Thursday, April 28, 2005

Pirate's Booty




METHUEN, Massachusetts (AP) -- It's the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own back yard.

There, he and friend Barry Villcliff found a box stuffed with cash and gold and silver certificates, some more than a century old.

The buried treasure is worth more than $100,000, according to a coin shop owner.
Maybe he looks cuter in person? I wonder if I can see them from here.

Crebase, 23, heard a thud and saw that he'd hit a piece of wood. Another look, and he saw the wood was part of a two-foot-wide box.

He ripped the top off and found nine rusted cans that he and Villcliff, 27, cracked open to find about 1,800 bills, including more than 900 $1 bills, 200 $2 bills, and 300 $20 bills dated from 1899 to 1929.

There were also piles of gold and silver certificates and scores of notes from local banks in Methuen, Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport and beyond.

They took the stash to Mangano's shop later that day.

"I'm a pessimist; I was waiting until I got a professional review before I jumped to any conclusions," Villcliff said. "Tim, however, was singing and dancing. He was ranting like a rabid monkey."


Nice.

Bloggers Unite

BAHRAINI GOVERNMENT REQUIRES BLOGGERS TO REGISTER
According to Chan'ad, the Bahraini government is requiring the webmasters of all websites, including blogs, to register with the Ministry of Information.

Tell Dr Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar, Bahraini Information Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, what you think about this.



Take Me On

Sarah Beth

is a Giant Bee that has Heavy Metal Armour, controls the Weather, moves at Great Speed, is Extremely Hydrophobic, and picks up Cars and Throws Them.

Strength: 3 Agility: 10 Intelligence: 7



To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Sarah Beth, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights Sarah Beth using


Found via Absinthe & Cookies

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Move Over Pay Pal




Has paypal screwed you over too many times? Did you jump on the last class action against them?

Now there is GreenZap.com. The alternative to Paypal. It is going public in Summer of '05 but you can pre-register now. Greenzap doesn't ask for your SSN or credit card info to pre-register and if you do it now, they give you a free $25 credit in your account on June 1, 2005.

From what I gather, it's by invite only and you need a code to pre-register. So, I'm making it public and inviting whoever wants to try it. Use this link and it will have the code already in it. Or you can manually enter in the invite code: sma11ange1


Found via Jin

Going Down


Sigh

Brain Pic


Brain Pic

Buffalo Antics




PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court.

Found Via Drudge

Five Baby Discount

A US woman who agreed to act as a surrogate mother to a childless couple has given birth to five boys - and waived her fee.

Teresa Anderson, 25, delivered the rare quintuplets by Caesarean section within five minutes at the hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

She declined her $15,000 (£7,800) fee because of the costs facing new parents Luisa Gonzalez and Enrique Moreno.


All I can say, is that that is one generous girl.Can you imagine!

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Stranger Than Fiction


A friend pointed out this site to me which is guaranteed to make your skin crawl:


Ouch!

Corset piercing is not, as the titles these photographs are forwarded under might suggest, either new or trendy. The practice is an established one, and it is usually undertaken on a temporary basis for special occasions:
The corset piercing is most popular for performance art and fetish events, and is almost always removed immediately afterward. They usually can’t heal properly because they are a surface piercing in an area prone to rejection and they use a type of jewelry that isn’t really suitable for permanent use in the area. More recently, the term corset piercing has been used to encompass any kind of paired, laddered piercings that can then be laced together.


Oy, I must be getting old- Kids these days huh? WTF are they thinking?

What next?

Haha- I beat Instaspundit on this one Great Minds you know (wink wink)

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Southern Belle




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American Cities That Best Fit You:



75% Miami

60% San Diego

55% Honolulu

55% Las Vegas

50% Austin




Found Via EGO


I'm a tropical girl in a control climate world. LoL.

