Sunday, December 26, 2010

You Know You Are Getting Old When... This Is One Of Your Christmas Presents!

The strangest ways Christmas has been used for psychological warfare

For decades, militaries have weaponized Christmas songs, symbols, and sentimentality for psychological warfare and propaganda purposes. Here are some bizarre tales about ersatz Christmas cards during World War II, controversial Christmas trees, and decking the halls in the Colombian jungle.

My 2010 Brain Dump -OR- Stuff That I Just Need To Get Off My Chest - Part One

Fast Food Restaurants:  You wouldn’t let a child operate heavy machinery, why do you let them salt my fry’s?

Restaurants: Waiter/Waitress, please learn that if I put cream in my coffee I might add sugar too.  Though I appreciate the “warm up” you have now destroyed my cup of coffee requiring some complex chemistry on my part to make it drinkable again.

Product Idea: Toothpaste that you can swallow… because it’s a multi-vitamin too!  Bonus effect: Last night’s pot roast particles still have some nutritional value!

Batteries: Give me some quick visual clue that does not require me to squeeze you until my fingers hurt to determine if you still have any juice.

Smoke Detectors:  Why must the “battery low” warning beep ALWAYS start at 2:00 in the morning?

Product Idea: A device that takes your picture and then superimposes all of the different styles of glasses frames onto your face.  Because if I can’t wear my glasses I can’t see what I look like in them!

Cats:  If you trip me and I fall to my death, who will feed you?

A Tip: When it comes to HDMI cables.  You know the funny looking ones you use to hook up your new flat screen T.V.? The cheapest one works EXACTLY like the most expensive one!  It’s digital people, it either works or it doesn’t.  There is NO difference in picture quality!  See the Best Buy entry for clarification.

Electronic Room Keys:  Please make a card key that does NOT demagnetize.  There is nothing more embarrassing than a quick trip to the vending machine in your shorts and ratty t-shirt that turns into a trip down to the lobby to re-activate your card.

Bar Soap: When you get to a certain size, just evaporate!  Don’t make me try to use you.  It’s not efficient and probably not safe.  Bonus: Make a bar that bounces.  At least I’ll have a second chance when I drop it.

Product Idea:  A shower head with a light on the side that lights up once the stream is warm enough to step into.

Cell Phones:  Why must you beep TWICE in my ear AND a third time when they hang up to inform me when I have another call coming in?  You have destroyed my focus with the person I am currently speaking to and introduced unnecessary stress into my life.  At least give me the option to turn it off!

Cats: I don’t screw with you when you’re sleeping.  Return the favor once and awhile.

Olive Garden:  One olive? Really?

Wiper Blades:  I’m starting to understand the numbering system when making my selection but the jumble of adaptors and plastic bits required to actually attach the blade?

Drive through Window Clerks:  I can’t understand you.  Any of you.

Starbucks:  Why must your coffee double as an oven cleaner?  I like caffeine and request a mocha that I don’t have to sacrifice my stomach lining too.

Best Buy:  Your “sales associate’s” should be required to wear a badge that reads: “No matter what comes out of my mouth I assure you that I know less than you do!”

A Tip:  There is NO virus checker out there worth paying for!  The free ones work great.

Cats:  Could you just speak English please!

Cell Phones:  I only need a “low battery” warning ONCE!  Making the phone unusable for the last 10 percent of your battery life is NOT a feature.

Weather Man/Woman:  You can get a lot of things wrong about the weather and I will forgive you.  But if you say it’s going to snow, it better snow.

Product Idea:  A device that prevents your book or Kindle from smacking you in the face when you fall asleep while reading in bed.

Fast Food Restaurants: Stop offering medium and large when you know damn well there is a small size too.

Product Idea: As I get older I’m starting to feel guilty when I keep having to turn up the heat in the house to feel warm.  Just create a thermostat where I enter my age and it does the rest.

Red Lobster:  That basket of cheese biscuits you just put in front of me.  As long as I’m sitting here it should NEVER be empty.

A Tip:  Extended warranties: Just say no.  You believers all have a story about the time it saved you but it is no different than the ONE time you won on a slot machine… you paid WAY too much for it.

Television:  Placing your logo in the corner of the show FOREVER does not please your audience.  It just ruins the viewing experience.  Bonus:  The absolutely annoying advertisements that slide in and over the show you are currently trying to enjoy?  Yup, they suck too.

Commercial Flying: You name it, it’s broken.

Veterinarians:  Pets don’t understand why they are sick and they certainly don’t know why I am trying to ram medicine down their throats.  Why can’t you make something that tastes good that they WANT to eat?  “My pet is cured but now hates me.”

