Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
"PAHOKEE, Fla. — No sign marks Miracle Park, a cluster of one-story yellow buildings surrounding a small church that caters to one of society's most despised demographics: sex offenders.
"Since the development opened eight months ago, the minister who runs it has recruited former inmates by distributing brochures in Florida prisons and plugging it in sermons at the lockups. Some 35 sex offenders now live in the complex about three miles from Pahokee, a poor farming community of 6,000 wedged into sugar cane fields of the Everglades."
Ahem, I couldn't help but notice that this is in Florida . . .
How do you detect threats to national security and still preserve privacy and the Fourth Amendment? I don't know how, but I'm grateful that we have people who can sniff this sort of thing out. Ever since 9/11, a small, scared part of me has been waiting for the other shoe to drop. After the horror faded, the anxiety remained. I don't know if life will ever be quite the same again knowing that mass murder is the goal of some who walk among us.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Are you fed up with bringing bananas to work or school only to find them bruised and squashed? Banana Guard allows you to safely transport and store individual bananas letting you enjoy perfect bananas any time, anywhere
Lock Cup - Anti-Theft Coffee Cup. Are you tired of others stealing your coffee cup? Well now there's a solution. The Lock - Cup has a hole which prevents most people from using it. Only the owner of the cup can use his/hers shaped key to close the hole.
You love toast, but you always burn it? Then, this invention us for you This transparent toaster allows you to see the bread while it is toasting so you just have to take it out when the color is right. This idea is based on a transparent heating glass technology.
One Click Butter Cutter controls your portion as an important part of staying healthy. This ingenious butter cutter delivers one standard pat with each click of the handle.
What day is today? You don't know? Then you need a Day Clock. It's uniquely designed to keep track of weekly events like your golf day, card night, movie night, and so much more. It's ideal for vacations and cruises when it's easy to lose track of the day.
Laser Scissors Cutting a straight line has never been easier. Just aim the pin-point laser and follow the line. The scissor blades are stainless steel and cut very clean with a micro edge.
TOILET SEAT LIFTER
'Who left the Toilet Seat up?' The Peace Maker will end the battle of the toilet seat. Merely step on the pedal to activate the lifting mechanism. When finished, remove your foot from the pedal and the seat gently comes to a rest where it started.
ILLUMINATING CAR SLIPPERS
Do you get up at night to drink water, go to the toilet... Do you wish you could see in the dark? Remarkably bright LED lights are triggered by your footsteps and light up the floor 30 feet in front of you; ultra-soft plush style are extra comfortable and cozy warm..
Now I would clarify this as a necessity!)
'THE THING' - INFANT PILLOW
The Zany is an ergonomic infant pillow designed by a mum to mimic the size, weight, touch, and feel of her hand and forearm to help her baby with comfort, support, protection, and development.. The Zaky can help calm your baby and help your baby sleep better through the night.
TRAVELER'S PHRASE BOOK T-SHIRT
If you are traveling a lot and don't always know the language of the country you are visiting, then this T-shirt is for you. It has a phrase book printed on it so just point a finger at the pictogram you need and then point it twice at the question mark, which means, 'Where is it?' and in no time you have found what you were looking for... Or not. (Another possibility for the foreign language impaired)
Whether you want to sit in the sun or in the shade, near the river or under the tree...
Now you have your movable bench, to sit wherever you like.
A company called Fisker automotive got a loan from the Obama administration for building electric cars. You can see them here.
Contray to what our resident liberals think, I dont have a problem with the electric cars. Those are the good. The bad is that the loan was $529 million! The ugly is the cars that are being financed with our tax dollars cost $89,700. Why is the White House subsidizing cars that only Hollywood and the uber rich will ever consider owning?
UPDATE: According to the WSJ this car company is backed by Mr Green hot air himself, Al Gore.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Like my photo? Think it is worth being detained and questioned for?
A super good friend of mine and I chose a road and followed it this past weekend. I'm not disclosing the location.
