Thursday, June 30, 2005
Ever been cut off on the road by a "ribbon"?
Surely you've seen supposed patriots driving vehicles with trend-of-the-moment magnetic ribbons crying out in a cacophony of causes: soldiers, flags, 9/11, breast cancer, homosexuality... whatever. You've seen those ribbons speeding, parked in fire lanes and Handicap Zones. I see a lot of ribbons rolling hard thru stop signs, making me wonder when I'm dieing on my motorcycle.
It's ironic that Wikipedia defines patriotism in terms of selfless acts that directly benefit the nation AND bumper stickers. Many drivers are not selfless, but all about "me, Me, ME".
A tip of the hat goes to ClanLally and the ever Sweet Jenn for pointing out the refreshing view of SupportOurRibbons.com where I've ordered the Red Sox ribbon for my baby brother and one customized...
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
To paraphrase the great diehard rockers, AC/DC...
"...he's got big balls,
And she's got big balls,
But we've got the biggest balls of them all!"
But I'd bet, gentle reader, that you don't have the 'nads of the 73 year old Kenyen farmer who barehandedly killed an attacking leopard by ripping out its tongue. Nope. No way, Jose.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Remember the Indian State of Bihar?
A few months back, I had linked to an article where "kidnapping" was the prevailing economy in Bihar. Now there's news of a Bihar newspaper's crime reporter utilizing his professional contacts to fence stolen goods. With the reporter's arrest, I detect some mathematical set theory:
1. The reporter probably didn't pay off the right people
2. The right people are possibly the professional contacts
3. The Bihar police are sometimes professionals and the right people to contact ;^)
Monday, June 27, 2005
"Grand Canyon of the East"
I took Indian visitors yesterday to Letchworth State Park. Here, the Genesee River cuts thru geology much the same as the Colorado River slices the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but with 2 major differences. Letchworth is just an hour south of Rochester while Arizona's Grand Canyon is 2300 miles away. The Grand Canyon chasms are 5000 feet deep in places, while Letchworth's are 600 feet. My guests got to see the largest flood control dam east of the Mississippi River and three spectacular waterfalls as I drove thru the 20 miles of litter-free park roads. We stopped at several overlooks and I took many pictures for them as they gazed at soaring hawks and sharp canyon walls surrounded by New York State's rich green forests. For the return trip back to the park entrance, I let "Madame" drive my car. She did excellent considering the roads, steering wheel, etc. are all opposite for her.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
After 30 years, Mommy has figured out my profession!
Saturday, June 25, 2005
What's it like in India? (episode 998)
I've spent much of the last 3 years in Chennai, India which is on the tropical sands of the Indian Ocean. I've also ventured to western India on the Arabian Sea. If you've followed this Plog, you've seen lots of beach pix. If you've known me long enough, you'll remember that I've gravitated from the Jersey Shore as a kid to the Caribbean and Australian reefs. Chennai has Marina Beach, the world's 2nd longest and in a city of over 6 million, I've seen thousands of Indian women at the water's edge ALL dressed like...
Once, in liberal Goa, I saw one Indian woman in a bathing suit. Once in 3 years. Imagine my chagrin when I saw the following pic from the recent Miss Universe contest. These two Asian girls are from neighboring countries, just miles apart and so close in culture. Care to guess their nationalities? Answer tomorrow.
** Praveen is the winner! **
On the left is Amrita Thapar, the "fairest" Indian I have ever seen. On the right is Sri Lanka's Rozanne Diasz.
Friday, June 24, 2005
The Future (as I probably won't know it)
The Onion is quite clever in their prognostication of the year 2056 ;^)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Finding the lost Boy Scout in Utah would have been much easier...
if the searchers had enlisted the aid of Michael Jackson. The Prince of Pop seems to have a built-in homing device for young children and could have been taken aloft in helicopter equipped with loudspeaker:
"Come out, come out, wherever you are. Time to play Bend Over Red Rover".
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
What's the charge? Prostitution or gluttony?
A judge in Sweden has admitted to trying to buy sex from three women at a bordello. I'd like to know his secret! Ginseng, yohimbe, Viagra? Exercise and diet? He can lick his eyebrows?
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Damn, who knew we'd be better off smoking pot?
Leave it to the Brits to figure out that when we're distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages, we suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana. So, I guess working in the Call Center biz is 2 1/2 times the buzz of presidential herb ;^)
Monday, June 20, 2005
#1 son has painted the dock, fixed the computer, installed solar lighting, etc.
And he's had a few manhattens, chocolate chip cookies, and lamb roast.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Time out for Father's Day
Reminds me of the old joke: "When's Mother's Day? Answer: 9 months later."
