun over trees in this state park 50 miles (80 kms) east of Dallas, baffling scientists who say it is an almost-unheard-of occurrence in the region.
"The dominant spiders here seem to be long-jawed spiders but this is unusual. Social spiders build communal nests in the tropics but the longjaws are not social," said Mike Quinn, a Texas state insect biologist.
"We still don't have a clear answer for what is going on here," he said as he stood beneath the ghostly canopy of webbing which shrouded a patch of oak and juniper trees.
The eerie scene evoked a B-grade horror movie. Thunder rumbled in the distance as spiders skittered across Quinn's wide-brimmed hat.
He was collecting samples by using a metal rod to thrash branches over a "beat sheet" -- a sheet nailed to criss-crossed pieces off wood into which bugs would fall.
A startling number of creepy-crawlers fell from a single branch which Quinn thrashed, including several long-jawed spiders, also known as orb weavers.
"You would not want to be the prey item on the end of that," Quinn said as he held up one of the aptly named long jaws, a spindly but sinister looking thing with fangs jutting out at the end of its raptor-like jaws.
There are 10 species of longjaw in Texas and Quinn said he needed to take the specimens to other experts to determine precisely which ones they were.
There were several other species of spider in the webs, including large garden spiders.
"I've never seen anything like this before," said Ray Owings, who had come from Tyler 50 miles to the east just to look at the webbing.
Other scientists agreed it was an odd affair.
"You see this more often in tropical rain forests. Longjaws typically make the classic kind of orb web and not a sheet web," Roy Vogtsberger, an assistant professor with the biology department at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FBI wiretapping system

"Building off the design mandates of CALEA, the FBI has constructed a 'point-and-click surveillance system' that creates instant wiretaps on almost any communications device. A thousand pages of restricted documents released under the Freedom of Information Act were required to determine the veracity of this clandestine project, Wired News reports. Called the Digital Collection System Network, it connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is intricately woven into the nation's telecom infrastructure. From the article: 'FBI wiretapping rooms in field offices and undercover locations around the country are connected through a private, encrypted backbone that is separated from the internet. Sprint runs it on the government's behalf. The network allows an FBI agent in New York, for example, to remotely set up a wiretap on a cell phone based in Sacramento, California, and immediately learn the phone's location, then begin receiving conversations, text messages and voicemail pass codes in New York. With a few keystrokes, the agent can route the recordings to language specialists for translation.'"

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

100 percent

This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint... it goes like this: What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life? Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% and
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96% But,
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% And,
B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103% AND,
look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top. "REMEMBER SOME PEOPLE ARE ALIVE SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHOOT THEM."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Whats really important

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Oh excuse me please" was my reply. He said, "Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you." We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye. But at home a different story is told, How we treat our loved ones, young and old. Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very still. When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. "Move out of the way," I said with a frown. He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken. While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me and said, "While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse. Go and look on the kitchen floor, You'll find some flowers there by the door. Those are the flowers he brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes." By this time, I felt very small, And now my tears began to fall. I quietly went and knelt by his bed; "Wake up, little one, wake up," I said. "Are these the flowers you picked for me?" He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue." I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way." He said, "Oh, Dad, that's okay. I love you anyway." I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue." FAMILY Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

little known boy facts for all parents

1.A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. House 4 inches deep.
2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.
5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
6. The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
7. When you hear the toilet flush and the wouds "uh oh", you know, that it's already too late.
8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
9. A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 44-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.
10. Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.
11. Play dough and microwave ovens should not be used in the same sentence
12. Super glue is forever.
13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
15. VCR's do not eject "PB & J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
18. You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.
19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.
20. The fire department in Nixon, TX has a 5- minute response time.
21. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
22. 80% of women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.
23. 80% of Men who read this, then will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid, just to see if it will make smoke.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Chinese bloggers beware

