26 December 2004

25 December 2004

Cassini Probe Makes Its Way to Saturn Moon

This is so cool. I hope everything goes well and it works as planned.

The Free Press, Kinston NC

Herald.com | 12/24/2004 | Party allegiance, bias are swaying our opinions

An excellent article by Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald. I don't always agree with his opinions, but he is always thought provoking and I truly believe he is dead on the money with this one.

Herald.com | 12/24/2004 | Party allegiance, bias are swaying our opinions

19 December 2004

Yahoo! News - Time Names President Bush 'Person of the Year'

Love him or loath him he definitely fit the criteria.

Yahoo! News - Time Names President Bush 'Person of the Year': "The winner must be 'the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse,' he said. "

17 December 2004

The pattern of discontent in US ranks | csmonitor.com

I hope the President is reading all this stuff.

The pattern of discontent in US ranks | csmonitor.com

WorldNetDaily: Why I believe in Creation, Or why I believe this guy is an idiot

Where did this guy get his education at? No evidence? There are mountains of scientific evidence but this guy obviously discounts all that because of the Bible? Which version do we believe. I suppose he believes the sun revolves around the earth, which happens to be flat by the way. Sheesh!

WorldNetDaily: Why I believe in Creation

16 December 2004

Yahoo! News - Lott: Rumsfeld Should Go, at Some Point

At some point? He should have been gone long ago with the way he's botched things. If this had happened under a Democratic President the Republicans would have been livid. But it seems some of them are coming around finally and seeing just what a mess he's made.

Besides his leaving would do wonders for the morale of the military, especially the Army.

Yahoo! News - Lott: Rumsfeld Should Go, at Some Point

15 December 2004

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.

Wooo, this is a good one. How will the right wing religious conservatives feel or respond to this one? Straight from their own book.

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.: "Deuteronomy 24:5:
'If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.'"

Yahoo! News - FCC Aims to Lift Airborne Wireless Phone Ban

It's about flippin' time. This has always had more to do with the airlines and phone companies making a killing with the air phones than any safety issues in my opinion. Ever had to make a call from a plane and seen what the actual charges were? I have and it's a scam.

Yahoo! News - FCC Aims to Lift Airborne Wireless Phone Ban

USATODAY.com - Cassini gets altitude adjustment

This is so cool. I can't wait to see what data is received by the probe.

USATODAY.com - Cassini gets altitude adjustment

02 December 2004

Target ad.

Guess I need to be shopping at Target. ;-)

Target : Entertainment : Blowjob

Back online

Well, I'm back online for who ever reads this thing. We're back in the USA, I'm working and the cable modem is up and running.


09 October 2004

Jeber's Help Desk Forum - Index

A friend of mine's new forum.

Jeber's Help Desk Forum - Index

Retirement!

Well, it's getting close. I had my retirement ceremony on Thursday. The movers come in on Monday and the family and I leave the UK on the 23rd of October. I've been in the Air Force for over 20 years now and have enjoyed my time. But it's time to go and start a new life. I'll always be "in" the Air Force though. Lots of good people who do what many don't. It's been my privilege to serve. I won't be officially retired until 1 February 2005 but no more work for me. I've slept better the last few nights than I have in years. :-)

05 October 2004

USATODAY.com - The looming national benefit crisis

Here's a story about a very real threat to national security that neither party wants to tackle.

USATODAY.com - The looming national benefit crisis: "The looming national benefit crisis"

03 October 2004

magnum norwich 28th sept

Here's where and what I was doing last Tuesday night. It's always been my dream to see my favourite band live. I saw them last October at Magnumania which was awesome. But the Norwich show was my first full gig. I was as close to the stage as possible and wasn't disappointed. I saw them Friday night in London and it was just as awesome. What a way to finish up my time here in the UK. So let me just say thanks to Al, Mark, Harry, Tony and Bob for the fantastic show. Keep your nitelight burning!
magnum norwich 28th sept

02 October 2004

Yahoo! News - Ichiro Breaks Sisler's Season Hits Record

A bright spot in a bleak season for one of my favourite teams. Nice to see the record go to such a nice guy who really seems to appreciate what he does.