Parking Lots:  Once I park the car I still have to get out of it.  I’m parking a car in this space not a motorcycle.  Make them bigger please.

“You know”:  This is hard for me to say but I’m fine with you bringing “um” back!

Reality T.V.:  It should go away.

Magazines:  If you have a table of contents, and you tell me which page number to go to, your publication should actually HAVE page numbers.

Cats:  The toy you are looking for is under the refrigerator.

Glitter:  I like you.  You’re cool.  Now someone needs to invent a better glue so you won’t flake off onto EVERYTHING I own.  A side note: If you are really my friend you will tell me about the glitter on my face BEFORE I discover it after I get home.

That's it for now.  If you have one let me know and I'll add it to Part Two!  And "yes" I feel better now.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cashed In My Change For 2010. Turned It Into An Amazon Gift Certificate


What Ever You Received For Christmas Lifehacker Has You Covered

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Windows PC

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Mac

Set Up and Get to Know Your New iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Camera

I'm Quite Interested To See How This Gift Turns Out!

Well Now That's Cool!

Yup, It's A Kuna Christmas!

... Wind Advisory in effect until 9 PM MST this evening...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Wind Advisory for the upper Treasure valley from Mountain Home east... and for most of the western Magic Valley... which is in effect until 9 PM MST this evening.

* Winds... sustained 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph... generally from the east. At Jerome winds will be from the northeast. At Mountain Home winds will be from the southeast.

* Timing... through 9 PM MST this evening.

* Impacts... travel difficulty for high-profile vehicles especially on north-south roads due to Crosswinds.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph... or gusts of at least 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Christmas Traditions Around the World


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

America's best and worst commutes

Whether you live in a city, the suburbs or farm country, commuting by car to and from work can be an unavoidable expense.

Beyond the obvious cost of gas, there are other ways a commute lightens your wallet — wear and tear on your car, repairs and the value of your time as you are stuck behind the wheel in traffic.
An analysis of commuting costs and trends by TheStreet and Bundle set out to determine not only what people throughout the U.S. spend each year for transportation, but what cities are the worst off in terms of expenses.

Need To Run A Virtual Machine? Here's Your Answer!

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Oracle ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

How to Regift and Not Get Caught

This Thursday marks National Regifting Day!

While You Were Sleeping...

Lunar Eclipse: December 21st 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The day Niagara Falls ran dry

It's taken 41 years, but a previously unseen set of photos of the mighty Niagara Falls reduced to nothing more than a barren cliff-top have finally surfaced.

The stark images reveal North America's iconic - and most powerful - waterfall to be almost as dry as a desert.

In June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.

This Week's Best Apps

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Google Maps 5.0 for Android

Let's Get Pepper Sprayed For The Holidays!

Why Things Take Longer Than They Should

BMW Burns their Logo into Viewers Eyes

Time To Get The Snow Machines Out!

Okay, So I've Been A Little Busy!

Last Years Tree.
This Years Tree.

Working Out Before Breakfast Is Better for Weight Loss

A study published by The Journal of Physiology tested three groups to see which offered the most weight saving techniques. All three teams consumed equally, but only two groups worked out heavily—one in the morning before breakfast, and one after breakfast. The results indicated that the individuals with a carbohydrate-rich diet gained more weight working out after their early morning meal.

Dropbox Leaves Beta!

If you haven't tried it yet...

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 Just Released

If you are paying for a virus checker... STOP!  Microsoft Security Essentials is FREE and absolutely the final word in protecting your computer from the nasty stuff that is out there.

Most Popular Hive Fives of 2010 From lifehacker

Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools

How Everyone Should Start Off Their Saturday Morning!

He kept screaming "Merry Christmas!"
Bryan would never make me do push-ups in the snow... without gloves on!  Right?

We Torture a Cat for the Holidays

Beo is not too thrilled with the hat!

This is more his style!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Abandoned on Everest

Amazing and NOT for the feint of heart!

Okay, Men ARE Pretty Basic...

Research Study Finds The Sight of Meat Calms Men Down

Forget massages, soothing music or aromatherapy. If you want to calm down a stressed-out man, just show him a few photos of meat. Preferably just-cooked hunks of beef filet, lamb chop and T-bone steaks, still sizzling and etched with blackened grill marks. Okay, perhaps not those exact cuts of meat, but researchers at McGill University in Canada did find that images of meat actually calmed men down and made them less aggressive.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Deb Wants A Snow Angel & and I Want Fire!

It's Snowing... Time To Hot Tub!

It looked like a long cold way to the hot tub!

Deb, just before the screaming started.

Once she got in all was well.

However, she didn't end up staying out as long as I did!

Yes, We DO Have A Bit Of Snow!