Reporters Without Borders criticized the Chinese government for what the press advocacy group considers a move to end anonymous blogging in the communist country.
The government, through the Internet Society of China, recently drafted a pact that was signed by at least 20 major blog service providers in the country, including Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., the Paris-based watchdog group said Thursday.
"The pact stops short of the previous project of making it obligatory for bloggers to register, but it can be used to force service providers to censor content and identify bloggers," the group said in a statement. The pact, unveiled Wednesday, signals an "imminent" new wave of censorship and repression, the group said.
Blogging services, which make it easy and simple for people to publish writings, photos and videos on the Web, have become popular among individuals wanting to anonymously disseminate information that governments would rather keep confidential.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. A Yahoo spokeswoman referred a request for comment to Alibaba.com Corp., which manages Yahoo's China operations, but that company had not replied .
Microsoft, in an e-mail statement on Friday, acknowledged that on Aug. 21, MSN China, a joint venture with Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., signed the document, which it says is "in line" with similar agreements adopted by other countries and organizations.
"Such self-regulatory codes are an effective means of helping to protect our customers from cybercrimes and other threats to online security and privacy, and to promoting a safe, friendly environment in which to enjoy our services," the statement reads.
Although it signed the document, Microsoft doesn't agree with some of its recommendations, such as requiring people to register with their real names for the company's Windows Live Spaces blog hosting and publishing service.
"It should be emphasized that these are indeed recommendations only, and we retain discretion to determine how to best achieve the overarching goals of the agreement," Microsoft said.
The pact "encourages" blog service providers to require that people provide their real names and contact information in order to let them post blogs, and then store the individuals' information, the press advocacy group said.
The pact also says blog service providers should "monitor and manage comments" as well as delete "illegal and bad information," according to Reporters Without Borders.
In its statement, the group quotes Internet Society of China Secretary General Huang Chengqing as saying: "Blog service providers who allow the use of pseudonyms may be more attractive to bloggers, but they will be punished by the government if they fail to screen illegal information."
China's Internet policies, such as the censorship of search engine results, have become a frequent target of criticism by organizations that advocate for human rights and press freedom.
These organizations, like Amnesty International, have also criticized Internet companies including Yahoo, Microsoft and Google Inc. for going along with Chinese government requirements that these groups charge violate human rights and press freedom.
The companies' defense is that they must comply with the local laws of the countries in which they operate.
Yahoo in particular has been blasted often in recent years for cooperating with the Chinese government and providing information that has led to the arrest of dissidents and journalists.
In April, the wife of an imprisoned Chinese dissident sued Yahoo in the U.S. for divulging information about her husband's Internet activity, which allegedly led to his arrest and torture. The suit was filed by the World Organization for Human Rights USA on behalf of Yu Ling, the wife of Wang Xiaoning, arrested in September 2002 on charges including "incitement to subvert state power."
This month, a U.S. congressional committee said it plans to investigate whether or not a Yahoo representative lied during testimony over the company's role in a human rights case in China that sent journalist Shi Tao to jail for 10 years.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Plastic

PLASTIC
It is something which our lives would be horrible without. The kids wanted a few of the twisted wind doohickeys to hang on the porch and the trees. As I watched it twist and turn, it really was enchanting. A simple twisted 50 cent piece of plastic, and it held our attention and amused us. Either we are REALLY bored, or it was sort of fascinating to watch. Either way- it's fun. It just goes to show that SO much of what is all around us is overlooked and not thought of in our daily routines. As I look around the room as I type on the plastic keyboard, I cannot imagine what life without plastic would be!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Banana Spider


Yesterday evening was a beautiful evening-slightly breezy and a few degrees cooler. Me and Billy-my little one-played in the yard with the plants and critters and had a blast. We came in at dark and ate a good supper. Then I saw one of the garden spiders building a web right in front of the screen door. We watched as it so diligently labored with the web, almost a work of art. I took a picture of it and left the web alone because it was catching lots of flying insects from the porch light. AAHHHHHH-life is good.
That is until 6:30 this morning as I opened the screen door, spider web forgotten in my morning haze, and wound up with a face full of web and one perturbed spider. Which led to me creating a new dance step and somersaulting off the porch. I looked at my empty coffee cup and sighed. Looked like it might not be the best of days. I gotta hurry up and get the new deck built which will be only 1 foot from the ground instead of the 4 and a half foot high porch.
Another day in the life of a demented Texan.
Lator gators.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

2 moons in August


Planet Mars will begin to glow brighter in the night sky starting this August – brightest in 280 years!

Reportedly, it will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
This will culminate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am.
It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it this way again.

Monday, August 20, 2007

my crackpot friends

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitterf ailure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”
The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”
“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”
“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

me---feminine???

