Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Little Culture for You

I haven't posted anything auto in a bit so here you go... A jazzy little French film from Pikes Peak, Colorado.

Bellisimo! (Yes, I realize that is Italian not French)


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Puppy! Pt. Zwei

If you haven't yet read my original Puppy post, read it here first.

I forgot to bring up what finally put Carrie and I over the top to get a dog...


We were fine with not having a dog right up to the day that my sister brought home her dog Jenkins a little over a month ago. After watching him and Bo play at my parents house on Easter, we could take no more! I believe that Carrie found the litter that we eventually decided on that evening.

Here are the fellas hanging out, waiting for another buddy to play with...

I am sure Bo (the Boston) will put him in his place quickly. It will be interesting to see how Jenks and the new puppy react. I am guessing that it will result in many laughs!


Saturday, April 21, 2007


EDIT- fooled with the photos...

Carrie and I have decided to add a new member to our family. We are getting a puppy!

After long deliberation we have decided that the time is right to get a dog. We couldn't be more excited!

Ever since we knew we were getting married we wanted a dog. Now seven years later, we are going to take the plunge. Over that time we have gone back and forth over what breed we wanted. At first we were big on Boxers, then Boston Terriers. Both are great dog but I shot them down for being short nosed dog that snore like 327 pound men. We've taken care of mom's Boston Bo enough to know that he'd keep me up all night.

We finally settled on a Chocolate Labrador Retriever. In my mind, the perfect dog. There are many reasons we have decided on a Lab. We liked that they have great personalities, and are good with children. The short coat, size, and the fact that they love water played a part in it too. We wanted a chocolate one because you seem to see less of them and I love how they look.

Last weekend, we visited a litter of four week old pups and put down a deposit. Oh my God, were they cute. I could have stood there and watched them for hours, wrestling, sleeping... We haven't picked the guy that will come home with us yet, but since they are going home in 3 weeks that will happen soon. Next weekend we will hopefully get to play out in the yard with them to figure which one it will be. I can't wait 'till the puppy gets to come home. It will be a lot of work, but I look forward to it.

Blah, blah, blah... Shut it, Mike, and show us the pictures!

Here you go...

This is the dad.


Here are a few of the puppies, I am not sure who the kids are...

3-4 weeks old


5 weeks old



the runt of the litter with the biggest one.

How can you not fall in love with these guys! I cannot wait until we get to bring the fella home. Hopefully next week I have some more pictures to show you.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Gun Control

Is the 'gun culture' of the US to blame for incidents such as the VT shootings and Columbine?

Read This.

Virginia Tech was a gun free campus. This insured that there was nobody there that MAY have been able stop this atrocity earlier because they had a legal concealed firearm.

I saw an interesting slogan the other day.

"People don't stop killers, people with guns do"

Please comment!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Don't call the shooter Asian

Mike is gonna try serious today...

Brought to my attention here.

AAJS Media Advisory: Coverage on Virginia Tech Shooting Incident.

There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

Quite frankly I don't see what the sex of the gunman, I mean gunperson had to do with it either. (Eyes rolling)

The fact that the gunman was Asian, from South Korea, and male had nothing to do with this atrocious event. But it does. Why? Because he was an Asian male originally from South Korea. They have released his name and photo. Should we not see those either? I'm sure that people will guess as much...

The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.

Only an idiot would look at this event and conclude that Asians are 'bad'. This was the work of a pathetic individual. He could have as easily been white, black or anything. His name could have been John. If it was, tell me. Not mentioning race to keep knuckle-dragging Neanderthals (no offense to Neanderthals meant...) from getting that information isn't doing anything to solve the problem, I believe it makes it worse.

Some classmates talk...

"When we read Cho's plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of," former classmate Ian McFarlane, now an AOL employee, wrote in a blog posted on an AOL Web site. He said he and other students "were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter."

"We always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did," said another classmate, Stephanie Derry. "But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling."

Do you think that there could have been people who were genuinely concerned about this guy, but were afraid to bring it up to any authorities for fear of being considered 'racist'? Could this have turned out different if more had expressed their concerns? Maybe, maybe not. We'll never know.

The other thing that angers me is all the anti-gun people that latch on to these horrible events. Do you really think that making guns illegal would have stopped this? I mean, drugs like heroine, crack, and pot are illegal, yet we see it everywhere. Imagine the common burglar that got a hold of a gun when possession is illegal. Isn't the possibility there that he just might be that much more brazen knowing that the most he needs to worry about is someone with a aluminum bat or a bedside table?

Read this part again...
The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of.

If guns didn't exist, he would have come up with something...


Thursday, April 12, 2007


So... I share a birthday with Don Johnson, December 15th.

Don Johnson was married to Melanie Griffith...

Melanie Griffith's birthday is August 9th...

Carrie's birthday is August 9th...



Sunday, April 01, 2007

Bedside Table Defense and Other...

Here are a few goodies that I came across this morning....

Safe Bedside Table

A good idea that had me on the floor laughing. Check the picture of guy with bed hair ready to roll. Imagine the terror in the eyes of punk kids stealing your Xbox games when you come charging down the stairs looking like a night in briefs.

April Fool's Pranks For Nerds

My favorite is a play on the "Nice Wallpaper" on the second page. I did it to someone at work awhile back but I had an error message open when I took the screenshot. I then replaced the wallpaper with the screenshot and sat back and laughed as I heard frantic clicking and eventually obscenities towards the message that wouldn't go away.

The other fun one is to go into Word and set the auto-correct to change a common word to something funny. For Carrie I made it change every instance that she typed 'the' to 'toot'. Lots of fun, but be careful, this can get you or your target in trouble if you pick the wrong word...

I like the "Remove the Mouse Ball" prank, that could fun!




I am pretty sure this guy had 'blacked out' and woke up in the drivers seat with a monster hangover wondering why all the warning lights are on and the engine rattles (if it even started, check the pool of fluids underneath). Replacing an Audi V8 will cost you a pretty penny!

Being Audi A8, and apparently a college aged guy, there is a good chance that this is his parents car. If so, I bet he had a good time explaining this...

Since the guys that recorded this seemed to have no ties to the fella and there was nobody with him, I bet the only way he will ever know what happened to his car is if he is lucky enough to come across this video on YouTube.

In all seriousness, this guy got off lucky. There is a good chance that if he had managed to get that thing rolling he could have easily killed someone with all the pedestrians that would be milling around after a ballgame.

BTW, If you click through to YouTube, is it me or does the lowest common denominator seem to write comments on these videos.


"Turbocharged" Blogging!

Anybody who has spent a bit of time hanging around me knows that I have many pet peeves. No, I a not an angry person, I jut say it like it is....

My pet peeve for today is the use of the term "turbocharged" instead of just saying "faster" or "more powerful". Yes, Websters now recognizes that as a proper use. That just irritates me more.

The true, and in my mind the only, meaning of turbocharged is the thankfully first definition on Websters. Broken down, something that is "turbocharged" is "equipped with a centrifugal blower driven by exhaust gas turbines and used to supercharge an engine".

Basically if it doesn't have an internal combustion engine, it cannot be turbocharged.

What brought this on this morning was this story that I came across in my travels with Google Reader.

Forced Induction PC Cooling

He used a turbocharger from a Mitsubishi Eclipse as a case fan for his PC. His inspiration was the misuse of the terms "supercharging" and "turbocharging" by computer manufacturers.

I really don't have a problem with "supercharging" because "super" is pretty generic. It can apply to anything.


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