Monday, February 27, 2006


Life Begins at Creation

I don't think I could agree more with the pope. Life begins at conception, the moment of creation. The counter argument is that life doesn't begin till born, and the unalienable rights guaranteed in America are not applied to new life until born.

As I pointed out in a discussion thread, the Declaration of Independence states "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." This phrase establishes a hierarchy of truths the founding fathers recognized: you can't have pursuit of happiness without liberty; you can't have liberty without life; you can't have life without creation. All men have the right to be created, have life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. It does not say "all men are born equal, that they are..." I think this hierarchy was intentionally written by the founding fathers and should be considered as a matter of natural law (moral law) which serves as the basis of America's laws.


There are 2 brave people in France.

I don't think I could do what these two guys did, stand up for Denmark and free speech in the middle of an Muslim rally. I am surprised they weren't killed. The cops possibly showed up just in time. Watch the video.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


How Companies Get Their Names

I have always wondered how some companies come up with their names. This web log entry is list of companies and how they got their name.

Here is an example...
Kodak- Both the Kodak camera and the name were the invention of founder George Eastman . The letter "K" was a favourite with Eastman; he felt it a strong and incisive letter. He tried out various combinations of words starting and ending with "K". He saw three advantages in the name. It had the merits of a trademark word, would not be mis-pronounced and the name did not resemble anything in the art. There is a misconception that the name was chosen because of its similarity to the sound produced by the shutter of the camera.

I agree. I like the sound of K too. -- Sign Kyle

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Ford Mustang's 1st Victim, Pontiac GTO.

Bye, bye Pontiac GTO. See you in another decade or two. Who's next? :-)


Native American food for thought.

Interesting story. Of course, it's no secret that one man's artifacts was another man's litter.
The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Indians hunted carelessly, study says:
By Guy Gugliotta

The Washington Post

Like the Europeans who came later, the first Americans apparently had a propensity for killing and eating any animal they could lay their hands on without giving a lot of thought to the future, judging by the bones they left behind at one notable site, a new study suggests.

'The general public probably buys into the 'Pocahontas version' that Native Americans were inherently different and more in tune with nature,' said University of Utah archaeologist Jack Broughton. 'The evidence says otherwise.'

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Sunday, February 19, 2006


Earth at Night

Georgia Institute of Technology has integrated images of night lights with Google Earth to present earth at night. Something interesting I noticed is how many lights Europe is using. Hey! Stop hogging the energy over there! :-P

Saturday, February 18, 2006


Foot powder for mayor!

This happened in 1967. I never heard the story, but it sure is funny. A town in Ecuador voted a foot powder for mayor. Not sure what kind of decisions it made, but I am sure the town had clean smelling feet!

Thursday, February 16, 2006


The Ugly Side of the Olypmics

Kyle Smith at the Wall Street Journal has no kind words for the Olypmics. Not just this year, but its entire history. He believes the world would be better off if we end the competition.


Mozart for Free!

Here are 9 full Mozart symphonies for free. Any free Beethoven out there? :-)


Drink a Bottle of NyQuil.

A Vietnamese man hasn't slept in 33 years. He says he has tried sleeping pills and traditional Vietnamese methods. How about a bat across the head? Being knocked out is sleep. Right? Ok, maybe get him loaded on alcohol. If he really would like to sleep, it doesn't seem like it should be difficult to implement. Anesthetics?

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Great Office Suite at Outstanding Price

Amazon is offer Sun's StarOffice 8 for $30 after rebate. This is a full featured office suite with MS Office compatibility. StarOffice is based on with commercial spit and polish.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Ford Invents Hybrid that is 300% more efficient than Toyota Prius

If this is true and not an internet hoax, this is really impressive!

Monday, February 13, 2006


Cookie Cutter Homes

I will never complain about cookie cutter homes in America. This takes cookie cutting to the extreme. It must be so difficult to find your home. I must say the neighborhood looks clean and well taken care of. The grass is green!

Sunday, February 12, 2006


The Atari 2600 E.T. Landfill

What happened to the millions of Atari 2600 E.T. video games? They went to a landfill because the game sucked. Here is a fun music video where the band sets out to find those lost cartridges.

If you would like to get up to speed on the story of the Atari 2600 E.T. video game, you can read Snopes take on it.

There is at least one soul out there defending the terrible game.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Cool plants don't produce jobs.

VW warns of cutting 20,000 jobs over three years. No word on whether this is caused by lack of hybrid and ethanol vehicles. Highly efficient diesels don't count I guess. I wonder how much press play this will get.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Nice Job and Housing Sites

This housing site,, will map out the value your house and your neighbors' homes. The navigation is smooth. The numbers appear fairly accurate for my area. I think they are using country assessed values. I hope to get a little more if the house was actually on the market.

Not sure I mentioned here, but don't miss my take on the jobs site

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Burger King: Pure Evil?

Someone has done an analysis of the Burger King commercials and the King. His belief is Burger King is pure evil. The King is some kind of serial killer. It is fun humor. Now where's my Whopper?

Monday, February 06, 2006


JibJab: Big Box Mart

I know some people who will enjoy this from JibJab. I wonder when they will make fun of the numerous industries using overseas labor pools, not just discount stores.

Friday, February 03, 2006


Raise a squirrel from the dead!

Some fellow on eBay is offer a kit to "restore a quality hand-selected squirrel to it’s(sic) natural, vigorous state". I wish it would come with a guarantee. I would like to see if this kit can bring a squirrel back from the dead. That would be impressive.

Red Bull in the kit is a nice touch. It will give that squirrel wings! Hat tip to Kevin.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Realist View of State of Union Address

National Review published an analysis of the State of the Union address by Veronique de Rugy. I concur with the points made and would add one observation. I think it is obvious now why President Bush said there was need to bail out Detroit. They are going to get a nice wad of cash in alternative energy subsidies.


Oscars & Razzies

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, I think it is only appropriate you know about the Golden Raspberry awards. I am not impressed with the Oscar nominations this year. Again, they resort to movies that make a point. I guess they figure movies are the best avenue to achieve social engineering. Of course, they throw in a movie or two which are actually are entertaining just seem to legit. Don't want to make Hollywood's mission too obvious now.

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