Today I was accused of being feminine. The kids said their friends told them it looked like a lady lived in the house. I guess a clean house with a little tasteful decorations is a females duty. HAH-I hate a dirty house and I like to have a flower garden and decorations so the house feels like a home and looks decent. I told the kids it's their moms fault. Since she hasn't been around much-I had to blend the best of both parents into one.
Then smarty pants daughter asked if I was gay!! I guess I'll have to wear saggy pants with butt crack showing, holes in socks, spittoons sitting everywhere full of a brown creepy crawling concoction, with big mac wrappers laying all over, and park my motorcycle in the kitchen.
I am NOT gay in case any others ask. I just happen to have a little taste and I'm color coordinated and have a green thumb with an I.Q. bigger than my age.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dreams

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which, if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.
All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.
All men of action are dreamers.
Without dreams, there is no reality!
You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.

Friday, August 17, 2007

To use or not to use


Scientists advise us to stop buying antibacterial soap, as it's no more effective than the regular stuff. And, using it introduces a risk of mutation of bacteria. From the article: "The team looked at 27 studies conducted between 1980 and 2006, and found that soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1 to 0.45 percent wt./vol.) were no more effective than plain soaps. Triclosan is used in higher concentrations in hospitals and other clinical settings, and may be more effective at reducing illness and bacteria. Triclosan works by targeting a biochemical pathway in the bacteria that allows the bacteria to keep its cell wall intact. Because of the way triclosan kills the bacteria, mutations can happen at the targeted site... a mutation could mean that the triclosan can no longer get to the target site to kill the bacteria because the bacteria and the pathway have changed form."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Me oh My


No matter how you look at it-it's HOT here and very humid. After work I sat on the bench under the shade tree and just wilted. haha I also read my mail from Recruit Crawford Kevin W. MI. I finally got his first note home with his address and he said he's loving it. That made my evening much better. Me, Billy and his cousin sat and played with the critters under the shade trees and watched the first bands forming from the tropical depression at the coast. It ought to be a wet bugger tomorrow. Its ok as long as the temp will go down a little. Oh well-gotta go compose a nice fatherly uplifting letter to send to my little {LOL} Marine.
Later gators.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Seven principles of family values

Individuality
I am happy to be me. I accept other people just as they are. I like to share my ideas with others, and like to learn what other people like to do.
Integrity
I can do what is right. I am responsible for my own actions and always try to do what is right, when I'm with others and when I'm alone.
Industry
I always do my best. I work hard to achieve my goals and always do my best. Others can rely on me to do my work from start to finish.
Knowledge
I like to learn new things. I can understand the truth by asking good questions and working to find the answers. I feel happy when I use my knowledge to make good choices.
Compassion
I like to help others. I listen to what others have to say and try to understand how they feel. I use my talents and energy to help others who are in need.
Family
I love my family. My family is special and unique. There are ____ people in my family: (name each family member, youngest to oldest). We do things together and help each other to be the best we can be.
Optimism
I think the world is a wonderful place. My influence may be small, but working with others I can find happiness and help make the world a better place.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bloggers are for real


ABC's Blotter blog observes that at least in the realm of US intelligence gathering, the "are bloggers real journalists" question is already decided. Despite the rap that bloggers simply bloviate and don't try to find things out, a conservative newspaper columnist Robert Novak once sniffed, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have altered policies to indicate they're taking blogs seriously, and a growing number of public offices are actively reaching out to the blogosphere. The CIA recently updated its policies on Freedom of Information Act requests to allow bloggers to qualify for special treatment once reserved for old-school reporters. And last August, the NSA issued a directive to its employees to report leaks of classified information to the media — "including blogs," the order said."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

My own little world



Today I cut the grass in the front which means I cut the right of way on both neighbors yards too so everything looks nice. I saw the neighbor lady coming over and she said I didn't have to always be doing that-but thanks so much. Then she said"Did I know her husband had died Thursday?" That kind of floored me. NO-I did not know that. She asked if I would cut the whole yard since she was headed to his funeral services and would have a lot of company. So I did.

But that sure made me think-I've only got two neighbors on opposite sides and both have had something happen to their husbands lately. I never even knew. I was so busy "in my own little world" that I forgot what a good neighbor is. Shame on me! I talk a lot of talk-better start walking the walk-huh.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Floorless



Imagine your at a friends house and need to use the bathroom. You open the door and this greets your eyes. This is only a painting on the floor-but it's awesome!

