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June 21, 2007

Three Monkeys, Four Winds

I couldn't help myself...

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June 08, 2007

Bill Clinton, Harvard College Class Day 2007

Good stuff - you will probably want the read the entire transcript...

After George Bush and I did the tsunami, we got so into this disaster work that Kofi Annan asked him to oversee the UN's efforts in Pakistan after the earthquake, which you acknowledged today, and asked me to stay on as the tsunami coordinator for two years. So on my next to last trip to Aceh in Indonesia, the by far the hardest hit place, a quarter of a million people killed. I went to one of these refugee camps where in the sweltering heat, several thousand people were still living in tents. Highly uncomfortable. And my job was to go there and basically listen to them complain and figure out what to do about it, and how to get them out of there more quickly. So every one of these camps elected a camp leader and when I appeared, I was introduced to my young interpreter, a young Indonesian woman, and to the guy who was the camp leader, and his wife and his son. And they smiled, said hello, and then I looked down at this little boy, and I literally could not breathe. I think he's the most beautiful child I ever saw. And I said to my young interpreter, I said, I believe that's the most beautiful boy I ever saw in my life. She said, yes, he's very beautiful and before the tsunami he had nine brothers and sisters. And now they're all gone.

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June 07, 2007

Geez

Guess drunk driving is perfectly OK, just so long as you are rich, white and blond.

Paris Hilton -- Free Woman - TMZ.com

May 30, 2007

Fun with Takeout Menus

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Excited Chicken? Shrimp in Love? Three Amigos? Thai Honey? Errr, thanks for the offer, but I just wanted some lunch...

The "Duo Delight" might be fun, but the "Four King Party"? Let's just not go there, OK?

May 17, 2007

Heh heh heh...

This is just too funny to pass up...

ESPN.com - MINORLBB - Farm team to honor Bob L. Head with bobblehead

Yes, you read that right: Mr Robert Leroy Head of Maquoketa, Iowa will get his very own bobblehead doll. Who woulda thunk it?

May 15, 2007

Feh

The world is a slightly less hateful place tonight...

Jerry Falwell dies at 73

May 13, 2007

Fun with server logs...

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The whole damn state? Wow....

May 04, 2007

Crooks and Liars

Phone companies levy new fee for not making calls : AP Business News : Abilene Reporter-News

Phone bills are notorious for rankling customers with fees, taxes, tariffs and other mystery assessments.

Now some phone companies are adding a new line item to monthly bills: a charge for not making long-distance calls.

The category of customers affected by the new fee is the shrinking subset of people who have no-frills home-phone service and don't pay for a long-distance-calling plan.

Verizon last month introduced the $2 fee. It is charged to customers who could dial out for long distance, but don't subscribe to a long-distance service and don't make long-distance calls.

Durham, N.C., retiree Daniel Bius discovered the $2 charge on his April bill. He says he has no use for Verizon's long-distance calling plan because he makes long-distance calls on his cell phone.

"Even though I don't have a plan with them, they say I still have the ability to make a long-distance call if I ever need to, so I have to pay them $2 a month?" Bius said. "What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to pay them $2 for no reason?"


Great job, Verizon.

Kinda reminds me of the time our local natural gas supplier tried to levy a surcharge on the fuel we didn't use during a relatively mild winter...

May 02, 2007

Fascinating...

Docs Change the Way They Think About Death - Newsweek Health - MSNBC.com

But if the cells are still alive, why can't doctors revive someone who has been dead for an hour? Because once the cells have been without oxygen for more than five minutes, they die when their oxygen supply is resumed. It was that "astounding" discovery, Becker says, that led him to his post as the director of Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science, a newly created research institute operating on one of medicine's newest frontiers: treating the dead.

April 29, 2007

Feathers

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(inspired by Colleen's post)

Detail from a bouquet of turkey feathers that currently resides on my bedroom dresser...