Yahoo! News - Ichiro Breaks Sisler's Season Hits Record

27 September 2004

Fiscal Facts

How is your state doing? Some interesting facts and figures at this site.
Fiscal Facts

17 September 2004

Firefox browser

I'm giving the Firefox browser a try. Using it side by side with IE tonight. Not ready to give up IE yet but so far so good.

14 September 2004

Yahoo! News - Schwarzenegger Bans Rifle in Support of Gun Control

I've always said that just because he ran as a Republican doesn't mean that Arnold doesn't subscribe to some of the liberal ideas. He's more of a Centrist in my opinion.

Yahoo! News - Schwarzenegger Bans Rifle in Support of Gun Control

11 September 2004

NP: Nightwish - Once

One of the best albums of the year in my opinion. Absolutely haunting and rocking at the same time.



Nightwish.com - The Official Website Of Nightwish

11 September

3 years ago today was yet another day of infamy for us Americans. Please take some time to remember those who perished. May they rest in peace.

26 August 2004

Yahoo! News - U.S. Women Beat Brazil for Soccer Gold

Yahoo! News - U.S. Women Beat Brazil for Soccer Gold: Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Chastain, Joy Fawcett and Kristine Lilly go out on top. Thanks for the memories ladies. It's been a joy to watch you.

22 August 2004

20 years ago today...

20 years ago today I was just starting basic training. Funny how it seems like yesterday but then again it's been an entire life time. But now my time on active duty is getting short as my retirment date draws near I tend to be looking back at what I've done. I'm proud of my service but am looking forward to becoming a civilian. But somehow I doubt I'll ever be truly civilian. Either way it's been a fun ride.

21 August 2004

Joseph Roeser, 1922 - 2004

The phone rang this morning and I knew something was wrong as we never get phone calls early. It was my mom and dad calling to let me know that my grandfather had just passed away. He went peacefully thank goodness. Joseph Roeser was WWII vet, a loving husband, father and my grandfather.

RIP Grandpa.








19 August 2004

Wheel Woes For Mars Rover

A little setback, but it's amazing what technology is capable of, and even more amazing what the rovers have accomplished.

Wheel Woes For Mars Rover

When mankind does get to Mars we need to make sure we save these machines somehow as a tribute to the men and women who dream of going into space.

17 August 2004

Real in online music price war

BBC NEWS Business - Real in online music price war

I believe the price for downloading digital songs needs to be in the .25 range before it really takes off but Real may just take a bite out of Apple with this one. Either way it's good news for consumers.

The Conscience of Joe Darby

A story everyone should read.

The Conscience of Joe Darby

14 August 2004

Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed

I don't know if I should laugh or be worried that this is a children's book.

Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed: A Small Lesson in Conservatism

A Wiccan wins one in South Carolina

The State | 08/12/2004 | A Wiccan wins one in South Carolina

Quoting the end of the story:

"While Great Falls chews on its defeat, the plaintiff Wynne seeks surcease. Her home has been vandalized nine times. Hoodlums have killed her cat and hanged its gutted body. Someone put sand in the gas tank of her truck. Townspeople have ostracized her. Even so, she comes across over the telephone as the most cheerful Witch I ever met. My acquaintance is limited, to be sure, but in this one I stand on the lady’s side."

Yeah, that sounds like the Christian and American thing to do to a fellow American.
The people in that town should be ashamed.

12 August 2004

ABCNEWS.com : Digital Cameras May Delete History

Months ago I made a decision to keep all the photos I take with my digital camera for many of the reasons mentioned in this article. They are snapshots in time that would be lost forever just because I didn't like them at the moment. How many of us have enjoyed the memories of looking at goofy photos taken years ago. The memories all flood back. Just because it's easy to delete them doesn't mean we should. It's part of our life, good and bad.

ABCNEWS.com : Digital Cameras May Delete History: "Don't Touch That Button!"