We came upon a very cool old building with interesting architecture and decided to snap a few pictures. I managed two photos before being stopped. We were approached by 2 (possibly) armed security guards shortly after snapping this picture...
I'm now fairly certain it was just an old coal powered electrical plant. I guess you can't do that anymore, post 9/11 and all.... I believe we were still on public property and not trespassing?
I wasn't sure if my camera would be confiscated, I would be held for questioning, or if the police would be called.
When asked, I readily admitted I took a couple pictures. Heck, I was busted!
It turned out friendly enough. I guess I don't look like a terrorist after all. ;>
I was told they don't allow pictures of the "facility." I offered to delete them from my camera. (I just really wanted to get the heck out of there at that point!) It was suggested, instead, that my friend and I just "move along,"
...which we quickly did! :o
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are happy to, maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?'
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, 'Land Mines.'
Moral of the story, no matter what language you speak or where you go, is:
BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE'S A SMART WOMAN
She sends her greetings: "Hello, my ripe radishes! How are you?"
She gives her advice: "Hear everything, see everything, say nothing."
She solicits your input: "Send your tears and fears to: firstname.lastname@example.org."
She bids her adieu: "See you next week, my dears. Valvoline!"
From a little star party on the west side tonight.
Lots of Earthshine on the crescent Moon. I flashed the foreground to illuminate it...only have a built in flash. Might be my next investment: external flash.
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Have you ever done anything of particular merit?' St. Peter asked..
'Well, I can think of one thing,' the cowboy offered. 'On a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota, I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him in his face ... kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, 'Now, back off!! Or I'll kick the s*** out of all of you!'
St. Peter was impressed, 'When did this happen?'
'Just a couple of minutes ago….....'
What, you may ask? Didn't we begin more than one year ago?
A sharp, well versed Irregular would know the answer to this poser.....
We began, or should I say defected, in June of 2008. Left our home to wander about in the world (wide web). However, this anniversary that we are celebrating is when we switched from our newer home of Blogspot to our official address of jtirregulars.com. This occurred one year ago on this very day.
Since our inception:
2,172 blogs posted
196,955 pageloads (Get ready, there will be a new bubblewrap winner in the near future, by golly!)
In May this appraisal site stated we were worth $4937.78
In August it was up to $11,109.52
We 'be' getting RICHER by the day!
Our monthly numbers have been all over the place. Typical for the end of the summer season. We are Wisconsinites. We know we need to make hay when the sun shines. There are days when we come together and days we are off playing and soaking up the last beautiful days of the season. Soon we will all be connected via modem, whiling away the bitter cold days.
Party on Irregulars. I sure enjoy your company. Keep on keeping on. I'll give you all the familiar graphs next month.
Today is the Fall Equinox...and its finally in the 60's at night here! Just in time for our Equinox, Cassini has released a spectacular image of Saturn taken on its recent equinox.
This is not one picture, but a mosaic of 75 images taken by Cassini! Download the full 7227x3847 image if you dare!
Saturn takes a lot longer to go around the Sun, so it's equinoxes occur about every 15 years. The rings are almost edge on to the Sun, so they are not brightly illuminated. Cassini was out of the ring plane when it took this picture so we get a nice view looking "down" on the rings. They released some other images as well you can check out.
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
"The finding 'raises the intriguing possibility' that giving alcohol to brain injured patients may improve outcome, the study team suggests in the Archives of Surgery.
"Alcohol and driving 'is and will always continue to be bad -- it contributes to over 40 percent of traffic-related fatalities,' first author Dr. Ali Salim of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles emphasized in an email to Reuters Health.
"'However, of those patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury who survive their initial insult, those with alcohol in their system seem to have a slight survival advantage compared to those without alcohol in their system,' Salim noted."
Be sure to fasten your seatbelt and chug one before you drive off.
"Declining financial skills are detectable in patients in the year before they develop Alzheimer's, according to US researchers.
"The researchers say this could be a useful indicator for doctors supporting people with memory problems."
Well, that explains a few things in my life . . .