Monday, April 30, 2007

The End Is In Sight

I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything in the last few days. But I've been a little preoccupied with an ongoing battle with IRS. If you've read a previous entry on my other site then you'll know I finally had to resort to contacting my representatives in Congress. Ultimately, I have evidence that the IRS made a $15,000 mistake a few years ago (not a $12,000 mistake as I originally posted). So I spent the last few days documenting everything and trusting that the Postal Service will get my certified letters to my contacts in Congress. I am so close to ending this stupid bureaucratic battle with legalized thieves that I can't breathe. Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted... if you're interested.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Would You Condone This Post?

There are all sorts of investment properties out there. I'm thinking of starting my own chain of unique Condo Hotels. To buy into my franchise, you need to purchase a certain number of buildings to get start. The smallest amount will be known as my condo-minimum level. You have to give out candy -- condo mints -- to all the tenants. You'll be expected to be there in their times of sorrow -- our condo-lence special. For the rude tenants, you need to practice my franchise's principle of condo-nation. All in all, this could be a good thing!

Prescription Drug Pad Addition

There are a lot of deadly addictions out there. Fortunately, most of them, like prescription drug addiction, have treatment programs to help those who want to regain their life. But what about the doctors that are addicted to writing drugs prescription? You know, those physicians who can't stop themselves from scribbling on small square pieces of paper and handing them out. These doctors are easy to spot. They are the ones who break out in a cold sweat as they walk past Post-it notes in the office supply aisle. They get a wild look in their eye if you happen to invite them to your pad. They see illegible handwriting and instantly try to get it filled. It's a sad, strange addiction. If you ask me, I think that the prescription pad people are in on it...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Best Fishing Is Yet To Be

To the casual observer at the fishing tournament, it looked as though my friend had a problem with his balance. He was continually falling out of his boat. What they didn't understand was that he had spent much of his life playing his favorite sport, football. What he was doing on that day was the result of combining his football skills with his second love of his life. We were privy to his signature move: the fishing tackle. Graceful and ruthless effective in catching fish. The problem, as some noticed, was my friend's tendency to spike the fish who often bounced back into the lake.

Least you think that he has played too many games without his helmet, I should tell you that he is also a genetic scientist. Currently he is working to cross a mosquito with a fish. If successful, this will mean a bite every time for fishermen everywhere.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Business Cards

With all the link exchange that has been going on between posties, I've been thinking about an easier process. There must be a better way than these chain-letter like posts that have become popular - you add your name to a growing list, post it, and then send the list on to your friends to do the same. Unfortunately, Google's page ranking score is partly based on the ratio of incoming to outgoing links. There has go to be a better, quicker, and easier way.

When you go into a face-to-face meeting, the event usually starts in a flurry of business cards being handed out. Imagine going to a site and, if you wanted to be linked with them, you initiate a electronic business card exchange with one click. You have their link that will automatically appear on your site when they approve yours. A optimal one-to-one ratio is maintain and the link-love is preserved. Just a thought ...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

bibles and new findings

Did you know that there is a difference between Catholic and Protestant versions of the bible? The Catholic bibles have seven additional books (Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, First and Second Machabees) and additional parts of Esther (10:14 to 16:14) and Daniel (3:24- 90; 13; 14). Naturally, all of the additions and omissions were inspired by a higher power.

I thought about this today when I heard on the news that archaeologists had found Jesus' tomb and his bones. There had been news last year that they thought they had found the area of Jesus' burial. But today it was announced that they found actual remains that dated 2000 years ago. Plus they also found a bracelet around the wrist with an Aramaic inscription that translates to "What Would I Do?"

Friday, April 20, 2007

Wish I were a Super Postie

I don't know how you other posties do it! There you are with five, six, ten blogs; posting your heart away. Of course, it shows with a few of you making a couple of thousands from PPP. So I am in absolute awe of your effort! Where do you find the time? How do you schedule your day? Yes, I have a couple of other jobs and my travel time takes up almost three hours a day. But I don't have a family to tend to when I get home or a house to clean. Well, I do have a house to clean and dishes and laundry to do. But someone said to live each day as your last. And who wants to do house work on their last day?! Nah, I do it ... as time allows.

Anyway, I didn't want to neglect our Alexa project and it has bothered me since day one that I couldn't make visits to everyone's site on the list every single day. SO! I've finally written a script that I can run daily to visit every link on Robyn's Alexa Project page (see the link on my sidebar). In fact, I am adding my friends' sites to my script as well. If you have blogcatalog (or the like) on your site, you should see my smiling face or my 'Animal' pic when I visit. If you are reading this and you want me to stop by your site to help your Alexa rating, then email me or leave a comment. I'm porting this script to my other two computers, so ideally your blog will have three daily visits from me. O'tay? Now I just need to find time to develop my half-baked posts into tasty pieces, quick fried to the crackly crunch, juicy yet firm blogs ....

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Maxing Out My Laptop For Your Reading Pleasure

At this moment, I am really pushing my laptop to its very limits. I have several tabs in Firefox open, with some of them periodically refreshing as I wait for updates from various sites. I'm using a voice recognition program to dictate this post into a text editor. As my system slows way down, I know that I am in a serious need of a computer memory upgrade. Between Firefox and my Speech-to-Text applications, my CPU is maxed at 100% utilization. My work will get done anyway. Still, I can't wait until I can afford a more powerful machine ... run by XP, of course.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My Big Bad Friends

If you were to see these guys clad in their leather pants and studded black leather jackets, easing off of their big bad motorcycles, you might think that you are in the presence of some hell raisers. But I know them. They're my friends. Just guys in their 30s and 40s, enjoying a good day in the sun. And if it wasn't for the state helmets laws, they probably look even tougher sporting only motorcycle sunglasses on their graying (some balding) heads. Although ... I'm trying to picture how tough they would then look, with insect parts splattered in their teeth and on their face, and bug guts matted in what hair is remaining on their collective heads. You know what, those sunglasses will do them better as they stroll on the ground --- definitely will hide those big bad winkles.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Emergency Kits