Amazing Tesla

In 1905, a team of construction workers in the small village of Shoreham, New York labored to erect a truly extraordinary structure. Over a period of several years the men had managed to assemble the framework and wiring for the 187-foot-tall Wardenclyffe Tower, in spite of severe budget shortfalls and a few engineering snags. The project was overseen by its designer, the eccentric-yet-ingenious inventor Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 - 7 January 1943). Atop his tower was perched a fifty-five ton dome of conductive metals, and beneath it stretched an iron root system that penetrated more than 300 feet into the Earth's crust. "In this system that I have invented, it is necessary for the machine to get a grip of the earth," he explained, "otherwise it cannot shake the earth. It has to have a grip… so that the whole of this globe can quiver."
Though it was far from completion, it was rumored to have been tested on several occasions, with spectacular, crowd-pleasing results. The ultimate purpose of this unique structure was to change the world forever.
Tesla's inventions had already changed the world on several occasions, most notably when he developed modern alternating current technology. He had also won fame for his victory over Thomas Edison in the well-publicized "battle of currents," where he proved that his alternating current was far more practical and safe than Edison-brand direct current. Soon his technology dominated the world's developing electrical infrastructure, and by 1900 he was widely regarded as America's greatest electrical engineer. This reputation was reinforced by his other major innovations, including the Tesla coil, the radio transmitter, and fluorescent lamps.
In 1891, Nikola Tesla gave a lecture for the members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in New York City, where he made a striking demonstration. In each hand he held a gas discharge tube, an early version of the modern fluorescent bulb. The tubes were not connected to any wires, but nonetheless they glowed brightly during his demonstration. Tesla explained to the awestruck attendees that the electricity was being transmitted through the air by the pair of metal sheets which sandwiched the stage. He went on to speculate how one might increase the scale of this effect to transmit wireless power and information over a broad area, perhaps even the entire Earth. As was often the case, Tesla's audience was engrossed but bewildered.
Recently, a Tesla inspired levitating light bulb using wireless power transfer was successfully demonstrated. And Tesla thought of this in the late 1800's. I personally think he was one of the most ahead of his time geniuses that came along.

Friday, August 10, 2007

1-800-***-****


The bumper sticker on this truck says it all. This makes for a good hot Friday post.
See Ya

Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's not about the money


Today at work, after a rather hectic week of everything that can break down-will breakdown, a young coworker said why didn't I come with him and go work in the oilfield. He said I could make 20 dollars an hour. I didn't mean to sound rude to this youngster-but I told him " kid-I have a degree in electronics and could be making 75 dollars an hour if I chose to." He shut up for about an hour and then he couldn't stand it no longer. HAHAHA-I was waiting for him to ask. Why are you here doing this kind of work if you could be making a lot more somewhere else, doing a lot easier work?
Wellllllll{sound like my dad-goood god} Money aint everything. Granted it helps a whole lot, can't live without it, but I've spent my career time with my family just down the street or close by if they needed me, I've taught them the value of a dollar{isn't much anymore}, I don't have no commute time, I know all adults names in town and most of the kids, kids teachers were my teachers, I've been happy and own what I want, I happen to enjoy working with my hands making things better, I couldn't ask to have been blessed with a better life than this. More money wouldn't have changed any of that for the better! To the contrary, a lot of things I have enjoyed would not have fit into my hectic schedule if I had worked at another profession. So I think I'm way ahead of the game.
That shut him up for a little while! hehe
later gators

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

crash course

In Egyptian myth, Apophis was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction, a demon that was determined to plunge the world into eternal darkness.
A fitting name, astronomers reasoned, for a menace now hurtling towards Earth from outerspace. Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it.
Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the Earth in 2036, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima. Thousands of square kilometres would be directly affected by the blast but the whole of the Earth would see the effects of the dust released into the atmosphere.
And, scientists insist, there is actually very little time left to decide. At a recent meeting of experts in near-Earth objects (NEOs) in London, scientists said it could take decades to design, test and build the required technology to deflect the asteroid. Monica Grady, an expert in meteorites at the Open University, said: "It's a question of when, not if, a near Earth object collides with Earth. Many of the smaller objects break up when they reach the Earth's atmosphere and have no impact. However, a NEO larger than 1km [wide] will collide with Earth every few hundred thousand years and a NEO larger than 6km, which could cause mass extinction, will collide with Earth every hundred million years. We are overdue for a big one."
Apophis had been intermittently tracked since its discovery in June last year but, in December, it started causing serious concern. Projecting the orbit of the asteroid into the future, astronomers had calculated that the odds of it hitting the Earth in 2029 were alarming. As more observations came in, the odds got higher.
Having more than 20 years warning of potential impact might seem plenty of time. But, at last week's meeting, Andrea Carusi, president of the Spaceguard Foundation, said that the time for governments to make decisions on what to do was now, to give scientists time to prepare mitigation missions. At the peak of concern, Apophis asteroid was placed at four out of 10 on the Torino scale - a measure of the threat posed by an NEO where 10 is a certain collision which could cause a global catastrophe. This was the highest of any asteroid in recorded history and it had a 1 in 37 chance of hitting the Earth. The threat of a collision in 2029 was eventually ruled out at the end of last year.
Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer from Queen's University Belfast, said: "When it does pass close to us on April 13 2029, the Earth will deflect it and change its orbit. There's a small possibility that if it passes through a particular point in space, the so-called keyhole, ... the Earth's gravity will change things so that when it comes back around again in 2036, it will collide with us." The chance of Apophis passing through the keyhole, a 600-metre patch of space, is 1 in 5,500 based on current information.
Uh-better call Bruce Willis and his team.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wanna feel smarter

