Thursday, December 28, 2006

USB Missile Launcher


This is just too cool. A USB powered Nerf missile launcher. If you actually have time to play with one of these at work then you have too much free time.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Those with special needs can still drive gas guzzlers

Any day of the week you can pull into a parking lot and find a car parked in a handicap space. Usually the vehicle is an old buick something. Well, in Dallas, TX people who need special handicap parking spots drive huge hummers that even I would need help getting into. At first glance I thought it was some dummy parking illegally in a handicap spot. Nope, in the distance I could see the little blue sign hanging from the rear view mirror. I couldn't help but to laugh out loud.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Samantha has a new favorite place

Samantha has fallen in love with the heat lamp in the bathroom. She just hangs out in the bathroom for hours at a time.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts can earn "activity patch" in copyright

As an Eagle Scout myself I'm always interested in hearing what changes the boy scouts are making. When I read this I laughed out loud. A copyright activity badge? Wow!

Engadget
Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts can earn "activity patch" in copyright

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Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts (this author used to be among them) will now be able to receive an "activity patch" in respecting
copyrights . Different from a merit badge, The Associated Press reports that "an activity patch is not required to advance in the Scouts. Instead, they are awarded for various recreational and educational activities, such as conservation or volunteering at a food bank." Scouts will get a primer in copyright law, will have to identify five types of copyright, and will get to visit a movie studio to learn about "how many people can be harmed by film piracy," as defined by the
MPAA . Boing Boing also adds that a movement is underway to educate the Los Angeles Area Council about their concerns of potentially pushing the MPAA's agenda. Jay Neely, an Eagle Scout (as is this author), writes on Boing Boing : "If it's as one-sided or erroneous as your post worries it will be, I'd like to get other current or former scouts to take part in a concerted effort to write the Los Angeles Area Council with our concerns." So basically, this ain't over yet, Hollywood. [Thanks, Rollins] Read - The Associated Press Read - Boing Boing


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Peabody Hotel

Last night Gina and I had dinner at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis. We missed the famous entrance of the ducks.

Help save Santa

This car was last seen heading west on interstate 40 just outside of memphis. If you look closely you will see santa hanging from the trunk. It looks like it was closed on him. You may be his last chance. The driver was a really old lady.

Christmas Travels

Yesterday Gina and I began our road trip from Louisville, KY to Richardson, TX. We spent the night in Memphis. Of course we didn't fully check out to see if it was a pet friendly hotel. We just snuck samantha in one of our bags. As you can see our cat samantha sits wherever she wants whenever she wants.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Ala. woman at heart of campaign to raise aid money for Malawi


I'm so very excited this morning for my friend Colleen. Her year old non-profit organization entitled "Watering Malawi" was just featured by the AP. I love that the article starts off by pointing out a very important fact. "Colleen Burroughs was worried about the people of Malawi long before Madonna created an international sensation by adopting a child from the African nation." This is true for many other organizations as well I bet. Sorry Madonna, you can't take all the credit. Here is a link to the article and her site.
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=colleen+burroughs+watering+malawi&btnG=Search+News
http://www.topix.net/content/ap/0372496774381563127609658669613792880262
http://www.wateringmalawi.org/

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Katie Couric interviews photojournalist Linda Solomon about her work with the Salvation Army


Linda Solomon is a photojournalist that volunteers with The Salvation Army. This year she ran a project called "My Holiday Wish". She met with children who live in Salvation Army shelters and armed them with cameras. She asked them to take photos of what their holiday wishes were. The results are painful and hopeful. Check out her website at http://myholidaywish.org/. To watch the video interview please visit http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2252538n
Eye To Eye: Linda Solomon
Only On The Web: Katie Couric talks with photojournalist Linda Solomon about her work with the Salvation Army and what homeless kids wish for this Christmas; then Couric files her notebook.

The smiling spud


My friends Bill and Aimee Buchanan never cease to amaze me. One of their youth group kids found a potato that looks like its smiling while washing potatoes in preparation for a fund raiser. Most of us would laugh and stick it on the youth group wall until it started growing things. Their church decided to auction it off on ebay and put that money towards their fundraiser for Darfur. Who would have ever know that a week later they would have been featured on CNN. Check out this media coverage.
CNN
PC(USA) - News Service
Biblical Recorder
Holy Vignettes
Asheville Citizen-Times

These are just a few. People can't pay for this kind of media attention.