40,000 deaths. I’m not able to process this.

May 20, 2008

CHENGDU, China (CNN) — A 60-year-old woman has been found alive after being trapped for 195 hours in the aftermath of the Chinese earthquake. She survived by drinking rainwater and suffered just facial bruises and a minor fracture, The Associated Press reports.

Survivors are still being found against all odds eight days after the devastating quake. 
The woman was identified only by her last name Wang, according to Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite Television, AP said. An air force officer, Xie Ling Long, interviewed on the television channel said the woman was conscious when found Tuesday afternoon, AP reported. Wang was apparently trapped in a landslide that swept away a temple in the city of Pengzhou. She was able to initially move, but a later aftershock trapped her between two rocks, according to AP.

Her dramatic discovery came hours after rescue teams pulled two men men from the rubble in Sichuan province. One of the men was found in a mine in Qingchuna county and a second in a hydroelectric plant in Wenchuan county, state-run media reported. They had been buried for six days and 20 hours and seven days and 11 hours, respectively, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The rescues give a glimmer of hope amid the rising daily death toll.

Official figures show the number dead has risen to 40,075 in the Sichuan province alone. Read the rest of this entry »


The Shotgun rules?

May 20, 2008

another great link from Pop Candy. Who knew there was anything so exhaustive? Go to http://www.shotgunrules.com/ for the official page.

This would have been so helpful growing up.

The Theory
The term “Shotgun” refers to the front passenger seat of an automobile. “Calling Shotgun” is the act of claiming the position of Shotgun for one’s self. As this position is the most coveted of all positions when riding in a car, the following list of rules has been created to ensure that Shotgun can be acquired in a fair and equitable manner by any passenger of an automobile.

The History
The history of calling “Shotgun” goes back to the days of covered wagons and the Wild West. On a trip across the plains, the driver of a wagon would hold the reins of his horse team and concentrate on driving. This left him and the occupants of his wagon susceptible to sneak attacks from bandits and thieves. To avoid this atrocious circumstance it became necessary for one person to sit next to the driver with a shotgun and fend off the enemy.

Defending against bandits is no longer the priority of Shotgun however, but it has evolved into a pre-driving ritual that is experienced before almost every car ride across America and even the world. Because of the obvious evolution that has already occurred with Shotgun, we ask you to consider Shotgun as a living entity and be aware that it is always changing for the better good of society.

 The Rules
The following rules have been created through many years of exploring the ritual of Shotgun and are designed with the idea of fairness to all as the main priority. They are also the most complete and comprehensive listing of Shotgun rules available today.

 You Must Say The Word “Shotgun”
You must say the word “Shotgun” to stake your claim on Shotgun. This must be done clearly and loud enough so that at least one other to-be occupant of the vehicle can hear you. No variations of this word are acceptable. After you have rightfully called Shotgun, you have exclusive rights to Shotgun for that ride. However, if no one hears you call Shotgun it is still fair game for everyone.

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A blast from the NBC past.

May 20, 2008

Could you imagine what Disney could do with Alfonso Riberio now? Anyone remember his Michael Jackson impersonation?

Thanks to Pop Candy for this link.

My big break.

May 18, 2008

Tom Hanks started with Bosom Buddies. I’ve got a commercial. Yeah right.

Seriously, I have a friend at my church who is in the marketing world, and makes commercials from time to time. I was cheap acting. To see what you think, and of course, for a good laugh, here it is.

From engadget… ants drawn to…. electronics

May 15, 2008

Houston being overrun by electronics-killing ants
by Nilay Patel, posted May 15th 2008 at 2:36AM


We’ll let you read the hed again — nope, it’s not a joke. Apparently millions of tiny swarming ants called “crazy raspberry ants” are causing quite a ruckus down in Houston after they accidentally arrived on board a cargo ship and started busily invading homes and offices, where they are attracted to electrical equipment. So far they’ve messed up sewage pumps, cause fire alarms to go haywire, destroyed computers, and taken out at least one gas meter — and since they’re resistant to over-the-counter ant killers and each colony has multiple queens, they’re nearly impossible to kill. Worse, those that do die are used by the remaining ants as bridges over pesticide-treated areas. Yep — that’s insanely creepy. Anyone in Houston got any horror stories to share?

the link: http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/15/houston-being-overrun-by-electronics-killing-ants/

Anyone miss 24?

May 15, 2008

Honestly, I kinda forgot about this show. It has been soooooo long. Here is an update:

from USA today.com

’24’ returns
Just in from Fox: 24 is back. Or rather, a two-hour “prequel event” is back. It’s slated for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Here’s what it’s about: Shot on location in South Africa, Jack Bauer battles an international crisis, while here at home the nation prepares for a new president on inauguration day. Taking place just a few months before the new day dawns, the prequel will set the stage for Season 7.

Fox says that the series has resumed production on “Day 7” and will unfold without interruption in its regular time period Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) beginning in January 2009. The season will be set in Washington, as planned. And look for former colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) to return.



May 14, 2008

This update falls squarely into the “ridiculous” category. I almost let it slide by entirely, but then I got tickled at a few of the pictures.

I found this on www.cnet.com

If you need a weird laugh: http://manbabies.com/ where you’ll see things like this:

or this….