On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.) Question: If you could live forever, would you and why? Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," --

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --
Mariah Carey
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life." Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign .
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body" -- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky, basketball forward .
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country" --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC. "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -- Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.
"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it." --A congressional candidate in Texas .
"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --P hiladelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Al Gore, Vice President And "We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." -- Al Gore, VP
"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." -- Dan Quayle
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need ?" --Lee Iacocca
"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A g enius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." --Bill Clinton, President
"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." --Keppel Enderbery
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." --Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

Feeling smarter yet?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Semper Fi


Good day Mates. Hope everyone made it through Monday ok. Last night after I went to bed, the tele rang and the oldest son called saying he'd made it ok. Thanked me for being strong when he needed it-so he wouldn't lose it and cry in front of his friends and family. He then informed me I was a royal pain in the butt and ought to have been a drill sergeant, but that it was ok, and he loved me and to squeeze little brother for him. I was proud and excited and wide awake as he hung up. As I stood up to stretch-I forgot about the good ole ceiling fan I installed and lost all knuckle skin on both hands. I promptly informed the fan what I thought about it.
Moral of the story-keep body parts out of ceiling fans.
Later gators

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Hard weekend


Well- this was the big send off for my oldest son. I watched him being driven off into the wild blue yonder on his way to the airplane. He embarks on a 5 year endeavor in the Marine Corps. As a father-I am so proud of him. As a parent-I'm scared for him. As an informed Internet jockey- I'm REALLY worried about him. Oh well-he is almost grown and it's out of my hands now. That's all for now-my brains still topsy-turvy.
Later gators.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little left of it.
Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.
Time heals what reason cannot.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
A minute now is better than a minute later.
Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.
One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.
You may delay, but time will not.
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Friedman vs Shermer

Stanton Friedman & Michael Shermer squared off on the topic of UFOs and ETs. Friedman characterized himself as a scientist who's been looking at the evidence for 49 years-- a 'Cosmic Watergate' has taken place, with cover-ups beginning in 1947, he declared. It's improbable that ETs are bipedal primates who just happened to find us with their craft, countered Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic Magazine. Friedman cited trace cases in which unidentified craft have left marks on the ground, as well as the sighting testimonies of trained observers. Shermer said the evidence for UFOs is largely anecdotal with unreliable witnesses, blurry photos and grainy videos. Until we have an actual craft to examine, there is no proof to connect UFO sightings with an extraterrestrial presence, he added. Some people (such as Betty & Barney Hill) have been abducted by aliens, and such claims should be evaluated on a case by case basis, Friedman stated. The claim that sleep paralysis triggers abduction reports doesn't account for cases where people are abducted from outside their bedrooms, he continued. Shermer believes abduction narratives are a modern version of the incubi/succubi reports of the Middle Ages. People are having anomalous experiences through hypnosis or sleep deprivation/paralysis and the current culture filters their interpretation of it, he explained. A Fast Blast poll conducted in the last hour found that 80% sided with Friedman, 20% with Shermer.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