Genetic Material May Help Make Nano-Devices

This is just incredible to me. The progress being made in science in just mind boggling. How much will our lives change in just the next 10 years? Stay tuned!

Genetic Material May Help Make Nano-Devices

Bush V Kerry

A picture says a...

http://www.11oh1.net/albums/lj/bushvkerry.jpg




Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

It's going to be a wild one this year...

Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

MelodicRock.com Interviews: Magnum

A nice interview with Tony and Bob from Magnum. See you on the tour!

MelodicRock.com Interviews: Magnum.

11 August 2004

Lockergnome's Political Geeks

Wow! My first actual "writing" gig. It's not paid but who cares? I'm doing this for fun just like my personal blog here. The whole concept behind this channel at Lockergnome is right up my alley so subscribe and read what we have to say.
Lockergnome's Political Geeks

08 August 2004

BBC NEWS | Politics | Grins banned from passport pics

It's just keeps getting more ridiculous every day. All in the name of safety of course.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Grins banned from passport pics

Ordered to just walk away

:-(

Ordered to just walk away

MSNBC - Al Qaeda's Pre-Election Plot

Fantastic article.

MSNBC - Al Qaeda's Pre-Election Plot

Black Box Voting - Bev Harris - BlackBoxVoting.org

Black Box Voting - Bev Harris - BlackBoxVoting.org

If you have concerns about electronic voting this is a site to bookmark.

Virtual fences to herd Wi-Fi cattle

New Scientist | New Technology

Now if they could just find a virtual way to clean out the calf pens farmers would have it made.

Article: Stealth wallpaper keeps company secrets safe | New Scientist

Article: Stealth wallpaper keeps company secrets safe| New Scientist

But will your co-workers be able to find you? LOL!

CNN.com - Source: Keyes will challenge Obama - Aug 6, 2004

CNN.com - Source: Keyes will challenge Obama - Aug 6, 2004

Republican standards:

Hillary does this in New York: Bad Thing.
Keyes does this in Illinois: It's Ok.

Keyes on Hillary in 2000:

"I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

And what party is talking about a candidate flip flopping? Double standards indeed.

06 August 2004

NP: Magnum - Brand New Morning

It's not due out until later this month but Magnum's Brand New Morning is bloody well fantastic! Besides Rush this is my favourite band. It doesn't get much better than this.



It's due out August 30th in Europe. Release date in Japan is the 25th and that release will have a bonus track "Dreamland". Guess I'll be buying two copies for the collection.


Telegraph | News | Eat your heart out, Dracula - scientists turn blood into biscuits and chocolate

Somehow I just don't see this catching on.

Telegraph | News | Eat your heart out, Dracula - scientists turn blood into biscuits and chocolate

MSNBC - Dutch lawmakers mull banning toe licking

LOL!!!

MSNBC - Dutch lawmakers mull banning toe licking

German Toilets

After living in Germany for 4 years I can relate to this article. LOL!

German Toilets

Ireland is 'lost' island of Atlantis

An interesting theory...

Ireland is 'lost' island of Atlantis

03 August 2004

team america

I'm sure this one will make people mad on both sides of the political spectrum. That means I'll be seeing it.

team america

InfoWorld: Linux startup develops David to take on Windows Goliath

InfoWorld: Linux startup develops David to take on Windows Goliath: August 03, 2004: By : PLATFORMS

If this is true it certainly would make moving to Linux easier for people. I stil say though that as Linux grows in popularity the more problems there will be. But competition and choices is a good thing for all of us.

02 August 2004

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Dragon Stirs

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Dragon Stirs

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The cold war with Russia may be over but it's alive and well with the Chinese. The only problem is that the US doesn't want to acknowledge it. Time to wake up folks. Trouble is a stirring.

01 August 2004

BBC NEWS | Politics | ID card plans 'badly thought out'

BBC NEWS | Politics | ID card plans 'badly thought out'

I still fail to see how mandatory ID cards will stop terrorists. What purpose do they serve other than for the government to keep track of your every move? Are foreign tourists going to be issued a temporary one to track them during their visits? Weren't the 9/11 hijackers foreign? Having an ID card wouldn't have stopped them.