I live in Ft Lauderdale (which I'm sure wasn't an option) so number one is a no-brainer. San Diego-I doubt it, but I really haven't given the west coast much of a chance-maybe one day. Honolulu - fur sure dude! Las Vegas - been there done that, got the T-shirt. Austin - Now there's a possibility. I hear really great things about Austin.

I'm a sucker for the summer, so even though I would love to live in NYC or Denver, that would take some major adjustments on my part.

I'm from DC so I suppose I have a natural immunity built up :) Hope so, since I'm heading back in a couple weeks. :p

A Legacy of Reason

Objectivism -- upholds objective reality (as opposed to supernaturalism), reason as man’s only means of knowledge (as opposed to faith or skepticism), free will (as opposed to determinism -- by biology or environment), and an ethics of rational self-interest (as opposed to the sacrifice of oneself to others or others to self). The only moral political system, she maintained, is laissez-faire capitalism (as opposed to the collectivism of socialism, fascism, or the welfare state), because it recognizes the inalienable right of an individual to act on the judgment of his own mind. Your life, she held, belongs to you and not to your country, God or your neighbors.
Ayn Rand understood that to defend the individual she must penetrate to the root: his need to use reason to survive. “I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism,” she wrote in 1971, “but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.” This radical view put her at odds with conservatives, whom she vilified for their attempts to base capitalism on faith and altruism. Advocating a government to protect the individual’s right to his property, she was not a liberal (or an anarchist). Advocating the indispensability of philosophy, she was not a libertarian.
Ayn Rand left a legacy in defense of reason and freedom that serves as a guidepost for the American spirit -- especially pertinent today when America and what it stands for are under assault.


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Friday, April 22, 2005

Bring Your Life Jackets

So apparently, Florida is geared to become the third biggest state within the next 25 years. That should coincide nicely with the increase in hurricane activity predicted for the same time period. Good Luck Ya'll ;p



In light of Earth Day I'd just like to thank Mother Earth for her wonderful knack at population control.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

More Analysis

*Stability results were medium which suggests you are moderately relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

*Orderliness results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.

*Extraversion results were medium which suggests you are moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting.

trait snapshot:
clean, organized, dislikes chaos, semi neat freak, perfectionist, traditional, realist, fits in most places, enjoys managing others, risk averse, good at saving money, prudent, respects authority, high self control, hard working, does not like to stand out, follows the rules, finisher, resilient, takes precautions, cautious, honest, unfamiliar with the dark side of life, practical

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You Owe US An Apology

Oy, just the pictures of these people make you want an apology, and then you see the sorry excuse of sorry excuses they are holding as signs and you really just want to bash your head on a wall.

I think these folks should be shipped to Iraq to apologize in person. Then they can stay there, and have fun with their new friends. Maybe then they'll understand what Really Sorry is.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I'm all American

Your Inner European is Russian!



Mysterious and exotic.
You've got a great balance of danger and allure.



You can tell because I score a different nationality on each of these tests :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Speaking of Linking

I just found this cool *Blogger Swap*
Check it out in the side bar.
(I couldn't get it to work here in post)

It uses a pic as you can see, so that's why I have the different pics up below. I was experimenting-does anyone have any tips? I'm not that good at Photoshop. It has to be 120x120 (pixels) and I coulddn't get it to work without distortion.

I like the idea though-showing the screenshots. We'll have to see how it does :)

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Here's my attempt at a screenshot scaled down to 120x120 pixels

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Any Tips on how I can make this smaller without distortion You can use it too if you want :)