12 round bout

Noted Physicist, as well as renowned Ufologist, “Stanton Friedman” will debate skeptic, “Dr. Michael Shermer” on “Coast To Coast Radio” with host, “George Noory” tonight. On their web site, C2C writes, that they will be “debating SETI, UFOs, ET’s and religion, making contact, myth-making and aliens, space travel, and abduction cases.”Friedman, Shermer as well as George Noory all appeared on the “Larry King Show” recently; however, the anticipated rational, balanced, intelligent dialogue that was expected never came to pass. In its place was what appeared to be a predisposition on King’s part, reflected by, his at times, mildly sardonic attitude, combined with his meek administration as moderator of his own show. The latter permitted Michael Shermer to exercise his belief that “talking louder” and or “over people” would make him right. This being the case, there is great anticipation for a “properly moderated” debate where “both sides” can make their respective cases, and given equal time to rebut. Personally, one of the things that irked me the most on LK’s show was Shermer’s relentless discourse on science, or from “his position,” “the lack thereof” in regards to Ufology. He yielded the word like a sword, but wouldn’t let anyone, particularly Stan, to respond (or at least be heard) and “enlighten” him on the “supportive scientific evidence” apropos to the subject.Another faux pas of the King show was having so many guests on at one time; this might be a “lure” for viewers to “tune in” but makes for an “impossible forum” for an hour show less the commercials. Obviously, giving a couple of hours, or more for just two speakers/guests will allow for points to be made, as well as their respective rebuttals. Tonight’s show will certainly be one “not to miss!” Your bloggerooney predicts a “first round KO” by Friedman, after “pounding sagacity

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Amazing


After a very hot, humid day at work, I came dragging home and cut grass for 3 hours. Then I really dragged into the house and proceeded to take an amazing remedy that makes you feel better, no matter what. I took a shower! Isn't it amazing how much better you feel after a good cool shower washes and refreshes and reinvigorates. Something so simple its almost magical. I really do appreciate having the gift of running water at my disposal. Clean, drinkable running water is a luxury many do not have in other countries, or this country in places.

Don't take for granted all the simple pleasures we all have at our disposal. Enjoy them and be grateful.

Later gator.

Monday, July 30, 2007

What we need is ACTION

Fate knows where you are going, but it is up to you to drive there.

Nothing happens until I make it happen.

You can’t build a reputation on what you're going to do.

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.

Ideas without action are worthless.

I think there is something, more important than believing: Action!

The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

think about it



Me and the little one re watched The Postman movie today and he wanted to know was that the only way to stay in touch back in the old days. He said they sure needed Internet back then. At 8 years old, he's grew up in an electronic age of convenience. Can you imagine the chaos and frustration in each household if the satellite gizmo's suddenly didn't work for awhile, or any of the new fangled gizmos we all enjoy-cell phones, internet, no land line phones, no tv, no games... That is scarier than me running for President.

Lator gators

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Extinct



I recently ran across a picture of something extinct- and it scared me silly. It made me think-we live in a country that has become extinct. Gone is the good ole AMERICA we grew up in and was so proud of. Gone is the safe neighborhoods for kids, gone is the moral decency of citizens, gone is the trust of governing bodies, gone is the pride that built this country. It has a become a monster landmass holding the citizens hostage.
Teach me to be looking at pictures-huh!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Wise Quotes

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
All human beings, by nature, desire to know.
All life is an experiment.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere. The pessimist sees only the red light. But the truly wise person is color blind.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
Chance favors only those who court her.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

P U

Right at about 5 pm today, Boss said I needed to deliver the forklift, I had just repaired, back to the chicken farm 36 miles away. So I loaded it on the trailer and cranked the Kenworth up and away I went in the pouring rain. About half way there, I saw a momma skunk and 3 little ones crossing the road ahead of me. She was pushing them from behind to get their little butts in gear. They made it ok and all four gave me the salute[tails up] as I passed. When I got to the farm, there was a little low water crossing to go through and a duck was standing at the waters edge looking at the water, but not getting in. It was still there as I came out, watching the water pass by. So even during overtime on a dreary, gloomy, rainy day, I still had fun and enjoyed the little after work drive.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

MORE rain

RAIN RAIN GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
I guess it is not gonna stop raining any time soon. I didn't even have the PC on last night because of the lightening storms. It did have the air cooler tho and that is a plus this time of year. The rain is so clean smelling and good tasting and fun to play in---but enough is enough. I watched as the police came by going out to the bridges at end of town checking for flooding or stranded motorists. Most of the highways and byways around here flood at all the low water crossings for a little while, but quickly run off and are passable. Guess I need to google for an unrain dance!! Why does the satellite Internet work in the rain but the TV satellite quits in the rain? So me and the kids played hide and seek for a while till Billy got carried away and hid in the dryer.---not cool---time for bed then.
I'LL BE BACK----
your soggy, saturated, prunish bloggeroony

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Start your week off with a smile

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had giventheir new wives duties. The first man had married a woman from Florida, andbragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and housecleaning that needed to be done at their house. He said that it took a coupledays but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were allwashed and put away.
The second man had married a woman from Kentucky. He bragged that hehad given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes,and the cooking. He told them that the first day he didn't see any results,but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean,the dishes weredone, and he had a huge dinner on the table.
The third man had married an Louisiana girl. He boasted that he toldher that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed,laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the firstday he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but bythe third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out ofhis left eye.....