Time out because I'm up on the St. Lawrence River with my father (and mother). The family cottage sits on the river's edge and looks out at Canada.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"
Especially nipple-biting ;^)
Should Mike Tyson decide to fight again, he'd do well to keep it on the quiet, i.e. follow the first two Rules of Fight Club. Hmmmmm, there's a thought: Mike Tyson in Fight Club 2; not starring, but entertaining nonetheless.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Men: don't drive, ask a woman to do it
In Clover, South Carolina on Wednesday, a 2 year old girl was missing from her family's lakeside dock. The girl's aunt called police to report "a man driving in the neighborhood" and police issued an immediate Amber Alert. Suspicion would have been applied to most men in a several mile radius. A man driving would have been pulled over by police and detained for questioning based on this one woman's phone call.
Too bad Auntie pointed the finger elsewhere and didn't mention the possibility of "irresponsible family": the missing girl was found drowned 8 feet off that same family's dock.
** UPDATE ** "Runaway Bride" now running to bank
Regardless of the debt left on society and the mythical man who abducted/assulted her, Jennifer Wilbanks is cutting a book deal ;^(
Thursday, June 16, 2005
The WebbMaster, he's in love!
She's smallish, but powerful. Very trendy and full of knowledge. Best of all, she's hip to PodCasting.
One of the WebbMaster's recommendations is Coverville, an MP3 website dedicated to musical cover versions. I listened to some content via my desktop's Media Player and was hooked. Yesterday, my sweetheart showed up at my door, $9 after rebate ;^)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Canada also "loses" assassin
Whazzzup, my homies to the North? What's with the Canada-born, sword carrying, chain saw toting psycho crossing the US border into Calais, Maine? Canadian courts had already convicted the perp of assult and unfortunately didn't lock him up as a flight risk. US Customs and Border Protection has their own problems for letting Rambo in ;^(
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Hard to believe, hey, but Canada loses North Pole!
Fortunately, Canadian scientists have found it about 200 miles offshore, past territorial waters, heading for Siberia. The Magnetic North Pole has always been in flux, but in recent years, its drift increased from 10 to 40km per year. You'd think the Pole would have headed South with all the snowbirds ;^)
Monday, June 13, 2005
TCS software eliminates 80% of call center worker's jobs
Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software company, has developed an intelligent software tool to automate the magical work performed by your friendly HDG (Help Desk Guru).
To which I say: that software better make giant strides forward in the Woice Recognition, Knowing Your Good Name, and Please Be Holding technologies ;^)
** TCS needs to develop some proxy or caching software for that slow-ass Indian Express link **
Friday, June 10, 2005
Is Osama bussing dishes in Rochester, NY?
I was riding my scooter down W. Henrietta Rd, in front of the Pakistan House restaurant when three F-16s just about gave me a haircut (helmet laws pay off). I figured the pilots were onto Bin Laden like stink on shit and had the joint in their bomb sights.
When there was no blinding flash and concussion, I knew I lived another day and then remembered the annual Rochester International Airshow is this weekend ;^)
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Record high today in Rochester, NY
93°F/32°C. Chennai, India is now cooler at 27°C, but will rise to 37°C during the day. I bet they wish they hadn't cut down all those trees.
I would have ridden the Honda Shadow ACE today, but after 2PM, the forecast is thunderstorms.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Yet another woman "missing"... re-appears
This has little to do with the current Aruba case, but, timing is everything. Instead, this 7-yr melodrama is about a college girl who had an argument with her mother and chose to vanish from Texas A&M University in 1998. Her college campus was combed at the time and I'll bet male acquaintances underwent heavy questioning.
Once again, police note: "Although (she) committed no crime in her disappearance, investigators spent a lot of money and time looking for her."
Monday, June 06, 2005
Sell, sell, sell:
Kelly Osbourne in drug rehab (new CD to be released tomorrow)
Russell Crowe arrested in assault (new boxing movie released over the weekend)
and the best, in that it drives up the price of weed and subliminally has the US Supreme Court dealing coke: Justices deal blow to medical marijuana ;^)
Sunday, June 05, 2005
The Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne
Wednesday night past, "The Don" rang me up to tell of these old rockers being on NBC television. I'm so glad I have the home theater system (5.1) with 36" flat screen ;^)
- Glenn Frey was looking a little conservative in a sharkskin suit
- Joe Walsh, after all the abuse, is aging to look like Grandpa Munster
- the "older" spectators were waving water bottles rather than lighters
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Another woman "missing"?
Natalee Holloway, an attractive, young woman from the US has disappeared on the West Indian island paradise of Aruba. First and foremost, I hope she's OK.
Secondly, I've lived on such a tropical island. I've seen 18 year old women away from home, family and their so-called normal behavior. I've witnessed the charm of accented island men, steel drum bands and potent intoxicants. Part of me wonders if we've got another case of "Runaway Bride"?
As an aside, does anyone think part of the problem may be that women are prosecuted less seriously than men? Why did the Runaway Bride only get probation and a fine much less than the expenses she caused? Why do the vast majority of women murderers not get the death penalty and some even get a slap on the wrist?