Monday, April 18, 2005

Traffic Jam

Well, For the past couple of weeks I've been testing out different link swappers and such to see what works best. I swear I see almost no traffic from any of them except Blog Explosion. BlogAzoo I surfed forever and got some 300+ credits but never saw a single referrer from them. And yet somehow my credits disappeared. So I don't waste my time on them anymore. The other BlogTraffik or whatever never has gotten set up. Then there's always the TTLB Ecosystem which is fun and I occasionally get a hit from people looking around in there. I also have myself signed up with Blogcatalog, GetBlogs, BotaBlog, Blogwise, and Bloglinks, Bloglines, Blogorama, whew! Uh, I think that's the main ones. There again though I see almost no traffic from any of them. The majority of my traffic is from BlogExplosion, then next is probably Sitemeter, and/or Technorati from other people checking out who refers to them, and then I actually do surprisingly well in the searches. Of course I am excluding bookmarks and friend referrers here, so if I had to made a final call on what the best source of traffic is, I'd have to say it's still best to go manual, but if you get stuck, check out blogexplosion. Just make sure you have your URL printed somewhere that a surfer can cut and paste, or include a Blogroll Me area towards the top. Otherwise they'll pass by and never remember to come back. Unless anybody actually uses those Blogmarks, I really haven't much yet.

You're a Dork!

Yeah, well at least I don't live on Dork Street!

Hogy Lehetséges Az Hogy



Your Linguistic Profile:



75% General American English

20% Dixie

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern



What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Quiz found via EGO

I grew up in VA, and my family is all from the south, so it makes sense that I'd be more Dixie than Yank ;) I've never been to the Mid-West, so I wouldn't have picked up any of their accent. One funny fact about me, I tend to pick up accents depending on who I'm around. I have a Hungarian friend who made the greatest difference in my speech pattern. For a while I hung out with a bunch of Brazilians and developed a subsequent tinge to my speech. You can definitely tell who I've been hanging out with recently, and it really has nothing to do with me wanting to imitate them, but more to do with me wanting to be understood, so I tend to speak to people the way I hear them. I think it's like a subconcious admiration too. I may love the way a person's voice sounds and so incorporate aspects of it the way friends often pick up slang words and other speech habits. It's a little embarrassing sometimes though, as though I have to conciously tell myself to cut it out and force the words to come out straight and unaccented. If I get excited I definitely fall back on an accent, same thing if I get angry. I guess I fall back on the one that conveys the most to me of what I am trying to get across. Hmm, interesting stuff to think about.

Here's something else interesting. There's a site called Language Exchange where you can learn to speak another language by communicating directly with someone in the country whose language you want to learn. I might just have to check that out later-pick up a few more accents. :)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

That's right-she's breastfeeding the monkey



HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Thanks to Dash at The Boiling Point-I needed that.

Read the true story here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Face of Evil


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
A confident Eric Rudolph, who led federal authorities on a five-year cat-and-mouse chase through the woods of North Carolina, winked at prosecutors today when he pleaded guilty to setting off bombs at two abortion clinics, a lesbian nightclub and the 1996 Olympics.

When the judge asked Rudolph whether he detonated the bomb outside a Birmingham abortion clinic, he answered, "I certainly did, your honor."

Rudolph carried himself as if "20 years from now, he's going to walk out a hero to his people."

The string of bombings began at 1:25 a.m. on July 27, 1996, when a bomb full of nails and screws stuffed into a backpack exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, where a crowd had gathered for a concert.

In January 1997, two bombs rocked an abortion clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs. The second, probably timed to hit police responders, injured more than 50 people, according to the Justice Department.

The third target was the Otherside Lounge, a gay nightclub in Atlanta. On Feb 21, 1997, two bombs exploded there, injuring five people.

On Jan. 29, 1998, the fourth bombing targeted New Woman All Women Health Care, an abortion clinic in Birmingham. That attack killed Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer, and left nurse Emily Lyons studded with nails over her whole body.

Rudolph is alleged to have claimed responsibility on behalf of the Army of God, a group that advocates killing abortion providers.



During the search for Rudolph, investigators talked to his family and friends, and learned he was an experienced outdoorsman who held antigovernment and racial separatist beliefs, and might have grown marijuana in the mountain woods.

Rudolph and his family were connected with the Christian Identity movement, a militant, racist and anti-Semitic organization that believes whites are God's chosen people.