I know this is being considered in the US also but I still have to ask why?

GOP flier: Don't trust Florida voting machines

GOP flier: Don't trust Florida voting machines

I don't live in Florida but I don't trust these machines and would definitely follow their advice if I lived in a state that uses them. There are too many questions about security and manipulation with them. But why? Some European countries are using them without incident.

31 July 2004

CNN.com - Study: CD piracy trade tops $4.5 billion - Jul 22, 2004

CNN.com - Study: CD piracy trade tops $4.5 billion - Jul 22, 2004

Piracy will never eliminated but if the labels would stop charging such high prices they might put a dent into it. I know I buy less because the prices are so high.


29 July 2004

The world's first RFID hacking tool released at Black Hat

Tom's Hardware Guide: Tom's Hard News

The potential for abuse with these things is amazing. I've been hoping someone would come up with a way to zap them...guess what? They did.

Number of teens listening to radio is plummeting

Vancouver

Interesting story but it's not the entire story. The plain fact is that radio stinks anymore. The take over by the large corporations and the fact that no matter where you go in the country you will hear the same old songs over and over makes it worse. Gone are the days of hearing something new. Playlists are all based upon focus groups and by the marketing department. Thank goodness for sites like http://www.live365.com where you can choose to hear something different.

Spaceship One Designer Says Team Will Compete for 'X' Prize

VOANews.com

I hope to see the day where we can all go into space. I'm ready!

Real shoots back at Apple, reaffirms commitment to Harmony

Real shoots back at Apple, reaffirms commitment to Harmony

I understand Apple trying to protect their interests but this is the same reason they don't control the PC market. By refusing to let other's make compatible products they are going to get killed by Rio and all the other portable audio manufacturers out there. In 2 or 3 years the sales for Ipods will be anemic in my opinion. Guess they didn't learn from the early PC years.

Bad move Apple.

 

26 July 2004

Football season!

Football season! It's almost here!!! Last night I participated in a live draft for one of the fantasy leagues that I'm in. That was strange but fun. I made some interesting picks but sometimes you just have to take a chance. Being in a fantasy league makes the season more interesting in my opinion. You tend to watch the stats and keep up on the details more than you normally would. Plus the internet has made it so easy now to play that there's no excuse not to.

25 July 2004

Angry Alien Productions, Sase and Topsie

Angry Alien Productions, Sase and Topsie

Some great stuff at this site. 30 seconds of fun.

CNN.com - Audit says military is buying deficient planes - Jul 24, 2004

CNN.com - Audit says military is buying deficient planes - Jul 24, 2004

Funny thing is that it was Congress that demanded the Air Force buy these planes. The Air Force did not ask for them. Pork barrel politics and the AF gets blamed for the outcome.

Temple Mount activist says blowing up Dome of Rock is “worthy act”

Maariv International

So it's not only Muslim fanatics trying to cause problems out there. Glad to know the Jewish fanatics want to get in on the action.

When will it ever end?

23 July 2004

Outdoor Swiss Public Toilet

I feel for the poor person inside this thing the first time the lock mechanism fails... LOL! But it is pretty cool.

Outdoor Swiss Public Toilet

21 July 2004

...U.S. Is Nation of Bystanders in War on Terrorism

This article hits things right on the head in my opinion. This nation as a whole is not actively engaged or involved in the fight against terror or the war in Iraq. Only the few that elect to serve and their families are affected by what is going on. The rest care more about what's on TV and their favourite team than the men and women getting maimed or killed. A sad commentary.

Newhouse A1

18 July 2004

Minn. GOP Asks Activists to Report on Neighbors' Politics (washingtonpost.com)

Minn. GOP Asks Activists to Report on Neighbors' Politics (washingtonpost.com)

Is this what our nation is coming to? Does anyone else have a problem with this? Reporting your neighbor's politically leanings? I fear for the future if it is.