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The clearly defined path



As I muddle my way through the daily routines of life, my path is clear. I have decided to not have a political party. I will just have to pick the best out of all the candidates-and vote for them. So I'm not a republican, democratic or independant-I'm just an American stuck in a messed up political nightmare. And I will always bug the government with every signed piece of paper I can, reminding them how unhappy I am at the state of this countries government. HA-like they care what I think. But remember-little thorns cause infections that spread all over-so every blogger that blogs one way or the other helps that infectious little thorn in our governments side. And remember to smile while doing it-makes everyone wonder what's wrong with you.

As ta la vista-baby

Friday, July 20, 2007

Schmooze Award

Goodness gracious-I have been tagged with the schmooze award. Thank you Sumo. AAAAAAAAAAAA-not sure what to say. My ramblings are only written examples of my demented thinking process on a daily basis. There-that almost sounded smart for a second, didn't it.
I enjoy all the sites and writings of all the bloggers out there. I am able to keep abreast of all the latest happenings in the world and all the various ideas and thoughts of the more informed world-the blogosphere. Opinions cannot be justly made on anything if you are not informed. I seriously don't think my little blog spot is deserving but I appreciate any and all who are enlightened or dismayed or smile at my efforts. Thank you. The blogosphere is all about everyones attempt at doing their part in making the world a better place, and for that everyone deserves an award.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Oh what a day

KIDS-they are like a rollar coaster ride. They are scary, fun, nauseating, @#$%^&*teach you patience... My oldest son leaves in 2 weeks for boot camp in California and for the last 3 weeks he's been holy heck to live with. I finally told him to go visit his mom for his 2 remaining weeks.
Later one of his girl buddies came by looking for him and said don't be too frustrated with him, he was nervous and afraid and thought if he was mad at everyone-it would make it easier for him to leave home. That really made me feel stupid-ought to be used to it by now. Then I get a email from a 22 year old girl who wants to go out for coffee and get to know me. I sent her a note asking if her glasses needed readjusting or was she legally blind!! Then the little man [8] says DAD don't worry, he loves me and I have been doing ok. He says his bro and sis are stupid and mean and pains in the booty. After settling down and watching tv a little bit, I realize that its not all that bad. Its just kids being kids, and me being a parent who cares. Oh well-life goes on-wonder what tomorrow brings?
adios amigos

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Splish, Splash, Squish



Those words are what I hear as I walk across the yard to my truck. It is continuing to drench south Texas with more rainfall. I guess I'll have to see if they make a pontoon kit for my riding mower! I don't remember it being so wet in July in Nixon. All the flowers I planted are still doing fantastic because of the rain.Since I work inside a shop- the rain usually does not affect me much. I have 2 cars I've bought in other towns but have not picked up because of the weather. Thank goodness the lighting has been not very bad. I don't want another fried pc! Oh well-make someone smile for no reason-it'll do you good.

your prune toed bloggerooney

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mother Nature might not like this