Rudolph's mother, Patricia, spent time with Nord Davis, a Christian Identity ideologue who built a walled compound called Northpoint in the Nantahala community. Davis wrote propaganda decrying a "New World Order" that he claimed was controlled by Jews, and he advocated killing gays and those who engaged in mixed-race relationships.

Davis reportedly contacted the Church of Israel, a Christian Identity congregation in Missouri that espouses the belief that only white people descended from the biblical Adam and Eve, on Rudolph's mother's behalf. Patricia Rudolph brought 18-year-old Eric and an older brother to the Church of Israel compound in 1984. They returned to North Carolina after less than a year.

Rudolph attended ninth grade at Nantahala School, and once wrote a paper arguing that the Holocaust was fictional. He later dropped out and was homeschooled.


UPDATE: Read my article on his press release.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

S.P.R. Angel




It's a libertarian, it's a Conservative, it's uh, S.P.R. Angel?

Hey create your own. Check out EGO's post about South Park Republicans.There's also a gallery at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Sorry guys, I can't claim any of these labels. I just call it like I see it.

UPDATE: Read The Daily Pundit's discussion of the problems with the Republican party and proposal for reasonable and rational people to exert their influence (imagine). Found via Gus Van Horn's post Another Bad Sign.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Go Figure



You're Brazil!

You're athletic, charming, and probably a good dancer.
 Unfortunatley, you don't really mind chopping down the rain forest, and you probably
consider homeless people expendable in certain circumstances.  Of course, your
personality is so diverse that it's hard to track down exactly what you're like.  You
definitely like Pele, the World Cup, and shouting "gooooal" at the
top of your lungs.

Take
the Country Quiz at the href="http://bluepyramid.org">Blue Pyramid

Google Maps

Google puts out some really cool stuff, and this is no exception. Now you can check out exactly where you want to go. They have made it possible to see via satellite right down to the very building you want to go to.

Very nice Google :)

Speaking of Google, see my article on the changing face of business, inspired by Ego's post.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

A Wounded America

Is this the image we want to represent to the world-of how we overcome disaster? Read my post about this disgraceful show.

What really gets me is that the bullshit idea that this:

The sky will be home again to a towering spire of 1776 feet high, the
"Gardens of the World". Why gardens? Because gardens are a constant affirmation
of life.


Replaces what was taken from us. It was human life you @sshole. Not plants! Not a pointy spindle-but active, working human LIFE. Gardens! There are links at my other site which point to the corruption behind this cowardly move. Read them. Educate yourself. This is the so called *value orientation* culture of life BS that's been perpetuated in the aftermath of 9/11 as the sappy liberals and whacko religious right starting clamoring to make the most of the tragedy.

Get real people!

Read This

I haven't been by Diana Hsieh's site in a while and she's got some good stuff up right now. Check it out. I agree with her on the Religious Right issue, that's actually why I didn't vote for Bush and why I scorned Conservatives so much in the past. Of course, I scorn both parties :) but I give more credit to Conservatives lately on most issues. This *Right* though (the Religious Right) I am most staunchly NOT in line with.

Also check out World Wide Rant on the evolution of insanity and If You Believe Elves Cause Rain.

Also-Gus Van Horn has a great article about the Schiavo case which discusses some of the very dangerous aspects of the Religious Right which are continually over-looked.

Rise

Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise


(Thanks to Walt of Truth Lies and Common Sense for posting this, it's great and so i had to post it myself)

It's a Ribbon, It's a Fish, It's a Freaking Car Magnet

Hat Tip: The Hermit

Friday, April 08, 2005

Left Behind Were You?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The End of the World!

Read Martin's post and follow the links on this one. The world is purportedly over, for The Church of Latter Day Saints in Eldorado, TX.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I'm Yoda :)


Which Star Wars Character Are You?

Yoda

You are wise and a great leader. Just because you are small doesn't mean you don't have a lot of oomph behind it.

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