Thinking of Belle

It's just been over a month since Belle died. How I miss that dog. Someone rang the yesterday and I immediately started to yell out her name so she wouldn't bark and realized that she wasn't there. For 6 years I put up with her barking at the doorbell or a knock on the door. I always tried to break her of it but with no luck. What I would give to hear that bark again.


16 July 2004

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | 'Nobody is going to live forever'

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | 'Nobody is going to live forever'

This article just really strikes a nerve in me. There will be no peace in the middle east until we can stop this kind of thought process. But how do you do that? That a kid would fall for this, that his so called "friend" would prey on this kid and ask him to kill himself. If the cause is so just why isn't this "friend" doing it himself?

No easy answers to this one I'm afraid....

:-(

ACLU - Pizza

If this flash file doesn't make you stop and think....wake up folks!

ACLU - Pizza

10 July 2004

WSJ.com - Moving On

I was born in 1965 and can definitely relate to what is being said in this article.

The Latest Generation Gap

04 July 2004

Nightwish.com - The Official Website Of Nightwish

Just saw a video for this band on Skuzz. The song is called "Nemo" and it's awesome. Looks like I've got a new CD to pick up. Visit the official site for more info.

Nightwish.com - The Official Website Of Nightwish

03 July 2004

Simon's Suffolk Churches

I love visiting all the churches and catherdrals here in the UK. So much history and wonderful architecture to look at. This site is a wonderful resource for the county of Suffolk.

Simon's Suffolk Churches

The Hofbr�u...a web page dedicated to Hogan's Heroes

This is a great site dedicated to one of my favourite comedy shows and where I take my nickname from.

The Hofbr�u...a web page dedicated to Hogan's Heroes

30 June 2004

CNN.com - Dogs attacked with fireworks - Jun 29, 2004

This is just plain sick and I hope they find the bastards that did this and make them endure the same thing.

CNN.com - Dogs attacked with fireworks - Jun 29, 2004

Stonehenge

Stonehenge...what more do I need to say? Here is a photo I took on Monday. It's such an awesome place to visit. The entire Salisbury plain is full of ancient wonders. You could spend a month there and not see it all.



musicplasma : the music visual search engine

This is an awesome site for music fans. Just type in an artist and take a look.

musicplasma : the music visual search engine

22 June 2004

Ananova - F*cking villagers vote against name change

Ananova - F*cking villagers vote against name change

Sometimes when you need a good laugh one comes along.

Pain and Happiness

This last week has been a doozy. My parents came in last Tuesday here to the UK to visit us and it's good to have them here. But last Wednesday I eneded up having to put my beloved dog Belle to sleep. She had been sick for about a month. The vets were stumped so they did some exploratory surgery. When they opened her up she was full of tumors and there was no hope of recover. I told the vet not to wake her up. I hated doing it but I didn't want her to suffer. She hadn't eaten in 3 days and was not doing well. Life sucks and I miss Belle.

11 June 2004

RIP Ronald Reagan & Ray Charles

It's a sad week for us American's as two fine individual have passed away. I have great respect for both men. May they rest in peace.

31 May 2004

MelodicRock.com

If your looking for news on some great rock bands this is the site to visit. Andrew does one hell of a job with it.

MelodicRock.com

14 April 2004

This is an interesting site that will keep you busy and amused.

Crank Dot Net

05 March 2004

One of the pilots here at Lakenheath having a little fun. I didn't actually see it as I was in the office working but everyone said it was stunning. The Brits seemed to really enjoy it.

BBC - Norfolk Galleries - Lord of the loops

27 February 2004

15 February 2004

Leann, Ian and I decided to take a little trip down to Orford castle on the Suffolk coast. A very nice place. Also drove by RAF Bentwaters which is closed now. The weather cooperated as much as possible as most of the heavy rain happened on the way home. Anyway, here's some pictures taken at the castle.


Orford Castle

Ok, starting this thing over. I'll be posting stuff on here when I remember to.

Cheers!