30 May 2006

Magnum in the studio

Magnum are back in the studio working on their next album. Al Barrow has set up a nice little video podcast to watch so head over and see what the guys are up to.


29 May 2006

Memorial Day

I didn't forget as we were away all weekend (see me previous post) but today is Memorial Day here in the United States. The day we pay respect to the men and women who have fallen defending our country and of our allies who have also died in the cause of liberty and freedom. May you all R.I.P.

Memorial Day Weekend

Just got back from Wisconsin where we spent Memorial Day weekend with the in-laws. We kept busy helping them get ready for their new house to be put on the foundation on Tuesday. But it wasn't all work as I did get to play a little. Here's me on the quad having a little fun.

23 May 2006

Chron.com | Veterans' ID Theft May Be Largest Ever

They waited two weeks to inform the FBI???? Someone needs to be fired right now.

Chron.com | Veterans' ID Theft May Be Largest Ever: "Veterans Affairs officials waited two weeks to call in the FBI to investigate the theft of sensitive personal data, delaying a warning to 26.5 million veterans now at risk in one of the nation's largest security breaches. Lawmakers from both parties demanded answers."

21 May 2006

Iceland's Silvia Night Goes Crazy

Guess she was a wee bit upset... LOL!

YouTube - Eurovision Song Contest - Iceland's Silvia Night Goes Crazy

Unleash the Fury!

Unleash the fury! Went to Pops last night and saw Yngwie Malmsteen unleash the fury on us. I do have to say the man is an impressive guitarist but...it didn't do a lot for me. His playing is phenomenal but everyone else in the band is just there in the background. The songs themselves aren't really what I would call songs. Just a vehicle for him to solo and do guitar histronics. Not that there is anything wrong with that or that at times I don't want to see and hear it. But after seeing Steve Vai last year and what he does with his band I was left underwhelmed by Yngwie.

On a more positive note the opening band was Orange Sky from Trinidad. I was impressed by them as it seemed was the crowd. The lead singer/guitarist put it this way: "we aren't out to be the loudest or heaviest, just to make good music". That they did so check them out.

18 May 2006

New music this week - Hoobastank

The latest CD in my collections is Hoobastank - Every Man For Himself. If you like their previous releases you will like this one too.

17 May 2006

16 May 2006

New Air Force dress uniform?

Have to admit it doesn't look to bad. The colour might need to be a little lighter blue as to get away from the stormtrooper look though.
Flickr: Photos from Paplikaplik

14 May 2006

13 May 2006



Research on bread indicates that:

1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.

2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.

3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.

4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.

5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!

6. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.

7. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.

8. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.

9. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.

10. Newborn babies can choke on bread.

11. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.

12. Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.

In light of these frightening statistics, it has been proposed that the following bread restrictions be made:

1. No sale of bread to minors.

2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.

3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.

4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.

5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.

DOJ Moves to Dismiss AT&T Class Action under Cover of Night

State secrets, warrantless wiretaps....

EFF: DOJ Moves to Dismiss AT&T Class Action under Cover of Night

04 May 2006

Students Disciplined For Facebook Content

Another example of the government intruding into our lives. What right does the school have to do this? It was away from the school, in the privacy of their own home and yet the school is dictating their lives now. If you think about it this is related to the story I posted below about the teacher getting fired for something she did in her past that wasn't illegal. What's happening to our freedoms?

KSDK NewsChannel 5 - Students Disciplined For Facebook Content

WBIR.COM - Teacher fired for making adult movie 11 years ago

Is this the direction our country truly is headed? This woman has turned her life around but that doesn't matter. How many more good people are going to have their lives ruined by something that happened in their past that has no bearing on what they are doing now. Just sad...

WBIR.COM - Teacher fired for making adult movie 11 years ago

03 May 2006

Top 10 sci-fi films

Not a bad list. I haven't seen the original Solaris but the new version with George Clooney wasn't too bad.

Guardian Unlimited | Science | Top 10 sci-fi films

What if...

An interesting article on the BBC that poses some moral dilemmas.

BBC NEWS | Magazine | What if...: "Suppose you could save five
lives by taking one - what would be the correct thing to do?"