BEIJING - After weeks of watching the mercury soar, hardening the already cracked earth of their wilting orchards and farms, a group of farmers on the outskirts of Beijing gather in the Fragrant Hills that line the western fringe of China's capital city. Unlike their ancestors, they do not assemble to perform a rain dance or gather in a temple to pray to the Lord Buddha to bring the rain. Instead, they grab rocket launchers and a 37-millimeter anti-aircraft gun and begin shooting into the sky. What they launch are not bullets or missiles but chemical pellets. Their targets are not enemy aggressors but wisps of passing cloud that they aim to "seed" with silver-iodide particles around which moisture can then collect and become heavy enough to fall. The farmers are part of the biggest rain-making force in the world: China's Weather Modification Program. According to Wang Guanghe, director of the Weather Modification Department under the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, each of China's more than 30 provinces and province-level municipalities today boast a weather-modification base, employing more than 32,000 people, 7,100 anti-aircraft guns, 4,991 special rocket launchers and 30-odd aircraft across the country. "Ours is the largest artificial weather program in the world in terms of equipment, size and budget," Wang said, adding that the annual nationwide budget for weather modification is between US$60 million and $90 million. It is no coincidence that the world's biggest such project is in China. The country's leadership has never been cautious about harnessing nature, taking on a slew of what were once thought impossible engineering challenges, such as the Three Gorges dam, the world's biggest hydroelectric project, and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's longest highland railroad. For a largely agrarian country like China, the weather was thought of as far too important to be left to the whim of gods or nature. As a result, Chinese scientists began researching man-made rain as far back as 1958, using chemicals such as silver iodide or dry ice to facilitate condensation in moisture-laden clouds. In the beginning, the idea was to ease drought and improve harvests for Chinese farmers, but over the decades other functions have evolved such as firefighting, prevention of hailstorms, and replenishment of river heads and reservoirs. Artificial rain has also been used by some provinces to combat drought and sandstorms. In 2004, Shanghai decided to induce rain simply to lower the temperature during a prolonged heat wave to bring relief to an increasingly hot and sweaty urban populace. And now China's weather officials have been charged with another important task: ensuring clear skies for the Summer Olympic Games next year. Zhang Qiang, the top weather-modification bureaucrat in Beijing, said her office has been conducting experiments in cloud-busting for the past two years in preparation for the Games' opening ceremony on August 8, 2008. She said that according to past meteorological data, there is a 50% chance of drizzle on that day. To ensure blue skies, the Beijing Weather Modification Office is busy researching the effects of various chemical activators on different sizes of cloud formations at different altitudes. The aim is to catch pregnant clouds early and induce rainfall ahead of the big day so that during the opening ceremony the sky is cloud-free. Wang said similar efforts in the past have already helped to create good weather for a number of international events held in China, including the 1999 World Horti-Expo in Yunnan and the 1993 East Asian Games in Shanghai. However, Zhang warned that her cloud-fighters will only be effective in the event of the threat of a drizzle: "A heavy downpour will be impossible to combat." Her caveat goes to the heart of the primary criticism leveled against weather-modification efforts worldwide: doubts about their effectiveness. Wang himself admits that it remains notoriously difficult to establish how much real impact cloud-seeding has, since there is no foolproof way to establish how much rain might have fallen without intervention. The United States, which pioneered cloud-seeding techniques in the 1940s and 1950s, has long cooled in its enthusiasm for the science behind artificial rain. However, Israel and Russia continue to have substantial weather-modification programs and Wang said experiments conducted in these countries reveal that cloud-seeding can increase rainfall by between 6% and 20%. Zhang said reservoirs in Beijing have shown an increase of 10-13%, one directly attributable to the efforts of her rainmakers. Despite some international skepticism, the Chinese authorities remain convinced of the merits of attempting to alter weather. China's state news agency Xinhua recently reported that between 1999 and 2006, 250 billion tonnes of rain was artificially created, enough to fill the Yellow River several times over. Moreover, China's 11th Five Year Plan, which kicked off last year, calls for the creation of about 50 billion cubic meters of artificial rain annually. While declining to provide specifics, Zhang said her office's budget has seen sharp spikes in recent years and she expects it to continue to grow given northern China's extreme water shortages, which are exacerbated by the impact of climate change. Indeed, the annual per capita water supply for China is only 2,200 cubic meters, just 25% of the global average, according to the World Bank. Artificial rain, however, is not controversy-free even within China. City dwellers have raised concerns about environmental pollution, though both Wang and Zhang insist that silver iodide is used in such tiny quantities that it brings no negative health consequences. Cloud-seeding shells and rockets have also sometimes gone astray, damaging homes and injuring inhabitants. Only last year a passer-by in the municipality of Chongqing was killed by part of a rain cannon that flew off during firing in May. Wang says training programs and licenses have sharply curbed accidents in recent years, and the 135 farmers who comprise the on-call rainmaking force in Beijing go through intensive training, lasting several weeks, before they are let loose on the artillery. The farmers are paid about US$100 a month for their cannon and rocket-launching duties, which they perform about 40 times a year. The person who gives the shooters the green signal to launch their cloud attacks is none other than Zhang, China's modern-day equivalent of Zeus, Indra, or the Chinese rain god Xuantian Shangdi. However, the businesslike bureaucrat is modest when it comes to describing her role: "We try our best, but there are no guarantees of success." Could the rain gods have claimed differently?