Wow ! What a ride!

Here's a great quote from Robert Ringer's e-newsletter:

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ... ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

My vehicle of choice on the road of life is a 1964 Corvette Stingray.

Update (13/13/06) - The party version of this quote:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"


Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition

All four of Christopher Reeves' Superman movies, the recent Superman Returns and even bonus features, including the complete 1940s Superman cartoons, and the recent documentary, Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman. Fourteen discs in total

All available from for CDN$87.43 and free shipping!

This is definitely on my wish list for Christmas.

Levitating Screw

This is another one of those scientific wonders, like the apple.



Youngest binary genius

How's that for a title? Not only a genius, but two times a genius, and the youngest at that.

Akiane is an 11-year-old girl who started painting at the age of 4. And she started dictating poetry to her mother before she even knew how to write.

All of Akiane's paintings have a poem to go with them or commentary from her explaining the symbolism in the painting.

(Image: Akiane with some of her paintings on Oprah.)


Global orgasm for peace on Dec. 22

Now this is a protest I definitely suport and something I'd like to make a yearly tradition on winter solstice.

In their own words:

"The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it,"

"The goal is to add so much concentrated and high-energy positive input into the energy field of the Earth that it will reduce the current dangerous levels of aggression and violence throughout the world."

This is the First Annual Solstice Synchronized Global Orgasm for Peace, leading up to the December Solstice of 2012, when the Mayan Calendar ends with a new beginning.

There's sciene behind this as well:
"The Zero Point Field or Quantum Field surrounds and is part of everything in the universe. It can be affected by human consciousness, as can be seen when simple observation of a subatomic particle changes the particle’s state."


Cool science fair project

Explain this.


How to fold a t-shirt

This is currently the number one video viewed on Yahoo?!?

I'm afraid to admit it, but I saw this demonstrated on Martha Stewart awhile ago. My wife's a closet Martha wannabe and I happened to be in the room one time while she was watching the show. It was her watching it not me. Really.



Here's an interesting fact that I learned in one of my search and rescue courses.

Generally, men walk with their feet pointing out, and woman walk with their feet pointing in. So, if you see a set of footprints in the mud, you can check whether the feet are pointing in or out to determine if they were made by a man or a woman.

Pay attention to your feet next time you're walking and see which way your feet are pointing. I walk with my right foot pointing slightly out.


He's a couple of knights short of a Crusade.

At a loss for words for someone's stupidity? Want to have some ammunition in an insult throwing contest?

For that tall person - He's a little too tall for his blood supply.

The overweight person - No, those pants don't make you look fatter. I mean, how could they?

The crafty person - Her sewing machine's out of thread.

The gamer - In the pinball game of life, his flippers were a little further apart than most.

A co-worker - This employee should go far - and the sooner he starts, the better.

The scientist - He donated his brain to science before he was done using it.

The politician - If brains were taxed, he'd get a rebate.

The athlete - It's hard to believe that he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.

The trekkie - He's a couple of dilithium crystals short of a warp core.

The pilot - He's a few feet short of the runway.

Check out these sites for more ammo:


Will we forget?

Between now and Saturday, when The Last Post will be played for Remembrance Day, another 500 WWII veterans in Canada will die.

"That number is going to increase," Jeremy Diamond, manager of the Memory Project for the Dominion Institute, warned yesterday. "You have to think within the next 15 years, most, if not all of World War Two veterans will be gone."

"The average age (for veterans) is in the 80s," said Gail Smith-Cook, spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Legion.

- Of the 628,736 men and women who served in the WWI, only three are left. Two are 106 and one is 105.

- Of the 1,081,865 men and women who served in the WWII, about 200,000 -- only one-fifth -- are alive.

The Dominion Institute, a national charitable organization dedicated to creating active and informed citizens through greater knowledge and appreciation of the Canadian story, has a petition asking the federal government for a state funeral for the last WWI veteran to die. Sign the online petition and show your support.

Although many provinces still recognise Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday, it is not in Ontario, and hasn't been for many years.

When there are none left to tell their story will we remember? Will we still celebrate Remembrance Day?

Update (10/11/06): results of petition


Mind Puzzles and Illusions

Want to give your brain a work out? Check out the Puzzles and Illusions on this site.

I know I got a work out. My brain aches now, or maybe that's just a headache from looking cross-eyed at some of the illusions.

Saddam is Dead; Long Live Saddam

There is no question in my mind and in the mind's of a large majority of the world's population that Saddam Hussein is guilty. the question is whether he should be put to death. There are the arguments from human rights advocates and religious leaders saying he shouldn't be put to death, and cries from the families of his victims who can't wait to see him gone.

Definitely hanging him is what he deserves; however, that will just make him a martry and invoke more outrage and acts of terrorism from the few supporters that he still has. He insists that he's never done anything wrong and will drop from the gallows insisting it was his right as ruler to perform all the atrocities that he did.

All human rights arguments and religious opinions aside, a far greater punishment for Saddam would be to lock him away in a tiny cell and let him spend the rest of his life there to think about his life and what he's done.

It's better to lock him away where he will fade away and be forgotten, than to hang him and have him live on as a martyr and rallying cry for what his followers see as an injustice.


And the Earth rocks on...

This is pretty cool. Go to Google Earth and type in these co-odinates:
50° 0'38.20"N 110° 6'48.32"W

What do you see?

This one's a bit more abstract: 50° 1'4.18” N 110° 08'36.16” W

Check out Google Earth and see what other images you can find.


One for the little guy

You may have heard of the mortgage fraud cases that have been around for the past few years. Basically, the bad guys produce fake documents that they've just purchased a house and go to the bank with a mortgage application. The bank approves it and hands over a few hundred thousand dollars to the fraudsters who take the money and run.

Then the real owners of the house suddenly find out that there's a mortgage on their house and they're liable.

So far, the law has forced the home owner to pay up. However, a recent court case has the judge siding with the home owners and making the bank and the mortgage broker liable.

In this case, the bank agreed that the couple had been frauded, but that the bank had also been frauded, so the couple who own the home are legally responsible for the mortgatge.

So, just to clarify, the homeowners had no part in the actual fraud other than the unfortunate fact that it was their home. The bank and the mortgage broker are really the ones that were duped and didn't do their due diligence to ensure there was actually a legal transaction in the transfer of the house, and yet the bank, a multi-billion dollar company, thinks that a couple (with two kids) should now come up with $300,000 to pay for the banks error. Talk about drawing the wrong card in Monopoly.

This case is going to appeals court and I hope that the decision is upheld. Even if it is, I'm sure the couple have had to pay for a rather large legal bill. I hope that they now take the bank to court in a civil suit to get that money back and a little extra for the time they've wasted on this.

Not that I'm in favour of all the civil cases going on today with people suing for spilling a hot cup of coffee on them, but in this case I think it's justified. (Isn't hot cup of coffee kind of an oxymoron. Or maybe it's just the person doing the suing who's the moron.)

It's stupidity like this, dealing with big companies who have so much money and the law on their side, that really gets my blood boiling. (And don't get me on about P&C insurance companies.) What options do we as individuals have? Not that I would in anyway ever condone someone going postal, but these are the situations where it doesn't take a crazy person to be pushed to such measures.