After yesterday's tremendous storms and tornado warnings, I realize that I need to rethink what I have in my emergency kits. With today's unbelievable high winds, I think I'd better add a 5000 pound cinder block complete with chain to keep me anchored to the earth. Of course, I need the other staples of survival: beer, bread, water, beer, first kit, batteries, beer, matches, flashlight, canned spam, radio and of course the all important medicine - whiskey - just want the doctor ordered for sleepless nights, paper cuts, and cooking. Well, cooking in the sense you need to kill the taste of canned spam when real food isn't available during those dire times of emergency.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Mickey Mouse

When Mickey Mouse is ready for a little rest and relaxation, does he have an Orlando vacation home to go to? Or is he sick of Florida and especially of crowds? Maybe he tries to get away from it all. Perhaps someplace like Antarctica is his ideal vacation spot. Although I sometimes have the feeling that maybe he has come to my place of work to run it from behind the scenes. We have such a Mickey Mouse operation that I can't help but wonder. Or maybe it's just our company president being Goofy ...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Week 9 of the Alexa Project

The good news is that my score has improved signicantly from its start of 1,025,188. However, these last few weeks has found my score's daily change improving less and less. Look for yourself at the graph at the end of this post. The red is my actual Alexa score. The yellow is the computed daily change between each reading. In the beginning, the yellow plot is high, showing vast improvement in my score. At times, a drop of over 25,000 points per day. Lately, I'm now dropping slightly over 2,000 points a day. What is changing? Less visits from members of our Alexa Project? At this point, I don't know. When I get a moment, I need to check to see if anyone else is experiencing this.

I do thank everyone who has visited my site. Robyn has over 170 links for us to visit. With my schedule, it takes me two days to make my rounds.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Making Up Makeup

I know that most women want to be considered beautiful. Some will go as far as placing their beauty over their intelligence. But only because a guy tends to see better than he thinks. In my opinion, all women have a beauty to them. Unfortunately, some try to hide this with their makeup. You may have seen those that go a little overboard and apply Sears Weatherbeater with a spatula to their face. I can't help but wonder if they use splatter-resistant makeup mirrors. What kind of beauty treatment is that? A couple of coats of paint in the mornings and a air-chisel to the face at night? Maybe what we need is a mirror that shows how others see a woman instead how she thinks she is being seen? Nah, that idea has its own set of problems...

Waiting For the Other Business Shoe To Drop

This one company that I'm working for is sending very confusing signals to its employees. We've been told to cut costs and have done so to ridiculous levels. We have done such a great job that the company just had their best financial year ever. Will we be rewarded? Nope. Last year's pay raise of 3%, the first raise is six years, will have to do -- part of the cost savings. What is confusing is that we recently had a Telecom Audit and learned how to save several more thousand over the next two years. This plan was killed because upper management doesn't want to commit to anything over one year. Why is that? No one is telling. We know that the savings and profits have been going to the owners who are close to retiring. Perhaps the company will be sold soon. We hope ... sold to business people who understand that employees are an important part of a company, not a necessary evil to its operation.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The South Gets Sophisticated

It used to be that a good ol' redneck would have a gun rack in his back window. Now a-days, we live in kinder, gentler times. With the influx of people from west coast to the south, you're more like to see a redneck with a wine racker in his back window. "Pass me that there Chardonnay, Missy! While y'ur at it, reach in my truck toolbox and pull out my Dale Earnhardt commemorative corkscrew!." ::: sigh ::: It doesn't get better than this, I'm afraid.

Another Easter has passed

We waited in eager anticipation for the rabbit to make rounds with his basket padded with Easter-turf (what else would you call that green stuff) and ladened with eye-catching eggs. Does he proudly display these colorful creations? No! He hides them instead. Why? When you've been messing around with chickens, you don't want to show off the evidence....

Malicious Web Sites Exploiting Internet Explorer Users

If you're using Firefox or Opera browsers, go ahead and breath a sigh of relief because this latest security problem doesn't affect. You users of the Internet Explorer (6 and 7) need to read this!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Use for Diet Pills

"You need to dye it, Phil," she said to the old man. "Dye it?" he responded, "Why, what color is it now?" "No," she screamed, "I said, you need diet pills!" Yeah, he needed a couple of Diet Pills right now. And he knew right where he would shove them too -- one in each of his ears.

Ever since they crossed the octogenarian threshold, the years had become less kind to them. Gravity's almost century long tug on his body had given his wrinkles wrinkles. Her eyesight had began to weaken. With her failing eyesight, she started confusing his wrinkles as fat. What bothered him was why should it matter now? One of the reasons he married her 60 years ago was so that he didn't have to worry about holding his stomach in. Oh well. Thank goodness that his hearing was weakening right along with her eyesight. It was as they say, a match made in heaven -- which, fortunately, allowed them to endure the hell that they made for each other now.


During these past four days, I've eaten rather well. At least, that's what the restaurant bills from my recent trip to Georgia tell me. However when I stepped on the scales this morning, it seems I experienced a little weight loss instead. I don't want to say that these last few days were stressful but I don't know if I'd want to endure them again. Yes I had some fun moments. As an out-of-town guest, I just wasn't counting on the task of juggling everyone's schedule and trying to make sure that everyone was entertained. In any case, today I am home now and am ready to take a vacation to recover from a "vacation".

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I'm Here

In answer to a couple of emails, I am here. I've just returned from one of those major life type trips. More to follow ...